Audiobook Review: Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

Narrator: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
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Title: Egomaniac by Vi Keeland
Release Date: January 14th 2017
Pages:  289 • Format: Audiobook (8 hrs and 8 mins)
Published By: C. Scott Publishing Corp.
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The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office. I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills. He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant.  Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated. Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent. I was swindled out of ten grand.

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place. I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind.
I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages. The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing.  And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.

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Vi Keeland smashed this one out of park. I immediately dismissed this book when I saw the title but don’t make the mistake I did. This book was such a great read. The person who titled this book did it a great disservice. I mean, epic fail. I don’t know if it was an attempt to get attention and sell books but Drew Jagger was absolutely not an egomaniac. I looked up the definition and Egomaniac is “a person obsessed with their own importance.”
I don’t believe heroine Emerie Rose fit that bill either. This book was actually the opposite of that title. I think the two main characters didn’t take themselves that seriously, and that was part of the book’s charm.

This story is not one of those billionaire romances. Its a story about common sense versus book smarts, personal growth and learning to open one’s eyes and heart. I really really enjoyed it. I am mega impressed with the writing. The comedic timing, the emotional touches, even Emerie’s naivete was touching. I loved the contrast between the more celebral and mild mannered therapist from Oklahoma and the playful, yet hard working New York attorney. The tone of the story was humorous, sweet and touching in parts. It was completely delightful. The author did a great job building the characters and making them relatable. Drew can be both a jerk and a sweetheart. Emerie was both clueless and yet perceptive. The character perfection lies in their flaws. They make you want to shake sense into them, laugh with them and give them comforting hugs.

What a fun audiobook. Joe Arden and Andi Arndt were awesome narrators. I found them so believable and I enjoyed every minute of this story. They really projected the chemistry and camaraderie between the characters. I couldn’t help but be sucked into Emerie and Drew’s banter. From the funny dialogue, to the sharing past pains and the building of solid relationship, I was all in this story. I have read The Baller by this same author and didn’t enjoy it half as much as this one. This is a book that will be on my re-read shelf for when I need a pick me up when I hit a reading funk. I will definitely be checking out more of Vi Keeland’s work.

If you want an entertaining romance that balances humor, chemistry and personal growth, this is the book for you.
Ezi

About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twelve languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

What Happens At Christmas (Millworth Manor, #1) by Victoria Alexander

Series:
Narrator: Elizabeth Wiley
What Happens At Christmas Book Cover What Happens At Christmas
Millworth Manor #1
Victoria Alexander
Historical Romance, Victorian Romance
Kensington Books
October 16, 2012
audiobook
352

You are cordially invited to Christmas at Millworth Manor. . .

Camille, Lady Lydingham, requests the pleasure of your company at a festive house party, as she endeavors to coax a marriage proposal from Prince Nikolai Pruzinsky of Greater Avalonia.

The hostess's relatives will be in attendance--in this case, a troupe of actors hired to impersonate a proper English family in order to fool the Prince.

Gate-crashing, distractingly handsome first loves like Grayson Elliott are most unwelcome.

Games will be played.

Motives will be revealed.

Mayhem may ensue.

And hearts will be won--and lost--in the most romantic, magical season of all.

Please RSVP!

This was a very amusing Christmas story. It was just what I needed like a hot cup of chocolate on a cold winter night.

Camille, Lady Lydingham, wanted the fairy tale life so when she met a prince who was travelling. Camille put a plan into motion designed to charm Prince Nikolai Pruzinksy of Greater Avalonia into proposing to her and making her a princess.

The problem was that she didn’t feel that her family was the “right sort” to endear the prince to her, as they were quite eccentric. So Camille decided to hire a troupe of actors to portray a proper and respectable English family. While Camille and her married twin sister Beryl, Lady Dunwell, put their scheme into motion, Camille’s first love Grayson Elliot came by.

