Monday, November 30, 2015

ARC Review: Magic & Mistletoe by Annabelle Jacobs

Christmas is Harry’s favourite time of the year, but it looks like he’ll be spending it alone. When it comes to the men he fancies, his luck is non-existent. Harry’s nerves always get the better of him—especially when he tries to talk to Andrew, the hot guy downstairs.

Everything changes when Harry meets a mysterious girl in the woods who professes to be a witch. He dismisses her claims, but when odd things start happening to him, he has to reconsider.

Andrew was attracted to Harry from the start, but their awkward encounters put him off. All goes well until Harry opens his mouth—and ruins it with his stupidity and silly comments. When Harry suddenly becomes more relaxed and they have a proper conversation, Andrew realises his first impression was wrong. As the days count down to December 25, they get swept up in the Christmas spirit and their relationship moves faster than either expected.

A little winter magic might have been the push they needed, but Harry worries that when it wears off, he’ll no longer be the man Andrew wants.

Dani's rating:

What could be better than mistletoe kisses and a white Christmas?

A little magic, of course!

Harry is a good guy, but he suffers from chronic foot-in-the-mouth disease, especially around sexy Andrew who lives in a nearby flat.

Andrew thinks Harry is arrogant and a bit rude, until he realizes Harry is just shy and a little awkward.

These boys get together with a little help from Malia, a magic ... goddess? fairy? Hell if I know, but her magical interference helps Harry snag his man.

Cover Reveal: Due Diligence by Anna Zabo

Please welcome Anna Zabo with the cover reveal for 

Due Diligence 


A business trip leads to a surprise encounter with an old flame in this sexy romance from the author of Just Business.

After Fazil Kurt breaks up with his girlfriend, a business trip to Seattle offers some much-needed time away. Sent by S.R. Anderson Consulting, Fazil is there to help audit Singularity Storage, a company they are trying to save. His first discovery is intriguing to say the least: One of Singularity's engineers is Todd Douglas, Fazil’s first love.

He knows better than to get personally involved on a job like this. Back in high school, Todd broke Fazil’s heart more times than he could count, but both men have grown so much since then—and Fazil never could say no to Todd...


This excerpt is actually between Fazil and Eli (who was one of the MCs of Just Business) rather than Fazil and Todd.  I wanted to show some of the working relationships between the co-workers...and show Eli from someone else’s point of view. Eli also made an assumption about Fazil in Just Business that comes back to haunt him...

I should mention this hasn’t been past my editor yet, so it may change before publication!

