Saturday, February 23, 2019

ARC Review: Familiar Demon by Amy Lane

From The Blurb:
Familiar Love: Book Two 
For over a century, Edward Youngblood has been the logical one in a family of temperamental magical beings. But reason has not made him immune to passion, and Edward’s passion for Mullins, the family’s demon instructor, has only grown. 
Mullins was lured into hell through desperation—and a fatal mistake. He’s done his best to hang onto his soul in the twisted realm of the underworld, and serving the Youngblood family when summoned has been his only joy. Edward concocts a plan to spring Mullins by collecting a series of items to perform an ancient ritual—an idea that terrifies Mullins. He can’t bear the thought of losing Edward and his brothers to a dangerous quest. 
But every item in their collection is an adventure in brotherhood and magic, and as Mullins watches from the sidelines, he becomes more and more hopeful that they will succeed. When the time comes for Mullins to join the mission, can he find enough faith and hope to redeem himself and allow himself happiness in the arms of a man who would literally go to hell and back—and beyond—to have Mullins by his side?

Karen's rating:




Harry got an angel but it seems that...

Edward has lost his heart to a demon. I loved 'Familiar Angel' it contained just that little bit of different to it that makes a story interesting for me. While I'm not a huge fan of paranormal if it's done right I can totally get on board and enjoy it and with her 'Familiar Love' series Ms. Lane has given me a series that offers me that little touch of the different. In 'Familiar Angel' we watched as Harry...no not Harry Potter or even Harry Dresden...who know apparently there is more than one Harry...but what they all have in common is magic and this Harry along with his brothers uses his magic to do good things in the world and they have done those good things for 140 years...so if you want the full story on how this happened definitely read 'Familiar Angel'.

In 'Familiar Demon' we get to learn more about Edward...no not Cullen...there are no sparkly vampires here...there are vampires, thankfully they don't sparkle though and Edward he's not one of them. No Edward is Harry and Francis's brother of the heart and he's also one of Emma's familiars plus like Harry and Francis, Edward's has his own magic and Edward's sweet on Mullins. We met both of these characters in the first book but briefly...Mullins is Leonard's friend (Emma's husband) and like Leonard or at least like Leonard until he was rescued from hell by Emma, Mullins is a demon. But Edward sees Mullins...not the demon but the man that the demon hides and over the years Edward has fallen in love with Mullins and he's decided that just as Emma rescued Leonard, the man she loved from the clutches of hell. It's time that he did the same for the man that he loves.

While I really loved 'Familiar Angel' this second installment of Ms Lane's ' Familiar Love' series really stepped up the game for me. The first part of the story was very much on a par with 'Familiar Angel' but when it came to the second half of the story, I can honestly say I'm not sure what I was expecting, but, I'm pretty sure this wasn't it, although what I was expecting was definitely surpassed by what I got. I just loved the last part of 'Familiar Demon'. While the pace stepped up a bit I had no problem keeping up with happenings and the characters that were introduced.

Audio Book Review: Love You So Special by Tara Lain

From The Blurb:


Listening Time:  5 hrs., 18 min.

Can a man’s secret yearnings be revealed in a tank full of fish? 

Artie Haynes knows he’s nothing special, with just-your-regular-brown hair, a solid plumber’s job, not much education, and a family that can barely get off the couch. But Artie has quirks—like his love of tropical fish, a landlord who’s a professor of existentialism, a passion for the amazing piano music he hears at a concert hall while he’s fixing the bathrooms—and the fact that he’s never come out as gay and probably never will. But when he’s hired to build a guesthouse for the pianist whose music enchanted him, Artie is swept up into an unimaginable world. 

Francois Desmarais may be famous, rich, and revered as one of the world’s great classical composers and pianists, but he’s soothed and challenged by the inquisitive, stalwart, protective man in his back yard. When Francois’s terrible fear of crowds turns into a dangerous plot, Artie can stay in the closet or prove just how special he is.



Karen's rating:




'Love You So Special' was simply beyond cute. 

Artie's a blue collar worker and he knows there's so much more out there in the world, but it's not for 'average hard working people like him' but when circumstances conspire to present him with the opportunity to hear just a little of the music that makes his heart soar and brings him to life...Artie's no fool either he doesn't pass up the chance to . I really liked Artie with his fish tank full of pet fish and how he looks out for his landlord who is a retired professor of existentialism. If I could pick a little brother I think it'd be someone like Artie. He's just a really awesome guy...he's kind, hardworking and a son that would make any parent proud, he's pretty damned selfless.

