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3 Stars for NEW RELEASE: Empty Nests by Ada Maria Soto (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Romance @adamariasoto @dreamspinners

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Title: Empty Nests
Author Name: Ana Maria Soto
Publication Date & Length: June 12, 2015 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

Neither James nor Gabe has ever had a real relationship. They might make a connection if they can get past their differences—and their fears.

At age fourteen, James Maron decided to prove he wasn’t gay despite vast evidence to the contrary. Now at thirty-two, he’s getting ready to send his son to college and wondering what he’s supposed to do next. Outside his son, his life consists of an IT job he hates and watching telenovelas with the women in his apartment building.

Gabriel Juarez is the CFO of a technology giant. He has looks, charm, fantastic wealth, a workaholic personality, and a string of boyfriends who only stick around because he’s too busy to tell them to leave.

A bad laptop/projector interface causes James and Gabe’s paths to cross. Friends, family, and coworkers jump to match Gabe with a nice guy, and James with anyone. But are they too different? Everyone will have to tread very carefully to keep things from ending before they start.

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ThreeStar

Okay I will start this review with I really like this story, it was very cute.  I loved Gabe and James as a couple, they were very sweet together.  What I had a hard time with was the way the story jumped around a lot and I was never sure at first who was talking so it was hard to follow along with.  So altogether a very sweet story and I loved the premise of this story, but this book was just to much all over the place for me.

Kara

Excerpt

“So,” Dylan started as he scraped the last of the noodles from his plate. “Remember that conversation we were having about the new AP English teacher?”

“If you pull a piece of paper out of your pocket right now, I will never forgive you.”

Dylan grinned and pulled a tightly folded piece of paper from his pocket. “Saturday after next, if you want, you have a date.”

James was pretty sure teenagers were not supposed to be as hung-up on their father’s love life as Dylan was. “No. No, I do not.”

Dylan pushed over a printout from his school’s faculty webpage. There was a phone number handwritten at the bottom. “Thirty-five, no kids. He likes music.” Dylan had highlighted that line. “You like music, he likes music. He said he’d love to take you to see a band he likes.”

“Goddammit, Dylan! I do not need you setting me up with strangers.”

“He’s not a stranger, he’s the school’s AP English teacher, and I wouldn’t have to if you’d get out of the house once in a while. Seriously, Dad, I’m out of here in less than a year. I don’t want you moping around this place alone. I worry about you turning into a crazy old cat lady.”

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3 Stars for Into The Arena (Lionhearts #4) by Elizabeth Coldwell #MM #Shifter @PridePublishing

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Title: Into the Arena (Lionhearts #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Elizabeth Coldwell (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 25, 2015 – 146 pgs

Synopsis

He will fight for the one he loves, no matter what it takes.

Cesare Bianco is a shifter without a pride. Exiled from his home town of Padua after losing a leadership fight to his corrupt, self-serving uncle, he travels to Rome in search of a new beginning. A chance meeting sees him taking a job on the catering crew of a Hollywood blockbuster. When he meets the movie’s handsome lead actor, Hayden, he knows he’s in the presence of his mate. But Hayden is human. Even though he offers the possibility of lasting love, Cesare must fight all his instincts to make it happen.

Hayden Skarz is on the verge of the big time. Landing the lead in sci-fi adventure Thrown to the Lions has put him on the road to stardom. Filming in Rome is a difficult new challenge for him, though being around Cesare, the hunk who works in the catering truck, makes his job much sweeter. Sex between them is passionate and wildly inventive. But Hayden has a stalker, who’s tired of being ignored in favor of other men. When what started as a crush turns into murderous obsession, can Cesare help Hayden make it off the film set alive?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and bondage.

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ThreeStar

Well I am sad to say it because I love shifter books but this one was just not for me.  I just did not feel it between Hayden and Cesare at all.   I don’t really know why but they just did not seem to click together to me. You do get some angst in this book and they did spend some time together.  You also feel like Cesare has feelings for Hayden but I really did not get the feeling that Hayden felt the same way. So all together I did like parts of this book but it just did not grab me as much as I hoped it would and this book was just not for me.

Kara

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5 Stars for The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune #MM #Fantasy @dreamspinners

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Title: The Lightning-Stuck Heart
Author Name & Publisher: T.J. Klune (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 20, 2015 – 400 pgs

Synopsis

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.

Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam’s pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King’s Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

When Sam is fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.

At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle. Sir Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.

Naturally, it all goes to hell through the years when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can’t control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan’s boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.

Or so he thinks.

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FiveStars

Okay this book had me laughing so hard my sides were hurting and I had tears running down my face.   I just can’t even put into words how funny this book was!   There was Gary the Gay Unicorn which I should probably feel more wrong about loving his character so much but I don’t.  The part in the woods with Gary and Kevin had me laughing so hard I had to stop reading to catch my breath.  Then there was Sam the main character, the wizard’s apprentice.  I just can’t put into words how much I loved his character.  Ryan the Knight who most of the time you wanted to reach through the book and slap a couple of times to wake him up. Yes this is a long book but it keeps a hold on you until the end when you are left wanting another book with all your now favorite characters because you just don’t want to let them go.   All the humor in the book, then the sweet moments just made this book so good!  I would go into a lot more detail about everything I loved about this book but I don’t want to ruin this book for anyone else.   There is a lot of dirty humor in this book also which some may not like or some will love like I did.  So I will leave this review with I would defiantly 100% Recommend this book!

Kara

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5 and 3.5 Stars for Feat of Clay (Men of London #4) by Susan Mac Nicol #MM #erotic @susanmacnicol7

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Title: Feat of Clay (Men of London #4)
Author Name: Susan Mac Nicol
Publication Date & Length: August 25, 2015

Synopsis

Imprisoned and tortured, undercover cop Tate Williams will find redemption in the arms of his boyhood friend, now lover, former SAS soldier Clay Mortimer.
TWO MEN.
TORN. TORTURED. LOVED.
Though they went their separate ways, Tate Williams and Clay Mortimer have been crazy about each other since their school days. Clay went into the SAS. Tate became a cop. Neither mentioned their attraction to the other. Both sought out danger. Both found it.
Imprisoned and shot in an undercover assignment gone wrong, Tate somehow survived…and found his way back into Clay’s arms. His old friend is now the owner of an elite investigation agency and everything any man could want: patient, handsome, commanding. And Clay knows what it takes to survive. But Tate can’t bring himself to share all his secrets, nightmares that force him to rebel against everything. He finds solace from his past as a graffiti artist, a childhood passion, but his demons drive away all who might care for him. Only when he faces that past—and learns that everyone has tasted despair—can the two men truly be brothers-in-arms…and more.

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FiveStars

This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. I love this series and I loved this book. Clay owns his own PI business, Tate was an undercover cop until his last assignment almost killed him. These two men were friends and then after Tates ordeal they became more. Tate was tortured and left for dead on the side of the road, he still has flashbacks and nightmares. Clay wants nothing more than to have a life with Tate. Their love story is hot and fierce, the sex is amazingly hot and you can feel the love and passion. These two have their ups and downs and I found myself crying because I felt their emotions and pain. When Clay finds out that Tate didn’t tell him everything the crap hits the fan. These two have so much to work on and so much to get through at times you don’t think their going to make it. This was a great story and I enjoyed it when we got to briefly see the characters from previous books in the series.

Angie

ThreeandHalfStars

There have been a number of military/paramilitary m/m series released recently.  The attraction is obvious.  Two highly trained alpha men in great shape with dark pasts?  Perfect.  But while this story contains most of the elements I love in an action-packed m/m, it just didn’t grip me as similar stories have.

I did love Tate.  Rebuilding his life after being tortured in the line of duty, he is a beautiful, troubled character.  His relationship with Jax and the Castaways children is very sweet.  I wanted to love Clay, but I don’t feel I ever get to really know him.  His paramilitary group is never really explained to readers.  I wanted to know about his team and his cases but MacNichol only ever gives us snippets of Clay’s life.  

Both Clay and Tate lacked the personality quirks that made me fall in love with Abigail Roux’s Ty and Zane, AE Via’s God and Day or Xavier Mayne’s Brandt and Donnelly.  Their interactions as a couple are sexy, but lack the warmth, personality and humour I need to really believe in a relationship.  

Deeply earnest couples’ therapy isn’t terribly sexy and neither are Tate’s tantrums.  Clay’s role as the old man in the relationship was slightly odd.  He’s a 36 year-old field agent in his prime.  And for someone who had a career as an undercover detective, Tate reads as much younger than he could possibly be.     

