Cemeteries By Moonlight by Hunter Frost

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Cemeteries by Moonlight: by Hunter Frost
Series: States of Love
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Pages: 108 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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When a serious bout of writer’s block threatens to delay mystery author Drew Daniels’s newest book, his aunt offers her New Orleans apartment in the heart of the French Quarter as a writing retreat. She neglects to mention that it’s occupied by the enigmatic and sexy Finn Murphy, a cemetery tour guide with a penchant for Victorian attire and a Cajun accent.

A body discovered in an open crypt forces reclusive Drew to deal with Finn’s eccentric group of friends and his underlying attraction to the hot Cajun—despite warnings about Finn’s violent past. Drew might write this stuff, but he’s never had to solve a real-life murder. With a deadline looming and a killer on the loose, this retreat is proving to be anything but helpful for Drew’s novel. Drew can only hope he won’t end up a tragic tale for the Ghostly Legends & Lore, Inc. haunted tour.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

two-stars

For a book that is only 108 pages it took me close to 4 days to finish it. I like giving new authors to me a try. I’ve never read anything by Hunter Frost and I really loved the cover. I’m usually all for books set in New Orleans. I think books set in this place give the story an extra swagger, and the city has so much history and knowledge involved that I was expecting it to wow me.

It did not move me at all. In fact, it took everything in me to not DNF this book. Besides the copious amounts of details that took away from the story, Drew & Finn were both dull. It didn’t mesh well for me. Everything happened to easy for liking. Come on, they do not know each other and they are going to go off and solve a potential murder together. The whole Drew having Tourette’s syndrome didn’t seem authentic enough for me. I feel like if you are going to give your mc a condition of any kind, then him galvanizing to solve murders without a single tic seems weird. I’m not the know all or be all when it concerns Tourette’s syndrome, but I like my books to kinda feel realistic about it and since it wasn’t a fantasy book then I expected it to be real.

Finn came off sketchy to me. The nice guy routine is what serial killers do to befriend people into trusting the them. He sometimes seemed genuine and others super aloof. I never got a good read on him. I didn’t even bat an eye to him and Drew. Drew blew me with his misguided assumptions. I just never warmed up to the story. I did think the writing was good, and yeah as many damn details that was in it at least some parts of the story I seemed to take to.

This book wasn’t for me. Hopefully in the future Frost and I will work out.

About Hunter Frost

Hunter’s early addiction to the smell of printed books led her to spend most of her childhood in libraries and bookstores. There she fell in love with stories featuring medieval castles, ghosts, and handsome heroes. Though writing has always been a part of her life, after college she went on to explore careers in graphic design, the culinary arts, and dog grooming before returning to graduate school to get her MA in British history. To pay the bills she spends her days working for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, but to appease her overactive muse, she writes the kind of fiction that keeps her sane. She adores romance in all forms, but prefers her stories with two heroes that find their happily-ever-after with each other.

Hunter would rather watch Spaceballs (or any Mel Brooks movies really), despite being born in the same year as Star Wars. She loves Monty Python, MST3K, and cheesy rom-coms from the ’80s and ’90s. Her wacky sense of humor is only paralleled by her hopeless romanticism. She’s a goth at heart and a sucker for men with long hair. She adores everything British, but insists tea be drunk without milk. She’s a pescetarian with vegan tendencies and has two fat little cats named after her favorite beverage – Latte and Java. She dreams of coastal living, marshmallows, and Matt Bomer.

Feel free to connect with her through any of her social media accounts, or send her an email. She welcomes messages from readers and/or Brits looking to adopt.

Infected:Lesser Evils by Andrea Speed

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In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

Until recently, Roan was ahead of the curve when it came to reining in the lion that lives inside him. Now his control is slipping at the worst possible times. A new drug has hit the streets—one that triggers unscheduled changes in infected users. Street hustler Holden Krause gets attacked by one of his clients, then is surprised to find himself involved in an unwanted, unexpected relationship. And a serial killer begins targeting infecteds in their cat form—something that’s 100 percent legal.

To stop the murders, Roan has to work outside the law. But his newfound thirst for violence makes him worry he might be more like the killer than he thought, and his reluctance to talk about it with his husband, Dylan, puts an extra strain on their relationship. So Roan isn’t just fighting the killer and struggling with his mutating virus… he’s trying to save himself.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, October 2012.

four-half-stars

 

I wanted to Sam & Dean this book by the end of it. I wanted someone to care enough to tell Roan to stop. Jeez, no one asked him to stop and evaluate. Sure he’s going to look at you crazy but so what!  I wanted to grab Roan, and drive up to Vancouver to get away from all the madness. But I can’t because I’m guessing he’s meant to go through this situation for the end of the series.

