Bad Boy’s Bard by E.J. Russell Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hiya peeps! We have E.J. Russell popping in today with the tour for her newest release Bad Boy’s Bard, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~

Bad Boy’s Bard

(Fae Out of Water 03)

E.J. Russell

As far as rock star Gareth Kendrick, the last true bard in Faerie, is concerned, the only good Unseelie is . . . well . . . there’s no such thing. Two centuries ago, an Unseelie lord abducted Gareth’s human lover, Niall, and Gareth has neither forgotten nor forgiven.

Niall O’Tierney, half-human son of the Unseelie King, had never lost a wager until the day he swore to rid the Seelie court of its bard. That bet cost him everything: his freedom, his family—and his heart. When he’s suddenly face-to-face with Gareth at the ceremony to join the Seelie and Unseelie realms, Niall does the only thing inhumanly possible: he fakes amnesia. Not his finest hour, perhaps, but he never revealed his Unseelie heritage, and to tell the truth now would be to risk Gareth’s revulsion—far harder to bear than two hundred years of imprisonment.

Then a new threat to Gareth’s life arises, and he and Niall stage a mad escape into the Outer World, only to discover the fate of all fae resting on their shoulders. But before they can save the realm, they have to tackle something really tough: mending their own broken relationship.

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Torin by Lance Withton Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have debut author Lance Withton visiting today with his debut story Torin, we have a great guest post where Lance chats playlists or rather the lack of them, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~



Lance Withton

Torin’s anxiety has made it difficult for him to navigate romantic relationships, so instead of trying, he keeps himself occupied with his work. But just because he doesn’t chase relationships doesn’t mean he doesn’t want something, even if he has to get it with a dash of taboo.

At Pillar, the only all-male brothel in the city, Torin makes an appointment with a charming sex worker who goes by the name “Davies.” It becomes hard for Torin to keep his emotions out of the intimacy, and his feelings become more complicated when a designer he works with starts to let on that his interest is more than platonic.

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Fate Heats Things Up by Sarah Hadley Brook Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Sarah Hadley Brook popping in today with her new release Fate Heats Things Up, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway so check out the post and enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~

Fate Heats Things Up


Sarah Hadley Bradley

Scott Dwyer meets hot, new fireman Adrian Campbell in an embarrassing incident one evening and can’t stop thinking about him. While bartending at the local hangout for Station 39, he sees Adrian with this colleagues about once a week. He thinks Adrian might be interested in him, too, but every time they find a chance to talk, something gets in their way.

When rash of arson fires begins the same week Adrian starts at the station, the rumors fly about whether or not he is responsible for them.

Things are heating up in town, but will they heat up between the two men as well? Will Fate ever allow them to be together?

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Tall, Dark, and Deported by Bru Baker ~ Audiobook

Title: Tall, Dark and Deported

Series:  Dreamspun Desires 31

Author: Bru Baker

Narrator: Dorian Bane

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 6 hrs, 30 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Crossing the border into love.

Snap decisions and misguided ideas bring Portuguese national Mateus Fontes and businessman Crawford Hargrave together at the Canadian border crossing.

Mateus is caught in a catch-22. With his almost-expired tourist visa, entrance to Canada is denied, but the US won’t let him back in either. Crawford thinks he’s solved things when he tells the border agent they’re engaged, and it works – except now they have to actually get married before either of them can get back into the United States. But Crawford has been burned by marriage once, and he’s determined not to make that mistake again.

Neither of them expects real feelings to bloom out of their fake marriage, but they do. And the two of them have to learn how to be honest with each other to make things work, which is especially hard when their entire marriage is based on lies.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I’ve not read or listen to much by Bru Baker in the past, although I did actually read this book when it came out, I was more than happy to go back and listen to the audio. The title of the book, Tall, Dark and Deported, gives you most of the information that you need to know about the type of story you’re about to read or listen to.

What you see is definitely what you get with the blurb. We got one hot South American (sorry, can’t think of his country of origin from the top of my head), Mateus. He’s done something rather silly and used the internet to get answers about how to “reset” his visa. He wants to stay with his brother and sister in law longer now that they are setting up their own orchard and his sister in law is about to have a baby. He’s excited about being an uncle and wants to be there. That why, at the airport, he meets Crawfard. Crawford is a businessman and after meeting Mateus, he is willing to help the guy, which of course means marriage!

