The Palisade by Rosalind Abel

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The Palisade: by Rosalind Abel
Series:Lavender Shores
Release Date: June 20th, 2017
Pages: 243 • Format: eARC
Published By: Wings of Ink Publication, LLC
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Confident businessman Joel Rhodes sees the small California town of Lavender Shores as nothing more than a business opportunity and a final stepping stone to the position he’s been working toward his entire life. It was supposed to be just one night in town to close the deal, and sleeping with one of the local men, no matter how gorgeous, meant nothing more than a few hours of fun.

Andrew Kelly is perfectly content with the life he has in his hometown. So much so that the only thing missing is someone to share it with. Going to bed with a tourist was never meant to be the answer to his dreams, just a beautiful distraction. He could get back to looking for Mr. Right the next day.
Both Andrew’s and Joel’s worlds are turned upside down when a few hours of pleasure get extended to a couple of days. Even that shouldn’t have been a big deal. You can’t fall in love in that amount of time. That isn’t how it works. However, if destinies collide, a few short days may be all it takes to find your soul mate. Even so, when secrets and motivations get tangled, fate may do nothing more than leave two hearts in pieces.

 

four-stars

Reading this book felt like one big celebration! It was sugary sweet overload for me, but surprisingly I didn’t end up in a diabetic coma. YAY!!!! I think this book caught me at the right time. I like cheesy stories, and appreciate the insta-love from time to time. BUT, with this amount of fluff be warned! It can cause an insane amount of eye-rolling. I did it alot, but still managed to enjoy it. It was steamy hot, can’t take that away from the author. Andrew and Joel definitely set the pages on fire. I really enjoyed the side characters. They were phenomenal, and I loved Andrew’s father!

Lavender Shores, is a closed knit community. Everyone knows everyone. Picture Mystic Falls from the Vampire Diaries without the supernatural element, and a lot of Caroline’s in this place. Founding Families, one shop only businesses, friendly open minded folks and we have a really nice place to land. Joel is on a business trip to show his father he can be what he needs him to be to lead their family’s business in the right direction. Andrew is Lavender Shores offspring. Born and raised in this place, he couldn’t be more happy with the endless support of the family and friends he has here. He has everything he could ever want, minus the picket fence, children, animals, and oh the husband. I loved the opening scene. It was funny and drew me into the characters.

This series is so angst free that angst wouldn’t even know what to do at this point. Its all about the romance. Romance is front and center, and it doesn’t deviate from the plan. I look forward to more of this series, and I might have my shield for the next one in the book. I can’t wait for book 2, the characters I’ve been waiting on seems to be the next focus. So, if you are in the mood for romance, hot love making, witty banter and all around crazy characters then this is definitely the series for you!

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Romancing the Ugly Duckling by Clare London

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Romancing the Ugly Duckling: by Clare London
Series: Romancing the Ugly Duckling #2
Release Date: June 15th, 2017
Pages: 260 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Is this the makeover of a lifetime?

Ambitious fashionista Perry Goodwood lands the project of his dreams—track down a celebrity family’s missing brother in the Scottish Highlands and bring him back to London for a TV reality show. But first he must transform the rugged loner into a glamorous sophisticate.

Greg Ventura has no use for high fashion. He lives on the isolated island of North Uist to escape the reminder that he’s nowhere near as handsome as his gorgeous brothers and avoid the painful childhood memories of being bullied.

Greg wants nothing to do with city life, and Perry’s never been outside London. When Perry is stranded on North Uist, this conflict seems insurmountable. But Greg is captivated by the vivacious Perry, and Perry by both the island and his host. However, Perry’s one heartfelt wish remains: that ugly duckling Greg fulfill his potential as a swan.

 

four-half-stars

 

Definitely one of my favorite books so far from this series!!! I didn’t want it to end. I fell in love with Perry & Greg!

I am being a tad bit petty by only giving it 4.5 stars. Initially I was going straight for the 5 stars, but I wanted an epilogue. Why??? Why couldn’t we see where Greg & Perry end up in 6 months or a year? Does Greg and his brothers end up mending the rift in their brotherhood? What becomes of Perry’s business proposal with Aileen? Does Bridie and Lisa get married? I have so many questions and no answers.

I really enjoyed Perry as a character. Being who he is and what he stands for did not disappoint me. He didn’t let anyone push him over, and his stood up for himself. We can see the moments between the two falling in love. We can see Greg thawing out to Perry. I really enjoyed their transition every step of the way. I don’t want to give much away with the plot, but I really would have liked an epilogue. Or better yet, please give me a novella of such! I swear Clare London, I would love you forever and ever.

