Sand by Charlie Cochrane

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Author: Charlie Cochrane
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: Novella (44 pages)
Publisher: MLR Press (July 25th 2014)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: The desert works its magic on a wounded heart.

“Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand.”

Andrew Parks has come to Syria to escape potential disgrace in Edwardian England, burying past heartache and scandal among the tombs. Charles Cusiter has travelled here more reluctantly, as chaperone to a friend whose fondness for the opposite sex gets him into too much trouble at home. Out in the desert there aren’t any women to turn Bernard’s head — just the ubiquitous sand.

The desert works its magic on Charles, softening his heart. Not even a potentially fatal scorpion sting can overcome the power this strange land exerts.

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Review: Charles Cusiter is an aspiring author in need of a paying job to cover the bills. When the opportunity presents itself for him to chaperone an overzealous young man to Egypt at his mother’s behest, for which he will be paid quite nicely, Charles hesitantly agrees. In a small settlement that is lacking the female persuasion, much too young Bernard’s chagrin, there is one man in particular that catches Charles’s eye.

Andrew Parks is an archaeologist that left England to avoid a scandal back home because he prefers the company of men, to that of women. He and Charles are quite smitten with each other from the start, but it’s not until Charles falls victim to the possibly deadly sting of a scorpion that the two act on their mutual attraction. The old adage about Sand working its way into every crevice, takes on an entirely new meaning in this short story!

This was just a fast, fun read full of old world prim and proper verbiage. The dialogue is all about elegance and the backdrop is the sand dune desert of Egypt. Charles would rather be anywhere but here. He hates the desert, the camels and especially the sand. But he does enjoy Andrew, and hopes that their simple stares and quiet touches will lead to something more.

This isn’t one of those short, steamy stories as the two are just getting to know each other at the end. But enough of a story was told to wet my appetite, and I hope to see more for Charlie and Andrew in the future.

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Rescued by Felice Stevens

fs_rescuedTitle: Rescued
Series: N/A
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (212 pages)
Publisher: Loose Id (August 19th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection: his parents couldn’t accept his sexuality and his lover chose drugs over his love. The only bright lights in his life are his younger brother and his rescued pit bull. But now his mother’s punishment for his lifestyle has cut him off from his brother he loves so deeply. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started.

Jason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. When her marriage ultimatum pushes him to break things off, he’s determined not to jump into the dating scene. But when a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he can’t forget the guy who shows up to help.

After Jason adopts one of the dogs, he and Ryder become fast friends—until one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. Soon, they can’t deny the passion between them but will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the flavor?
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Reviewer: Portia
Review: I love when I come to the last page of a book and have a huge smile on my face. Rescued is definitely an “aww” kinda story.

I thought this was going to be a cookie cutter “gay-for-you” read. But Felice Stevens did an excellent job revealing the activation of Jason’s latent gay genes. He knew something was missing in his hetero relationships, but hadn’t found anyone to catch, much less hold his attention…until Ryder.

Literally, from their first meeting, Jason is drawn to Ryder. Unfortunately, Ryder is still licking his wounds from a failed relationship, and is not in the mood to be some straight guy’s “experiment.”

I really can’t call this a sweet romance, cuz it is uber hot. When Jason and Ryder finally get hot and heavy, they get nice and dirty. 😉 Felice did an excellent job developing their relationship. Friends and family’s reactions to their relationship were realistic and really added to the story. My twisted mind actually enjoys when not all threads lead to happily ever afters.

This is my first Felice Stevens read, but will assuredly not be my last.
Highly recommend.

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Cowboy Seduction by Lynn Hagen

cowboyseductionTitle: Cowboy Seduction
Series: Bear County, #6
Author: Lynn Hagen
Genre: Contemporary/ Paranormal/ Shape-Shifter/ Western/ Cowboys
Length: Novella (100 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-63258-305-5
Publisher: Siren Publishing (September 1st, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa
Blurb: Taylor fled Nebraska with his best friend, running from a monster that trapped Taylor into a life he wouldn’t wish on his worst enemy. After settling down in Bear County, Taylor meets a man who is charming, his sense of humor something Taylor has never experienced before. When Sam invites Taylor over to watch a movie, Taylor isn’t sure he’s ready to get back into the dating pool.

Sam spots a sexy little Goth angel in the grocery store. He’s taken with Taylor at once. The more time they spend together, the more Sam knows that Taylor is his mate. But winning Taylor’s heart isn’t easy. Not when the man has been obviously hurt.

