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4 Stars for Bone Dry (Bones #3) by Kim Fielding #MM #Paranormal @KFieldingWrites

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Title: Bone Dry (Bones #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Kim Fielding (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 10, 2014 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

Ery Phillips’s muse is MIA. He’s pretty sure his job as a graphic designer is to blame, because let’s face it, what kind of muse wants to draw grocery store logos and catheterized penises?
When Ery’s friends Dylan and Chris head off on a European vacation, Ery jumps at the chance to stay on their farm, hoping a stint in the country will encourage his muse to reappear. To be sure, the farm has attracted a few oddities—Dylan is a werewolf and the place was recently haunted—but Ery isn’t canceling his plans just because his friends warn him that there’s something strange going on in their pond. What he doesn’t expect is Karl, a beautiful naked man who appears at the water’s edge.
With Karl as his inspiration, Ery creates amazing paintings and begins to achieve the success he had previously only dreamed of. But Karl comes with certain challenges, causing Ery to question his own goals. Creating the life of his dreams with an unusual beloved may be more challenge than Ery can handle.

 

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I really liked this book!
This was the first time I have read about a water spirit and all I can say now is wow where have I been!!! I really loved that Kim Fielding went with that supernatural creature next.
Ery is feeling out of sorts, something just does not feel right with himself.  So he goes to house sit for Dylan and Chris to try and get his muse back.
That is were he meets Airy by the pond.
I felt so bad for Airy to be that lonely and have someone that supposedly loves you leave you with no word.  He has been alone a long time when he sees Ery.  I really liked these two characters and I definitely liked them together.
There is not much angst in this book.  There is more sweetness while Ery and Airy grow as a couple.  Even though Ery spent way to much time fighting it.
There is also some steam in this book too.

So together I really liked this book and this series!

I would definitely recommend this series!
Kara

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5 and TWO 4 Stars for In the Middle of Somewhere (In the Middle of Somewhere #1) by Roan Parrish #MM #Abuse @RoanParrish @dreamspinners

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Title: In the Middle of Somewhere (In the Middle of Somewhere #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Roan Parrish (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 10, 2015 – 350 pgs

Synopsis

DANIEL MULLIGAN is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in—not at home with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates look down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Northern Michigan, but, a city boy through and through, when Daniel arrives in Holiday, Michigan, it’s clear that this small town is one more place he just won’t fit in.

REX VALE clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his large, muscular body until it can handle anything, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people. Though he loves the quiet and solitude of his little cabin in the woods, Rex can’t help but want someone to share it with.

When Daniel arrives in Holiday, they are smitten with each other, but though the sex is intense and explosive, Rex fears that Daniel will be one more in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in could be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls that have been keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia where a secret is revealed that changes the way he understands everything.

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FourStars

I really enjoyed this story.  The romance is a little bit simple, a tiny bit unbelievable, but Roan Parrish writes beautifully complex characters.  She also writes places well.  The tiny town of holiday contrasts perfectly with Daniel’s Philadelphia.

I thought Daniel was a great narrator.  I love his awkward transition from grad student to professional, from urban bartender to professor.  The inner teenage-like monologues and his child-like relationship with Ginger contrast so beautifully with his desperate attempts to be a grown up.  I love him!

Rex was a little implausibly perfect for my liking.  Calm, stable and very grown up, he lacks some of the quirkiness I enjoyed in Daniel and Ginger.  Sure he’s damaged, but he felt really old at times.  I suppose he balances the more flighty Daniel, and it is impossible to dislike a man who can splint a dog’s leg and who can throw his lover against a tree when he wants a little passion.

I really enjoyed the characters in Holiday.  They moved from caricatures to people as Daniel settled in to the town – pretty colourful people at that.  

The strained relationship Daniel has with his family is intense but it feels honest and real.  I love the way Daniel’s friends care for him when his family continually lets him down.  

Sarah

FourStars

I really liked this book a lot!  You get a little angst with this book and some sweet.   Now Rex was a sweetheart and I loved his character.  His character did at first kind of creep me out but once you read more about him you understand him better. Daniel was so unsure and had been through so much in his life I loved his character too. Then as couple they were perfect for each other. I really loved how they acted with each other, how they were there for each other.  Now I will say there were some parts that kind of ran on a little long.   But all together this was a really good book.  I would definitely recommend this book!

