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TWO 5 Stars and ONE 4 Star Review for The Thief (Marine Bodyguards #2) by Patricia Logan #MM #Military #Erotic @PatriciaLogan1

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Title: The Thief (Marine Bodyguards #2)
Author Name: Patricia Logan
Publication Date & Length: February 28, 2015 – 73,000 Words

Synopsis

Former Marine and bona fide hero, Ranger Corrigan, is one paycheck away from joining his brethren among the ranks of Los Angeles’s homeless Veterans. When he is offered a great paying job in a palatial mansion, Ranger jumps at the chance for a roof over his head and a hot meal in his belly.

Handsome and cultured Landry Metzel lives too well to be the insurance appraiser he claims to be, and Ranger can’t help but want to know why he’s been hired to protect an innocuous man with no enemies. Metzel certainly won’t be sorry to see him go.

As famous masterpieces suddenly begin disappearing from private collections, Ranger begins putting two and two together. When an LAPD detective starts asking questions about murders tied to the thefts, Ranger suddenly wants to learn more about the man he’s hopelessly attracted to.

A wisecracking former Marine, a man with a desperate secret to hide, and a murderous villain come together in a tale of murder, danger, intrigue, and the crime of the century.

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FiveStars

I absolutely love this book!  Part Indiana Jones, part Tomb Raider, part Monument Men, this is a story of intrique and vigilante justice.  Add in sweet romance and sizzling sex scenes, and Patricia Logan has written aperfect story.

This is the story of Ranger.  A former marine, awarded the silver star for gallantry, he is out of work and nearly homeless when Logan introduces him.

Landry is the incredibly wealthy man who hires Ranger to be his bodyguard.  Landry comes across as a male Lara Croft – with a few more secrets.

The two men are from very different worlds.  For very different reasons, neither man trusts easily and it takes some time and bullets before the men start to work together as true partners.

With a hot LAPD detective after them and a cranky butler looking out for them, the story hurtles from one adventure to another.

I hadn’t realised this was a sequel to The Superstar until the characters from the first book were introduced.  This is a darker, more sombre story.  Logan has spent considerable time and effort researching the world of antiquities and the fate of antiquities in Nazi occupied Europe.  Her research pays off and allows The Thief to be a much more complex, multi-layered book than The Superstar was.

The Thief will appeal to a different audience than The Superstar and is very much a stand-alone novel.

I love this and can’t recommend it enough!

Sarah

FiveStars

This was my first book by this author and it definitely won’t be my last.  The writing was very descriptive and the dialogue was great.

This story was about Ranger a bodyguard/military man.  Loved him, he was down on his luck and struggling to make it day to day but gave his last dollar to a homeless woman, right then I knew this character could do no wrong. Finally a friend found him a job and I loved how he came into that job taking control.  He fell for a art thief, Landry who he was supposed to protect. I thought Landry was a spoiled rich guy, but the sparks flew between the two, and their romance was entertaining.

I found myself laughing out loud at the bedroom scene!  Belzer, the servant was very entertaining and added to the story.

This was an excellent suspense story that kept me interested through out.  I really enjoyed reading it and highly recommend it.

Sherry

FourStars

Some hot and heavy romance with your art thefts anyone? Yes Please!!
When I saw the post about this book being available for review, I didn’t even need to read the synopsis, I saw the author’s name and requested it. I read the first book in the Bodyguard series, The Superstar, and I really enjoyed it!!! The Thief, is Patricia Logan’s second book in the Bodyguard series, but it can be read as a stand-alone,
Our Hero’s!!! And, Yes they are both Heros, Landry and Ranger deliver this instalment of the Bodyguard series with humour and vulnerability that will tug at your heart strings and have you laughing out loud the next line.
Landry is a very unassuming hero. He is on a quest, with the best of intentions and you will be moved with the motivation behind it all. I was extremely impressed with the knowledge Patricia Logan shares about the art world and some other historical events that she describes in amazing and incredible detail. My jaw dropped quite a few times!!
Ranger, the Bodyguard, a former Navy Seal is sexy, rough, vulnerable at times, and that makes him the perfect companion, partner, lover for Landry. He doesn’t take any crap but you also know that when it gets right down to it, he WILL have your back and you most definitely want someone like Ranger on your side!!! He pulls Landry out of his shell, and gives him confidence to go after what he wants, and what Laundry wants is Ranger. The chemistry was intense!!! There were some very tender moments and they made me smile through tears.And Belzer, the Butler, an added bonus and perfect companion to this story. He was feisty and funny.
I really enjoyed this journey with Laundry and Ranger!!!!
Reviewer: Kimberley

