Friday, November 30, 2018

Audio Book Review: Dawn and Dusk by Dirk Greyson

From The Blurb:

For Scorpion agents Day and Knight, their relationship is slow to develop, and trust is hard to build. Then Day’s brother, Stephen, goes missing, and Day finds out more about him than he ever dreamed. Day’s first reaction to Stephen’s disappearance is to try to get to him as fast as possible.

Knight initially holds him back so they can attempt to find out what they’re walking into. But when Knight sees Day’s desperation, he steps in to help and tries to calm the man he’s growing to care about, even though the trail is cold and clues are scarce. 

When Day witnesses his brother being shot live on television, he loses the last of his control. Despite the lack of answers, Day is more determined than ever to find out what happened. Stephen was all the family he had left. 

Bone-deep fear and adversity threaten to tear Day and Knight apart, but facing unimaginable hardship together might finally cement the bond between them.


Karen's rating:




'Dawn and Dusk' is the 3rd installment in Dirk Greyson's (read Andrew Grey's) 'Day and Knight' series and while the story was ok and had a fairly solid plot carrying it. I just wasn't enamored of the characters.

I've given this one a solid try and truthfully it's just not getting better. I did enjoy the mystery that was happening in this one. Day and Knight are back from their latest adventure and Day's feeling like they've stalled...it would seem that what happened on the assignment...stays on the assignment and while Day would prefer something that was moving forward more than anything he just wants to know where things are at. He's not ready to be anyone's 'dirty little secret' but if that's all Knight wants than they need to work that out.

When Day's brother turns up missing though he realizes he's got more important things to deal with like getting to where his brother is and finding out what's happened to him. Knight wants to help him but not at the risk of Day rushing in with no plan and no back up when he's got no idea what's happening...there's just too many 'no's' in that equation for his liking.

As Knight steps up to support day and  help him look for answers to find out what's happened to his brother both men are also forced to examine their relationship...where it's at and where they want it to go.

ARC Review: Strays and Lovers by John Inman

Blurb:
Forty-six-year-old Eddie Hightower has a problem. He’s all alone. The only thing that saves him from facing that stark reality is the fact that he isn’t really alone at all. He has a house full of pets and a refuge full of stray unwanted animals he spends every waking hour trying to place in homes. While he loves what he does with all the joy in his heart, that same poor aging heart is still missing something. And Eddie knows exactly what it is. Romance.

But wait. Cue the music. Suddenly, beyond all hope, it happens. In the small desert town of Spangle, California, where Eddie lives, comes a sad young stranger with piercing gray eyes. They are the palest, most stunningly beautiful eyes Eddie has ever seen. Poor Eddie Hightower is swallowed up in their silver depths and disappears without a gurgle. The stranger’s name is Gray Grissom. Gray, like his eyes. Without hesitation Eddie opens his doors—and his heart—to the lost young man. After all, that’s what Eddie does. He finds homes for strays. But this is one stray Eddieintends to keep for himself.


Dani's rating:




Top marks go to the band of strays Eddie has collected at his animal refuge, especially Louie the fluffy white puppy of indeterminate breed who worms his way into Eddie's heart. Louie is instrumental in bringing the MCs together and falls for Gray as quickly as Eddie does.

Eddie, who is in his mid-40s, is 20 years older than Gray. Gray reminds Eddie that he's an "old man" at every turn.

Gray is not an easy guy to like, truth be told. He's blunt and standoffish, although mostly he's just scared of being left. He pushes Eddie away, even though Eddie does everything in his power to make Gray feel cared for, including moving Gray in with him when Gray breaks his ankle.

Because the story is told solely from Eddie's POV, I couldn't fully relate to Gray, even after hearing his sad backstory. I liked Eddie well enough but wished we saw him interact with the refuge animals more. The cats and dogs Eddie keeps as family were pretty damn cute, though.


Review Tour: Neutral Zone by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey





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Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Length: 40,000 words approx.


Harrisburg Railers Series

Book #1 - Changing Lines - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - First Season - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 - Deep Edge - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 - Poke Check - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #5 - Last Defense - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #6 - Goal Line - Amazon US | Amazon UK



Blurb
Tennant Rowe has it all, a boyfriend he adores, a loving family, and a career on the rise. He’s sure of his place in the world, and the future can only get brighter. Then one night, in a flash of skates and sticks, life changes forever. Getting back on the ice is Ten’s priority, and experts tell him that it’s just a matter of time.