When Sam has to go off on an assignment, Taylor goes missing. Can he help save Taylor from his worst nightmare? Can Sam help Taylor heal his wounded soul and bring the man back into the light, or has Taylor’s experiences broken the man beyond repair?

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Review: This is book six in this series and they should be read in order. It not only gives you an idea who everyone is but it gives you an insight into their world. Lynn is one of my top favorite authors of all time. She gives you characters that will have you falling in love with and a world that will captivate you. A world that I would love to lose myself into.

Taylor had once thought he was in love but he had found himself in a situation that could have cost him his life. His ex-boyfriend Todd had been him nearly to death. Now afraid to try again, he was shocked to find that he is attracted to Sam.

Sam is a bear shifter and thinks that he has found his mate. The only way he can be sure is if Taylor becomes pregnant. However, his little mate was afraid of trusting him. His ex was a bear shifter and when he found out Sam was all hell breaks loose. Sam will do everything in his power to protect the man he has fallen in love with. Meeting Taylor has Sam wanting a lot of things in life and it would seem that Taylor wants the same. Taylor has a pack of bears to protect him this time as well as his best friend.

I love the fact that in these books the males mates can actually become pregnant. It gives me something to really laugh about. Although in this one, there is just a hint and a twist of something different. I love when a story just gives me everything I want. It gave me two sexy men, a dangerous situation, a little quirky mate with a horrible past, a fierce protector, bear shifters, and a touch of excitement.

I cannot wait for the next book to come out. I will be sitting on pins and needles till it does. It will capture your attention from the moment you start reading it and keep it all the way to the end.

Logan's Choice by Shannon West

640dcca93f53ed8ce01598f62e9aa0e2.image.266x400Title: Logan’s Choice
Series: Dark Hollow Wolf Pack, #3
Author: Shannon West
Genre: Paranormal/ Werewolves
Length: Novella (145 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-61885-350-9
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing (July 24, 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa
Blurb: As the beta of the Dark Hollow Wolf Pack, Ian is supposed to be the calm, sensible one, but when a young Hunter is captured, his overpowering attraction to the gorgeous man has him acting way out of character. As a sworn enemy to the wolf pack, the captive can’t be allowed to go free, yet the pack hates to keep Logan imprisoned. The only solution is to convince Logan to agree to mate with one of the wolves to form an unbreakable bond.

Unwilling to see him mated to anyone else, Ian makes a decision—he must make the young man fall in love with him and agree to stay on as his mate. Can Logan make this difficult choice and leave behind the life he used to lead? When Ian is captured and tortured by the Hunters, Logan must make the most difficult choice of his life.

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Review: This was an amazing story. Each book in the Dark Hollow Wolf Pack Series focuses on a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, we recommend reading the series in sequential order. It keeps me from getting a bit lost in the stories and gives me an insight in to their world. A world that captured my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end. I love the way each character just mixes with the others. How fast they are to defend what is theirs and what they believe.

Logan was a hunter, always believing what he had been taught. That the wolves were only animals and attacked humans. There were many other things that he had been taught, but once he was captured by them, he was slowly changing his mind. In his cell a big man comes to him, thinking that he was going to be tortured boy was he in for a surprise. To save his life, they had decided that one should change him and mate with him. At first, he thought it was the changing that had made him want Ian, but he soon found out that he was falling in love with him.

They were given only one true blood mate, and Ian’s had passed away a few years ago. So when they came up with the changing and mating plan, Ian had agreed. He wanted to get the information about the hunters, but he had not known that he would find love again. When they were captured, Ian had thought for sure Logan was betraying them, but he would never harm his mate. Then the alpha’s mate and Casey’s mate came and saved them. Earning the mates punishment. The punishment turned out not to be for the mates though, because the mates turned out to be a lot stronger than they gave them credit for. They had learned how to get even in a pretty awesome way.
I loved this book and cannot wait to read book four. I love the way the dominates are slowly falling apart, when their mates give them attitudes. It made me laugh through Rory, Nicky’s, and Logan’s stunts. I loved this book and am amazed at the way it just came together. It was told with a hint of both humor and seriousness.

I would recommend reading this because it gives you two very sexy men, quirky mates, dangerous situations, passion and fire and excitement.

Wooing His Wolf by Charlie Richards

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Series: Kontra’s Menagerie, #19
Author: Charlie Richards
Genre: Paranormal/ Shape-Shifter
Length: Novella (107 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-4874-0043-9
Publisher: Extasy Books (September 1, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa
Blurb: On the Road: Traveling was supposed to open his eyes, but it opened his heart, too.

