Saved: An Omegaverse Story by A.M. Arthur

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Saved: An Omegaverse Story: by A.M. Arthur
Series: Breaking Free #1
Release Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 316 • Format: eARC
Published By: Briggs-King Books
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He didn’t want an alpha to save him, but fate had other ideas…

Braun Etting was raised to know his place as an omega by his alpha father’s cruel words and fast fists, and he expects nothing but violence from the alpha who may one day mate him. His older brother Kell mated a cruel alpha who abuses him daily, and Braun is terrified of that seemingly inevitable future. When Braun’s father dies in a car crash, leaving Braun an orphan, he’s sent to a halfway house for omegas. But on his fourth night there, he witnesses a horrifying crime that sends him fleeing to the streets alone—and edging into his first heat.

Tarek Bloom is settled in his workaholic, single lifestyle, even if it is somewhat embarrassing to be a twenty-eight year-old unmated alpha. He enjoys his job as a constable, helping people and solving problems, so he isn’t prepared for his life to flip upside-down when he walks into his beta friend Dex’s apartment to help with “a problem.”

The problem turns out to be an unmated, nearly in-heat omega orphan who Dex and his husband rescued off the street last night. The even bigger problem is that Tarek feels the mating bond for this terrified omega immediately—and he’s pretty sure the omega feels it, too. But Braun hates alphas as a general rule, and no way is he giving in to the bond. All mating leads to is violence and suffering, so no thank you. But Tarek’s gentle kindness slips under Braun’s emotional shields, and Braun begins to want. To dream. All Braun has ever known is violent alphas, but Tarek is determined to make Braun trust him—and to trust in the idea of their happily ever after.

four-stars


Not Bad.

Yeah, I’m surprised at how much I liked this. I think I’ve read one book by this author previously, and didn’t care much. That means nothing when I see a book featuring A/B/O Dynamics, Knotting, and MPREG!!!! Yes, count me in! Got to say there was no mpreg in it for me. Yeah, I know the brother was, but he wasn’t the main character. I like my mpreg to be full on, when slick dripping down, knotting galore, and the omega filled up to the brig! I’m definitely going to read some fan fiction after writing this review. LOL.

Not to be side-tracked. This book was good. I liked the world a lot. Braun has had a hell of a life. Nothing hasn’t gone right for him in 20 years. Well except for his father passing, and the events that lead him to Alpha Tarek. I liked the dynamics between the two. Its written really well, and Braun finds his voice in this book. He’s put through the ringer, and doesn’t trust anyone. His main goal is for safety, his brother, and trying to be his own man. He succeeds alot, and his omega ways does get on my nerves at certain times, because Tarek deserves a lot more for what he does in this story. He sacrifices to his career, which was the most important thing in his life. He’s lead a life of content. He feels so, but when he first smells Braun, his Alpha tendencies rears its ugly head, and attractions & wires gets crossed. From there its hot! They are screaming hot together, and I enjoyed every little dirty minute of it!

I did like how the story was told. It wasn’t just a romance, but focused more on the cause surrounding omegas. Its a fight they are going to have to go through being that these characters are in the minority of feeling like this. Braun’s character was set-up for future books probably being a face of the cause. He’s adamant about omega-rights, and not being used for just a womb. Tarek agrees with him, but there is no precedent for omegas and if so, it happened in the past. I loved Serge & Dex. These were my favorite guys, they were everything. I can tell that Kell & the lawyer will end up together. It might not be next book, but the book after. I really liked what I read. It was such a good, solid story.

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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.

New Author Alert: Midlife Crisis by Audra North

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Midlife Crisis: by Audra North
Release Date: August 28th, 2017
Pages: 205 • Format: eARC
Published By: Riptide Publishing
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Cam McGhee grew up like any other small-town Texas farm boy: he played football, went to church every Sunday, and married his high school sweetheart. But thirty-five years after he said “I do,” Cam finds himself nursing a beer in a gay bar, thinking about what might have been.

Dave Montoya is confident, self-assured, and cautiously single. But when he meets shy, uncertain, and clearly-still-not-out Cam in a coffee shop in Austin, his reservations about getting seriously involved again disappear. Cam is everything he’s looking for in a partner . . . almost, anyway.

