Murder Most Yowl by Quinn Dressler

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o-murder-most-yowlMurder Most Yowl by Quinn Dressler
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Pages:  134 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Cat-sitting is a dangerous business.

Cameron Sherwood turned his back on law enforcement the night his investigation led to the death of an innocent gay man. Now Cam spends his time running a business that caters to his favorite animal, cats. But when Cam stumbles upon the body of a friend while feeding her feline, he can’t walk away. Dealing with a sexy yet stubborn sheriff, a matchmaking sister, and a terrifying blind date, Cam must somehow track down a killer, all while keeping the cats around him fed with his gourmet cat treats.

 

 

 

two-half-stars

Yeah, those are the two words I would sum it up as.

I’m not sure I took anything serious in this book. It was really over the top with everything. I mean the cat store owner who is ex NCIS, stumbles upon a murder. Then the victim cat goes in witness protection. A kleptomaniac cat steals things from people while his owner is a lush. Then the red headed sheriff who has all type of shenanigans ensuing around time. I laughed at most of it because it was so absurd. Through in some sanctions, the Russian mob, and two nosy sisters trying to hook their brothers up and you have Murder Most Yowl.

I think I could have gotten over most of it, but I’m a mystery fan and this was just horrible. It didn’t make sense. Most of the scenes seemed SNLish to me. I wouldn’t classify it really as a romance either because it wasn’t that. I mean they started off on the wrong side of things, and then nothing worked in their favor. When the romance angle started playing out it seemed forced. It didn’t flow easily, it was after a life altering scenario, and hunger pains. I picked the book for the cover and title obviously. I standby my decision but it was extremely outlandish. I didn’t connect with either character and didn’t really care about the parody mystery either.

I’m just left like this.

About Quinn Dressler

For years I’ve loved reading about hot young men finding love while coping with anything else life throws their way, be it dealing with discrimination, trying to solve a murder, or maybe exploring a distant planet for the first time. I first tried my hand at writing m/m fan fiction stories, but now am coming up with adventures featuring my own characters. I’ve always been thinking up stories. A shy kid, I conjured up new adventures for my favorite television characters while walking home from school. At first I only kept my tales to myself, then I started to share them with others through fan fiction and short stories. When I was older I got a job with a couple of local TV stations, passing on noteworthy events from my local community to viewers on the evening news, winning a Golden Mic and three Emmy’s along the way. In my spare time I learned to fly small airplanes, and traveled with friends and family around the world. No matter where I went or what I saw, I always found a spark for more stories. My cats are always there to give their support, usually by walking over the computer keyboard while I type, yet I continue to love them so very much. I’ve now left the TV news world mostly behind and divide my time by trying to shed some extra pounds, not having much luck yet there, and working to get the stories out of my head and down on paper so everyone can enjoy them. Feel free to drop me a line. I’ll be happy to write you back anytime that kitty is off of the keyboard.

Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist by K.E. Belledonne

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Checklist_1600px_Smashwords_AmazonDaniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist by K.E. Belledonne
Release Date: June 23, 2016
Pages: 188 • Format: eARC
Published By: Interlude Press
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When Daniel gets caught up in the demands of a cheeky wedding planning app, his fiancé Erik grows frustrated with his preoccupation with adhering to heterosexual traditions. Will Daniel’s groomzilla ways give them the wedding of their dreams, or ultimately lead to their relationship’s demise?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

five-stars

 

“Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is the trick.”

Amen brother!

This was my face after reading this story. I so thought I was going to get a doozy here, but it is a winner!!! This is a low angst, pretty romantic story. I’m a hopeless romantic, and wedding planning with your significant other is hectic and romantic to me. See the cover drew me in first, I love the funny play on the wedding topper. I need to invest in more of Belledonne’s work. She is great. I loved the way her writing flowed. The pacing was good, and even though it’s no sex in the story I still adored it.

Daniel didn’t know what to expect when his best friend forced him to talk to Erik. Erik was the quiet guy at the party reading a book. I loved that part. I honestly had the biggest smile on my face the entire time. The story is told in the past and present tense. We get a look at the couple’s milestones together up until the engagement and once the engagement happens. Then is when Aurora happens. LOL. I love that a wedding app is driving Daniel crazy. I WOULDN’T get once, because those damn checklist will drive people crazy.

In usual form Daniel is wedding crazed. He’s focusing all his energy on planning the wedding and getting lost in it. Reading it we can see when the disconnect or the unhappiness starts to happen. Erik would rather go to city hall. He’s in the middle of his work and planning for the his dig in Sweden. What the author does is great. I love the ability of them communicating. A scene when Erik storms out and of course Daniel assumes the worst had me in giggles. Well not giggles that would look mean. I love the realistic feeling about the story. I love that they compliment each other and I love how they are able to talk and get why each is hurt.