Logan St. Clair made some bad decisions and fell in with the wrong crowd. After believing a fellow wolf shifter’s bigoted opinions, he helps attack their pack’s brand new alpha and alpha-mate…his male alpha-mate. They lose and Logan is exiled. To his shock, Logan is approached by another alpha, Kontra Belikov—a bear shifter who leads a nomadic group of bikers. Even knowing Kontra is mated to a male, the allure of a new pack is too strong. Logan accepts. Most of Kontra’s pack-members are in gay matings, and Logan learns to be polite and accepting of those who are gay, even forming his own opinions.

While Logan no longer loathes homosexuals, he never expects to feel attraction to a guy. That’s exactly what happens, however, when he meets Kai’s human friend, Tyson Grubler. He doesn’t understand it and fights it with every fiber of his being, except, when Logan sees Tyson head into a club bathroom with a stranger. He then loses control of his wolf’s possessive instincts. Logan tosses Tyson’s trick out of the stall and sinks his teeth into a very shocked Tyson’s neck. Realizing what he’s done—starting the bonding process—Logan flees. Can he come to terms with what his wolf already knows—that Tyson is his mate?

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Review: This is book nineteen in this series and they don’t need to be read in order. Of course, if you do,  it will give you an idea on who all the characters are and what their lives are about past and present. It also gives you a glimpse into their amazing world. A world that you will find yourself sinking into and driving all your troubles out of your mind. It caught my attention from the moment I opened the book and kept it all the way to the end.

Charlie Richards is one of my top favorite authors and I cannot wait to get my hands on all of her future books. I have to admit that I have probably read all of the books probably a dozen times or so and this one is no different.

I love the way Tyson just comes across. He is so tender, sweet, and loving. He is also attracted to Logan, a shifter who is a bit of a homophobe. So when he sees him once again at a club he is shocked with Logan’s attitude change.

Logan has given everyone a hassle over that fact that they all loved men. If he had to admit it, so does he. But, he never took it to the next stage. So wasn’t he shocked to find out that fate gave him a male mate? A mate that could not give him children. He had decided to find a woman and mate with her, well that was until he saw Tyson at the club heading to the bathroom with a redhead. His wolf was in control now. He finds out though that he is falling for his mate, which is a great thing for them both. He also realizes that the sex is hot and full of passion.

I loved this book and cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. It gives you everything you would want in a book. It gives you sexy men, hot shifters, quirky mates, excitement, adventure, the love of a mate and men that will do everything in their power to love their men. It actually gives you that and so much more. It will captivate you the way the their worlds just seem to mix and mingle, the love that they have for each other, their protective streak and their jealous streak, the strength that they have to keep their people safe.

I would recommend reading this book and the others because once you start you won’t be able to stop.

Cry Wolf by Shannon West

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Series: Dark Hollow Wolf Pack, #2
Author: Shannon West
Genre: Paranormal/ Shape-shifters
Length: Novella (121 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-61885-302-8
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing (June 8th, 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa
Blurb: Casey, a good-looking young wolf shifter has sworn to kill the man who killed his brother. He has joined the Mountain Wolf Pack to carry out his revenge. On his first work detail, he discovers that the handsome young man in charge is his blood mate. The trouble is, the man, whose name is Rory, is straight, and a wolf. Two wolves are allowed to mate, but only if one assumes the submissive role. Neither of these two stubborn wolves is willing to compromise. If that’s not bad enough, they soon discover that Rory is the wolf who killed Casey’s only brother.

Now Casey must find some way around his sworn oath. Can the two sexy wolves overcome their distrust and hatred of each other, or will they be forced to give up their happiness, along with their only true blood mate?

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Review: This was an amazing story. Each book in the Dark Hollow Wolf Pack Series focuses on a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, we recommend reading the series in sequential order. It keeps me from getting a bit lost in the stories and gives me an insight in to their world. A world that captured my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end. I love the way each character just mixes with the others. How fast they are to defend what is theirs and what they believe.

Casey was an alpha wolf and his intent was to kill the man named Rory, the man who killed his brother. The problem was he had found his mate at the pack he worked his way into to find Rory. Attracted to the little man, he was not only troubled but also shocked. At first, he was going to find a way to get his mate to submit to him. That is until he found out that his mate was the man he had intended to kill. He also found out that things were not what they seemed. So he had decided that by mating him, it would kill his wolf. He blamed the wolf for his brother’s death.

