Chevalier by Mary Calmes

Title: Chevalier

Series: Sequel to Romanus

Author: Mary Calmes

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novella (118pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 27th 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Fireman Mason James thought finding out he is a Romanus—a rare class of gargoyle—would be the surprise of a lifetime, but he’s proven wrong when he discovers he is the son of a comte and goji nobility. But his newly discovered family doesn’t think his gargoyle lover, Luc, is good enough for a goji of Mason’s stature—how could a warrior ever be? But despite the Moreaus’ uncertainty and elitism, they are Mason’s only chance to unravel the mystery behind his mother’s death, find a solution for the class divide that might separate him from Luc, and discover what it truly means to be a Romanus.

ISBN: 9781634772457

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Aerin

Review: I have a confession to make: I am addicted to Mary Calmes. Her writing is like crack to me, I can’t stay away from it, I simply don’t have the will to say no. Mary’s books tend to be somewhat confusing sometimes, and almost every time, regardless of who the characters are, the guys hug anyone that’s in close enough distance. This seems to be the case here as well and while I find it cute, I’m simply incredulous at the lack of self-preservation the characters display.

It’s been a long time since I read Romanus, but for some reason it stayed with me, even though I remember thinking at the time that it was a wreck. I’m so glad we got the continuation of Luc and Mason’s story because we find out more about the history of Goji and the role Romanus has in this world. But this time around Mason decides he wants a future with Luc dammit, and nobody is going to get in his way and no one messed with his man. That was hot!

There was not even a second for me to get bored because this book is action packed from the beginning to the end. It had some kind of whiplash effect on me because one moment Luc and Mason get all sweet and sentimental with each other, and the next there’s daddy issues (holy fuck that was dramatic), jealous siblings, a murder attempt, a mating, fucking mid-flight (cuz’ bad-ass gargoyles can do that you know), the history of goji and gargoyles is revealed and many more things I simply couldn’t keep up with.

It was all very interesting and engaging, although I’m not sure if Mason’s father is a psychopath, an asshole, or a vile, evil human being. If you’re read Romanus you’re going to want to read this as well because it wraps up the story of Mason and Luc quite nicely. Now……

Can Gabriel get his own story as well??? Pretty Please Mary? And how about Mason’s best friend Finn and Raoul? They deserve their own stories as well.

Love’s Magic by Janice Jarrell

Title: Love’s Magic

Series: Revolutionary Heart 01

Author: Janice Jarrell

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (256pgs)

Publisher: Janice Jarrell (May 8, 2018)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 1/2 Hearts

Blurb: If you love gay romance that contains both heated passion and steadfast love, Love’s Magic is for you!

Professor Nate Reese rushes to protect a female student and is severely injured at the hands of her assailant. Traumatized by the attack, Nate sets his feet on a no-holds-barred path of activism designed to force university officials into addressing the issue of on-campus assault. At the same time, terrified of losing his hard-won status at the university, his partner, David Gardener, a veteran of 12 years as a very popular Professor, is reluctant to support Nate’s militant efforts. Seemingly abandoned by his partner, Nate sees David’s aversion to his activism as indifference to the trauma he suffered. Day by day they watch as their relationship disintegrates, while still struggling to resolve the disruptive issues engulfing the school they love.

In the meantime, Irishman Colin Campbell, handsome and charismatic Sergeant for the campus police force, fights his own on-going war against campus assault. But behind his obsessive desire to gain justice for victims lies a devastating secret which could forever destroy his fiercely independent facade and expose his deepest fear. Ultimately, it is Colin’s powerful connection to a steady, dark-eyed Title IX consultant which threatens to tear down his defenses and shatter the barriers protecting his heart.

Cocky and irresistible, the dynamic police officer was everything Joshua Abrams had ever longed for in a man, but Colin simply didn’t ‘do’ relationships. Unless Joshua would settle for a one night stand, or a very short-term liaison, there was no room for him in Colin’s life. Yet even knowing this, he couldn’t keep himself from falling hopelessly in love with his ‘magic man’. Despite the passion between them, he knew his quiet, reclusive nature could never hope to entice the vibrant, freedom-loving Irishman, so eventually he begins to back slowly away.

Eventually, a disagreement over an oddly disturbing case causes Colin’s hot Irish temper to erupt and their relationship is irrevocably shattered. Heartbroken, and convinced that Colin is gone forever, Joshua flees Charlottesville without a word, leaving Colin adrift and inconsolable.

But Joshua Abrams hadn’t merely stepped over the indelible line Colin had drawn between his heart and the dangers of real love, he had burned through it like hot lava. Finally forced to acknowledge his love for Joshua and his desperate need to have the quiet, Jewish man by his side, Colin must now face the dark and long-suppressed memories which are irrevocably linked to his love for the handsome consultant. Without even a forwarding address to guide him, he vows to find Joshua and bring him home. Colin’s struggle to conquer his pride and fear in order to find the love of his life and achieve their happily ever after will touch your heart.

