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5 Stars for Between Heaven & Hell (Heavenly Sins #1) by L.M. Brown #MM #Paranormal @PridePublishing

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Title: Between Heaven & Hell (Heavenly Sins #1)
Author Name & Publisher: L.M. Brown (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: October 31, 2014 –  240 pgs

Synopsis

What happens when an angel and a demon fall for the same mortal man? Tristan Garrett is about to find out whether the ménage they form is made in Heaven or Hell.

Angel Machidiel (Mac) and demon Alastor have been denying the attraction they feel for each other for centuries because relationships between angels and demons are forbidden.

Things change forever when they both fall for the same mortal man and begin a relationship with him. Together with Tristan, the menage they form is filled with jealousy and insecurities, passion and love. Only time will tell if the relationship they have forged together is made in Heaven or Hell.

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FiveStars

This book was so damn hot!

You get a angel named Mac and a demon named Alastor and a human named Tristen mix that all together and the steam in this book was off the charts hot!
The way they all worked together and made sure none of the tree of them felt left out at all. When Tristen goes through what happens to him at the end of this book I just loved how Mac and Alastor were there for him through it all.
You get your angst with this as well as the sweet and the steam!
You also get your bad guy which excuse my language but Lawrence was a ass! I mean seriously everything he did to Tristen was just ugh! I really do not like Lawrence at all.
I loved the authors pretense of this story. L.M. Brown had be grabbed from the beginning of this book and I could not put it down. This ménage between these three men was so good!

All together I loved this book and thought it was a awesome start to this series!

I would definitely recommend this book!

Kara

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5 Stars for Sunshine is Overrated (The Vamp for Me #3) by Bailey Bradford #MM #Paranormal @PridePublishing

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Title: Sunshine is Overrated (The Vamp for Me #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Bailey Bradford (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: October 20, 2015 – 112 pgs

Synopsis

Life with vamps is never easy.

Abernathy Meyers is already mated to a vamp, Zebulon. It’s just too bad that Zebulon doesn’t give a darn about him. Abbie’s stuck with the man for eternity—or until they die. Some days, Abbie thinks that can’t happen soon enough. He’s tired of being treated badly, yet he doesn’t really want to make his earthly exit yet.

Because he’s longed for another man—another vampire—for years. Forbidden love—is anything more compelling, or more heart-breaking?

There’s a twisted past, a hidden story linking Abbie, Zebulon and the coven leader, Claude.

Claude lives with a fear of turning to dust at any moment. It isn’t reasonable, but he can’t shake it. He’s let his own fears impede his potential happiness, and instead he puts the needs of his coven first, ignoring his own. But if he’s deliberately blind to one particular human’s needs because that human is a mate to another vampire, then is Claude truly leading to the best of his ability?

It’s a tough question for him to answer and soon, he’ll have to make a choice that will affect him and Abbie, forever.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously available on the author’s blog.

General Release Date: 20th October 2015

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FiveStars

I really thought this book was a great addition to this series.

Finally Abernathy gets to be with someone who will treat him like he is loved and the way he deserves. I was really happy for Claude also because he deserved to be loved and to have a mate who will care for him too.
You get a lot of action and some steam with these two which I loved!
Zeb Abernathy’s mate did something that was horrible for a vampire to do to his mate which also made it possible for Claude to finally claim him which is what should have really happened from the start.
The way they were to together and how you could really feel how much they cared for one another was just awesome! You also get to see more of the characters from the first books. I don’t want to give to much away because this was such a short read. I felt like the author wrote such a awesome story for these two and I did not feel like anything was rushed between them at all.

So all together I really liked this book!

I would defiantly recommend this book!

Kara

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5 stars and TWO 4 Stars for New Release: Girls Will Be Girls by Lucy Felthouse #FF #Romance @cw1985

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Title: Girls Will Be Girls
Author Name & Publisher: Lucy Felthouse (Ladylit Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: October 2, 2015 – 65 pgs

Synopsis

Six sexy Sapphic tales from the pen of popular lesbian erotica author, Lucy Felthouse.

