Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Elyse Springer popping in today with her new release Heels Over Head, 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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Heels Over Head

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Elyse Springer

Jeremy Reeve is one of the best divers in the world, and he’s worked hard to get where he is. He intends to keep pushing himself with one very clear goal in mind: winning gold at the summer Olympics in two years. That medal might be the only way to earn his father’s respect as an athlete.

Brandon Evans is everything Jeremy isn’t: carefree, outgoing, and openly gay. With his bright-blue eyes and dramatic tattoos, he’s a temptation that Jeremy refuses to acknowledge. But Jeremy can’t ignore how talented Brandon is—or that Brandon has no interest in using his diving skills to compete.

They’re opposites who are forced to work together as teammates, but Jeremy’s fear of his own sexuality and Brandon’s disinterest in anything “not fun” may end their partnership before it begins. Until a single moment changes everything, and they help each other discover that “team” can also mean family and love.

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Sunset at Pencarrow by Lou Sylvre & Anne Barwell Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have the lovely Lou Sylvre and delightful Anne Barwell popping in today with their upcoming release Sunset at Pencarrow, we have  an awesome guest post from Lou with some fantastic snippets for you to enjoy… and there’s a brilliant giveaway to enter! So check out the post, click that giveaway link and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~

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Sunset at Pencarrow

(World of Love 11: New Zealand)
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Lou Sylvre & Anne Barwell

Kiwi Nathaniel Dunn is in a fighting mood, but how does a man fight Wellington’s famous fog? In the last year, Nate’s lost his longtime lover to boredom and his ten-year job to the economy. Now he’s found a golden opportunity for employment where he can even use his artistic talent, but to get the job, he has to get to Christchurch today. Heavy fog means no flight, and the ticket agent is ignoring him to fawn over a beautiful but annoying, overly polite American man.

Rusty Beaumont can deal with a canceled flight, but the pushy Kiwi at the ticket counter is making it difficult for him to stay cool. The guy rubs him all the wrong ways despite his sexy working-man look, which Rusty notices even though he’s not looking for a man to replace the fiancé who died two years ago. Yet when they’re forced to share a table at the crowded airport café, Nate reveals the kind heart behind his grumpy façade. An earthquake, sex in the bush, and visits from Nate’s belligerent ex turn a day of sightseeing into a slippery slope that just might land them in love.

Release date: 7th June 2017
DSP store only: Use code PENCARROW for 30% off at checkout! 5/31-6/30 

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Riding the Circuit by Julia Talbot Guest Post & Excerpt!

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Hi guys! We have Julia Talbot popping in today with her upcoming release Riding the Circuit, we have a brilliant guest post and a great excerpt, so check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~

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Riding the Circuit

(Riding Cowboy Flats 03)
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Julia Talbot

Rodeo cowboy Frost Barton spends most of his time on tour, and that’s the way he likes it. But when his dad dies suddenly, Frost returns to southern New Mexico to attend the funeral and help his mom decide what to do with their small family ranch. Frost is already considering retiring from bull riding and planting his itchy feet in the ground. Meeting horse trainer Matt Morales just adds another pull in that direction, though Frost still isn’t sure he’s ready to give up the circuit—even if Matt makes settling down look mighty tempting.

Matt is old enough to know better, but he falls for Frost anyway. They only have so much time to spend together before Frost goes back on tour, but Matt believes they might have something special. He keeps the home fires burning while Frost earns his living, but Matt hopes he can convince Frost to come home—to stay.

Release date: 7th June 2017
Pre-order: Dreamspinner Press

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…And All Shall Fade To Black by Layla Dorine Cover Reveal!

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Hi guys, we have Layla Dorine stopping in today to show off the fantastic cover to her upcoming release …And All Shall Fade To Black, so check out the cover and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~

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…And All Shall Fade To Black

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Layla Dorine

Moving into his new apartment, Jax never expected to have to break up a fight between his new neighbors, resulting in a physical altercation and a visit from the cops. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine that it would lead to him meeting Danny, the cute theater manager and playwright that lived next door. Unfortunately, his first impression of Danny and the way he’d cowered away in the fight with his ex, wasn’t exactly a favorable one. Jax already has his own issues to deal with, between his past problems with his mother and the chain of men who’ve floated in and out of her life, his new job as a piercer in his sister’s tattoo shop and his struggles with an eating disorder; the last thing he plans to add to it is a relationship.

