Bad Idea by Max Walker

Max Walker - Bad Idea Cover t73m0qTitle: Bad Idea

Series: Stonewall Investigations Miami 01

Author: Max Walker

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (363 Pages)

Publisher: (May 29, 2019)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 4.5 Hearts

Blurb: Gabriel ‘Fox’ Morrison is starting a brand new chapter in his life. He spent years drifting after his time in the military and finally felt ready to settle in one spot. This leads him to becoming the head detective of the recently opened Stonewall Investigations in Miami. His first case is one that not only hits close to home, but the result could have huge repercussions for more than just him and his client.

It’s a case so big, he decides to enlist some help.

Jonah Brightly is ending a huge chapter of his life. Him and his girlfriend have zero spark and his professional career is in shambles after an on-work incident leaves him with more than a physical scar. A new job as a private detective would be a lifeline he so badly needed.

He goes in for his interview and meets Fox, the man who changes everything for him.

Both of them are rocked by an unexplainable force, and both are left questioning everything they’ve known in its wake. As they form a bond through working together on the case, they learn there’s much more that brings them together than holds them apart. But can they keep fanning the flames of their newfound passion or will they be consumed by the growing fire?

ISBN: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This story is a branch off from Stonewall Investigations and I would suggest starting with that series first. Trust me you won’t be disappointed.

Fox has been out of the military for a while and is working his very first case at the agency. Stonewall Investigations has finally opened in Miami and he is not only one of the best detectives but the head detective. The case involves a pretty nasty drug that kills pretty much half of the users and started in one of his friends clubs. He is determined to find out who is behind it but when he finds out he might just wish he hadn’t. He might just need a bit of help, so lets ask the sexy man coming in for an interview.

Jonah was a brilliant detective for the police force until he was shot in the head. He was left with a few problems that might just end deadly for him. Then there is his bitchy girlfriend who so needs a boot to the ass. He needs a do-over in his life, so the job at Stornewall Investigations might be the best thing for him. That and the sexy as sin detective interviewing him. Now he has a few more questions to ask himself.

As always Max has done a wonderful job giving a great read. I only had a few issues with it. One is the girlfriend but that is obvious and I would like to put my own boot up her butt. But really the story was so focused on the love life, sexuality and hot scenes that it was hard to keep who the guys truly were. I kept getting them mixed up. Also there was the fact that it took away from the mystery itself. I was glad the guys hit it off and fireworks were in the air, but I really chose the story for the mystery and suspense so I felt a little disappointed in that part. Also the fact that the guys pushed themselves but I felt that Fox was a bit to pushy for a new guy to realize he was gay. It just seemed rushed.

Overall it was a great start to a new series and I was glad to see the original detectives show up at the party. I love how this author can give you a serious tone to it but that there is quite a bit of humor running through it. I liked the guys quite a bit and can’t wait to see what will happen in future stories. I do hope for more mystery and suspense though, really want a good juicy story to make a day interesting.

I had a blast reading this book and would definitely recommend it.

Palm Trees and Paparazzi by J.C. Long Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Palm Trees and Paparazzi

(Gabe Maxfield Mysteries 03)
by

J.C. Long

Gabe Maxfield remembers Manuel Delgado all too well—since investigating him nearly got him killed. He’d be very happy never to see him again, but that’s not in the cards for him. When the mother of a missing socialite seeks out Paradise Investigations to find out what happened to her daughter, Gabe and best friend Grace Park are going to be thrown right back into Delgado’s world. Personal lives begin to interfere, as well, and soon they’ve got more on their plate than they can handle.

A missing woman.

Delgado’s son.

A romantically awkward Grace.

Gabe’s parents.

It’s just another week for Gabe Maxfield.

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A Foreign Country by Alex Jane Blog Tour & Giveaway!

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A Foreign Country

(A Mr & Mr Detective Story 02)
by

Alex Jane

Private Detective John Right’s life is pretty good.

He loathes paperwork and could do without wasting his weekends catching out cheating spouses, but business is booming and he’s sharing his life with Jason, a man he’s still crazy about after three years.

The only downside is his lover’s baffling choice of friends and the fact that John is convinced Jason is keeping secrets from his dark past.

When a late-night phone call leads them to a kidnap victim with amnesia, and a dangerous man from Jason’s previous life suddenly resurfaces, they have much more than just secrets to deal with.

And after their mysterious house guest starts to show more than a passing interest in the detective couple, John is left struggling when his relationship, as well as his detecting skills, are put to the test.

Are they strong enough to resist the temptation of an enigmatic stranger?

Maybe. If they don’t get killed in the meantime.

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A Foreign Country

(A Mr & Mr Detective Story 02)
by

Alex Jane

Private Detective John Right’s life is pretty good.

He loathes paperwork and could do without wasting his weekends catching out cheating spouses, but business is booming and he’s sharing his life with Jason, a man he’s still crazy about after three years.

The only downside is his lover’s baffling choice of friends and the fact that John is convinced Jason is keeping secrets from his dark past.

