Hi guys! We have Kaje Harper stopping by today with her upcoming release Fair Isn’t Life, we have a short guest post from Kaje where she introduces us to Luke, and we have a great excerpt so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~
Fair Isn’t Life
(States of Love 45: Minnesota)
Luke Lafontaine survived the past year by not thinking about the father he lost, the dairy farm he couldn’t save from bankruptcy, or his way of life that vanished with the rap of an auctioneer’s hammer. Cleaning up city folks’ trash at the Minnesota State Fair is just another dead-end job. But at the Fair, surrounded by a celebration of farm life, ambitions he’d given up on and buried deep start to revive. And seeing Mason Bell in the parade—gorgeous, gay, out-of-his-league Mason—stirs other buried dreams.
Mason left his hometown for college in Minneapolis without looking back. Student life is fun, classes are great, gay guys are easy to find, but it’s all a bit superficial. He’s at the State Fair parade route with his band when he realizes a scruffy maintenance worker is Luke, his secret high school crush. Luke should be safely home working on his dad’s farm, not picking up litter. Mason wishes he hadn’t fallen out of touch. He’s an optimist, though, and it’s never too late for second chances. Now he just has to convince Luke.
Title: Life, Some Assembly Required Series: The Rebuilding Year, #2 Author: Kaje Harper Genre: Contemporary Length: Novel (327 pages) Publisher: Samhain Publishing (June 9th 2015) Heat Level: Moderate to Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts Blurb: After spending the first part of his life chasing pretty girls, love has finally come to Ryan in the form of John, a tall, lanky, red-headed landscape architect with wide shoulders and a five-o’clock shadow.
For the first time in his life, love feels easy. Hell, he even ran into a burning building for John and his son, and he’d do it again if he had to. But telling his father and brothers “I’m gay. I’ve met a man”? That’s a bumpy ride he’s not looking forward to.
For John, loving Ryan is as natural as breathing. Now if only the rest of his life would fall into place. Dealing with his teen son is complicated enough, but with his ex-wife causing trouble and his daughter wanting to move in, John’s house—and his relationship with Ryan—threaten to split at the seams.
Would one month without a new surprise knocking him upside the heart be asking too much? If the sound of Fate’s laughter is any indication, the answer must be yes…
Review: This story gives you more of a taste of Ryan and John. They have finally realized that they were in love. Strange for two straight men but for these two it is perfect. Although with life nothing is easy but one must always strive for more. I received books one and two, and started reading book one when I realized that I had read it once before when it first came out.
It was when I was beginning to get into m/m romance stories and realized that I loved them more. However after reading book one yesterday I realized that it hit me even more now. I had such a great time reading about the guys once more. Then I started reading this story and even though I did want to smack the guys around and definitely John’s ex-wife, it was amazing.
Ryan is in love with John and is having a bit of difficulties with the idea of telling his family. Whereas John blurted it out to everyone. Things were looking up, even though John’s ex-wife is a total bitch especially to Ryan. Now on top of that they have John’s son living with them and his daughter wanting to. His ex’s new husband is a total dick who is so full of hate that if he fell off the planet no one would miss him. Here he is threatening to take Mark back home and Cynthia is no better. However when his ex needs help, who does she run back to. Yes you got it back to John.
Ryan seems to be put on the back burner when Cynthia and the kids come live with them. She is very pregnant and wants John back. John is at her beck and call, it just pisses a person off. The whole time Ryan’s family is not so happy with Ryan suddenly being gay and in love. It is going to take some time to get them all where they need to be. John realizes how Ryan feels, but he doesn’t know how to make him see that he is still the one he loves.
This story was just as good as the first book, if not even better. I would have loved to give it more than five stars. It has hot sex, feisty teenagers, gorgeous men, danger, and so much damn temptation that it has you begging for more. It gave me everything I could want in a story and so much more. I couldn’t put the book down once I started reading it. I even stayed up past my bed time to read about these two.
It has been some time since I have read one of Kaje’s books and I have to say that I am not disappointed. I loved it and look forward to reading more by this amazing author.
