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Rarer Than Rubies ➟ [Epub] ❤ Rarer Than Rubies By E.M. Lynley ➩ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk When Trent Copeland runs into Reed Acton at a Bangkok airport, he thinks the handsome American is too good to be true Why would someone like Reed be interested in a quiet, introverted gay romance writ When Trent Copeland runs into Reed Acton at a Bangkok airport, he thinks the handsome American is too good to be true Why would someone like Reed be interested in a quiet, introverted gay romance writer After all, even an obvious tourist like Trent can see that there is to Reed s constant unexplained appearances in his path than meets the eye Reed Acton has one mission and one mission only he needs to get the map that was accidentally slipped into Trent s Rarer Than MOBI :Þ bag and keep the mobsters who want the priceless artifact from taking deadly revenge Trent Copeland is a delicious and damned near irresistible diversion, but Reed can t afford distractions right now, especially if he wants to keep Trent safe From Bangkok s seediest back alleys to the sacred north, the two men will fight to stay one step ahead of the bad guys and learn that the only treasure worth finding is each other.


About the Author: E.M. Lynley

EM Lynley writes gay erotic romance She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is on a scale of Her Precious Gems series is best described as Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone only gayer The Delectable series is Gay Romance with Taste A Rainbow Award winner and EPPIE finalist, EM has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she d rather be writing hot, romantic man on man action She spent Rarer Than MOBI :Þ years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, DC but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for nowShe is the author of Sex, Lies Wedding Bells, the Precious Gems series from Dreamspinner Press, and the Rewriting History series starring a sexy jewel thief, among others Her books are available in print and e book fromother book distributors.



10 thoughts on “Rarer Than Rubies

  1. agirlwithoutwings agirlwithoutwings says:

    I liked the whole idea of the book, it presented a nice setting for the characters to meet up and I enjoyed the way the two kind of opposite characters attract each other What didn t work for me was firstly the plot which in many scenes are what I should call so movie like I expected adventure but not to this extent It could bereasonable it they were not this much involved with the mobs and thugs, and exotic temples and caves And secondly, the writing became so descriptive in some part I liked the whole idea of the book, it presented a nice setting for the characters to meet up and I enjoyed the way the two kind of opposite characters attract each other What didn t work for me was firstly the plot which in many scenes are what I should call so movie like I expected adventure but not to this extent It could bereasonable it they were not this much involved with the mobs and thugs, and exotic temples and caves And secondly, the writing became so descriptive in some parts especially in the second half of the book The MCs were nice though, and made it enjoyable enough


  2. Kelly H. (Maybedog) Kelly H. (Maybedog) says:

    I really enjoyed this story Lynley really made Bangkok come alive for me and I really want to visit Her descriptions were beautiful and real without being overwrought The mystery wasn t really a mystery butof a thriller but it worked for me The main problem I found was that sometimes the narrative when on too long For example, in the section before leaving for Thailand, the last scene should have been merged with the previous scene and half of it left off Most of it wasn t necessary I really enjoyed this story Lynley really made Bangkok come alive for me and I really want to visit Her descriptions were beautiful and real without being overwrought The mystery wasn t really a mystery butof a thriller but it worked for me The main problem I found was that sometimes the narrative when on too long For example, in the section before leaving for Thailand, the last scene should have been merged with the previous scene and half of it left off Most of it wasn t necessary The last scene in the book was also unnecessary and detracted from the story.At one point, someone asks the MC why he bothers to get in shape if he doesn t use it He answers that it s to look good Um, how about health The sex scenes were all right At one point the MC says he just had the best orgasm of his life, but it didn t seem that way to me Unless his life was really, really dull At another point, the MC is shouting into the mattress even though he s on his back Reed keeps thinking about how cute it is when Trent pouts I m sorry, but an adult pouting is just not sexy I can t even picture a man doing it.Sometimes the love interest doesn t act like a spy or whatever he is He does some really stupid things, like not check his vehicle for a GPS transmitter after it had been in the bad guys hands He also isn t very observant.I liked that the MC turns to the authorities when it s appropriate, not like most thrillers when there s always a reason they don t even try that I didn t like that his friends view spoiler weren t worried when they found out he d gone gallivanting off into the countryside and they couldn t get a hold of him hide spoiler At one point there s a bad guy named Kao Lung The MC can t remember it and keeps referring to him as Kung Pao He really can t, he s not making fun of the name, he only hears it once or twice before he has to remember it on his own So he s talking about really serious stuff and referring to Kung Pao as he does It made me laugh every time Another character shortens his own name to Dr Hoo, which both the MCs and I thought funny and cool.Also, we find out that Reed view spoiler is supposedly in the FBI FBI Not CIA Or any of the other numerous spy orgs the US has FBI is supposed to be internal This made no sense to me hide spoiler At the end, view spoiler Trent is offered a job with the FBI because of his handling of the situation That is beyond ridiculous hide spoiler It occurred to me how weird it is that Buddhism is the principle religion in a city of decadence At one point, the author mentioned that the Thai people in general was comfortable with sexuality, including homosexuality I question whether that is true or whether Bangkok has just built that industry to bring in international monies I thought about some ex friends of a close friend of mine The man in the relationship revealed that he regularly went to Bangkok so he could have sex with young girls legally, this with the approval of his wife even Thankfully my stopped being friends with them and made it clear why It is just so horrific and disturbing, it sickens me to even think about it At least the MC was disgusted by it, too


  3. ttg ttg says:

    A very enjoyable m m adventure romance about a romance writer who, while traveling in Thailand, gets mixed up in an undercover smuggling case and evenmixed up with the U.S agent working on it I read some so so reviews about this book, but I thought it was actually a lot of fun and a great read to bring along on vacation It was a little slow at first, especially with the longish flashback close to the beginning, but things pick up once Trent our romance writer in a rut is traveling A very enjoyable m m adventure romance about a romance writer who, while traveling in Thailand, gets mixed up in an undercover smuggling case and evenmixed up with the U.S agent working on it I read some so so reviews about this book, but I thought it was actually a lot of fun and a great read to bring along on vacation It was a little slow at first, especially with the longish flashback close to the beginning, but things pick up once Trent our romance writer in a rut is traveling around Bangkok and repeatedly and coincidentally bumping into Reed, the undercover agent tailing him since Trent had been the unintended receiver of an important document related to his case Misunderstandings and Thai gangsters help push the story into the Thai countryside and things tumble along from there as our MCs try not to fall for each other while looking for ancient artifacts and trying to arrest crime bosses.I read the excerpt a few months back and wasn t too wow ed, especially with Trent who seemed a little shallow and colorless in that small section, but reading past that, I found him to be a great and sympathetic character who had a lot of resiliency and wayballs than you would expect for a guy so in love with aromatherapy body wash and the finer things in life He and Reed bounced off each other well, arguing, surprising, and relying on each other in turn I liked seeing how Trent kept hoping to impress Reed while Reed kept wanting to do right by Trent.The only thing besides the flashback that slowed the pace down a bit, especially in the second half, was that the MCs would stop and ruminate for a bit about their feelings This is fine and all, but sometimes it would feel like, action Reed ruminates about Trent action Ruminates someaction Trent ruminates about Reed etc Also, the climax felt a little anti climatic Or maybe I m just a girl who s seen too many Die Hard films But overall, it was a lot of fun, and I loved the descriptions about Thailand and the various Thai characters that pop up in the story It felt authentic without falling into trite orientalism.Recommended if you re looking for a fun adventure with lots of yummy romance I m glad I kept reading past that beginning excerpt and I m looking forward to the sequel Italian Ice


  4. Don Bradshaw Don Bradshaw says:

    Reviewed on Hearts On Fire Suspend all belief and strap yourself in for a fun romp through Thailand in this quirky romance story Trent Copeland has been living life much too far on the safe side since his boyfriend died His work is even suffering as he s a gay romance writer His best friend, Beth takes on the task of planning a vacation for Trent that will put some adventure and spice back into his life The next thing Trent knows, he s getting off of a pla Reviewed on Hearts On Fire Suspend all belief and strap yourself in for a fun romp through Thailand in this quirky romance story Trent Copeland has been living life much too far on the safe side since his boyfriend died His work is even suffering as he s a gay romance writer His best friend, Beth takes on the task of planning a vacation for Trent that will put some adventure and spice back into his life The next thing Trent knows, he s getting off of a plane in Bangkok Thinking that Beth did alright, Trent is looking for the limo to take him to his air conditioned 5 star hotel Instead he gets a tuk tuk ride into the heart of gay Bangkok and a room with no air conditioning at the Pink Tiger Hotel A mix up at customs brings the hot, hunky, Reed Acton and plenty of spice into Trent s life Reed is on an undercover mission to break up a transnational smuggling ring with maybe to catch a fast fuck along the way brings Trent right into the middle of a mobster s haven Ms Lynley did an excellent job of bring the beauty and varied culture of Thailand into this book I felt like I was right there next to Trent and Reed seeing through their eyes The raw lust that Reed exudes and the gentlercaring desire that Trent brings with him provided for a lot of tongue in cheek one liners that had me laughing The sex between the two men was smoking and there was plenty of it It took a little while to get used to the way Ms Lynley changed the POV from Trent to Reed but that only lasted a short time I liked both Reed and Trent and especially enjoyed the way they changed as the story moved along Give this wonderfully fun book a try if you re in the mood for a lighthearted romantic adventure story in a beautifully described setting


