Pipelines in Paradise by Foster Bridget Cassidy

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Pipelines in Paradise: by Foster Bridget Cassidy
Series: States of Love
Release Date: February 1st, 2017
Pages: 116 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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One is trying to heal a broken heart, the other, a broken family.

After separating from his partner of nine years, Palmer Simpson flees to the island of Oahu to pursue a carefree life of surfing. There, he meets Riku Usami, a more skilled surfer—but one with a bad attitude and a boatload of family drama. A contest between the two men leads to friendship and the possibility of something more meaningful. When a tsunami threatens the island, a friend is stranded out on the waters of the deadly Banzai Pipeline. Palmer and Riku must face the dangers of the barrel waves and the looming forces of nature in order to get their friend to safety. If they survive, they’ll have to contemplate what their future together will look like after the storm blows through.

 

DNF @ 62%

This was one not a good enemies to lovers story. I spent all 62% CONFUSED AND RAGEY! It’s not a good way to feel people. So apparently Palmer heart was so broken from his boyfriend’s cheating that he fled the mainland and flew to Hawaii. This was a very abrupt decision and he allowed his emotions to get to the better of him. I have no issue with this at all. My issue was Palmer. I didn’t understand him at all. His actions and thoughts don’t congeal with what he talked about. Down in Hawaii, he meets Dill. Dill is someone that takes Palmer under his wings, and becomes a friend in this destitute time. I liked Dill, and between them bonding over surfing the waves he’s very carefree and doesn’t let things get to him. During one of these bonding adventures they run into Riku. A surfing legend it seems, and a complete utter ass. From them my rage ensues and Riku isn’t someone I like, who could like, and it’s absolutely no reason for treat Palmer as such. In all of there meetings and Riku just talking bad about Dill. Its obvious they have history, but Palmer isn’t smart enough to ask. I didn’t care enough to read the rest to figure out what them issue is. I don’t know how you can mess up an enemies to lover story where one MC is so unforgettable. I LOATHE Riku with a thousand passions. Palmer was a complete letdown, and I liked Dill. The only good thing to come out of this. I refused to finish this, and cannot recommend this at all.

About Foster Bridget Cassidy

FOSTER BRIDGET CASSIDY is a rare, native Phoenician who enjoys hot desert air and likes to wear jackets in summer. She has wanted to be a fiction writer since becoming addicted to epic fantasy during high school. Since then, she’s studied the craft academically—at Arizona State University—and as a hobby—attending conventions and workshops around the country. A million ideas float in her head, but it seems like there’s never enough time to get them all down on paper.

Her main support comes from her husband, who reminds her to laugh. Mostly at herself. Their partnership may be difficult to grasp when viewed from the outside, but seen from the inside they are a perfect match. He’s helped her though surgeries and sicknesses and is always willing to wash her hair when she can’t do it on her own.

Their children have four legs and fur and will bite them on occasion. One snores loudly.

For fun, Foster likes to take pictures of her dachshunds, sew costumes for her dachshunds, snuggle her dachshunds, and bake treats for her dachshunds. In exchange for so much love and devotion, they pee vast amounts on the floor, click their nails loudly on the tile, and bark wildly at anything that moves outside. Somehow, this relationship works for all involved.

While not writing, Foster can usually be found playing a video game or watching a movie with her husband. While not doing any of those things, Foster can usually be found in bed, asleep.

Dearly Stalked by Allison Cassatta

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Dearly Stalked: by Allison Cassatta
Release Date: January 23, 2017
Pages: 266 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Writing crime novels catapulted Memphis native Silas Cooper to fame and fortune, but when his words backfire and he becomes trapped in what could be one of his books, he needs a hero of his own.

Silas’s publicist insists he hire a personal assistant, and Silas chooses Scott Kramer. But before Scott starts, he already has a round of steamy phone sex to hold over Silas’s head, and his interest in his boss isn’t decreasing.

Benjamin Logan joined the Army to see the world, and while deployed he read every one of Silas’s books. With his military career over, Ben is back in Memphis working for the police department—and attempting a deeply closeted relationship with fellow cop Morgan Brown.

Over coffee, Silas and Ben become friends who support each other as relationships fall apart, and the attraction between them slowly emerges. When a dangerous stalker threatens Silas, it’s up to Ben to stop him.

If Ben fails, Silas might not live to tell this story… and Ben might not be able to live with himself.

 

DNF @ 54%

 

That face up above is my confused face. Call it disbelief, disdain, speechless. Call it whatever you would like, but I’m outta here on this book.