When Artie gets a chance to do some renovation work at the home of Madame Desmarais and more importantly her talented son Francois, who also happens to be a world renowned composer and pianist whose fear of crowds makes performing live an absolute nightmare for him the two become friends and Francois very quickly realizes that not only does he enjoy Artie's company but Artie soothes his soul in a way that no one else ever has and for Artie, Francois sees so much about him that is good and noble. Francois knows that Artie is someone who he would be proud to have not just as a friend, but maybe even as a boyfriend.

One of the things that I noticed with this story was that I felt a bit more engaged with the secondary characters such as Francois' mother, Artie's landlord...I think he was totally adorable and Artie's family in general ended up to be a pleasant surprise.

Friday, February 22, 2019

ARC Review: Jordan Vs All The Boys by John Goode

Blurb:
Everyone has that one summer, the summer where you take your first steps into adulthood. The nights are longer, the songs are better, and the friends you make are forever. 
For Jordan, Brandon, Ethan, and Dominic, that summer is now. This pack of self-proclaimed nerds set out on an adventure that defines every young man’s life—the search for love, or at least what they think love is. 
As with all great quests there are pitfalls and challenges ahead of them and they will have to overcome their greatest enemy, their own egos. But the power of true friendship could give them the strength they need to complete their quest and win their prize.






Todd's rating:






If you're looking for pure, unadulterated YA fun, then this could be the book for you!

And, yes, it was FULL-ON, in-your-face YA.

It had loads of angsty, teen drama, horrible decisions, followed by some more horrible decisions, then Jordan finally seeing the light, pulling his head out of his ass, and coming out the other side, only slightly worse for wear.

Jordan's antics with his friends, then various romantic interests, first had me laughing insanely hard. Boys really are stupid creatures, right down to their very cores.

Then, as I very much recognized Jordan's newbie gay behavior, sweet Jesus, I was sitting on my hands and grinding my teeth as I read.

Yes, pretty much every gay boy I've ever met has been there, but fuuuuuck, reliving it on page really gave me a few vivid, cringe-worthy moments from my own semi-sordid past.

Jordan's experiences when joining Grindr and VGL were nothing short of hilarious, so read this book if only for those parts. I was dying.

The story not only concentrated on Jordan's first real foray into The Big Gay World of Sex and Romance, but also his homosexually-challenged friends looking for summer love, too.

Blogtour: Jordan Vs. All The Boys by John Goode



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Jordan vs All The Boys




Blurb:

Everyone has that one summer, the summer where you take your first steps into adulthood. The nights are longer, the songs are better, and the friends you make are forever. For Jordan, Brandon, Ethan, and Dominic, that summer is now. This pack of self-proclaimed nerds set out on an adventure that defines every young man’s life—the search for love, or at least what they think love is. As with all great quests there are pitfalls and challenges ahead of them and they will have to overcome their greatest enemy, their own egos. But the power of true friendship could give them the strength they need to complete their quest and win their prize.






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Welcome new players, young and old, for the brand new adventure module from Goode Games called Jordan Vs. All The Boys. This adventures is a four person group with pre generated characters, just look over the character stats and see which one fits you.


Jordan is a duel class 8th level Center of Attention and 1st
level newbie. He is searching for love though he has no idea what it may look like. He is energetic, outgoing and above all else, just a positive person.

He has a crippling addiction to Wild Cherry Pepsi, comics with handsome lead characters and online role playing games. Though the leader of the group, Jordan is very unsure of his actions and should be played with a hesitation in his own motives while still trying his best to support the whole group. 

He is a human who is a homosexual with leanings towards chaotic yaasssss queen.




Brandon is 6th level best friend with a specialization in all
things Jordan. He is very protective of his friends and is
widely considered their own personal knight in off
white sneakers.


Though he defers to Jordan's judgment, he has no problem
telling his best friend when he is screwing something up.
He is self conscious about his looks but not in an obvious
way and is looking for love of his own.


He is a heterosexual, human male but has proficiency in
his own sexuality not to feel threatened by other people's
preferences.



Review Tour : Eagle In The Hawthorn (Rowan Harbor Cycle #7) by Sam Burns




Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Length: 45,000 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



Blurb


Rowan Harbor has had a tough winter, and Devon Murphy wants nothing more than to make it better. When he proposes a solution to the town’s low morale, it creates a rift in his relationship with his boyfriend, Wade. They’ve hardly ever argued, and when things get tense, Devon has no idea how to handle it.

But an evil presence in his town targets the people Devon loves, he has to put his personal worries aside and face danger down again. Will he be able to protect his town, and if he can, will Wade be waiting for him when it’s done?






