My Brother's Keeper 03: The Final Rule by Adrienne Wilder

91fd47S9jtL._SL1500_Title: My Brother’s Keeper 03: The Final Rule

Series: My Brother’s Keeper 03

Author: Adrienne Wilder

Genre: Paranormal, Horror Romance

Length: Novel (261 pages)

ISBN: dRNWLD00000010 & B00J9111FE

Publisher: Adrienne Wilder (26th March 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: My Brother’s Keeper Trilogy

The town of Gilford has a Big and Terrible secret hidden in the ground.
Infecting those it touches.
Exploiting their darkness.
Consuming their souls.
It’s hungry. It’s vile. It’s evil.
And it wants out.

Book Three: The Final Rule

Ellis and Jon need answers.
What is there to understand?
Why does it have to happen?
And what reason could ever justify losing those you love?

If only there was a simple answer. But the more questions they ask, the farther they must travel into the darkness and the things they see are not human, or even possible.
They are, in fact, Big and Terrible.

The plague is rising in Gilford. To stop it from spreading Ellis will have to embrace his destiny and Jon will have to let him go. Both men must be willing to lose everything in order to save the innocent.

It is, after all, rule number six.

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Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Jon and Ellis are still reeling from the events in Rules Four & Five and in this installment. They finally discover just what the Big and Terrible is. As Jon and Ellis struggle to find a solution to the evil spreading its way through Gilford they struggle with their own relationship as Jon becomes protective. Ellis has to dig deep to confront an evil that terrifies him and Jon struggles with the darkness that tries to trap him, and both have to face the reality of all the rules.

This is a brilliant ending to an incredible story; we get the answers we weren’t even looking for and a closure that leaves us in peace. I can’t stress how important it is that this series is read in order, everything that has happened in the previous books comes to an explosive end in this story, and we finally see the true face of evil. We begin to see all the connections coming to fruition, the death of Jon’s brother, the death of Jon’s friend, his unexpected stop in Gilford and then finally Rudy’s life and death. We see how each part has led to the final confrontation and then we can only hope for their survival.

Jon and Ellis’ relationship is driven to the edge again as Jon tries to shield Ellis from the danger, both men are plagued with fear as they face an unknown and they have to trust in each other. It is hard for both men as they plunge into the unknown but luckily they have a strong ally in George (ex-Sheriff), now, even George is skeptical at first but when he sees with his own eyes the evil that Jon and Ellis have tried to explain he throws his lot in and does everything he can to help them. Seeing them pulling together to face an evil that is seeping into the town is amazing and you see the strength of the characters and their determination to wipe the evil out.

As this story progresses you see a change in Ellis, as he becomes his own man, he becomes more confident and less willing to be told what to do. Ellis clearly wants to pull his own weight and be seen as an asset and not a burden. Jon finally accepts his own faults and their relationship can only get better and better. These men pull the light out of the darkness to keep their love shining it isn’t easy not by a long shot and they have many heart-breaking moments coming their way. This is a wonderfully written story, which has violence, danger, and fear that seep through the pages; there is also a much-unexpected twist that had me torn between grinning like a loon as Karma strikes and revulsion at what Jon and Elis have to face.

I recommend this to those that love stories where love is a hard traveled road, where danger is not far from your door, the evil is not what you expected and where the outcome is very unsure but a happy ending is all you hope for.

Where the World Ends by Kade Boehme

20931353Title: Where the World Ends
Author: Kade Boehme
Genre: Contemporary Romance with a Native American aspect
Length: Novel (162 pages)
Publisher: Loose Id (March 11th 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 hearts!
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Will Cooper is a Deputy in the Sheriff’s office of Western Washington’s coastal Gray’s Harbor County. While searching for a stolen vehicle, he gets lost and meets Colin Sharpe who’s a member of the local Native American tribe. The two are attracted to one another but after a run-in with some tribe teenagers that ends in bad blood between the sheriff’s department, Will and Colin’s father, the two can’t think of worse people to get involved with.

When Colin’s father and the tribal council wage a war against Will in the form of a lawsuit with some nasty allegations from a troubled teenager, Colin and Will must face the reality that they have no future. But after running into each other in a more neutral environment, they decide to throw caution to the wind and get each other out of their systems. What was supposed to be one night turns into an affair that neither sees having a happy outcome.

Will’s been hurt by falling for the wrong man before. Can he and Colin put aside the tribe’s prejudices and make a stand for love?
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Review: Will Cooper is the new deputy at Gray Harbour’s Sheriff’s office. During a routine stop gone bad, with some teenagers from the local Native American tribe, Will inadvertently makes enemies within the tribe. He came to Gray Harbour after an incident at his previous job because one, he needed to get as far away from there as possible; and two, no one else would hire him. The local Sheriff took a chance on Will and the last thing he wants to do is let him down.

Colin Sharpe is a youth counsellor for the Native American Tribe, working with the teenagers at the school. After two local teens steal a car, get caught by Deputy Will and the wrong teen pepper sprayed, Colin’s dad and the council go after Will. Colin knows that the gorgeous, shy man he met that took care of one of the teens after the incident instead of locking him up, could not possibly have done what the other teen is claiming.

The elder Sharpe has no love for the white man. In fact, when his son Colin told him he was gay he responded, “Better you be gay than bring home a white woman!” not even kidding. So when Colin and Will start seeing each other, they keep it secret from everyone. It was actually supposed to be just one lust filled night. Both men could get their fill and be done. But the mutual attraction, white-hot chemistry and ability to curl each other’s toes in the bed made it very hard to just walk away. They begin a whirlwind affair that could have disastrous results not just for their relationship, but for their jobs and families as well.
What I love about Boehme’s books is that the reader gets to take a ride through the mind of a gay man who is not afraid to tell you exactly what happens when two young, virile men act on a mutual attraction and an exuberant lust for one another. You seriously need to turn the thermostat down just a notch before reading this book. It is oh so hot and steamy. But there is some enthusiastic writing underneath all the passion. The storyline was engaging and believable, and the character development was sustained throughout.

Boehme is quickly becoming a one click buy for me, just because his name is on the book. Definitely a must read for fans of the genre, but there is that sexy romantic vibe in there as well. My only complaint here is the cover. I think the cover artist was trying to show Boehme’s descriptions of the characters with Colin having that rich coppery skin tone in contrast with Will’s pale flawless skin, it didn’t blend well. But that has nothing to do with the story so no marks off. LOVED IT!!