Four lives in turmoil fighting for the relationships they cherish, and at the heart of the struggle, a great university struggles to survive its most harrowing challenge.

Please Note: This book contains adult language & steamy adult activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only.


Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This story is about two couples, Nate and David and Colin and Joshua. Nate is attacked by a guy trying to hurt a female and is stabbed. Colin as campus police is called to investigate what happened. Joshua offers to help on Colin’s cases.

Both couples struggle with issues as the story progresses. I found that most of the story is drama based and about the couples issues and the way they deal with certain things. I really felt for both couples as one party in each have deeper things to deal with and at times they seem to push their other half away.

Although this was an emotional, drama driven book it was not for me. I found myself waiting for an action scene that never happened because I kept forgetting that I was reading a contemporary rather than a fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal story as I was asked to review this book. I think anyone who loves contemporary with deep issues and the aftermath of said issues will love this story.

However, for me it was not to my tastes and I found myself having to force myself to keep reading despite the fact that I wanted to stop altogether. Sorry but I did not care for it myself.

Rainbow Place by Jay Northcote

Title: Rainbow Place

Series: Rainbow Place 01

Author: Jay Northcote

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (208 Pages)

Publisher: Jaybird Press (June 15, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Can Jason find the courage he needs to be the man Seb deserves?

When Seb Radcliffe relocates to a seaside town in Cornwall, he feels like a fish out of water. He misses queer spaces and the sense of community he enjoyed when he was living in the city, and decides to open an LGBT-friendly cafe-bar.

Jason Dunn is the builder Seb hires to help renovate the rundown space where the cafe will be housed. Jason is also gay, but unlike Seb, he’s deep in the closet. He’s never had a relationship with another man–only allowing himself the occasional hook up with guys who are prepared to be discreet.

The attraction between the two men is instant and impossible to ignore. But while Seb is out and proud, Jason is terrified of being exposed. With the grand opening of Rainbow Place approaching, tension is growing among some locals who object to Seb’s plans. When things escalate, Jason is forced to choose whether to hide in the shadows and let Seb down, or to openly support the man he’s fallen so hard for.


Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Seb is starting over in a small town, a small town where it seems like he is the only gay man out. His new best friends talk him into opening a cafe/bar that is more gay friendly then the people of town are used to. He meets Jason and hires him to help him build the dream he now has.

Jason is as gay as Seb but he hides it from everyone but his ex-wife and child. He is afraid of what will happen if he comes out. These two seem to hit it off, but too bad Jason is a scared little rabbit. Sex between them is hot but to bad it is only an arrangement with them, but well you can guess Jason’s reaction. Then the trouble in town starts up with Seb’s new business and lets see which direction Jason goes in.

I have read very few books by this author and he gives a pretty good story. However it is similar to so many more books out there that it just didn’t catch and keep my attention like it should have. I was bored right off the bat and it didn’t give me what I really wanted in a story. It is a well written story that has some pretty sweet characters in it as well as secondary characters that are supportive. You also have an ex-wife who is pretty amazing throughout the story and she supports her ex.

A hate crime happens and what does Jason do, well lets just say he fails all the way around. So I don’t really care for him at all, although in the end he redeems himself.

Like I said it is a well written and well rounded story but it is not unique and didn’t really do anything for me. The only positive side to it was that it felt like it was real and like it was the guys next door.

The Birthday Present by Sean Kerr

Title: The Birthday Present

Author: Sean Kerr

Genre: Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Holiday, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Length: Short (21 pages)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (July 2, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 1/2 Hearts

Blurb: Making apple pie can be such messy work.

Ronald feels old, washed up. As a middle aged gay man on the scene, he cannot help but wonder if his time is over. His frustrations are further exacerbated when he finds himself the victim of a group of thugs who seem to find it funny to torment him in his own home.

Ronald is planning a party, a summer celebration of his middle age, but as he begins the preparations in his hot kitchen, a Policeman turns up to question Ronald about the attacks. Over the course of the interview, Ronald comes to understand that perhaps age is just a number after all.

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1102-2

Product Link: eXtasy Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: A cute, sweet story of two men who come together despite the obstacles they face. I loved Ronnie and Officer Andy. Though the reason Andy is there to begin with was heartbreaking. Thugs throwing homophobic slurs is no way to enjoy ones day.

These guys are hot together.

I loved how well the story flowed and seemed endless though it is a short read.

Perilous by Cari Z.

Title: Perilous

Author: Cari Z.

Genre: Historical

Publisher: NineStar Press (May 9, 2016)

Length: Novella (129 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: In 1803, England declares war on France, staking the fates of two mighty empires against one another. Thousands of men serve in the British navy, hungry for distinction in the battle against Bonaparte.

One of them, Lieutenant Thomas Williams, thinks he knows what he wants out of life: prize money at sea, a career of decent note, and the means to maintain his independence when he leaves the navy. What he finds is service under Captain Christopher Knightly: a tactical genius, inveterate charmer, and the youngest son of a wealthy noble house.

