72 Hours by Clare London ~ Audiobook

Title: 72 Hours

Author: Clare London

Narrator: Michael Pauley

Genre: Contemporary, Thriller

Length: 9 hours, 31 minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (9th August 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Tanner Mackay and Niall Sutherland were once far more than just fellow intelligence agents. But then a mission went horribly wrong and everything fell apart, sending Tanner into hiding and splitting the team and their affair wide apart. Now an unknown traitor is threatening the team, and their ex-boss is determined to reunite them before it’s too late. She finds Tanner in a run-down trailer park, bringing with her a most unwelcome refugee in need of temporary sanctuary: Niall, the man he thought he’d never have to face again. The man he’s sure feels exactly the same in return. Trapped in a situation that’s both claustrophobic and highly dangerous, Tanner and Niall will have to revisit their past and reconsider their perceptions, their loyalties, and their desires, in order to survive, let alone forge a future together.

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: Clare London is not unfamiliar author to me – I’ve read a few of her books in the past, although 72 Hours is the first audio book I’ve heard from the same author. However, I will say from the outset that this book for me was not as enjoyable as other books. Yet, I will also say that the narration by Michael Pauley really did add to the book in a way that kept me going. This is the first time I’ve heard Pauley’s narration (that I can think of anyway) and I really enjoyed his tone and inflection throughout the story.

As for the book itself, Tanner and Niall work for some sort of shady, MI6 type of agency and they are currently in all sorts of trouble. Their affair ended in a mess when their personal life spilled over into a mission that they were working together and left their reputations in tatters. Tanner decided that it was best to all but fall off the face of the earth, while Niall continued. When the agency is compromised, and Niall is need of a safe house, it is Tanner who is meant to be the knight in shining armour.

While I found the book enjoyable and the story well-paced for the most part, I know that there were a couple things that really detracted from my enjoyment of the story. For the most part these guys took miscommunication and childish antics to a level that makes me wonder how the hell these guys made it as secret agents and successfully pulled off missions before they got together. One thing that

I thought was pulled off well was the writing from Tanner’s POV – because despite my earlier criticism it was great to see him grow by the end of the book, because let’s face it he was a bit whiny at the start of the book. I will admit, I really liked their chemistry and it really worked. Unfortunately, though, for me there was a lot of unnecessary drama and a predictable villain that detracted from the storyline, which overall was really fun.

Rogue Soldier by Jamie Lynn Miller

Title: Rogue Soldier

Series: Shadow Unit 02

Author: Jamie Lynn Miller

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (170 Pages)

Publisher: (July 4, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 2.5 Hearts

Blurb: Shadow Unit may have overturned the illegal arms cartel in Kuala Lumpur, but the harrowing undercover op left emotional scars on Sergeants Shawn Weller and Connor Finley. Slowly, patiently, they piece their partnership back together, closer now than ever before.

Until a new mission threatens to tear them apart.

When Connor accidentally kills a civilian, he questions his job, his abilities, his worth. A timely offer of promotion seems his only way out, even though it means transferring out of Shadow Unit and away from Shawn.

The arrival of Julian Montgomery, Shawn’s former CIA handler and lover, further strains their relationship. Julian knows all of Shawn’s secrets as well as the past Shawn has kept hidden from Connor. Now the self-serving Julian wants Shawn back–with the CIA and with him. No one will get in his way. Including Connor.

When the joint Shadow Unit/CIA mission to stop the supplier of a deadly biological weapon goes sideways, Connor is captured, tortured, and used as a human test subject. It’s a race against time to save his life. But who can Shawn trust?

And who has gone rogue?

ISBN: 978-1-64080-423-4-8

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Recovering from a previous op and now about to set out on a new one. One that brings someone from the past back full force. Shawn’s old lover and boss from the CIA, but he doesn’t trust someone so cold. Then Connor accidentally kills a child when going after his father. It leaves Connor questioning his whole existence. Now they are going after another, and with Julian in the mix things are bound to get well you can guess.

Well at least they were changing who gets hurt in this book. It is about the same characters as in book one. No imagination needed to figure out who the bad guy is and there is no surprises. This book was better with the plot, but it felt like it was just as rushed as the first one. There was absolutely no spark of life coming from the book. The cover was dull and not a bit like the two soldiers who have the past that they do. Shawn believes that Julian is bad news but then he basically drops it in away. The whole story had potential but it failed to deliver.

