Thursday, March 31, 2016

ARC Review: Forgive And Forget by Charlie Cochet

Forgive and ForgetBlurb:

He's hot. He's dangerous. And he can't remember anything.

As the owner of Apple’n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew—Bea, Elsie, and Donnie—Joe couldn’t be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.

Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated—and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can’t deny something sweet is in the works. He isn’t one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both.




My rating:




I liked the plot. Not that it was a huge mystery as to who "Tom" turned out to be, but I liked it anyway.

I liked both main characters. Joe is in his later 30s, and a baker, with a small bakery/cafe over which he lives, and where he bakes his pies, in 18 different flavors. Heck, I didn't realize there was this much variety in pie, but just reading about them made me want some. Joe runs his pie bakery with two teenagers (Donnie and Elsie) and and older lady named Bea. I liked them too. I liked how Bea was like a mother figure.

But even if he proclaims that he's happy with his life, Joe is lonely. After a bad break-up, he seems to have given up on men, and he doesn't want to do anything other than baking pies and run his small cafe.

Then Joe stumbles upon an injured, bloodied man in the courtyard/garden beside his bakery. Being a kind soul, Joe takes the man inside to clean him up and offer him shelter. The fact that the man is super hot once all that blood is washed off is an added bonus, of course.

Except the man does not know who he is, what he's doing in the garden, or where he came from. Nor who injured him. What he does know is that Joe mustn't call the police. He's adamant that he can't go to the police or even to a hospital. They settle on "Tom" as his temporary name.

This being a romance novel in the Dreamspun Desires series, it's very clear from the start that Joe and "Tom" will fall in love. The fun is watching them get there. There's not a whole lot of steam on page, but this was also expected and thus didn't detract from the story.

Audiobook Blogtour: The One Who Saves Me & More Than Everything by Cardeno C.

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More than Everything Audiobook

More than Everything: Family Collection

    • Written by: Cardeno C.
    • Narrated by: Ezekiel Robison
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins

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SYNOPSIS

Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.
As a teenager, Charlie "Chase" Rhodes meets Scott Boone and falls head over heels in love with the popular, athletic boy next door. Charlie thinks he's living the dream when Scott says he feels the same way. But his dreams are dashed when Scott unexpectedly moves away.
Years later, Charlie meets brash and confident Adan Navarro, who claims all he wants is a round between the sheets. After eight months together, Charlie is convinced Adan returns his love. But when the opportunity comes to be open about their relationship, Adan walks away.
Time passes and life moves on, but when Charlie learns the only two men he's ever loved are now in love with each other, his heart breaks all over again. Scott and Adan tell Charlie they want him back, but Charlie doesn't know if he can trust two people who have hurt him so deeply. Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.

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The One Who Saves Me Audiobook

The One Who Saves Me: Home, Book 6

  • Written by: Cardeno C.
  • Narrated by: Alexander Collins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins

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SYNOPSIS

At 14, Andrew Thompson and Caleb Lakes become best friends. As the years pass, they stand by each other through family trauma, school, and the start of their careers. They share their first sexual experiences, learning and experimenting, and they talk each other through countless dates and breakups. 
Decades of trust and loyalty build a deep and abiding friendship, one that surpasses any relationship in their lives. But when the parameters of their unique friendship change, neither man knows how to break out of their established roles to build something new. After all, boyfriends come and go, but best friends are forever.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bookblast: Something From Nothing by Nicky James



Please welcome Nicky James and 

Something From Nothing 






Blurb:

With an impending war breathing down his neck and an ornery group of councilmen trying to keep him on track, accidental and unlikely King, Alistair Ellesmere, struggles to find a balance between being young, having fun, and ruling his realm his way.
Alistair befriends Brandon, one of his prodigy new recruits, whose smart-ass personality drives him to the brink of insanity when he shows him up at every turn. Through an unexpected bit of witty manipulation, Alistair finds himself drawn down a forbidden path where he shares more than just a similar past with this man. Terrified at the idea of loving another man, but unable to tear himself away, Alistair is faced with the trials of secrecy, jealousy and the law.