Kara

FiveStars

Oh man, this book was simply amazing. I don’t even think I could do it justice without stammering my way though and telling you everything from beginning to end. Daniel goes on a job interview in the middle of nowhere and ends up hitting a dog. Rex finds Daniel and the dog and sparks fly. Rex has been on his own for many years and has had a few tragedies in his life. Daniel has never known happiness unless it’s with his best friend Ginger. This was an amazing story of two people finding each other, getting to know each other and falling in love. There is a little angst, some tragedy and lots of hot sex. The book,doesn’t really end on a cliffhanger but the epilogue makes me believe there will be another book which I would read in a heartbeat. I love Rex, Daniel and Ginger. Heck I want to learn more about Leo and Will too! Highly recommend this book.

~Angie

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5 and TWO 4 Stars for Tequila Mockingbird (Sinners #3) by Rhys Ford #MM #Mystery @dreamspinners @Rhys_Ford

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Title: Tequila Mockingbird (Sinners #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 27, 2014 – 250 pgs

Synopsis

Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan.

No, Connor has everything worked out—a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son. It wasn’t like he’d never thought about men — it’s just loving one doesn’t fit into his plans.

Forest Ackerman certainly doesn’t need to be lusting after a straight cop, even if Connor Morgan is everywhere he looks, especially after Frank’s death. He’s just talked himself out of lusting for the brawny cop when his coffee shop becomes a war zone and Connor Morgan steps in to save him.

Whoever killed his father seems intent on Forest joining him in the afterlife. As the killer moves closer to achieving his goal, Forest tangles with Connor Morgan and is left wondering what he’ll lose first—his life or his heart.

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FiveStars

I loved it! Just like Whisky and Wry you get a lot of mystery and action with this book.  Which I loved!
Then you get the sweet which can I say as of right now Connor and Forest are my favorite characters in this series.
Connor is the strong Irish swat officer who loves Forest from the moment he meets him. Can I just say I do love a good GFY story and this one is now definitely on the top of my favorites list.
Forest is so sweet and with everything he has had to go through with his mom and what he had to do when he was younger I honestly just wanted to hug him.  The way the author wrote these characters, you could feel the way they cared and loved each other from the start.
I loved this book and I would definitely recommend it!
Kara
 FourStars

Book 3 of the Sinners Series is Connor and Forest story.  Connor is a Morgan and just like his brother and cousin very strong, knows what he wants.  Forest was a lost soul and someone was out to get him.  He had a horrible mother but Connors mom (you just have to love her) is there for Forest just like she was for Miki and Damien.  I love how strong the Morgan family is together, the mom and dad are the glue that holds them all together.

The mystery of the story, was once again very good.  It keeps you interested and anxious to the know the outcome.  Rhys Ford leaves with just a snapshot of what’s to come in the next book.  Quinn and Rafe’s looks to be just as good as the rest of this series.

Sherry
 FourStarsSo the storyline is another repeat of the first and second books.  Someone is trying to kill a vulnerable musician with a harrowing past and a Morgan cop must keep him safe.

I know it’s a formula.  I know the author has just changed the names around and added a few new ways to attempt murder – but I think I’m a little addicted.  

Forest is a great new character.  Just like Miki, he has endured and survived an abusive childhood.  Running his foster father’s coffee shop and recording studio is an idylic adult life – until his foster father is murdered.

Enter Connor.  With two gay brothers, a gay cousin and the most liberal Irish Catholic parents imaginable, his gay-for-you story lacks the usual angst.  Instead, the burly SWAT Lieutenant is confused.  Sweetly, endearingly bewildered by his new feelings.  

We get more of the Morgan family with this story.  I love them, but the faux-Irishisms from the American family is odd and slightly grating.  We see more of the younger siblings for the first time, which I enjoyed.

I think the relationship between Connor and Forest might be my favourite of the series so far.  We certainly get more talking and more relationship building that we had with Sionn and Damien.  

We also get wilder special effects in this story.  There were some slightly implausible suspense scenes in the first two books, but this time the author has added explosions.   

So yes, this is formulaic and implausible.  But instead of picking holes, I am going to admit to enjoying this story very much.  And I’m going to read the next one in the series.  