The story felt very off and dull. I did not connect with the characters and didn’t see any true heat. Even the sex scenes were boring to me. The writing never really changes. I hate to admit that this book was poorly done and did not a thing for me. It will be put in the never to read again column. I truly can’t say if I would recommend this book to anyone. We will see if it gets any better in the next book.

Light Years Away by Christine Wright

Title: Light Years Away

Series: Mated To The Captain 01

Author: Christine Wright

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: Novel (202pgs)

Publisher: Christine Wright (December 22, 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Unemployment is stressful enough—but throw in the threat of being tossed out the space station’s airlock as a vagrant, and human Del is in desperate need of employment. No job, no place to stay, Del wants nothing more than to be back out amongst the stars, preferably as a bridge crewmember. Trouble is, his dreams are bigger than his starship experience and years, and Del finally heads to a bar to drown his frustrations.

Getting drunk might not have been the smartest thing to do—as he wakes in a strange, handsome alien’s bed, with no memory of the night before. When that strange alien calls him mate, Del thinks that maybe all his problems are over. He finally has a job. Or does he?

Quinn wants love and a family, but his duty as captain to a Xolian space cruiser leaves little time for forging relationships. When drunk and adorable human Del propositions him in a space bar, begging to be his first mate, Quinn hopes that maybe he can have both duty and love. Until the next morning, when the alcohol wears off and cultural barriers and misunderstandings set off a chain reaction of mayhem, mischief, and trouble that follows Del wherever he goes.

A relationship that began as a mistake may become something more—bound by love and desire, and all they must do now is survive the journey.

**Gay sci-fi romance featuring a sassy human, an irascible alien captain, and adventure beyond both their dreams.**


Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Del wakes up next to Quinn a Xolian. He is informed that they are mates and Del freaks out as he is human and had no intentions of being mated. Guess he should not have been drinking huh.

What follows is Del fleeing in a panic, getting taken as a pet and being rescued. All while still trying to come to grips with Quinn.

I loved Del’s fiestiness and sarcasm. Quinn for his part was tough yet gentle with his mate. The punishment thing threw me a bit as I personally would have punched Quinn if he had done to me what he did to Del. But, Del understood the need for his following the rules to keep himself safe.

I thought it was a great story with plenty of adventure and antics that caused me to laugh several times as well as hold my breath awaiting the outcome. Especially the scene with with Quinn’s parents and the general. Well written and keeps the readers attention from start to finish. I hope this will be an ongoing series as I would like to read about the other crew members as well.

Back to You by Jena Wade

Title: Back To You

Series: Directions 03

Author: Jena Wade

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novella (120 pages)

Publisher: Jena Wade (July 25, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Victor Docimo loved his mate more than anything, and he’s worked hard to provide Charles with the life that he deserved. He’s strived to be the Alpha that his own Father was not.

Charles spent the last twenty-six years mated to his perfect Alpha. He raised their son and managed their home. He’s tried to provide his Alpha with a family, despite the fact that he can’t have more children. After seeing Victor with another Omega, he begins to wonder if he’s enough.

Now, the two of them must face their greatest challenge yet, something that shouldn’t be possible: a broken bond.


Product Link: Amazon US  | Amazon UK 

Reviewer: Lisa

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

Victor’s home life growing up was filled with hate and anger. His alpha father was down right nasty to his omega father, so much so in the end his omega father ended his life. It made Victor want to stay away from fated mating. That lasted until he found his sexy mate. And their life was a blessing and a curse.

Charles had had a problem after giving birth to Aiden, and it had made it where there would be no more babies. It made him wonder if Victor was better off with another omega. They had been together for many years and after the move they seemed to fizzle. Things needed to spark to get them back on track.

Well I am glad to see Aiden’s parents once more and in their own story. There were some issues I had with the book that made it hard to actually like the story. It felt rushed for one and the way the characters were with each other just seemed to drive me nuts. In the beginning we go Victor’s upsetting past, then it didn’t go anywhere else. They have a grown son and a grandbaby to spoil, but their own lives are on hold. Charles blamed it on the fact he couldn’t give his alpha anymore babies. They lost their connection to each other and their bond broke.

In true mated stories it is unheard of but it is exactly that their bond broke. This is one of those paranormal stories where they don’t shift but are considered alpha’s and omega’s. They meet and the omega’s pop out babies. The author told a story that is so like many others but added in a bit of flare to where their bond can disolve if not tended to. This book didn’t give me anything I couldn’t have gotten from any other story. It did not pop out or stand out to me which was disappointing. The story had great potential but didn’t truly deliver.