When a late-night phone call leads them to a kidnap victim with amnesia, and a dangerous man from Jason’s previous life suddenly resurfaces, they have much more than just secrets to deal with.

And after their mysterious house guest starts to show more than a passing interest in the detective couple, John is left struggling when his relationship, as well as his detecting skills, are put to the test.

Are they strong enough to resist the temptation of an enigmatic stranger?

Maybe. If they don’t get killed in the meantime.

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Night Drop by Marshall Thornton

Marshall Thornton - Night Drop Cover 3837yhgTitle: Night Drop

Series: Pinx Video Mysteries 01

Author: Marshall Thornton

Genre: Mystery & Detective

Length: Novel (200pgs)

Publisher: Kenmore Books (September 15, 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 4 1/2 Hearts

Blurb: It’s 1992 and Los Angeles is burning. Noah Valentine, the owner of Pinx Video in Silver Lake, notices the fires have taken their toll on fellow shopkeeper Guy Peterson’s camera shop. After the riots end, he decides to stop by Guy’s apartment to pick up his overdue videos, only to find Guy’s family dividing up his belongings. He died in the camera store fire—or did he? Noah and his downstairs neighbors begin to suspect something else might have happened to Guy Peterson. Something truly sinister.

The first in a new series from Lambda Award-winner Marshall Thornton, Night Drop strikes a lighter tone than the Boystown Mysteries, while bringing Silver Lake of the early 1990s to life..

ISBN: B0742Q8YJJ

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Video store owner Noah decides to get his overdue videos back only to discover the man, guy, is dead. Or is he. Along with his good friends and neighbors Marc and Louis they set out to determine what exactly is going on.

This story is dramatic. The riots in LA in the nineties was devastating and is brought to life in this murder mystery. The details were amazing, the writing fabulous and the overall story amazing. I felt as though I was there with the guys as they traversed through the clues.

The humor and closeness of these three men was comfortable. I really enjoyed the entire story from start to finish and am anxious to dive into the second book which I will dive into as soon as I finish this review.

Great read.

Model Investigator by Lissa Kasey ~ Audio Review

Lissa Kasey - Model Investigator Audio Cover 73yczTitle: Model Investigator

Series: Haven Investigations 03

Author: Lissa Kasey

Narrator: Brian Hutchinson

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Length: 9 hrs, 7 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (14th February 2019)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 4.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Prime

Blurb: With his lover, Kade, missing, androgynous former-model-turned-private-investigator Ollie Pe-troskovic is ready to kick some ass to bring him home.

Ollie and his ex, rock star Jacob Elias, need to find Kade and free him from the clutches of his manipulative family. But with Ollie suffering from chronic migraines and Jacob unable to bear loud noises, they are hardly the dynamic duo. It takes a lot of sweet talking on the part of Jacob – and patience Ollie doesn’t have – to find Kade. Only Kade’s not whole anymore. The fight for Kade’s heart and mind is far from over.

It’s Ollie’s turn to guide Kade through nightmares, self-doubt, and PTSD. Kade’s memories are scattered, fragmented with possible horrors, and he’s not quite sure what is real. Ollie will have to draw on his investigative skills to clear Kade of the terrible accusations his family has made and help Kade unlock the truth. But in doing so, he ignores his own health, which could have catastrophic consequences for everyone, especially when digging up the past could be lethal for them all.

Purchase Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: Model Investigator is the third book in Lissa Kasey’s Haven Investigations series. The only way to read this series is in order, or else nothing will make sense. Book 2 had finished on a cliff hanger, which is eventually resolved in this book. I have been absolutely loving this series. These audios is the only experience I have with the author and unfortunately have not looked into Kasey’s other work further, not to say that I won’t some day but I just haven’t had the chance.

The audio narration for this book was provided by Brian Hutchinson, who was narrator for book 2, and book 1 had a different narrator altogether. Overall, this was a wonderful performance. There is a lot going on in this series and I was impressed with Hutchinson’s ability to give the characters, for the most part, distinct voices.

As I said before, this a complicated series with a complicated storyline. We pick up with Kade going missing – kidnapped and held against his will by his own family. It is up to Ollie, a model turned private investigator to help his lover, business partner and fellow PI. Helping Ollie is Jacob, a Rockstar and Ollie’s ex who is now his best friend and now partner in crime when it comes to Haven Investigations and helping the couple solve the ongoing mystery of Ollie’s brother’s death.

There is a lot of angst in this book, and as tiring as it might become, it works well to keep the chemistry and sexual going between Ollie and Kade. As soon as he has Kade back, Ollie lets life, mysteries and insecurities take over, which can make the relationship frustrating as things go hot and cold between then the lovers. But finally the two guys talk, because I have to say miscommunication is one of my biggest hates in a book. Yet, I have to admit that Kasey uses it really well to advance the story as well as add depth to both Ollie and Kade.