I knew way before 54% that it wasn’t going to end well for me and this book. None of the characters connected with me. I literally am in disbelief by Silas’s behavior and stupidity so early in the book. I get almost hulk rage mad when Ben seems to open his mouth to disregard Morgan’s feelings or his own. I get hulk rage mad when Ben has all these accusations against Morgan in his mind, but never puts forth any effort to be a better “boyfriend”. I use that term loosely since he’s in the closet and afraid to come out. He is scared of what people are going to say and a past experience left him scared. I’m all for coming out on your own terms. Big believer in a person’s space and acceptance of their own sexuality. What I have a problem with is Ben’s almost disregard for any kind of a relationship, words, but instead almost shaming Morgan to stay and be quiet. I know, I can’t put all the blame on Ben. Silas and and Scott is just a big disaster waiting to happen. It doesn’t take long for that dumb situation to implode on itself. I mean, Silas is suppose to be this super smart person, and write mystery stories, but he’s blind to the situation right in front of him? Does not make any freaking sense.

I feel like up to the point that I’ve read that I missed certain things. Was I suppose to read between the lines? I’m not sure, but I couldn’t take this story any longer, and I had to bow out. I didn’t like the guys, or story line. The potential for Silas and Ben to get together took to long and was pointless. I wish, I could have liked it, but I was happy to close the book on this for good.

About Allison Cassatta

I am a married, 33 year old, female, with no children. By trade I am a network engineer with far too many years under my belt. My first book was published in 2010 by Kerlak Publishing, followed by a short story in 2011 through Dreamspinner Press. I don’t have any formal training, I simply write what I feel. I have a vivid imagination and love building dream worlds for my readers to escape to.

I recently discovered that I am a hopeless romantic and that usually makes for some very turbulent stories. As most know, love is a mountain and at its peak there’s infinite beauty, but it’s best appreciated after a difficult climb… that’s how I write. The world would be a boring place if we didn’t have to fight a little for what we wanted, now wouldn’t it.

The Next Competitor by Keira Andrews

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The Next Competitor: by Keira Andrews
Release Date: December 4, 2016
Pages: 220 • Format: eARC
Published By: KA Books
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If he risks his heart, can he keep his head in the game?

To win gold, figure skater Alex Grady must train harder than the competition morning, noon, and night. He’s obsessed with mastering another quadruple jump, and due to the lack of filter between his mouth and brain, doesn’t have a lot of friends. As for a boyfriend, forget it. So what if he’s still a virgin at twenty? The Olympics are only every four years—everything else can wait. Relationships are messy and complicated anyway, and he has zero room in his life for romance.

So it’s ridiculous when Alex finds himself checking out his boring new training mate Matt Savelli. Calm, collected “Captain Cardboard” is a nice guy, but even if Alex had time to date, Matt’s so not his type. Yet beneath Matt’s wholesome surface, there’s a dirty, sexy man who awakens a desire Alex has never experienced and can’t deny…

Note: This gay romance from Keira Andrews features opposites attracting, new adult angst, sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending.

First published as a YA novel in 2010. This new version has been extensively rewritten, updated, and expanded

DNF @ 33%

This is an absolute first for me!!! I’ve never DNF anything Keira has written. I’m a little disappointed that I couldn’t get through this book. It started from the very beginning for me. I didn’t like the tone of the story, didn’t like the character right away. That’s a big problem to me, and it took me days to make it that far. I’ve put off reading this book because I didn’t like it. I did try to make it to 50% but I was not going to force myself to do it.

There’s nothing much I can say I enjoyed, well maybe seeing Matty Marcus name in another book featuring Figure Skating. There’s nothing more that interested me. I’m going to keep this short since I didn’t get far. From what I did try to digest, the main character was a self-centered, unlikable character to me and fellow skaters. I didn’t enjoy his no mouth to brain filter. It got old after a while, and I didn’t like the information dump on figure skating. I didn’t care to much about that. All in all, this was a complete bust for me by this author. Don’t let this book deter you, Keira Andrews pen game is way stronger then this. I can’t love them all, but this was one I didn’t expect to not even finish.

About Keira Andrews

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”

Matthias by Alexis Duran

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adMatthias: by Alexis Duran
Series: Order of the Black Knights #2
Release Date: November 2, 2016
Pages: 240 • Format: eARC
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From Louisiana swamp rat to revivalist huckster to skilled con artist, Matthias Krall clawed his way out of poverty using his natural gifts of grift and manipulation to become the leader of an exclusive retreat center. Exploiting the guise of spiritual guru, Matthias seduces the rich and powerful into turning over their lives and fortunes to his control. But wealth and a small cadre of loyal followers can’t protect Matthias from the betrayal he knows is imminent. Everyone wants what Matthias has, except for one man who wants to destroy it. Dylan Connelly is a reporter who’s determined to prove the charismatic recluse is not only a fraud but a murderer.

Irresistibly drawn to Dylan despite the warnings in his gut, Matthias lures Dylan to his island retreat, determined to destroy his enemy once and for all.

