Blog Tour: Come What May by A.M. Arthur

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Oh My Shelves welcomes author A.M. Arthur to the blog with the latest release in her new adult romance series All Saints – Come What May, available now – to share and exclusive excerpt from the book!

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OMS: Hi A.M., thank you for agreeing to stop by the blog.  Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

AMA: Hello! I’m an m/m romance author, who mostly writes contemporary but occasionally delves into paranormal. I live in Hicksville, USA with two rambunctious cats and a large collection of horror film DVDs.

 My newest release, Come What May, is the first in a new NA romance series with Carina Press. Jonas Ashcroft is suspended from college after a fraternity prank goes wrong, and he’s stuck working in his aunt’s thrift store—his very first job ever. Tate Dawson runs an LGBT homeless shelter nearby, and when their paths cross, sparks fly. So do insults, misunderstandings, and smexy times.

~Exclusive Excerpt~

Jonas couldn’t stop pacing the shop, even when customers came inside. He was tied up in knots over dinner with his father. The man was intimidating on the best of days—a trademark that had served him well on the election trail and had gotten him into the Illinois senate. He had no reason to think dinner would be dramatic—his father despised public scenes—but he couldn’t put old fears to rest.

He can’t possibly look at you and know you’re gay. You’ve lived under his nose for years. Stop worrying.

At two in the afternoon, the reason for those worries strolled into the empty store. Tate looked around until he spotted Jonas frozen in place next to the bed linens.

“Are you empty?” Tate asked.

Jonas nodded.

Tate flipped the little sign from Open to Out To Lunch, then pulled the front-door shade down.

“What are you doing?” Jonas squawked, hating how his voice pitched high.

“We need to talk.”

“You’ve avoided me for days, and now you want to talk?” Hours before dinner with his father. The timing couldn’t have been worse.

Tate strode toward him. Jonas had never seen him so determined, and it was crazy sexy. “You seemed so uncertain when we parted ways on Monday that I wanted to give you spRCace. And I needed space, too. To think.”

“Think about what?”

“You and me.”

Hope spread though Jonas’s chest. “You want there to be a you and me?”

“Yes.” Tate lifted his hand as if to touch him, then dropped it to his side. “Jonas, I don’t let just anyone fuck me. I’ll get off with a guy I barely know, but what we did? I’ve never felt that way with someone before.”

“Felt how?”

Some of that determination cracked, allowing vulnerability to peek through. “Like I’d found something really profound and important and it was so fragile I was terrified of shattering it if I pressed too hard. I really like you, and I want us to be more than friends but only if you’re honest about it.”

That lovely hope started to crack. “I felt the same way. I’ve missed seeing you these last couple of days.”

“I missed you too.” Tate shoved his hands into his pockets and rocked on his heels. “But you didn’t comment on my last thing.”

“Being honest.”

“Yeah. I know the bottle on Monday night scared you but shit like that happens. Not all the time. It’s part of being gay in America.”

Jonas had no illusions that being out would be as easy as saying the words and everyone accepting them. Danger lurked in unexpected places, behind the faces of people who’d smile at you if you were straight and spit at you if you were queer. But hiding who he was ate at his soul a bit more every single day.

“Being open scares the shit out of me,” Jonas said.


Come What MayComeWhatMay_final by A.M. Arthur 
Series: All Saints
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Pages: 320 • Format: eARC
Published By: Carina Press
Purchase Links:
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Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Or at least, he doesn’t want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He’s a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn’t leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.

Enter Tate. He’s smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas’s surly exterior. Sure, he’s done things in life he’s not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he’s never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.

But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas’s old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn’t enough—and sometimes it’s exactly what you need.


Tour Dates & Stops:

23-May: The Novel Approach, Gay Media Reviews, Gay Book Reviews, Man2ManTastic, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, Mikky’s World of Books, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

24-May: Oh My Shelves, MM Good Book Reviews, Attention Is Arbitrary, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

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26-May: Love Bytes, Book Reviews and More by Kathy, Sassygirl Books

27-May: Hearts on Fire, 3 Chicks After Dark, Multitasking Mommas

30-May: Happily Ever Chapter, Books A to Z, Joyfully Jay

31-May: Dawn’s Reading Nook, Jessie G. Books, Book Lovers 4Ever

1-Jun: My Fiction Nook, Boys on the Brink Reviews, Making It Happen

2-Jun: Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Full Moon Dreaming

3-Jun: V’s Reads, As The Pages Turn

6-Jun: Outrageous Heroes, BFD Book Blog

7-Jun: Cathy Brockman Romances, Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy

8-Jun: Three Books Over The Rainbow, Bayou Book Junkie

9-Jun: Kirsty Loves Books, Divine Magazine

10-Jun: Alpha Book Club, Molly Lolly

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About A.M. Arthur

A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and SMP Swerve.
When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

Blog Tour/Review: 100 Days by Lara Adrian

Today is the release day of For 100 Day by Lara Adrian! I am so excited to share this fantastic new contemporary romance with you! Check out the excerpt Lara is sharing and be sure to enter her giveaway!

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For 100 Days Synopsis:

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Pleasure has a price . . .

Just when everything in my life is falling apart, I find a chance to turn it around–to step into someone else’s glittering world, if only for a little while. I become someone new, no longer the woman defined by an ugly past, but a woman freer and bolder than myself. A woman who isn’t afraid to explore every passion, even at its darkest, with a mysterious and seductive man who believes my mask is real.

Handsome and commanding, enigmatic and irresistible, billionaire Dominic Baine is an obsession I cannot afford and should not risk. He ushers me into consuming new pleasures and addicting new desires, until the line between my real life and the fantasy one I’ve stolen with him begins to blur.

I know I cannot keep my truth from him. I know my past will not stay buried forever. But before I can make it right, everything comes crashing down. I have deceived this powerful, dangerous man . . . and now there is a price to be paid.