Jared watches his lover fall in more ways than one, and when tragedy strikes, even the strongest of relationships are tested. Ten is strong, but Jared has to be stronger to help the man who holds his heart. Only, he has to admit that maybe it isn’t just him who can make Ten whole again.

Jared and Ten’s love is forever, but the rocky path to the romantic Christmas Jared had planned may be hard to travel.











Excerpt

Ten

Karma. It’s a real bitch. Just ask anyone.

I’d left my man and my team behind in Harrisburg and flown to—get this—fucking Tucson, Arizona, to begin treatment for my traumatic head injury.

The same city the Raptors played in.

I could open the blinds in my room here in the Draper Neurological Rehabilitation and Performance Center and see the glistening mirrored sides of the Santa Catalina Arena. Funny shit right there. Four blocks over, the Raptors were on the ice for morning skate, and I was here, trying to get my brain healed enough so I could maybe play my game again someday.

Shit, right now I’d be happy to be able to speak or read normally.

“Ho, ho, ho,” I growled, closing the drapes, then pulling my sunglasses off and tossing them to the bed. Living behind sunglasses and blinds sucked. Headaches sucked. Slurred speech sucked. Seeing the pity in the eyes of my boyfriend and family and teammates sucked. Christmas with sand and cactus sucked. I wanted to cry. I wanted to be back home with Mads, decorating our tree and shaking my presents. I wanted to be shopping for gifts for my boyfriend, my mother and father, for my brothers, and for Stan and Adler and all the Railers. I wanted things to be the way they had been before that night. Tears threatened, but I held them in. Crying only made my head hurt worse.

So, I padded out of my room and made my way to breakfast and the first of several rounds of rehab I’d be facing today. I’d been here one day and had come to realize that my brain was now as well-known with the neurologists here as my face was back in Harrisburg. This was the place for athletes to come when they were battling CTE-related brain issues. Most of the men here were older, retired players, lots of football players. I mean lots of them. I’d met three other hockey players so far, all retired, all fighting to keep a step ahead of the disease taking over their brains. Sometimes, late at night, when I was lying in bed, I’d get scared for myself and all the other guys on my team. I worried about Mads. God knows how many concussions he’d had when he was playing. Add that to his heart shit and… well, I worried about stuff now. Lots more stuff than I had before the night my head met the ice, sans helmet.

The facility held a hundred and fifty people, and not all of us were athletes. Lots of patients had come here after car accidents or other catastrophic injuries. There were head injuries and spinal cord injuries being healed. The staff seemed nice, confident in their ability to nurse me back to my old self or as close as we could get. The halls were bright and airy, the food excellent, and the medical staff top-notch. And yes, it was expensive and elite and the cream of the crop. Which was why Mads had stubbornly pushed me into coming here after my initial rehab had been completed. Two weeks at the facility, a couple of weeks back home for the holidays, then back for another four weeks. Then maybe we’d talk about hockey.

“Hey, you’re Tennant Rowe, right?”

I skidded to a halt outside one of a dozen sun-rooms. As though people in Arizona didn’t get enough sun just stepping outside? They needed to make rooms for sun? A tall, burly black man about my age ran at me, hand out. I smiled up at him, trying to pull some information about him from my cloudy memory banks.

“I’m Declan Fidler, cornerback for the Temple Owls.”

“Ah, cool, hey man.” We shook hands. God, he was cute. Short hair and a flashy smile, big wide shoulders and inkwork all over his arms. “Sorry to see you here though, dude.”

“Yeah, I know that.” He ran a hand over his hair. “First game of the season too.”

“That sucks,” I said, then released his hand. “I was on my way to the dining hall.”

“I could eat if you want some company.”

“Totally. Be nice to have someone to talk to who’s under forty.”

“I feel that.”

He joined me on the walk to the dining hall, which looked nothing like the hospital cafeteria I’d been expecting when I first saw it yesterday. This place was upmarket. Round tables with cloth covers, thick royal-blue carpeting, windows that ran floor to ceiling, flowering plants in the corners, and a wait staff.

“I don’t think I’ll ever get used to this place,” I murmured as I followed Declan to a table by the windows.

“I feel the same way,” he said as we took our seats. “I mean, I grew up wealthy, my father’s the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and I was still blown away.”

“That’s impressive. Did he…?” My brain went totally blank, and I scrambled to find the proper word. “Push. Yeah, did he push to get you in here?” I winced at the slip.

Fuck this shit. Really. Push? How fucking hard it is to recall a word like push?