Let’s just say I’m happy without the outcome. Everything happened for a reason.

I won’t give the plot away, but I’m so giddy with excitement for this book. Read the book people. I loved every second of it. I am looking forward to more of her writing, and might need to check her back list out!

About K.E. Belledonne

K. E. Belledonne is a writer and translator based in the French Alps. A native New-Englander, Kat spends her time listening to Glenn Miller records, reading history books and cheering on her beloved Red Sox.

Balancing Act by K. Vale

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Series: Shooting Stars, Book Four
Release Date: June 27, 2016
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Greg Dwyer and Kyrie Li are living the glorious couple life in New York City. Or are they? When struggling actor Kyrie lands a modeling job, he’s ecstatic to have extra cash to spend on his best-friend-turned-boyfriend.

Of course, Greg is suspicious Anders Berglund, the gorgeous and androgynous Swedish cover model the designers love to pair with Kyrie, is after his man. And maybe Kyrie encourages a growing closeness with the guy?

Greg is probably to blame if Kyrie is drawn to the openly gay and seriously beautiful Andy. With Andy, Kyrie can be himself, as loud and proud as he’s always been. But Greg’s sexuality stays firmly locked in the closest except when he’s with Kyrie’s supportive family or alone with the man he loves.

To make matters worse, Greg’s out-of-touch mom meets with financial ruin and moves in with the couple, forcing him into the closet in his own home.

Can Greg find a way to stand up to Mommy Dearest and win back a love he fought so hard to reach? He discovers the road to pride begins at home and with accepting oneself first. Otherwise, it’s just a dead-end street.

four-stars

I’ve enjoyed this series so far to date. I jumped on a chance to read Kyrie & Greg’s second book. They are not living together after fighting their feelings to one another. Up in New York Kyrie is still Kyrie. He’s working on his acting, but gets the chance to model with a well known fashion model. I loved Andy and can’t wait for his book. Greg is being supportive as best as he knows how to. I wanted to smack Greg a billion of times in this book. His jealously, the disrespect to Kyrie, and his overall Bitchassness.

Yes I called him out on it. No I didn’t want him to out his self when he wasn’t ready, but to minimize your relationship with Kyrie and make him feel insignificant because your wacko mother in in town is a no no. You don’t even like her, and yeah I know she’s birth you but Kyrie is a special man to put up with all of Greg’s flaws. I do like them together, but I feel like they bring the best out of each other.

To the plot that was in the story was a little OTT, but I dealt with it. I did enjoy the story alot. I can read about these two forever. I did get happy with Greg in the end. I mean everything had to happen on his own terms and I’m glad Kyrie was adult enough to let them play out even if he was mad and disappointed. I feel like we should get another book for them based on the events at the end. I’m happy with Andy’s story being next, but a novella for these two will definitely suffice!

About K. Vale

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Vale writes erotic romance of all stripes, from hot hetero to mouthwatering manlove. Find her M/F work published under Kimber Vale. Stalk Kimber on Facebook and Twitter, check http://authorkimbervale.com for updates, new releases, and freebies, and sign up for her newsletter to receive an exclusive free story. Come for the sex. Stay for the story.

The First Morning After by Marie Lark

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Release Date: June 6, 2016
Pages: 129 • Format: eARC
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For as long as he can remember, Danny Rojas has wanted all-star first baseman Mitchel Finch. And he could swear that in high school, Mitchel was maybe interested, too. But the baseball team made Danny’s life a living hell back then, and the moment he was able, he got out. Five years later at a friend’s wedding, Danny finally has the chance, and more importantly, the courage, to act on his years-long crush.

Mitchel Finch used to have it so good–a brilliant athlete with lots of friends, a gorgeous girlfriend, and a place of importance in his home town. All he had to do was play it straight. But when an injury ends his baseball career, and his best friend’s wedding reminds him of everything he lost, Mitchel jumps at the opportunity Danny gives him–a night to be honest with himself. A night to finally feel wanted for exactly who he is.

The trouble is, neither of their circumstances has changed by morning. Mitchel is still closeted, and Danny is still the town pariah. Can a connection, building for years and forged in one night, survive the first morning after?

two-half-stars

I was super prepared to give this 3 stars. Then at 71% everything went to downhill. I went into my hulk rage where I’m mad at the events that are happening. I’m mad at the characters who don’t seem to be thinking straight or thinking about their actions and the consequences of other people. This is my first time reading anything by this author and it was okay up until that point.

I was not thrilled about how the reunion between Danny & Mitchel. The little background on them in high school wasn’t sufficient enough evidence on their unrequited love. If it was that. It seemed one-sided to at times. Even if Mitchel was in the closet, he didn’t really show that he was interested in Danny back then. I mean yeah certain things came out in the story regarding Mitchel’s sexuality. I’m fine with him not defining his sexuality. I was definitely more pissed off at Danny.

