Review: Adore by Ann Mayburn

Posted November 23, 2012 by Annie in Reviews / 11 Comments

Review: Adore by Ann Mayburn

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Review: Adore by Ann Mayburn
by Ann Mayburn

5 Stars

Released: November 23, 2012
Series: Sam & Cody #3
Published by Decadent Publishing
Genres: Erotic Romance
Pages: 50
Format: ARC

“Ann Mayburn titled this book so appropriately because I ADORED every single moment of this short story.”
~ Under the Covers

Ann Mayburn titled this book so appropriately because I ADORED every single moment of this short story. I’ve been following Sam and Cody’s story for awhile now and nothing pleases me more than reading about two men who have found love within each other and are able to express that kind of love by bringing someone new into their world.

Mayburn infuses such heart into this little story. It was both touching and heartbreaking. I found myself tearing up multiple times as I read it. Seeing the hope and happiness  in Sam and Cody as they went through the adoption process not only made for an amazing story, but also displayed their personal strength as individual characters and also the strength of their bond. Despite the blow they were dealt, Sam and Cody didn’t give up and I think that was what made this short story so inspiring and touching.

I am hoping that Mayburn decides to write more M/M stories, possibly full length ones so that more readers can experience her writing. I think she has a great voice and can definitely write some steamy M/M scenes. Also, if you’re new to M/M and are unsure if you want to try it yet, I think this series is a good one to test the waters. It has good writing and emotional depth, but is shorter in length (but not in intensity) so I think it’s a good introduction to the M/M genre. I hope readers give this series a shot!




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About Ann Mayburn

Ann is Queen of the Castle to her wonderful husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she's been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead(though she will deny to her children that it ever happened).

From a young age she's been fascinated by myths and fairytales, and the romance that often was the center of the story. As Ann grew older and her hormones kicked in, she discovered trashy romance novels. Great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as much detail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she's never looked back.

Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her 'sexy space' and has learned to type one handed while soothing a cranky baby.


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11 responses to “Review: Adore by Ann Mayburn

  1. Annette C.

    Great review Ann, I haven’t done any M/M alone books, but always looking for a new experience, will defiantly give this series a go.

  2. Yeah-crazy Kermit the Frog arms- I’m so glad you liked it, Ann. I’ve been farting around with the idea for a M/M full length mystery/suspense book. Unfortunately I have three big books to finish before that. But I will get it done someday. And thank you so much for the compliment about being a good gateway drug for M/M. I try to write my M/M stories in the same mindset that I write M/F, M/M/F, F/M/F, F/F/M, etc. 😉 I want to tell the story about the couple, not focus on what their sexual orientation is. ‘Cause personally I believe that our hearts don’t care about gender. If we meet our soulmate and they happen to be a different gender from what we usually date, there is nothing we can do to resist the pull of our other half.

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