Betrayal by Maggie Walsh

betrayalTitle: Betrayal
Series: The Angel Pack, #1
Author: Maggie Walsh
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (166 pages)
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc (August 6th 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: When Jesse and Taylor get kicked out of their homes they take off and end up in New York City. Jesse’s voice lands him a singing job at an all male club. When the owner discovers their secret, he offers to help them. That kind gesture turns into the biggest mistake of their lives.

When Micah hears the angelic voice coming from the beautiful man, his world turns upside down. Micah realizes that the angel is his mate. Now that he’s found him, he may never get to claim him.
Someone is trying to kill Jesse. At the same time, someone from Micah’s past comes back to claim Micah as their own. Is it coincidence or a set up? When the person trying to kill Jesse accidentally gets Micah instead, can Jesse find the culprit and the cure before it’s too late? And if Micah survives, will he be able to move past the betrayal of one of his own?

ISBN: 978-1-63258-143-3

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Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order.
Micah is the Alpha of the Angel pack. A pack he started 200 years ago that is made up of wolves that either were kicked out or left their home packs for being gay. On a night out with his pack mates, he hears Jesse singing for the first time at a strip club. But Jesse is a slow to give in right away, as he is leery. Just when things seem to be moving along threats from others, try to destroy the mating before it can happen.

There are the normal elements of shifter mating. Instant attraction and need to mate. Micah is the typical larger than life alpha and wants it all now. Micah pushes Jesse to hard and he gets skittish and almost leaves. So it is not a unique take on the werewolf world. Yes, Micah is the big tough Alpha but all he really does want to love and take care of this mate and make Jesse happy. Jesse has been hurt badly in the past, first by his family, and then by others he thought he could trust. So trusting Micah takes some doing.

What drives this book are the characters, the conflicts, and connections that happen among them. The secondary characters are just as interesting as the MCs. Taylor is off the wall crazy and I loved him the first time he jumped off the page. The friendship Jesse and Taylor have is as important as the mating between Micah and Jesse. The other packs members are just as memorable. They leave you wanting them to get a HEA too.

This was a great start to the series. There are moments of laughter and a few that may make a tear or two leak. There are some good twists thrown in that keep things moving along nicely. I enjoyed it a great

The High Dragon Takes a Wolf by Marcy Jacks

thedragontakesawolfTitle: The High Dragon Takes a Wolf
Series: Of Dragons and Wolves, #12
Author: Marcy Jacks
Genre: Erotic Romance/Paranormal/ Shape-Shifter/ Vampires/ Werewolves
Length: Novella (115 Pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing (November 1, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Duncan McTavish is the high dragon of his clan that he fought and paid for with blood. Now he wants peace, and he will start with the wolf pack at the bottom of his mountain. He will unite his clan with Clyde’s pack by mating with an omega.

But a betrayal is revealed when a handsome young omega runs to Duncan, revealing everything. Clyde intended to go back on the peace treaty and kill the dragons while their guard was down.
Duncan won’t align himself with Clyde, but he can’t leave the omega behind to face punishment either, especially since the much younger man is his mate.

Joey Litman is just happy he was able to save himself and his friends before anything worse could happen to them, and when he’s brought to a fancy room, he assumes Duncan wants to mate with him. He’s not wrong, and he intends on letting the handsome man seduce him all he wants.

ISBN: 978-1-63258-572-1

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is part of Dragons and Werewolves series and they need to be read in order. Each story gives you a new romancing couple to fall in love with. It also gives you an insight into their world.

Now usually my favorite paranormals are the ones with wolves, but dragons also make a great hit. This one comes off a bit different from the others. However, it was a blast to read. In this story, I really wanted to skin the alpha wolf and his men. Joey had been eighteen when he had been caught by his alpha having sex with another omega, and the man had decided he was going to be his mate. Joey did manage to talk the alpha out of having sex with him for the whole year. However, when he found out what was up he knew he had to interfere.

Joey had found out that the peace treaty coming up was to betray the dragons and he had to help them. However, in doing so he would be killed for his betrayal. The dragons came down to mate with omegas in exchange for peace. However, Joey’s sick alpha had plans to kill them. It was up to Joey to stop it.

Duncan had agreed with the other dragons that it was indeed time for peace. However when a little omega came to warn him, he knew he couldn’t leave him behind. He couldn’t leave him behind for more than just the reason known. Joey was in fact his mate. Now all he had to do is to help his mate understand that he would always be safe with him. Now if only he can get his best friend to go along with everything. Turns out dragons are more prickly than humans.