Sandra's review:






In this 7th book of the series, the first to complete the first trilogy about Devon and Wade, it is clear that things are about to wrap up. At least to some extent. We're getting some answers, specifically around Burt (Devon's once-upon-a-time stepfather), his mother's abilities, however latent and unknown, and his grandmother's feelings about Devon having taken her place on the town council.

It's a fairly quiet and gentle book, too... Not much happens, other than Devon fighting his self-doubts, his lack of relationship experience, and his blindness in matters of the heart. 

The town is in mourning after having lost an important member of the community and the town council, and the mood is somber. 

Devon and Wade, engaged to be married, haven't set a date, and Devon believes that after the events of book 5 and 6, the town needs a happy event. Since he doesn't care much about how the wedding happens, he decides to propose to Wade that they get married for the townspeople. This idea holds exactly zero appeal to Wade (obvious to most, even if not to Devon), so the confused fae seeks the guidance of Oak. And Jesse. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Author Of The Month - Geoffrey Knight - Week Three


Welcome to our third week of celebrations for the amazin 




In today's episode post, we're going to take a look at the Buck Baxter Mysteries, plus Harm's Way, all from Geoffrey thriller/mystery books. We also have Geoffrey's personal story, and of course there's also a chance to win one of his books.


First up, Buck Baxter, Love Detective 


Blurb:

Welcome to Wilde City, 1924—a crane on top of every skyscraper, a party in every club, a romance on every dance floor, a shooting every night, a broken heart on every street corner and a dirty secret behind every window with the curtain drawn. It’s the kinda town that keeps Buck Baxter, private detective, in business.

For despite his fondness for a cold gin and a pipe stuffed with cannabis, Buck is the best gumshoe in Wilde City. Why? Because he has rules: never make friends, never make enemies, and never ever fall in love. That is until the day playboy nightclub owner Holden Hart swings into town. He’s suave, he’s charming, he’s chivalrous… and he’s exactly the kinda man that Buck will break all the rules for.

From the romance of the Rainbow Palace atop the Wilde City Tower, to the dazzling debauchery of the gentlemen’s parlor The Velvet Viper—from the history surrounding the sinister convent on the hill better known Hell’s Bells, to the lantern-lit opium barge, The Peking Empress, run by the mystical Madame Chang—could Buck be about to unravel the greatest mystery of them all…

The mystery of love?

Excerpt:

Picture this—
Wilde City, 1924, a crane on the top of every skyscraper, a party in every club, a romance on every dance floor, a shooting every night, a broken heart on every street corner and a dirty secret behind every window with the curtains drawn. It’s a city crammed with tough guys, dangerous women, loud jazz, and illegal booze; the kinda place where everyone carries a hipflask in their pocket and a spare pistol in their sock, no matter whether they’re dealing opium in a dark alley in Little Chinatown or dancing up a storm at the Rainbow Palace atop Wilde City Tower. You want a good time, you come to Wilde City; you wanna last a long time, you go someplace else. Because here in Wilde City there’s only three types of people: the lovers, the famous… and the dead.
Me, I ain’t famous, and last time I checked, I wasn’t dead either. And as for love, well I ain’t felt that in a long, long time. Sure, I’ve blown more than just money on the rent boys at the Velvet Viper; Satan knows there’s more than a few holes to slither down in that sinful snake pit. But I’d never really had anyone that I’d consider… cherished. Well at least not since I was a boy. But that’s a story for later.
So if I ain’t a lover, and I ain’t famous or dead, I guess that sorta makes me a nobody. Which is kinda what you need in my line of work. The name’s Buck Baxter, Private Detective. I stay low and keep my eyes open. I watch every shadow. I listen for every footstep, every whisper. I don’t make friends, I don’t make enemies, and I sure as hell don’t fall in love. I just get the job done fast, collect my payment, and move on to the next case.
At least that’s how the game used to go.
It all changed the night he blew in to town, announcing himself in a blaze of fireworks and a shebang so big it seemed the whole of Wilde City descended upon his glittering nightclub to hail the new prince of parties. His name was Holden Hart, and maybe I never would have met him if I didn’t get the telephone call from one Miss Winnipeg Whitmore.
“Mr. Baxter? Are you Mr. Buck Baxter?”
“Speaking.” It was just before nine. I was at my desk in my rundown old office that doubled as my apartment, sitting there stark naked but for my trusty black trilby. The night was so damn hot and sticky you could pour it in a barrel and slap a molasses label on it. I couldn’t stack enough ice in my glass of gin. The cannabis I’d smoked earlier was starting to sweat from my pores. If I held my face any closer to the electric fan on my desk, it might have shaved the stubble off my cheek.
“My name’s Miss Winnipeg Whitmore. I have a case for you, but I must be assured of absolute discretion. It’s a somewhat delicate matter that needs investigating, and I’m a very private person.”
“It’s your lucky day, Miss Whitmore. I’m a very private detective.”
“Do you accept cash?”
I clinked the ice in my gin. “Greenbacks, booze, pot, pistols… Lady, if I can trade it or spend it, I accept it.”
She seemed a little flustered by that. “Oh. Well then. Cash it is.”