No matter how much Dave wants him, and how good they are together, Cam can’t bring himself to fully embrace the life he was meant to live. After all, when his secret finally gets out, he faces the very real possibility of losing everything that kept him going for the first fifty years of his life, just like he’s feared for so long. But with a little faith—and a lot of love—his dream of living fully, truly, as himself might finally be within reach.

four-stars

Well, North certainly surprised me. I’ve never read anything by her before. After reading this, I saw she is a MF romance writer. I have skeptical feelings about them, but I don’t let it cloud too much of my judgment. More surprised at myself for finishing it. This was not only a slow burn, but the pacing was snail at best. I didn’t find myself bored so I guess its a win for me. Its very detailed, and everything is written in a way that molasses pours faster. I was really drawn to it because of the older mc’s. They are in their 50’s well off, and established wanting different things in their lives.  North’s writing was real, emotional, and such a sweet romance. It doesn’t focus on the physical side but more emotional. Cam was such a character that touched my spirit. I teared up at plenty of the hard facts that he had to face. Dave is such a sweetheart. Super understanding to the cause and patient.

Cam’s character made my feelings come out through this story. I don’t know what was happening at the time of my reading it, but he resonated so much to me. Maybe its because he’s a black man, and all his loyalties, duties, and reservations about his family is so common in the community, even more in the south. My family is from the south, so I could understand all his thoughts, dreams, fears, hurt when it came to being happy. Or lack thereof in his case. He sacrificed his happiness for the community, the way of life in Bitter, Texas. He was a drowning man, until his wife died. It was heartbreaking and I know it was emotional because it kept an egg shape size of despair in my throat. He tried to do right by what was expected of him, he tried to be the best father, and husband he could be. It only took 51 years of living to realize that he wanted something for himself. In walks Dave, in his biker workout clothes, and friends. With his smile, easy on the eyes, and friendly manner its no wonder Cam falls for him. Its not an easy romance. While Cam does come to terms about being gay, its another to act on it. Its something that he’s never thought of. Of course being happy with Dave, does nothing to dis spell all his responsibilities back home or with his children. No matter his orientation, his children are his. Cam shows so much vulnerability with his kids, Dave, and his knitting crew. Dave is trying to get back on the horse as well. Being single for a few years after being in a long term relationship, Dave has reservations about being with someone as closeted as Cam. Its something that he can’t help since he’s falling just as much as Cam.

I am still kinda shocked at how much I’ve enjoyed this. I look forward to North writing more gay romance if its going to be real like this. If you like older guys, interracial romance, hurt comfort, out for you, tears, and extremely slow burns then this book is for you. I quite like the pacing, and writing myself. I would recommend this read.

 

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About Audra North

Audra North is a contemporary romance author of more than twenty romances, including the Stanton Family series from Entangled Publishing, the Hard Driving series from St. Martin’s Press, and the Pushing the Boundaries series from Samhain Publishing. She is the owner and publisher of Pink Kayak Press, which focuses on the publication of diverse romance works. Winter Rain, a Pink Kayak Press anthology, won a gold medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards.

Audra enjoys speaking to writing groups and at industry conferences. She is also an avid jogger and loves running marathons. She has three children and lives with her family outside of Boston.

Off Base by Annabeth Albert

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Off Base: by Annabeth Albert
Series: Out of Uniform #1 
Release Date: January 9, 2017
Pages: 304 • Format: eARC
Published By: Carina Press
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After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate—especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike’s flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike’s arrival would spark from Zack’s teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack can’t refuse.

Pike Reynolds knows there won’t be a warm welcome in his new home. What can he say? He’s an acquired taste. But he needs this chance to get his life together. Also, teasing the uptight SEAL will be hella fun. Still, Pike has to tread carefully; he’s had his fill of tourists in the past, and he can’t risk his heart on another, not even one as hot, as built—and, okay, yeah, as adorable—as Zack.