This was an amazing story although I do admit that for me it was missing something but not enough to make me not love the story. It does come off as if it had been rushed a bit but it was still perfect. I loved it and cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. If you love dragon shifters, wolf shifters, sexy men, strong alphas, quirky mates, excitement, action and danger then you should check out this book. I would recommend reading this if you love that and so much more. It caught my attention the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end.

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Sporting Chance by Alexa Milne

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Author: Alexa Milne
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Super-Novel (312 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound (November 6th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Sometimes keeping hold of love is just as hard as finding it.
Dan and Iestyn are looking for romance. A school trip, a love of history, a wedding, a tango and the game of chess, and their friends and family all help the two men to realise that they’ve finally found true love.

Iestyn thinks that he’s completely ordinary and that Dan is the only out and currently gay rugby player anywhere. Being gay can be difficult enough. Being famous also has its problems. But being gay, famous and a sportsman can make finding love complicated. So when Dan Morgan meets Iestyn Jones and gives him his phone number, their road ahead has more than a few bumps to overcome.

Will Iestyn and Dan overcome the obstacles thrown in their paths? Or will fame destroy their lives as well as their love?

ISBN: 978-1-78430-270-2

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: If you’ve read some of my previous reviews, it may well look like I’m on a bit of a sporting kick with my reading at the moment. That could possibly be true – this is the third or fourth sport based romance I’ve read in the past week, pretty good for someone who only actually follows basketball. What was immediately interesting to me is that rugby is the sport of focus – certainly different. I don’t follow rugby but I don’t live under a rock to not know some of the terminology that I couldn’t help but show an interest.

Then throwing in some hot Welshmen doesn’t hurt either. In fact, this book brought to mind a couple things, Russel Crowe movie called the Sum of Us where Rusty played a gay rugby player. Also, I was reminded of retired Australian rugby league player, Ian Roberts, who came out a few years before he retired from the game.

Which leads me to my next point: I had to Google how to pronounce Iestyn, no matter how much fantasy I read that commonly uses Welsh, Scots and Irish language for fairies, etc. I could not get the syllable breakdown. (FYI, it’s Yes-Tin, if you’re interested).

Iestyn is a teacher, openly gay, and his classroom is certainly full of some interesting characters. Besides the crazy kids, he also has a crazy family and an equally quirky and crazy group of friends. He’s a sci-fi nerd and he loves playing online chess. Completely the opposite to the object of his desire, Dan Morgan, he is a professional rugby player who doesn’t hide his sexuality.

Unlike Iestyn, Dan only has his Nan for family and has a few good friends on the rugby team. Iestyn is completely clueless about Dan and rugby, so it’s a bit of a comedy of errors, one that I have sympathy for. I was charmed by Iestyn’s naivety, as much as Dan was charmed. Iestyn may be thirty-four or five, but he is cute, naive and intelligent. Whereas Dan is twenty-four and sometimes he acts it, so much so I wanted to cuff him on the head to knock some sense into him.

I was pleased to find that unlike many books, the author chose not to dwell on the ten-year age gap, which is fairly common in many stories and usually the number one reason why one of the pair tries to keep his distance. Instead this is played out as normal as possible. The other thing that I found interesting was that both characters were out as gay and were pretty well accepted in their places of work. Instead, the focus was on Iestyn and Dan as a couple where contending with Dan’s fame is one of the most important issues that come up between them almost immediately. The poor sods couldn’t get away too easily!

The story is absolutely filled with a range of emotion. I laughed, smiled, cried, got irritated and then got angry – I also feared that the story could not be contained within the two hundred-odd pages. The story is well paced, though two-thirds in I thought that Dan and Iestyn were ready for a happily ever after until Alexa Milne trips us up and gives us another brief roller coaster of drama.

A quick side note: since this is set in Cardiff, Wales, Doctor Who fans will be more than a little amused by the references to Doctor Who and Torchwood. Any reference to Capt. Jack Harkness and Ianto Jones is a good reference!

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All Kinds of Tied Down by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook

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Series: A story in the Matter of Time universe
Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Tristan James
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 9 hours and 1 minute
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (09-24-14)
Heat Level: Moderate to Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they’ve gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.