I would recommend reading this book.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Title: The Rebuilding Year Series: The Rebuilding Year, # 1 Author: Kaje Harper Genre: Gay Erotic Romance Length: Novel (323 pages) Publisher: Samhain Publishing (March 6th 2012) Heat Level: Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts Blurb: Losing nearly everything leaves room for the one thing they can’t live without.
A few excruciating minutes pinned in a burning building cost Ryan Ward his job as a firefighter, the easy camaraderie of his coworkers, his girlfriend, and damn near cost him his left leg. Giving up, though, isn’t an option. Compared to the alternative, choosing a new profession, going back to school and renting a room from the college groundskeeper are simple.
Until he realizes he’s falling in love with his housemate, and things take a turn for the complicated.
John Barrett knows about loss. After moving twice to stay in touch with his kids, he could only watch as his ex-wife whisked them away to California. Offering Ryan a room seems better than rattling around the empty house, but as casual friendship moves to something more, and a firestorm of emotions ignites, the big old house feels like tight quarters.
It’s nothing they can’t learn to navigate, though. But when dead bodies start turning up on campus—and one of the guys is a suspect—their first taste of real love could go up in smoke.
Review: Kaje never disappoints me with her stories. I had read this story when it first come out but hadn’t really thought about it. Then I was reading the blurb for this and thought I want this book. Then I started reading it and it just snapped for me. It was like I know this book and sure enough I did. I remembered every single thing that had happened and it made the same impact now that it had then.
Except that I think I loved it even more now, the thing is when I first read it I was new to the m/m stories. Now I am more in love with the characters and their story.
Ryan had always wanted to be a doctor but when his little brother died fighting fires he changed his plans. For years he did what he did and was glad that he could save people. Then a fired had him pinned and it had almost cost him his leg. Now his decision was to go back to school and do what he had wanted to do in the first place. What he had not expected was to find a guy, rent a room from the guy and start being attracted to the guy. He was straight after all.
John had basically saved Ryan when he took a tumble down the stairs. He had invited Ryan to rent a room from him for several reasons. Ryan took him up on it, and things were going pretty good that is until John kissed him. This, of course, freaked them both out because John is straight, too. Or so they thought any way. All is going pretty good, they are getting use to each other. Than John’s son ran away from home and came straight to his dad. Things are going to get real interesting now, for sure. And on top of all that they have a killer on the loose, and John is looking to be a suspect.
This is a fascinating story and I can’t believe that I had not read it more than once. In fact I want to go read it once more just to catch the guys’ reaction to their first kiss. Two straight guys who fall in love with each other and the heat is up. Their kisses are hot but when they get around to figuring out how to have sex things get even better.
I had a blast reading this and cannot wait to read the next story. Hot sex, sweet gestures, sexy men, excitement, a bit of suspense, action and danger is just a part of what you get in this book. It gave me everything I could want in a story and kept my attention all the way to the end.
I would recommend reading this story. I have read a few stories by Kaje, but this is my favorite of them all. They are written with the author’s heart all the way through it. It has a serious tone to it and has some funny moments in it which to me makes it even better. I had a blast and look forward to reading more by this amazing author.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Title: Second Act Series: N/A Author: Kaje Harper Genre: Contemporary/ Hollywood/ Holiday Length: Novel (236 pages) Publisher: Kaje Harper (January 4th 2015) Heat Level: Moderate Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts Reviewer: Aerin Blurb: Sometimes you have to go home again.
When Bryce Edwards left Minnesota for the bright lights of Hollywood ten years ago, he was determined not to look back. He’s built a solid acting career through his own hard work and talent. But when he finds himself unemployed right before Christmas, the memories he’s been ignoring start to rise up and annoy him.
Maybe it’s time to take a different approach; maybe it’s time to confront his past and not just use it as motivation for his next angsty scene. If he can make peace with what happened back then— the small-town bigots who drove him away, and his first boyfriend who refused to leave with him— maybe he’ll be free to move on to something better.
He’s not sure what “something better” will look like, but he’s finally ready to get on a plane, go home, and find out.