There is A LOT going on in this story. However, for the most part the focus in on Kade, his past and his family. Kade’s family are nothing but a drama worthy of soap opera status, which is just the bread between the paternity tests, accusations of rape and various health issues.

I am happy to say that this book ended without the cliff hanger we got in book 2, which I am immensely relieved about. However, that is not say that there wasn’t a tiny little cliff hanger there. There is still the mystery of how Ollie’s brother died and now we also need to find out the importance of new connections and information that has come to light during the course of Model Investigator. Personally, I’d love to hear more from Jacob. I am very much looking forward to Model Exposure, the fourth book in the series, which was published about 1.5 years ago, so hopefully the audio will be out soon.

Not Dead Yet by Jenn Burke

Jenn Burke - Not Dead Yet Cover 32983hgTitle: Not Dead Yet

Series: Not Dead Yet 01

Author: Jenn Burke

Genre: Paranormal, Mystery

Length: Novel (300pgs)

Publisher: Carina Press (4th February 2019)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Dying isn’t what it used to be.

Wes Cooper was dead. Then he wasn’t—though he’s not exactly alive, either. As an immortal not-ghost, he can transition between this world and the otherplane, which makes him the perfect thief for hire. For seventy years he’s made a “living” returning items to their rightful owners, seeing his fair share of the bizarre in the process. But he’s never witnessed murder. Until now.

His latest mission brings him more than he bargained for: a very-dead actor who is definitely going to stay that way. It’s just Wes’s luck that his ex-boyfriend, Detective Hudson Rojas, is assigned to the case. Hudson broke Wes’s heart years ago—and could again, given he’s rocking a hot silver-fox look that shouldn’t be legal.

As they work together to track down the murderer before anyone else gets hurt, it becomes clear Wes and Hudson have unfinished business. And when a secret Hudson’s been keeping threatens more than just their happiness, it might mean the end of their not-life together—permanently.

ISBN: 9781488036231

Product Link: Carina Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I really enjoyed reading this story. One of the characters, Wes, was unique in that he was dead but brought to life and now n ghost himself to recover items for his clients. I was honestly confused as to how he ghosted somewhere then traveled somewhere only to reappear in his actual body. I could not figure out how that was possible.

Hudson is Wes’ ex and a detective now thirty three years after they broke up Wes ends up calling him about something he saw. The two have some tense moments when they meet up to discuss the murder. From there the story delves further into the mystery as bodies start piling up.

I loved how the story unfolded it was riveting and captured my attention from start to finish. The paranormal aspect made for a deeper mystery and the clues were compelling. Hudson’s secret was mind blowing as well as the circumstances surrounding it.

I loved everything about this story and was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book.

Fantastic read.

The Jasper Soul by Bailey Bradford

Title: The Jasper Soul

Author: Bailey Bradford

Genre: Mystery, Paranormal

Length: Novel (192pgs)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (April 9, 2019)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: An ancient evil stalks the earth, seeking to finish what it started…

Matt Callaghan is pretty sure he’s just an average guy. His tragic past haunts him, and the only comfort he finds is something he’s not willing to explain to anyone else. The jasper stone he found as a child had been with him for over half his life, and he can’t be parted from it.

There’s more to the stone than Matt knows. Thousands of years ago, one man, the last of his people, was cast into the stone, his soul protected when his body could not be saved.

The evil that hunted him is still alive, still waiting for a chance to destroy the jasper stone.

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and physical assault.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-736-4

Product Link: Pride Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I really enjoyed this story about Andilun and Matt. How they were brought together by a stone was intriguing. Who Andilun is blew my mind. The gods, goddesses and the triad were fascinating in the roles they all played. The evil one and who he was seemed fitting and he delivered on everything he did.

Good versus evil and all that entails are all throughout this amazing story. Andilun’s backstory broke my heart at what was done to his people. Matt was determined and hopeful as the story progressed. Such an emotional, suspenseful, and dramatic read that grabbed my attention from start to finish.

Fantastic read and highly recommended.

Femme Faux Fatale by Susan Laine

Title: Femme Faux Fatale

Series: Dreamspun Desires 70

Author: Susan Laine

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery

Length: Novel (240 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-64080-380-0

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (20 Nov 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖 3 Hearts

Reviewer: Prime

Blurb: Mystery. Murder. Men in silk stockings. Hollywood nights are heating up.
Hardboiled Los Angeles PI Cain Noble is hired by wealthy and gorgeous Camille Astor to find her husband and a priceless work of art, both of which have disappeared.

At the nightclub owned by Mr. Astor, Cain encounters the mesmerizing Lily Lavender, who has the body of a goddess and the sultry voice of an angel—but is really a young man named Riley who attracts trouble like a magnet.

What’s a private dick in the vein of LA’s bygone era and a cross-dressing burlesque starlet to do when faced with the hidden decadence and lethal dangers of the Hollywood Hills? They have their work cut out for them because they haven’t even scratched the surface of an elaborate scheme more twisted than anyone could ever have imagined.

Purchase Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: This review is going to be a hard for me. In all honesty I wanted to enjoy this story way more than I actually did. Mostly because I love Susan Laine’s writing and she has quite recently become one of my automatic reads. But also, because I liked the look of a dark and gritty and mystery, then add in the fact that the cover model kind of reminds me of Sam Heughan from Outlander.

So just to get this part out of the way: this is for people that enjoy reading a dark, gritty, urban mystery where the city seems to become a wild jungle. It seems like a good metaphor for LA at any rate and makes me think of The Doors song LA Woman.

In the stereotypical way that seems to be the world of a PI in literature, we start with hardened and eternally tired PI Cain Noble. He’s a PI based in LA and the city serves up a constant stream of work for him. When we meet him he gets hired by Camille Astor to find her husband and a work of art. And let’s face it, when priceless art is involved you know that there is going to be some serious shit go down. Astor’s husband, Sheridan, owns a club and that is Cain’s first port of call and despite being gay, Cain finds performer Lilly Lavender strangely alluring. Only to then find out that Lily is in fact a man named Riley who seems to get in trouble at every turn, but more than anything wants to find Sheridan who he considers a friend.

As we make our way through the LA and the story, it feels like this could almost be the stereotypical 1930s-era PI tale where the hero solves the mystery and gets romanced along the way.

I think for me the main problem was that I was unable strongly connect to both the main characters. I liked them both in terms of their personality and they were certainly well developed with a definite spark between them that makes the romance natural. However, for reasons unknown all I can say is that this wasn’t quite my cup of tea.

Jon’s Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case by A.J. Sherwood

Title: Jon’s Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case

Series: Jon’s Mysteries Case 01

Author: A.J. Sherwood

Genre: Paranormal, Mystery

Length: Novel (258 Pages)

Publisher: A.J. Sherwood (March 22, 2019)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: A psychic without an anchor. A student in trouble. A shooter on the loose.

I’m Jonathan Bane, a licensed psychic who consults for the police. I routinely help the police put the bad guys away and, for that reason, the criminal world doesn’t like me much. People like to take a swing at me, or go stabbity, or try for a gun. It makes for interesting times. My psychic ability prevents me from handling anything electronic—and I do mean ANYTHING, I fry it in seconds—so calling for help isn’t always a possibility.

I need an anchor, a partner, but I’m resigned: it’s just wishful thinking.

At least, I thought so until he walked through the door.

Donovan Havili looks like a thug and has the soul of a superhero. He shines so bright in my vision it’s like watching a supernova. He definitely has the right mindset and skills for this crazy job. But asking anyone to take me on long-term is a bit much. And now we’ve got multiple cases to handle, a Chinese exchange student falsely accused who needs our help, and someone taking random shots at me. It’s a bit much for any new guy to handle and I’m half-afraid that my new partner will run for the door.

But in Donovan Havili, the criminal world has met its match. And maybe, just maybe, I have as well.

ISBN: B07Q11NYBT

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Jon is a very interesting character to say the least. He has a strong psychic abilities and it sometimes ends up with him in danger. Everyone around him wants him to find someone to anchor him but he has some pretty strong fears with it. His mother has a lot to make up for. His life has not been a perfect one but he is loved by many. Well he is loved by all except for those he ends up putting behind bars. All it takes is one look from him to figure out what is in a person’s soul. So when everyone is staring at a man who is there for a job, all he sees is a bright light and beauty.

Donovan is a strong man with a military background. He has a heart of gold and a spirit to match. After being injured he was a bit weary, but you could not tell from the way he protects. He has been judged for the way he looks and acts, but once you get to know him, he will have you eating out of his hand. Jon sees the true him and it makes a difference right off the bat. So much so that it might just put him in the one place that he should be.

Multiple cases going on and you get to see what Jon is all about. The story is quite unique and fresh. I stole this discription from the tag line with this story, but you get Companionable snark, Flirting, Kissing, Jon needs a hug, Donovan gives the best hugs, Getting together, Self-esteem issues, Explicit content, Anal Sex, Romantic Sex, Random shooting, Which Donovan isn’t happy about, Donovan is a gentleman, Sort of, Jon just makes it REALLY REALLY HARD Okay?, Supernatural elements, Modern with Magic, Feels, All the Feels, Mostly accurate medical stuff, Lets not forget that Jon pretty much destroys all electronics’s which was funny as hell. Excitement, danger, adventure, and some pretty sweet characters are a bit more of what you get in this book.

Normally I don’t really care to even try to read a story by an author I have not heard of, but I was glad that I took the chance with this one. The world that was created for this story was amazing and it flowed just perfect for me. When the cases started to build up I couldn’t figure out how the author would work it right, but the ending just about blew me away.

There were a few small issues with it but truthfully it was an amazing story that I had a blast reading. I can honestly say that this will be one of those that will be read many times over.

I would definitely recommend it.