An older woman in a tidy uniform filled our water glasses, then asked if she could have our room numbers. All the meals here were prepared by nutritionists with an eye to the patients’—athletes in my case—unique needs.

“Big-time. He was adamant about me coming here after the initial rehab. Said that this place would do things to counter the damage that no regular rehab could do. You here for CRT?”

“I uhm…” and that skip again. Fuck. “Dude, sorry, I’m like…” I tapped my temple.

He reached over the table to take my hand. “Ten, man, do not sweat it. You should have seen me when I got here. Barely able to string four words together. Sometimes I still trip up, just like that. But it’s all good. We’re tough motherfuckers. We’ll train our brains.”

“Yeah, train the brains. Cool.”

He gave my hand a squeeze and then released it. “So CRT?”

Review Tour: Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert







Title: Better Not Pout

Author: Annabeth Albert

Pages: 288

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Male/Male, Holiday

Imprint: Carina Press

On-sale Date: November 12, 2018 (ebook), November 27, 2018 (MMP) 

Price: $4.99 (ebook), $8.99 USD (MMP) 

Format: ebook, Mass Market Paperback (MMP)

ISBN: 9781488038686 (ebook), 9781335924841 (MMP)




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Blurb

One hard-nosed military police officer.

One overly enthusiastic elf.

One poorly timed snowstorm.

Is it a recipe for disaster? Or a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for holiday romance?

Teddy MacNally loves Christmas and everything that goes along with it. When he plays an elf for his charity’s events, he never expects to be paired with a Scrooge masquerading as Santa Claus. His new mission: make the holiday-hating soldier believe he was born to say ho-ho-ho.

Sergeant Major Nicholas Nowicki doesn’t do Santa, but he’s army to his blood. When his CO asks an unusual favor, Nick of course obliges. The elf to his Kris Kringle? Tempting. Too tempting—Nick’s only in town for another month, and Teddy’s too young, too cheerful and too nice for a one-night stand.

The slow, sexy make-out sessions while Teddy and Nick are alone and snowbound, though, feel like anything but a quick hookup. As a stress-free holiday fling turns into Christmas all year round, Teddy can’t imagine his life without Nick. And Nick’s days on the base may be coming to a close, but he doesn’t plan on leaving anything, or anyone, behind.

   

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Karen's review:





‘Better Not Pout’ is an entertaining, uncomplicated, sexy, fun holiday story that takes one grumpy wanna’ be Scrooge with a slightly broken family and adds in a cute, sexy, twinkish elf with blond curls and a well meaning but meddlesome family then dresses it all up with a small community, some snow and a series of unfortunate events often tinged with humorous moments to create a holiday story filled with the spirit of the season and the best Christmas present ever…the gift of love.

At 46 years old Sergeant Major Nick Nowicki is about to retire…whether he’s ready or not and he’s got a plan. Nick’s also a bit of a bah-humbug sort of guy and Karma’s about to mess with him in the form of his CO making a slightly irregular request of him. But Nick’s determined to see it through when she asks him to step into the role of Santa Clause that her husband normally fills. Feeling like he can’t say no, Nick agrees and heads off to Mineral Spirits where he meets Santa’s elf in the form of one sexy, mischievous, blond haired and twinkish elf, named Teddy.

Teddy gets one look at his new Santa and he’s ready to climb him like a tree. Nick likes what he sees when he meets Santa’s elf, but he’s determined to get in, do the job and get out...keep it strictly professional. What he’s not counting on is just how much one adorable, feisty elf can melt his heart with nothing more than sincerity, honestly and some adorable blond curls.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

ARC Review: Santa Daddy by Keira Andrews

From The Blurb:
Mall Santas aren’t supposed to be hot Hunter Adams is hopelessly adrift after college. He’s still a virgin, can’t find a real job, and has no clue what to do with his life. In desperation, he returns to his humiliating old job as an elf at the Santa's Village in his hometown's dying mall. The Santa on the job is an unexpectedly sexy lumberjack, twice Hunter's size and age. He makes Hunter feel very naughty—too bad he's grumpy and intimidating. 
Years after the tragic death of his partner, Nick Spini has his beagle and long, hard days on his Christmas tree farm. That’s plenty. But he can’t refuse a loyal friend’s plea for help and finds himself filling in as Santa at the local mall. Despite Nick's attempt to stay aloof, the beautiful, anxious young man playing elf brings out his long-dormant daddy instincts. 
When a surprise blizzard traps them alone in Nick’s isolated forest home, their attraction burns even brighter. Will they surrender to the sizzling connection between them and find the release and comfort they crave? 
Santa Daddy is a holiday gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring an age gap, steamy m/m first times, daddy role-playing and light spanking, Christmas romance feels, and of course a happy ending.