Living with Pike crumbles Zack’s restraint and fuels his curiosity. He discovers how well they fit together in bed…in the shower…in the hallway… He needs Pike more than he could have imagined, yet he doesn’t know how to be the man Pike deserves.

four-stars

This was way more angstier then I like, but it was really good. It brought out plenty of emotions from me, and I’m glad I was able to finish it. It was a point of time in the story where I wanted to punt Zack’s ass through the field goal range. I wanted to shake him, and hurt him for not realizing what he was doing to himself and Pike. It took me a while to put Zack from Connection Error together with this Zack. I mean, he was a douchebag in Connection Error, and a little bit docuhy here, but the man was hurting internally. Gah!!! I really dislike when authors force me to like the A-Holes. I fell for Zack after a while. I adored Pike! I thought he was amazing, and I just wanted to wrap him up and never let him out my sight. *Le Sigh*, here goes my thoughts.

Poor Zack, this man is the epitome of The River D-E-N-I-L-E. He’s in denial about his sexuality and his love for Pike. He is SEAL who is intensely lonely, and really buried deep in the closet. Well not buried, but he’s not owning up or accepting of his sexuality. I really love how Albert makes these guys who I find myself disliking really make it up to me at the end. Zack has this internal angsty thing going on. When work like becomes to much for him, then he ventures out on his own living by himself. Well not entirely, because while he’s immediately against the idea of having Pike; out and proud Pike as a room mate there’s something there for Zack to convince himself to let it happen.

It’s a slow burner for sure with the romance. While Pike is realizing he’s falling for Zack, he knows it isn’t reciprocated at the least by Zack. I really enjoyed Pike’s character. He was super sweet and understanding. I hate what he went through with his first love, but I think it definitely put into perspective of his future romances. For characters like Pike who I feel get shafted in stories it enables my mama bear features and I automatically want them to dump or hurt the one that causes them pain. I’m so happy Pike didn’t listen to me lol. It definitely hurt Pike a multitude of rejections from Zack. The one thing I continuously have to realize is, you can’t force anyone to except their sexuality. It has to be on there own personal time, and I’m uber grateful that Albert writes things this way.

I cannot wait until the next book in the series. Hopefully its’ the LT with the kids, and I wouldn’t mind seeing more of Harper. Yeah, I got my eye on him. Albert has been winning lately with all her release, and I’m telling you she’s becoming such a favorite of mine. If you haven’t read her #gaymers series then you best get to it. This is a definite read and hopefully you enjoy it as much as I do!

About Annabeth Albert

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.

The Unlikely Prospect by Lex Chase

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unlikelyprospectthefs_v1The Unlikely Prospect: by Lex Chase
Series: States of Love
Release Date: December 7th, 2016
Pages: 126 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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In Prospect Harbor, Maine, lobsterman Harper Cook has always loved the sea. He and his two brothers work the harbor waters, in a fishing village of one thousand where everybody knows everybody else’s business and nobody wants to be different.

When it’s time for the annual Men of Maine pinup calendar, Harper’s brothers eagerly volunteer him. Harper isn’t thrilled to bare it all to raise money for an elementary school playground—until he meets out-and-proud Los Angeles out-a-statah Sean Blackburn: the highly available first-grade teacher with Hollywood heartthrob looks.

Harper has no desire to ever stand out from the crowd, but Sean persists and earns Harper’s friendship. Through Sean, Harper opens up to new possibilities. Things get steamy, but Harper still protects his heart. Though the right pressure in the right place might crack even a loner lobsterman out of his shell.

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four-half-stars

Fits all my Checkmark List people!

√ Cheesy and Fluffy Goodness
Adorable Older MC
Virgin
Pinup Calendar
√ A little bit of kink
Noisy Siblings
Shy MC
√ More adorableness
√ A Novelist

I loved this book!!! The right amount of swoony cheesiness and fluff for me! Harper and Sean were truly adorable together. I loved the Cook brothers. I thought they showed real camaraderie between siblings. This was my first read by Lex Chase and I really liked it. It was a bit choppy at times, and transitions were a little bad, but I was able to forget that because I was enthralled with the story.