Grayson had decided that Camille was the one that got a way and he came to woo her back. Unfortunately he walks into this grand spectacle of a Christmas holiday with Camille’s faux family. Both Prince Nikolas and Grayson wanted to prove they were the right suitor. Her twin sister just wants her to be happy. The rest is just comedic genius.

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this story so much but it was funny. Camille was very likable even though she was a bit of a dreamer. I give her a A for the trying in earnest to pull of a ruse of this magnitude. It required nerves of steel and sheer willpower to remain committed when parts of her story were falling part. Camille and her sister improvised so well, I almost expected them to decide to go into the theater afterwards.

I liked the drama because it felt like watching a live play with the blunders, bloopers and improvisation. The romance was also sweet and heart felt. I was pleased with how the love story was resolved. The audiobook narrator did an awesome job with various voices. I was never bored in this story. If you want an entertaining Christmas story and a second chance romance, I highly recommend this one.

Ezi

Bite Night by Clare London

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bite-nightBite Night: by Clare London
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar-Bah Humbug
Release Date: December 1st, 2016
Pages: 25 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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Creatures of the Night and Santa’s Christmas duties don’t mix. Every myth and bedtime story tells you so.

But on Christmas Eve, when the Elves walked off the job over pension rights, it was time for me—Irwin, the only vampire on Santa’s payroll, despite recent diversity initiatives—and my trusty team to help out. Just deliver a few parcels, Santa asked me. Just help out on your local patch. Just for one night.

Armed with my reluctance to face all that human sentimentality, and accompanied by a wise-cracking werewolf and an unruly fairy with a taste for vodka, I did my best. Honest.
But we were heading for disaster until I came face-to-face with cute babysitter Benny. It’s Santa’s Number One Rule—no interaction with the clients. But Benny somehow managed to upset my appetite, inflame my libido, and restore my faith in the Christmas spirit, with one cheeky smile and a tasty body piercing.

It’s Christmas, and the show must go on!

three-stars

Bite Night was a hilarious creative read for me. I really enjoyed this short story. I love the paranormal/fantasy aspect of this holiday story. I’m really liking Clare London’s writing, this is my 3rd book by her. It was a little over the place, but I liked this chaotic mess. Irwin is the only vampire in Santa’s arsenal who can help him deliver presents. He’s very direct when we first meet him, but the first meeting with Benny has Irwin thinking twice about following direction. I love the little group that was with Irwin. Wulf & Zilth were amazing. This is definitely something I could see myself reading full length. I really enjoyed this different take on a Holiday stories!!!!

About Clare London

Hi, I’m Clare London, a published author of gay romantic fiction, often erotic, usually contemporary, but sometimes in other worlds entirely. I publish with several publishers, in print and ebook, and I also offer free fiction on my website www.clarelondon.com. Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters. Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

Krampus Hates Christmas by Andi Van

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krampusKrampus Hates Christmas: by Andi Van
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar-Bah Humbug
Release Date: December 1st, 2016
Pages: 104 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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Karl Kringle hates the modern-day Christmas. He was born to be Krampus, but the Holiday Council refuses to let him help his brother Nick—aka Santa Claus—with the Naughty List until he finds his holiday spirit. To meet that challenge, he’s turned human and dumped in a strange apartment.

Lewis Weatherby loves the holidays and always has. Not only do his parents own a pumpkin patch and tree farm, he’s also inherited a Christmas-themed shop. All he wants from Santa is the man of his dreams, and the Big Guy might’ve just delivered. Lewis’s new neighbor Karl is gorgeous, sweet, and has a fantastic sense of humor—if his jokes about being Krampus are any indication.

Soon getting home is less important to Karl than what will happen when Lewis inevitably realizes the truth behind his jokes. He’s finally starting to understand the real joy of the season—now he just has to figure out how to hold on to it.

four-stars

Krampus was AMAZEBALLS!!!!

Definitely a top contender in my 2016 favorite Holiday Reads!

