Spell Cat by Tara Lain (2nd Edition)

tara-lain-spell-cat-coverTitle: Spell Cat (2nd Edition)

Series: The Aloysius Tales 01

Author: Tara Lain

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length:  Novel (200 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (31st October 2016)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: When Killian Barth, history professor, meets Blaine Genneau, quantum physicist, they ignite their own big bang. But Killian can’t pursue a physics professor—or a human. As the most powerful male witch in ten generations, Killian must bolster his dying race by reproducing—despite the fact that he’s gay.

Even a fling with Blaine is out of the question, because Killian has been told sex with humans drains his power. But if that’s true, why can young human Jimmy Janx dissolve spoons with the power of his mind? If Killian can sort through the lies he’s been fed, he’ll still face his biggest obstacle—convincing rational scientist Blaine to believe in magic.

With his ancient and powerful cat familiar, Aloysius, on his shoulder, Killian brings the lightning against deceit and greed to save Blaine from danger and prove love is the greatest power of them all.

First Edition published by Loose Id, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-674-5

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/spell-cat-by-tara-lain-7676-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  I have read a couple of this authors work and was not really impressed so when I was given this story I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to even give it a chance. However I will be the first to admit that this story rocked. I am talking rocked my entire world.  

Killian is a very powerful witch who was basically being forced to marry a female. Now the problem was not only was he gay but the female witch didn’t want to marry him either, she was in love with someone else. That was all Killian wanted someone that loved him with their entire heart. However witches were told that if they had sex with humans that they would lose their powers.  

When Killian met Blaine, the sparks flew the moment their eyes met. Too bad Blaine was human. Now I have never really been a fan of having females in a story, but let me tell you that she was a blast as well as Jimmy. I loved the twists that this story had going on. Although I could have done without the sex, power play and such. It felt like the author just threw it in for word filler. That was the only part that was a bit disappointing. Ok maybe Blaine’s reaction when he finds out Killian is a witch was a bit overdone. However there was one scene in this book that made up for all that.

Other than those reactions the story made my attention stand up. I hope that the next book is just as good. If the author keeps writing like this, then she will soon become a favorite, although I hope her sex scenes get a bit better. It is a fun, light, sexy little story that kept my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end. I had fun with it and can’t wait to read book two.

A Dandelion for Tulip by R. Cooper

r-cooper-06-a-dandelion-for-tulip-coverTitle: A Dandelion for Tulip

Series: Being(s) in Love #6

Author: R. Cooper

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novel (200 Pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (June 24, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: David is in love with Tulip, a kind and unusually quiet fairy in his social circle. But everyone knows Tulip doesn’t date humans. David tells himself he is happy to be Tulip’s friend, because he doesn’t believe a fairy could love him and Tulip has never tried to “keep him”—as fairies refer to relationships with humans.

Fairies are drawn to David, describing his great “shine,” but David knows only too well how quickly fairies can forget humans, and thinks he’s destined to be alone. He can’t see his own brilliance or understand how desperately Tulip wants him, even if Tulip believes David can do better.

But exhausted and more than a little tipsy at a Christmas party, David makes his feelings too obvious for Tulip to deny any longer. Because of a past heartbreak involving a human, Tulip is convinced someone as shiny as David could never want a “silly, stupid fairy” in his life. Now, if he wants to keep David, he’ll have to be as brave as his shiny, careful human.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-314-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-dandelion-for-tulip-by-r-cooper-7186-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  Each one of these stories can be read as a standalone.  Although it is much more fun reading them altogether.  I am afraid that I have read them out of order so I am a test to the fact that you don’t have to read them in order.  

After reading the other stories I have to admit that I am not really that impressed with them. The writing is a bit off as are the characters just a bit. Although I did like Arthur and Bertie in the other book. The title does not compliment the story what so ever. To be honest I was beginning to think that this author was trying to turn the characters into m/f romance what with the one characters names being female.  But I will go into that later.  

Fairies, werewolves and dragons live among the humans. However fairies are known to be distracted and forgetful.  They also run around half naked most of the time. They see humans as treasures. The problem with fairies is that they don’t normally stay with one person. Tulip however is not like that. He only wants one man and that man is David.

Now David is into self-pity stage. He sees that everyone who he has been with loses interest in him soon after. The fairies see him as being shiny and tempting. However Tulip is not like that. Although Tulip doesn’t date humans either so it makes it perfect. He doesn’t date humans and David doesn’t date fairies. What a perfect pair we have here.

Now what kind of name for a man is Tulip. This author has a thing about giving her characters really weird names that do not do anything for the character whatsoever. It brings the story down in my mind, because the whole time I am thinking female and stupid.  Even though they are all male the names make them very off.  I am afraid that I don’t think I want to read any more by this author. Or at least not this series. They are completely off, and the writing is a bit difficult in some parts. I was not pleased at all I am afraid.    

