Sunday, June 30, 2019

ARC Review: A King In Wonderland by Nash Summers


Asher Williams is obsessed with love.

Or at least he was, until it all came crashing down.

He made a mistake. And even Asher himself, arranger of marriages and aider of lovesick hearts, doesn’t know how to fix it.
And like every heroic quest, there are a few bumps in the road and dragons to slay.

His inability to focus on love has turned his column into a disaster, his best friends are acting weirder than usual, Christopher turns out to be a man of many surprises, and Morgan, well...
Maybe this time it does matter. Because when Asher’s heart finally realizes what he’s been looking for all along, it may be too late.

And too broken.

But there might just be a shred of hope somewhere deep down in his heart. Maybe Asher can fix everything and have his prince charming.

Because love is always like a fairy tale…right?

Sandra's review:

OMG. OMG, OMG, OMG - could this have BEEN more perfect?

(The answer is, no, it could not)

This landed in my inbox today (6/27/19). It immediately went onto my Nook and then I dove in because I simply had to know what would happen after the delicious cliffhanger at the end of book 2.

The course of true love never runs smoothly, obviously, so for half of the book, there's moping and pining and longing and not realizing that what is right in front of you... and the great, big, huge misunderstanding, because Asher sometimes opens his mouth without thinking through what he's going to say, and out comes word vomit that is then overheard and causes heartache.

Ah, young love, when it's super difficult to just talk about feelings with honesty and openness, and pining and longing are so much better than pulling your head out of your rear end, yeah? I felt being transported back into my own youth, when similar issues loomed and were hard to discuss, because a) we didn't have the words, or b) we didn't really know our own feelings, or c) we didn't know how to bring something up. Who of us hasn't?

ARC Review: Golden Boy And The Two Bears by Nash Summers


Asher Williams is obsessed with love.

His column is thriving, fellow students trust him with their relationship woes, and he’s on his A-game when it comes to matchmaking. At least, matchmaking other than his own.

After a heartfelt letter written to his column, Asher is set on aiding the two love-struck heroes who desperately need his help.

But like every heroic quest, there are a few bumps in the road and dragons to slay.

Randy and Red can’t stop passing looks whenever Asher voices his plans;, the handsome Christopher might not be quite what Asher expected, and his dark, mysterious roommate, Morgan, might have a surprise or two up his sleeve.

It doesn’t matter though. Nothing will stop Asher when it comes to helping people find their true love.

He’s absolutely positive everything will work out in the end.

Because love is always like a fairy tale…right?

Sandra's review:

I begged (BEGGED) the author for a copy even though I was late with reading/reviewing the first book, because the first book was ever so fabulous and I needed this book like I needed to breathe. Thankfully, Nash is a lovely person and sent me the book.

I dove right in, obviously. And then read it again. Because I could.

In this 2nd book in the trilogy called Happily Ever Asher, we find our protagonist still wielding his love guru column like a White Knight's sword. This time, Asher is approached by two young men, football players, a couple, who have their eye on another football player, albeit from a rival team, and want to make him their third. Asher is thrilled to be of service and does what he can to unite the Golden Boy with the Two Bears.

Meanwhile, Asher's own love life isn't working out as well as he'd hoped, which is partly because the wolf isn't as perfect as Asher thought, and partly because Asher can't see the forest for the trees, the point of which is driven home at the end of this book when... nah, not gonna tell you, of course. Read this for yourself and delight in the quirky characters the author created, revel in the hilarious situations our protagonist finds himself in, and rejoice in Asher's shock and surprise at the end, when the trees part and he sees...

ARC Review: When Red Cried Wolf by Nash Summers


Asher Williams is obsessed with love.
It’s probably one of the reasons he makes such a fantastic matchmaker, love guru, and romance expert. And now that he’s in college, it’s finally his turn to shine.

Asher’s relationship advice column in the school newspaper is his strongest matchmaking instrument, especially when it comes to helping hopeless romantics find their soulmates.
But like every heroic quest, there are a few bumps in the road and dragons to slay.
There’s a damsel in distress Asher’s best friend thinks is a psychopath, a handsome prince Asher can’t stop drooling over, and a huge, mysterious roommate Asher can’t help but pester.
It doesn’t matter though. Nothing will stop Asher when it comes to helping people find their true love.
He’s absolutely positive everything will work out in the end.
Because love is always like a fairy tale…right?