Despite being a predictable plot, this is totally enjoyable as way as to just lose yourself. As I said in the opening sentence, you will need to suspend your disbelief but that don’t let that deter you from the sweet romance (well, insta-love romance) that unfolds between the two men.

I’ve been hearing a number of audios narrated by Dorian Bane recently and I have to say that I am beginning really like his narration. He has a very warm sounding voice which makes listening to books a pleasure – in some cases enjoying the audio more than when I actually read the book. I will admit that there was probably a smidge of this happening for this book as well.

My only thing is that sometimes the accent Bane uses for Europeans characters (in this case Portugese) tends to sound more Russian sometimes (or for a few moments every so often he reminds me of the Count from Sesame Street). I don’t think it makes the narration terrible, but it just disrupts my concentration for a few moments every so often.

Two Cowboys and A Baby by B.A. Tortuga ~ Audiobook

Title: Two Cowboys and a Baby

Series: Dreamspun Desires 30

Author: B.A. Tortuga

Narrator: Dorian Bane

Genre: Contemporary, Cowboys

Length: 5 hrs, 51 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: A little bundle of joy means big changes.

Hoss McMasters has a working ranch, a bull riding career, a nosy momma, and a best friend he’s been in love with since he can remember. He’s a busy, happy cowboy, living the good life.

Then one morning he discovers a baby on his doorstep.

Well, Hoss does what any reasonable man would do – he calls his momma and his buddy, Sheriff Pooter, and they head to the clinic to see if Doc knows of any suddenly not-so-pregnant girls.

In the meantime, Hoss and his best friend, Bradley, have their hands full trying to care for an infant, run a ranch, and deal with the sudden confession that Bradley doesn’t hate Hoss for coming out to him in high school. In fact, Bradley’s been trying to catch Hoss’s attention for damn near a decade.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: For me, BA Tortuga has always been an author I can take or leave. I don’t dislike any of her books, really, but more the writing style sometimes leaves me feeling a bit nonplussed. But still I keep on going back because the type of stories Tortuga writes are what I like. I know, I’m a person of many contradictions and whatnot.

Now see, here’s a funny thing. I read and reviewed this book and gave it a 3.5/5… then I forgot about my opinion and listened to the audio and rated it a 5/5. For some reason I just loved listening to the audio, whereas I merely enjoyed reading the book. No idea why, but that’s how it goes. I’m fairly sure that a good part of the reason was because of the narration by Dorian Bane – I loved the voice he gave the cowboys and made me feel a new level of emotion which I don’t remember from when I simply read the book myself. The actual idea of the story and the whole “cowboys looking after a baby and finally reveal their feelings for each other” plot device – absolutely perfect. I also loved the touch of soap opera type of drama introduced when it comes to said baby’s paternity.

The story is about Hoss (ok, as it had done when I read the book, the nick name Hoss seriously rubbed me the wrong way again) and his best friend since childhood, Bradley. They are both cowboys and have been secretly in love with each other years. One day, Hoss finds a baby randomly left on his door step and through some convoluted reasoning, he ends up looking after the baby girl with the help of his friend. The story works in two parts, 1) Hoss and Bradley getting together, where one is out and the other is in the closet still, and, 2) looking after the baby and the mystery of where she came from.

There was a twist at the end that came from nowhere, it’s a bit unbelievable, so people that like things to be more relatable may need to enter with an open mind. Seriously, when I say this is something you would see on Days of Our Lives /Neighbours/Coronation Street, believe it.

Fully Fledged by Jools Louise

Title: Fully Fledged

Series: Spirit of Sage 09

Author: Jools Louise

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Western/Cowboys

Length: Novella (140pgs)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (August 15, 2017)

Heat Level: Scorching

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Freddy returns home to Sage, after three years of traveling, trying to find out about the wider world. The town has expanded rapidly.

A few surprises are in store, and his world is rocked from the start by the discovery of his mate Evan, a sexy African lion shifter who’s run away from the circus – literally.

Freddy’s homecoming triggers a new discovery, a rarity in the paranormal world. He is a dual shifter, with two animal forms inside him…and both are fighting for supremacy inside him, struggling to get out. The spirit of Sage has worked its magic, and his primary form takes the lead. A golden eagle, it gives him the power of flight, a useful weapon in the fight against a powerful, brutal militia group calling themselves Flashpoint.