Karen's rating:




If you'd asked me last week...

I would have said 'Daddy kink' was not my thing, but I have always maintained that a well written story is always my thing and this one was definitely well written.

When Nick Spini gets convinced by his friend John to play Santa for a weekend the last thing he anticipates is how attracted to Santa's helper he'll be. It's been years since an accident took the life of his partner and during that time it's been just him, his beagle and his tree farm. No emotional attachments and only the occasional hook-up was all he wanted.

When Hunter Adams accepted the job of Santa's helper at the local mall to try and earn a bit of money before the holidays the last thing he expected was that he'd end up wanting to sit on Santa's lap. But one look at the hotest Santa he's laid eyes on in the history of ever and that's exactly what Hunter wants.

So far this year I've read a few holiday stories and I have to say this one is definitely at the top of my list of stories I'm like to re-read or better yet...hear on audio. Nick and Hunter were totally combustible together and their interaction was fun. There was humor and tenderness with an attempt at the occasional scrooge moment by Santa but when Santa's helper is a cute perky, sexy little twenty-something even the grumpiest of Santa's can be thawed.

It's not until Nick hires Hunter to help him out at his tree farm that things really begin to heat up in more ways than one between the two. Despite Hunter's determination to not be late for work when a snowstorm arrives early and with a lot more ferocity than anticipated not only does it make Hunter late for work but it sees his car sliding off the road into a snow bank leaving him no other choice but to try and walk to Nick's tree farm even though the man told him not to bother coming to work just before he hung up on Hunter. It's a rather questionable start  for their relationship...but stranger things have happened...right?

ARC Review : Neutral Zone : A Christmas Railers Novella (Harrisburg Railers, #6.5) By RJ Scott and VL Locey


Neutral Zone: A Christmas Railers Novella (Harrisburg Railers, #6.5)

Blurb :

Tennant Rowe has it all, a boyfriend he adores, a loving family, and a career on the rise. He’s sure of his place in the world, and the future can only get brighter. Then one night, in a flash of skates and sticks, life changes forever. Getting back on the ice is Ten’s priority, and experts tell him that it’s just a matter of time.

Jared watches his lover fall in more ways than one, and when tragedy strikes, even the strongest of relationships are tested. Ten is strong, but Jared has to be stronger to help the man who holds his heart. Only, he has to admit that maybe it isn’t just him who can make Ten whole again.

Jared and Ten’s love is forever, but the rocky path to the romantic Christmas Jared had planned may be hard to travel.



Christelle's rating :




For all the fans of the Harrisburg Railers series, a sport MM romance series where the reader gets to know each player of this great Hockey team and follow their falling in love.

This Christmas novella is not a standalone “per se” : it’s better to have previously read at least books #1, 4 and 6 of that series as well as Ryker, the first instalment of a spin-off series, to fully enjoy this addition.

And let me say that I once again fondly appreciated this story! First, because I got again a focus on Ten and Jared, the first couple introduced in this series, one of my favorite. Then, I got to discover how they deal after the stunning twist RJ Scott and VL Locey pulled out in “Goal Line” (book#6) : with strength and determination but also fear and vulnerabilities, cementing their love in the process.

Age-gap, not a lot of steam (under the circumstances, it’s not surprising) but still a lot of chemistry between these 2, a light dose of Hockey times, a touch of friendship among and from the team, especially Stan being…well, “Stan” to my delight, and of family gatherings.

RJ Scott and VL Locey are a great team : their writing flows with a nice dynamics and they draw endearing characters. I warmed up quite fast for this series and am now totally on board, so it’s no surprise when I say I will be there to get more in a few months with Stan being the front star.

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ARC of Neutral Zone was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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Release Blitz: Santa Daddy by Keira Andrews




Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Length: 30,000 words approx.


Cover Design: Dar Albert @ Wicked Smart Design



Blurb
Mall Santas aren’t supposed to be hot.

Hunter Adams is hopelessly adrift after college. He’s still a virgin, can’t find a real job, and has no clue what to do with his life. In desperation, he returns to his humiliating old job as an elf at the Santa's Village in his hometown's dying mall. The Santa on the job is an unexpectedly sexy lumberjack, twice Hunter's size and age. He makes Hunter feel very naughty—too bad he's grumpy and intimidating.