Can You Protect Them by Sheri Lyn & Jennifer Wedmore

Title: Can You Protect Them

Series: Federal Paranormal Unit 01

Author: Sheri Lyn & Jennifer Wedmore

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novella (128 Pages)

Publisher: MTW Press (March 21, 2019)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: He was an ordinary guy, who had unusual desires, ones that would dub him a serial killer. Unlike most, he decided to act on his whims. The media dubbed him the Professor, it fit. He was determined to learn new things, stuff others would balk at. The Cops and FBI upped the bets when they caught his trail.

Detective Remington Conahan was a little jaded and a lot dedicated. When the first body is found, he is called because everyone knows he will give her the justice she deserves. No one’s life is worthless to him.

Grayson Knox is the newest member to join the Federal Paranormal Unit. When he gets a call from an old friend that a witch was killed and there is a threat of a new serial killer, he agrees to help with the investigation. What he didn’t expect to find was a man who made him lose sight of why he was here.

When evil masquerades as a regular man and travels the country, can anyone protect them? .

ISBN: B07PXRLNFJ

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Remi is one hell of a detective but can he prove it when this new case starts getting started. A hooker is murdered which doesn’t cause much concern, that is until he reads the note. He has a reputation for getting the job done but this might mean he needs a bit of help. He just wasn’t the expecting that help to be so damn hot.

Grayson is part of the Federal Paranormal Unit however in truth he is so much more. When a witch is murdered it sends him straight to the one that he will make his. The press has named their killer Professor but in truth he is as crazy as they get.

I found plenty of good signs about this story but also some down sides to it. For one it comes really close to another’s work that makes me take a step back. Also the story don’t seem to flow as well as it should. There seemed to be many catches that caught my attention. Also the characters were not as appealing to me as they should have been. They needed more development to show their true potential. Lots of secrets but no hits on what they were. Never fully went in any direction with them. There were some grammar issues to the story that didn’t do it any justice. I didn’t feel the connection that the characters would or should normally have with each other. The case that they were dealing with was just to cheesy and didn’t shock me as it should have as well.

On the plus side it was entertaining and did give me a bit of a smile. I can say that it would be read many times over which is a major plus for me. I have not heard of these authors nor have I read any of their work so I will give them a chance before coming to a full conclusion on their work. As for this story it was pretty good but not shocking. I will hold out my final conclusion until he next book. Also I loved the cover for the book, made me want to look.

A Lover’s Game by Max Walker

Title: A Lover’s Game

Series: Stonewall Investigations 04

Author: Max Walker

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (258 Pages)

Publisher: Max Walker (February 25, 2019)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Zane Holden, the founder of Stonewall Investigations, has been haunted by the same case for years. He’s had loved ones taken by the serial killer known as the Unicorn, and his drive to find the monster is higher than ever. Finally, he feels like he’s getting close.

Something else that’s getting closer? His wedding day to the man of his dreams.

Lorenzo De Luca found the love of his life in Zane. He’s the happiest he’s ever been. His career as a high powered defense attorney is at a peak and his daydreams are filled with wedding bells and honeymooning.

It felt like absolutely nothing could go wrong.

But with the tensions from the case rising and a new presence in Enzo’s life making themselves known, there’s suddenly a lot that could go wrong. Zane and Enzo will have to tread carefully on their way to a blissful union. As Zane pushes closer to the Unicorn, the danger increases exponentially, until both men are faced with an excruciating reality: this all has to end one way or another.

The two men will need to come together and find strength in their love before they get torn apart by their fear.

ISBN: B07P8SG3VG

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Wedding bells are getting closer and closer, but so is the Unicorn. It would seem that the one that had been arrested was in fact innocent of killing gay men that were in a relationship. Zane’s husband had been a victim to this crazy man which in turn made Zane want to help others and keep people safe. Then the murders kept coming, and when not only a friend but a man he put on the case was killed, it just made Zane go after him more. However keeping it from his soon to be husband was not a good idea.

Enzo couldn’t wait to marry Zane, but things were going crazy around him. When a man from the past shows up Enzo’s fears were getting to him. Then the truth comes out and man is he going to kick some ass, his man was keeping some big secrets from him. However when the Unicorn felt that they were getting close, well the tables get turned.

Talk about twists and turns in a story, wow the ending just about blew me away. This is one of those series that will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. It has so much action an danger packed into it that you are always entertained. Not to mention the hot sexy times that the guys just seem to give you would set your sheets on fire. I love the guys and the supporting characters in these books. It gives you all you want and lets just say I didn’t expect the killer to be who it was. It kept me guessing throughout the story and that was a major hit with me.

I absolutely loved reading this book and can’t wait to see what other stories this author has out there. He is one hell of an author and his work is one that I would definitely recommend checking out. I hope there is more to come.

In Safe Hands by Victoria Sue

Title: In Safe Hands

Author: Victoria Sue

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (210pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 19, 2019)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Former helicopter pilot Maverick Delgardo’s injuries ended his Air Force career, leaving him bitter and one drink away from becoming an alcoholic. When his sister asks for his help on a private protection case to babysit a disgraced pop star, Mav reluctantly agrees.

