All the Heaven Will Allow by D.W. Marchwell

Title: All That Heaven Will Allow

Author: D.W. Marchwell

Genre: Contemporary 

Length: Novel (200 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (21st November 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Jimmy Campbell has owned his own bar for the past twenty years. While his past is troubled, his present and future make life worth living. He has good friends, more than enough money, and he volunteers—along with his Yorkie, Bozo, and his Maine coon cat, Miss Alicia—at the local hospital every Friday. He couldn’t ask for more. That is, until he meets Derek “Dizzy” Roberts.

Derek is a musician who tours the country with his band. He’s an ex-cop, was married once, and has the bitter ex-wife and two spoiled children to prove it. He’s finally living his dream, and that includes bedding all the groupies who think he’s every bit as good as his music. He doesn’t worry much about the future, until he meets Jimmy.

The two men begin a long-distance romance, sneaking weekends here and there, until a tragedy forces them to realize they might lose the only thing they both want–a future together. Now, they’re asking for everything heaven will allow.

ISBN-13: 9781632161673

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer:  GiGi

Review: If you like sugar-sweet romance, long distance romance, slow build-up romance…this is the book for you. It was nearly too sweet for me, but hey it’s a warm and fuzzy feel good read.

Jimmy owns his own bar, is a bit of a control freak in all areas of his life, and he REALLY loves his animals. He’s such a do-gooder he volunteers his time not only helping out rescued animals, bit then trains them to be therapy dogs and brings them into hospitals and yes….children’s hospital wards. Do your teeth hurt yet?

Now Derek is a playboy. Recently out of the closet and divorced he’s been eating at the man-candy buffet for a while and knows he’s a hot package. Only his one-liners don’t’ seem to work on a cute, sexy bar owner, that’s Jimmy, and it immediately snags his attention. He’s ready for more than a one-nighter, but Jimmy is putting him through his paces.

The two develop their courtly romance the old fashioned way, emails, texts, letters, dates….actually getting to know each other before jumping each other’s bones…which when they do is really hot.

But both have a past, that combined with fate may destroy these two…or who knows….tests of faith may bring them closer.

A slow build, in more ways than one, and again….cotton candy sweet. If you need a break from angsty, kinky reading…this is a good diversion.

The Truest Type by D.W. Marchwell

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Series: N/A
Author: D.W. Marchwell
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (206 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (20 July 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Anders van Apeldoorn has only ever been in love with one man: Leighton Caldwell III, the African-American mayor of the city where they met, fell in love while in university, and got married when it became legal in 2005. With Anders’s support, Leighton is the first openly gay married mayor the city has ever had, and he is also the most popular. But those sacrifices have come at a cost for Anders, who was content to be an elementary school teacher married to a successful prosecutor. And three years into Leighton’s term, Anders wants to go back to their former life.

When Anders meets Ron Goldberg, the father of a favored former student, Anders learns something that he’s never known about him. And when some very unsettling news about Leighton comes to light, Anders finds comfort and solace in Ron’s arms.

Soon Anders is faced with a tough decision: go back to his husband or live the life he’s always dreamed of, but with a different man.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-306-6

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: I’m not really sure what to think about this book in the end. In general, I enjoy reading D.W. Marchwell books, and yes, it is true that I enjoyed this book.

However, as to the plot itself I find myself rather torn. I’ve decided that this comes down to the way that the book was written. On reflection, I was written fabulously. Although my first instinct was correct in what was going to happen to the main characters involved in the love triangle, I found myself second guessing my instinct a number of times.

The story is about Anders, he’s been with (and married to) Leighton for twenty-odd years. These guys have been together since they were first in college and now they are both in their forties. It’s not so much that Anders and Leighton have fallen out of love, but their needs have changed. I know that it sounds clichéd, but that is the best way to describe what is happening to these guys.

Anders loves teaching but Leighton is wholly determined in his political career to the point that he is spending less and less time at home. Then Anders bumps into Ron, the father of a student he taught years ago, Anders finds the new attraction he has with Ron scorching hot.

At first I felt sorry for Anders… then I felt sorry for Leighton… then I felt sorry for Anders again… then I thought “stay with Leighton” … then I thought, “oh for Christ’s sake, Leighton doesn’t deserve you, go with Ron”… there was a lot more of this going on throughout, I could not put the book down at all until I finished.

These characters are just so real and easily relatable, which I think adds to the confusion and my thought processes above. Anders is a sweet guy who isn’t looking for something beyond what he has, although he would dearly love to see his husband more.

Leighton is ambitious and occasionally aloof, though it is easy to see that on some level he does indeed love his husband. Ron is a wonderful friend and the voice of reason – he doesn’t want to break Anders and Leighton apart and is happy enough being in Anders life as nothing more than a friend if that was what it took.