I’m going to need serious counseling after this series. I finished the book feeling melancholy. I’m so debating if reading the last two books are worth it at this point. I am at a lost of words after reading this. I mean Roan has been dealing with the virus for so long, and for it turn it’s back on him at this point was heartbreaking. Let’s be real Roan’s being self-destructing self book 2. This is book 6, and shit got real. I feel bad for Dylan at this point, he is giving all his love to this man and doesn’t know what will set Roan off. I don’t know if I could live with someone who could take the decision to off themselves with no regards to you. I’m not even angry at Roan. I’m just sad for him. It was hard for me to read this especially with all the things he had going on. He’s basically killing his own, and no one cares, and the virus is making him the biggest target ever. I will say this though, I didn’t like Holden for Roan in this book. It pissed me off. I was angry on Dylan’s behalf and my own. I wanted Roan to relax and think. He doesn’t seem to get the impact his death would have on people. Holden is another story. We see bits and pieces of the real him, but he is sociopath and I wanted to kick his butt and make him stay clear away from Roan.

He’s been different all his life. He wants to be less different, not more, but every time he turns around he’s getting more different. I think he feels he’s getting farther and farther away from human, and yes, while that sounds like a marvelous idea, it isn’t to Roan.

This story showed once again how Humanity pisses me off. Roan is dealing with himself, and having to kill his own. On top of that someone else decides to hunt his own and the police does nothing about it. I kept waiting for someone higher to say that it was wrong. What the hell is wrong with people? Infecteds didn’t ask to be here. They are here and human, and getting hunted down like the Serengeti. This book was long, and the one thing that I can say is I don’t know if I trust Holden anymore. Yeah, he’s been great and at times he’s amazing, but I’m too damn stubborn to forgive him for his actions in this book. Every bit of the story was emotional for me. It was darker and more vicious from anything we’ve seen so far. I’m actually scared because this ended in a cliffhanger and if I think this was bad then 7 is probably going to cause me to go for fluff for a week.

About Andrea Speed

Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. While succeeding in finding Trouble, she has also been found by its twin brother, Clean Up, and is now on the run, wanted for the murder of a mop and a really cute, innocent bucket that was only one day away from retirement. (I was framed, I tell you – framed!)
In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution!

The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter, #1) by C.S. Poe

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Title:The Mystery of Nevermore by Author C.S. Poe
Series:(Snow & Winter #1)
Release Date:August 30, 2016
Pages: 216 • Format:eArc
Published By: DSP Publications
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It’s Christmas, and all antique dealer Sebastian Snow wants is for his business to make money and to save his floundering relationship with closeted CSU detective, Neil Millett. When Snow’s Antique Emporium is broken into and a heart is found under the floorboards, Sebastian can’t let the mystery rest.
He soon finds himself caught up in murder investigations that echo the macabre stories of Edgar Allan Poe. To make matters worse, Sebastian’s sleuthing is causing his relationship with Neil to crumble, while at the same time he’s falling hard for the lead detective on the case, Calvin Winter. Sebastian and Calvin must work together to unravel the mystery behind the killings, despite the mounting danger and sexual tension, before Sebastian becomes the next victim. In the end, Sebastian only wants to get out of this mess alive, and live happily ever after with Calvin.

 

∗∗Dear Author, I’m not trying to hurt your feelings with this review, but No!∗∗

I have so many issues with this story!!!! I can’t even rate it. I’m not certain of what I feel besides the copious amounts of Adrien English & Jake Riordan similarities. I know people are going to say “But Tamika, there have been other books with book store owners, & closeted detectives”, and my response will be “Sure they are”. **Grins manically** BUT THE DETECTIVE DOESN’T GET TO SAY THE WORD BABY LIKE JAKE DOES!!! I don’t care what you say, that’s so Jake. It’s flattering, and the author might not even know who these characters are, but I wasn’t able to distinguish them to like them enough. I’m going to say it right now, I’m most likely going to read book two! Yes, even though I feel like it’s a parody story to Adrien & Jake, I like Sebastian & Calvin enough to read about their goofiness situations and them falling in love with each other after 72 hours of knowing each other. That includes sex, cheating, a dead body, a elementary mystery,  a pig heart, a closeted boyfriend and nosy neighbors!