 

DNF @ 61%

**Ragey review to follow**

I have so much rage inside me right now. Utter disappointment for this book. I mean, I was ready to chuck it once Matthias job came out into full discovery. I’m so disappointed in Dylan right right now. No, I’m disappointed in the author. WTF!!!! Are you kidding me? Dylan, you had ONE DAMN JOB.  All you had to do was get revenge on account of Jace and your humiliation, but you decided to act like a B**** in heat and succumb to Matthias wilds. I’m so angry. It’s been 10 years, you don’t know him from Adam or Steve. Not once did you think about the outcome or why you are really there. No, you acted like some pansy ass school girl with a crush on one of the One Direction boys and got your eagle on! (See meme below for explanation).

 

With all this speculation around this cult/non cult, I just expected more from Dylan as a character. If I was Dylan and was super obsessed with an individual who broke my heart and left me like some trash on the road, then I’d be all for getting revenge on his ass. I would be on some spy ish, and some black widow type things. I mean someone did die in the story. Is Jace’s death not important anymore. Dylan was all for getting Jace’s truth, and instead he distracted about some past one night stand. I don’t get it. Besides Matthias looks, nothing else is exciting. Dylan had a lot of cards, but like most men he decided to think with his little head instead of his big one.

I’m slowly simmering down, I couldn’t read another page after that. It sucks big time. I wasn’t thrilled for the plot. I didn’t even enjoy Matthias as a job and hated his little crew even more. I can’t even think how Dylan can be with Matthias after all. Sure he didn’t kill Jace, but he definitely should be accounted for his death.

I’m angry and I’m done.

About Alexis Duran

Psychic, photographer, poet, fairy godmother, writer, woman on a train.

I am a writer of fantasy, science fiction, romance and erotic m/m everything. Most likely my stories will have a paranormal element, but I’m dreaming up some “real world” recovery romances as well. I’m thrilled to be working with Loose Id on both my Masters and Mages series (Touch of Salar is Book 1) and my high fantasy novella, To Catch a Threeve.

Like my characters, I am a figment of someone else’s imagination.

I was conceived on the Orient Express, somewhere between Venice and Istanbul. That trip was one of many revival attempts at the old, romantic line and the year was 1965. Three years before the Russian crackdown, my father, a Czech diplomat, was traveling with a cultural delegation promoting socialist writers.

My mother was an American housewife on the run.

What was she running from? Boredom. Also from turning 30. From being old and boring, she ran. She’d won a national cooking contest for her Mexicali Macaroni and Cheese. She took her winnings and bought a one-way ticket to Paris. As often happens when you seize your dream by its uni-horn and jump the track, fate intervened to keep my mother alive and moving for over a year in a Europe she knew nothing about. She spoke very little French and no Czech. My father spoke a smattering of English, only enough to flirt with the vivacious Californian in the bar car.

My mother wasn’t sure about most of what he said, but she’s pretty sure he said his name was Alex Duran. She never saw him again after that fateful night, but they did exchange postcards for many years in code, via a post office box Prague. He signed his cards A.D.

Fate again played a hand because it was also on a train, this time between Prague and Munich, that I met my first star-crossed lovers whose tale demanded to be immortalized.

Though it might seem more natural for a writer to insert herself in the middle of her fantasies, I have been content to remain an observer, friend and biographer of my soul-bound friends. I spent three months in Sophia, Bulgaria with an old witch woman learning how to channel the many spirits and forms which they’ve taken over the centuries and dimensions, in order to record their adventures. I consider it an honor to be the woman on the train, and take my own pleasures where I find them. They often begin in the bar car of international high speed trains.

Dog Days by T.A. Moore

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Title: Dog Days by: T.A. Moore
Release Date: Sept 09, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
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The world ends not with a bang, but with a downpour. Tornadoes spin through the heart of London, New York cooks in a heat wave that melts tarmac, and Russia freezes under an ever-thickening layer of permafrost. People rally at first—organizing aid drops and evacuating populations—but the weather is only getting worse.

In Durham, mild-mannered academic Danny Fennick has battened down to sit out the storm. He grew up in the Scottish Highlands, so he’s seen harsh winters before. Besides, he has an advantage. He’s a werewolf. Or, to be precise, a weredog. Less impressive, but still useful.

Except the other werewolves don’t believe this is any ordinary winter, and they’re coming down over the Wall to mark their new territory. Including Danny’s ex, Jack—the Crown Prince Pup of the Numitor’s pack—and the prince’s brother, who wants to kill him.

A wolf winter isn’t white. It’s red as blood.

DNF @ 52%

two-stars

I really really wanted to like this book, but everything about this book is why I’m just reading Urban Fantasy! The one thing about urban fantasy that I loathe is reading it like I’m suppose to know the background. I don’t get it. Prologue people, make us understand where you are coming from. I really dislike when I have to figure out the world building and rules myself. I need it to be more clear and concise. At this rate, I’m going to keep chucking these books into the throwaway pile.