* * *


Bright and early the next morning, there came a curt knock at the door. So bright and early in fact, I was still asleep on the sofa. I rolled off in a tangled sheet and hit the floor, my head pounding, and my cock already wide-awake. I grabbed my trousers and slid them on, then pulled on a worn, sweat-stained undershirt and snapped my suspenders over my shoulders. I was still tucking myself in, trying to push my erection down, when the knock came once again.
“Be right there,” I called before splashing the melted ice in my glass over my face. There was still a trace of gin left, and it burned my eyes. “Ah, shit,” I whispered to myself, wiping my red eyes dry with the back of my forearm and reaching for the door.
Evidently, my efforts to look remotely presentable failed.
The woman at the door looked somewhat shocked at my appearance. She herself came across as extremely prim and proper, in a dour kinda way. A real Mrs. Grundy if you catch my drift. On closer inspection, she was perhaps in her mid-thirties, but at first glance she had looked much older, what with the tight curls in her hair, the white-gloved hands clutching her white handbag, the pale blue blouse buttoned up to her neck, and a skirt that reached all the way to her ankles. I felt all hot and itchy just looking at her.
“Miss Whitmore, I’m guessing.”
She looked past me to the office apartment behind me. I could see her eyes scanning the room, and I knew exactly what she was seeing: the sheet on the floor by the sofa; the worn curtains and frayed rug on the bare boards; the empty gin bottle and glass on the desk; the pipe sitting in a silver dragon ashtray filled with the ash of last night’s cannabis hit; the bath tub and john in the far corner with the rusty plumbing running up the walls.
She looked even more shocked when she got to that.
I shrugged and by way of explanation said, “There used to be a wall there, but I live alone and it was kinda in the way, so why bother with the formalities?” I suddenly thought aloud, “Oh, do you need to use the restroom?”
“Gracious, no!” she gasped with no hesitation whatsoever. “Perhaps this was a mistake.”
She turned and started to leave when I said, “Suit yourself, Miss Whitmore. There’s plenty more gumshoes in Wilde City. Like Bones Mahoney, who spills all his leads to the editor of the Wilde City Chronicle. Or Freddy Finkster, who solves his cases with the help of the local authorities. Or Snitch Taylor, who… well, the name says it all, really. So go ahead. Take your pick. Although when it comes to a ‘delicate’ case such as yours, discretion and privacy may not be their strong suits.”
Miss Whitmore stopped in her tracks, slowly turned, and took a deep, silent breath.
“Why don’t you step into my office?” I asked.




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Secondly, Buck Baxter and the Disappearing Divas 



Blurb:

Something sinister is happening at the Maharaja Majestic Theater on Broadville Boulevard. The domineering actress, Dominique Darlington, has vanished without a trace, the opening night of the theater’s new production of The Snake Charmer’s Slave is now in jeopardy, and six suspects are about to have the pleasure of meeting Buck Baxter, Private Detective, as he investigates whether there’s a killer on the loose… or a phantom at the opera?

Could it be the handsome leading man, Errol Hemingway, who’s responsible for the disappearance of his leading lady… or perhaps it’s that sweet, doe-eyed understudy Olivia Overton? Is it the theater owner himself, the tall and mysterious Raja Khan who has committed the crime… or the show’s investor, the autocratic aristocrat Serafina Somerset? Or is it possible that the meek and mild stage manager Stanley Small, or the flamboyant and frustrated director Barnabas Blake, are guilty?
And what of Buck’s romance with playboy millionaire Holden "Harry" Hart? Will Buck get a backstage pass to access all areas of his one true love… or will this be the final curtain for Buck and Harry?
Follow the clues, and you might just solve… the mystery of the disappearing divas!



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And third in our line-up, Harm's Way 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

ARC Review: Better Place (Rainbow Place 3) by Jay Northcote

Blurb:
Joe deserves better. Meeting Dylan helps him see that.

After a recent redundancy, Joe takes a few months off to try and make it as a writer. His partner, Harry, is less than supportive but Joe is used to that after ten years together, just like he’s used to Harry’s controlling nature and his drinking habit.