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews **

Wicked Pursuit by Talia Carmichael

19548378Title: Wicked Pursuit
Series: Bonds of Justice, #3
Author: Talia Carmichael
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (91 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-78184-942-2
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (February 7th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Level: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: An unexpected meeting leads two men on a path that will change them both.
Giovanni Murray speeds home after hearing his house is on fire. When he gets there, a man behind him captures his attention. The stranger claims to be there to help, which rings true, but when the man’s persistence causes an altercation between them, Gio becomes intrigued. Trusting his instinct, Gio is willing to explore where their meeting might lead. Now he just needs to convince the man who has captured his interest.
Mercer Nelson knows fires—he’s good at his job as a fire investigator. The fire he calls in seems suspicious, however the man who owns the house seems even more so. A look in Gio’s eyes makes Mercer struggle—should he reach for his gun or kiss him? Even after the fire, Mercer he finds himself at odds with his instincts. He is still captivated by Giovanni Murray and wonders what is beneath his suspicious exterior.
As he gets to know Gio, he realizes that he is as complex as he seems. Despite his instincts screaming danger, Mercer decides to go after him. He hopes Gio can handle it…then again from what he’s seen there doesn’t seem to be anything Gio can’t handle.
When the hunter becomes the hunted, who will win this match of wills in a Wicked Pursuit.
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Review: This is book three in the series and you really need to read them in order to get an idea of who the guys are. Although this is the first time for meeting Mercer. Once you get a hang of Gio, you will want to either shoot him or love him. I am more in mind to just want to beat him. He is a very funny guy who loves deeply. He also protects those that he loves with all that is in him. He meets Mercer when someone burned his house down. Mercer tried to stop him from going inside his house and he turns around and knocks him out.

It gets even better when Mercer tries to arrest him for knocking him out, Gio used his gifts and got out of his handcuffs, handing them to him and with a smirk walks off. Talk about some major foreplay. These two are even hotter than the fire burning Gio’s house down. Gio served in the military but has some high contacts, because when people look him up they get this mysterious call telling them to back off.

You can tell by just looking at all that heat that these two are going to set the sheets on fire. You can also tell that they will love deeply and forever. I love the way they are together. They just make you want to fan yourself down. Someone is out to get Gio and Mercer is going to solve this puzzle with everything in him. However, it brings him into the dangers site also.
I love the way this story plays out. You can tell that these two men belong together, from the first signs of jealousy, two the way they touch each other tenderly. Also, the way they are taking everything slow just getting to know each other before they take it any further. There is so many sparks that you can’t wait to see more of them. I loved this story and I definitely can’t wait for another book in this series.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves firemen, policemen, military men who are retired from it but still has the strength to back it up, danger, excitement and two very hot and sexy men. Not to mention the way the sex just makes you tingle. I loved this book and this author. She always gives you wonderful characters to fall in love with and a great story line that will catch your attention from the start and keep it all the way to the end. It definitely caught my attention and kept it, so much so that I read this story twice.

Everett's Story by Hennessee Andrews

www.bookstrand.comTitle: Everett’s Story
Series: Rough in the Saddle, #5
Author: Hennessee Andrews
Genre: Contemporary Cowboy Romance
Length: Novella (25,634 words
Publisher: Siren Publishing (March 15th 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: [Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Cowboy Romance, M/M, sex toys, HEA] Everett Davis never expected to find his wife in bed with his best friend. Divorce gives him a second chance to be true to himself after hiding his secret desires for years. Pack-ing up and walking away to take a farrier job at the XYZ Ranch lands him in quite a pre-dicament.

Kyle Quinten, the ranch trainer, catches Everett’s attention. The only problem is the fact that Kyle is ten years his junior and has his sights set on winning Everett’s affection. Kyle isn’t concerned with the age difference and wants nothing more than to help heal Everett’s heart.

Fantasies were all Everett had ever experienced. When Kyle blatantly invites Everett to act on his desires, neither will ever be the same. Everett is led by his overwhelming pas-sion for Kyle but fears the age difference between them will eventually cause problems.

Will Everett let go of his hang-ups and submit to the younger man who has fallen for him?
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Review: Short, Sexy and Steamy… very Steamy. I’m going to contact Crayola and see if they can make me a box of SSS crayons, they are my favourite colors!

Everett Davis has been hired on by the XYZ ranch as a farrier. At forty years old he is starting a new phase in his life after catching his wife of over twenty years in bed with his best friend. The relationship was never the kind it should have been, given Everett’s thoughts about other men, but he never expected this type of betrayal. His daughters are away at college so he submits to the divorce, packs up and moves to the ranch.

Kyle Quinten is smitten with Everett the moment he lays eyes on him. But Zander has already warned him that Everett is straight. There is something that flashes in Everett’s eyes though that Kyle catches, want and need. He takes a chance one day on a ride and kisses Everett. But Everett is concerned not only about acting on his hidden desires, but about the age difference between himself and the young Ranch hand. Kyle will not be deterred though, he sets to seduce Everett and boy does he ever. Right out in the open on Everett’s bunk house porch!

The relationship is not without its speed bumps and road blocks though. Everett is still worried about the age difference and how his daughters will react when they learn that their father is gay. Kyle is unwavering throughout, standing by his side, allowing him those moments he needs to think and teaching him the joys of gay sex along the way.

This is my favourite instalment in the XYZ stories thus far. There is a lot of meat in this story with the past and family issues Everett brings to the table. And Hennessee visited all those issues. I as well loved the descriptive and the scene she set at the camp out for Everett’s first time as a bottom. It was honest and magical.

This is a must read series for anyone that loves a man who doesn’t mind wearing Wranglers, but would rather they be on the floor on the side of the bed while he mounts his wrangler!
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews **

Flirt by Mina Kelly

minakelly_flirtTitle: Flirt
Series: Under His Skin, Book 2
Author: Mina Kelly
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novel (146 Pages)

ISBN: 978-1-62300-614-3
Publisher: Loose Id (January 21st, 2014)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Toby’s happy with his life in the small fishing village of Haggenby. At least, he thought he was. When he rescues a Selkie who identifies himself as Flirt in sign language–not so much a name as a warning label, as Toby’s father notes–he’s forced to recognize he’s withdrawn from the world, and the world thinks it’s because he lost his hearing in his teens.

Stung, Toby takes Flirt out on a date, but that attracts the wrong kind of attention from the wrong kind of people: scientists keen to dissect Flirt and prove the existence of the supernatural. Flirt is kidnapped and Toby must attempt a daring rescue if he wants to keep his lover. He just hopes his lover wants to be kept.
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Review: I am not really sure about this story. It just comes off as pretty bizarre. I did like it though. It was a bit cute just too short. I did love the way the characters were created. They are so loveable, tender, and sweet. They had the abilities to overcome all obstacles and turn them into rewards.

Toby is a bit of a recluse. Staying by himself as much as possible except when he is with his father. Out fishing, he came across a human, who wasn’t a human at all. He was a Selkie. They can be kept on land if you hide their Selkie skins from them and they are drawn to those who need something. When Toby helps Flirt, he realizes he likes him. More than likes him, he is falling for Flirt. Flirt is falling for Toby also. There is a danger that has been hunting Flirt, and now the danger is there. Scientist that want to cut Flirt open and study him. Toby will do anything to keep his man safe. They both will do anything to keep the other safe, but Toby doesn’t want to lose Flirt.

It does have a very cute storyline that you will like. I love the way that there is a different type of Shapeshifter in this story then the ones you normally hear about. I like the new world created by Mina. She has a gift for storytelling and I wish to read more of her books. This is book two in this series and you should really read book one to get a hang of the characters. To understand the world they live in and where they come from.