  5. Cole Riann Cole Riann says:

    Trent Copeland is in many ways the stereotypical gay man whose life has ground to a halt Two years after the death of his lover, Trent has become a homebody, reveling in the safety of living a monotonous life He eats the same meals at the same restaurants, he watches the same classic movies on TCM week after week, and he has begun to recycle the same characters over and over in each new romance novel he writes all to avoid the anxiety of trying anything new Once a highly successful M M roma Trent Copeland is in many ways the stereotypical gay man whose life has ground to a halt Two years after the death of his lover, Trent has become a homebody, reveling in the safety of living a monotonous life He eats the same meals at the same restaurants, he watches the same classic movies on TCM week after week, and he has begun to recycle the same characters over and over in each new romance novel he writes all to avoid the anxiety of trying anything new Once a highly successful M M romance writer, his last two manuscripts have been rejected by his long time publisher His agent and best friend have tried everything they can think of to encourage him out of his rut of self inflicted mourning, all to no avail But with the rejection of his second recycled manuscript, his two gal pals come up with a plan They talk him into taking a trip, one on which he ll go alone, but give up all control to them They arrange his destination, his flight, his lodgings, and even his transportation for the duration of his stay Only two days before he leaves do they tell him where they ve chosen for him And while he s a bit miffed that he isn t getting to go to Europe or somewhere equally suited to his classic tastes, he is a bit surprised at how exciting the prospect of his actual destination is They have arranged for him to spend two weeks in Bankok, Thailand exotic, exciting, full of life, and full of gay men just ready to throw themselves at the hunky and desperate to get laid Trent.It is immediately upon arrival when things start to go wrong Unbeknownst to him, a mysterious American ex patriot is carefully watching the arrivals gate, where he has a plant working as a customs agent, ready to slip a very valuable possession into the luggage of a mule The plan is to follow the mule to another location and make the trade off Only, the plant gives the object, a very old and rare map, to the wrong man our sad and lonely hero Trent Trent has no idea why this American man keeps following him asking him for a ride, to meet him at another place, and then following him back to his hotel His driver and the concierge at the hotel warn him off the incredibly attractive man, who they claim is probably a hustler, and big trouble Trent is obviously wary after the strange man s behavior, although he must admit that the man is incredibly hot and definitely starting to get to him At the same time, our mysterious stranger, whose name is Reed, is starting to mix business with pleasure, at least in his dreams Thetime he spends with Trent before he can get to the map, thehe starts to really like him It is only after a couple of days of dancing around one another that the lies and deceit surface and both men realize that with the Thai mob after them, they make much better allies than enemies.So begins a wild journey from Bankok to the caves of remote Thailand, running from goons with guns and their own fear of allowing another close to their hearts.I have to say that I knew I would love this story immediately upon reading the blurb I mean, who can resist a story like this adventure and flight, myths of treasure and ancient mysteries to be solved It is the perfect premise to a fun and exciting story All is well and good with that, it certainly lived up to my expectations, though the writing wasearnest than cheeky, which the blurb led me to believe That was definitely not a bad thing, however But what EM Lynley did very well was the setting People often repeat the famous maxim that they have traveled all over the world, all within the pages of a book I have not been to Thailand, and I would presume that most who will read this book have not either However, this story really does portray that maxim well While reading the book especially within the first half of the novel, while Trent is being inundated with new experiences I could smell the spices from the market stalls and hear the bustling noises of the tuk tuks in the busy streets I felt transported, and slightly angry about the lack of Thai food in my area For the full review, please visit Reviews by Jessewave.


  6. A.J. Llewellyn A.J. Llewellyn says:

    This is a lot of fun a gay Romancing the Stone that is just as implausible yet just as entertaining as the movie.The story is mostly set in Bangkok and I was a little concerned at first about ANYBODY in first class not having enough leg room but I felt the story picked up the pace once the action hit Bangkok.Some of the secondary characters really come to life, especially the workers at the Pink Elephant Hot naked men was a great line that made me laugh out loud.Many of the scenes This is a lot of fun a gay Romancing the Stone that is just as implausible yet just as entertaining as the movie.The story is mostly set in Bangkok and I was a little concerned at first about ANYBODY in first class not having enough leg room but I felt the story picked up the pace once the action hit Bangkok.Some of the secondary characters really come to life, especially the workers at the Pink Elephant Hot naked men was a great line that made me laugh out loud.Many of the scenes rang true in spite of the outlandish storyline and that isumrarer than rubies.If you enjoy hot naked men Who doesn t or hot dressed men searching for mysterious treasures and some pretty funny dialogue, this book is most entertaining.Trent and Reed make a good couple who might not make the wisest decisions but hey, there wouldn t be a novel if they did A really fun, wonderful romp


  7. Lisabet Sarai Lisabet Sarai says:

    Trent Copeland, aka gay romance author J.T Dallas, has been in a serious rut since his lover Marc died in an accident He spends his time watching the same movies over and over He goes to the same restaurants and orders the same dishes According to his agent Cassandra, his writing s also stuck, so badly that his publisher rejected his last novel And his sex life is even less inspiring than his books.Trying to shake him out of his lethargy, Trent s best friends send him on a vacation to Thail Trent Copeland, aka gay romance author J.T Dallas, has been in a serious rut since his lover Marc died in an accident He spends his time watching the same movies over and over He goes to the same restaurants and orders the same dishes According to his agent Cassandra, his writing s also stuck, so badly that his publisher rejected his last novel And his sex life is even less inspiring than his books.Trying to shake him out of his lethargy, Trent s best friends send him on a vacation to Thailand, carefully orchestrated to provide him some adventure, especially of the erotic variety However, neither they nor Trent himself count on rough trade Reed Acton zeroing in on the clueless author Reed s involved with a bunch of vicious Thai gangsters seeking the legendary Ruby Buddha Due to an error, a map indicating the location of the priceless relic gets slipped into Trent s backpack Reed stalks Trent, ostensibly to retrieve the map but equally motivated by the lust Trent inspires After Reed kills the mob boss, however, Reed and Trent find themselves fleeing for their lives, even as they becomedeeply attached to one another Reed is a hard case, unused to trusting anyone, but somehow the handsome, unworldly Trent manages to break through his shell When they re captured by the gangsters, Reed realizes that he ll do anything to protect his unlikely lover but he may not have a choice.When I learned that Rarer than Rubies was set in Thailand, I had to read it I lived in Thailand for several years and have visited it often since I was curious to see how well E.M Lynley captured the charm and the strangeness of this paradoxical country Overall, she does a marvelous job bringing the sights, scents, sounds and tastes of the place to life The courtesy Thais show to total strangers their curiosity and fondness for ribald gossip the contrast between their superstition and practicality the centrality of food in their lives the attitudes of Lynley s Thai characters struck me as wonderfully true to life The Thailand she paints is somewhat out dated it s no longer possible to take a tuk tuk from the airport into Bangkok and there are relatively few areas these days without electricity or paved roads, even in remote provinces but the Thai character and culture haven t changed all that much.This fascinating country provides a fine background for a steamy romance Trent is initially sketched as overly civilized and somewhat helpless, but he proves to beresourceful and creative than Reed or the reader expects Reed is the classic bad boy, ruthlessly pursuing his goals and spurning any softer feelings He s astonished when he realizes how much he has come to care for Trent The sex between the two men involvestenderness than Reed has ever experienced The reader recognizes the emotional chemistry between the two heroes long before either of them is willing to admit it.I can t say that there was much that surprised me about Rarer Than Rubies, but I enjoyed the ride In general, Lynley writes with grace and power, though she s somewhat less explicit in her sex scenes that I might be My most serious criticism was the fact that I found the names Trent and Reed to be a bit too similar The book shifts back and forth between the POVs of the two heroes Occasionally I had to reread a paragraph or two to remind myself who was who That might have something to do with the fact that I generally read in bed, after a long day, and sometimes, a glass or two of wine If you re looking for a heartfelt M M romance spiced with a hefty portion of the exotic, get yourself a copy of Rarer Than Rubies