This is all about love and loyalty and knowing what is good for you, even if sometimes what you want and what you need are two different things.

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Falling by D.W. Marchwell (Audiobook)

FallingLGTitle: Falling
Series: Falling, #1
Author: D.W. Marchwell
Narrator: Charlie David
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 8 hours and 32 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (06-06-2012)
Heat Level: Moderate to Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: When Scott Alan gets a phone call that his brother was hurt on a logging job, he rushes to Brian’s side, only to find that his injuries are minor-but not before he meets Hank Ballam, an adrenaline-seeking logger who’s an outcast among his co-workers.

Hank is a study in contrast: he lives for the rush of climbing and cutting trees almost as much as he loves the peace he finds exploring the mountains he calls home. Scott’s attraction to Hank is immediate and mind-blowing, and it’s what Scott has always wanted: to know what it’s like to love someone he can’t live without. Scott needs to know if Hank’s true feelings will be a roar of passion or simply a quiet friendship, one that doesn’t match Scott’s devotion.

But it may be too late… Scott simply can’t help himself from falling hard for Hank.

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Reviewer: Tams
Review: Scott Alan is a gay singer, songwriter that left home as soon as he was able. He wasn’t running from his past or his sexuality, he just didn’t want to be in the place where his parents had died any longer. He and his brother Brian are very close. He basically raised Scott after their mother died. Then when their father died in a logging accident, Brian took over the family business. Scott rushes back home when he gets the news that his brother has been in an accident.

Hank Ballam is a wild card. He works hard and plays harder. He loves his job working for Brian Alan as a logger, but he loves to party and drink as well. After an accident leaves Brian hospitalized, Hank blames himself, as do some of their co-workers. When Scott arrives and witness’s the way Hank is being treated, he quickly comes to his defense. There is just something about Hank that makes Scott want to protect him.

Scott decides to stay on indefinitely to take care of his brother, and spend more time getting to know Hank. A swim in the lake during a camping trip starts a whirlwind love affair for these two. What started out as nothing serious soon ends with both men falling, hard. When Hank is injured on the job Scott will realize just how deep his love for the big burly logger goes.

This is not your typical straight guy just miraculously turns gay story. Hank confesses to Scott that he’s messed around with a couple of guys over the years. He’s had an active sex life with woman, he just never quite felt comfortable with them though. Let me tell you that these two cannot keep their hands off each other! They are passionate, sexy, and loving. Seriously, when they kiss it could melt the walls it’s so hot.

Narrated by Charlie David, and I do love Charlie. His little noises, grunts and pants while he’s conveying the story are just spot on, as they should be. Well written as a book and well versed in audio, I highly recommend this story. Sweet, sexy and endearing. Falling is a perfect little love story.

A Fine Mingling by D.W. Marchwell

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Series: N/A

Author: D.W. Marchwell

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (211 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 30th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb: Benjamin “Big Ben” Forrester came from a wealthy family, went to the right schools, and had handsome men falling at his feet. But all Ben has ever wanted is a man to love him unconditionally. Being a firefighter won’t bring Ben fame or riches, so where will he find true love and acceptance?

Alistair McInnis lives with his older sister, Abigail, and her deaf son, Jared. Alistair left his job as an editor to take care of his nephew when Abigail divorced and enrolled in law school to provide a better future for Jared. But Abigail is falling in love with the policeman next door, and Jared won’t need Alistair forever.

While working with the station house to oversee the rebuilding of a play castle burned down by vandals, Ben meets and falls for Alistair. Can Ben learn what it means to be accepted for who he is? Can Alistair accept that life comes with no guarantees? They soon find happiness is a fine mingling of hanging on and letting go.

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Reviewer: GiGi

Review: This is a pleasant enough story with a slow build and some steamy moments. Most are idealized moments with Bean and Alistair spending time with an always seemingly pleasant five-year-old. I often wonder if writers get to spend enough time around kids to write the experience accurately.

Ben is complicated, or at least it seems he should be a deeper character. He’s got problems with his wealthy parents, a risky job as a fireman who is also out with his house, an interested best friend/father figure, an apartment with two dogs and two cats, he just wants a happily ever after now with a loving family unlike his own.

Alistair, oh, Alistair. I want to feel sorry for him, but he comes across a bit on the whiny side. Yes, his father died too early, but Ally was 25 and fully grown after all. Many of us lose parents sooner. He uses the excuse of helping his sister raise her hearing-impaired son as a reason to hide away and not date. He’s a likeable enough character, and I was a bit surprised he was so aggressive in the sack, which was nice.

As many reservations as each man brought to the relationship they hit it off instantly, sex was good, they got along well, money was not an issue and they both love Jared to pieces.

But the ending is so abrupt I can’t help but see that this is designed to have a sequel. Almost like all the serious issues are left hanging and we get a fluffy HEA instead. You just know there’s huge roadblock ahead for these to love birds. The plot picked up momentum and then it took an abrupt turn and faded to white. A soft, fluffy, warm and lovey read.