Mirage by Tia Fielding

MirageLGTITLE: Mirage
AUTHOR: Tia Fielding
GENRE: Contemporary
LENGTH: Novel (200 Pages)
ISBN: 3978-1-62798-664-9
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press (March 17th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4Hearts
Blurb: When forty-six-year-old washed-up country musician Jasper “Red” Blue looks at the past, all he sees is a series of failures. His one treasured success is six years battling alcoholism without the help of AA. To secure his children’s future, Jasper desperately wants to produce a new album, but he can’t write alone. And he won’t work with just anyone.

Jasper’s record company manages to secure the writer of one of the biggest country music songs in recent history to help write the album. Cade Wallace is a longhaired former soul surfer, devastatingly handsome, talented, and willing to take a chance on the rugged musician. Jasper, on the other hand, is deep in the closet.

With Jasper’s career hanging in the balance, he can’t promise Cade anything, and Cade eventually heads back to his full-time job as a truck driver, taking Jasper’s hopes of a relationship with him. If Jasper’s dream of a life together is ever to come true, he will have to take some big risks, putting both his career and his children’s security on the line.
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Review: Mirage is a story about an older country star that had drinking issues that caused him to wash out. Years later, he is making a comeback. His producer hires a songwriter truck driver to help finish his album.
The story is written in first person, but instead of chapters, we have each man’s view. I really liked this style, since it’s similar to first person, where it’s like the character is the story Instead of the author or storyteller. I feel I get. To know the character better. It’s also a very character driven story, which I love. I liked both Jasper and Cade. Jasper is dealing with being closeted and feeling he can never be himself in the industry he is in and a recovering alcoholic. Cade is out but doesn’t flaunt it and is more comfortable in his skin, yet he has commitment issues. Mia deserves her own story. The dogs are so much fun. Since there were horses, I’d have liked a bit more here.

I have a thing about titles. I like the title to be reflected in the story and was not disappointed. The title shows up about two-thirds in and is carried throughout. I loved that.

I had a small issue with the relationships. At first, it looked like instalove and Jasper and Cade fell into bed the day after they met. But it wasn’t so simple and love wasn’t professed until a ways in. Also Cade’s relationships were strange to me in the fact that he Had sex with Reina, (this was interesting and I’d loved more on Pete, Reina, and Cade they deserved their own story as did Cade and Jet.) It felt as if this was a sequel to Cade to me. But I still followed well. Having said that… I loved that the ex’s were still friends, especially Jasper and his ex-wife. I felt this gave this story a very fresh feel.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves country-western singers, songwriters, truck drivers, horses, dogs, complicated relationships, coming out, hot yet tasteful sex-scenes, and an overall great romance filled with lots of interesting characters.

A Couragous Ride by Andrew Grey

CourageousRide[A]LGTitle: A Courageous Ride
Series: The Bullriders, #3
Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: Contemporary Cowboy Romance
Length: Novel (204 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 31st 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Aspiring orchestra conductor Marshall is exhausted after months of auditions without a single job offer. Marshall’s friend, Terry, recommends a change of scenery and points Marshall in the direction of a dude ranch run by former bull rider Indigo Santana. Marshall is understandably skeptical, but his friend is convincing, and Marshall needs a break, so he agrees to go.

Indigo captures Marshall’s attention but leaves him confused. Indigo’s confidence is shot after an injury ended his rodeo career, and he walks with a slight limp. He hasn’t been anywhere near a bull since he was hurt, and he’s not the most accommodating host. After all, the only reason he keeps guests is because his family ranch is all but bankrupt.

Marshall’s attraction doesn’t go unanswered, which leaves him with a huge dilemma. He’s torn between the possibility of love, something he’s searched for all his life, and the career he’s worked toward for as long as he can remember, which is miles away. From his side of the fence, Indigo doesn’t see how the ranch could ever be enough.
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Review: Marshall is just going through the motions in his life, not truly committed to anything, although he wants to be. He is a trained Orchestra Conductor, but audition after audition yields the same results, thank you but no. A recently ended long-term relationship left him in a bad way, as well. He is seriously just burn out and at the verge. His best friend Terry finally convinces him that he needs a vacation and sends him off to a Ranch he’s recently heard good things about.
Indigo is a former bull rider that had to give up his dreams after an injury. He now runs a pretty successful Dude Ranch that is adjacent to Dante and Ryan’s place. {Fans of the series will remember Dante and Ryan from ‘A Wild Ride’, book one in this series.} While Indigo runs his ranch, renting out rooms and offering trail rides and such, Dante helps him out if needed by offering up his mechanical bull for Indigo’s guests. When Marshall shows up on the ranch exhausted but enamoured with his surroundings, Indigo can’t help but take notice of the beautiful man.
The two men are polar opposites, but they still manage to fall fast and hard for each other. Marshall sees something so lyrical in everything about Indigo. Whether it is his movements, his voice, a sexy moan or a deliberate groan. And Indigo sees the independence and exuberance that simmers beneath the surface anytime he’s with Marshall. Love at first sight doesn’t even begin to describe these two. But is a passionate love for each other enough to give up something that either of them has worked toward for as long as they can remember?
I really liked the musicality in this story. Marshall’s life is music, he’s a Conductor, and so he translates the most mundane of movements and words into a song. And Indigo is his grand masterpiece. The rough and rugged cowboy that is most comfortable riding horseback under the stars, coupled with the gentle conductor that takes his violin on vacation was the perfect blend of delicate and passionate heat. Ah but then there is a scratch in the vinyl. Marshall’s ex no longer wants to be an ex, and one of those tryouts finally calls back. When given a choice between his dreams and the possibility of a life and love on the ranch with Indigo, what will he choose?
What I adore about Andrew Grey and look forward to with every new read is his ability to show vulnerability in his characters. The writing is always steady and the storylines flow like water. Of course, sometimes there is the rise and fall, like a wave.
Do I recommend this book? Two words… one click! And while this is the third book in a series, and I always recommend reading series in order, this book does have legs to stand on its own.
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If it Drives by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt

IfItDrives_500x750Title: If It Drives
Series: Market Garden #7
Author: Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt
Genre: Erotic Romance / BDSM
Length: Novel (221 pages)
ISBN: 9781626491083
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (March 31st 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts
Reviewer: Thommie
Blurb: If it flies, drives, or fornicates, it’s cheaper to rent it.
After driving James Harcourt, his wealthy banker boss, around for a year and a half, Cal isn’t surprised by much anymore. Not even James’s regular trips to Market Garden, London’s most elite gay brothel.

But when James leaves the Garden alone one night and turns to Cal instead, Cal’s floored. After crushing on his boss for ages, it’s his wet dream come true . . . until the awkward morning after. Cal still has a job to do, but he wants to offer more. Yet James doesn’t take him up on it; he keeps Cal at arm’s length and continues his chauffeured jaunts to Market Garden.
As Cal learns what James needs from the rentboys, he tries to fill that need himself. But there’s more to James’s penchant for rentboys than Cal realizes, and it may be one role that Cal can’t fill without overstepping his duty.