Excerpt:


His dark blond hair falls in waves in front of his eyes, covering them again. I want to see those eyes. Need to see those eyes. He is no longer the scrawny kid who stood before me last spring. He has been working with Corban on strength training, as I suggested a while ago, and is showing much progress. His shirt is pulled tight over his newly developing muscles and my eyes move over his body, taking in his stunning appearance. My breath hitches in my throat as though I have forgotten how to breathe, which is ridiculous since I’ve been doing it all my life without a problem until now.
Ka-Thump, Ka-thump, Ka-thump.
It had started out as a challenge. Did I have the balls to match Brandon’s crazy antics? I thought so, but then, I ran away. Something happened that night to make me run and I have buried it deep, refusing to see it. Refusing to admit it. But it is there, undeniably there, and now as I stand before this man, heart ready to jump out of my chest, I know why. What Brandon suggested is crazy. It’s insane and was completely unexpected, but…It excites me, sends a thrill sparking through my body.

Blogtour: House Hunt by Jackie Keswick





Please say hello to Jackie Keswick and 

House Hunt 




Blurb:

Jack Horwood hates owing favors. But when a simple day out to treat Gareth to the best oysters in England leads to a discovery of drugs and counterfeit money—things that neither Jack nor Gareth have the jurisdiction to handle—he has to call in help. Help that doesn’t come cheap, and that forces him to do something he promised himself he’d never do again—walk away from Gareth and the family he’s starting to make for himself.

Three months undercover is a long time. After missing Gareth’s birthday, Jack is determined not to miss their first anniversary. But coming home and being home are two very different things. So when he is asked to assist with a corporate espionage investigation, Jack can’t say no, despite knowing it will impact his already straining relationship.

Except, of course, he’s walking into a trap….





I'm very excited to be at My Fiction Nook today, talking to you about House Hunt, the latest book in the Power of Zero series.
Telling the story of Jack and Gareth and the two boys they rescue and make part of their family can get tricky at times. Jack doesn't talk much about his feelings. For too many years he's had neither the need nor a person to talk to and old habits die hard as the saying goes. It doesn't mean that Jack isn't in love with Gareth or that he doesn't appreciate what they're trying to build together. Just that he prefers to let his actions do the talking.
To show what I mean I'd love to share one of my favorite scenes from House Hunt with you.
It's nothing overly dramatic, just something that shows how much Jack is prepared to step out of his comfort zone for Gareth. I find that the lengths Jack goes to and the care he takes are as good as a declaration.
If you're acquainted with Jack and Gareth, you'll know that Gareth loves to cook and that Jack - to put it mildly - doesn't. Which works out well, since it gives Gareth a chance to look after Jack when Jack is tired, hungry, overcaffeinated and his temper is fried. But what if the shoe were on the other foot? What if Gareth were late coming home from a very vexing and annoying training course he'd foolishly agreed to teach? What if Jack knew that Gareth was stuck in traffic and that he'd be fed up and hungry when he gets home…?
Well… in this case Jack heads over to Rachel Whitestone’s deli in search of food and instruction.
Simply stepping into the deli got him a smile so wide it made him fear for Rachel's ears. “Oh, my God, Jack! I haven't seen you in ages! How are you?”
“Fine.” He leaned over the counter to give her a one-armed hug. “And in need of some help. You know how my kitchen skills are sort of….”
“Lamentable? Nonexistent?”
“Yeah. Gareth is on the way home from Cardiff, the M4's a mess, and I'm thinking he might appreciate dinner when he comes in. So….” He smiled rakishly. “You think you can sort of help me out there?”
“Well—” She sighed playfully, looking around her domain. “—this is a deli, so you've come to the right place. What do you want to eat?”
“I dunno. Food?”
“You're hopeless.”
“And that's news? Come on, Rachel… you know how well I can't cook. Gimme something that I can't ruin and that Gareth will like to eat when he comes home late and hungry and most likely cranky as hell.”


Rachel, as Jack has known, comes up with the goods. A large basket of them, in fact. Jack isn’t entirely convinced he can handle all that, but he puts on a brave face and listens as she walks him through her ideas for dinner.


“Starter's easy. Garlic bread… just needs to go into a medium oven for ten minutes. Medium is around 150 to 170 degrees. Set the timer and check after seven minutes, okay?”
Jack nodded dutifully to indicate that he'd heard. She didn't need to know that he was recording their conversation.
“Salad to go with the garlic bread.” She placed two bags of multicolored leaves next to the baguettes and added a bottle of dressing. “Add the dressing when you're about to sit down to eat. No sooner or the leaves will wilt. Just shake the bottle and pour it over.”
“I think I can manage that.” Jack waved at the other items in the basket. “What's all this?”


All this covers the main course and pudding and Jack’s starting to wonder whether he’s bitten off more than he can chew. When he’d had the idea to surprise Gareth with dinner rather than order in, he’d not planned on a three-course meal. I can see him getting slightly antsy here, wondering if he has a second tablet at Gareth’s house and how many timers he would need for keeping track of all the ingredients Rachel was laying out on the counter and the things she wanted him to make.