Years after the tragic death of his partner, Nick Spini has his beagle and long, hard days on his Christmas tree farm. That’s plenty. But he can’t refuse a loyal friend’s plea for help and finds himself filling in as Santa at the local mall. Despite Nick's attempt to stay aloof, the beautiful, anxious young man playing elf brings out his long-dormant daddy instincts.

When a surprise blizzard traps them alone in Nick’s isolated forest home, their attraction burns even brighter. Will they surrender to the sizzling connection between them and find the release and comfort they crave?



Santa Daddy is a holiday gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring an age gap, steamy m/m first times, daddy role-playing and light spanking, Christmas romance feels, and of course a happy ending.





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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

ARC Review: All the Dogs are Dancing by J.M. Goguen

All the Dogs are DancingFrom the blurb:


Burner’s world revolved around three things: protecting the wolf pack of Maine, keeping an eye on his best friend Aaron, and helping prepare enough summer food to take on the long road to Quebec for the winter months. But in the ruins of an old shopping mall on a hot summer night, his world crashes.

Now Burner has to face monsters he thought were just stories told to scare pups, and he must traverse a world he’s only seen in old magazines. Meanwhile, his best friend Aaron is dealing with monsters of his own and Burner will do whatever it takes to keep them both safe, even if it means finally admitting how he really feels.


Heather's rating:





I think All the Dogs are Dancing by newbie author J.M. Goguen was a success, but with some kinks worked out, it could have been epic.

I like darker dystopian books sometimes, and All the Dogs are Dancing really fit that bill. I think it's important to know what you are getting into with this one as it is no steam and light on the romance, though the romance was still a central part of the story.

ARC Review: Santa Daddy by Keira Andrews

Blurb:
Mall Santas aren’t supposed to be hot

Hunter Adams is hopelessly adrift after college. He’s still a virgin, can’t find a real job, and has no clue what to do with his life. In desperation, he returns to his humiliating old job as an elf at the Santa's Village in his hometown's dying mall. The Santa on the job is an unexpectedly sexy lumberjack, twice Hunter's size and age. He makes Hunter feel very naughty—too bad he's grumpy and intimidating.

Years after the tragic death of his partner, Nick Spini has his beagle and long, hard days on his Christmas tree farm. That’s plenty. But he can’t refuse a loyal friend’s plea for help and finds himself filling in as Santa at the local mall. Despite Nick's attempt to stay aloof, the beautiful, anxious young man playing elf brings out his long-dormant daddy instincts.

When a surprise blizzard traps them alone in Nick’s isolated forest home, their attraction burns even brighter. Will they surrender to the sizzling connection between them and find the release and comfort they crave?

Santa Daddy is a holiday gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring an age gap, steamy m/m first times, daddy role-playing and light spanking, Christmas romance feels, and of course a happy ending.


Dani's rating:




This is an adorably kinky story!

📌 One smokin' hot Santa

📌 One naught elf

📌 A dog named Ella

📌 A Christmas tree farm

Yes, this book has ALL that and MORE, including spanking, licking, and ... well, let's just say Hunter is a very eager virgin and he's been a bad, bad boy.

Santa, as played by Nick (terribly fitting, no?), doesn't like his elf assistant. Not initially, anyway. And that's all on Nick, who's grumpy and a bit judgmental.

When Hunter is late AGAIN, Nick assumes the worst, then feels like an arse when he realizes Hunter almost froze to death because Nick wouldn't listen.

Fortunately, Nick warms Hunter right up, and then some.


Blogtour: Scythe by Christina Bauer



Scythe


Christina Bauer 


(Dimension Drift Worlds, #1)

Publication date: April 24th 2018

Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult





“Fans of A Wrinkle in Time can’t missDimension Drift!” – Christina Trevaskis, The Book Matchmaker
Blurb:

Truth time. I go to a Learning Squirrel High School. Don’t judge. 
On second thought, judge away. Learning Squirrel is one step above attending class in a junkyard. But what do you expect? Everything’s made out of garbage these days. At least, I have my freelance work to keep Mom and me housed, clothed, and fed. How? I’m your regular high school science geek for hire, except my work manipulates space-time. The good news is that these gigs pay really well; the bad news is that the government likes to kill people like me. Whatever. I’m not worried; hiding from their detection systems is easy for me. 
Then I screw up one of my illegal projects. Badly. 
In fact, things go so sideways that my house slips into two-dimensional space-time. The shift only lasts for a few seconds, but that’s long enough to set off a dozen government alarms. If those goons track me down, Mom and I are as good as dead. Long story short, I need to pay someone off, hide the evidence, and keep us safe. 
Unfortunately, that means asking the Scythe for help. He runs the local underground crime scene and has absolutely no conscience…Or at least, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t. It’s hard to think straight when a guy’s that hot in an ‘evil Mafioso kingpin’ kind of way. Most importantly, the Scythe is a crime lord who can conceal my slip-up with a few clicks on his minion’s computer keyboards. But the man has his price. In this case, the Scythe wants me to finish a certain dimensional prototype for him in twenty-four hours. I can do it, but it might mean Learning Squirrel High gets blown up in the process. Oh yes, and there’s also my new hot classmate who may or may not be an alien…and he says he’ll do anything to help me. 
This job won’t be easy, but I’ve gotten out of worse scrapes. Maybe.






SCYTHE
BOOK EXCERPT
CHAPTER ONE


SCYTHE
Dimension Drift, Prequel 1
Chapter One

Not long now.
Up ahead, a tiny concrete tower rises from the darkened hilltop. Guardhouse #83. I scan the gravel road before me. Everything is deserted, quiet, and perfect. Despite the chilly night air, a rush of excitement warms my limbs. Most days, I’m a teenage she-hermit who lives for my basement laboratory. But in this moment, I’m my best self: a science prodigy-for-hire whose inventions secure my family’s safety. And if a little thievery is involved? Well, that just makes me a lot badass.
In other words, time to steal for Mom and science.
Marching to the guardhouse, I stop before the intake window. There’s no need to announce myself; motion detectors will activate the auto-guard. Seconds later, a mechanical buzz sounds as florescent lights click on, revealing an animatronic woman sitting at a fake desk. Like most auto-guards, this one is less than perfect, what with her chipped plastic skin, frayed blue uniform, frizzed-out hair, and single functioning eye. Raising her head, she addresses me through the Plexiglas.
“You have reached guardhouse #83 for Reclamation Center Massachusetts-1,” she says. “The manufacture of new goods is reserved for the military, so we sort, clean, and refurbish old items from landfills.”
To kill time, I adjust the loose straps on my backpack. This auto-guard won’t interact with me until her welcome spiel is over. Sadly, animatronic speeches at Reclamation Center Massachusetts-1—also called RCM1—always take a while.
With jerky movements, the auto-guard gestures to the monitor embedded in the outer concrete wall. Here comes the slide show. Images appear on the screen, showing endless rows of long metal buildings stretching off to the horizon. “Since our founding in 2107, RCM1 has processed more than three million objects across two thousand warehouses. It is now 11:43 pm. How may I be of service?”

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Blogtour: Love Over Logic by Diana A. Hicks



Love Over Logic 

Diana A. Hicks

(Desert Monsoon #2)

Publication date: November 15th 2018

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance




Attorney, Emilia Prado has been living in hiding, ever since the local cartel killed her dad and left her and her mom for dead. But when her long lost cousin needs help leaving her drug lord husband, Emilia knows her time for justice has come. 
Hot shot lawyer, Dom Moretti never met a case he couldn’t win. Each win puts distance between him and an old life he wants to forget. But when Emilia, a crush from law school, asks for his help, the life he worked so hard for hangs in the balance. 
Out to even the score, Emilia is ready to enact revenge on her father’s killer. But will she risk losing Dom to a side of himself he thought was dead and buried?







Hey romance readers of My Fiction Nook, I’m so happy to be here today, sharing my top 10 Books I’ve Read. To keep it simple, I’ll stick with 2018 reads. The fine print…I read romance almost exclusively. I like my books super steamy, my heroes swoony, and my heroines strong and self-motivated. In no particular order because that would be like asking me which one of my kids is my favorite, here are my Top 10 Reads of 2018:


1. The Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren - If you’re looking for a sweet menage. It’s a thing. Ms. Warren delivered on this one.

2. Merciless by Willow Winters - A dark romance not for the faint-hearted

3. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang - This one took me by surprise with a genius heroine and a caring hero. So hot, don’t let the cover fool you.

4. Temptation’s Inferno by Kat Mizera - If you’re looking for a swoony, award-winning, MM romance, this is it.

Blogtour: Vampire With Benefits by EJ Russell




Please welcome EJ Russell and 

Vampire With Benefits

Book 2 in the Supernatural Selection series 




Hello and welcome to the blog tour for Vampire With Benefits! I can’t wait for you to meet Rusty and Cas, the second mismatched couple in my Supernatural Selection series (part of the Mythmatched universe). Thank you to all of you and to this blog for helping me celebrate the book release!