Sandra's review:

Please note: This is the first book in what will be a trilogy, so there's no HEA at the end of this book, but there's also not a massive cliffhanger.

Asher is a freshman in college, determined to find true love while there, and also very much determined to live up to his self-appointed title of Love Guru, seeing how he comes from a family of successful love match makers. He's also utterly adorable, sassy, and seemingly always happy.

In the hands of anyone else, he might have turned into a twink caricature, but Nash Summer is not anyone. When not writing books that make me cry (Arrows Through Archer, OMG) Nash writes quirky and lovable characters, whose quirks make them stand out in a sea of uniformity, and who bring more than just sass and quirkiness to the table. Of course, to some, Asher might seem OTT and maddening and bothersome, but I just adored this young man with his happy smile and his eternal optimism. He's in love with love, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

ARC Review: One Night of Passion by Erica Ridley

One Night of Passion (Wicked Dukes Club #3)From the blurb:

Lifelong romantic Thaddeus Middleton is on the hunt for a wife. He hopes to find a woman more attracted to him than to money. Instead, he finds himself drawn to a spitfire who isn’t interested in him at all! At least, that’s what she says when she’s not kissing him beneath the stars...

Miss Priscilla Weatherby will inherit a fortune… provided she remains unwed and scandal-free. Easy enough, until she meets a man more dangerous than haughty lords and heartless rakes. Thad is a sweet, sexy delight, whose passionate embrace will ruin everything—including her! She’ll sacrifice anything for independence. Even love…

Heather's rating:

I read almost everything that Erica Ridley writes, and though my all-time favorite of hers is Never Say Duke, all of her stories are consistently well done. I know I can count on her for a good (sometimes great) story, and One Night of Passion fits the bill.

ARC Review: Harrisburg Railers #9, Save the Date by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

From The Blurb:
Ever since he first set foot in Harrisburg, Tennant’s life has been a rollercoaster. Ups and downs too numerous to mention, hard knocks and championship rings. Through all of those monumental moments, one thing has been a constant for him, Jared Madsen. Now that their wedding day is drawing nearer, Ten is seriously considering eloping. He would, if not for his mother, his father, his brothers, the wedding planner, the guests, the cake, the press, and the team. Oh, and then there’s his best friend, who is vying for the job of ringmaster of the wedding circus. Would sneaking off during the night with Jared and skipping to the honeymoon part of the festivities really be all that bad? 
When Jared proposed to Ten, he imagined a quiet wedding, on a beach somewhere, with family, and maybe the team. But life gets complicated with Ten’s warring brothers, a Russian goalie with a love of sequins, and a bachelor party organized by Adler. When Trent sends them a wedding planner, every spare hour is filled with choosing invitations, cake tasting, and finding a rose in the perfect shade of green. Add in Layton organizing a press conference, and suddenly their private wedding is destined to become a media sensation. Is it wrong to think seriously about kidnapping Ten and spiriting him away to a small deserted island? 
Adler organizing the bachelor party, Trent supplying the wedding planner, and Stan writing a speech. What can possibly go wrong?

Karen's rating:

I have loved this series so much from start to finish and where we started was with Madsen and Tennant in 'Changing Lines'. and now we've come full circle to 'Save the Date' where we join Mads, Ten and pretty much the rest of the team to share in their big's time for Mads and Ten to say "I do."

There's not complex a story line here just a lot of wedding antics, a bit of chaos and a whole lot of fun as Mads and Ten enlist the help of friends and family to help pull off a wedding to remember.

With only a couple of weeks left until the big day both men are going crazy they want to have the big day...not plan it and when things seem to go from bad to worse and progress doesn't seem to be getting made in the planning department...enter Trent...figure skater and planner extraordinaire.

It's with Trent's frenetic but well intentioned help that things start to come together and then we have friend to Ten and the other saving grace when wedding plans keep collapsing.

For anyone who hasn't read this series just do it before you tackle this one. It's not that you won't be able to follow what's happening but more that it's everything that's come before that leads to this story...this day for these two men that helps to make it as special as it is.

I loved that as this story progressed we got a little peek at the characters from previous stories from Layton and Adler whom we met in the second book to Bryan Delaney and Gatlin Pearce the tattoo artist who won Bryan's heart in the final pairing of this series...they're all here whether it's in a more supportive role like Trent who drags Mads and Ten through the planning process...kicking and screaming so to speak or as a guest at the wedding. Mads and Ten are determined to share their big day with all of the important people in their lives...even their fans...have been invited to attend the wedding of the season.

