Tuesday, July 16, 2019

ARC Review: Warm Heart (Search and Rescue 1) by Amy Lane

Survive the adventure. Live to love.

Following a family emergency, snowboarder Tevyn Moore and financier Mallory Armstrong leave Donner Pass in a blizzard… and barely survive the helicopter crash that follows. Stranded with few supplies and no shelter, Tevyn and Mallory—and their injured pilot—are forced to rely on each other.

The mountain leaves no room for evasion, and Tevyn and Mal must confront the feelings that have been brewing between them for the past five years. Mallory has seen Tevyn through injury and victory. Can Tevyn see that Mallory's love is real?

Mallory’s job is risk assessment. Tevyn's job is full-on risk. But to stay alive, Mallory needs to take some gambles and Tevyn needs to have faith in someone besides himself. Can the bond they discover on the mountain see them to rescue and beyond?

Dani's rating:

When I met Amy Lane a few years back, I told her that one of her recent books had shattered my heart into a thousand pieces. She looked at me and said, "That book wasn't Dani approved." So you see, I am allowed to read only Amy Lane Lite, Amy's lighter stories without the full-on pain and angst.

Which is not to say Warm Heart is all kittens and rainbows, because it's not. This book is about surviving: surviving in a blizzard on a mountain top, surviving the death of a loved one, surviving long enough to get your wounded friend to safety, surviving for five years while the love of your life goes through hook-ups like socks.

Tevyn is an Olympic snowboarder. Mallory is his financial adviser. Mallory rarely misses one of Tevyn's competitions. He claims he's just doing his job, but he clearly goes above and beyond for his favorite client. Mal likes to watch Tevyn fly.

Tevyn—a decade Mal's junior, free-spirited, charming, impulsive—knows he can count on Mal; he's just waiting for Mal to catch up.

Mal kissed him softly ... "If there's breath in my body, I'll stay."

Tevyn nodded. "If there's breath in my body, I'll always fly down the mountain for you."

One night Mal gives in and dances with Tevyn. The timing isn't great though, because Mal arrives bearing sad news: Tevyn's grandmother, the woman who raised him, is dying. Tevyn and Mal, along with their pilot and friend Damien, take off in a helicopter during a blizzard, and the unthinkable happens.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Review Tour: Shake The Stars by V.L. Locey

Length: 100,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Sloan J Designs

Publisher: Gone Writing Publishing

Spending time in the Poconos with his family was the last thing Dane Forrester wanted to do over the summer. He had dreams of spending his last break touring Europe and gathering story ideas for his upcoming creative writing classes before heading to college. Maybe even finding that elusive first love in a small café in Paris, or along the Rhine, or even in a sultry villa in Italy. But no, he was stuck at the Silver Fir Lodge with his family where his dreams of romance and passion would wither and die a slow painful death, or so he imagined.

When all seemed lost, the budding wordsmith is saved—in more than one sense—by Khalid Novak, a lifeguard at the lodge’s pool. Khalid is two years older, a bit more sophisticated, and the most incredibly alluring thing Dane has ever seen. The two young men find themselves joyously wound in a searing romance that teaches Dane that love can be wildly intense yet fleeting so one should revel in it when the discovery is made.

Can this summer romance survive the chill of autumn as well as the winds of time?

Karen's review:

Sometimes it’s not a matter of right or wrong, it’s simply a matter of perception…
‘Shake the Stars’ is a story that starts out as a story about coming of age, coming out, first love. It’s a story that highlights defining moments in a person’s life. 
Dane Forrester is 18 he’s about to take that first step into the world that leads to adulthood…college; but before he can do that Dane wants to spend his last summer touring Europe. He’s gay and he’s kept himself so far in the closet in his efforts to be the good son that his devoutly Catholic parents want that it’s going to take a rescue team with a really long leadline to help him find his way out. Dane’s also a budding young author with a paralyzing fear of water whose dreams of discovering himself as he wanders around Europe are about to become what he’s very sure will be his nightmare summer with his family at Silver Fir Lodge. 
Khalid Novak, is a 20 year old, who works as a lifeguard at Silver Fir Lodge, and while he’s seems far more comfortable with who he is, neither Khalid nor Dane are truly prepared for the intense feelings that they stir in each other.
‘Shake the Stars’ covers a time span of just over 10 years and while I’m not usually a fan of big time gaps in stories…let me just say there is one here; and while we’re not given a lot of details pertaining to what happened during this time, we are given enough to get the general idea of what events that transpire during this time gap and this is more than sufficient for me since there’s secondary character who appears during this time that I was less than impressed with him. I very much liked both Dane and Khalid and while I admit to feeling tremendous amounts of frustration with them both, in equal measure, I was more than happy for the author to keep the focus of the story on them and if doing that meant having a time gap in the story…than in this case as far as I was concerned the author definitely made a good choice.
While the first half of the story for me was good if not at times a little slow, it was also the part of the story that contained the both Dane and Khalid’s background and the story of how they met without it the last half of the story would not have been nearly as impactful. I’m not a huge fan of YA or NA stories, but I am an absolute sucker for second chance stories and that’s what this leading into. It may have started as a New Adult story but the second half of this book was very solidly a second chance story and a really well done one.
While the first part was ok, and I had no problems getting through it; when I got to the last half of the story I could not put it down. Khalid and Dane worked as a couple in a lot of ways but I honestly cannot deny the underlying frustration with them that I still have mainly because even though the story is essentially told from Dane’s perspective we are still able to see things from Khalid’s point of view as well and objectively speaking it really came down to the perspective and the reader is very much left to determine 
Dane and Khalid’s story actually reminded me of the lyrics from a song from the 80s by Dave Mason that says…

Cover Reveal: Fish On A Bicycle by Amy Lane

We are delighted to reveal the cover for Amy Lane's upcoming novel

Fish On A Bicycle 

Fish Out Of Water #5 

About the book:

Release Date: October 15, 2019
Category: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 327
Cover Artist: Reese Dante


Jackson Rivers has always bucked the rules—and bucking the rules of recovery is no exception. Now that he and Ellery are starting their own law firm, there’s no reason he can’t rush into trouble and take the same risks as always, right?
Maybe not. Their first case is a doozy, involving porn stars, drug empires, and daddy issues, and their client, Henry Worrall, wants to be an active participant in his own defense. As Henry and Jackson fight the bad guys and each other to find out who dumped the porn star in the trash can, Jackson must reexamine his assumptions that four months of rest and a few good conversations have made him all better inside.

Jackson keeps crashing his bicycle of self-care and a successful relationship, and Ellery wonders what’s going to give out first—Jackson’s health or Ellery’s patience. Jackson’s body hasn’t forgiven him for past crimes. Can Ellery forgive him for his current sins? And can they keep Henry from going to jail for sleeping with the wrong guy at the wrong time?
Being a fish out of water is tough—but if you give a fish a bicycle, how’s he going to swim?

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

ARC Review : Music of the Knight by Mel Bossa

Blurb :

Easily pleased, Micah enjoys a career in non-profit work and gets through his days one lame joke at a time. Then his friend Lou introduces him to her musical family and the Knights pull Micah into their world of resilience and sorrow. Soon, Micah understands that in the face of grief, optimism isn't always enough.
Lei was once revered for his tremendous talent. But one day the music died, and the scars under his leather bracelets are a reminder of what he lost. These days, he's nothing but a phantom. Shut away from the world, Lei tunes instruments in the Knights' music store.

Then charismatic Micah enters his life, charming his family and slowly coaxing his way into Lei's heart with steadfast devotion. With Micah at his side, it may yet be possible for Lei to reclaim the spotlight he'd thought permanently abandoned.