I don’t know why this is a DSP Publications book. I thought that imprint was for Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Dystopia and Paranormal. Well, I guess with the foolishness of this book they considered it fantasy. This was some weird crazy other dimension. Okay it wasn’t but it felt like that completely. The whole “mystery” whodunit it was so easy. Seriously, my 3 year old niece could have solved it. Pretty much pedestrian in the whole mystery plot. Sorry, but I like my mysteries a bit more Mysterious. Wouldn’t you agree?

Okay let’s talk characters. Sebastian Snow is everything to me. I mean the aloofness antique book seller, with his single father who he’s close to, he’s in a relationship with Neil who’s a forensic police officer and in the closet. They’ve been together for 4 years, and recently living together for 6 months. The last 6 months have been torture for the couple. Nothing but arguing and all it takes it a verbal disagreement and shit blows up. Fair Warning: Cheating is in the story. Let’s call a spade a spade. Sebastian cheated on Neil. Regardless if they were going to break up, that’s in the future, but presently you were with Neil. I’m not one for I don’t know if we are together because it wasn’t said, or if you leave me then that’s it. We are adults, if you don’t want to be with someone spell it out. I’m not a damn mind reader. I’m okay with the cheating. It happens in everyday life. I just like how automatic his feelings for Det.Calvin Winters was. What was it? The potential of something new? Was it the cute nicknames, like Baby, and Sweetie? Was it the sex? Yeah, I honestly think it played a big part of it. No matter if I found the entire story a joke. I read it all. I liked it. It might not have been taken as a joke, but I liked the Over The Top Cheesiness to the story. I mean, I read and finished it. I don’t take it serious, and certain areas I enjoyed tremendously. No matter about my early qualms on the A & J similarities, I do like Sebastian & Calvin together.

I feel like I have egg on my face though. Ever since I’ve read Love, Marriage and a Baby Carriage I have been super hype to get something more from this author. That little novella had me intrigued with this author’s writing ability and her characters. It’s the same here. I enjoyed both, but I’m letdown because this was nowhere near what I pictured the story to be. I wanted a gritty, urban and kinda scary mystery with a hard ass detective, and a civilian who doesn’t know when to leave well enough alone. I mean, I got the civilian part, and while the detective was a hard ass at times, he was a big damn softie at the end of the day. As for my mystery, nope! It was fairly easy and seriously the process of elimination wasn’t even needed here. Please let book two redeem this one! I’m begging you book gods. I need it.

Mika out.

 

About C.S. Poe

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

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

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

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

In The Twist (The Wild Hunt, #1) by L.A. Stockman

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In The Twist: by L.A. Stockman
Series: The Wild Hunt
Release Date: August 22, 2016
Pages: 134 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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Twelve dead children. An ex-priest with the faith to move mountains. A hunter out of the depths of legend. Together, they must find a way to overcome their pasts and become something entirely new if they are to defeat an ancient evil.

David Shaughnessy was content in his life as a police detective in Armata, California. It lacked the visceral, sick thrill that came with exorcising demons, but it was better for him, saner. Until the night he got called out to a vicious murder in the woods, and met Dallan Jaeger. The older man and Interpol agent is much more than he seems to be, and their connection is immediate, powerful. Trust blooms quickly as they learn to work together to pursue the evil fae responsible for the murders.

They must learn to do more than trust each other if David is to fulfill his birthright and claim what was so long denied him. Only then do they have a hope of catching the killer…in the Twist.

two-half-stars

I’m still confused by the end of the story. I know most Urban Fantasy stories first book in the series is generally world building and introduction of characters. This book didn’t follow that formula, in fact I felt like I stumble somewhere in the middle of the series. It was no introduction of the world. I am still uncertain on the mythology of the characters. Some of it I got, and figured out but by then the story was over. I think it was to short and not properly told.

I didn’t connect with the characters and some of the time, I didn’t know when the pov changed. I can’t distinguish the two main characters from one another at all. David & Dallin still confuses me. I don’t like being confused. It was okay writing but the story was so congested and disjointed that I’m left feeling nothing. Sad to say it, but once it was finished I was happy. I wanted more background on both guys, the world building and everything else included. I think this is one of the books that would have benefited if it was around 320 pages or so. It never got a chance to change my mind either. Sorry but this book didn’t work for me at all.

Infected: Shift by Andrea Speed

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Between his mutating virus and his rocky relationship with his artist boyfriend, Dylan, Roan has enough problems to solve without taking on other people’s, but that’s the nature of his work. Someone has to look into the case of the murdered trans woman, and if the perp is the dirty cop Roan suspects it is, the police are not the right people for the job.

But now Roan has a new obstacle to overcome: someone caught part of his transformation on video, and the media frenzy is making it hard to do his job. One case nets him a hockey team full of new friends. Another leads to an attempt on his life. And Roan’s hustler sidekick drags him on a quest for revenge.