Fully fledged, finally, will Freddy be able to overcome the terrors of his past, walk out of his nightmares, and into Evan’s loving arms?

ISBN: 978-1-64010-542-3

Product Link: Siren-BookStrand

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Another fantastic installment of the spirit of sage series as Freddy, a dual shifter is featured front and center as he comes back after three years. He finds his mate in a lion shifter who ran from the circus along with others. Needless to say it’s more than the two in this story as Flashpoint makes an appearance and trouble comes knocking to Sage once again.

I simply love this series. It’s full of romance, suspense, mystery and action. Each story takes up where the last leaves off so it is best to read them in order.

Fantastic read and highly recommended.

Bridge Over Troubled Water by Vivien Dean (2nd Edition)

Title: Bridge Over Troubled Water (2nd edition)

Author: Vivien Dean

Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Vampires , LGBTTQ, Fantasy & Paranormal

Length: Novella (122pgs)

Publisher: Loose ID (17th October 2016)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Detective Brady Lindstrom deals in death, and not just because he’s a homicide cop with the slaughter of a century to solve. Ten years ago, vampires murdered his lover. Ever since, he’s looked over his shoulder, ready for vampires to strike again.

Exhausted and angry about the needless deaths he has to investigate, Brady worries that the killers he’s looking for aren’t even human. Those fears are compounded by an unexpected visitor, the battered and nearly broken Cole Singer, the lover he’d long ago given up for dead. When Cole offers to trade information on the killers in exchange for sanctuary, Brady realizes he doesn’t have a choice. It’s not about justice. He simply can’t turn his back on the only man he’s ever loved. Even if he’s a vampire.

Note:Bridge Over Troubled Water was previously released by another publisher but has been revised and reedited in this version.

ISBN: 978-1-68252-204-2

Product Link: Loose Id

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Brady’s dead lover, who was killed and turned into a vampire ten years prior, shows up on his door step. Despite his animosity he lets Cody in only to discover the case he is working on may come to a conclusion sooner than he thought as Cody has answers.

I understood Brady’s aggression to a point but after so long I found him to be a repetitive asshole to Cody. If he was so bothered by Cody why not send him packing?

The case itself was interesting. Especially when the suspects turn their sights on Brady and Cody.

Enjoyable read.

Silver and Mikey by Bellann Summer

Title: Silver and Mikey

Series: Operation True One #2

Author: Bellann Summer

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand (August 17, 2017)

Length: Novella

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts

Blurb: Lives of emptiness, never love, only lukewarm relationships. True ones could be found if one family would stop trying to kill the other.

Alpha and bear shifter, Silver Kodiak’s word is law. With seven feet of muscle and a bad attitude, he has no problem helping others see things his way. But muscle doesn’t work when he meets his soulmate. The little guy’s either leading him on a merry chase or is up in his face, demanding things.

Mikey Johnston may be tiny, but there isn’t a submissive bone in his body. Trust comes hard when he’s hunted all his life for having a purple moon birthmark. Meeting Silver fulfills his dreams. His cat doesn’t agree.

Between keeping the cat’s bloodshed to a minimum, enduring a pregnancy, eating everything in sight, being kidnapped, and going into labor in a hole, Mikey’s purpose in life becomes getting rid of all the white walls, flooring…. oh, and loving his true one.

ISBN: 978-1-64010-611-6

Product Link: Siren-BookStrand

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Operation True One collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

I would say Silver surprised his family all the way around. He knew about the scrolls and what they meant. After something tragic happened before his eighteenth birthday, Silver made a vow that all who wore the mark would be protected. Silver is a very cranky alpha bear who is meaner then a snake. He will tear another apart if they cross him, well unless you’re a white cat. He believed in mates, so when he found his, well you can guess. The only problem was Mikey took off.

Mikey is a very twisted little guy. He runs or he kicks ass and wants to blow things up. He ran from the big bad bear, but the moment the bear catches up, well lets just say things heated up real fast. Too bad there are still some out there that want him and his cousins dead.

Action packed and funny as hell, this book ranks pretty high up on my books to read more then once list. I got a kick out of Mikey and his cat. I had a lot of fun reading this and can not wait till I get my hands on the next book. I must admit that the bears attitude leave me with mixed feelings, but Silver was a definite surprise. It did show me why he is an alpha though.