The conversation for the rest of dinner remained light and thankfully devoid of Todd’s name. Still, Fazil couldn’t quite keep the more adult version of Todd’s smile from slipping into his brain. He’d put on muscle and scruff and still stopped Fazil’s heart.
So very unfair. If they hadn’t known each other—if Todd hadn’t broken his heart repeatedly—he’d have been tempted to flirt hard with him. That was one of the better ways to get over a breakup—a nice hot one-night-stand.
But Todd was a breakup. Many many many breakups. And there weren’t enough men or women in the world to get Todd out of Fazil’s head.
His swirling thoughts of Todd Douglas weren’t helped by a silent and twitchy Eli during the cab ride back to the hotel. Eli fiddled with his watch again.
Okay, something really was bothering that guy.
Sure enough, those proud shoulders dropped the moment they stepped into the hotel. Eli gestured at the bar. “Care for a few? On me?”
After sitting next to Todd with a hard dick all afternoon and nothing but water for dinner? He fucking needed a beer. “Don’t you mean on Sam?” He followed Eli into the hotel bar.
“No, this is my dime. I’m not charging Sam for my sins.”
Your sins?”
Eli signaled the server and took a seat at one of the booths. With his leg, bar stools were probably not the most comfortable. “I’ve been expressly forbidden from beating the finance department into submission. Doesn’t keep me from wanting to, especially given the state of their records. The fools are just asking for an audit.” He flicked open the bar menu. “And after that stint of bragging by their CFO? I’m going to get a bit drunk.”
Eli the control freak tipsy? This ought to be interesting. “Engineering isn’t that bad. Lots of stuff that’s not written down, but the procedures are mostly there.”
Thanks to Todd. Who knew someone so lackadaisical could also be so organized? Then again, his room had always been neat. “There’s some undocumented open-source code I noticed, so speaking of audits, I’ll need to do one.”
Eli twisted his lips into a bitter expression. “Let Sam know.”
Fazil nodded. The server finally appeared and took their drink orders. A large gin martini for Eli and a Pike Stout for him.
Eli leaned back. “The people in finance aren’t bad. Most of them are just doing what they’ve been told. Ryan needs to be canned. With prejudice.” Eli worked his jaw and shook his head. “How that man got into that position— Fucking idiot’s schemes are barely legal. If that.”
Fazil winced in sympathy. No wonder Eli wanted a drink. He might not understand the financial end of things like Eli and Sam did, but he trusted Eli’s knowledge. He was tough, could be an ass sometimes, but the man was fair to a fault.
The server returned with their drinks. Fazil waved away the glass. It was, after all, a drink-from-the-bottle kind of night.
Eli took a sip of his cocktail and slumped back against the back of the booth. Like that, he looked younger and far less intimidating. “I’m glad things are better for you.”
“Engineering seems pretty good. Stephen is a bit frazzled but he knows his tech. It’s mainly just not having all the important shit stored in someone’s head.”
“No problems with Todd?”
Goosebumps rose all over. Fazil took a pull of beer from the bottle and hoped that covered the shudder. “No.”
“Good. I can’t quite tell if he’s an old friend or an old enemy.” Eli took a large mouthful of his martini. “I almost guessed enemy.”
“Not a bad guess.” Fazil toyed with the neck of his beer. “He’s my ex-boyfriend.”
Eli’s exhale was nearly a squeak. “But you’re—” He didn’t say the rest. Didn’t need to.
Fazil ripped the label off the neck of the beer bottle, then took a swig. “Actually no, I’m not straight.” He tried to keep the anger of his words, but they still fell like daggers. “There’s a couple more letters in GLBT than just G, Eli.”
Eli seemed to shrink a bit, his face pale but for very red cheeks. He reached for his drink with an unsteady hand. “I—shit.” He stared into his glass. “I’m sorry. I should know better than to assume.”
Now, that was a tone of voice he’d never heard from Eli. Absolute contrite sincerity.
“Yeah, well you know what they say about assumptions.”
Eli flinched, but nodded. After a sip, he looked up. “I guess I’m quite the ass tonight.” Now color touched his face and neck.
Fazil shrugged. “It’s not like I haven’t heard it before. Being bisexual means everyone thinks you’re just faking it, one way or another and you should make up your mind.”
Eli toyed with his drink. “I didn’t mean— I don’t think—” He took another taste. “I suppose I should just keep my mouth shut, least I jam my foot even father inside.”
“Well, that’s a first. Leaving you speechless.” Probably the beer talking, but what the heck.
Eli choked on his drink and lifted a single brow, and Fazil finally understood why Justin fell for this guy. Under all the posture there was a real person with quite a bit of heart.
“No, come on. Tell me. Why’d you think I was straight?”
Eli shrugged. “Well, aside from the whole girlfriend thing, I’ve never noticed you checking men out.”
He’d never risen to Eli’s off-colored banter. “Just because I didn’t check you out doesn’t mean I don’t look.”
Eli’s blush grew deeper and Fazil smiled before he drank more beer. “Besides, you’re not my type. If I want talk, dark, and cranky, I can look in my mirror.”
“Wait, I’m cranky?”
His turn to raise a brow and stare.
Eli studied his empty glass. “Okay, I’ll give you that.” A smile played around his lips.
“Not as much lately. Justin’s been good for you.”
He rubbed his thumb against his wedding band. “You have no idea.” Soft voice, dreamy distant look.
That was how love should be. Fazil had never found it, never felt it for anyone he’d dated. Well, except once.
But Todd had broken his heart again and again and again. And now the bastard was here. And had grown into everything that turned him on, too. He drained the beer. “So, what are we going to tell Sam?”
Eli slid his glass to the edge of the table. “Well, let’s figure that out.”
Over another round, they outlined their plan for the first week, Eli typing it in on his phone. “I’ll look at it in the morning and edit out most of the fucks, then send it off to Sam.”
True to his word, Eli also paid.
By the time they returned to their room, they were both yawning and Eli was practically asleep in his bed before Fazil crawled into the other and turned out the light. Despite his exhaustion, Fazil couldn’t sleep. His brain replayed every image of Todd from the day and contrasted them with all the memories Fazil had. The way he kissed, the quiver of his abs when Fazil touched his stomach on his way down to his dick, that hope in that smile when Fazil had said yes to lunch, the pride when he’d shown Fazil his work.
Fazil rubbed his face. What would those lips feel like now, with more experience behind them? Those hands that had known Fazil’s body so well.
Beneath that T-shirt and jeans, Todd had hardened into quite a man. If any other guy that hot had asked him out to lunch, Fazil would have pushed him against the wall and let his mouth answer in an entirely different way than saying yes.
And speaking of hardening… Fuck. Fazil rolled onto his side and ignored the throbbing in his dick and the ache in his balls. He was not about to jack off with Eli in the other bed. Enough was enough.
Todd was part of his past for a reason, no matter what fifteen years had done to sweeten that body. The core of a person didn’t change that much and he’d promised himself he’d never ever go back Todd.
Even if his dick felt differently.
Fazil closed his eyes and started coding in his head. It was one of two things that ever removed him from the world entirely.
The other was a good hard fuck, and he would not even begin to think of that in conjunction with Todd Douglas.