Christmas cheer with colleagues, a driving disaster turned good, hot older women, girls in uniform, gorgeous gardeners and naughty fun in a changing cubicle… this collection contains a variety of erotic tales sure to tickle your fancy.

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FourStars

Six short stories which I would describe as titillating rather than erotic. Each story having a different surrounding  and each character portraying different personalities.
All in all a good entertaining read with some tantalizing moments.
Chris
FourStars
This set of shorts kept a smile on my face from the first page to the last. Well written and immensely sexy they ran a series of subjects and scenarios. Well planned and played out I couldn’t stop turning pages and read this entire set straight through from beginning to end. I would definitely recommend these for anyone looking to sprint through a quick read that will raise your heart rate and body temperature!
Rhayne
FiveStarsSome books are just the right thing at the right time, and this book was both of those for me. A book of shorts, these stories are little vignettes of sexiness: a little playfulness, a little attraction, a little unexpected passion. These stories are a bit like book crack – extremely addictive, and once you finish one, you can’t wait for the next. Surprisingly, while I wouldn’t mind a longer story by this author, I was totally satisfied by the length of these stories. They were exactly what I would expect in an erotica anthology. Although I wouldn’t mind more of them. See above comment re: book crack. Lucy Felthouse was a new author for me, and I’ll definitely be looking her up to see if I can find more gems like this one. The other thing I loved in this anthology is the differences in language and culture. Sometimes it’s hard for foreigners to understand these small differences, but I love them. Not only does it give us a glimpse into another country’s norms, but it also shows us that some things are universal. If you’re looking for some yummy f/f erotica, I definitely recommend this book.
~AmyP

Excerpt

She was now mere inches away, but the thickness of the bushes meant she could still only see the boots and now a bit more of the green trousers. Stepping onto the mud, she crouched down beside the feet, carefully pushing the foliage aside so she could see what the hell was going on, and figure out what she was going to do about it.

The view opened up, and Verity, far from seeing a helpless person lying on the soil, was presented with a green-clad arse reversing hurriedly in her direction!

“Hey!” she said, letting go of the branches and shifting back so abruptly she ended up on her own arse on the grass. “Be careful! Are you all right?”

As the body continued emerging, Verity slowly came to realise her mistake. Dirt-covered trousers, a filthy black waterproof coat, gloved hands, and a head topped with a floppy hat were soon visible. Slim white cables trailing from each ear and disappearing into the collar of the coat explained why she hadn’t been heard calling out, or received a response.

This woman hadn’t hurt herself. She was a fucking gardener!

Frozen in her uncomfortable position, Verity wanted the ground to open up and swallow her. Perhaps as revenge for her landing on it so hard. But she had no such luck. Instead, she heard, “What on earth are you doing down there? Are you all right?”

Struck dumb, Verity nodded and took the now glove-free hand that was offered to her, allowing the other woman to pull her up off the grass. “I—I’m fine,” she finally forced out, breaking the brief eye contact and making a show of brushing herself down, though it was probably only her bottom that was dirty. Her cheeks blazed, and she took a step back, hoping to beat a hasty retreat.

“Well, I’m glad. But it still doesn’t explain what you were doing down there.” The ear buds now hung down the woman’s front, and she was apparently poised, awaiting a reply.

Verity shook her head. “I don’t think you’d believe me if I told you.”

Narrowing her eyes, the gardener said, “Try me.”

Christ. Just to add insult to injury, it seemed she was now suspected of some kind of wrongdoing, too! “I—I was over there,” she pointed to where she’d come from, “and I saw your wellies poking out from the bushes. I panicked because I thought someone had fallen and hurt themselves. I came over to try and help. I did call out to you, to see if you were all right. But all I could see was the boots and a little bit of your trousers. I had no idea what was going on. Much less that you were the bloody gardener and remained oblivious to what I was up to because you had headphones in! I crouched down and pushed the bushes aside so I could see you better, and the next thing I know you’re shuffling back towards me. I shifted out of the way and ended up tumbling over on my bum.”