Rory was in love with his mate. However, when he found out what Casey’s plan was, he was hurt and angered. He never felt this kind of pain before and he knew that he could not let Casey continue with his plan. He had lost his wolf, but he would not lose the rest of himself. He found out that he couldn’t stay away from the man he had begun to love, but feared Casey could never love him the way he should. Now it was up to Casey to continue either to hate and be angry or to love the man. A man who was not what he had expected.

I loved this story and cannot wait to get my hands on book three. It didn’t turn out the way I thought it would though, or maybe it turned out better than I thought. A man bent on revenge learns that the man he hated and wanted dead was not the man he thought him to be. A man who drew him in and showed him how love was to be. There is that hint of kink in this story and it showed me even more. I absolutely love it.

Howl of the Wolf by S.D. Stewart

4566howlofthewolf510webjpg-430x645*Possible Spoilers Alert*

Title: Howl of the Wolf
Series: Wolf Howl, #1
Author: SD Stewart
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novel (203 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-4874-0033-0
Publisher: Extasy Books (September 1st, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa
Blurb: A young werewolf must learn how to lead his Pack without sacrificing his love for a vampire.

Caleb Joelson is a young man on the brink of adolescence who discovers a world he never knew existed: that of the werewolf. As he struggles to come to terms with his new abilities, he grows and matures into the Pack leader position he never asked for. He finds himself disillusioned with the expectations of his Pack and his two on-and-off girlfriends, when one day he meets the most beautiful, and interesting person he’s ever seen before – an eight-hundred-year-old vampire by the name of Gabriel. Sparks fly, and Caleb’s sexuality begins to bloom, pushing him head over heels in love with the world-wise Gabriel.

Can he keep his new love secret from his Pack, or will they force him to choose between the life he’s always known and the life he could have with Gabriel?

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Review: This is the start to this series and trust me, you will want to start with this story. At first, I can honestly tell you that I didn’t like it as much as I might have, but once I got past part of it, the story started turning really hot. When you read the first book, it gives you an insight into their lives and the reason they are the way they are. It also shows you part of their amazing world.

This is the first book I have read by this author and I can tell you that I am amazed. When you love one way then find out that it wasn’t really love but just lust. Because when you find that special person that draws you in and makes you feel more than you have ever felt before, then you know what it is like to love.

Caleb was three years old when his mother left him with his uncle. She had left his uncle a bit of knowledge into what Caleb would be going through in his future. Too bad, he himself had not been told. So on his thirteenth birthday he learns the truth, the truth is he was a werewolf. It had bound him to Tara from that moment on until the time came when it wasn’t enough. He was trying his hardest to lead a pack after the pack alpha passed away, but he had so many things to learn.

The betrayal of his friends was in part but the other was the fact that he was falling in love with a vampire. Wolves and vampires were not friends. In fact, the wolves were killing vampires left and right. However, Gabriel made him feel things that he had never felt before.
Gabriel was a vampire who didn’t really know the reason for all of the hatred. He had been changed over close to eight hundred years ago and he had seen a lot. He did know he wanted Caleb no matter what. He knew that if it was found out that Caleb would lose his pack and he was willing to do what he could to help Caleb even if it meant hiding their relationship.

But Tara betrayed Caleb and told the pack. Told them that not only was Caleb gay but his lover was a vampire. The danger, pain, and anger that this brought out was extreme. The twist to this story made me wanting more. It also left me angry and hanging.

I was angry about the way it ended, but I know that book two will give me some of what was taken back. Or at least I hope so because it would be the worst ending I had ever came across. For someone so young to have to go through not only finding out he was a werewolf, but that he had spent most of his teen years and so later with a female, only to find out sometime later that he like men then to come across such hatred for someone just because of what they were, must be hell on earth.

However, in all sense this was an amazing book. It gives you two very sexy men, an angry female, excitement, adventure, action, anger, enemies, hero’s, passion and fire, hot sex and betrayal. It gives you that and so much more.

I would recommend reading this book because it will draw you in and keep you captivated. I can’t wait to get my hands on book two.