Cameron and Keaton by Bellann Summer

Title: Cameron and Keaton

Series: Operation True One #1

Author: Bellann Summer

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand (June 29, 2017)

Length: Novella (83 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts

Blurb: Lives of emptiness, never love, only lukewarm relationships. Two families could find their true ones, if one family would stop trying to kill the other.

Keaton Johnston found scrolls that told of great love, but great danger with Kodiak grizzly shifters. After meeting Cameron Kodiak, he decided to take the chance anyway. The moment Keaton walked into Cameron’s bar, he gained the shifter’s attention. Never before had the unbending, arrogant Kodiak felt this need.

Acting on instincts, Cameron took Keaton to his bed, ready to claim. That is, until he saw the mark of the jackal. Somehow, Keaton managed to survive meeting and mating Cameron. Now, surviving pregnancy hormones and living with a dominating Kodiak shifter are iffy on a good day.

But that is nothing compared to the threat of the Kodiak family’s terrifying alpha. Silver, makes big, bad, Cameron look like a pussy cat. And Silver is coming. What will happen when he sees the hated birthmark?

ISBN: 978-1-64010-511-9

Product Link: Siren-BookStrand 

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Operation True One collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

I came across Bellann’s stories several months ago and knew after reading the first book, that she would rise up to be a favorite of mine. The worlds she create are unique and a fresh new idea to the paranormal worlds. I have read many shifter stories and have only come across so many that involves Kodiak’s. I actually had to laugh a bit, because of the way they act in the story are the way I would think they act in real life. Grouchy as hell, mean as a snake and mate for life are just a bit of what I imagine. However she gave it a new twist, one that involves a curse.

Keaton and his cousins fear for their lives. Each one has a crescent moon mark on their leg, and that puts them in danger from the Kodiak bear shifters. A curse, a wicked old woman and death follow the mark. However Keaton found something that points to the fact that the old stories were wrong, and the mark led to life for the Kodiak bear’s. To take a chance at dying, Keaton sets out to find the bear meant for him.

Cameron sets his eyes on a sexy man, a man who is his mate. Things get heated up, that is till he see’s the mark. You thought things were going to get rough, you haven’t seen anything yet. To make it even better, the male mates can get pregnant. Too bad Cameron’s alpha might have something to say about it all.

Now I have to admit that when Cameron see’s the mark, the way he reacted almost had me putting the book back down. I always wanted the shifter to be gentle to their mates even if they are pissed, and so seeing Cam’s reaction was a bit disturbing. However it does set with the fact that he is a bear shifter. They take possessive, dominating, asshat reactions to the level.

I enjoyed reading this story and have started on the second book. I can’t wait to see what book three will give us. I would definitely recommend this book.

Cinnamon Eyes by Nell Iris

Nell Iris - Cinnamon Eyes CoverTitle: Cinnamon Eyes

Author: Nell Iris

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (142pgs)

ISBN: 9781634864404

Publisher: JMS Books (12th August 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Cory’s had a rough year struggling with severe depression. He’s desperate to rebuild his shattered life and break away from his demanding family. When his therapist encourages him to do something for himself, he knows exactly what he needs. I want to see Asher again. The best friend Corey ever had who, at fifteen, held Cory’s heart in his hands without knowing it.

Asher’s had a troubled relationship with his father since he came out. Now that Pops is sick, he’s fighting for his right to help or even find out about his father’s health. Then there’s the complication of an ex-boyfriend unwilling to let go.

When Cory and Asher meet again after sixteen years, Cory’s feelings are as strong as ever. But does Asher feel the same? 

Purchase Link: JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords

Review: After living the life his family wants him to Cory has reached rock bottom, struggling with severe depression Cory decides to follow his therapist’s advice and looks for the best friend he’d left behind sixteen years before. Asher is worried about his father’s health but the old man refuses to have much to do with him since he came out to him. Asher’s surprised when Cory walks back into his life and the easy friendship the pair had years ago falls back into place, but with something more between them.

This is a wonderful sweet story that is an easy and enjoyable read. Cory is a wonderful character who has been worn down by the demands of his family and a job he hates, pulling himself out of the deep depression has been hard for him but the one thing that sticks with him is the happiness he once felt when he had him best friend by his side. Returning to that boy has Cory once again glimpsing happiness and he finds a backbone to finally get his family off his back.

Asher is an incredible man who has fought hard to stay in his father’s life, with his dad sick he does what he can but he feels the distain and hate with every gruff word uttered by the man. Asher finds happiness with Cory and he also finds so much more when Cory refuses to let Asher’s dad chase him off.

