Hi guys! We have Mickie B. Ashling stopping by today with the cover for her upcoming MF release Finding Our Morning, we have a brilliant guest post, a great excerpt and a fantastic $25 Amazon GC giveaway so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤️ ~Pixie~
Finding Our Morning
Mickie B. Ashling
Ginny Tate bides her time on the family stud farm in San Antonio, Texas, waiting to start veterinarian school in the fall. Bullied as an adolescent, she’s finally shed her old skin, but the emerging beauty still harbors insecurities and would rather hang out with horses than people.
Sponsored by his uncle, the Shah of Iran, Dariush—David—Akbari, a twenty-five-year-old NYU grad with a degree in International Law, is also a skilled polo player. He joins the royal traveling team for a tournament in Plano, Texas.
A decade in America has gradually altered David’s views on certain aspects of his culture. Torn between familial obligations and his adopted country, David resists the idea of returning to Iran so soon after graduation.
At the traditional after-party, David strikes up a conversation with Ginny, who is refreshingly honest. He receives an invitation to visit Tate Stud Farm and, on the pretext of buying another polo pony, persuades the shah to make a detour.
Great horsemanship coupled with self-effacing charm sets David apart from the entitled braggarts who normally populate the sport, and Ginny falls hard. His visit turns into a life-changing week that neither can foresee. Will they walk away unscathed or live to regret their impulsive behavior?
Inspired by events preceding the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty, Finding Our Morning is a love story that catapults us from Texas Hill Country to the epicenter of a monarchy on the brink of collapse.
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Rockin’ Rhythm (Velocity Book 1)
Ash Taylor lives life without making deep connections with anything other than his brothers and his bass. His past has jaded him to love and makes him fear getting too close. Then Michelle walks into his life. Every night, she invades his dreams and stars in his fantasies. She makes him question himself and his ways. However, he is sure she could never date someone like him. So much so, that he convinces himself that she is married.
Michelle Reynolds has been jilted so badly, she doesn’t want to date again. Her friend Beth tries to encourage her, but all of her relationships end badly or don’t last. She is sick of disappointment. When Ash comes into her life, she feels an immediate spark. He makes her feel special without effort. His big heart and deep voice mesmerize her. As soon as she finds out he is a rock star, her hopes are crushed. In her eyes, it could never work because musicians are not faithful, and she is not good enough for him.
Can these two polar opposites find a way to make a relationship work? Will all that dating a rock star entails break them or bring them closer? Find out in the first Rock Star Romance of the Velocity series.
Lead guitarist, Ian Tate, loves his wife with all his heart. It kills him that she is not ready to end their separation. After two years, he is willing to do whatever it takes. The problem is, he doesn’t understand what went wrong. Since she won’t tell him what he did to destroy their bond, he stays close to figure it out.
Sherry Tate hates that her rocker husband is hurt by their time apart. However, she can’t take him back until he changes. The emotional rift between them continues to grow, but she needs him to see for himself what he has done to her. She just hopes he does it soon.
Will Ian discover why Sherry threw him out? Does Sherry still hold a place in her heart for Ian? Can they start over after all they have put each other through? That and more in the second Rock Star Romance of the Velocity series.
Hi guys! We have Jason Black popping in today with his new release The Fairy Pond, we have a great excerpt so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~
The Fairy Pond
Nevan lives a simple life. He works hard in the fields with his brothers and his grandpa, and adores his mother wholeheartedly. He’s a good boy who usually stays out of trouble, but even when Grandpa warns him to stay away from the pond, he can’t help feeling curious about it…and the creatures that watch him whenever he’s near.
Blurb:The servants of Hecate have been subject to persecution for many years. They have been misunderstood, accused of worshipping the devil. And Hecate has had enough. The Devil, Lucifer, has finally invaded the human world and his true servants, warlocks, are growing bold. Lucifer’s influence has spread throughout the world and nothing is the same as it was before he came. There are those that can counter the power of the warlocks, and Hecate may have found one.
Vax King had just graduated high school when the world changed. And unlike everyone around him, he saw through the lies. The world was trapped in the spell of the father of all evil and he seemed to be the only one in the immediate area that could see it. Then again, he’s a solitary witch and no one else knows it. But he’s shocked when the goddess Hecate appears to him with a quest to gain a weapon to help fight the forces of evil. The weapon is the legendary hammer of the Norse god, Thor, Mjölnir, and if he can find this he can lead the forces of Hecate against their greatest enemy. But to gain it, he must survive the Rose realm and prove his worth. Should he fail, death is all that awaits. Can he prove to the enchanted weapon of the deceased god that he is more worthy of wielding it than the original owner, and therein become the leader of an army of witches ready and waiting to stand against Lucifer? .
Review: An intriguing story about a newly graduated witch, Vax, who is given a task by goddess Hecate to stop the evil that is going on. But with the task comes danger. As in he may not come out of it alive.
I loved the details surrounding Hecate. She was an interesting character with a strong will.
Vax, even though he is young was determined in his quest. As with the other books in this series I have enjoyed reading about each and every character good and bad. They all add their own elements to an already fascinating series.
Blurb: Odele, the goddess of Healing, has returned to Olympus, once again the direct servant to Hera, queen of the gods. Yet even after the defeat of Eris, her work is not done. The war of the gods is imminent now, with Cronus restored to life and the Titans back at his side. But before the battle can begin, Odele must find her mortal twin brother, who had been captured by the forces of the vampire Kalos years before. She asks Hera for her brother’s whereabouts, and the god queen allows her to attempt to rescue him, but under the condition that she’s accompanied by Apollo.
Apollo has waited ages for Odele’s return to Olympus to heal the heart he’d broken ages before. The process of healing won’t be easy, and Odele’s heart is not the only heart to be healed. Both Apollo and Odele’s lives are at risk, as they join the god of darkness in a battles against two children of Gaea and Odele’s own brothers, Cronus and Typhon. Will Odele’s heart be healed, and most importantly, will anyone survive this unique healing process?.
Review: Action packed adventure. Waring titans, gods and goddesses of my. I loved the action throughout. Eve though there is a romance it is not the main focus. With so many characters playing vital roles I was impressed with how well the story flowed for being somewhat shorter than the previous books.
Apollo has been in love with Odelle forever it seems. Odelle on the other hand has other things to tend to.
I loved the interactions between all the characters as they seemed to draw the reader in more.
Blurb: Victoria Damone is the daughter of the Black Dragon God, Jarel, and the goddess of magic and witchcraft, Hecate. Quick tempered and impatient, she strikes fear into the hearts of the rogue creatures rebelling against her father as well as the warlocks, servants of Prince of Darkness, Lucifer.
Ares, the god of war, is often misunderstood. Known only as a brutal god with an insatiable appetite for blood and destruction, as well as passing flings, the son of Zeus and Hera has spent most of his time defending Olympus from any and every threat.
Now the two meet and must combine forces. The Titan King, Cronus, has been resurrected by Lucifer and is quickly resurrecting his brethren to launch war against Zeus and all that stand with him. Not only this, but he’s even joined forces with the legendary beast Typhon, the only creature to ever come close to toppling the Olympian god king. As the gods prepare for an unavoidable war, Victoria must hunt one of the most powerful and cunning warlocks to serve under the Prince of Darkness and simultaneously train her nephew Brandon in her craft. Her pride demands that she do this alone, but Ares is not a god to be denied. Ares clearly has his eyes on Victoria, but can she trust the notoriously wild and unpredictable god’s intentions?.
Review: First let me start off by saying this story takes place in many places, worlds and anywhere else in between. There was no shortage of a fast paced storyline that took me by surprise. I loved the story except for the m/f, male-female parts as I’m an mm reader. With the exception of that one thing the only other thing I found wrong was the lack of in depth information about the MC, Victoria. Which was fine with me.
There are many characters throughout that add their own elements to this book. I loved reading about each and every one of them. The mythology that was in them story was amazing. I love Greek mythology anyway so I was intrigued at the way it all unfolded.
Twists and turns along with mystery drew me into a world that was truly mesmerising to say the least.
Hi guys, we have Drako popping in today with the tour for The Dragon Hunters series, we have a brilliant interview with Drako, a great excerpt, a fantastic $25 Amazon GC giveaway and reviews from myself & Shorty, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~
The Lost Dragon
(The Dragon Hunters 01)
Andreas was born a Spartan warrior, long before human history even records Sparta existing. He served directly under Ares, until the day his lover was killed on the battlefield in front of him. On that day, he met his father, the mysterious Black Dragon God known as Jarel. From then on, he served his father faithfully, enforcing the laws of the primordial embodiment of black fire and father of the paranormal. Now, in these modern times, he hunts the rogue vampires and their leader. Little does he know, there’s more to this than vampires simply turning against his father.
While protecting the lovely Cassandra Odele, Andreas must battle forces he doesn’t know as he attempts to stop the resurrection of the Titan king, Cronus. Added to his problems, he now has two teenage nephews to see into adulthood. Of course, there’s always a twist when dealing with the gods, and Andreas will come face to face with his past, leaving him to decide which is more important, his soul or the world?
Victoria Damone is the daughter of the Black Dragon God, Jarel, and the goddess of magic and witchcraft, Hecate. Quick tempered and impatient, she strikes fear into the hearts of the rogue creatures rebelling against her father as well as the warlocks, servants of Prince of Darkness, Lucifer.
Ares, the god of war, is often misunderstood. Known only as a brutal god with an insatiable appetite for blood and destruction, as well as passing flings, the son of Zeus and Hera has spent most of his time defending Olympus from any and every threat.
Now the two meet and must combine forces. The Titan King, Cronus, has been resurrected by Lucifer and is quickly resurrecting his brethren to launch war against Zeus and all that stand with him. Not only this, but he’s even joined forces with the legendary beast Typhon, the only creature to ever come close to toppling the Olympian god king. As the gods prepare for an unavoidable war, Victoria must hunt one of the most powerful and cunning warlocks to serve under the Prince of Darkness and simultaneously train her nephew Brandon in her craft. Her pride demands that she do this alone, but Ares is not a god to be denied. Ares clearly has his eyes on Victoria, but can she trust the notoriously wild and unpredictable god’s intentions?
Odele, the goddess of Healing, has returned to Olympus, once again the direct servant to Hera, queen of the gods. Yet even after the defeat of Eris, her work is not done. The war of the gods is imminent now, with Cronus restored to life and the Titans back at his side. But before the battle can begin, Odele must find her mortal twin brother, who had been captured by the forces of the vampire Kalos years before. She asks Hera for her brother’s whereabouts, and the god queen allows her to attempt to rescue him, but under the condition that she’s accompanied by Apollo.
Apollo has waited ages for Odele’s return to Olympus to heal the heart he’d broken ages before. The process of healing won’t be easy, and Odele’s heart is not the only heart to be healed. Both Apollo and Odele’s lives are at risk, as they join the god of darkness in a battles against two children of Gaea and Odele’s own brothers, Cronus and Typhon. Will Odele’s heart be healed, and most importantly, will anyone survive this unique healing process?
The servants of Hecate have been subject to persecution for many years. They have been misunderstood, accused of worshipping the devil. And Hecate has had enough. The Devil, Lucifer, has finally invaded the human world and his true servants, warlocks, are growing bold. Lucifer’s influence has spread throughout the world and nothing is the same as it was before he came. There are those that can counter the power of the warlocks, and Hecate may have found one.
Vax King had just graduated high school when the world changed. And unlike everyone around him, he saw through the lies. The world was trapped in the spell of the father of all evil and he seemed to be the only one in the immediate area that could see it. Then again, he’s a solitary witch and no one else knows it. But he’s shocked when the goddess Hecate appears to him with a quest to gain a weapon to help fight the forces of evil. The weapon is the legendary hammer of the Norse god, Thor, Mjölnir, and if he can find this he can lead the forces of Hecate against their greatest enemy. But to gain it, he must survive the Rose realm and prove his worth. Should he fail, death is all that awaits. Can he prove to the enchanted weapon of the deceased god that he is more worthy of wielding it than the original owner, and therein become the leader of an army of witches ready and waiting to stand against Lucifer?
The heavenly war is coming to a head. The gods are ready. All that remains is the final clash between the most dominate forces of nature in existence.
Brandon has come to a decision. He can’t deny who his soul mate is. He’s the god of darkness and shadows, and his soul mate is a werewolf, Phil, the grandson of the very first werewolf. But things are never so simple. He has to get past the wolf’s insecurities in order to give them both a shot at true happiness
Demun wants to fight against his soul mate. He hates having a predetermined mate. And worse, his mate is the phoenix known to be unable to settle down. Vic, the phoenix in question, wasn’t fond of the idea either, but he’s been around enough to know that fighting against what your soul requires is pointless. He just needs a chance.
The twins lead complicated lives, as they must not only deal with their soul mates but fight alongside the Dragon Witch, Victoria, to protect their children, the new Moirae. As always, a new threat lies hidden in wait, attempting to create a monster out of god that will change the world for the worst. And it may cost them one of their own.
A king’s duty never ends, even when his kingdom changes. Vladimir Dracula is one of the most famous and misunderstood figures in all of history. One thing is true, he is a king, and he is a vampire. He is the true king and enforcer of the vampire race. Feared by all of his own kind, he is perhaps the most lethal of the Black Dragon God’s mortal born servants. At the same time, he personifies sex. None can resist his charms, save one.
Vax King is the Chosen of Hecate, the Heir of Mjolnir, and has no plans on a mate. When he’s called on to enter Fae lands, he’s surprised to find the legendary vampire there. Looking to aid the beautiful Fae, Anaya, and her soul mate, Galen, Vax must enter a world of sex of violence with only Vlad to accompany him. Here, there can be no denial, no hesitation. Only truth….and dominance.
A war is brewing in the Fae lands, as the fallen angels rise to lay claim to the power of their goddess, Verlaine and topple their higher brethren. Older than most, Vlad must accustom himself to having a soul mate, and use all his legendary power to stop the forces of darkness long believed to be controlled by him. A new kingdom is the prize, and none knows better than the famed Dracula that the secret to power lies in the blood.
I am so excited to reveal the covers for my next series. Aren’t they gorgeous?
An edgy romantic suspense set in in Baltimore, MD (one of my favorite cities) this series revolves around a foster family – a thief, a killer, a liar, and a stranger – who are dragged into the fight against a violent threat in their city. This battle will test their family, their futures, and their hard-won personal honor. And in midst of the chaos, they’ll meet the people who will become the reason they fight – for their lives and for the love that makes it all worthwhile.
I can’t even tell you how excited I am to bring this series to you but it gets even better! I’ve partnered with TOGETHER WE RISE, a group dedicated to helping foster kids all over the country. They provide duffle bags to kids in the system (no more carrying around their belongings in garbage bags), bikes for kids who’ve aged out of the system to help them get to jobs and school, and scholarships to help them continue their education. I’m proud to pledge a portion of the net royalties of each book in this series to this amazing group and their support of kids in foster care. You can check them out www.togetherwerise.org.
This series will hit your e-readers in February, May, July, and October 2018 . . . you can add the first book to your Goodreads TBR shelf.
Never Love series!
A Thief. A Killer. A Liar. A Stranger
When it comes to love. . . never say never.
Billionaire philanthropist and businessman, George Tarras, was not a man who tolerated excuses of any kind. Not from himself. Not from his employees and not his son. When sixteen-year-old Alek indulged in a little youthful hacking of government websites and theft, George decided to let him fully experience the consequences of his actions: two weeks in a juvenile facility and one year of community service.
Always one to lead by example, George volunteered during this time at the local community center and got to know the three youths who befriended his son: a thief, a grifter, and a killer. In spite of their pasts he saw something special in all of them: hope and a future full of promise.
By the end of that fateful year, George had put into motion the opportunity to change their lives if they dared to take it. A gift—freely given—but carrying responsibility and consequences.
But, what he really gave them was the one thing they all needed the most…a family.
Brothers and a sister—they would do anything to protect each other.
But, danger is coming. Secrets and lies will test their bonds, challenge their courage, and test their definition of family and love.
To win, they will have to resurrect their pasts and revisit demons buried long ago.
To survive, they will have to rely on bonds formed not by blood but by loyalty.
To love, they will have to risk everything.
NEVER LOVE A THIEF Book One
Stealing is easy. Love is dangerous.
Rescued from the streets at sixteen, former thief, Carmen “Mina” Salazar, is a law-abiding citizen who no longer indulges in her favorite pastime: freeing the wealthy from the burden of their belongings. Now Mina spends her days and nights running St. Nick’s, her bar in the Fell’s Point section of Baltimore. Abandoned by her father for reasons she doesn’t understand, trust doesn’t come easily for Mina. But a sexy, dangerous cop in her bar with a reckless proposition tempts her to take a chance.
The son of a former Baltimore police officer, FBI Special Agent Declan McGregor has spent his entire life trying to outrun the scandal of being the son of a drunk, dirty cop. But years of undercover work and living in the bowels of the dirtiest of organized crime networks has left him with a dead partner and relief he can only find at the bottom of a bottle. The man in the mirror looks a lot like his old man and a failed marriage and crumbling career testify to just how close to the bottom he really is.
Declan wants retribution for the death of his partner and Mina is the key. When her long-lost father turns up in the bed of the head of the mob responsible for the murder, Declan offers Mina the one thing she can’t pass up: the chance to find out why her father left her. All she has to do is what she does best . . . break, enter and steal her way into the inner circle of the syndicate. Danger fuels their intense attraction and soon the lines between revenge and lust are blurred by emotion and tested by betrayal. When lives are in the balance, there is only one question . . . is it ever safe to love a thief?
A USAToday bestseller, Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her books. Her stories burn up the sheets. . .one page at a time. When she’s not writing, she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, hoarding red nail polish and stalking Chris Evans.
A 2016 RITA® Award finalist, Robin’s books have won the National Reader’s Choice and Golden Leaf Awards and finaled in the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, and the Book Seller’s Best.
She lives in Maryland with her handsome husband, her two brilliant children (they get it from her, of course!), and her beloved furbabies, Dutch and Dixie Joan Wilder (Yes – THE Joan Wilder)
Drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org – she always writes back.
Hi guys, we have V.L. Locey popping in today with her new MF release Snap Shot, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway (Point Shot Trilogy (MM series)). So guys, check out the post and click that giveaway link! <3 ~Pixie~
(Cayuga Cougars 01)
Mario McGarrity has been around the block – and rink – more than a few times.
He’s creeping up on retirement age, has some dings and dents, and says what’s on his mind. Not exactly what most would consider a luxury ride, but his beautiful Lila – the transgender woman who stole his heart – loves him like no other woman ever has despite a little rust here and there.
Everything is good – no, great – aside from the distance issue, until a surprise from Lila’s past crops up and moves in with her. Can Mario be the family man that Lila needs, or is this one game the old vet is unable to skate in?
Series: Mistress and Master of Restraint (Book 10)
Author: Erica Chilson
Length: Novel (311 pages)
Publisher:Erica Chilson (August 16, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥ 2 Hearts
Blurb: Cortez Abernathy, the modern day whipping boy. The orphan always walked alongside the man he was destined to shadow, enjoying the wealth, the indulgences, the influence, and the opportunities of the elite. Ezra Holden Zeitler was coddled, protected because he was the last of his family’s line. The heir would act out, and fearing Ezra’s tantrums and his mental illness, Cortez took the blame… the consequences… the punishments.
From the outside looking in, Cortez is selfish, lazy, and untrustworthy. Cortez tries to scream the truth, but no one ever takes him seriously- never listens. “Ezra did it!” In actuality, Cort is brutally honest while his lips twist into a charming smirk and his eyes glisten with amusement.
This life, this game, Ezra, has taken a toll on Cortez. The whipping boy only had one thing to call his own. It was inborn, a passion for words. The latest punishment rendered Cortez blocked, left to walk an endless abyss of an empty imagination. Without Cort’s ability to delve into his imaginary worlds, he was forced to live in reality.
Lost… confused… Cortez Abernathy struggles to survive.
One simple acknowledgement frees Cortez’s words. “Daddy.” The muse awakens from her long slumber and demands that Cortez go back to the beginning. Cortez Abernathy begins writing a memoir, The Hunter. As he pours his soul onto the pages, he begins to heal.
No longer lost or confused, Cortez realizes he doesn’t have to walk in Ezra’s shadow. Whether beside Ezra or without Ezra, Cortez will survive.
Review: Cortez, Ezra, and Katya are dealing with some very real issues that crop up sooner or later in some polyamorous relationships. And like most poly relationships, their household is more than just the three of them. They are a family with children. And like their children, they too have grown up in and around the affluent and the powerful, the sadistic and the masochist. But Cortez does not know who he is, other than totally in love with Ezra.
Erica Chilson’s 10th instalment of her series Mistress and Master Restraint is not for the faint of heart. Snuggle up; get good and comfy, because even if you are a dedicated fan of the series, you are in for a bumpy read.
Was it the incestuous (cousins) relationship? True, that is a limit of mine, but I read on. Was it the polyamorous lifestyle they lived? No. That was familiar. I had experience with, no limit there. Was it the BDSM? Have we met? Hardly. Even when the predictable storyline screamed stop! The writing…the writing flowed. The characters had depth (and I like to believe, not having read the other nine of the series, these were all incidental characters) and emotional gravitas.
However, the constant chapter past/present/present flashing proved too much. I cut my teeth on writers who were masters and mistresses of the art of flashbacks and flash forwards and sideways but this novel Wily Wonker’ed me to distraction following Cortez around his life.
There even seemed to be more than a few moments when I truly believed that this might have been a Paranormal story because the author could have quite smoothly gone in that direction and then my only reaction would have been, “Well, d’uh. Finally!”
While I was trying to decide which one of us, the main character or myself needed to try the better living through chemistry route I perused the other reviews of this novel. You will be happy to note that I am in the minority. Apparently, there is a twist-ending cliffhanger you won’t see coming. So I won’t spoil it for you here.
Blurb:No one told Trey Grey that life could be dark and unpredictable. With the death of his father when he was eight, his mother’s departure from Earth on a syringe full of heroin, and the brutal abuse of his stepfather, Trey learned these lessons all too well on his own.
Now at twenty years of age, he is nearing the completion of his accounting degree and can finally glimpse the end of his life as a prostitute. The only profession he has ever known.
Wracked by nightmares of Willie’s years of abuse, and controlled by severe obsessive-compulsive disorders as a result, he seems to have a tentative handle on his own life. That is, as long as he keeps a death-grip and no one touches his Camaro, kitten.
But even the best-laid plans can be torn to gory bits.
His savior comes in the unlikely form of a spiky-haired blond named Justin, after a night of drunken debauchery that neither of them seems able to forget. Justin might just need Trey as much as Trey needs him.
Trey travels through his fearscapes and begins to find his own forgiveness, but at what cost to the manic-depressive Justin? Will they be able to live through the trauma of each other’s lives and find their own version of normal?
This is a gritty and raw story about escapism, and how one’s life can alter course when you least expect it. Trey looks at his own life with an irony that is sometimes amusing and often shocking, yet quickly draws the reader to his corner.Public Press Review
Review: Awesome cover. Warning this book does have child abuse and rape.
You have to give the author a round of applause for dealing with such a touchy subject. Well done!
I really liked this book. I like stories that deal with difficult situations and these deals with child abuse and rape in a very direct, compelling and heart-gripping story of a young man, Trey Grey.
Trey is a prostitute that has lots of street knowledge, since he has been on the street since he was a young boy. He is free from his stepfather, but this is the only way he has to make money and get through college.
Trey has secrets, so he doesn’t have any friends or steady boyfriends. With his past abuse, he has lots of issues with sex and accepting it as pleasure. And he can’t have anyone stay the night, since he has night terrors and sometimes loses it for days at a time.
He meets Justin at a restaurant, one day, and goes with him to a sex party at Justin’s. He has unique feelings and finds that Justin may be the one man who can deal with him, since he seems to have Demons of his own to deal with.
I really loved how this story unfolded with Trey’s past coming to us in vivid dreams that lead to him waking up in tragedy. I did find, at times, the transitions threw me a bit, until I realized we were back in a dream or just woke up.
Trey’s story is sadly beautiful, yet tragic. Beautiful in the sense that the poor man is dealing with such issues alone, trying to overcome his dark past, and surviving. The romance between Justin is a bit fast, yet they do take it slow and don’t have over expectations. I cannot wait for the next book to see how Trey manages his life.
If you like a story with lots of angst, dealing with tragedy, overcoming the past, and some hot sex, give this a try. I guarantee you will look at child-abuse in a different light.
Blurb:When trouble strolls in, common sense walks out.
After a lifetime of rejection by those he loved, Gary returned to the one place that once made him happy and resigned himself to a life alone. Opening his bar–aptly named ‘Trouble’–was his way of building a future and reminding himself, what he needed to stay away from. So when Trouble–AKA Brock–walks into his bar one night, he’s determined to keep his distance. No good could come from falling for Brock’s adorable smile and handsome face. Except, Brock seems just as determined to win Gary over, as Gary is to stay away. And when Gary realizes Brock may be the real deal, he must choose between protecting his heart or taking the ultimate chance on love.
Review: This is a well-written short story. This is the story of Gary’s metamorphosis and Brock is the instrument for change. In 12,000 words, the author conveys how one man has deliberately chosen to hide himself away from life and how another man can open a window and allow him to see that his life can change. Gary will need to get past himself and his own issues if he’s to find his HEA; and the author deftly demonstrates how Brock can show him how to do that.
Gary’s bar is a very apt setting for the tale and when the reader is introduced to Brock’s living situation, it is a foreshadowing of Gary’s impending character development and accepting the things that could change his life for the better. The conflict when it occurs is fitting, providing reader angst and changes the trajectory of the plot to bring about the final resolution to end the story.
All in all, this is a very satisfying short read. Characters are as well-developed as they can be in a short story, great use of language and dialogue, nice descriptions and a HEA to leave the reader with a smile.
Blurb: Jon Cooper used to think he wanted a life free of complications, but that was before he got involved with his roommate, Leander. Jon knows that the only thing he can’t lose is what he doesn’t have, but where does that leave him?
Leander Thorne, on the other hand, is an easygoing bookworm, with an addiction to books and cooking shows, and a soft spot for Jon, despite Jon’s grumpiness. He also happens to be a psychic specializing in finding lost pets and—more recently—lost people. He’s good at it. Too good if you ask Jon,
Unsolved crimes, missing people and bodies buried in the Mojave Desert make Jon’s and Leander’s lives anything but uncomplicated. Jon is forced to dig into his soul and find a way to let go of his past if he wants to keep Leander.
Review: I must first admit that I haven’t read the previous book in this series and I usually don’t think it’s fair to review a book without the back-story, but even so, I was enthralled. Maybe it’s because I like a good murder/mystery, or possibly, because Jon and Lender have such wonderful chemistry and a strong partnership when they go on adventures for Leander’s psychic work. Either way this story captured my imagination as well as the main characters capturing my heart. I love the way Jon takes such care of Leander, making sure he wears sunscreen, eats well, and watched out for his general well-being, all the while denying what his heart already knows, he’s totally lost in love with “Andy” and needs to come to terms with and admit it before he loses him.
The psych job Leander is on, the hunt to discover what has happened to heir apparent Ethan sends Jon and Andy on a wonderful wild goose chase. It’s also interesting to see Leander come into his psychic skills set and develop it. The secondary characters Harper introduces are quite complex and spike my curiosity also, they have plenty enough strength to balance the main story. The ending is surprising, and I especially enjoy the epilogue! I can say no more else, I give it all away. Definitely, a recommended read, in fact I’m going in search of Books 1-2, so I can be fully involved in Harper’s intriguing plot twists.
*Note: At time of posting, this title was free on several outlets, including Amazon and Smashwords
Title: If It Ain’t Love
Author: Tamara Allen
Genre: Historical (depression era)
Length: 34 pages (free edition)
Publisher: Tamara Allen (Aug. 25 2011)
Heat Level: Low – Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb:In the darkest days of the Great Depression, New York Times reporter Whit Stoddard has lost the heart to do his job and lives a lonely hand-to-mouth existence with little hope of recovery, until he meets Peter, a man in even greater need of new hope.
Review: This story won my heart. I love the cover also. It’s so well written for such a short story.
Whit Stoddard is a reporter in the time of the Great Depression. He is barely doing enough stories to get by. He meets Peter a man who is just fallen to the Great Depression. Peter changes Whit’s life in so many ways and shows him there is still humanity in the world and maybe even a chance for a man to find love.
This is a very beautiful story. I find I love this era. The way the author describes things so simply but elegantly; I felt as if I were there in the bread lines or there in the hotel with all the homeless. It is also one of those stories with some deeper meaning. You really should read it. It’s free so what do you have to lose?
I highly recommend this if you like depression era stories, reporters, love, hope for life and an all-around good story.
Blurb: Vampire prince Thomas Vanderguard has been alone for over two hundred years – ever since the deathblow that killed his companion Jacob. For centuries, Drones have sought to eradicate his family’s royal lineage so that a rival family may seize the throne and gain control of their territory. But Thomas’s life of self-imposed solitude came to an end a little over a year ago when Daniel Alexander walked into his life. After months of refusal, Thomas finally gives in to Daniel’s request to change him into a vampire even though he fears Daniel will meet the same fate as Jacob.
With a possible eternity of happiness stretched out in front of them, can Thomas keep his lover safe or is history about to repeat itself?
Review: Thomas has refused to love for two hundred years. The loss of his lover, Jacob, to the Drones scarred him deeply and he hasn’t been able to give his heart again. Since then Thomas has swore to destroy the Drones who want to wipe out his family, the Royal vampire family, but one night his world is turned on end when he meets Daniel. Daniel won’t take no for an answer and Daniel stumbles into Thomas’ world of danger, but Daniel knows what he wants and he wants eternity with the vampire he loves.
This story is a pretty good vampire story of love and determination. The story starts now, as Thomas is turning his lover Daniel, we get his worry and his feelings of love for Daniel and the loving support of Thomas’ family. It then goes back into the past to when Thomas and Daniel first met and the beginning of their relationship; we see how their attraction is instant but the different reactions to that attraction by the two men. Thomas pushes Daniel away, determined to keep him from his dangerous world, and Daniel is gung-ho on pursuing Thomas.
We get a very good feel for the history of the war between the vampires and the Drones and the reason behind it all, we see the danger that stalks the vampires and can fully understand Thomas’ reluctance to bring another lover into his world. Daniel falls into the world anyway and you admire his determination to pursue what he wants, even when he is scared. Their relationship is rocky at first, but evens out when Thomas opens his heart. But, that doesn’t mean it is all perfect. Because Daniel wants forever and Thomas still wants to keep Daniel safe from his world.
While Daniel and Thomas’ relationship progresses there is still the war with the Drones going on and we see the development of that as well, the losses and how it affects the characters, the devastation and the determination to wipe out the Drones. We also get to see the end of the war in an unusual conclusion.
So I found this story to be full of action, love, and worry. I am gunna have to recommend this to those who love vampires at war, finding and accepting love in trying conditions, hot sex and sweet love and a great ending.
Blurb: Chase and Jimmy have been a couple for years. When age begins to take a toll on Jimmy’s mother, both men head down to Jimmy’s native Alabama to help her out. They understand that they are walking into a town firmly planted in the Bible Belt, where Jimmy stayed in the closet because of his fear of judgment. But they don’t understand just how bad it can get, and how it will threaten to tear their good relationship apart.
Over the course of two weeks, old friendships rise up like ghosts and new problems rush in like a hurricane from the coast. Can Chase and Jimmy survive a town hell-bent on judgment? Or will they see their good relationship unravel under the strain?
Warning: Contains Steamy Male on Male Action Along With Mature Language
Review: Jimmy hasn’t much been home in over ten years, but now he’s headed there to visit his ailing mother with his boyfriend, Chase, in tow. When Jimmy graduated high school, he couldn’t get out of Alabama fast enough. Surrounded by hatred and ignorance he always hid his sexuality, and to this day, no one but his mother knows the truth about Jimmy and Chase.
Jimmy’s mom is very old-fashioned, even giving them the “you can’t sleep in the same bedroom!” ultimatum. Her and Chase take to each other immediately, but she is still hesitant to admit to herself that her son is gay. So she tries to push him toward his ex girlfriend. This coupled with fact that Jimmy refuses to acknowledge their ten-year relationship around his friends pushes Chase away. Jimmy soon learns that his fear of coming out may cost him the person he loves the most.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Eventually we all end up back home and if something drove you away, you end up having to come to terms with that as well, if you haven’t already. Chase was already the mature male in their relationship, and Jimmy had issues he had to deal with on his own terms. Alexander made sure that Jimmy remained a likeable character, even when his head was up his ass. His insecurities and unassuredness made him the perfect guy for Chase who was confident and outspoken.
The addition of just a couple of basic secondary characters really took this story up a notch for me. It was refreshing to see another side of the jilted ex girlfriend, Monica. Yes, she was pissed, at first, to learn of Jimmy’s sexuality. But only because she’d always thought something was wrong with her, to explain away his lack of interest. When the dust settles she stands by Jimmy and makes sure he knows he has a friend. And momma, although old-fashioned and slightly stubborn, eventually finds common ground with Chase. Jimmy. She sees the way they are with each other, stolen glances, and tender moments and realizes Chase truly does love her son. She can argue the right or wrong of being gay till the cows come home, but she can’t argue love.
This little book packs a lot in its pages. Love, compassion, ignorance, and understanding. And you know that Jimmy and Chase found a way around momma’s separate beds rule! I definitely recommend this book; it has a nice HEA, bonus!
Still grieving over the sudden death of his lover, antiques dealer Flynn Ambrose moves to the old, ramshackle house on Pitch Pine Lane to catalog and sell the large inventory of arcane and oddball items that once filled his late uncle’s mysterious museum.
But not all the items are that easy to catalog. Or get rid of…
The Haunted Heart series. Four seasons. Four ghosts. Two hearts.
Winter. Since Alan died, Flynn isn’t eating, isn’t sleeping, and isn’t spending a lot of time looking in mirrors. But maybe he should pay a little more attention — because something in that 18th Century mirror is looking at him.
Review: A ghostly murder/mystery in true Lanyon form. While this new series has a lot of the bookmarks of the Holmes & Moriarity series, the ghosts are all new, and the tormented and depressed Flynn gives me chills. The “agreement” he works out with his family haunted the back of my mind, having thought I knew what it might be, awaiting the big reveal. Now I must say I am a fan of Josh’s work. I am a murder/mystery hound, and when you throw in two hot lovers, it’s even better! The spookiness, the clues, and chasing down leads into the lady in the mirror kept me thoroughly entertained. The sexual content is not the main draw here, and while it was sensual, the bedroom scenes were merely a stepping-stone for this ghost riddle-solving new couple, or should I say roommates. I look forward to the rest of the series, and hopefully Kirk can work some sense, and sensuality, into Flynn’s life! If you love sleuthing, grab this book!
Blurb: Ryan Borja met the guy of his dreams in college. Brady Novak was kind, responsible, and easy on the eyes. Yeah, the guy had a kid but Ryan loved her too. What could go wrong? Well, Ryan’s sister Ellie, that’s what. Ellie is a flighty; love-em-and-leave-em kinda girl with a big heart who doesn’t realize she dated the guy Ryan had fantasized about. But, like all of Ellie’s other relationships, this one ended within two months, just in time to send Brady running off to take a job in Phoenix, taking Ryan’s heart with him.
Ryan never thought he’d see Brady again until eight years later Ryan’s sister blindsides him by announcing that not only is Brady back in Atlanta but she’d asked him out on a date. And he’d accepted. As if that wasn’t enough to send Ryan on a tailspin, a neighborhood girl brings him face to face with Brady in an unexpected way.
