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Congrats to

Antonia

for winning the copy of the Conflict: Contact by Jack Greene. I’ve already emailed the winner, so they should already have heard from me, but if not, please email me at armchairreader[dot]coleriann[at]gmail[dot]com so you can get your book. Thanks for playing everyone and thank you all for stopping by and commenting on my review of this story!

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Conflict__ContactTitle: Conflict: Contact (Conflict #1)
Author: Jack Greene
Publisher: Phaze
Length: 13,650 words
Genre: m/m Sci Fi Erotica Romance
Heat: 4 – Spicy & Smutty
Sex Frequency: 3 – Average Sex to Story
Keywords/Tags: Short Story, Series, Space Travel/Opera, Military, May/December, Cheating (it’s no biggie, more info in review), Married, Affair with the Boss, Genetic Modification, Other Worlds, Artificial Worlds, Battle/War, Alliances, Stranded
Rating: So So

**Some Spoilers! Sorry 😦

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Conflict is a serial in three parts: In the not-so-distant future, the people of the Earth are repressed by the iron rule of the Emperor. The Space Colonies have resisted, and as a result are at war with the Emperor.

In Conflict: Contact, Lieutenant Colton Santarelli and the Colony Special Forces undertake a desperate mission to keep the Emperor from building the ultimate weapon, an army of supersoldiers. But amidst the terror of war, Colton is secretly in love with his dashing–and married–commanding officer Colonel Vance Hohler.

REVIEW

The first of a three part serialized novella called Conflict, Contact sets up this science fiction and space exploration erotic story about a colony Lieutenant named Colton who is in lust and moving toward love with his Colonel. Before setting out on a dangerous mission to overpower the Earth Emperor’s forces, Colton shares a mind-blowing moment with Vance, his Colonel, on the balcony during the party to celebrate their new venture. The problem is that no matter how much Vance shows interest in him as well, the fact remains that Vance is married.

Colton leaves with mixed feelings of lust, guilt and a little bit of love only to find that the Colonist’s offensive is in serious trouble. Before long, Colton finds himself all alone in a battle where most of his men have died and his ship is alone fighting the Emperor’s forces. In a bid to recover possible success in their mission, Colton heads to land and infiltrate the enemy base. What he finds there both horrifies him and confirms that the Emperor has been up to what they expected.

Shizu is a genetically modified human that was abducted as a child and has been through a horrible hell of testing and modification along with several others. Now, he thinks he’s the only one left, at least in this base and the sight of a man who takes him out of the base and tries to get him to freedom bonds them together. But Shizu still harbors feelings for the man who was with him, who tried to escape with him before they were caught and separated forever. Hiding in a cave with Colton while they await rescue with a downed ship, the two get to know one another and forge a friendship of mutual respect and goals that might just be a bridge between the Colony forces and Earth’s grassroots rebellion that could help them overthrow the planet’s tyrannical rule.

I’m always excited to get a new Jack Greene story for review, but lately his work has been turning from more erotica to romance. He still writes highly erotic stories, such as this, but there’s definitely more plot to work with and to keep me interested and I like the fusion of styles and his growth as an author. It certainly makes me look forward to the next two stories in this “serialized” story. As the first of such a series, a large part of this story serves to set up the world. We’re presented with a world split into three factions: Earth, where a tyrant has united the world under one rule; the colonies, artificial worlds in space that use artificial gravity and other futuristic technological advances to create a sort of mirror earth in a controlled atmosphere; and lastly, the grassroots resistance on Earth, living hardscrabble lives with little food or supplies and actively defying the Empire while remaining under the radar. Conflict gives us the initial outlook in this conflict while paving the way for the next couple of stories through the connection made between Colton, Shizu and Shizu’s lover.

The relationship between Colton and his Colonel, Vance, is a different matter. Vance appears quickly in the beginning and then later in the story, but is largely removed (so far) from the actual conflict. His motivations seemed hazy to me for much of the story before he seemed to do an about face and admit deep feelings of love for Colton, despite his marriage, which he claims is unhappy and more of convenience. There’s one brief bout of cheating in the beginning of the novel, but it seems that there won’t be anymore, going by what we learn later in the story. So if you find cheating a huge turnoff, you might be initially disappointed in the story. Otherwise, I found their interactions together to be really steamy and satisfying on an erotic level, but at the end of the story I remained unconvinced in any true feelings between them. Perhaps, hopefully, that will change in the next two stories. I’d rather have an all or nothing approach, all romance and development of those feelings, or pure erotica. But a mishmash of the two where I’m not shown any of that progression cheapens the story a bit for me.

