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5 Stars for Synchronous Seduction Trilogy by Havan Fellows #MM #Romance @havanfellows

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Title: Synchronous Seductions Trilogy
Author Name & Publisher: Havan Fellows (Appleton Publishing Avenue)
Publication Date & Length: July 20, 2015 – 172 pgs

Synopsis

Seven years ago one of them made a mistake.

That mistake will change six lives forever.

Today.

Ryder made a mistake Harlan can’t forgive. Will Ryder cross a line no man should cross to obtain a second chance?

Ritchie won’t admit he’s heartbroken. Emery won’t accept less than all of Ritchie’s affection. How will arrogant Emery win snarky Ritchie for his own?

Fuzzy is an unsatisfied ladies’ man. Geoff’s a bear-loving man who satisfies. Problem? Convincing a straight man that satisfaction might be just around the bend.

Warning: This book is chocked full of domineering men who don’t like to take no for an answer. If arrogant alpha men make your heart beat faster and other places tingle, this is the book for you.

Review

FiveStars

This is three mini books in one volume. I absolutely LOVED them. They were short, sweet and just right on the angst-o-meter for me. I will have to say my favorite was Geoff’s Teddy and then Harlans’ Ryde was a close second. These stories weren’t long but they were well written, packed full of emotions and hot sex! Perfect reading for the day at the beach.

Harlan’s Ryde- Harlan and Ryder dated in college, Harlan was in love and wanted forever. Ryder broke his heart and said he didn’t feel the same. Flash forward seven years and Ryder tracks down Harlan because he is still in love with him and wants to be with him. Harlan doesn’t want to go through the pain all over again but Ryder is determined to win him back.

Emery’s Ritches- Ritchie is Harlan’s best friend and has been in love with Harlan forever but realizes now that Harlan is with Ryder he is going to have to get over it and move on. Emery has heard about Ritchie from Ryder. When a chance meeting at a Starbucks happens Emery decides to make Ritchie his. Both of these cocky men know what they want and we just need wait and see who caves first.

Geoff’s Teddy- Geoff is Ritchie’s assistant and he is out and proud and knows what he wants, a bear. Theodore, aka Fuzzy is a ladies man and has a reputation to uphold and is also an employee of Emery’s. One night both Geoff and Fuzzy were “forced” into having dinner when Emery  was trying to woo Ritchie. That night turned into something both Geoff and Fuzzy will never forget.

Angie

Excerpt

“Didn’t hear you there, lil man. What?”

“Nothing, just thinking out loud. You can take my bed for the night, and I’ll crash on the couch.” Before he could even get his objections voiced, Geoff continued, “Seriously, I fall asleep on it at least once a week anyway. It doesn’t bother me. It’s really quite comfortable. But first I’d like to shower and get ready for bed. Why don’t you have a seat and watch some TV while I do my duties in the bedroom; then I’ll hand it over to you?”

Fuzzy watched Geoff walk down the hall without another word. “I’m taking orders from a man half my size? How the hell did this happen?”

He walked over to the couch and took a seat, picking up the TV remote on the cushion next to him. He got comfortable, resting his ankle on his knee, and turned on the boob tube. A tree house replaced the dark screen. The angle zoomed in and then Fuzzy watched two men having sex on the roof of the tree house.

Fuzzy lowered his leg and scooted to the edge of the couch, completely engrossed in what he saw. He had of course seen his friends Ryde and Harlan kissing more times than he could count but never two grown men doing this. The kneeling man with his chest pressed against the wood of the roof had a lot of his characteristics, the bear type. While the man who pounded behind him doing the pelvic thrust better than any Rocky Horror Picture Show groupie was a lot smaller. In fact, he had a build a lot like Geoff’s.

The sound track really got to Fuzzy though, in a good way. The dirty talk and the moaning had his cock thickening in his jeans. Holy shit, who could blame him? The slapping of bodies and heavy breathing blended for a perfect aphrodisiac. If he ever attempted to utter some of those words during sex with a woman, she’d slap him well and truly. But damned if that talk didn’t do something for him.

“Hey, what’s that noise out there? What’re you watching?”

Fuzzy grabbed the remote from beside him, and in his haste to shut off the television, it slid from one hand to the other, then thumped to the floor. When he dropped to his knees to retrieve it, he inadvertently knocked it under the couch.

“Oh my God!”

He jerked his head up to Geoff standing over him. “Um, I didn’t turn this on. Well technically, yeah I did turn this on, but I didn’t mean to turn this on. This channel was already on…I’m, um, not watching it. Well technically, yeah I watched it. But I’ve never watched anything like this before, and I might’ve been kinda curious. It’s porn. What man doesn’t watch porn when it’s available?” Fuzzy shrugged defensively after stumbling through all that.

“I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but you can get up off of your knees now.”

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5 Stars for A Spirit Without Borders By Andrew Grey #MM #Romance @dreamspinners @andrewgreybooks

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TitleA Spirit Without Borders
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 17, 2015 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Dillon McDowell, an infectious disease specialist, jumps at the opportunity to work with Doctors Without Borders in Liberia. But when he arrives, things are very different than he expected, and he’s out of his depth. Will Scarlet takes him under his wing and helps him adjust. A hint of normalcy comes when a group of local boys invite Dillon to play soccer.

Will’s family rejected him for being gay, and he’s closed off his heart. Even though meeting Dillon opens him to the possibility of love, he’s wary. They come from different worlds, and Will plans to volunteer for another stint overseas. But Will realizes what Dillon means to him when Dillon becomes ill, and they can no longer deny their feelings.

When Dillon’s soccer friends lose their parents and aunt to disease, Will and Dillon must work together to ensure that the boys aren’t cast adrift in a society that’s afraid they might be contagious. They must also decide if their feelings are real or just the result of proximity and hardship.

*Sequel to A Heart Without Borders

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Review

FiveStars

Nobody writes like Andrew Grey.  I pick up one of his books and start reading, and I can’t put it down. This one definitely was one of those books.  I really enjoyed this book.

Dillon was very arrogant but a very good infectious disease doctor. Will was always working for Doctors without Borders and traveling a lot.  The two of them were perfect for each other I thought.  The relationship worked for me. They were both trying so hard to make a difference in the world.  My heart just broke for the three boys Dillon was so fond of.

This was a very realistic story that was written very well. It had a good storyline.  I can’t wait to read more in this series.

Sherry

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TWO 5 Stars for Criss Cross (PsyCop #2) by Jordan Castillo Price (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #Paranormal

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Title: Criss Cross (PsyCop #2)
Author Name: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date & Length: November 11, 2008 – 163 pgs

Synopsis

Criss Cross finds the ghosts surrounding Victor getting awfully pushy. The medications that Victor usually takes to control his abilities are threatening to destroy his liver, and his new meds aren’t any more effective than sugar pills.

Vic is also adjusting to a new PsyCop partner, a mild-mannered guy named Roger with all the personality of white bread. At least he’s willing to spring for the Starbucks.

Jacob’s ex-boyfriend, Crash, is an empathic healer who might be able to help Victor pull his powers into balance, but he seems more interested in getting into Victor’s pants than in providing any actual assistance.

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FiveStars

5 Captivating Stars!!This is the second book I have read in the PsyCop series, and happens to be the second book lol You must read the first one, Among The Living.

More Victor!!!!! More of his humour, his wit, his dirty mind, his sexy relationship with Jacob, and of course, his crazyyy job!!!! I started reading and couldn’t put it down! Devoured every word.

I love Jordan Castillo’s writing. It is intelligent, thoughtful, intense and filled with information that really grabs your attention and keeps it the whole time. Seriously good stuff!!

Can’t wait to keep reading more in this series!

Reviewer: Kimberley
FiveStars
**Audiobook Review**

I have to say I’m not normally a huge paranormal fan, but there is just something about the way Ms Castillo Price writes that I simply adore.
This book made me feel so frustrated for Vic as he tries to deal with all the strange things going on around him and what to do about his senses going wild on him.
I have to say I loved the twist. I totally didn’t see it coming. Okay, I was starting to get a little bit of an idea, but still didn’t see it for what it was.
Again, just like  Book One, Gomez Pugh does an amazing job. I absolutely loved the way he narrated the book! He gives so much life to each character and the flow of the story is so smooth and real… even through the naughty scenes he narrates it just as it would be read, which brings so much more passion to the scenes…. and it’s not only the naughty bits… Heck, it’s every scene he does that in. The scary ones, the passionate ones… Just all of it. Very well done.
Renee

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New Release: Protection by T.T. Kove (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #NewAdult @ttkove

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Title: Protection
Author Name: T.T. Kove
Publication Date & Length: July 24, 2015 – 71 pgs

Synopsis

Adrian isn’t looking for a boyfriend. He’s focused on school and social situations make him anxious. When his mother encourages him to make a friend and be more outgoing, he takes a chance at a party. It doesn’t live up to expectations. His classmates ignore him and the alcohol tastes bad. Worse? Oliver finds him moping in the bathroom.

Oliver, the class clown and know-it-all, might grate Adrian’s last nerve, but he’s the only one paying Adrian any attention. Not only does Oliver flirt him into a bedroom, he charms Adrian’s pants off. Adrian loses his virginity to a man he doesn’t even like and in the morning his anxiety spirals into full panic. They didn’t use protection and popular-with-everyone Oliver insists they need to get tested.

Adrian is sure this isn’t the kind of friendship his mother meant and he tries to distance himself. But it turns out Oliver’s brash personality is just a mask to hide his own insecurities and family embarrassments. Adrian can relate. Oliver may be a know-it-all, yet Adrian can’t abandon him. Besides, they still need their test results. But how can the popular kid be friends with him when Adrian doesn’t want to come out of his shell?

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Excerpt

I hate parties.

I hovered by the door leading into the living room. It was crowded with people drunk off their arses. They looked, quite frankly, ridiculous the way they tried to flirt and hook up with each other. It was disgusting. No one had better come over to me with their cheesy pick-up lines.

I wanted to leave. But the front door was on the opposite side of the living room. To get there I had to cross said room full of people who would notice me. Not that anyone had spoken to me yet since I arrived, but I had been invited. Probably because I’d been within earshot when my classmates had been talking about it, but I had been asked nonetheless.

Why did I say yes?

That was the million dollar question. I didn’t like parties, I didn’t like being sociable. I wasn’t good at it. Drawing attention to myself… I couldn’t do it.

People headed for the kitchen, almost shouting at each other to be heard over the music and everyone else. I drew back and turned to find somewhere to hide.

My gaze fell on a door that had a simple WC sign on it. Really? What was the point of that in their own house?

That was the kind of sign for public toilets. Maybe that was the point.

Still, it was a room. A door with a lock.

I could hide in there until the party calmed down and I dared to venture into that living room. I did this for you, Mum. I opened the door and found the room empty. I breathed a sigh in relief. You wanted me to be sociable and here I am. Never again. Never ever. This was the last time I tried. Being cooped up in my room was heaven compared to this.

I closed the door after me. A bottle clinked against the wood. I looked down at my other hand and the beer bottle clutched in it. I’d forgot about it in my panic facing the living room. Someone had pressed it into my hand when I’d arrived.

I crossed the small room to lean against the smooth wall, slowly sinking down to sit on the floor.

I should go home and enjoy my own company. Get on the laptop and get online. Play a game, do coursework, anything else but sitting here hiding. I didn’t even have my sketchbook with me, so I couldn’t draw. I could do that at home though.

I sat the bottle of beer on the floor next to me. I eyed it. I had drunk from it and it had tasted like piss. Not that I knew what that tasted like, but it was what I imagined it would taste like. I hadn’t ever drunk alcohol—never felt the need to. Not having any mates or being sociable meant I’d never experienced any peer pressure.

Tonight was, apparently, a night for new adventures though. I took another sip of the vile thing and almost choked as a result. I forced it down on sheer willpower. Perhaps tonight was the night I would experience being drunk. It wouldn’t take long if I got the beer down. Not being used to alcohol, I wouldn’t need much to feel the effects. Or so the internet told me. Why anyone liked beer, or would drink it to savour the taste, was beyond me.