Yet Danny isn’t so easy to ignore and when they find themselves bonding after Danny shows him around town, and more when Jax offers to help with sets for his latest play, it becomes harder and harder for him to ignore the connection forming between them. As Jax’s insecurities and food issues grow more and more out of control, he find himself turning to Danny for help, rather than his longtime friends Callum and Max who lives just downstairs. Danny’s mix of patience, stubbornness and tough love make it harder and harder for Jax to keep his distance, and somewhere in the course of their daily lives, they find themselves moving from being friends, to being more.

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About Layla!

LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.

Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.

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Sex Ed by Z.B. Heller Release Blast & Teasers!

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Hi guys, we have Z.B. Heller popping in today with her new release Sex Ed, we have some cheeky funny teasers for you to check out, so enjoy the post! <3 ~Pixie~

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Sex Ed

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Z.B. Heller

Jaxson Dane is harboring a secret.

Not the fact that he’s a geeky comic book lover, or that he secretly draws his own comic, Bunny Fu Ninja Warrior. It’s not even classified information that he’s out and proud!

 His secret is the shame that he’s a twenty-three-year-old virgin.

Jaxson isn’t waiting for marriage or even afraid of taking that step, he just hasn’t found the one guy who will accept all of his adorkable qualities. Due to an unfortunate mishap with a self-pleasuring apparatus and his favorite appendage, Jaxson meets Tyler Mason. The emerald-green-eyed nurse is a witness to the mortifying incident, leaving Jaxon both grateful and disappointed in their one-time meeting.

And then Tyler somehow shows up at Jaxon’s family dinner.

The very dinner at which Jaxson’s hidden virginity is revealed to everyone, including the captivating nurse.

Even though he secretly found the ER situation hilarious, Tyler is also able to look past it to see Jaxson’s genuine nature and is drawn to the charming and hapless comic book artist. He’s tempted to pursue the inexperienced Jaxson, but a recent and life-altering decision puts a damper on his wants and desires. However, the more time they spent together, the more willing he is to take the risk of juggling his new commitments and winning Jaxon’s affections.

A large, insane, and meddlesome family, two prying co-workers, and a sexy nurse are all trying to give Jaxson a crash course in Sex Ed. Will he pass?

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Equality by Helena Stone Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hiya peeps! We have Helena Stone popping in today with the tour for her new release Equality, we have a great new excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and my review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! <3 ~Pixie~

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Equality

(Dublin Virtues 02)
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Helena Stone

Love is love. But what if the fight for equality gets in the way of building a relationship?

Lorcan Barratt has never considered himself relationship material. After his parents made it perfectly clear they’d never welcome a partner of his into their home, he learned to love his own company and can’t imagine sharing his life with another. After a single passionate kiss with Eric Kavanagh—the night before he travels to Canada for three months—Lorcan’s no longer sure he wants to be on his own. The problem is, he has no idea what sharing his life with someone else might entail.

Eric Kavanagh grew up in a loving and supportive family and always assumed he’d end up in a committed relationship. Sure that he’s found the one, Eric doesn’t worry about the fact that Lorcan has no experience when it comes to love and relationships. They are good together, so what could possibly go wrong?

When both men get involved in the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, it appears to bring them even closer together until Lorcan’s insecurities get the upper hand and he shuts Eric out. Will the fight for a yes-vote cost them their relationship or will they be able to find a balance between the love they share and the need for equality?