Dylan, a server at Rainbow Place, is fascinated by Joe as he sits in the caf√© and works on his laptop. His attempts to flirt are met with awkwardness at first, but gradually Joe opens up. Dylan is disappointed when he learns Joe isn’t single. As their friendship develops he begins to worry about the nature of Joe’s relationship, especially when he witnesses Harry’s behaviour in person. Abuse isn’t always physical, and Dylan knows that from experience. His concern helps Joe see his relationship for what it is, and gives him the courage to end things with Harry.

Free to act on their mutual attraction, Joe and Dylan dive headlong into something that becomes serious fast. Joe revels in the passion and intimacy he’s been missing out on for so long, but Dylan is worried that Joe is on the rebound. He puts on the brakes, knowing that they need to slow down to make this last. For this new relationship to work, Joe needs to show Dylan that he’s ready to move on from the past.

Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone and has a satisfying happy ending.

Dani's rating:

Like the other books in this series, Better Place can be read as a standalone but, in my opinion, will bring more enjoyment if read as part of a whole.

The series revolves around a cafe owned by Seb (MC from book 1), and all the characters interact and are at least tangentially involved in each other's stories.

Dylan has a crush on an "older" (I use this term loosely since Joe is 42) guy who spends hours at the cafe writing on his lap top. Joe is trying his hand at being an author and is working on his first fiction novel. Dylan and Joe engage in subtle flirting and form a tentative friendship. Dylan is interested in more than friendship, but Joe is taken.


And therein lies the rub. Joe's partner of ten years, Harry, takes Joe for granted, isn't supportive, and has a drinking problem. I wouldn't say the relationship is abusive (although Harry is moody and a complete twat) as much as dead.


Blogtour: Skin and Bone by T.A. Moore



Title: Skin and Bone (Book 2 of the Digging up Bones series)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release: 26 February
Cover Artist: Bree Archer




Blurb:

Skin and Bone
Digging Up Bones: Book Two

Cloister Witte and his K-9 partner, Bourneville, find the lost and bring them home.
But the job doesn’t always end there.
Janet Morrow, a young trans woman, lies in a coma after wandering away from her car during a storm. But just because Cloister found the young tourist doesn’t mean she’s home. What brought her to Plenty, California… and who didn’t want her to leave?
With the help of Special Agent Javi Merlo, who continues to deny his growing feelings for the rough-edged deputy, Cloister unearths a ten-year-old conspiracy of silence that taps into Plenty’s history of corruption.
Janet Morrow’s old secrets aren’t the only ones coming to light.

Javi has tried to put his past behind him, but some people seem determined to pull his skeletons out of the closet. His dark history with a senior agent in Phoenix complicates not just the investigation but his relationship with Cloister.
And since when has he cared about that?

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First of all, thank you so much for having me! I’m thrilled to be here with Skin and Bone, the second book in the Digging up Bones series. Authors should probably be like parents in that they never admit any book is their favourite, but I love this series. It was great fun for me to revisit them in Skin and Bone and I hope you guys enjoy seeing them again too!
For this blog tour I have written a short story called ‘Sticks and Stones’ where you can see what Javi and Cloister were up to between books!


'Sticks and Stones' - Chapter Two

Sometimes even Javi found being around himself unbearable. It wasn’t that he couldn’t help himself, he just never wanted to until it was too late.

He tossed his jacket into the back of his car and followed Cloister around the side of Judge Ellie Buchanan’s appropriately nice house. The flower beds had been trampled by careless boots, but they’d obviously been well-tended with lavender bushes and anthuriums. There was only a spare patch of grass, yellowed around the edges from the hot weather, and an empty kennel with no bowl outside it.

Put him on the spot and Javi would probably call the judge a friend, even though he’d more inherited her from Sol than made her himself, but it was ring-fenced to their respective workplaces. The furthest outside of that sphere they’d gotten was a coffee at the stand outside the courthouse, while Ellie enjoyed an espresso and the cigarette she bummed from the barista and Javi pitched his case for a search warrant.

She’d never mentioned a dog. Or the death of one.

That was probably the sort of thing you told someone who you were friends with.

“That came out wrong,” Javi said as he stepped over the still-raw stump of a cut down tree.

Cloister glanced back over his shoulder. “No it didn’t,” he said. “You were being an asshole.”

From anyone else that would have put Javi’s back up. He had, after all, made the effort toward an apology. Sort of. The least whoever it was could do was acknowledge that and let it go. After all, why even try if it was going to be thrown back into your face.

Cloister got away with it. Probably because he was so matter-of-fact it sucked the emotional charge out of the moment, and let Javi with nothing to hide the fact that...yeah, he had been...behind. That and--Javi let his gaze follow the lean line of Cloister’s back down to the firm curve of his ass--Javi wanted to push him up against a tree and kiss an apology into his mouth.