Harper is a loner by nature, only working and hanging out with the family when he’s forced to. He’s the oldest of 3 boys who are all Lobster-man. This book caught me in the right mood. I loved how shy, awkward, and lovable Harper was. He was prepared to spend the rest of his life alone until his brother Joe asks him to pose for a calendar to support his niece’s playground. Harper will do anything for his family at the end of the day. Forget about talking, or him being socially awkward, his family matters because Mumma said it does. He meets Sean who is completely opposite him of every way. Sean awakens a need in Harper that he didn’t know he had. It was such a quick angst free love story.

The building of their relationship was magical. I liked how well they fit together. Again some of the transitions bothered me, but I was able to look passed it because the story was super good, and swoony. I couldn’t flip the page fast enough to see what was going to happen next. I really wish this was a full length novel. Both guys were able to explore each other and learn what works for them. I love how tender and caring Sean was when it came to their physical relationship. It was a no pressure book, they became friends and lovers all in one go. I would have liked to meet Joe and Danny’s family since they talked about them enough. Would also have liked to see Sean in his element at school. I would definitely recommend this cheesy goodness, definitely caught me in the right mood and it’s a feel good favorite of mine this year!

About Lex Chase

Lex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, “We’re all going to die, I’m just trying to make it a little more interesting.” Now, she’s on a mission to make the world a hell of a lot more interesting.
Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure—and depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster. Her pride is in telling stories of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. If you’re going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love.
Lex is a pop culture diva, her DVR is constantly backlogged, she has intense emotions about Hannibal’s Hannigram, and unapologetically loved the ending of Lost. She wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind.
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A Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote

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afamilyforchristmasA Family for Christmas: by Jay Northcote
Release Date: November 16, 2016
Pages: 136 • Format: eARC
Published By: JayBird Press
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Zac never had a family of his own, but Rudy has enough to share.

Shy, inexperienced Rudy has a crush on Zac from the moment his new colleague walks through the door. On an office night out before Christmas, Rudy finds the courage to make a move, and they form a tentative bond. When he discovers Zac will be alone at Christmas, he invites Zac to come home with him.

Zac prefers to keep people at arm’s length. Yet when Rudy offers him a family Christmas it’s impossible to resist. With no parents of his own, Zac is pleasantly surprised to be welcomed by Rudy’s. The only drawback is that everyone assumes they’re a couple. Unwilling to disappoint Rudy’s mum and make Christmas awkward, they decide not to deny it.

It’s not a chore for Zac to pose as Rudy’s boyfriend, but the pretense makes him want things that scare him—things like a real relationship with Rudy. Zac’s suffered enough rejection in his life already and is afraid to risk his heart. If he can get over his past rejection and let Rudy inside his armour, he might get more for Christmas than he ever imagined.

four-stars

YAY, the perfect book to get me into the holiday mood!

This was a really solid Holiday read! Its really one of my favorite seasons to read. I love Holiday stories, and this had the perfect combination of sweet, heat, and yearning that I needed! Really enjoyed the characters in this book alot. Rudy & Zac were definitely opposites attract, but I think being able to communicate with each other is what won this book over for me. Rudy is this sweet, awkward, inexperienced guy who has the biggest crush ever on his co-worker Zac. Rudy is a hopeless romantic in his head, and he fantasizes about all the ways that Zac will treat him. I thought it was adorable of Rudy. He showed some vulnerability when all of his co-workers went out, and expressed his feelings to Zac.

Zac is jaded about relationships of any kind. I can see that, when he has no one who’s ever cared or loved him. He’s a loner by default and I think he liked being that way. Being lonely has forced him to not open up to anyone about his past or force him to want to fall for someone outside of the parameters that he has set. Thrown away as a a infant, and living in group homes and foster care has left him close-off from people. He prefers the solidarity life, but once he starts working at the same company as Rudy then he’s left with no chance but to interact with people.

Really loved Rudy’s family. I love how welcoming they were to Zac. The connection between two steadily progress as the book goes. I think Jay did a really good job with the authentic feelings that were in this book. Both guys were able to benefit from being together. Deciding to start things slowly and progress worked just fine with me. I’m so excited to get to the rest of my holiday reads, but this goes on the Holiday 2016 shelf. Recommendable for sure!