This was my first book by Andi Van, and I loved there quirky sense of humor, and writing. Krampus is a different take on the holiday romance aspect. He’s the twin to Saint Nick, opposite in every way, shape, size and form. In in my mind Krampus original form is a Minotaur. I couldn’t get that image out my mind. LOL. I found myself laughing at the antics of these characters, having the best cheese smile on my face, and tearing up at the end.

Krampus just wants to help his brother with Christmas, but the council decides he’s not ready and doesn’t have the right spirit for it. Noel (Santa’s Husband) decides to step in and help his brother in law out. He sends Krampus to California, to stay in a nice apartment and find his holiday cheer. He’s given an illusion to look like an attractive tall guy named Karl, and staying next door to sweet Lewis who owns a holiday shop.

I really liked Lewis, and adored his best friend Jerry. Lewis is smidge overweight in his 40’s and doesn’t feel so great about himself. Putting these two together just seemed right. They were super compatible from the first meeting. I liked how open they were with each other,( within reason on Karl’s side). I loved how Karl was to willing to do new things, but stay true to himself. I think their journey was really adorable and sweet. I loved NOEL!!! I wanted more parts with him and Nick. Andi Van if you do read this, please consider giving us another holiday treat with these two! I liked Lewis’s family alot. I think they were great and very accepting of Karl and his family history when everything came to the light.

This was super fun to read! Highly recommend it, and can’t stop smiling thinking about it!

About Andi Van

Andi Van is a foul-mouthed troublemaker who lives near San Diego with a small fluffy thing named Koi, a baseball bat that’s forever being used for things other than baseball, and a fondness for rum and caffeine (though not necessarily together).

Andi is fluent in three languages (English, sarcasm, and profanity), and takes pride in a highly developed — if somewhat bizarre — sense of humor.

Audiobook Review: Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack #1) by Shelly Laurenston

Series: Magnus Pack #1
Narrator: Kasha Kensington
Pack Challenge Book Cover Pack Challenge
Magnus Pack #1
Shelly Laurenston
Paranormal Romance; Urban Fantasy
Samhain Publishing; Tantor Audio
July 4th 2006
audiobook
213 pages

What's an Alpha Male to do when he meets the Alpha Female of his dreams?

Step one, hide all sharp objects.

All Zach Sheridan ever wanted was to become Alpha Male of his Pack and be left alone. What he definitely didn't need in his life was some needy female demanding his attention. What he never saw coming was the vicious, scarred female who not only demanded his attention but knew exactly how to get it.

Sara Morrighan knew this was the best she could expect from her life. Good friends. A nice place to live. And a safe job. But when Zach rode into her small Texas town with his motorcycle club, Sara knew she wanted more. She knew she wanted him. But after one sexy encounter with her dream biker, everything is starting to change. Her body. Her strength. That new thing she's doing with the snarling.

Even her best friends are starting to wonder what's going on with her. But this is only the beginning. Sara's about to find out her life was meant for so much more. And Zach's about to find true love with the one woman who makes him absolutely insane.

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and strong violence.

The reader meets the very feisty Sara Morrighan with her girlfriends at a bar, where Zach Sheridan, Beta of the Magnus Pack, has ends up saving her from an attack. Sara has facial and physical scarring from an attack by a Pride that left her parents dead, so Sara has learned to make due with Mr. Right Now rather than hold out hope of some happily ever after.

But there is an attraction between Zach and Sara, and when they become intimate, it begins to reveal things about Sara’s true nature. The more time they spent together, the more Sara became stronger until those who meant her harm decide to finish what they started all those years ago.

This audiobook was entertaining. It was fully of aggressive women and aggressive men (shifters). This story alternated POV between the hero Zach and the heroine Sara so it gave us just a little insight into both. Sara used her snarky mouth to hide her pain and vulnerability. After all her secret pain and the scars was something even her best friends could protect her from. It was in Sara’s unity with Zach that allowed her maturation into who she was supposed to be. Since this story was short, there wasn’t a lot of character development but there was a small introduction for the series to build upon. I plan on continuing with the series.