It's wedding season and this is one wedding that Railers fans won't want to take the time and enjoy the day.


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Release Blitz: Eyeliner And Lace by Ruby Moone

Length: 4,067 words

Publisher: JMS Books

The day Ryan Fulton realises he’s in love with Jamie Holt is the day he knows he’s losing him. With blue-tinted white blond hair, eyeliner, and a personality to match, Ryan knows he’s a bit much. But can he change? Can he tone it down and, if he does, can he live like that? He’d never suspect Jamie of cheating, but maybe his closeted boyfriend decided flamboyant Ryan wasn’t worth the effort.

But Ryan isn’t going to take it lying down. Determined to win Jamie back, Ryan even decides to get rid of the black and blue lace undies he just bought.

Then Jamie comes home and says they need to talk.


An hour or so later, the door slammed, and there was Jamie. He looked tired. His tie was loosened, and the top button of his white shirt undone. Rain curled the ends of his dark hair. They’d been living together for two months now, and it still made Ryan’s chest feel all achy when Jamie came home from work and smiled as though he was happy just to see him.

Jamie shrugged wearily out of his jacket and hung it up, then, when he spotted Ryan, his face just lit. Just as it always did. “Hey, you.”

Jamie held out his arms, and Ryan walked into them. They held each other tight, and Ryan kissed Jamie’s jaw. He was shorter than Jamie, skinnier, so he fit perfectly into his arms. He gave the best hugs. Hard, but warm and safe. All the craziness melted away when Jamie held him. Maybe things weren’t as bad as he thought.

“I’ve planned dinner,” he said, kissing him again.

Jamie nuzzled his neck and made a soft humming sound. “What’s for dessert?”

Friday, June 28, 2019

ARC Review: Give Up the Ghost by Jenn Burke

Give Up the Ghost (Not Dead Yet #2)From the blurb:

The bigger they are, the harder they maul.

Immortal not-ghost Wes Cooper and his vampire partner, Hudson Rojas, have it all—rewarding private investigation work, great friends and, most important, a love that’s endured. But ever since Wes sent a demon screaming back to the beyond, his abilities have grown overpowering and overwhelming. He’s hiding the fact that he’s losing control the best he can, but it’s hard to keep anything a secret for long when your partner’s a former cop…and especially when your partner’s a former cop who wants to move in together.

When all hell literally breaks loose in Toronto and superstrength ghosts are unleashed on Wes and his friends, he and Hudson are thrown into a case unlike any they’ve seen before. To save the city, Wes needs to harness his new power…and find some answers. But when he gets them, the solution to fix it all could mean losing everything.

Heather's rating:

I really enjoyed Give Up the Ghost by Jenn Burke, even more than the first in the series. Jenn Burke seems to get better and better over time!

Give Up the Ghost follows Not Dead Yet and should not be read as a stand-alone. It is heavily dependent prior knowledge of the characters and plot from the first book, and I liked following the same couple over time for a change.

I loved, loved, loved Wes. I think he is such an interesting, unique character, and that's saying a lot considering I've read hundreds of paranormal romances. I liked his chemistry with Rojas, and though they've had their ups and downs, I think they are a solid, emotionally strong couple. Jenn Burke isn't afraid to allow her characters their insecurities and differences, which makes them feel real.

ARC Review : Murder by Design by J.P. Bowie

Murder by DesignBlurb :

An unexpected meeting in a bar gives Detective Sam Walker a real chance of finding long-awaited happiness. All he has to do is stay alive.

Detective Sam Walker gets a surprise phone call the day he wakes up with the hangover from hell. The caller informs him that his name is Justin and that they met the night before in a gay bar. Not only met, but kissed and traded phone numbers and Sam has no memory of it at all. Intrigued, Sam wants to meet Justin again, but any chance of that is delayed when he and his partner are assigned a murder investigation and told to take care of it ASAP.

Sam has a problem, a deeply personal one that he doesn’t talk about, but when he’s with Justin the problem seems to disappear and he’s convinced he’s been given a new lease on life. His elation is short-lived, however, when the case he and his partner are working on takes a dark turn.

Justin also has a problem…Maria Esteban, a fiery-tempered Puerto Rican who owns the fashion company Justin designs for. Theirs is a volatile relationship and when tragedy strikes, the finger of suspicion points at him.