Deacon Daniels, onetime lead singer and idol to his teenage fans, saw his career and reputation ruined when a reporter’s exposé led to a devastating scandal. Without money or a job, a heartbroken Deacon has lost custody of his baby niece. And just when he thinks his life can’t get any worse, a stalker’s threatening messages escalate to murder.

Mav only agreed to one meeting, but his protective instincts kick in, along with an attraction to Deacon. When the body count increases, however, Mav is unsure he is up to the task of protecting Deacon from a killer. But it is too late for Mav to step away, now that he’s lost his heart, and he must find the strength to reassure Deacon and his niece that they are in safe hands no matter the cost.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64405-229-7

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I loved Mav and Deacon. Both characters are broken in different ways. But they ultimately help each other overcome their struggles. Mav is tough yet suffering from the traumatic event from his military days. Deacon has had his life turned upside down by malicious rumors and now on top of that a real stalker hell bent on destroying everything left of Deacon’s life.

Mav is hired to protect Deacon even though Mav has struggles of his own. The cops do not believe Deacon has a stalker until bodies start piling up and then they suspect him of the crimes until the stalker hits closer to home.

The story had me on the edge of my seat. I suspected the reason for the stalker early on but who the stalker was came as a shock. I love being surprised in a story.

The vivid descriptions of the murders are brutal in their intensity. There are tense situations between Deacon and his mom as well as between the stalker and his victims.

Fast paced with plenty of suspense, action, twists and turns to make for one amazing story to the end.

Fantastic read. Highly recommended.

A Body In A Bathhouse by Brad Shreve Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Brad Shreve stopping by today with the tour for his new release A Body In A Bathhouse, we have a great new excerpt and a brilliant $10 Amazon GC giveaway so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~ p.s. keep an eye out for my review coming soon!

A Body In A Bathhouse

(A Mitch O’Reilly Mystery 01)
by

Brad Shreve

On the verge of bankruptcy, private investigator, Mitch O’Reilly takes any gig that comes his way, while running his Eye Spy Supply shop in a forgotten Los Angeles strip mall. After two tours in Afghanistan, Mitch’s life amounts to operating his store, coping with his fun-loving sister, Josie, and scoring with anonymous men he meets online. That changes when he gets a break. A beloved comedy scriptwriter is murdered at a bathhouse, and Mitch is hired to prove the innocence of the club custodian. Adapting from a two-bit gumshoe to a high-profile sleuth proves more challenging than he expected.

As if Mitch didn’t have enough to deal with, charismatic bathhouse operator, Trent Nakos, enters his life. After a heartbreaking past, the manager is the definition of a man the brooding P.I. actively avoids.

Following leads from sprawling mansions to sketchy hoods is demanding but becomes more troublesome when deadly threats jeopardize the biggest opportunity of his career.

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A Body In A Bathhouse by Brad Shreve Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Brad Shreve stopping by today with his new release A Body In A Bathhouse, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant $10 Amazon GC giveaway so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

A Body In A Bathhouse

(A Mitch O’Reilly Mystery 01)
by

Brad Shreve

On the verge of bankruptcy, private investigator, Mitch O’Reilly takes any gig that comes his way, while running his Eye Spy Supply shop in a forgotten Los Angeles strip mall. After two tours in Afghanistan, Mitch’s life amounts to operating his store, coping with his fun-loving sister, Josie, and scoring with anonymous men he meets online. That changes when he gets a break. A beloved comedy scriptwriter is murdered at a bathhouse, and Mitch is hired to prove the innocence of the club custodian. Adapting from a two-bit gumshoe to a high-profile sleuth proves more challenging than he expected.

As if Mitch didn’t have enough to deal with, charismatic bathhouse operator, Trent Nakos, enters his life. After a heartbreaking past, the manager is the definition of a man the brooding P.I. actively avoids.

Following leads from sprawling mansions to sketchy hoods is demanding but becomes more troublesome when deadly threats jeopardize the biggest opportunity of his career.

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Old Sins by Charlie Cochrane Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Old Sins

(The Lindenshaw Mysteries 04)
by

Charlie Cochrane

Past sins have present consequences.

Detective Chief Inspector Robin Bright and his partner, deputy headteacher Adam Matthews, have just consigned their summer holiday to the photo album. It’s time to get back to the daily grind, and the biggest problem they’re expecting to face: their wedding plans. Then fate strikes—literally—with a bang.

Someone letting loose shots on the common, a murder designed to look like a suicide, and the return of a teacher who made Robin’s childhood hell all conspire to turn this into one of his trickiest cases yet.

Especially when somebody might be targeting their Newfoundland, Campbell. Robin is used to his and Adam’s lives being in danger, but this takes the—dog—biscuit.

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes:
Emotional Abuse (references)
Sexual Assault (references)
Child Abuse (references)
Drug Use (references to drug dealing)
Suicide (discussion and description of suspected suicide)

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Crossing Jordan by Shannon West

Shannon West - Crossing Jordan CoverTitle: Crossing Jordan

Author: Shannon West

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery

Length: Novella (177 Pages)

Publisher: MLR Press (May 12, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖 3 Hearts

Blurb: A complicated web of lies threatens Jace’s life and he must fight his way to happiness through a maze of romance, murder and intrigue.

