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4 Stars for Living Promises (Promises #3) by Amy Lane #MM #Romance @Amymaclane

1.5

Title: Living Promises (Promises #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 4, 2011 – 350 pgs

Synopsis

Six years ago, Jeff Beachum comforted a frightened teenager outside an HIV treatment clinic, and Collin Waters has remembered his kindness ever since. Now, after six years of crushing on the kind, brown-eyed sweetheart of his dreams, Collin is feeling adult and together enough to make his move. Too bad fate, which has never been kind to Jeff, has something else in mind.
Jeff’s life had fallen completely apart before that long-ago day, and it isn’t much better now. Jeff has toughened up, become self-reliant, been the funny guy his friends turn to, the one who gives advice and comfort when needed. But every phantom from Jeff’s past is about to come out to haunt him, and the family Jeff has staked his future on isn’t in such great shape either. Collin is more than a starry-eyed kid, and it’s a good thing, because Jeff’s going to need all the help he can get. No one knows better than Jeff that life can be too short to turn your back on honest love, and that living happily is the best promise of all.

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FourStars

In this book you get Jeff who has HIV. His first love dies in Afghanistan and he has not gotten over losing him.
Then there is Collin who was a wild child who constantly pushed limits after he father died right in front of him. He meets Jeff at the clinic and Jeff helps him by talking through things with him.
I really did like these two together.. You get the one who fights his feelings while the other pushes for him to admit them.
You get your angst with this book and the sweet also. Jeff has a lot of feelings he needs to work out in this book before he is ready for anything with Collin. When he realizes how much he cares for Collin let me just say the sparks between these two.. You also see a lot of the characters from the previous books in this series!
Now is were I will explain why I rated this 4 stars..
From some reason this book took awhile to grab me and I can not really explain why. I did like their story after everything between them got going.
So all together I really liked this book it just took me awhile to get into it.
I would recommend this book!

Kara

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4 Stars for New Release: Devil’s Jawbone by BJ Sheppard #MM #Horror @bj_sheppard

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Title: Devil’s Jawbone
Author Name: BJ Sheppard
Publication Date & Length: October 31, 2015 – 50,000 Words

Synopsis

As night descends on the town of Devil’s Jawbone, no one is safe. The veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest, and the darkest side of human nature is boiling to the surface. The supernatural and the natural are colliding, and in this sleepy town, the bump in the night is taking human form. Innocence will be lost; the villain will become the victor; spirits will rise and Satan himself will come to town.

In an eerie collection of short speculative fiction, author BJ Sheppard will grab your imagination, bringing new life to the classic campfire tales synonymous with the scariest of occasions. Halloween will never be the same again.

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Review

FourStars

So while I really liked this authors writing there were a few things that did not make sense to me in this book.
So I know it is a bunch of horror stories in one book all in this one town but the part I don’t get is all these murders are happening and I mean a lot but no one finds anything weird about it at all? No cops nothing.. There were also a few stories that left me feeling confused and few that were just to gory for even me. I guess from my stand point I wanted to know why all these people in this town were either serial killers or other monsters that go bump in the night. But because this book really did freak me out and I know I will not be going through any small towns at night now for awhile or feel comfortable shutting my lights of tonight lol I want to give this book 4 stars. I just needed a little bit more to understand why all these people in this small town were evil and crazy.

So all together I really did like most of these horror stories! This book is perfect for Halloween!

Kara

Excerpt

Janine Richards had been the first to see the body, arriving an hour early to train for that Friday’s track meet. Through the indigo rays of morning, she had expected peace and quiet but instead had been gifted with the body of the football team’s quarterback hanging from the centre bar of the goal post. The police had arrived after her frantic call and all the yellow tape in the world couldn’t stop the student body from stopping to share in the horror, the grief that had blanketed DJ High.