Can Sam save Justin not only from a bigoted detective intent on cracking the case quickly, but from a new and unexpected source, too? Or is their love affair doomed before they can truly savor Sam’s newfound freedom from the past?

Reader Advisory: This book contains homophobia, the remembered assault and rape of the main character and attempted murder. There are some scenes of violence, as well as brief references to child slavery.

Christelle's rating :

My first try with this author. And lucky me, I was in the mood for something low-key, with no angst and some sweetness.

Sam is a sweet detective : he’s law-abiding and has empathy for victims, a reflexion of his character : despite his big bulk, he doesn’t have a bad temper at all and enjoys being the “uncle” of his police partner’s kids. He’s also very insecure, for reasons, when it comes to his personal life. Being drunk one night ends up being a good fate for him as he dares flirting with the colourful and joyful Justin, luckily not deterred by Sam’s state.

And while going through cases, one unfortunately involving Justin, Sam is beginning to think that he found the right partner and takes a chance.

A tiny bit fast on the romance, smooth and way too fast on solving Sam’s issues (quite unsettling for me), but if in need of some relaxing time with goodness, two sweet characters, and a bit of heat, this book will do the trick.


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Blogtour: A Dom And His Gentleman by Xenia Melzer

 Please welcome Xenia Melzer with 

A Dom And His Gentleman

Club Whisper #4


Silver fox Curtis is everything baker Andrew could want in a sub, and their chemistry is off the charts. But as a wealthy and successful gallery owner, Curtis intimidates Andrew and challenges his dominant nature. Can Andrew get used to a sub with a much higher social status?

British noble Curtis Morris has all but given up on finding his perfect Dom when he walks into a bakery and meets Andrew Granger—smoldering hot, new to Miami, into the lifestyle, and with kinks that align perfectly with Curtis’s own.

Andrew grew up poor and doesn’t know if he can handle a sub with so much more money, even if he’s insanely attracted to Curtis. To make matters worse, Curtis’s preferred club, Whisper, is far beyond Andrew’s financial means. Still, Andrew doesn’t want to lose Curtis to his own hang-ups, not when Curtis is far from the elitist snob Andrew expected. But Andrew keeps messing up, and with Curtis’s rich ex visiting with the hopes of winning him back, he and Curtis will need all the help they can get to make their romance of opposites work out.

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Baking Macarons, Part IV

“Boys, let’s get on. We’re running out of time.” Curtis pointed at his watch. “If we want to be done before Martin and Richard come here, we need to hurry a bit.”
With that, he took the icing tip from Dean and held it open. “Now fill some of the slug-dough in,” he said, winking at Dean who started laughing the same time Seth made a gagging sound. Leeland stepped forward with a spoon and started shoveling the dripping, gooey mass into the icing tip, managing to leave a generous amount on Curtis’s fingers.
“Be careful, Leeland. We can’t waste any dough.” Collin looked anxious.
“Uhm, guys, should it be leaking like that?” Seth pointed to the tip of the icing tip, where the brown goo was dripping out almost as fast as Leeland was putting it in. Dean furrowed his brows and checked the recipe. 
“It doesn’t say here. Perhaps we have to block the tip? Collin, could you do that?” 
Collin nodded eagerly before placing his thumb at the opening of the tip, keeping the dough from leaking out.
When the icing tip was about two thirds full, Curtis made the three steps over to the griddle, with Collin still preventing the dough from escaping. 
“It says we have to make small dots with about a thumb’s breadth between.” Dean looked up. “Seth, your thumb is unused at the moment.” 
Grumbling, Seth stepped closer to the counter with the griddle, looking at Curtis. “I’m ready when you are.”
Curtis nodded. “Collin, you can let go now.” Collin pulled his thumb away and was immediately attacked by Dog who went on his hind legs and started licking the digit enthusiastically. Collin giggled happily. 
Dean watched as Curtis tried to make blobs with the right spacing which didn’t work out quite right. 
“You need to move faster,” Leeland said, eyeing the griddle critically. “I think the dough is too liquid. And this doesn’t look like little dots, more like full grown blotches.”
“You can always take over and show us how it’s done,” Seth snapped, trying to lick some of the dough from his fingers. 
Leeland held up his hands in a placating gesture. “I didn’t mean to criticize. I was just observing.”
“Maybe you could observe somewhere else.” Curtis glared at the blotches on the griddle. “At least they have stopped expanding. Let’s get them in the oven and prepare the second batch.”
Dean nodded and took the griddle while Collin placed the second one in front of Curtis.
Ten minutes later, the boys were staring into the oven with furrowed brows.
“They don’t look like macarons at all.” Collin sounded defeated.
“It’s just one big piece of dough,” Seth observed gloomily.
“Perhaps we can cut it into squares? I don’t care about the form as long as it’s tasty.” Dean was obviously trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
“I’m not sure this is going to work. Look, it’s already blackening at the edges and the middle is still bubbling.” Curtis shook his head. “What have we done wrong?”

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Author Of The Month - Ofelia Gränd - Grand Finale

Welcome to our Grand Finale celebrations for the amazing 

In our final post, we'll look at two of Ofelia's standalone novels, Silent Woods and Eight Feet Of Magic. We also have our author interview and one more chance to win one of her books.

First up, Silent Woods


Do you believe in myths and ancient creatures?

Daniel has never felt the need to leave the city behind, so when his husband suggests a camping trip for their holiday he agrees with reluctance. Even before they step out of the car, Daniel has the feeling of something being wrong. Something about the forest is turning his stomach into knots.

He wants nothing more than returning to the safety of their home, and when their five-year-old son goes missing his fears turn into full-blown panic. What awaits them in the depths of the forest is far more sinister than anything Daniel ever could have imagined. Will they be able to find their son before it's too late?


Anders came back about twenty minutes later. By that point I’d managed to go through every possible—and impossible—scenario in my mind.
“Nothing,” he panted with an edge of panic in his voice. My husband did not panic—he never panicked—I don’t think I’ve ever seen him panicky. He was my safe haven, the solid rock I’d built my entire foundation on.
“What?” I couldn’t keep my voice from breaking.
“Shh.” Anders wrapped his arms around me and Maja, holding us tight.
“What do we do now?”
“Try to stay calm,” he said with a wobbly smile. “You call the police.” He took Maja from my arms—I hesitated before letting go of her. “Tell them were we are, and what’s happened.”
I dialled 112 with shaking fingers, telling the all-too-calm lady on the other end where we were, and what had happened.
“Stay put,” she told me. “The local police are on their way.”
I hung up, and sat down on the ground. A tear slowly trickled down my cheek. Where was my little boy? Anders slumped down next to me.
“I’m so sorry.” His voice was cracking, and he avoided my gaze. “I swear, it never even crossed my mind that there could be any danger. It was sixty yards, at most. I could almost see you.”
I nodded. What could I say? I didn’t know what to say. He’d let our son out of his sight in the middle of the forest. A kid used to the city. What had he been thinking? But I didn’t want him to feel worse than he already did—so I kept my mouth shut. Help was on the way. The police would know what to do. This could hardly be the first child lost in the woods.
The inspector standing in front of me was a greying man, with kind eyes, and a potbelly. He’d introduced himself as Inspector Ahlqvist and started asking us about Axel. “Does he know what to do when he’s lost?”
“No,” I managed to answer in a shaky voice. “He’s not used to the forest, he doesn’t know anything.”
“He knows to hug a tree,” Anders interjected. “He knows to stay in one place and shout or bang a stick to a tree trunk.”
“He does?” I looked amazed at Anders. I didn’t know that.
Anders rolled his eyes in an attempt to make me feel better. “Yeah, he does. What do you think I teach them when we’re in woods?”
“I don’t know.”
The policeman smiled reassuringly. “I’m sure he’s fine. He hasn’t been gone that long, and we have plenty of daylight hours left to find him.”
Again my lungs refused to cooperate, and my stomach turned into knots. The thought of my son alone in the forest at night made me want to throw up. Anders heard my breath hitch, and gathered me in his arms. I hid my face in the crook of his neck, not wanting Maja to see my tears.
“Shh. He won’t be out there alone at night. I won’t let that happen. We’ll find him, and we’ll bring him home. I swear, Honey. No harm will come to him.”
I wished I could believe him—I wished he believed his own words, but I felt the trembling that betrayed his calm voice. He was trying really hard not to break down. He was the one that held it together, he always comforted me when things got hard.
“Do you have anything of his here with you?” Ahlqvist asked.
“No,” I said, wiping my cheeks. “We weren’t planning on being away from the campsite very long. We just brought some water and snacks.”
“It doesn’t matter. The dogs are trained to find people without ever having smelled—”
“I’ll run back to the campsite and fetch something,” Anders interrupted. “It won’t take long.”
Ahlqvist gave him an understanding smile and nodded, seemingly aware that Anders needed to do something rather than just sit around and wait.
Why hadn’t I thought of those GPS things that Anders had talked about? If I had, then we would have found him by now. All of this felt unreal. My son was missing. I kept expecting him to come running up the hill, or jump out from whatever hiding place he’d found, laughing at us for not finding him. But he’d been missing for an hour; no five-year-old played hide-and-seek for an hour. He was truly lost. And this past hour had been both the longest and the shortest of my life. My universe had altered, and I had no control over it. Over anything.

