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3 Stars for Loving Jacob by Lee Brazil (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM # Romance @leebrazil

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Title: Loving Jacob
Author Name: Lee Brazil
Publication Date & Length: November 28, 2014 — 113 Pages

Synopsis

When Malcolm Jenner’s sex-on-the-side turns into more, he isn’t above begging for a second chance.

High profile attorney Malcolm Jenner is looking for a bit of fun, nothing serious. He’s got duties and responsibilities, after all. Though he’s not one to choose his lovers from the office, Jacob Renault is an attraction too compelling to resist.

However, Jacob isn’t interested in temporary. He wants it all—Prince Charming, the castle, the happily ever after. There’s no rule that says the younger man can’t have fun while he’s searching for his prince, though…

At first neither is willing to compromise on their stance, but an agreement is reached, with each man planning to do his best to subvert the other to his viewpoint. Lust turns to love, and what’s impossible becomes merely improbable, but is it going to be enough?

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This book is smoking hot. I just reviewed a book that, despite sex scenes, didn’t turn me on at all. Then I get to Loving Jacob, and the pages just burn up. I wish I could define it–when it comes to men lusting men, I know what I like.
Malcolm, an older attorney, and Jacob, a young tech geek at his firm, have an incredible physical attraction to each other. It maddens both of them, and makes them do things they’d never choose to do, in order to be together.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, this is a short book), there’s not much more to Loving Jacob than a few great scenes. The plot is thin and I couldn’t really cheer for Malcolm or Jacob. I had a hard time buying an epic love story from a few moments of lust. That’s maybe on me.
The book is priced right (as of this writing) at a steamy 2.99, so take it up if you want an hour of sexy fun. Just don’t expect more than that.
C.E. Case

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

I write in my kitchen. It’s a tiny little corner with a window that faces east. I chose that spot because when I get up in the morning I can sit there and listen to birdsong and drink my coffee and watch the sunrise over the forest. I write on a desktop computer on an antique table, with a tiny bookshelf and a terra cotta pot full of pens. There’s a copy of Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing, and a paperback of Robert Frost’s collected poetry. The table is just barely big enough to hold a desk top calendar, so that’s about it.

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

I relate to many of my characters, but today, Adrian from The Librarian comes to mind. He’s a quiet and studious man, with hidden depths. I think people have looked at me all my life and never realized who I really am. Just as Val never really knew Adrian.

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

I’ve been asked this question before, and I can’t really recall what I said. At various times I know I’d have said I’d go back to teaching, but I don’t think I can say that today. I very much enjoy writing, and I think that’s what I’d look for. If I had to go back to work, it would have to be doing something I enjoy. Perhaps I’d do culinary school and open a restaurant. Or a bakery… baking is fun.

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

Tons of things. Let’s see… I wish I had known that I have an addiction to ellipses and exclamation marks. Then I could have avoided using them. Instead I spent ages editing them out.

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

Well, not really. I do occasionally think that I should have written the dual perspective, given people glimpses into Jacob’s mind as well, but… Really, this is more Malcolm’s story.

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

New ideas usually come to me when I am least prepared for them. In the shower, whilst driving, while in line at the grocers, that sort of thing. They can be inspired by snippets of conversation, pictures, songs…

7) What’s next for you as a writer?

I’m currently working on a few projects. There’s the third season of Pulp Friction- which this year has taken a turn for the paranormal, and an m/m contemporary romance about a small town deputy and a big city lawyer with an illicit hobby, and Story Orgy is writing Superhero stories, which I’m enjoying immensely.

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

I live in the country, surrounded by woods and fields and farms. There’s rivers and mountains and not a lot of people. I don’t know that it influences what I write, but it certainly makes writing possible. When we lived in the city, it was hard for me to hear the voices of the characters. Here, the noise of life doesn’t drown out the stories.

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

I like gritty, tense detective fiction like John Connally and John Sandford right.

Why? Escapism, pure and simple.