Review: I’m usually not a fan of Hollywood books because they simply don’t seem realistic enough. But Kaje Harper did an amazing job portraying the life of an actor as it really is. I loved the characters and the contrast between them, and after reading the blurb, I was sure Bryce’s love interest was his old friend/boyfriend. So imagine my shock when I realized how this story was going to develop. *thud*
I loved the characters; they weren’t perfect of course, which is a plus for me. Bryce is brittle, he’s lonely (in Hollywood of all places), doesn’t have many friends and he likes to keep to himself mostly because he’s not completely out of the closet.
He still needs to make peace with how his life came to an abrupt change as a teenager and with the way his relationship with his ex, Cody, ended over 10 years ago. So when he finds himself dropped from a movie, he heads back to Montana to try to make peace with Cody and hopefully put an end to the thoughts, regrets, and bitterness that still torment him.
Bryce was such a real, beautifully written character. He hasn’t made it big in Hollywood yet, even though he’s been trying his best for the past 10 years. He’s not rich; actually, he barely scrapes by, which is true with most people who try their luck in Hollywood.
It’s rare that they become stars overnight, most people work dead-end, low paying jobs in order to afford to pay their rent, let’s not even mention eating anything fancier than Romain noodles and P&B sandwiches. So for me, the realistically portrayed life of a struggling actor is the reason this book was such a success.
Once he returns to Montana, Bryce meets Dion. I liked the contrast between them; Dion was blonde, skinny, elegant, beautiful, while Bryce was tall dark and handsome, with a muscular body. I loved them together even more, although they needed a crash course in how to communicate with the person you love.
I liked Jacques and Cory as individuals and as a couple. I liked their relationship with each other and with those around them, and I was very happy with how Bryce and Cory made peace and rekindled their friendship.
If you normally get putt off books with a Hollywood theme, consider giving this book a chance. It’s very realistic and there’s neither overnight success nor spoiled, entitled actors. It’s a great book and I enjoyed reading it a lot; the book is not perfect but it kept me VERY interested (read as couldn’t put it down) so it deserves the high rating I gave.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Today we welcome several authors who have come together to produce a historical anthology where the proceeds will be donated to All Out. So check out the Anthology and giveaway and show your support to these amazing authors. <3 ~Pixie~
Another Place in Time
Welcome to another place in time…where one can be swept away into lands and eras long forgotten.
“Office Romance” by Tamara Allen
The post-war economy is at a standstill, much like Foster Wetherly’s life until he’s forced to do battle with irritatingly confident—and competent—fellow ex-doughboy Casey Gladwin for a position in their shrinking department at Manhattan Security Mutual.
“Introducing Mr. Winterbourne” by Joanna Chambers
Lysander Winterbourne appears to lead a charmed life. Handsome, amiable, and a renowned sportsman, he is the darling of London society. As far as Adam Freeman is concerned though, Lysander is just another spoiled aristocrat.
A wealthy mill owner, Adam has no time for the frivolous world of the ton, but when his younger brother becomes engaged to Althea Winterbourne, he reluctantly agrees to be introduced to society–with the Winterbourne clan’s golden boy as his guide.
Resigning himself to a few days of boredom, Adam is surprised to learn that there is much more to Lysander than his perfect surface. But will Adam have the courage to introduce Lysander Winterbourne to his own secret self?
“The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh” by KJ Charles
Lord Gabriel Ashleigh is a ruined man. Last night he lost everything at the card tables to his brother’s worst enemy, notorious gambler Francis Webster. Tonight, he’s going back for one more game. Ash thinks he has nothing left to lose. But Francis sets the stakes, and they’re higher than Ash could have imagined…
Two Regency bucks. One game of cards. Everything to play for.
“Unfair in Love and War” by Kaje Harper
Many men lost brothers overseas in the summer of 1944. Warren Burch was one of them. For months he still clung to his big city life in Philadelphia, but finally he’s made the difficult choice to return to his home town. Warren’s polio-stricken leg won’t let him serve, so the least he can do is be there for his mother, when brother Charlie never again will. Arriving home means a whole new life, constrained by the rhythms and prejudices of a small town. Fortunately, it’s made more interesting by the mysterious and attractive young man next door.