I didn’t connect with this story or its characters like I should have. I was quite disappointed in the telling of this story and wished for more action, suspense and a bit of danger added in. For now I can say that this story just didn’t do it for me.

Buried Treasure by Jools Louise

Title: Buried Treasure

Series: Spirit of Sage 13

Author: Jools Louise

Genre: Ménage, Paranormal

Length: Novella (5th June 2018)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Love has been right under Drew’s nose, and he couldn’t be happier. Until shit happens, and he finds he has two mates. Callahan, working at Cafe Anglais for years, punches his way into Drew’s heart after saving Drew from Vince Smith, only for them both to realize that Vince could just be their mate, too.

Drew is a computer geek, a member of Sage’s Warrior’s Brigade, and has secretly hidden a stash of money in cyberspace from arch enemies, Flashpoint. And they want it back. Hatching a plan, directed by none other than Drew’s father, Flashpoint send Vince to get the money, but Vince realizes he’s been played, and tries to make amends for his stupidity. Tragedy has hit Vince already, and he’d be a fool to throw away his second chance at happiness. Can the trio resolve their differences? Or will Vince’s ghosts continue to hinder?

ISBN: 978-1-64243-256-5

Product Link: Siren-BookStrand | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Upon Drew being attacked he comes face to face with the realization that Callahan is his mate and worries over Daniel’s next move to get money that is not his. Learning his attacker, Vince, is his mate makes him wary. Along with this other factions are at play to get to the citizens of sage.

A plan is formed to set up other safe places as the town of sage is growing larger. I have loved these series since the very first book in the two spirits series started. These series are connected together and tell harrowing tales of survival and determination to live in piece while protecting those that are vulnerable.

Fantastic read and highly recommended.

The Scorpion and his Prey by Charlie Richards

Title: The Scorpion and his Prey

Series: Kontra’s Menagerie 24

Author: Charlie Richards

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novella

Publisher: eXtasy Books (June 8, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Rusty Peruke works as a mechanic and is close with his family. His wheelchair bound brother, Korvyn, lives with him, and he sends extra cash home to his parents on a regular basis.

When he meets Acheron while the man is at the shop buying a set of fast wheels, Rusty is both excited and concerned—and it’s not because he’s never been with a guy. Acheron is a loner scorpion shifter who hasn’t stayed in one place since he left his family home over eight decades before. Rusty has no intention of running out on his family. To him, their needs come first. Can two polar opposites find enough common ground to build a future? Or will assumptions and miscommunications create a wall between them that’s impossible to scale?

ISBN: 978-1-4874-2021-5

Product Link: eXtasy Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in A Paranormal’s Love collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. This story is a branch off of Wolves of Stone Ridge, so I would start with that series first. There are several series that are connected to this series as well.

Rusty has been taking care of his family for some time now. His mother and older brother had been in an accident that left his brother in a wheelchair. He was a serval cat shifter and is cute as can be. He is also shy and well you can guess. He had not expected to meet his mate though.

Acheron is a very dominated scorpian shifter but you could not tell it if you saw him in his human form. He had been abducted and was sold off, but Kontra’s gang saved him and several others. Want to get the juicy details though, your going to have to read the book.

Danger, excitement, adventure, action and some hot sexy times are what you get with this story. It caught my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end. Now I will admit that this one was not one of my favorites, came off a bit dry to me. Other than that it was pretty good.

I had a blast reading it and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.

Dumped in Oz by Andrew Grey ~ Audiobook

Title: Dumped in Oz

Series: Tales from Kansas 01

Author: Andrew Grey

Narrator: Rusty Topsfield

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 3 hrs, 55 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (14th April 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Because of an opportunity he’d be a fool to turn down, Lyle Powers transfers to his company’s warehouse in central Kansas. The last thing he expects is to meet another gay man in the small town, let alone one who captures his interest.

Roger Kypers is a recovering alcoholic with a 12-year-old daughter he only gets to see for part of the summer. Neither Lyle nor Roger is looking for a relationship, and they fumble at the start, yet emotions build as Roger shows Lyle the landmarks of Oz.