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FOR 100 DAYS is the first novel in a passionate new contemporary romance trilogy from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Lara Adrian. Coming soon: FOR 100 NIGHTS and FOR 100 REASONS.

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Exclusive Excerpt:

Tasha and I head for the elevators. Neither of the two cars are parked on the ground level, so, as we wait for one to come down, I can’t resist pivoting for another look at the opulence of the lobby.

A moment later, a soft chime sounds behind me as the elevator comes to a rest. I wheel back around and step toward the doors as soon as they slide open.

I don’t even register that the wall I’m facing is human until I’ve almost crashed right into him.

I stop short and lift my head with a half-formed apology on my lips. The sound evaporates on my tongue as I glance up and my gaze collides with a pair of cerulean blue eyes. They skewer me from under the slash of inky black brows.

Brows that are furrowed into a deep scowl at the uncouth clod who nearly body-slammed her way onto the elevator.

“Um, sorry.”

No reply from him. Not even a flicker of polite response in his handsome, sharply cut features. Under a crown of dark hair that’s neatly trimmed, fit for a boardroom, but thick with rebellious waves that catch the light in a glossy, raven’s wing sheen, his face is a blending of hard, chiseled angles. With his high cheekbones and square jaw, I’d be tempted to call his face brutal if not for the supple line of his mouth.

And he’s tall and muscular too, dressed in a dark gray track jacket and pants that do little to disguise the physically fit body within. Despite his athletic appearance, I can tell immediately that he’s not some meat-head gym rat who’s more brawn than brain.

No, this man’s eyes blast me with the kind of intelligence and seriousness—a powerful confidence—that I can’t ignore.

A shocking and inexplicable heat pours through me as he holds my gaze. His stare is bold, unflinching, as if he’s accustomed to taking his fill of anything in his sights. That air of assumption should offend me for many reasons, but as his brilliant blue eyes travel the length of me, all I feel is the rapid igniting of every cell in my body.

Tasha clears her throat when my muteness appears to be permanent. “Pardon us, please.”

He barely acknowledges her comment, nor her huff of indignation that follows. No, those piercing eyes staying rooted on me alone. I feel stripped bare under that hard gaze, as if he can see right through me with a single glance and knows I don’t belong here. Even worse, the barely imperceptible twist of his lips seems to say that he’s very much aware of the effect he has on me.

He doesn’t move, then I am mortified to realize it’s because I’m standing in his way.

I wince inwardly and step aside, wishing I would just melt into the crack between the marble floor and the elevator shaft before I embarrass myself any more.

His path cleared, he steps into the lobby without a word.

I follow Tasha into the elevator, but all of my attention is on the dark-haired stranger now prowling across the marble with fluid, almost urgent strides.

I hear Manny greet him as the elevator doors slide shut, blocking my view.

“Evening, Mr. Baine. Enjoy your run, sir.”

Once we’re sealed inside the car, my breath leaks out of me on a groan.

Tasha arches a brow. “Hot as sin, but obviously a superior prick. Do yourself a favor and steer clear of that one, honey.”

As if I need the warning.

Whoever he is, I doubt I’ll be seeing much of Mr. Baine. In fact, I’m already promising myself I’ll head in the opposite direction if I ever see him in the building again while I’m here. God knows, I don’t need to relive tonight’s awkward semi-introduction with the man anytime soon.

I push the button for the fifth floor, wishing it was as easy to push the memory of those searing blue eyes from my mind.

 

Lara Adrian Bio:

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LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author, with nearly 4 million books in print worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books regularly appear in the top spots of all the major bestseller lists including the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Indiebound, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. Reviewers have called Lara’s books “addictively readable” (Chicago Tribune), “extraordinary” (Fresh Fiction), and “one of the best on the market” (Romantic Times).

Writing as TINA ST. JOHN, her historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best; and many others. She was twice named a Finalist in Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, for Best Historical Romance (White Lion’s Lady) and Best Paranormal Romance (Heart of the Hunter). More recently, the German translation of Heart of the Hunter debuted on Der Spiegel bestseller list.

With an ancestry stretching back to the Mayflower and the court of King Henry VIII, the author lives with her husband in New England.

Visit the author’s website and sign up for new release announcements at http://bit.ly/LaraAdrianNews

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Short Stay by Heidi Cullinan

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Series: Love Lessons, Book Three Point Five
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Pages: 118 • Format: eARC
Published By: Heidi Cullinan
Purchase Links:
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Hot messes have a hard time with happily ever after.

Baz Acker and Elijah Prince have it all. They’re engaged, and their wedding is guaranteed to be a spectacle no event will ever top. So why are they hunkered down in a quiet corner of the Acker mansion, restless and edgy while they wait out the holidays? 

When Baz suggests a road trip with Walter and Kelly to Las Vegas, it sounds like an ideal escape, but it turns out Vegas only amplifies their unease. Elijah can’t slough off the self-hating his parents programmed into him, and he worries how that will affect his marriage. Baz, crippled en route because of too much time spent in the car without rest, must face the truth that his wealth and influence can’t always counteract the limits his disability will put on his—and Elijah’s—life.

With help from their friends, a wily poker player, a take-no-prisoners drag queen, and a smooth-talking casino owner, they face the truth that happiness is a state of mind, not a destination where they book a stay. What happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas—it will follow them all the way down the aisle.

This novella is a continuation of a story begun in the novel Lonely Hearts in the Love Lessons series and was written at the request of Heidi’s Patreon readers.

five-stars

If I had to name an author as a favorite it would he Heidi Cullinan. I honestly do not know how she does it but with every book I read from her, I fall in love with her ability to make me feel. When the times come around that I don’t think a romance can hit me so hard, I read something from Heidi and am firmly sat on my ass. It’s amazing and I simply adore the words, the places and good lord these ultimately swoon worthy characters she gives me. Yes me. Back off now, kay?