About Jay Northcote

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with his husband, two children, and two cats. He comes from a family of writers, but he always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, he decided to try and write a short story—just to see if she could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary gay romance about men who fall in love with other men, usually set in or near her home town of Bristol. He enjoys the challenge of bringing the men in his head to life through his words. Jay has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and he also publishes his own titles under the imprint Jaybird Press. Some of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is a transgender man and was formerly known as she/her.

Unacceptable Risk by Kaje Harper

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Unacceptable Risk: by Kaje Harper
Series: Hidden Wolves, #1
Release Date:October 4, 2011
Pages: 330 • Format:eARC
Published By: MLR Press
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Simon Conley was born a werewolf, making him one of a tiny minority in a sea of vanilla humans. The safety of the pack lies in absolute secrecy, sometimes violently enforced. In a species where pack-members are born and not made, being gay is considered a perversion. So when Simon falls in love with a human man, he’s twice damned. Even his Alpha’s grudging tolerance may not be enough to shield him from the hatred of the other top wolves. Then his lover Paul stumbles across pack secrets Simon was sworn to keep, and if the pack finds out, they may both end up dead.

four-stars

I really enjoyed this take on shifters. It was more of a realistic aspect then most of the paranormal romances out there. I think Kaje did a great job on selling the story and making it seem more real. I enjoyed the feeling of this could really be happening, but it’s in Minnesota so thank God. LOL. It wasn’t the insta-love, and mate bond that I usually read and enjoy. I can have refine taste when it comes to my shifters.

It was a slow burner. I mean it’s not that much of a complaint really. I think the author was just taking her time and writing something that she was proud of. It was well thought out, and super believable. I enjoyed the pacing of the story. She took all the elements of my favorite shifters stories, and made it into something magical.

Simon & Paul were amazing. Through in the fact that Paul isn’t gay but seems to be attracted to this enigma named Simon, and it’s beautiful. I felt all the emotions that both guys were going through. When the action was there it was crazy good. I read this book in one setting. I really was amazed at the connection that I was feeling for these characters. I loved Simon and how he was unapologetic at all the things he had going on in his life. It was basically an outcast in the pack, but he stood his ground. He was unapologetic at Paul for falling for him. It was a shocker to Simon as much as it was to Paul. Poor Paul, his response is exactly how I would feel if I was him in this scenario. I would be shocked, and freaking scared as well. It was super fast for Paul. First being attracted to a man, then finding out about werewolves, then mating and meeting said werewolves. I would have grabbed my passport and dipped. I’m just being honest. They government ain’t locking my ass up unless it’s Derek Hale being my mate. I really enjoyed the building of their relationship. Yes, I feel like it wasn’t enough. At least because Paul had all these reservations. It was a lot to process.

It’s a lot of pack politics in this book. Simon is in the pack and only a few people talk to him. His alpha is having all these problems dealing with the pack and on top of that the pack’s #2 is trying hard to take over. It was a few times in the story that I felt like it was taking away from the potential time of Simon & Paul. It was a lot to deal with, and Karl was one scary mofo. Goodness, I just wanted someone to take him out at the first mention of him. I did enjoy the outcome of the plot a lot. I’m looking forward to more from this series. I can’t wait to read more with Simon & Paul as well.

About Kaje Harper

I live in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow-removal and Road-repair, the mosquito is the state bird, and where sometimes in winter it can be breathtakingly beautiful. Of course, the deepfreeze chill contributes to the breath-taking, but Minnesota’s a kindly, quiet place and it’s home to me now. I’ve been writing for far longer than I care to admit (*whispers – forty years*), mostly for my own entertainment, and currently am focused on M/M romance (with added mystery, fantasy, history, SciFi…) I also have a few Young Adult stories released under the pen name Kira Harp.

My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011. My husband finally convinced me that after all that time writing, I really should submit something, somewhere. I was thrilled when it was accepted. I have a weakness for closeted cops with honest hearts, and teachers who speak their minds, and I had fun writing the four novels and three freebie short stories in the series. I’ve been just delighted by the reception Mac and Tony have received.