But when Roger’s wicked witch of an ex-wife threatens to take his daughter away for good if he doesn’t act “normally”, he’s faced with the challenge of letting her get away with it, or fighting to accept himself and standing up for what he knows is right.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I love a good Andrew Grey book (to prove it, I have 18 books on Audible and all his books in ebook format), which is basically any book the man writes, and Stuck in Oz is no exception, so I’ll keep this to the point. Grey is brilliant at writing heartfelt stories, that of course include a beautiful romance, that is gentle, relatable and believable. His characters are down to earth, and everything just works. He also tends to add children into the story which takes heartwarming to a whole new level,

Narration for this story was done by Rusty Topsfield. He has narrated as number of the Dreamspun Desire imprint that I could basically eat up for breakfast if it was a foodstuff. I really liked Topsfield’s voice and the tone that he lent to the character. He really just nailed the performance in my mind, as he has done for the entire Tales from Kansas series.

Stuck in Oz starts off with Lyle Powers being transferred, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, to his company’s main warehouse in Kansas. Lyle thinks, that even though he is taking up an incredible professional opportunity, he doesn’t move with the expectation that he’ll also find a HEA in her personal life as well. He meets Roger Kypers, who has his own set of issues – he’s a recovering alcoholic and has a 12 year girl he only gets to see for part of the summer holidays. Their relationship starts out really sweet and unsure as Roger shows Lyle the Wizard of Oz themed landmarks around town.

This book is one of the few where Grey casts the mother of the child central to the couple in the Wicked Witch of The West (pun fully intended) but it works really well and didn’t take from my enjoyment of the book. In fact, the motivations were well outlined and not thrown in just for the sake of drama. This point of the book really helps drive the relationship and forces Roger to comes to terms with the man that he is and build a family with his daughter and Lyle. (PS I really love Lyle, although both guys are relatable Lyle I found it so easy to connect with Lyle.

Patchwork Paradise by Indra Vaughn Release Blast & Giveaway!

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Patchwork Paradise


Indra Vaughn

Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.

The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.

When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.

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Raising The Bar by Leigh Dillon & Exclusive Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we have Leigh Dillon stopping by today with her upcoming release Raising the Bar, we have a great exclusive excerpt so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~

Raising the Bar

(States of Love 42: Virginia)

Leigh Dillon

Destin Bellingham has inherited a problem. Thanks to his late playboy father, Destin faces putting a For Sale sign on his family’s historic horse farm. Getting his talented stallion, Black Sambuca, into the Grand Prix show ring would put Bellmeade back on the map—if only someone could make “Sam” behave like a show horse.

Disgraced top rider Tonio Benedetto has his own problems, but he can work magic with difficult jumpers, so Destin hires him despite his bad-boy reputation.  The street-smart, openly gay loudmouth from Miami and the closeted, buttoned-down son of Old Dominion Virginia make a rocky pairing, but time is running out to save Bellmeade from bankruptcy.

Opposites attract, sparks of tension grow into flames of passion. But if Tonio fails to tame Sam, will true love become a lost cause too?

Release date: 7th September 2018
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Meik & Sebastian – Obsessed 2 by Quin Perin Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

Hi guys! We have Quin Perin popping in today with their new release Obsessed 2, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant $10 Amazon GC giveaway so check out the post ans enter the giveaway!❤ ~Pixie~

Meik & Sebastian – Obsessed 2

(Meik&Sebastian Obsessed 02)

Quin Perin

Ever since the first sexual encounter with Sebastian, Meik has felt off-kilter.

He can’t sleep, can’t eat, can’t work without thinking about the musician and so, Meik decides to settle into an arrangement with him. There is no love. There is no romance. Sebastian gets a warm place to sleep, and Meik gets to keep his boy toy.

The perfect bargain.

But when Sebastian’s presence triggers memories of his first and only love, Meik unravels under the reminiscences that carved him into the man he is today. Will Meik be able to hold himself together or will his carefully crafted badass image fall apart?

This is the second book of the Gay Erotic Romance “Obsessed”. It features explicit adult m/m content as well as romantic elements. The book ends on a cliffhanger.

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Out in The Deep by Lane Hayes Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Out In The Deep

(Out In College 01)

Lane Hayes

Derek Vaughn is a little too serious. He’s a type A control personality with a penchant for order and a love of water polo. But he’s determined to enjoy his last year of college. The real world with a serious job and big expectations can wait for a few months. He’s going soak up every minute on campus with his friends and teammates before he moves on. The only possible kink in his plan is the new guy on the team… also known as his nemesis.

Gabe Chadwick has big Olympic dreams. His transfer between Southern California universities has nothing to do with scholastics. The degree is his backup plan. He’s not there to party or make friends. And he certainly isn’t going to announce his sexuality. But he can’t deny there’s something special about the uptight team captain. However, when an unwitting friendship and mutual attraction collide, both will have to decide if this is the real thing or if they’re about to lose it all in the deep.