Their unexpected and perilous love affair is a gamble against the odds, for in a time of war, nothing is sure to last. If the French don’t tear them apart, one slip in front of the wrong eyes or ears might. When the demands of Christopher’s family take him from Thomas’s side, he thinks it might be the best thing for his captain. Little does Tom realize just how far Christopher will go to return to him, and when life takes a turn for the worse, how much further he will go to save him.

ISBN: 978-1-91112-350-4

Product Link: NineStar Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I am really at mixed feelings with this story. I will admit that I have never been a fan of historicals. It sounded really interesting, but to me it would have made for a better story if the female had been left out of it.

Tom is a lieutenant for the navy and is about to find himself at odds. In the time where being gay is a crime itself, he finds love with another man. During a war, love is what holds them together. When captured, love is what keeps him whole. It was a way for his escape. He meets a man that holds his heart but things will tear them apart. For Christopher is to marry another.

Christopher meets and falls in love with Tom, but his family has him already set to marry a nice young lady. Christopher is the captain of the Perilous, where as Tom is second in command. Now with this story it is basically told in three different parts, which for me didn’t really do it any justice. Tom is a sweet bit of sunrise and quite quirky to say the least. Christopher is like a captain should be well except for the part that is hidden.

It is a very action pact story that will tear you apart. There is war, torture, and some nasty surprises. It has explosions, cannons going off, some pretty cool sword fighting and even death, but their love holds true to the end. I still hated the cheating and yes I call it cheating. Don’t much care for the time period, but you fall in love, you stay true no matter what. The story made it seem like a meet, greet, in bed and boom. Which didn’t do the story any good, made it feel just a bit off. Although it did give you a happy ending which for me Tom needed the most.

I hate to also admit that I skimmed over parts of the story, even though the love part was fast pace, this story just felt too damn slow. For a novella, it should have felt just a bit faster. It is however a smooth story with lots of depth to it. The characters are well rounded and the heat that comes from them is off the charts.

Another part was the female’s reaction to the fact that both Tom and Christopher loved each other. She was gracious and just wanted to know if her soon to be husband could love her, and Tom gave her what she wanted to hear. So even though I can’t stand adding something like this in, it was done with taste. However I am still afraid that it made the story drop for me. I still think it is cheating when with one person but love another.

So overall the story is very good and will keep your attention, it did not mine. I am afraid that no matter how well it was or how well it was written, the story just wasn’t for me.

Locked & Loaded by Patricia Logan

Title: Locked and Loaded

Series:  Death and Destruction 04

Author: Patricia Logan

Genre:  Mystery, Action, Romantic Suspense

Length: (Novel 402pgs)

Publisher: Westburg Publishing (January 8, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: ATF agents Thayne Wolfe and Jarrett Evans are back and this time, they’ll be facing a familiar foe. International arms dealer, Mills Lang, has acquired a stolen cache of tabun, a powerful nerve agent, to sell to the highest bidder. The last thing either Thayne or Jarrett wants to do is get involved with the psychopath again but duty calls. Jarrett is sent in undercover as an Iranian who’s looking to trade cold hard cash to stop the deadly weapon’s sale only to learn he has to bid against the world’s nastiest scumbags. 

Thayne has spent countless nights lost in the nightmare of what happened when he’d been undercover in Lang’s organization. The time has come to face old demons and save thousands of lives, putting Lang down like the rabid animal he is. Unfortunately, the assignment requires Thayne to sit helplessly on the sidelines, forced to watch the man he loves put himself in the monster’s path. 

Jarrett has revenge on his mind. Holding Thayne when he’s woken screaming from nightmares, he wants the mad man responsible, behind bars or better yet, dead. Unfortunately, the assignment involves getting close to a former lover. Gorgeous Mossad agent, Adael Dayan, is Jarrett’s only way into Lang’s circle with Thayne forced to watch from the sidelines. Thayne and Jarrett have faced the Devil before, but always together. Will this case drive a wedge between them or will their love endure?

“Locked and Loaded” Contains an exciting excerpt from “Point and Shoot” (Death and Destruction Book 5)


Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: A great addition to this series as Mills Lang, the evil arms dealer is back in this book and it is up to Jarrett and Thayne to stop him. Mills has a deadly nerve agent called Taban that he plans to sell to highest bidder. As with the other books this one has plenty of action.

A few scary scenes, a mystery man, plus a lot of hot action made for an outstanding read. I love the chemistry between Jarrett and Thayne. The secondary characters added to the appeal of the story. Jarrett’s ex is back and it causes Thayne to get jealous on top of everything else going on.

Twists and turns lead the reader on a journey of trying to stop an arms, figure out who the mystery man is and what he wants. It’s a roller coaster of emotions as well as a great book. I loved it.

Highly recommended.