The writing was really good. It had just the amount of steamy scenes, but heavy on the sugary sweet goodness that I’ve come to expect from this series. I couldn’t recommend a better book in the series to read and that’s saying something. I definitely can see myself reading this and it becoming a comfort read for me!

 

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About Clare London

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

How the Supervillain Stole Christmas by Charles Payseur

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how-the-sv-stole-christmasHow the Supervillain Stole Christmas: by Charles Payseur
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Release Date: December 1st, 2016
Pages: 30 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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Rex Devious (Dr. Devious to meddlesome do-gooders everywhere) can go toe-to-toe with superheroes without blinking an eye. So picking out a Christmas present for his new boyfriend should be no problem. After all, he and Sanjay seem perfect for each other. But with a terrible track record for finding gifts that won’t scare his potential partners away, Rex is paralyzed with insecurity. Until, of course, he decides to change tactics. Instead of having to pick out that perfect present, why not just destroy Christmas altogether? If his nemeses (or his conscience) can’t stop him first, he might just become the supervillain who stole Christmas.

 

four-stars

Okay, so people might not know this about me, but I’m a giant nerd at heart. I am in love with superheroes and now villains thanks to Mr. Hugh D’Ambry!!!! I am a super huge fan of anything weaponry with a NATOR in it. I binge watch episodes of Phineas & Ferb without the kids around, and Teen Titans Go. I’m also an X-Men, Supernatural, and anything PNR related fangirl. So to read a holiday novel about a super villain and a commoner just made me jolly little night!

 

 

I just wanted to use this gif as an example of a NATOR weapon. LOL. Rex is a super villain that everyone knows in Metro City, and this holiday season that guy that he’s dating and liking Sanjay asks him to his Christmas Work Party. Shouldn’t be bad right? Wrong, immediately Rex gets anxiety thinking of all the times he’s given exes presents that have gone wrong. Presents that he thinks they would appreciate since they are personal and things he’s created. He’s panicking and then Audrey opens her big mouth. I kinda want an Audrey of my own. She’s the equivalent of Jarvis from Iron Man. If you still are clueless (Shame on you) then she’s an A.I. system he created and functions with. Rex kinda beats himself up about how to end Christmas. In the midst of this time a couple of Super heroes comes and destroys his weapons. I liked Rex’s sense of humor about them, and his ability to be reasoned with. I thought Sanjay was a cool guy, we really didn’t get to spend much time with him, but overall I think he liked Rex for Rex. I would have like to see this atleast 100 pages just to get a better feeling for Sanjay. It was a cute little novella, with just the right kind of destruction, and douchebaggery with good vs evil. If you like things of this nature then its recommendable for you! If not, then give it a shot, you never know what you might find!!

About Charles Payseur

Charles Payseur lives and writes in the frozen reaches of Wisconsin, where he enjoys the craft beer and excellent cheeses of the area a bit more than is strictly healthy. Along with his partner and growing herd of pets, he avoids doing household projects by reading and writing, and his short fiction and poetry has been published or is forthcoming at Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, and Lightspeed Magazine, among others.

The Mistletoe Effect by Cate Ashwood

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The Mistletoe Effect: by Cate Ashwood
Release Date: December 9th, 2016
Pages: 116 • Format: eARC
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Although Christmas is his favorite time of year, all is not merry and bright for Danny Ellis. After being laid off and facing eviction, he’s eager to make a fresh start. When a friend mentions an opportunity in Sin City, he packs up and heads west. Unfortunately, plans run awry when his truck breaks down a little more than halfway there and he’s stranded in the cold with no money, nowhere to stay, and no way to get to Vegas.

‘Tis the season, but not for Merrick Holland, who loves being a part of the community in the small town of Rowley Bridge. Christmas has been a little tainted since his father died three years ago, and when people start to deck the halls, he withdraws. When Merrick finds a man asleep inside his bakery one morning, rather than call the police, Merrick makes him a cup of coffee, and after hearing his story offers him a job and a place to stay.

The two men strike up an unlikely friendship, but with Christmas only three weeks away, could a little holiday magic bring them together? 

four-half-stars

 

Definitely one of my top reads this year!!! Call it the quintessential holiday read, Christmas read or straight sugary fluff, but what you won’t do is call it bad. This was pure romance!! Sugary sweet amazing-ness for Danny & Merrick. I don’t read many Cate Ashwood books, but I might start if they leave me happy and content!! My one downfall is that it isn’t longer. I know, I ask for a lot from these authors, but this book could have been 50 pages longer, or Christmas never ends in Rowley Bridge for me.