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Safe Place by Jay Northcote Release Blast!

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Safe Place

(Rainbow Place 02)

Jay Northcote

Where do you go when your home is no longer a safe place?

Alex is about to turn eighteen and is firmly in the closet. He’s been biding his time, waiting to escape to uni, and finally come out away from the oppressive influence of his homophobic father. When he flunks his exams, he’s stuck in the small town of Porthladock—and what’s worse is that he’s working for his dad. The only thing that makes it bearable is Cam.

Cam’s comfortable with his bisexuality, but he doesn’t broadcast it. Young, free, and single, his social life revolves around playing rugby and hanging out with his mates. He’s attracted to Alex, but with the six-year age gap, Cam’s wary of getting involved. Plus, he thinks Alex needs a friend more than he needs a lover, and as their friendship grows, Cam decides he’s not willing to risk ruining it for casual sex.

When Alex’s dad finds out about his sexuality, Alex is suddenly both jobless and homeless. He finds work at Rainbow Place, the local LGBT-friendly café and Cam lets Alex stay in his flat for a while. But Alex would rather be sleeping in Cam’s bed than on his sofa. With them both living under one roof, their feelings for each other grow stronger, and the sexual tension is hard to ignore. Will giving in to it ruin their friendship and complicate things for Alex even more?

Although this book is part of a linked series, it has a satisfying happy ending, and can be enjoyed as a standalone.

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Stuck in Oz by Andrew Grey ~ Audiobook

Title: Stuck in Oz

Series: Tales from Kansas 02

Author: Andrew Grey

Narrator: Rusty Topsfield

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 4 hrs, 7 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (13th June 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: When Jeremy and Petey’s mother died, their house was taken to pay the debts she left behind, leaving them homeless. Afraid Petey will be put in foster care, they have no one to turn to but their Uncle Milt, so they pack up Jeremy’s beat-up car and leave San Diego for Wamego, Kansas.
They arrive in the middle of a snowstorm and stop at the local diner to contact their uncle, where they meet Nate. Nate and his aunt help them contact Uncle Milt, and he agrees to help.

Jeremy and Nate hit it off quickly, but Jeremy runs when he’s made to believe their new home isn’t permanent. Nate goes after him, finds him, and convinces him that he’s wanted. However, just as Jeremy and Nate begin to trust each other, Petey’s estranged father appears and threatens to tear Jeremy’s new life and fledgling family apart.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I love a good Andrew Grey book (to prove it, I have 18 books on Audible and all his books in ebook format), which is basically any book the man writes, and Stuck in Oz is no exception, so I’ll keep this to the point. Grey is brilliant at writing heartfelt stories, that of course include a beautiful romance, that is gentle, relatable and believable. His characters are down to earth, and everything just works. He also tends to add children into the story which takes heartwarming to a whole new level.

Narration for this story was done by Rusty Topsfield. He has narrated as number of the Dreamspun Desire imprint that I could basically eat up for breakfast if it was a foodstuff. I really liked Topsfield’s voice and the tone that he lent to the character. He nailed the performance in for the entire Tales from Kansas series.

The story starts in heartbreak. In order to keep what is left of his little family together after their mother’s death, Jeremy is forced to sell the family home in San Diego and with nothing left for him and his baby brother Petey, he goes on a cross country expedition to find his only other living relative. Jeremy and Petey aren’t prepared for life – or weather – in Wamego, Kansas but Jeremy will do anything to keep his brother out of foster care. Arriving in Kansas during a snowstorm, he meets Nate who helps Jeremy find his Uncle Milt.

This book is mostly Jeremy’s story – he has to grow and come to realize that he doesn’t need to keep on running and that happiness won’t be taken away from him. After all, life has left him with a lot of insecurities. Only from there can the sweet, fledgling relationship between Jeremy and Nate become something more. On a side note, Uncle Milt is a wonderful secondary character.

Words cannot express, well more than I have without going on for much longer, how much I love Stuck in Love and how incredible heartwarming and sweet the romance is. In short, if you love Andrew Grey, read/listen to it. If you love a sweet, slow burn romance, read/listen to it.

Stand by Your Manny by Amy Lane ~ Audiobook

Title: Stand By Your Manny

Series: The Mannies 03,  Dreamspun Desires 57

Author: Amy Lane

Narrator: Peter B. Brooke

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 6 hrs, 1 min

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (17th July 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Sammy Lowell has his hands full juggling his music, college, some pesky health problems, and making the uncles who raised him proud. He needs help fulfilling his after-school duties with his siblings. Nobody can be in two places at once – not even Sammy!