With his world and his body both in turmoil, Roan is finding it harder and harder to see the line between justice and vigilantism.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, May 2012.

four-stars

“There’s bigots in every race, creed, and orientation. Idiocy is universal.”

So this was book five and I feel like something ominous is going to happen. I think I have 3 full books left and I’m worried about Roan alot. Learning that the virus is adapting to Roan was super scary. What does it really mean? Is he suddenly going to outlive everyone? Between learning about the virus evolving and the huge amount of violence, I don’t really know what to think. WTF Holden? I’m not giving him a pass to be on his vigilant kick. Sure everyone deserved what they got, but who anointed him to be Judge, Jury and Executor?

I like Dylan, but honestly I would rather him move on. I know Roan loves him, but at this stage of the series I just feel like he’s a warm body. It’s taking a toll on him, you can see it from each book. I feel like the trauma that he witnessed as a kid is the same feeling now without the familial guilt surrounding it. Roan is in a different place, and on one hand I want Dylan to stick around, but only because I think Roan will find a way to end it if there’s no one their for him to be with. It’s the sad truth and it’s purely selfish on my part for him to exclude his happiness in order to place Roan.

I do miss Kevin. What the hell is up with that? This book the hockey players made me enjoy it alot. They were funny, and such a protective bunch. Kinda made the story lighter then what it was. It was almost dark at times, and it hurt to see Roan lose himself in the Lion at times. The lion takes over and Roan completely loses himself. I’m so afraid that he is going to do something that he regrets sooner then later.

Definitely looking forward to the next book, but I can’t read these back to back. I need to space them.

About Andrea Speed

Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. While succeeding in finding Trouble, she has also been found by its twin brother, Clean Up, and is now on the run, wanted for the murder of a mop and a really cute, innocent bucket that was only one day away from retirement. (I was framed, I tell you – framed!)
In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution!

Spindrift by Amy Rae Durreson

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spindriftSpindrift by Amy Rae Durreson
Release Date: August 12, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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When lonely artist Siôn Ruston retreats to the seaside village of Rosewick Bay, Yorkshire, to recover from a suicide attempt, he doesn’t expect to encounter any ghosts, let alone the one who appears in his bedroom every morning at dawn. He also doesn’t expect to meet his ghost’s gorgeous, flirty descendant working at the local museum… and the village pub, and as a lifeboat volunteer. But Mattie’s great-great-grandfather isn’t the only specter in Rosewick Bay, and as Siôn and Mattie investigate an ill-fated love affair from a bygone era, they begin a romance of their own, one that will hopefully escape the tragedy Mattie’s ancestor suffered.
 
But the ghosts aren’t the only ones with secrets, and the things Siôn and Mattie are keeping from each other threaten to tear them apart. And all the while, the dead are biding their time, because the curse of Rosewick Bay has never been broken. If the ghosts are seen on the streets, local tradition foretells a man will drown before the summer’s end.

three-half-stars

This was bit of a letdown for me. I absolutely loved A Frost of Cares. It was spooky, amazing, and damn near erotic to me. I know every book can’t be the same. I was really betting on the same formula in fact. It did take a bit of getting into the ghost/mystery aspect. I felt like it took to long to put the pieces together. I did enjoy Sion and Mattie as a couple overall. I liked them, and wish that the epilogue could have been them longer together.

I’m annoyed with Sion the most. **Rolls eyes** The amount of times he mentions him being older was over the top. 30 isn’t that older in the grand scheme of things, and yeah you are experienced more, but if his age bothered him that much then he would have cut off all ties to Mattie. Yeah eventually he got over the issue, but it was already drilled into my head about his excessive wining. Sion came to Rosewick Bay to escape his demons in London. He’s recovering from a suicide attempt. Scion is a lonely person, and I couldn’t image being so lonely and to himself that suicide is the answer. I did feel for him. He had no one and that is a hard pill to swallow. I liked Mattie for him. Mattie was a breath of fresh air to a sullen Sion. He was exuberant and larger then life at times. I love the aura that he had about himself. He is a happy person and his character made the story for me. Mattie has his secrets as well, and when they are revealed I want to protect him. I want to call it naivety about being the situation, but his explanation and reasoning was spot on.

I did enjoy the ghost story, and I do feel like the author did a good job with the imagery of the story. It was told in a way that I can picture it with my eyes closed. I liked the history of the ghost, and found that part of the story was solid.