Tales of a Prison Bitch by Ethan Stone

TalesofaPrisonBitch_100dpi_cvr1Title: Tales of a Prison Bitch
Series: N/A
Author: Ethan Stone
Genre: Erotic/ Thriller/ Crime
Length: Novella (64 pages)
Publisher: Wilde City Press (August 6th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Thomas Grayson is young, handsome and in prison. If he wants to survive, he only has one choice—find someone who will take care of him. Neil Booker is perfect for the job, but Grayson must be willing to pay the price.

Grayson has never been with a man and isn’t thrilled about being a prison bitch but he’d rather be with Booker than be abused by other convicts. He takes to it easier than expected and actually enjoys his time with Booker.

The roles are changed when Booker is paroled and Grayson gets his own boytoy. However, he can’t forget about Booker, not even when he finally goes home.
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ISBN: 978-1-925180-31-2
Reviewer: Shorty
Review: 22-year-old handsome Thomas Grayson is sentenced to 5 years in prison for trying to kill the guy his girlfriend was sleeping with. In order to survive he gets the protection of sexy Niel Booker. They settle into their lives and things are going great until Booker is transferred.

Once Grayson is released from prison, he works for his brother. Six months later Booker shows up at his home and confesses that he’s thought about Grayson all the time and wants to be with him. Some very hot and heavy sex is all throughout this wonderfully written story.

An interesting and impressive story about what happens between inmates. Great read.

Backwoods Asylum by Megan Derr ~ Audiobook

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Author: Megan Derr
Narrator: Paul Morey
Genre: Paranormal
Length: 1 hour and 46 minutes
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (06-12-2014)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Skylar is used to the way people think of him as frightening, mean, and dangerous. Snakes are not the most popular shifters around and the fact he grew up wild doesn’t help. He knows the way he’s chosen to live alone in the woods only makes things worse, but he didn’t think it meant people thought him capable of killing a couple of wolf puppies.

Determined to find the real monster who left them to die, Skylar calls up the only wolf he knows, a man he always wished would see him as more than a snake …

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Review: Skylar is a snake shifter and a loner by nature. He lives alone and secluded in the woods, it’s the way he prefers it. But his self-imposed seclusion is about to abruptly end when he wakes one night to the soft cries of a couple of wolf shifter pups. Skylar reaches out for help from the only wolf shifter he knows, Brady.

Skylar and Brady have always been uneasy around each other. Each thinking the other disliked him, when in fact it was a mutual attraction that made them unsteady. Forced into close quarters while Brady tries to figure out why the pups were dumped off at Skylar’s pond, presumably so the nasty snake shifter would have them as a midnight snack. The two finally get to see each other for who they really are.

This was just a fast paced, fun read with a little bit of mystery and suspense. It’s difficult to write too much about this short, as I don’t want to give everything away. Derr has a knack for writing these short stories that contain more content than a lot of full-length novels. Her characters are always three-dimensional and her stories very vivid.

Add to that the sultry voice of Paul Morey as he gives her words and characters a voice and the end result is a fantastic audible that will make the time fly by.

Brothers in Arms by T.A. Webb

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Series: The Broken Road Cafe 02

Author: T.A. Webb

Genre: Romance/Suspense/Mystery/Thriller

Length: Novel (172 pages)

ISBN: ISBN # 9781311991799

Publisher: A Bear on Books (July 24th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Betrayed on every front, Dan O’Leary cashed in all his chips and moved from the big city life of Atlanta to small town Blue Ridge, Georgia. While licking his wounds, he never meant to start a new relationship, especially with closeted Chief of Police Nick Oliver.

But now all Dan’s hot buttons are being pushed. One of his employees is being terrorized by seemingly upstanding townspeople. Then worst of all, he’d promised himself he’d never be anyone’s dirty little secret, and when Nick’s fear of being outed causes him to hurt Dan, Dan knows there are problems in paradise.

With trouble on all sides—a homophobic football coach, an ex lover, and his former best friend—it takes a shot in the dark before he realizes the real danger. It’s time for Dan to figure out who he can trust and close ranks with his brothers in arms.

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Review: This is book two of the Broken Road Cafe series and can be read alone, but by reading them in order, you will understand what is going on much better.

Dan has bought his café, business is going well and he is enjoying his new home and his new neighbour’s discreet backdoor visits.
He and Nick are having a very good secret relationship, but Dan doesn’t plan to hide forever. Nick has asked for time to come to terms with his feelings. When one of Dan’s employees is being gay-bashed and bullied by his schoolmates, he sees that Nick seems to be siding with the homophobic coach. Now there is trouble in paradise and he finds out more about his cheating ex.