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Cyber Monday Extravaganza

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Bluestone Homecoming 
(Welcome to Bluestone Series, #1)
by M.J. Fredrick


War correspondent Leo Ericson returns to his hometown of Bluestone Lake, Minnesota, when his parents notify him his young son is having trouble fitting in at school. Leo doesn’t know how to be a single parent since the death of his wife, and he certainly has no desire to return to Bluestone. But he needs a place for his son, a place where he’ll be with family, while Leo does his job. He’ll stay long enough to get Max settled, then go back to work.
School counselor Trinity Madison watches Leo struggle with his son, trying to overcome the mental barricade she’s erected against the man who sent his son away when he’s perfectly capable of caring for the child. The situation brings about her own unsettled feelings about giving her child up for adoption when she was young. But as she observes Leo’s difficulties, his sacrifices, she softens toward the man.
While he’s in town, he ends up working with some old friends and Trinity on a committee to revitalize Bluestone. The former resort town is struggling and looking for ways to bring tourists back. Leo finds himself charmed, then smitten with the feisty counselor, but will he still love her when he learns her secret?

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An Inner Fire 
(Grayce Walters Series, #1)
by Jacki Delecki


Grayce Walters, animal acupuncturist, harbors a secret. She hides her intuitive gifts from the world until she becomes embroiled in arson on Seattle’s waterfront.
As a key crime witness, Grayce must convince the attractive, logical, by-the-numbers fire investigator, Ewan Davis,that the fire she witnessed is part of a larger criminal conspiracy. Grayce embarks upon a mission to gather proof of the dangerous threat. She enlists the help of her cross-dressing best friend, her street-wise assistant, and Davis’ poodle, to conduct her own investigation.
As her feelings for Davis shift between white hot passion and cold fear, Grayce must risk exposing her secrets to save Davis’ life. Davis must accept things, he can neither see, nor understand to solve the mystery and finally find the love he has stopped believing in.
With nudges from the protective poodle, Grayce and Davis confront shocking betrayal and international crime on the rain soaked streets of Seattle.