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Fraud Twice Felt by J.T. Hall Blog Tour, Fun Facts, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hiya peeps, we have J.T. Hall popping in today with the tour for her new release Fraud Felt Twice, we have some fun facts, a  great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway so check out the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~

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Fraud Twice Felt

(Oddities 02)
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J.T. Hall

Three weeks after solving his old boyfriend’s murder, bounty hunter Derwin Bryant is trying to let go of the past and embrace his new life with Elliot Leed, a former rentboy and fellow Oddity. Elliot, meanwhile, is trying to adjust to working at Bob’s Bail Bonds and having a real relationship despite his strange power of Object Reading. Hanging over the couple is the fear that Roy Yoshiro, notorious gang lord, will make good on his threats to claim Elliot. If that happens, not even Derwin’s superhuman strength will be enough to protect the man he loves.

Their concerns are overshadowed when Derwin’s friend asks for help finding her missing son. It’s not long before the case takes Derwin and Elliot back to the crime-ridden underbelly of the city and straight into Yoshiro’s clutches. Two gangs are vying for power, and Derwin and Elliot get caught in the middle of their very public fight.

Derwin and Elliot must find a way to thwart both gangs’ plans and escape alive. This time, one misstep could spell disaster for all the inhabitants of Nis.

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Cask Strength by Layla Reyne

Layla Reyne - Cask Strength CoverTitle: Cask Strength

Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #2

Author: Layla Reyne

Genre: Contemporary, Crime

Length: Novel (205 pages)

Publisher: Carina Press (May 1st 2017)

Heat Level: Steamy

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Professionally, the FBI team of Aidan “Irish” Talley and Jameson “Whiskey” Walker is as good as it gets, closing cases faster than any team at the Bureau. Personally, it’s a different story. Aidan’s feelings for Jamie scare the hell out of him: he won’t risk losing another love no matter how heart-tripping the intimacy between them. And loss is a grim reality with the terrorist Renaud still on their trail, leaving a pile of bodies in his wake.

Going undercover on a new case gets them out of town and off the killer’s radar. They’re assigned to investigate an identity theft ring involving a college basketball team in Jamie’s home state, where Jamie’s past makes him perfect for the role of coach. But returning to the court brings more than old memories.

As secrets and shocking betrayals abound, none may be more dangerous than the one Jamie’s been keeping: a secret about the death of Aidan’s husband that could blow his partner’s world apart and destroy forever the fragile bonds of trust and love building between them.

ISBN: 9781488024399

Product Link: http://www.carinapress.com/shop/books/9781488024399_cask-strength.html

Reviewer: Aerin

Review: Cask Strength is pretty much exactly what I expected considering how the first book ended. I honestly don’t understand why some people expected Aidan and Jamie’s journey to be lean waters when we’ve been told from the blurb and from the final chapter of Single Malt that stormy waters and a rocky road is ahead of them both. And just in case you’re wondering, the big secret that Jamie is keeping from Aidan is still threatening to ruin their relationship. The third and final book in this trilogy will be the most angsty and emotional of them all, but I have complete faith in these two.

Aidan finds it hard to come to terms with his new feelings for Jamie and he’s scared to death of losing the only other person he’s ever loved. Aidan is trying hard to keep things casual with Jamie by going out with other guys; we all know he’s only lying to himself, but I’m ok with temporary self-delusion as long as Aidan finally gets on the love train. With the risk of spoiling this part of the story, I have to assure you that Aidan doesn’t have sex with any of the guys he goes out with! He leads Jamie to believe that he does, and that’s because he’s trying really hard to keep their relationship casual. Aidan lost the love of his life, give this scared, confused guy a break; he’ll come through and make it worth every exasperated moment.

Trying to draw attention away from themselves after terrorist Renaud starts killing all persons of interest in Gabe and Tom’s murder; Aidan and Jamie go undercover on a new case. This brings Jamie up close and personal with the career he loved more than anything and his ex-lover, the one responsible for Jamie giving up on the game he loved so much. You know how sometimes a blast from the past makes you question your decisions and wonder if you made the wrong one? Jamie’s ex might be a beautiful man who wants Jamie back, but even though Aidan leads Jamie to believe things between them will never be serious, Jamie’s heart knows exactly who it wants. For Jamie, Aidan is home.

This book is action packed, much like the first one has been, and the action served as a distraction from the emotional angst. While I loved the first book more than this one, Cask Strength didn’t disappoint. The sexual tension and chemistry between Aidan and Jamie is still there, just as strong as always, especially after Aidan stops being a commitment phobe.