Christelle's rating:

I’m not an expert of Mel Bossa’s work but every time I pick a book from her, I always get a sense of “atmosphere” from her writing and stories that calls to me.

The blurb says a lot and at the same time, not that much. The further I went in, the further I was positively touched with the sensitivity and hope instilled while it deals with a hurt that I haven’t yet been able to fully digest on my own. A very personal thanks to this author for going on this road the way she did.

Micah is the embodiment of a carer. He drags people to the light of life with him by literally listening to them. No wonder, when his friend Lou Knight introduces him to her musical family, he immediately fits in but most importantly, ignites a spark into Lei Knight, the most musically gifted but also the most elusive and sadest of them all, and for a tragic reason.

Bit by bit, Micah, totally drawn to Lei, discovered the reasons of the sorrow overwhelming Lei and pulls him out of his despair.

ARC Review: Out in the Field (Out in College 4)

Max Maldonado loves baseball. He knows playing first base at a private college probably won’t get him to the big leagues, but he doesn’t mind. He loves the game and his teammates. If he has to stay in the closet until he graduates, that’s okay. Baseball comes first. Relationships are complicated anyway. And after his recent messy breakup, Max prefers to keep things simple.

Phoenix Bell is a fabulous theater geek. He’s excited about his recent transfer to a new school with an elite liberal arts program. Life has been on hold for a while, but this opportunity feels like the fresh start he was hoping for when he moved to California. And the chance reunion with the hot closeted jock is an unexpected surprise. The two men have nothing in common and their timing couldn’t be worse. However, when their unconventional alliance blossoms into friendship and perhaps something more, it may be time to make some hard decisions. And perhaps risk it all...out in the field.

Dani's rating:

How cute is this story, you guys? It's so fucking cute, I can't even.

Let's summarize:

Masc baseball player who loves eyeliner on his hot not-boyfriend but only talks about video games and baseball because otherwise it's feelings and nope.

Femme drama major/actor who isn't afraid to be all out, including lip gloss and fairy dancing (to be fair, he was channeling Puck).

Max and Phoenix have an arrangement wherein they fuck each other's brains out as often as possible but in secret because REASONS.

Not a spoiler: Max can't (won't) be out, and Phoenix is done with athletes who break his heart.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

ARC Review : The Shaman of Kupa Piti by A. Nybo

The Shaman of Kupa PitiBlurb :

When an international case involving a series of ritual murders lands in his lap, strait-laced and logical Agent Leon Armstrong is going to need some help.

Leon follows the trail to the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, Australia, where he gets tangled up with the wild Russian mystic Sergei Menshikov. Despite his commitment to rationality, Leon discovers he isn’t immune to the way of the spirits, no matter how much he’d like to think. When Sergei tells him he treads a predestined path, Leon’s world turns upside down.

Leon’s experiences in Coober Pedy will change his life forever, but can he hold out against Sergei and the spirits—who Sergei claims have chosen them for each other?

Christelle's rating :

A fast-paced MM Romance with some suspense and a touch of “Shamanism”. And I loved it !! Third book I read from this author and I can say that her writing and story telling work well for me.

This story takes place in Coober Pedy, an opal-mining town in Australia (one of the reason I enjoyed this book : because there is a sense of place that sparked my curiosity, hehehe), where Sergei relocated as a miner 10 years ago. Sergei is an interesting character : a bit rough on the edge, hard-working and spending his leisure-time between a weekly visit to the local pub and, when at home, rituals to honor the spirits.

A town where Leon, a government agent, travels to in connection with his investigation of an elusive murderer.

Sales Blitz: Ryker by RJ Scott and V.L. Locey


This New Adult book is the first in the Owatonna U Series, a spin off from the best selling Harrisburg Railers Hockey Series.


Ryker is hockey royalty, Jacob is a poor country boy. Can two vastly different people find common ground and become the men they want to be?

