Wide Open Spaces by Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens - Wide Open Spaces CoverTitle: Wide Open Spaces

Series: States of Love 02: Wyoming

Author: Renee Stevens

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (98pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-63477-702-5

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (31st August 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 – 3 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Devon fled Wyoming as soon as he turned eighteen, leaving behind his high school love, Levi. After six years in the big city, Devon returns to his hometown. Not much has changed, except that Levi is no longer in the closet. He’s also single and living his dream—managing the local wild horse population. Both of them are very interested in picking up where they left off, but Devon is no more ready to reveal his orientation than he was as a teenager.

No one is going to shove Levi back in the closet—not even Devon. For a relationship to work, they’ll have to put the past behind them and find the courage to face the future as who they really are—a couple in love. But Devon doesn’t know if he’s strong enough. Maybe Levi would be better off without him—and his hang-ups.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States. (Written by various authors)

Purchase Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wide-open-spaces-by-renee-stevens-7393-b

Review: When Devon left Wyoming for the big city when he was eighteen he was determined never to return even if he had left the man he loved behind, six years later Devon returns after realizing that he’s a small town boy at heart. Levi returned to Wyoming when he finished collage and although he had regrets about Devon leaving he understood why he did, but when Devon returns and they pick up their relationship Levi can’t help wonder if Devon is trying to push him back in the closet. Devon has to face his fear of coming out or he might just lose Levi for good.

This story is pretty good and the characters are interesting, we get to see these men reconnect and rediscover each other. Their love never really faded so it rekindles quite quickly, they are hot together and they are a great couple.

Levi is relaxed and comfortable with his sexuality, he came out while he was at collage and has refused to hide from the bigots. Devon was out in the city but now he’s home he has no intention of letting anyone know he’s gay, he’s scared of how they will act towards him so avoids all mention of his sex life. It causes tension between Levi and Devon when Levi realizes that Devon won’t go out in public with him even as friends, because Devon doesn’t want to be tarred with the gay brush.

Like I said earlier this story is pretty good but it does lack something, it meandered along at a decent pace but never quite struck the cord with me. I was expecting something more really, maybe more soul-searching and some more tension, but it kinda just fizzled out and left me feeling like there should have been more to the story.

I recommend this to those who love gentle rekindling love, finding the courage to be yourself and a kinda sweet happy ending.

Wrenches, Regrets, & Reality Checks by L.A. Witt (2nd Edition)

L.A. Witt - Wrenches, Regrets, & Reality Checks CoverTitle: Wrenches, Regrets & Reality Checks

Series: Wrench Wars 03

Author: L.A. Witt

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short (67pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-63477-386-7

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (31st August 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 – 3 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie, Lisa & Aerin

Blurb: When Reggie’s garage became part of a popular reality show, business went through the roof. And he supposes having his shop in the black is a fair trade for jumping through the network’s hoops.

As the show’s lowest-ranking producer, Wes is tasked with proposing a new spin-off show to Reggie. The sexy mechanic makes him sweat on a normal day, but this time, Wes is holding cards he can’t show. With execs breathing down his neck, he’s expected to pitch a show Reggie will never agree to do, even if his rejection puts his existing show on the line.

The network is counting on Reggie refusing to sign. But they’re not counting on their messenger falling for the man they’re trying to fire.

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press, 2015.

Purchase Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wrenches-regrets-reality-checks-by-la-witt-7394-b

Pixie’s Review: ♥♥♥♥ 3 ½ Hearts

Reggie has his own garage that appears on the popular reality show Wrench Wars, he’s happy with the way things are but whenever one of the TV producers turn up there’s usually gonna be a big headache in his future. Wes is the low ranking TV producer who has been tasked with giving Reggie the news that he has to take part in a spin-off show or his garage will get booted off the show, and he knows that his bosses are trying to stich Reggie up.

I liked this story and really enjoyed it, Reggie’s the macho man who just wants to be left alone to work on cars and Wes is the low key producer who wishes he wasn’t being used by his bosses to stich up the hunky garage owner. When these two meet the sparks fly and boy are they hot together! But Wes still has a job to do and Reggie has a contract he has to fulfil.

This is a cute story that brings to men together and begins something special between them, whether they’ll be able to make it work *shrugs* maybe we’ll find out how they’re doing in later books in the series. The actual storyline is pretty simple, Reggie is backed into a corner and he has to find a way out, Wes offers what advice he can (though he’s not supposed to) and Reggie comes up with an audacious plan that has the Networks plans backfiring.

I recommend this to those who love hot short stories, great characters, and a happy for now ending.   