I wish there wasn’t such a long wait until Barrel Proof comes out, because based on how Cask Strength ended, it will either be emotional as fuck or emotional as fuck. Have your pick.

Single Malt by Layla Reyne

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Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #1

Author: Layla Reyne

Genre: Contemporary, Crime

Length: Novel (207pgs)

Publisher: Carina Press (February 27th 2017)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 hearts

Blurb: The heart’s a resilient beast

Eight months after the car crash that changed everything, FBI agent Aidan Talley is back at work. New department, new case and a new partner. Smart, athletic and handsome, Jameson Walker is twelve years his junior. Even if Aidan was ready to move on—and he’s not—Jamie is off-limits.

Jamie’s lusted after Aidan for three years, and the chance to work with San Francisco’s top agent directly is too good to pass up. Aidan is prickly—to put it mildly—but a growing cyber threat soon proves Jamie’s skills invaluable.

Jamie’s talents paint a target on his back, and Aidan is determined to protect him. But with hack after hack threatening a high-security biocontainment facility, time is running out to thwart a deadly terrorist attack. They’ll have to filter out distractions, on the case and in their partnership, to identify the real enemy, solve the case and save thousands of lives, including their own.

ISBN: 9781488024382

Product Link: http://www.carinapress.com/shop/books/9781488024382_single-malt.html

Reviewer: Aerin

Review: I devoured this book and I couldn’t get enough. I like crime shows on TV so this book was right up my alley. I loved everything about it, the plot, the characters, the suspense, the romance… Jesus fuck the romance was exquisite!

I’m an absolute sucker for emotionally damaged characters and for brainiacs who are sexy as hell, and this book gave me the best of both worlds. Jameson “Whiskey” Walker is a hotter than hell brainiac smarty pants hacker extraordinaire. Ex basketball star who gave up his career in order to become an FBI agent, Whiskey is one of the bureau’s best hackers and Aiden Talley’s new partner. Whiskey is ten years Aiden’s junior and he’s been nurturing a crush on Aiden for the past three years, ever since he joined the bureau.

Aiden Talley is a damaged man who’s dead inside after losing both his husband and his partner in a car accident 8 months ago. Recently returning to his job, Aiden finds himself partnered with 30 year old Whiskey, who makes his head spin and makes him want things he shouldn’t. Caught between the strong need to feel alive again and his guilt at betraying his husband’s memory, Aiden is fighting his attraction towards Whiskey, but the need to feel alive is stronger than the guilt.

The chemistry these two have is the real deal; it seriously made the hair stand up on my body. I was sucked into this overwhelming attraction between them and was rooting for them the whole time. I loved that even though there are plenty of things happening and many bad guys to catch, the emotional connection between Aiden and Whiskey was still the main focus of the book, perfectly etched into the plot. And when they finally gave into the chemistry, I forgot all about the bad guys or the fact that there are criminals to catch and bombs to deactivate.

This book was the perfect start to an awesome series, even though Aiden and Whiskey will continue to work toward their happily ever after in the next two books. I’m a fan!

Olive Juice by T.J. Klune

T.J. Klune - Olive Juice CoverTitle: Olive Juice

Author: T.J. Klune

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (121 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 26, 2017)

Heat Level: Nil

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: It begins with a message that David cannot ignore:

I want to see you.

He agrees, and on a cold winter’s night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived.

David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders.

Phillip offers redemption.

ISBN-13:  978-1-63533-502-6

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/olive-juice-by-tj-klune-8409-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I have read a few T.J. Klune books but none of them shattered me emotionally as this one has done. I refuse to give any spoilers so with that in mind I will say it’s dark and about two men, David and Phillip, struggling with ways to cope with what was, has been and could have been among other things. 

As I said my emotions are shattered. When reading you think you know where the story is headed and you could not be more wrong. I was impressed with the writing and story line. 

Fantastic read.