The Millionaire Upstairs by M.J. O’Shea ~ Audiobook

Title: The Millionaire Upstairs

Series: Dreamspun Desires 01

Author: M.J. O’Shea

Narrator: Rusty Topsfield

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 5 Hours and 26 Minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 27, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: He might be hard to work for, but he’s impossible to resist.

Sasha Sobieski has the perfect job working at legendary American fashion house Harrison Kingsley—or at least he used to. He just never thought he’d have to work for Harrison Kingsley himself. Harrison is exacting, difficult, cold, and hands-down the sexiest man Sasha has ever seen.

After years at the top, Harrison Kingsley knows what he wants, when he wants it, and exactly how he’d like it to be delivered to him. What he wants most right now? His new assistant. Sasha is mouthy, opinionated, and he drives Harrison mad. Problem is, Harrison can never tell if it’s with anger… or desire.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-794-1

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK | iTunes

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I was given a chance to not only read this story but to listen to the audio of it. I have to say it is a slow paced romance that will have you wanting to smack the guys before the end of it.

Sasha is a quirky young man who dreams to work for the best. Given a chance at it, he comes to the conclusion that his boss is the best. However after a run in with her brother Harrison, he decides he would rather work for Joanne. Harrison is just an ass, who is actually hiding who he really is. I loved the pull that these two had, but Harrison was a total ass to him through most of it. Degrading, calling him names and just being down right hateful to the man. He was hiding the fact that he was falling in love with Sasha.

When Joanne is forced to bed rest for the rest of her pregnancy, they are forced to work together. It brings them closer, only to have Harrison say something horrible once more and wham we go back to the beginning. Joanne’s part in this makes me realize why I don’t care for idiot females in books. She is a manipulative little bitch who is just down right selfish, although she is just trying to get the guys together.

The story didn’t flow right for me and I found that the characters just didn’t stand out to me. Sasha is weak, where as Harrison had no real meaning in his actions. Mateo was a hit with me though. I did like the direction the story was heading just not the story itself. I found it to be a bit over used and dull.

Rusty Topsfield did a wonderful job putting the story into words. He was able to give the characters distinctive voices which made it quite a bit better. I enjoyed listening to the characters a bit more. Although I still can’t stand Harrison. I did enjoy listening to Mateo more than the others.

Even though I didn’t much care for this story I look forward to what other books this author has out.

Daniel by R.J. Scott Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have R.J. Scott stopping by today with her new release Daniel, the Third book in her Legacy series. We have a fabulous excerpt and a fantastic $10 Amazon GC giveaway so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~


(The Third Legacy)

R.J. Scott

Daniel worked hard at college, using coping strategies to shut himself off from any situation that might hurt. But, persistent nightmares and fears for his future drive him to revisit the past. Now Legacy might be the only place to give him a chance at peace.

After the tragic loss of his parents, Corey is head of the family now, and the welfare of his three younger sisters are what matters the most. Corey is desperate to find Daniel, tell him the truth and somehow convince him to keep secrets. Even if this leads to heartbreak.

When the world crumbles around Corey, and Daniel is running scared, Legacy ranch is their only hope.

A new story set in the world of Jack and Riley Campbell-Hayes and the Double D Ranch, Texas.

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Leaning into Forever by Lane Hayes Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps! We have Lane Hayes popping in today with her new release Leaning Into Forever, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic $25 Amazon GC giveaway so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

Leaning Into Forever

(Leaning Into… 07)

Lane Hayes

Geordie de la Rosa is a legend among wine lovers in Napa Valley. His ultra-fabulous style paired with a penchant for leading impromptu sing-a-longs has made him a star attraction at Conrad Winery. Co-owning a well-respected winery was never Geordie’s aspiration but he likes the niche he’s made for himself. He won’t deny that his job and his friends have helped ease his heartache and grief after the death of his longtime partner.

Levi Yeager excels at the art of reinventing himself. He’s been a minor league baseball player, a college coach and now a restaurant owner. The problem is he doesn’t know a thing about the food business. And when his chef quits unexpectedly, he’s afraid his new venture is doomed. But Levi isn’t a quitter. It may be the only thing he has in common with the beautiful, sassy man from the neighboring winery who agrees to help get his new business up and running. Neither man counts on their fast friendship or the wild attraction they feel for each other. However, they know they won’t stand a chance until they let go of the past and lean into forever.

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Love Me Louder by Christina Lee Release Blast & Excerpt!

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Love Me Louder


Christina Lee

Noah Dixon is damaged goods. After an accident leaves him physically scarred and emotionally vulnerable, dating isn’t in the cards, so he throws himself head-first into his retail job. When he’s obligated to attend his best friend’s engagement party on Fire Island, it dawns on him he’s about to spend yet another weekend feeling totally invisible and alone among a swarm of gorgeous men.

That’s when the idea of an escort comes in.

