Making Waves by Marie Sexton

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marie-sextonMaking Waves: by Marie Sexton
Series: Wrench Wars, #4
Release Date:September 28, 2016
Pages: 76 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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A Wrench Wars Story

Best friends since they were teenagers, Ward Kent and Dean Zimmerman work together at Reggie’s garage, where the reality show Wrench Wars is filmed. Outside of work, Dean is a notorious player, and as far as he’s concerned, Ward’s the best wingman ever. Little does he know, Ward is much more interested in the gentlemen than the ladies.

Then Dean’s younger brother, Ash, comes to work at the garage. Ash may be seven years younger, but he’s had a crush on Ward for years, and he’s not shy about going after what he wants.

Admitting his best friend and his brother are gay is one thing. Seeing them together? That’s a bit more than Dean can take, and he’s about to force Ward to make a decision: lose his best friend and his job, or give up Ash forever.

 

three-stars

So this is the 4th book in the Wrench Wars series, and this is the one with Dean being a featured character. ARUGH!!!! I wanted to repeatedly punch him in this face. I mean, it’s almost like he got more screen time then Ward and Ash. C’mon we are all consenting adults, and Ash didn’t need a damn keeper. I enjoyed it for the most part, but was irritated throughout the entire story. It was seriously nerve-wrecking to see Ward & Ash have to pretend and sneak around for the sake of Dean finding out. I mean once everything was said and done, I was left thinking on why anyone wanted to be Dean’s best friend. That’s how much this story revolved around him.

Now onto Ward & Ash. I mean it was mutually hot. I did think Ash teased Ward a little bit to much. I mean he literally came in like a wrecking ball. Any semblance of restraint that Ward had was shredded when it came to Ash. I did like how they were able to realize they both wanted something more then just a hookup. I liked Ward as a character. He had such a softer side to him, and I think Ash was perfect for him. I would love to see them spend more time with each other. I mean if we took out ALL of Dean’s parts then maybe we could have connected more to these guys. Nonetheless I enjoyed it and think Sexton did a good job on the writing.

About Marie Sexton

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Power Bottom? by Rowan McAllister

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Power Bottom?: by Rowan McAllister
Release Date: September 19, 2016
Pages: 236 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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Can a pickup line from a stranger completely change the way an ordinary man sees himself?

Adrian wouldn’t have thought so, but after an ugly breakup where his self-esteem took a serious beating, he’s willing to try just about anything to repair the damage… even return to a secluded bar in rural Maryland and the intriguing stranger whose words have been on his mind since they met.

Biker, bouncer, bartender, and tattoo artist, Wyatt is a rolling stone. After fifteen years, he is tired of a life on the run, but he isn’t sure he knows how to do anything else or if he has anything besides a physical relationship to offer.

What’s supposed to be a one-off turns into another and another, and the relationship looks promising until the mob and the FBI come knocking on Adrian’s door.

two-half-stars

 

Bored

Only way to describe how I was feeling. I know it wasn’t me, because I was able to finish two other books before I came back to finish this one. I’m usually okay with OTT cheesy stories, but this did not work for me. I was bored, and bored so more. I don’t know how the author expected me to connect with each other. Adrian and Wyatt met for weekends about 3 or 4 times before fuckery ensued and then the I love you’s came out. I’m over the wallflower storyline and the hot guy showing up to rescue him. I wanted something different. Adrian has self-esteem issues, but he didn’t no about them until Martin brought them up. How??? How do you have all these reservations and questions about yourself but you’ve never noticed them. Naw, I’m not buying what you are selling dearie.

 

The biggest disappointment was the plot. I am 1000% that this was suppose to be a parody. There’s no other way for me to even understand Wyatt’s story. WTF was happening? I’m so confused. I even re-read it, and still I’m not sure about it. A big ass house, his father is a crook, the mob is involved and Wyatt is to pay for this. Well he thinks he is because he’s been running for the past 15 years. But he’s never gotten caught up with. I’m not even certain that anyone was after him. Until the fiasco with Adrian’s job. I still don’t believe how it was only 2 employees giving all this attention and no one else in the company noticed it. Yeah, I’ll go and collect my $200 for this mess please. To be 236 pages, it didn’t have enough substance. I mean, it was basically weekend sex, and Adrian at work. That’s how I would describe it. I didn’t have a good time with this story, and I didn’t like it. It was written well, but the content just wasn’t my cup of tea at all.

About Rowan McAllister

Writer, art quilter, furniture refinisher, fiber snob, foodie, drinkie, pet mommy, romantically pragmatic Jill of all trades. Rowan McAllister is woman who doesn’t so much create as recreate, taking things ignored and overlooked and hopefully making them into something magical and mortal. She believes it’s all in how you look at it. In addition to a continuing love affair with words, she creates art out of fabric, metal, wood, stone, and any other interesting scraps of life she can get her hands on. Everything is simply one perspective change and a little bit of effort away from becoming a work of art that is both beautiful and functional. She lives in the woods, on the very edge of suburbia- where civilization drops off and nature takes over- sharing her home with her patient, loving, and grounded husband, her super sweet hairball of cat, and a mythological beast masquerading as a dog. Her chosen family is made up of a madcap collection of people from many different walks of life, all of whom act as her muses in so many ways, and she would be lost without them.

