Hi guys, we have Ki Brightly popping in today with her new release Love It Like You Stole It, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant $10 NineStar giveaway, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~
Love It Like You Stole It
Michael Levine is backed into a corner. He started tearing apart cars for the local mob with the best of intentions—to save up money to pay for his mechanic certifications and impress his crush and mentor, Ben. But Michael soon finds himself in way over his head. He knows stealing is wrong, but it’s only cars, and the insurance will pay to replace them, right? What started out as a small job to make some extra bucks soon turns into a nightmare he’s not sure he’ll ever be able to find his way out of.
Ben Jelen isn’t sure where his life is going. On the surface everything looks fine. He has a successful business, he’s raising his niece into a strong person, and he has a boyfriend most guys only dream of—sexy and rich. But nothing feels right. The only things that really keep Ben’s attention anymore are his classic Road Runner, his niece, and Michael—his Meeko. Ben took him under his wing forever ago, and their love of old cars and fast driving has forged a strong bond. Ben’s days don’t feel right if he doesn’t get to see Meeko at least once. But something seems drastically wrong in Meeko’s life, and Ben hopes he can put the pieces together to help him before it’s too late.
Blurb: Peirs had accepted his life of servitude to an angel. His keeper asked only for a willing body, and in exchange his needs were met and he was fed and clothed. Peirs might have served the angel forever—it was the only life he knew—but one day Peirs discovered something he had no way to plan for. After two millennia, he was pregnant. Peirs now must summon the courage to escape his master and the unbendable divine law that declared no half-breeds should live, but running into an angelic soldier in the back room of a bar wasn’t part of his plan.
After years of begging to go to the battlefields on Earth, Tabbis, the youngest angel in Heaven, finally got his assignment. Ready for heroics and bloodshed, he was stunned when he found enchanting and seductive Peirs instead. Tabbis was duty bound to kill Peirs, but Peirs’s very existence challenged everything Tabbis thought he knew.
Tabbis needs answers. Peirs wants nothing more than to save his baby and live in peace. Can they band together to help each other? Or will the wrath of Heaven tear them apart?
Review: Piers has a miserable life after watching his race decimated. He’s an incubus who is enslaved and made to please his master. This goes on for a while until the time comes when he finds out he’s pregnant. Scared for his unborn child he knows he has to escape no matter the cost.
Tabbis is a young angel sent on a mission to do away with Piers but he finds he’s not able to. When the two meet Tabbis has second thoughts for the incubus. He finds himself falling for the man. Even though he knows it’s wrong and that he may himself be in trouble for helping the man.
I loved this story. Piers plight made my heart break as no one should be subjected to that against their will. He suffered so much I was surprised he was still sane. Tabbis was a blessing in disguise for Pier.
The whole story was a great journey to escape from their servitude and start living while making sure to keep safe from all those that would do them harm.
Blurb: Stokely leads a solitary life, trying to do all the right things. He has a solid, respectable job, a properly decorated, respectable apartment, and goes to work every single day, no matter what. But it’s Christmas, and he hates Christmas, especially since his one guilty pleasure, listening to Asher Banks on the radio, is ruined with upbeat, holiday garbage.
Asher is the polar opposite—he loves Christmas to a fault and schedules himself into the ground with fundraisers to help the local community. When Asher and Stokely meet during one of the holiday spectacles Asher has thrown together, sparks fly, but neither one of them has ever had a real Christmas—or a real home. Will they be able to make one with each other?
Review: Stokely lived his life in foster care, and most of them were not even close to being good places. He grew up hating Christmas and crowds from what I can tell. He has a great job where he helps people but after that he never sees them again. He has a big heart but has been hurt in the past. He has one pleasure and that is listening to Asher on the radio. Even if the guy loves Christmas. When they meet, Asher tries to get him in the mood, but things go really slow with them. But Stokely might just learn to love the holidays.
This one was a really sweet Christmas story but also really sad in parts of it. These two are perfect together. I was glad for the happy ending, but must admit the story was a little slow for me. But it was still a great story. I enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it. In a way it tells how a Christmas should be.
