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.

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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.

A Country Boy by M.A. Church

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macA Country Boy: by M.A. Church
Series: States of Love
Release Date: November 9th, 2016
Pages: 118 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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Hot damn, what more could a country boy want? Bass Pro Shop is finally opening in Tennessee. Nick plans to check out all twelve indoor acres chock-full of hunting, fishing, and boating in the Memphis Pyramid on the Mississippi River.

City boy Sandy wonders yet again how he let himself get talked into attending a grand opening for a hick hunting store. His geeky heart prefers the energy of the city. Little does he know all that is going to change due to a freakishly tall glass elevator—and Nick, the high-school crush who’s suddenly taking a second look at him.

A moment of panic while trapped in the elevator leads to a spark neither expected. Getting out is the least of the challenges they’ll face if they want to try to put their differences aside and find out if love is possible between a city boy and a country boy.

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

three-stars

A Country Boy is a sweet cheesy romance, featuring two old acquaintances that meet after thinking of one another for five years. I wanted to call them enemies to lovers, but its not quite that seeing as Nick “protected” nerdy Sandy in high school. Except the last incident forced Nick to out himself and among all of that he kinda lashed out at Sandy. I do felt like they were harboring over the incident for too long in the story. It was 5 years ago, and it wasn’t even a lash out. I don’t feel like an expressive face is enough to hold a grudge against somebody for so long. I just didn’t understand how Sandy could not even feel bad for Nick.

This was cheesy goodness that I like reading about nonetheless. It was cliched, low-angst, and super cute at times. I do think Nick tried really hard in reeling Sandy in. He wanted to prove that he’s changed and to give him a shot. I thought it was nice that they both had crushes on each other and was able to develop some sort of feelings with letting their past go. Yeah, Sandy took longer, and I still don’t quite get it but I did like that he could see himself with Nick.

It was a few plot holes in the story that I felt should have been answered by the end. I mean, if making Lonnie “Skype chat” was such a big deal, then why not reveal who was behind it? I just think that’s a little stupid unless we plan on getting Lonnie’s book. I’m sure everyone thinks it’s Houston. It was super obvious. I was able to put my eye rolls down to a minimum for this cheesy book, and I liked it well enough. Overall, I liked Nick & Sandy together.

About M.A. Church

Hey and welcome to my M/M blog! My published name is M.A. Church, but I also wrote as nomoretears00. I’m a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now I spend my days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding my numerous shifters, or trying to tempt my country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it! When not writing, I’m exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching my beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if I’m not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and we have two grown children.

On Fire by Alicia Nordwell

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anOn Fire: by Alicia Nordwell
Series: States of Love
Release Date: October 26, 2016
Pages:137 • Format: eARC
Published By:Dreamspinner Press
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Nothing beats getting out of the concrete jungle and into the quiet of the forest. Website designer Scottie Ness is taking a well-deserved vacation from the grindstone, and he plans to spend it in the solitude of Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest around Mt. Adams. He’s prepared for everything—except the lightning storm that traps him in a wildfire.

The firefighter who rescues him sustains serious injuries and ends up in the hospital. Jax Quintero might be abrasive, but the guy saved his life, and Scottie wants to thank him. As they spend time together during Jax’s recovery and exploring the state’s landmarks when he’s released from the hospital, Scottie discovers there’s more to Jax than a smart-ass adrenaline junkie. Jax reassesses his opinion of Scottie as an arrogant city boy who has no business in the mountains. Though Jax’s wounds prevent them from taking things as far as they’d like for a while, they can’t deny the heat building between them—and this is one fire they don’t want to put out.

two-half-stars

I’m sorry, but that’s how I felt reading this. Utterly bored out of my damn mind. It seemed wayyyer longer then what it was, but I just couldn’t grasp any of it. I mean once Scottie got going with his mojo it completely put me to sleep. I liked that it was different in the setting and circumstances, but it never felt real between the two. Was it survivor’s remorse or guilt for Jax getting injured that made Scottie so interested in him. It was no, but to me it didn’t seem authentic enough. Yeah, I know relationships can grown, and two people can learn to like and love one another. I just felt the initial meeting of the them and the leading up to the romance part felt forced. Before Scottie, can make his feeling known Jax kinda threw it out there about himself, and it felt a little like settling.

I don’t want to sound like the Grinch here, but if they liked it then I guess it works. It doesn’t change the fact that I was completely bored. This was a first book for me by this author. I did enjoy the writing as such, but I didn’t like the story. I will try more of her work. I think if you like a little humor, hurt comfort with a touch of rescuing then this could be for you!!!!

About Alicia Nordwell

Alicia Nordwell is one of those not so rare creatures, a reader turned writer. Striving to find something interesting to read one day, she decided to write what she wanted instead. Then the voices started…. Yep, not only does she talk about herself in the third person for bios, she has voices in her head constantly clamoring to get out.

Fortunately for readers, with the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided for her own sanity to keep writing. Now you can find her stories both free and e-published! Oh yeah, she’s a wife and a mom of two and lives in the dreary, yet ideal for her redhead complexion, Pacific Northwest. Except for when she disappears into one of the many worlds in her head, of course!

She can also be found quite often at her blog, where she has a lot of free fiction for readers to enjoy or working hard, or maybe hardly working, as an admin on GayAuthors.org under her online nickname, Cia.

Taming the Wyld by Lucie Archer

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

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

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

three-stars

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

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

About Lucie Archer

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

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

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

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

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