Brady can’t believe when he sees Ryan again. He assumed Ryan had moved on from Atlanta, like he’d always said he would. But Brady hasn’t forgotten his cute, nerdy friend and wants nothing more than to have a chance to try the relationship they never got to have all those years ago, but convincing Ryan that he hadn’t slept with Ellie proves difficult. Ryan is still hurt over the way they left things and makes it an uphill battle, but Brady has waited too long. He’ll damn well give a good go of trying to get his man and with the help of his precocious teenage daughter and a little help from friends; they may just get their Happily Ever After.
Review: Ryan and Ellie Borja share more than just blood, they also happen to be attracted to the same man. Brady Novak stormed into their lives eight years ago when they were in college, and then blew out just as quickly several months later, taking Ryan’s heart with him. Brady was graduating and had landed a great job that would give him the ability to support himself and his young daughter, Delila. Miscommunication and Misunderstandings led Ryan to believe Brady was upset over his breakup with his sister. When in fact, Brady was more upset because he was losing Ryan.
Time heals all wounds, and over the next eight years, Ryan got over Brady, or so he thought. Until his sister shares the news that Brady is back in town, worse still, she has a date with him. Old feelings that Ryan thought were long-buried resurface and he’s flooded with the memories he’s tried so hard to forget. Ryan is nothing if not stubborn and hard-headed, the more Brady tries to talk to him the more Ryan pushes him away. Add to that the precocious teenager that lives in Ryan’s building who is hell-bent on setting Ryan up with her dad, and these two have several hurdles to climb. If only Brady could get Ryan to stand, still long enough to be honest with him about his feelings.
Boehme is quickly becoming a loud voice within the M/M genre with stories that are based on realistic life events and contain extremely likeable characters. I’m not usually a fan of angst within a storyline, but Boehme has a knack of knowing how to mold the angst into passion and love that make it bearable and believable. I think the moral of this story is to be honest about your feelings, not only with yourself but with that person as well. How do you know what he or she is thinking, if you never ask? Oh, and have some mind-blowing sex and blow jobs coupled with some toe-curling kisses on that journey as well, I mean what’s life… without a little fun?
Anthony Carrow never thinks to find the love of his life when he goes to a bar with his best friend Steven Dell. Getting over the death of his lover has been a hard task for Anthony. After two years he’s still broken-hearted and doesn’t have any intention of joining the dating scene. However, going with Steven to scope out a werewolf club to help his friend find a mate leads to unexpected consequences.
Silver, alpha leader of the Moon pack, has been searching for his mate for a long time. Unhappy with the men he meets he’s given up searching for the man of his dreams until Anthony walks into the bar.
Can a man who’s already suffered a loss once be persuaded to give love a second try or will fear hold them back from finding the love they both deserve.
Blurb:Lark left Derek in the hands of alien torturers. Derek refused to believe Lark could be innocent. But desire still burns between them, and they need each other to survive Can they overcome the lies and betrayal of their past?
Lark Zaccaro and Derek Carlson were partners and friends. Lark wanted more. Then someone at the Intergalactic Investigations Bureau sold them out to enemy aliens. Lark was forced to abandon Derek to the enemy, and Derek bought the IIB’s story that Lark betrayed them all.
When Lark’s deep cover mission and Derek’s new job in search-and-rescue collide, the desire simmering between them explodes. Lark needs Derek’s help to escape a new enemy, and Derek needs to discover the truth about what really happened on that alien planet. Can they overcome lies and betrayal and find the love and comfort they seek, or will their past forever keep them apart?
CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains scenes of dubious consent.
Review: Lark has no choice but to leave his partner behind when his partner got captured, he has lived with the guilt for six months but he tried everything he could to get his partner out, now six months later Derek is his prisoner and Lark tries to get Derek to face the truth. Derek doesn’t know what to believe but he knows that he has to try to resist the man he loves and escape out of the hellhole he is in.
This book is well written and is extremely intense from the beginning till the end. Lark knows the truth of what really happened six months ago while Derek believes what he has been told by the Intergalactic Investigation Bureau now they are face to face and both men are bitter and angry and it is directed at each other. This is a very emotional explicit story as we see both men struggle with their feelings of anger, betrayal, and guilt for different reasons.
There are unexpectedly numerous explicit, erotic sex scenes, which have a BDSM kink but nothing really heavy. All the scenes are intense as we progress through the book and we get an overview of what happened to separate the two men in the first place and we see the progression of the relationship as they admit their feelings to each other but it isn’t an easy ride for either men as they try to sort out their doubts, escape and to admit that they had both changed since they last saw each other.
The storyline is good and I really can’t wait for the next book in the series as I really want to see how the plot will unfold, we get the beginning in this book as Derek finally realizes just where the betrayal came from and Lark knows beyond a doubt that he was left on Lancarina in deep cover to die, now with both men back together anything is possible ;-). We also have some dark areas where torture and rape are alluded to and the brutal treatment that Derek suffered and Lark had to dish out while undercover are spoken or thought of.
I have to recommend this one to those who love science fiction, brutal worlds, deep betrayal, lies, truth, really hot erotic sex, two men looking for the truth and a happy ending.