Blurb:

A match between a vampire and shifter could be deadly—but this broken beaver doesn’t give a dam.
Silent film actor Casimir Moreau had imagined that life as a vampire would be freewheeling and glamorous. Instead, he’s plunged into a restrictive society whose rules he runs afoul of at every turn. To “rehabilitate” him, the vampire council orders him mated to an incubus with impeccable breeding who’ll mold Cas into the upstanding vampire he ought to be. Or else.

As an inactive beaver shifter, construction engineer Rusty Johnson has fought—and overcome—bias and disrespect his entire life. But when his longtime boyfriend leaves him for political reasons, Rusty is ready to call it a day. Next stop? Supernatural Selection and his guaranteed perfect mate, a bear shifter living far away from Rusty’s disapproving clan.

But then a spell snafu at Supernatural Selection robs both men of their intended husbands. Rusty can’t face returning to his clan, and Cas needs somebody on his arm to keep the council happy, so they agree to pretend to be married. Nobody needs to know their relationship is fake—especially since it’s starting to feel suspiciously like the real thing.



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Are you a shifter who’s lost faith in fated mates? A vampire seeking a Second Life companion? Or perhaps you’re a demon yearning to claim a soul (mate)?

Congratulations! Your search is over!

Welcome to Supernatural Selection, where our foolproof spells guarantee your perfect match.

Until they don’t.

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A Vampire's World - Part 2
(Get Part 1 of A Vampire’s World at Joyfully Jay.)
So…this is going to be a little grim, but you know, vampires. So I hope you’ll bear with me.
In an earlier post on the tour, I talked about the basic underpinnings of my take on vampire society for the purposes of the Mythmatched story universe—how and why the vampires emigrated to America from Eastern Europe and why there aren’t many of them left.
But what happened once the vampires arrived in America? Did they docilely submit to the rules imposed on them by their rescuers?
Well, as you might imagine . . . not so much. Here’s what I decided happened.
At the center of the Mythmatched universe is the Secrecy Pact. This pact was entered into by each of the supernatural races: under no circumstances could any of them expose the existence of supe society to humans in a way that jeopardized the safety of all.
Of course, some of the supe races had ways to mitigate exposure: the fae have glamourie, the vampires have mesmer, the ‘cubi have thrall. But when and why did the Secrecy Pact go into effect?
Well, it was the vampires’ fault. But I needed to find a good reason for it to be their fault, so I looked up unsolved murders that had two qualities:

Blogtour: Rough Trade by Sidney Bell



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Rough Trade 

Woodbury Boys #3 




Quick-witted hustler Ghost is no stranger to living dangerously; survival has always been the name of the game.

He’s just always gone it alone.

Now he’s got the wrong people breathing down his neck, and the only way out demands placing his trust in the unlikeliest of heroes: Duncan Rook, a gruff cop whose ethics are as solid as his body.

Cozying up to a criminal is hardly what Duncan’s reputation on the force needs—especially when that criminal is temptation personified. Ghost is Duncan’s polar opposite, and the last person he expected to fall for.

So then why does every imaginable scenario for taking down their common enemy end with Ghost in his arms?


This book is approximately 122,000 words

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date (Print/Ebook):
Ebook: Monday December 3
Print (mmp): Tuesday December 25
Length (Print/Ebook):
Ebook: 496
Print (mmp): 496
Subgenre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Male/Male Romance
Reader warnings: Childhood sexual abuse, angst



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Excerpt:


He turned around with his jaw set and put both hands on Duncan’s chest. He pushed gently, so gently that Duncan couldn’t interpret it as anything but a question, and a nonthreatening one at that, so he found himself playing along until his back hit the concave wall of the tunnel. The cement seeped cold through his own thin, sweat-dampened T-shirt, making him shiver.
Or maybe it was Ghost nudging at Duncan’s feet with his toes until Duncan widened his stance, making room for Ghost to step closer still, until their thighs brushed, until Ghost’s tilted-up face was only inches away, his breath on Duncan’s lips. Ghost’s hands trembled against him. That small vulnerability made Duncan hurt deep in his belly, hot and sweet and aching.
“What are you doing?” Duncan whispered.

Monday, November 26, 2018

ARC Review: Between the Lines by Sally Malcolm

Between the Lines
Blurb:
Theo Wishart has given up on finding love.

Luca Moretti doesn’t want to find it.

