Off Base by Annabeth Albert

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

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

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

four-stars

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

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

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

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

About Annabeth Albert

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

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

Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

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Leo Loves Aries: by Anyta Sunday
Series: Signs of Love, #1
Release Date: December 4th, 2016
Pages: 268 • Format: eARC
Published By: Anyta Sunday
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A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh—this could be the start of a thriving friendship.

Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…

Well, that would be a reason to leave past pains behind and look to the Bright Future.

When his sister Leone challenges him to find her the perfect date for a spring wedding, Theo uses it as a chance to make new friends. Theo’s ex economics tutor and newest roommate Mr Jamie Cooper seems to be a possible and convenient match. Real convenient. Like written in the stars, convenient.

All he has to do is make sure this Jamie is good enough. Could really be the one for her, and the friend for him.

But watch out, Leo, the stars have a surprise in store…

four-half-stars


This is the best reaction to 67%. I do not like angst of any kind, and this just took to long to happen, but when it did it was freaking magical.

Brace yourself ladies and gents, this is my first Anyta Sunday book. **Duck & covers**, I know. I honestly do not know how this happened.

Leo Loves Aries was such a witty, romantic, feel good story. I really enjoyed the easiness of the reading style. Everything was well written and flowed perfectly. Yes, it didn’t happen 13% in the book like I wanted to. Talk about Chemistry!!! I’ve started signing things like #CancerlovesPisces. These guys were super relatable. I honestly think Theo was the blind one here, he couldn’t see what was directly in front of his eyes, but when he did…. Boy, he went right in and went full throttle. It was no playing around for him. I am so in love with Jamie. Gosh my husband is the SHIT, but a Jamie is a needed necessity for 2017. He’s the type of guy who just wants to see you succeed, be happy and healthy. What more can you ask for?

This book made me happy. I love the little illustrations and factoids at the beginning of each chapter. I adore the parents alot. It shows what good parenting and upbringing produces. These were so responsible young adults. I love the relationship that each had with their counterpart. I adore Leone parts as well. Loved that her disability didn’t stop her from doing anything. She’s such an inspiration, and dare I say I would be interested in a Leone & Sam novel some day.

Gotta say, after reading this; the next day I went and read my horoscope and it said 2018 was my year. I got super excited. I use to be a big horoscope reader in my early twenties, I’ve gradually stopped, but I think I might go back to reading them. I do agree about compatibility when it comes to zodiac signs. I was involved with an Aries and we didn’t work out at all, but the Pisces and Cancer go together like fat girls and chocolate cake. Speaking from experience now folks. LOL. I am rambling, because I can go on, and on about how awesome they both are, but you read it! You don’t get to live vicariously through my fangirling, just know it made my Best of 2016 list and will leave you smitten and happy. I want to leave you with this quote because it means so much to me, it’s a line I used in my wedding vows, and to hear you say it to someone special means the world to them. It’s endearing and all encompassing when it comes to love.

Theo:You are not the best part of my day, you make my day.

About Anyta Sunday

Anyta Sunday – New Zealand writer in Berlin, Germany.

A born and raised New Zealander from Wellington, I’ve been exploring the literary world since I started reading Roald Dahl as a kid. Stories have been piling up in my head ever since. Fast forward to my mid-twenties and jump a few countries (Germany, America, and back again), I started to put them to paper.

My genre of choice is romance, both adult and YA, gay and straight. You can take a closer look at my books, available as e-books for download in many formats!

When I’m not pushing my characters deeper into adventure, I chase my sons around the house and fight my two comical cats for the desk chair.

Private Truths by C.B. Lewis

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private-truthsPrivate Truths: by C.B. Lewis
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Pages: 264 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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For two role models with their reputations on the line, privacy might be a luxury they can’t afford, and love might be impossible.

After returning from service, Army veteran Jack McCall fought his way back from addiction and joined a charity supporting homeless veterans in London, where he became an inspiration to others. He approaches Edward Marsden, Viscount Routhsley, a known playboy and philanthropist, about sponsorship for his charity. To his surprise, Edward isn’t the shallow pleasure-seeker everyone assumes, and he and Edward share many interests. Little by little, they are drawn together in spite of the different worlds they come from.