Lisa’s Review: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

This really is a cute little story but one that I didn’t fall in love with. It is cute though. Reggie had been doing a popular reality show for a while however the ratings were going down. Due to the way his contract was written they could offer him a way to keep his show on line or breach of contract would make his show discontinued. He was totally lost with what to do, however the man who had brought him the spinoff show was someone that he had wanted to get to know, he just didn’t know Wes wanted the same thing.

Wes was told to offer Reggie the new spinoff show or tell him that his show that he was doing was going to be cancelled. The problem was Wes didn’t want to do it, although he did because it was his job. The major problem was he wants Reggie for himself. He knew Reggie wouldn’t do the show he was pitching to him; however he didn’t know it would be for the reason Reggie told the producers. Talk about shock of all shocks.  Although I do have to tell you when these two hook up it is full of passion and fire.  There is just a hint of true feelings in them.   

This story was like I said cute, however it left me hanging in a way I don’t like. I want the two to fall in love and live happily ever after and this story doesn’t do that exactly. I sure hope there is a book two to this, showing them going forward in their future.

Aerin’s Review: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Although it is part of a series, Wrenches, Regrets, & Reality Checks can be read as a standalone, much like the prior two books. Despite how much I loved the first book (and how much hope I had for this one as well), this was everything I know short stories to be: weak premise, underdeveloped characters, unconvincing romance between the main characters and worst of all… a barely there HFN.

Reggie and Wes’s story and interest in each other comes out of nowhere and ends pretty much in the same direction. The chemistry between them was unconvincing and underwhelming and although the sex was pretty hot, it didn’t blow me away because there were NO feelings involved.

I guess I needed more of everything; more character development, more interactions between Wes and Reggie, an epilogue or anything to show me these two have a future together and things worked out. To say I’m disappointed by that ending is putting it mildly.  

I’m not sure if this book puts an end to this series, but if there’s more in the future, they need to be more similar to the first book, because that I adored!

Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain

Tara Lain - Lord of a Thousand Steps CoverTitle: Lord of a Thousand Steps

Series: Love in Laguna #4

Author: Tara Lain

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (220 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 31st 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts

Blurb: To architecture student Ian Carney, family means everything. Taken in by his brother, Jim, when his father threw him out at eighteen for being gay, Ian yearns to create his own family with his boyfriend, Rico. But Rico’s in Mexico caring for a sick father, Ian hasn’t had sex in a month and a half, and his gorgeous boss, Braden Lord, CEO of the architectural firm Ian interns for, is looking better and better.

Braden’s life is chaos. Just out of the closet and going through an ugly divorce from his wife of fifteen years who’s trying to take custody of his two children, he desperately resolves not to succumb to a completely inappropriate attraction to Ian—even though his kids adore both the man and his crazy cat.

When Rico proves to be a snake in the grass and Ian exercises his powers of seduction, what starts as a “friends with benefits” fling turns into real life real fast. Can Ian give up his romantic dreams for an “old guy” who didn’t come out until he carried a mountain of baggage? It’ll only take a thousand steps.

ISBN: 9781634776660

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lord-of-a-thousand-steps-by-tara-lain-7389-b

Reviewer: Aerin

Review: Braden and Ian are my absolutely favorite couple in this whole series!! I loved the first book but I have to admit I’ve been slightly disappointed by books 2 & 3. This book however was amazing!

There are so many things that stand in the way of Braden and Ian’s relationship: age difference, a messy divorce and a couple of kids, the fact that Braden is Ian’s boss, and let’s not forget Rico, the cheating bastard who didn’t deserve Ian’s loyalty. But none of those things seem to matter because the chemistry between Ian and Braden has no limits.

Braden’s kids were cute and lovable, especially JoJo, but at times I thought his 5 year old daughter was way too smart for her own age (too precocious to be believable). However, I LOVED Ian’s relationship with both kids so much; I was able to overlook certain details.

The sex is smoking hot (although not enough of it for my tastes), this couple has everything going for them while simultaneously having many things going against them; I’m telling you, there’s not a dull moment to be found! And if you’re a fan of pets in your stories, like I am, you’re going to love Anderson, the cat with enough personality to steal your heart. Anderson almost feels like one of the main characters with the way he dictates a substantial part of this story.

Great addition to this series, I’m wondering what’s coming next!