My first free book became the first story that I actually released – I put it up a month before Life Lessons just for the fun of getting it out there. Lies and Consequences began as a reaction to the November 2010 election. It looked like the repeal of DADT might be derailed by the political shift and I put the insanity of that law into the book. Then as I was finishing the first draft in mid-December the repeal passed. Which was great, but prompted a rewrite to a lighter and more action/romance book. This was a solo effort and I learned a lot from writing and releasing it and from the reviews. Check Smashwords for that one and many of my other freebies.

I now have a decent backlist in ebooks and print, both free and professionally published. A complete list with links can be found on my Books page. This writing thing is addictive. So read, comment, tell me what you like and what you don’t, and help me make the upcoming books even better. I have an author page on Goodreads where I do a lot of book reviews, and this blog is reposted there.

You can find me to chat on my author page on Goodreads most easily – I hang out on Goodreads a lot because I moderate the Goodreads YA LGBT Books group there. I also post free short YA stories on that group, more than 50 of them so far.

You can also email me : kajeharper ~at~ yahoo ~dot~ com or find me on Facebook –

Where We Left Off by Roan Parrish

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roan-parrishWhere We Left Off: by Roan Parrish
Series: Middle of Somewhere, #3
Release Date: September 26, 2016
Pages: 260 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo’s unremarkable life like a supernova … and then was gone just as quickly.

For the past miserable year, Leo hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will’s life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off. What begins as a unique friendship soon burns with chemistry they can’t deny … though Will certainly tries.

But Leo longs for more than friendship and hot sex. A romantic to his core, Leo wants passion, love, commitment—everything Will isn’t interested in giving. Will thinks romance is a cheesy fairytale and love is overrated. He likes his space and he’s happy with things just the way they are, thank you very much. Or is he? Because as he and Leo get more and more tangled up in each other’s lives, Will begins to act like maybe love is something he could feel after all.

four-stars


First thing first: It’s a little bit of Will & Leo in all of us.

I just had to get that out. Let’s just be honest friends, Monogamy isn’t for everyone. There I said it. Initially, I had a feeling that this was going to be the one people didn’t connect to. I mean, everyone wants to read the grand love story. They want the magic of finding someone and falling in love. They want to read about love, need, wants, and passion. I’m one of those people as well. But I do live in the real world, where shit ain’t sweet as much as we’d like to thing. Some folks don’t do monogamy, and it’s nothing wrong with it. Some people prefer the benefits of a relationship with no title and strings attached. I don’t see anything wrong with it. I liked Will. I know, put your pitchforks away. Will came off as a jackass. I don’t think that’s wrong. He is an a-hole, but his reasons and his walls are rock steady baby. Leo, sweet baby Leo. I swear he was giving me Carrie Bradshaw this entire book. I wanted to protect sweet Leo, but Leo came to his own realizations at his own time. Yeah he went through his mini heartbreak, but it was for his own good.

I think Roan did a fantastic job with these two. This might have been the most light hearted out of the trilogy so far put it packed a punch for real. I think I like this book so much because it dealt with people’s feelings and talking. The one thing that these two did was talk. I respect Will so much for being so open about his limitations. They might not have been how he felt at the end, but at that time it was so truthful that it was hurtful for poor Leo. Goodness, I bookmarked so much on my kindle about these two. Let’s be very clear hear folks. Leo wants romance, love and commit. I can see why. It’s something that he isn’t getting or had ever. He wants to be someone’s only love. Will doesn’t want it. He is frank, a little jaded, and super sure of himself.

“If you know that I don’t want a relationship, and you wouldn’t just be thinking of it as sex, then where does that leave us? Because it kind of seems like it’s leave us someplace where you end up feeling like I’ve betrayed you, and I end up losing my best friend.”