Riley fought his way through the crowd and stopped only when Logan’s body, still hanging one hour after its discovery, swung lazily on a gentle autumn breeze. His stomach lurched and his eyes prickled, yet he couldn’t peel them away.

What, only one day previously, had been a generally happy, albeit momentarily pissed, Logan Greenway was now reduced to a bloating blue-black sac of meat swaying from the goal that Riley himself had scored over several times at practice the night before. The soccer net around his neck had bitten bloodily into his neck, which was pitched at an awkward angle and coated with what looked like thick black paint under the gentle rays of morning sun. Riley fought the urge to run, closed his throat against the violent clench in his stomach that had only occurred before when he was sick, and turned from the body that was once his teammate.

Logan had not been suicidal, that much was the truth. He had been distracted, pissed at Coach for his harsh behavior, but Logan Greenway had been the boy who had it all. Nothing about his life had held a suggestion that things weren’t going exactly the way he wanted.

Riley thought to his own home life, to the secret of his father’s sudden departure that lingered on the tip of his tongue ready to be spilled. Everyone has a secret, he thought, playing nervously with the straps of his rucksack. But what was Logan’s?

It didn’t matter anymore. Logan Greenway was dead. And school was out for the day.

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3 Stars for Rule of Three by Lore Graham #MM #Paranormal @grahamlore @LT3Press

1.5

Title: Rule of Three
Author Name & Publisher: Lore Graham (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: November 18, 2015

Synopsis

Provoked by yet another argument with his rival, Ian sets out to prove he’s capable of serious black magic by summoning a demon. Instead of a hulking, red-skinned brute, however, he winds up with the handsome incubus Alistair. Now, Ian must cope with a wily and seductive matchmaker who insists his rival may be more than just an adversary.

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ThreeStar

Okay so this was perfect if you are looking for a quick steamy read because it was very steamy..
For me it was way to rushed and I really did not get these three together at all.  I felt like Jae was such a jerk and I really did not understand why Ian wanted him. Then there was Alistair the demon who Ian summoned for some reason who found himself in-between these two men as a prop for them to be together.
So there was a lot of this that just did not make sense to me.  But there were also parts I really liked too so I am going to leave this review with unfortunately it was just to rushed and there were other factors that made me feel like this Novella was just not for me..

Kara

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TWO 4 and 3 Stars for And a Smile (RoughStock #2) by B.A. Tortuga #MM #Erotica @batortuga

1.5

Title: And a Smile (RoughStock #2)
Author Name & Publisher: B.A. Tortuga (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: October 27, 2015 – 197 pgs

Synopsis

All Coke Pharris wants is for his cowboys to be safe–all of them. When rodeo clown, Dillon, sets to prove that there’s more to the bullfighter, people could get hurt.

It’s Coke Pharris’ job to save bull riders from bulls, and he takes his work very seriously. Which is why he’s devastated when one of his favorite riders gets hurt, and he’s determined to help the young man ride again. Dillon Walsh is the arena entertainer for the bull riding tour, and he wants to help. He also wants Coke, has been admiring the man for a long time. He hasn’t made a move on Coke for fear of messing up their friendship, but when he finds out Coke might feel the same way, Dillon has to try to win Coke over.

Coke thinks he’s too old for Dillon, too beat up and scarred, but he can’t resist when Dillon finally makes a play for him. Dillon is like a wet dream for Coke, and the two of them have a great time getting to know each other better, at least until the danger of their job threatens to come between them. Will Dillon and Coke be able to help their friend and weather the problems that blow their way?

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released elsewhere. It has been re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

General Release Date: 27th October 2015

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FourStars

This one did take me a little more to get into it but I ended up really like this book one I got farther into it.
Now Coke I really liked his character from the first book in this series. You see so much more of him in this book which I loved! Coke saves bull riders when they need him and who is also at the same time so sweet and caring about the Bull riders and his other co workers. Whenever anyone gets hurt he really feels it.
Now Dillon is a clown for the rodeo who really loves his job and also is very caring.
The two of them together fit, I really loved them as a couple.
You get some angst but also sweet and steam which i loved how well everything worked together in this book.