Don't Twunk With My Heart by Renae Kaye

Renae Kaye - Don't Twunk With my Heart CoverTitle: Don’t Twunk With My Heart

Series: Loving You #2

Author: Renae Kaye

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 26th 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 ½ Hearts

Blurb: Kee Smith isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows who he used to be—the ignored gay son who chose a blue-collar job just because no one expected it, the submissive bottom who enjoyed large, masculine jocks who put him in his place, the sleek, fashionable twink who partied all night. But after his ex-boyfriend hit Kee and called him names, Kee retired from the social scene.

Back after a year’s hiatus, Kee still doesn’t know where he fits. His friends say he’s a twunk—a twink who put on muscle and turned into a hunk—but Kee is searching for somewhere to belong. Instead of going back to his usual type, Kee hooks up with twink Tate Stevens—a fashion-industry professional who works the image hard. It proves to be the best decision he’s ever made, and not just because he’s starting to regain his sexual confidence.

With Tate, Kee can open up about his fears and confusion without ridicule. Tate has his own fears about putting on weight and getting old. It will take work to make a relationship of opposites succeed, but they begin to realize the compromises will be worth it if they can be together.

ISBN: 9781634775830

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dont-twunk-with-my-heart-by-renae-kaye-7380-b

Reviewer: Aerin

Review: It’s been so long since I’ve read Loving Jay that I completely forgot we were supposed to have a continuation to this series. Don’t Twunk With My Heart is roughly what I’ve come to expect from Renae when it comes to her books: a sweet, uncomplicated love story that’s free of drama and angst.

Kee and Tate meet each other, like each other, get into a dance competition, fuck each other and then…. end up dating each other. There’s no cheating, no drama, no complications. Even though Tate is not Kee’s type when it comes to men, he’s exactly what Kee needs when he’s ready to date again, a year after getting out of an abusive relationship. The past year has been hard on Kee and he doesn’t realize how much he’s missed his friends until he opens up to them again.

Tate is a 32 year old marketing expert for a high-end fashion line, and while he’s very educated, good looking and respected, Tate has many insecurities that come from being around vain models all day long. Tate has weight issues and is very aware that he’s past his prime (*snort*). You see, Tate is a Twank and Kee is a Twunk… what they both have in common is that they used to both be Twinks. I know you’re curious about these labels, but for the love of god, DO NOT let Jay explain them to you! Holy verbal diarrhea! How I missed Jay!

I think what I loved the most about this book is catching up with the rest of the guys, because I’ve missed them a lot! The only thing I loved more is the crazy hot sex that’s happening between Tate and Kee; let me tell you a little secret (Tate is quite kinky and loves to have sex in public places). Trust me when I say these two will catch your e-reader on fire!

Unfortunately, while there are so many things to love about Don’t Twunk With My Heart, one thing I couldn’t believe in 100% is Tate and Kee as a permanent couple. I’m not sure why I didn’t entirely connect with them. I think part of the problem is Jay’s overpowering presence; Jay shines so bright and his relationship with Liam is still so lovely, that Kee and Tate pale in comparison. Of course, the whole sex in the bush part and the little drama that came with it didn’t appeal to me at all.

Overall this is a good story with great writing, low angst, plenty of passion and dirty sex, but it certainly doesn’t have the WOW factor I’m used to getting from Renae Kaye’s books.

With or Without You by Zane Riley

Zane Riley - With or Without You CoverTitle: With or Without You

Series: Go Your Own Way #2

Author: Zane Riley

Genre: Young Adult, New Adult

Length: Novel (326 pages)

Publisher: Interlude Press (July 21st 2016)

Heat Level: Steamy

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb:The sequel to “Go Your Own Way”: As Will’s concerns about college and his future with Lennox beyond high school begin to surface, Lennox struggles to settle at Will’s house with Ben Osborne’s impending return home. But when Lennox has another violent encounter at his motel room, the Osbornes are forced to reevaluate their understanding of each other and themselves .


Product Link: Amazon  | Interlude Press

Reviewer: Aerin

Review: Oh WOW (and I rarely say wow!!) this book was even more amazing than the first one! Seriously, this book had it all! A complex, beautiful, compelling story; quality writing that kept me glued to my IPad; amazing characters that are strong, flawed, vulnerable and well developed; I could go on and on, but then this review will never end.

Will and Lennox are teenagers since this book picked up pretty much where Go Your Own Way left off, but there are plenty of steamy moments and a lot of sex. If you don’t like YA books for the lack of steam, have no fear; Will and Lennox are both slightly childish AND very mature for their age. This weird combo makes them real and very relatable and it helped me understand and connect with them both.