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Finding Allie 
(Breaking Away Series, #1)
by Meli Raine


** 202 page full-length novel**
Chase Halloway's father is the president of Atlas, the drug dealing motorcycle gang that terrorizes most of our desert town.
My stepfather turns out to be a rival drug dealer, and I'm pretty sure he killed my mom two years ago.
I'm not supposed to fall in love with Chase. He's not supposed to know I even exist.
But when he finds me, he can't let go.
And when I find myself in his arms?
I hold tight. I have to.
Because if I don't, I might just die. 
With or without him.

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Rescuing the Reluctant Groom (Windy City Romance, # 5)

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Rescuing the Reluctant Groom
(Windy City Romance Series, # 5)

by Barbara Lohr


Selena Ruiz wants more than romance. The Chicago midwife demands Seth Kirkpatrick's commitment and a ring. But after two years? Nada. Is the hot Chicago EMT marriage shy or tongue tied? She's never been a quitter. No room for that in a migrant worker's childhood. In this heartwarming multi-cultural love story, Selena fights for the man she loves with every trick in her toolbox, including a trip to Savannah to visit his sister. But it takes an abandoned kitten to loosen Seth's tongue and open his heart. Secrets abound in this wedding standoff, with everything at stake. Can they heal each other's past to find their future? 

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Save The Best For Last
by Bettye Griffin 


The author of the romance classic A LOVE OF HER OWN brings you a new, unforgettable love story, the first in a three-book connected storyline that includes Something Real and concludes with Man of Her Heart. 
THE LAW AND THE LADY . . . Graphic artist Genevieve L'Esperance has got it all together, even by tough New York standards: A thriving career, a spacious Upper East Side condo, even a sort-of boyfriend named Barry. But the one thing she *doesn't* have is something Americans take for granted . . . and if she's found out it'll mean the end of life as she knows it. And now the law is closing in on her . . .
THE LADY AND THE LAWYER . . . Gen's friend Barry comes up with a solution and quickly moves her to a rented room uptown while he finalizes arrangements to keep her safe. While Gen is grateful to him, she can't help feeling that she's sold out her future. But then Barry's master plan gets delayed, and when she meets Dexter Gray, the struggling law student who occupies the other room on the floor, things *really* start to get complicated . . .

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A Snowy White Christmas
by Josie Riviera


Margaret Snow doesn’t believe in fairy tales, but as a devoted mother she’s determined to give her five-year-old daughter a Christmas filled with heart-warming memories. The once successful swimsuit model in glamorous LA returns to her small, snowy upstate New York town to buy back the foreclosed trailer she once called home. Her menagerie of rescue animals travel with her, including a deaf parrot and a kitten with one eye. 
She doesn’t expect to see her former high school sweetheart, the athletic, ever-popular, and decisive Fernando Brandt, nor his dwarf twin brother. 
Sparks fly when she realizes that the teenage hockey star is now a successful Realtor who is also interested in her dilapidated trailer for reasons of his own. 
But can she resist the handsome, charismatic Prince Charming a second time? And can she surrender her insecurities and accept the true gift of Christmas, finally feeling worthy of unconditional love? 

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All He Wants for Christmas
by Elisabeth Naughton, Alexandra Ivy, Cynthia Eden, Katie Reus, Laura Wright, Skye Jordan


From six of your favorite New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors… 

Here’s to finding spies, cops, rockers, SEALs, professional hockey players and billionaires under the Christmas tree this year! 

MELT FOR ME by Elisabeth Naughton

Yuletide Spirits pub owner Ella McKinley doesn’t do holidays. Not after everything she lost on a cold, snowy night long ago. In fact, she’d be perfectly happy if the calendar jumped from November to January, bypassing December all together. Then rock’s latest “it” guy, Tate Kendrick, rolls into town, and though Ella tries to resist his wicked charm, the heat they once shared flares hotter than ever. When trouble linked to the rock star strikes at her pub, Ella suddenly starts to wonder if the return of her first love is a holiday miracle or nothing more than her nightmare before Christmas. 

