Friday, February 21, 2020

Rerelease Celebration Tour: Forbes Mates series by Grace R. Duncan

Join us in celebrating the re-release of the Forbes Mates books! The celebration tour has a $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway and lots of fun excerpts from the books. You can follow the tour here. Hope you have fun!

To go along with the Celebration, Devotion (book one) is 99¢ for the duration of the tour!  This would be a great way to get started on the series! Get it here.

In this post however, we're focused on the 2nd book in the series, Patience.


Despite being human, is the Chad the mate Jamie is hoping for? Or did the gods give Jamie someone he couldn’t keep?

Jamie Ryan was almost ready to accept he’d never find his destined mate. They’re uncommon to begin with and same-sex versions downright rare. Since his gay best friend found a destined mate, Jamie figured he was out of luck. Until end of semester stress forces him to go through the full-moon shift early. Stuck in wolf form, he runs into none other than his destined mate. Who’s human.

Chad Sutton has always had good instincts. They served him well as a detective and continued on when he went private. Those instincts tell him there’s something about the dog that comes up to him while running away from animal control that isn’t quite right. He works to put the pieces together, but is unsuccessful until his dog turns into a human before his eyes.

Jamie has no idea what the mate bite of a shifter will do to a human. He’s terrified to try—and possibly kill his mate. They hunt for answers while working together on one of Chad’s cases. It’s easy to see they belong together, but Jamie fears the gods gave him someone he can’t keep.

Exclusive excerpt:

“So, what do you think?” Chad asked, looking up at the current list of flavors.

Jamie considered the options. “I’m thinking cookies and cream.”

Chad shook his head. “That’s it, you can’t be my mate.”

Jamie raised his eyebrows.

“You can’t go to Dave and Andy’s and get a mundane flavor like that.”

“Well, what are you thinking?” Jamie grinned.

“Oatmeal raisin cookie,” Chad said with a nod.

“Eww, no. Raisins are just dead grapes and look like… just no.”

Chad stared at him, lips twitching. “Are you really insulting raisins?”

Jamie struggled to hold in his grin. “They’re awful.”

“Yeah, that’s it. We’re doomed.”

Jamie’s smile broke free, and for good measure, he started laughing.

Chad’s grin spread then. “Because it’s not like we can’t keep two flavors of ice cream in the freezer, right?”

Jamie snorted, nodding. “Right.” He managed to get ahold of himself.

A few moments later, they took their cones out to the street. Jamie licked at his cinnamon toast—Chad did have a point—and Chad had forgone his yucky raisins for Reese’s Cup sundae. They strolled toward the parking lot, both occupied with ice cream for the moment.

Jamie looked over at just the right time to see Chad’s tongue catch a few drops running down the side of the cone. Jamie’s cock responded to the visual, thickening, and he found himself walking rather uncomfortably. He focused on his own ice cream and, when Chad glanced over, made sure he was as sensual as possible while he ate. He was rewarded with the unmistakable scent of arousal from his mate.

They stopped next to the Challenger as they finished eating. When Jamie looked up, it was to see Chad staring at him. “What?” he asked, blinking.

“It’s totally cliché, but you’re hot eating that.”

Jamie grinned. “Oh yeah?” He slowly licked his way around the edge of the cone, not taking his eyes off Chad for a second. Another spike in the scent of arousal hit Jamie’s nose as Chad groaned.

“You know, I’d planned to, like, go over to Schenley for a bit, take a walk, but if you keep that up, we may be strengthening our bond in the car….”

Thursday, February 20, 2020

ARC Review: Second Chance by Barbara Elsborg

Second Chance
From the blurb:

Ryder’s on the company bonding trip from hell, five days of competitive cycling with competitive colleagues and an even more competitive boss. Faced with yet another vertical climb, he ignores his uninvited, insistent inner cheerleader. No, he cannot keep up, and what’s more, he’s had enough. And the weather appears to agree he should stop, when sun turns in an instant to thick fog.

Callan’s at Whittaker’s Auction House to bid on fae land that his werewolf pack need as their new home, when an unsuspecting human stumbles through the door. Ryder is out of breath, out of luck, way out of his depth—and apparently the newest item on the auctioneer’s block. Unexpectedly tempting, if Callan had the money.

As the bidding heats up and Ryder proves dangerously irresistible to the assembled supernatural creatures, the situation grows more and more precarious. When Callan interferes, he puts his pack’s future in peril. Despite knowing how devious faeries can be, desperation makes Callan accept a deal, a chance to win the land for his pack and a future with Ryder. But it’s a risk. Possibly a deadly one.

This is not 'just another Valentine's story', it's a Barbara Elsborg Valentine's story (ish). So don't expect the usual sonnets and flowers and Cupids, but do expect the unexpected - vampires, weres, witches and warlocks. Oh, and a vengeful fae. Things are not quite as they may seem. You have been warned!