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Review: What a superb book. When it comes to erotic writing this particular team of authors create magic so sublime you wish you never get out in real world again, and simply drown in the erotic fantasies. Yes, I’m left wanting more, the craving getting only worse with each new instalment, the addiction painful when forced to wait. There are many thing about this book that drive me crazy, but the fact that this is one of the best written erotic series ever remains a constant.

This time around, we have the chauffeur kink in all its glory. But it’s not that simple; the way this story starts, evolves and ends will definitely take you through a range of emotions. James, a God in the financial world, is always in control and struggling to maintain an image. With his marriage ruined recently and the stress of the job constantly on his shoulders, his only outlet is the Market Garden. However, one night even the Market doesn’t have what he looks for.

Enter Cal, James’s driver; harboring a huge crush for his employer is bad, being forced to see him with rentboys is even worse, but when James invites him for coffee in the house after returning from a fruitless hunting trip down the Market Garden, things go wild. It’s simultaneously the best thing ever and a living Hell after. The fact that Cal wants to help James with his inner struggles and take care of him makes things even more complicated. In his strive to be what James needs, Cal seeks help… from the only guy he knows that can give it to him… Nick!

May I please take this chance to take a short break and scream the fan-girl screams for Nick! You remember Nick right? Nick the sadist/Dom? Nick, the god of everything evil/wicked. Nick, who stopped being a rentboy in order to have a relationship with Spencer? Oh my God, that was the best surprise from this installment. I was so happy to be having Nick back I was screaming for a good couple of minutes. And of course, his appearance did not disappoint.

So, back to this book, it pretty much resembles the others in style; a captivating plot that picks up and doesn’t let go at all. There are no lows in pace here; it’s rather a steady inclination until it reached to exploding point, and then it simply goes and melts you with its closure. Erotic fantasies that take your breath away and leave you wanting, longing, lusting… The characters are unique as well; their treats and personality don’t resemble past characters at all and that makes for a refreshing cast, enticing you to read their story not just because they’re hot and sexy – that they are – but because they are in fact interesting as people.

The relationship part is a struggle for both Cal and James, and takes them a while to overcome, but during that time, we are treated to exquisite scenes that make you literally go crazy. The BDSM approach this time is not as heavy as it was between Nick and Spencer (they were an S/M couple after all), the allure now is even bigger because Cal is what we call a Service Top, a person who adapts to his sub’s needs, and OMG! I found him extremely fascinating.

What else? I keep searching for words to describe what a great time I had reading this book, but I’m failing miserably. In the end all I can tell you is that I had a smile and a grin attached to my face from the very first line till the last one, and this book was exactly what I needed and a great deal of fun. Strongly Recommended!

Burning Up the Ice by T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes

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Series: International Men of Sport, #5
Author: T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (207 pages)
ISBN: 9781781847473
Publisher: Totally Bound (February 7th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Reviewer: LeeAnn
Blurb: two men, two very different sports, and one rink—sharing ice has never been so hot.
Olivier ‘Big Bang’ St Pierre is back in his hometown while he recovers from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hockey’s a contact sport—still, he didn’t count on the locker room being dangerous. As a professional hockey player, he also didn’t count on it being hard to find ice time. But when a rink shuts down unexpectedly in a winter-sport-crazy town, even being a big name won’t help as people scramble for whatever they can get.
The first time Ethan Campbell hears from the local hockey legend he knew as a kid, Olivier manages to insult both his family’s rink and his new sport—curling. So he’s not exactly receptive when Olivier shows up in person to plead his case. He makes a sarcastic offer…and is shocked when Olivier takes him up on it. Ethan’s bad experience with hockey had left him cold. But soon he and Olivier are burning up the ice.
Ethan is tied to his town, job, and family, while Olivier will be going back to Chicago to rejoin his team as soon as he’s able. It can’t possibly last…can it?
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Review: I really enjoyed this story. Oliver is in need of a private place to practice, to try to get his knee back into shape after having had major surgery on it. Ethan’s family owns an ice rink facility that, due to the closing of a major one due to repairs, is overflowing with requests for ice time. Somehow, Ethan finds himself offering Oliver use the rink after hours. The fun soon begins thanks to Oliver’s obsession with learning to drive the Zamboni, much to Ethan’s amusement.

Soon time together becomes more than time on the ice and working Oliver’s leg out. Their feelings for each other are real and seem to complete each other. They found in each other that missing part and begin a romance that, given time and dedication will become the best it can be. Yes so there is sex on the Zamboni, countertop and in the office but that just adds to the already great chemistry between the two. Add in the possibility of a romance for Ethan’s sister Chelsea. Meeting Ethan’s parents and nephew and hearing about Oliver’s relationship with his parent’s rounds this story out very nicely. NOT to mention seeing into the world of NHL teams and what makes a person become an athlete in a sport that is very dangerous at times.

So I have no problem saying this…if you like hockey and sex and love all rolled into a great story…then buy this book!

Kerry Adrienne Artist's Touch Winners!

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The Only One Who Knows by L.A. Witt and Cat Grant

18400295Title: The Only One Who Knows
Series: The Only One, #1
Author: L. A. Witt & Cat Grant
Genre: Men in Uniform, Gay Contemporary
Length: Novel (220 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-61921-925-0
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (January 7th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: When Navy SEAL training pushed Lieutenant Josh Walker to his limit, Chief David Flint’s stern heart-to-heart—more like boot-to-ass—helped Josh realize his potential. When the holidays found them alone together and sharing a mutual attraction, they couldn’t help breaking a few regulations. And nearly breaking some furniture in the process.

Years after their short-lived fling, Senior Chief Flint returns to SEAL duty and finds himself under the command of the man he’s never been able to forget: Lieutenant Commander Walker. And Josh hasn’t forgotten David, either. Rules be damned, they can’t keep their hands off each other.

Despite their discretion, another SEAL catches on and threatens to expose their relationship, forcing Josh to bend to a blackmailer’s demands to avoid strife within the team just before a dangerous mission. David is the last man he can confide in…and the first to pick up on Josh’s tightly screwed-down stress.

When a life-or-death decision calls Josh’s leadership into question, coming clean could cost him what he values most. His coveted trident…and the man he loves.
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Review: This is book one in this new series. I can guarantee that you will love it. The moment you open the book up you will be caught with the first paragraph. You will fall in love with Josh and David. You can’t help it. They are the strongest men you will ever meet. Josh is just trying to survive Navy Seal training, but Chief David Flint pushes him to be the best. He sees the potential in Josh and can tell that this man is going to go far. The only problem that they seem to be having is their attraction to each other.

They had one night of hot passionate sex, but David puts a stop to any further action even though he wants this man more than anything he has ever wanted. Although Josh keeps pushing him for more. He keeps his mind on the goal, wanting to get his twenty years in and retire. He wants to do more than what he is doing now.