It seemed her story was too amusing to be anything but true, because the gardener grinned widely, then clapped a hand over her mouth momentarily. “I’m so sorry,” she then said, “I didn’t hear you, honestly. But I guess I can see why you thought that. Thank you so much for coming to check on me, but it really wasn’t necessary. All I was doing was fighting with a particularly vicious weed.” She pointed down to an uprooted plant at her feet, then widened her eyes. “Are you all right? You didn’t hurt yourself, did you?”

Twisting to try and look at her bottom, Verity brushed again at the seat of her jeans.

“Yes, I’m fine, thank you. Just a bit of muck and grass stains, I think. Nothing that won’t come out in the washing machine.”

“Oh, good. I’m glad. I feel bad enough as it is without thinking you’ve hurt yourself or ruined your clothes, too.”

“No, I’m good. And I’m glad you’re okay, too.”

Silence hung between them for a few moments. Then Verity took another step back.

“Right, well, I’d better get going, anyway. Nice to meet you.” She turned to go, but the other woman’s voice stopped her in her tracks.

“Hey, wait. No need to rush off. I’m just about to go on my tea break. Want to join me? Perhaps a brew will make up for it?” Her green eyes—apt, for a gardener, Verity thought—sparkled with humour and intelligence, and for the first time, Verity realised that, underneath the grubby gardening gear and large hat was a very attractive woman.

Still, an excuse was on the tip of her tongue—she had come here to be alone, after all—but fate intervened. Or the British weather did, anyway. A handful of fat raindrops fell onto her, followed by a few more. Then, the heavens truly opened.

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TWO 4 and 3.5 Stars for Everything Anise by Natalie Nicole Bates #FF #Romance @BatesNatalie

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Title: Everything Anise
Author Name & Publisher: Natalie-Nicole Bates (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: October 7, 2015 – 16,200 Words

Synopsis

A Victorian-era vampire living in the modern world, Emigh Bennett’s favorite activity is watching people from the window of her little bookshop. When she spots a woman nearly killed on the street outside her shop, she rushes to her rescue, and she meets Anise.

The proprietress of a little home business called “Everything Anise,” Anise crafts one-of-a-kind perfumes all with a touch of her namesake spice, all with the power to intoxicate and delight the senses. She is smart, sexy, beautiful, and happens to be a little bit different.

Although Anise is everything Emigh could ever ask for and more, she can’t quite figure her out. Anise possesses the duality of an innocent angel and a vivacious vixen. Even if Emigh can ever peel away the multi layers of Anise to uncover the truth beneath, what will happen when she finally reveals the truth about herself?

Review

FourStars

This book was a quick read that made me smile, laugh and shake my head all in a short span of time. The characters were both entertaining and the plot carried itself along well. While there was definitely space for more within this story, it read well for what it was. If you’re looking for a quick, interesting read, this is a good place to start.

It was decently written with only a few minor errors I came across and flowed well. The formatting was well done and while a bit more length would have been wonderful it was lovely as is. I would recommend it for waiting room read.

Rhayne

ThreeandHalfStars

I liked this book. It seemed like a new and slightly different take on the usual vampire mythos, which endeared it to me. I did have two problems with it. First, it was pretty short. I don’t have anything against short stories, or novellas. Some can be extremely powerful and moving. Some, like this one, kind of leave me wanting more. I felt this story needed to be longer, because, second, it seemed like the relationship developed too quickly. I’m not usually against the ‘instant connection’ device in fiction, but sometimes the change of emotions is so fast that things feel a bit more shallow than intended. I feel like the connection here was supposed to be overwhelming for both characters, and while she hit it on the head for Emigh, Anise came off a little worse in the characterization area. She seems to be really in to Emigh when she invites her over, but when things go a little further than she’s ready for, she really makes it seem like she never intended anything romantic at all. This was confusing for the reader as much as it was for Emigh. Because she did do some pretty brazen things leading up to the big change of mind. Then she has another lightning swift change of heart, and is declaring that there’s nothing Emigh can do or say to change how she feels. All of that just seems so quick that it’s trite. The story would have benefitted from a little extra time, or length, to let things develop in a more natural way. On the other hand, it was a quick read, and enjoyable. It took the reader from the initial isolation and loneliness to a certain warmth and hope for the future.