Pictures On Silence by D.W. Marchwell

PicturesonSilenceLGTitle: Pictures On Silence

Series:  N/A

Author: D.W. Marchwell

Genre: Contemporary/Opera/Animal Rescue

Length: Novel (256 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 2nd, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:
♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Blurb: When discredited journalist Duncan Spencer is given the assignment to interview world-famous operatic baritone Barkley Reinhardt, he knows it’s fluff, but he’s earning a living and he hopes it can take him one step closer to recovering his career as an influential and serious journalist. The singer is surprisingly more interesting than Duncan expected, and Duncan decides Barkley, with his reputation of being increasingly difficult and demanding, would make an excellent subject for a biography. When they meet, Duncan is surprised to find that Barkley has become jaded, is dissatisfied with fame and a life of touring, and deeply desires to pursue drastically different passions.

Although they are worlds apart in careers and interests, mutual fear and desperation rushes Duncan and Barkley into romance. But neither man has taken the time to really know the other, believing instead that what one needs, the other can provide. And then, when Barkley finds out that Duncan is planning to write his biography, he assumes Duncan is just like so many others: seeking only to benefit from his fame. How can a romance that started out so wrong-footed survive after such a blow?

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Reviewer:   GiGi

Review: An interesting window into the world of opera singers.

I learned a bit about performing, different types of operatic singing, what goes into training and that was an interesting part of this story. On the flip side, the story did not delve much into reporter Duncan Spencer’s career as a journalist, though maybe the opera was more interesting and less known. These two have many differences, and though those obstacles would divide most people, their chemistry is strong enough to pull them together, that and their mutual love of furry four-legged creatures.

As the story sweetly meanders along, we see the true extent of Barkley’s love of his furry friends, and the length he will go to help rescue shelter animals destined to be put down. At first, I thought this might swing into an unhealthy hoarding situation, but as the story expands to include a rescue farm, the concept of fostering, and Barkley’s determination, I felt better. By the way, I thought it very clever that such an animal, and dog lover in general would have the name Barkley, just had to add that!

The tension builds, as a very jaded Barkley show’s his ultimate distrust of Duncan when he discovers the biography file on his laptop. He quickly leaps to some very wrong assumptions and shuts Duncan out. That isolation only serves to cause both of them pain, but can the relationship be salvaged? You’ll just have to find out. This story was a wonderful escape, introducing me to some new areas, opera, and animal rescue, that I had not explored before.

I recommend, this and Marchwell’s other titles, as they are a great addition to any readers shelves.

Good To Know by D.W. Marchwell

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Series: Good to Know: Book One

Author: D.W. Marchwell

Genre: MM / Contemporary

Length: Novel

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October, 2009)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥2 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Jerry McKenzie is a reclusive and antisocial artist, quite content to ride his horses and work in his studio, keeping to himself. It’s not any kind of life for a child, and when Jerry finds out he’s been named his orphaned nephew’s guardian, he panics. He doesn’t know what to do with a child and isn’t sure he can give William the affection and the love the boy so desperately needs.

Then Jerry meets David Loewenberger, the new teacher William becomes immediately attached to, and he starts to see how they could make a family together: a family to replace the one William lost, a family David had given up on ever finding… a family Jerry never knew he wanted.

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Review: William Baldwin Pruit III is a ten-year boy, living for the last five years of his life in a boarding school in Switzerland. That all comes to an abrupt end when a lawyer shows up to inform him that his parent died in an accident and as they decided in their will William is to go and live with his only relative alive, Jerry McKenzie.

Jerry is forty-six years old and has no family. All he wants and needs is his art and the occasional twink to get off. When a lawyer shows up at his front door telling him he has inherited a ten-year old kid, his first reaction is to tell him he doesn’t want the responsibility and that they can take the kid back to boarding school. But, after realizing that William is in the back of the car and listening at his words Jerry caves in and gives it a trial. After all, even if the kid is the only family he has, Jerry has been alone for so long he is convinced he doesn’t need one now.

Just when Jerry is about to freak out with the changes in his life and a little boy who needs him, David shows up. David is going to be William’s teacher and offers to help Jerry in this new role. But, while they start a platonic friendship it quickly becomes clear that there is so much more for the two men.

This book had all it takes to be a really, really good one. The kid character was perhaps one of the best to start a story with and I feel that it went to complete waste, because while the opening scene was perfect, the rest was just downhill.