How long are you in Vegas? Long or short stay, or flexible?

When I heard that she was writing a short with Baz and Elijah I was more than giddy. When I realized they were going to Vegas with Walter and Kelly I was ready to use every yoga move possible to fit inside someone’s luggage to go along for the ride and then I saw they were going to Vegas and my book boyfriend of all time, Randy Jansen came to mind and then it all came together.

Let me just say that seeing Ed & Laurie from Dance With Me in Baz’s book, Lonely Hearts,  was a gift but this… I don’t know how much my heart or libido can handle with all the men created by Heidi’s wickedly and deliciously dirty mind together in one story.

Oh boy.

So if you haven’t read this series you are warned; here there be spoilers.

Now… this starts with Elijah totes freaking out about the preparations for his upcoming wedding to Baz. The Ackers can be a bit overwhelming and instead of Elijah talking to his fiancé about WTF is stressing him out, he tries to put on a brave face and deal. But Baz loves Elijah and knows when he is on the verge of checking out and taking up residence in his own head so Baz makes plans.

This was just too much damn fun. I know that I knew what was going to happen and where they were going but I screamed and flailed and melted with each man from previous books showed up on the page. I mean, how could I not when I know them so well.

Family is essential. Find it, make it, seize it however you can. If it walks up to you and welcomes you home and you don’t have reason to doubt it’s real, don’t argue. Just go through the door.

I can’t take this book. I just can’t. The Special Delivery and Love Lesson’s series are so close to my heart that seeing everyone together was too much but then what the hell am I saying? It could never and will never be enough. Good Lord, I feel strung out but it’s how these men leave me… strung out in the best way possible. I think I need a trip up to the top of the Stratosphere to clear my head.

So back to the story at hand. Baz is so concerned about taking care of Elijah and making sure he has a good time in Vegas that he forgets to take care of himself. And you have Elijah who is so dedicated to Baz’s photophobia and simply taking care of him that he lets his concerns get buried under his insecurities but these boys… ugh. They are so well suited for one another and so ridiculously in love, I was holding my breath waiting for them to just talk it all out.

But they couldn’t just talk it all out without the help of their new friends and I loved seeing them all again. Loved getting Randy with his natural presence to predictably overwhelm you when he is on the page and the general story. It’s not to  step on the toes of Baz and Elijah but to nurture them and come on, having more Randy time is never, ever a bad thing.

I keep losing my focus with this review and I am getting overly emotional, I mean I happy cried through the majority of this… So I am going to stop and put it plainly. This was a love story from an author to her fans, asked for by the fans that love the author and the stories about true love she gives them. This was a gift, a wonderfully romantic and sexy AF gift that I can’t explain how much it means to have experience it.

Short Stay… if you’ve read the Special Delivery Series and the Love Lessons series to their current stopping point, this is a must read. If you haven’t read the two series, do it now.

Kay?

Thanks.

 

 

About Heidi Cullinan

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Heidi grew up in love with story. She fell asleep listening to Disney long-playing records and read her Little House On The Prairie books until they fell apart. She ran through the woods inventing stories of witches and fairies and enchanted trees and spent hours beneath the lilac bush imagining the lives of the settlers who had inhabited the homestead log cabin and two-story late 1800s home on her family farm. She created epic storylines for her Barbies until it wasn’t satisfying enough to do so any longer (age ten), and then she started writing them down. Her first novel, The Life and Times of Michelle Matthews, was published when she was twelve in the school anthology and took up nearly half of it.

Though Heidi continued to write novels through high school (and still has the Rubbermaid tub full in her bedroom), she stopped in college, deciding it was time to grow up and do something meaningful with her life. When the specifics of that didn’t pan out, Heidi ended up in grad school to become a teacher, and through one of the courses rediscovered her love of romance novels. She began to write again on the side, continued to do so while she taught seventh grade language arts and reading, and when she quit teaching to have her daughter, she took up writing with more seriousness, both as a stress relief and as a potential means of bringing in money.

Many million pages later, Heidi has learned a lot about writing, more than she ever wanted to know about publishing, and most importantly, finally figured out that writing IS the meaningful something she wants to do with her life. A passionate advocate for LGBT rights, Heidi volunteered for One Iowa during the fight for marriage equality and donates with her husband as a monthly partner to the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal. She encourages you to support your own local and national LGBT rights groups, too

Heidi enjoys reading, watching movies and TV with her family, and listening all kinds of music. She has a husband, a daughter, and too many cats. Heidi is an active social networker, and of course has good old-fashioned email.

Mr. and Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Release Date: May 24, 2016
Pages: 210 • Format: eARC
Published By: LoveSwept
Purchase Links:
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Secrets and seduction make for an explosive combination in HelenKay Dimon’s edgy, thrilling new series, which kicks off with a novel about two men who can handle any threat—except the one posed by desire.
 
Fisher Braun knows how to keep a secret. As a covert paramilitary operative, his job—and his life—depends on it. He’s at the top of his game, ready for action and always in control. No enemy has ever brought him to his knees, but one lover has: Zachary Allen, the man currently sharing his bed. The perfect package of brains and brawn, Zach is someone worth coming home to, and Fisher hates keeping him in the dark about what he does. But the lies keep Zach safe. Until the day Fisher loses everything. . . .
 
Zachary Allen is no innocent civilian. Although he plays the tech geek, in reality he’s deep undercover for the CIA. In a horrible twist of fate, the criminal enterprise he’s infiltrated has set its sights on the man whose touch drives him wild. Zach would do anything for Fisher—except blow his own cover. Now, in order to save him, Zach must betray him first. And he needs Fisher to trust him with all his heart if they want to make it out alive.

two-half-stars

I think if we are going to use the famous moniker after the amazing movie then it should kinda lead up to be equally good. Goodness too much internal talk, not enough dialogue and for spies what’s up with all the whining. Good Lord, I wanted to smack Fisher & Nate. They got on my nerves continuously. I don’t believe what Zach did was far fetched at all. We’re all spies and lying is a the most important job requirement.