Hi guys, we have Ki Brightly popping in today with their upcoming release Trust Trade, we have a brilliant guest post from Ki and a great excerpt so guys, check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~
(Gem City Grit 01)
Life hasn’t been good to Jeb Birchman. When he attempted to escape his abusive, zealot father, he found himself on the streets, making a living the only way he knew how, the victim of more violent men—one of whom orchestrates a series of vicious attacks that leave Jeb deaf. Now that he’s aged beyond his latest client’s interest, Jeb knows he needs to escape his risky lifestyle before it’s too late. Seeing one last chance for himself, he earns a GED and enrolls in college.
Freddy Williams enjoys a life that couldn’t be more different from what Jeb has survived. He loves sports, being a personal trainer, and hanging out with friends. The son of deaf parents, Freddy is an outspoken advocate of the Deaf community and works as an interpreter at his college. When he meets Jeb at the bookstore, he’s struck by how attractive he is, and as they get to know each other, he finds Jeb’s good heart just as appealing. By the time he learns of Jeb’s past, it’s only a few steps behind them, and Freddy must make a choice between school and his familiar routine and protecting the man he’s falling in love with.
Blurb: As a kid, Joseph Appleyard saw things hidden from others. Now he is The Paranaturalist, an investigator and cohost of a television show that seeks to prove the existence of the paranormal. Some think Joe is crazy, but they don’t realize he knows firsthand there’s more to the world than what most perceive.
The trouble is, somewhere along the way, Joe lost his vision and it left his world flat and dull. One night an investigation goes horribly wrong, and a powerful ghostly manifestation sends Joe tumbling into a river. Spirit worker Owen Watson saves Joe’s life, and once they are back on dry land, whatever has been blocking Joe’s vision has been washed away.
When a haunting goes from annoying to dangerous, people turn to Owen Watson. He hates those infuriating hacks from TV, but when he pulls Joe from the river, his mind begins to change. Joe is scared and confused, and Owen realizes he might just be the real thing.
Together, they work to understand the part of Joe that has been shut away for so long. But just as Joe is reacclimating to his abilities, his career as a paranormal investigator is in danger of being ripped away.
Owen would gladly battle a bloodthirsty spirit for Joe, but he’s out of his element in the world of reality television.
Review: If like me you enjoy watching or recently enjoyed a Most Haunted (or something similar) marathon, then this is the book for you, this is the first book I’ve read by Ki Brightly and I think that it was an excellent introduction to a new author for me – although I thought that things dragged on a bit a places, I would definitely and seriously consider reading more by the same author.
This is not your usual romance. There is a bit of ghost busting and some pretty constant communication both helpful and malevolent spirits. The MCs, Joseph Appleyard and Owen Watson are very different and yet they are poles apart, which I think lends greatly to their forming relationship. They have both seen ghosts as children, yet they or rather their parents, dealt with their gifts very differently, making Joseph something of a Fox Mulder of the ghost world (minus the FBI thing) and Owen is a lot like the Men in Black (minus the shady government group).
Ok, so maybe the sci-fi pop culture references aren’t working so well… the point is one is certain of ghosts but still searching for something to help him believe, while the other knows exactly what he is dealing with and is confident in his work as a paranormal investigator.
I think it is these guys differences that work so well. It certainly helps their attraction. They meet by chance, although Owen already knows about Joseph, but it is ghosts that bring them together and it is ghosts makes these guys need to spend time together. That just happens to give them the chance to explore the explosive attraction.
As I said, sometimes, between the action – encountering some malevolent spirits and some, perhaps, as equally malevolent people – the pace of the story tended to drop off a bit. It wasn’t an entirely bad thing to happen but I have to admit that I got a tad bored for a few pages here and there.
Some of the dead minor characters added a bit f fun and a bit of mystery to the entire thing. Part of me just wished that the story point associated with Joseph’s childhood ghostly friend was picked up a lot earlier in the book; apologies for rehashing things that I thought were slow.