I have to admit that I ended up skimming through most of this story. It had potential but failed. I am afraid that this book was not for me at all. 

Guardian by Jordan Taylor

jordan-taylor-guardian-cover-sTitle: Guardian

Author: Jordan Taylor

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Short (40 pages)

Publisher: NineStar Press (March 7, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: On a blustery November day in London, Gavin catches a bus from Waterloo Station to his office. He makes this journey five days a week, year after year, alone. Or so he thinks.

He does not know that his guardian angel accompanies him each day of his life, watching over him—loving him as all guardians must. His guardian’s feelings, however, fall into baser depths. As all guardians know, it is taboo to feel carnal love for a human ward. Such a relationship would not be viable—or healthy. Gavin’s guardian knows this. Lives and breathes this. And yet, to lift Gavin from depression, he is willing to attempt the impossible: to manifest as a human for Gavin and finally meet the love of his immortal life face-to-face.

ISBN: 978-1-911153-14-6

Product Link: http://ninestarpress.com/product/guardian/

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: A bittersweet story about a guardian and the human, Gavin, he is tasked to watch over. We never know the guardians name only that he feels deeply for Gavin. He does everything he can to break through Gavin’s depression and help him get through it.

The way he helps Gavin is by becoming human for twenty four hours. Finally able to be with Gavin a short amount of time in the flesh he gives into his desire. It was a struggle reading this book and seeing how much the guardian loved Gavin but knowing they would never be able to fully be together broke my heart.

The ending to this book had me in tears as the guardian did what others probably wouldn’t and found someone else for Gavin to be with. I personally do not know if I could watch the person I loved be with someone else. 

Great read.

The Captain's Encounter by T.J. Land

t-j-land-the-captains-encounter-cover-sTitle: The Captain’s Encounter

Series:  Adrift 02

Author: T.J. Land

Genre: Erotic Romance, Ménage, MM, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Length: Short (61 pages)

Publisher: Nine Star Press (April 11, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 ½ Hearts

Blurb: The captain’s luck is finally changing. After four years of being lost in space, his starship, The Prayer, has found an inhabitable planet to land on. The whole crew—and his lovers Thomas, Rick, and Zachery in particular—are happy to set foot on terra firma again, not least because the planet comes with plenty of trees to hide behind for those…intimate occasions. But the fertile landscape hides a secret. When the captain finds himself abducted by an alien life form, he’s got limited time to get back to his crew before they succumb to infighting. Only the alien is so very attractive…

ISBN: 978-1-911153-43-6

Product Link: http://ninestarpress.com/product/the-captains-encounter/

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: This is the second book in the Adrift series and picks up where the first lends off. They land on a planet not knowing there is intelligent life on it. As a result the captain goes missing and that leads to a search and a whole lot of sex going on. I loved how different each personality was and how they interacted. 

There was a lot of laughing on my part throughout the story. It was a great adventure to be sure with some hot and heavy sex to add spice to a lost crew intent on making a home somewhere.

Great read.

The Queer and the Restless by Kris Ripper Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Kris Ripper popping in today with zir new release The Queer and the Restless, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway so check out the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~

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The Queer and the Restless

(Queers of La Vista 03)
by

Kris Ripper

Ed Masiello has been on testosterone for a year, is working his dream job as a reporter, and is finally passing as a man (so long as you don’t ask his abuela). But the investigation of a murder case is starting to take over his life. Afraid he’s becoming obsessed, he goes to the local club to relax, and meets the flighty, whimsical Alisha.

Alisha is a free spirit who’s tossed aside ambition for travel and adventure. Her approach to life is a far cry from Ed’s, and while Ed has always assumed that meeting his goals would make him happy, Alisha is much more content than him—despite all the plans she can’t yet fulfill.

As their relationship heats up, so does the murder case. Alisha thinks Ed needs a break, but someone’s got to find this killer, and he wants to be there when it all goes down. Besides, taking off into the great unknown with Alisha is crazy. But opting for what’s safe is just another way of living in fear, and Ed vowed to stop living like that a long time ago.

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Running Blind by Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt & 3 Giveaways!

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Hi guys, we have Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes popping in today with the tour for their upcoming release Running Blind, we have a fantastic guest post from Kim, a great excerpt and there’s three awesome giveaways! So check out the post and then click the links to enter the giveaways! <3 ~Pixie~ 

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Running Blind

by

Kim Fielding & Venona Keyes

Kyle Green is on top of the world. He and Matt have been together for ten years, and—as the voice of Ecos, the wildly popular anime character—Kyle is treated like a rock star in anime circles. But in an instant, a stroke leaves him blind. When photographer Matt gets the opportunity of a lifetime, Kyle reexamines their relationship, discovers it has been a safety net rather than a true romance, and sets Matt free to pursue his dream. Kyle’s life and career as he knew them are gone, and he must now find the courage and creativity to draft a new plan.

