Sunday, November 17, 2019

ARC Review: The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings (Black and Blue #1) by Lily Morton

Blurb:

Levi Black is at a crossroads. After suffering a loss and breaking up a long-term relationship, he’s looking for a change. When he receives the news he’s inherited a house in York, he seizes the opportunity to begin a new chapter in his life.


However, when he gets there, he finds a house that has never kept its occupants for very long. Either through death or disinclination, no one stays there, and after a few days of living in the place, Levi can understand why. Strange noises can be heard at all hours of the day and night, and disturbing and scary things begin to happen to him. He never believed in ghosts before, but when events take a sinister turn, he knows he must look for help. He finds it in the unlikely form of the blue-haired leader of a ghost tour.


Blue Billings is edgy, beautiful, and lost. Utterly lost. He conceals so many secrets that some days it’s a miracle he remembers his own name. He knows that he should ignore Levi because he threatens the tenuous grip Blue has on survival. But there’s something about the kind-eyed man that draws Blue to him. Something that demands he stay and fight for him when he would normally run in the opposite direction.


As the two men investigate the shocking truth behind Levi’s house, they also discover a deep connection that defies the short length of time they’ve known each other. But when events escalate and his life is on the line, Levi has to wonder if it was wise to trust the Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings.

Todd's rating:

 



This was such a fun story, with loads of intrigue and digging up the past, sometimes quite literally.

London resident and recently-single Levi needed a major life change, so after his partner cheated, he moved to York to fix up a (HAUNTED MURDER!!!) house that he'd recently inherited.

Then, as Levi began to realize the he was indeed the proud owner of a haunted murder house, that gave him the perfect opportunity to finally approach his blue-haired cutie crush, who led the local ghost tour.

I adored Blue, and hearing his story of being homeless since age 13 was heartbreaking, so never having known real love, he was beyond wary of his developing feelings toward Levi.

This book had a bit more serious tone to it than some of Lily's very comedic reads, but it had a lot of feels and some funny moments. Like the "tea towel incident", which made me laugh extremely hard.

The horror elements were pretty spooky, although not all of the ghosts that Levi and Blue encountered were of the murdery variety, which was nice.

Release Blitz: The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings by Lily Morton


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The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings
Lily Morton
Gay Romance/Paranormal Ghost
Release Date: 11.14.19


Blurb
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Levi Black is at a crossroads. After suffering a loss and breaking up a long-term relationship, he’s looking for a change. When he receives the news he’s inherited a house in York, he seizes the opportunity to begin a new chapter in his life. 
However, when he gets there, he finds a house that has never kept its occupants for very long. Either through death or disinclination, no one stays there, and after a few days of living in the place, Levi can understand why. Strange noises can be heard at all hours of the day and night, and disturbing and scary things begin to happen to him. He never believed in ghosts before, but when events take a sinister turn, he knows he must look for help. He finds it in the unlikely form of the blue-haired leader of a ghost tour.
Blue Billings is edgy, beautiful, and lost. Utterly lost. He conceals so many secrets that some days it’s a miracle he remembers his own name. He knows that he should ignore Levi because he threatens the tenuous grip Blue has on survival. But there’s something about the kind-eyed man that draws Blue to him. Something that demands he stay and fight for him when he would normally run in the opposite direction.
As the two men investigate the shocking truth behind Levi’s house, they also discover a deep connection that defies the short length of time they’ve known each other. But when events escalate and his life is on the line, Levi has to wonder if it was wise to trust the Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings.





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Excerpt

His audience are raptly hanging onto his every word, but attention is disrupted when a large group approaches. At its lead is a thin man with long black hair pulled back into a ponytail. He’s handsome, but his expression is discontented and his mouth is sharp. He’s dressed in similar clothes to Blue, and he carries a large wooden box.

The group moves past us, coming to a stop a few yards away. The man places his box on the ground with a rather dramatic precision. My mouth twitches as he climbs on with a great deal of dignity.

“I’ve brought you here,” he says in a ghoulish tone, “to talk about plague and death and a terrible end in solitary confinement locked away in a small house.”

“Excuse me.” Blue’s loud voice cuts straight through the man’s dramatic spiel.

The man stops talking with an impatient sigh. “Can I help you?” he asks.

“I’ll say you can,” Blue says sharply. “This is my pitch for the next ten minutes. That’s the agreement if I keep off the York Devil bit until last thing.”