SWEET RAPTURE by Alexandra Ivy

Meg Anderson has returned to her home in Holly, North Carolina after she discovered her relationship with Dylan Cain was nothing more than a lie. The last thing she expects is for Dylan to be her new tenant. Or the realization that he might be the only thing standing between her and a killer…


Everyone in town thinks that Jemma White is as sweet as the delicious treats she makes at her chocolate shop—but they’re wrong. Jemma is ready to let her wild side out, and she’s just found the perfect man to make all of her fantasies come true. Grayson Cole is a too-sexy-to-be-true stranger who has escaped to Holly for the holidays. He is her perfect temptation, and Jemma can’t wait to steam up the cold winter nights with him. But when danger from Grayson’s past follows him to town, she realizes that the man she is falling for has been keeping some very dark secrets…secrets that may just get them both killed. 


After unexpectedly inheriting a bookstore, Nora and her younger sister settled in Holly, NC, a place where it’s Christmas year-round. As the legal guardian for her sister the past few years, romance has been the last thing on Nora’s mind. But she broke her rules for the town’s golden boy—former SEAL Jackson O’Connor. When Jackson does something stupid and almost loses Nora for good, he realizes just how far he’s willing to go for the woman who’s stolen his heart. But it might take a Christmas miracle to get Nora to give him a second chance. 

SINFUL IN SNOW by Laura Wright

Billionaire Back In Town: Gabriel Fox is a ruthless, heartless, soulless grinch. His only goal in coming to Holly, North Carolina is to ruin Carol Cardini's Christmas. Like she ruined his—and his life—ten years ago. Now that her business is in trouble, he's finally found the way. But the beautiful owner of Christmas Carol's Shop and Crafts won't allow her dream to be destroyed. Not by revenge, and certainly not by the sexiest man she's ever known. She can, however offer an apology, and a chair at her holiday table. But can a grinch’s cold heart be warmed and healed by the love of a good woman—and the magic of Christmas spirit?


NHL super star, Meier Grant, finds himself sidelined for a bum shoulder and sentenced to three weeks recovery—in his hometown of Holly, North Carolina. But an extended family stay isn’t on his holiday wish list, especially when his parents are more interested in capitalizing on his fame than much needed family bonding. So when he learns the high school beauty and so out-of-his-league Faith Nicholas is suddenly single, and even sexier ten years later, home doesn’t seem so bad. Not when it includes spending some quality bonding time with Faith. Meier may have some of the best moves in the league, but will they be enough to win a woman deserving of forever?

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Unexpectedly Lucky 
(The Bradford Boys Series, #1)
by Carly Rose


Lincoln has a playful and easygoing personality. His friendship with Ryan started in the fifth grade and they've shared a shadow ever since. 
Ryan is confident, outgoing, and his friendship with Lincoln has always been effortless. Closer than brothers, they've stood by each other through thick and thin. 
College is separating them for the very first time, and while neither of them looks forward to spending four years apart, it's all part of their master plan. Now that they're older, Lincoln and Ryan are both hoping to fulfill their shared dreams: finding someone special to love, living next door, and barbecues with their families. 
Then, the unthinkable happens. An alcohol infused night of passion threatens to destroy the future they'd planned to share. Will the emotional fallout drive them apart or will they be lucky enough to find love unexpectedly? 
Previously published in Finding Love: Boxed Set of M/M Stories That Celebrate Pride.

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Lost & Found
(A Ring in a Cowboy Boxset novella) 
by Amanda McIntrye

Limited Edition releases December 28, 2015 

A failed spring break affair leaves city girl, Anna Worthington and country boy, Cole Tanner convinced that love at first sight isn’t possible. Now, a decade later, fate brings them together on New Years Eve with the challenge that sometimes a second chance is all the heart needs.