Lennox is still dealing with the effects of his awful childhood, but with Will’s support and love he comes out of his shell; he’s still prickly and uses vulgar language to stop people from seeing the real Lennox, but he’s also maturing and gaining confidence and self-esteem. I loved how Will and his parents, along with their friends, help Lennox realize his self- worth and believe he can be more than just a juvie kid with no future.

There are 4 POVs in this book: Will’s, Lennox’s, Ben’s (Will’s father) and Karen’s (Will’s stepmother); I usually can’t stand books with multiple points of view because they’re distracting and take the focus away from the main characters. This time I thought that by introducing Ben and Karen’s POVs Riley showed us that adults have room for personal growth as well, and we can always continue to mature regardless of our age. Ben went from hating Lennox and thinking of him as a piece of trash to appreciating and admiring him; being possessive of Will only made things tense between them and Ben learned that Will’s judgement wasn’t wrong despite his young age.

I loved everything about this book, but I have to admit I’m scared of reading the next book; Will and Lennox will be going to college in different cities and I’m scared to death of what trials they’re going to go through. Please let it be no cheating!!!!

Full Circle by Blaine D. Arden Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Blaine D. Arden popping in with her new release Full Circle, Blaine is holding a giveaway to celebrate the release and we have my review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link <3 ~Pixie~

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Full Circle

(Forester Triad Act 03)

Blaine D. Arden

“I have great responsibilities, but my path ahead is as foggy and blurred as the path behind me.”

With forester Taruif freed, Kelnaht has claimed him openly at Solstice before tribe and Ma’terra as his partner, but with their third, Ianys, bound by an old promise, their triad is still incomplete. Sneaking around puts the most strain on Ianys. He and Kelnaht must keep their relationship a secret or he will lose his daughter, Atèn.

When several children fall ill with more than a summer bug, truth seeker Kelnaht is assigned once more to investigate. What he finds is deadly and threatens the life of every underage child in the tribe, including Atèn. Then a wounded traveller is found in the forest, left to die after a vicious attack.

With Taruif and his apprentice on the hunt for a cure, Kelnaht focusses on the attacks, but the clues are few and more children are infected. Nothing seems to connect until both the traveller and Atèn dream of the same grey-haired elf. Driven by fear for his daughter, Ianys pulls away from his lovers. Kelnaht can only pray Ma’terra will guide him to a solution that brings them all together and keeps Atèn safe from harm.

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What It Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Matthew J. Metzger stopping by with his new release What It Looks Like, we have a great excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and Shorty’s review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link <3 ~Pixie~

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What It Looks Like


Matthew J. Metzger

Eli Bell is the only son of a police chief inspector and a forensic scientist. He’s grown up wonky in a world that only deals with the straight and narrow — and his new boyfriend isn’t helping.

Rob Hawkes is six feet of muscle, tattoos, and arrest warrants. A career criminal and a former guest of Her Majesty’s Prison Service, he’d rather hit Eli’s parents than sit down to dinner with them. One wrong move, and Rob could destroy Eli — and his family — without a second thought.

But this isn’t what it looks like.

Rob’s not in control here — and Eli’s the one to blame.

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Flux by Kim Fielding Guest Post & Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we have Kim Fielding stopping by today with her upcoming re-release Flux, we have a great guest post, and a great excerpt so check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~

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(Ennek Trilogy 02)

Kim Fielding

Ennek, the son of Praesidium’s Chief, has rescued Miner from a terrible fate: suspension in a dreamless frozen state called Stasis, the punishment for traitors. As the two men flee Praesidium by sea, their adventures are only beginning. Although they may be free from the tyranny of their homeland, new difficulties await them as Miner faces the continuing consequences of his slavery and Ennek struggles with controlling his newfound powers as a wizard.

Now fugitives, Ennek and Miner encounter challenges both human and magical as they explore new lands and their deepening relationship with each other.

Release date: 6th September 2016

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Sideshow by Amy Stilgenbauer Blog Tour, Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Amy Stilgenbauer popping in today with her new F/F release Sideshow, we have a short interview with Amy, a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link <3 ~Pixie~ 

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Amy Stilgenbauer

Abby Amaro wants to sing at La Scala Opera House, but she’s a good girl, and in 1957 good girls get married. Still, when she receives her first marriage proposal, she freezes, knowing the way her suitor makes her feel bodes trouble. When he won’t take no for an answer, she flees, joining up with a traveling carnival.

Thanks to a burlesque trapeze artist and the world’s saddest clown, Abby bides her time and fits in until she can rejoin the world she knows. She doesn’t expect a sideshow strongwoman named Suprema, who captures her imagination. As the carnival makes its way across the Midwest, Abby learns much more than she had ever imagined—about herself, about her identity, and, most importantly, about love.