“Well, Frank changed the route. Sorry if you didn’t get the memo,” Box Boy says in a bored voice.

“You don’t sound sorry,” Blue says calmly. “You sound quite cross.” He pauses. “Or constipated. I never could tell the difference.” He looks him up and down. “Both ways were a build-up of shit.”

The man seems to lose his grasp on his temper. “You don’t own York,” he says loudly.

“Obviously not,” my guide says patiently. “Or I wouldn’t be doing ghost tours.” He clearly remembers his audience and turns back with a charming smile. “I would, of course, still be doing ghost tours for wonderful groups like this even if I owned the city of York, because I live to impart spectral knowledge.” The other man snorts slightly, and Blue smiles at us kindly and winks. “You’ll have to excuse us,” he says. “We used to date. Can I just say there is no correlation at all between box size and penis size?”

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Release Blitz: The Christmas Deal by Keira Andrews






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Length: 250 pages

Cover Design: Wicked Smart Design


Blurb


Will fake boyfriends become the real deal this holiday?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—except ex-Marine Logan is jobless and getting evicted. Worse, he’s a new single dad with a stepson who hates him. A kid needs stability—not to mention presents under the tree—and Logan’s desperate.

Then he meets lonely Seth and makes a deal.

Can Logan temporarily pretend to be live-in boyfriends to increase Seth’s chances at a promotion? If it provides a roof over their heads for the holidays, hell yeah. Logan considers himself straight—he doesn’t count occasional hookups with guys—but he can fake it. Besides, with his shy little smile, Seth is surprisingly sexy.

Make that damn sexy.

Shocked that Seth has only been with one man, Logan can’t resist sweetening their deal to teach him the joys of casual sex. No strings attached. No feelings. No kissing. 

No falling for each other.

Easy, right?

The Christmas Deal is a steamy holiday gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring fake boyfriends, bisexual awakening, a clueless single dad with an angry preteen, and of course a happy ending.




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Release Blitz: In This Bed of Snowflakes We Lie by Sophia Soames



Book Title: In This Bed of Snowflakes We Lie

Author: Sophia Soames

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: Miriam Latu

Release Date: November 14, 2019

Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance

Trope/s: Forced Proximity, Christmas, Family,

Themes: Christmas, family, coming out, University Dorm living, Norway, Scandinavia

No triggers or warnings. No age gap, University aged student MC’s.

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 62 891 words

It is a standalone story.

 
 

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Love is supposed to be easy. You are supposed to find your person and fall in love, and then you hold each other and kiss and live happily ever after. 

Well, Erik has ended up in the wrong bloody love story. He is stuck in the one full of angst and worries and confusion and pain. Lots of pain.


Blurb

Oskar Høiland hides from life. It just makes things easier that way, not having to face all the fears and drama of living. He especially hides from other people, because Oskar has grown up fearing the snide remarks and the quick glances that strip him of the tiny scraps of confidence he still has left. He is just going to keep existing. Work hard to complete his medical degree and perhaps watch a few more series on Netflix in peace and quiet over Christmas.

Erik Nøst Hansen should be an almost fully-fledged adult. He should be able to sort out the mess that festers in his head and stop lying. It’s just hard. And it’s bloody terrifying to even acknowledge the thoughts that swirl around in his head at night when he can’t sleep. He also needs to figure out how to talk to the boy downstairs. The one with the golden curls and the crooked smile. The boy who is completely monopolising Erik’s messed-up heart.

A story of falling in love and being brave. A Christmas tale with a difference, set in the university dorms of central Oslo, where lies are uncovered, snowflakes are falling all over the place, and beds are made to lie in. There is a slightly unconventional family. A mess of animal onesies. Too much food and a very Merry Christmas.



Excerpt

Oskar’s first instinct is to flee. Run. Hide somewhere until the thing in his bed has disappeared. He blinks. Shakes his head in disbelief and looks again.

Nope. He’s still there. There is still a very-much-fast-asleep person in his bed, his breathing soft against Oskar’s pillow, and that ridiculous pink bandana is sliding down over his eyes.

He moves carefully to get a closer look, then recoils back as he remembers. No clothes! He is stark naked in his own room, like a normal person would be. It’s just, this dude is there. Right there. On his bed.

