Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ARC Review: My Prince by Anna Martin

After growing up in a rough part of town, George Maguire worked his way out of Manchester and to a career as a design engineer. Alexander van Amsberg, an architecture student at the University of Edinburgh, wasn’t the sort of guy he normally had explosive, hotel-room one-night-stands with. Alex was charming, classy, and, as George later learns, Prince of the Netherlands.

Fate brings them together again, and Alex makes sure to get his sexy stranger’s phone number this time. Despite all the reasons why they shouldn’t work, something clicks, and Alex thinks that this time, he might have found the right guy. But Alex’s aristocratic ex stirs up trouble in the press for George and his humble family, and Alex realizes he has to get real about having a boyfriend from the wrong side of town.

While George acknowledges his modest upbringing, he doesn’t let anyone insult his family. Life’s no fairy tale, and regardless of his royal title, Alex might destroy his one chance for happily ever after.

Dani's rating:

This book, you guys, is ALL THAT and a muffin.


I'm positively giddy about it.

Anna Martin's had two big hits in a row for me: Signs, which made my heart hurt in the best way possible, and now this one.

Signs is an achingly beautiful story filled with love, yes, but also sorrow. My Prince is lighter and definitely adult.

George and Alex are both in their 20s and know what they want, namely each other, first for the sex, later for much more. So what if Alex is from a royal family in the Netherlands and George grew up on a council estate in Manchester?

Alex is posh; he can't help that. He can be a princess, and he's used to the finer things in life, like a cleaner who does the chores for him. But he sees beyond George's gruff manner and cheap suits.

George is hot, no doubt, all buff from playing rugby, but he's also made a decent life for himself designing football helmets. His housing situation leaves much to be desired, but that's because he sends money to help his mom out every month.

I worried George's family would be a bunch of lazy arseholes using George, but that wasn't the case at all. They are a loving, close-knit bunch, and George's nan is utterly hilarious.

Alex's family is great too, and George (mostly) manages to keep it together when he goes with Alex to a family birthday party ... at a castle.

There is no family angst to be had here.

Blogtour: Redeeming Hope by Shell Taylor



Title: Redeeming Hope 

Author: Shell Taylor 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press 

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase 

Length: Novel – 206 Pages 

Release Date: October 5, 2015 

Blurb: Home for Hope: Book One 

Fifteen years ago Elijah Langley’s world came to an abrupt halt with the death of his high school boyfriend. He keeps his past—and his sexual orientation—hidden until he attends a fundraiser for The Center for HOPE, an LGBT youth center, where he meets Adam Lancaster, HOPE’s infuriatingly stubborn and sexy founder. 
A survivor of a turbulent childhood, Adam understands better than most the challenges his youth face. He’s drawn to Elijah’s baby blues and devilish smile but refuses to compromise his values and climb back into the closet for anyone—not even the man showering time and money on HOPE. Months of constant flirting wear down Adam’s resolve until he surrenders to his desires, but Elijah can’t shake his demons. 
When a youth from the center is brutally assaulted, Elijah must find a way to confront the fears and memories that are starting to ruin his life, so he can stand strong for those he loves.


Eli clutched the glossy eight-by-ten as tears welled in his eyes. He could hardly believe the emaciated, washed-out figure in the picture was the same person he’d centered his entire world around just a few weeks earlier. Eli would recognize that face anywhere. God knows, he’d spent enough time staring at it—running his fingers over those soft lips, sucking on the kidney-shaped birthmark just below the ear. He never imagined he’d see those eyes so lifeless.

“It’s him,” Eli whispered, dropping the picture on the officer’s desk.

His mother rested a hand on his shoulder. “E.J.—”

“Don’t pretend to care, now that he’s dead.” Eli shrugged out of her grasp and clenched his jaw to hold in the gut-wrenching sobs brewing in his chest. “Will I need to identify the body in person too?”

Bookblast: Another Creature by Valerie Brundage

Please welcome Valerie Brundage with 

Another Creature 


Whispers in the dark and soft, wet touches in Luanne's dreams suggest she is not as alone in her seaside cottage as she'd thought.
Who will win the key to Luanne's broken heart: her on-again, off-again lover, Karen, or the tentacled creature haunting her dreams?


Instantly Karen suspected something was amiss. The heat and the beads of sweat around Luanne's cheeks, the wet on her neck below her ears. All betrayed Luanne's discomfiture.
Karen walked around. Looked around.
"Can I...?" She headed towards the kitchen. Luanne heard her stir the coffee, clink a cup on the counter.
"Coffee?" Sugar spoon. Fridge door. Luanne leaned over and glanced at Karen in time to see her finish pouring milk. Return to the fridge, clink, clink.
Every sound had texture. Luanne looked around, could not see.
A wisp, a black shadow. The trail of a memory like a dream receding even as she tried to grab onto it, make it tangible.
Karen returned to the room, her hand empty. Luanne felt drunk. She thought of asking, "Where's your drink?" but decided the words would come out slurred and Karen would know, so she said nothing.
She wasn't even entirely sure how long Karen had been there. She half-entertained the idea that it had been Karen all along, in her half-asleep hallucination. But the sticky residue of the Melusine's caresses still stuck along her thigh, along the sides of her breasts.
She covered herself up as best she could without doing the buttons again. Didn't want to appear too modest. A lost cause.
But Karen liked her like this. A little off balance. It reminded her of the times when they would get together in a moment, never with the intention of fucking each other. Never for a drink, never just for dinner. It was always a kind of girls night out when other plans had fallen through. Casual in which no agenda opened up possibilities and slowed time.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Book Review: Signs of Life by Melanie Hansen (Resilient Love 2)

Successful lawyer Jeremy Speer has it all—a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a cherished dream that’s about to become reality. He’s learned not to take happiness for granted, meeting the challenges of life and love head-on with unwavering commitment and fierce devotion. A series of tragic events leave Jeremy shattered, adrift on a sea of unimaginable pain. He’s able to piece his life back together, but instead of embracing it, he merely exists, using isolation and punishing physical exertion to keep the world at bay.

High school teacher Kai Daniels has a heart for at-risk kids—he was one himself, and a teenage brush with the law and some troubled years behind bars left him scarred inside and out. With courage, hard work, and the support of friends, he’s built a fulfilling life that leaves no time for a relationship.

An intense encounter with Kai at a gay club ignites a spark in Jeremy that he thought was extinguished forever, but he’s unwilling to destroy the fragile peace he’s managed to create, and he leaves Kai humiliated and disappointed. Things should have ended there, but a bizarre occurrence brings the two together in a way neither of them expected.

Dani's rating:

Signs of Life is as good, if not better than, its predecessor, Everything Changes.

While it's less angsty than the first book, it's not easy by any means and also deals with themes of loss and pain, hurt and comfort.

Jeremy lost his husband and their surrogate baby, and for a couple years he checked out of life. Jeremy doesn't want to love again (love = fear), but when he meets the stunning Kai, first at a nightclub and later in a boardroom, he changes his mind.

Kai, with his street cred and piercings, is the picture of nonchalance and confidence, but still waters run deep. Kai has been through a rollercoaster of a life in his 20-something years. He's seen it all and come out on the other side a better man.

Jeremy, still working through his overwhelming loss, pushes Kai away time and again. But Kai is determined. And patient. He waits. Because Jeremy is worth it.

This book is so damn hawwwt, it BURNS. Jeremy and Kai go at it in on every surface, in every position, and this is no-holds-barred-fuck-me-now kind of passion.

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