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

Coffee is a vice? I thought it was a necessity. LOL Sure I have vices. Don’t we all? I’m easily distracted, have an awful memory, and can just lose myself in books and margaritas. Which isn’t good for the dogs, the cats or the rest of the family.

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5 and 3 Stars for Mythologically Torqued Anthology by Alisha Monroe, Alyx Shaw, Angelique Voisen, Carol Tierney, Delilah Storm, Eva Lefoy, Jacey Mills, L.J. Hamlin, Leigh Ellwood, Logan Zachary, Max Wilde, Salome Wilde, Shiloh Saddler, T. Strange, V.L. Locey

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Title: Mythologically Torqued Anthology Volume 1
Author Name: Alisha Monroe, Alyx Shaw, Angelique Voisen, Carol Tierney, Delilah Storm, Eva Lefoy, Jacey Mills, L.J. Hamlin, Leigh Ellwood, Logan Zachary, Max Wilde, Salome Wilde, Shiloh Saddler, T. Strange, V.L. Locey
Length: 106, 000 Words

Synopsis

Torquere’s largest anthology to date features a total of 15 authors pleased to bring you 15 unique tales from when gods and goddesses ruled the world. This collection features both m/m and f/f content for your reading pleasure. Dare you enter this realm of Mythologically Torqued fantasy? Be on the lookout for Volume 2 summer 2015.

Mythologies from around the globe receive a happy little twist in this first volume of Mythologically Torqued. A Scottish kelpie, Greek gods and goddesses, a Japanese princess, and demons delight and intrigue in these stories, each containing LGBT elements.

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Whether it’s Greco-Roman gods and goddesses or heroes from tales around the globe, Mythologically Torqued, volume 1 brings together not-so-classic lovers with a Torquere twist.

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Eros finds his soul mate in the arms of a demigod friend in L.J. Hamlin’s In Love with Zeus’ Son. In Shiloh Sadler’s Clipped Wings, two men on a plantation find love under the most unusual circumstances in 1842 Missouri. V.L. Locey’s Back to the Garden, Pan hits up Woodstock with the sun god Apollo—sex, drugs, and rock and roll take on a whole new meaning. In Brísingamen, Carol Tierney offers us the story of a magical necklace, and the payment goddess Freyja delivered to four dwarven sisters for it’s creation. Delphinos, by T. Strange, is a modern-age retelling of Dionysus’ creation of dolphins. In Angelique Voison’s version of the Japanese Moon Princess myth, Reiko is tasked with bringing the Emperor’s future bride, the fabled Moon Princess to court, and complications arise when Reiko falls head over heels for Kaguya. Charged with ensuring Sisyphus fails, Hercules is conflicted by his feelings for the former ruler in Angelique Voison’s How Hercules Got His Bruise. In Leah Ellwood’s Styx and Stone, Ferrying souls across the Styx is a lonely business, but Charon doesn’t mind—newly arrived Stone is more than willing to keep him company. No one believes in the Greek gods anymore, and Apollo is in a rut, Ganymede—cupbearer to the gods— tries to get Apollo to see what’s in front of him in Jacey Mills’ Another Night at the End of the World. Salome Wilde’s Eternal Grind offers a corporate take on Christian Hell, populated with horned and hoofed demons inspired by medieval monks’ fertile imaginations, which follows a pair of lesbian demon baristas, determined to find their own happily-ever-after. In the distant past, Ero was the god of desire, but in present day, he looks for love with Psy—a peerlessly gorgeous mortal man—and needs to keep a secret, in Alisha Monroe’s The Myth of Ero and Psy. Bound by chains and defenseless, Thor is being held captive by Garrick, a young man also forced to service until demands are met in Logan Zachary’s Bound by Desire. Together, attraction ignites between Thor and Garrick—can love grow if it is bound by desire? In Delilah Storm’s The Golden Balls, true love’s kiss is powerful, and Jasper’s sexuality awakens—will Anur be able to keep Jasper in this sleepy little kingdom? A spurned lover, mythical horse, and a public official walk into a pub—murder, mayhem, and everlasting love result in Alyx Shaw’s The Kelpie.

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Review

FiveStars

5 stars for the whole anthology

This is a terrific collection of retold myths and fairy tales. Many are based on Greek mythology, though there are a few from other traditions. The stories are erotic and sensual, ranging from romantic to scorching. It’s one of the best collections I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.

Styx and Stone (Leigh Ellwood)

A funny, sweet story about the ferryman of the dead. I enjoyed the light fun and the cute happy-ever-after. A well-written and unusual take on the Underworld.

How Hercules Got His Bruise (Eva Lefoy)

This one is hot as Hades. I’m not usually a fan of muscly studs getting it on, but this one was done just right. Hercules and Sisyphus make one gorgeous pair, and the writing is fantastic.

In Love with Zeus’ Son (L.J. Hamlin)

This one was a little lacking for me. It was a bit cookie-cutter for my taste, and it wasn’t especially memorable. However, I think it would work well as part of a larger story, as there was some interesting world-building.

Clipped Wings (Shiloh Sadler)

This was an exceptional concept. A retelling of the Swan Princes set in 1840s Missouri is a bold undertaking. What a beautiful, happy-sad story. My only hesitation was that some of the dialog sounded too contemporary and it pulled me out of the story a bit. Otherwise, this was excellent.

The Kelpie (Alyx J. Shaw)

This one was eerie and mysterious, yet it also had a sense of playfulness. Norman, the kelpie, seems to possess my own somewhat snarky sense of humor. This was the best shivers-up-my-spine story for more than one reason. Another very well-written and unique tale.

Eternal Grind (Salome Wilde)

I loved the concept of this story, about a hellish (literally) coffee shop. However, it ended up being a bit too cynical and anti-religious for my taste. I did enjoy the payoff at the end.

Another Night at the End of the World (Jacey Mills)

Although I didn’t feel there was a whole lot that stood out to me in this story, I thought the idea of love creating new perspective was lovely. There was also quite a bit of humor and fun along the way. This was a well-written tale with a very sweet, magical ending.

The Fifth World (Max Wilde)

This was one of my favorites. Photographer Maggie discovers wolf-woman Yara in the snowy wilderness. The love that grows between them is tender and deep, and it creates a beautiful sense of longing. This is another one on the theme of love changing one’s perspective. What a treasure.

Bound by Desire (Logan Zachary)

I really enjoyed this story. Both Garrick and Thor are prisoners, and Garrick is in charge of holding Thor hostage while also being forced to serve his basic care. It does skirt the bounds of consent, but it never breaks them. Very well-written, both suspenseful and erotic.

Brisingamen (Carol Tierney)

This is another one of my favorites. It is everything from softly sensual to scorching hot. At first, I wasn’t sure about the idea of Freyja trading sex for the necklace, but it turned out to be really beautiful and passionate. The story is marvelous, and there were moments that brought me to tears.

Delphinos (T. Strange)

On the surface, this seems like a story about somewhat odd people meeting each other. Underneath, I loved the way longing and sadness were woven through the story. The end was a complete surprise, and it left me with the best kind of happy-sad feeling.

The Myth of Ero and Psy (Alisha Monroe)

I’ll be honest, this wasn’t one of my favorites. I’m not sure if it’s just my non-interest in the club scene or that I’m a bit tired of this myth being retold, but I thought it was just okay. There was plenty of passion, and I liked the characters all right, I just didn’t find it overly memorable. Still, it was well-written; it’s more personal taste than that the story was flawed in any way.

The Golden Balls (Delilah Storm)

I loved this one from the very beginning. I’ve never read an m/m telling of the Frog Prince, and this was so wonderfully done. I’m partial to pretty men and gingers, so Jasper utterly delighted me. I found it suspenseful wondering who was telling the truth and whether love would win out in the end.

Kaguya (Angelique Voisen)

I’ll admit I’m not familiar with Japanese mythology, so I’m not sure if there’s something I missed here. I didn’t quite understand the story. It mostly seemed like an excuse to have Reiko and Kaguya have sex with a little magic thrown in to fit the theme. It was passionate, but I prefer a bit more story to hold it together. Still, I liked the setting, and I was glad for a non-western myth.

Back to the Garden (V.L. Locey)

Another favorite of mine. This one had me laughing out loud. Woodstock is absolutely the perfect setting for a gods-descend-to-earth Greek myth tale. What better place for Pan to meet his lover? Witty and wonderful, sexy and sweet, this one charmed me from beginning to delightful end.
Amy

ThreeStar

An interesting collection of novellas, covering a wide variety of situations and characters from historical settings to the contemporary. Others just relying and succeeding with the humorous approach.
Many well written, some however, relying more on unusual names to context. However a very entertaining anthology that gives the reader the choice of dipping in to what ever subject they feel compelled to read at any given time.
The short biography of each author was quite educative.
Disappointed that there were not more lesbian episodes.
This anthology is ideal for those who wish to explore a variety of genres and sexuality.
Chris

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New Release: From the Ashes (Smoke and Mirrors #2) by Lillian T. MacGowan #MM #Romance @LilyMacGowan

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Title: From the Ashes (Smoke and Mirrors #2)
Author Name: Lillian T. MacGowan
Publication Date & Length: May 5, 2015 – 381 pgs

Synopsis

After a rough start to their relationship, Deck and Naim are living together and living well—except they’re not. The fire at the clinic and those behind it are still a specter in the background of their lives, soon to come to the forefront. Someone is stalking them, and as the acts grow increasingly violent and threatening, the boys make an unsettling discovery that turns Naim’s world inside out.

They’re sorely tried and tested, and even with the support of the neighborhood and Deck’s firefighting crew, people get hurt. Deck has to decide how much hurt he’s willing to take on for the sake of Naim, and Naim has to decide once and for all what sort of man he wants to be—all while navigating a terrifying world of crime, violence and depravity.

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4 stars for A Question of Counsel by Archer Kay Leah @archerkayleah @LT3Press #FF #Folklore

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Title: A Question of Counsel
Author Name: Archer Kay Leah
Publication Date & Length: May 27, 2015 — 184 pages

Synopsis

Life hasn’t been easy for Aeley since she arrested her brother, and her role as a political leader leaves her feeling isolated and lonely. Days before her brother’s trial, she meets Lira, a quiet and modest scribe who makes Aeley want more than just a professional relationship.

When she attends the trial and leaves with a marriage contract, Aeley doesn’t know what to do. She must choose one of two brothers, marrying into a family she doesn’t know. Then she discovers that Lira is part of the same family–a sister to Aeley’s suitors and the family’s disgrace. And not at all opposed to an intimate relationship.

Except random acts of violence against her people test Aeley’s ability as a leader, and a web of lies and deceit threaten not only her chance at happiness, but her life…

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 fourstars

I receive this book from Inked.Rainbow Reads in return for an honest review.
A very enjoyable well written book. Exciting situations, strong female leads and believable plots and sub plots.
Blood family relations at their worst,  friend family relations at their most powerful and inspirational.
A novel that has both leading women with commendable traits and beliefs while still possessing human failings. In a time when sexuality between couples depended  on breeding, valour, bravery, honour and in this case love rather on gender.
Both women have very different personalities and upbringing, however, both have their own strengths and each compliments the others mettle as well as combatting and protecting each others weaknesses.
A novel that shows strength of family does not necessarily come those we are related too but a novel which emphasis the potency and ultimately the effectiveness of true love.
Anyone wanting a rich love story combined with devious subterfuge, a little light comedy, and ultimately a richly deserved happy ending should enjoy this book.
~Chris

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Archer Kay Leah was raised in Canada, growing up in a port town at a time when it was starting to become more diverse, both visibly and vocally. Combined with the variety of interests found in Archer’s family and the never-ending need to be creative, this diversity inspired a love for toying with characters and their relationships, exploring new experiences and difficult situations.

Archer most enjoys writing speculative fiction and is engaged in a very particular love affair with fantasy, especially when it is dark and emotionally charged. When not reading and writing for work or play, Archer is a geek with too many hobbies and keeps busy with other creative endeavors, a music addiction, and whatever else comes along. Archer lives in London, Ontario with a same-sex partner and their cat.

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4 stars for Blowing Off Steam by Joy Lynn Fielding #MM #Romance #steamtrains #trains

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Title: Blowing Off Steam
Author Name: Joy Lynn Fielding
Publication Date & Length: May 26, 2015 – 66,000 words

Synopsis

They set out to save a train. Instead, they save each other.

Sam Chancellor has been in love with the steam engine Old Bess since he was six years old. Well, maybe not literally, but even when he’s lost everything else in his life, he’s always had her. But now her place in his heart has been unexpectedly challenged. Her new driver, Ryan Saunders, is the embodiment of all Sam’s fantasies.

Ryan has written off Sam as just another geeky trainspotter—until the moment Ryan sees him without his usual shapeless hoodie, and realizes that for a nerd, Sam’s pretty built.

When Ryan overlooks Sam’s awkwardness long enough to suggest a hook-up, Sam seizes the opportunity—and Ryan—with both very eager hands. Finding common ground in their shared love of Bess, their time together is better than Sam ever dared dream.

But there’s a reason Ryan never talks about his past. And when Ryan’s job is threatened, Sam’s well-meaning intervention puts both Ryan and Bess in deadly danger.

Product Warnings:
Contains train geekery, bed-hogging, a hero with no experience and another with plenty to spare, and a spider called Mabel.

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 FourStarsSam is a train-spotter.  Raised by an elderly great uncle and his Gardener’s Club friends, Sam is a young man living an old man’s life.  Wealthy London bad-boy Ryan needs to grow up. Fast.  As his very last chance, his father has secured him a job driving Sam’s favourite steam train, Old Bess.I love Fielding’s characters.   Ryan is sardonic, snobby and smug.  But he’s also lonely, kind and terrified of further rejection.  He’s embarrassed by how much he loves his train driving job.  Sam is awkward, obsessive and lonely but he is also brave and loyal.  Alternating between Ryan and Sam’s perspectives, Fielding  illuminates the best and the worst in each man as they awkwardly attempt a relationship.

 

All I’ve ever known about trains are departure times, so much of the technical details about steam trains washed over me.  Readers don’t need to love trains to enjoy this story, though it might help.  This is a story about growing up.   It is a story about trust and love.

 

Steamy sex and nefarious goings-on add excitement to an otherwise gentle romance.  Fielding brings a small English town to life with careful observations and vivid descriptions.  This is a charming story about two very different men who build a very special relationship.

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4 Stars for A Slice of Quietude (Woven Myths #1) by Sharon Cho #FF #Fantasy @SharonCho

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TitleA Slice of Quietude (Woven Myths #1)
Author Name: Sharon Cho
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2015 – 378 pgs

Synopsis

The Quietude, a psychic realm accessible by only a select few, is Katriyana Pusabunthri’s secret for improving her deadly focus. It’s how she became a high level Midnight Slicer, an elite assassin. But when she meets Tristien Waef inside the Quietude, Kat knows she’s outmatched. Tristien, scarred from head to toe both physically and emotionally, displays unheard-of abilities inside the Quietude! In a rare move, Kat throws caution to the wind, and joins Tristien and her two friends: the battle-hardened Cela and the almost-famous bard Kinjara, in their travels. But will the Midnight Slicers allow Kat to shift allegiances? And can a budding relationship with Kat get Tristien to move beyond her traumatic past?

“Hey! This book ain’t about just that! That part’s only got you two,” interrupts Cela. “It’s about fightin’, drinkin’, and carousing’. You know, slicin’!” With one arm, the tall warrior slashes her two-handed sword through the air.”

Tristien sniffs, “Fighting and drinking isn’t going to sell the book. The more unique aspects will.”