Yes, he had left his door unlocked, but then that doesn’t mean any random person can just come in and decide to sleep in his bed? Does it? Especially when the random person is flat-out drunk. Oskar can smell the alcohol now, his body recoiling at the fumes escaping along with little bubbles of spit at the corner of the dude’s mouth. Beer-scented mouthfuls of air with every breath. Every little snore.

He doesn’t know how he didn’t realise someone was here before. I mean, the dude is not exactly quiet, snuffling and snoring and smacking his lips together in his sleep.

Oskar’s eardrums are still ringing from having his earphones on the highest volume, and the beats from upstairs are still going strong, but still, he should have noticed. How the fuck didn’t he notice?

Friday, November 15, 2019

Audio Book Review: Two Man Advantage, Point Shot #1 by V.L. Locey




Buy Links: Apple Books | KOBO 

Length: 3hrs

Narrated By: Sean Crisden

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Blurb

Victor Kalinski, all-star forward for the Boston Barracudas, is one of the biggest jerks in professional hockey. Before long his aggressive attitude gets him shipped off to play in the minor leagues.Furious, he takes to the ice with equal amounts of skill and scathing sarcasm, which doesn’t win him any friends—except for good-natured alternate captain Daniel Arou. He won’t take any of Vic’s crap, and he won’t take no for an answer. But Vic’s trouble-making is pulling his career one way while Dan’s talent is pushing his in the other. However much they scorch the sheets, they might soon be separated by more than Vic’s fear of being hurt.


Karen's rating:





It's hockey written by V.L. Locey and read by Sean Crisden...for the win...

at least it was a win for me...for the Cougars, the minor league team that Victor Kalinski, all-star forward or more accurately...former all-star forward of the Boston Barracudas finds himself shipped back to...maybe, not so much.

Before I say much about the story I'm going to chatter a bit about Victor Kalinski because man when it comes to how I felt about him...well, it's complicate. I want to say I couldn't stand him. and in some ways for the most part I couldn't. He's brash, rude, arrogant, self-centered and just generally full of himself beyond belief and if that was all there was to him I'd be golden when it comes to disliking him but it's not. Victor is also insecure and while he tries to keep it hidden he's got definite self esteem issues. Not where his hockey skills are concerned but when it comes to thinking he's worthy of friendship and love, of being treated decently yeah, he's totally lacking in self-esteem. He's got the mother from hell and as for his father well, I don't think there's a definitive answer to that question. Victor's childhood memories aren't the kind that any child should ever have and he hides it all behind a wall of anger, aggression and in general some really jerktastic behavior.

The Cougars alternate captain Daniel Arou sees in Victor what others have missed and he may be little but he's fearless and determined to break down Victor's barriers and he might also be Canadian. While Victor's a love/hate relationship for me. I loved Daniel from the word go and no it wasn't because he's Canadian...although this did get him bonus points. In the hockey world Daniel may be little but he's also fierce. He not only saw through Victor's BS, he called him on it and in the battle for Victor's heart Daniel gave no quarter.

But when Daniel's chance comes and he gets called up to the majors...by not just any team, no it's the Boston Barracudas who want him and it's Victor who steps up and insist that he go even if it means the end of them.

Blogtour: Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds by Carissa Andrews



Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds 


Carissa Andrews 


Publication date: November 12th 2019

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Urban Fantasy



Blurb:

The final five angels have been located and averting the apocalypse means somehow recreating the birth of Christ.
Morgan never expected total annihilation would come down to the actions of five misfit angels. But as each one’s hidden angelic power unfolds, so does the sinister truth… the entire Jesus storyline has been wiped from the collective consciousness, leaving a tear in the fabric of reality.
The final five need to figure out how their gifts are meant to fit together in order to set things right. However, coming to terms with the responsibility resting on their shoulders doesn’t come easy. To make matters worse, the demons have found them and unless they get on the same page quickly, the darkness will consume them all. But how can they make things right when the thing that’s missing happened more than 2000 years ago?
One thing’s for sure. If they fail, existence ceases.
If you love books like Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s American Gods or Good Omens, Joe Hill’s Nos4A2, or Stephen King’s (Richard Bachman) Blaze, then you’ll love Awakening!

Excerpt:
“Did you read the latest about the disappearances? Some people are claiming it’s a mysterious purge being done to us by the gods and goddesses. As if they are finally angry with us and the direction we’ve taken. They’ve decided to return and wreak some havoc. Can you believe people are actually buying it?” I ask, snickering to myself. 
It’s one of the more absurd explanations, but of course the gullible are buying it rather than seeing it for what it is. Likely a government cover-up as the politicians desperately try to bring the population under control. 
We’re on the brink of an extinction-level event if we’re not careful. 
Absently, I stroke my growing belly. 
Braham laughs, shifting in his seat. He throws me a sideways glance, and I sit up straighter.
I know that laugh—after years of marriage you delve deep into the inner workings and outward ticks a person has. 
“Oh, no … no you don’t. You don’t buy that nonsense, too, do you?” I ask, my jaw slacking open. “The old gods? Braham—? I thought we were in agreement about this.”
For the first time in ages, he winces. 
My hand flies to my forehead, and my mouth pops open. Leaning back in my seat, I stare out into the abyss of glass and steel. 
What is this world coming to? 

Release Blitz: For Sam, times infinity by Suki Fleet





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Length: 60,000 words approx.



Blurb
After growing up in care, all Sam wants is to make a home for him and Tommy, his kid brother by choice. But it’s not as easy as he thought, especially when his social worker finds him a job miles away. And falling for the surprising boy at work only makes things harder.
Evra is different, his past a mystery. Being truly himself is not something he’s ever felt safe enough to be with anyone, not until Sam, the shyest boy ever, saves his life at work and Evra finds himself inexplicably trusting him. Wanting him.

Problem is, Sam is leaving, unable to stand being so far away from Tommy. And Evra can’t leave, not when he has consequences to face.
Making things work might seem complicated, but sometimes falling in love has its own consequences.



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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Author Of The Month - Lillian Francis - Week Two



Welcome to our 2nd week of celebrations for the fabulous





In this week's post, we're looking at Barefoot, Just Hanging Out, and Calamine And Christmas Cake, plus five little-known facts about Lillian. There's also another chance to win one of her books.


First up, Barefoot


Blurb:

Finn’s rugby career was brought to a premature end by a crunching tackle, shattering his confidence and leaving him shy and insecure about his sexuality, despite his size. But understanding how it feels to lose courage in the face of a shaky future, he volunteers at a homeless shelter.

One night he gives up his shoes to a homeless man. Of course, that’s the night he finally gets an opportunity to talk to Sam, the cute twink he’s been crushing on. Shoeless, breathless, not at his best – it’s no wonder Sam mistakes Finn for another man down on his luck.

This story originally appeared in the ‘A Taste of Honey’ anthology.



Excerpt:

Of course, that plan only worked when CuteGuyTM was actually working. It appeared this was where my luck ran out. Today two middle-aged ladies were laughing behind the counter. I’d seen them both before, but always working with CuteGuyTM, never together.
What if he had moved on? Another store, another job, another town? All before I’d summoned up the courage to talk to him?
So caught up in the sheer panic of my thoughts, I failed to notice the lack of a beep and barely even heard the woman’s robotic voice from out of the machine.
“Unexpected item in bagging area.”
“Unexpected item in bagging area.”
Shhiit!
Grabbing the diced veggies that I had dropped into the bag without thinking, I tried to scan them for a second time. Still there was no comforting blip of acknowledgement.
“Having trouble there?”
I glanced over my shoulder, holding up the misbehaving vegetables to explain my problem, and damn near swallowed my tongue. CuteGuyTM. There was no mistaking him, even with his hair flat and darkened to a burnt umber by some type of product, making even the colourful tips almost impossible to distinguish. And with him being a good five or six inches shorter than me, I had the perfect view as he took the item from my hands and leant across me to the scanner. I should have moved away, given him room to work, but my feet were working about as well as my tongue.
“Nope,” CuteGuyTM said, putting so much inflection into the word that the p popped audibly. “Not going to scan. I’ve told them about this in the produce department. The labels get damp in the chiller cabinet and, with all the handling, the lines of the bar code start to wear off.”
As he spoke, CuteGuyTM edged his way in between me and the till, peering at the label. I shuffled back a few steps, both to give him room to work and to admire the view. His voice was deeper than I would have expected based on the high pitch of his laughter, which I’d heard on previous occasions drifting over from the kiosk.
CuteGuyTM keyed each number of the bar code individually, and the machine beeped its appreciation of a job well done.
“Thanks.” Six months ogling the guy, and that was the best I could come up with.
“It’s my job, but you’re…” CuteGuyTM glanced up at me and, in the space of a heartbeat, his voice seemed to drop another octave, “more than welcome.”
Honeyed amber eyes darted restlessly, taking in every part of me. I started to feel warm just from the heat of them.
“Maybe I should stay here until you’re done. Just to be sure the rest of your purchases go through okay.”
“Sure.” I needed to say something that amounted to more than one-word grunts. Had to, if I ever wanted to ask him out. Which I did. Now more than ever. “You’re normally on the cigarette kiosk.”
“Yeah.” A pleased smile curled CuteGuyTM’s lips, and I caught a flash of teeth. “I’ve been picked for management training.”
Had the smile been because I noticed him on the kiosk before? Far more likely his happiness was due to the thought of his promotion. However, I could still feel his heated gaze as I stepped forward to swipe the remainder of my items.
The reflection I had seen in the window of the rival supermarket no longer amused me, and I fought the desire to finger comb my rat’s nest of hair, knowing it would only draw further attention to my bedraggled appearance. Be confident, I chided, glancing to my left where CuteGuyTM was standing. He shifted his gaze with an embarrassed smile when I caught his eye, but before that, I swear he had been staring at me quite blatantly. Hungrily, even. Now would be the perfect time to give him my number, all casual-like. Except I didn’t do casual—I exuded awkward. Besides, I didn’t know my mobile number off the top of my head and, in my hurry tonight, I’d forgotten to grab it on my way out.
I could remember my name, though. Only just, in these circumstances, but…
“Finn.”
“Sorry. What?”
“My name,” I finished lamely, wishing I’d kept my mouth shut. Who introduces themselves to the checkout guy at the supermarket? No matter how you think he’s been looking at you. Idiot!
“Finn,” CuteGuyTM repeated. He tapped the name badge pinned to his shirt, which I’d completely failed to notice. In my defence the rest of him was far too distracting. “I’m Sam.”
Grinning, CuteGuyTM—Sam—looked like he was going to say something cheeky or flirtatious, and I knew I’d be expected to respond in kind. Panic swept over me and I fumbled the sausages, feeling them slip from my fingers. The milliseconds stretched out as though they were passing through black treacle, until the splat of an uncooked meat product hitting the linoleum jerked us back into real time.
“I’ll get them,” Sam offered with a wide smile, and as he squatted in front of me I could have sworn he tossed me a quick wink before dropping his gaze to search out the fallen sausages.


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Book 2 in our line-up, Just Hanging Out


Blurb:

“Come and honour the Oak King.”

The countdown to the company solstice picnic is one of Shawn’s favourite times of the year. The scents of sage, mint, basil, sunflower, and lavender fill the air as the workshop mixes up the final batch of Litha, their solstice soap. It’s celebration time! This year, Shawn has an extra spring in his step, and it’s all for the new buyer, Tim. Shawn’s fine having a crush on the gorgeous new straight guy. Until he isn’t.

As the clock ticks down to Picnic-Day, Shawn’s confidence and Tim’s sexuality become mired in doubt and second guesses. It’s a minefield of embarrassed glances and missed opportunities. Seems like they’ll never get together…

To cap it all, Shawn’s drawn Tim in the secret solstice gifting. What to get for the quiet man who turns Shawn’s legs to jelly and has the best underwear hanging from the washing line in his garden? And will that tempting rainbow of colour be forever seared onto Shawn’s brain?

Excerpt:

Another day, another chance to ogle Tim as he made the short journey to work, the only time I could really, really, stare without being caught. Especially as Tim had taken to using my green pen. All. The. Bloody. Time. Sucking and chewing and generally just fellating the bloody thing.
As I waited patiently for his front door to open I studied the sky, an occasional pure white fluffy cloud drifting across clear blue skies. Perfect washing weather. I shifted my gaze to the rear of the property. Sure enough, the line was decorated in a myriad of colour. The more days that passed where that washing appeared on the line, the more I felt like those pants were waving a LGBTQ flag to my rainbow-coloured heart. And the less certain I was about Tim’s sexuality, as I’d perceived it for so long.
Two weeks of gay semaphore were doing nothing to help quell the bearded, pen sucking fantasies that had crept into my personal time of late. Maybe if I changed my routine I could try and catch Tim hanging the undies on the line, but I couldn’t keep running to the copier every few minutes to check. And knowing my luck, I’d miss the moment anyway.
Didn’t stop me wondering. Tim bringing out a basket and pegs, his back to my window, bending over to retrieve each pair from the basket on the ground before shaking out the material and hanging it carefully on the line. Maybe the grass would be damp from the morning dew and, not wanting to get the bottom of his chinos wet, he wore nothing but his shirt. Grass from the carefully cut lawn would tickle his bare feet. And every time he bent over, a flash of neon orange GAGs caught the eye of anyone watching.
“Hey. What’s so interesting?”

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

ARC Review: Mr. Right Now by Annabeth Albert

Blurb:
He’s Mr. Right Now, but for how long?

When Russ suffers a Thanksgiving disaster, his gorgeous neighbor Esteban is there to save the day. And after an innocent mix-up leads to the former Hollywood hottie playing the role of Russ’s date, Russ thinks scoring Esteban as his fake boyfriend is a huge win. The newly discharged marine is healing inside and out and could use some holiday cheer.

For his part, Esteban is intrigued by his big, bad neighbor. He likes how his matchmaking cat brings out an unexpected caring side of Russ. Desire flares as the reasons to continue their ruse pile up for both men.

And pretending feels so good. From chocolaty kisses to late night cuddles, their burgeoning friendship is getting cozier and cozier. But as the end date for their little deception looms, all the real feelings they’ve tried to ignore come tumbling in. Each must decide whether they have what it takes to ring in the New Year as a couple.

Dani's rating:

Russ is my new book boyfriend. He's mine, people, you hear?

I liked Esteban too, but Russ is considerate, kind, empathetic, and determined to make his fake boyfriend see that their pretend relationship is one hundred percent real.

Esteban thinks Russ is on the rebound, but really that's just a lie he tells himself because he's scared. He's been left, so he'd rather not try.

But it's impossible not to fall for Russ, who makes Esteban feel like a superhero.

Esteban rescues Russ on Thanksgiving, and their neighborly friendship slash fake boyfriend scheme becomes something much more.

First there are the cooking lessons, then shopping trips and meals together, and finally there are kisses ... Oh, yeah, the steam will melt the coldest of hearts, especially coupled with the delicious epilogue set a year later.

Blogtour: Heartward by Andrew Grey



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Heartward 



Blurb:

He doesn’t know that home is where his heart will be….

Firefighter Tyler Banik has seen his share of adventure while working disaster relief with the Red Cross. But now that he’s adopted Abey, he’s ready to leave the danger behind and put down roots. That means returning to his hometown—where the last thing he anticipates is falling for his high school nemesis.

Alan Pettaprin isn’t the boy he used to be. As a business owner and council member, he’s working hard to improve life in Scottville for everyone. Nobody is more surprised than Alan when Tyler returns, but he’s glad. For him, it’s a chance to set things right. Little does he guess he and Tyler will find the missing pieces of themselves in each other. Old rivalries are left in the ashes, passion burns bright, and the possibility for a future together stretches in front of them….

But not everyone in town is glad to see Tyler return….


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Excerpt:


A soft poke on the shoulder woke him, followed by another. Then a giggle and footsteps on the floor. Tyler kept his eyes closed, listening for another giggle and waiting for a pounce. When it came, Tyler held Abey as he tugged him up onto the bed, to much laughter. It had taken months to hear that expression of joy, and it rang in Tyler’s ears as the most wonderful sound on earth.
“I heard you,” his mother said as she cracked the door open.
Abey immediately stilled, grew silent, and then buried his face in the covers.
“That’s your grandma. She’s really nice. I promise.” Tyler held Abey closer and waited for him to lift his face out of the blankets. “It’s okay.” He sat up and lifted Abey along with him. He went right to him, burying his face in Tyler’s neck.
“I’m making you something to eat,” his mom said quietly.
“Thanks. I’m going to get him cleaned up, and then we’ll be out.” He held Abey tightly and grabbed some of their stuff. He had gotten used to doing a lot of tasks one-handed, and once his mom had gone and closed the door, Abey let Tyler put him down. Tyler grabbed some fresh clothes and things, then headed to the bathroom with Abey.
Tyler got Abey washed up and helped him dress. Abey wanted to do it himself, which took three times as long, but Tyler could be patient and was relieved that Abey was acting a little more like a normal three-year-old. “Are you hungry?”

Blogtour: The Princess Plan by Julia London




Please welcome Julia London with 

The Princess Plan



Princes have pomp and glory—not murdered secretaries and crushes on commoners.