So all together I really liked this book!

I would recommend this book!

Kara

FourStars

In this book we are getting Dillon and Coke’s story.  I found Dillon to be extremely hyper and Coke was the one everyone turned to.  I thought he was more mature and acted older.

The story was good and you got to read more about the cowboys from Book 1, which I liked.

At times I was a little confused with trying to figure out who was doing the talking in some of the conversations. It seemed a little hard to follow.

All in all I liked the book a lot and look forward to reading more in this series.

Sherry

ThreeStar

First off, let me start by stating that I did not read the other stories in this series.
I found this story extremely difficult to follow.  The POV was constantly changing and I had a difficult time with the cowboy “talk”.
While I did enjoy the heat between the characters, it didn’t really feel like a relationship to me.  It was two men, knowing what they wanted and going for it.  But, then you had the bull riding thrown in and the injured rider, it was all very swirly – lots of things going on with no real focus.
Usually I really like Tortuga books, but this one, I just couldn’t get in to.  It might have been different if I had read the previous stories.
I would say this was a decent book, but I just didn’t really like where it went.
~AvidReader

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4 Stars for Between Good & Evil (Heavenly Sins #2) by L.M. Brown #MM #Paranormal @PridePublishing

1.5

Title: Between Good & Evil (Heavenly Sins #2)
Author Name & Publisher: L.M. Brown (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: November 27, 2014 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

Is it possible for a demon to be a good man, or are all who have fallen for temptation evil at the core?

Tristan, Machidiel, and Alastor are bound together by love, but their lives are running far from smoothly. Thanks to Tristan’s demonic bargain with an incubus they have no choice other than to accept that their lives are never going to be the same again.

To fulfil his obligations to the demon Tristan has two choices, remain with the incubus as his trainee or find a mortal to take his place. Neither option is appealing.

The three lovers struggle to release Tristan from his bargain, only to find bigger problems on the horizon when a human caught up in the mess is taken prisoner by the Demon King himself.

With no help forthcoming from either the angels or the demons, the three lovers are on their own with a seemingly impossible mission before them— rescue the mortal before he is lost in the Underworld forever.

Mac meanwhile has problems of his own. The archangels are voting on whether to ban relationships between angels and demons, and if the new law is passed he must choose between his wings and his lovers.

The three of them believe their love is strong enough to see them through the hard times ahead, but if they aren’t careful the repercussions of Tristan’s bargain could tear their ménage apart forever.

Reader Advisory: This book contains multiple male ménage.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.

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FourStars

While I did really like this book I had a hard time getting into this one until about half way through. I am not really sure why it just did not grab me at first. But once I reached that point I could not put it down.
You still get a lot of Tristen, Mac and Alastor which I loved! But there was also a part of this book with something Alastor had down to Tristen in a past life, that I am not sure I really understood why he did it and why Tristen forgave him so easily. So that left me scratching my head confused.
You get a lot of action and angst in this book, also the steam was of the charts hot in this book too between these three.
Something happens with a human Tristen had picked up while he was training with Lawrence which I still am not a fan of that guy. So that causes a whole chain of events that leads to a ending that just wow! I did not see that coming at all.
So all together the beginning of this book I had a hard time getting into but once I got a little farther in the story grabbed me and I really loved the rest of this book!
I would recommend this book!

Kara

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New Release: Safety In Numbers (Sizzling Miami #5) by Jessie G. #MM #Romance @JessieGBooks

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Title: Safety In Numbers (Sizzling Miami #5)
Author Name: Jessie G.
Publication Date & Length: October 31, 2015 – 76,000 Words

Synopsis

“Bros stick together no matter what.”

When Chris and Liam made that promise, they had no idea how important it would become or how it would be tested in the most brutal way. Nine years later, their bond cemented in blood, that relationship is all they have to hold on to.