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Fur, Fangs, and Felines series by M.A. Chruch With Excerpt of It Takes Two to Tango!

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Hi guys, we have M.A. Church stopping by with her Fur, Fangs, and Felines series including her upcoming release It Takes Two To Tango, we have a fantastic excerpt from It Takes To Two Tango so check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~

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Trouble Comes In Threes


M.A. Church

A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.

Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.

Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.

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Behind the Eight Ball


M.A. Church

A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.

Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, and then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.

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It Takes Two to Tango


M.A. Church

Can two very different men find the love they need to survive?

Remi Ginn’s an easygoing werecat with a love of snarky T-shirts who would be perfectly happy with a human mate. Is that what the goddess Bast gives him? Of course not. Instead she gifts him with Marshell, a Vetala: a snakelike nonshifter who drinks blood to survive. A man who’s just as toppy as Remi—and even more powerful than the West Falls Clowder’s Alpha and heir apparent.

While Remi decides whether he can handle the fates’ choice, hunters attack Marshell. In an explosion of passion, Remi and Marshell mate and Remi declares Marshell his. Now they have to figure out how to make their relationship work as they dance around each other.

The clowder is in turmoil, and Remi’s acceptance of Marshell rocks the very foundation of the insular group. The consequences will be far-reaching. And if that isn’t problem enough, the situation with the hunters is far from resolved… as the appearance of an Alpha werewolf proves.

Release date: 26th September 2016

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Taken Back by Cali MacKay & Julie Farrell Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Cali MacKay & Julie Farrell with their first MM release Taken Back stopping by today with their prom tour, we have some great teasers and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link <3 ~Pixie~

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Taken Back

(Taken 01)

Cali MacKay & Julie Farrell

Sometimes you need to go back to your past, in order to move on to your future.

Jax Hunter has spent the last ten years trying to forget his first love Nathan Steele—and the brutal betrayal that derailed everything he’d worked so hard for. Jax has finally gotten his life back together, when Nathan returns to deliver another blow – his company is set to bulldoze the bar he’s built from nothing.

Ever since that summer in high school, Nathan has been denying his feelings for Jax—the only person he’s ever loved. Nathan knows Jax might never forgive him, but when Nathan’s uncle is murdered and Nathan might be next on the hit-list, Jax is the only one he can turn to.

Jax still doesn’t trust Nathan—not with his bar, and for damn sure, not with his heart. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to resist the undeniable passion between them. Can they overcome their past hurts and learn to trust each other again? Or will another betrayal tear them apart forever?

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The Mystery of Nevermore by C.S. Poe

C.S. Poe - The Mystery of Nevermore CoverTitle: The Mystery of Nevermore

Series: Snow & Winter 01

Author: C.S. Poe

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (216pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-63477-070-5

Publisher: DSP Publications (30th August 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: It’s Christmas, and all antique dealer Sebastian Snow wants is for his business to make money and to save his floundering relationship with closeted CSU detective Neil Millett. When Snow’s Antique Emporium is broken into and a heart is found under the floorboards, Sebastian can’t let the mystery rest.

He soon finds himself caught up in murder investigations that echo the macabre stories of Edgar Allan Poe. To make matters worse, Sebastian’s sleuthing is causing his relationship with Neil to crumble, while at the same time he’s falling hard for the lead detective on the case, Calvin Winter. Sebastian and Calvin must work together to unravel the mystery behind the killings, despite the mounting danger and sexual tension, before Sebastian becomes the next victim.  

In the end, Sebastian only wants to get out of this mess alive and live happily ever after with Calvin.

Purchase Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/the-mystery-of-nevermore-by-cs-poe-281-b

Review: Sebastian finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation when his antique shop is broken into and a heart is left under the floorboards, his closeted cop boyfriend Neil is furious when Sebastian reveals their relationship to the detective investigating the case. As Sebastian investigates the murders himself after connecting them to Edgar Allan Poe stories his relationship with Neil crumbles and Sebastian finds himself attracted to the detective, Calvin Winter.

This is a great story that has mystery and suspense that is beautifully interwoven, and it has a dash of new romance that is low key but outstanding. Sebastian Snow has a low key life; he loves his antiques store, is frustrated with his relationship and has a bit of a sassy mouth on him. When he stumbles on a murder investigation he can’t help himself but become involved and it proves to be the straw that breaks his relationship into tiny pieces.

Calvin Winter is also a closeted cop; he keeps to himself a lot and just wants to do his job. With Sebastian turning up a lot in his murder investigation he doesn’t know if he should lock him up or kiss him.