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“I know it’s silly… please don’t laugh at me but, I just imagine you came in and swept me off my feet, picked me right up and set me on the back of your white horse and made me… well… you made me feel complete Ranger.” Landry chuckled. “Ranger… you complete me… I love you.” Ranger lay there quietly listening, probably stunned by Landry’s revelation. “You don’t have to say anything back to me, baby, but I just wanted you to know… I love you.”

Landry quieted, listening to Ranger’s breathing as something suddenly dawned on him. He frowned.

“Ranger?” he whispered. “Baby?” Landry let go of the gorgeous hair he loved so dearly and reached around, pushing gently at Ranger’s shoulders. Ranger breathed deeply, his chest rising and falling. “Ranger…” Landry said a little louder. He frowned and pushed at Ranger as he felt his flaccid cock slide out of his ass. “Ranger!” Landry squirmed out from under him as he finally pushed hard on Ranger’s pecs.

Ranger groaned and rolled to his back and Landry rolled with him, propping himself up on one elbow as he looked down into Ranger’s relaxed face. His long black eyelashes lay against his cheeks. When his mouth fell open, he let out a loud snore. “Khhaaaaa!”

“Are you fucking kidding me?” Landry asked. “Are you ASLEEP?”

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Patricia Logan resides in Los Angeles, California along with her husband, four children, her grandchild and ever increasing number of cats. When not being stage mom, baking cookies, or scooping kitty litter, she writes steamy, award winning, gay erotic romance and tries to lead her readers on a journey of discovery with more than a little angst.

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Author Interview with Sara Daniels @SSaraDaniel

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  • Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?

I also do a lot of writing on a big comfy chair looking out my front window. When the weather is nice, I love to write outside—on a not-so-comfy chair by my front door or in a lawn chair at a nearby forest preserve. If I can’t be outside, a seat in front of a window is a MUST. I do a lot of staring outside while my mind is churning!

  • Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?

I can definitely relate to Sadie from The Briefcase. She wants to be a good, conscientious employee and do what’s expected of her, while she also needs to take care of her family. She worries that she’ll fail the expectations set for her and doesn’t want to disappoint anyone. Yep, that was me in my teens and twenties!

  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?

Well, I got my degree in accounting, so I’d probably fall back on that, but it definitely wouldn’t fill the void. In fact, working such an analytical job would have my creative side desperate to burst out. If I couldn’t write, maybe I’d try something like website design. I could channel my creativity into the layout and design, and I could continue working from home on my own which I love!

  • Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?

The Briefcase was my first F/F story, and the most difficult change I found from writing M/F was the pronoun usage. I could no longer use he or she in place of names and be assured that the reader would instantly know which character I was referring to.

  • Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?

I may expand it to a longer novella in the future. I think the story has a lot of potential to become more fully developed with more conflict and Rhea’s point of view. But I’m really happy with this anthology version right now.

  • How do you come up with new ideas for your story?

I have always been drawn to relationships and happy endings. Many times a story inspiration comes to me when I hear a situation or read an article with an unsatisfying conclusion, and I want to give those people a better ending. I might not be able to in real life, but I certainly can in fiction.

  • What’s next for you as a writer?

I’m wrapping up my One Night with the Bridal Party series of M/F one-night stand stories. One Night with the Bride, One Night with the Bridesmaid, and One Night with the Groom are currently available. One Night with the Best Man, One Night with Her Husband, and One Night with His Wife will be release in April, May, and June respectively.

  • Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?

I’m from a small town in Illinois, so I don’t think it’s a surprise that a lot of my books end up being set in small towns in Illinois. Several more of my books are set in Chicago because that’s the urban area I live near, so it definitely influences my writing. I find it easier to write a setting that I have personal knowledge of, even if I create a fictional setting from that base of personal knowledge.

  • What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?

Outside of romance, I’ve been enjoying middle grade fantasy series books—Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Fablehaven. This is definitely due to my daughter’s influence. Although she’s old enough to read these books on her own, I started reading them aloud to her at bedtime when she was first struggling to read, and we both love the routine too much to stop.

  • Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?

Coffee, red wine, pasta, chocolate. I could come up with more, but that’s enough to incriminate me. J

 

Synopsis Sadie is on a mission to deliver an important briefcase for her boss, Rhea, whom she’s lusted after forever. But an emergency changes Sadie’s plans, and suddenly she is trying to keep a horde of well-meaning friends from prying the briefcase out of her hands. When the shocking contents spill out at the worst possible moment, much more than Sadie’s job is at stake.

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“You’re the only person I trust to deliver this without peeking inside,” Rhea said.

Flushing both with desire and embarrassment—had Rhea noticed her gawking?—Sadie snapped her gaze back to the woman’s face. “Of course not. I would never—”

“Good. Because if you do, there will be consequences.” Her regal blue eyes held Sadie captive.

Consequences. The word sent a thrill shivering through her veins. She’d never push Rhea to make good on the threat. But what if those consequence were something other than a reprimand in her personnel file, something physical and, um, personal?

Of course they wouldn’t be. Rhea was a consummate professional and would never consider such a thing, even though the increasing sternness of her tone turned Sadie on more with every word.

Staring at Rhea’s black stilettos, she tried not to give herself away. “I’ll take the briefcase to Mr. Thacker right now.”

“Good girl.” The other woman placed her index finger under Sadie’s chin, raising it until Sadie met her gaze. “When you’re done, take the rest of the day off.”

She stumbled back a step, her chin tingling from the simple touch. “Excuse me?” She’d often been ordered to stay late but never to take off early.

Rhea raised a perfectly arched eyebrow. “You heard me. Today is your birthday, is it not?”

Shocked she remembered the detail, Sadie nodded. But she had no party plans. In fact, she would prefer to return to the office and watch the firm’s star lawyer crank out paperwork. How pathetic was that?

“Consider this your present.” Rhea plunked the briefcase into Sadie’s arms.

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5 Stars for Which Way is Witch by Kejsi Miller #FF

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Title: Which Way is Witch
Author Name: Kejsi Miller
Publication Date & Length: November 22, 2014 – 143pgs

Synopsis

What if you were to find out after 18 years that you’re adopted? What if your best friend of practically your whole life isn’t who either of you thought she was? And maybe to top it all off, it just so happens that you find out you’re a witch…SURPRISE!
Meet Drina… A girl whose world flips off its axis one night and seems like it will never spin in the right direction again. She gets picked up and thrown into a world where witches, shape- shifters, and Inccu-freaks roam free. She’ll need the help of a little fox, her best friend, and the power within herself to find out… Which Way Is Witch.

Review

FiveStars

This is a great fast read. I love all the twist and turns this book takes! Some you can see coming where others you never expect.
The effects everyone have on each other are perfect the way they all equal out each other and come together.
This book is very well written and I look forward to reading more from Kejsi Miller!

Amber

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I’ve been writing since I was young. I remember writing a series of stories when I was 7 or 8 about a girl and a ghost called “Jackie & Spookie.” Ever since it was always a hobby just for me. It wasn’t until I was about 16 that I found out there was more to it then I ever thought. Ten years later I was ready to share with the world. Here comes my first novel “Coming Out”, about a world where the roles are flipped and a girl must come out to her family as straight in a world where everyone is gay. They ship her off to a cleansing center believing it will gay her back up, but boy are they wrong. She goes on an adventure to find herself and finds friends she never thought she’d have along the way.

My next novel was one I had been working on since I was 16, “Which Way Is Witch?” Completely different than “Coming Out”, this takes on a paranormal twist throwing the main character in a world she never expected. Her and her best friend find out things are never as they seem and family and friendship are more important than they even realize.

My writing style may not be perfect, but I try to bring laughter and smiles to every one of my readers. Whether it be paranormal, romance, or a coming of age, I hope you will come on this journey with me. Writing may be my second love (Music will always be my first), but I always put a piece of me in everything I produce. And just so there is no gasps of shock, there most likely will always be a LGBQ message or characters in my stories.

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TWO 4 Star Reviews for Sandcastles by Suzie Carr – #FF #Health #Literary @girl_novelist

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Title: Sandcastles
Author Name: Suzie Carr
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2015 – 235pgs

Synopsis

Lia is smart, successful, and best friends with Dean, a gay man who is just as neurotic as she. Life is smooth and flowing, unmarked by much more than a little family jealousy here and there, until she runs into Willow, an exciting enigma from her past.

Willow, a psychic, receives a sense that something is off kilter surrounding Lia. Should she tell her, even though Lia, the person she’s never been able to stop thinking about since childhood, might run the other way? It’s a risk she decides to take, and Lia’s curiosity surprises her.

As truths about life, love and uncertainties are unearthed, Lia and Willow, along with Dean, learn to seek strength from unexpected places and people. Along their journeys, the three learn what a struggle it is to maintain their sandcastles as they embrace the parts of their lives that really matter.

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FourStars

This was a long read, but worth it. I love Suzie Carr’s writing style. For anyone who likes a lot of plot with a side of romance, this fits the bill nicely. There are a few great scenes between Lia and Willow, enough to satisfy but not so much they overshadow the storyline. The steamy-but-not-graphic sex was perfect for my preference.

I enjoyed the characters, but Dean was by far my favorite. I thought he was a good balance for the story. Lia was the textbook definition of stressed workaholic, and Willow was a bit much sometimes on her end, too, so it was good to have something in between.

My only hesitation (and why I can’t give it 5 stars) was that Willow and Yvonne came across as somewhat judgmental and like they had an agenda for the reader. There was also a bit of body-, health-, and fat-shaming (for example, Lia assuming a plump boy was running to get ice cream, or the character running a wellness session on the “causes” of obesity). I wasn’t fond of the part where a couple of the characters seemed to be saying people cause their own illnesses and that emotions other than peaceful/happy are bad. I think those elements could be triggering for some people.

Otherwise, it was an enjoyable read. I’ve been a fan of Suzie Carr for a while, so my concerns with this story will in no way keep me from reading her work and recommending it to others.

Amy

FourStars

Its not exactly a page turner in my opinion but it is a good book full of life lessons that everyone should take to heart. Its a easy read and full of love,happiness and pain just like life.
It is very inspirational and just the right mix of deep and humor. It will have you laughing while thinking how true, and good of a point it is. I also like that it shows the importance of being open minded, how you hurt truly great people by being small minded. This book is a eye opener and we’ll written.

Amber

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Suzie Carr is a prolific novelist, publishing company owner, philanthropist and avid blogger. Occasionally she sleeps, but not often.

Whether it’s writing about women in love, inspiring new authors, advocating for lgbt equality and animal welfare or blogging about community awareness, positive living, taking action and inspiration… Suzie remains passionate in her beliefs!

She believes in the power of community and fostering a welcoming place where everyone feels connected and their voices are equal, valued and appreciated. Bullying, bigotry and inequality are not welcome… but curves always are.

Suzie’s love for the written word started back when she was a child. She enjoyed visiting the library every Saturday to spend hours reading. Books quickly became a constant companion to her and remained as such throughout her childhood.

Always in the creative mindset, she dreamed of a life where she would work by day and write books by night.

Unfortunately, twelve hour work days left her no time or energy for learning how to craft a novel. So, off to college she went to pursue her passion for writing.

College fed her hunger for the written word and Suzie devoured anything and everything written on the subject of novel writing while pursuing her degree in communications at Rhode Island College.

Soon after graduating, The Fiche Room, a coming-of-age novel about two women falling in love, was born. Over the years The Fiche Room grew from its humble e-book origins to an Amazon Kindle best seller receiving glowing reviews and recently giving rise to its adaptation, The Curve, a short film currently in production.

With six bestsellers on Amazon Kindle in the lesbian romance and lesbian fiction genres, Suzie continues to write about the beauty of women falling in love with each other to the rave reviews of her growing fans, loyal followers and fellow authors.

Suzie Carr believes strongly in giving back to the community. She donates a portion of book sale proceeds to the Hearts United for Animals and NOH8 Campaign.

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3 and 5 Stars for Stolen Dreams by Sue Brown – #MM #Romance #Erotic @suebrownstories

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Title: Stolen Dreams
Author Name: Sue Brown
Publication Date & Length: January 30 2015 – 240pgs

Synopsis

After cheating on and losing the man he loved, Morgan Conway decided to get his life right. Now he owns a coffee shop and is engaged to Jase, an actor and rising star. All is perfect in his world until the man he thought was gone forever walks into his shop. His hidden feelings rush to the surface, unfortunately there for everyone to see, including his fiancé.

Shae Delamere was crushed when Morgan cheated on him five years ago. But he has a reason for seeking Morgan out. As Morgan and Shae get to know each other again, they discover the extent that friends meddled in their lives to keep them apart. Morgan cannot deny he is still in love with Shae, but he is engaged. With some hard decisions to make, Morgan struggles not to hurt the men he cares about—again. Shae has secrets he came to share with Morgan, but revealing them now could keep them apart for good.

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FiveStars

I can’t say enough good things about this book. It held my attention throughout.

The story started out a little slowly, and it took me a while to warm up to both Shae and Morgan. They weren’t likable in the beginning. That quickly changed as the plot developed, and I enjoyed getting to know them through the pages. I loved the supporting characters and how each of them carried a different piece of the puzzle with Shae and Morgan’s past and Shae’s multiple secrets.

There is a lot of very descriptive sex in this novel, which works in context, but isn’t my personal preference. However, it’s all so well-written that it more than made up for it, and most readers will enjoy Shae and Morgan’s intense physical relationship. I felt it was true to their characters, and a lot was revealed about them through their intimacy.

All in all, this was a terrific book, and I’m really glad I picked it up.

Amy

ThreeStar

This is the story of Morgan, a coffee shop owner and assistant movie director in Los Angeles.  It is also the story of Shae, a classics professor in Austin.  When we meet Morgan, he is engaged to Jase but he has never really gotten over Shae, his first love.  When Shae returns to LA to visit his father in hospital, the two men meet again for the first time in five years.

It is an old story.  Does Morgan hold on to his new love or does he risk everything and give Shae a chance?  His choices and the relationships that emerge are fraught with all the complexites of any contemporary paring.  Clashing career needs, family complications and years of miscommunication form very real barriers for the men involved.

Romance writing always walks a fine line between fantasy and reality.  The genre is naturally fantasy, but we readers tend to want it as realistic as possible.  It is here that I think this book struggles.  At times the realism of two lovers trying to align schedules, work and families is a little too much for me.  We read romance to escape all this!

In other parts of the book, fantasy wins out as things happen far too conveniently.  The Jase plotline felt contrived.  Without spoiling the story, I didn’t believe Jase’s actions or revelations were true to the character first introduced.  If Brown wants realism, she needs to allow her main characters’ actions to be morally ambiguous without interfering.

I really like the two central families in this book.  I loved the realistic awkwardness as the men met up with each other’s families after such an explosive break-up and an ensuing timelapse.  Unfortunately, another central plotline about family secrets was similarly contrived to create tension and conflict.  It wasn’t necessary.  The story was already great without superfluous drama.

Sue Brown writes well and the main characters emerge as very two very loveable men.  I just wish she had managed to balance fantasy and realism with more agility.

Sarah

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Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

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MLR Press Submission Call!

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MLR Press has a few submission calls they’d like all authors to know about!

 

What’s My Purpose?

We all bounce around before we know what (or who) we want to be. Whether it’s a just starting out guy trying to figure out what now after graduating from college or an older guy that gets let go through layoffs or someone just unhappy with their life deciding to change – everyone needs someone to stand by them as they figure it all out.

Submissions should:

  • Have at least one character that is trying to figure out what they want to do with their life
  • Be a minimum of 10k, maximum of 40k
  • Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed
  • Submissions should be sent to special_submissions@mlrpress.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 1, 2015 – stories will release starting in July 2015

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com

 

Second Chances
Don’t we all wish we had a second chance at something? What if it’s a second chance with the love of your life? Misunderstandings happen. People change. Priorities get skewed. What if you could get that second chance with the love of your life, after things have gone oh so wrong?

Submissions should:

  • Have a couple getting a second chance at love together
  • Be a minimum of 10k, maximum of 40k
  • Any subgenre is welcome and all prohibitive guidelines are observed
  • Submissions should be sent to special_submissions@mlrpress.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 5, 2015

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com

 

Rev Your Engines

Put on some leathers. Piercings? Tattoos? Straddle a motorcycle. Then hit the road. The bad boys catch our attention and our imaginations. What would happen on the open road? What about back at a club’s bar.Motorcycle clubs are family. Breaking in to one or out of one could be the death of someone. In this close nit group figuring out love could be a challenge.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 30, 2015

Any questions can be sent to Kris Jacen at KrisJacen@mlrpress.com
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