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text 2016-10-02 12:13
Sinait + Love Symptoms
Sinait - Samantha Lau
Love Symptoms - Samantha Lau

As usual, you can grab it right now for free by following the link. Don't forget to rate it. ;)

 

Here's the blurb:

After years of slumber, Tyler Talbot wakes to find himself alone in a world that has changed – a world that has revived beyond his people’s wildest dreams. Unable to believe he is the last human standing, he goes in search of other survivors, but what he finds is not quite what he expected.

 

Hazen’Ba, a Sinait warrior, thought he had enough on his plate already when he finds Tyler roaming the forests. The stranger looks like a being from old stories, stories he has not believed since he was a young child. Wanting to know more about this man, he takes him under his wing and tries to protect him from the suspicion and fear of his kin.

 

With more than a language barrier standing in their way, can Tyler avoid the suspicions of the survivors? And will Hazen’Ba side with his own kind in the end?

 

And if you like the main story, be sure to check out the short story: Love Symptoms!

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text 2015-10-31 10:59
new blog to follow

hello guys!

 

let's show some BL ♥ to Samantha Lau. she only has 2 followers (including me!) so far.

 

Samantha is an author of M/M and fantasy books!

 

http://samlau.booklikes.com/

 

 

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text 2015-10-16 17:53
Café Lov is out!
Café Lov - Samantha Lau

If you haven't yet heard, my second book Café Lov is out at long last!

 

As usual, you can grab it right now for free by following the link. Don't forget to rate it. ;)

 

Here's a description of the book:

 

For Tatsuya Tobe everything has a price, it’s just a matter of finding the right combination of numbers. He has never been told “no” more than once, so the word just doesn’t register in his vocabulary. Or at least, it didn’t until he met gorgeous blue-eyed Ivan, who refused each and every offer he made.

 

Coffee Shop owner Ivan Orlova is presented with the opportunity of a lifetime: to sell his shop for more than it’s worth, more even than he’s invested in it. The problem? He doesn’t want to sell, and he might just have a tiny crush on the annoying guy trying to push the purchase.

 

As a relationship blossoms between them, they each must face a difficult choice. Will their feelings survive and their love conquer all?

 

 

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review 2015-03-27 01:53
Samantha Lau – Touch Starved
Touch Starved - Samantha Lau

Reviewer: Lucy

Genre: MM Contemporary

 

Review: Rajnish’s birthday is today. He’s turning 43 and he’s alone. He’s left his homeland of India for the US, where his son is attending school. He is divorced and with few friends here. He’s shy and this makes finding someone even more difficult.

 

When he runs into a drunken man on the street (literally), he meets Stephen, a writer who is immediately taken by Raj’s shy smile and exotic looks. Raj doesn’t believe it, of course, and besides, he isn’t gay.

 

Stephen is willing to be Raj’s friend and that’s how the two of them start out, even as Raj is doing some soul-searching, particularly after his son, Arun, comes home to say he’s met someone he loves.

 

I thought their sex scenes were tender and Stephen tried very hard to make it pleasurable for Raj, which was appreciated. I liked especially that these two started as friends, not as bed partners. That seemed realistic for Raj’s personality.

 

I thought the blurb a bit misleading because it didn’t seem the cultural differences were all that much of an issue. These two don’t face a whole lot of angst or problems, so this is a quick, soft read.

Source: heartsonfirereviews.com/?p=32917
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review 2015-03-26 03:50
A little different in a good way!
Touch Starved - Samantha Lau
THREE HEARTS--I have to applaud the author for tackling a story that features real life characters and diversity. *claps* We need more characters like Rajnish. He's a 43 year old Indian man, divorced from his arranged marriage (to a woman) and has a teenage son. There are a good number of older hero MM but this one is closer to unique because the author chose to go outside the usual main character box.

And the other main character, Stephen is in his late thirties!

If you like older heroes, sweet romance, you might like this one.

Rajnish or Raj meets Stephen on a chance encounter - drunk Stephen nearly gets ran over by Raj. The men befriend each other over a length of time, taking a vacation together where the friends finally become lovers. Rajnish was interesting, a late in life bloomer of sorts - he always coasted along his life, did what was expected of him and finally at 43, takes the reins and lives his life for himself. He finally touches the doorknob of his closet. He has to first accept homosexuality in his son and then later himself. Stephen was a patient, friend who took his time, didn't freak Raj out because he saw something special in his friend.

Why this wasn't a 5 star rating?

I'd love to rate this higher just for the different type of character used...but I can't. The story was good, not memorable. Even quiet main characters have the ability to remain on the brain if written to showcase the best characteristics. We sort of get this with Raj but I still don't feel like I got to fully know him and Stephen...I barely knew him. Both men were perfect for each other, I believe they will be partners for a very long time. But I wanted to know more of what made them special, what made them tic. Why was Stephen so rip roaring drunk in the first place? Other than the brief mention of Raj reading Stephen's work (MM romance BTW), why didn't we get to learn how Raj started reading this genre?

The pacing was sedate. For less than 19K, it felt like I read double that due to the slow pace. Don't get me wrong, for Rajnish - he could only have a believable late in life gay moment if the pacing is slow. There is something about this story that needed a little more to make it interesting. It didn't need to be over the top dramatics, I'd have rated this lower if it there was. But something. Raj is an immigrant in a new land, he barely touched on the cultural differences. There is sort of a parallel story with Raj's son, Arun, but he is only there for a few pages to showcase Raj's acceptance of his own sexuality. Also, there was a sense of formality between father and son that tarnished the validity of their closeness in my eyes. Loosen up fellas. :)

There were a few typos but it didn't detract from the story. There were images in the text that didn't really look great on my e-reader. I don't know if it was only a me thing but I just thought I'd mention it. Story didn't need them.

Overall, it was a sweet and slow, no angst, calm romance. Not as intense or deep as I imagined it could be. But I liked.

P.S. this story is set-your-own price on Smashwords, in case you're curious.



A copy provided for an honest review.
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