Amy P.

FourStars

This short novel left me in a bit of a dichotomy regarding its review. The language used varied between almost poetical Victorian to using modern day idioms. The settings and the clothing were also so diverse, from cottages out in the middle of nowhere, to being able to order any variety of fast foods, apparel that appeared to vary from one generation to the next. I really found it difficult to place what decade this novel was set it.
However I also found this novel really beautiful, it was passionate and very sensual. The characters were each very unique, having their own strengths and insecurities and the author brought this out superbly. A really emotional and almost wistful novel.
The plot is well developed and delivered in a very touching and sympathetic way, the author makes us believe all things are possible and believable, providing you trust in true love.
I would certainly recommend this book and would hope to read more about the ardent and romantic relationship between  Emigh and Anise.
I would have given this novel five stars, despite my confusion, had it not been for the grammatical errors at the beginning and the poor layout in sections, which halted the natural flow the author had so cleverly developed.
Chris

Excerpt

For the first time in…hell, it must be years, Emigh’s life felt bright and vibrant. Meeting Anise was the dawning of a new day. The lift she’d needed for so long.

She dared to pick up the phone that first night and call Anise. To hear that special kind of something in her voice as they spoke. To talk about everything and anything…well, not everything. She didn’t broach the subject of her sexuality—maybe not hers, but Anise’s. As a matter of fact, Anise mentioned neither male nor female friends.

Anise spoke of her passion for crafting corsets and perfume. She loved to bake. She was estranged from her family. They didn’t understand that she didn’t want to work a boring nine-to-five job, train into the city, train home again at night, exhausted. They thought she was wasting her life away, and because she wouldn’t come around to their strict way of thinking and living, she walked away from them.

Emigh admired her spunk and dedication. Smart, sweet, articulate, and she made her laugh, which was a tough thing to do. Anise was definitely a rare breed of woman.

But how long could it last?

She couldn’t tell Anise she was a vampire, let alone that she would never die.

Vampire.

How she hated the word! But until someone came up with a better one, she was stuck with it.

Of course, Anise would never believe her. No one did. Every once in a while some beautiful woman would come along, and their connection would be instantaneous…sizzling. Emigh would find herself whispering the truth to her beloved. Inevitably, the not-so-twin flame would beat a hasty retreat, believing Emigh was crazy, or a liar…or both.

Crazy and liar are never good things in a relationship.

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3 Stars for Don’t Stake My Life On It (The Vamp for Me #2) by Bailey Bradford #MM #Paranormal @PridePublishing

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Title: Don’t Stake My Life On It (The Vamp for Me #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Bailey Bradford (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 28, 2015 – 113 pgs

Synopsis

Stakes, kilts and holy water—Andrew Meyer is in for the time of his life!

Radney’s tired of being the coven oddball. He had his reasons for being the way he was, and he let those reasons rule his life for centuries. Another mistake—almost harming a human he’d been sent to keep an eye on—has sent Radney on a mission of self-improvement. He’s going to conquer his issues and be the best damned vamp ever!

Maybe.

Andrew Meyers has the term paper from hell to write. It needs to be original and intriguing. What could be more so than people with a vampire fetish?

But when that fetish turns out to be one he has, for a very sexy, kilt-wearing, neurotic vampire, the tables are turned. Andrew isn’t prepared to find out that vampires are real, but he learns it anyway. With help from his twin brother, Erin, he just might be able to find a happy ending—or an ecstatic beginning—for him and his hot as hell red-headed vamp. If he’s careful, and patient, he might even find the vamp for him.