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THIRDS Beyond The Books: Volume 2 by Charlie Cochet

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ccTHIRDS Beyond the Books:Volume 2:by Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS
Release Date: October 12, 2016
Pages: 138 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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Flash Fiction Stories in the THIRDS Universe

Return to the THIRDS universe with another collection of flash fiction stories inspired by prompts submitted by fans. Reunite with favorite THIRDS characters to explore even more of their hidden adventures and personal moments, and take the opportunity to learn more about them through this series of stories recounting the humor, heartbreak, friendship, hardship, and love these characters’ experience behind the scenes. Complete your THIRDS experience with these tales of stolen moments.

All royalties from this book will be donated to the Big Cat Rescue. http://bigcatrescue.org/

 

four-stars

It’s always a joy reading about these group of characters. I really like the anthology idea and to read about certain events that have happened over the course of the series. Of course it wouldn’t be me without Sloan and Ethan. Those are my favorite two, and I didn’t get enough Ethan. I honestly think she can write more and I’d never this it was enough of these two.

I would like more Tony though. I always want to see that relationship between him and his sons grow. This is no different then the first anthology we got to see some smut, some hilarious hi-jinks, some sweet Ethan moments and the rest of cast and crew. Some of these were really good! I did like seeing them all together harmoniously. I’m at a lost once again how to review this. I don’t want to spoil it by naming my favorite prompts, but I do think it’s a little bit of everything in here for many of our favorite couples.

As always I’m looking forward to more in this series. I am team Sloane all the way, but I would really appreciate if him and Dex took a major backseat in the next couple of books. I feel like they’ve been the focal point so long that even when it’s not their books they continue to steal other couples thunder. (**cough Ethan & Calvin cough**) I do recommend this to all Thirds fans. I think it’s always good to see what our favorite shifters & humans are up to while we are away!

About Charlie Cochet

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.If you’d like to connect with Charlie, just drop her an email, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Google Plus.

Taming the Wyld by Lucie Archer

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Title:Taming the Wyld by Lucie Archer
Series: States of Love
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Pages:101 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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The Witness Protection Program dumps JD Smith practically at the ends of the earth—in Two Pines, Alaska—to protect him until he can testify against a dangerous gang. He tries to stick to his story and keep his head down, but it’s impossible to ignore bush pilot Jake Wylder, a sexy loner with quite a reputation around the small town.

Flying medical supplies around Alaska suits Jake’s wild streak and love of freedom. He’s perfectly content to keep his romantic encounters casual—at least until he meets JD. Something about the nurse makes Jake think settling down might not be such a hardship. Now he just needs to convince JD he’s serious—which won’t be easy, given his past.

For a relationship to stand a chance, JD must testify so he can return to Two Pines as the man he really is—and Jake must grow into the man JD needs him to be.

three-stars

This was a cute short story. I did have a problem with concentrating on it. It could have been me, but otherwise I thought it was cute. I’ve never read anything by this author so the blurb was something that I was interested in. I found it humorous at times and a little angsty on JD’s part, and cheesy.

That’s okay, I can deal with this trifecta of things in such a short story. I liked Jake and his all his whorish ways. I don’t get what’s the big deal, he’s still in his 20’s, single, and just having fun. I think he’s only doing what people allowed him to do so far. I did enjoy seeing him suffer with JD. JD definitely made him work for it. LOL. Taming the Wyld had a little bit of plot substance since JD is in the federal witness protection agency. He is not expecting to meet or fall in love with someone. Now he has to think of all the consequences of making it work. I think the author did a great job on getting these two together. I like that they started slow and gradually worked their way up. I did enjoy the events coming together at the end! I look forward to more from her. P.s, I’m not an animal persons but I loved their pets names, Flower and Rory. So cute and cheesy on Rory’s name but I liked it nonetheless.