Or, at least, kiss him until he forgot he was owed an apology.

“We agreed that it was better if no-one else knew that we’d hooked up,” Javi said. That got him a snort. Javi had set the rules, Cloister had shrugged that he didn’t care. He didn’t either. Other people’s opinions weren’t something that Cloister bothered with, whether it was about his personal life or the fact most of his off-duty t-shirts were second-hand Disney ones. Javi admired that sometimes, but that sort of bullet-proof disregard didn’t work when you had ambitions beyond a trailer and a fridge full of cold beer. “But I take the professional distance a bit...too far...sometimes.”

Cloister turned around and walked backwards. The moonlight softened the harsh lines of his face, smoothed out the broken cant of his nose. It didn’t make him pretty all of a sudden, but it made him look softer, younger. The ghost of who he might have been if people had tried harder not to hurt him.
Then he smirked, an amused cant of that beautiful mouth, and Javi was reminded why he was OK with this slightly more battered Cloister.

“No, that’s about right,” he said. “Trust me, people are going to jump to the conclusion we’re screwing way before it would occur to them we might be friends.”

Javi swallowed a brief, unexpected urge to ask ‘are we’. It wasn’t as if it should matter, certainly not right now. He folded the brief moment of tension up and put it away. His not-quite-tendered apology and Cloister’s not-quite-voiced admission of their relationship cancelled each other out, he decided.

“Did Mary-Anne tell you anything that we didn’t already know?” he asked.
People did. Cloister looked like a biker in search of a bar room brawl, but small children and scared women trusted him. Maybe it was the dog.

Cloister stopped as they reached the gate at the end of the path. It was all plain, grey metal tubing and wire, obviously the service entrance. There was a shiny new padlock clipped onto the lock, but it hung open. Javi made a mental note to get Tancredi down here to fingerprint it.

“She’s nervous,” he said.

“Her wife’s missing.”

Cover Reveal: Torn by Rick R Reed




We are delighted to reveal the cover for Rick R. Reed's upcoming novel 

Torn 



Blurb:

In 1995, Ricky’s first trip overseas results in love with fellow American Walt Whitman. But back in Chicago, he immediately falls in love with sexy blue-collar beast Tom. With a visit to Walt looming, Ricky is truly torn between two lovers.

Ever been torn between two lovers? That's Ricky Comparetto's problem.

It's 1995, and Ricky is making his very first trip across the pond with his best friend. Ricky, hungry for love and looking for it in all the wrong places, finds it in the beach city of Brighton. His new love has the curious name of Walt Whitman and is also an American, which only serves to make him sexier and more intriguing. By the time Walt and Ricky part, promises are made for a reunion in Boston.

But the course of true love never runs smooth. In Chicago Ricky almost immediately falls in love again. Tom Green is a sexy blue-collar beast with the kindest heart Ricky has ever run across.

What's he to do? With a visit to the East Coast on the horizon and a new love blossoming in Ricky's home of Chicago, Ricky truly is torn.


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And now, drumroll, please...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

ARC Review: Helix by Anna Martin

Helix
Blurb:
When high school student James has trouble with his truck, Dylan, who is studying to be a mechanic, comes to the rescue. James thinks he hides his immediate attraction well, but is happy to be wrong when Dylan asks for his number. Since James is new to romance, they take things slowly, and because Dylan is in college, James keeps the budding relationship secret from his overprotective dad. 


Across town, Mark, a teacher and single father to James and his sister, Frankie, meets Steve at a bar for what both believe will be a quick hookup. Mark doesn't see any reason to tell his kids about Steve or press Steve for details about Steve's adopted son.... It's just sex between them. Isn't it?

Two very different love stories grow side by side, each hidden from the other. 
But all of that changes at a family barbecue, when Mark decides it's time for his kids to meet Steve and for him to meet James's boyfriend, who none of them realize is Steve's son, Dylan. The inevitable explosion means the two couples have some explaining to do to soothe the hurt feelings of their families--and lovers.


Todd's rating:




As much as I'd looked forward to reading this book, it sadly didn't work as well for me as I'd hoped it would. : (

The first parts of the story I enjoyed, where 18 y.o. James met 20 y.o. Dylan and they stumbled around one another in sort of an adorable, dazed dance of attraction.

We also met James' 45 y.o., science teacher dad, Mark, and Dylan's 39 y.o. adoptive father, Steve, as they first screwed their brains out (in an *open* public toilet stall in a bar, yikes), then decided to try dating afterward.

I much preferred the younger couple's slow-burn approach to their attraction to the dads' fucking like bunnies method, which felt sort of sleazy to me. Just, the way it was written, that's how it made me feel, sorry.