An injury puts Cooper Hoskins in a tough spot – if he can’t work, the foster sister he’s raising can’t eat. But years in the foster system have left Cooper short on trust, and opening up to accept help isn’t easy. Luckily, family intervenes – Cooper needs a job so he can care for Felicity, and Sammy needs someone who can see past his illness to the wonderful things he has planned for his life.

Each heals the damaged places in the other’s heart. But falling in love is a big responsibility for young men deep in family already. Can the two of them get past their fear of the immediate future to see forever with each other?

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I absolutely adore Amy Lane’s books. They are sweet and beautiful slow burn romances that are just nice to read or listen and relax. They are the type of rather soothing because they are so sweet. This is the third book in Lane’s The Mannies series and I adore it as much as I do the two previous installment. There is nothing short to say, I love the simple, sweet love story between Sammy Lowell and the many hired to care for his siblings, Cooper Hoskins.

The audio was made better by the narration of Peter Brooke, which just hit the mark in tone with each character. It was something that I was extremely curious when I downloaded the audio because this is a new narrator to me and have become quite accustomed to definite set of three or four narrators I regularly hear for MM romances.

Way back in book 1 (The Virgin Manny), and chronologically approximately 10-13 years after, we met little Sammy Lowell. He was just a little kid who was grieving the death of his mother and was now being raised by his beloved uncle. It was brilliant catching up with Channing and Tino – Sammy’s dads for all intents and purposes, who adopted more kids over the years. Now Sammy is all grown up and he can’t help his uncles (I’m sticking to uncles I’ve decided) with the kids as well as juggling his music, college classes and assignments and a very serious health problem. So, Channing (and Tino) decide that they are going to hire a nanny. This is where Cooper Hoskins enters the picture. Cooper comes in to become Sammy’s rock, although that was not without teething problems on both sides, especially Sammy who felt some resentment of having help called in. Cooper, however, quickly sees past the walls that Sammy has built around his mind and heart and sets on the path for a sweet love story.

It was also funny catching up with Tino’s nutty family, which feature prominently in both previous books. And that is one of the main things I love about this series – the absolutely wonderful vibe of family and love is front and center throughout as guys come to terms with who they are, and they find their HEA with an equally wonderful man. I love that the whole Robbins family create of chaotic atmosphere of welcome and love for anyone who comes into the orbit of any of their clan.

Wonderfully sweet, simple about relatable and mostly realistic characters, this was purely enjoyable, and I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Delayed Gratification by Tamryn Eradani

Title: Delayed Gratification

Series: Daniel and Ryan 01

Author: Tamryn Eradani

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Contemporary

Length: Short Story (43 Pages)

Publisher: NineStar Press (January 16, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Daniel Brown is a man of routine. You might even call him a control freak. So when the new Director of Marketing, Ryan Cole, starts shaking up Daniel’s routine, Daniel doesn’t know how to react. He finds Ryan intriguing, infuriating and oh so attractive, but he doesn’t mix business with pleasure. As their games start to grow kinkier, dare Daniel give in to his desire to let Ryan top him?

ISBN: 978-1-945952-47-0

Product Link: NineStar Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N | Smashwords

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Daniel has a schedule that he keeps and is very religious about it. However it would seem the new guy at work is wanting to change his mind, with donuts at first. Ryan wants to shake Daniel up and bring him over to the dark side.

This story was so slow that I ended up skimming most of it which is bad since it is a short story. I couldn’t even focus on the book because I was so bored. This book is a prelude of what is to come in the next book. It is well written but didn’t catch my attention like it should. It does give you quite abit for being such a short story which was surprising.

I hate to admit that this is not a book for me but will see what book two looks like. Not a fan of the third person dialog and definitely not a fan of books where the same characters are always the main characters. They always seem to loose something in the end.

Shelter From the Storm by Kate Sherwood

Title: Shelter From the Storm

Author: Kate Sherwood

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Length: Novella (150pgs)

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (August 18, 2018)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 1/2 Hearts

Blurb: A healer and a warrior fight to survive the winter . . . and each other.

Grif is tired of life as a mercenary—tired of life, period. So he heads off into the mountains, not much caring whether he lives or dies. But when his indifference leaves him unconscious in a snowbank, a stranger finds him and insists on dragging him back from death.