I didn’t like the fade to black in the romance department. I didn’t understand why, not for nothing but if it was in here then I would have rated it higher. I do feel like the story was missing some heat. I would have liked to read about it.

I do look forward to more from this author. She has a proper way with words, and her characters are always amazing!

About Amy Rae Durreson

Amy has a terrible weakness for sarcastic dragons, shy boys with sweet smiles, and good pots of tea. She is yet to write a shy, tea-loving dragon, but she’s determined to get there one day (so far, all of her dragons are arrogant gits who prefer red wine). Amy is a quiet Brit with a degree in early English literature, which she blames for her somewhat medieval approach to spelling, and at various times has been fluent in Latin, Old English, Ancient Greek, and Old Icelandic, though these days she mostly uses this knowledge to bore her students. Amy started her first novel twenty-one years ago and has been scribbling away ever since. Despite these long years of experience, she has yet to master the arcane art of the semicolon.

Book Blast – A King and a Pawn by Liv Olteano

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~Excerpt~

“Would you take me in as a trophy, Bert?” he asked, smiling oddly, a sort of indulgent look in his eyes.

I wasn’t going to outsmart him, that was for sure. Luckily I didn’t think I had to.

“I wouldn’t be taking you in at all. You and your kids would simply accompany me. I’m sure you can find something of value to offer me so I’ll be willing to go that way. And then you’d find something of value to offer Weiss and the Council to give you guys, say, political asylum?”

“You’ve thought of everything, haven’t you?”

I shrugged. “I’m sure you did. I don’t think you’re a fool, Will. I’m sure you’re not, in fact. So I’m giving you the courtesy of not treating you as one. A courtesy I hope you’ll give me too.”

“Implying that I have not so far?” he asked, stepping toward me again.

My pulse spiked. “I wasn’t implying that at all.”

We were face-to-face, a step apart at most. My mind stuttered over the few stray thoughts I managed to recognize. It was unusual someone’s presence would affect me this much, this soon. Was he that special? Was our chemistry that special? Or was he using some sort of spell on me? I didn’t think that was beneath him. Magic wasn’t beneath any magic-wielding fey, just like changing into a wolf wasn’t beneath me as werewolf. It was a natural part of who we were. I just wasn’t that used to his natural part, and the very idea made me smile.

“What could I offer you that you’d like to have?” he asked as his breath touched my face with every word he uttered.

RC“Oh, I could think of several things,” I replied.

He leaned toward me. His lips brushed against mine now when he spoke. “I could think of several things I’d like to offer you as well.”

I gulped. Shit, I couldn’t think with my dick. Not now at least. I so wanted to. It would be so easy to whisper it sweetly: “Fuck my brains out and I’ll be on your side.” But I wasn’t here for shits and giggles, so I couldn’t. There was no reason I couldn’t hope I’d get a fuck out of the situation somewhere down the line. The more time we spent together, the better chance of that happening. That was pretty solid motivation to spin things in a way that would benefit us all in the end. There. I wasn’t doing this for my selfish fuck-greedy self but for the greater good. I was a fucking humanitarian, feyitarian, whateveritarian.

“I’ll only ask for one small thing for myself,” I whispered softly.

He brushed his lips against mine. The touch sent little fiery thrills down my nerve endings, from the skin of my lips right to the pulsing muscle of my heart. I felt his breath hitch at the contact, and the idea it might affect him almost as much as it was affecting me sent a shiver down my spine. We could have been faking it, both of us. This was a negotiation of sorts, and now was the time to bring on our top game. But I felt it in my gut that this connection was real, that it wasn’t bullshit for either one of us. I just knew it in the pit of my stomach. I wondered if he knew it too, as clearly as I did right in that instant.

His scent didn’t assault my senses since he’d been hanging out in my personal space for a while now. My senses were bathed in his scent already. But I could feel the pounding of his heart as I deepened the kiss; I could feel his muscles clench and unwind with sensual tension while my body sang with it. Fuck me sideways, I wanted him right now. I wanted him so bad it almost gutted me. The feel of him languidly moving his tongue against mine made my blood turn into liquid fire, scalding my insides and bringing up my body temperature to heights I didn’t think I’d felt before after just kissing. Everything in my body screamed, This. This is it. This is what you’ve been waiting for, for so fucking long!

“What do you want?” he asked after he pulled back, his forehead leaning against mine.

Fuck, fuck it, fuck! “I want all the information you can get from the Archives on a certain topic.”