That’s the crux of it all folks. I can’t seem to put down all the words that I want to. I have so many thoughts on this story, but the one thing I can say is I loved it. I enjoyed it a lot. The supporting cast is amazing. I love this series so much. It’s realistically done, and features every day people. I like to think that from this we learn that romance and hearts and kisses isn’t everyone’s wishes. I won’t spoil the book for you, but I do think you should give it a shot. You might be surprise. Leo is super smart, and he realizes he worth. Will is super complex and his reasons for not wanting a relationship is so clear once you get into the book. I highly recommend this. I think I’ll read anything by this author. Her writing gets me so much. Love it.

**If you read the book, then the Sex & City gifs are self-explanatory**

About Roan Parrish

ROAN PARRISH is currently wandering between Philadelphia and New Orleans. When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

The Senator’s Secret by K.C. Wells

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The Senator’s Secret: by K.C. Wells
Series: Dreamspun Desires 
Release Date: September 1st, 2016
Pages: 220 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Politics, puppy dogs, and passion, oh my!

When his Republican opponent outs him with a photo in a Facebook post, Senator Samuel Dalton doesn’t have many options open to him. It doesn’t matter that the photo is totally innocent. He has no choice but to come clean… until his staff suggest putting a spin on it that leaves Sam reeling.

Sure, he’ll end up with a lot of sympathy, not to mention the possibility of more voters from the LGBT community, but it still seems a pretty drastic solution.

Now all they have to do is persuade Gary, the other man in the photo, to play along. It sounds so easy: convince the constituents of North Carolina that he and Sam are engaged.

No big deal, except for the fact that they’ve only just met….

 

four-stars

THIS!!! I had starry heart eyes from the beginning to the end!!! Loved it.

This is my absolute favorite of the Dreamspun Desires series. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I was smiling and enjoying Samuel and Gary. Loved their fake relationship. It was everything I could ask for. A few of the Dreamspun Desires books have left me feeling underwhelmed and I’m not to familiar with K.C. Wells work either, but this was A+.

This was a lite, low angst, sweet, sugary feel good story. I guess I read it at the right time. I loved all the characters of the story. I think Samuel and Gary were perfect for each other. Anytime anyone mentions Will & Grace, then you have a friend in me. Senator Samuel is in the middle of a primary campaign when an innocent photo of him hugging his employee is blown out of proportion.

It forces Samuel to come out the closet. Something he had no plan on doing. Gary is given an offer he can’t refuse. What happens next is the sweetest story ever. I swear this book forced me to watch Love Actually. I was super enamored by these two, that I didn’t want it to end at all!

I like the gradual incline of the relationship. I kinda wish we learned or some more of Gary’s life. I get it Samuel was the one everything revolved about, but those little morsels that we learned about Gary forced me to think about him and see him in his setting. I would loved to see him at school, or amongst peers when Samuel shows up. I did like them getting together talking, and falling for each other. This one seemed to just happen. I think the author did a fantastic job on letting the story unfold and be magical all by itself. Super happy with this edition. I might just grab the next in the series.

About K.C. Wells

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative.
An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….
K.C. loves to hear from readers.

Fast Connection by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

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fast connectionFast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Series: Cyberlove, Book Two
Release Date: July 11, 2016
Pages: 235 • Format: eARC
Published By: Megtino Press
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After a decade of serving in the Army, everyone still expects me to be Dominic ‘Nicky’ Costigan–the skirt-chasing player. They don’t know I’ve been spending my days trying to figure out my post-military life. Including how to pick up guys.

When I meet Luke on a hookup app, he makes it clear it’s for one-night only. That’s fine with me, because I’m down to see what this silver fox can do. But after I arrive at his doorstep, it doesn’t take long to realize we have serious chemistry, and we end up meeting again.

He’s got more walls around his heart than a military base, but I think he’s as addicted to me as I am to him. He can’t resist me for long. I mean, who can? Except Luke’s rules exist for a reason, and when I test his limits, things get complicated. Maybe too complicated.

*FAST CONNECTION is a standalone, full-length romance novel with no cliffhanger*

five-stars

Honestly, Erickson & Hassell should be around hear screaming….