This book pushes the boundary between erotica and romance because most of the relationship building happens in the bedroom.  The sex is pretty vanilla, but it’s hot and frequent.

The action sequences didn’t work for me at all.  At one point Tate and Clay are involved in a car chase because of one of Clay’s cases.  Readers don’t know much about the case, don’t know who is chasing them or why.  In the UK, where even cops on active duty don’t carry guns routinely, the men engage in a deadly shootout on a motorway and are allowed to go home without much questioning.  Really? 

Once again, Susan MacNichol sets her book in London but litters her writing with Americanisms.  Little things began to irk me.  A small British child would eat strawberry laces, not a string of liquorice!  

Sarah

Excerpt

Tate needed no further urging. He lifted himself up, trying to ignore the pain in his battered body, and stared down at the man who half sat, half lay beneath him. Clay’s face was twisted in lust and want, and his cock jutted proudly from the thatch of dark curls at his groin. Tate bit his lip and then lowered himself down onto the hot, slick and eager dick waiting for him.

Clay’s deep gasp of satisfaction made his hole throb, as did the burn of Clay in his arse. Tate spread his legs to take Clay deeper then began to slowly move above him, his hips undulating and his inner muscles tightening around Clay’s cock.

The feeling of power he got from watching his lover slowly lose it was like nothing else. That Tate could take such control of this man he loved, that he could watch his self-control unravel like a skein of wool—that was something for a man to be proud of.

As Tate rose and fell, his hands resting behind him on Clay’s strong thighs, Clay’s cock sliding in and out of him, he revelled in the primal urge to be impaled and fucked to destruction. He was flying so high, the bruised ribs and plastered-up shoulder were of no consequence.

Huh. Sexual endorphins make for great painkillers.

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TWO 5 and 3.5 Stars for Bound to Fall by Jaime Samms #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: Bound to Fall
Author Name & Publisher: Jaime Samms (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 26, 2015 – 350 pgs

Synopsis

With so many fences between them and happily ever after, two men wonder if it’s worth opening the gate.

Ten years ago Eddie Crane, an actor on the rise, loved his costar and dreamed of the day they could be together. But his love, with his submissive nature, couldn’t handle fame, and before Eddie could help him, he died in a car accident—with Eddie at the wheel.

Now, guilt-ridden, Eddie buries himself in bad decisions and prays that a stunt—on or off camera—will go wrong.

Teenaged fantasies about the actor on his wall distracted Arthur Pike from real life—his dead father, runaway mother, gruff grandparents, and his unrequited love for his cousin’s straight husband. Now grown and off the farm, Pike is a horse stuntman hired to teach a reluctant Eddie to ride.

Pike is drawn to Eddie’s dominant nature despite the sadness clinging to the actor. Eddie let one lover down, but in Pike’s submissiveness, he sees the possibility for redemption.

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FiveStars

This was a long book or at least it seemed long to me. This was a,great book about Eddie the movie star who was self-destructing and needed this next movie to bring his career back to life. Pike was hired to help Eddie learn to ride the horses and do some of the stunts if necessary. Eddie is on a path of destruction since losing his last co-star slash partner. Pike is living in misery because he is in love with his straight best friend. The relationship between Pike and Eddie was a joy to watch unfold. Pike calms Eddie and brings him back to life.  Eddie has so much crap in his past and to deal with and once things start with Pike he is finally willing to clean up and do what he has to in order to keep Pike and finally be happy. Filled with ups and downs, a little angst and drama and some hot sex this was a great story and I loved how it all turned out.

Angie

FiveStars

A story about filming the movie of Ariel Tachna’s Inherit the Sky on a Canadian ranch was always going to be good. But the reality is so much better than I imagined. Eddie is the perfect Hollywood burn-out. Rude, arrogant and beautiful, he is pretty awful until we learn about the pain in his past. Pike has a few months to turn the spoiled movie star with a fear of horses into a convincing outback buckaroo.

The relationship between Pike and Eddie is a slow, complicated burn. Scars, closets, addictions and paparazzi add conflict to the story, but Pike’s family on the isolated Canadian ranch offers the men solitude and security. And Eddie needs the time to heal. Pike needs the time to move on from his first love and learn to live life on his own terms.

Jaime Samms descriptions and settings are beautiful. She brings Alberta’s ranch country to life perfectly. Her men are gorgeous and the relationship between Eddie and Pike is really special. The supporting characters are complicated and interesting. I loved this – highly recommended!