  8. Serena Yates Serena Yates says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book is an interesting mix between a good old fashioned action adventure, an exciting hunt for hidden treasure in an exotic location and a modern day romance Not only that, it is also a study of what happens when a somewhat insecure, withdrawn writer collides quite literally with an action driven, somewhat macho agent Trying to figure out the mystery and the true motives of the mysterious Reed had me glued to my seat and just as fascinated as Trent.Trent is a guy who definitely grew on This book is an interesting mix between a good old fashioned action adventure, an exciting hunt for hidden treasure in an exotic location and a modern day romance Not only that, it is also a study of what happens when a somewhat insecure, withdrawn writer collides quite literally with an action driven, somewhat macho agent Trying to figure out the mystery and the true motives of the mysterious Reed had me glued to my seat and just as fascinated as Trent.Trent is a guy who definitely grew on me He starts out totally lost He is withdrawn and a scared of everything outside his apartment hermit who still mourns the death of his lover two years earlier Forced into a trip to Thailand by his truly obnoxious and irritating friends no, they did not grow on me one bit , he has a few revelations that change his life I loved watching him struggle with the unknown environment, then cope with all the surprises, and finally grow as he learns that he can do a lotthan sit at home and write romance novels He may not end up as a secret agent anytime soon, but he is definitely a changed man,daring, by the end of this adventure.Reed starts out as somewhat of a mystery That fits well with his identity as a secret agent He is very macho, judges Trent by his appearance and has no patience with anyone who doesn t fall into line with what he thinks needs to happen Being on an undercover mission makes him as lonely as Trent in a way, but his coping mechanisms are very different I didn t like the way he first treated Trent, but had to give him credit for changing his opinion in line with the changes Trent made He turns out to be a great guy and by the end of the book I really liked him.If you like mysterious agents, initially shy writer types, an adventure story set in an exotic location that really comes to life, plus want some exciting twists and turns in your plot, you will like this book.NOTE This book has been provided by the author for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews


  9. Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews says:

    Gennie s review posted on Guilty PleasuresI really enjoyed E.M Lynley s Rarer Than Rubies In fact, I am a little embarrassed to admit that I liked it so much that as I saw myself nearing the end, I kept finding other things that needed to be done because I wanted to stay in the world Ms Lynley created a little longer confession this seems to be a pattern for me and books I like The first main character we meet is Trent Copeland He is a M M romance author penname T.J Dallas originally Gennie s review posted on Guilty PleasuresI really enjoyed E.M Lynley s Rarer Than Rubies In fact, I am a little embarrassed to admit that I liked it so much that as I saw myself nearing the end, I kept finding other things that needed to be done because I wanted to stay in the world Ms Lynley created a little longer confession this seems to be a pattern for me and books I like The first main character we meet is Trent Copeland He is a M M romance author penname T.J Dallas originally from Oklahoma, who now lives in LA However, it seems that since the death of his partner two years ago, Trent has lived a very safe and predictable life So predictable that his last two books have been rejected and his friends believe he needs an intervention In a moment of weakness, Trent tells his best friend Beth to plan a vacation and she keeps it a secret until the last minute This is how Trent finds himself landing in Bangkok, Thailand with no clue what is in store for him Enter our second main character, handsome stranger Reed Acton.From this point in the book, the story line moves fast and is filled with wonderful descriptions of food and culture in Bangkok and the surrounding country side We meet some fun secondary characters, but the story really revolves around Trent and Reed I don t want to give anything away, but suffice it to say this story is filled with mystery, lost treasure, gangster bad guys, an intriguing hottie who keeps popping up, and a romance writer who s stronger than he knows This book is part travelogue, romance, and hot sex between two sexy men If any of these appeal to you, this book s for you