Ryker comes from a long line of championship-winning hockey players. Playing college hockey to develop his game is his only focus, and nothing will stand in the way of him working to become the best player. He has no room for relationships, people who point out his flaws, or anyone who calls him on his dreams. He certainly has no place for love, and meeting Jacob is nothing but a useful distraction on the side. After all trying to get his Owatonna Eagles teammate into bed is less work and more play. When tragedy rocks his family, his charmed life crumbles, and the only person he can turn to is the same one who claims to hate him.

Jacob Benson has only known hard work and stifling conservative values his whole life. Born and raised in the small rural community of Eden Crossing, Minnesota, he’s the only son of a hard-working but struggling dairy farming family. Jacob is using his skills in hockey to finance his way to an agricultural science degree. These four years at Owatonna U. will probably be the only time he has to enjoy life, gain acceptance about his sexuality, and live openly before his inevitable return to the farm. Running into a pretty rich boy like Ryker Madsen is putting a damper on his enjoyment of life away from home. Ryker’s flip, conceited, carefree attitude grates on Jacob’s every nerve. So why, if Ryker is everything he dislikes, does he want nothing more than to explore the sinful dreams that his annoying teammate stars in every night?

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Friday, July 12, 2019

ARC Review: Warm Heart (Search and Rescue, #1) by Amy Lane

Warm Heart (Search and Rescue, #1)
Search and Rescue: Book One

Survive the adventure. Live to love.

Following a family emergency, snowboarder Tevyn Moore and financier Mallory Armstrong leave Donner Pass in a blizzard… and barely survive the helicopter crash that follows. Stranded with few supplies and no shelter, Tevyn and Mallory—and their injured pilot—are forced to rely on each other.

The mountain leaves no room for evasion, and Tevyn and Mal must confront the feelings that have been brewing between them for the past five years. Mallory has seen Tevyn through injury and victory. Can Tevyn see that Mallory's love is real?

Mallory’s job is risk assessment. Tevyn's job is full-on risk. But to stay alive, Mallory needs to take some gambles and Tevyn needs to have faith in someone besides himself. Can the bond they discover on the mountain see them to rescue and beyond?

Jewel's rating:

Warm Heart, while an Amy Lane book that starts with a catastrophic event, was surprisingly fluffy. Is my angst meter that broken? I enjoyed the story, but man I wish we could have experienced at least some of that UST from the 5 years previous to the story's beginning.

Tevyn Moore is a champion snowboarder -- think Shaun White. He's young, cocky, and confident; at least when it comes to snowboarding. He's also been in love with his money guy for ages, but he doesn't think his feelings are returned. Tevyn also has a bit of a reputation. He's kind of known as a bit of a player, but everyone loves him, and the people he has taken to his bed leave with smiles on their faces.

Mallory Armstrong is Tevyn's money guy. Ever since Tevyn walked into his office, more than 5 years ago, Mallory has been enthralled by Tevyn's drive and energy. Mallory is in love with Tevyn, but being a decade older than Tevyn, he is cautious. Mallory isn't looking for Mr. Right Now and he's not sure if Tevyn is ready to settle down.

Review Tour: Salmon & The Hazel (Rowan Harbor Cycle #8) by Sam Burns

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Length: 43,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Melanie Farlow @ Clause and Effect

The Rowan Harbor Cycle Series

Book #1 - Blackbird in the Reeds - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #2 - Wolf and the Holly - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 - Fox and Birch - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 - Hawk In The Rowan - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #5 - Stag and the Ashe - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #6 - Adder and Willow - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #6.5 - In Any Light - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #7 - Eagle In The Hawthorn - Amazon US | Amazon UK


Jesse’s only priority in life is protecting the people he loves, so he’s determined to see Rowan Harbor’s wards rebuilt. There’s just one problem: they’re missing an ingredient that can’t be ordered online.

Jesse volunteers to search for the missing component in the realm of the fae, but his boyfriend, Sean, isn’t letting him go alone. The town has an enemy among the fae, so they’ll need to keep a low profile. Along their way, they find unexpected allies, surprising enemies, and a whole host of problems.