I was much more invested in James and Dylan's relationship, feeling almost nothing at all toward the possibility of growing feels between the dads.

ARC Review: Milo (Finding Home 2) by Lily Morton

Blurb:
Once upon a time a brave knight rescued a young man. Unfortunately, he then spent the next few years bossing the young man around and treating him like a child.

Milo has been burying himself at Chi an Mor, hiding from the wreckage of his once promising career and running from a bad relationship that destroyed what little confidence he had. Niall, his big brother’s best friend, has been there for him that entire time. An arrogant and funny man, Niall couldn’t be any more different from the shy and occasionally stuttering Milo, which has never stopped Milo from crushing wildly on the man who saved him.

However, just as Milo makes the decision to move on from his hopeless crush, he and Niall are thrown into close contact, and for the first time ever Niall seems to be returning his interest. But it can never work. How can it when Milo always needs rescuing?

From the bestselling author of the Mixed Messages series comes a story about a man who needs to write his own happily ever after.

This is the second book in the Finding Home series, but it can be read as a standalone.

Dani's rating:

The first part of the book was perfection: witty dialogue, UST, English countryside setting, hurt/comfort, great secondary characters (Silas and Oz!), a cute baby named Cora, and a feisty cat.

I love dual POV narratives, and both Niall and Milo are lovable MCs: Milo with his subdued sass and sarcastic remarks, and Niall, protective and commanding, but never controlling.

Milo fears that a relationship with an intense, possessive guy will make him feel small. His ex belittled and mocked him relentlessly. But Niall is nothing like Milo's nasty ex Thomas.

Niall is real and is starting to have (inconvenient but delicious) feelings for his best friend's little brother.

All was well, wonderful even, until Gideon, said best friend and older brother, arrived. But Gideon doesn't come alone. Oh no. He brings a spoiled hussy with him, expecting that Niall will want a threesome as usual.

Why, why, WHY did Lily Morton have to go here? I just went off on a big rant about siblings sleeping with each other's exes in a review for another book. I despise that trope, and it got really weird here.


Blogtour: Devil's Bargain by Kathryn Sparrow




Title: Devil's Bargain
Series: King of Hearts Book 1
Author: Kathryn Sparrow
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: January 3
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 67500 Words
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal

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Synopsis


Seth Griffin is forced to live out his wildest dreams at the expense of his best friend, the man he loves.

Seth Griffin's life was basically on track. Attend Cornell, double major in Mechanical Engineering and Astronomy, play basketball, and room with his best friend, Kevin. So what if he had a hopeless crush on his gorgeous, straight friend.

When Maynard Frederick Winthrop IV buys all of Seth's family's debt and threatens to foreclose, everything Seth has worked for is in jeopardy. Winthrop offers Seth a deal: spend a week at his mansion, a place that seems to defy logic and violate the laws of physics, performing challenges of Winthrop's choosing. If Seth succeeds, all will be forgiven.

But can Seth do as Winthrop asks, especially when Kevin is the one who will pay the price?




Excerpt

“There’s one thing I don’t understand about you. You’re gay. You’re out. You live in a liberal state, but you rarely hook up, no boyfriends, nothing. What gives?”

What? Why did Winthrop know he was gay or care?

“Excuse me. I don’t see how that’s any of your business.”

Winthrop’s brows climbed. “Believe me. It’s my business. Everyone has needs, but you live like a monk.”

“I’m a double major across two colleges and a varsity athlete. I don’t have time for a boyfriend, and I’m done with hookups.”

Winthrop shook his head, a frown marring his face. “That’s crazy. There are even a couple guys on your team who have offered to blow you, bottom, top, whatever, but you keep refusing. Even on those away games, alone, in a hotel.”

“Look. Enough of this.” Seth slammed his hand down on the table. “I came here. I sat through this meal. It’s done. You clearly have my family and me over a barrel. Isn’t it time to tell me what this is all about?”

“As you wish.”


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Dubious Consent


Devil’s Bargain is a dubious consent story. Seth is forced to do things by Winthrop that he would not agree to do otherwise.
However, what I enjoy about this genre is although Seth would not agree to do them, he wants to. He is being forced to do exactly what he wants, but he thinks he’s not allowed. It’s salacious living out forbidden fantasies. All of that is key for me.
Although Seth is our narrator, he is an unreliable narrator. He explains what he perceives is the truth, but he is not always correct.
I love books that use the dubious consent theme as long as they are written in the romance genre because of the rules for a romance. The Romance Writers of America define Romance as follows:

Release Blitz: ​Ostakis by Angelica Primm




Title: Ostakis
Author: Angelica Primm
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: February 18, 2019
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: M/NB
Length: 52600
Genre: Science Fiction, LGBT, sci-fi, action, intersex