This was a first book for me by this author, and it had good potential. I didn’t like the opening sequence because it seemed right dab in the middle of the story line. They could have started with the meeting between the two and then I would have felt better. I’m not a hundred percent certain on all the aspects to their spy game, but I was a little iffy because Fisher kept getting on my nerves because Zach betrayed him. Yeah we know, but the entire book shouldn’t have been a whine fest. This was most of the book., and while the plot was a little exciting, I couldn’t get over Fisher’s act in the entire book. I think if that was cut down, and the plot was more suspenseful then it would have been a good book. Hell next time make Zach and Nathan an item, Nate whined a decimeter less then Fisher.

About HelenKay Dimon

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HelenKay Dimon spent the last twelve years in the most unromantic career ever – divorce lawyer. After dedicating all that time and effort to helping people terminate relationships she is thrilled to write romance novels full time. Her books have earned praise, appeared on besteller lists and won numerous awards. Her first single title, YOUR MOUTH DRIVES ME CRAZY, was featured in Cosmo as a “Red-Hot Read” for August ’07 and spotlighted at E! Online. Her novella, “It’s Hotter At Christmas” from the KISSING SANTA CLAUS anthology, was featured in Cosmo as a “Red-Hot Read” for November ’09.

Blog Tour – Fistful of Love by Renee Cronin

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Oh My Shelves welcomes author Renee Cronin to the blog with the release of her sophomore novel, Fistful of Love – available now – and she graciously answers  few of our questions.

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OMS: Was there a basis for you story? A previous experience or something else?

RC: The story was born out of a previous experience. Although when I first started writing it, I was in denial about it. The basis of the story is about intimate partner violence. I had not come to my truth about a past experience until I began Jeya’s story.

OMS: What skills do you think a writer needs?

RC: In my opinion, a writer needs a passion for storytelling, the ability to see other’s experiences, and acknowledge their biases. Know yourself or be open to learning about yourself through your writing. A writer should be willing to ask questions and seek answers. And imagination is a must along with the ability to suspend some beliefs.

OMS: What for you is the perfect book hero?

RC: Perfect book hero? Hmm. It’s the character who finds themselves. They’ve recognized their flaw and have come to accept it and work on it.

OMS: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

RC: Writing action scenes is hard for me. I also struggle with describing in detail a room. Mainly because I am the kind of reader who does not want a lot of detail about a room or scene. I want to know where they are, and a short description of the scene around the character(s).

OMS: Tell us about your favorite childhood book.

RC: “Are you there God, It’s me Margaret” by Judy Blume. It was perfect for me when I was younger. Being a young girl, who was not thin, it was an awesome read at that time. I often consider going back and re-reading it.

 

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It’s over.

Two simple words, intended to signify the end, were instead just the beginning. Jeya took a deep breath, and the pain that pierced her side served as the reminder she needed. She hit the send button. Unexpected relief instantly washed over her. “I did it. Step one. Now for step two.” Jeya placed her phone on the bed and stood up to double-check her suitcase. Going over the checklist in her mind, she felt confident that she had the essentials. A week away from home required more than she’d anticipated, but she had no intention of returning until the rainstorm had passed. Jeya took a second to acknowledge the double entendre of the word. Her girlfriend, Rayne, was definitely a hurricane. Her temper was unpredictable and left damage in its wake similar to that which Hurricane Gloria had. She knew she’d be safer at Roman’s house for the next several days.

 The lyrics to “Dangerously in Love” cursed the air. The perfect ringtone to describe her relationship. She braced herself as she walked to the bed and picked up the phone. Jeya anticipated nothing less than an explosive response from her short-tempered girlfriend.


Fistful of Love - Final CoverFistful of Love by Renee Cronin
Release Date: April 4, 2016
Pages:  210 • Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Published By: Renee Cronin
Purchase Link:
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At the age of 23, social worker, Jeya Wellington was pretty much on her own. The devastating loss of her parents left her bereft and alone. Her best friend, Roman and his family have been like surrogates, but they could never replace what she lost. She needed a different connection. Shortly after losing her parents, she finds love and comfort in the arms of Rayne Watson, a correctional officer. 

Rayne was exactly what she needed at the time, but now, two years later, Jeya wants out. She never expected love to come with bruises. She didn’t anticipate losing friends and living in fear. This was not her idea of true love. With the support of Roman, Jeya finds a way to leave. But Rayne isn’t letting go that easily. They made a commitment to each, and she has the tattoo to prove it – ‘Til Death Do Us Part. 

Torn between the love she has for Rayne and the instinct to protect herself, is Jeya’s will stronger than her vow?


Tour Dates & Stops:

4-Apr: Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Full Moon Dreaming

11-Apr: Molly Lolly, Charley Descoteaux

Badge18-Apr: Unquietly Me, Velvet Panic, Bayou Book Junkie

25-Apr: Happily Ever Chapter, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

2-May: TTC Books and More, BFD Book Blog

9-May: Prism Book Alliance, Love Bytes

15-May: Inked Rainbow Reads, MM Good Book Reviews, My Fiction Nook

23-May: A.M. Leibowitz, Oh My Shelves, Rednecks and Romance, Dawn’s Reading Nook

 

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About Renee Cronin

Renee Cronin is a self-professed devour of knowledge, and a voracious reader. She began writing in earnest in 2005, when the characters in her head became so loud she was forced to tell their stories, or risk getting swept away into the abyss of her imagination. Renee has since used writing as a personal outlet to express her feelings, ideas, views, thoughts, and opinions about the world and the issues that impact her on a deep personal and societal level. (And of course writing also quiets the voices in her head of the many characters that are yearning to have their stories told.) Renee’s inspiration to publish is in large part due to the overwhelming display of encouragement, and support from family and friends, who believe she has a gift with words that need to be shared with world. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, she works in the social work field avidly advocating and supporting the varied needs of the people in her community. Renee is a bibliophile with a transcendent love for words. Her soul yearns for the acoustic stylings from a plethora of musical genres. As she continues on this journey of published author she hopes to keep her readers captivated and pining for more.