Sarah

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3 stars for The Tekashi Effect by John Charles #MM #Romance #Shortstory #SpecFic

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Title: The Tekashi Effect
Author Name & Publisher: John Charles (Manifest Vision Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 11, 2015 — 46 pages

Synopsis

The Tekashi Effect is a short story about a young man’s journey journey to self discovery and love.

“It’s just not fair,” said Erek putting down his half-eaten sandwich. “Look at them,” he said, pointing to two of his friends as they walked into the café. They were arm-in-arm as they made their way to an open table. “Damn, it’s just not fair,” repeated Erek.

Erek felt his life had lost meaning. He was tired of shallow one night hook-ups. He wanted more. He wanted Love, like he saw with most of his close friends.

He balked when Rachel, his childhood best friend, told him about The Tekashi Effect. “The Tekashi Effect? It sounds like another scam” said Erek.

“How can wearing a green stone on a necklace and talking with some guy for an hour solve my problems?”

“You have nothing to lose and much to gain,” the elderly Asian explained. “I guarantee it will change your life.”

Thus began Erek’s journey. The Tekashi Effect was more than a solution for Erek’s dating problem and Erek was soon to find out how much more.

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ThreeStar

This book was a hard read for me. Not because of topic or plot, but because of writing. This is what I would call very “young” writing, meaning not a lot of experience in how to show a story. If I hadn’t been reading this for a review blog, I probably would have put it down after the first page.

 

The plot, however, is quite intriguing. There’s a paranormal element to this story, although I hesitate to classify it as paranormal. With the stone, the story takes on a mythological/spiritual aspect, which was rather interesting to me.

 

I didn’t not connect to the characters at all. We are bogged down with information about Erek and his likes and dislikes which is all told rather than shown. It’s constantly repeated. He’s really the only POV we get to see, and that makes sense in a short story. There are times when the narrative randomly switches POV to Lance and Rachell.

 

This story is instalove. They meet and within two weeks are declaring their undying love and moving in together. It takes awhile for the real plot to take off, the Tekashi Effect to come around, and for the scenes to actually happen.

 

Overall, this story could have used the help of two editors, one for content and development was absolutely needed, and a second pass for line editing. This book was barely three stars for me, but the plot was one I hadn’t read before (the Tekashi Effect part), which is the only reason it bumped it up.

 

~AJ

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Two 4 and One 3 Stars for The Devil’s Brew (Sinners #2.5) by Rhys Ford #MM #Mystery @dreamspinners @Rhys_Ford

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Title: The Devil’s Brew (Sinners #2.5)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 21, 2014 – 70 pgs

Synopsis

Miki St. John’s life has been turned upside down but it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

His best friend, Damien Mitchell, is back from the dead. He has a dog named Dude. And more importantly, he and his lover, SFPD Inspector Kane Morgan, now share Miki’s converted warehouse.

For the first time ever, Miki’s living a happy and normal-ish life but when Valentine’s Day rolls around, Miki realizes he knows next to nothing about being domestic or domesticated. Nothing about the traditional lover’s holiday makes sense to him but Miki wants to give Kane a Valentine’s Day the man will never forget.

Can he pull off a day of wine and roses? Or will his screwed up childhood come back and bite Miki in the ass?

Again.

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FourStars

The banter between Kane and Miki was hilarious in this novella and the love they feel for each other is so sweet.  There is also a very hot scene in this book!
It is really hard to say much more without giving away any spoilers.
So all together and very funny and hot Valentines novella!
Kara
 FourStarsThe Devils Brew was a short fast read, but full of cuteness and romance. Miki’s character has an attitude and sure showed up in this book.  It was cute how worried he got over picking the perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day. You get to see the love between Miki and Kane again.  The chemistry just works with those two for me.  Nice sweet read.
Sherry
ThreeStar

I had a mixed reaction to this story.  It was great to catch up with Miki and Kane again, but the sappy Valentine’s Day plot felt emasculating.  

This is a great series, but after the life and death situations these men have recently been through, it didn’t feel right to see them obsess over perfect Valentine’s Day presents.  

I have to admit my own bias. The book came to me as part of a series bundle.  I have been enjoying the Sinners series, but I really hate Valentine’s Day – so I’m not sure I would have  purchased this story on its own.

I did enjoy the familiar interplay between Miki and Kane – and the friendship between Miki and Damien.  Miki and Kane feel more settled, Miki feels more mature and Kane seems more certain of himself.  Donal is my favourite Morgan and his role is very sweet in this story.