There is lots of drama, angst and passion in this story. The entire book keeps you on pins and needles. I wanted to smack Nick so bad so many times. The sex between Nick and Dan is amazing and so hot!

I will warn you, grab a whole box of tissues you will need them.

There are a lot of clichés, and mentions of old movies and names, that some people may not know or get, but I myself absolutely love this. I felt it added some much personality and humor to the tension of the story!

If you like, Lawyers, small town sheriffs, cafes, southern belles, angst, mystery/suspense, clichés, and a story that will make you cry, and some really hot mansex this is definitely for you.

Breaking Up With the Alpha by Shannon West

7af36a4178a158a6c29e970530ff9551.image.266x400Title: Breaking Up With the Alpha
Series: Dark Hollow Wolf Pack, #6
Author: Shannon West
Genre: Paranormal, Shape-Shifter, Werewolves
Length: Novella (102 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-61885-462-9
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing (November 21, 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa
Blurb: Nicky’s living his happily ever after with his handsome mate Marco. He thinks he’s finally getting his life together now that the Hunters are gone, and he and Marco have the relationship he always wanted. When Marco falls desperately ill, Nicky sees his world crashing around him. Nicky’s prayers are answered when Marco awakes, but he’s horrified to discover that the illness attacked the blood match, and Marco has no memories of Nicky and their life together.

Even worse, Marco has reverted back to the overbearing, dominant alpha Nicky first met. Desperate to regain what they had, Nicky agrees to the D/s relationship he never really wanted, but unable to be submissive, he asks Marco for a separation, only to discover that Marco can’t let him move on. In despair, Nicky runs away. Can Marco find him and regain what they had? Or will they lose each other forever?
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Review: This was an amazing story. Each book in the Dark Hollow Wolf Pack Series focuses on a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, we recommend reading the series in sequential order. It keeps me from getting a bit lost in the stories and gives me an insight in to their world. A world that captured my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end.

I love the way each character just mixes with the others. How fast they are to defend what is theirs and what they believe. I love the way the pets or as they are also known as mates can bring the alpha’s to their knees sometimes. The alpha’s are still in charge but they are slowly learning how to bend for their mates. This story tore me up more than any story I have ever read. It brought me to tears with what happened.

Nicky and Marco had been mates for over two years. One night they had been going to save one of their wolves from capture, when Marco had been injected with a concoction. It had slowly started making Marco mad and very ill. So ill, in fact, it had dissolved their blood match. Marco couldn’t remember Nicky at first, but he knew he was his mate. However, with the dreams he couldn’t remember the important parts, so he was always aggressive with Nicky. Even getting close to be violent with him. It was slowly making him loose his mind. So much so that he wanted their mating dissolved. He had considered their mating wrong, and that the only reason he mated with him was because of the blood match. He destroyed Nicky with his behavior and his choices.

Nicky couldn’t be around Marco and his pack any longer and left. He knew what would happen if he did. He would go feral, but he just couldn’t take in any more. He loved Marco with all of his heart but he also was slowly beginning to hate him. Ending his relationship was the worst thing in his life but he knew he could make it. He just didn’t know how. He loved Marco and wanted him back. It took the time Nicky was gone for Marco to realize what he had done.

I hated this book so much, but I also loved it. Kind of the way Nicky felt I suppose. To be hurt the way he had been hurt must be the worst feeling in life. I think this was one of the strongest stories that Shannon has written. It made me feel so much. I would recommend reading this book but you need to start with book one. It will tell you more about Nicky and Marco.

This story will give you everything you could want in a story. It gives you two very sexy men, a strong-willed alpha, a quirky and feisty mate, excitement, dangerous situation, devastating attitudes and grief, anger and pain. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading it and kept it all the way to the end.

The Encounter by Jacey Holbrand

the_encounter__13663.1404349321.300.450Title: The Encounter
Author: Jacey Holbrand
Genre: Urban Fantasy/May ~December
Length: Novella (56 pages)
Publisher: Evernight Publishing (July 3rd 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 2.5 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Evan ‘Zen’ Zenas is the top agent at The Agency and is known for his brusque demeanor. He’s also known to be tough on trainees. Those who find themselves under his tutelage usually don’t last long. When he’s assigned a new assistant, Seth Trivos, Zen’s faced with questions about his past he’s not too keen on answering.

Seth Trivos knew Evan once upon a time, loved him even, but when Evan disappeared, he unknowingly broke Seth’s heart. Now, he’s in Evan’s world as the newest recruit at The Agency, and he’s looking for answers.