Out in the Field by Kate McMurray

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Release Date: May 16, 2016
Pages: 216 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
Purchase Links:
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Matt Blanco is a legend on the Brooklyn Eagles, but time and injuries have taken their toll. With his career nearing its end, he’s almost made it to retirement without anyone learning his biggest secret: he’s gay in a profession not particularly known for its tolerance.

Iggy Rodriquez is the hot new rookie in town, landing a position in the starting lineup of the team of his dreams and playing alongside his idol, Matt Blanco. Iggy doesn’t think it can get any better, until an unexpected encounter in the locker room with Matt proves him wrong.

A relationship—and everything it could reveal—has never been in the cards for Matt, but Iggy has him rethinking his priorities. They fall hard for each other, struggling to make it through trades, endorsement deals, and the threat of retirement. Ultimately they will be faced with a choice: love or baseball?

First Edition published by Loose Id LLC, 2012.

four-half-stars

Okay. I am so lost with this book. I can tell you that right now as my fingers fly over my laptop keyboard I have tears streaming down my face. That was one of the best endings I have read lately and I honestly was not ready for the story to be over.

So this turned out better than I expected. Early on in the story I was beginning to get irritated at the inference of the romance with Matt’s age. We know he is older than Iggy but I didn’t need a constant reminder, even during sexy times. Let me just say; 39 is not as old as the book leads you to believe, *looks at birth certificate with 1977 on it * just saying. Though I struggled with the nagging of acknowledged years between the MC’s and almost gave up on the book, I am so very glad I stuck with it.

I will try to keep this short as my current emotions will totally lead to rambling.

I loved that Iggy idolized Matt as a baseball player and got to meet him. I loved that Iggy was able to separate first baseman Matt Blanco from the Matt he was getting to know and falling for. I love that Iggy was at times the voice of maturity in the relationship and pushed for what he wanted and knew Matt wanted too.

Matt was beyond remarkable. The fact that he kept his sexuality hidden for so long yet finally found the one person he could be himself with, the one person who could and would get where he was coming from at every angle was gorgeous. Watching Matt accept that he was falling for Iggy was a pure joy to witness. Watching Matt decide on where his career would go just about broke this ginger.

I hate this… At the end of the day, I just want to be honest. I think a little part of me dies every time I have to lie like that. But I just don’t see any other way.

Goodness. I hate that this book was a portrait of realism for gay athletes. Though the times are slowly changing, it can still be a threat to ones career to come out. We’ve seen it happen but it makes me angry and at times my personal anger over the injustice blacked out the romance between Iggy and Matt. For me, I will never understand what your sexuality has to do with your ability to do your job, whatever you job is.  I hate that this reality for men like Matt exists and they have to struggle with staying in the college or risk losing what they love to do or play. I hate that finding love and wanting to be open in public with that person, even to hold hands, is denied out of again fear that rebuttal from your employer could lead to dismissal. It just plain sucks and hurts my heart deeply. Everyone should be able to love who they choose… period.

*hops off micro soapbox*

So yeah, there is that but even though that is a major part of the book, this was still so good. I hated it when the men were forced to be apart but Matt’s new ritual with the card and the moment on third base was worth it. I hated that Matt was forced to make a decision but loved that Iggy was the deciding factor. I adored the teammates on the Eagles from the first to last page. I loved Iggy’s mom and Matt’s parents. I really liked that the focus moved from simply Matt’s age to the fact that he is at the end of his career as a ball player and Iggy is just starting out. The contrast of their career stages was perfectly done as the storyline progressed and it made me a happy reader. Man, I just loved the holy hell out of this book.

Out in the Field… this book was amazing. It truly was an epic romance that begins on the bejeweled diamond field of the Brooklyn Eagles as two men on opposite ends of their baseball careers meet, fall in love and finally do what is right in their hearts to be together.

About Kate McMurray

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Kate McMurray has been writing stories since she could hold a pen. She picked up her first romance novel when she was thirteen and has loved the genre ever since. She started writing gay romance after reading a book and thinking there should be more love stories with gay characters. Her first published novel, In Hot Pursuit, came out in February 2010, and she’s been writing feverishly ever since. She likes stories that are brainy, funny, and of course sexy, with regular guy characters and urban sensibilities.

When she’s not writing, Kate works a nonfiction editor. She also reads a lot, plays the violin, knits and crochets, and drools over expensive handbags. She’s maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with a pesky cat.

She is currently serving as president of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT romance chapter of Romance Writers of America. She’s also active in RWA NYC, the local New York City RWA chapter.

Book Blast – Alexei’s Mouse by A.C. Katt

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Moscow,

February

Four years ago

 

Ominous dark gray clouds rolled in. Snow came down as small ice pellets that cut like glass shards on the skin. They swirled around the mourners as they stood over the twin coffins. A northeast wind blew over the loup garou cemetery outside of Moscow. It cut through the thickest coats and scarves. Alexei Davidoff shivered in his beaver coat and hat. His Enforcers lowered the bodies of his former Chief Beta and his Beta’s Mate into the ground. Newly joined, they were dead for the crime of being gay and holding hands in a public square in Moscow.

“This cannot stand. There has to be an answer to this, someone has to stand up against these thugs.” Alexei moved his platinum hair off his face. His navy blue eyes flashed both anguish and resolve.

“The perpetrators were human, one of the government’s army of gay bashers, Alpha. There is nothing we can do. We cannot harm a human, and the government gives us no recourse to law.” The Beta shook his head.

“When is the next protest?” Alexei paced across the icy ground in front of the graves.