As a marshal and a soldier, Ian’s expected to lead. But the power and control that brings Ian success and fulfillment in the field isn’t working anywhere else. Ian’s always resisted all kinds of tied down, but having no home—and no one to come home to—is slowly eating him up inside. Over time, Ian has grudgingly accepted that going anywhere without his partner simply doesn’t work. Now Miro just has to convince him that getting tangled up in heartstrings isn’t being tied down at all.

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Reviewer: Tams

Review: Miro Jones and Ian Doyle are just two of the men that work on an elite team of US Marshalls led by Sam Kage. Miro was in and out of foster homes as a child, got into a little trouble but he always looked up to the men in uniform. He could have gone in a completely different direction with his life, but instead of lashing out at the lot life dealt him, he wanted to be like the men that protected him.
Ian is a seasoned soldier first, and a US Marshall second.

He spends almost as much time away and on top-secret missions as he does at home. Over the past few years as partners, they’ve built a unique partnership based on friendship, mutual admiration and the ability to trust each other with their lives. While Miro fell for Ian a long time ago, he knows that Ian is straight, so he locks away those feelings behind a door so thick that when Ian starts acting different toward him, Miro doesn’t even notice.

While Ian is away on a mission, Miro is injured while transporting a witness and Ian is less than pleased when he finally finds out about it. You see, while Ian could test the patience of a saint, Miro should buy stock in an insurance company, he gets injured on the job THAT much! When Miro heads out to transport their next witness, he’s a little surprised to find Ian waiting at the airport for him. What is completely unexpected is the way Ian looks at him and visibly shudders when Miro touches him.

From here these two pretty much hit the ground running, going from partners and best friends to lovers in the blink of an eye. The pompous ass with more money than common sense that also happens to be the homophobic father of their current witness’s lover threatens to get them both killed before the sweat that drenched them just a few hours ago even dries.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story from start to finish. Very nice to catch up with where Sam Kage is after the series of events in the Matter of Times books, but the main focus of this story is Miro and Ian. Miro has spent three years learning how to navigate his intense feelings for his partner. Convinced that Ian is straight and will never be his, he gets so good at ignoring his reaction to Ian that he misses Ian’s change in feelings toward him. Ian, lovingly referred to by their fellow Marshall’s as Captain America, doesn’t even try to avoid his feelings for Miro. What Ian struggles with is the urge to stake his claim on Miro, and how to express those feelings and that need out loud.

Narrated by Tristan James, his voice was the perfect complement to the characters Calmes created for this story. There was a push and pull between them as partners that bleed over into their sexual relationship, but in a role reversal of sorts. While Ian is very protective and demanding at work, Miro takes the lead in the bedroom. Ian has to be on his game 24/7 at work and when he is on a mission, what he wants, no needs in his personal life is for someone else to take that control. And Miro gladly accepts the challenge.

This was a very sexy and steamy read, full of action and suspense and James did a splendid job of conveying all those emotions and circumstances, and then some. From the camaraderie between Miro and Ian in the beginning to the foreplay in the middle, and then finally the passion in the end. I highly recommend this audible to fans of Calmes writing and/or James narration. I am crossing my fingers that there will be another book for these guys, Calmes wrote in enough scenarios to comfortably give them a sequel, if not their own series.

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A Matter of When by Eden Winters

719UdeHtbfL._SL1350_Title: A Matter of When
Series: N/A
Author: Eden Winters
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (234 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 15th 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Wealth. Fame. Gold record. Hookers and Cocaine front man Henri Lafontaine has it all… including a control freak manager, band members who smile as they sharpen blades for his back, and last but damn well not least, a fan out to steal his heart. Literally. Trying to write hit songs and plan a comeback in the midst of the hi-fi white noise of LA feels more like watching his world implode, until he’s offered a month in the Colorado Rockies for vocal coaching.

Sebastian Unger’s rich, classically trained tenor inspires wicked thoughts. More than a pretty choirboy, he cracks the whip without hesitation to drive tattooed bad-boy Henri to give his all to his music. Working, fighting, and finally establishing a fragile peace, they find inspiration and perhaps more in each other. But the clock is ticking. Time will pull Henri back to the grit and gold of LA’s mean streets and fame machine, while Sebastian must return to the opera circuit, where a mysterious man known as “the patron” holds far too much sway.

Only the trust they’ve built on a handful of notes bridges their two worlds… and shields them from malice.