After Will Crossen was forced to put his theater major on hold in favor of two jobs to tackle his ailing mother’s hospital bills, he tells himself becoming an escort isn’t that big of a deal. It’s just another form of acting, right? He doesn’t expect his newest customer to be the cheery, overconfident sales associate he avoids like the plague at his day job. Talk about awkward.

But what happens on Fire Island stays on Fire Island…especially when a smoldering attraction sparks into flames. Will doesn’t feel so alone anymore, and for the first time, Noah realizes someone is seeing him behind all the scars. But between their jobs, Will’s massive familial responsibilities, and Noah’s vulnerabilities, they don’t stand a chance unless they find a way to let love speak louder than their demons.

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Michael Murphy’s Greatest Hits Bundle

Title: Michael Murphy’s Greatest Hits

Author: Michael Murphy

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Anthology/bundle (771 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (9th October 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts Overall

Blurb: Don’t miss these Michael Murphy novels about discovering love within differences inside and out.

—Little Squirrels Can Climb Tall Trees: Joseph is Kyle’s polar opposite, well-off where Kyle is poor, and self-assured while Kyle is insecure. He’s also determined to show Kyle what a great guy he is.

—When Dachshunds Ruled the Serengeti: Phillip and José, newly minted Ivy League roommates, couldn’t be more different. They both need to adapt to their new environment and, in the process, quickly become fond of each other despite their differences.

—It Should Have Been You: Patrick is struggling, homeless and on the streets, until he meets Juan, a street-savvy Latino youth wise beyond his years, and they strike up an instant rapport. It’s not pretty, but they’re making it together, until one night Juan goes off with a stranger to earn a few bucks… and doesn’t come back.

—Swan Song for an Ugly Duckling: Josh is horrified when a senior on campus seduces Aaron. He can’t believe Aaron has always been gay and he missed it—and missed getting to be Aaron’s first. But when Aaron finds out his boyfriend isn’t faithful, things go from tense to worse.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-721-7

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is a fantastic collection of Michael Murphy’s novels. For someone like me who has not read anything by Michael Murphy before, this is the perfect intro for any author. Each story is jam-packed with emotion and is quite simply a roller coaster which cannot be missed. One thing that I loved about all the jobs is not only the wonderful story lines but also the complex characters which are so widely varied from each other. I will briefly go over the 4 novels featured in the bundle:

Little Squirrels can Climb Trees (♥♥♥♥ 4 hearts)

This story is about the budding romance between Kyle and Joseph, told from Joseph’s POV. These guys could not be any different from each other, although this is rather stereotypical in the fact that this is a “wealthy city guy meets poor country guy moved to the big city” story. Kyle is the Little Squirrel in the story because this is very much his story despite the fact that Joseph tells it.

For me the highlights of the story are: this is something of a journey of self discovery for both characters, Joseph learns that there is more to the world and Kyle is on a journey of self discovery after being brought up in a small town by Christian fundamentalists. I also enjoyed the fact that Murphy did not make the Christian aspect of the story into a melodramatic farce, it flowed well and was completely relatable. Another point that I found relatable was the bumpy start that Joseph and Kyle had. Honestly, I was a bit unsure about Joseph at first because he came off as a bit spoiled.

When Dachshunds Ruled the Serengeti (♥♥♥♥ 3.5 hearts)

This is about Jose and Phillip who meet each other in college and become a totally sweet couple that you can’t help but to love. This is a very interesting story because like the previous story, these guys are polar opposites. There are a lot of highs and, equally, a lot of lows, experienced here and I think that’s what makes this raw emotionally but fully relatable.

Jose is first born child with eight younger siblings and strict Mexican parents. His family are poor; they are struggling migrant workers that want the best education for their children (something I can relate to). Philip on the other hand is the only son of rich parents, you get the impression he was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth and it is something that becomes evident later on in the book.

I felt that first half of the book, where the guys meet and come together, is much stronger than the second half. However, regardless, I still enjoyed the story as a whole. Although I think Phillip acted totally within the bounds of his character, I found his reactions to the drama surround Jose and Jose’s family very frustrating. And despite the fact that the ending was somewhat satisfying, I found it came a tad too quick.

It Should Have been You (♥♥♥♥♥ 5 hearts)

OMG, this was just wow … It Should Have Been You completely blew me away with how fantastic it was as well as making me cry throughout.

I think what makes it hit home more so is that Michael Murphy based this off of a real story. He briefly explains in his author’s note that this was given a bit of a happy ending. The ending reveals hope for our MCs – hope that there are people to support them and hope that they will have a better life, although not specifically about romance it is an important because it is about survival.

The story is centred on Patrick, who has been kicked out of home and onto the streets and is forced to do things out of character just to survive. Then there are the people around him, specifically there is Juan, who is his romantic interest. However, we also meet Patrick’s father, who really does development along the way, as well as Father Tom. I absolutely adore Father Tom; to me he was like the voice of reason. I found he was also a good balance to Patrick’s mother’s extremist Christian views.