The Mystery of Nevermore is a great mystery & suspense story that leaves us guessing the why and the who until Sebastian slowly puts the pieces together and revealing the story to us. We do get ideas about who the culprit might be but the why is something that we learn later, it’s really well written and we put everything together as Sebastian does so we become invested in the story.

Sebastian is a lovely character who we can take to heart, he’s in a crappy relationship with Neil and with the way that Neil treats Sebastian we quickly hope that Sebastian will kick him to the kerb, the thing is though when it did happen I kind of felt sorry for Neil. Calvin is kind of standoffish so getting to know him is near impossible, it isn’t till near the end that you actually feel like he’d be a good fit for Sebastian.

I was really happy with the way this story was written, the mystery, suspense and Sebastian were front and centre with Sebastian’s relationship woes being in the background but both balanced really well, with the murders and investigation showcased but occasionally stepping back and allowing the relationship demise/ budding new romance to step forward and take the spotlight. It was fantastically crafted.

I recommend this to those who love mysteries and suspense’s, who love great characters, who adore strong storylines with a dash of new romance and a touch of danger.

The Haunting of Angus MacGregor by L.J. Harris Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have L.J. Harris stopping by to with the mini tour for her new release The Haunting of Angus MacGregor, we have a fantastic guest post, a great excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and my review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link <3 ~Pixie~

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The Haunting of Angus MacGregor


L.J. Harris

Angus Macgregor has endured a lot in life. Mother passing when he was a small child, he also nursed an ill father to his last breath. But when he loses his one remaining relative, an uncle he’s never met, his existence is turned on its head forever. Bequeathed Clan Gregor Castle in the Scottish Highlands, Angus leaves Australia behind to take on the family business. It’s there he finds more waiting for him than he ever dreamed possible.

Daniel Ramsey is a man with secrets, none more dangerous than the fact that he can see what others can’t. When he meets one particularly handsome Australian, the attraction is immediate. Hesitant to let down his guard, his hand is forced when a former guest of the castle comes calling and attempts to stake a claim on the very man Daniel wants.

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Depth of Return by M. Raiya Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have M. Raiya popping in today with her upcoming release Depth of Return, we have a great guest post & excerpt and there’s a fantastic comment giveaway, so check out the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~

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Depth of Return

(Another Healing 02)

M. Raiya

Betrayed and left for dead by his lover, North has retreated to a secluded island to nurture his coven of witches and their demon partners. His group uses the magic of starlight to bring as much peace to the world as they can. It’s enough. North has no desire to look for love again.

When an accident on a carpentry job reveals that he is a demon, Alan Holsen is sent to North for training. Alan possesses a rare healing ability—one he might be able to use to close the old wounds in North’s heart. While North teaches Alan magic, Alan teaches North to love again, and they both struggle with the leftover resonance of their haunted pasts.

Just when they dare to relax, North’s old enemy returns—and sets his sights on Alan. To save him, North must enlist the aid of neighboring covens, and he learns he isn’t as alone as he thought. But in the end, only North’s love for Alan and the power of the stars have any chance of saving them.

Release date: 5th September 2016
Coming soon to Amazon US | Amazon UK

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Tournament of Shadows by S.A. Meade Retro Review Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have S.A. Meade popping in today with the tour for one of her old releases Tournament of Shadows, we have a great excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and Kit’s review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link <3 ~Pixie~

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Tournament of Shadows


S.A. Meade

In a shadowy game where defeat can mean death, a deal with the enemy can change things forever.

In 1842, Captain Gabriel O’Riordan of the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars is sent on a

mission to Bukhara. His task—to try to free two of his compatriots from the clutches of a mentally unstable Emir. On his way, he encounters Valentin Yakolev, an officer in the Russian Army, who is also on a mission—to persuade the Emir that an alliance with Russia would be in his best interest. Gabriel, disguised as a holy man, is not happy to be the object of Yakolev’s intense scrutiny. After all, he’s working for the opposing team in the Great Game being played between their two nations. When Gabriel realises that his mission is little more than a forlorn hope, a game he has no chance of winning, he’s desperate enough to turn to Valentin for help and offers him anything in return. What he doesn’t expect is to have his plans to return to Calcutta scuppered by events. 

Instead, he and Valentin flee north, fighting off bandits, their desire for each other and the hardship of desert travel. Their travails bring them closer together until a secret from Valentin’s past tears them apart. 

Can they set the past behind them and move on together?