Rachel held up a large jar next. Unrecognizable, multicolored bits and pieces floated in oil and when she shook it, the jar looked like the culinary version of a snow globe. “This is the marinade for the steaks.”
“You remember that I can't cook, right?” Jack eyed the jar with trepidation. In his limited experience, oil meant frying pans and chopping things up and—more often than not—burning them beyond recognition.
“I'm sure you know how to take a bath.”
“We're discussing dinner, not personal hygiene.”
Rachel had the kind of laugh that eased headaches and put smiles on people's faces. It was one of the reasons Jack frequented the deli when food shopping was so much more easily done online. The other was that she knew Gareth's tastes almost better than he did. And that she was never fazed by questions.
“It's no different, really. I think you don't cook because you've convinced yourself it's difficult when it's really not.”
“I don't cook because I almost burned down a curry house the last time I tried,” Jack corrected her, just because he wanted to hear her laugh again. She'd already been told the story of how a random, work-related text message had distracted him in the middle of the cookery class, and he had completely forgotten what he was meant to be doing.
“Well, you're not burning anything this time,” she soothed.


Rachel then goes on to tell him how to marinade steaks. Jack’s ears are on stalks by that point and his head is buzzing. He’s doubly glad now that he decided to record the lot. That way, there’s no chance of him missing anything important. While he’s dubious about the whole thing, he’s also getting a bit excited by imagining Gareth’s face when he realizes he doesn’t have to cook when he gets in. The image relaxes him enough to tease Rachel.


“No instructions for baking the cake?”
“It's a tart. You eat it cold with cream. Really, Jack… stop pulling my leg!”

And so instructed Jack heads out, determined to feed Gareth for once. Which, I'm happy to say, he does. With the help of Rachel’s instructions, four countdown timers and a clock, and without burning the steaks or burning down the neighborhood. Now… can we all agree that Jack's in love?





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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Book Review: Stripped Raw: Coffin Nails MC California by Miss Merikan

Stripped Raw: Coffin Nails MC California (Sex & Mayhem, #3)
From the blurb:

--- What’s left when you strip away the lies? ---

Sam. Loyal to the Coffin Nails MC. Lives by his own rules.
Weakness: Damsels in distress.
Jolie. In a deeply ambiguous relationship with the Coffin Nails MC. Lives from paycheck to paycheck.
Weakness: Bad boys.

As a patched member of the Coffin Nails MC, Sam is finally living the life he was destined for. A life of Harleys, guns, drugs, and eating pussy. A life of brotherhood above all.
When he goes to pick up some pot brownies for the club president’s old lady, he meets a girl so sweet, his inner wolf wants to eat her there and then. What is supposed to be a typical fling, gets damn more complicated when the Coffin Nails decide to involve the pretty blonde baker in their drugs operation.

Jolie has a knack for baking delicious cakes, but when it comes to her taste in men, she is a self-professed failure. After a disastrous relationship, she is still picking up the pieces and working three jobs to manage the financial carnage her ex left her with. The last thing she needs is a hot piece of tattooed hunk stomping into her life. Sam calls her ‘Candy’, but with a talent for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Jolie should be called ‘Trouble’.

To be with Jolie, Sam would have to disclose a secret he kept locked away for years. A secret so raw, that it might destroy his place in the brotherhood he’s fought so hard to be a part of.





Heather's rating:





Woah, lots of thoughts and LOTS of mixed emotions about this one! There were parts that I LOVED and parts that were... yeah, not so much.

*Warning: some spoilers ahead*


ARC Review: Spring Fever (Holly Creek #2) by Poppy Dennison

Spring Fever (Holly Creek, #2)Blurb:

Jefferson Lee Davis, Holly Creek’s new Director of Publicity, is gearing up for the next big town event, the summer Rose Festival. The job is running smoothly, but the course of true love has hit a rocky patch. His hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Zane Yarbrough, is receiving mysterious phone calls he doesn’t want to discuss. While Jefferson Lee is blindsided by jealousy, the second shoe drops with the appearance of a handsome stranger in the small tight-knit community.

Needing answers, Jefferson Lee enlists his best gal-pal Clover Crofton to help find out what secrets Zane is hiding. When they land themselves in more trouble than Jefferson Lee bargained for, he and Zane face the first big test of their relationship. Zane and Jefferson Lee must work through their trust issues if they’re going to make it as a couple, and Clover may just have a thing or two to learn herself.