It made quite an impression to me that while the two main characters were supposed to be forty-six and forty-two years old their entire behavior was that of teenagers. It made quite an impression on me that a teacher makes a house-call and in the very same day hooks up with the child’s guardian. It made quite an impression on me that said teacher keeps claiming not wanting to hurt the kid yet his entire behavior was selfish and childish. It made quite an impression to me that while this story started with the little boy and how lonely and unloved that kid felt, it continued to be one enormous case of games between the adults and the child was left on the sides only to come forth when needed as a shield. It made quite an impression to me that while this book was about middle-aged men who finally find a family and have to work through it, there were so many tears and melodramatic scenes that would be more at home in a young adult soap-opera.

No, I did not like the writing in this novel at all. The dialogues were beyond surreal, they had this wistful touch all over them and they were literally quite sappy, not what I expected from this kind of read. It was too much on every account. Too fast to fall in love, too fast to make commitment, too fast to break it up and too fast to come back together.

One other thing I didn’t like was the logic behind the events that followed. The logic behind the “villain” in attacking a tenured teacher, the logic behind the “villain” in attacking a little boy without consequences, the logic behind the pair’s final falls out. Oh I really didn’t understand that one. Was it the fact that the characters kept interrupting each other and no one ever made a full sentence? Or was it the fact that there was no reason for their fall out at all. I don’t know, it made no sense.

Bottom end the plot was not attracting at all. They fell in love, things seemed great, a bad guy shows up and creates a bit trouble and after a huge melodramatic scene everything fell in place as if by magic. The characters were too immature and the erotic part was too much. The only thing that held my interested was the child character; everything else was a big no for me.


Roots and Wings by D. W. Marchwell

Title: Roots and Wings

Series: Good to Know 03

Author: D.W. Marchwell

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (194pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (14th November 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: In the six years since Jerry, David, and William first welcomed Billie and Cory into their home, a lot has changed in their lives. William has fallen in love, Cory has graduated and is engaged, and Jerry is as irascible as ever. David, however, is struggling. He worries about William and Cory, about how he and Jerry will deal with their house becoming an empty nest, and about his aging parents.

Then circumstances conspire to give David more concrete worries: Jerry finds a potentially cancerous lump, William’s first experience with love is in jeopardy because he has two dads, and David’s long-lost mother shows up, wanting to reconcile with him. Amidst the drama of a heartbroken sixteen-year-old, a husband facing a medical crisis, and an impending wedding, David will learn that life should be lived to the fullest—and that each of us is endowed with roots and wings.

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Review: This book is part of a series is best read in order. Jerry and David are a well-established couple, they have their adopted son William and foster son Cory.  They have a ranch and everything seems great. David is starting to worry though… Cory has already left home and soon enough so will William, his mother has just had a car accident and he’s found a lump on Jerry.

This is a well written story that brings back together the characters from previous books. David isn’t looking forward to William leaving home in a year and his mother has had an accident, William is worried that he has disappointed his parents by acting rashly, Cory has some news to share and Jerry has to have a medical examination. I thought that the way that the family came together and supported each other was sweet but I do think that their response to William’s news is too calm for a parent no matter how logical that parent is… believe me I know.

I liked the story and the reconciliation between David and his mother was done quite well but I do think David took a lot onto himself when he didn’t need to and he could have easily shared his burden instead of thinking he could keep it hidden. Jerry tries to support David through his troubles and help William as much as he can as well. I liked all the characters and thought they made a lovely family.

So I recommend this to those who love family, hot sex, reconciliation, young love, old love, proven love and a happy ever after.



When Memory Fails by D. W. Marchwell

Title: When Memory Fails

Sequel to:  Falling by D. W. Marchwell        

Author: D.W. Marchwell

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥ 4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb:  It’s been two years since Hank Ballam and Scott Alan fell in love, moved in together, and started building their life. Hank has kept his promise to his boss—and Scott’s brother—Brian, proving he can be both his adrenaline-seeking self and a good worker. While Hank enjoys being Brian’s right-hand man, nothing gives him more pleasure than going home to Scott every night. But then a major announcement gets Hank thinking about the family he left behind, and he wonders if there is any hope of including them in his new life with Scott.

Seeing Hank’s turmoil, Scott quietly reaches out to his lover’s family—without telling Hank. Scott is overjoyed when Hank’s sister seems receptive, but the reunion doesn’t go as planned, leaving Scott to wonder if he’s unleashed a series of events that might take Hank from him forever.

Review:  This is a beautifully written story which is about Hank and Scott and is two years after the end of Falling. When they receive happy news it gets Hank thinking about his own family and how he wants to reconnect but doesn’t think they will approve of Scott, Scott knows that Hank has been thinking more and more about his own family and decides to do something about it. What we see after that is that their love is deeper and stronger than ever before, that they will never let each other down and that they will always put the other first no matter what.

The sex scenes are loving, intense and experimental; these two men really know how to burn up the sheets. There is happiness, there is sadness, there are doubts but most of all there is love.

So I think this story has a bit of everything in it to make it worth your while to read and most of all it has a Happy Ever After.