I’m definitely excited to see what’s in store for these characters. Of course, even though I had problems with some of the story, for the most part I’m pretty forgiving (always, of course, lol), but especially because this is the first story in a three part arc and there’s room for the characters to grow into the feelings presented here.

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Please leave a comment below to win an ebook copy of Conflict: Contact. The giveaway will last until Midnight CDT on Friday, August 2. I will choose the winner using Random.org and email the winner who will then have 48 hours from the time of the drawing to reply to my email. I will then forward the winner’s information to the author so the winner can receive their book.

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Congrats to

Brandilyn Carpenter

for winning the copy of the Just Call Me Angel by Jack Greene. I’ve tweeted Brandilyn to let her know. As always, I need winners to get back to me at armchairreader.coleriann[at]gmail.com within 48 hours of the drawing, or I’ll draw another name. Thanks for playing everyone and thank you all for your comments on the review of Jack’s book.


Just_Call_Me_AngelTitle: Just Call Me Angel
Author: Jack Greene
Publisher: Phaze
Length: 15,400 words
Genre: m/m Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 – Sexy & Mild
Sex Frequency: 2 – Few and Far Between
Keywords/Tags: Short Story, Scientist, Science (Geology), Technology Sector, Businessmen, On Vacation, Bahamas, Hurricane, Nerds/Geeks, Playboys, Bisexual, Famous, Super Rich, Second Chances
Rating: Pretty Good

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Seeking funding to complete his breakthrough research, Ben meets Chase Mitchell, billionaire CEO of Mitchell Industries.

Chase agrees to fund Ben’s research, but what Ben didn’t count on was how handsome Chase is, or how much Ben wants him.

REVIEW

I’ve really grown to love Jack Greene’s writing over the last couple of years. But while I first naturally assumed that he was solely an erotica writer, I’ve had to change my expectations every time he sends me a new story. And I’m really glad that I’ve been able to. Ever since he wrote and published his first novel, Indiscretion (reviewed here), I’ve seen a real upswing in his writing. I mean, I always enjoyed his stories, don’t get me wrong. But this year has seen some of Jack’s best writing, as well as some branching out into romance. The novel did that really well while exploring extra-marital affairs, and this story, Just Call Me Angel, does it as well.

Ben knows that as far as he is concerned, intelligence comes before beauty. He’s too skinny and he’s a giant nerd. He’d prefer to be alone in his lab over pretty much anything else. Except to have a boyfriend again, maybe. And of course, Ben has had to learn that it doesn’t matter how much intelligence someone has if no one is willing to invest in them. He’s been trying to get funding for his discovery for ages. After going through all of his preferred sources of investment while those he pitched to nodded off in boredom the moment he started to explain metals and geology, Ben has been forced swallow his pride and enter the private sector.

This decision brings him to Mitchell Industries, but instead of the lackey he’s expecting them to send to talk to him the man himself comes to the meeting, eccentric billionaire Chase Mitchell. The venture capitalist soon surprises Ben into silence, not only by his utter sexiness in that powerful mature way, but the man’s humor, intelligence and down to earth personality. Soon Ben is swept up into a world of success…nouveau. Chase lives life among splendor of the likes Ben (who lives in a studio apartment and eats ramen) has never known, but isn’t completely taken away by his own wealth and success and is more socially cognizant than a stereotypical multi-billionaire. The two are smitten right away, but Ben knows all about the rumors of Chase’s personal life. He’s a player, and more than most, Ben has a lot to lose by a souring relationship between the two — his professional success, his pet project, and his fragile, self-depreciating ego.

Not only was I in for a surprise finding out that the romance in this story was way more front and center than the sex, but I was even more surprised to find that this story had very little sex in it. If I were used to Jack Greene being primarily a romance author then I might say that this had an average amount of sex for a short story (meaning, one scene near the end), but I’m not. I’m used to quite a bit of sizzling sex from this author! I wasn’t disappointed, because I liked the story a lot and Jack has show that he’s just as good or better of a romance author than as an erotica author, but it was a bit of an adjustment waiting for the sex to start, lol. The sex we do get though, is really hot, so there are no complaints from me.

