Water Colors by Trina Lane

WatercolorsLGTitle: Water Colours
Series: A Dreaming in Color Novel
Author: Trina Lane
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (224 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 12th, 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Phil Alcorn is a vivacious artist living a lonely life. He has hundreds of acquaintances, dozens of casual lovers, but few know his real story. His best friend has found the love of his life, but that leaves Phil with a lot more time to think about the man who opened his eyes to a new and terrifying world one winter night eighteen months ago.

Will Archer has spent his life competing around the world for the US Swim Team, but his mind frequently drifts toward the hills of San Francisco, where Phil lives amidst the fog.

Sparks flare hot in the bedroom, and their friendship deepens each time the two meet. Keeping their arrangement on the down low prevents friends’ inquisitions into their relationship. Will’s heart beats for the artist whose paintings and sculptures move his soul, and Phil’s antics fill Will’s stressful life with laughter. Phil has never believed in happy ever after, but he’s drawn to Will over and over.

Despite their deepening connection, they fear that if they change the rules now, the very thing that captivates them will disappear. Can the pair create a masterpiece all their own, or will their fears drown any chance at happiness?

ISBN: 978-1-63216-397-4

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5939&cPath=54_1323

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I’m going to be honest; it took me a bit to get into the story, mostly because one of our characters is a commitment-phobe and a very unapologetic man-slut. But once I got past that fact, which really did niggle at me for a bit, I realise that this book has two of my favourite themes to be found in a contemporary MM story: sports and the arts. Because who can resist a buff athlete and a carefree artist? Not me, that’s for sure! It also helps that a lot of thought went into this and it reflected in the plot.

The plot is very basic and very subtle. Phil Alcorn is an artist and despite having some very good friends and living a bit of a carefree lifestyle (although he is very much in demand as an artist), he is afraid of falling in love. I think there’s a psychology essay into his character. It’s one of those more typical mind frames of “I got no love from my parents so I don’t want to love anyone in my life because they will leave me”.

A friend of his best friend, Gabe’s, boyfriend is Will Archer. Will like his best friend, Nick, is a professional swimmer and the two had both had competed in many international and national competitions as well as making the Olympic team.

This is an odd story, which had me torn between loving and liking it. It’s subtle because Will and Phil have this casual relationship which over the course of a couple of years steadily grows. They meet each other at the end of their college days because of Nick and Gabe, who were only a newly minted serious couple at that point in the past.

Stuff happens, life happens, but somehow these guys don’t actually completely forget about each other. However, in between all that, we do get to read about Phil having sex with at least two other men, or encountering a past one-night stand.

There is a lot of sex in this story, although I didn’t mind it and I don’t think there was too much unnecessary sex scenes. It probably helps that all the sex scenes are damn steamy and hot. I also liked the fact that we got to learn about both Will and Phil in detail – we got to see Will at some swimming competitions and Phil getting engrossed on his art.

Although some of it bugged me, because writing this actually made me think of a scene of Phil painting and forgetting about his hook-up. The swim competition scenes were enjoyable, especially where Will was talking to other swimmers and the commentary-like pace that the races were described in. I thought it helped give a real good feel for Will’s character and competitive nature, because outside of the pool he comes across more meek and mild.

I really think that there’s something in Nick and Gabe’s story. They were fun guys and although they never tried to match make their best friends they were suspicious of what was going on between Will and Phil. There was one character, Mel, who made a very brief appearance – in fact, everything about her was brief despite the fact she managed Phil’s art gallery and was his manager, so I would have liked a bit more there, but what we did get was still good, it was just quick and abrupt.

But seriously, all these little niggling issues I mention, become nothing because there is a happily ever after! This was my first Trina Lane book and I won’t object to reading more in the future.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Love's Return by Trina Lane, 2nd edition

lovesreturn_exlarge_PNG-210x336Title: Love’s Return, 2nd Edition
Series: N/A
Author: Trina Lane
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (65 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (January 23rd 2015) Available for Early Download
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: Will love get a second chance or is history destined to repeat itself?

Critical care pediatrician Dean Whitten spends his days working with pint-sized people who hold the power to bring him great joy or, when the situation takes a turn for the worst, break his heart. He finds himself having a rare day off and he really wants to make the best of it. However, it happens to be Valentine’s Day and Dean hasn’t had anyone special in his life for a very long time—fifteen years to be exact.

Dean is resilient, though, and is determined to make the best of the day alone. Cupid, however, decides to give Dean a little surprise when his past comes back in a big way.
Just out of the Marine Corps, Eric Sparks is starting over in life. When he decides to break from preparing for his new job by going to the movies, he isn’t expecting to encounter the boy—now a grown man—who stole his heart as a teenager.