“Tomorrow at noon, in the square,” Vasily Yudin, Alexei’s new Chief Beta said reluctantly.

“I will be there.” Alexei watched Vasily’s expression. His body folded in on itself in resignation. Alexei knew Vasily realized it was useless to argue. He saw that his Alpha had made up his mind. Alexei could tell his Betas were scheming to mitigate the damage.

“We’ll go with you, Alpha.” Vasily gestured to Grigory and the six Enforcers in the funeral party.

“No, I will go alone.” Alexei clenched his fists and set his jaw in defiance.

“Alpha, it’s dangerous. We can’t let you go alone. If the FSB picks you up, there is no guarantee that the council will be able to negotiate your release. Please, both Grigory and I think you should let us and the Enforcers go with you, or you should stay at home. The FSB under the current president is worse than the KGB that preceded them. Peter and Sasha wouldn’t have wanted you to put yourself in danger. There is no helping them now.”

“I cannot let this go unanswered, Vasily. The man who did this wasn’t even arrested despite the fact that I reported the assault. I must protest to the authorities. We have an obligation to try to right this wrong. He was one of mine, one of my household, my personal staff. I am responsible.”

“But, Alpha, we can’t let you go alone into a dangerous situation,” Grigory persisted. “We would be shirking our duty as your Betas if we let you go alone.”

Alexei Ivanovich Davidoff straightened his spine and spat. “I will lose no one else to the government. As your Alpha, I am ordering you to stay away.”

“Alpha,” Vasily got on his knees in supplication.

Alexei put up his hand to silence his Beta. “I will hear no more of this. I will lead the demonstration tomorrow.”

Vasily and Grigory hung their heads in defeat.

* * *

March

Three Years Later

 

“I don’t think I can make it,” Alexei said as he attempted to walk out the front gate of the gulag to the waiting car.

“Let Grigory and I help to hold you up.” Vasily and Grigory each put an arm under one of his shoulders and half-walked, half-carried him to the car.

They strapped him in the back and Grigory spent the twelve hours it took to get to the dacha trying to hold his Alpha up so he wouldn’t fall where he sat.

When Vasily and Grigory finally got him into the dacha, Vasily’s mouth hung open in shock when he took off his Alpha’s coat. Their six foot six, two-hundred-pound Alpha weighed less than one hundred forty pounds.

“What did they do to you?” Vasily asked, tears pouring down his face.

“I was caged most of the time I spent in the gulag. They tortured, beat, and defiled me daily, all because I’m gay and dared to report Sasha’s and Peter’s deaths, and point to who was responsible.”

“They call it prison now, Alpha.”

Alexei sighed wearily, “In modern Russia, they call it a prison. But I’ve been alive long enough to remember Stalin, Khrushchev, and Brezhnev’s slave labor camps. They can change the name but it’s still the gulag to me.”

“Alpha, you need to make the change. It will erase your scars and after you’ve changed a number of times, your injuries. It will take a while. Your injuries are severe.” Grigory helped Alexei into a roughhewn chair.

“I can’t change. I don’t have the strength.” Alexei put his head in his hands.

“Katya, Boris, something to eat for the Alpha, right away.” Katya ran to the kitchen and brought back some borscht.

“Finish this, Alpha. You have to eat constantly so your stomach can extend again.”

Grigory and Vasily knelt in front of their Alpha. Vasily spoke, “We’ve been pleading with the First for three years. The council finally negotiated your early release on the condition that you emigrate once you recover. We took the liberty of contacting Alpha Daurensbourg, from Saskatchewan and the Central US…”

“I am aware of Etienne Daurensbourg. He is a friend.”

“The council arranged for your emigration and that of your household. Alpha Daurensbourg will receive you in New York and already purchased a seven-floor townhouse and nine two-bedroom apartments for our people in New York City. Grigory, I, and our Enforcers will emigrate with you along with Boris and Katya.”

“But I have no funds, and you have families here. There I will no longer be an Alpha. I won’t be able to care for you.”

“You are our Alpha,” Vasily said with a stubbornness he had not shown to Alexei before. Alexei narrowed his eyes.

Alexei didn’t fight the emigration, only their participation. Vasily continued, “That’s the beauty of this course of action. Alpha La Farge, who was the North America’s Second, is no longer an Alpha. He is an Omega scrubbing Siberian toilets and can’t make the change. They sent him here eighteen months ago to die in disgrace for kidnapping The Alpha Mate. You have blood right to his territory in Colorado. Alpha La Marche has it now. I know he finds the packs fractious because he has no blood tie and they want one of their own. I’ve made inquiries. He’ll give it to you and you can become Second in North America.”

“I don’t want to be Second, Third, or Fourth for that matter. I can’t save the world. I learned that lesson the hard way. I will see my old friend Etienne Daurensbourg and maybe he can help me find a place to go. I have no funds…”

“Excuse me for the interruption, Alpha, but you do,” Vasily said with some satisfaction.

“As your factotum, Boris handled your funds. He put all of your accounts overseas as soon as the government started its campaign against homosexuals, only leaving enough rubles in Russia for operating expenses. As soon as they arrested you, he liquidated the rest of your investments and wired the funds to our London banker who in turn, had them sent them to The North American Alpha for safekeeping. Alpha La Marche reinvested everything. The American Stock Market has done very well. You are worth ten times what you were before and it’s all protected from the Russian government.”

“We bought first-class tickets to New York flying Air France on a nonstop flight to JFK where Alpha Daurensbourg will meet our party. Alpha Daurensbourg would have sent his jet, but the Russian government refused entry. However, Alpha Daurensbourg obtained green cards for the whole household. It’s all arranged for as soon as you are able to travel,” Grigory added.