My rating:





Fabulous revisit with Jefferson Lee and his hunky cop boyfriend, the good Sheriff Zane, and all the characters from Holly Creek.

Jefferson Lee is busy planning another festival, Zane is busy being the long arm of the law, and both are busy with each other. Except Zane starts hiding some phone calls he's getting, and Jefferson Lee's jealousy flares to light.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, their antics, the brilliant Southern Charm, and all the people, including Tall, Dark, and Handsome Mr. Stranger who stands no chance, none whatsoever, when Clover sets her sights on him.

Wonderful, giggly fun, with two men hot and heavy in love who both still have a thing or ten to learn, but who are working their way through the murky waters to strengthen their relationship.

And all because they finally really communicate with each other. Who'd have thought?

ARC Review: Forgive and Forget by Charlie Cochet


Blurb:
He's hot. He's dangerous. And he can't remember anything.

As the owner of Apple’n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew—Bea, Elsie, and Donnie—Joe couldn’t be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.

Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated—and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can’t deny something sweet is in the works. He isn’t one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both.


Dani's rating:




This book is as sweet as cinnamon apple pie.

Joe is a baker who takes his pies seriously. He runs a small cafe with a crew consisting of two teenagers (Donnie and Elsie) and a senior (Bea), and has not a care in the world. Or so he claims. Joe is lonely, and when he finds an injured man bleeding in the garden next door he cleans him up and keeps him.

"Tom" has a killer body and a smile that lights up the room. He also has no idea who he is or how he came to be in the garden next to Joe's cafe with nothing but dirt and flower petals in his pocket.

A chaste romance blossoms between Joe and Tom. I know not to expect a lot of smexy times from the Dreamspun Desires series, so I wasn't disappointed (much) that most (but not all) of the steam was off page.

Some of Joe's behaviors were a little OTT. He's 37 but acts much younger, talks to himself, and likes to rest his head inside his oven (don't ask).


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

ARC Review: Close to You (Sunshine and Happiness 3) by Skylar M. Cates


Blurb:
It’s hard to recover from a first love. Some people never do.

How hard would you fight to keep your best friend? Marc Lucas and Tomas Santos have been best friends forever, but now their friendship is in a crisis. When they were boys, betrayals ripped their world apart. They thought it was fixed, but some parts remained broken. Ever since he saved him from a humiliation at school, Marc has loved Tomas. The last thing he expects is for Tomas to love him back. To keep his best friend, Marc revisits an abusive past he’s tried to forget.

For Tomas, loving Marc has been anything but easy. His upbringing told him it was wrong, so why did it feel so right? Accepting who he is as an adult, Tomas decides he needs a committed relationship. To his deep sorrow, he can’t seem to find it with Marc.

When the two find themselves alone and in the grip of a hurricane, long-buried feelings emerge. Being “just friends” is no longer an option. They must risk it all on love.


Dani's rating:




I've been waiting for Marc and Tomas's story. There's been an aura of mystery surrounding their relationship and past. Marc is unpredictable and angry, but we see glimpses of humor and kindness beneath the hard exterior.

This is not a standalone book. Marc and Tomas are important secondary characters in the first two books, and the previous MCs have a strong presence in Close to You. Andrew deals with a tragedy, Owen a rock by his side, and Cole and Ian are surprised in the best way possible.

It's one of the things I love most about this series: the way it weaves the men's lives into a tapestry of friendship and community.

Close to You is not just a Best Friends to Lovers story. It's an I've Loved You My Whole Life story, an I Will Never Feel Whole Without You story.

Marc and Tomas meet at age 13. Marc lives with his abusive father in squalor and often goes hungry. Tomas's wonderful dad has just passed away from cancer, but he has his mom and strict but loving Brazilian grandparents. Tomas is loved. Marc is not.

The book is told from a dual POV and alternates between the past (when Marc and Tomas are teens) and the present.

Seeing what Marc endured made me sick with rage and horror. I understood why Marc keeps people at a distance, why he's afraid to love or be loved.


Teaser Blitz: Golden Dancer by Tara Lain




Who knew ballet could be so dangerous? 


Bestselling author, Tara Lain, plunges into the world of romantic suspense in her Dangerous Dancers series.  Combining kidnapping, theft, mayhem and murder with Lain’s renowned romantic touch, these books keep your blood pumping and your focus en pointe.


Golden Dancer 
(Dangerous Dancers Series, #1)
By Tara Lain

Blurb:
A reporter and the thief he's investigating both fall for a golden dancer forging a ménage of love and lies that could send one to prison and one to the morgue. Will he get his story or will he get his men?

Mac Macallister is obsessed. The online news reporter needs enough evidence to write a story accusing billionaire art collector Daniel Terrebone of stealing The Golden Dancer, a priceless work of art, from son-of-a-Nazi Horst Von Berg. The story promises the recognition Mac craves. Then Mac meets a real golden dancer, ballet star Trelain Medveyev, and his attraction to the man rocks his formerly straight world.
When the mysterious Terrebone "collects" this beautiful dancer, too, Mac rushes to the rescue like a knight in shining cargo pants and plunges into a three-way passion that tears him between love and guilt. Can Mac keep investigating when his story could send one man to prison and another to the morgue? Will this reporter get his story or get his men?

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing. 




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Release Date:

May 10, 2016


Excerpt


Blogtour: The Perfect Sub by Sean Michael



Please welcome Sean Michael with 

The Perfect Sub 





Blurb:

While new couple Tide and Lance spend time deepening their relationship and further introducing Lance to the joys and vagaries of being a sub, established couple Tyrone and Bran discover that they still have a thing or two to learn as well.

A new job finds Bran run off his feet, and a visit to the eye doctor leads to the discovery of a brain tumor. Bran is terrified. He strives to be the perfect sub for his beautiful master and sees the tumor as a personal failing as he tries to handle every last phone call, e-mail, and text that comes in, no matter how early or late. When Tyrone finally finds out about the tumor Bran’s been keeping a secret, he realizes he’s been taking his sub for granted, and he works to rediscover his boy and their relationship. Of course, that’s easier said than done given that Bran’s job is taking up all his time and he would rather pretend the tumor just doesn’t exist than actually deal with it.

It's going to take all of Tyrone's prowess as a master to help guide Bran through these troubled waters.



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What’s In A Name?


I have a confession to make. Not all the names in this book are the names the characters started out with.


So the way I write is characters show up in my brain and they share their stories with me. I’m just the transcriber here and usually the guys all show up complete with names. So Lance showed up first with his shyness and his dorkiness and he pointed to Tide and said that one’s mine.


So Tide comes into the foreground of my brain, so to speak, and he’s got his two best friends with him, Ty and Bry. Well. I roll my eyes a little at the rhyminess of it all, but I go ahead and write their story. I know my editor will let me know if the name thing is a problem. It isn’t for me as I write, because the guys are solid and different in my head and it’s easy for me to tell them apart as they actually live in my head.

Sure enough, Tide, Ty and Bry were just too close to each other to flow well as names of three different characters in the same book, so Bry became Bran and Ty went by his full name Tyrone instead of the short form. Lance was the only one of the three who I didn’t have to worry about name-wise. He says it’s because the other three were all muscled studs while he most definitely was not so he had to win somewhere. Tide of course is quick to point out how adorable and wonderful Lance is and things get even more saccharine from there which makes Tyrone and Bran rolls their eyes. But at least none of their name rhyme anymore.





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Monday, March 28, 2016

Release Blitz: Touch The Sky by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn

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Touch the Sky
Free Fall, Book 1
Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn
New Adult M/M Romance


Touch The Sky Cover
COVER DESIGN: Natasha Snow
PHOTOGRAPHY: Giovanni Dall’Orto

RELEASE DATE: 03.28.16






 




BLURB

Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn’t have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law.
Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it’s not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything.
The attraction is immediate, but it’s more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together. Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn’t make them disappear. Gabriel’s internal struggles are serious…dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won’t make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don’t find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever.





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EXCERPT


I grab a piece of pizza and we finish the whole box, while drinking soda and watching a horror flick on TV. With each minute that passes, Gabe gets closer to me. It’s not one of those lame-ass things you see in movies, where the distance keeps shrinking while they get the balls to make a move. I just think Gabe craves contact—skin and flesh and warmth.

And even though I’m not typically like that, I suddenly want to give it to him. Or maybe I’m just a selfish bastard and I’m fooling myself because I really just crave him. So I do it, blatantly just move closer. Our legs touch, jeans against jeans. Our arms though? That’s skin against skin and I think maybe I really do crave skin and flesh and warmth the same way he does. At least when it’s him, I do.

The movie ends, and out of the corner of my eye, I see his head turn. Feel his gaze on me. I want to taste him. Me taste him. I’ve felt his lips twice and both times were both Gabe’s doing. This time it’ll be mine.