“Carousel” by Jordan L. Hawk
When a child goes missing, is it a simple case of a young runaway, or are more sinister forces at work?
“Carousel” is part of the Whyborne & Griffin series and takes place between the events of Stormhaven and Necropolis. It can be read as a standalone.
“Deliverance” by Aleksandr Voinov
This is a re-vamped, re-edited, improved version of “Deliverance”. It’s about William Raven, a templar, who thought he’d escaped his past. (Same character as in The Lion of Kent.)
Along with a foreword written by Alex Beecroft, enjoy these original short stories that make up “Another Place in Time”.
All proceeds from the purchase of this anthology will be donated to AllOut.org in celebration of LGBT History Month, October 2014.
Blurb:Coming together as a family was supposed to make life happy-ever-after for Mac and Tony, but their two uprooted kids, demanding jobs, and a less than gay-friendly world don’t seem to have gotten the message.
Mac and Tony thought the hard part was over. They’re together openly as a couple, sharing a home, and building a life with their two children. It’s what they dreamed of. But daughter Anna struggles with the changes, Ben is haunted by old secrets, Mac’s job in Homicide still demands too much of his time, and Tony is caught in the middle. It’s going to take everything these men can give to create a viable balance between home and work. Especially when the outside world seems determined to throw obstacles in their way.
Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order. Mac and Tony are having their happily ever after, but happily ever after is harder than they thought, between Anna and Ben settling into their new lives with two parents, juggling work with parenthood for Tony and Mac and then Mac’s job interfering in their home life it’s a struggle to just be a couple. Can Tony and Mac cope with the stresses that life throws at them especially when Mac’s murder case comes too close to home?
This is a wonderful addition to the Life Lessons series. Showing the progression of Tony and Mac’s relationship and the difficulties, they face. But, with the added danger that is inherent, when you live with a policeman. Tony is starting to feel the strain of being a parent, especially when he begins to feel like a single parent when Mac’s job makes more demands on his time. Mac feels like he has to push himself more than ever now that everyone at work knows he is gay, and conveniently ignoring that he is leaving most of the parenting to Tony. But nothing will stop Mac from claiming Tony for his own and Tony will be there for Mac no matter what.
I have to say that Mac and Tony are one of my favorite M/M couples to ever grace the pages of a book. Simply because they haven’t had the most perfect of relationships and they have had to work at what they have. they have had the ups and downs, the struggles and arguments and they have now settled down as a couple with two small children. But, instead of Kaje Harper letting them settle down to the perfect family, she has written a story that still has them working on their relationship. showing the struggles that every parent has when combining two households and two families.
In this story, we see the strain that both men are under, the happiness they still have and the love they still feel. We see the juggling of time and the stress of coping with children as they settle and the strain of having a partner with a difficult job. There is also a great storyline with Mac’s job as he hunts for a killer and ties it in with a missing person report and the danger Mac faces because of the actions of a colleague, this is truly a great book that gives you slices of life that many books don’t show, it gives us characters that we love, dislike, sneer at, hate and also one or two that you wouldn’t mind taking into an alley to beat the crap out of.
I highly recommend this story to those who love crime, drama, mystery, danger, strong relationships, forging through difficulties and coming out stronger, family stories two men truly in love and an ending that will make you smile.
Blurb: Desperate times call for desperate measures. Garvin’s lover Nyle has been kidnapped by a band of soldiers in need of a smith. In the king’s army, that means he’ll serve until he’s dead, and Garvin will be damned if he’ll let that happen. But Garvin’s a small, slight man without the skills to follow and take on trained soldiers. For the first time in his life, Garvin prays to the Goddess for help, for enough guidance to get him to Nyle, so he can do whatever it takes to rescue the man he loves. And the Goddess answers him.