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The 2nd book in today's line-up, Eight Feet Of Magic


There is still magic to be found. Even in the bleakest of places.

Hank Goodenough has spent his entire life in the smoggy streets of London trying to keep his head down and not to get noticed. Not an easy feat when you’re the tallest one in the room and have a brass funnel protruding from your head. When he finds himself laid off work once again, his dad wants to drag him away on a crazy quest. Before he can figure out how to get out of it, he finds himself on a steam-driven airship in search of Odin, the old Norse God and sharing a room with Captain Elazar Steel, a man strutting around on one high-heeled boot and one peg leg.

Steel doesn’t care that the winks, smiles, and small touches he and Hank share might get them hanged once they land on the ground again. He is determined to show Hank there is magic in the world and that there is no better place to be than on his balloon ship steering towards the Arctic Circle.


They hurried along the narrow alleys of London, squiggling through crevasses and small openings until they could see the River Thames. The entire time Hank tried to ignore the uneven clinking of one high-heeled boot and one wooden or maybe a metal leg. It sounded wooden but who’d have a wooden leg when they could get a rather elegant prosthesis in metal? The ones Hank had seen, admittedly there weren’t many, were beautiful. Sleek, smooth shapes and cleverly designed in copper or brass. He wasn’t much of a mechanic, but he could think of a few things he’d want to add to a copper leg.
“Ah, there she is.” Steel stopped right in front of him, and Hank was too wrapped up in his head to halt in time.
“Huh…oh, sorry.” Hank gripped Steel’s shoulders to steady him.
“Sorry, Captain.” The words were clear and yet Steel didn’t seem to notice Hank holding on to him. Demetrius, on the other hand, gave a silent wail and Hank feared he’d have to hear about it later.
“Isn’t she beautiful?”

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

ARC Review : The Hate You Drink by N.R. Walker

The Hate You DrinkBlurb :

Erik Keston, son of the Keston Real Estate empire, knows what it takes to be successful. Despite his inherent wealth, he holds his own. He works hard, he’s grounded, he’s brilliant. He’s also secretly in love with his best friend.

Monroe Wellman lost his parents three years ago and never grieved, never recovered. Inheriting the family company and wealth means nothing, and his spiral of self-destruction is widespread and spectacular. Dubbed Sydney’s bad boy, he spends more days drunk than sober, and the only person who’s stuck by him through it all is his best mate.

But when Monroe hits rock bottom, Erik gives him an ultimatum, and his entire world comes to a grinding halt. It’s not until the haze lifts that Monroe can truly see what he’s been searching for was never in the bottom of a bottle. It’s been by his side all along.

An 80,000-word friends-to-lovers story about fighting the demons within and trusting in the love that takes its place.

“Because when all you drink is hate, that’s all there is inside you.”

Christelle's rating:

I often go for N.R. Walker’s books without hesitation as I enjoy her writing style and the amount of fluff she instils in her romances (even when it’s not a fluffy romance). And she goes with diverse topics, so no boredom.

This time, N.R. Walker goes with 2 MCs who are best friends but at a crossroad in their life : Monroe is spiralling into alcoholism and Erik is too deep into his secret – and unhealthy - love for his best friend. It has to change and fast, for both of them before they lost themselves.

I always enjoy N.R. Walker's stories and this was no exception : I read that one in no time. Of course, I liked the MCs, it was full of nice feels, I rooted for Monroe during his detox (yes, the title of this book is so accurate) and I loved the epilogue.