 

 


AKingAndAPawn-PreviewA King and a Pawn by Liv Olteano
Series: Leader Murders, Book Three
Release Date: June 17, 2016
Pages: 234 • Cover Artist:
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Bert Cooper’s life used to be great, until his sister turned out to be a traitor. Now Bert feels the whole pack looks on him with doubt and suspicion. To prove his loyalty, he volunteers to be the first ambassador at Fey Court, gathering information to finally solve the Leader Murders and punish those plotting against the Council and community. At least, that was the plan….

When Bert meets Sir William Matthew Sims, Court Interrogator, and one hell of a sexy man, life becomes a balancing act. And when the Fey King is assassinated, things become really messy.

Pack politics, fey politics, treason, suspicions of treason…. Bert has to choose between being ruled by his fears or standing up for what—and who—he believes in. And it might just break his heart.


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About Liv Olteano

Liv Olteano is a voracious reader, music lover, and coffee addict extraordinaire. And occasional geek. Okay, more than occasional.

She believes stories are the best kind of magic there is. And life would be horrible without magic. Her hobbies include losing herself in the minds and souls of characters, giving up countless nights of sleep to get to know said characters, and trying to introduce them to the world. Sometimes they appreciate her efforts. The process would probably go quicker if they’d bring her a cup of coffee now and then when stopping by. Characters—what can you do, right?

Liv has a penchant for quirky stories and is a reverent lover of diversity. She can be found loitering around the Internet at odd hours and being generally awkward and goofy at all times.

Blog Tour – Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses by Heloise West

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Oh My Shelves welcomes author Heloise West to the blog to chat about her latest release in the Heart and Haven series – Send Lawyers, Guns and Roses – and answer a few questions for us. 

 

OMS: Describe your book to us.

HW: Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses is the sequel to my first romantic suspense novel, Hitting Black Ice.  I’ve sent my guys on a little vacation in the Caribbean, but trouble always manages to find them. Their new friends have secrets, and even their enemies have an enemy.  Oh, and there’s a hurricane, too.

OMS: Have you ever read something that made you think differently about your genre? Can you tell us what it was?

HW: The sheer amount of excellent authors that have risen from what used to be something that appeared to me at first alternative, flying under the radar, kind of–renegade compared to MF romance.

OMS: Tell us about your character’s family life?

HW: Hunter comes from a northern New England family involved in law enforcement and raising huskies. Dad is the sheriff of the county and his late mother worked as a nurse.

Alex comes from California. His mother Alice owns a Fair Trade import store, and his mother Jessie is a Reiki master.

OMS: Compare yourself to your main character.

HW: Well, they are part of me to a certain extent–Hunter’s gently ironic humor is mine, and I have a deep love for northern New England. Alex was tougher–he’s a lot less like me than Hunter is. I do love his grit and determination.

OMS: Describe your past week as a type of landscape or a weather forecast.

HW: I’m waiting impatiently for summer–real sun, not this borderline chilly sun behind clouds. Like waiting for a new release 😉

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“Ready? Take the beach bag. I’ll grab the chairs,” Alex said. “Did you get enough to eat?”

“Yeah. What’s the time?” Hunter slung the bag over his shoulder.

Alex shrugged. “Who cares? Have a cocktail. You know, to hydrate and pace yourself for a long day in the sun.”

“Let’s set up camp. Maybe a nap first.”

Their bare feet slapped against the sun-bleached boards of the footbridge, some of the flowering rainforest clinging to its edges for the hundred or so feet from the breakfast patio to the pool. The beach chairs were striped canvas and wood, chaise-style. Alex had grabbed a matching umbrella for when the sun was directly overhead. He left it closed, as they had a few hours yet before noon, by the arc of the sun in the unbelievably blue sky. The poolside held a half dozen chaise lounges and couples of various ages. They returned languorous, sun-soaked greetings in English, Dutch, and French as Alex led them to a spot he deemed worthy for their day in the sun. When the chairs were side by side, the canvas beach bag between them, Hunter sighed with pleasure, though he was soaked with sweat. He pulled off his T-shirt. “Do you want to swim first?”

“I’m dying to.” With a wicked grin, Alex slid his shorts down, the T-shirt hem falling to below his hips.

“Tell me you didn’t get a thing-thong!” God, they’d laughed together at the online models wearing bathing suits with pockets for their cocks.

Alex laughed. “No, a Speedo. For you.” He shrugged out of his T-shirt with an elegant, mouth-watering play of muscles and skin, and some of the lounging women whistled and clapped for the navy-and-white-striped Speedo he revealed. Hunter mock-growled and reached out to grab Alex, but he dashed away and ran along the side of the pool, blond hair streaming, long, muscular legs eating up the distance to the deep end. He dived like a happy dolphin into the water. Hunter ran after him and followed with a hurried, sloppy dive, shocked at the sensation of water as warm as bathwater. He wanted to melt into it. When he came up for air, hands beneath the water gripped his calves, and he grabbed a breath before Alex yanked him under. They wrestled briefly, then surfaced.