Review: Oh I loved this story, absolutely adored it. Set in a world where the king and his soldiers can take what they want, little boys are of no use even as they are talented, and gentleness exists in rare people, this story takes you on a lovely ride as it follows Garvin’s life.
Last son of a cruel father, Garvin is never appreciated for his skills, his ability to calm animals. He’s no strong, is even smaller than his sisters, and his value is nil in his household, until the day comes that he’s needed to control a wild horse, thus taken to join his father’s caravan. And that is the last time he sees his family for on the trip Garvin meets Nyle, a young smith, who literally saves him from his life and gives Garvin a place where not only he’s appreciated, he’s also loved.
His life from that moment on is a fairytale. Nyle works the forge, he works the house, field, and horses, and after work, they fall in the familiar parts of lovemaking. But you know what they say, when life is too good, you must expect something bad around the corner so that it doesn’t shock you when it comes. For shocked is what Garvin was when he found out their horses gone and Nyle along with them, signs of soldiers all over the place. And Garvin has two choices; succumb to sorrow for his lost man, or follow them and get what’s his back…
See the picture we get from this character is that of a fragile, vulnerable one, but it couldn’t be farther from reality. In fact, the surprises this character has for us are numerous and I was absolutely delighted reading about him, reading how he managed to save his beloved Nyle from six soldiers, how he got an answer from a Goddess herself, and how active he was in the relationship, what his role was. Garvin is fantastic, he’s smart, he’s determined, he’s sexy, and dare I say he’s a Dom..?
I just can’t say how much I enjoyed this story, how wonderful the balance between action plot and romance was. Or that between lovemaking scenes and pain-inducing ones that had you on your toes. Yup, loved it alright; this book is very well written and the emotions it evokes grip you and join you throughout this entire tale. Definitely recommended!
Blurb: Mac is afraid he’ll never recover enough to go back to being a cop, while Tony is afraid that he will.
Three months after being shot, Detective Jared MacLean is healing, but he’s afraid it may not be enough to go back on the job. He won’t give up, though. Being a cop is written deep in Mac’s bones, and he’ll do whatever it takes to carry his badge again.
Tony used to wish he could have Mac safely home, but watching his strong husband battle disabilities is far from Tony’s dream come true. When Mac is asked to consult on a case involving one of Tony’s students, both men will have to face old demons and new fears to find a way to move forward together
Review: Wow, I waited a long time for this last book in the series and was not disappointed! I read the blurb and its fitting; however, to me this book is all about relationships, in this case marriage and the hurdles, sacrifices and compromises we need to make to keep those relationships strong. Tony makes sacrifices; many inner dialogues involve what he feels are his selfish needs to have Mac home, to put Tony and the kids first, in thinking a partner safe at home is the best scenario. Other times we see Tony clearly understand that despite the dangers, Mac’s job is part of him; he is born to protect, to save, to put bad guys away.
Mac is fearful of what Tony wants regarding his career as a detective. He knows Tony is fearful of Mac returning to work and getting hurt again, and is trying to find a way to have him understand how important it is, to come to terms with Mac’s job and be supportive of him. Mac struggles in thinking that he won’t be enough, not enough for the job, not enough to be a safe partner at work, not enough to be what Tony needs at home. But Mac is a fighter; he has worked harder than anyone could have expected to make a recovery, and continues to do so with creativity and grit. In this book, we see the daily struggles of raising kids, fighting odds, fighting stereotypes that their community sees them through. On top of all the recovery, tracking down new murder suspects, and community prejudice, Tony and Mac face Mac’s family in crisis. We meet new characters in Mac’s family that explain Mac’s need to protect and serve. If you think your family is dysfunctional…you ain’t got nothing on these folks.
Amidst all this drama, we have a murder unfold involving one of Tony’s students, Tony getting in trouble at school for the way he leads the school’s GSA group, and of course the nail-biting nerves surrounding Tony and Ben’s final court meeting to complete the official adoption. Oh, yes, then the final testimony in the case where Mac got shot to begin with! I also cant’ forget to mention the hot, touching, steaming, emotionally charged love scenes. Like I said, lots of drama packed into this final book! There are so many themes Kaje has woven into this book, but I return to the main ones: sacrifice, and compromise for love and family. I loved this book. It has so much to sink my teeth into! Thanks Kaje Harper for the wonderful ride. I highly recommend this series, read in order.