It took until November for Alexei to regain his health and put on enough weight to have the strength to make the change that would take away the scars from the constant whippings. He still had some internal bruising that would only go away with time. Alexei needed rest, food, and a place to recover. But, even many transformations couldn’t take away the psychological damage the gulag caused, the malaise of the soul. For that, Vasily thought his Alpha needed a miracle. As soon as Alexei could bring out his wolf, Vasily and Grigory had their Alpha and his party on a plane to America. It was right before Yule.

* * *

At Alpha Daurensbourg’s urging, Armand La Marche, the Chief Alpha of North America, gave Alpha Alexei Ivanovich Davidoff the territory of Colorado and a seat as Fifth on the Loup Garou Council of North America.

“You were Second in Russia, Fifth is an insult,” Vasily complained.

“No, it’s not. I’m grateful. I’m tired of tilting at Russian windmills. I need time to gather my strength and clear my mind. I have a place waiting for me at Garou as the officer in charge of Research and Development once I’ve fully regained my health.”

“You’re entitled to…” Grigory sputtered.

“I’m entitled to nothing. I was born in Russia. My mother was a citizen of the United States. She never filed for American citizenship for me when I was born. It was too long ago. I’d have to forge papers and with my accent, they would know I’m Russian which in the current climate, is not a good thing. I have a green card. I can become an American. For once, I’m going to be able to do the job I trained for. I have degrees in three kinds of sciences. Research and Development is where I belong.” Alexei sighed. “I don’t want anything else.”

“Your status…”

“If you are upset about the reduction in my status, go work for the new Russian Second.” Alexei’s face turned hard.

Vasily bowed his head in supplication baring his neck. “No, Alpha, we’re yours. Whatever you decide to do, we will go with you. I just wanted you to have options.”

“I’m taking an option. I’ll be Fifth and grateful for the consideration. I’ll leave the politics to Armand. Obviously, he’s better at it than we are. Although there has been some resentment, miraculously gay bashing is now a hate crime in the United States, against federal law, and gay marriage has become legal.”

 


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Series: Werewolves of Manhattan, Book Five
Release Date: May 20, 2016
Words: 64,118 • Cover Artist: Lex Valentine
Published By: MLR Press
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Alexei Davidoff suffered three years in a Russian labor camp where he was tortured and defiled daily. Alexei knows suffering on an intimate basis. He’s rescued by Armand and Etienne members of the North American Council of werewolves. His household came with him from Russia and all of them are worried that Alexei will go back and challenge both the government and the Russian First.

Then early one morning Alexei goes jogging in Central Park in an effort to get back his strength to fight the Russian First. He finds a prostitute on a park bench covered in newspaper and not moving. Bearing in mind his recent ordeal Alexei decides to help the boy. He lifts up the newspaper and finds a needle hanging out of his arm. The boy is dying of an overdose and he’s Alexei’s Mate.


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AC Katt was born in New York City’s Greenwich Village. She remembers sitting at the fountain in Washington Square Park listening to folk music while they passed the hat. At nine, her parents dragged her to New Jersey where she grew up, married and raised four children and became a voracious reader of romantic fiction. At one time she owned over two thousand novels, until she and her husband took themselves and the cat to New Mexico for their health and its great beauty.

Now, most of AC’s books are electronic (although she still keeps six bookcases of hardcovers), so she never has to give away another book. AC is a late bloomer, however, she claims to have found her niche writing LGBT romance.

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Romanus by Mary Calmes

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Series: Romanus, Book One
Release Date: January 27, 2016
Pages: 60 • Format: eBook
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Stopping to offer help one sultry summer night, Mason James is unprepared for the change that this simple act of kindness will bring. After giving an old man a ride home, Mason discovers a new, magical, and even dangerous world he cannot hope to understand. But he also finds Luc Toussaint and is intoxicated at first sight… and even the secret Luc protects won’t be enough to keep Mason away from the truth of his heritage and their love.

1st edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2010.

three-half-stars

I’m just going to take a few minutes to stare at this cover. Now that I’ve read the book and get it, this cover is gorgeous.

Romanus was a crazy kinda  read and it being Mary Calmes it was extra crazy but if you are like me, all that means is this book was ridiculously fun.

Told from the POV of Fireman Mason James, we meet him as he helps an old man on the road. As Mason draws near the mans home, he meets a group of folk who like to run around in their birthday suits but insist they aren’t naked. Okay then.  But the old man, aka Fabron Chaloner, sees something special in Mason and keeps calling him Romanus and when Mason arrives at Fabron’s home, the others see this special-ness as well. Um, so… I had no clue what the heck was so special about Mace and even googled Romanus but came up cold, so I was excited and anxious and super freaking curious to what he was.

Oh boy! When Mason meets Luc I was totes hooked as I realized what was happening. Being in love with shifters and the fated mate deal, I knew that Mace feeling weak etc. around Luc could only mean one thing and that one thing came in a form of a declaration… MINE! Oh hell yeah.

I loved the hell out of this story even though it felt rushed at times. I liked how Luc revealed himself and how Mason reacted. I liked how Mason got the run down of what a Romanus was and then who was threatened by it. I loved the side characters and wonder if a gargoyle could be satisfied with a puny human because of the folks having a chat at the end of this and… *sigh*. I want more. Thanks goodness there is a follow up to this.

So Romanus was short but it was sexy and it was so good. I needed some MC loving during a rough time at work that was stressing me out and this was perfect.  And again, that cover… *swoon*

 

 

About Mary Calmes

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Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.

Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me and One Time I Kissed Him First by Anna Martin

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Release Date: May 20, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
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When you realize you want to marry your best friend at age six, life should follow a pretty predictable path, right? Maybe not.

As a kid, Evan King thought Scott Sparrow was the most amazing person he’d ever met. At seventeen, his crush runs a little deeper, and nothing seems simple anymore. Scott is more interested in football and girls than playing superheroes, and Evan’s attention is focused on getting into art school. A late-night drunken kiss is something to be forgotten, not obsessed over for the next ten years.