After being away for fifteen years, Seth Caplan comes home to Chicago to care for his mother and to partner with a small start-up tech company. He and Kyle meet after Kyle’s collision with a child’s sidewalk toy, and they hit it off. Kyle wants to get back into running, and Seth becomes his guide. As they get to know each other, they start seeing each other beyond their three-times-a-week runs. But Seth’s revelation of the dark reason why he left his career in California sends the relationship into a tailspin and leaves both men running blind.

Release date: 7th November 2016

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Murmuration by T.J. Klune

t-j-klune-murmuration-coverTitle: Murmuration 

Author: T.J. Klune

Genre: Historical Americas / Science Fiction

Length: Novel (324 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 28, 2016)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: In the small mountain town of Amorea, it’s stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.

The people here know certain things as fact:

Amorea is the best little town there is.

The only good Commie is a dead Commie.

The Women’s Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.

And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven’t gotten their acts together is anybody’s guess. It may be the world’s longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.

Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.

But something’s wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.

Something’s happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-455-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/murmuration-by-tj-klune-7660-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Wow, just wow. What a story. It is 1954 in a small town called Amorea. Everyone is nice. There are no cars or children and everyone knows everyone. Mike is smitten with Sean and has been courting him for years trying to get up the nerve to ask him out.

But things are not what they appear. Right from the beginning of the book I got the feeling that something was not quite right. This feeling became stronger the further I read. People disappearing, fuzzy memories, feeling a sense of dé·jà vu at times and strange dreams lead the reader on psychological mystery unlike any I’ve read before. 

I went through all the emotions and still cannot settle on just one. Brilliantly written with the right amount of unsurety, drama, and a feeling of helplessness left me a wreck afterwards. But despite all that I loved this book.

The slow burn between the two MC’s fit perfectly with everything else going on in the story. One of the best books I’ve read so far this year. I’m sure it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but you won’t know until you try it.

Highly recommended.

Defiant Revival by L. Rockwood


l-rockwood-defiant-revival-coverTitle:
Defiant Revival 

Author: L. Rockwood

Genre: High Fantasy

Length: Novel (300 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 28, 2016)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: To free the kingdom from the depravity of Cardinal Aldrious, Prince Micah Helvendeere must take his rightful place as ruler.

Unfortunately, the prince has been dead for a year.

Billiam Grimhart, former page to the prince, knows Micah’s assumption of the throne is the last chance to purge Casperland of the cardinal’s corruption. And for that to happen, the prince must be revived. Only one person stands a chance of achieving the nearly impossible: exiled enchantress Shemmy DuBois, a raunchy bog witch with an affinity for corpses and a heart of gold. Billiam sets out to coax Shemmy to their cause, despite what wading through piles of bodies will do to his favorite shoes.

If he can accomplish it, Billiam might finally get to consummate his love for the prince—something Shemmy is keen to witness. But first, they’ll need to steal Micah’s body, brave a land inhabited by vicious faeries, and accept the help of accomplices as vile and perverse as their enemies. They might be far from typical heroes, but sometimes those are the only people who can get the job done.

If you like dark and edgy high-concept fantasy that’s not for those with delicate sensibilities, join Billiam, Shemmy, and their Faelock allies as they stage their revolution.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-850-3

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/defiant-revival-by-l-rockwood-7702-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Billam, son of the captain of the guards, takes his father’s place as leader. This story takes place after the young prince is dead and everyone associated with the former king has been disbanded from the castle. A third party is telling the tale who is part of the former guards and alliances to the former king.

There is corruption and deceit from an evil cardinal who is power hungry. Billam along with his ragtag group attempt to revive Micah, the prince, by way of Shemmy, an enchantress and former noble. It is an amazing journey fraught with danger at every turn as Billam sets plans in motion that will bring his love back to him and rest power from the man that never should have trusted.

Though intense at times it was a wonderfully written story. Though I was confused at first as to why someone other than the main characters told the story but it was explained as to why. Billiam seemed determined to make things right again. I loved that he was willing to do anything for the prince. All the characters were intriguing and I imagined what they were like the further I read. I liked that it had more than just humans as it added an extra element of intrigue as you read. 

Good read.

Spy VS. Spook Bundle by Tinnean

tinnean-spy-vs-spook-coverTitle: Spy vs. Spook Bundle

Series: Spy vs Spook #0.5 to #3

Author: Tinnean

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (1261 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 28, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Quinton Mann is a spook for the CIA; Mark Vincent is a spy for the Washington Bureau of Intelligence and Security. They don’t get along. But that doesn’t mean they can’t sleep together. Follow their adventures in bombings, terrorists, murders, and love in The Start of a Beautiful Friendship, Houseboat on the Nile, Not My Spook!, and Forever.