But for two men in the public eye, happiness won’t be so easily achieved. Edward fears coming out as gay will shift attention from his charity work, and Jack worries his relationship with the aristocrat will undermine the integrity of his foundation. They come under intense scrutiny, leading to an inevitable clash between Jack and the press who won’t stop harassing them. As what they’ve built comes crashing down, Jack and Edward must make a choice: continue presenting the facade the public expects, or expose the private truths in their hearts so they can be together.

four-half-stars

Okay C.B. Lewis this is 3 for 3 from you. I am in love with your writing and stories. You are so close to being a favorite author for me. Definitely an auto-buy for me. Time Lost is on my Best Books of 2016.

Private Truths is a contemporary romance novel set England. It’s slow paced and methodical in plot. I’ve been dreaming of you writing a contemporary novel and you have blown my expectations. This romance was steady paced with an actual plot. I loved the Nobelman and the Ex-Army guy falling in love. You can see the moment both guys start falling in love. Their relationship was purely sex at a point, but after an unfortunate event they care thrust together and the love, trust and devotion gradually makes an interest. Told from Jack’s pov and brilliant done, I really got to see the starting point of Jack’s interest in Edward and his love for his job.

Jack works at Those Returned a charity for veterans. Jack is uber passionate about his job. He loves making the nightly runs whether its feeding his brother in arms, or clothing them, or just checking up on them. Jack talks about his past sparingly. We know he suffered injuries while in the military. Certain incidents happen when events from 5 years ago becomes public. He’s closed himself off to his best friend because of an accident. I would call him a loner. Outside of his job and co-workers he doesn’t do much. That’s until he meets Viscount Routhsley. A blond bombshell with enough money to sponsor Those Returned. Jack makes it his mission to get Edward to invest into his charity. What starts as shameless flirting leads to other things.

I think Edward surprised me the most. When we read about Nobelman or people of nobility its always seem like they are bourgeois type, high handed type, or the looking down on folks kind. Edward and his parents were the opposite of all of this. I think he might be my favorite Nobelman. He was super down to earth, sweet, compassion and generally cared about Jack’s well being. I loved the chemistry that they both had with one another. The joking, laughing, gentleness was so much needed in my reading. I needed a real romance and I think this fit the bill on anything that I can ever ask for.

Jeez, this is what I asked for. Now, I’m sitting here thinking on what next can C.B. right for me. Idk. I love her science fiction, and obviously her contemporary novels. I don’t care at this point, I just want her to write and produce a novel every 3 months for me. I need more from her. I highly recommend this book. I highly recommend her Out of Time Series. You will not be disappointed in any of these books.

About C.B. Lewis

A book-lover from infancy, C.B. has been writing and telling stories for as long as she can remember. Based in Edinburgh, she has diverse tastes and will quite happily attempt to write any genre, but always come back to history, fantasy, and sci-fi like an old friend. C. B. Lewis is small and Scottish and can often be spotted perched around historical monuments with her notepad and pen. She has been writing and telling tales for almost as long as she can remember, and has a brain that constantly fizzes with an abundance of ideas. If she’s not working on half a dozen things at once, it should be considered a slow day. She loves to travel and just has one continent left to complete her travel bingo card. A lot of the travel has also been research-based, and if pointed at any historical event, she will research it vociferously, just because she can. Normally, she is based in Edinburgh, where she tends toward the hermit-lifestyle, needing nothing but a kettle, a constant supply of tea, and – of course – the internet. There are no cats, no puppies, no significant others, only a lot of ideas, and an awful lot of typing. And occasionally, cake. Never forget the cake.

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.

A Second Harvest by Eli Easton

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o-a-second-harvestA Second Harvest by Eli Easton 
Series: Men of Lancaster County, Book One
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Pages: 206 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.

Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.

But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.

Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.

four-stars

A nice and sweet slow burn from Eli Easton. Two guys who have a second chance at love, and friendship comes first. I really enjoyed this book. I love the strong religion aspect we got in the story. While religion isn’t the focal point for both characters, it’s influence is in the book strongly. The age-gap trope is one of my favorites as well. I appreciate the individuality that both guys have. I think Easton did a great job by showing these two guys who have the the outward differences were able to find a friendship over something as basic as food & travel. I personally believe in the magic of being friends to lovers. It’s magical in the sense that this person is your friend first, and then you gradually notice that you love them and being together is a happiness in itself.

David was raised as a Mennonite. He’s had his entire life planned out. From what they expect of him as a child and as an adult. He married the woman who they wanted to . Even in marriage he did everything for everyone else. Never questioning or resisting things. Sadly his freedom is only their because his kids are grown and in college. His wife has passed away. These days his passion lays in his kids, farm animals, and the collection of National Geographic magazines that he’s collected over the years.