“Fantastic!” Alex shook his head briskly to whip the water from his hair.

Hunter shoved him, threw himself on top of him, and they went under again.

When they surfaced, Alex said, “We can rent a sailboat. Or a rowboat and paddle around in the bay. Or fish if you want. Do you think your leg will hold up to snorkeling?”

“Snorkeling, maybe even scuba.” He’d swim to the moon to keep Alex happy.RC

“I was born underwater,” Alex said, surprising him. “I even had those infant swim lessons.”

“You’re a natural,” Hunter replied. “Aqua Boy.”

Alex shoved him again; Hunter let himself fall backward into the water with a huge splash.

They swam for a while, joined by the other sunbathers when the heat got too intense. Hunter pulled himself from the pool and sat on the edge, watching Alex do laps. He shaded his eyes against the fierce touch of the sun. It pressed against his skin despite the water-resistant sunblock, and he splashed water up and down his arms, chest, and neck to cool off. Maybe he should have gone tanning like Alex had, because it hurt to touch his skin already. The water reflected and intensified the sun. He wasn’t that kind of redhead, but the tropical sun made him feel like one. Tanning had seemed kind of frou-frou…not for him…but he didn’t want to look like a strip of bacon at the end of the day either. Sucked it up and endured the tanning bed.

Alex swam over and pulled his gorgeous body out of the pool to sit on the edge beside Hunter. “I’m ready for some reading and napping. Lunch buffet is open until four… What are you laughing at?”

“We must be on vacation if we’re planning the day around the next meal.”

Alex smiled. “It’s about ten now. We can eat something light at eleven when they open.” He leaned in close. “If we go up to the room by noon, we’ll have time to screw our brains out until about two and have lunch again.”

Hunter nodded. It was all he could do.

“So it’s not meal times we’re planning for, right?” The sparkle in Alex’s eyes wasn’t about ham sandwiches and fruit salad. “Did you see the awesome mirror on the ceiling?”



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by Heloise West
Series:  Heart and Haven, Book Two
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Pages: 200 • Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone
Published By: Loose ID
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When Hunter and Alex are given the vacation of a lifetime, it’s a chance for them to pay attention to romance and get out of the path of danger. The tiny Caribbean island of Saba is gorgeous, the first to have marriage equality, and the Sabans are the nicest people on earth.

There’s lots of rum poolside for relaxing and a room with a mirror on the ceiling for passion. Hot karaoke nights, cold beer, and new friends. 

But their new friends Orfeo and Max, and Max’s sister Talisha, share a troubling secret. Alex and Hunter want to help. As a hurricane bears down on them, a dead body surfaces, and a purple backpack loaded with stolen jewels leads a pair of dangerous men to the island.

Alex would rather poke his own eyes out with a pointy stick than call on his old enemy Nick Truman for help; he’d also do anything to keep Hunter out of danger. But even his nemesis can’t reach them now.

Once again, they only have each other to depend on as their paradise is about to become hell on earth.


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About Heloise West

Heloise West, when not hunched over the keyboard plotting love and mayhem, dreams about moving to a villa in Tuscany. She loves history, mysteries, and romance of all flavors. She travels and gardens with her partner of 10 years, and their home overflows with books, cats, art, and red wine.

Book Blitz: Bad Cops by A.J. Llewellyn

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Author: A.J. Llewellyn

Series Title and Number: Laid, #2

Publisher: Torquere

Release Date: 5/4/16

Pairing: M/M

Length: 19,000 words

Genre/Tags: BDSM, Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Erotica, Humor, Menage, Mystery, Gay Fiction

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Synopsis

Bad Cop Diaries Book 2 – Jack Cannon’s sexy ex Will Tallman is a cop on the take…there’s nothing worse than a bad cop…or are appearances deceiving?

In this explosive sequel to Laid, a series devised by gay porn director John Bruno and written by A.J. Llewellyn, hotshot Los Angeles police Lieutenant Jack Cannon is back in action. With his lover Lucky out of town on assignment, Jack has too much time on his hands and too much aggression to wait patiently at home for him. With a multi-department takedown of a drug and gambling ring exposed in an old LA warehouse, Jack slips inside the ruined, crumbling building for some solo fun…except that a few other cops…and a bad guy or two have the same idea…some guys are just born to be bad…

Author’s Note: Every sex scene in this book was filmed for Massive Studios in a series of webisodes.