  10. Sylvie Sylvie says:

    4.25 starsI didn t know what to expect going into the book, certainly not the detailed and vibrant descriptions of Bangkok, Thailand I ll admit, I tend to stay away from books that feature Asian cities countries since I ve grown up in Asia and have traveled to quite a few cities countries in SE Asia That said, Lynley definitely did her research, and although one or two of the jokes were cringe worthy Kung Pao and Kao Lung, hmm , all in all, it s a nicely researched book for the topic.Cultural 4.25 starsI didn t know what to expect going into the book, certainly not the detailed and vibrant descriptions of Bangkok, Thailand I ll admit, I tend to stay away from books that feature Asian cities countries since I ve grown up in Asia and have traveled to quite a few cities countries in SE Asia That said, Lynley definitely did her research, and although one or two of the jokes were cringe worthy Kung Pao and Kao Lung, hmm , all in all, it s a nicely researched book for the topic.Cultural issues aside, I greatly enjoyed the action adventure plot The fast paced scenes kept up the momentum, characters always in motion It only dragged a tiny bit when both characters were caught in a rut and Trent our silly, lovely erotic romance writer had to Skype his friend for advice on whether or not to save a possible federal agent which I thought was quite idiotic And there were a few sex during danger scenes not a fan of that personally that broke up the pacing Other than these little parts, I think the author crafted an engaging story.This is the first book I ve read by the author, but I m definitely going to check other books The writing is competent and smooth, and combined with an fun filled plot, I m open for .ETA I would be happy if the author decided to continue the adventures of Trent and Reed even though he d be retired


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10 thoughts on “Rarer Than Rubies

  1. agirlwithoutwings agirlwithoutwings says:

    I liked the whole idea of the book, it presented a nice setting for the characters to meet up and I enjoyed the way the two kind of opposite characters attract each other What didn t work for me was firstly the plot which in many scenes are what I should call so movie like I expected adventure but not to this extent It could bereasonable it they were not this much involved with the mobs and thugs, and exotic temples and caves And secondly, the writing became so descriptive in some part I liked the whole idea of the book, it presented a nice setting for the characters to meet up and I enjoyed the way the two kind of opposite characters attract each other What didn t work for me was firstly the plot which in many scenes are what I should call so movie like I expected adventure but not to this extent It could bereasonable it they were not this much involved with the mobs and thugs, and exotic temples and caves And secondly, the writing became so descriptive in some parts especially in the second half of the book The MCs were nice though, and made it enjoyable enough

  2. Kelly H. (Maybedog) Kelly H. (Maybedog) says:

    I really enjoyed this story Lynley really made Bangkok come alive for me and I really want to visit Her descriptions were beautiful and real without being overwrought The mystery wasn t really a mystery butof a thriller but it worked for me The main problem I found was that sometimes the narrative when on too long For example, in the section before leaving for Thailand, the last scene should have been merged with the previous scene and half of it left off Most of it wasn t necessary I really enjoyed this story Lynley really made Bangkok come alive for me and I really want to visit Her descriptions were beautiful and real without being overwrought The mystery wasn t really a mystery butof a thriller but it worked for me The main problem I found was that sometimes the narrative when on too long For example, in the section before leaving for Thailand, the last scene should have been merged with the previous scene and half of it left off Most of it wasn t necessary The last scene in the book was also unnecessary and detracted from the story.At one point, someone asks the MC why he bothers to get in shape if he doesn t use it He answers that it s to look good Um, how about health The sex scenes were all right At one point the MC says he just had the best orgasm of his life, but it didn t seem that way to me Unless his life was really, really dull At another point, the MC is shouting into the mattress even though he s on his back Reed keeps thinking about how cute it is when Trent pouts I m sorry, but an adult pouting is just not sexy I can t even picture a man doing it.Sometimes the love interest doesn t act like a spy or whatever he is He does some really stupid things, like not check his vehicle for a GPS transmitter after it had been in the bad guys hands He also isn t very observant.I liked that the MC turns to the authorities when it s appropriate, not like most thrillers when there s always a reason they don t even try that I didn t like that his friends view spoiler weren t worried when they found out he d gone gallivanting off into the countryside and they couldn t get a hold of him hide spoiler At one point there s a bad guy named Kao Lung The MC can t remember it and keeps referring to him as Kung Pao He really can t, he s not making fun of the name, he only hears it once or twice before he has to remember it on his own So he s talking about really serious stuff and referring to Kung Pao as he does It made me laugh every time Another character shortens his own name to Dr Hoo, which both the MCs and I thought funny and cool.Also, we find out that Reed view spoiler is supposedly in the FBI FBI Not CIA Or any of the other numerous spy orgs the US has FBI is supposed to be internal This made no sense to me hide spoiler At the end, view spoiler Trent is offered a job with the FBI because of his handling of the situation That is beyond ridiculous hide spoiler It occurred to me how weird it is that Buddhism is the principle religion in a city of decadence At one point, the author mentioned that the Thai people in general was comfortable with sexuality, including homosexuality I question whether that is true or whether Bangkok has just built that industry to bring in international monies I thought about some ex friends of a close friend of mine The man in the relationship revealed that he regularly went to Bangkok so he could have sex with young girls legally, this with the approval of his wife even Thankfully my stopped being friends with them and made it clear why It is just so horrific and disturbing, it sickens me to even think about it At least the MC was disgusted by it, too

  3. ttg ttg says:

    A very enjoyable m m adventure romance about a romance writer who, while traveling in Thailand, gets mixed up in an undercover smuggling case and evenmixed up with the U.S agent working on it I read some so so reviews about this book, but I thought it was actually a lot of fun and a great read to bring along on vacation It was a little slow at first, especially with the longish flashback close to the beginning, but things pick up once Trent our romance writer in a rut is traveling A very enjoyable m m adventure romance about a romance writer who, while traveling in Thailand, gets mixed up in an undercover smuggling case and evenmixed up with the U.S agent working on it I read some so so reviews about this book, but I thought it was actually a lot of fun and a great read to bring along on vacation It was a little slow at first, especially with the longish flashback close to the beginning, but things pick up once Trent our romance writer in a rut is traveling around Bangkok and repeatedly and coincidentally bumping into Reed, the undercover agent tailing him since Trent had been the unintended receiver of an important document related to his case Misunderstandings and Thai gangsters help push the story into the Thai countryside and things tumble along from there as our MCs try not to fall for each other while looking for ancient artifacts and trying to arrest crime bosses.I read the excerpt a few months back and wasn t too wow ed, especially with Trent who seemed a little shallow and colorless in that small section, but reading past that, I found him to be a great and sympathetic character who had a lot of resiliency and wayballs than you would expect for a guy so in love with aromatherapy body wash and the finer things in life He and Reed bounced off each other well, arguing, surprising, and relying on each other in turn I liked seeing how Trent kept hoping to impress Reed while Reed kept wanting to do right by Trent.The only thing besides the flashback that slowed the pace down a bit, especially in the second half, was that the MCs would stop and ruminate for a bit about their feelings This is fine and all, but sometimes it would feel like, action Reed ruminates about Trent action Ruminates someaction Trent ruminates about Reed etc Also, the climax felt a little anti climatic Or maybe I m just a girl who s seen too many Die Hard films But overall, it was a lot of fun, and I loved the descriptions about Thailand and the various Thai characters that pop up in the story It felt authentic without falling into trite orientalism.Recommended if you re looking for a fun adventure with lots of yummy romance I m glad I kept reading past that beginning excerpt and I m looking forward to the sequel Italian Ice

  4. Don Bradshaw Don Bradshaw says:

    Reviewed on Hearts On Fire Suspend all belief and strap yourself in for a fun romp through Thailand in this quirky romance story Trent Copeland has been living life much too far on the safe side since his boyfriend died His work is even suffering as he s a gay romance writer His best friend, Beth takes on the task of planning a vacation for Trent that will put some adventure and spice back into his life The next thing Trent knows, he s getting off of a pla Reviewed on Hearts On Fire Suspend all belief and strap yourself in for a fun romp through Thailand in this quirky romance story Trent Copeland has been living life much too far on the safe side since his boyfriend died His work is even suffering as he s a gay romance writer His best friend, Beth takes on the task of planning a vacation for Trent that will put some adventure and spice back into his life The next thing Trent knows, he s getting off of a plane in Bangkok Thinking that Beth did alright, Trent is looking for the limo to take him to his air conditioned 5 star hotel Instead he gets a tuk tuk ride into the heart of gay Bangkok and a room with no air conditioning at the Pink Tiger Hotel A mix up at customs brings the hot, hunky, Reed Acton and plenty of spice into Trent s life Reed is on an undercover mission to break up a transnational smuggling ring with maybe to catch a fast fuck along the way brings Trent right into the middle of a mobster s haven Ms Lynley did an excellent job of bring the beauty and varied culture of Thailand into this book I felt like I was right there next to Trent and Reed seeing through their eyes The raw lust that Reed exudes and the gentlercaring desire that Trent brings with him provided for a lot of tongue in cheek one liners that had me laughing The sex between the two men was smoking and there was plenty of it It took a little while to get used to the way Ms Lynley changed the POV from Trent to Reed but that only lasted a short time I liked both Reed and Trent and especially enjoyed the way they changed as the story moved along Give this wonderfully fun book a try if you re in the mood for a lighthearted romantic adventure story in a beautifully described setting

  5. Cole Riann Cole Riann says:

    Trent Copeland is in many ways the stereotypical gay man whose life has ground to a halt Two years after the death of his lover, Trent has become a homebody, reveling in the safety of living a monotonous life He eats the same meals at the same restaurants, he watches the same classic movies on TCM week after week, and he has begun to recycle the same characters over and over in each new romance novel he writes all to avoid the anxiety of trying anything new Once a highly successful M M roma Trent Copeland is in many ways the stereotypical gay man whose life has ground to a halt Two years after the death of his lover, Trent has become a homebody, reveling in the safety of living a monotonous life He eats the same meals at the same restaurants, he watches the same classic movies on TCM week after week, and he has begun to recycle the same characters over and over in each new romance novel he writes all to avoid the anxiety of trying anything new Once a highly successful M M romance writer, his last two manuscripts have been rejected by his long time publisher His agent and best friend have tried everything they can think of to encourage him out of his rut of self inflicted mourning, all to no avail But with the rejection of his second recycled manuscript, his two gal pals come up with a plan They talk him into taking a trip, one on which he ll go alone, but give up all control to them They arrange his destination, his flight, his lodgings, and even his transportation for the duration of his stay Only two days before he leaves do they tell him where they ve chosen for him And while he s a bit miffed that he isn t getting to go to Europe or somewhere equally suited to his classic tastes, he is a bit surprised at how exciting the prospect of his actual destination is They have arranged for him to spend two weeks in Bankok, Thailand exotic, exciting, full of life, and full of gay men just ready to throw themselves at the hunky and desperate to get laid Trent.It is immediately upon arrival when things start to go wrong Unbeknownst to him, a mysterious American ex patriot is carefully watching the arrivals gate, where he has a plant working as a customs agent, ready to slip a very valuable possession into the luggage of a mule The plan is to follow the mule to another location and make the trade off Only, the plant gives the object, a very old and rare map, to the wrong man our sad and lonely hero Trent Trent has no idea why this American man keeps following him asking him for a ride, to meet him at another place, and then following him back to his hotel His driver and the concierge at the hotel warn him off the incredibly attractive man, who they claim is probably a hustler, and big trouble Trent is obviously wary after the strange man s behavior, although he must admit that the man is incredibly hot and definitely starting to get to him At the same time, our mysterious stranger, whose name is Reed, is starting to mix business with pleasure, at least in his dreams Thetime he spends with Trent before he can get to the map, thehe starts to really like him It is only after a couple of days of dancing around one another that the lies and deceit surface and both men realize that with the Thai mob after them, they make much better allies than enemies.So begins a wild journey from Bankok to the caves of remote Thailand, running from goons with guns and their own fear of allowing another close to their hearts.I have to say that I knew I would love this story immediately upon reading the blurb I mean, who can resist a story like this adventure and flight, myths of treasure and ancient mysteries to be solved It is the perfect premise to a fun and exciting story All is well and good with that, it certainly lived up to my expectations, though the writing wasearnest than cheeky, which the blurb led me to believe That was definitely not a bad thing, however But what EM Lynley did very well was the setting People often repeat the famous maxim that they have traveled all over the world, all within the pages of a book I have not been to Thailand, and I would presume that most who will read this book have not either However, this story really does portray that maxim well While reading the book especially within the first half of the novel, while Trent is being inundated with new experiences I could smell the spices from the market stalls and hear the bustling noises of the tuk tuks in the busy streets I felt transported, and slightly angry about the lack of Thai food in my area For the full review, please visit Reviews by Jessewave.