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Match Me Later
(Chinese Zodiac Romance Series, #2.5)
by Rachael Slate


He's ruled by responsibility
Ryden Wentworth doesn't do casual. But when the fox spirit Naya stalks him at a nightclub and lures him into her bed, she awakens desires he's long suppressed. She's fiery, sensual, and powerful enough to fend off his darker side. Yet initiating her means he can only have her for one night, and sharing Naya isn't something he can reconcile.
She's bred for promiscuity
Naya of the Fox Spirits has chosen the perfect human male to initiate her. Ryden is strong, sexy, and the potent energy rolling off him leaves her craving more. Her destiny lies ahead, yet she can't forget that tantalizing encounter in her past. She tries to leave him, but staying away from Ryden isn't just torture, it's killing her.
One night of passion binds themTheir night together has complicated consequences. Ryden can't forget Naya, and she can't live without him. Her race is dying, and Naya must team up with Ryden to fend off enemies preying on her weakened sisters. But the secret he hides has the power to shield the fox spirits from extinction...or to destroy them all.

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Soul Warrior 
(The Age of Kali Series, #1)
by Falguni Kothari


Twisted myths. Discretion advised. 
Fight fate, or succumb to destiny? In the dark Age of Kali, the Soul Warrior alone stands guard over the Human Realm, protecting its denizens from evil-willed asuras or demons. When a trick of fate appoints him guru to a motley crew of godlings, he agrees to train them as demon hunters against his better judgment. Suddenly, Lord Karna is not only battling the usual asuras with sinister agendas, but also rebellious students and a fault-ridden past. 
Spanning the cosmic realms of mythic India, here is a tale of a band of supernatural warriors who come together over a singular purpose: the salvation of Karna’s secret child. 

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(The Reckless Rockwoods Series, #1)
by Monica Burns


WARNING: Contains a sexy, uptight earl with a secret that haunts him, and a heroine determined to have her independence while overcoming the dark pain of her past. Two people trying find their way to each other in Jack the Ripper's London,where deeply buried passions explode in a world gone mad with terror. 

Helen Rivenall is willing to do anything to escape the brutality of her uncle’s home. But a promise of honest employment in London is a ruse. Drugged and auctioned off in a notorious brothel, she finds herself won by a man who wants nothing from her except her participation in a harmless charade. Left with no choice, she reluctantly agrees, but as their web of lies grows, so does temptation and the realization that sensual pleasures and sin are often one and the same. 

Sebastian Rockwood, Earl of Melton is head of the Rockwood clan who are descendants of the Stewarts. Haunted by a dark secret, Sebastian has learned that control is a personal trait to be valued above all others. He's also learned never to give his heart to anyone. The risk is too great. Yet where Helen is concerned, his prized control is slowly giving way to a need that threatens to consume him, and all too quickly he discovers nothing can protect him from the ultimate obsession—love. 

When Helen is kidnapped by a madman, Sebastian realizes the only part of his world that matters is Helen, even if she chooses to love someone else. Set against the backdrop of Jack the Ripper's diabolical murders, this sensual historical romance is the story of two injured souls struggling to find each other despite the pain of their pasts. 

This book is the first in a series of Victorian historical sexy romance books that are filled with suspense, the paranormal, villains, and alpha males who hold sway over the women they love. The Reckless Rockwoods series is a family saga about men and women whose motto is to never refuse a challenge no matter what the reason. Whether it's scandalous seductions, wild, wanton pleasures, suspenseful intrigue with ghosts or psychics, or tragedy of one sort of the other, each book focuses on a relationship with that love everlasting HEA.