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Synopsis


The Human Planets Collective sent young Ambassador Kaj Deder to the former colony planet Ostakis to establish relations. But in the twenty-five hundred years since Earth lost contact with Ostakis, the people of that colony have dramatically changed. Kaj is tasked with finding the reason for these changes while he forges trade links between the HPC and Ostakis. Without trade with the HPC, the dwindling resources of Ostakis will ultimately end human life on the planet. But his mission faces a huge obstacle in the form of Most Reverend Thyenn Sharr, the head of the Faith Progressive Church, who sees the arrival of Kaj as the beginning of the end of the Church. Kaj’s powerful attraction to Trademaster Klath’s son, Arlan does not smooth relations.

Arlan Klath, the son of the Trademaster of Ostakis, bears the secret that the pious people of his planet want to hide from the homeworld and the HPC. The Curse of the Unspoken, wrought through the unspeakable acts of the First Colonists, afflicts all Ostakians, but some more strongly than others. Arlan is totally Cursed, considered born sinful and he lives without legal rights or property. He is scrutinized by Sharr who is enraged that Arlan’s father defiantly refuses to submit Arlan to a cruel act to “redeem” Arlan’s soul. The stakes increase when Arlan and Kaj form a relationship that Thyenn Sharr considers ample justification to usurp the Trademaster position through the power of his Church.



Excerpt


KAJ

Dearest Marta,

You would ask if I’m upset with my new posting. No. Not that. Discomforted. Yes. That is the correct word. You know I am a man who likes his routines, the stuff that meshes you to the pleasurable aspects of living. A delicious cup of coffee in the morning. Grilled vegetables on the barbecue and a nice glass of wine on the terrace in the evening. Everyday things.

Where I head is not ordinary…

Landfall is the most dangerous part of the journey.

The transport shook and rattled as it descended to hit the atmosphere of Ostakis. Flames flared from the heat shield and now I know why the pilot told me to pull the shade on my seat window. It’s terrifying watching the flames of friction ignited ionized gas shimmer outside the window and engulf the ship. To take my mind off my impending death I mulled over my last briefing with Director Kotel.

“How terraformed is this planet?” I had asked the director. We both paged our copies of the sparse notes and reports on Ostakis on our government issued readers. Survey had just turned in the information, and I was eager to see it. But, at the director’s request, I had to wait until this meeting to go through it thoroughly.

“Not quite Earth normal,” said Director Kotal. “Ten percent of the original plant and animal forms still survive. The Ostakians fight the planet’s encroaching desert sands. The shield wall the colonists built is in disrepair.”

That was an interesting bit of information. “Any reason why?”

Monday, February 18, 2019

ARC Review: Milo (Finding Home #2) by Lily Morton

Milo (Finding Home #2)
Blurb:
Once upon a time a brave knight rescued a young man. Unfortunately, he then spent the next few years bossing the young man around and treating him like a child. 

Milo has been burying himself at Chi an Mor, hiding from the wreckage of his once promising career and running from a bad relationship that destroyed what little confidence he had. 
Niall, his big brother’s best friend, has been there for him that entire time. An arrogant and funny man, Niall couldn’t be any more different from the shy and occasionally stuttering Milo, which has never stopped Milo from crushing wildly on the man who saved him. 

However, just as Milo makes the decision to move on from his hopeless crush, he and Niall are thrown into close contact, and for the first time ever Niall seems to be returning his interest. But it can never work. How can it when Milo always needs rescuing? 

From the bestselling author of the Mixed Messages series comes a story about a man who needs to write his own happily ever after.

This is the second book in the Finding Home series, but it can be read as a standalone. 

Content warning: There are descriptions of domestic abuse in this book.



Todd's rating:




After reading "Oz", I was beginning to fall in love with Milo, so when I heard that he was getting his own book, I knew I'd have to read it ASAP and I'm glad that I did.

This story was funny, but since Milo's personality was more subdued, the humor in his story was much more subtle and low-key and less of a punch to the funny bone.

In the prologue, the book began with Milo in a bad relationship with a beautiful, but verbally abusive and belittling artist. A man who never let an opportunity pass to bend Milo to his own will and chip away at Milo's already-low self-esteem.

Then Niall swooped in and rescued Milo from that cruel, undeserved fate, whisking him away to Silas' estate, far from London, giving Milo both time and support as he licked his wounds and began to heal.

The main drama in this story arose from Niall skirting the fine line between protecting Milo and allowing him to find the strength to fight his own battles, which was a bit challenging to watch, since I also felt as though I wanted to shelter Milo from those situations, too.
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