“No matter what happens, this friendship will be the one constant we can count on.”

When Billy and Owen made that promise, they knew exactly how dangerous the world could be. They survived prison by protecting each other and they survived freedom by holding that promise sacred. Now they want more than just to survive and they want it from the brothers whose bond is as strong as their own.

“We are stronger together than we’ll ever be apart.”

When Owen reaches his breaking point, Chris jumps at the chance to make things right for all of them. With the future in their grasp, will they realize their strength is in their numbers and finally become the family they crave?

Author’s Note: This is NOT a foursome, but the story of two couples that needed to be told together.

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That silence hid a lot from their friends, but Liam knew Chris was plagued with memories far worse than his. That’s why they decided not to celebrate alone this year. Billy and Owen were expected any minute and it was the first time they invited anyone to join them. The anniversary was bittersweet for them and they chose to celebrate it because becoming brothers meant that much to them. “Do you think they’ll find it stupid?”

Chris just shrugged as if it was no skin off his back what they thought and Liam knew that was just bravado. Fact was, they both very much cared what the two men thought. “Liar.”

His brother sighed and dropped his head back. As if shit wasn’t fucked up enough, they fell for two bastards just as fucked up as they were. “I know you’re worried about Owen. The business with Colin is growing out of their control and I’m not sure why he thinks it’s a good thing. Is he trying to prove something? And the middle of the night phone calls from the FTR? He’s looking more and more fragile every day.”

Liam knew he wasn’t stating anything new. What he didn’t know was what Chris intended to do about it. Lately, when it came to Owen, Chris conveyed zero intent and seemed to be waiting for Owen to read him as effortlessly as Liam did. Their brother bond had been forged through blood and he was afraid Chris’s expectations of Owen were unreasonable. “Do you see his face every time he thinks he’s failed to understand you? The weight of it is crushing.”

Instead of regret, all Liam saw was anger in Chris. It wasn’t a common emotion for Chris and Liam could name every time he saw it. The fact that Chris knew what he was capable of if provoked had made him extremely conscious of that emotion and he often went to great lengths to contain it.

Owen was the very definition of insecure. Just the type to inspire Chris’s protective instincts, which Liam knew for a fact Owen did. Hell, he inspired Liam’s protective instincts. Owen was stubborn though and he often distanced himself, keeping things bottled up until they manifested elsewhere. Like in panic attacks that felt like heart attacks, which he also tried to hide. Liam nearly lost it when they found out that Billy was keeping Owen’s secret.

Chris nodded slowly, as if he completely followed Liam’s train of thought and waited for him to connect the dots.

And just like that, Liam understood. “You’re pissed because he doesn’t come to you when the panic sets in. That he hides it from you and they hide it from us.”

It made total sense, but he had to wonder if they were expecting too much. After all, they couldn’t call what was going on with either man a relationship. No, they were four fucked up bastards trying to come together in some romantic—what? Not a foursome, eww…he loved Chris, but yeah, that just wasn’t happening. And Owen wasn’t his type any more than Billy was Chris’s type. But—always with the fucking buts, right?—what was happening was very definitely happening to the four of them, and Liam now had to wonder if that was the problem, because trying to come together was definitely not the same as being together.

Chris shook his head and shifted in his seat. No, he was right. It wasn’t just their brother bond that made it impossible to move forward as two separate couples. Billy and Owen had formed their own unique friendship in prison and were no more likely to move forward without the other one either. “Just once, couldn’t we have done something the easy way?”

The fire door banged open and Liam turned to see Billy and Owen, arms full of brightly wrapped packages, struggling to pull a huge cluster of balloons through the door. It was a shocking contrast to their dark thoughts and so uncharacteristically sweet of both men. Billy caught their surprised stare and yelled, “Is this where the party’s at?”