Talk about having no self preservation. Now this was my biggest rage. Danny doesn’t seem to know what he wants. I’m not even clear on if it was just lust he was after when it came to Mitchel or just to scored on someone who he’s been crushing on. I’m okay with either one, but then the story takes a different tone when it involves his mother and being gay bashed for the second time around.

I’m not okay with Danny picking the fight because of the argument with his mother, and even though Mitchel prevailed in the end this was the second time Danny was about to get beat up and he sat their idling in his mind because of fear of what it would mean that he’s about to protect Danny. Don’t get me wrong, Mitchel is so far in the closet in this small podunk town that he has to think about his consequences of helping. I get all of that. What you won’t get from me is any sympathy. It’s harsh living their and being who everyone wants you to be. But him being a role model to these losers who he was friends with just turned my stomach. It was pack mentality at best. I definitely checked out at this point. I’m glad Danny was able to forgive him, but I didn’t like it.

I wouldn’t classify this as a HEA or HFN because I’m uncertain on them as a future. It had okay parts in it, but the events after the halfway mark almost made me chuck it into the DNF pile.

About Marie Lark

Marie Lark is a part-time teacher and a rest-of-the-time writer. She lives in New York with her very respectable husband and very tiny dog in an old house that has many stories of its own. Her favorite hobbies are tai chi and yoga, gardening, cooking, and flailing over her favorite characters in literature, television and film.

When not figuring out how to put her PhD in political science to use, she can be found with her journal or laptop, dreaming in the worlds she builds for her characters.

Release Day Party – Balancing Act by Kimber Vale

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Kyrie’s amazing day was about to get a cherry on top. He opened the apartment door to the rattle of keys on the other side.

Greg’s mouth dropped open, eyes widening comically, but he spared a nervous glance for the empty hallway behind him before stepping swiftly over the threshold.

He shut the door and locked it with a snap of the deadbolt.

“Is it my birthday already?” Easing his work computer to the floor, Greg allowed the suit jacket draped over one arm to follow unceremoniously. As he loosened his tie, yanking the knot from side to side, his mahogany gaze did a similar zigzag down Kyrie’s exposed body.

“This, my love, is just one of the outfits I was given today when I went for my Spectrum Spectacular callback.”

Greg took in the full extent of Kyrie’s ensemble, what little there was of it, and his auburn brows lowered. Kyrie spun around to give him the complete picture, peeking back over his shoulder with a salacious lick of the lips. The white micro trunks and matching fishnet tank were his favorite parts of the ample cache he’d received. He’d been beyond excited for Greg to get home and see them.

“Why would they…? You got the job?” A grin broke across Greg’s face, but the disapproval was still evident as he continued to eye Kyrie’s appearance.

“I got the job! I got the job!” He grabbed Greg’s hands and pumped them up and down. “I’m modeling with Anders Berglund! Anders. Berglund! The Swedish supermodel! We’re partners for the No Black, No White shoot!”

He clasped his hands together while the rest of his body vibrated with pent-up energy. Anders Berglund was gargantuan, his gorgeous face on nearly every magazine cover in the grocery store checkout aisle. Kyrie’s fairy godmother had waved a magic wand over him, and Greg just stood there with his forehead puckered.

“Well?”

Greg slid his arms around Kyrie, rubbing his back as if he were cold. “So…this is what you’re gonna be wearing?”

“Maybe. Who knows? They gave us a few outfits to try on for size.”

“This is not an outfit.” Greg rubbed the holey fabric between his fingers.

Kyrie canted his head, eyebrows lifting as he delivered his best You’re kidding, right? stare. “This is only a sample. There will be all kinds of clothes at the shoot. I’m sure they’ll pick the best of the best after we’re done.”

“Won’t posing half-naked hurt your acting career?”

Kyrie scoffed, rolling his eyes. “No! Watch how many doors this opens. Just you wait.”

“And this is for what? Gay rights or…something?”

Kyrie ramped up the baleful expression. “Have you been listening to anything I’ve said for the past month? It’s not just gay. It’s everything. A campaign to call attention to all shades of the sexual identity spectrum. We gays are pretty widely accepted these days, you might be surprised to know.”

Greg’s arms stiffened around him, and Kyrie bit down on a sigh. Yes, we gays. Including you. Or maybe bi sits better, but you’ve been sticking it to a dude for almost a year and a half now. Time to officially join the not-so-straight club.

Kyrie expelled a frustrated breath after all. “It’s a phenomenal thing to be part of, never mind the sweet paycheck I’ll be pullin’ in. Never mind that I’ll be working with Anders Fucking Berglund and how much visibility I’ll get out of it.” He squeaked, elation bubbling from him despite Greg’s muted response.

“And I thought his first name was bad,” Greg groused, even as his fingers tested the thin mesh over Kyrie’s back and traveled lower.