Will Zen chase away another new assistant because he doesn’t want to open up about a past encounter or will being forced on a case together make him face the demons he’s been trying to hide from?

A May/December, male-male, erotic romance.

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Review: Seth Trivos has been in love with Evan since he was a teenager. At the time, Evan was Seth’s uncle’s partner, but the two have long since broken up. Now Seth is poised to be the man who has filled his dreams and fantasies for years, new assistant at The Agency.

Even Zenas, Zen, is top of the food chain at The Agency. He chews up and spits out rookies, and the outcome for his newest assistant isn’t looking promising. But there is a familiarity in Seth that Zen recognizes immediately. It’s a little bit of a shock when Zen learns who Seth is, even more shocking that the young man holds a grudge against Zen for breaking his uncle’s heart, since that’s not exactly how things went down.

Working a case in the dark of night in some secluded woods, the attraction between these two is evident and a quick mating leaves Zen sated and sleeping, but Seth confused. His wet dream turned out to be slightly dry. Zen hadn’t planned on ever seeing the young, virile nephew of his ex again, much less kissing him and touching him, like he did many a night in his dreams. This current case stirs up memories of his past Zen would rather not face, and it left him exhausted and spent before the kissing even started. The question is, can he make it right in the light of day?

There was a lot going on in this naughty little novella. A lot of potential with alien abductions and the May to December romance between Seth and Evan, what’s the mysterious Agency really all about? Sadly, it came across as more of a jumbled mess than a steady flow of a story. I think had this been a longer novel with the opportunity to pursue and fully describe, delve into all the details within the story, this would have been a much better read. As it was, it was just okay for me.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through *

Bad Moon on the Rise by Shannon West

91MbvFe4xDL._SL1500_Title: Bad Moon on the Rise
Series: Dark Hollow Wolf Pack, #7
Author: Shannon West
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (139 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-61885-548-0
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing (February 4th, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa
Blurb: Living on the Gulf coast of Florida, Detective Tucker is investigating a series of strange, violent murders. Encountering a gorgeous stranger named Gavin in a bar, his attraction is powerful and immediate, but he learns the man is somehow involved in the savage killings that have already taken three lives. After an argument with Gavin sends Tucker to the beach to figure things out, he is attacked by a savage creature, and almost killed except for the intervention of a fierce animal that looks like a wolf.

When he wakes up in Gavin’s hotel room he’s told that he’s not who he thought he was all his life, but a natural pet of the Dark Hollow Wolf pack. He wants to run, but if Gavin catches him, he’ll be taken away from everything he’s ever known and thrust into an alien world to become the mate of a powerful alpha.
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Review: This was an amazing story. Each book in the Dark Hollow Wolf Pack Series focuses on a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, we recommend reading the series in sequential order. It keeps me from getting a bit lost in the stories and gives me an insight in to their world. A world that captured my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end.

I love the way each character just mixes with the others. How fast they are to defend what is theirs and what they believe. I really think this could probably be my favorite out of this series so far. It just that the characters are more believable and the fact that Gavin and Tucker seem to act like I always thought mates should act like.

Tucker is a police officer in search of a killer. The killer is tearing his victims apart and he found that he had been hanging at a club. Going there ends up changing his life forever. His mother had been killed in a car accident and he had been raised by his grandparents. When he comes across Gavin, his life goes in a whirlwind. The killer is a member of Gavin’s pack and he attacks Tucker. Gavin manages to get there in time to save his life, but he wonders if Gavin is not a bit crazy.

Gavin knows that Tucker is his mate and tries his hardest to explain to him what they are. Doesn’t turn out the way he had intended. Here he was trying to find Tommy, the young pet turned into a killer and ends up finding his mate. A mate that had been kept away from his father when he was a young child. A mate that is actually a wolf. A wolf that doesn’t change into one, so he is considered a pet. Talk about a hard thing to explain without someone thinking you were crazy. A mate that he was falling in love with.

I loved this story just a bit more than the others. It is just that the guys seem more believable and easy to love. Gavin isn’t as dominating as the other wolves and Tucker is not a submissive at all. I got a kick out of the attitude that they have with each other. This story gives you that, but also two very sexy men, a strong wolf, a quirky and feisty mate, excitement, dangerous situations and enemies out to get everyone.

I would recommend reading this because once you start you will fall in love. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading this book and kept it all the way to the end. It gave me that and so much more. I love the little twist these stories have. I loved this book and cannot wait to read the next book.