Blogtour: Ceili by Moriah Gemel



Please welcome Moriah Gemel and 

Céilí 




Blurb:

The Los Angeles music scene has not been kind to Devon Caelin. He struggles to fit in and has a streak of bad luck the length of the Sunset Strip. One rare rainy night, he drowns his sorrows from bar-to-bar, until he stumbles into an alley club called Céilí. He discovers that it’s home to a small community of mystical people making their way in the human world, and that he found it only because he is Fae himself. With mentoring from the pub’s proprietor, Eldan—a powerful Fae Lord protecting his kind in the city—Devon unearths his past and discovers his magical abilities. His life appears to be back on track—until a member of the Faerie Court is murdered and the secret of their world is threatened to be revealed.



Excerpt:

“This is where we’ll do the spell,” Eldan says. “I can open the channel easily enough, but I’d like you to assist in keeping it open. Stand behind me when I tell you to, and put your hands on my shoulders. If we’re compatible, I’ll be able to take some of your energy to bolster mine, just enough to maintain a stronger connection than I would on my own, all right? You might get a little dizzy, but I promise you’ll be okay.”
“I’m not afraid, Eldan.” Devon is excited to see this magic performed, to see the Queens. What will they be like, these women that Eldan is wary to speak of?
“No. You aren’t, are you?” Eldan smiles. “Well. Best get on with it then. Stand nearby, please?”
Devon settles himself just behind Eldan, and Eldan nods. Then, he pulls a little vial from his pocket and shakes it.
“Here we go.”
He uncorks the bottle, and Devon smells something almost metallic. Eldan walks to the first corner of the table, to the right, and pours a drop of whatever’s inside the vial over the little pile of dirt.
Cré.” His hand hovers over the bowl, and the dirt spreads and forms a flat plane under his palm. Eldan smiles and walks on.
He walks to the back right of the table and pours a drop into the empty bowl. “Aer,” he says and his hand hovers. The bowl trembles, and the dust motes in the air within it coalesce and spin. He walks on.
The third bowl holds sticks, and Eldan pours the liquid on them before hovering his hand, causing them to burst into flames. “Tine.” Devon can’t help but push his breath out and shake his head. This is cool. All this magic, it’s really real. He thought it was a story for children, but magic is real, and he’s a part of it. He never thought much about fairytales but now he wishes he had, because it would make this moment so much better.
Finally, Eldan pours into the fourth bowl, filled with water, and his hand hovering creates little waves that splash on the sides of the bowl gently, as though upset. “Uisce,” he says and then he walks on.
He circles the table counter-clockwise three times and, when he reaches the head of the table once more, he nods to Devon. “Now.”

Blogtour: Soldier Of Love by Allie Boneface





Soldier of Love
(Hometown Heroes series, #5)
by Allie Boniface

Blurb: 

Franny Thompson has owned a bed and breakfast in Lindsey Point for the last five years, ever since a family tragedy left her broken. Running The Hideaway has been good therapy, but this thirty-year old doesn’t have the slightest idea about dating, fashion, or men. When a lonely soldier comes to town in need of a place to live, she offers him an empty room to rent, never dreaming he’s about to change her world.
Heath Garrick has spent the last 17 years as an active duty solider, but when he retires from the Army, he finds himself plagued by PTSD and no place to call home, until he moves to Lindsey Point and Franny offers him a room. Franny is quirky and naive, everything he’s never wanted in a woman – and everything he might just need.
As Franny and Heath find comfort in each other’s friendship, a powerful attraction develops. But when a national magazine chooses The Hideaway for a makeover, they are thrust into the spotlight. For Franny, it’s a dream come true. For Heath, it’s the worst kind of trouble. Can two lonely souls help each other find love and hope again, or are some battle scars too deep ever to heal?



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Blogtour: Patchwork Paradise by Indra Vaughn



Please wish a happy Release Day to Indra Vaughn and the absolutely amazing 

Patchwork Paradise 







Blurb:

Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.

The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.

When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.




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A small excerpt from Sandra's five-star review:


It's an exploration of how to live after the one you thought you'd spend your life with is gone, it's about learning to find yourself again, and figure out who you are without that person in your life. It's one step forward, two steps back, it's not being sure of your own feelings, of seeing someone with new eyes, of being oblivious to certain truths, and finding your path.

There is so much pain and heartache in this book, it was at times difficult to see the words on the screen because my tears had made them so blurry. I don't usually read angst-heavy books, but something called me to this one, and I can't find it in me to regret the experience.
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