In Pick Up the Pieces and Foolish Me, rent boy Theo “Sweetchecks” Bascopolis is introduced to William Matheson by the mysterious Mark Vincent. The attraction is instant, but both men have secrets and pasts that seem determined to come between them. 

ISBN: 978-1-63477-631-8

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/spy-vs-spook-by-tinnean-7699-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This book is actually two different series that are combined into Spy’s vs Spooks series.  I read the first four books when they came out and had to jump at getting my hands on this book.  

They are action packed stories with sexy men who know how to kill.  They catch my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end.  I love how fully developed that these stories and the details have been amazing.  It is like you know each character and the worlds that they live in.  This author soon became a favorite of mine and will continue to be so.  

tinnean-01-the-start-of-a-beautiful-friendship-coverThe Start of a Beautiful Friendship ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

It’s 1996, and Mark Vincent, senior special agent of the Washington Bureau of Intelligence and Security, has been assigned the task of assassinating the head of a terrorist organization in Europe. When the mission goes south and he’s ordered to take a vacation, he reluctantly goes to Paris, where, in a little bar called Le Petit Homme, he sees a man who intrigues him. However, like ships passing in the night, they go their separate ways, only to meet again the following morning, and over breakfast, the man introduces himself as Louis. 

Is it too much of a coincidence? Perhaps, perhaps not, but Mark is intrigued and, unable to resist, he gives his name as Rick. A comment of Louis’s leads Mark to assume Louis hustles for a living, so Mark decides to “rent” him for the week. Unbeknownst to Mark, Louis has his own reasons for going along with the charade, which leads to… the start of a beautiful friendship.

This story was short and sweet.  Two sexy men working different sides, meeting up, sparks flying and my heart is gone.  Mark lost a good friend and is trying to just deal with his father being ill.  Then he meets a man who sparks his interest at the bar but the man chooses someone else.  Then fate happens and he meets up with him again.  

Louis is playing the part of rent boy, and they decided to hook up for the night. However that one night, turn into a hot and sexy week. I loved the twist that his story had and it kept me on the edge of my seat from the start.  I can’t wait to start reading the next book.  

tinnean-02-houseboat-on-the-nile-coverHouseboat on the Nile ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Mark Vincent is WBIS—Washington Bureau of Intelligence and Security. Quinton Mann is staunchly CIA. Mark thinks the CIA is full of dilettantes who leave him and the rest of the WBIS to clean up their messes. Quinn thinks most WBIS agents are sociopathic loose cannons. So they don’t exactly get along.

Of course, just because they don’t like each other doesn’t mean they can’t play mind games on each other. Or sleep together. But when an explosion at Mark’s apartment sends Quinn to the morgue to ID a body, he has to re-evaluate his position on denial. 

Two sexy men working for different agencies.  Mark is WBIS and Quin is CIA so you can imagine the sparks flying with these two.  He is one smart cookie and tough to boot, he doesn’t let anyone get the better of him. Although I could do without the politics in the beginning, it was a bit dry to me.  They go back and forth with each other, which is normal between people who are really falling in love.  The chemistry was off the charts with these two.  

The only other problem I had with this was the shifting POV’s going on.  It drove me nuts.  The mind games these two played beat that out of the water though.  I enjoyed reading this and look forward to the next book.

tinnean-03-not-my-spook-coverNot My Spook! ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Highly ranked CIA officer Quinton Mann finds himself in a relationship with Mark Vincent-for exactly five days. At that point, Mark uses the excuse of going to Massachusetts for his mother’s funeral to end it. But Quinn’s a spook, and you can’t fake a faker.

Mark fears he’s getting in too deep with Quinn, hence the disappearing act. Then Quinn does something unexpected, something nobody has ever done before: he comes after Mark. Maybe being in a relationship with Quinn isn’t such a bad idea. In the meantime, something strange is going on in the intelligence community worldwide. When Quinn disappears while investigating a rogue antiterrorist organization, Mark makes up his mind. Quinn might be a spook, but he’s Mark’s spook, damn it-and once he gets Quinn home, he intends to keep him. He just has to find him first.

These stories just keep getting better and better.  These guys are so damn hot and just about make me swoon.  I love how Marc is with Quinn, and how he tries so hard to keep that part of him hidden and safe. He just doesn’t seem to know it yet, but his heart is caught for sure.

Although the shifting POV was still driving me nuts.  Overall this is one fantastic story and I can guarantee that it is going to keep on giving me a fascinating read. I can’t wait to start reading the next book.

tinnean-04-forever-coverForever ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Lately, life is both sweet and sour for intelligence operatives Mark Vincent and Quinton Mann. The sweet is they’re settling into a relationship; Mark has found a condo in Alexandria with the help of Quinn’s mother, Portia; and Mark and Quinn are looking forward to spending the holidays in the Caribbean.