Which brings me back to my original concerns.  Donal is a police captain.  Kane is a homicide detective.  Miki and Damien are hard-core rockers who have survived terrible pasts.  Jewellery shops and rose petals just feel completely wrong for all of them.  

I’m hoping the next installment allows our men to be more bad-ass and less like teenage girls.   If you enjoy Valentine’s Day and like your men sentimental and earnest, you’ll probably love this.  It just wasn’t for me.  

Sarah

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5 Stars for The Shearing Gun by Renae Kaye #MM #Romance

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Title: The Shearing Gun
Author Name & Publisher: Renae Kaye (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 19, 2014 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

At twenty-five, Hank owns a small parcel of land in Australia’s rural southwest where he supplements his income from the property with seasonal shearing. Hank is a “shearing gun”—an ace shearer able to shear large numbers of sheep in a single day. His own father kicked him out when his sexuality was revealed, and since no one would ever hire a gay shearer, Hank has remained firmly closeted ever since.
Elliot is the newbie doctor in town—city-born and somewhat shell-shocked from his transplant to the country. When a football injury brings Hank to Elliot’s attention, an inappropriate sexual glance and the stuttered apology afterward kickstarts their friendship. Romance and love soon blossom, but it’s hard for either of them to hope for anything permanent. As if the constant threat of being caught isn’t enough, Elliot’s contract runs out after only a year.

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What can I say about this book other then this book was so good!!!
Hank is a gay man trying to hide that he is in Australia’s Rural southwest.  He has is own farm and is a sheep shearer, which with that kind of work is were his fear of being found out stems from.  He does not want to lose his job and friends which is his greatest fear.  He was doing a good job of it too until he meets Elliot the new doctor in his town.  He soon realizes he is attracted to Elliot, which in time steadily moves to love.
Elliot what can I say about him other then he was such a sweetheart who just wants to help people and get closer to Hank.
This book has low angst but so much sweet when it comes to the two of them building as a couple.  There are also some funny moments and some moments where you hold your breath hoping everything is okay.
Hank’s family slowly starts to accept him as he is and he will soon find out that all his fear of his town finding out may be for not.
I really loved this book and would definitely recommend it!
Kara

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3 Stars for Burn (Elementally Evolved #1) by T.J. Klune #MM #Paranormal

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Title: Burn (Elementally Evolved #1)
Author Name & Publisher: T.J. Klune (Dreamspinner)
Publication Date & Length: February 6, 2012 – 370 pgs

Synopsis

Book One of the Elementally Evolved series Set in a world that closely resembles our own, Burn is a story of redemption and betrayal, of family and sacrifice, which leads to the greatest question of all: how far would you go to save the ones you love? Fifteen years ago, Felix Paracel killed his mother with fire that shot from his hands. Since then, he has hidden from forces bent on exploiting him and his fire and wind Elemental abilities. But Felix’s world is about to change, because he is Findo Unum-the Split One-and his coming has been foretold for generations. Though Felix’s arrival brings great joy to the Elemental world, it also heralds a coming darkness. No one knows this better than Seven.-Seven, the mysterious man who rescued Felix from that horrible fire years ago and then disappeared; Seven, who has returned to claim what’s rightfully his: Felix’s heart. But even as Felix begins to trust Seven and his feelings about his place in the world, the darkness reveals itself, bringing consequences no one could have predicted.

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ThreeStar

Well I hate to do this because I have loved most of T.J. Klune’s books but this one was just not for me…
I really liked the world he built and where he was going with this, but there were just so many flash backs that honestly I had hard time even finishing this one.  I can usually hang with some flash backs even though I am not a huge fan of them, but there were so many in this book that honestly I lost my attention in this book half way through and it took me awhile to finish this.  Also it felt like so many things were being repeated over and over again.
I really liked Felix with his powers and trying to protect the ones he loves.. His whole attitude pretty much made me really like his character.
Seven I am kind of iffy on him because of him being with Kammy and this being a GFY something about the whole situation just did not feel right.
The ending was just whew… I know I will definitely want to read the next book to find out what happens next with these characters.
There is also a huge twist at the end of this book that caught me by surprise.
T.J. Klune drew me in with his characters unfortunately some parts of this book just were so hard to finish and I really struggled finishing this book..
Kara

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