Nachos & Hash by Brandon Witt

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Nachos & Hash: by Brandon Witt
Series: Mary’s Boys #1
Release Date: January 25th, 2017
Pages: 105 • Format:eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Darwin Michaels is living his dreams in the Mile High City. While Denver offers the perfect job, scrumptious dining, and whirlwind dating options, Darwin is losing hope he’ll find the right man to spark his interest for more than a one-night stand—until he sets eyes on Cody Russell.

Cody has just accomplished his life’s goal—get the hell out of Kansas. In one fell swoop, he lands a job at Hamburger Mary’s and gets a newfound family and the chance to be with other gay people! All that’s missing is someone special. But when Darwin shows his interest, Cody is sure it’s too good to be true. After all, what can Darwin possibly see in the high school dropout serving him nachos?

As Darwin falls in love, Cody struggles to realize his worth. When his past threatens the fragile life he is building, Cody spirals into a moment of dark desperation. But Darwin is determined to show Cody that love and family and home are there for him… will Cody accept what is offered?

four-stars

 

Nachos & Hash is a really good start to a series. Feel like this is one of Witt’s more lighter reads, but the tears were still there. He didn’t go to far. It was light-hearted I guess because of the MC’s being so young. 21 & 24 and trying to navigate what they both want out of one another. Nachos & Hash brings both guys from small Midwestern cities together at place in their life when they need someone.

Darwin & Cody were really adorable together. I really liked them a lot. Cody!!! I just want to re-brain him. Show him what love looks like, feels like, and what it means to be cared for. His parents did him no favors in life. They didn’t show him any love, care, or compassion. I really just wanted to hug him, and take him refugee into my home. Well, I didn’t really need to. Darwin did a great job with his patience, his teachings, and his love for Cody.

Of course its hardships in this book, it wouldn’t be a Witt book without be blubbering crying somewhere. Instead, it was as real as it can be. Darwin wants to settle down, and he’s young but he’s ready. Cody doesn’t have any idea what a relationship is or pertains. His entire sexual experience is one-offs, cars, trucks, rest stops. He has no idea about intimacy, cuddling, and just being around someone for the heck of it.

At the worst of times when his happiness is threaten he does a bad thing. It was heartbreaking to see that that was his only way out. It was hard to see him hurt like that, and instead of reaching out to the family that he has made for himself in Denver he decided to let his inner thoughts and demons get the best of him. It hit me harder then I expected it. I mean throughout the book it was kinda carefree, and sweet that Cody needed all this reassuring on what to expect out of a relationship. His self esteem was basically low, and he put on this facade to other people so they won’t notice the pain. Here’s where Witt’s talent truly comes into play. He knows how to craft a scene and evoke these emotions out of us. I loved the cast of characters in this story, I love the outcome of the story. I would have really liked to see Darwin’s family make a visit or some epilogue with them just so Cody can realize what he had wasn’t normal.

It was rapid them falling in love, but when you are that age it’s easy. Trust me, your inhibitions are lowered, and its easy to fall super hard and super fast. Nothing wrong with wanting forever at this age. Just make sure you put forward your best effort if you expect the same to you. The characters were great, and loved seeing Mandonna again. Ooh wait until Vahin’s book is up. I truly Brandon’s work and he’s a super sweet person. Definitely a recommend!

About Brandon Witt

Brandon Witt is many things. Above all, he is living the dream. After years of writing and reaching for the stars, he is a published author through Dreamspinner Press. Thus far, his novels include The Shattered Door, Then the Stars Fall, and three installments of the Men of Myth series. Also, he has short stories published in various anthologies.

For the first eighteen years of life, Brandon lived in a small Ozark town, El Dorado Springs, Missouri before moving with his family to Colorado. There he got degrees in Youth Ministry and Special Education and worked as a counselor and special education teacher for fifteen years.

The tension of his religious upbringing and being a gay man finds its way onto nearly every page in his novels, as does experiences that over a decade of loving children who have faced much abuse and many struggles. Reflecting what he has discovered to be true in life, Brandon’s writing does not shy away from challenges and conflict but also revels in the joy that can only happen when truly embracing and loving all that life has to offer.

Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage by C.S. Poe

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30284703Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage by C.S. Poe
Series:  2016 Daily Dose Delivery Package – A Walk on the Wild Side
Release Date: June 1,  2016
Pages: 32 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Theodore Reinhart is a young man looking for love. In San Diego. At a convention. For penguin shifters. WaddleCon is the go-to event of the year when looking for your life partner, but Theodore isn’t comfortable with the game they’ve turned dating into, nor does the convention provide for the gay community. A mistake in speed dating table assignments puts Theodore in front of Wesley O’Neill, a handsome and confident model who lets it slip that he’s definitely noticed the spark of attraction between them.