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ThreeStar

Well I hate to say this because I really liked the first book in this series but for some reason this one was just not for me…
This book just felt so rushed to me to be honest. I know it is a Novella so yes it will be a fast read but everything that happened between Radney and Andrew happened so fast that I was left feeling like there really was not much of a connection between the two of them at all.
Radney picks Andrew from the Vampire dating website because he feels like no one in his coven likes him very much so he wants to change. Andrew likes Radney from the start and yes I did feel some chemistry between the two of them I just did not get enough time with them I think to feel like they really connected.
You do get the steam with this book which I loved and the action. You also get to see some of the characters from the first book which I also loved.
So I am sad to say I really did not feel a connection between these two MC’s so this Novella was just not for me..
Kara

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5 & 4 Stars for Fame and Fortune (All Cocks Stories #2) by T.M. Smith #MM #Menage @TTCBooksandmore

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Title: Fame and Fortune (All Cocks Stories #2)
Author Name & Publisher: T.M. Smith ((TTC Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 29, 2015 – 175 pgs

Synopsis

Victor Dimir moved to America with his traditional Romanian parents when he was just a child. His Romani parents taught him their traditions and how to be a shrewd business man. But it was the attention of a classmate at school that taught a teenage Victor about his sexuality. When he came out to his parents he knew it would be difficult for them to understand, but he never expected them to disown him.

Andrew Jones grew up with a single mom and his grandmother teaching him about life, he had an absentee father at best. The only thing the man ever did for Andy that stuck was buy him a camera for his thirteenth birthday. When Andrew went off to college on a scholarship to study photo journalism, he wound up falling in love with his Romanian roommate.

They became inseparable and wound up starting their own business together; a gay porn website where people could go and watch romantic gay porn instead of the rough and tough, or wham bam thank you man crap that was flooding the internet at that time. After ten years together they were still perfectly happy, they didn’t even realize something was missing, until they met a broken young man that needed a family.

Matthew Carlson was homeless, jobless and broken. He’d been on his own since he was sixteen when he ran away from home after being brutally assaulted by several other young men that he thought were his friends, and then being told he brought it on himself for being gay by his parents. Matthew has done a lot of things these last few years just to get by. When he finds the flyer for All Cocks, he decides to call and see where it leads. What has he got to lose?

Matthew has deep rooted scars that aren’t usually visible on the outside. But when he walks into All Cocks, both Victor and Andrew see them, they also see him. Can three men that didn’t even realize they needed each other get past the stigma of society to find a place of happiness, together?

*Advisory warning: This story contains a scene of sexual assault.*

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FourStars

This book had everything I love in a ménage in a romance book.
Mattie goes to get a job at the gay porn site that Andrew and Victor own and knows from the start that he has feelings for these two men.  He was hurt in the past and ran away from home when he was sixteen. With the help of Victor and Andrew he gets help from them and a counselor.
Victor was the gruff but loving and protective Romanian man who when he came out to his family they disowned him. Loved his character!
Andrew was so sweet with the way he takes care of Mattie and loves both men so much! He is also so protective of Mattie too.
It was awesome to see them grow as a couple and they fit together so well. You could really feel the love between these three.
You get your steam and a little bit of angst with this book also.
All together I really liked this book!
I would recommend this book!
Kara
FiveStars
 I loved the first book and I loved this book! We met Victor, Andrew and Matthew in the first book but this book gives us their story. What a story it was. I loved the characters and how well they were written. I felt every emotion Mattie went through and I connected with Andy as well, Victor not as much. The dynamics of their relationship and how they became a triad and how well it worked was very interesting to me. The sensitive subject of Mattie’s past was handled very well. We did get to see characters from the previous book but not in-depth. Even with dealing with a sensitive subject this book had a feel good feeling to it. I could feel the love and emotion and it made the story seem so real. I can’t wait for the next book and to see what happens next.
Angie

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5 and 4.5 Stars for Behind the Eight Ball (Fur, Fangs, and Felines #2) by M.A. Church #MM #Paranormal @nomoretears00

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Title: Behind the Eight Ball (Fur, Fangs and Felines #2)
Author Name & Publisher: M.A. Church (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 30, 2015 – 76,000 Words

Synopsis

A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.

Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.

Review

FiveStars

I thought this book was a great addition to this series!
So you get Heller who does not like humans at all who meets his mate at a car wash… But when he finds out his mate is a human he freaks out.
I really did like these two,  I thought they fit so well together. But I have to admit Dolf, Tal and Kirk are still my favorites of this series so far though.
You get a lot of action in this book while they try to figure out who is after Lawson.
This one was a little bit more of a slow burn to me compared to the first book in this series.  Which worked out better for this couple because they really did have more to work through before they could getting to the mating.
The steam in this book was also very hot! You also meet new characters in this book and see some from the previous book in this series.
I loved the authors pretense of this story and the world she built with this cat shifters in this series!
Now after the ending of this book I am excited to see if the next book in this series will be Remi’s.
So all together I really loved this book!
I would definitely recommend this book!
Kara

FourandHalfStars

(I did read book one in this series – trouble comes in threes)
This was a very enjoyable story.  It has angst, miscommunication galore, humbling apologizes and sweet cat shifting.  I really enjoyed book one and couldn’t wait to read book 2.  This story is about Beta Heller Wirth.  In the first book, at the end, you see that he may have met his mate, but his prejudice might just cost him everything.
Then you have the sweet Lawson.  He is aware of paranormal life, but only because he had a traumatic experience while dating one.
Lawson’s family, Marshell and Janelle were awesome in this story.  I wish I knew more about their abilities, but from what I do know, they are fiercely protective of the ones they love.
You still get to see the three from book 1, and, in this one, someone is after Lawson, so not only does Lawson have to content with a mate who is not so sure about humans, but you have Lawson’s family who will stop at nothing to protect Lawson.
While I thought that Heller was somewhat annoying, I did feel that he grew on me towards the end of the story.  I do wish that we would have been able to see more about the Thanksgiving – I feel that it started and then abruptly ended with no real story behind it.
Other than that, I really enjoyed this story and hope to read about Remi next!
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Excerpt

Step.

Step.

Stop.

The rustling of dead leaves caught my attention, and I froze with one paw still in the air. Not moving and barely daring to breathe, I waited. My whiskers twitched as a cool October breeze disturbed the scent of decaying leaves and rich soil. The foliage trembled again as something rooted around.

I slowly lowered my paw. The disturbance wasn’t very noticeable except to my predatory gaze. The movement continued. Gradually, bit by bit, I crept forward, making sure my long fur didn’t disturb the surrounding mounds of dying leaves. It was times like these I wished my coat were short like Dolf’s. One thing was for sure—whatever was below those leaves was going to be mine shortly. All I needed was to cover a little more distance and I’d be close enough.

Step.

Step.

Crouch.

Heart thumping, I watched as the movement continued. My muscles tightened and my bottom started wiggling. Unable to wait, I sprang forward, claws extended. Leaves flew into the air as I landed on my target. Bugs scattered. Eyes narrowed, I searched for…. There! There was the little bugger. I growled at the big black beetle and trapped it with my paw.

Seconds passed. The bug wiggled under my paw, tickling me. Hunched down, I carefully lifted my paw and peeked. Dammit, can’t see. Unable to get a good look, I lifted my paw a little higher… and there it went, scuttling across the ground. Gleefully I slammed a paw down, trying to trap it. Slap. Slap. Slap. Arrgh! What’s the deal? I keep missing.

