Shine by Shea Balik

Shea Balik - Shine Cover 3845h4nTitle: Shine

Series: Uncorked 04

Author: Shea Balik

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (193pgs)

Publisher: Shea Balik (December 8, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Raise your wine glasses high to toast the men of Dahlonia while they discover the secret to happiness – LOVE.

Shine was over people thinking because he had a southern accent, and made moonshine, that he was a hillbilly redneck with no education. Sure, he occasionally liked to fuck with them and spout out his grandpappy’s sayings, like every dog should have a few fleas, but that didn’t make him dumber than a box of rocks. So, when he met a man who made his heart race and his mouth go dry with the thought of licking every inch of his body, then instantly put him down because he was making moonshine instead of wine, Shine dared him to try and drink with the big boys.

Montague knew better than to take the challenge to drink the moonshine Shine was offering, but he refused to be insulted by some hick from this small, backwater town. The fire that ignited in his stomach and burned a path up his throat, making him want to cry for his mommy, told him just how stupid he could be. Fucking pride. If Shine didn’t get that smirk off his face at Montague’s reaction to the battery acid he called alcohol, Montague was going to punch him in the mouth. Or kiss him. It was a tough call to make.

There is a fine line between love and hate, especially when alcohol is involved. Then again, it might take a little liquid courage to drop their defenses enough to discover their passion for each other.

ISBN: 978-1-37063-179-7

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

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

To me there is nothing better than a good romance between two sexy men. If those me just so happen to throw sparks off and have some humor going on, then the better. I came across this author some time ago and knew she was going to be one that I would follow. Her stories always have just a bit of conflict in them, lots of humor, hot sex and some good old fashion loving.

When people find out that Shine talks with a southern accent and deals with moonshine, they tend to throw him to the curb and call him a redneck hillbilly with no brains. That is what happens when he comes across Montague. The truth is, Shine is probably one of the smartest men around.

Montague has never really had a job, just a few part-time ones here and there. He has a job now as tour guide, but the creep he works for is asking for a bit more then our sexy man is willing to give. Now the first time Montague and Shine meet, it doesn’t go down so well. But he might be the only one willing to give Montague a full time job and help.

Sparks fly and so do the clothes when these two finally get it together. You mix that in with some powerful alcohol and we will see what happens with these two. Great story with likable characters. I always did get a kick out of this series, and definitely can’t wait to get my hands on the next one. But I will leave the drinking to those who can handle the crazy alcohol that Shine makes.

Blush by Shea Balik

Title: Blush

Series: Uncorked 03

Author: Shea Balik

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (184 Pages)

Publisher: Shea Balik (November 29, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Raise your wine glasses high to toast the men of Dahlonia while they discover the secret to happiness – LOVE.

Fifteen years ago, Kadyn Bellamy and Valor Lee had blown any chance of building a future together. Valor had joined the CIA to hunt down terrorists and Kadyn abhorred violence. At the time, their differences had seemed insurmountable.

When Valor shows up in Dahlonia looking as hot as ever, Kadyn needs to decide if he can reconcile their divergent viewpoints. The choice wasn’t as easy as it might seem. If only the love he’d felt for Valor had diminished, he could easily walk away. It didn’t seem fair that he might have to give up the love of his life, twice.

All Valor wanted was the future he and Kadyn had dreamed. For fifteen years, his love for Kadyn had only grown. He’d known when he’d walked away from Kadyn all those years ago, it would be a challenge to convince Kadyn they could still make their dreams come true.

It was only when tragedy struck, that Kadyn was forced to come to grips with the past. With eyes wide open, he was ready to take a step into the future. He just needed to decide if Valor would be a part of it or not

ISBN: B077PVX6MD

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

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

I came across Shea when she came out with the first book in the Cedar Falls collection. From that moment on I knew that she was going to become a favorite of mine. They seem to always have a quirky character in them, one that will always have you laughing your ass off. It seems that she has went on with that with the rest of her books. It is one of the things that I love the most.

Then there is an alpha male that our men fall in love with, as well as one that has had a rough time. However sometimes both men have had a bad tumble in life. With this story it has a deeper story inside. When wanting peace, it does take a bit of violence to get there. This story will have you in tears and also laughing.

Valor and Kadyn were lovers many years before and had been in love. With violence, brought in Valor’s desires to protect his family, friends and country. His father had been killed by terrorist, and he wanted to make those pay. He joined the CIA to make that work, but in doing so he destroyed what he had had with the man he loved.

Kadyn had lost his father to a violent act, all because of a football game. He went in the opposite direction as Valor. He was always wanting peace and never could stand violence. He saw a darker side to Valor, but his heart had been torn in two, when the man he loved chose the CIA to him. They went their own way.

Now fifteen years later, and Valor was back. He wanted the man he loved back with him. It was not going so well though. When Chet and Leo are attacked, and Chet fighting for his life, it brings Kadyn into focus. He was seeing why Valor had made the choice.