A perfect date ends prematurely when Theodore finds an abandoned egg in a bathroom trash can. Unable to leave it behind, Theodore and Wesley play a mad game of cat and mouse across the resort trying to keep it safe, all while growing closer to one another. Wesley may be the forever partner Theodore came looking for, but their relationship won’t work if they don’t make room for a little addition to the family.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package “A Walk on the Wild Side.”

four-stars

This was such an adorable shifter story!!! My first penguin experience and definitely my favorite out of the Daily Dose. I’m a shifter girl and I can tell you the wolves, cats, and bears are generally my go to area. I didn’t expect a penguin shifter, but it was fantastic!!! This was the perfect combination of plot and romance. The beginning didn’t read like I started in the middle for such a short book, but it was just enough and left me wanting to more.

Theodore comes to San Diego for Waddle Con. A convention for all Magellanic penguins! Thinking it’s a gay meeting convention he is shocked that it’s for heterosexual people and on top of that the airlines have lost his luggage! He’s having a horrible day and just when the margaritas can’t come quicker he is pulled into speed dating. There he endures countless woman, some looking for hook -ups and one in particular is looking for husband and kids. LOL. I found Theodore reactions genuine and funny. It’s hilarious until he meets Wes who is Bi, but looking for someone. They go on a date and everything is good until Theodore finds an egg and foolery ensures! It was funny plot wise, and then super hot when it came to Theodore and Wes. I loved Theodore’s immediate attraction to the egg. This was a first for me by this author, and I really enjoyed it, I’m looking forward to reading her release out in August. I wish it was longer, and it’s exactly how I like my shifter stories. Good job!

About C.S. Poe

Is an author of gay mystery and contemporary romance. She believes that happily ever after is an attainable goal for any character, given enough elbow grease and legwork is provided.

C.S. lives in New York City, but has called a host of different locations home in the past, most recently being Ibaraki, Japan. She regrets no longer having easy access to limited edition candy, capsule toy machines, and clean trains, but over ten years in New York has proved to her there is no place quite like it.

She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats, in no particular order. She’s rescued three cats, including one found in a drain pipe in Japan who flew back to the States with her. Zak, Milo, and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.

C.S. Poe’s first publication was Love Has No Expiration, by Dreamspinner Press in 2015. Her debut novel, Snow & Winter: The Mystery of Nevermore is scheduled for release in summer 2016 by DSP Publications.

Spencer Cohen, Book 1 (The Spencer Cohen Series #1) by N.R. Walker

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28436109Spencer Cohen by N.R. Walker
Series: The Spencer Cohen Series
Release Date: February 18, 2016
Pages: • Format: eARC
Published By: Blueheart Press
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Spencer Cohen is the guy who gets answers to relationship questions. Playing the role of the new lover, his job is to make his client’s ex realise one of two things: he doesn’t want to break up or he really does. Either way, his client gets answers.

The ex would either apologize and beg, or turn and walk. But in the end, Spencer’s client won. If he wanted his ex back and got him, it was great. If the guy walked away, then as hard it was for the client, he knew it was over. Regardless of the outcome, Spencer’s work was done.

Andrew Landon’s ex left him without so much as an explanation. But his sister can’t stand to see him miserable, so, much to Andrew’s dismay, they hire Spencer to be Andrew’s new boyfriend to get the ex back.

For Spencer, it is never personal. Merely a business transaction. No emotions, no strings, no complications.

Yeah right.

Even a blind man could see how this would end.

five-stars

This is me gushing over this story. I loved this so much. It was the perfect romance story with a cliffhanger. It just felt right to me. I literally was sputtering afterwards(Thank you T.J. Klune for creating Gus). I just wanted more of it. Like 400 pages of Spencer and Andrew. They were so adorable, and my first mindset was to be a little peeved that it wasn’t any sexy time in the story, but I had to remember the words of the resident Ginger stating the difference between Romance & Erotica to me. After reading it you realize that the physical really didn’t matter, because mentally & emotionally they were falling for each other little by little. I don’t want people to get deterred because there isn’t any sex in the book, because the writing, and them coming together was all I needed.

N.R. Walker, you totally spoiled “How To Train A Dragon 2” for me. I didn’t see it, and that part where Spencer cries did me in. I was crying as well. You rocked this book, and cover. I wish I could give you all the stars because I really loved these characters. The supporting cast was great, Andrew was a good guy. The stand out star with the beard, and the man capris, and the amazing Aussie accent was downright great. Spencer comes on the screen and everything gets brighter. He had the best aura about himself. Super down to earth, and his music choices rock. I loved the difference in each guy, but I really liked how their similarities seemed to bring each guy out further then what they let out. Seeing them bond together kept the biggest smile on my face. I loved the concept of the story. It’s definitely like Hitch the movie, and book two needs to hurry up we need to find out if Spencer forgot he had another appointment.

Initially I don’t know what I felt for Andrew, but he grew on me. He took himself way to serious for me, but after a while you can see where his personality shines through. I think he kinda hid himself in his past relationship or maybe in life. He comes off uppity, anti-social, and quiet. When he is around Spencer though, he opens up and it’s really beautiful the way their relationship develops throughout the story. Spencer basically hides his past, but sooner or later it catches up with him, and him not wanting to fall in love just didn’t work out how he wanted. I read this book in one sitting, and just smiled and thought about them for the rest of the night. I am impatiently waiting book 2. Please give it to me. Such a good story, and great writing.

About N.R. Walker

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…