The journey is a test of their endurance, but also of their relationship and their faith in each other. Can they find what they need and get back home in one piece in time for the summer solstice?

Sandra's review:

This is book 8 in the Rowan Habor Cycle series (which should be read in order) in which we find Jesse, council leader and part-time wolf, and his boyfriend/forever mate Sean, a Succubus, having to secretly (as much as that's possible) enter Faerie to retrieve an important ingredient from the Tree Of Wisdom that Isla needs to rebuild the wards around Rowan Harbor.

If you haven't read the first 7 books, this review likely will not make a whole lot of sense to you, and it might also be slightly spoilerish, so please proceed with caution.

Book 8 completes the arc for Jesse and Sean, whose relationship is only getting stronger, as Jesse has managed to remove his head from his rear end and understands that Sean is a person in his own right, who gets to make decisions for himself.

Most of the book takes place in the realm of the Fae, split between the court of the Summer King and the court of the Winter Queen, who are sworn enemies. I got a lot of answers in this book, and many things are explained. The bond between Sean and Jesse is further explored, and each of their personalities shines through.

Release Blitz: Out in the Field by Lane Hayes

Title: Out in the Field
Series: Out in College #4
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Release Date: July 11
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 51K
Genre: Romance, New Adult, College, Coming Out, Baseball, New Adult, Humor, Opposites

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Max Maldonado loves baseball. He knows playing first base at a private college probably won’t get him to the big leagues, but he doesn’t mind. He loves the game and his teammates. If he has to stay in the closet until he graduates, that’s okay. Baseball comes first. Relationships are complicated anyway. And after his recent messy breakup, Max prefers to keep things simple.

Phoenix Bell is a fabulous theater geek. He’s excited about his recent transfer to a new school with an elite liberal arts program. Life has been on hold for a while, but this opportunity feels like the fresh start he was hoping for when he moved to California. And the chance reunion with the hot closeted jock is an unexpected surprise. The two men have nothing in common and their timing couldn’t be worse. However, when their unconventional alliance blossoms into friendship and perhaps something more, it may be time to make some hard decisions. And perhaps risk it all…out in the field.


We were quiet for a moment. We shared his drink in silence as occasional bits of conversation and laughter from the party drifted our way. We were far enough from the action that the excess noise didn’t penetrate our cocoon. Just a couple of strangers in the dark again, minus the club music and lights and unrealistic hopes from the first time. I didn’t know about Phoenix, but this felt cathartic somehow. Like a fresh start.

“What else is going on? You look sad. It’s not me, is it?” I asked with a comedic expression.

He chuckled. “No. This is nice. I just—I tend to get a little blue on the night of the final performance. The anticlimactic feeling sucks, but it’s the nature of the beast. The cycle of slowly learning lines and getting to know your castmates is followed by long rehearsals where everything starts to gel. The excitement builds before the shows and everyone gets better and better and then…boom! It’s over. All that momentum and all the joy that comes from being part of something special disappears overnight. I’m gonna wake up in the morning back at square one.”

“That’s depressing.”

“Thus the vodka.” Phoenix raised his cup and took a sip. He set it between us before flashing a lopsided smile my way. “It’s just part of the process. I’ve been doing some version of this for years. You’d think I’d be better at transitioning from high to low.”

“Hmm. It’s kinda the same in baseball. When we start in January, most of the guys are out of shape and out of sync. We have to get used to a new crew and figure out how to work together. By the time our season ends in May, we’re a well-oiled machine. I’m not always sad when it’s over. Sometimes I really need the break. But by June, I miss it. The best thing to do is to stay in the game as much as possible. Play, watch, read stats. There’s probably a theater equivalent.”

