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4 Stars for Busy Bees (The Morelville Mysteries Book 2) by Anne Hagan #FF #PoliceMystery

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Title: Busy Bees (The Morelville Mysteries Book 2)
Author Name: Anne Hagan
Publication Date & Length: February 25, 2015 – 193 pgs

Synopsis

Romance and Murder Mix in the Latest Story Featuring Sheriff Mel Crane and Special Agent Dana Rossi!

Customs Special Agent Dana Rossi is down but not out after being shot and seriously injured during her previous assignment. Will romance blossom or will sparks fly when she agrees to shack up in Morelville with the beautiful butch Sheriff Melissa ‘Mel’ Crane and her extended family while she recovers?

Will murder get in the way of love? If murder doesn’t, will life in a house with children or a political campaign keep them apart? Can Mel solve two major crimes and keep her former job on the road loving girlfriend happy in a tiny town?

This book is great together with Book 1 to get all of the Dana and Mel backstory but it can also be read as a stand-alone mystery.

Please use the ‘Look Inside’ feature to view the book contents and remember you can download a sample of “Busy Bees” to your Kindle for free.

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FourStars

A really well constructed mystery. Reading this novel was like riding a roller coaster. The plot would slow down, clues given with nothing connecting them. Suddenly things would fall into place, the chase would soar, then more clues would be discovered, again the pace would slow only to be followed by an almost breathless chase for the truth.
The strength of this novel was not just its interesting and believable characters but the way the plot kept on getting more compelling with seemingly random incidents  the connection only being unveiled at the crucial moment.
This novel keeps the reader intrigued from the outset, satisfying the most avid of amateur detective readers. An ending that leaves the reader still asking questions and even more intrigue not yet explored, only adds to the enjoyment of this novel.The relationship between the Sheriff and her girlfriend also takes a back burner to the main plot leaving the reader hoping for further enlightenment that only a sequel could provide.
Having only read Book 2 of this series I am now searching for book 1 and eager to discover when book 3 will be published!!
Chris

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Government employee by day, mystery lover and writer by night.

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4 and 3 Stars for I Love My Life by A.J. Adair #FF #Romance

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Title: I Love My Life
Author Name: A.J. Adaire
Publication Date & Length: March 24, 2015 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

Betrayal by her former partner sends Chris Baxter fleeing to Maine. To escape the monotony of staring at the four walls of her isolated cabin, she enrolls in a sailing class. A chance pairing with Stephanie Kincaid and her cohorts, Tina and Terry, offers an opportunity for new friendship. Their shared homework assignment might offer Chris the potential for more than just knowledge of navigation. An urgent message interrupts the classmates’ sailing vacation along the coast of Maine. While Chris rushes back to her twin’s bedside, the others remain on-board to sail back to their homeport. Will the revelations from her ex, her sister, and her family, change everything in the new life that Chris has rebuilt?

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fourstarsI enjoyed the way AJ takes you through Chris’s pain and shows how sometimes when you believe everything is falling apart, its actually falling together.
This is a longer read, but well written and worth it! It completely pulls you in and makes you feel as though you are part of the group.
The first paragraph I wasn’t sure this book would be for me but by the second chapter I couldn’t put it down.
AmberThreeStar

An extremely well documented romance, where every aspect of the relationship between the two leading females is explored, before, during and subsequent to their relationship. Even the leads two best friends love life is thoroughly choreographed!
If you want an easy to read novel with a happy ending then this is the one for you. Personally I found myself wishing for some excitement, there was nothing that was unpredictable. I found myself just wanting to finish the novel rather than finding it an exciting page turner. It’s undoubtedly a well written book but somewhat lacking in stimulation or exhilaration.
Chris

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Let me tell you a little about myself. Twenty years ago, I wrote my first book just to see if I could do it. The novel occupied space on my bookshelf, unread for nearly twenty years until, one day while in a cleaning frenzy, I considered disposing of the neatly stacked but now age-yellowed pages. As I began to read the long forgotten work, I was surprised to discover that the story was enjoyable! Editing and retyping the first book provided a new sense of accomplishment and additional tales followed. Completion of This is Fitting encouraged me to write four more romance novels. I Love My Life and Sunset Island were followed by Awaiting My Assignment and its sequel, Anything Your Heart Desires. One Day Longer Than Forever is now complete and in the hands of first readers before the first big edit.

Now retired, there is all the time in the world to write. I live on the east coast with my partner of twenty-eight years. Because we love a challenge, we provide a loving home for two spoiled cats instead of a dog! In addition to writing, any spare time is devoted to reading, mastering new computer programs, and socializing with friends.

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4 Stars for As Took My Breath Away by Thianna D #MM #BDSM #Erotic @the_weremouse

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Title: Took My Breath Away
Author Name: Thianna D
Publication Date & Length: December 18, 2014 – 208 pgs

Synopsis

Sometimes taking control is what you need to do and sometimes the best thing you can do is give that control up.

In the summer between Logan’s junior and senior years of college, these two will find out more about each other and themselves than they imagined.

While unhappy to be missing four weeks of Christian’s company, Logan is thrilled to spend a month with his father’s relatives in New York. A naturally gregarious individual, he is used to winning people over and getting things right. Unfortunately, the Mannettes are not what he expects and for the first time in his life, he finds himself seriously doubting who he is.

Christian has regained some of his old self-esteem and is taking on new challenges. Besides growing in the relationship he has with Logan, he takes the time his boyfriend is away to learn more about domestic discipline. He learns a little online but it is actually Gregory, Logan’s father, where he gains most of his information. Including the fact that his natural strength puts him in a leadership position he isn’t expecting.

When Logan returns to a strong, self-assured Christian, it is with complete relief. As discussions turn to domestic discipline and they realize their true roles within their current and future relationship, both of them are able to let their inhibitions go and together their connection grows surprising Logan to an epiphany.

*Warning: Contains BDSM elements with M/M spanking scenes.*

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fourstars

Again I have to say I’m amazed at how much I ended up loving this story. I’m not normally a big fan of contemporary romances, which this one kind of was as there wasn’t a whole lot of naughty scenes in it, but more about love and a growing relationship.
It was really captivating to watch as the two men learned what worked in their relationship regardless of what others thought.
I do have to say the formatting issues were quite distracting at first (some of the text is center justified while others are left), but it was easier to ignore the farther into the story I got.
Also, the reason for the lost star, is that I felt like the whole family thing and the whole issue Logan deals with while there just didn’t work for me… It seemed to come on so suddenly and didn’t really come across as real for such a meltdown over what happened.
The spanking with his dad was….awkward. I almost felt like he had more than a father/son relationship with at times because of how close they were and how they reacted during that scene.
Other than that, I really enjoyed the book and the way it handled the topic of domestic discipline.
Renee

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Thianna loves to write strong stories with even stronger heroes. While all of her books have an erotic overtone, it is the story that is the most important to her. “The story should be able to stand on its own. The erotic elements are an add-on.”

She enjoys writing about couples with kink, paranormal couples, and straight out strangeness. But more on that later… mm.thiannad.com.

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5 Stars for Criminal Gold by Ann Aptaker #FF #Mystery @AnnAptaker

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Title: Criminal Gold
Author Name: Ann Aptaker
Publication Date & Length: November 18, 2014 – 264pgs

Synopsis

Midnight, New York Harbor, 1949. Cantor Gold, dapper dyke-about-town, smuggler of fine art, waits in her boat under the Brooklyn Bridge for racketeer Gregory Ortine. In the shadow of the bridge, he’ll toss Cantor a satchel of cash, and she’ll toss him a pouch containing a priceless jewel. But the plan, and the jewel, sink when a woman in a red sequined dress drops from the bridge and slams onto Cantor’s boat. She is Opal Shaw, Society Page darling and fiancée of murder-for-hire kingpin Sig Loreale. Through a night of danger, desire, and double-cross, Cantor must satisfy Loreale’s vengeance, stay ahead of an angry Ortine, and untangle the knots of murder tightening around Opal’s best friend and keeper of her dirty secrets, Celeste Copley, a seductress who excites Cantor’s passion but snares her in a labyrinth of lies. The lies explode in a collision of love, loyalty, lust…and death.

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FiveStars

A truly riveting novel. So atmospheric and so well described you could almost see and even smell the scenes as they emerge before your eyes. Very dark and brooding in places you were certainly taken back to the horrors and lawlessness of the post war 1940’s. The graphic opening pages made you fully sympathise and concur with the actions of “Gold” and what she stands for and tries to achieve. This certainly differs from other novels in the way you want Gold to succeed, what ever the cost, how ever many laws she must break. Your sympathies are with Gold throughout her exciting escapades.
Another strength of this book is its accuracy to detail and the decade it is set in. The author has explored in great detail not only the surroundings but the clothes and the economic vibe of this period.
As the plot constantly weaves and twists and you can almost fear the dangers as you turn each page. Finally when the agonizing finale finally seems to bring the novel to an almost inevitable end the protagonist utters his final line leaving the reader once again intrigued and questioning. Is this really the end?
If you enjoy a well written, truly addictive mystery that holds nothing back then you will enjoy this novel. Ms Aptaker certainly had me totally enthralled and I look forward to her sequel due out in September.
Chris

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Native New Yorker Ann Aptaker has earned a reputation as a respected if cheeky exhibition designer and curator of art during her career in museums and galleries. Taking the approach that what art authorities find uncomfortable the public would likely enjoy, exhibitions Ann has curated have garnered favorable reviews in the New York Times, Art in America, American Art Review, and other publications.

She brings the same attitude and philosophy to her first love: writing, especially a tangy variety of historical crime fiction. Ann’s short stories have appeared in two editions (2003 and 2004) of the noir crime anthology Fedora. Her flash fiction story, “A Night In Town,” appeared in the online zine Punk Soul Poet. In addition to curating and designing art exhibitions and writing crime stories, Ann is also an art writer and an adjunct professor of art history at the New York Institute of Technology.

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5 and 4 Stars for Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary by Jordan Castillo Price #MM #Vampires

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Title: Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary (Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion 1-5)
Author Name: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date & Length: June 17, 2009 – 216 pgs

Synopsis

Michael is a waif in eyeliner who’s determined to wipe vampires off the face of the earth. Wild Bill’s got the hots for Michael, and will stop at nothing to go home with him. Forget about moonlit castles and windswept moors. These bad boys haunt all-night diners and cheap motels, cut-rate department stores and long, lonely stretches of the Interstate. Ride along with Wild Bill and Michael as the twists and turns of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary unfold in America’s Heartland.

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FiveStarsWhat a fantastic series! I devoured this very addictive omnibus in a single self-indulgent sitting. Price deftly spins stories full of humour, gore, suspense and sex. She even wades – ever so cynically – into the muddy waters of romance.
Michael and Wild Bill are a perfect pairing. Both leads are carefully nuanced and wonderfully charismatic. I loved the way the perspective bounced between Michael and Wild Bill from book to book. Both unique voices come to life beautifully. Price adds depth
to her men subtly and carefully with a touch of caustic humour. Her men might wear eyeliner, but they definitely don’t sparkle.
This is a very sexy read. Price has a wickedly dirty imagination and her vampires exist in a state of permanent arousal. The result? A never-ending string of implausible (yet very hot) encounters in the most unlikely places.
And the cover art. I sort of zoned out staring at the cover of Vertigo, and I just might have been drooling by the time I got to the cover of Mannequin.
Highly recommended.
Sarah
FourStars
I choose to read this book because it was out of my normal pick range.  I’m sorry to say it just wasn’t my type of book. But I’m not letting that fact stop me from giving an honest review.  The writing was very descriptive and the story flowed very well. It was a fast paced plot, a little gruesome at times.  But it was a vampire thriller so I did expect some of that.  At times I was confused whose POV I was reading.

The journey that Michael and Wild Bill take you on is incredibly unusual.  Michael is out for revenge and falls for Wild Bill, who seems kinda laid back. They go on a trip to kill vampires that are killing people.  They end up having a relationship and the struggles they go through make for an interesting story.  I did like when Michael and Wild Bill met, I found the bar scene amusing.

I think the author did a fantastic job writing the story, but you really need to like reading gruesome thrillers to enjoy the book.

Sherry

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Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. Her paranormal thrillers are colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison.

Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.

With her education in fine arts and practical experience as a graphic designer, Jordan set out to create high quality ebooks with lavish cover art, quality editing and gripping content. The result is JCP Books, offering stories you’ll want to read again and again.

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4 Stars for You In My Arms (Sunset Club #1) by A.C. Katt #MM #Romance

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TitleYou In My Arms (Sunset Club #1)
Author Name: A. C. Katt
Publication Date & Length: March 19, 2015 – 166 pgs

Synopsis

Jason’s priorities are non-negotiable: take care of his sister; keep a roof over their heads; go back to school eventually. Can one club owner make it easier to uphold his priorities and maybe add him to the list?

Jason Monroe had to leave school to be the guardian of his sister Kitty when his dad and step-mom die in a car crash. He’s working two jobs to keep them afloat, but their boat is leaking much like the roof of their old house. Jason doesn’t have time for love that is until Zach Montgomery, the owner of the Sunset Club, the premier gay club on the Jersey Shore comes calling.

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FourStars
This is a very sweet story about families. The families we’re born into and the ones we make ourselves.

In the first installment of the Sunset Club series, Katt introduces a cast of complicated, intriguing characters. Her leading men, Jason and Zach are both gorgeous. It is impossible not to love the young, beautiful Jason, buckling under the weight of his responsibilities. And everyone has dreamed of a man like Zach stepping in and making life that little bit easier.

The supporting characters are the strength of this book. Precocious small girls, an elderly neighbour, interfering best friends and a kindly team of soccer players all add depth and colour to what might otherwise be a simple romance. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series and Katt has introduced us to several men I’d love to see paired up.

I lowered the star rating because of the number of times Jason’s hard luck story was told, retold, and told again. I understand various characters needed to talk about it, but surely the readers only needed to hear it once?

Ultimately, this is a gentle, thoroughly enjoyable romance. Even though Zach and Jason work in a gay nightclub, Jason’s family life remains the focus of the story, and his tiny sister Kitty is always his priority.

Sarah

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AC Katt was born in New York City’s Greenwich Village. She remembers sitting at the fountain in Washington Square Park listening to folk music while they passed the hat. At nine, her parents dragged her to New Jersey where she grew up, married and raised four children and became a voracious reader of romantic fiction. At one time she owned over two thousand novels, until she and her husband took themselves and the cat to New Mexico for their health and its great beauty.

Now, most of AC’s books are electronic (although she still keeps six bookcases of hardcovers), so she never has to give away another book. AC is new to both GLBT and to writing being, as she claims, a late bloomer, however, she’s found her niche writing GLBT romance. Her current releases (from MLR Press) include the award winning Rock and Roll novel Shattered Glass and her just released BDSM novel, A Matter of Trust

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4 stars for True North by Beth D. Carter #MFM #Biker @Totally_Bound @BethDCarter

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Title: True North (Red Wolves Motorcycle Club #2)
Author Name: Beth D. Carter
Publication Date & Length: March 13, 2015

Synopsis

Allison is running from her past when she’s kidnapped and left for dead. North and Givon are friends on opposite sides of the law but can they work together to save her—or will she save them instead?

North Tabion and Givon Halloran have been friends their entire lives. Each has survived an abusive father only to end up on opposite sides of the law as adults. Givon is the town sheriff while North is the leader of the Red Wolves, an outlaw motorcycle club. However, they’ve managed to maintain a friendship that means everything to them.

Allison Evening is on the run. Hiding out from an ex bent on vengeance, she’s tending bar when she’s kidnapped into a human trafficking ring. In a desperate attempt to free herself, she runs, only to be shot down and left for dead.

North and Givon are in the right place at the right time. They save Allison and, as they nurse her back to health, the three find a bright, burning love. But when her past catches up with her, the only way to save herself and her newfound love is if she, North and Givon can follow love’s true path.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex. There are references to and scenes of murder, attempted murder and kidnap, as well as a remembrance of violence and sexual abuse that happened when the character was a child.
Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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fourstars

Oh, North and Givon! I really enjoyed this story. It was quite predictable, but none the less entertaining to read. I did find the similarities between book one and book two to be a bit annoying.. you know, girl running from someone, needing protection, the older men who have absolutely no problem sharing this woman they instantly fell in love with.

Other than that, the characters were great. I really liked their development and bantering through out the book as they added a third to their friendship and turned it into a relationship. The hot biker, good cop combo was interesting.

The naughty scenes were better in this book compared to the last book. I think I figured out what about them particularily bothered me… It’s the language. The rest of the book is pretty clean language wise, but then in the bedroom there is some naughty terms tossed in with the sweet, not too sexy terms (like slit and juice, not sexy to me). However towards the end things seemed to come together and because a bit racier in terms of flow and it was much better to me.

I do hope the next relationship has some MM action or at least a variety on the damsel in distress and falling instantly for her heros plot.

Renee

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I like writing about the very ordinary girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, so my heroines will probably never be lawyers, doctors or corporate high rollers. I try to write characters who aren’t cookie cutters and push myself to write complicated situations that I have no idea how to resolve, forcing me to think outside the box. I love writing characters who are real, complex and full of flaws, heroes and heroines who find redemption through love.

I’ve been pretty fortunate in life to experience some amazing things. I’ve lived in France, traveled throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand. I am a mom to an amazing little boy. I’m surrounded by friends and family. And although I love holding a book in my hand, I absolutely adore my ereader, which I’ve named Ruby. I love to hear from readers so I’ve made it really easy to find me on the web.

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