Blurb: Two young sailors – one a working-class artist from California, the other an upper-middle-class pharmacists from the East Coast – meet onboard the Japan-bound U.S.S. Gageway in April 1942.
This was dumb. It was stupid to get involved with someone, to care about anyone in this soul-numbing war. That was like opening yourself up to be flayed. And yet how could you help it? They were all closer than brothers, these men he fought beside. And that one man, well, there was nothing brotherly going on there.
“…Given the choice, don’t you think they would have rather had this, what we have in this room, than died without it?”
Review: Oh WOW Oh WOW. Into Deep waters is such a well-written heart-wrenching and breath-taking story. It is absolutely beautiful. The characters are so well done that I felt like both of them. I could feel their lust, their love, their fear, not only of the war, but of being found out and the consequences that held at the time. The story covered a very long time span (sixty years), but not once did it get slow or dull. I laughed ,I cried, I sighed, I cheered, and I worried ( I won’t tell you why I worried, since I don’t even like saying if a book has a HFN or HEA) .
Now, for just a bit about the story. It starts out in World War II after Pearl Harbor. It is about a sailor Danny meeting a new sailor, pharmacy assistant Jacob. Jacob actually trips staring at Danny thus getting the affectionate nickname Trip from him. They fall (hehehe… literally couldn’t resist the pun) in love or at least lust at first sight. Jacob is two years younger than Danny. They met secretly and have sex (well fondling and kissing), until they get a leave and actually get to be alone and have sex. The war gets as heated as the lovemaking and their ship is destroyed .( I have no nails and bleeding fingers from the chewing of hoping they find each other and at least they are safe. So do they find each other? Do they get discovered? Just how long does their love last? I’m not telling you will have to read the book yourself. I will say this much after reading the prompt I just knew I had the end figured out had me an entire box of tissue waiting, I was wrong….
Who do I recommend this book to? Everyone!! If you like a good sweet Romance (yes, I am a hopeless romantic) with really hot mansex. This is for you. If you’ve never read M/M romance start here. If you have ever dreamed of the perfect love and forever love… This is f or you. And it’s free so what are you waiting for… Hurry go get it…Be prepared to swoon…Kaje you have a new fan!
Blurb: For homicide detective Mac, it’s been a good year. Having Tony to go home to makes him a better cop and a better person. For Tony, it’s been hard being in love with a man he can’t touch in public. Evasions and outright lying to friends and family take a little of the shine off his relationship with Mac, but Tony is determined to make it work.
As the Minneapolis Police Department moves into a hot, humid summer, Mac is faced with a different challenge. A killer has murdered two blond women, and the police have no real clues. Mac hates to think that another murder may be the only way they’ll make progress with the case. But when that murder happens, it hits close to home for Tony. And suddenly Mac faces an ultimatum: come out into the sunlight and stand beside Tony as his lover, or walk away and live without a piece of his heart.
Review: I loved this book as it wasn’t just about Mac and Tony, it was also about Ben and Anna (Tony’s foster son and Mac’s daughter) and what was best for them.
Jared MacLean is a homicide detective who is hiding from everyone that he is gay and it’s about to come to a head. Tony Hart is a teacher who has never lived in the closet; he loves Mac with his whole heart but is finding harder and harder to live with the secrets and lies. Will he give up Mac for not only his own sake but Ben’s as well?
The struggle that these two face and how they both handle it is incredibly written and I cheered Tony’s decision. For not being a whiney man and for knowing what he wants and deserves. Mac loves Tony but can’t say the words; he also knows that if he came out then he would have difficulty not just at work but with his religious zealot of a cousin who his daughter lives with.
The way these men are with each other and with the children is fantastic. Add in the suspense and mystery, the heart break and the happiness and we have a story to please everyone, so buy this book and enjoy a great read.