“Presentation factors as well. A bard,” says Kinjara bowing. “The honor should thus drape across the bard’s shoulders.” Clearing her throat, she stands up, “Love and redemption,thrills with chills, devious deities along with myths of yore and lore build foundations upon which ‘A Slice of Quietude’ rises…”

Kat never looks up from sharpening her daggers.

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FourStarsA really unique book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The author weaves a tale of mystery and illusion. Throughout the novel the descriptive narrative allows the reader not only see what is happening but to almost smell the surroundings and the  events  taking place.
Not written as an easy read, the names of the characters and their positions in society are all new so the reader has to concentrate and remember where each one fits into this absorbing tale.
I particularly enjoyed the role of the story teller as this reinforced what had happened regarding the characters as well as understanding the roles of characters as yet unseen.
The individuality of each character was so vibrant yet so believable, making the horrors of deeds past and present understandable in a bizarre sort of way.
The one criticism I have is the conclusion, which left so many questions unanswered that I felt almost cheated. I would have preferred  a more decisive end rather than the inconclusive  one given. I will still be looking forward to the next instalment in this series.
Chris

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4.5 Stars for Delivered Fast (Portland Heat #3) by Annabeth Albert #MM #Romance @AnnabethAlbert

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Title: Delivered Fast
Author Name: Annabeth Albert
Publication Date & Length: May 26, 2015 – 128 pgs

Synopsis

Portland, Oregon, aka Hotlandia, where the coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries are ready to serve everything piping hot, fresh, and ready to go—like the hard-working, hard-bodied men behind the counters—with no reservations…

Sure, Chris O’Neal has problems. His restaurant is still co-owned by his ex. His flannel-and-tattoos style is making him accidentally trendy. He can’t remember the last time he went out and had fun. But he’s not lonely, he’s driven. And the hot bakery delivery boy is not his problem, no matter how sweet his buns.

Chris is old enough to know Lance Degrassi’s sculpted good looks and clever double entendres spell nothing but trouble. Lance is still in college—he should be hitting the clubs and the books, chasing guys his own age, not pursuing some gruff motorcycle-riding workaholic. Especially when he’ll be leaving for grad school in a few months. But Lance keeps hanging around, lending a hand, charming Chris to distraction. Maybe some steaming hot no-strings indulgence won’t hurt.

Then again, maybe it will…

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FourandHalfStars

I loved this story.  I always love reading about cities that I have either lived in or currently live in and hearing names that are familiar is always fun.
Lance and Chris were such a great couple.  I can totally see each of their perspectives too.  Albert did an amazing job creating their relationship.
Both were living their lives and when they come together, it’s explosive and heart warming and even though it’s quite fast, it totally fits their personalities.
I really love Robby – his attitude throughout the book was awesome and I wanted to just squeeze him when he was telling Chris how it was.
All around, I loved this book.  It adds to the series and even though I don’t necessarily think the romance was “fast”, I can see why the title was delivered fast.  I actually hoped that there would be more of an epilogue at the end and was slightly disappointed that we were not given more.
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COVER REVEAL: The Right Time by Lane Hayes #MM #Romance @Lanehayes3 @dreamspinners

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Title: The Right Time (A Right and Wrong Story #3)
Author Name: Lane Hayes
Publication Date & Length: June 26, 2015 – 225 pages

Synopsis

Workaholic Nate Erickson is a successful real estate developer who thrives on long hours and stress. When a Los Angeles project prompts him to relocate to Santa Monica, he welcomes the change of scenery. Nate has always considered romantic entanglements trouble, but his sexy next-door neighbor isn’t easy to ignore. Which makes no sense, because Nate is straight… or so he’s always thought.

 

 

Alex Reyes is a retired professional soccer player turned West Hollywood business owner with an insatiable lust for life. He loves his family, friends, and work. But there’s one life challenge left to accomplish: coming out publically. Respect for traditional Latino values has kept him in the closet, but Alex begins to think he and his new neighbor might help one another combat their fears. As Alex and Nate forge a strong friendship, they soon realize facing their personal demons will take more courage than either man bargained. The reward is immeasurable… if the timing is right.

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I hadn’t worked out with a professional in years, and it felt foreign to wait for someone else’s direction.

“Any issues with your shoulders or arms? Any injuries I should know about?” he asked, handing me the weights.

“No, I’m good.”

“Great. Start with your palms facing your thighs, lift them both over your chest, then lower the left. Good. And now the right.”

He stood over me diligently, making slight corrections when needed. My supine position gave me an interesting perspective. When I looked up, I noted how his strong brow offset his twinkling eyes. I swallowed uncomfortably and turned my head, only to find myself staring at his crotch. His dark shorts seemed to hint they were covering a generous package.

Holy fuck.

“You doing okay?”

“Uh yeah. Hey, weren’t you going to tell me about your Friday night?” I needed him to talk. I didn’t trust my thoughts anymore, and I was stuck in my current position crazily aware of a man in a way I hadn’t been in over fifteen fucking years. Diversion in any form was welcome.

Alex snorted. “I already told you. I went dancing, and oh yeah, I did get lucky.”

He added the last part with a hearty chuckle, no doubt catching my wide-eyed expression. I hadn’t expected that.

“Oh.”

“You asked.”

“Right.” I did? The strong flash of jealousy took me by surprise, but I pressed on. “Did you go back to the beach to get those girls’ numbers last weekend?”

He looked confused for a second, but a slow cocky grin soon spread across his handsome features as he crouched so his face was close to mine.

“No, I told you they weren’t my type.”

I gulped and watched his eyes lower to my throat. He licked his top lip and reached out to adjust my wrist.

“Lift ’em both at the same time, Nate. That’s it. Push it. Harder.”

I sent up a quick prayer I wasn’t sporting a tent in my shorts. Alex’s voice, touch, and yeah, the unintentional innuendos were making me nuts. And horny. I felt terribly out of my element. I wasn’t sure what we were talking about anymore, but the potent silence made me more uncomfortable than speech. Keep talking, I thought.

“So a dance partner?”

“What? Oh. Yeah, I think so. I can’t remember. It was just one of those things, you know? Sit up. Let’s give your arms a break.”

“Just one of those things?”

“Yeah. One night. No numbers exchanged. No hassle, no fuss.”

I had no words. Literally.

Alex chuckled gleefully as he led the way to a leg machine. He gave instructions and stood back to observe me for a moment.

“It’s not necessarily my favorite kind of sex, but hey….” He shrugged his shoulders with his hands outstretched as if to say “what’s a guy to do?”

I recognized this cue. It was my opportunity to commiserate about the trials and tribulations of being a single man with a healthy sexual appetite. Now was my chance to admit it was nice every once in a while to have sex of the nonsolo variety with someone who knew the score. But I was tongue-tied and equally aware of a completely different undercurrent. One I wasn’t brave enough to explore.

“You can stop having fun at my expense any time.”

Alex squeezed my shoulder and smirked playfully. “You’re easily rattled.”

“How so?”

“You seem like someone who has a place for everything and likes everything in its place. You have a routine, and you don’t appreciate any deviation. I should be flattered you came to the gym with me at the spur of the moment.” He paused, running his tongue over his plump bottom lip. “If you’re not careful, I’m gonna think you like me.”

The air between us crackled. Alex leaned forward so his handsome face was mere inches from mine. His proximity alone seemed to issue a challenge. Daring me to confess I was more than I appeared to be. I doubt he expected any revelations, but his intent was certainly to… how had he put it, rattle me. And damn, it was working.

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Lane Hayes is finally doing what she loves best. Writing! An avid reader from an early age, Lane has always been drawn to romance novels. She truly believes there is nothing more inspiring than a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel, Better Than Good, was a 2013 Rainbow Awards finalist. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and their very old dog in an almost empty nest.

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5 stars for A Counselor Among Wolves (Leader Murders #2) by Liv Olteano #MM #shifter #Paranormal

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Title: A Counselor Among Wolves (Leader Murders: Case Two)
Author Name: Liv Olteano
Publication Date & Length: May 8, 2015 – 230pgs

Synopsis

Sequel to A Tooth for a Fang
Leader Murders: Case Two

Five dead leaders, their bodies arranged in a pentagram. Treason, lies, and backstabbing. A make-believe affair that turns into a real mating.