I think it’s important to talk about the fact that Jack and now writing more romance-heavy stories because I think many readers probably have pre-conceived notions of his writing, like I did. The target audience of this story is going to be somewhat different than some of his others. I recommend this one for a quick and cute read!

GIVEAWAY RULES

Please leave a comment below to win an ebook copy of Just Call Me Angel. The giveaway will last until Midnight CDT on Friday, May 18. I will choose the winner using Random.org and email the winner who will then have 48 hours from the time of the drawing to reply to my email. I will then forward the winner’s information to Jack so the winner can receive their ebook.

Please enter the email you’d wish me to contact you at in the comment form, or if you prefer, leave it in the message.

Thank you and good luck!


ChronicleTitle: Chronicle
Author: Jack Greene
Publisher: Phaze
Length: 15,400 words
Genre: m/m Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 – Sexy & Mild
Sex Frequency: 4 – Very Often
Keywords/Tags: Short Story, Military, Afghanistan, Second Chances, Injuries, DADT, Closeted, Public Places (Sex), Photography, Journalism, Writer
Rating: Pretty Good

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On assignment as an embedded journalist in Iraq, Tom falls in lust with gorgeous Sergeant Craig.

The feeling is mutual, but “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is still the rule, so they have to grab their moments of forbidden passion when they can. Then a mission goes wrong, and Tom goes home, only to lose touch with Craig.

When Tom finds Craig again, will their lust turn into something more?

REVIEW

I am an even bigger fan of Jack Greene’s work now, after reading his first novel Indiscretion (reviewed here) a few weeks ago. But even though I found that book to have surpassed anything he’s written previously (and I’ve read most of his work), I’m still rather fond of his short stories. They’re usually uncomplicated, well written, and very sexy and I tend to save them for when I need something solid and simply enjoyable to read. This story adheres to all those qualities, but also diverges in a few ways that I found new for this author, in a way which I think might garner him new fans. Where, in the past, I’ve often classified Jack Greene’s shorts as erotica over romance, this story very firmly rests in the romance camp. This is based solely on the quality and type of sex scenes in the book. Instead of a detailed descriptive scene of the sexual acts, the details take a backseat to the emotion between Tom and Craig. And while there are rather a lot of sex scenes in the story, the overall quick pace of the story (which covers more time and story in less space) means that the relationship takes precedent over the sex.

The story is a fairly common romance plot, but enjoyable for it’s simplicity and in the way the story is told, heavier on narrative voice. After a bad breakup, Tom takes a position as a freelance journalist embedded with a group of soldiers in Afghanistan. He is very quickly smitten with the battalion’s Sergeant, Craig, who has a body to die for and is a natural leader and loved by all the other men. Tom grows to love all the men he shares time with, but gets to know Craig the best. He gravitates toward him and finds that they become friends. He wonders just how Craig feels about him — at times it seems as if Craig is hinting toward more, but in such a dangerous and charged atmosphere it is dangerous to become too close. Soon, however, the two throw caution to the winds and start a secret and whirlwind romance under the very noses of the rest of the men. But, Tom’s happiness ends too soon when he’s sent away from the man he’s growing to love and time and distance drive a wedge between them.

I liked this story, but I didn’t love it. I do think that at times the pace of the story seemed too rushed and also, for the short length, that some parts of the plot seemed excessive. For instance, early in the story there is a situation that serves to bring the two men together. While I could understand why it was written — to bring them together — it was a serious situation that was pretty glossed over and not give the attention that that type of situation really needs. I would have preferred a more streamlined plot for the sake of saving space rather than not going into detail about certain parts of the story.

Still, I found this story really enjoyable and, in the end, heartwarming. I think that a lot of readers who might not have been fond of Jack Greene’s highly sexualized writing int he past might enjoy this slightly different type of story. I enjoy both sides of the coin 🙂

Thanks to Jack for once again offering a copy of this story with my review!