Swan Song for the Ugly Duckling (♥♥♥♥3.5 hearts)

This is another example of Michael Murphy’s use of characters who are polar opposites. Josh is something of the quintessential jock, while Aaron is the son and heir of an Amish preacher who maybe seems to border on crazy, though I am not entirely sure as I don’t know enough about the Amish community. In saying that though, I am totally a sucker for any book that features an Amish character who is at war within himself and finds his HEA with a Prince Charming by the end. I swear, that it not a spoiler, more than anything it brings to mind Andrew Grey’s Farm series. Yet in saying that, Swan Song for the Ugly Duckling is just so completely different.

Here we are in the world of young adults and college life. Aaron is allowed into the outside world because his father believes as a future leader of the congregation that Aaron needs to know what is happening outside of the community. However, the outside world means a world of pain from bullying for Aaron, mix in the fact that he also finds himself attracted to other boys. Then steps in Josh, he relentlessly apologises to Aaron but then becomes something of a saviour to Aaron. Hence the title, Josh helps Aaron shift from Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan.

This is essentially a young adult book which just happens to use an Amish main character. The first half of the book is excellent. The only reason why I’ve rated this 3.5 hearts is because I felt that the second half lost some of the spark from the first half and the ending (which was satisfying) seemed rather rushed in the last 3-4 chapters.

Entangled: The Omega and the Bounty Hunter

Title: Entangled: The Omega and the Bounty Hunter

Series: Briar Wood Pack 01

Author: Claire Cullen

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novel (180 Pages)

Publisher: Claire Cullen (May 10, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: He’s waited years for an alpha, then two come along at once.

Lonely omega Noah’s only escape from his boring life means finding a mate. Too bad he’s stuck looking after a boarding house that no one ever stays in. Nothing will change unless an alpha walks into his life. And even then, Noah is broken, scarred since childhood. What alpha would want an omega who can’t bond, who can’t give them a child?

Then, on one otherwise ordinary day, an alpha turns up on his doorstep, interrupting his humdrum life. Preston is everything Noah could have imagined in an alpha; breathtakingly handsome, charming, compatible. And willing to look past Noah’s scars to the omega beneath. Noah’s starting to believe his luck has finally turned around.

Enter Ronan, the dark, dangerous alpha on Preston’s trail, and Noah’s world is turned upside down for the second time in two days. Is Ronan the bad guy he appears to be? Or is Preston too good to be true?


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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Noah was a scarred omega that pretty much had a worthless pack. They stuck him by himself to watch over the boarder house. All he wanted was an alpha to want him. The problem was his scars prevented him from mating and producing pups. Then a man shows up and charms him, only to turn out to be the worst idea ever. So when Ronan came looking for that alpha, Noah wasn’t to sure what to do, but to trust him.

Ronan comes from an unusual pack where an omega leads. He wants Noah and will do everything he can to show him, that he is the one for him. Things happen and your going to just have to read the book to find out.

Interesting tale, danger and a bit of surprise coming in for the omega is a bit what you get in this book. It is a very unique type of story with great potential. However the problem was that it is a very dry and dark toned story. As well as being very slow moving and didn’t really do anything for me, except confuse me. It starts off with Noah and his story, but it doesn’t go into details right off the bat and makes you wonder. The story was missing quite a bit to make it stand out and keep my attention.

I actually found it hard to get into and follow parts of it. I always give the first book a chance and hope that the next book will be better, so will wait and see.

For now it is like I said an interesting tale, but not really my kind of book.

Kelpie Blue by Mell Eight

Title: Kelpie Blue

Series: Out of Underhill 01

Author: Mell Eight

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novel (228pgs)

Publisher: Less Than Three Press (March 21, 2018)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: Mama always said, don’t go near the lake. Rin already knew the forest was filled with dark things, but aside from Mama no one had warned him about the lake. One day, Rin wanders off to the lake, where a beautiful blue horse asks him to go for a swim, and Rin learns too late it may not be a swim he survives.

ISBN: 9781684311989

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Rin and his mama run a horse farm and one day after an injury leaves him in physical therapy and with braces he meets Blue, a kelpie, at the lake. Blue actually wanted to eat him but something drew Blue to Rin and the two strike up a friendship that slowly blossoms into more.

As the story progresses we learn about Blue’s past and Rin’s Fae heritage though Rin does not meet his father until the end. There are forces at work to unseat the king in the fae world but again this is not gone into at length just it and pieces here and there.

All in all it was an o.k. read for me.

Sekani’s Stinky Escapade by Charlie Richards

Title: Sekani’s Stinky Escapade

Series: Wolves of Stone Ridge 40

Author: Charlie Richards

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Short Story (27 Pages)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (June 18, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Out of the Cage: When a flight of fun goes awry, a bat shifter plays the damsel in distress.