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Summer held its grip on the city, even though it was November and the Christmas crush had started. Every hour on the hour, the song Let it Snow played on the piped music system of the Grove at Farmer’s Market. Fake snow fell from strategic spots on roofs and lampposts. It was so goofy when the weather was so unseasonably warm.

Lucky laughed as fake snowdrops landed on my cheeks. This outdoor complex, less than a mile from our house, was our go-to place and we loved it. We liked the fish family, as we always called them. We could never decide on the daily specials because everything was wonderful and dirt cheap.

The waitresses laughed with Lucky. Their hopeful stares faltered as he brushed white flakes from my nose and kissed me. There was no mistaking we were lovers. I veered between wanting people to know he was mine and keeping a safe, respectable appearance.

Stunned at the array of food they’d plied him with, I felt a wave of fury riding high in me.

“They gave you Shrimp Louie?” I asked, feeling a stab of jealousy.

“Fat free dressing,” he said.

I laughed. “My baby inhales French fries but likes fat free dressing.”

“Of course. You know I pick my carbs. Say, let’s finish this. I smell the caramel corn popping.”

We ate in silence. We never ran out of things to talk about. It was our first awkward moment together. Ever. It took me by surprise because we never stopped moving our lips. They were either on each other’s mouths, asses, or cocks, arranged around food or great conversation. But we sat, both so quiet, the weight of truth hanging like a steel wrecking ball between us.

He decided to kick the ball.

“Jack, it’s only a few weeks. We’ll be together for Thanksgiving, one way or another.”

“Fuck. It sucks.”

“Yeah, it sucks. But think how much fun we’re gonna have when we meet up again.”

“Shut up,” I said and he laughed.

He took my hand. “Popcorn calls.”

We pushed through the lunchtime crowd and bought a bag of it, still warm from the pot. We sampled some fresh coconut corn and bought a pound of that too. We loaded up on slices of fresh butter toffee after tasting tons of different blends. We couldn’t agree on the peppermint bark and chose candy cane bark instead. We snapped up miniature kiwi fruit and persimmons at the fruit stall. I was validating the parking ticket when I saw him open his cell phone.

“It’s time,” he told me. “They’re ready to roll.”

We went home to our little studio guest house in back of a Pepto Bismol pink duplex on Havenhurst Drive. When I first met him, Lucky had a gorgeous house in the Larchmont district. It was an elaborate prop, part of his undercover disguise as a Mafioso. Now he was on to another secret assignment and I would still be here, working with my own team. There would always be busts, there would always be separations, but this was the first.

He put his hand on my thigh as we waited for a light on the corner of Melrose.

“It fucking blows monkey chunks, Jack.”

“Yeah. It does.”

He stared straight ahead. “I’m going to ask you once and lie to me if you have to, but can you be faithful? Please tell me you won’t fuck anyone else. Please…just don’t do it.”

“I won’t.” I don’t think.

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A.J. Llewellyn’s obsession with myth, magic, love, and romance might have led to serious stalking charges had it not been for the ability to write. Thanks to the existence of some very patient publishers, A.J.’s days are spent writing, reading and dreaming up new worlds. A.J. has definitely stopped Google-searching former boyfriends and given up all ambition to taste test every cupcake in the universe to produce over 200 published gay erotic romance novels.

A.J. wants you to read them all. A.J. can be found lurking on Facebook and Twitter—part-time class clown being another occupation. When not writing or reading, A.J.’s other passions include juggling, kite-boarding, and spending a fortune buying upgrade apps for Pearl’s Peril and Farm Heroes Saga.

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About Elizabeth Noble

Elizabeth Noble lives by the adage “I can’t not write”. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t make up stories and eventually she learned how to write them down. A part of every day is spent living in worlds she created that are filled with intrigue and espionage. Using a real love of scifi and urban fantasy highlighted by twisty plots she crafts stories taking place in a slightly altered version of our world.

When she’s not chronicling the adventures of her many characters Elizabeth is a veterinary nurse living in her native Cleveland, Ohio. She shares her little brick house with an adorable canine princess and her tabby cat side-kick. Elizabeth is a fan of baseball, basketball (go Cavs and Indians!) and gardening. She can often be found working in her ‘outside office’ listening to classic rock and plotting her next novel waiting for it to be dark enough to gaze at the stars.

Elizabeth received several amateur writing awards. Since being published two of her novels have received honorable mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Her novel Jewel Cave was a runner up in the 2015 Rainbow awards in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category.