Sarah

ThreeandHalfStars

I found certain parts of this book incredibly interesting, but other parts just seemed to drag on forever. I enjoyed the couple themselves and found it interesting as they came together and learned about each other. I think if we’d lost some of the other outside characters and focused more on what was going on with just the two men and their pasts it would’ve drew me in more.
The D/s side of the relationship really didn’t work for me. Although I understood what was supposed to be happening, it just didn’t work how it was portrayed.
That being said I did like the writing style of the author and felt like it was just part of the storyline that didn’t work for me here.
Renee

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4 and 3 Stars for More Than Anything (More Than Anything #1) by T.T. Kove #MM #NewAdult @LT3Press @ttkove

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Title: More Than Anything (More Than Anything #1)
Author Name & Publisher: T.T. Kove (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 24, 2014 – 380 pgs

Synopsis

Arriving home after work one evening, Jørgen sees a young man who looks adrift and out of place—and who promptly has a seizure on the sidewalk. Jørgen takes care of him until the seizure passes and then, not knowing who to contact, takes care of him for the night. After giving the kid, Geir, a ride home the next morning, he expects that to be the end of it.

He doesn’t expect Geir to be a student at the vocational school where Jørgen works as an electrician. He definitely does not expect to be drawn to Geir time and again, to want things that will never be possible for two people with more obstacles between them than can ever be overcome.

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FourStars

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I really enjoyed it even though I had some issues with it. This book is set in Norway and apparently the laws there are very different from the US. Thinking about some of those laws made me very uncomfortable. Which is why my rating is only 3.75 stars.

Jorgen seemed much older than 22 and Geir also appeared older than 16 (almost 17). But it became apparent right away why, especially with Jorgen. He dealt with a cycle of abuse no one should have to endear. Geir was an epileptic and dealt with abuse at school and with a father that was away for much of the time.  The author was able to bring you into their pain and that isn’t easy to do when dealing with abuse.

I loved how the author brought Jorgen and Geir together. They issues that they dealt with was enough to break your heart. Even though MC’s went through some very difficult situations yet together they were able to overcome their issues and have their HEA.

Lynn

ThreeStar

I liked this book but I did not love it…  It was so descriptive in parts that it was just way to much.   I liked Jorgan and Geir as a couple when they finally get to be together.   But for awhile there I felt Geir was way too immature to deal with a relationship like this and at 70% of the book it was confirmed for me. So I did like the premise of the story and the main couple Jorgan and Geir.  I just felt it was way to descriptive and some of it just dragged on in parts for me.

Kara

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4 Stars for Andrew’s Prayer by Ashavan Doyon #MM #Romance @ashavandoyon

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Title: Andrew’s Prayer
Author Name & Publisher: Ashavan Doyon (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 15, 2015 – 267 pgs

Synopsis

For Andrew Tuttleman, sex is a means to an end. With a mother too sick to pay the bills on her own and college bills to pay, Drew has spent years resorting to sex with strangers to keep a roof over his mother’s head and keep himself at school, far away from the hell where he grew up. This summer, his usual tricks are still paying the bills. But there’s a new one, Grant, who never got the memo that a trick is a no-strings deal. Convinced that Drew is the answer to a hopeless prayer, Grant seems ready to pursue Drew to the ends of the earth.

Drew, on the other hand, isn’t so convinced. Grant comes with trouble in the form of a wife and three kids, not to mention a single and unwavering requirement: that Drew give up his livelihood. Grant’s kiss makes Drew ache for more, a romance that he never dreamed possible. He finds himself unexpectedly willing to try. Can Drew weather Grant’s angry father, wife, and a daughter determined to kick him in the shins so hard that he’ll leave Grant’s life forever? It all relies on Grant’s faith in an impossible prayer.

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FourStars

First, I can’t believe his own mother called him a sissy boy. I was saddened by that… greatly.
I felt like this was more of a romance story than I expected.
I loved Drew. He did what he had to in order to survive. Grant was more on the line for me. I felt for him but I hated him at times too.
While some of the sex scenes were super hot, they faded to nothingness or simply stopped and it left me sad that we didn’t get more.
In the end, I liked the book, but I don’t care for insta-love and felt like the pacing was off at times.
Renee

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