Christie is a 30 year old Manhattanite living his life. He’s partying and drinking with no repercussion of anything. He’s completely free from hiding. A tragic accident makes Christie opens his eyes and forces him to rethink things. He decides to go away to Lancaster to his deceased aunt’s house.

Reading this book was a slow burn of sexual tension and an enjoyment to see these two figure out each other. It’s alot at stake and David has to release what he’s willing to part with or if he’s going to continue drowning by living the life he doesn’t want. Even though David isn’t strong in the religion. Their are multiple moments in the story when the influence is shown by people in the community and his family. These moments felt very authentic to me, and I enjoyed it.

David recognizing his sexual identity is the focal point of the story. I like how Christie is completely different by the end. He changes alot of the old Christie in exchange for being with this one guy who has caught his eye. He knows David is the real deal. He’s able to bond with this man who he thinks they couldn’t possibly have nothing in common. He couldn’t be fair from the truth. They bond over food, talking, animals.

It’s a really good romance story with some steamy scenes. I can appreciate everything that took course over the story. It was realistic fiction. I wish I could have had more. I’m not sure about the ending though. I expected a little more. But since it’s a series, then I am happy to be getting more of these guys.

About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest writing.

Roped In by Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt

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RopedIn_600x900Roped In by Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt
Release Date: June 20, 2016
Pages: 155 • Format: eARC
Published By: Riptide Publishing
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Graham and his roping partner, Jackson, have been friends since they were boys. They’ve ruled the rodeo scene for ten years running, but lately, Graham’s heart isn’t in the game. He’s tired of the bruises, the cowboy mentality, and the animal rights activists who picket every event. He’s also tired of being in love with Jackson, and nothing’s been the same between them since their disastrous drunken encounter the year before.

Then Graham has a run-in with one of the rodeo protesters, and everything changes. Kaz is young, idealistic, and sexy as hell. But he’s also a know-it-all, animal-loving vegan, bent on saving the world one cow at a time. They have next to nothing in common, but Graham can’t stop thinking about what might happen if they can stop butting heads long enough to give it a try. Unfortunately, no matter how attracted Graham is to other men, he always panics and runs when the clothes start to come off. But Kaz has an idea for getting Graham past his nerves and into bed.

All they need is a bit of rope.

(Note: This is a re-edited second edition of a previously published title.)

 

three-half-stars

So I enjoyed this one more then I expected. My only conniption is that it isn’t longer!!! I wish it was because I was enjoying the relationship between Graham and Kaz. Loved the age-gap between the two, even though it’s not specified to much. In my mind it’s a gradual thing. LOL. I hadn’t read the first edition of this book, and the cover is what drew me in. I like the idea of a roper and a protester getting together. These two had to navigate their real life and beliefs outside of sex. Sex was a keystone for both. They fit just right for each other, but outside the bedroom it was them being on two sides of the street.

Graham was dealing with his feelings of being gay. Admitting and acting on it. His only experience seems to come from his best friend/roping partner Jackson. Graham has basically been in love with him for the last ten years and when they do finally do something it scares him off and they’ve been in a awkward place ever since. Meeting Kaz was such a scary but invigorating experience for him. I really liked seeing them go head to head against each other. I like seeing both guys explain what they do and why it’s passionate for them. The D/s relationship was unexpected but I enjoyed it. I loved seeing the chemistry between the two. I know it was fast, but I definitely can see why they enjoyed each other. Graham can finally be free and be himself, and Kaz can be with someone. I enjoyed this alot, and wish it was a full length novel. Happy with what I got as well.

About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.

She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

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.

Tequila Mockingbird by Rhys Ford

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Series: Sinner’s, Book Three
Release Date: June 27, 2014
Pages: 250 • Format: eBook
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan.

No, Connor has everything worked out—a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son. It wasn’t like he’d never thought about men — it’s just loving one doesn’t fit into his plans.

Forest Ackerman certainly doesn’t need to be lusting after a straight cop, even if Connor Morgan is everywhere he looks, especially after Frank’s death. He’s just talked himself out of lusting for the brawny cop when his coffee shop becomes a war zone and Connor Morgan steps in to save him.