Timothy Sands is a PBI counselor, half-fey, half-elf, with a secret crush on Herman Weiss, PBI director. As a new chapter is added to the Leader Murders, it is Weiss’s responsibility to investigate what seems an impossible-to-solve case. The other problem? Weiss is suffering from rages, and his only salvation lies in Tim’s emotional-grid-balancing skills. They only have to pretend to be a couple for Tim to use his talents, and he owes Weiss a big favor. Piece of cake, right?

The fey might be involved in the Leader Murders. Someone on the Council might be their ally, and another prominent PBI figure looks more and more suspicious as they investigate. The stakes are upped when Timothy’s father, the Fey King, threatens to leave the Council destitute if they don’t hand Timothy over to him. Weiss’s brilliant solution? Mating Timothy and forcing the Council into protecting him.

There’s only one small hitch in that plan: instead of protecting one, the Council might decide to get rid of two.

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FiveStarsAdmittedly, this book started out a bit slow for me, but when it picked up, it took off. Herman is a strong, sexy alpha of his pack. Tim has loved him since Herman saved him all those years ago. This book has a little bit of everything. Werewolves, vampires, overbearing alphas. As well as plenty of action and twists and turns.  I have never heard of this author before, but I think I will be reading more from her!
~Crissy

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Liv Olteano is a voracious reader, music lover, and coffee addict extraordinaire. And occasional geek. Okay, more than occasional.

She believes stories are the best kind of magic there is. And life would be horrible without magic. Her hobbies include losing herself in the minds and souls of characters, giving up countless nights of sleep to get to know said characters, and trying to introduce them to the world. Sometimes they appreciate her efforts. The process would probably go quicker if they’d bring her a cup of coffee now and then when stopping by. Characters—what can you do, right?

Liv has a penchant for quirky stories and is a reverent lover of diversity. She can be found loitering around the Internet at odd hours and being generally awkward and goofy at all times.

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3 Stars for A Second Past Midnight by Rae Gee #MM #Dystopian @VeetuIndustries

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Title: A Second Past Midnight
Author Name: Rae Gee
Publication Date & Length: April 22, 2015 – 87,900 Words

Synopsis

It had come like a thief in the night, an invisible force that had wiped out life as they had known it, sending them from 1981 back to 1881. The cause of The Pulse had remained a mystery and become the cause of speculation of fear. In a heartbeat, stock markets had crashed, power plants had shut down, and the land became poisoned by sewage, chemicals and, in some areas, radiation. If it had microchips in it, it was dead, finished beyond all repair. The anomaly which had wiped out their life had become known as The Pulse and the events following it had become known as The Crash.

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ThreeStar

I really enjoyed this story line. It really felt believable in all aspects even in today’s world. While I enjoyed watching the men and their developing relationship, I felt like maybe we were missing something about Flame.
I never could understand why Flame had such a horrible temper that he liked to take out on the one person who meant the most to him. It was consistent through out the book too which I really didn’t get. As James learns more and he grows, Flame stayed the same. While I understand that he was going through a lot at certain times, I still didn’t understand it.
I thought it interesting to see the differences as the boys traveled that once again felt quite realistic… Almost scarily so. Made me want to hide in fear of what our world would become if something like this ever did happen.
Did I believe people would become mindless zombies? Probably not. However, I can see that some would go crazy from it.
In the end, I felt like the book was a bit too drawn out with mundane events and situations that didn’t particularly add to the story to move it along. There was a lot of things covered in the men’s lives that slowed the plot and had me thinking of putting the book down more than a time or two (i.e. Christmas really didn’t seem important in the overall scheme of things). At other times, the important scenes just seems to feel like they were slow moving and took a long time to get through even though it was interesting and I wanted to know what happened it just felt like forever to get there.
Renee

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