As for the sour, something shadier than usual is going on at Langley. Useless missions and sleepless nights are leaving Quinn exhausted, and then Portia’s life is threatened. When Quinn discovers the accident was no accident and the egomaniacal Senator Wexler is involved, he’s out for blood.

To this point, Mark has stayed out of Quinn’s CIA business. But hurting Quinn and those he loves isn’t on the table, so at Mark’s instigation, they set out together to deal with Wexler. The only catch: it’s the first time Quinn will see Mark at his deadly best, and Mark isn’t sure how his lover will react.

The connection between each book has rocked my world.  They flow so perfect that you can’t help but to want to read it more than once.  The guys have slowly figured out that they are supposed to be with each other and I get a kick out of them every time.  I have to admit that Mark is the harder character to get a read on sometimes, but you can tell that it is all a facade.  They are so in love that it is what one would want in their lives.  

I enjoy the way they react to each other and the heat that they have.  I have to admit that this one was the best in my opinion.  I always did love the little twists that there seems to be in all her stories.  However I really loved the whole series so far and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.  Now the ending was just a bit off to me though, so I guess I will just have to wait and see.

tinnean-05-pick-up-the-pieces-coverPick Up The Pieces ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

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’s 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.

Now this one had me in tears, I have to admit that.  That boy went through so much pain and ended helping his friends.  He survived his father kicking him out, a pimp abusing him and living on the streets.  He finds himself with another group of boys that take care of each other.  Then they take in the strange guy who just might be the best protector ever.   However life on the street is a nasty one, especially when one of the boys gets hurt.  Mark brings in someone to help them out.  However Theo slowly falls for Will.  The attraction is off the charts.

Now I have to say that I was glad when I started reading this that Theo didn’t stay a boy and grew up to be a great man.  And that Will is his first true love, but I do hope that it is his only one.  These two are hot.  Now the romance part didn’t really happen till close to the ending.  Will was a bit of a mystery to me.  I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

tinnean-06-foolish-me-coverFoolish Me ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Giving up a life as rent boy Sweetcheeks for his lover, William Matheson, was an easy decision for Theo Bascopolis. But years of selling his body and the lingering pain from being thrown out by his father leave Theo worried that Wills, who’s always had his family’s acceptance, can’t truly love him. Life has taught him love isn’t for rent boys, and he’s having a hard time tearing down the walls he built around his emotions and trusting that Wills sees beyond his past.

Despite Will’s reassurances, he leaves for an extended assignment with no contact, giving Theo too much time to think about the future. A message arrives, and as far as Theo is concerned, it proves him right. Maybe it’s too late to protect his heart, but he’s not going to hang around waiting for Matheson to stomp all over it. Theo runs, breaking all ties to his former lover.

When Wills returns to an empty apartment and no sign of his lover, he wonders whether Theo really wants to be found and if they are meant to be together after all. But they’ve been through too much, and Wills always gets his man.

Wow this was action packed and my heart was in my throat.  Theo thinks that his past will mean that Will will never truly stick around.  The problem was when Will went on an assignment Theo ran to keep his own heart safe.  Too bad Will goes after him.  He is going to bring his heart right back to him.

Theo is probably my favorite character in all of these books.  He went through so much and is a strong man in the end.  Although Will going to find him was damn hot.  Out of this whole book this is my favorite of them all.  It was an fun read and I look forward to reading more by this author.

OVERALL THOUGHTS:   
Damn these guys just keep getting hotter and hotter.  The stories are the best and they continue to get better and better.   This was one of the best action packed books that I have come across.  You don’t just get one story but six amazing books. The characters caught my heart and just didn’t let go.  I love the heart that was put into this book and can’t wait to get my hands on the next story.  I enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it.

Vieux Carré Voodoo by Greg Herren

greg-herren-vieux-carre-voodoo-coverTitle: Vieux Carré Voodoo

Series: Scotty Bradley 04

Author: Greg Herren

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (242 Pages)

Publisher: Kensington (May 10, 2010)   

Heat Level: Moderate  

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts

Blurb:  Former go-go boy turned detective Scotty Bradley is back!

When an old family friend apparently commits suicide from his French Quarter balcony, Scotty’s life accelerates from boring to exciting again in a nanosecond. Why would anyone want the old man dead, and what were they looking for in his ransacked apartment? It’s up to Scotty, Frank, his crazy family, and friends to get to the bottom of this bizarre mystery—and when an old, all-too-familiar face turns up, it’s not just Scotty’s life that’s in danger, but his heart.