A few years later, David comes back to do what he was trained to do. The only thing he see’s in his sight is the man he left behind after one hot night. One Lieutenant Commander Josh Walker, who just happens to be his Commanding Officer. The heat is still there between them, and they decide that this time there is no calling quits. Even though they can’t be out, they plan on being with each other.

They had been doing really good at keeping it secret, but had made one fatal mistake one night. One of his men had seen them and taken a picture so that he could blackmail Josh into making his papers look real good. He wanted promoted and the only way he could do it was to black mail for it. Knowing that they could all lose their jobs, Josh decides to handle it after their tour is over. However when David gets injured, Josh helps to keep him alive. The truth comes out.

I can guarantee that you will love this book. It comes with everything you will ever love. Hot, sexy men in uniform, Navy Seals, danger coming from all directions, tours of duty showing their strengths, and hot sex. I definitely recommend this wonderful story to anyone who loves men in uniform. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

Brokeback Mountain ~ Movie Review

brokebackMovie Title: Brokeback Mountain
Release Date: 13 January 2006
Director: Ang Lee
Writers: Annie Proulx (Short Story), Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana (Screenplay)
Principal Actor(s): Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger
Genre: Drama/Romance
Running Time: 134 Minutes
Format: Blue Ray/DVD
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Reviewer: Roger Howell

In full retrospect, Brokeback Mountain is a very raw & powerful story. Two men, both cowboys, meet while shepherding. In turn they form an unorthodox but enduring life-long bond. In the vast wild countryside of 1963 Wyoming, these two men come to love each other and the story follows them through their lives.
The entire plotline is riddled with angst and in turns guilt. On the one hand, Ennis has always had to be responsible for his own survival. On the other, Jack has had a family his entire life. But still the love is not there for Jack from his family. It’s the catalyst that ignites the love and romance for both Ennis and Jack. Each man searching for love and acceptance and find it in each other. These are two men, as the story progresses, that can be seen to be fully in love with each other. Jack is the more self-assured man knowing that he likes to have sex with men. Ennis is conflicted most of the time in the movie. He’s done the right thing by society’s standards, married, and had kids.
But as I watched the movie, I could see that he yearned for true freedom and really wanted to be with Jack for life. Brokeback Mountain with powerful acting from Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal took me on a full emotional rollercoaster and I deeply recommend it as a movie to watch. The ensemble cast in the form of Michelle Williams as Alma Del Mar and Anne Hathaway rounded out a fantastic movie that should have won Best Picture.

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My Brother’s Keeper 02: Rule Four and Five by Adrienne Wilder

91SpHPScfkL._SL1500_Title: My Brother’s Keeper 02: Rule Four and Five

Series: My Brother’s Keeper 02

Author: Adrienne Wilder

Genre: Paranormal, Horror Romance

Length: Novel (214pgs)

ISBN: DRNWLD0000009 & B00J90NPBS

Publisher: Adrienne Wilder (26th March 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: My Brother’s Keeper Trilogy

The town of Gilford has a Big and Terrible secret hidden in the ground.
Infecting those it touches.
Exploiting their darkness.
Consuming their souls.
It’s hungry. It’s vile. It’s evil.
And it wants out.

Book Two: Rule Four and Five

A new chance at life comes in many forms: For Jon it’s a family made with Ellis and his brother Rudy. For Ellis, its Jon, who has brought the outside world into the protective life he’s built for his mentally disabled brother.

Together they have discovered true happiness and what it means to be loved.

Then one perfect disaster after the other pushes Jon’s resolve to its limit and Ellis over the edge. If they have any chance of saving what they’ve built both men must face their deepest fears.

It’s a test Jon thought he’d already passed and one Ellis never imagined he’d have to face. The journey will forever change who they are and redefine who they were meant to be.

It has to happen.
And all things happen for a reason.

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Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order. Jon is accepting his new life with Ellis and Rudy as a new chance at life, throwing off the guilt that lingers and embracing the love he has found. Ellis has accepted Jon’s love and the beginning of a new life where he can share his frustrations and has someone to confide in, but he knows their troubles aren’t over yet. With the town bully, Lenny, gunning for them they face a long road ahead, and when tragedy strikes its Jon’s turn to be a rock as Ellis faces a despair that threatens to drag them under.

This story continues several months after The First Three Rules; we re-join Ellis, Jon, and Rudy as Jon moves in with the brothers and they are secure in the knowledge that Lenny is in jail awaiting trial. But, in a town like Gilford you never know what is just around the corner, and as Jon, Ellis and Rudy are about to find out sometimes justice doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Just in case you are reading this review and you haven’t read the first book let me give you a brief rundown of the characters: Jon, an ex-Marshal who has suffered more guilt and pain than any man can carry, and is visited by his dead brother when tragedy is about to strike. Ellis, who gave up his life at the age of twelve to look after his older mentally disabled brother and has been isolated and sheltered from the outside world, and then there is Rudy, Ellis’ brother, who is a child in a man’s body, but brings sunshine to Ellis and Jon’s lives and knows things he shouldn’t.

Oh my god! Oh my God! Adrienne Wilder what did you do! This section of My Brother’s Keeper is about to rip your heart out, stomp on it, rip it into tiny shred’s and then hand it back to you on a tarnished platter. Adrienne Wilder takes Ellis to the dark side as anger, devastation and pure dark rage begin to consume him and tempts him to tarnish his soul forever. Jon is left feeling hopeless as he tries to pull Ellis back from the edge and struggling to protect them, Jon also has to fight his own dark urgings as he is tempted by the dark side of the town. And Rudy, poor Rudy *bawls like a baby*, Rudy tries so hard but the Big and Terrible is coming and he has done all he can.

We are dragged into the darker side of the story as the evil that hovered begins to strike, we watch as despair begins to drag the characters down and we feel it. This really is a beautifully written story that lets you feel every emotion that the characters are going through, it hurts your heart as we watch the circumstances unfold and you rage at the events that let an evil man continue with his reign of terror. I’d like to say that there is a light at the end of the tunnel but I can’t, I can only hope that with the last installment of My Brother’s Keeper Jon and Ellis get the happy ending they deserve and that the evil pays for its crimes. Now I am going to discover in The Final Rule if my hopes are true, and also thank God that this trilogy was published all at the same time.

I recommend this to those who love stories where the going is never easy, where love is stretched to the limit, where the fight for justice is hard, and your emotions are beaten to death by the author.

Deceptions – Palm Springs by Alex Ironrod

21487585Title: Deception – Palm Springs

Series: Palm Springs PI Stories

Author: Alex Ironrod

Genre: Contemporary/Shifter/Werewolves

Length: Novel (272 Pages)

Publisher: MLR Publishing (March 7th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥1Heart

Blurb: Deception can be sexual, wonderful, strange, and dangerous. A US Marine creates tensions by coming back into his gay father’s life in Palm Springs, only to disappear again. Is he for real? Can PI Mark find the man behind the name?
Deception takes many forms, especially when man-sex is involved, as young Palm Springs PIs, Mark and Dan, find out. And not just in their own Leather relationship. Mark is hired to locate a US Marine who comes back into his gay father’s life, before disappearing again. Just who is the real Donald Bates and what’s his game? From gay Palm Springs mansions to Kansas City leather bars Mark uncovers surprising and wonderful answers. Meanwhile Dan’s following a husband who’s unfaithful – with a woman or a man? Deception can lead you into sexual, wonderful, strange, and dangerous places.