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Naughty Cupid by Deanna Wadsworth Blog Tour, Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Deanna Wadsworth stopping by with her newest release Naughty Cupid, we have a short interview with Deanna, a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so enjoy the post and click that giveaway link <3 ~Pixie~

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Naughty Cupid


Deanna Wadsworth

The name’s Lio, and you may have read the beginning of my story in A Cupid’s Wager. Well, hold on to you hats, because there’s more to tell about your favorite cupid working in the Gay Division of the Inter-Dimensional Association of Cupids.

Remember Ethan? That Aztec god of the winds who busted me shooting a closeted human with a gay lust arrow? Yeah, I haven’t been able to forget him either. Even though I have a rule against getting it on with other supernaturals—especially ones working for the Straight Division—my magic is drawn to Ethan and all his tattoos and piercings in a way I cannot control.

But after that night of mind-numbing sex, now I gotta face my evil ex-boyfriend and a suspension by the IDAC for “misplacing” arrows. They took my quiver, and I have to figure out how to get my arrow privileges back before they’re taken forever.

Ethan seems to think he can help me, but I don’t know how anybody can make this cupid believe in love again.

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Is This Desire? by R. Paone Release Blitz & Excerpt!

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Hiya guys we have R. Paone popping in to celebrate the re-release of Is This Desire?, we have a great new cover and a great excerpt, so check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~

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Is This Desire?

(If Only 02)

R. Paone

“Please don’t try to hold me in your arms.”

“Is This Desire?” documents the continuing story of a flourishing love as it grows at an increasing speed. As Robert faces Mitch’s demons, Mitch himself must reclaim his independence and sanity if they are ever to be together.

The moment had passed, the passion burned out, and the high of a first love was left lingering.

How quickly can one fall in love?

How quickly can one fall out of love?

Devastated by the realization of Mitch’s misgivings, Robert has cast himself aside unable to process his current reality. Exposed to a love that was debilitating but also rewarding, he must now face the consequences of secrets, addiction, and desire if he is to continue forward with his heart while disregarding his doubts.

Now, it was happening again.

Sooner or later, Mitch reappears in Robert’s life unable to break away from what he feels deep within as he questions the connection between them both. It is a consuming bond that could break at any moment by the forces meaning to keep them apart no matter what.

What else was Mitch hiding from him and was an attempt at reintroducing those feelings again the safest bet against Robert’s sanity?

He said, “Never stop.”

I said, “Never will.”

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Basil by Stormy Glenn & Bellann Summer

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Series: Battle Bunnies #5

Author: Stormy Glenn & Bellann Summer

Genre: Erotic Romance, Paranormal

Length: Novella (138 Pages)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (August 23, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: They know a thousand ways to kill…and zero ways to love.

Basil is the last unmated Battle Bunny, but there’s a reason. The tiger stalking him is his mate, and Basil has known it for years. He also knows that Theo sold them to the pet store where their nightmare began. As strong as the mate draw is, Basil doesn’t know if he can trust the handsome tiger.

Theodore Staffer’s life has been a nightmare since the day Basil was born. He knew from the very beginning that Basil was his mate. After his father ordered the bunnies put to death, Theo took them away, unknowingly selling them to someone who would betray them all. Since then, Theo’s life has been one nightmare after another as he tries to stay strong and find a way to be with his mate once more.

When the two men come together, they set off a series of events that leads to an epic fight that even the Battle Bunnies may not survive. Secrets will be revealed that rock the very foundation of their world. Betrayal comes from all directions, and only by staying true to themselves and the bonds they have with their mates can they hope to survive.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-492-8

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/basil

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Battle Bunnies 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 have read many stories over the years both contemporary and paranormal, but I must say that I think paranormal stories will always be my favorite. And with favorite stories, you have favorite authors that will entertain you and keep you begging for more. I came across both of these authors when they started publishing their stories and they have made a way onto my list of favorite authors. So when I found out that they were going to write together, let’s just say I was stoked.

The worlds in this story and the previous are unique and very detailed. They keep your attention throughout the whole book. There is a serious tone to it, but let’s face it when you add a duck to a bunny family things get to be very interesting. I also love the fact that they can get pregnant. There are a different group of paranormals in these books that will have you in heaven the whole time.

Basil is the last of his brothers to find love. He found love some time ago, but his mate had betrayed him. He had sold his brothers and himself to a pet store, who in turn sold them to the lab so long ago. Now they had gotten free and rescued many others from the same pain that they went through. However Basil would soon find out that his mate had been hiding a big secret from them all.