ISBN: 978-1602821521

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/Vieux-Carr-Voodoo-Greg-Herren-ebook/dp/B0046W6T1W

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Damn this was just as good as book three. Although I will still say that I don’t see the point in having the characters doing drugs, it just brought it down for me. This story is book four in this series and I must say that you should read them in order.  It would give you a back ground into these guys. Although for me I started with book three, because the first two books are just in print which sucks.  

It has been three years since Colin took off, leaving Frank and Scotty alone. Scotty missed him but things were getting better. That is until Doc committed suicide, people were dying, a missing stone that was linked to extreme evil and Scotty’s life is about to get more intense. Frank was gone learning how to be a wrestler and he was left alone to deal with life. Then a shock happens, he walks in to his family home and can you believe, there is Colin sitting as he pleased.

Now there are parts of the story I absolutely love but I still hate the damn book. I can’t believe Greg would write a story and then break your heart in the end. Now once you get into the story let’s just say the mystery starts right off the bat and will keep you involved the whole way there. There are so many damn twists to this story that it will give you a blasted headache just trying to figure them out. Not to mention laughing your ass at some parts, for example the Ninja Lesbian’s. Frank’s reaction to Colin being back, I think there would have been just a bit more bloodshed. Although Frank’s admission might get him his own ass kicked by Scotty.

Now for me I love a good romance, but in these stories the romance is a bit left out which actually worked for these stories. The mystery itself was pretty cool but did have a few problems with it. Although keeping the characters straight was my main problem. Other than that the story rocked.  

If you like a very action packed story, with murder, missing religious relic, danger, excitement and our very own sexy trio, then this is for you. Although I have to say that I wished the author would let our Colin stay home with the guys, their hearts break every time he leaves and quite frankly I think it brought the book down in points for me. However that is just me. I would definitely recommend this story.

Mardi Gras Mambo by Greg Herren

greg-herren-mardi-gras-mambo-coverTitle: Mardi Gras Mambo

Series: Scotty Bradley 03

Author: Greg Herren

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (288 Pages)

Publisher: Kensington (March 1, 2006)   

Heat Level: Moderate  

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts

Blurb: It’s Carnival time in New Orleans, and Scotty Bradley, ex go-go boy turned private eye, is looking forward to relaxing with his boyfriends, Frank and Colin, and partying it up right. But nothing ever seems to work out the way Scotty wants it. Not only is it cold and rainy, ruining his elaborate costume plans, but former FBI agent Frank has “issues” with dropping a hit (or two, or four) of Ecstasy. Hello! Ecstasy at Mardi Gras is practically guaranteed in the Gay Bill of Rights! Fortunately, Frank gets over himself, the weather clears up, Scotty’s dealer, Misha, delivers the goods, and the boys are off to the races. And that’s when the real fun begins. After a night of partying, they come home to find the cops waiting for them. Misha has apparently been murdered and guess who was the last person to see him alive? Turns out his wheeling and dealing had gotten him in trouble with a lot of people–including the Russian mob. And those guys don’t play around. 

Suddenly, Scotty’s missing not just one but two boyfriends. And as the streets of Nola come alive in a hot human frenzy of sequins, music, dancing, and the sweat of thousands of revelers ready to throw caution and clothing to the wind, Scotty is in a desperate race to save the men he sometimes loves and keep Fat Tuesday from being the last day any of them ever see. . .

ISBN: 978-0-75820-830-9

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/Mardi-Gras-Mambo-Greg-Herren-ebook/dp/B008FQJPL6

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  The first thing I am going to say is you really need to read these books in order. However the first two are not ebooks so I had to start with book three. This is my first time reading something from this author, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I picked them because of their titles and figured what the hell.

The first problem came with the fact that you have three sexy men who are together, and they can still sleep around. That is a big no in my book which brought it down for me.  The second was the drug use and the fact that one of the guys is a federal agent, so that brought the story down even further for me. I don’t do cheating, even if it is allowed and absolutely no drugs.  So here I am thinking this was not a good idea for me. However the story was very detailed and very authentic sounding. It was also unique and entertaining for me.

I was once told that when a story makes you so damn angry that you want to just smack the author, then it is one hell of a story.  So Greg if you’re reading this, I am going to smack you one of these days. Scotty is an ex go-go dancer, fitness teacher who is now one hell of a private eye.  It was what got the attention of two sexy men.  Frank is a federal agent and Colin was masade. This story is full of twists and turns that will drive you absolutely out of your mind.

Now as I said before I don’t like drugs in my story however it is what gives this story the twist.  It seems that Scotty gets his drugs from Misha, who isn’t actually Misha. Misha is married to a family friend, but then again there is another twist. So when Scotty’s dealer gets killed, it leads our guys into a very strange family affair. Scotty was the last one to see him, so you can guess where that leads. Then Frank disappears which sends him into a spin, then Colin disappears and boom there is another twist.  