Wriggle & Sparkle by Megan Derr

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Wriggle & Sparkle: by Megan Derr
Release Date: August 10, 2016
Pages: 260 • Format: eARC
Published By: Less Than Three Press
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Lynn is a kraken shifter in every way: detailed, tenacious, resilient, and hard-working. Also possessive, vain, arrogant, and demanding. It makes him an excellent agent for the Federal Bureau of Paranormal Security and Investigation—and impossible to work with, as the long list of partners who have transferred away from him will attest.

His newest partner is a unicorn, possibly the worst type of paranormal for work that often turns ugly and violent. Everyone knows unicorns are too delicate for such things. Then Anderson proves to be a unicorn like no other, the kind of partner Lynn has always wanted—the kind of partner he wishes was more. But if there’s one thing he’s learned, it’s that the only thing harder to keep than a partner is a lover.

Warning: Contains tentacle porn

Publisher’s note: This was originally published as a serial at Yaoifix. It has been edited and revised for release with LT3, but nothing significant has changed

three-half-stars

This was a super cheesy and fun shifter story. I’ve never read a story featuring a unicorn & a kraken. LOL. I laughed alot. For all of Lynn uneasiness about having a partner and him swearing that a unicorn was to soft for him, he fell for Anderson quickly and hard. This was a cute collection about Lynn & Anderson two different species working together and falling in love.

It was snarky and campy to a joyous extent. I liked the writing and telling of the story. I’m super glad I wasn’t annoyed about the sugary sweetness of it. It still had a plot, rather easy but it was still a plot. It was some of the silliest adventures ever and Derr wrote some of the steamiest scenes ever. I enjoyed it more then I thought I would. It was some tentacle/ shifting sex going on. I was a tad bashful, but I digress it was done and HAWT!!!! I enjoy laughing and it’s no shortage of it. Kudos Megan, I enjoyed it alot.

About Megan Derr

Writing and reading are my life. I’m pretty equal opportunity, there is very little I do not like to read. But, I think it’s safe to say that romance and fantasy are my primary stomping grounds :3 I love writing slash, it works for me in a way that writing other things never did. Past that, I’m all over the board – fantasy, supernatural, contemporary, space operas, you name it.

Outside of those primary obsessions, I love cooking, baking, reading, movies & TV. I also enjoy harassing my five cats. I live in a beach town so I never again have to put up with snow.

If you need/want to reach me, email is your best bet (doesn’t matter which), but I’ll respond anywhere as long as I see it. I can be slow to reply to emails, fair warning. I get a lot of them and stuff gets buried fast. But I will eventually reply, and by all means harass me if I do not reply quickly enough.

One Step Forward by Tia Fielding

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OneStepForwardFSOne Step Forward by Tia Fielding
Release Date: August 8, 2016
Pages:  236 • Format: eARC
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Sam Becker, a horse whisperer, agrees to take one last job before retiring to his Texas ranch. It’s clear as soon as he meets the Taylor family in Kentucky that he’s in for a challenge. What he doesn’t expect is the way his own wounds reopen. He’s never really dealt with the suicide of his mentally ill wife, and he won’t be able to ignore that hurt forever.

Joshua Taylor and his horse, Calla, were a force to be reckoned with on the eventing circuit until an accident ended their careers. Most of the pain is on the inside, however, and Sam knows those injuries are the slowest to mend. Sam’s unique methods help Calla and, surprisingly, Josh, but he’s still lost without riding. Their feelings for each other come hard and fast, and Josh starts his first steps of recovery, but Sam needs to return to Texas eventually. Even if Josh is able to move past the accident, they’ll still have a long and difficult journey to make before they can be together.

two-stars

I’m reading this, and thinking whoa my goodness, here comes the cheesiness. A horse whisperer?? Really? Okay, I was able to set aside my side eye for that. I’m journeying through it, and then I literally wanted it to stop with the over the top stuff. I figured okay I’m reading it might as well suspend reality and climb into a place with bubbles and hearts. That’s what I felt like 95% of the book. I thought it dragged forever at times, and then the last 20% you want to skip feelings and thoughts. Why? I mean every other basic nuisance was mentioned.

Of course, 2 weeks later It’s I love you.

Thanks Harry. That’s exactly how I felt with the magical Sam, and his love for Josh. It was so much stuff happening in the story and then the ending was kaput. Basically thrown together. Josh being magically better because of Sam was total b.s. BUT, I was able to suspend reality and be okay with him wanting to get better. I don’t believe it. I don’t really understand Sam either. His character development was all over the place. He never felt like a real person. His actions at the end showed that very well. I don’t care how much heartache it’ll be he pulled a coward move, and I could never like him again. His reasons meant nothing to me. Being apart should had both characters evaluating if this was even real between them. It didn’t leave me satisfied at all. The holes at the end was to big to overlook, and I didn’t feel better once finishing it.