Kyrie freely admitted he was damned stunning in the getup. All the white clothing they’d given him popped against the brown skin he’d inherited from his mother. Conversely, Anders was the fairest lad in all the land. He had pale blond hair and porcelain skin, fractured only by startlingly dark eyebrows and a couple of highly fortuitous moles rumored to have launched his career. He’d be dressed in black and guaranteed to look amazing. Together…this was going to be fucking epic.

“I thought you’d be proud of me.” Kyrie pouted, simultaneously arching his ass into Greg’s touch like a cat begging for attention.

“Of course I’m proud of you. I just worry about…well—”

“Everything?” Kyrie reached up to stroke Greg’s cheek, loving the feel of his trimmed beard and mustache combo. It could be soft, skimming over Kyrie’s nipples while Greg flicked a tongue and lit them on fire, or it could be coarse, bordering on harsh, as Greg went savage licking Kyrie’s ass and balls. Sure, that sort of thing was usually reserved for the times Greg had a few drinks on board and abandoned his inhibitions fully. But, oh God, when it happened…

Kyrie’s dick swelled thinking about Greg’s tongue swirling over his asshole. “Want me to pour you a little whiskey to help you wind down after your hard—” he squeezed Greg’s cock through his suit pants, “—day, sexy?”

Greg grunted and rocked his hips into Kyrie’s hand. “I can always use a little tension release.” His eyes, hooded, stared at Kyrie’s lips.

He parted them slowly and dragged his tongue tip across his top teeth. “I think I have one of those stress balls around here somewhere.”

Firm and fast, Greg hauled him flush against his chest and stole Kyrie’s breath. His fingers explored Kyrie’s ass crack—crude, demanding, bunching the satiny material between his cheeks before dragging lower to feather behind his nuts.

“Think I found my two favorite stress balls right here.” Greg wore a wicked grin. “Trying to hide ’em on me?”

He gathered the back of Kyrie’s tiny tight boxers, taking the wedgie to another level. He gasped and lifted on his toes. His sac was trapped, kinked up on one side of the seam almost painfully tight. Greg cupped Kyrie’s slung nuts, the touch so gentle it reminded him of ice over fire. Cool, crisp sheets after a day from hell.

Kyrie loved being the seductive bottom, igniting Greg with his teasing and flirting, backing off while he simmered. Then Kyrie would stoke him higher, feeding the inferno until Greg eventually crumbled and became the domineering top. Usually they made the game last, pushing each other’s buttons in their own drawn-out version of foreplay.

The sliver of pain slicing down Kyrie’s crack paired succulently with the throbbing wood pressed against his lower belly. All signs told him they were going straight to sudden death—no warm-up, no scrimmage, just hot, fast action. Game on.

 


30282349Balancing Act by K. Vale
Series: Shooting Stars, Book Four
Release Date: June 27, 2016
Pages: • Format: eARC
Published By: Liquid Silver Books
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Greg Dwyer and Kyrie Li are living the glorious couple life in New York City. Or are they? When struggling actor Kyrie lands a modeling job, he’s ecstatic to have extra cash to spend on his best-friend-turned-boyfriend.

Of course, Greg is suspicious Anders Berglund, the gorgeous and androgynous Swedish cover model the designers love to pair with Kyrie, is after his man. And maybe Kyrie encourages a growing closeness with the guy?

Greg is probably to blame if Kyrie is drawn to the openly gay and seriously beautiful Andy. With Andy, Kyrie can be himself, as loud and proud as he’s always been. But Greg’s sexuality stays firmly locked in the closest except when he’s with Kyrie’s supportive family or alone with the man he loves.

To make matters worse, Greg’s out-of-touch mom meets with financial ruin and moves in with the couple, forcing him into the closet in his own home.

Can Greg find a way to stand up to Mommy Dearest and win back a love he fought so hard to reach? He discovers the road to pride begins at home and with accepting oneself first. Otherwise, it’s just a dead-end street.


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About K. Vale

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Vale writes erotic romance of all stripes, from hot hetero to mouthwatering manlove. Find her M/F work published under Kimber Vale. Stalk Kimber on Facebook and Twitter, check http://authorkimbervale.com for updates, new releases, and freebies, and sign up for her newsletter to receive an exclusive free story. Come for the sex. Stay for the story.

Werewolf PTA by Felicitas Ivey

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Series:  2016 Daily Dose Delivery Package – A Walk on the Wild Side
Release Date: June 24,  2016
Pages: 51 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Dr. Malak Shahzed moved to the small town of Goodfields for a quiet practice and a chance to leave his other life behind. Finding kind and handsome Sheriff Shiloh Payne is a bonus. Their relationship is mostly stolen glances and innocent meetings, but Malak wants to play doctor with Shiloh—if the sheriff feels the same.

All is not well in Goodfields. After each PTA meeting, the body of a single man is found torn apart by a wild animal, and the town is getting nervous.

Murder is complicating Malak’s seduction of Shiloh, especially since he knows more than he is willing to admit. Because sane people don’t believe in werewolves…. Do they?

two-half-stars

Okay. So this one didn’t work for me and I am bummed at that. Maybe it’s my fault for thinking the title would involve more of a cute scenario with the whole PTA deal and schools and… yeah, I really thought that would be in the book but it wasn’t and now I’m totes confused.

So, Malak is a doctor and something else but we don’t know what. We know he likes the Sheriff, aka Shiloh, of the small town he has moved to for a change… why the change and what he is looking for again, we don’t know but it’s hinted at A LOT. We also know there is a string of murders that seem to be related and seem to be of more animal based than human and so there must be shifters about somewhere, right?

Before I get too into the story, I do want to say I liked the take on the differences between what a Were  was and what a Shifter is. The explanation was detailed so that I got it and that I liked the line drawn between the two. Now having said that, it was about the only thing that was detailed, organized and made sense through the book.

I am not going to go into what I didn’t work for me as this is a short story… sigh. This had a so much potential to be really good and interesting but it really fell flat. I wish Shiloh had stayed with the shy personality we got in the beginning instead of the sex machine we get later. Had we learned more about Malak and what Faysal were and maybe just … I wish Malak would have not played the ‘I’m not what you think I am card’ less and crap, I don’t know.

This had again, potential to be a great story had it been longer, maybe? Ugh.

About Felicitas Ivey

Felicitas Ivey is the pen name of a very frazzled helpdesk drone at a Boston-area university. She’s an eternal student even with a BA in anthropology and history, since free classes are part of the benefits. She’s taken courses on gothic architecture, premodern Japanese literature, and witchcraft, just because they sounded like fun. She has traveled to Japan and Europe and hopes to return to both in the future.

She knits and cross-stitches avidly, much to the disgust of her cat, Smaugu, who wants her undivided attention. He’s also peeved that she spends so much time writing instead of petting him. She writes urban fantasy and horror of a Lovecraftian nature, monsters beyond space and time that think that humans are the tastiest things in the multiverse.

Felicitas lives in Boston with her beloved husband, known to all as The Husband, and the aforementioned cat, whom the husband swears is a demon, even though it’s his fault that they have the cat. The husband also is worried about Felicitas’s anime habit, her love for J-Pop music, and her extensive collection of Yaoi manga and Gundam Wing doujinshi, which has turned her library into a Very Scary Place for him.

Blog Tour – Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist by K.E. Belledonne

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Oh My Shelves welcomes author K.E. Belledonne to the blog with the release of her latest book Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist – available now – and to briefly share with us a bit of advice to new writers.

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OMS: Someone asks you for advice about writing. What do you tell them?

KEB: I suppose it depends on what advice they’re asking for. If it’s “I’ve always wanted to write something but never knew where to start,” I tell them to just start writing down stream-of-consciousness things. Write a journal, write what you did that day, and what you liked or hated about it. Write down that crazy idea you had in line at the grocery store. Write down what your favorite meal feels like in your mouth. Just write as much as possible, and soon you won’t be able to stop yourself.

If they’re asking for advice about writer’s block, I’d say to step away from that particular section and go do something else. Work on another bit of the story. Or work on something entirely different. I’ve always got at least two, if not three or four, stories in various stages of work going on in my brain. I try not to stress about writer’s block, because it just makes it work. I just let that section rest for a bit, and let it simmer in my brain while I work on something else. Going for walks helps. Doing a menial chore is great for getting unblocked – washing the dishes or weeding the garden or scrubbing the shower – your brain is free to kind of wander wherever it wants to go, and it often unknots the problem while your hands are busy doing something else.

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“I think Aurora is disappointed in me.”

“What?” Erik rubbed at his eye. It wasn’t even early morning, judging by the weak light coming through the blinds from the streetlights. “Who?”

“Aurora. The wedding planning app.” Daniel lay on his back, wide awake and staring up at the ceiling.

“The wedding planning app is not a sentient being. It has no feelings or opinions.”

“I feel like she’s judging me. I’m sorry if I woke you up.”

“Oh my god, go to sleep.”RC

“I can’t. I’m never going to sleep ever again.” Daniel tugged the blanket higher up his chest, folding his arms over it and exhaling heavily.

“You’re being dramatic.”

“I’ve got too many things buzzing in my head. There’s too many things I’m going to forget to do.”

“I thought that’s why you had that damn app, so you don’t have to remember anything; it’s all right there saved on your tablet.”

“Yes, but I have to remember to put everything in it.″ Daniel rolled over. ″She doesn’t just know everything—”

“A: She is not a she. It is an it. B: What are we doing tomorrow?”

“Oh my god, what is the point of sharing the app calendar if you’re never going to look at it?” Daniel wailed.

“I look at it. It’s just crammed so full of everything that I have no idea what’s going on when.”

Daniel blew out his breath. ”Look, I know you don’t like the calendar. We’ve been over that, but I don’t know how else to keep track of all of these appointments and deadlines.”

“I told you, we could color-code them, or something,” Erik rolled to his side and punched at his pillow.

“Aurora doesn’t give you that option.”

“Well, it should.”

“I agree, but there’s nothing I can do about that.” Daniel bunched his pillow up under his head. “Tomorrow, we have four appointments to meet with caterers: two in the morning, two in the afternoon.”

BannerTemplate“Why so many in one day?”

“It’s the only day we both have available this week, and I am not going to make any decisions about the food at our reception without you there to discuss it.”

“Seriously, you could just make a choice, and I’ll live with it.” Erik rolled over.

“I don’t want you to just ‘live with it,’ Erik.″ Daniel tried to keep his voice neutral, but failed. ″This is our wedding. I don’t want you to just ‘live with it.’”

“Why are you getting so worked up about it?”

“We only get one chance at this. Everything needs to be perfect.”

“You’re going to drive us both crazy, you know that, right?” Erik tugged the blankets back up over his shoulder.

“Well, then, we’ll both be crazy.” Daniel squinted up at the ceiling. He was so tired of making these decisions. Why were there so many options? Why were there so many decisions? The planning was getting on Erik’s nerves; he was getting on Erik’s nerves. Erik was getting on his nerves. They were both just a pile of irritated nerves because the to-do list didn’t seem to be getting any smaller.

Daniel’s phone chimed with another notification from Aurora.

New Private Message from: MommyMargie.

His mother probably had another ludicrous suggestion for the reception, or a passive-aggressive reminder of the hymn that she and his father had had played at their wedding, that their grandparents had had played at their wedding and that she expected to hear at his wedding. Or maybe his parents had decided to paint the living room green. Who knew?


Checklist 1600px (Smashwords, Amazon)Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist by K.E. Belledonne
Release Date: 
June 23, 2016
Pages: 188 • Cover Artist: C.B. Messer
Published By: Interlude Press
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When Daniel gets caught up in the demands of a cheeky wedding planning app, his fiancé Erik grows frustrated with his preoccupation with adhering to heterosexual traditions. Will Daniel’s groomzilla ways give them the wedding of their dreams, or ultimately lead to their relationship’s demise?


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About K.E. Belledonne

K. E. Belledonne is a writer and translator based in the French Alps. A native New-Englander, Kat spends her time listening to Glenn Miller records, reading history books and cheering on her beloved Red Sox.

Anthony by J.P. Barnaby

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

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Series: Survivor Stories, Book Four
Release Date: June 27, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Aaron Downing worshiped his mother. She saved his life. She did everything for him. But Anthony Downing has a different perspective. He sees the woman who tossed him into a basement for eight long years and forgot he existed. When Anthony decides he’s done being invisible, he packs up and heads for Detroit to stay with his Internet friend Jay, but fate intervenes.

Brendan Mears lost everything the day the man with a gun came into his father’s store. Now, he’s tethered to a business he can’t manage and a brother who resents him.

Different in all the ways that matter, Anthony and Brendan struggle to overcome their psychological obstacles, until a crushing betrayal sends them running for cover and each other.

four-stars

You have no idea on how long I’ve been waiting for this book!!!!

No worries because she lives up to the expectation. This series is so devastatingly hard to get through. It puts your emotions through the ringer for sure. But you know what, I didn’t even cry, much. I feel slightly cheated on that front. I wanted wracking pain and emotion! I should be able it wasn’t, right? LOL. I’m such a masochist for this series. Even though book 2 doesn’t exist in my world.

Well it took forever, but her stories always deliver. I mean you can see Anthony crying out for help in Spencer’s book. Ugh I went into rage mode because of his parents. It’s like they forgot about their youngest child. I know the focus was and is on Aaron. He went through a traumatic experience that it’s hard for any parent to just stop caring for him and moving on.

Anthony is the youngest of the bunch. I think he was 9 years old when he had to move down to the basement. A basement he was scared of. He had to fight the demons at home and at school. Gosh, my protective instincts were on high alert in this book. I am still ragey mad by certain things that have happened in the book that didn’t get talked about, but I’ll let you read for yourselves.

“Being invisible was exhausting.
Like bouncing off transparent walls in an attempt to escape, only no one else sees the walls.
Ever.”

I won’t give away the plot, but Anthony’s impulsiveness shows through his age. I mean, he didn’t think things through in the beginning, and this could have went another way. Meeting Patrick saved his life.

Patrick and Brendan are bother suffering it seems. Living with the brutal death of their father and a constant reminder with the crime isn’t a happy place. I will admit, I didn’t know which road we were going for a bit. Both guys are dealing with things internally and Anthony comes along and it’s like everyone eyes are open. They figure out how to work together. What it means to have one another? Anthony and Brendan come together in a special way.

Anthony has a lot to learn. He has to figure out what he wants in life. I liked the pairing of him and Brendan. It kinda forced Brendan to start caring about himself. It forced Brendan to open his eyes, and realize that he’s still alive. Regardless of everything else, he’s living, barely if that.

I don’t know what the future holds for the series. I will admit, I missed Spencer in this book. He’s my favorite. Barnaby has written a thought out series. It’s emotional, heartbreaking and leaves everyone wanting to stand in from of these guys. I’d be happy if this was the end of the Survivor Series, because it’s not the end to the survivors but the beginning.

Time for them to live.

About J.P. Barnaby

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JP Barnaby, an award-winning gay romance novelist, is the author of over two dozen books, including Aaron and the Little Boy Lost Series. She recently moved from Chicago to Atlanta to appease her Camaro who didn’t like the blustery winters. JP specializes in recovery romance, but slips in a few erotic or comedic stories to spice things up. When she’s not hanging out with hot guys in leather, she binge watches superheroes and crime dramas on Netflix. A physics geek, she likes the science side of Sci-Fi, and wants to grow up to be Reed Richards.

Picked Fresh by Posy Roberts

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Series: Naked Organics, Book Two
Release Date: June 23, 2016
Pages: 269 • Format: eARC
Published By: Labyrinth Bound Press
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Is five thousand miles far enough to say I love you?

Hudson Oliva loves stability. He was a throwaway teen before finding Kaleidoscope Gardens but has since thrived at the commune. When Jude Garrity moves in, life gets even better, but Hudson still craves more. He knows he has to be satisfied with their exclusive status being temporary and that Jude will eventually navigate his full sexual awakening with their other housemates.

Hudson has a journey of his own to make. It might only require going home to settle his grandmother’s estate, but he plans to use his time away to figure out how to temper his feelings for Jude and bury his jealousy once and for all. But when Jude joins him on his trip, Hudson falls even deeper in love, especially after Jude stands by his side when he finally confronts his mother for rejecting him.

However, it’s not all hearts and flowers while they travel. They’re over two thousand miles from home when Hudson learns a ruthless corporate farm threatens the commune they both love. In order to save their way of life, Hudson must ask his mother for help. And if he wants a chance at a stable future with Jude, he has to tell him the truth about his feelings, no matter if it ruins the harmony he’s tried so hard to preserve.

four-stars

Once again, another good book from Posy Roberts! I really adore her writing style and the amount of emotions that she produces with her characters. This isn’t an ordinary series with just romance. Her stories are realistic fiction. They are for the obscenely normal folks. I didn’t know what to expect with this book. Having book Hudson and Jude go through their pass together was great. I think it was a good learning curve for both. It shows each one of them, why the other is the way he is.

Hudson’s emotional journey for hard for me to read. All these years later, his coming out sort to speak still hunts him. His relationship with his parents still enrage him. His father’s departure from his life leaves him feeling inadequate in his masculinity where he has to keep saying “that’s not what a man is”. For all the good things his Papi did for him, not accepting him during those years devastated and destroyed his confidence. He’s working through his feelings of inadequacy, vulnerability and jealousy. I really like Hudson on this journey. We can see the affect meeting his mother after 12 years is doing to him on page. They may have been some resolves with him and her. But I’m still so pissed at her. And yeah, maybe she’s a victim of her own. It was painful to read those parts, but I love Jude for being there.

Jude who has had his own issues. His issues with wanting sex and exploring it. He’s lived a hard life as well, has overcame it in a way. He’s 21 so he’s still growing. Seeing his parents about did me in. But I loved how his siblings rallied around him and the younger ones to do what’s right for each other. I cannot wait for the little brother to get a book.

**See what I did Posy, I put it out their in the universe :)**

Seeing Jude and Hudson together were beautiful. Both loving each other but not knowing how to say it to one another. I found those scenes very beautiful and at times felt like a voyeur for reading them. The unexpected for me was the Leo & Charlie point of views. Poor Leo, I think he felt like apart of him was missing instead of traveling. I get it, Hudson has been apart of his life for all these years and the first time he’s left for a period of time. I really like Charlie’s character and want his character study as well.

This book is about redemption, self-discovery, self-love and acceptance. At the end of the day, Hudson & Jude has something so powerful that they needed to know that they can overcome anything as long as they are working together. Life on the commune is going to be different now with the expansion, but I look forward to reading the next in the series. I really do love Posy’s words. I think this book was no different.