Lyle's Lynx by A.M. Halford

A.M. Halford - Lyle's Lynx CoverTitle: Lyle’s Lynx

Series: Itayu Lake  #6

Author: A.M. Halford

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Siren Publishing (April 26, 2017)

Length: Novella (104 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Lyle Du’Val came to Itáyu Lake following his ex, Adriano. Instead of getting him back, he found his destined mate, Kai Kramer. Kai isn’t too pleased with Lyle still chasing after his ex-boyfriend, but he is willing to be patient.

When Lyle finally decides to move on and accepts Kai, he learns things about his mate that he never suspected, such as Kai having a daughter. With this new mating comes a daughter that just wants a family, and she wants Lyle to be her mommy. Kai is stunned as he watches Lyle easily fall into the role of a parent for his daughter, Zarinna, and he quickly finds himself falling for his mate.

Just as the three of them are starting to settle into their new lives together, Kai’s ex and Zarinna’s mother starts making demands. Kai and Lyle find themselves having to protect the young cub from her own mother. At the same time, they try to nurture their new mating bond.   

ISBN: 978-1-64010-297-2

Product Link:  http://www.bookstrand.com/book/lyles-lynx

Reviewer:  Lisa

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

Lyle comes to Itayu Lake because he wanted his ex back with him.  What he had not expected was to find his mate.  Kai is not pleased but he is very pleasant when his little mate hides from him.  However it would seem Kai has his own little secret, a very sweet little girl.  A sweet little girl, whose mother is a danger to herself, and to her daughter.  Time to be protective parents.

Now I can see why the kid calls Lyle mom, but really it made the whole thing sound off.  I am sorry but Lyle is still a man.  It was the one reason I almost put the dang book down.  A four year old knows the difference between a man and a woman, a mother and a father.  Yet to hear her call him mother is a bit disturbing to me.

Other than that issue, the book was pretty entertaining.  I did have fun reading it, but I had to go back and read the other books to remember the characters for this book.  The guys were pretty hot, but they just seemed to be off, just a bit.  I couldn’t really connect with them like I should have, but it was still fun to read. 

I look forward to the next story.

Every Breath You Take by Robert Winter

Robert Winter - Every Breath You Take CoverTitle: Every Breath You Take

Author: Robert Winter

Genre: Mystery, Suspense Contemporary

Length: Novel (240pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (5th May 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: When Zachary Hall leaves Utah for a job in Washington, it’s finally his chance to live as a gay man and maybe find someone special. In a bar he meets Thomas Scarborough, a man who seems perfect in and out of the bedroom. But Thomas never dates. He never even sleeps with the same man twice. Despite their instant connection, he can offer Zachary only his friendship, and Zachary is looking for more.

Thomas is tempted to break his own rules, but years before, he became the victim of a stalker who nearly destroyed his life. Even though his stalker died, Thomas obsessively keeps others at a distance. Despite his fascination with Zachary, he is unable to lower his barriers. Frustrated, Zachary accepts he will never have what he wants with Thomas and soon finds it with another man. 

But young gay men in Washington, DC are being murdered, and the victims all have a connection to Thomas. Once again someone is watching Thomas’s every move. Can it be a coincidence? When the depraved killer turns his attention toward Zachary, Thomas must face the demons of his past—or lose his chance to open his heart to Zachary forever. 

ISBN: 978-1-63533-496-8

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/every-breath-you-take-by-robert-winter-8437-b

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: First time for me reading from this author and I love this story, the detail into the characters’ lives, and the suspense. It starts off with a guy who frequents this gay bar, he is followed home, and then he is brutally murdered, and the description that the Police found his body gave me the shivers. The Police investigating the murder digs into past lives and finds that not everything is as it seems.  Zachary, who moves from his hometown Utah to DC to work and live, is gay. He’s in the closet where his parents are concerned, because from the way they react when they both hear anything concerning gay people doesn’t sit well with him, so he hasn’t told them about his sexual preferences.

Fist day into the city, he goes into this gay bar, because he’s never been to one, and his BFF back home convince him to visit one. There he meets a couple customers, and they have a conversation. One of the guys in the group, Zach describes as ‘one of the most handsome men he’s ever met.’ They separate from the others and Thomas and Zack plans to hook up at Thomas’ home. They leave the bar not knowing that they have eyes on them. The sex scene is beyond hot and steamy and then Thomas tells Zack that he has to leave. Zack plans for another hookup and although Thomas feels deeply attracted to Zack, he has a rule: he doesn’t sleep with the same guy twice, no exception, not even for Zachary.