ARC Review : Close to Home (Sawyer's Ferry #4) by Cate Ashwood

Close to Home (Sawyer's Ferry #4)Blurb :

I excelled at two things: systems engineering and going completely unnoticed.
The engineering took work and determination. The invisibility came naturally. Until one day, the wrong person noticed me. Battered and broken, I fled, escaping to Sawyer’s Ferry and the only friends I’d ever had.
Now, I just needed to figure out what I was going to do next.

Life was good.
I had a great job, good friends, and a family who loved me. Even my roommate was decent. At least he was until he let his nudist brother come to visit. The opportunity to house-sit and help an injured friend couldn’t have come at a better time.
All I’d needed was to avoid an awkward situation for a few days, but I got more than I bargained for when my entire uncomplicated life flipped upside down. The last thing I’d been looking for was love, but it wasn’t until Witt that I realized just how much I’d been missing out on.

Christelle's rating:

Another good addition to the sawyer’s Ferry series set up in Alaska and with usually so much hotness that I could be tempted to go up there, rwahhh.

It’s a standalone as each instalment is all about a new couple in the make, but the previous MCs make some minor appearances, so, imo, it’s better to go for the whole series…not a hardship at all, hehehe.

So, Witt has been introduced in book2. The shy and quiet engineer has just been brutally attacked by a colleague. He flees to Sawyer’s island where he has a few friends who offer to accommodate him during his recovery. And he’s having the company of an “impromptu caregiver” in the name of Mason. Mason is exactly who Witt needs : somebody solid, reliable, caring and most of all, somebody who sees him and doesn’t expect him to be other than himself.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

ARC Review: Ramen Assassin (Ramen Assassin, #1) by Rhys Ford

Ramen Assassin (Ramen Assassin #1)
When life gives Kuro Jenkins lemons, he wants to make ponzu to serve at his Los Angeles ramen shop.

Instead he’s dodging bullets and wondering how the hell he ended up back in the black ops lifestyle he left behind. After rescuing former child star Trey Bishop from a pair of murderous thugs, he reluctantly picks his guns up again. It seems trouble isn’t done with Trey, and Kuro can’t quite let go… of either danger or Trey.

Trey never denied his life’s downward spiral was his own fault. After stints in rehab, he’s finally shaken off his Hollywood bad-boy lifestyle, but not his reputation. The destruction of his career and relationships was epic, and no one trusts anything he says, including the LAPD. When two men dragging a dead body spot him on a late-night run, then try to murder him, Trey is thankful for the tall, dark, and deadly ramen shop owner not just for rescuing him, but also for believing him.

Now caught in a web of murders and lies, Trey knows someone wants him dead, and the only one on his side is a man with dark secrets. Trey hopes Kuro will stick around to see what the future holds for them once the dust settles, but from the looks of things, neither of them may survive to find out.

Jewel's rating:

Ramen Assassin is a pretty good start to Rhys Ford's new series. Let's see, what do we have here:

MC's I can't help but root for ✅
Food ✅
Cool Cat ✅
Murder ✅✅✅

Trey Bishop has led a life of privilege, in the public eye. Being thrust into the spotlight as a child actor didn't do him any favors. Addiction, scandals, rehab, Trey has lived life in the fast lane. He's been sober for a couple years, now, but he's still trying to make amends for being such a bad brother and son. He's not close to his family, at all, and his only support system is his best friend Sera, who used to be his father's mistress. Trey is floundering, not knowing what he wants to do with his life, now. Well, life is just about to get real, Trey, so be sure to fasten your seat belt!

ARC Review : NoX by Adrienne Wilder

Blurb :
One is a dying man. 
The other is a man who died to live. A nude man invades Luca Suarez's home and protects him from creatures who cannot exist. Creatures hunting him.
The stranger can't tell Luca why. He can't even tell Luca his name. 

He remembers nothing until the moment he sees Luca. 
The only hint Luca has to the stranger's identity is a tattoo on his wrist: N o X

Nox doesn't know who he is, but he's sure of three things, his memory loss is temporary, the monsters chasing Luca are called Anubis, and his Alpha, Koda, sent Nox to protect him. 
There's just one problem… Koda is Luca's brother who was murdered five years ago.

With each passing hour, Nox fills in the pieces painting an impossible truth. And with each passing hour, both men find themselves unexplainably attracted to each other. 
Something Luca is willing to embrace because he has nothing left to lose.
And one Nox can't let happen because it could get Luca killed.

Nox is a HEA m/m paranormal, science-fiction romance.
But be warned, these are NOT the shifters you are used to reading about.