About Lucie Archer

Lucie Archer is a student of the universe who is obsessed with the stars, in love with beaches, and crazy about dudes falling in love. Her weaknesses include a big heart, the sun, self-doubt, and kryptonite…probably. Not the exact recipe for a supervillain, but she has plans to take over the world nonetheless.

Her first foray into nonacademic writing started with fanfiction—hardly an original origin story—but after a few years of honing her craft with other people’s characters, she realized she was perfectly capable of creating her own. Her underground lair, somewhere in Texas, is overflowing with them now as she prepares to unleash them on an unsuspecting world one book at a time.

As a realist, she works hard to write stories that are as honest and accurate as possible, regardless of whether that means staying up till 5am researching circumcision in the Ol’ West or refusing to quit until she knows exactly what the runway in Circle Hot Springs, Alaska consists of. (It’s gravel, in case you were wondering.)

When she’s not writing, she can be found tending to her garden, playing with her four-legged children, procrastinating, or planning world domination. Although, she spends an awful lot of time fending off random plot bunnies that threaten to derail her WIP’s.

Hobbies: cursing, history, sitting on beaches, nerdy puns, science, and playing video games

The Buckland-in-the-Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club (Inaugural Meeting) by John Wiltshire

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The Buckland-in-the-Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club: by John Wiltshire
Release Date: August 14, 2016
Pages: 253 • Format: eARC
Published By: MLR Press
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Rory McGrath suffers from a debilitating condition—he caught it from reading too many books. Rory believes in true love. He’s saving himself until he finds it, preferably with Mr Darcy, but definitely not with the arrogant, unpleasant ape Adam Sandstone. Adam isn’t impressed with Rory either. Both Rory and Adam have yet to learn, however, that you cannot always judge a book by its cover. The nine other members of the new club could have told them this, had they been consulted. The founders of the Buckland-in-the-Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club know only too well that not all truths are written in books. Truth, like life, is what you make of it.

three-stars

 

**Groans**

I’m not sure what more can John Wiltshire do. I’ve been dreading this review for a few days. Before this book was written, I was super desperate to see if Wiltshire can write a pure contemporary romance without any of the exceeding reality situation from the More than Heat the Sun Series. He did write a humorous, contemporary romance. Why the head bang? Because I wasn’t satisfied. I like how in my mind he’s writing for me. I’m not happy, and he’s probably thinking like what more do they want? He did enough, but it just wasn’t enough for me. Clearly, I have some sort of complex, and I promise you I don’t but I had huge expectations for this book. The only thing that saved me from DNF this book was Rory!!! I loved Rory. I liked the old lady gang in the beginning, but them heifers had to much page space for me. Adam is


That’s exactly how I felt. He was such a douche-face! ARGH!!! It was super teeth pulling for me to like him. He was an asshole, the biggest prat ever, and super self-absorbed. I literally kept picturing myself kicking in him the nads over and over. It was slim pickings for Rory, so the only available gay guy had to be this dude. I swear, if it wasn’t for his good looks then I’d want Rory to be a monk forever. Just let it go, or move away. I won’t give the plot away. I love the initial meeting in what both guys thought this was a gay hookup instead of an actual book club. I loved the premise of it as well. Definitely a feel good story, and I can see people fawning over it. Wiltshire humor and writing is super spot on. I found myself intrigued with the story right off the back. It was a bit of angst, but I definitely appreciated it. It leaves off with a HFN with the strong possibility of a HEA. It could go two ways, but we’ll see if a sequel is written.

About John Wiltshire

John is an ex-army officer who currently lives in South Island New Zealand. He’s been writing for many years and has a number of novels published.

Much of his fiction is based in England, particularly Devon, where he grew up. He usually manages to bring an ex-army character into his books. And a dog. Both are fun to write.

When John isn’t writing, he can usually be found at the beach, surfing.

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Remember, when he becomes famous, you’ll be able to say, “Huh, I followed John when no one ever read his books.”