I really enjoyed this story, Cory and Asher make a wonderful couple, their romance is sweet and their support for each other is fantastic. They are both there for the other as they deal with their families, and while one is a lost cause the other gives Cory and Asher hope.  

There are some moments of tension in the story with Asher’s ex-boyfriend providing one moment, Asher’s dad one or two more and Cory’s family… well let’s just say they should be dumped in the ocean because I doubt that a bigger bunch of control freaks and snobs who couldn’t give a damn about what their son and grandson wants exists.

I recommend this story to those who love fantastic characters reconnecting and discovering love, who adore stories of overcoming limitations and moving forward, who love sweet romances with a dash of sexy, and who love men who refuse to turn their backs on a challenge and face it head on.

Rogue Operative by Lynn Hagen

Title: Rogue Operative

Series: Wildfire #2

Author: Lynn Hagen

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (August 28, 2017)

Length: Novella (108 Pages)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 1/2 Hearts (Combined)

Blurb: When Jordan spots the new sheriff riding into town on his motorcycle, he becomes infatuated with the sexy man, but he’s running from a past that still haunts him, a past that has left him guilt-ridden for too long. He thinks he’s the reason his lover is dead and is afraid to give his heart away again. He convinces himself that he can be friends with Mason without falling for the sheriff, but the heart wants what it wants and, soon, Jordan finds himself lost in Mason’s arms.

Mason “Blade” Camden came to Wildfire to put his past behind him. He retired from his mercenary work. Unfortunately, the agency didn’t get the memo. When they send him on an assignment, things go horribly wrong. Now Mason is a wanted man and must draw attention away from the small town, even if that means leaving behind the man he loves.

ISBN: 978-1-64010-560-7

Product Link: Siren-BookStrand

Reviewers: Lisa & Veronica

Lisa’s Review: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Each book in the Wildfire collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

Damn sexy men, danger, mercenaries, guns, action and excitement all rolled into one amazing package. Jordan lost the man of his heart to an accident and from that day forth figured it was just him. He was afraid to try to love again, but the sexy ass sherif was sure making it hard. Mason has his own set of problems, a past that was coming back to bite him in the ass. When these two men hook up, they are going to set the sheets on fire.

Lynn Hagen was one of the first author’s of this genre that I came across and knew that she would become on of my all time favorite authors. She hasn’t let me down yet, I can tell you that. A fresh new world that just seems to have the best damn men to be around. Each one of them has an amount of danger and excitement mixed in with so much more.

I had quite a bit of fun reading this and can not wait to get started on the next book. Sexy men with guns and rides a motorcycle just makes a girl want to scream or in this case one sexy man who uses his hands a lot. I would definitely recommend this book.

Veronica’s Review: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Jordan, one of the workers from the Lockmere Construction Company that is restoring the small town in the mountains, has some demons of his own to work through, but from the moment that he saw the newly appointed Sheriff ride into town, he’s got the hots for him. Jordan, however, has convinced himself that he’s the reason he’s the cause of his last boyfriend’s death, and he doesn’t want another death on his conscious if he gets involved with the Sheriff.

Mason sees Jordan and wants him, but he’s been in some rough situations in his life and his previous job that he would like to be out of, but as he says, leaving that job isn’t an option. He came to Wildfire to start a fresh life and a new job. Jordan and Mason hook up, but then Jordan family drama intrudes, and then Mason has to go out of town to do a job, but the situation is beyond his control, when his assignment takes him back to save Jordan and his friends that he got close to in Wildfire, to save them from a crazed madman.

I would definitely recommend this series to anyone interested.

Haven’s War by Parker Williams

Parker Williams - Haven's War CoverTitle: Haven’s War

Series: Safe Haven 02

Author: Parker Williams

Genre: Contemporary, Dark Thriller

Length: Novel (232pgs)

ISBN: 9781941841501

Publisher: Parker Williams (26th June 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: With Haven on an extended honeymoon with Sammy, bad guys around the world are breathing a lot easier. No one is better at permanently removing these lowlifes who target children—and the brutal murder of two teenage girls makes clear it’s past time to return to work. Haven’s first assignment back results in a new family member and a renewed sense of urgency to protect and avenge the innocent.