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Reviewer: GiGi

Review: Aside from a plot about as deep as a puddle of lube, Deception is full of very poorly written erotic scenes that are a non-humorous parody of the BDSM lifestyle. Characters dialogue includes the main characters constantly referring to each other by first name, and then boss, and then sir, then master, then sir yes sir, it’s enough to make one’s head spin.

The erotic scenes are totally ruined by adolescent use of adjectives, I believe there is a contest to use as many for penis as possible. There are so many bad one-liners spewed back and forth during sex scenes I actually cringed. For example, “I’m going to come in you, boy. I’m going to blast you to kingdom come, motherfucker.” Boys response: “I’m ready for you, Sir. I need you to skewer me, to fill me with your seed, so I can worship you with my cream.”

Yeah, for those of you who enjoy the psychological aspects of BDSM, this book is not for you. For those who enjoy a good mystery/suspense with lots of clues, layering and foreshadowing, this book is not for you. And even if you just like straightforward literary porn to get the blood pumping, this book is not for you. Better luck next time.

Screwups by Jamie Fessenden

ScrewupsLGTitle: Screwups
Author: Jamie Fessenden
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (204 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 7th, 2014)
Heat Level: Mild to Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Reviewer: Tams

Blurb: In 1996, Jake Stewart is starting his third year at the University of New Hampshire. Even as a successful business major, he is absolutely miserable. Not only is Jake pursuing a field he hates when he’d rather study art, he is utterly terrified of what will happen if his father finds out he’s gay. When he finally gets up the courage to move into the creative arts dorm on campus, his new roommate, Danny, is openly gay—and there’s no denying the attraction between them.

Danny Sullivan has been out since high school, and he appears comfortable with his sexuality. But something happened in Danny’s past—something that gives him nightmares he refuses to talk about. Unknown to Jake, the way he mistreated his friend, Tom Langois, when Tom came out to him in high school, is mild compared to the way someone very much like Jake treated Danny.

It may be too late to fix the mess Jake made with Tom, but if Jake wants to be with Danny, he’s going to have to fix the mess made by another closeted jock he’s never even met.

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Review: Jake Stewart is a third year university business major. While he excels at his courses, he would rather be studying the arts. He chose business to impress his father, but he is never far from his sketchbook. When there is an opening in the creative arts dorm, he jumps at the chance to be accepted and get the room. He worries briefly, what his father will say about this decision, but he’s determined to do something he wants to do.

Danny Sullivan is out and proud and Jake’s new roommate. The attraction is evident between them, but both young men have a dark past they try to hide from themselves as well as each other. Whereas Jake’s father would disown him when/if Jake ever admits he’s gay, Danny’s family openly accepts his sexuality. Jake still carries the guilt of denying his first love, Tom, because of his father’s hatred and anger. Danny’s secret is far darker and deeper, the stuff of nightmares.

The story starts when Jake applies for the dorm room and progresses from there. Fessenden slowly gives more details of each guy’s past as they get closer in the present. The question is, will the past bleed over enough to hinder any possibility of them having a future?

I liked the way Fessenden slowly told the story of each character in flashbacks and memories. I also liked that he made each character realistic to their past and their flaws, it wasn’t insta love, and they didn’t get over their issues immediately upon meeting and coming together. They had to work at it. The story was a little disconnected at times, and I didn’t always feel a connection to the characters. But overall I enjoyed to base story of two imperfect characters that struggle with their past, their sexuality and their relationship, and how the aforemention affect their relationship. It’s not all sugary sweet, hearts, and flowers.
If you’re a fan of coming of age stories with a bit of grit and reality, then this is the story for you.

** I received a copy of this audio book from Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews **
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews **

Swordmaster Dasan by S. Hart

15719517Title: Swordmaster Dasan
Author: S. Hart
Genre: Yaoi/Hentai / Paranormal/ BDSM
Length: Short Story (65 pages)
ISBN: 9781476300115
Publisher: S. Hart (June 1st, 2012)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Reviewer: Thommie
Blurb: Swordmaster Kyo Dasan is known for both his abilities and bitterness regarding visitors throughout the territory, seemingly comfortable only when alone.
Localem Arada, nicknamed Loki for his tendency to find trouble wherever he goes, finds himself at the mercy of the man he needs to train him. Despite his reluctance, he agrees to the Swordmaster’s offer regarding alternative means of payment.

This is a gay bondage fantasy erotica short, and is not intended, or in any way suitable for underage readers.
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Review: Coming across this short story – which by the way is free on Amazon – I had a feeling that I’d come across something good. Thankfully, I was not disappointed.

This short is a Yaoi/Paranormal in genre and that means one thing to those who are familiar with it. Seme-Uke/Forced Seduction. So the general characteristics are the old-time dubious consent kind. In this story, Kyo Dasan is a famous Swordmaster (elf) and he’s known to taking no students. Actually, he’s well known for his intolerance of people. Yet he strikes a deal with Loki, who in order to escape his fate to be forever the lowly partner of a female of his species goes after Swordsmanship. But Loki has nothing to offer for the privilege of being Dasan’s apprentice… except his body.

As I said, a typical Yaoi forced relationship where the Uke originally hates the attention of the Seme and is deeply mortified when his body reacts pleasantly, and then later on Seme’s forceful love is not only accepted, but also wanted and even explained/reasoned. To be honest I liked the entire read except the ending itself as it was rushed and hastily thrown in there. It left me cold and literally didn’t see the point of such hastiness as it ruined it all for me. In addition, the story was definitely in need of more editing and polishing, but bottom end I quite liked it, so much so that I wouldn’t mind more of Kyo and Loki. The entire world where this story is set is actually very fascinating and enticing me to go after the main series (Playing with Tigers) in order to get more of it.

Recommend to those who like Yaoi and BDSM mixed into a paranormal world.


Dirty Deeds by Rhys Ford

20345930Title: Dirty Deeds
Series: Cole McGinnis #4
Author: Rhys Ford
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Length: Novel (228 pages)
ISBN: 978-1-62798-740-0
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 28th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Reviewer: Thommie
Blurb: Sheila Pinelli needed to be taken out.

Former cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis never considered committing murder. But six months ago, when Jae-Min’s blood filled his hands and death came knocking at his lover’s door, killing Sheila Pinelli became a definite possibility.

While Sheila lurks in some hidden corner of Los Angeles, Jae and Cole share a bed, a home, and most of all, happiness. They’d survived Jae’s traditional Korean family disowning him and plan on building a new life—preferably one without the threat of Sheila’s return hanging over them.