Sekani just planned to stretch his Egyptian fruit bat’s wings a little while his vampire lover, Master Borscht Kuznetsov, sat through a conference call. Unfortunately, his short flight takes an unexpected turn when he runs into another bat…of the non-shifter variety. Sekani’s headlong rush puts him in unexpected peril. While Sekani can speak telepathically with Borscht, will it be enough for his vampire to find and rescue him?

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0557-1

Product Link: eXtasy Books 

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is part of the eXtasy Books 2018 Summer Shorts.

Sekani has always been one of my favorite guys in Charlie’s books. His beloved has to make a conference call so Sekani is going to fly around in his bat form. He really should have stayed home, less dangerous. Skunks sure do smell.

I always get a crack out of these stories. They are funny as hell and sometimes exciting. This one just gives you the right amount of tasty goodness. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series.

Salvation by A.M. Hawke

Title: Salvation

Series: Dawn of War 01

Author: A.M. Hawke

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: Novel (303pgs)

Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC (Aug. 01, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Salvation follows gladiator-pit-ruler Malek and sky-ruler Soran. Their two states face destruction unless the men can form a bond they both can trust.

Sexy and violent, with great battles in a beautiful cloud city, Hawke’s work has been described as dark, bloody, and thought-provoking. Salvation should appeal to readers of gay fiction and stories involving men loving men.

Famed gladiator Malek the Destroyer has spent years secretly plotting a revolution against the oppressive Senate that rules his planet. Popular victors who have retired, left the city of Dis, or even apparently died in the arena have secretly trained as Malek’s revolutionary army.

But Malek’s revolution won’t stand a chance if only one city fights it. He reaches out to Soran, leader of the one autonomous city left on the planet, Aerix. Soran leads a caste of Skyknights, starfighter pilots famed for elaborate body modifications that make them nimble fighters and grueling training as soldiers and fighter pilots. Malek invites Soran to Dis to secure an alliance—and to tempt him with promises of power.

ISBN: 9781944591922

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Malek and Soren were not what I would call a loving couple. These two men would do anything for their people. They were strong minded and determined to stop the senate. Though the path is by no means easy and the loss will be devastating if they lose they still come together to stop the senate.

I loved this story. The battle scenes were epic, bloody and edge of your seat worthy. Malek unites many cities people who have been oppressed since the senates rise to power. These people are willing to do what it takes to succeed. Malek is a warrior through and through.

Soren’s people are delicate in that the alterations they have done to their bodies to make them fast also makes their bones brittle. Hence the reason why they rule the skies as they are amazing sky fighters. This is such an amazing story of epic proportions.

I am looking forward to reading the next installment to see what happens next in this epic battle.

Highly recommended.

Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe

Title: Other Side of the Line

Author: Marguerite Labbe

Genre: Historical

Length: Novel (330 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 18, 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Caleb Hudson and Hal Zimmer became best friends the day they stood up against the schoolyard bully together. Life’s complicated enough with their friendship crossing racial lines in 1960s Charleston, South Carolina, but as time passes, they realize it’s more than their friendship that sets them apart from other kids. At first, Caleb denies his feelings for Hal could be more than companionship. He supports his friend when Hal admits he’s gay, but Caleb isn’t ready to face his own truth.

Hal becomes a staunch antiwar protester, and the divide between them widens after Caleb is drafted. But when Caleb returns from Vietnam, the time for denial is over. His homecoming sets off a series of events that force Caleb and Hal to confront their desires and what lines they’re willing to cross to get what they truly want out of life.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-584-8

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Marguerite is a new author for me and normally I am a little apprehensive when starting books by new authors. However this was an enjoyable story that captivates you from the moment you start reading and keeps your attention all the way to the end. I could not put this book down and wanted it to continue. The story was captivating, the characters were enticing and the world was riveting. I was quite surprised by this story.

I was also surprised to find out that it stated in the future and talks about their past. It talks about how they met and fell in love, how they loved each other desperately and leaves you wanting more. You get to see their children and grandchildren, how they are celebrating their long life together.

They met when Caleb was in grade school and was so different then many of the other children. He was the only black kid in class and goes through the trouble that many blacks went through back in the past. Where as Hal’s problem was his accent, but their differences is what pulls them together. In that time and place, their friendship was not welcomed by many others. However these two have the strength and heart to keep going when many would stop.

It is a sweet story showing their strength and love. It shows what happens when they get older, how after Caleb is sent to the war in Vietnam and came back. It shows so many aspects of their lives that you can’t help but wonder what it would be like to go through life with them. Like many couples they get together only to be pulled apart, but then get back together later on. I was so very glad that nothing happened to them like many other authors has happening.

Usually when there are time differences in a story, it pulls me in the other direction. It causes me to loose interest however this story did not do that. I had so much fun reading about Caleb and Hal that I can see myself reading this more than once.

I would definitely recommend it and can’t wait to see what other books this amazing author has out.