Jace O’Neal is slowly rebuilding his life after a disastrous romance with an actor named Dylan Malone in NYC sends him back to Atlanta in disgrace. Living with his mother and his brother, a fourteen-year-old with Fragile X syndrome, one of the known causes of autism, Jace is pursued by Malone, who finally persuades him into another relationship. Then Dylan goes missing and the evidence left at the scene points to Jace’s involvement.

The detective on the case, Will Jordan, is drawn to Jace right away, and learns that Jace’s former lover was manipulative and cruel. Will fights his attraction to Jace as he seeks the truth of what happened to Malone. As more clues emerge and point to Jace, Jordan begins to believe Jace is in danger. A complicated web of lies threatens Jace’s life and he must fight his way to happiness through a maze of romance, murder and intrigue.

ISBN: MLR-1-02017-0726

Product Link: MLR Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Jace got out of a bad relationship with Dylan and went home to stay with his family. His mother was depressed and his little brother had some problems that had to be taken care of with special care. However Dylan follow’s him and things just take a twisted turn. When Dylan goes missing Jace is the one they suspect. That is except for one of the Detectives.

The story was fast paced but left me with more questions then answers. Will, the detective likes Jace and things heat up. Only problem the detective is kind of flaky, then at the end it just moves forward to fast. This story does have you trying to figure out the mystery of what happened to Dylan, but it wasn’t really that hard to figure out. I can tell you that this author put a lot of work in learning about domestic abuse, it showed in the story. That was a nice surprise.

I liked Jace quite a bit and the poor guy just didn’t get a good chance at all. However Will is a pompous jerk and couldn’t stand him. Although I do understand he was the detective and Jace was the suspect and what would happen if it came out, but really the guy still pushed it sometimes. I wasn’t as caught up in this story as I should have been and that was disappointing.

It is a very good story but for me it felt like the author rushed the last part of the story. It was a nice surprise from some of her other stories, but I am afraid that I just didn’t much care for parts of it.

Deck The Halls by Max Walker

Max Walker - Deck The Halls CoverTitle: Deck The Halls

Series: Stonewall Investigations

Author: Max Walker

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Holiday

Length: Novel (266pgs)

Publisher: Max Walker (November 26, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Andrew Barker is ready for the holidays. His perpetually bright and cheery personality feel right at home for Christmas. He has time off from work and a husband who’s waiting for him at home, what else would he need?

Well, he had no idea he would be needing to sign divorce papers – let’s start there.

Declan Rose-Covington, part of a luxury hotel dynasty, is coming into Stonewall Investigations because he needs help with a family issue. With his mom’s huge holiday retreat around the corner, he’s hoping to solve it before Santa comes to town. The last thing he’s expecting is to enter the detective agency and fall for the strikingly handsome man sitting behind the front desk.

Of course, life has ways of delivering well-wrapped surprises.

When Declan and Andrew meet they both feel an instant connection. Soon, the connection grows powerful enough to push Declan toward a crazy proposition: invite Andrew to the family retreat as a fake boyfriend. Andrew would get a nice week-long vacation out of it and Declan would avoid the judgemental jabs from all the spoused-up family members.

The potential for disaster was there, but there was also a chance to truly make this the most wonderful time of the year. And that was something neither of them wanted to miss out on.

ISBN: B07KX5WYGH

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Andrew loved the holidays, Christmas was his favorite of them all. He went all out at home and at work. That is until he found out that his husband had someone else dancing on his pole. So a divorce we will go but when a sexy man looking to hire one of the detectives gives him the eye, well maybe Christmas wasn’t lost.

Declan knew someone was stealing from his mother. He was pretty sure it was his step-father, but he isn’t for sure. So it Christmas time and he was do at the home for the holidays. Lets just say he wasn’t looking forward to it. The one and only without someone else might just be a bit painful. So he asks Andrew, who I might add he has the hots for, to pretend to be his boyfriend. Well lets just see how long it last, the pretend part.

Many twists and turns to go in this amazing book. Now normally I would suggest reading these stories in order but this one can actually be read alone. For a Christmas story you have action, some very hot smooches, excitement and the hope of new love just waiting for you to read. I only found one issue with the story, but it is probably just me. I loved the characters quite a bit and lets just say Declan’s mom and grandmother are a hoot. They are what I would love to have for a family.

I wished this author put these books out faster because they are a blast to read. I get a kick out of the whole series. I absolutely loved reading it and can’t wait to read it again. I can guarantee that it will be read many times over.

Model Bodyguard by Lissa Kasey ~ Audio Review

Title: Model Bodyguard

Series: Haven Investigations 02

Author: Lissa Kasey

Narrator: Brian Hutchison

Genre: Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery

Length: 9 hrs, 47 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (4th January 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts

Blurb: Things are going well for androgynous model Ollie Petroskovic, ex-Marine Kade Alme, and their business, Haven Investigations, until rock star Jacob Elias shows up in need of their services…and trouble follows.