Thanks to the Santa Monica police mistakenly releasing Sheila following a loitering arrest, Cole finally gets a lead on Sheila’s whereabouts. That is, until the trail goes crazy and he’s thrown into a tangle of drugs, exotic women, and more death. Regardless of the case going sideways, Cole is determined to find the woman he once loved as a sister and get her out of their lives once and for all.
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Review: Ichi-kun!!!! Excuse me while I go fanning myself over Ichiro, Cole’s half-brother. As much as I love Cole, as much as I adore Jae, Ichiro has definitely grabbed my attention. And oh, my freaking God, this book, and this installment was so, so good.
Okay, time to get serious and make some sense. So, this is book #4 in Cole McGinnis Series and frankly, for me it was the best of them all. I absolutely loved it, every single part of it and I can’t wait for the next one seeing as our dear Author saw fit to leave us with the Mother of cliffhangers.

In this installment Cole, our main character, has become so freaking entrancing, I was literally daydreaming about his wonderful changes. Each book in the series sports them, subtly woven in the lines, but here we have an explosion in maturity in Cole’s personality. It’s like witnessing a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly and it’s gorgeous. Yes, the string of dead bodies and bullets flying over his head are still chasing him making the read hilarious, but this book contained so much more than all the previous for me, leaving me deeply satisfied, so much so that I didn’t even mind that above-mentioned Mother of all cliffhangers.
The Cole-Jae relationship follows right on the steps of Cole himself. The change, the transformation, the way it’s grown and become rock hard solid is fascinating. And when you add in there the sensual, erotic, and absolutely steaming hot smexy our author gifts us with, then you have that kind of relationship and intercourse that makes you melt, swoon, and drool all over the place. I have been quite pissed at the fact that we didn’t get enough of Jae in previous installments and practically said so in previous reviews, but this time I have nothing more to say except “it was about fucking time” and praise the pant-worthy wonderful time we got with this stunningly beautiful couple.

The rest of the cast that surrounds Cole and Jae have gained weight in my eyes too. Mike becoming a pillar that Cole actually wants. Maddy bringing even more string that tether Cole more into the family he never had, even as she’s practically absent this time. Nuna Scarlet always hovering around the edges with her elegance enhancing the story. Bobby, oh Bobby… Did I mention I can’t wait for the next book? Let me say that again: “I can’t wait for the next book!” Bobby is changing, I think. It seems. I hope. And Ichiro… Yeah! I’m in love with that character. When you put them all together I think I’m in love with this entire odd kind of family.
And that brings me to the new characters that made an appearance in this book. Characters that while new, have strings in the past and make for an interesting mystery when everything this book throws at us is connected to the one and only Sheila Pinelli. We can’t forget about her, since she makes Cole’s world rock yet again, digging up way too many ghosts from the past, and adding some new ones in the pile. I loved how the mystery was woven, the reasoning behind it. Everything was enthralling keeping you glued to the story and frankly holding your breath on what’s next. Seeing of course that I’m not such a forgiving person, as our Author appears to be, I was a bit disappointed with the end, even as it brought up a new light on Cole and his psyche. Still, as healing as it might be for him I’d have preferred a more bloody closure and be done with it once and for all.

Bottom end though, this book was more than I expected and I was so freaking lost in it. Time didn’t matter and I kept losing it while reading, fascinated by the many changes, captivated by the suspense, and utterly lost in the sensuality of Cole and Jae’s intimate scenes. I simply loved it and I strongly recommend it to readers that are not yet familiar with the series. Pick up Dirty Kiss (for this series must read in order) and dive into Cole’s world, you’re bound to love him as much as I do.

Pick up the Pieces by Tinnean

PickUpThePiecesLGTitle: Pick Up The Pieces

Series: The Light In Your Eyes, Book 1, A Spy vs. Spook Spinoff

Author: Tinnean

Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (321 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 21st, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts

Blurb: The Light in Your Eyes: Book One – A Spy vs. Spook Novel

Fifteen-year-old Theo Bascopolis longs for the man of his dreams. But his dreams are dashed when his conservative Greek father discovers Theo is gay and throws him out. Hopeless, he falls in with Fast Franky, a pimp who seduces Theo with the nickname “Sweetcheeks,” but abuses him and wants Theo to hustle. A bloody fight with Franky forces Sweetcheeks to run. Winding up in Washington, DC, he meets a group of rent boys who take care of each other. While he may not have the man of his dreams, Theo finally has a home and family of his own making.

When the boys take in mysterious tenant Mark Vincent, he seems a solid protector, until one of Sweetcheeks’ boys suffers a savage beating in his name. Vincent visits the boy in the hospital and introduces his equally enigmatic trainee, William Matheson. The instant attraction blindsides Sweetcheeks. In spite of knowing love isn’t for rent boys, Sweetcheeks’ hopes Matheson sees beyond the body he’s offered to so many. But Matheson has secrets of his own, and both will have to tear down their walls to find enduring love.

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Reviewer: GiGi

Review: I lost a lot of sleep last night because I couldn’t’ stop reading! The ups and downs of following Theo, aka Sweetcheeks, trials, and tribulations was harrowing at first. To imagine what can happen when a loving family turns on their child and shuns him for something he can’t change, to send him out of his home and into the path of a predator because he’s gay. It’s unforgivable, though by the end of this book Theo is faced with that problem.

The frightening world of turning tricks on the street as a young teen takes a turn even worse when Sweetcheeks is faced to fight for his life, fight not to be sold to another pimp by a man he once considered himself to love.

His risky escape to DC introduces him to a slightly different way of life, he’s still turning tricks, but at least he seems to find shelter in an environment where the boys are given health screenings, regular food, and a safe place to lay their heads. But I was still left doubtful that Theo’s life, as a hustler would ever improve beyond that. I kept waiting as the character did for the next shoe to drop. And drop it did when an event proves just how dangerous their line of work is.

Enter one sexy and mysterious man, Wills Matheson. The tragedy that brought Wills and Theo together is linked to Mark Vincent, but we don’t’ get any direct looks into Mark and Wills’ real lien of work, just hints, foreshadowing and suggestion by many characters including Wills’ uncle Pete, who knows much more than he lets on to Theo about Wills.

Wills and Theo go through high and lows, mistrust, and questioning, but through it all one thing is clear, both are in love, and both want this things to work. Theo even gets to satisfy his longing for family by meeting and being pretty much accepted by Wills big family. Problem is the author drops enough hints to let the reader know that Wills is most definitely not a computer troubleshooter, but I’m thinking more along the lines of shooting down trouble in the form of people. His life is dangerous, and I think he’s starting to bring his work home in ways Theo doesn’t realize just yet.

There are lots of interesting twists and turns, dramatic highs and lows, plenty of chemistry and sexual heat, and that kept me going through the improbable moments, like Theo being so blind to Wills job, and his rent boy roomies, just kind of dropping out of the plot too easily at times.

The writing was smooth, the suspense was enough to keep me reading until 3:00 a.m., and I’m still chewing on the mysteries involved, speculating on the next book, and all those things spells winner, in my mind! Can’t wait for Foolish Me, the sequel to Pick up the Pieces!