Vinny, Porn Star by J.P. Barnaby

Vinny-Porn-Star_100dpi_cvr_updtTitle: Vinny, Porn Star
Series: Working Boys, #3
Author: J.P. Barnaby
Genre: Erotica/ BDSM
Length: Novella (56 pages)
Publisher: Wild City Press (August 27th 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Vinny is just your typical all-around average guy, well, except for the leather and the floggers, oh and maybe that little room at the back of his house where he likes to take a guy and strap his ass before he before he nails him. Well, maybe Vinny isn’t so average. At least, that’s what Angel thinks. You see, Angel got himself into a bit of trouble by scheduling a fetish shoot with The Sounding Board when he’s never even been tied up.

Who better to show him the ropes than professional fetish model, Vinny D’Forino? The answer will bring him to his knees.

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Review: Vinny D’Forino is a porn star with a few kinks. His particular twist is BDSM. He craves the control and submissive nature of another man, who being a Dom, awards him. And he doesn’t kiss, ever. His reputation precedes him in the business, perhaps because he doesn’t take from the unwilling and there are limits to his domination. When his friend and producer calls in a favour, Vinny is hesitant at first, but finally agrees to mentor a fresh new face to the business that may have gotten in over his head.

Angel has been fantasizing to the video version of Vinny for years. He signs up for a BDSM shoot through a rival company, not fully understanding what he’s getting himself into. Thankfully, Vinny takes on the challenge to show him the ropes, pun intended! The absolute submissive nature of Angel throws Vinny for a loop, but he refuses to budge on a previous promise to himself not to take on another Sub, not to open up or care. When Angel goes through with the shoot anyways and is worse for the wear afterwards, all bets are off.

What I enjoyed about this story to spite the more hardcore aspect of the BDSM genre was the insight into the mind of the Dom, which is solely based on how Barnaby wrote him. I liked how even though Angel didn’t know exactly what he was getting into with the shoot, Vinny explained every little detail of what they were doing when they were together. The only time there was any type of pain involved wasn’t even described, it was just spoken of toward the end.

I can’t wait to see where Barnaby takes these two characters with future installments. They are very yin/yang in their personalities. And Angel may be a natural submissive, but he definitely has a mind of his own, so it was a lot of fun watching the personality clashes and how each man reacted to the other in those situations. I cringed occasionally when Vinny really got into his role as a Dom, but the sex was fucking outstanding, and Angel seemed to love every second of it!
Of course, BDSM fans will love this one, but I think those who sit on the fence will enjoy this title as well. Like I said, it’s not hardcore or crossing over into abuse or pain, but the dominate and submissive roles are clearly lined out and delved into… in an oddly sexy way.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through *

A Need for Heroes by James Cox

anfh__08523.1407451869.300.450Title: A Need for Heroes
Series: The Triple Towers, #3
Author: James Cox
Genre: Science fiction
Length: Novella (58 pages)
Publisher: Evernight Publishing (August 9th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Welcome to the new world…

Lorn Brusk is now president of the Triple Towers. With the help of his lover, Kallen, they discover a traitor and survive exile in the wastrel camps. Now comes the biggest challenge of their lives.

There are dark forces trying to tear the two men apart. Together they must thwart assassination attempts and kidnappings while finding time to bond sexually in a variety of new positions and places. However, secrets threaten not only the safety of the triple towers but also the lives of the two soul mates.

The new world has a need for heroes but will it cost Lorn and Kallen their lives?

Be Warned: m/m sex, ménage sex (MMMM), rimming, and bondage
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ISBN: 978-1-77130-953-0
Reviewer: Shorty
Review: Lorn the president of the Triple Towers fights off an assassination attempt. The assassin’s are killed. He enacts a new law that will feed, shelter, and get medical attention to any wastrel child under the age of twelve. After the first successful mission, there is a fire in the courtyard as a distraction to kidnap Kallen, Lorn’s lover. It is thwarted.

Afterward Lorn is informed that the water reserves are dangerously low. He asks the scientists to look for ways to get more water elsewhere and limits the water they have. Lorn and Kallen are finally bonded to each other in a ceremony. After decades, it finally starts raining and everyone helps to gather as much water as possible to put in the water tanks.

Very enjoyable read. Loved the differences highlighted between the wastrels, the Triple Towers residence, and the need to do something good by people helping people. A lot of hot sex throughout this story. Great read.