ISBN: 978-1-63216-108-6

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Reviewer: Leigh

Review: A rock star who should have it all. But instead has band mates who are homophobic and ready to stab him in the back and a manager control freak who ignores all of Henri’s wants. That is Henri’s life. Add in depression and anxiety and you get one hot mess. When someone almost kills him and his manager blames Henri, he has had enough. He finds a way to break his contract and starts getting himself together. Now he just has to plan a way to start over in the music business.

Sebastian, and opera tenor is one of the steps Henri uses to start over. Henri has never had a voice lesson, so his new manager sets he him up to learn from Sebastian. Sebastian is a perfectionist. He does all he can to make him the best he can be as a singer of opera. He teaches Henri how to really sing. Things to not go well at first. Henri is resistant. It takes a little time for them to warm up to each other.

This is a great starting over story. Henri goes from verge of breakdown to making his way to the top of the music world again. This time he takes control and does things his way. He starts to really listen to Sebastian and learn from him. Once they find a common ground Henri and Sebastian, become friends. Even when Henri offers, Sebastian does not want to become sexually involved not wanting a temporary fling.

After Henri’s month long stay, they both learn they want much more. During this time, Henri starts to surround himself with people who will support him and not use him. The secondary characters are well written and add their own bit of flair to the story. Their interactions with Henri add good time fun to the book as well.

I only had one real issue with the book. That being that everything is told completely from Henri’s point of view. Sebastian has several issues. However, the reader never really sees them. The conflicts and solutions are not really given in detail. We just know what happens from Henri’s involvement. I would have liked to get a deeper look at Sebastian and what was going on in his head. But maybe that was done on purpose to make this a less angsty read. Fair to say that from what details are given, what happened to Sebastian was definitely not light reading.

All in all, I enjoyed this book. This is a well-written story about getting your act together and finding love.
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Conflict in Blood by Ariel Tachna, 2nd edition

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Series: Partnership in Blood, #3
Author: Ariel Tachna
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/ Vampires/ Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal
Length: Novel (301 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 31, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: As the Alliance wizard-vampire partnerships grow stronger, the dark wizards feel the effects and become increasingly desperate to find enough information to counter them, unaware of the growing strain of the blood-magic bonds on the wizards and vampires alike.
The conflict is spreading.

The strife of uncomfortable relationships, both personal and professional, is threatening to tear up the Alliance from the inside, despite the efforts of Alain Magnier and Orlando St. Clair, Thierry Dumont and Sebastien Noyer, and even Raymond Payet and Jean Bellaiche, leader of the Paris vampires, who is fighting to establish a stable covenant with his own partner so he might lead by example.

As the war rages on and heartbreaking casualties mount on both sides, the dark wizards keep searching for clues to understand and counter the strength of the Alliance, while the blood-bound Alliance partners hunt through ancient prejudices and forgotten lore to find an edge that can turn the tide of the war once and for all..

With new strength behind it, the Alliance’s leaders move to announce its existence to the whole world, hoping to rally support against the dark wizards who threaten to destroy life, as they know it. Struggling to find its way in the expanding war, the Alliance discovers that despite its advantages, the partnerships are affecting the balance of magical power in the world, which may be an even bigger threat than the war itself.

This second edition received minor revision and proofing for re-release in honor of the publication of Partnership Reborn, the final book in the series.

ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1-63216-665-4

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Reviewer: Shorty
Review: Stronger bonds are formed with some of the alliance members while other pairs struggle with each other. As always details on each pairings struggles are in this book. After wild magic is let loose unintentionally it starts affecting everyone. The alliance makes plans to stop it while at the same time Jean is on the lookout for the rogue vampire who is aligned with Serrier.

Serrier is furious at the alliance for always being where he attacks beforehand. He knows he has a spy in his midst but not who it is so he tells Eric and Vincent to give slightly altered information to Monique and Dominique to figure out which one it is. Serrier asks Eric and Vincent to bring him a vampire who is part of the alliance so that he can determine their weaknesses and get information out of them.

Well written story though not as in-depth about the dark wizards as it is with the alliance. Some questionable dark parts along with Claude, a dark wizard, who seems to be a sadist, in my opinion. Some scenes are intense, while there are fascinating in their details or intensity.

The battle for equal rights for vampires is an ongoing battle they hope to win. Hot m/m sex throughout. As well as m/f and f/f sex which I skipped. All in all its and interesting if not long book. Great read.

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Pleasing Master by Stormy Glenn

pleasingmasterTitle: Pleasing Master
Series: Sir, #4
Author: Stormy Glenn
Genre: Erotic Romance/BDSM
Length: Novella (106 Page)
Publisher: Siren Publishing (November 6, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Jackson Davis is considered a gay man’s wet dream but he’s tired of finding lovers that only seemed to want him for his looks and not a real relationship. One night at a bar, Jackson discovers a man watching him. The man never approaches him, never speaks to him. When Jackson finally confronts the man, he is astounded by his reaction.

Thus begins Jackson’s obsession with pleasing Michael.
And what follows is a story of frustration and confusion for Jackson as Michael commands and dictates to him, rewarding Jackson when he’s good and punishing him when he’s bad. Jackson is confused that he lets Michael dominate him, wondering if it makes him less of a man. Can Jackson accept the fact that pleasing Michael makes him happy or will he lose the best thing that ever happened to him?

NOTE: This book was previously at 13,000 words published as Pleasing Michael with another publisher. This version has been extensively revised and expanded to 29,249 words.
ISBN: 978-1-63258-603-2
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Reviewer: Lisa
Review: This is part of the Sir Series and should be read in order. Each story talks about a new romancing couple. It gives you an insight into their amazing world and their lives. I was fascinated with this book and cannot wait to get my hands on the future books.

I always thought that books with BDSM in them were more about controlling someone in such a way that made it feel like they had no say in it. However, this story shows me that it was not the way I thought. I am glad to have read it and even gladder that I found it more enticing then I have many other stories. I fell in love with the men in this story and would love to hear more about them.

Jackson was a gorgeous man who seemed to be taken advantage of. He was never sure of what he wanted, that is until a very sexy Dom came up to him. He didn’t know what to make of the way Michael seemed to control him but then wasn’t too sure if he liked it or not. All he knew was the time apart, due to miscommunication tore his heart out.

Michael had fallen in love with Jackson the moment he saw him. That was the major part to, that he saw Jackson for who he was not just his looks. He however realized he had made a mistake in how he started the relationship and now he had some serious thinking to do to get his sub back in his life. Not to mention keeping him safe from a so-called best friend that wanted to keep him away from Michael. Now all he had to do is to show him that in controlling him, he was showing Jackson that Jackson was the one in who was really in charge.

I loved this story and can’t wait to read more from Stormy. It was an amazing story and I had a blast reading it. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading it and kept it all the way to the end. It gave me everything I could possibly want in a story. If you love the BDSM scene, sexy men, dominate men, quirky subs, feisty attitudes, a bit of danger and happily ever after than I would recommend reading this story.

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Shake, Rattle and Roll by Stormy Glenn

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Series: N/A
Author: Stormy Glenn
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (132 Pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing (July 18, 2011)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Mickey, a male prostitute, needed some way to survive on the streets. But after a few years in the business, he grows tired of sleeping with nameless strangers. After getting smacked around by someone he thought cared about him, Mickey decides to quit the business, take his nest egg, and leave town. He just doesn’t expect the huge earthquake that hits the city.

When his neighbor and adopted grandmother, Ms. Dixie, is stuck in the rubble of what used to be their apartment building, Mickey knows he needs help to rescue her. He flags down a group of bikers trying to get out of the city before the aftermath chaos hits. Mickey tries to make a deal with the lead biker to save Ms. Dixie. He’s disappointed when Vinnie agrees to take the deal out in trade rather than cold hard cash, but he agrees.

Mickey will do anything to save Ms. Dixie, even let the sexiest biker he has ever seen have him. Hell, he might even enjoy it.

ISBN: 1-61034-711-0

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I had a blast reading this story and I sure hope this is not the only one. I want to hear about all of the guys in this book. The characters were perfect and I absolutely fell in love with them. The way they not only cared about each other but how they cared for Mickey and his adopted grandmother. The way Vinnie is so protective of him made my whole week.

Micky had been a prostitute, that is until his ex hit him, then he decided to retire. He didn’t mind leaving the people behind, except for a little old woman who lived in the building. Ms. Dixie was a feisty old woman with a heart of gold. She loved Micky and knew all about his life. She knew he did what he did to survive. However, it would seem he waited one day too late. An earthquake hit and Ms. Dixie needed his help. Finding some big bikers, he offered what he had for their help.

Vinnie and his friends knew that it was time to get the hell out of dodge after the earthquake. It was a strong one and he knew what people would do afterwards. However, he was propositioned by a very sexy little man who wanted help to get his grandmother out. He just wasn’t so sure about what to do but once he helped, he knew he was going to have a hard time keeping his hands to himself. Now all he had to do is to get over Micky’s past and show him what kind of future they could have.

I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more of Stormy’s books. This particular story just has you in tears. It had so much love put into it, that it made it even more special. I felt like I was right there with them through it all. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end.

I would recommend reading this if you love sexy men, best friends, quirky grandmothers, danger and a happily ever after.

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Dream 'til Monday by Allison Cassatta

DreamTilMondayLGTITLE: Dream ‘til Monday
AUTHOR: Allison Cassatta
GENRE: Contemporary
LENGTH: Novel (206 pages)
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press(August 15th, 2014)
HEART RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts
BLURB: When Hollywood comes a-knockin, a young, small-town Mississippi photographer named Sawyer Taylor packs his bags and heads to the West Coast. He’s been hired to photograph for a romantic comedy in San Francisco and looks at the opportunity as a chance to rebuild and reclaim his life. But a quick, drunken hand job behind a bar in the Castro might prove a horrible mistake.

Film director Miles Eisenberg isn’t a man who wants to commit. He has a daughter who means the world to him at home, and he worries over how his decisions might affect her. He comes up with a million good reasons not to give Sawyer a second look but sometimes the heart is determined to love, and the brain can’t convince it otherwise.

His affair with Sawyer becomes a whirlwind romance worthy of the silver screen, but life doesn’t always imitate at, and imperfect heroes don’t always get their happy endings.

ISBN: 978-1-62798-981-7
REVIEW: Small town boy/photographer is hired by a Hollywood director and moves out to San Francisco to start the job. It sounds like the basis of a clichéd story, but that would be where you are wrong – or at least I was wrong. Sweet is too inadequate a word to use to describe this story. It is sweetness overload but in a good way, not the diabetic coma way.

The story isn’t over the top with melodrama. Neither does the plot fall flat. It just sweet, nice and a very well written romance that also feels realistic. The characters are also great. One of the minor characters, Martin, is kind of like the angel on the shoulder, trying to beat some sense into our main characters, particularly when the main characters start showing signs of melodrama.

Hollywood director, Miles, is dedicated to his job and his daughter. The daughter, Zoe, is also a very adorable, but minor, character, as are many seven-year olds. His job and his daughter are the two known factors in his life, he wants to raise his daughter right and he wants his current movie to be a great success. I get the feeling that Miles is afraid of change. Sawyer is the small town photographer, whose work has recently been discovered and pushed out into the world for the art scene. He has a demon or two that he left behind (leaving him wary), as well as a BFF who is all exuberance and advice (another wonderful character).

Ultimately, both Miles and Sawyer are afraid to put their hearts on the line and fall in love

This isn’t a “life styles of the rich and famous” type of novel. Instead, the characters are, thankfully, more down to earth. As I said, this well-written romance feels realistic. So real, in fact, there were a couple of times I wanted to slap some sense into both Miles and Sawyer, albeit at different points of the story.

One thing that leaves me confused is the title of the book, Dream ‘til Monday. I completely understand the “dream” part of the title, but struggle with the Monday. It may just be me being completely dense, but this isn’t some fleeting weekend romance, leaving me wonder if that’s the reason behind the title. I’m just having a couple of problems reconciling the title to the story. I honestly didn’t know what to think when I read the title before reading the blurb. However, as I said, it’s not an issue, but rather just an observation. Just sit back and enjoy the story!

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Truth in Lace by Tempeste O'Riley Blog Tour & Review!

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Hiya guys, we have Tempeste O’Riley stopping buy with her newest release Truth In Lace, so check out this book and Tams Review <3 ~Pixie~
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Truth in Lace

(Desires Entwined 03.5)

Tempeste O’Riley

When Alexander James Noble looks in the mirror, he sees a freak looking back at him. Despite his high grades and plans for culinary arts school after graduation, his parents would hate him if they really knew him.

Forced on a shopping trip with his twin sister, Lyric, and her friends, Alex eyes the girls jealously, longing to be able to dress like them—to be them. The constant struggle of being “gender fluid,” wrestling with an identity that seems to change daily, begins to wear on Alex. But all those questions and fears seem more manageable when his sister gives him his first skirt and lace panties.

Gay, Gender fluid, Contemporary, Comin of Age
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 5, 2014 (ebook)
Length: Short / 24 pages

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