Destination Unknown by Liz Strange

20343986Title: Destination Unknown
Series: David Lloyd Investigations, #3
Author: Liz Strange
Genre: Mystery/ Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel (239 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-60820-9200
Publisher: MLR Press (February 12th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Tracking down the whereabouts of a girl last seen on a cruise ship takes David Lloyd far from the streets of Toronto and thrusts high into the seedy world of human trafficking.
Last seen departing a cruise ship in Newport, Curacao, Piper Falco is never heard from again.

Though no body was found, it seemed likely the brilliant Canadian university student had met a violent end. Her father asks David to look into the case when the investigation by the local authorities, and even the RCMP and Interpol, turns cold. What David finds opens his eyes to a world far from his comfortable life in urban Toronto, a world where young girls are subjected to sexual degradation, and human lives are nothing more than currency.

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Review: This is book three in this series and you need to read it in order. It will give you a way into David and Jamie. They are still going strong even with their little bits of normal struggles that come up. Not only are they together like a married couple, but Jamie is now working with David. So its David Lloyd Investigations and Jamie Brennan Legal Services. That gives David pause just a bit but it sure does come in handy when the father of a missing girl comes in.
Piper had been working on an American owned cruise line when they realized she was not on the ship when they left port. She had went into Curacao and never came back. At first, they were thinking she came across a fatal end.

When things go wrong in some foreign countries they are not looked over right. As with this particular case, the police did a shabby job looking into it. So her father had asked for more help from the local authorities and got RCMP involved. Not to mention he had managed to get Interpol into the investigation.

This was way out of David’s league and he asks his partner and lover Jamie for his help in this. It was a bit out of Jamie’s way also but he did have the legal part of the business. It helped to have someone who knew law working with him. Not to mention the little side of sexual pleasures he can get in the office.

What they find is a something that truly does happen in real life. Girls are abducted and sold into sex slavery all the time. David comes across this and does everything in his powers to find this girl. There is a lot of amazing surprises to find in this book. You will be amazed with the twist and turns to it when you read it. It will catch your attention from the start and will keep it all the way to the end. You will love this book just as I did.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery, two hot and sexy men, dangers coming at them from all directions, shabby local law enforcements, twist, and turns that will make your stomach tighten, and an all around amazing story. I love that even with all the seriousness that this story has, there is just a hint of humor when it comes to Jamie and David. I love the fact that he is also helping Jenny further her education and get her life all straightened out. You will fall in love with these men with every read of this series.

My Brother’s Keeper: The First Three Rules by Adrienne Wilder

91PFCSHVBWL._SL1500_Title: My Brother’s Keeper: The First Three Rules
Series: My Brother’s Keeper 01
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Genre: Paranormal/ Horror Romance
Length: Novel (266 pages)
ISBN: DRNWLD0000008 & B00J90EIIC
Publisher: Adrienne Wilder (26th March 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts
Reviewer: Pixie
Blurb: My Brother’s Keeper Trilogy:
The town of Gilford has a Big and Terrible secret hidden in the ground.
Infecting those it touches.
Exploiting their darkness.
Consuming their souls.
It’s hungry. It’s vile. It’s evil.
And it wants out.
Book One: The First Three Rules

Marshal Jon Foster lost his purpose and his sanity the day he saw the image of his dead brother. The distraction saved Jon’s life but cost the lives of innocent people including his best friend and partner. It was a price for survival Jon couldn’t live with and was sure he’d never understand.
Driven by grief and guilt he tried to escape his past by fleeing to a small town in the middle of nowhere. Only instead of peace, the memories festered.
Then the offer of a stick of gum from a stranger changes Jon’s life and puts him on a road out of the nightmare he’s trapped in.

Ellis Harper has lived the past twenty years isolated from the outside world and sole caretaker for his mentally disabled brother, Rudy. While Ellis loves his brother, he longs for a life he’ll never be able to have.
Shut away, his days consist of chores, endless cartoons, and games of Go Fish. A world that seemed to have no end until an innocent misunderstanding turns Ellis and his brother into a target for a town bully.
It’s a fight Ellis can never win on his own but thanks to a chance meeting with a stranger, he doesn’t have to.

What begins as a new journey in love for both men quickly unfolds into something neither of them could have ever imagined.
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Review: Jon had his life shattered when what should have been an easy pick-up went wrong, he was left the only person alive because a vision of his dead brother had him freezing, and the guilt eats away at him every day. A chance meeting with Rudy and Ellis in the park in Gilford has Jon rethinking the choice he is about to make, but will he be able to overcome the guilt of the past to move forward towards a future? Ellis has spent the last twenty years isolated as he looks after his older mentally disabled brother, shunned by many of the town Ellis spends his days playing games and watching cartoons, until a chance meeting gives Ellis the chance of something more. But, just as Ellis & Jon begin to enjoy their time together, a threat comes from the town bully.

This is an incredible story of two men from very different walks of life beginning to find peace in the other. Jon has a shocking amount of guilt over what happened when his best friend and partner was killed, it eats away at him until he can take no more and it is only the bright spark he feels when he meets Rudy and Ellis that has him fighting the darkness that tries to consume him. Ellis is alone; he struggles everyday with looking after Rudy, his older mentally disabled brother, and keeping him out of trouble and with the town looking down on them he has no one to turn to and no friends. The first spark of hope for Ellis comes from Jon, a man Rudy befriends in the park, but there are others in town who want to make sure that Ellis and Rudy never find happiness.

I loved this story; it is amazingly written and at times brought tears and smiles. Rudy is brilliantly written, he is brought to life and never ignored, a childlike mind in a man’s body, and his simple thinking and actions has you forgetting just how old he really is. Ellis is an incredible man who gave up any dreams he ever had when he was only twelve, taking care of his brother has left him isolated but he would never dream of putting Rudy in a home, he might be lonely, get stressed and upset but he loves his brother unconditionally. Jon is a wounded soul, he has come to Gilford to hide rather than heal, and he is haunted by failure. These three men are wonderful and you take them all to heart, and there is something about Rudy and Jon that is just extra special.

The storyline is brilliant as we fall into something that is just a touch evil; it hovers in the background but you know there is something that is driving some actions. The characters are wonderful even those who aren’t very nice, they add a great dose of realism as the setting is 1992 in a small town and some minds were still closed to those who were gay or mentally disabled. The relationship that develops between Jon and Ellis is extra special; it touches your heart as you see Jon sinking into the comfort of Ellis and as Ellis trusts Jon not just with his brother, but also with his own innocence and heart. Their relationship is sweet and I loved how the sexual aspects were written, Ellis’ fear of sex, of failure and the lack of confidence that a man like Jon could really want him really shines through and makes you realize just how isolated he really was. Ah, while I would like to go on and on about this story I am itching to read Rule Four & Five so I will leave you with these words… GET THIS BOOK!

I recommend this to those that love a story that has characters who have a hard road to travel, finding happiness when you never expected it, fighting against bigotry and hatred, who love a story that has a thread of paranormal, and special characters who deserve all the love in the world.