Jacob is a playboy with a serious penchant for kink, slaves, and sex toys. He’s also Ollie’s ex – and all that implies. With the media exploiting his personal life, a stalker sending blood-soaked “gifts”, a bumbling security team, and a family he can’t trust as far as he could throw them, Jacob is in desperate need of a bodyguard for his latest tour, and Kade can’t refuse.

While Kade deals with new doubts about his partnership with Ollie and struggles with reminders of his war injuries, Jacob’s stalker escalates from blackmail and threats to murder. As Kade and Ollie work to keep Jacob safe and find the culprit behind the attack, a web of family secrets, lies, and abuse slowly emerges, leading up to a final confrontation that they might not walk away from – and that will have lasting repercussions for Kade and his relationship with Ollie.

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

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Model Bodyguard is the second book in Lissa Kasey’s Haven Investigations series. This book carries on from the first book, so it is vital to have read book 1, and if you can’t remember it, a quick refresher might be a good idea. As a warning this book also has a cliffhanger which continues in book three, the audio for the third book hasn’t been released yet but for those who can’t wait it is available in ebook format.

Life continues for model-turned-PI, Ollie, and his dead brother’s best friend, ex-marine and PI, Kade. In book one Ollie and Kade became a couple but they both have some very complex and deep running issues. Kade has PTSD from his time in the marines as well as baggage from his abusive family, while Ollie suffers from an eating disorder mixed with something of an obsessive personality and anxiety. Needless to say, their baggage alone is the reason for the cliffhanger, although the ending also leads us directly into the next drama where Ollie and Kade need to fight for their lives and their relationship.

This is a complex story with complex characters. The main plot line of this book introduces Ollie’s ex, Jacob, who is a Rockstar with major problems of his own – he has a selfish family and a stalker who has started to up his game, resulting in causalities. Of course, being Ollie’s ex, Ollie and Kade both have to deal with the insecurities of Ollie being near his ex and Kade becoming bodyguard to the flirtatious Rockstar, which brings forth Ollie’s own insecurities relating to his image. Honestly, sometimes it’s hard to see whether or not these guys will make it together but together they are dynamite. The conclusion of this mystery, as I said, leads right into what will no doubt be the next action and drama fueled adventure.

The world that Lissa Kasey has created is amazing, there is so much depth to these characters and it was difficult to explain the plot without giving away any major plot points. Anyone who loves a good mystery will love this series, but it is something that you must start from the beginning. I can’t wait to get to the rest of the series.

A Tangled Truth by Max Walker

Title: A Tangled Truth

Series: Stonewall Investigations 03

Author: Max Walker

Genre: Mystery, Crime, Suspense

Length: Novel (271 Pages)

Publisher: Max Walker (September 14, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Liam Wolfe isn’t having the best of days. He’s being falsely accused of things he’d never even think of doing and is now facing the loss of his career because of it. He has an idea of who’s behind the attempt at assassinating his character but can’t put the pieces together by himself.

Mark Masters isn’t having any better of a time. He’s sitting in his office at Stonewall Investigations, getting work done, when his boyfriend of a year walks in with the sole goal of breaking up with him. He’s blindsided by the development and thinks not much else can surprise him.

He was very wrong.

Moments after the breakup, Liam walks into Mark’s office looking for help and a connection that had been lost for years suddenly reignites. As childhood best friends, Mark and Liam were inseparable. As adults, they’ll come to learn not much has changed.

With a second chance on the horizon, Mark and Liam explore something that fear had cut them off from as kids. They’ll do it while working together to unravel the truth behind Liam’s case, risking everything they’ve regained in the process.

ISBN: 978-1-78564-1398

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

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

Liam and Mark have been friends since they were small children. They did everything together and there was a heat there that was unexplored. Then Liam and his family moved away. Many years have passed and they always remembered each other. Liam has been doing pretty good at his job with movies but someone was trying to destroy what he has made. He goes to find help but didn’t expect the one man he never forgot.

Mark was working at the Stonewall Investigations and doing pretty good. Although his personal life is not going so good. His latest boyfriend dumped him and he wasn’t to sure what the hell was going on. Imagine his face when Liam walks in searching for help. It seems that the universe has something in plan for these two. Things are going to heat up real fast.

This story has lots of twists and turns to it. They are trying to find out who is behind the email and thinking that the man behind it has done more than just that. All the while his partner is searching for the killer of young gay men. Now this story not only kept my attention from the moment I started reading but had me on the edge of my seat. There was only one part of this story that I hated, but you will soon figure it out. I loved how the characters were just in step with each other the moment they came back together. Once true friends and now so much more.

The story has an amazing plot that intermingles with the one from the first book. I loved the guys and how they are with each other. This is one story that I would definitely not only read again but would recommend.