Fifteen years ago, Eric left the country with his military family, ending his and Dean’s budding relationship. The two quickly discover that their dormant feelings are erupting again, especially once they’re back in each other’s arms.

But Dean is settled in his life and Eric is scheduled to move across country in a matter of days. Will love and life give them a second chance?

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.

ISBN: 978-1-78430-377-8

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/loves-return

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: Two childhood friends and lovers find each other again after being apart for fifteen years. They run into each at of all places a movie theater on Valentine’s Day. Both of them are alone and still single. The fireworks start almost immediately as they both learn that neither has forgotten the other and love still exists between them.

Along with some very hot and wicked sex.

I loved Dean and Eric. They weren’t perfect; they were normal everyday men that just felt real to me. I was invested that they had their happily ever after. This was an awesome well-written and fast past read that left me satisfied and happy at the end. This book just did it for me.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com*

The Taste of Devotion by Trina Lane

15778173Title: The Taste of Devotion

Series: Phantom River Series

Author: Trina Lane

Genre: Paranormal/Wereshifters

Length: Novel (178 pages)

Publisher: Total E-Bound (July 30th, 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb: One man searching for a place to call home stumbles into the arms of another wishing for a mate to complete his.

Cooper Tessen, enforcer for the Phantom River Pack and Sheriff of Stonepass, has watched each of his two best friends enjoy their mated bliss. He’s thrilled they’ve found happiness; however, he feels a distance growing between him and his blood brothers because he has no experience of the connection between a shifter and his mate. Cooper fills the hours of his lonely days by spending as much time as possible working at the station to protect his town, and, secretly, off on dangerous missions for the government. Burning the candle at both ends gives him little time to focus on his longing to have a mate of his own.

Darren Caisil is on the run. Accused of a murder he didn’t commit, it’s either become a lone wolf or be killed by the very pack he’d spent his life trying to serve. He hits rock bottom when he finds himself lost, alone, hungry, and freezing in nowhere Montana during the dead of winter. His last semi—conscious thought as he succumbs to the inevitable is that an angel is lifting him towards heaven. When he wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, he finds it wasn’t an angel after all, but a man. And not any man, but another wolf shifter…one who claims to be Darren’s mate.

As they explore their mating bond, Cooper tries to get Darren to open up about his past but the man refuses to share his secrets. Frustrated, Cooper decides to do a little digging on his own. Unfortunately, it seems Cooper’s investigation may have stirred up a hornet’s nest when it draws the attention of some of Darren’s former pack members who are bent on revenge…

Reader Advisory: This book can be read as a stand-alone, but may be more enjoyable when read in sequence.

Product Link:http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?P_ID=1749

Reviewer: Thommie

Review: I did not expect it, but I really liked this story. I get a bit paranoid when it comes to wereshifters and werewolves but, oh my, Ms. Lane had this were-lore nailed. I’m not going to bother with the story as the blurb pretty much says it all but I’m going to stand on the points that I like so much.

First, there is the mating issue that we have often seen on were-stories but not very often is pulled so good. The magical issue of mating is a pro and a con when it comes to explain relationships between were-pairs, in this case, there is the link that allows the pair to channel their thoughts, but it doesn’t mean that they will automatically know each other’s thoughts. There can be secrets, that gives a notch of suspense in this story since Darren tries indeed to keep his past a secret, and Cooper, well Cooper has a whole big pit of them.

Then I loved the time that Ms. Lane gave her characters to build their mating bond. Yes, yes I admit that at some point I thought perhaps she gave them a lil bit too much time, you know, it kinda got boring with all that talk and all that emotional charge; but it worked for me this time, since Darren is an emotional character, being secluded and abused his entire life and having a major culture shock, I think he is entitled of time.

And of course, there was the sexual dynamic between the pair. Now I have not read any of the other books of the series, or any other book in general from this writer, but damn she had me with the sexual scenes; very intense, very sensual, and oh so very hot. I think the author handled Darren’s virginity with great mastery and well, if I didn’t liked Cooper until that point (which ofc I did), I loved him for his sensitivity. Made me wish I had a were-mate myself 😉

Last I just loved the Phantom River’s pack; their interaction with the outside world and humans, the way the pack works within, the friendship and respect that are in a blur yet distinguish themselves when necessary, everything about this were-story was great for me and I enjoyed it so much. I totally recommend this to anyone with a thing for wolves, fantasy and adventure for this book has it all.