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Trapped By Revenge 
(Shelby Nichols Series, #5)
by Colleen Helme


With summer over Shelby is looking forward to having some time to herself while the kids are back in school. A phone call from Uncle Joey ruins her plans, but she manages to take it in stride. After lunch with her friend, she promises to meet with the private investigator who was spying on Uncle Joey, but this simple task turns into a disaster. Not only does she find the P.I. dead, but a slip of paper with her name on it under his lifeless hand implicates her for his murder. Desperate to prove her innocence and find the person who killed him, Shelby begins a frantic search. She enlists the aid of the local mob boss, Uncle Joey, his hit-man, Ramos, and her police detective friend, Dimples, but soon finds that nothing can save her from becoming entangled in a sinister plot. With her life on the line and no way out, she finds herself trapped by revenge, and realizes it will take all her skills to escape. Now she must choose where her loyalties lie, and hope she doesn’t trade something bad, for something even worse.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

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ARC Review: Breaking by Barbara Elsborg

Breaking (Fall or Break, #2)
From the blurb:

Archer Hart is on the move before the man he’s just killed is found. When a bullet whizzes past his ear, he realizes hunter is now hunted. So much for his retirement plans. Someone wants him dead and all he can do is keep running.

Downed by a hit and run driver, barrister Conrad Black is certain the ‘accident’ was deliberate but he has no proof or support. In recovery, struggling to work out of partial paralysis, he has plenty of time to wonder who regrets not striking him harder. At this point, running anywhere is a distant dream.

The confidence, determination and stamina of two alphas males will mean little if neither is willing to bend—seize the love offered—and work together to understand why they’re suddenly both marked men. Not easy for either when Archer has broken the law in the worst possible way and Conrad is the law.

Heather's rating: 4 of 5 stars

Romantic suspense isn't really my thing, but DAMN, Barbara Elsborg makes it work! This book was funny, sexy, and well written- what more could you ask!?

I loved the first in the series, Falling, but this had a TOTALLY different vibe. It was much grittier and less humorous, though I was surprised as how funny this one was at times, considering what a hard-ass Conrad appeared to be in book 1.

I think if you are reading "hit man" types of stories, you have to suspend reality a little bit. I mean, I get that most of these things aren't likely to happen in real life, and I'm just fine with that. I still love the idea of the bad boy, super-controlled hit-man falling for a guy. Archer was a perfect match to challenge and push Conrad's buttons. Another toppy top, Archer was a lean, mean, sexy fighting machine. Purrrrr.

I loved how these guys fed off each other and grew to trust each other steadily over time. This is NOT insta-love, baby. This a sloooow burn, hurt/comfort book that makes the MCs WORK for their happily ever after. Both men have been burned badly in the past, both have childhood trauma's that they are still working through, and both aren't used to compromising for anyone. I really enjoyed seeing the guys struggle through all of their obstacles slowly over time.

ARC Review: Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North

Connor Graham is a city boy—a celebrated fashion photographer in New York. When his uncle’s death drags him back to the family blueberry farm, all he wants to do is sell it as quickly as he can. Until he meets his uncle’s tenant farmer.

Jed Jones, shy and stammering, devout and dedicated, has always yearned for land of his own and a man to share it with. Kept in the closet by his church, family, and disastrous first love, he longs to be accepted for who he is. But now, with his farm and his future in Connor’s careless hands, he stands to lose even the little he has.

Neither man expects the connection between them. Jed sees Connor—appreciates his art and passion like no one else in this godforsaken town ever has. Connor hears Jed—looks past his stutter to listen to the man inside. The time they share is idyllic, but with the farm sale pending, even their sanctuary is a source of tension. As work, family, and their town’s old-fashioned attitudes pull them apart, they must find a way to reconcile commitments to their careers and to each other.

Dani's rating:

Jed's grown things as long as he can remember.

Once the owner of the land Jed leases passes away, Jed expects his blueberry farm to be sold, but he doesn't expect the attraction he feels toward Connor who, along with his older brother Scott, inherits the land.

Connor is a New York City fashion photographer. He looks through a lens at beautiful men, but he's never seen anything as beautiful as Jed with his striking jaw, stutter, quiet ways, and Christian faith.

Connor is stocky and has a bit of a belly; he's self-conscious and angry with his belligerent, hostile brother. Connor left the small, conservative upstate town far behind years ago, but he doesn't want to leave Jed.

This book is romantic and tender with some intense sexy scenes. It's a quiet story about family and faith ... finding yourself and finding love.

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