Lime Gelatin & Other Monsters by Angel Martinez

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limegelatinandothermonsters_800Lime Gelatin & Other Monsters by Angel Martinez
Series: Offbeat Crimes
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Pages: 147 • Format: eARC
Published By: Pride Publishing
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Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to a precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.

Just as he’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, Kyle’s new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways. If they can learn to work together, they might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.

three-half-stars

Haha, I enjoyed this book alot. Such funny characters, instances and love the paranormal feel of the story. I was immediately drawn into the story with Kyle’s funny stories, and Vikash’s stoic attitude. This read like a black comedy movie, such parody and it packed a punch of the laugh for such a short story. Angel Martinez did a great job, and I’m looking forward to book two!

I did like Kyle and Soren together, but I kinda would have liked them to build on it. It was super fast, and I know it’s novella length but maybe if we had a longer instance of them together I would feel better. I thought it was very funny, and laughed out loud numerous times. I loved all the paranormal elements and by far by funniest moment was with “Leather Jacket”. The connection between Kyle and Soren was super cute seeing as both guys had serious trust issues. This is such a wonderful fun story and I look for more.

About Angel Martinez

The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.
Published since 2006, Angel’s cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You’ll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don’t expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.
She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.

Blind Date by Kay Doherty

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Title: Blind Date by Author
Release Date: August 29, 2016
Pages: 113 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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Dekker Callan is content with his life though he knows something is missing. Wanting the kind of love his friends share with their partners, Dekker is talked into taking part in a modeling and dating show as part of a fundraiser. He immediately falls in love with the anonymous, sexy voice on the other side of the wall, but fate has a surprise in store–his mystery man isn’t single.

Slade Gannon wasn’t supposed to take part in the dating show. That spot was for his roommate, Phil, who becomes ill and asks Slade to take his place. Slade has just recently gone through a breakup with his cheating boyfriend, George. Shocked and pleased when he wins the interest of handsome Dekker Callan, before he can go on the obligatory blind date, his ex asks for a second chance. Believing Dekker can’t possibly be as good on the inside as he looks on the outside, Slade agrees.

Dekker and Slade hit it off immediately, drawn to each other despite Slade being involved with someone else. They finally get their opportunity to be together when Slade finds out his boyfriend is still cheating, but just as they seem to discover the happiness they’ve been waiting for, George throws them one last hurdle—and this one may prove to be insurmountable.

three-half-stars

Okay this was hot. Like smoking UST, and desire wrapped in one.

So this was my first read from this author, and I’m pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it alot. I typically don’t go for blind date tropes, but I read the excerpt and I was interested. Dekker! Good lawd, that man did 100% turnabout in my mind. He went from this shy guy, to the exertive guy knowing what he wants. I mean, it was sexy to see a man pursue someone like Slade. Slade dropping the bomb that he was in a relationship at the beginning of the story made it interesting. I wanted to see how these two were going to act, and if the author would have been bold and have someone cheated. I would have been fine with cheating it happens in real life. I like that Dekker kinda checked Slade and state that just because he was pursuing him didn’t mean he was going to act on his feelings until the relationship was ended.

Slade kinda confused me, I don’t know if getting back with his ex was because he was lonely, or because he cared. I get taking him back for the amount of time to see if it would have worked, but he didn’t have a kind thing to say about George. These are some friendly guys in this story. The are all willing free with their bodies and kisses. I liked it. I thought the flow and pacing of the story was just right, and I really liked the writing style. I did feel at times it was prolonged for no reason. Some of the content could have been cut for me, but that’s my preference. I look forward to more from this author!.

About Kay Doherty

Kay lives in Colorado with her husband and their animal children. Family is important to her so there are weekly visits to her parents and frequent text messages with her brothers. She has a severe addiction to coffee and Mexican food. She loves to read and write and can easily become consumed by it for hours, much to the dismay of the husband and dogs. On occasion she can be convinced to venture out into world of the living.