Theo was a tiger shifter and was stalking his little mate. He knew that time was running out. He had done what he had done, hoping to save his mate and his mate family. However he had found out that he had been wrong. His father was true evil and had wanted the bunnies to be put to death, which was why he sold them to save them. He now fought to save them all. It was going to be one fight they would never forget.

This is an action pact and danger filled story where love finds away. I can honestly say that if you have not read the other books then the beginning gets a bit hard to follow with the different people talk in this story. However you will find that it works perfect in the end.

I enjoyed reading this story and look forward to reading many more stories written by these two authors. I do hope that this will not be the last we hear from these sexy men. 

Bittersweet Dance by T.A. Chase & Jackie Nacht

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Series: The Mark of the Jersey Devil #2

Author: T.A. Chase & Jackie Nacht

Genre: Erotic Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novella (119 Pages)

Publisher: MLR Press (July 14, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: A revengeful ghost threatens Ryder’s life, but Oleg threatens his heart. 

Ryder Hope moves to Chicago and is enjoying his new job there. Until he runs into a local legend. Unfortunately, this legend, known as Resurrection Mary, seems to have something important to tell him and she’ll do whatever she has to do to get his attention. 

Oleg Sarafov and the rest of the Jersey Paranormal Investigation team are in Chicago on another case when they get a call from a terrified Ryder begging for help. After rushing over, Oleg finds himself face-to-face with the most handsome man he’s ever met. 

Before any kind of relationship can start between them, they have to find out what this spirit wants, why she’s becoming increasingly violent in her attempts before Ryder is injured or worse. 

ISBN: MLR-1-02016-0584

Product Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=TACJNABD

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in The Mark of the Jersey Devil 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 have read many stories over the years both contemporary and paranormal, but I must say that I think paranormal stories will always be my favorite. And with favorite stories, you have favorite authors that will entertain you and keep you begging for more. I came across both of these authors when they started publishing their stories and they have made a way onto my list of favorite authors. So when I found out that they were going to write together, let’s just say I was stoked.

The worlds in this story and the previous are unique and very detailed. They keep your attention throughout the whole book. I love the whole mystery and ghosts that come along with these stories. I love how the guys just seem to work perfectly together and even the long lost brother helps them. Although Tad has me a bit worried, and why didn’t Ryder mention what he saw concerning Tad. 

Ryder lost his job and thanks to a best friend, he ends up moving to Chicago and works with his buddy. However on a night out he comes across a beautiful woman in white, who might lead him on a different chase then he had expected. He has been approached by Resurrection Mary. However Mary might have been taken over, because now she is downright pissy and needs Ryder’s help.

Paval has given them another job to look at, so Oleg and his friends head out to look at the site of Resurrection Mary. Then he gets a very scared call from a man who needs their help. It would seem Mary has attached herself to Ryder and that is really Oleg’s place. Oleg needs to find out what is really going on with the ghost to keep his new love safe. 

This is an action pact and danger filled story where love finds away. I enjoyed reading this story and look forward to reading many more stories written by these two authors.

I can’t wait to read the next story in this amazing series. This is one book I would recommend.

Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Blow by Dolly Watt

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Series: N/A

Author: Dolly Watt

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance 

Length: Short Story (43 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (April 5, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 2.5 Hearts

Blurb: Byron scholar, Dexter Wildblood, is in hot pursuit of Adam Blow, but Adam fears that surrendering to their mutual passion is too dangerous to risk.

When university administrator Adam Blow steals the departmental photograph of Professor Dexter Wildblood, Byron scholar and new member of staff, he gets far more than he bargained for. Not only is Wildblood hot for Adam, he doesn’t care who knows or sees. But Adam, worried about jeopardizing his job, is far more cautious and wants to keep Wildblood at bay.

But Wildblood, reckless and dissolute, isn’t easily dissuaded and Adam finds him impossible to resist. Can they work out their differences and surrender to passion? Or will Adam play it safe in the face of danger?

ISBN: 978-1-78651-398-4

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/mad-bad-and-dangerous-to-blow

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Adam has a crush on a certain professor, so much so that he had stolen the man’s picture. Too bad his boss noticed it gone, sent to get another picture from the man leads him into some steamy sex. Wildblood never noticed him, until he walked into his class and now won’t leave him alone.

Now we have a very short and cute, steamy and some hot sex in this story. It was funny as hell but I just didn’t connect with it. Other than the guy liked the guy, stole his picture, gets notice and hot sex, there really doesn’t seem to be a major plot. It came off more like porn then a true story, which was a very big flop for me. It had potential but didn’t come out.

I am afraid that this was one story that was not for me.