Release Blitz: Picked Fresh by Posy Roberts

Title: Picked Fresh
Series: Naked Organics #2
Author: Posy Roberts 
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Hudson Oliva loves stability. He was a throwaway teen before finding Kaleidoscope Gardens, but has since thrived at the commune. When Jude Garrity moves in, life gets even better, but Hudson still craves more. He knows he has to be satisfied with their exclusive status being temporary and that Jude will eventually navigate his full sexual awakening with their other housemates.

Hudson has a journey of his own to make. It might only require going home to settle his grandmother’s estate, but he plans to use his time away to figure out how to temper his feelings for Jude and bury his jealousy once and for all. But when Jude joins him on his trip, Hudson falls even deeper in love, especially after Jude stands by his side when he finally confronts his mother for rejecting him.

However, it’s not all hearts and flowers while they travel. They’re over two thousand miles from home when Hudson learns a ruthless corporate farm threatens the commune they both love. In order to save their way of life, Hudson must ask his mother for help. And if he wants a chance at a stable future with Jude, he has to tell him the truth about his feelings, no matter if it ruins the harmony he’s tried so hard to preserve.

 


Jude shifted in his seat and stared at Hudson. Hudson couldn’t take his eyes off the road, but the desire to turn toward Jude and mirror him was overwhelming. “What was your first impression of me when I met you at the farmers market?”

“Should I be diplomatic or honest?”

“Honest.”

Hudson ran that day over in his mind. It was crystal clear, still, even though it had been more than nine months ago. Jude had meandered from stand to stand. He initially stood out from the crowd because of what he was wearing: a bright blue, almost turquoise wool coat over a black turtleneck and tight black jeans. In the blur of quilted plaid flannel and fleece hoodies in various shades of drab, olive, and Carhartt, Jude was all Hudson could see.

“I couldn’t keep my eyes off you. You were… stunning.” He shook his head. “I don’t know another word for it. I was talking to some customer about how we raised our chickens, and when I saw you, I stopped midsentence. I stared, felt like a dirty old man because you looked so young, and when I turned back to the woman to carry on our conversation, I had no idea what we’d been talking about. Literally none. It was like looking at you sucked the words out of my throat and the thoughts right out of my head.”

Jude chuckled. “Seriously? Was it the coat?”

“It made you stand out, but no, it wasn’t the coat. It was everything about you. Your broad shoulders and your hair and your eyes and your fucking lips.”

“You like my lips?” Jude pulled his rose-flavored lip stuff out of his front pocket and made a show of smearing it across the bottom one. Then he rubbed his lips together and licked them, all while staring at Hudson with soft bedroom eyes.

The bus vibrated, a jagged noise piercing Hudson’s ears as he drove too far to the right, edging his tires onto the rumble strip. “¡Coño!” He maneuvered back into the center of his lane.

Jude laughed. Hudson’s heart thundered against his rib cage.

“You’re evil,” Hudson said. “Evil, I tell you!”

“Maybe.” Jude bit at his bottom lip.

“Stop. Stop tempting me with your fucking gorgeous mouth. I can’t have you doing that shit while I’m driving.”

“Okay.” Jude smirked but kept his tongue and teeth from doing anything else. He put away those hazel sex-eyes too. “So, how did you see this trip going down?”

“Just like that?” Hudson was incredulous.

“What?”

“You can just turn it on and off like a switch?”

“With you, sure.”

“Well, I can’t.” Hudson gestured to his crotch, where his dick was obvious, thick, and quickly moving on its way to fully hard, even though Jude had stopped the licking and the biting.

“Want me to touch you?” Jude’s voice was breathy as he slid his warm palm up Hudson’s inner thigh. He thumbed over the head of Hudson’s cock, and Hudson got harder. Jude played with just the head, moving back and forth, his touch light and delicious.

“Want me to drive off the road?” Hudson managed not to sound choked off.

“No.” Jude pulled his hand away and smiled like the devil. “I want you to drive. And I want you to tell me about what you want to do on this trip besides the obvious. And for the record, turning it off doesn’t happen like a switch. Turning me on with one look, easy!”

“You’re dangerous.”

“Damn right I am.”

Interested in reading how Hudson ended up living at Kaleidoscope Gardens? Read Naked Origins—Hudson for free. This is not a romance, but for those who want to dig a little deeper, this story covers much of Hudson’s history that is hinted at in Picked Fresh. Visit https://posyroberts.com/2016/02/02/free-read-naked-origins/ to read the summary and download it.
Title: Farm Fresh
Series: Naked Organics #1
Author: Posy Roberts 
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press 
Posy Roberts writes about the realistic struggles of men looking for love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.

Posy is a Jill of all trades and master of the drill and paintbrush. She’s married to a partner who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep during her writing frenzies. Her daughter, a budding author and cinematographer, helps her come up with character names. For fun, Posy enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make regular life more interesting.

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