I drank some more. Torturing myself was what I was doing. I should leave, but then I’d have to go through the living room where everyone was gathered. I couldn’t do that. I couldn’t risk having all their attention on me—it would definitely leave me in a state of panic.

Slam!

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5 and 4.5 Stars for a New Release: The Homecoming by J. Scott Coatsworth (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM @LT3Press

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Title: The Homecoming
Author Name & Publisher: J. Scott Coatsworth (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 29, 2015 – 20,000 Words

Synopsis

When his own world is destroyed, Aldiss and his crew barely manage to escape, leaving friends and lovers behind. What was meant to be an exploratory trip back to the home world turns into a mad dash for survival.

When they awaken from stasis on Earth, which was abandoned by humanity five centuries before, they must quickly learn about their new home. While exploring the region around the ship, Aldiss meets Hari, a shape-changer, whose people harbor secrets that might cost the crew their lives.

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FiveStars

After reading this, all I can say is, wow. This has to be one of the best mixed genre fantasy/science fictions stories I’ve read in a long time. It’s exceptionally well-written, and I was absorbed right from the first page.
I’m a big fan of stories where any romance is secondary to the main plot, so this fit my preference. There’s clear chemistry between Hari and Aldiss from their first meeting, but the mysteries of both their worlds are far more interesting than their love story. It seemed like there were surprises around every corner as the truth about both their worlds was revealed bit by bit.
This was one I couldn’t put down. I was blown away by the seamless blending of two very different genres and the depth of the themes in such a short space. Simply wonderful.
Amy
FourandHalfStars

This was a great read with a mix of paranormal romance and sci fi in it. I love a good sci fi, which would be why I chose this one, and I was not disappointed. The story takes us from confusion, to love, to understanding in a short period, and it’s a complete story.

I could keep up with the feelings of the characters, follow their thoughts and actions. The side characters were generally rounded even to have purpose and keep interest. The pacing of the story was also fantastic. It moved. I think I read this in about an hour. Great job, Scott!

~AJ

Excerpt

Hari reached the edge of the woods just in time to see Neru crouching to leap at the two- legs. Young fool.

He gathered himself and jumped after Neru, knocking him aside as his teeth reached for the two-legs’ throat.

Neru turned and snarled at him, backing away toward the woods.

Hari stood firm, ears back, hackles raised, and drew the corners of his mouth back toreveal his teeth. Back off, Neru.

The whelp shook his head and grinned with the brashness of youth, until Hari leaped at him and nipped his ear. With a surprised yelp, Neru turned his head, deferring to Hari’s strength. As you say, brother. There was a cockiness to Neru’s look that unsettled him.

The other wolf backed up slowly then turned to disappear into the woods.

Hari caught a glimpse of Mavi watching from the shadows. The old wolf snarled, and slunk off after her son.

What do you seek, old mother? Hari wondered, watching Mavi’s silver-tipped tail flicker into the darkness. It was clear where Neru’s courage and cunning had come from.

Hari turned back toward the two-legs. He was holding a strange stick, not unlike the one that Hari’s grandmother had shown him in the wolf dream.

But it was his face that caught Hari’s eye. He knew that face. The two-legs’ eyes were white-gray, and his jet-black hair was swept to the side.

Despite the danger, he shifted in the manner only a few of the clan are able to do in the cold. He grew quickly taller and less hairy but no less muscled, and stood naked before the two-legs.

They stared at each other for a long moment. Hari felt an immense attraction washing over him. He saw in his summer form that this two-legs was beautiful. His own body responded to this… man… in an unexpected way, seeing and feeling things his winter form could not. Hari leaned forward and sniffed the stranger, drinking in his musk. It smelled enticing. Strangely familiar.

He sensed the two-legs stiffen, and to reassure, him, Hari licked the man’s neck.

The two-legs was trembling now like a young whelp, so he tried something else. He took the stranger’s face in his hands and kissed him.