Kiernan doesn’t really have time to nurse a stranger back to health; he’s on an important mission. He doesn’t know why the message he’s carrying is significant, but he’s determined to deliver it, even if it means risking his life in the winter mountains. Still, he can’t just walk away from a fellow traveler in need.

Grif didn’t want to be saved, and he sure as hell doesn’t want to be stuck with an annoying, naïve do-gooder. But since when do the mountains give men what they want? The snow is too deep to travel. Food is scarce. Grif and Kiernan learn to depend on each other, and eventually to care about each other. Neither of them wanted it to happen. But sometimes the mountains don’t give men what they want; sometimes, the mountains give men what they need.

ISBN: 978-1-62649-778-8

Product Link: Riptide | Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords | iTunes

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: A romance mostly story about Grif and Kiernan doing what they must to survive the harsh weather they find themselves in. I thought Grif’s reason for being out in said weather to be a little irritating. He puts himself and Kiernan in danger because he gives up.

Kiernan rescues him and nurses him back to health. Meanwhile the two are drawn together and start a relationship. Two men are trapped in the middle of a storm fighting to stay alive against all odds. I liked the struggle and the passion between these two as the story progressed.

It was an o.k. read.

Down To Earth by Jena Wade

Title: Down to Earth

Series: Directions 02

Author: Jena Wade

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, MPreg

Length: Novella (127 pages)

Publisher: Jena Wade (June 23, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Everett Surlin longed for the day that his Fated mate finally recognized him. It’d been eight years since he’d first met Matt Jenkins, he’d never imagined it take this long for his mate to realize their connection.

Matt Jenkins had done his best to put his past behind him. The abuse he’d endured as a child stayed locked away inside him, never to be shared with anyone. He’d assumed that as a result of his upbringing, he was broken and he would never have a mate. That didn’t stop him from desiring Everett and wishing that they could be together.

When tragedy strikes, Matt stays at Everett’s side, which just might be the push he needs to discover what had been there all along and a future he never dreamed would be possible.


Product Link: Amazon US  | Amazon UK 

Reviewer: Lisa

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

Everett found his mate eight years ago, but since Matt was a teenager he just kept his distance. Which was pretty hard to do since Matt was around quite a bit growing up. I would imagine Everett’s pain in that time. When Matt needs to come stay on the ranch, well you can imagine the cold showers going on.

Matt has been holding on to a deep and dark secret in his past. One that had almost killed him, but thanks to friends he had been given a new life. However the past always comes back to bite you in the ass sometimes. Then the moment Matt realizes Everett is his mate and well you can guess what is going to hapen. Say goodbye to cold showers.

The buildup in the terror of his past was built up and then no explosion. It was kind of a let down in the end. The heat does level up once Matt does find out about his mate so that was a nice surprise. The story was a bit better than the first one, but I still didn’t like how the book just seem to dwindle down to a passive type of story. The one danger, action and suspense was nothing much more than a little pop when nothing happened.

I will admit that this series has not turned out the way I had hoped. There is more heat and sexual tension in this story but even that was tampered down. I hate to admit that this is one of those stories that are a bit of a drag and not really memorable. Other than my issues with it, it is still a nice read for when you need a break.

Be Fairy Game by Meghan Maslow

Title: Be Fairy Game

Series: Starfig Investigations 02

Author: Meghan Maslow

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novel (338pgs)

Publisher: Meghan Maslow (August 30, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.75 Hearts

Blurb: They’re baaacckk!

When a simple ‘find & fetch’ case throws private investigator Twig Starfig and newly-minted wizard, Quinn Broomsparkle, into the middle of an EBI murder investigation, it’s just another day in the Elder Realm.

If murder were Twig’s only problem, he’d be the luckiest half-dragon in the land. Murder he can handle. Fulfilling his promise to his scheming, power-hungry father to run for a seat on Lighthelm’s city council? Meh, he’d rather face a demon with a toothache.

On top of their case going sideways, and Twig running for a council seat he really doesn’t want, Twig and Quinn are forced to face some unpleasant realities about their budding romance, while still learning how to handle the wizard-familiar bond they now share. Throw in a red fury with abysmal taste in boyfriends, a ghost pirate-parrot who drinks too much, a murderer who will stop at nothing to get what they want, a host of new friends and enemies, and you’ve got a situation where no one is safe and everyone is Fairy Game.

*This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone.


Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: The gang is back in this sequel to solve new cases. Quinn, Twig and Bill are close. Bill considers them family. Pie is still searching for a way to find his former pirate captain. There are several new characters added and several deaths that are thrown into the investigation. Not to mention Twig’s dad is getting assassination attempts made on his life.

To put it mildly there is a lot going on in this book. Twig is still having a problem with Quinn’s ability to control him which he does not like. Quinn for his part understands that Twig wants to mate but he hesitant to do so. My mind was spinning as this story payed out. There were twists and turns galore. Magic, darkness and danger seemed in abundance throughout.

It was roller coaster ride for sure as Twig and Quinn threw themselves into solving cases as well as struggling with their own issues with each other. A great cast of characters added depth and mystery and a sense of suspense as the cases played out and clues gathered.

Great addition to the series.

Broken Soldier by Jamie Lynn Miller

Title: Broken Soldier

Series: Shadow Unit 01

Author: Jamie Lynn Miller

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Contemporary, BDSM

Length: Novella

Publisher: Jamie Lynn Miller (March 5, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 2.5 Hearts

Blurb: Sergeant Connor Finley and Sergeant Shawn Weller are dedicated soldiers working covert ops for Shadow Unit — a joint UK/US anti-terrorism task force.

Partners in the field and out, they had been through hell together for the last four years and made it through standing side by side. But when their latest undercover op to bring down an arms dealer plunges them into a world of drugs, sex and violence, Shawn must literally get in bed with the enemy in order to complete the mission. And Connor is forced to watch, helpless, as his partner is broken into pieces.

Will love be enough to put them both back together or will this be their final mission?

ISBN: 978-1-64080-423-4-8

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Connor and Shawn were not only teammates but lovers. They were part of an anti-terrorism task force sent in to for the worst. It took them into dangerous situations and could cost them their lives. Although they have not done what is about to be done. Shawn was going to have to get real close and personal with the target.

Even though Shawn gave his conscent for the sex between him and Jae, to me it was still rape. I started reading this before I remembered I have read it once before and ditched the book. It has drug use, which we knew about from the warning on the blurb, so it might be trigger to some. The story did have potential but the way the author took it made the book bottom out for me. It was more drug and sex, then actual story. It felt like you were being dropped into the team without warning. It actually felt like the actual story was just a back drop to what was really going on.

The first thing I noticed was the cover, it doesn’t match the guys at all, so that was a bad sign. Now a drug, arms dealer who deals with death would not take some guy off the streets to back him up, so that was another sign. This book was definitely lacking in background and major information that would lead up into the actual story. Then there is the big boss who is just going to let his man go in there and get high as a kite to get the bad guy, that is a big NO. There was definitely no research done into black ops or at least something believeable. I couldn’t even get a good read on the actual case.

Overall this book is going into my never to read again folder. It was lacking so much to make it a good story. The characters needed a bit more edge to even make them real to me. It did show a true drug addict’s reaction though so I will give that part props. This story felt rushed and not well thought out. I hate to admit that this book was definitely not my kind of book.

The Plumber by Serena Yates

Title: Plumber

Series: Workplace Encounters 10

Author: Serena Yates

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (117 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (21 Oct 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Hard work and long hours have made Will Kovar’s business, Total Plumbing Solutions, a success. When he’s called to fix a bathroom at the Safe Home for Girls and Boys and sees how tight money is for the charity, he’s happy to donate his time. Meeting the home’s manager, Steve Hayes, is an added bonus, especially when Steve invites Will to dinner to thank him for his generosity. Will learns Steve’s wealthy family isn’t happy about his choice to make a career in social work, but neither man expects Steve’s parents to leave eighteen children out on the street to prove their point. Will is determined to help Steve figure out how to provide a safe and happy home—for both the children and themselves.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-519-0

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is a short and sexy book, which is the seventh book in Serena Yates’ Workplace Encounters book. Each book is standalone, with new characters and no overlapping characters. This instalment is completely new to the series and it is a wonderful addition.

Let’s face it, who doesn’t like a hot blue collar worker? This is going to be a book that will appeal to a great many people who are into MM.

Will Kovar is a plumber with a heart of gold. He works hard and owns his own business and he’s pretty damn successful. It’s on a call out to the Safe Home for Girls and Boys that he meets an equally as generous man, social worker Steve Hayes. The two just click and while there is plenty of sexual tension there is also a lot of sweetness and cuteness between the two of them. It’s a well-rounded story where we see Will and Steve’s personal and professional lives clash together (and not always in good ways).