Nothing gets London's high society's tongues wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it's all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefitted from an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting Sebastian to take an interest in playing detective—and an even greater one in Eliza.

With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there's nothing more salacious than a prince dallying with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza's contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they'll have to work together if they're going to catch the culprit. And when things heat up behind closed doors, it's the prince who'll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart.




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Excerpt:



CHAPTER ONE
London 1845
All of London has been on tenterhooks, desperate for a glimpse of Crown Prince Sebastian of Alucia during his highly anticipated visit. Windsor Castle was the scene of Her Majesty’s banquet to welcome him. Sixty-and-one-hundred guests were on hand, feted in St. George’s Hall beneath the various crests of the Order of the Garter. Two thousand pieces of silver cutlery were used, one thousand crystal glasses and goblets. The first course and main dish of lamb and potatoes were served on silver-gilded plates, followed by delicate fruits on French porcelain.
Prince Sebastian presented a large urn fashioned of green Alucian malachite to our Queen Victoria as a gift from his father the King of Alucia. The urn was festooned with delicate ropes of gold around the mouth and the neck.
The Alucian women were attired in dresses of heavy silk worn close to the body, the trains quite long and brought up and fastened with buttons to facilitate walking. Their hair was fashioned into elaborate knots worn at the nape. The Alucian gentlemen wore formal frock coats of black superfine wool that came to midcalf, as well as heavily embroidered waistcoats worn to the hip. It was reported that Crown Prince Sebastian is “rather tall and broad, with a square face and neatly trimmed beard, a full head of hair the color of tea, and eyes the color of moss,” which the discerning reader might think of as a softer shade of green. It is said he possesses a regal air owing chiefly to the many medallions and ribbons he wore befitting his rank.
Honeycutt’s Gazette of Fashion and Domesticity for Ladies


The Right Honorable Justice William Tricklebank, a widower and justice of the Queen’s Bench in Her Majesty’s service, was very nearly blind, his eyesight having steadily eroded into varying and fuzzy shades of gray with age. He could no longer see so much as his hand, which was why his eldest daughter, Miss Eliza Tricklebank, read his papers to him.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

ARC Review: The Christmas Deal by Keira Andrews

Blurb:
Will fake boyfriends become the real deal this holiday?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—except ex-Marine Logan is jobless and getting evicted. Worse, he’s a new single dad with a stepson who hates him. A kid needs stability—not to mention presents under the tree—and Logan’s desperate.

Then he meets lonely Seth and makes a deal.

Can Logan temporarily pretend to be live-in boyfriends to increase Seth’s chances at a promotion? If it provides a roof over their heads for the holidays, hell yeah. Logan considers himself straight—he doesn’t count occasional hookups with guys—but he can fake it. Besides, with his shy little smile, Seth is surprisingly sexy.

Make that damn sexy.

Shocked that Seth has only been with one man, Logan can’t resist sweetening their deal to teach him the joys of casual sex. No strings attached. No feelings. No kissing.

No falling for each other.

Easy, right?

Dani's rating:

This is how you write a "gay for you" story without denying that bisexuality is a thing. So many GFY stories never so much as utter the word "bi," as if it were some some dirty secret.

Logan thinks of himself as straight, even though he has enjoyed getting off with men in the past. I would say Logan is initially bicurious and heteroromantic. He doesn't deny that getting his dick sucked by a dude is hot, but he can't imagine having a relationship with a man, kissing a man, cuddling with a man.

Until he meets Seth, adorable, slightly geeky, buttoned-up Seth, who wears pressed chinos and loafers during a kitchen renovation project.

Seth and Logan are thrown together by Logan's sister Jenna, who also happens to be Seth's friend and colleague. The new boss is all about families, including "the gays," so Jenna sort of, kind of pretends that Seth and Logan are a couple.

Blogtour: The Lost Souls by K.D. Worth



 Please welcome K.D. Worth with 

The Lost Souls

The Grim Life #3



My GRIM LIFE series tells the tale of Kody, a suicidal college student, struggling with his sexuality and his faith in God. Max is the grim reaper sent to take Kody to heaven when Kody tries to kill himself. Instead Max feels a deep, unexpected connection with Kody, and Max saves his life. Now they are both serving as grim reapers, taking souls to heaven. 
The third and final book in the series, THE LOST SOULS is a story of redemption,  ultimate forgiveness, trust, and friendship. After suffering unbearable losses, Max and Kody have learned that they are a part of a special prophesy that tells or two souls, twin flames, who will bridge the gap between purgatory and heaven. The daunting task of delivering souls stuck in purgatory to heaven seems more than Max and Kody can handle, but with a little help from their boss and mentor, the wise-cracking archangel of death, Slade, and their group of friends, they will learn the true meaning of trust, faith, forgiveness, and love.