Thomas tells Zack that they can become friends, but nothing more. I love the way that this author had us viewing his victims through his eyes. The creepiness and extreme that this stalker went to, to get Thomas’ attention is so scary. The way he watches and follows Zack’s every move. When they all work together, and figure out who the stalker is, they’re very shocked to see that its someone from Thomas’s past. Hopefully they can get to Zack in time to prevent him from being the stalker’s next victim.

Anyone looking for the perfect suspense thriller, I would gladly recommend this story.

A Walk Through Fire by Felice Stevens ~ Audiobook

Felice Stevens - A Walk Through Fire Audio CoverTitle: A Walk Through Fire

Series: Through Hell & Back 01

Author: Felice Stevens

Narrator: Kale Williams

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Length: 10 hrs 

Publisher: Felice Stevens (6th March 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Narration: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Years after running away from an abusive foster family, Asher Davis still struggles with the guilt of leaving his foster brothers behind. He’s climbed to unimaginable heights as a ruthless, high-powered attorney, creating a life of power and control.

Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life. After a disastrous, short-lived marriage, Drew leaves his lucrative medical practice to set up a clinic for abused young men and women. The decision has more repercussions than Drew could ever imagine when the dark and sensual Ash Davis volunteers to help. Although Drew isn’t gay, Ash is inexplicably drawn to him. He vows to simply bed him and forget him like he’s done with every other man. However, Drew’s sweet and caring nature and unexpected passion both stun and frighten Ash, who questions his right to any happiness at all. And when Ash befriends an abused young man who unwittingly draws the clinic into danger, threatening Drew’s safety and that of his beloved grandmother, Ash discovers that there is nothing he won’t sacrifice to protect the love he never thought he’d find.

©2106 Felice Stevens (P)2017 Felice Stevens

Product Link: http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/A-Walk-Through-Fire-Audiobook/B06XDFRJVL

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: If you enjoy dark characters with a disturbing past full of pain, you’ll enjoy Asher. This is a story full of cycles of abuse, self harm, relationships doomed by scars from the past. A lot of the plot revolves around psychological issues, confronting, sharing, and healing wounds from the past. Learning how to face your fears and move forward is central to the plot. Will Ash find comfort and trust his heart in someone’s hands? Will Drew discover something about himself and trust his heart to a damaged man? Just a warning too, there is self harm in this story. 

The characters take a while to unveil themselves, and even though I enjoy the dark and dangerous Ash, and the seemingly naive and too trusting Drew, my favorite character is actually Drew’s wise and knowing grandmother. She sees right through everyone! 

Some of the plot is predictable, and yes a bit trite, but honest and sometimes very ugly. It’s a good read/listen, especially if you enjoy the hurt/love combo. At least it’s a story with a good plot and not just steamy smexy scenes, though there are plenty of those!   

The narrator did an excellent job giving each character defined voices, had a rich smooth tempo, and was good at both dark and brooding and wise old ladies! Definitely worth a read or listen if you’re into drama, and healing hurt souls.

Moment of Silence by Karen Stivali ~ Audiobook

Karen Stivali - Moment in Silence Cover AudioTitle: Moment of Silence

Series: Moments In Time 04

Author: Karen Stivali

Genre: Contemporary 

Narrator: Robert Neiman

Length: 8 hrs 4 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (31st August 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Heart

Narration: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Heart

Blurb: Growing up, Jason Stern led a charmed life complete with devoted sisters, a father who was one of Brooklyn’s most respected rabbis, and a mother who made the world’s best babka. He headed to NYU ready for anything – except falling for the wrong guy, coming out, and getting disowned by his once-loving family. In spite of that, Jason managed to graduate with honors. He’s got friends who treat him like family, and he’s proudly running the largest LGBTQ teen shelter in Manhattan. Life is good, but he’s still falling for the wrong men.