A handful of summer days may change their lives forever—if they’re brave enough to look between the lines.

Eyes might be windows to the soul, but for Theo Wishart they’re all shuttered. His dyspraxia makes it hard to read people. He doesn’t do relationships and he certainly doesn’t do the great outdoors. Two weeks spent “embracing beach life” while he tries to close the deal on a once great, now fading seaside hotel is a special kind of hell.

Until Luca. Gorgeous, unreachable Luca.

Luca Moretti travels light, avoiding all romantic entanglements. Estranged from his parents, he vows this will be his last trip home to New Milton. His family’s hotel is on the verge of ruin and there’s nothing Luca can do to save it. He’s given up on the Majestic, he’s given up on his family and he’s given up on his future.

Until Theo. Prickly, captivating Theo.

No mushy feelings, no expectations, and no drama—that’s the deal. A simple summer fling. And it suits them both just fine. But as the summer wanes and their feelings deepen, it’s clear to everyone around them that Theo and Luca are falling in love. What will it take for them to admit it to themselves—and to each other?


Todd's rating:




Okay, strike another one in the win column for Sally Malcolm. After really enjoying "Perfect Day", I had high hopes for this story and wasn't disappointed.

Theo was a bit of a persnickety oddball right from the start, but I immediately loved him, though, I think his overall strangeness could've been pumped up a few notches. And his dyspraxia was rarely even touched upon in the story, actually.

But Luca was actually the MC that I connected most closely with in the book. Yes, he could be a bit of a standoffish, broody prick at times, but right from the get go, you could see that he had a heart of gold and a lightness about him that drew others into his orbit. Luca was a bit like Finn from "Perfect Day", now that I think about it.

The guys for sure didn't start out on the right footing with one another, but I loved seeing them spend time together and get to know one another better, until they finally gave in to the immediate attraction that they'd both felt.

The book had a few angsty, dramatic moments, but I felt that it never crossed the line into unrealistic territory. Both MC's had their issues, which they worked through. Slowly. And sometimes painfully. But they did the work, especially Theo, and came out the other side better off for confronting their fears.

ARC Review: His Consort by Mary Calmes

From The Blurb:

A new life in New Orleans is all Jason Thorpe had hoped: his quaint little store attracts a devoted staff and his warm, loving heart grants him a loyal circle of friends. He's perfectly content, having left behind the chill of a confusing and danger-filled night in Washington, until he discovers something unbelievable lurking in the steamy darkness of the shadowy streets of the Vieux Carré, something that turns out to be terrifying... and utterly mesmerizing. 

The prince of the vampyrs, Varic Maedoc, is visiting New Orleans when he finds out the man who once helped his counselor is there in the Quarter. He thinks to simply meet and thank Jason—until he lays eyes on him. Varic’s devoted himself to protect the honor of his race, and he's never wanted a mate before... but he immediately knows he must have this man, and no one else will do. 

Varic may want to bring Jason safely into his world, but someone who doesn’t like the human's soothing influence on vampyrs has deadly plans that would disrupt Varic's dreams. Now, unable to tell friend from foe, Jason finds himself wondering how to hold on to the prince’s heart when he’s fighting for his life.




Karen's rating:




First off let me just say 'I make no apologies. I love Mary Calmes' I have a small group of authors that I'll just read whatever they write and the reasons may vary but mostly it's the entertainment factor and just the fact that for whatever reason I can easily escape into the story and enjoy it without a lot of deep thoughts or intellectual rhetoric involved...sometimes a girl just wants to read a story that's entertaining and with Mary Calmes that's what I get entertainment...pure and simple.

Now, I'll be the first to admit I don't particularly care for vampires...in the world of the supernatural they're near the bottom of my 'want to read' list but it's Mary Calmes so I'll try anything once and in this case 'love it'. I can't say that there's just one reason that I had so much fun with this one, it's more like there were a number of different things that came together at the right time for me.

I liked both of the MC's Jason Thorpe was the expected 'eveyone loves him' MC and I liked wandering through the first part of the book as his history and character were layered onto him and we got to see how he came to be in New Orleans and the events that slowly converged to bring him together with Varic Maedoc, Prince of the Vampires. As well as getting to know Jason the author had a vampire world to create since her vampires have a bit of a different origin than other vampire stories have given us. Plus we were given a few secondary characters that I really enjoyed Jason's friend bampyr friend Cooke, Leni and Ode, but most of all I would love a book for Tiago and Hadrian...those two were probably in fact my favorite pair in this story more so than even Jason and Varic.

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