 


This is Rowley Bridge in my mind!!

Danny is down on his luck. He’s at rock bottom people, and just trying to drive cross country to Las Vegas for a a job. Things don’t go according to plan. His truck breaks down in this cute little picturesque town. It’s Christmas in a few weeks, and having not eating a full meal in weeks Danny breaks into a bakery. Unbeknownst to him, it was the best thing he could have done in his whole life. I think meeting Merrick gave Danny more stability then he could ever know. Both guys are lonely, and have dealt with tragedy. At such a special time in the year, they both are dealing with internal strife. Ashwood popped my heart right open with these two. I love them from the first interaction to the last one. I am super happy with this book, and its definitely put me in the baking mood!!!!

Merrick is such a great guy. I really appreciated him opening up his doors, arms, and heart to a complete stranger. It puts a little faith back in humanity for me. Everyone thinks Merrick hates Christmas, but in actuality the holiday is a reminder of his father’s death a few years back. He doesn’t hate it, but it brings sadness to his life. I think him meeting Danny was the best thing for him as well. His true nurturer side came out, and it allowed him to pick himself up and also got him back into the spirit of life. I really think him being with Danny also gave him reason to live again. He wasn’t doing much but working, he didn’t seem to have a social life at all, not even a pet. Hell, I expected a pet in a situation like this, but was surprised that he didn’t have one.

I read this book in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down, and maybe the ending was rushed. If anything, I’m a little peeved at that seeing as the rest of the book was gloriously paced. They fit together so well. I would not mind seeing these two together again in the future. I think Cate did an amazing job with the atmosphere and characters. I will definitely shelf this on my comfort reads shelf, I can see myself grabbing this to make me happy in the future, or in a week. LOL. I highly recommend this book friends, really great holiday read!!!!

About Cate Ashwood

Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.

Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, son, and two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

Love at Roades End by Kris T. Bethke

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Release Date:  February 9, 2016
Pages: 32 • Published by: Dreamspinner Press • Format: eARC
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Sean Newvine is looking forward to his weekend at Roades End Inn so he can review his stay there for inclusion on his travel website. What he never expects is for the owner, Hunter Roades, to capture his attention from the very start.

The only problem is Hunter thinks Sean’s been sent by his brother on a blind date so that Hunter doesn’t have to spend Valentine’s Day alone. Once the awkward misunderstanding is resolved, Sean is charmed by Hunter’s formality and hospitality. And when they have a chance to really talk, sparks fly.

A passion-filled night has them both wanting more, but Hunter pulls away knowing Sean doesn’t live in town and the distance might be more than they can overcome. Sean and Hunter must figure out if they can make it work for longer than one night, or if their chance at love will end at Roades End Inn before it can begin.

four-half-stars

This is how a new author should do it. I’m telling you it was so cheesy, sugary, swoon worthy perfect Hallmark Valentine’s Day Read. I loved every second of these 30 pages. Jeez, I wanted so much more between these two. I really loved the whole reviewer for a traveling website job. How do I sign up for this job, I’m in the wrong business obviously. Sean is such a good guy. I loved how polite he was. That’s not a description I use lightly. Hunter was freaking adorable. I loved that he had that sass edge to him that came out at times.

I thought it was so perfect for the holiday coming up. I’m a heartless romantic and I just grinned the entire time I was reading it. The attraction at first sight was there, the gestures, the innocent looks and conversations to drag out not going their separate ways. *Le Sigh*, Kris, why couldn’t this be a full length novel? I loved the contrast between the job, and the personal. I would have liked Hunter’s brother to show up since that was his initial reaction in the beginning. The physical draw towards each other was hot. Good lord, these boys were in dire need of one another. The ending was so sweet. Ugh, I don’t want it to end. Congrats Kris on this amazing novella! Looking forward to more of your work.

About Kris T. Bethke

Kris T. Bethke has been a voracious reader for pretty much her entire life and has been writing stories for nearly as long. An avid and prolific daydreamer, she always has a story in her head. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, or knitting/crocheting her latest project. Her biggest desire is to find a way to accomplish all three tasks at one time. A classic muscle car will always turn her head and weekend naps are one of her greatest guilty pleasures. She lives in a converted attic with an aquarium full of tropical fish and the voices in her head. She’ll tell you she thinks that’s a pretty good deal.