Whoever killed his father seems intent on Forest joining him in the afterlife. As the killer moves closer to achieving his goal, Forest tangles with Connor Morgan and is left wondering what he’ll lose first—his life or his heart.

four-stars

Okay so with all the over the top drama happening in this book it still managed to be my favorite of the series so far. Gosh, I wanted to gush all over the place. I love Connor. I mean, I can’t wait for Quinn’s book because he’s calling to me, but in between time I loved Connor. I loved Connor and Donal. Donal resonates with me so much because he reminds me of my Father in Law. The quiet storm of a man, who’s peaceful and comforting when you need him. He doesn’t say much, but when he does it hits you square in the chest. I just enjoyed his talks with his children, and I’m in for tears in Quinn’s book because I expect so much.

“He haunts me, Da. Worse than a sunburn I cannot wait to heal but at the same time tightens my skin so I can’t not feel him. I see him, and I want to touch him, to hold him, because I don’t think he’s been held enough or been told someone cares about him. He’s had a shite hippie who took him in off the streets and who probably loved him but didn’t give him any kind of self.”

Okay now for this book. Jeez Forest!! He’s been through alot, and after all of that he can still laugh. Sure this was very insta-love. The entire series has been insta-love for me. I’m okay with it, not use to it in Rhys books but I’m fine with it. In fact, I love how Connor went to his dad. That conversation about him emulating the man he wanted to become did me in. I was a crying fool. I am happy to see good representation of fathers who love their sons beyond their sexuality. I think Rhys does a good job for her characters who lack their birth parents, by giving them the world’s best surrogate family members. Forest is every type of guy I like to read. He’s broken but willing to get himself back together. He got hurt bad, and no one has been able to love him like Connor as. I felt for Forest because his entire short life is more than what most people go through. I think he was waiting on Connor finding him and loving him that’s all.

I mean he started hooking at a young age with his mother, who was suppose to care for him. In turn her lack of love, led him to Frank. A hippie man who decided he had enough love for Forest. Sure the mystery was alot to deal with. I mean, we never caught a break. Just once I would have liked to see the two spend some time together on page without the destruction in their lives. It worked out sure for everyone, but this moved faster then I expected. I guess I can’t complain much because I read it in one sitting and never looked back. Please book god let Quinn’s story be emotionally painful for me, and let his family gather him up and love him.

About Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

Power Play by Avon Gale

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PowerPlayLGPower Play by Avon Gale
Series: Scoring Chances, Book Three
Release Date: May 9, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.

After spending years guilt-ridden for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.

Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime trying to forget, but also a sleazy GM who is determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets a player, Misha revisits his darkest days, and that might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.

five-stars

So this might be my new favorite of the series. It might be a Hockey Series, but this one hockey is in the background to the wonderful relationship between Head Coach Misha and Assistant Coach Max. It seems hard to top each book as you go in the series, but for me the was the ultimate best. I did not want it to end at all. It was so good from beginning to end. I loved both characters equally well, and I might slightly adore Misha more because of his Russian heritage and background. Instead of playing both guys are retired and have a sort of history together. Max’s accident and career ending injury coincides with Misha winning the Stanley Cup. This one I understood clearly, hockey isn’t my thing so it was great seeing this from a different point of view. I love that we got both guys point of views and clearly we get to see the build up from sort of enemies to trying to be friends to admitting the love for one another. Which in hindsight wasn’t that hard for Max.

Let’s talk characters. I love the way each guy in this series is different from others. Max is awesome. In the beginning I couldn’t really get a good grasp on him, but once he started going he was amazing. I loved his openness about Bisexuality. He admitted certain things to himself and came to the conclusion of it’s what he likes. Misha is definitely my type of man, the silent and broody types. The guys with the thousand I stare. Misha was really quiet and he held most things close to his chest. After everything he went through in his teenage years and to come to America and being able to have some freedom kinda through him for a loop. He seemed so close off and stoic but I think first and foremost he needed a friend and that was definitely Max.

Misha still holds himself responsible for Max’s injury. I’m glad the conversations were had because I didn’t want it to linger over the entire book. The chemistry was off the charts hot. I loved them together. It was sweeet times and off the chart smoldering times between these two. I enjoyed the characters as well, Besley might be a skeevy perv but when it counts he comes through. I can’t wait to see a Drake book. I’m feeling him and his room-mate. Those two definitely have the potential. Great seeing Ethan!!!! All in all I really liked this book. It’s by far the best in the series and definitely re-read material. It’s going to be hard to outdo it in my opinion, but I have super faith in Avon!

About Avon Gale

Avon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.

Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.