Christelle's rating :

There are some authors whose writing, characters and world-building fascinate me and Adrienne Wilder is among them. Even when she uses tropes I’m not comfortable with, like really not, I’m tempted to give it a try. Yes, I enjoy her writing that much.

So, with her wild imagination - no pun intended…OK, may be a bit intended -, this author delivers a fascinating paranormal, shifter story. Oh Boy, buckle up : it's quite a ride !!!

Luca is 19, alone and lonely - missing his dead parents and even more his dead brother, Koda -, and is dying. These circumstances led him to cross the path of Nox, a man full of mystery and intensity, claiming to be there on Koda’s request to protect him against "big, scary" creatures.

Luca and Nox embark in a wild chase for survival and “destiny”, while being pursued by “unconventional” terrorists (hey...paranormal story, hence the “unconventional”), and military. No more details : it’s better appreciated when going with the engaging flow of revelations.

I was fully engaged despite all the paranormal stuff and shifter stuff (OK, to do so, I blocked my mind when it became too “animalistic” because, no, no, no…definitely not for me), some graphic violence and rough, like very rough sex. Yep, really out of my comfort zone.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Review Tour: Single by RJ Scott

Length: 54,000 words approx.

Cover Design: RJ Scott


Reeling from the painful rejection of a man he thought he loved, Asher is left holding the baby.

Ash wants a family, and is determined to continue with a surrogacy he’d begun with his ex. Bringing baby Mia home, he vows that he will be the best father he can be. Nothing in this world matters more to him than caring for his daughter, not even accidentally falling in lust with the doctor next door. Challenged by his growing attraction to Sean, and confronted by painful memories of his family, Ash has to learn that love is all that matters.

When ER doctor Sean moves in with his friends next door to sexy single father Ash, he falls so quickly it takes his breath away. The sex they have is hot, but Ash is adamant
his heart is too full with love for his daughter to let anyone else in. Why is Sean the only one who sees how scared Ash is, and how can he prove to his new lover that he desperately wants the three of them to become a family?

Karen's review:

‘Single’ is the start of RJ Scott’s new series ‘Single Dads’.

Ash is the single dad we get to meet this time around. He didn’t plan it this way but his partner or the person who he thought was his partner decided that the whole family, parent thing just wasn’t for him…’whew’ thank heavens Ash and his sweet little baby girl, Mia dodged a bullet on that one.

While Ash had a moment or two when I admit he was a little hard to take, he was no where near as irritating as his ex…I could have totally done with out him at all…he left, wanted no part of anything and for me, he should have just stayed gone and the other thing that was a bit challenging for me was Ash’s relationship with his mother. There were things about his relationship with his mom that for me were well done and some that maybe could have been handled a bit better but then again, we can often say the same thing about real life too…can’t we?

In a lot of ways, I really empathized with Ash. While I wasn’t a single parent my hubby travelled for his work when our son was young and there were times, I sure felt like one. It’s a hard job, like seriously hard. Ash was a bit over the top at times with his insecurities about being a new dad and raising a child on his own. I have to admit I was reminded of my favorite mantra when my son was young and I was on my own with him…better a parent who cares too much than one that doesn’t care enough and yet…still there were times that I wanted to maybe give Ash a swift kick in the behind.

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Butterfly Wishes by Teodora Kostova

In school, Nico and King are best friends, and each other’s first love. But their lives take a different path and they lose touch.
Now, King is a famous musician and Nico is trying to make a name for himself as a journalist. When King’s life starts falling apart, fate brings them together on a private island, and reignites old feelings.
Can they make it work this time? Or are their worlds too far apart?

Alpaca My Bags by JL Merrow

Silver fox Scott Riley is holidaying on the Isle of Wight with his newborn granddaughter and her parents following the breakup of his relationship. A bit of fun in the sun with rugged alpaca farmer, Ryan, could be just what the doctor ordered. But when both men realise this holiday fling could be the start of something more, they’ll need to work hard to counter Scott’s family’s misgivings—not to mention their own.

Alpha Mine by Aimee Brissay

Away from home and its escalating conflicts, the last thing Andrei needs is to fall for the newest member of the pack. But he can’t help lusting after Sorin.
As the alpha, he can’t afford to be distracted, but neither he nor Sorin seem able to resist the burning attraction between them. Will this connection prove to be too much of a risk?

Everybody in the Place by Suki Fleet

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