When life suddenly brings them back together, it doesn’t take much for the flame Evan carried for Scott nearly all his life to come roaring back, and Evan discovers that life sometimes has a strange way of coming full circle.

three-stars

See, I loved the title and the concept of the story. I really do think friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes. I still the high rating and kinda want to slink away unnoticed. This didn’t really do anything for me. Honestly, once I started reading and didn’t feel a drop of emotions in my heart I was just trying to make it until the end. I think it might have been better if we had Scott’s point of view. Reading it from Evan’s pov with the time jumps in different places didn’t give me the passion and emotion that I thought it would In fact, I found myself rolling my eyes at Evan. I couldn’t understand if he really had these feelings for Scott, then the gap in communication didn’t make sense. I mean it’s not all on Evan, but again I didn’t hear from Scott.

I did enjoy certain areas of the story. I love the relationship that each guy had with their respective families. I loved Evan’s relationship with his mom. My favorite moments out the book is when it’s the time of meeting Scott for the first time. At 7 or 8 and it’s a fantastic story being told. Of meeting Scott, and him and his mom’s love for each other is shown. I really appreciated that. I liked Scott’s family dynamics as well. They are a little more well off then Evan’s family, but they aren’t bourgeois, and don’t come off stuck up. They are lovable members in his family and they treat Evan and his mom with the utmost love and respect. Those were my favorite parts.

I won’t go on and on with my dislikes. I think it’s a very low maintenance friends to lovers story. It’s low angst, and kinda easy pacing to get through. It’s an easy book that we can appreciate.

About Anna Martin

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Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south- west of England and now lives in the slightly arty, slightly quirky city of Bristol. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, baking weird and wonderful sweets, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.

Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.

Book Blitz – No Place Like Home by DC Juris

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Author: DC Juris

Series Title and Number: Soulmates #2

Publisher: Torquere Press

Cover Artist: Kristian Norris

Release Date: May 25, 2016

Heat Level: 5

Pairing: M/M

Length: 13,822 words

Genre/Tags: M/M Romance, Erotica, Fantasy

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Calliph and Mateo are back! The peace of the shifter pair’s calm, quiet life is shattered by a visit from one of Calliph’s old pack members. Calliph must travel to the town of his birth, Naolassel, to speak on behalf of his twin brother, Rupos, who has been charged with murder. But Calliph’s decision will endanger his beloved kitten…not to mention their relationship. Can Mateo reconcile with who Calliph was–and what he did–during the war, or is the truth of his wolf too much to bear? Previously published by Noble Romance.

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Mateo sat next to Calliph as the carriage rolled and bumped along. Calliph held himself rigid and tense, jaw tightly clenched. Across from them was Paular, with his legs crossed and his hands folded in his lap. He and Calliph hadn’t stopped staring at each other since the journey had begun. Mateo had tried to make small talk at first, but the wolves’ disinterest had quickly become obvious. Though Calliph had indulged him with a few answers, they had been short and terse, and Mateo had given up.

Outside the snow fell, sticking to the windows and sliding down to collect in an ever-growing ledge of white. Mateo could barely see out the window to his left, but what he could make out alarmed him: high-banked drifts of snow. The carriage moved slower and slower, and by the time the blackness of night had enveloped them, they were forced to stop.

Paular’s human driver dismounted and came to the door, tugging it open with a grunt. “The snow is too thick for the wheels,” he explained, forced to yell over the howling winds. “I’m going to unhook the carriage, and tie the horses under the trees. I’ll stay here. You’ll have to continue on foot if you want to keep going.” He surveyed the three of them. “Or paws, I guess.”

Calliph left the carriage first and helped Mateo down. He unfastened his cloak and slid it around Mateo’s shoulders over Mateo’s own. “You will stay with the horses.”

“No.” Mateo shook his head as he pulled the cloak tight. “I’m going with you.”

“Naolassel is still hours away. It’s a treacherous journey for you.” Calliph took him by his upper arms and looked into his eyes. “And you know why.”

Mateo frowned. All Paular and Calliph had to do was shift and continue — their thick, furry coats would keep them warm. However, unable to hold his panther form for long, Mateo didn’t have such an option. While running wasn’t nearly as strenuous as fighting, he would be able to go only so far until he’d be forced to revert to his human form. And humans didn’t do well in the cold — he was already shivering.

“I’ll send a carriage for you when we reach Naolassel.” Calliph turned and strode away to speak with Paular, who was helping the driver with the horses.

Mateo’s frown deepened. The prospect of spending a frozen night huddled in the carriage with the human, surrounded by the stench of horses wasn’t one he relished. He grabbed Calliph’s arm as the werewolf walked by. “I’m going.”

Calliph stopped and looked down at him. “Kitten…”

“Don’t ask me to stay behind without you.” Playing on something he knew Calliph wouldn’t be able to ignore — his fear of being alone — he leaned into Calliph and laid his head on Calliph’s chest. Manipulation wasn’t a talent he was particularly proud of, but it would get him to Naolassel with Calliph. “Please.”

The tension melted from Calliph’s body and he relaxed into the embrace as he slid his arms around Mateo. He pressed a kiss to Mateo’s forehead. “You’re a manipulative little bastard, you know that?”

Mateo nodded. He went back to the carriage and rearranged their clothing into one bag, had the human strap the bag to his back, and they were off.

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Romance author, sci-fi fan club Captain, cosplayer, reigning Queen of Monkeyland, and random menace. Yep, we’re talking about DC Juris. She’s a cupcake-making, football-watching, rubber-duck-collecting, drag-show loving, full-of-fabulous-with-a-capital-F kinda gal. She’s also an ordained minister and an amateur photographer. She lives in Upstate New York with her husband, three dogs, and three cats. When she’s not writing, you can find her in her favorite chair watching Star Trek and Supernatural repeats on Netflix, or surfing the web for porn. Er…research. Surfing the web for research. She may speak softly but she lives and loves loudly. Just ask the neighbors. ::wink::

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