When charming, sexy Quinn Fitzpatrick begins work at the shelter, Jason falls hard and fast. Quinn is tall, blond, funny – damn near perfect. Only if Quinn’s gay, even he doesn’t seem to know it. If he does, he’s not telling anyone. And he’s about one ceremony away from becoming a Catholic priest.

Long hours of work turn to long nights of talking and laughter, and Jason dares to hope this time he’s falling for the right guy. But Quinn’s got a past to deal with and major decisions to make about his future. When Quinn leaves for a silent retreat, Jason knows the silence may change everything.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: Oh my god Quinn!!!! I knew Collin’s brother was going to be a fire cracker! It’s always the priests!!! Or in this case almost priests….

At the end of book 3 we see Quinn offering an olive branch to Collin, and a cracking of Quinn’s carefully constructed shell. Years of cruel psychological abuse by his mother led Quinn straight to the brotherhood, in hopes of escaping her crushing demands. His guilt over his brothers treatment, his questioning of his own identity, all lead to Quinn taking a break from the order before he makes the priesthood official. Can his desire to live out his faith combine with his desire for Jason? 

And poor Jason, once bitten twice shy knows better than to encourage a relationship with a closeted gay man. But sometimes desire outweighs common sense, the heart and the libido gets what it wants!!!

All along as their friendship grows into a sexual relationship I was so worried for Jason. To overcome what is ingrained in us from childhood is so taught, I really wondered how Quinn could walk away from something not only forced upon him, but his true passion and life’s work in the ministry. Faith and family are two huge weights… and it will take a strong man to lift him up from that. 

The sexual tension is hot! There was one line in particular from Quinn…I was thinking, gay priest…soft sensual slow sexual discovery right….no! This hot hunk of brotherhood tells Jason he not only imagines sex with him, but he imagines man handling him him down underneath him and having a hard rough fuck with Jason. Dominant, hot and heavy! 

Narration is good, nice timing, consistent with earlier books. 

A Touch of Spring by Lisa Oliver

Lisa Oliver - A Touch of Spring CoverTitle: A Touch of Spring

Series: Alpha and Omega #4.5

Author: Lisa Oliver

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: Lisa Oliver (May 2, 2017)

Length: Novella (105 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Lone alpha wolf, Bronson Cunningham, dreams of finding a mate and starts to think it’s possible when his best friend Zander falls head over heels with Terry; a sweet dancing omega. His curiosity is piqued when a strange letter lands on his desk, simply addressed “You smell like mine”. That must be a shifter reference, right? But it seems the guy likes to stay in the shadows, because Bronson doesn’t scent him anywhere. 

Harley thinks he has every reason to hide. A savage scar on his face means his trysts are best kept to dark alleys. Watching his mate, he quickly realizes Bronson is one of the world’s beautiful people. He wasn’t going to be interested in a scarred tattooist from the wrong side of town. 

A letter, a meeting, secrets are revealed. But is Bronson strong enough to stand by Harley’s side when he faces his nemesis from the past…and will Harley let him? 

ISBN: B072563MSP

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072563MSP

Reviewer: Lisa

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

I am glad to see these sexy guys get their story told, but I really am not a fan of spinoffs.  Even though they can be read as a standalone, I would suggest reading the other stories first.  For me the love they feel just seems to fast and a bit forced.  However there is something about them that still drew me in.  

Harley is a sexy feline shifter, who doesn’t think he is anything to look at.  Having a very harsh life has left him scarred in more ways than one.  Let’s just say I would love a good go at his mother and her lover.  To know more into why I made that statement, you need to read the book.  So anyhow, he smells his mate, but thinks the man doesn’t want him.  So he leaves him a little note.

Bronson wants to find his mate and have the love he knows will be there.  A note dressed to him, gives him a head start.  Now all he has to do is to show his mate, he is most definitely wanted.  The past always has a way of showing up in the present, and Bronson is bound and determined to keep his mate safe.

It is a very good story that has some unique twists, but for me it just seems to be missing that extra zest.  Other than my issues, it is one fun book.  I always get a kick out of Lisa’s stories and I know you will too.