About Tia Fielding

Tia Fielding is a thirtysomething Scandinavian who is a lover of witty people, words, cats, sarcasm, autumn, and the tiny beautiful things in life. Tia struggles with stubborn muses and depression, but both are things she has learned to live with.
After losing the thread of her writing in her teens, Tia rediscovered the joy of writing stories through fanfiction, which later kick-started her publishing career. Tia is not ashamed of her past of borrowing other people’s characters, but has found creating her own much more satisfying.
Tia identifies as genderqueer, but isn’t strict about pronouns. Why? Because luckily, in her native language there aren’t gender-specific pronouns. Being a reclusive author living with her fur-babies is another fact of life for Tia, among the need to write that seems to be a part of her psyche by now.
In the fall of 2014, Tia took a huge leap for most authors and kicked her coffee habit. Do not fret, though, she switched to tea, so her life isn’t completely lacking caffeine.
In 2013 Tia’s one of Tia’s novels was recognized by the industry’s Rainbow Awards in the Best LGBT Erotic Romance (Bobby Michaels Award) category.

Have a Hygge Holiday by B. Snow

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have-a-hygge-holidayHave a Hygge Holiday by B. Snow
Series: Christmas in July
Release Date: July 24, 2016
Pages:  51 • Format: eARC
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Niall is having second thoughts about spending the holidays with Josh. If Josh’s sweet nature masks the fact that he’s a spineless pushover, Niall doesn’t want a long-term relationship with him. Guilt—an annoying voice in his head—agrees, telling him to end it before Josh gets hurt. But then Niall sees how Josh has turned his apartment into a cozy, inviting nest for winter, based on the Scandinavian tradition of hygge: curling up with good food, candles, music, hot drinks, family, and friends.

Niall decides to stay, telling himself he’ll discover the real Josh when the two of them are together for a week, but two become four when Niall’s Christmas-crazy parents show up on Josh’s doorstep, and four become five when Josh’s father arrives to celebrate the last night of Hanukkah. The two sets of parents clash over decorations, food, and public displays of affection. Their bickering drives Niall crazy, as does Josh’s calm acceptance. If something doesn’t change, Niall will walk away from all of it, including his future with Josh.

two-stars

I think the premise of the story was a good one, but the execution was lacking. I could not get over Niall’s guilt the entire book. It was seriously like another character. Every few paragraphs it was there. I didn’t understand how I was suppose to form an opinion on the relationship between Josh & Niall without the guilt. I still want to ask Niall; Why show up? It doesn’t make sense to me. He has all these reasons about why Josh won’t last long term, but you came to him. After I came to this conclusion I checked out of the story. It was a whole bunch of OTT things happening. From Niall’s clingy parents showing up to Josh’s father unexpected visited. Then it got weird. I really don’t understand the Hygge thing. It had cute moments, and I wanted to throttle Niall most of the short book, but I was bored. I didn’t see the connection. I don’t even think it’s a connection between the two people. I mean I spent majoirty of the book trying to dodge Niall’s guilt, trying not to throw up after the parents little extravaganza. I think Josh was better on his own, and should have kicked everyone to the curb.

About B. Snow

A west-coast transplant to Georgia. Love the heat, hate the mosquitoes.

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.

Bad Dogs and Drag Queens (Rose and Thorne #1) by Julie Lynn Haynes

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BadDogsandDragQueensLGBad Dogs and Drag Queens by Julie Lynn Haynes
Series: Rose and Thorne, Book One
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Pages: 138 • Format: eARC
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Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities. They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.

Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that?

Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime? Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.

two-stars

Why do I keep doing this to myself??

So maybe note to self should be: Every book with the words drag queen in the title or blurb is not for me. I really wanted to like this story. I wasn’t able to put the OTT and the disbelief aside. I have no problems with co-workers being together, being out and open without a care in the world, I’d say BFN. Nope not believing it?

Especially in the alphabet agencies, let’s be clear about that. I was able to believe it if they were regular detectives in some Podunk town in the country. I couldn’t get over the two man team, and the drag impersonation for minor crimes against humanity. I mean, they weren’t drag queens for terrorist, or to capture human traffickers. It was B-Level crime with a D-List cast. It started off fine, and then the make believe just grew and out went any enjoyment for me. Either character didn’t move me, and at times Vinnie seemed to be emasculated by Ethan. I mean, constantly saying he has the legs for the skirt, or I’d buy you a new purse didn’t sit well with me. Yeah, that was disappointing for me, but their relationship was kinda good. I mean obviously they cared for one another, and if it was strictly a contemporary romance I would have enjoyed it more.

I was confused most of the time. We didn’t get any past history, or a prologue. Being thrown into the middle of a crime and not knowing left me unsettled. Explanations still weren’t clear throughout the rest of the story. I’m going to leave you with this, besides the relationship( Which Vinnie kept second guessing after being together for 5 years) it was the only thing worth reading and it’s still meh for me.