Looked like I’d found myself in a game of whack-a-mole, except with a beetle. And off we went. The bug scurried away with me hot on its trail. Every time I thought I had a paw on it, I ended up missing. Stupid critter was fast. I bounded along behind as it raced across the ground. Then it suddenly cut back and ran straight under me.

Surprised, I leaped in the air, all four paws coming off the ground. Whoa! Zigged when I should have zagged. I landed and nonchalantly licked a paw. Hope no one saw that. I had to give the bug credit. That was a smart move. The shrill cry of a mockingbird caught my attention. I lifted my head, searching for the little tattletale.

Up in a tree it sat, its warning cries echoing around the yard. I eyed the tree. Hmm, I could climb it, but the stupid bird will probably just take off. Still, might be fun. Maybe after I finished playing with the bug… and damn. The bug.

My attention returned to where it had been, my tail slashing. Great. Lost it. Stupid bird. I sat up and threw a glare over my shoulder at the bird. Standing, I turned my back to the little menace, tail held high. That’s what I think of you, buddy. I prowled around for a while, sniffing, enjoying the coolness of the morning.

In the early morning sunlight, the dew on the grass sparkled like diamonds. Maybe it was pretty, but the stuff was also cold and wet against my paws. I was glad for my fur. As I wandered back toward the house, my stomach growled. I was hungry and… I sniffed. Oh, was that a blue jay I smelled? Oh, oh, a blue jay. Yum.

The human side of me groaned, but the kitty part wanted to jump with joy. The noisy little shits were actually quite intelligent. Catching one was always a feat. Quick as I could, I hid in the bright fall foliage by the back porch. I stayed very, very still so the stupid bird three feet from me didn’t fly off in a panic.

I licked my lips, my whiskers twitching as I watched the little rascal across from me raise its head. Shit, shit, shit. What caught its attention? Come on already. It’s all fine, nothing to worry about here. No cat hanging around. Just go back to pecking around on the ground. Everything’s good. See? I’m not moving, not even breathing.

Crouched low, I waited while my breakfast relaxed and returned to looking for acorns. Other birds came and went, but I refused to get distracted. I knew the one I wanted. Inch by agonizing inch, I crept closer to my prey. My mouth watered and my heart thumped. The chatter of the birds around me was easy and relaxed, no distress calls sounding. That’s right. Just keep on eating. Soon I’m going to be eating you. My body tensed, back legs ready to spring me into action….

And the phone in the house rang.

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3.5 stars for The World As He Sees It (Perspectives #2) by A.M. Arthur (GIVEAWAY & AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Romance @am_arthur

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Title: The World As He Sees It (Perspectives #2) – Standalone
Author Name & Publisher: A.M. Arthur (Samhain Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: October 20, 2015 – 283 pgs

Synopsis

Love knows no limits…but fear could keep them from seeing it.

Gabe lives a double life. As Gabriel Henson, he works multiple jobs to support his remorseless, alcoholic mother. As Tony Ryder, he does internet porn for extra cash and regular safe sex without complications.

Yet when he encounters a scared young man freaking out in a night club, he’s compelled to reach out. Ever since then, the memory of that young man has haunted him.

Tristan Lavelle lives his life thirty minutes at a time. After a traumatic brain injury three years ago, he gets through his day recording his life in spiral notebooks and sticky note reminders.

A month after Tristan’s embarrassingly public meltdown, another chance meeting with Gabe sparks a warm, emotionally fulfilling email relationship. Both men crave more, but fear of the next step stands between them.

Until Tristan gets the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial that could improve his memory—if the side effects don’t kill him. But for Tristan, the possibility of a real life with Gabe is worth any risk…

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I picked this one because the plot–about Tristan’s traumatic brain injury–interested me. I like when a story features a character who is not able-bodied. I ended up liking but not loving this one.

First, the good. The author is really skilled with some complex themes, particularly about family interactions. As a romance and a story about friendship and family, this worked very well. The pacing of the relationship between Tristan and Gabe was great–not instant love, but it didn’t take the whole book for them to fall for each other, either.