There is nothing ‘usual’ about the business of hunting predators, but when several of Haven’s fellow agents are killed, a pattern emerges. The hunters have become the prey, tools in a bitter vendetta for a perceived wrong.

Despite years of working alone, when the target shifts to someone unexpected, Haven calls in reinforcements—a friend to stand between the family he loves and a ruthless killer. Teamwork may be the only way to win this fight—unless it’s already too little, too late.

Haven tries to approach this as he would any other assignment. Find your enemy and make sure they suffer before you eliminate them. But when a member of his team goes off-book and ends up dead, everything changes. It’s no longer a battle.

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Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order.

Haven and Sammy have been taking it easy and Haven is wondering if he’ll ever be ready to return to work. Saving the innocent is something Haven’s been driven to do and with Sammy there to support him he knows that what he does is necessary. There’s something heading their way, someone is slowly picking agents and their family members off and it’s up to Haven and his friends to put a stop to a deranged killer before it’s too late.

Holy damn, Parker Williams has outdone himself this time around. Haven’s War takes a very personal turn as Haven and the guys are targeted, and even Haven wonders if he can keep them all safe.

We are compelled by the opening scenes to keep reading this story, right from the onset it grabs you by the throat and drags you along as you keep turning page after page… all the while a sense of dread and danger build up as you realise the very real danger Haven, Sammy, Kelly and Rook face this time around.

Reading this story isn’t easy, Parker Williams sends us on an emotional roller coaster from happiness, despair, anger, glee and frustration. Our hearts are torn out by what Haven and Sammy face, we shake our fists at the authors sadistic muse and we feel a secret glee when the baddie gets just what he deserves.

We find ourselves fascinated by the characters as they become real in our minds, they are so fully realised that the depth to them makes their journey your journey. We see the continuing love between Haven and Sammy; their relationship is just perfect for them. And we see the growth in their little family as Kelly settles in more as the father figure.

There are some scenes that are tough to read, I mean really tough, there isn’t the level of danger to the innocents like in Haven’s Creed but by God the level of danger that heads straight Haven’s way is astounding. Yes there is quite a bit of blood and gore, devastating loss and senseless violence but damn this is one fantastic read.

I can’t delve into the story because this is really something that you need to read yourself (make sure to read Haven’s Creed first though), and yes there will be times that you shake your head in pure *what the fuckery* and seethe as you wonder how quickly you can hunt down the author and skin him alive (although, he does need to write more books in this series first).

I recommend this to those who love darker grittier stories, who adore damaged characters who manage to find their way in life (even if it is as a killer), who admire characters who come to life, and a shocking storyline that won’t let you take a break.

Hard Time by C.F. White

Title: Hard Time

Series: Responsible Adult 02

Author: C.F. White

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (215)

ISBN: 9781786515988

Publisher: Pride Publishing (5th September 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Love isn’t always responsible.

After Micky O’Neill is remanded in custody for breaching his court order, his already tempestuous relationship with Dan Peters is tested to the limits.

Having to battle their way through a court case that could end with Micky in jail, social workers breaking up the family home, and the return of Micky’s deadbeat father, it seems everything is set to destroy their relationship before it even had the chance to start.

With such high stakes involved, not just for Micky but for once-burned, twice-shy Dan, they both have to learn that falling in love isn’t always responsible.

Purchase Link: Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order.

After the startling end to Misdemeanor we have an explosive beginning in Hard Time, Micky’s been arrested and is facing a police sergeant who has it out for him. Micky has a lot to lose if the Courts throw the book at him; it’s dodgy now with Flynn being placed in emergency foster care but it’s lucky for Micky that he has Dan in his corner.

In this new addition in the Responsible Adults series we see some huge dangers that Micky faces, he has decisions to make and Micky learns he can’t always rely on his fists to sort his problems out. Micky’s dangers aren’t physical they are mainly mental, because Micky could lose everything he’s working towards if he doesn’t break the cycle of his reactions.

Dan is an amazing support for both Micky and Flynn, he’s there for Flynn while Micky is locked up and he’s also there for Micky as Micky struggles to keep control of his life. Dan is just amazing and his family are just wonderful, Dan is so lucky to have such a supportive family.

Micky’s and Dan’s relationship grows in leaps and bounds, while they might have only been together a short amount of time their feelings for each other are solid. They face a lot in the short time line of this book, you have Micky’s impending court case, social services sniffing around Flynn, Micky’s dad pushing his luck and Dan’s decision regarding his job.