“It is now.” It might seem silly, but it was exactly what they needed and exactly who they needed it from. Maybe they hadn’t been expecting too much at all. Liam rose to give them a hand and glanced down to see the look of longing in Chris’s eyes and thought maybe it was time they all expected more.

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Spotlight: An Erie Halloween (Lake Erie Shifters #1) by V.L. Locey #MM #Paranormal

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Title: An Erie Halloween (Lake Erie Shifters #1)
Author Name & Publisher: V.L. Locey (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: October 29, 2013 – 65 pgs

Synopsis

Templeton Reed has been hiding his inner polecat since he was a child. Keeping his animal secreted is hard for a shifter, especially when one is living in a secret community of mystical beings. It`s the wolf shifters that cause Templeton the most trouble with their darned sensitive noses.

Templeton has a run-in with the Lake Erie pack and their alpha, Mikel Lupei, at the Office for Transmogrification Registration (OTTER). Templeton has a desk job checking registration papers and dealing with wolf shifters is not part of his job description. After that upsetting meeting the meek and mild office worker suddenly finds himself in the center of not only civil unrest among the shifter community, but a violent plan for a coup aimed at rousting Mikel.

Templeton and Mikel, a skilled tracker of rogue shifters, are soon not only fighting for their lives, they`re also fighting the rigidly archaic rules of their kind, as well as the person responsible for trying to take over Mikel`s pack from the inside. Can this magical odd couple turn a passionate attraction into a full-fledged love affair?

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As I walked, I rolled odd change around inside my coat pockets. The streets were busy as last minute shoppers ran to get their candy and costumes for the big night tomorrow. Head down and mind running a mile a minute, I never saw the brick wall disguised as a man I ran into. Face into the wind, I never smelled him either. The amber eyes and brindle hair were all that stopped me from either screaming or shifting. Mikel pulled me into a small bookstore. I went along because I really had no choice, but once inside the quaint bookery, I jerked my arm from his grasp. Several patrons glanced at us. Mikel muscled me into a row holding non-fiction and historical. He grabbed a book and opened it, his sharp gaze flitting between me and a fascinating how-to grow-your-own-beets book.

“Is there a reason you abducted me from the street?” I asked, moving back slightly when his big body pressed closer to allow a woman to pass behind him. His proximity was beyond distressing. It was arousing. Now that he had me cornered, there was no getting away from the heady scent that he exuded: Part sin, part warm fur, part earthy pine, wholly distracting.

“I`ve been trying to contact you for days. Why didn`t you return my calls?” he whispered, keeping his big chest plastered to my left arm. My spine was firmly against a bookshelf.

“There are several reasons,” I replied trying to sound snooty but sounding meagerly twitterpated. “One is that our classes don`t mix. . .”

“That`s a paltry reason, Templeton,” Mikel said gruffly, snapping his beet book closed.

“Well, it may be for you, but when one`s boss tells one to keep his distance and – hey!” I grabbed for my glasses when he plucked them off the bridge of my nose. Folding my arms over my pea coat, I glowered at the oaf. There would be no leaping up and down. Those days ended when I left high school. The touch of his fingers on my chin brought out an age-old response. I jerked back hard. The bookcase behind me wobbled dangerously. Mikel dropped his book to steady the shelving unit. My heart was trying to explode through my chest like an alien baby. The lycan inhaled several times then gave me a dark look.

“Calm yourself, Templeton, your odor is growing stronger.”

“Sorry, it`s just this is all too – too much,” I gasped, working to calm myself before the tingling at the base of my spine began. The bells over the front door tinkled melodiously. Soft conversation bounced off the spines of books. Mikel tipped my head back and kissed me. Right there in the middle of the non-fiction. His lips were soft. Sinfully soft. It took my lashes a moment after his mouth left mine to flutter upward. Squinting skyward, I tried to read his face but it was a blur. My glasses were placed back onto my face, albeit crookedly, and then I could see the glow of golden eyes. Oh my . .

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