The Dragon’s Second Chance Omega by Connor Crowe

Title: The Dragon’s Second Chance Omega

Series: Darkvale Dragons 02

Author: Connor Crowe

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Military

Length: Novel (244pgs)

Publisher: Fated Fire Foundry (March 14, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: An Omega With A Secret…

Nikolas Lastir remembers. A night of passion with his lover turned into an inferno of fire and death. In the chaos he was separated from his partner and imprisoned by the enemy. What neither of them expected was for their midnight tryst to leave Nik with a secret baby. Raising a child alone is hard. Reuniting with his lost lover who doesn’t know he’s the father? That might be even harder.

A Battle-hardened Alpha…

Peter Marlowe has been through hell and back. He lives on blood and battle to numb out his past, but the past has a way of catching up. Returning home after five long years, he comes face-to-face with the life–and the mate–he left behind. But the war isn’t over yet. As a mysterious new threat looms, can they find their way back to one another?

Can love bloom a second time?

The Dragon’s Second-Chance Omega is the second book in the Darkvale Dragons series. Each book follows a different couple but should be read in order for maximum enjoyment. You’ll find within these pages smoking-hot dragons, second chances, knotting, flower crowns, and the most awkward intimate moment ever witnessed by a nurse. If you like your mpreg with spice, danger, and a rich fantasy world, clear your calendar and click ‘buy now’–you’ll be turning pages until the end.


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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: For five years Marlowe has not known what happened to his mate Nik when the enemy took over Dragonvale. Now Marlowe and his clan battle to take back what was theirs. After the dust settles they realize there are homes enchanted to keep people prisoner. In one he discovers his mate. Not only that he also has a daughter.

Nik is bitter and angry that Marlowe never came for him. What I did not understand was why Marlowe cut off his link to Nik after Darkvale was attacked. Maybe if he didn’t he would have known Nik was alive and a prisoner.

I liked that Nik took his time to sort out his anger and angst at Marlowe. Aside from these men reuniting they discover a tunnel connected to Darkvale that is not part of the original ventilation system.

Drama, action, suspense and mystery are all in abundance in this intriguing addition.

Day Of Wrath by Anna Butler Release Blast & Giveaway!

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Day of Wrath

(Taking Shield 05)

Anna Butler

In less than a week, Bennet will finally return to the Shield Regiment, leaving behind the Gyrfalcon, his father, his friends… and Flynn. Promotion to Shield Major and being given command of a battle group despite the political fallout from Makepeace the year before is everything he thought he wanted. Everything he’s worked towards for the last three years. Except for leaving Flynn. He really doesn’t want to leave Flynn.

There’s time for one last flight together. A routine mission. Nothing too taxing, just savouring every moment with the best wingman, the best friend, he’s ever had. That’s the plan.

Bennet should know better than to trust to routine because what waits for them out there will change their lives forever.

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Stag and the Ash by Sam Burns Release Blast & Giveaway!

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Stag and the Ash

(Rowan Harbor Cycle 05)

Sam Burns

Jesse Hunter is finally trying to be an adult, but it still feels like an act. His place on the town council is a sham. He’s rarely called on to do anything. His boyfriend is grieving the loss of his mother, and while everyone seems to think he’s doing a great job caring for Sean, Jesse feels like he’s more of a distraction than a real help.

March is shaping up to be a bad month. First, random chance leads him to the realization that the town’s recent trouble is his fault. Then new werewolves come into town, and it turns out they’re also Jesse’s responsibility. He feels like he may be at his breaking point, and he doesn’t want to drag his friends and loved ones down with him. But how will he handle it alone?

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Rowan Harbor Cycle series

Blackbird In The Reeds (book 01)

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The Wolf and the Holly (book 02)

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Fox and Birch (book 03)

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About Sam!

Sam Burns author picSam wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten year old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.

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Believe by Garrett Leigh Release Blast & Giveaway!

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Garrett Leigh

Flight paramedic Rhys Foster is hooked on adrenaline. By day it’s blood and guts, by night it’s the thrill of the club. With a different face in his bed most nights, he doesn’t have time to be lonely…right?

Entertainer Jevon Campbell is a play therapist like no other—dancer, magician, acrobat, he brings it all to his global mission to help children in need laugh again. He’s on a rare home visit when he encounters enigmatic Rhys in a London bar.

Their connection is instant, but Rhys fast realises Jevon’s easy confidence doesn’t stretch as far as the bedroom. He has no idea how mesmerising he is—how beautiful—and Rhys resolves to show him.

They grow closer, but time isn’t on their side. Rhys seems unable to articulate how he feels, and with Jevon’s imminent departure from the UK hanging over them, their separate commitments could tear them apart forever.

As the days slip by, Rhys must learn to believe he’s worth the happiness Jevon is offering.

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Skins series!

Dream (Book #1)

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Whisper (Book #2) 

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About Garrett!

Garrett Leigh logoGarrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at, and co-owns the specialist stock site with photographer Dan Burgess.

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