  6. A.J. Llewellyn A.J. Llewellyn says:

    This is a lot of fun a gay Romancing the Stone that is just as implausible yet just as entertaining as the movie.The story is mostly set in Bangkok and I was a little concerned at first about ANYBODY in first class not having enough leg room but I felt the story picked up the pace once the action hit Bangkok.Some of the secondary characters really come to life, especially the workers at the Pink Elephant Hot naked men was a great line that made me laugh out loud.Many of the scenes This is a lot of fun a gay Romancing the Stone that is just as implausible yet just as entertaining as the movie.The story is mostly set in Bangkok and I was a little concerned at first about ANYBODY in first class not having enough leg room but I felt the story picked up the pace once the action hit Bangkok.Some of the secondary characters really come to life, especially the workers at the Pink Elephant Hot naked men was a great line that made me laugh out loud.Many of the scenes rang true in spite of the outlandish storyline and that isumrarer than rubies.If you enjoy hot naked men Who doesn t or hot dressed men searching for mysterious treasures and some pretty funny dialogue, this book is most entertaining.Trent and Reed make a good couple who might not make the wisest decisions but hey, there wouldn t be a novel if they did A really fun, wonderful romp

  7. Lisabet Sarai Lisabet Sarai says:

    Trent Copeland, aka gay romance author J.T Dallas, has been in a serious rut since his lover Marc died in an accident He spends his time watching the same movies over and over He goes to the same restaurants and orders the same dishes According to his agent Cassandra, his writing s also stuck, so badly that his publisher rejected his last novel And his sex life is even less inspiring than his books.Trying to shake him out of his lethargy, Trent s best friends send him on a vacation to Thail Trent Copeland, aka gay romance author J.T Dallas, has been in a serious rut since his lover Marc died in an accident He spends his time watching the same movies over and over He goes to the same restaurants and orders the same dishes According to his agent Cassandra, his writing s also stuck, so badly that his publisher rejected his last novel And his sex life is even less inspiring than his books.Trying to shake him out of his lethargy, Trent s best friends send him on a vacation to Thailand, carefully orchestrated to provide him some adventure, especially of the erotic variety However, neither they nor Trent himself count on rough trade Reed Acton zeroing in on the clueless author Reed s involved with a bunch of vicious Thai gangsters seeking the legendary Ruby Buddha Due to an error, a map indicating the location of the priceless relic gets slipped into Trent s backpack Reed stalks Trent, ostensibly to retrieve the map but equally motivated by the lust Trent inspires After Reed kills the mob boss, however, Reed and Trent find themselves fleeing for their lives, even as they becomedeeply attached to one another Reed is a hard case, unused to trusting anyone, but somehow the handsome, unworldly Trent manages to break through his shell When they re captured by the gangsters, Reed realizes that he ll do anything to protect his unlikely lover but he may not have a choice.When I learned that Rarer than Rubies was set in Thailand, I had to read it I lived in Thailand for several years and have visited it often since I was curious to see how well E.M Lynley captured the charm and the strangeness of this paradoxical country Overall, she does a marvelous job bringing the sights, scents, sounds and tastes of the place to life The courtesy Thais show to total strangers their curiosity and fondness for ribald gossip the contrast between their superstition and practicality the centrality of food in their lives the attitudes of Lynley s Thai characters struck me as wonderfully true to life The Thailand she paints is somewhat out dated it s no longer possible to take a tuk tuk from the airport into Bangkok and there are relatively few areas these days without electricity or paved roads, even in remote provinces but the Thai character and culture haven t changed all that much.This fascinating country provides a fine background for a steamy romance Trent is initially sketched as overly civilized and somewhat helpless, but he proves to beresourceful and creative than Reed or the reader expects Reed is the classic bad boy, ruthlessly pursuing his goals and spurning any softer feelings He s astonished when he realizes how much he has come to care for Trent The sex between the two men involvestenderness than Reed has ever experienced The reader recognizes the emotional chemistry between the two heroes long before either of them is willing to admit it.I can t say that there was much that surprised me about Rarer Than Rubies, but I enjoyed the ride In general, Lynley writes with grace and power, though she s somewhat less explicit in her sex scenes that I might be My most serious criticism was the fact that I found the names Trent and Reed to be a bit too similar The book shifts back and forth between the POVs of the two heroes Occasionally I had to reread a paragraph or two to remind myself who was who That might have something to do with the fact that I generally read in bed, after a long day, and sometimes, a glass or two of wine If you re looking for a heartfelt M M romance spiced with a hefty portion of the exotic, get yourself a copy of Rarer Than Rubies