GIVEAWAY RULES

Please leave a comment below to win an ebook copy of Chronicle. The giveaway will last until Midnight CDT on Thursday, April 18. I will choose the winner using Random.org and email the winner who will then have 48 hours from the time of the drawing to reply to my email. I will then forward the winner’s information to the author so the winner can receive their book.

Please enter the email you’d wish me to contact you at in the comment form, or if you prefer, leave it in the message.

Thank you and good luck!


IndiscretionTitle: Indiscretion
Author: Jack Greene
Publisher: Phaze
Length: 51,800 words
Genre: m/m Contemporary Romance
Heat: 5 – Off the Charts!
Sex Frequency: 4 – Very Often
Keywords/Tags: Bisexual, Questioning, Cheating, First Times (with a man), Divorce, Public Sex, Physical Abuse, Stalkers
Rating: Loved It!!

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Going through the motions in a loveless marriage, Chris is unaware of how much he is missing–until he meets Leif.

The gorgeous, tempestuous man turns Chris’s life upside down in every way.

Can Chris save himself from this dangerous affair, or will his life forever be changed by love?

REVIEW

It’s time for another Jack Greene review and giveaway! Jack is so wonderful because whenever he sends me a book to review he always offers a giveaway. And was I ever excited to read and review this book. For the past few stories that Jack has published, I’ve known that a full novel, his first, was in the works. I was interested to see what kind of story Jack would write for his first novel and how it would pan out. I’ve been a fan of his stories for a few years now, but he has a definite style — short and heavy on sex.

I was really pretty blown away by what I saw. I say I’ve been a fan for a while now, but I’ve never given Jack the top rating; I’ve never loved one of his books, though I’ve liked many of them quite a bit. Still, I warn you that this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. While I loved it, I know many won’t. A fundamental part of the story is cheating, no if ands or buts about it and that will bother many. But, it doesn’t usually bother me, and I could see that there were steps taken to lessen the impact, like having Chris’ wife be rather standoffish. Chris even wonders if she’s having an affair too, and there are some details that lead you to believe that might be the case. There aren’t any wallowing in hurt feelings. Still, those sensitive to cheating in all forms will definitely want to steer clear.

I think what I loved the most about this book is that Jack did exactly what I always wanted. In reading his short stories, they usually ended before we really got into the characters and their problems, neuroses, etc. We just didn’t get to know them as well as we could have and most of the emphasis in those stories was based on the sex. I usually categorize them as erotica. That’s great, I love erotica as well as romance. And I hope that he isn’t upset when I admit how surprised I was to find this novel so different than those stories. Not only do we get deep into the characters, but the emphasis here is definitely on romance, no matter how gritty and raunchy their sex gets. (and it’s goooood…)

The basis of the story is a classic “Gay for You” story. Chris has always been straight, and he’s generally an honorable man. He’s never cheated on his wife and he does love her. But they’ve grown apart after six years of marriage, settling into a sibling-like friendship and living like barely speaking roommates. So when he meets a man who shows him some attention on a business trip, he runs with it, surprising himself by his attraction. With little angst about what that attraction means, Chris dives headfirst into his illicit relationship. In fact, he has a bigger issue in trying to earn Leif’s trust and get to know the surly and complicated man than in investigating his own feelings. He only knows that he’s falling head first for someone he never thought he would, while at the same time trying to lesson the hurt he’s causing to his wife.

I liked quite a bit about this book. I liked that we get to see the relationship past the “marriage” phase and into the two building a life together. I like that Chris straddles the line of his own honor but still remained likable to me. And mostly, I liked the character Jack created in Leif, who remains an enigma right up until the very last page, where I finally felt like I understood him. The delivery of information about Leif is subtle and given to us in small bits, so that we get to know Leif like Chris does.

I can only surmise that all those short stories Jack wrote simply gave him lots of writing practice for his first novel, because I was really blown away by how much I enjoyed it. I’ll be thinking of this couple for a while and I would love for Jack to continue writing novels. Of course, I don’t want him to stop writing those super sexy shorts either 😉

GIVEAWAY RULES

Please leave a comment below to win an ebook copy of Indiscretion. The giveaway will last until Midnight CDT on March 29th. I will choose the winner using Random.org and email the winner who will then have 48 hours from the time of the drawing to reply to my email. I will then forward the winner’s information to the author so the winner can receive their book.

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Thank you and good luck!