The shaking slowed, and then the man was kissing him back. Hari was hungry for him, like a starving wolf at the end of a long, hard winter.

It is not the time for this, the keh whispered in his ear.

He broke contact and turned away, ashamed that he was betraying his Clan, and for lust. An emotion of his summer form.

“I’m sorry,” he said to the two-legs, without looking back. “It won’t happen again.” Even he was not sure if he meant Neru’s attack, or the kiss.

He shifted back into his winter form and loped off into the woods after his pack mates.

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Scott has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.

Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him “the only one stopping you from writing is you.”

Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way, finishing more than a dozen short stories – some new, some that he had started years before – and seeing his first sale. He’s embarking on a new trilogy, and also runs the Queer Sci Fi (http://www.queerscifi.com) site, a support group for writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and supernatural fiction.

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TWO 5 Stars for Thaw (PsyCop #1.1) by Jordan Castillo Price #MM #Paranormal

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Title: Thaw (PsyCop #1.1)
Author Name: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date & Length: February 3, 2008 – 4 pgs

Synopsis

Victor Bayne is a PsyCop, a psychic medium who sees dead people as plainly as if they were alive. People assume that Vic’s psychic abilities are his only talent, but in Thaw, he shows his boyfriend Jacob that he’s got other secret skills up his sleeve.

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FiveStars

5 Sweet Stars!!
Siiigh! More Victor and Jacob, and in a sweet, short story!
I love getting to know these tough-ass cops, on a more personal, romantic level.
I enjoy every word of Jordan Castillo’s writing. It is thoughtful, and heartfelt. I know we expect men to be tough, but sometimes it is REALLY nice to see a vulnerable side. It doesn’t make them weak, just very human! And that’s what I get when I read Jordan Castillo’s words…warms my heart!!
Still reading this series, and loving it!
Reviewer: Kimberley
 FiveStars
This was a super short, super sweet read. I liked the little side slice we got of Victor and Jacob outside of the main story lines and the tenderness we normally sort of pass by because there is so much going on in their lives in the other books.
As usual Ms Castillo Price does an excellent job of sucking us in and making us feel the characters joy and love.
I can’t wait for more of Victor and Jacob’s story and more from Ms. Castillo Price.
Renee

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3 Stars for Backward (Bronco’s Boys #3) by Andrew Grey (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #Romance @Andrewgreysbooks @dreamspinners

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Title: Backward (Bronco’s Boys #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 13, 2015 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Club owner Harry Klinger has had his eye on Tristan Martin for months, but never had the nerve to approach him. He’s watched as Tristan dated Eddie and then reluctantly sat on the sidelines during the emotional breakup when Tristan discovered Eddie was dealing drugs. Now that Tristan seems to be healing, Harry hopes to get his chance.

When Eddie sends his men into Harry’s club to harass Tristan, Harry steps in to help. Tristan is reluctant at first since he admittedly has terrible taste in men, but Harry seems genuine, and Tristan can’t help but think Harry’s sexy as well and begins to hope for happiness for both of them.

Unfortunately, Eddie isn’t behaving rationally, sampling too much of his own product. With his determination to take Tristan back, it’ll take more than Harry’s help to keep Tristan safe as Eddie ratchets up his attempts to get what he wants.

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**Audiobook Review**
Both our main characters are insecure and been wanting each other but neither makes a move until something finally throws them together. I liked Tristan most toward the end of the book when he finally grows a bit of a backbone.
While I haven’t read the other books in this series, I felt like I could relate to Bull and Spook more than I could our main men, which felt a bit odd for me. I read one of Mr Grey’s book at the same time I was listening to this audiobook (not exactly at the same time, but during the same time period) and I have to say there were so many similarities between the two books, it was a bit disheartening and made me not care much for either book.
As for the narration of this book…. I have to say I am split. I actually liked his normal speaking tones and his tempo was very easy to listen. That being said, I absolutely did not like the tones used for Tristan or Harry. They were annoying and made me cringe which was a weird combination since I didn’t mind the narrators voice at any other time.
Renee

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