  8. Serena Yates Serena Yates says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book is an interesting mix between a good old fashioned action adventure, an exciting hunt for hidden treasure in an exotic location and a modern day romance Not only that, it is also a study of what happens when a somewhat insecure, withdrawn writer collides quite literally with an action driven, somewhat macho agent Trying to figure out the mystery and the true motives of the mysterious Reed had me glued to my seat and just as fascinated as Trent.Trent is a guy who definitely grew on This book is an interesting mix between a good old fashioned action adventure, an exciting hunt for hidden treasure in an exotic location and a modern day romance Not only that, it is also a study of what happens when a somewhat insecure, withdrawn writer collides quite literally with an action driven, somewhat macho agent Trying to figure out the mystery and the true motives of the mysterious Reed had me glued to my seat and just as fascinated as Trent.Trent is a guy who definitely grew on me He starts out totally lost He is withdrawn and a scared of everything outside his apartment hermit who still mourns the death of his lover two years earlier Forced into a trip to Thailand by his truly obnoxious and irritating friends no, they did not grow on me one bit , he has a few revelations that change his life I loved watching him struggle with the unknown environment, then cope with all the surprises, and finally grow as he learns that he can do a lotthan sit at home and write romance novels He may not end up as a secret agent anytime soon, but he is definitely a changed man,daring, by the end of this adventure.Reed starts out as somewhat of a mystery That fits well with his identity as a secret agent He is very macho, judges Trent by his appearance and has no patience with anyone who doesn t fall into line with what he thinks needs to happen Being on an undercover mission makes him as lonely as Trent in a way, but his coping mechanisms are very different I didn t like the way he first treated Trent, but had to give him credit for changing his opinion in line with the changes Trent made He turns out to be a great guy and by the end of the book I really liked him.If you like mysterious agents, initially shy writer types, an adventure story set in an exotic location that really comes to life, plus want some exciting twists and turns in your plot, you will like this book.NOTE This book has been provided by the author for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews

  9. Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews says:

    Gennie s review posted on Guilty PleasuresI really enjoyed E.M Lynley s Rarer Than Rubies In fact, I am a little embarrassed to admit that I liked it so much that as I saw myself nearing the end, I kept finding other things that needed to be done because I wanted to stay in the world Ms Lynley created a little longer confession this seems to be a pattern for me and books I like The first main character we meet is Trent Copeland He is a M M romance author penname T.J Dallas originally Gennie s review posted on Guilty PleasuresI really enjoyed E.M Lynley s Rarer Than Rubies In fact, I am a little embarrassed to admit that I liked it so much that as I saw myself nearing the end, I kept finding other things that needed to be done because I wanted to stay in the world Ms Lynley created a little longer confession this seems to be a pattern for me and books I like The first main character we meet is Trent Copeland He is a M M romance author penname T.J Dallas originally from Oklahoma, who now lives in LA However, it seems that since the death of his partner two years ago, Trent has lived a very safe and predictable life So predictable that his last two books have been rejected and his friends believe he needs an intervention In a moment of weakness, Trent tells his best friend Beth to plan a vacation and she keeps it a secret until the last minute This is how Trent finds himself landing in Bangkok, Thailand with no clue what is in store for him Enter our second main character, handsome stranger Reed Acton.From this point in the book, the story line moves fast and is filled with wonderful descriptions of food and culture in Bangkok and the surrounding country side We meet some fun secondary characters, but the story really revolves around Trent and Reed I don t want to give anything away, but suffice it to say this story is filled with mystery, lost treasure, gangster bad guys, an intriguing hottie who keeps popping up, and a romance writer who s stronger than he knows This book is part travelogue, romance, and hot sex between two sexy men If any of these appeal to you, this book s for you

  10. Sylvie Sylvie says:

    4.25 starsI didn t know what to expect going into the book, certainly not the detailed and vibrant descriptions of Bangkok, Thailand I ll admit, I tend to stay away from books that feature Asian cities countries since I ve grown up in Asia and have traveled to quite a few cities countries in SE Asia That said, Lynley definitely did her research, and although one or two of the jokes were cringe worthy Kung Pao and Kao Lung, hmm , all in all, it s a nicely researched book for the topic.Cultural 4.25 starsI didn t know what to expect going into the book, certainly not the detailed and vibrant descriptions of Bangkok, Thailand I ll admit, I tend to stay away from books that feature Asian cities countries since I ve grown up in Asia and have traveled to quite a few cities countries in SE Asia That said, Lynley definitely did her research, and although one or two of the jokes were cringe worthy Kung Pao and Kao Lung, hmm , all in all, it s a nicely researched book for the topic.Cultural issues aside, I greatly enjoyed the action adventure plot The fast paced scenes kept up the momentum, characters always in motion It only dragged a tiny bit when both characters were caught in a rut and Trent our silly, lovely erotic romance writer had to Skype his friend for advice on whether or not to save a possible federal agent which I thought was quite idiotic And there were a few sex during danger scenes not a fan of that personally that broke up the pacing Other than these little parts, I think the author crafted an engaging story.This is the first book I ve read by the author, but I m definitely going to check other books The writing is competent and smooth, and combined with an fun filled plot, I m open for .ETA I would be happy if the author decided to continue the adventures of Trent and Reed even though he d be retired

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