“Sure. It’s called ‘get a new part.’ I’m already memorizing the script for the spring production at the Arts Center. They’re doing Chicago. God, I love that show. So many juicy roles. ‘And all that jazz,’ ” he sang that last line, then took another drink and handed his cup to me for no particular reason.

I widened my legs and propped my elbows on my knees. His gaze dipped briefly to my crotch before he licked his lips and glanced away.

“Who do you want to be?” I asked. “I mean…in the play.”

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Author Of The Month - Anyta Sunday - Week Two

Welcome to our 2nd week of celebrations for the amazing

In today's post, we'll look at the Enemies To Lovers series (one of our favorite tropes), plus five little-known facts about Anyta. There's also another chance to win one of her books!

The Enemies to Lovers series is a set of four novels that can all be read as standalones, and that are loosely connected by recurring characters. All books feature light-hearted, sweet, new adult gay romance stories of guys turning from enemies to lovers.

First up, Shane and Trey 


Shane is a little bit screwed. He has just started college and is stuck rooming with that bastard Trey. His sister's boyfriend. His sister's damn fine boyfriend. Uh-oh. This so wasn't going to happen. But try as he might, there's just a little too much to ignore between the two of them...


I parked across the street from his house. I knew where he lived because I’d dropped June off a couple of times. It felt weird being here without her though. But she’d been the one to suggest coming here and finding out if—and I prayed to God it was not the case—he got a letter with my name on it.
As I had no AC, I’d made sure to lower all the windows. It was too hot for anything else, and even with the light breezes I was sweating. I gripped the wheel so tight my palms grew hot and slippery.
I narrowed my gaze on his pristine house with its perfect flowerbeds, and then on Trey, who was mowing the lawns. Fuck, I felt like such a stalker sitting in my car and watching him. But I couldn’t get out. I mean what was I thinking coming here? The guy had heard me come out. What if he wanted to beat me? Did I really care to find out that much? Hell no. But then, if he was my roomie—I gulped—I’d have to live scared shitless by his fists all semester. Better grow a set quickly. This could be like mental preparation. I’d gauge his reactions today and figure out how best to deal with him before getting to college. So go on, what am I waiting for? Get out of the fucking car.
I grasped the door handle and unbuckled the seatbelt. Then froze again as Trey stopped the mower. He wiped the back of his hand over his glistening forehead and then ran his fingers through his dark hair.
He wandered toward the patio, and as he did the sun worked a small miracle in combination with all his sweat, making him sparkle. This was so unfair. He’d so better not be my roomie. I mean, sure, a hottie would be great, but jeez, just give me a chronic farter—anyone trumped this Trey.
I let go of the handle. Oh crap. I was a wuss. I didn’t want to talk to him at all. Nope. I wasn’t going to. June could just tell me later. Then I’d join a gym and buff myself up so I’d be a match for him—okay probably only a sort-of match. But it’d be something.
I groaned and hit my head on the steering wheel. “Fuuuuck.”
“Were you going to come out any time?”
My head snapped up. Now in a tight white T-shirt, Trey waltzed toward me. His stare penetrated right through me, causing a shiver. “HmmMmm.” Yes? No? Maybe? Hell no?
He raised his brow slightly, then walked around the car and let himself into the passenger seat.
I tried to determine what I’d do if he started throwing punches. I could run off. Actually, I’d probably have the strength to push him out of the car. Then I’d hit the gas. Was I over-thinking? Yeah, probably—this guy was my sister’s boyfriend after all. If he loved her anywhere near as much as she did him, he wouldn’t be messing me up too bad.
“Didn’t realize you’d seen me,” I said at last.
“Your car is red, man. I noticed.”
So much of a stalker I’d be.
Trey sucked in air, making it whistle between his teeth. “So, what’s up?” He calmly leaned back into the chair, gazing out the front window. Somehow that went a long way to calming down my nerves.
I cleared my throat. Did I lead in with: Not much, how ‘bout you? Or just get to the point? Funny that my sister had gone out with the guy six months and I’d only had a handful of conversations with him. And they weren’t exactly revealing. Like, I knew he had a brother, and was super, super good at basketball—but those were my sister’s words.
“Ummm,” I finished the word with a loud smack. With all my hmms and umms no one would believe I was going to study to become a speech therapist. I glanced at Trey, who surprised me by grinning. “Do you know who you’ll be rooming with in college?” I burst out.
“Shane?” My name mixed with his deep voice . . . damn, that sounded sort of—sexy? Whoa! I looked away from him, feeling the heat rise to my cheeks. Where the hell did that come from? “We’re gonna be roomies,” he said.

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Book 2, St-St-Stuffed


Other than his most prized Lamborghini, Karl Andrews has nothing to his name. He’s down on his luck and his dollar, and his dream of becoming a professional chef is looking more and more like a pipe-dream. Even less than a pipe-dream when restaurants won’t even take him on as a waiter. And he won’t ever, no not ever, consider selling his one possession. No matter how much he could make from it. Just wasn’t going to happen.

He’d rather . . . rather . . .

Hell, he’d rather apply for that position to be a Girl Friday.
Other than the title, the job sounds all right. Bit of cooking, cleaning—nothing he can’t handle.


Until he goes to the interview and discovers the man looking for the help is the same man he’d bullied, mocked, terrified as a boy. But Paul Hyte is obviously a better man, gracious and forgiving. And trusting—as the biggest part of the job requires looking after his son.

Despite the initial forgiveness, things are tentative between Karl and Paul, and they’ve both got to reconcile their pasts if they want any type of proper closure. As the two men learn more about each other an undeniable attraction grows between them—but can the two manage to forge a future together on such a rocky past and complicated present?

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Book 3, William 


William needs to learn to think before he speaks. He accidentally outed his last boyfriend to his bigoted family. Looking to make a new start, he escapes to the most distant place he can think of: New Zealand. There he boards with a substitute mom and her too-hot-to-be-real son, Heath, but Heath and his homophobic friend Rory want William to leave before things “crash and burn,” whatever that means.

Unfortunately, traveling to the end of the world isn’t far enough for William to lose his runaway mouth.

But is it far enough to lose his loneliness?


Few things bugged William Sharp. Really bugged him, that was. His damn runaway mouth was one of them, and, as he discovered on his twenty-nine hour journey to the end of the world, so did the Chili Peppers playing on repeat five hours straight. 
Ask him, and he was sure he could regurgitate every line from Californication—and that from hearing it through the headphones of the girl next to him. And hell no, he did not dream of being Californicated—wasn’t even curious, no matter how dirty it sounded. 
Besides, if anything, he was off to be New Zealandificated. 
Dunedinificated to be more precise. And that’s where he was right now, on a bench outside Dunedin Airport, luggage tucked under his knees, watching the student-heavy crowds pouring out of the terminal.
Increasingly nervous at the passing minutes, Will thought about checking his cell once more. He had a right to be nervous too; a week before he was due to leave, the family he was to board with bailed on him when their son decided to move back in. He’d felt like a train-wreck by the time he’d managed to organize something else. 
But surely this wouldn’t fall through too?
Will dug out and checked his cell, re-reading the message Mrs. Wallace had sent him after he had tried insisting he take a shuttle. 

You’ll do no such thing. I’ll be there to pick you up, just wait outside, hun.