They're young and they love hard, yet they still don't understand that with love comes forgiveness and second chances. And that no one can do everything on their own, and leaders are only as strong as the friends surrounding them. Below is an exclusive excerpt of some of the sweet romance in THE LOST SOULS between Kody and Max, and a sneak peek behind the scenes of their day to day life with their fellow teenage reapers.



Cover art: Paul Richmond
Blurb:

Teenage grim reapers Max and Kody are already dealing with being dead… and now they’re expected to save the world.
With the help of their guardian angel, Slade, and each other, Max and Kody have finally discovered the destiny God planned for them—help the lost souls languishing in purgatory back to heaven. But they’re still growing into their roles. Kody, the Healer, struggles to understand the power born of his empathy, and Max’s abilities as Protector suffer because of longing for his best friend… along with Slade’s dire prediction that Max will lose Kody. So many are depending on them, and they’ll have to summon all the love and faith inside them to face a mass school shooting and bring love and hope to those who need it most.



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Excerpt:

“Do you have our assignment folder yet?” Kody asked me, obviously trying to change the subject.
“Yeah, it’s in our bedroom.”
Tristen pursed his lips and frowned at us. “You know it’s totally not fair that you guys get to share a room.”
“Not fair?” I blustered feeling my temper flare back up—it hadn’t really gone away completely. It wasn’t fair to worry that my boyfriend was going to die every day. It wasn’t fair that undead creatures were searching for him. And it wasn’t fair that I lost my best friend before I could say goodbye.
I opened my mouth to tell Tristen just that, but Kody placed a hand on my knee.
Ever the peacekeeper, Kody chimed in, “I know you’re upset that Heather ended things, but you shouldn’t take your anger out on us, Tristen. We’re your friends.”
Tristen studied his hands and actually looked like he contemplated Kody’s words.
“Why don’t you try talking to her?” Kody suggested.
I, on the other hand, was still annoyed. “Yeah, maybe she doesn’t even want you in her room.”
Tristen’s scowl returned, and he walked off in a huff.
“Max, that was mean,” Kody scolded.
“Yeah, but it’s the truth.”
“And sometimes it’s better to be good than it is to be right. And what you said was probably too close to home.”
“Meaning?”
Kody glanced over his shoulder to where Heather was killing time looking for flour she didn’t need for cupcakes that were already baked. “Tristen was pressuring her for sex, but she wants to wait for marriage. He said she was a prude, so she ended it.”
“What a jerk.”
“He’s heartbroken.”
“Doesn’t mean he has to make rude comments about us, I returned, feeling only slightly chastised.
Kody conceded my point with a shrug, then went back to piping frosting onto his cupcakes.
The melancholy strum of an unplugged electric guitar filled the common room, and I scowled. For crying out loud, Tristen became a reaper in the nineties. He should’ve grown up a little by now. I knew reapers were perpetually stuck in their death age, but brains and afterlife experiences should count for something. I mean, I wasn’t always going to be jealous about Kody, was I? I had to believe that I’d grow up by the time I was Tristen’s age.
Maybe Tristen should’ve been more respectful of Heather. Then he wouldn’t be in this mess.
I was so glad Kody and I were on the same page about sex. Well, at least we were becoming more comfortable talking about it. Since we’d been sharing a room, we hadn’t gone all the way—I still needed more time. Kody wasn’t exactly small, and I wasn’t exactly sure how to make it fit without it hurting too much. Thankfully, Kody had the patience of Job and a generous heart to go with it. We’d found plenty of other ways to have fun with hands, mouths, and rubbing. Though at first, neither of us had the energy to do more than sleep and cuddle after the whole debacle with Britany and Meegan. But over the last week, our curiosity and desire had returned to normal, and those hands and mouths were finding and giving pleasure whenever they could.
I studied Kody as he hummed a show tune while perfecting his frosting swirls. Physically he was three years older than me—same as Tristan was two years older than Heather. Being older like Tristen, was Kody frustrated by my immaturity and fears about sex?
Or worse, was I too boring for an older man?
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