Friday, October 31, 2014

Bookblast: Heart by Garrett Leigh




Today we welcome Garrett Leigh's latest release

HEART


Blurb:

Cornish pastry chef Seb Wright dreads the summer tourist season. The cash injection to his artisan fudge pantry is more than welcome, the extra work, less so. Then one summer, a shadowy Good Samaritan catches his eye. Irish Traveller Dex is bewitching, a beautiful sullen enigma who turns Seb's world upside down until he disappears in the night, vanishing like a mystical summer rain.

Twelve months later Dex is in the midst of a dark storm. A slave to his master, 'Uncle' Braden, he spends his days cleaning caravans and his nights working in Braden's other businesses. His short summer with Seb seems a lifetime ago. Lost in the savage violence of the murky underworld, he doesn't dare dream he'll ever find his way back, until one night, a brutal crime opens the door for a chance escape. A new life beckons, old faces emerge, and immersed in the heady vibe of London’s East End, new love begins to heal his fractured heart.


Excerpt:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

ARC Review: Hunted by D.B. Reynolds

From the blurb:
Power, it comes down to this... those who have it, those who want it. Revenge, the need for it is a fire in the soul, a goad for the unwise. Hunted, the fate of the foolish when they think to become the hunter.  
The Lord of the Midwest is dead, and the powerful vampires of North America are gathering to choose his successor. The Vampire Council will be there to oversee the competition and to keep the violence to a bloody minimum, including Raphael, who will do whatever it takes to ensure the victor is a vampire he can trust. But someone is determined to stop Raphael and his mate, Cyn, from ever reaching Chicago, a hunter who may soon become... the hunted.


Heather's rating:





I KNOW these little novellas are filler but this is the first that FELT like filler.

I am a huge fan of Cyn and Raphael. They are one of my top paranormal couples, and I eat up their books like candy. However, this one didn't work for me as well as the others.

For one, I felt like 1/2 of the book was them having sex and it sort of got repetitive for me. I much rather read about scenes with more action, and I was more engaged during those parts of the story. While Cyn and Raphael have smoking hot chemistry, reading about the same couple having the same kind of sex in the shower or in bed over and over starts to feel a little mundane after some time.

I really enjoyed the introduction to Aden, who I can already tell is going to be a piece of work. I'm excited to see the woman who shows him a thing or two!

Book Review: Brandon Mills Vesus the V-Card (Prescott College 2) by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock


Blurb:

Smart, shy Prescott sophomore Brandon Mills is working hard to overcome his troubled past and be normal. With the help of his friends Mark and Deacon, and his brothers at Phi Sigma Kappa, he’s slowly coming out of his shell. But when he accidentally drenches a freshman in orange soda, he faces something he’s not ready for: a boy crushing on him.

Alex Kekoa pledges Phi Sig because it has everything he wants: a house full of nerds who won’t tease him for being smart, a dog, and Brandon Mills. Brandon is just the type of guy Alex needs to help fulfill his college ambition: losing his virginity. Except Alex doesn’t know that Brandon can’t stand to touch or be touched.

When Alex and Brandon are drafted onto the Phi Sig Academic Challenge team, their mutual attraction grows. If there’s anyone who can help Brandon discover it feels good to touch and kiss, maybe it’s klutzy Alex with his cute glasses and his dinosaur obsession. But as the competition--and their relationship--heats up, Alex’s determination not to die a virgin clashes with Brandon’s vow of lifelong celibacy, forcing them to examine what’s truly important to each of them about love.

Dani's rating:





[Brandon] wanted to give Alex anything—everything—Alex needed to be happy. Private jokes, romantic evenings, a thousand million plastic dinosaurs.

Not a lot of steam on page (but lots of cuddling and kissing)

No endearments or proclamations of love (but tons of sweetness)

No HEA (but a very warm HFN)

And YET.

I loved this damn book.

Because.


Bones (Gothica 2), Anthology by Kim Fielding, Eli Easton, Jamie Fessenden, and BG Thomas


Blurb:

Vodou. Obeah. Santeria. These religions seem mysterious and dark to the uninitiated, but the truth is often very different. Still, while they hold the potential for great power, they can be dangerous to those who don’t take appropriate precautions. Interfering with the spirits is best left to those who know what they’re doing, for when the proper respect isn’t shown, trouble can follow. In these four novellas, steamy nights of possession and exotic ritual will trigger forbidden passion and love. You cannot hide your desires from the loa, or from the maddening spell of the drums. Four acclaimed m/m authors imagine homoerotic love under the spell of Voodoo.


Dani's rating:




This is a sinful, sensual treat for Halloween; like dark, bitter chocolate, it will melt on your tongue, making you crave more.

3.6 stars rounded up to 4; see the much more accurate individual story ratings/reviews below.


The Dance
Kim Fielding
~4.25~


#contemporary; grief/comfort; possession; sensual, nongraphic sex; spirits; mystery; tentative HEA

Kim Fielding never fails me. The Dance is a tightly woven tale of grief, lost souls, and the gray on this side of life.

Since his partner’s death, Bram has been going through the motions. It would be so much easier to disappear if someone would just stop trying to kill him. When the mysterious, hauntingly beautiful Daniel offers to help, Bram slams the door. But he doesn’t lose the key.

It turns out ritual and possession make for amazingly steamy play. Bram and Daniel create a tapestry of authentic emotions: desire, love, fear, HOPE. Bram comes to understand what he lost and what he wants.

Vudou practices are spun into the story; there is no telling, only showing, every detail measured and nuanced. The magic becomes a breathing thing.

Fileding's prose is perfection. I think I would have liked a longer resolution, but the promise of the lwa (spirits) was enough.
Life. Death. It’s all one thing, mon cher, all part of the dance.


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