I really enjoyed this story; C.F. White doesn’t just give us the rosy view of Flynn’s disability C.F. gives it all in technicolor so we end up taking Micky deeper into our hearts as we see just what he has dealt with by himself for years. We also get to see Jason (Micky’s best friend) again and we can also see the huge change in him as well, there’s a lot of growing for several characters in this story and it’s a pleasure to see.

I recommend this story to those who love great characters who develop and grow, two men supporting each other through thick and thin, loving and supportive parents and friends, an adorable little boy who will steal your heart, and a great ending that hints at more to come.

Manic Pixie Dream Boy by K.A. Merikan

KA Merikan - Manic Pixie Dream Boy CoverTitle: Manic Pixie Dream Boy

Author: K.A. Merikan

Genre: Bisexual Romance, Contemporary, M/M Rocker Romance

Length: Novella (143 pages)

Publisher: Acerbi & Villani Ltd. (September 10, 2017)

Heat Level: Scorching

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: —. You can’t hide the cracks under the spotlight .—

Dusk. Leader of The Underdogs. Destined for greatness. Lives in the now.
Abe. AKA Lolly. Iridescent. Unicorn.

All Dusk wants out of life is for his band to become world famous. He also wants to have a lot of fun along the way. And to get his rocks off. When he wants something, he goes for it, consequences be damned.

So when he sees a gorgeous pink-haired guy who is the human equivalent of tattooed cotton candy, he can’t help but have a taste. But it’s when Lolly ends up on their tour bus that Dusk knows their meeting was destiny.

Abe is the kind of guy who goes with the flow. He was hitchhiking anyway, so why not spend the week with a hot piece of rocker beefcake, getting smothered by his sexy long hair? And why not play the part of the supportive cutie while he’s at it? It’s not like he’d be sticking around for long anyway.

All plans hit a wall when photos of Abe and Dusk emerge online, suddenly pushing the band into the spotlight. To take advantage of the sudden popularity, the band offers Abe money for staying.

Which means money for being in a fake relationship with Dusk.

Which isn’t even fake.

Or is it?

Themes: rock band, alternative lifestyles, tattoos, bisexuality, commitment, instalove, abandonment issues, fame, outing, coming out, life on tour

ISBN: B075469B7Y

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Man see’s boy, man wants boy. Dusk is the leader of The Underdogs, an up and coming band. When he spots cute pink haired Lolly/Abe he knows he has to have him. From the moment they met unbeknownst to them it was destiny.

Amid the hot and sexy times between them their relationship deepens until a picture of the two surface for all to see. This causes a slight hiccup as Dusk is not out. I loved the way Dusk tried to set everything right after Abe is paid to be his pretend mate.

Feelings get hurt when Dusk messes everything up. But oh the make up was so sweet. I loved the chemistry between these two and the way they handled themselves.

Great read.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Clare London (2nd Edition)

Title: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2nd Edition)

Series: London Lads #5

Author: Clare London

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 30, 2017)

Length: Short Story (61 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Garry’s at the end of his tether. He’s waiting at Glasgow Airport to meet his friend Will, on their way to a holiday in a Scottish Highlands hotel. Now there’s a ten-hour delay to incoming flights, the seat in the lounge is more like an instrument of torture, and he’s beyond tired of airport food.

He’s also dreading having to apologise for the pass he recently made at Will, his colleague at a London bank, under the influence of too many beers and a long-held crush. Now Will’s been offered a new job offer on a continent thousands of miles away, Garry realises it may be the end of their close friendship—let alone anything more.

To add to Garry’s stress, he’s treated to the company of Emily and Max, two young people who think he needs educating in the ways of the world. Struggling with their well-meaning help and the startling mess from spilled ketchup and noxious-smelling sweets, he’s encouraged to re-examine how he feels about Will and to decide what kind of journey he’d really like them to take together.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-585-9

Product Link:

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the London Lads collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

Garry and Will have been friends for quite sometime, but Garry wants more. He is about to get the help of two darling angels, he never expected. I would love to go on about this story, but guess you should read it. Don’t want to give to much of it away.

It is a very sweet little love story that will brighten your day. I just wished it had not been so short, because I would have loved to see Garry’s expression at the end. It was funny as hell and entertained me quite a bit. I would definitely recommend this book. It is perfect for a short little break in life.