All in all, this is a whole lot of fun and I recommend greatly to those who like a good ghost story to spook them a bit.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Hiya peeps, we have Ki Brightly and the upcoming release The Paranaturalist stopping by today, we have a fantastic guest post and a great excerpt, so check out the post and get a feel for this spooky book! <3 ~Pixie~
As a kid, Joseph Appleyard saw things hidden from others. Now he is The Paranaturalist, an investigator and cohost of a television show that seeks to prove the existence of the paranormal. Some think Joe is crazy, but they don’t realize he knows firsthand there’s more to the world than what most perceive. The trouble is, somewhere along the way, Joe lost his vision and it left his world flat and dull. One night an investigation goes horribly wrong, and a powerful ghostly manifestation sends Joe tumbling into a river. Spirit worker Owen Watson saves Joe’s life, and once they are back on dry land, whatever has been blocking Joe’s vision has been washed away.
When a haunting goes from annoying to dangerous, people turn to Owen Watson. He hates those infuriating hacks from TV, but when he pulls Joe from the river, his mind begins to change. Joe is scared and confused, and Owen realizes he might just be the real thing. Together, they work to understand the part of Joe that has been shut away for so long. But just as Joe is reacclimating to his abilities, his career as a paranormal investigator is in danger of being ripped away. Owen would gladly battle a bloodthirsty spirit for Joe, but he’s out of his element in the world of reality television.
Title: Threefold Love Series: N/A Author: Ki Brightly Genre: Contemporary/MMM Ménage Length: Novel (230 pages) Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 17th, 2015) Heat Level: Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts Blurb: Captain Xavier Hobbs, a decommissioned combat engineer, was chronically lonely in the Army. But once he is back to being a civilian, with no family and nothing to ground him, he drifts. All he wants is a real home, a real life, and love—but that is easy to wish for and hard to make happen.
When he meets Andrew Landry, a high school English teacher, Xavier thinks he has found everything he has ever wanted, maybe even someone he can trust with his scars—the ones on his mind and body. Andrew’s quick wit and outgoing personality reel Xavier in slowly but surely. But he isn’t certain which way Andrew swings, and doesn’t dare to do more than hope the friendly man is actually flirting.
Then, on what Xavier idly wishes were their first date, disaster strikes in the form of Duncan McNeil, a fellow Wiccan and Andrew’s fiancé. Xavier’s hope is smashed to pieces, but Duncan and Andrew may have a different point of view. All they need is a little magic, some hope, and a lot of love to put everything back together.
Review: This is the first book I’ve read by Ki Brightly and as a story Threefold Love hits all the right notes to make me want to investigate the author more. It hot and steamy, it’s also sweet and loving, with a dash of angst and longing all thrown into one story.
As the name of the story implies, Threefold Love, sees the beginning sizzle of attraction as three men begin to see that there could be a lot more than a guilty fantasy. Xavier was a civil engineer in the army when he resigns his commission he tries to piece together his life and gets himself a job as a janitor at a private school. This is where he meets Andrew, a teacher at said school.
The two are instantly attracted to each other, but Andrew is with Duncan. After also meeting Duncan, Xavier finds himself attracted to both men.
The story is told from Andrew and Xavier’s perspectives, where Duncan is seen through these guys’ eyes. Part of me is a little disappointed that we didn’t get any Duncan POV at least once or twice through the book. There are a number of interesting things that pop up in the story which I wish were explored a bit more. For example, I hope this isn’t a big spoiler, but Duncan and Andrew are Wiccans.
A lot more could have been done there and let the reader explore this intriguing religion other than make them appear like Ghostbusters. The other thing is that Xavier admits to PTSD, but again this was hardly touched in the story. I point out these two specific examples because it seems like they are just there when they could have been woven further into the plot.
Regardless, the tension – both sexual and otherwise – is undeniable. These three guys together are just awesome. This is a fun read and if anything has left me wanting to know more about all three guys (as I just said above).
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *