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5 stars for Tag Team (Guards of Folsom #2) by S. J. D. Peterson @SJDPeterson #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: Tag Team (Guards of Folsom #2)
Author Name: SJD Peterson
Publication Date & Length: October 3, 2013 — 220 pages

Synopsis

Following the death of their sub, the former owners of the Guards of Folsom, Robert “Bobby” Alcott and Rig Beckworth, were left to pick up the pieces as best they could. After seven years, these two Doms are ready to move on and find the boy who will complete them. Their painful past comes crashing back when they meet Mason Howard, a submissive who just weeks ago lost his Doms in a car accident.

Reeling from overwhelming grief that’s complicated by a severe social anxiety disorder, Mason can barely leave his home. When Rig and Bobby find him, he’s hit rock bottom, believing life is no longer worth living. Bobby and Rig set out to prove the younger man wrong. Fate has brought the three men together, but they’ll have to face fear and loss head on before they can all truly live again.

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 FiveStarsOh I just loved this book. It wasn’t as steamy as Pup but it was intense and it was amazing! Bobby and Rig have been together forever; they lost their sub seven years ago and have decided they are ready to find another boy who will complete them. On a much needed vacation to Florida, where Bobby is always complaining it is too hot, he stumbles upon Mason. Mason just had his entire world ripped out from under him. Both of his Doms were killed in a car crash. Mason suffers from massive panic/anxiety attacks and is at his wits end. When Bobby tries to talk to Mason he runs inside and locks the door and every time Bobby comes back he ignores the door. On what was supposed to be their final night in Florida Bobby drags Rig with him to try to check on the mystery guy one more time. What they find changes everything. This story is just beautiful. The patience, support and love that Bobby and Rig show Mason is amazing. Mason is so scared and trusts no one but with help from Max a friend of Bobby and Rig he is learning to trust and open up. I was brought to tears when reading this, I just loved this book, it wasn’t your typical story and it dealt with difficult issues and handled them with grace. The bond between these three men is amazing and I hope we see them again in other books in the series.
~Angie

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It’s been an amazing journey since DSP first contracted Lorcan’s Desire in January 2011. I’ve published 2 free reads with the M/M Romance group, my back list is growing, met some great people and have made some amazing friends.
I’m still in shock that I’m listed among the many talented authors at Dreamspinner Press! The little voice in the back of my head is screaming, “You are so out of your league.”
Shhhhh I won’t tell them if you don’t 🙂

You can call me Jo, everyone does 🙂

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3 stars for Hot Head by Damon Suede @damonsuede #MM #Romance #Firefighters @Dreamspinners

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Title: Hot Head
Author Name: Damon Suede
Publication Date & Length: June 17, 2011 — 320 pages

Synopsis

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire…”
Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish.
Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty. And Dante wants them to appear there-“together.” Griff may have to guard his heart and live out his darkest fantasies on camera. Can he rescue the man he loves without wrecking their careers, their families, or their friendship?

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 ThreeStarUgh, I really, really wanted to like this book. I was so excited to read it; I heard so many good things about it. The first 75% of the book I was ready to bail, several times. I get the whole 9/11 thing, the details, the aftermath, the wanting to remember and honor, but there was too much. I didn’t want to read about that, I wanted to read about Griff and Dante. I loved the friendship and bond between Griff and Dante. Griff the gentle giant and Dante the sassy ladies’ man. There was a lot of monologue in this book which was boring as heck to me. I want dialogue. It took way too long to get to the good part of the book, which was about 75% in, as I said I wanted to bail but didn’t and for the last 25% of the book I am glad I didn’t. The sexual tension and sex scenes were hot. I just missed the romance aspect of things and wish there was more about the relationship after they finally admitted everything. If the rest of the book was as good as the last part I would have given it 5 stars, but it wasn’t.
~Angie

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Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over and along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director… but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for over a decade with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet.

Though new to gay romance, Damon is an award-winning author who has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades, which is both more and less glamorous than you might imagine. He’s won some awards, but he counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year.

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Author Post from Dean Pace-Frech – Rerelease of A Place To Call Their Own @deanpacefrech

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A Place to Call Their Own Re-Release

Mulligans/Do-overs

In the game of golf, a mulligan is a shot permitted in unofficial play to a player whose previous shot was poor (Dictionary.com, Definition 2). Basically, it’s a do-over. There are very few times in life we get a do-over, but I got one recently.

In March, I found a new home for A Place to Call Their Own. In the process, it got a shiny new cover, typos got fixed, a few details got corrected, and voile, the second edition was born.

A Place to Call Their Own was the very first novel I wrote. My husband, Thomas, and I were also new at the time, so #APTCTO carries many of the thoughts and feelings that we were going through as we established our own household, routine and life. My favorite three memories of that time (that coincide with events in the book):

1. Finding our first apartment.

2. The mild winter of 2010-2011 (I really think I brought that on by writing about it…LOL)

3. Typing The End before starting a new job (the NSEDJ I talk about now)

Thank you to Inked Rainbow Reads for hosting me again today, with the review of the first edition. Today is the first day of widespread release, so we’ve updated the links and the cover.

Enjoy!

Synopsis

Frank Greerson and Gregory Young have been discharged from the Army and are headed to their childhood homes. They both defied their parents in 1861 when they joined the Army. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union of the United States of America, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Once they find their claim, they encounter common obstacles to life on the Kansas Prairie in 1866: Native Americans, tornadoes, wild animals, and weather.

When a prairie fire destroys their crops and takes their neighbor’s lives, Frank and Gregory are instructed to find their young son’s aunt. Faced with leaving a destroyed claim, the railroad coming through their land, and dwindling funds, Frank and Gregory must decide whether to leave the place they have worked hard to make their own or fulfill their friends’ dying wishes.

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You two together, or…” Mr. McAvoy asked with a puzzled look on his face.

Mrs. McAvoy raised an eyebrow, also curious about the situation.

Gregory gave Frank a nervous and mischievous look and answered, “Ah, yes, sir. We planned to each get a claim and build one house for now, help each other out.”

The answer seemed to satisfy both Mr. and Mrs. McAvoy. “That sounds like a good idea. It’d be nice to have a few neighbors around to help with things once in a while. And what I wouldn’t give to have had just one other man to help me with some of the house building and stable. You stay around here, and you’ll need a stable. Wolves and coyotes will get your livestock if you don’t.”

“How did you protect yourself before? This stuff doesn’t get built in a day.” Gregory asked.

“It takes ’em a while to figure out you’re here. And of course, it’s worse in the winter than this time of year. They haven’t been quite so bad the last few weeks, have they?” he directed to his wife.

“No, they calmed down. Hopefully they’ve been preying on the deer that are eating my potato plants.” answered Mrs. McAvoy. “You two want to stay for supper? I’ve got a big pot of rabbit stew on the stove.”

“It’ll be good, I promise. She’s done great cooking whatever I can find for us,” Mr. McAvoy added.

Gregory ignored the invitation. “How’s the hunting around here? You do good during the winter months?”

“Yeah, in the fall it’s the best—the animals are all fat and sassy from the summer. You can tell the bucks from the does, and you don’t have to worry about orphaning a young deer like you do now. There are plenty of rabbits and prairie chickens right now. You can find squirrels…”

“And the meadowlarks do fine, too, in a pinch,” piped in Mrs. McAvoy. “Now, what about supper?”

“We appreciate the offer, ma’am,” Frank spoke up. “But we’re just trying to find us our claims and be done with traveling. We’ve been traveling nearly six weeks now. It has been that long since we had a decent home-cooked meal, but we need to keep moving on today.”

They both remembered the last time they joined anyone for dinner. The McAvoys seemed harmless, but Frank and Gregory were both a bit shy about joining anyone else at this point.

“Yeah, we’re getting close to where we want to settle,” Gregory added. “We appreciate the offer and all, but we just want to keep moving.”

Mrs. McAvoy smiled, turned, and ran into the house with her load of laundry. Neither Frank nor Gregory knew if she was hurt because they declined the supper invitation or just needed to get back to her household chores.

“We understand that. Took us nearly six months to get here from New York, where we come from. We stayed with some relatives along the way, but the missus did appreciate it when we finally stopped here.”

“Well, we appreciate your hospitality and all your help. We should probably get going,” Frank said, glancing at Gregory.

“If you happen to end up around here, don’t be strangers. Just let us know where you’re at,” Mr. McAvoy replied.

“It’s a deal, sir,” Frank said and extended his hand.

Mr. McAvoy walked over and took it. After they were done, McAvoy stepped away from the wagon.

Gregory slapped the reins and yelled “giddyap,” and the horses sprang forward.

A frantic Mrs. McAvoy yelled from inside the house, “Wait!”

Frank grabbed Gregory’s arm to stop him. Gregory pulled back on the reins.

Mrs. McAvoy came out of the cabin with a small basket covered with flour sack cloth.

“This here isn’t much, but maybe it will allow you to rest once you stop for the night. I put two crocks of my stew in there and part of the bread I baked for our supper tonight. I don’t know why I did it, but something told me to make extra bread today.”

“We’re mighty obliged, ma’am. This will help. Now we don’t have to worry about hunting anything for our dinner. We’ll just warm this by the fire and be ready to go,” Gregory spoke up.

“Yes, ma’am. We are getting a bit worn out by this trip,” Frank said. He grinned at Gregory and said, “Hopefully, we’ll be finding our home soon.”

Both men tipped their hats once more, and Gregory got the horses going again.

Dove and Daisy lumbered along for the rest of the afternoon and into the early evening. Before they realized it, the wagon climbed a gentle, gradual grade. The early evening sun blinded them as they reached the crest of the ridge. At the top, Frank looked over his shoulder where the wagon had just been. There he saw the trail left by the wagon and horses in the prairie grass. To the west, a line of trees indicated a creek, river, or some sort of waterway. The sun drenched the entire landscape in its golden hue. He looked at Gregory, and they both knew this was their new home. They had arrived on the homestead.

“Welcome home, Frankie!” Gregory yelled at the top of his lungs.

 

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In celebration of the wide re-release of A Place to Call Their Own, I am giving away a copy of

my novel Disappear With Me.

 

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With inspiration from historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, Dean started craftingstarted crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, it was accepted and originally published 2013. His second novel, Disappear With Me, set in Edwardian England was published later that same year. Both novels were re-released in May 2015.

Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his husband, Thomas (legally as of February 14, 2015), and our two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, Dean’s hobbies includeI enjoys reading and patio gardening.

Dean is currently working a standalone title, Need Your Love, set in 1966, and The Higher Law, a continuation of the story of Frank and Gregory’s family set in the 1930s.

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3.5 and 4 stars for Testing Lysander by L M Somerton @LMsomerton @totally_bound #BDSM #MM

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Title: Testing Lysander
Author Name: L M Somerton
Publication Date & Length: May 15, 2015 – 60,000 Words

Synopsis

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Extreme photographer Lysander Brock is accustomed to challenging places and situations but nothing can prepare him for the journey that his dominant lover, Kyle Dawson, takes him on.

A commission to photograph the cloud forests of the Colombian Andes becomes the cover for a dangerous mission to expose a terrorist group. Brock and Lysander must negotiate treacherous terrain, a hazardous climb and unexplored caves to achieve their goal.

When Lysander is captured and tortured, he has no expectations of rescue. He understands that his life comes second to the mission but Kyle has no intention of leaving his beautiful, submissive lover in the hands of a madman. Kyle can deal with the intense pressure of fighting lethal enemies but the guilt of pushing Lysander into a life he never asked for is much harder to accept.

Lysander and Kyle journey together into a life of adventure, dominance and submission, and an uncertain future.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This was a story that including spying and wilderness, BDSM and violence.  It was described so well, I could picture where they were, what Brock was seeing through the lens, and how he was feeling the entire time.

Kyle was someone who took a while to “know”.  I understood what he wanted and why, but having not read the previous story, his motivations seemed a little lost.  Also, his relationship with his job and what he wanted his relationship to be with Brock seemed to be at odds.  So much so, that when Brock needed him most, Kyle was absent.

While there were some BDSM aspects, I do not believe this was a good representation of BDSM, as the Dom shirked his duties when the going got tough.  He wanted to go to him, but duty called instead.

This story still seemed slightly incomplete to me.  I felt that there was something missing, but I can’t really put my finger on what.  I do hope we get to see more adventures from these two though.

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FourStars

This book started out really rocky for me and even after finishing the book… I have no idea how the two men met. Sure, it’s hinted at, but there was still a lot left open and unanswered for me about how it came to be.
The adventure part of the book was incredibly good. I couldn’t read fast enough to find out what happened and how/if they made it through their mission without getting hurt and whether they accomplished their task.
However, after the mission, the pace of the book almost stopped and I felt myself starting to skim parts because it just didn’t interest me or was repetitive. Then at the end things started to get interesting again. I do wish there had been more discussion about things after all that had happened (and the phone call), but then again I suppose if there is a second book we’d get to know more of what the pair have in store for them.
All in all, I enjoyed the book, there was a little bit of bondage, but not enough for me to really classify it as BDSM as a few tie down scenes aren’t all that unusual or a spanking here and there.
The writing was very clean though and caught and held my attention quite raptly for about 3/4 of the book so I would say it was a good read. However, there were a few parts (since it was in third person) that I had a hard time figuring out which of the men was thinking/doing and that would throw me off since sometimes we’d be on Kyle’s side and sometimes Brock’s side.
~Renee

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3 stars for Stay With Me by S. E. Harmon #MM #romance @dreamspinners

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Title: Stay With Me
Author Name: S. E. Harmon
Publication Date & Length: April 28, 2014 — 290 pages

Synopsis

Private investigator Mackenzie Williams’s newest client is everything he’s looking for in a guy—charming, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. There’s only one itty bitty problem—the guy’s not exactly gay. In fact, Jordan Channing is looking for a PI to follow his fiancée. The smart thing would be to thank Jordan for his time, turn Mr. Perfect away (don’t let the door hit you on the rump, thank you very much), and forget he exists.

Of course, Mackenzie has never been accused of doing the smart thing. Being smart aleck is more his MO. Relationships aren’t up his alley, never have been. So why’s he so inexplicably drawn to his new client?

Jordan has always been the high achiever, a man who lives in a focused, controlled, and carefully constructed manner. But for the first time in his life, he has to admit the impossible—another man is getting his engine running on all cylinders. Despite Jordan’s denial, it’s not long before he can no longer resist the strong undercurrents pulling them together. Now Jordan must decide if he can go against everything he’s ever known to have the only love he’s ever wanted.

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ThreeStar I am not really sure how to even write my feelings on this book. There were a few things I liked about the book but a few that I didn’t and I am sure I am in the minority in my feelings for this book. The plot was great, I liked it. The characters were well written and somewhat believable. At times the book was way too wordy, I found myself skimming because it was just a lot of monologue and I was bored out of my mind. Then there is Mackenzie, he drove me nuts, I understand sarcasm and I love it, but it was non flipping stop and sometimes it was just too much and I found him to be annoying. Jordan was loveable from the beginning but he did a total flip from not being gay to be being all into it. Of course he wouldn’t admit it but he was all into it. I mean the first time Mac and Jordan had sex Jordan rimmed Mac, for real? You went from banging chicks to now rimming a guy within a few weeks, that just seemed a little too over the top for me. Then Mac is always complaining about his ex-Trevor and his dog Fin. When he finally gets the dog we don’t really even hear about the dog anymore. Ugh, I just don’t know, this book had some hot sex in it, and a good story line but the sarcasm and wordiness just did me in.
~Angie

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S.E. Harmon has had a lifelong love affair with writing. It’s been both wonderful and rocky (they’ve divorced several times), but they always manage to come back together. She’s a native Floridian with a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Fine Arts, and now splits her days between voraciously reading romance novels and squirreling away someplace to write them. Her current beta reader is a nosy American Eskimo who begrudgingly accepts payment in the form of dog biscuits.

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4 stars for The Clockwork Heart by Lilliana Rose @LT3Press @LillianaRose2 #FF #Steampunk

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Title: The Clockwork Heart
Author Name: Lilliana Rose
Publication Date & Length: March 18, 2015 — 38 pages

Synopsis

Haunted by a past lover and left with scars so deep Libby gave up her life as an explorer, she spends her days trying to avoid bad memories by training ruthlessly with Helen, the woman she hired to teach her self-defense. Helen is beautiful, appealing, and could be what Libby needs to climb out of her past once and for all.

Until the past returns and threatens to destroy Libby, and all that she holds dear, once and for all.

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FourStars
This is a quick read that brings out the world it’s set it. It’s steampunk, which I don’t think I’ve ever read s proper steampunk story before.

I loved the creativity with the plot in the reasons behind why things happen, in other words the steampunk element. The plot line itself has been done before. The tension between the two main characters is palatable, but I their interactions had been flushed out more on the non-romancey parts. Those seemed stilted and awkward in ways they shouldn’t have been.

Overall, this was a good and quick read even though the writing was a bit immature for the pace of the short. Not bad immature just choppy in places and without proper pacing.

Oh, and if anyone is a fan of the show Sanctuary, you should read this. If only because it’s Magnus’ double from when she was much younger. Loved that aspect!

~AJ

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Lilliana is a creative writer and poet. She enjoys pulling levers and turning cogs in steampunks worlds. With over 40 poems published her poetry and stories are spreading wings, extending out to various magazines and journals around the world. ‘Change of Heart’ is a steamy steampunk romance published with Rogue Phoenix Press (2014). ‘The Clockwork Heart’ is a sweet steampunk romance published with Less Than Three Press.

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TWO 4 Star Reviews for Coming Clean by Silvia Violet #MM #Romance #Military @Silvia_Violet

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Title: Coming Clean
Author Name: Silvia Violet
Publication Date & Length: May 20, 2015 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

An unexpected inheritance lands Jeremy a large house and plenty of money to take a sabbatical from his job teaching poetry at a small college. He intends to sell the house and take off on a new path to discover what he wants out of life. Then he meets Connor. The attraction he feels to a man so different from himself is no less shocking than his change in financial circumstances, but Connor is in the closet and Jeremy wants a life lived out in the sun.

Connor is a former Force Recon Marine who runs a housecleaning business. When he’s hired to get Jeremy’s house market-ready, he’s startled by how attracted he is to his client despite their many differences. But his past, especially his final mission, weighs heavily on him. He’s not certain he can be the man Jeremy needs, but no man has ever made him want to take a risk like Jeremy does.

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FourStars

I really enjoyed this book. Jeremy is your typical geeky professor who actually received an inheritance in the form of cash and the home he was raised in by his aunt and uncle who in the end weren’t so nice to him. Deciding to take a leave from work to write the book he always wanted to he hires a cleaning company to come clean the house and get it ready to put on the market, even though he isn’t sure that is what he really wants to do. Connor is ex-military. He left a home life that was rough to join and now he has left the military after a horrible last mission. Connor is in the closet gay and has never told anyone nor does he think he ever can. Connor is instantly attracted to Jeremey when he goes to give him a bid on cleaning his house. Jeremey has been out and proud and has no desire to ever hide again, he even wears neon colored socks at times which Connor thinks are adorable. Connor and Jeremey are polar opposites but they seem to click on so many levels. They are the typical don’t judge a book by its cover. The chemistry is good between them and I love how each of them has a friend that is there to support them, back them up and even set them straight. There wasn’t too much drama or angst which I liked, this was just about Jeremey and Connor and their issues and how they dealt with them.

Angie

FourStars

I really enjoyed this story. It’s unique in the sense of what both men do and their situations. The evolution of their relationship was cute and interesting to watch.
I did feel like some of the issues took a backseat to the romance though. Like what Connor had gone through to make him leave the service, which was a big deal, but it mostly brushed under the rug.
I never really got why he help Mario to such a high standard, but I did understand his fear of coming out to anyone after everything he’d been through.
Overall it felt like more of a coming out romance story that could’ve not had the other major issues thrown in, but I loved the flow of the story and the way Connor and Jeremy interacted together and grew as a couple.
Renee

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