He scanned the length of the building either side of him: it wasn’t that big, so if he was at the wrong ‘outside’ he was truly clueless. 
Still, he didn’t see any woman holding his name on a cheesy sign, or any mom-aged woman at all. There were just students, and not returning, mature students like him. Young students.
Looking at them pass, he’d guess the average age was eighteen. His going-on-twenty-seven-self must have looked ancient next to them. Maybe Mrs. Wallace had been expecting someone younger? 
He couldn’t remember whether he’d told her his age or not. She’d interviewed him over the phone, immediately taking a liking to him once he’d introduced himself—he’d even been up front about the whole being gay thing, because he didn’t want it to be an issue. Though he’d had no clue what to do about accommodation if it had been. Lucky for him she’d barely hesitated before going on to ask him if he had allergies. But his age? Maybe she’d accidentally picked up one of these teens. Will wasn’t that uncommon a name; it could happen. Maybe that Will hadn’t cared to clarify either, seeing it would have scored him a free ride and, and—
Gracious, he had to calm down. So what if his ride never came? He was almost twenty-seven—he knew how to order a cab.
He searched the parking lot for said cabs and started to feel his heart pump ridiculously fast when he didn’t see any. Christ. What on earth was he doing here if getting transport into town was freaking him out?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Audiobook Review Tour: Love’s Magic by Janice Jarrell

Book Title: Love’s Magic

Author: Janice Jarrell

Publisher: Self Published on ACX

Narrator: Walker Williams

Release Date: June 17, 2019

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 9 hours and 11 mins

Finding Love's Magic is hard. Keeping it is harder.


Nate is a professor at the university, content with his life, his job, and his partner David. But when he jumps in to defend a student under attack and is injured himself, Nate becomes a leader in the campus movement to end sexual assault. When David doesn’t understand his militant reaction, Nate feels abandoned and betrayed, and begins to question their relationship.

David's love for Nate is deep and true, but he can’t support Nate’s confrontational stance, fearing that the consequences will destroy his career. Forced to choose between his love for Nate and his own sense of what’s right, David feels trapped in a hopeless impasse.

Colin, an Irish Sergeant in the campus police force, is a legend on campus. A fierce protector of assault victims, he is merciless in pursuit of their assailants. When he meets Joshua, a Title IX consultant, sparks fly, and their relationship quickly becomes passionate.

Joshua wants more from Colin, much more, but Colin clings to his independence, fighting against his feelings for the soft-spoken psychologist. When Colin’s past comes back to haunt him, an explosive quarrel sends Joshua home without a word. Will Colin care enough to seek him out?

It would take a miracle to resolve these issues and bring these men together.

Love's Magic is a gay romance featuring two couples, who will both find their HEA.

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Karen's review:

'Love's Magic' is the story of how 1 event touches 4 lives, leaving them forever altered...
From the bigger picture issue of sexual assault and violent crimes in the setting of academia, Janice Jarrell takes us into the lives of four men, giving us a very up close and personal look at how one act of violence touches their lives...bringing them together, driving them apart, making each man look more closely at what he has, what he could loose and ultimately what he's willing to do to keep it.

'Love's Magic' isn't an epic or grand action or romance story, but rather it's a story about how one event unfolded to touch the lives of four men.  We begin with David and Nate, who are in a committed relationship at the start of the story and we follow them as they each struggle to deal with Nate's attack. While each man's reaction to events is distinctly different their love for each other and their desire not to give up on the relationship that means so much to them remains strong within their hearts. It's going to take a lot of introspection on both of their parts to find their way back to each other. 

When Professor David Gardener gets a call telling him that Professor Nate Reese, the man he lives with and loves more than life itself has been seriously injured preventing the assault of one of the college's students all he can think about is getting to his lover. What neither David nor Nate could possibly foretell was how much their lives and the lives of those around them would be affected.

As the reader, or in this case the listener, follows David and Nate, while each man deals with the effects of Nate's attack in their own way we are introduced to a number of secondary characters and while our look at the effects on their lives isn't as in depth as that of David and Nate it is undeniably present from the strain it creates between David and his fellow professors to the bond that forms between Nate and the guardian of the student he rescued to how it draws Sergeant Colin Campbell from the campus police  and Dr. Joshua Abrams, the colleges Title IX Consultant, together...ultimately becoming the catalyst that pushes them apart leaving Colin on his own to deal with the memory of events from his past that could keep him from having the future that in his heart he knows he wants with Joshua. 
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