Heather's rating:

I love Barbara Elsborg, and I read almost everything she writes, so I was really excited for Second Chance. On the plus side, it has that quirky humor and witty banter that I always associate with Barbara's work. However, without getting into any spoilers, I thought that the relationship had too many cooks in the kitchen.

I love when Barbara writes paranormals, but I wish this one had a less convoluted plot. Parts were really predictable, but I thought it just got to be a little over complicated. I would have killed for just a funny, well-written "fish out of water" paranormal romance. Through in some werewolves, dead-panning twinks, and oodles of hot sex and I'm a happy camper. But I felt like Barbara just couldn't help herself and the plot kept getting layers thrown on.

Blogtour: Caulky by KM Neuhold



Four Bears Construction Series, Book 1

KM Neuhold

M/M Romance

Release Date: 02.07.20


Ren is in desperate need of a rebound fling. Lucky for him the smoking hot contractor he hired has just the tool for the job.

The last thing I want is another relationship, or another broken heart.

All I need are my bees and the occasional hookup to scratch the itch.

Okay, maybe meeting up with my hot contractor weekly is a little more than occasional. And maybe the way I'm starting to feel about the guy I've been anonymously chatting with online should concern me.

But CaulkyAF doesn't want to meet, and Cole doesn't want anything serious, so what's the worst that could happen?

** Caulky is book 1 in the Four Bears Construction Series and can be read as a stand-alone. This is a funny, steamy MM story guaranteed to make you laugh and swoon. Absolutely NO cheating and NO love triangle

Caulky teaser 3


Dan: He lives! So, is the contractor there?

Ren: Yeah, and I DID oversleep. I answered the door practically naked, and you’ll NEVER guess who the contractor was

Dan: Who??

Ren: The bar hookup from last month! There he was all tall and gorgeous just standing on my front porch like he owned the place, and I had clearly just rolled out of bed like an idiot.

He sends the laughing gif again, and I respond with one of someone giving the finger.

Dan: Oh my god, that’s too funny. That’s the same dude you kissed months ago, right?! You did say he was incredible in bed, maybe this is like a sign from god or something that you should let him fuck you again.

Ren: Sounds legit

Dan: He’s a contractor; if porn has taught me anything, it’s that if you ask him to check your pipes, you’ll end up getting gang banged by him and like three other hot dudes.

Ren: You’re thinking of plumbers

It’s best to pretend that exact same thought didn’t cross my mind less than five minutes ago.

Ren: Anyway, he looked kind of weirded out, so I’m thinking a repeat is NOT in the cards

Dan: Bummer

Dan: Well, there are plenty more cocks in the sea

I sigh and take a sip of my coffee, enjoying the way it scalds my tongue, bitterness filling my mouth. Henry hated that I took my coffee black. I could never figure out why he gave a shit how I took my coffee. After five years together, there were so many little things I let slide or chalked up to living with another person. But now that he’s gone, I have to admit, my life is a hell of a lot more peaceful.

Ren: Yeah but my dildo is—OH FUCK! I just realized my dildo is in the bathroom!!!!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Audio Book Review: Surreal Estate by Jesi Lea Ryan

From The Blurb:
Sasha Michaels is a psychic with an affinity for houses. And he’s homeless. Go figure. After months of sleeping rough, he stumbles upon an abandoned house, and the lonely place beckons him inside. He’s finally safe . . . until someone comes blundering in to his hideaway. 
House-flipper Nick Cooper lost everything in the recession. Desperate to revive his business, he turns to a loan shark to fund his comeback project: flipping an abandoned house full of potential. But it turns out the house has an unexpected occupant. 
Nick and Sasha make a deal: Sasha can stay in exchange for helping with the renovation. To both of their surprise, the closer they get to the loan shark’s due date, the stronger their feelings for each other grow. Problem is, Nick isn’t the only one with feelings for Sasha, and now the house doesn’t want to let Sasha go. 
Listening Time: 7 hrs., 30 min. 
Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: Drug use, explicit violence, non-consensual touching.

Karen's rating:

I often use to preface my reviews of paranormal books with comments like...It's not my favorite genre, as a rule I don't do paranormal... yadda, yadda, yadda. Of course I've also been known to say 'never say never' and it's a good thing because it seems my affinity for this genre is growing.

I actually picked up the book a while ago thinking "Ok, this looks interesting. Sounds like a different take on the whole psychic thing, I'll give it a try the next time I want something different."  Much to my surprise a short time later I was present with the opportunity to listen to the audio book of 'Surreal Estate' with the narration being done by new to me narrator, TJ Clark. It felt like I was being pulled in a certain direction.

The narrator was not the only thing that was new to me for this story, this was also my first Jesi Lea Ryan novel and past experience has taught me that the combination of a new to me author and narrator can be a wonderful thing or something that goes sideways very, very fast. Luckily this one came in much closer to being a wonderful thing than a sideways thing.

TJ Clark provided a very solid and enjoyable narration for this story and I look forward to hearing more from him in future. I found the voices for not just the MCs but the other characters in the story each held their own consistent uniqueness.

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