I am mostly on Kadyn side of the coin so to speak, violence only seems to bring more violence. However I can also understand Valor as well. Human’s seem to need the violence in their lives sometimes. There will never be peace completely. Shine was a big kick in this story, and can’t wait to read his. I think I actually loved this book even more then the others, but what a struggle our sexy Leo and Chet will have to go through. I really can’t wait to get to their story.

I enjoyed reading this and can guarantee that it will be read many times over. I had a lot of fun reading this and can not wait to get my hands on the next book. I can guarantee that this book will have you crying in your crackers. I loved it and would recommend it to all.

Full Bodied by Shea Belik

Title: Full Bodied

Series: Uncorked 02

Author: Shea Balik

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Shea Balik (November 14, 2017)

Length: Novella (124pgs)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Raise your wine glasses high to toast the men of Dahlonia while they discover the secret to happiness – LOVE.

For Nolan Woods, life had been a miserable existence that had left him lonely and depressed. Nothing had ever seemed to go his way. It was his own fault for being such a loser, but it would still be nice if just once he had something end up in his favor. Unfortunately, for that to happen he’d have to put down the food he loved so much.

West Baxter led a charmed life. In college, he and his friends had decided to open a winery, allowing him to travel and meet new people. It had been a playboy lifestyle but when he met Nolan Woods, he found himself longing to settle down instead. Too bad their new winery needed him out on the road to sell their wines it they ever hoped of being the success they had dreamed about.

Nolan’s misery had him taking drastic action to change himself. He never thought in a million years anyone would like him as he was. But before he could go under the knife, West had finally had enough of life on the road and seduced Nolan.

Suddenly Nolan no longer knew what to do. He didn’t believe West would ever be able to love him as he was, but if he told West his plans West just might realize what a loser Nolan was and leave him even sooner. Either way, Nolan had to pray that West would understand that Nolan could no longer be Full Bodied.

ISBN: 9781370030200

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords

Reviewer: Lisa

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

Nolan is a sweet young man who has just a slight little problem. He is overweight and needs to lose it. Not only for his health but for his happiness. All through growing up and into adulthood he had been teased and bullied. He left home hoping never to come back. That all ended when his mother called him about his fathers death, and begged him to come home. So getting a job at the winery sounded good. He just hadn’t expected to have a crush on one of the bosses.

West was that boss, the one Nolan had a crush on. Sexy as all get out, he has a big heart as well. He has wanted Nolan from the start, but had decided he needed to take his time. He traveled quite a bit for the business and wasn’t yet ready to give it up. That is until he found Nolan in tears.

This is a cute story that made my day. I had a blast reading it and the characters were just perfect for it. This story caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It has a fully developed plot that will keep you entertained, and some pretty hot sex. I can not wait to get my hands on the next story.

Bubbly by Shea Balik

Title: Bubbly

Series: Uncorked 01

Author: Shea Balik

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Shea Balik (October 19, 2017)

Length: Novella

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Raise your wine glasses high to toast the men of Dahlonia while they discover the secret to happiness – LOVE.

There was no doubt about it, Macalister Whitmore was as straight-laced as they came. He worked all the time, never did anything that would be considered fun, and almost always wore a suit and tie, even in the laid back southern town of Dahlonia, where the dress code tended to be jeans and t-shirts. It was how his parents raised him and Macalister was sure even a tanning salon couldn’t change that.

David Wilson wanted to throttle his best friend for sending Mac to his tanning salon to try and loosen up the uptight lawyer. He had never met anyone that had actually worn a suit to a tanning salon before. What Mac needed was a doctor to remove that stick from his ass. Then again, if Mac continued to look down his nose at David, he would remove it himself.

Still, it seemed that opposites do attract, so they decide to give each other a chance.

Happily ever after may sound like a dream come true, but no one ever said it didn’t come with pain and heartache. Will they walk away from each other, or walk through hell for the chance to pop some Bubbly and celebrate finding their happy ending?

ISBN:

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords

Reviewer: Lisa

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

A brand new series by one of my favorite authors, and I knew right off the bat I had to read it. She creates worlds that are funny as hell, with a serious tone to parts of it and some interesting times to find. The characters are fully developed just as the story itself is.

Mac is a focused on work and no fun. From the time he was born his parents told him what he was going to do and where he would work. He got his law degree and went to work where they wanted, but then he decided to think for himself. Now he was a lawyer for the people. So his friends decided to help him out. They sent him to get a tan.

David was a pretty good guy and loved owning his own business. He gave tans out, and it didn’t always turn out well. Guys thought it meant he was up for anything. Then he was told about Mac, and man is that guy just meant to be punched. However he looks underneath the facade, and well things heat up.

It is a pretty good story although the characters both needed to be swatted. I had a lot of fun reading this and definitely would recommend it.