It seems Scotty has a gift that warns him of danger; however it doesn’t keep him out of trouble. He is now in the middle of a big ass mess. Like I said the ending made me hate this story in such a way that it rated pretty damn high. If Greg’s stories are all like this then I am pretty sure that I will have to go out and get them. Although I won’t be able to read the first two unless they are turned into e-books, but it made me miss just a bit more into their history.

It is an action pact story, with murder, drugs and family secrets coming out. The sex, what there is was pretty damn good. Although I was glad for it in a way, there is more mystery there then sex. Over all the story was pretty damn good and I can’t wait to see what the next book has going on. It is one that I would recommend to all. 

Duke In Hiding by M.J. O'Shea

m-j-oshea-duke-in-hiding-coverTitle: Duke in Hiding

Series: Dreamspun Desires 09

Author: MJ O’Shea

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (1st May 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Every gentleman has something to hide.

Meeting Heath Blackwood, a gorgeous English farmer, is probably the most exciting thing to ever happen to small-town landscaper Theo Brody, who has lived in quiet Maplehurst, New Hampshire, all his life. The sexy and secretive Brit shakes the foundations of his orderly world as they are swept up in a springtime romance neither can resist.

But Heath’s secrets run deeper than Theo ever imagined. He’s actually Heathcliff Pierrepont Blackwood, Duke of Kingston, in hiding from recent death threats. Suddenly there’s more separating them than the Atlantic Ocean, and Theo doubts he’ll ever fit in with English nobility. Though Heath and Theo are opposites in almost every way, their love might bridge the gap—if they’re willing to take the risk.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-148-1

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/duke-in-hiding-by-mj-oshea-5161-b

Reviewer:  Prime

Review: For me MJ O’Shea has been one of those authors who I’m always hit and miss when it comes to enjoying their books. However, I am more than happy to say that Duke In Hiding is one of those stories that I absolutely loved. I got it in the first place because I thought that it felt like some Georgian/Victorian aristocratic drama/romance that has been set in modern times with a MM story line. The only real type of MF romance that I read is of the Georgian/Victorian variety. I also loved that in this book there is the direct reference to Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and her moody hero Heathcliff.

Duke In Hiding is exactly what the title and blurb says.

Heath is the moody English aristocrat (see, Bronte reference!) who goes to small town New Hampshire in order to get away from a potentially deadly situation after an attempt is made on his life. This is where he meets Theo, a landscape gardener who also doubles as a bar tender until his summer workload picks up. Needless to say, the guys start off on the wrong foot because of a certain duke’s moody behavior. Yet from the start there are intense sparks of attraction between the guys.

I think my only criticism is that the ending seemed a little rushed. There was a lot for Theo to comprehend at the end and he seemed to just let it happen and accepted everything without much of a fight. I don’t really mean fight in the literal sense. I just felt that perhaps it needed to occur on a longer time frame. However, I loved these guys. Theo was a good buffer for Heath’s gruffness in the same way Jane Eyre smoothes out Edward Rochester’s rough edges in Jane Eyre (I know, wrong Bronte sister but you get the point and I couldn’t help myself).

Ace in the Hole by Ava Drake

ava-drake-ace-in-the-hole-coverTitle: Ace in the Hole

Series: Dreamspun Desires 13 / Wild Cards 01

Author: Ava Drake

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (216 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (1 July 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Christian Chatsworth-Brandeis has a problem. A huge one. The US senator he works for has run away with his latest mistress on the eve of a make-or-break fund-raising event, and it’s up to him to cover his boss’s irresponsible tracks.

Stone Jackson, the senator’s new bodyguard, looks enough like the senator that, with some extensive grooming, he might pass for Senator Lacey. Christian and Stone hatch a plan to fool everyone by substituting Stone for the senator, but Miami madness and the incendiary heat between them are throwing obstacles in their way. It’s a race to find the senator and pull off the con of the century before the attraction between them spins completely out of control.

ISBN: 9781634773102

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ace-in-the-hole-by-ava-drake-7126-b

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This book is political thriller meets the ex-military protector. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve never read anything by Ava Drake before, but the blurb certainly grabbed my interest. It definitely had me interested and now that I’ve read it I want to read the next installments in the series!

Christian Chatsworth-Brandeis is a personal assistant for a major US senator who just loved to get himself in trouble. One night at a bar he meets a stranger. It’s not until they meet again, this time in a professional capacity, that Christian discovered that Stone Jackson was the new bodyguard hired for the senator. The plot itself seemed to get just a bit ridiculous, but I was more than happy to suspend my disbelief for a while. On top of a scandalous senator with his mistresses and hook-ups, there is also his wife, who is strong, abrasive driving force. Seriously, I thought she had been placed in what seems to be a normal position for women in MM books – firmly as a Cruella DeVille type Villian. Instead, by the end she became a fantastic secondary character. As for the main guys themselves, Stone and Christian, I really loved the attraction between the guys and of course they were very well suited. They suited well together.

All in all, this is a fun read with a dash of politics and a bit of danger. Being that this also happens to be a Dreamspun Desire book, which I liken to being the MM version of Harlequin novels (something I’ve said in a few previous reviews for the series), it is exactly what I expected. Over the top characters and plot lines, with wonderful and sweet romance that just goes with the rest of the tone of the book.

Eyes Only For You by Andrew Grey

andrew-grey-eyes-only-for-you-coverTitle: Eyes Only For You

Series: Eyes of Love #2

Author: Andrew Grey

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (193 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (10 October 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Marcello Bagnini has a history of falling for the wrong men, and it seems he’s done it again. Working out at the gym with his straight friend Jerry is becoming harder by the day-in more ways than one. Worse yet, Jerry isn’t the only one who notices Marcello’s wandering eyes. So instead of risking his friendship with Jerry and alienating the other guys at the gym, Marcello keeps his feelings to himself.

Real estate agent Jerry Foland has never explored his interest in other men, but there’s something different about Marcello, and Jerry’s starting to think he might like to see where his attraction could lead. However, Jerry’s controlling father makes it clear that it’s either stay on the straight and narrow or Jerry can say good-bye to his family.

As much as they try to stay away from each other, their lives overlap, both at the gym and when Jerry is contracted to sell the home of one of Marcello’s friends. Friendship grows into more, but Jerry’s father has his own agenda, and it doesn’t include having a gay son.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-687-6

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/eyes-only-for-me-by-andrew-grey-1112-b

Reviewer:  Prime

Review: I’m going to start by the outset. I love Andrew Grey. I love his writing style and I love the characters that he creates, weaving them into relatable situations that keep you glued to the screen or page. If I see an Andrew Grey book that I’ve, Heaven forbid, missed, I will go and devour that quick smart.

Eyes Only for You is one of those books that have slipped through the cracks for me. In fact, I also missed the first book in the series, Eyes Only for Me, but luckily this sequel works perfectly fine as a standalone book. However, for those that read the first book, you’ll probably be pleased to hear that Ronnie and Clay (yes, I went to read about what I missed while writing this review) do make a number of appearances throughout the book. Overall, this was an enjoyable book. I think because it was written by Andrew Grey that leaves me more disappointed than a normally would be for a book like this.

The story is about Marcello and Jerry. The story is relatively simple. Jerry has never acted on his attraction to men before, but one day he just cannot hold back, especially after his break with a woman. Marcello is Jerry’s work out buddy and despite knowing that the man is straight he finds himself intensely attracted to him. The biggest problems for these guys – Jerry remaining in the closest (his family aren’t particularly nice) and Marcello being in a near identical situation in his previous relationship. Marcello also has challenging parents but they are now more accepting of their son’s sexuality than Marcello realized.

The storyline is one that hooks me, even ignoring the fact that Andrew Grey wrote the book. However, the words on the page didn’t quite catch me. OK, so this is difficult to explain. But to me there were a number of chapters where key events happened and I really enjoyed. Then in between them there was… well, there were chapters that I found just a tad boring, they felt like they were just filling in words and conversation that didn’t feel relevant. And, man, was that disappointing because I wanted to love everything about this book and give it an enthusiastic 5 stars.

That was my biggest issue I had while reading this. Other issues that I had with the book are primarily centered around the fact that the first few chapters were slow and didn’t feel like they were going anywhere (they were part of the filler chapters I talked about a few sentences ago). I think it was in this set up that I also found it hard to actually like Jerry. Don’t get me wrong, I eventually did as he had his “Gay for You” epiphany and just what Marcello truly meant to him, but at first he was not an easy person to like.

As I said earlier, because I love Andrew Grey’s books, I set my expectations very high for this book. This is primarily for people that like a gay for you romance.

Must Like Spinach by Con Riley Review Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Con Riley stopping by with her new release Must Like Spinach, we have a great excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and Xiomara’s review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link <3 ~Pixie~

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Must Like Spinach

by

Con Riley

Jon’s future in New York seems bright. He’s on the corporate fast track as an executive problem solver, but somehow he can’t help feeling hollow. Yearning for a life spent outdoors makes no sense if he wants to flourish in this city, nor does losing his cool with clients when they make bad decisions. Only leaving the East Coast behind for three months can save his business reputation.

His exile in Seattle has unexpected upsides. Jon’s rented home has a garden where his true passions blossom. It’s overgrown yet idyllic—perfect if he didn’t have to share it with another tenant. Tyler might be as cute as hell, and their landlady adores him, but Jon can’t let himself fall for someone who seems lazy.

Three months could be enough time to see Tyler clearly, but choosing which to nurture long-term—love or a business career—might take Jon longer than one summer.

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