This book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I loved every second of it. I read it in one sitting. Then I waited a couple of days later to read it again! Man, look it’s super hard for me to top my love from Strong Signal. FFS, I own it in paperback and e-book form. I live for Garrett’s grumpy ass and red panda gifs highlight my day. How were they going to top it? Well for starters they were going to take the asshat from Strong Signal and make him the love interest?

Huh??? Why?? Not only do they take Costigan and make him the lead, but then they make him the filty mouth, vulnerable douche bag who you love. GAH!!!! I loved him in this book. He’s coming to terms with his sexuality, while trying to find some footing in his life. His home life sucks big time. It’s an crazy amount of tension, and after so many years in the military he’s working at a Deli. No that’s not good enough for Costigan. Hell it wasn’t good enough for me. Enters grindr, and then Silver Fox.

Good Lord, the man is so hot. Them together were scorching up the place. Yeah it’s official these two know how to write a scene and pull you under.

Luke is a total DILF!!! If I was single and he was real, we’ll be together somehow. Luke is on the cusp of 40 with two teenage kids, and an ex-wife. He doesn’t want a relationship, he just wants sex. What I loved about his character was that he was such a hard ass. Constantly keeping Costigan away but needing him so much more. I loved to see the internal struggle on realizing that Dominic is what he wants. I think the authors did a fabulous job with the plot. I loved how both guys how their own obligations to their families, but knew how to get what they want. I wish I could spoil everything for you, but I won’t. I really enjoyed this book. I can’t praise it enough. I most likely will read it again before the week is over.

Erickson & Hassell should feel like this…

About Megan Erickson

Megan Erickson is a former journalist who switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better. She likes to pretend she has control now, but usually her characters are the ones who hold the reins. Her romance novels have a touch of humor, a dash of nerdy, and always a happily ever after.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and two cats named after John Hughes characters. She’s still waiting for the party she was promised when she grew to five feet… maybe because she never got there.

About Santino Hassell

Santino was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a guy who spends his days and nights writing romance with an edge.

Santino is a dedicated gamer, a former fanfic writer, an ASoIaF mega nerd, a Grindr enthusiast, but most of all he is a writer of queer fiction that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

Between the Lies by Draven St. James

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Club Syn 1 - Between the Lies-FINALBetween the Lies by Draven St. James
Series: Club Syn
Release Date: April 4, 2016
Pages: • Cover Artist: Karrie Jax
Published By: Draven St. James
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Professor Graham Darrius leads a double life, everyday he enriches the lives of students, but at night he struts the stage as Ebony Powers at Club Syn. The two personas cannot mix, which is an easy rule to follow until a sexy man from Iowa stumbles through the door.

Spencer Neil has never stepped foot into a gay bar and holy shit did he get more than he’s ever imagined. What did he know about drag queens, go-go boys and heated exchanges in dark corners? The world he lives in is academic and predictable. At least until he meets Graham, and sees that sometimes all is not what it seems.

Beneath the shock of discovery, misunderstandings, silk stockings, and wicked instruction Graham finds himself falling for Spencer and Spencer finds he’s getting a whole different kind of education.

three-stars

This was my first book by this author. I really enjoyed the concept of the book. I loved the age-gap stories as well as interracial romance. It started off really strong and Ebony/Graham and Iowa/Spencer had good passion towards one another. I loved Spencer’s vulnerability when he first stepped into the club. I enjoyed Ebony’s treatment of him upon first meeting. You can see the sexual energy between the two. I would have loved for the story to be longer, to me it didn’t have time for each character to have any feelings outside of physical towards one another. I don’t really like the route that Spencer felt he needed to take, I understand the author’s setup for the plot. I would love to see them get to know each other outside of their common places. I will say the physical part of the book was super hot, and it was written really well. It packed a little punch for 98 pages. I enjoyed the writing alot, and look forward to more from her.

About Draven St. James

I’m a born and raised Oregonian. I’ve traveled extensively in search of mischief and mayhem to fill my books. My ventures have been quite successful in inspiring a wealth of stories both sexy and humorous. It gives me a great excuse to do some crazy stuff in the name of research. Of course at the end of the day, coffee within reach, laptop at the ready is where I find my peace.