The two stars were for the writing and the minimum that I liked in the story. It was the bare minimum. I felt like I was coming into the middle of the story instead of the beginning. I didn’t quite grasp the world building just yet. Another thing was that every relationship in this story so far felt so choppy to me. It irritated me trying to figure out the background between Jack & Danny. I even made it to 50% and yeah, they have a past but it doesn’t make sense to me at all.

From the half of the story that I’ve read I’d gather that something in the world was causing the change in the world. Be it the storms, and weather changing. We have a dog shifter and a wolf shifter in this world, and a woman’s murder. I did like Danny’s character. I got him a little and liked the way he acted around abrasive Jack. I just couldn’t continue reading the story since I didn’t understand it at all. I look forward to more from this author, since I did like her writing! This didn’t work for me, but it might work for you!

About T.A. Moore

As a small child TA Moore genuinely believed that she was a Cabbage Patch Kid and no-one had told her. This was the start of a lifelong attachment to the weird and fantastic. These days she lives in Northern Ireland and her friends have a rule that she can only send them three weird and disturbing links a day (she still holds that a DIY penis bifurcation guide is interesting, not disturbing).

TA Moore believes that adding ‘in space!’ to anything makes it at least 40% cooler, will try to pet pretty much any dog she meets and once lied to her friend that she had climbed all the way up to Tintagel, when actually she’d only gotten to the beach and chickened out. She writes about vampires, werewolves and ghosts (*whispers* ‘in space!) and once wrote zombie erotica to prove it could be done

Broken Soldier by Jamie Lynn Miller

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Broken SoldierBroken Soldier by Jamie Lynn Miller
Release Date: March 5, 2016
Pages: 164 • Format:
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Sergeant Connor Finley and Sergeant Shawn Weller are dedicated soldiers working covert ops for Shadow Unit — a joint UK/US anti-terrorism task force.

Partners in the field and out, they had been through hell together for the last four years and made it through standing side by side. But when their latest undercover op to bring down an arms dealer plunges them into a world of drugs, sex and violence, Shawn must literally get in bed with the enemy in order to complete the mission. And Connor is forced to watch, helpless, as his partner is broken into pieces.

Will love be enough to put them both back together or will this be their final mission?

WARNING: Contains scenes of drug use, graphic sex and realistic situations

DNF @58%

Listen, I can put up with alot. I had so many issues with this story, but I tried to make until the halfway mark.

The hideous cover. I knew it was ugly when I said yes, but not only the cover the guys DO NOT match the experience listed in their appearance. FFS, Shawn was a Navy Seal for 10 years, and then in the CIA for 4 years. Yet you have two guys who look nothing liked the experiences that they’ve went through. Big no no, and then the drugs on the cover. Oh goodness, you could have left it off with the camo green. No, no way for me. Where is the background and extended information on this op? I mean, the guy Jae is an alleged warlord, drug abuser/runner, arms dealer, and a complete tosser. Let’s throw that out there. It was so under – prepared on both ends. If i’m the bad guy, I’m doing all type of test for new people that comes into my circle. A flimsy background check isn’t enough. He’s just willing to accept new people in the folds. Or even if he’s two busy, his number two should be on it. Don’t worry Jae, K’wan only concern is to partake in the festivities from what is seen.

At this point in my review, I’m exhausted talking about them, but it got on my nerves about the amount of b.s. and absurdity in this story until the point I’ve read. MacDonald. This is Connor and Shawn’s boss who is running this op, and letting things go all willy nilly. They are recovering from a team mates death at the expense of the old commander. MacDonald is the replacement but he ain’t doing nothing. Yet when it comes down to the actual mission and the checking in on his underlings MacDonald drops the ball. I mean, FFS he’s doing Heroin. I’ve never been an undercover anything, but I know things happen and you gotta roll with the punches. But this is amazing. Shawn never done drugs and he’s addicted, because why not? He’s snorting H, and justifiying it for the mission, while Connor gets to play bouncer and rolls his eyes every time he sees Shawn high and used up like a $2 hoe! I’m done and out, and still ragey pissed and it’s 2 days after I quit the book.

About Jamie Lynn Miller

Jamie Lynn Miller has been writing male/male fanfiction stories for nearly fifteen years and decided to take the plunge and go pro in 2008. She’s a romantic at heart, and her stories reflect the desire we all have to find “the one”, persevering through trials and heartache for that happy ending.

Jamie has a degree in Fine Arts and has spent the last thirteen years working as a Graphic Designer. She was born in Chicago and still lives there today, with her husband and their furry, four-footed “children”.

Besides writing, Jamie enjoys traveling, softball, reading, science fiction, hanging out with friends, and just being creative.

She is eternally thankful for all of the love and support her husband has given her over the years with her writing and other endeavors.