I loved that Debbie went from being awful and scary to someone we could begin to respect. Her storyline wrapped up a bit tidily, but in general it was good. I thought the dynamic between her and Gabe was really well-written. I typically dislike the Horrible Mom trope, but it actually worked perfectly here.

As for what I wasn’t fond of, this didn’t work for me as a story about disability. It was clearly well-researched, but the things that stuck out to me were that Gabe’s initial interest in Tristan was a sort of fascination with his disability–not his looks or his personality. While I got Gabe’s fixation on “rescuing,” I was put off by that aspect and how it continued in various ways in their relationship. I was also underwhelmed by the almost-miracle-cure Tristan found in the trial drug.

There was a bit of a preachy tone (possibly unintentional?) about Gabe and Shane’s work in the sex industry–implying they were supposed to get out once they had “real” relationships. Gabe admitted to it, but I was bothered by his double standard that his potential boyfriends had to accept it but he would never date a porn star himself.

I did end up skipping or skimming over the extremely long and descriptive sex scenes. They didn’t really add much, and I didn’t particularly care. Event though the writing was good, I felt like the same could be said about a lot of scenes–they simply didn’t do anything to move the plot; they were just more back and forth about what things everyone felt they were entitled to hide from Tristan because he wouldn’t remember and they didn’t trust him not to continually get upset by every reminder of everything ever. It got a bit tedious.

Overall, this wasn’t bad, and it was definitely different from the usual romance. I think the problem may have been a story which tried to do too much with too many different angles and tried to explain too many of the details rather than letting them unfold through the story.

~Amy

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The late hour didn’t diminish the sweltering August heat, and Tristan worked up a good sweat walking. Shane and Noel both looked crazy sexy in their club clothes, and even sexier walking side by side. He was happy for Noel. Happy his best friend was in love and enjoying himself.

He was also stupidly, insanely jealous.

He stuck close with his stupid, insane jealousy because the streets were teeming with people of all ages, heading into and out of the different restaurants and clubs. They turned down a quieter side street that was more like an alley. Halfway down the block a few guys hung out against a stone wall, most of them smoking cigarettes. An industrial door with no sign or markings was being guarded by a big, burly bear of a man in a black leather vest.

“Hey, Officer Carlson,” the bouncer said. He had a deep voice to match his broad body. “Nice to see you again.”

“Hi, Mr. Henson,” Noel said.

“Bear, son. Everyone calls me Bear.”

“Right. This is my friend Tristan Lavelle.”

“A right pleasure.”

Tristan shook Bear’s hand, surprised by the gentle grip. “Hi.” He glanced at Shane, who didn’t seem at all annoyed at being left out. “Um, that’s Shane. Noel’s boyfriend.”

Bear grinned. “Yeah, I know that one all right.”

“You do?” He reached for a notebook he didn’t have, then looked at Noel for answers.

“Shane dances here once a week,” Noel said. “He got the job through Bear’s son Gabe.”

“Oh.” He didn’t bother asking if he’d already been told that. Probably. Every single piece of information that was mildly important to his life had been repeated to him at least, oh, eighteen times. Minimum.

“Enjoy yourselves, boys,” Bear said. “First drinks are on the house.”

“Thank you,” Tristan replied.

Noel pulled the door, and what had been a distant bass became an impressive thumpa-thumpa in Tristan’s chest. The interior of the club was wide and deep, with a high ceiling decorated in strands of red and blue lights. Strobes and other lighting flashed around the dance floor, which seemed to make up most of the floor space. A small U-shaped bar stood to the right. In the rear were what looked like raised platforms. Two hot guys in red short-shorts were gyrating together on one of them.

This is the kind of dancing Shane does? Shit.

He was probably twenty kinds of hot up there.

Someone jostled past them, reminding Tristan to keep moving forward. Noel was hustling them straight for the bar. Tristan couldn’t drink alcohol because of his antidepressants and anxiety medications, and Noel was driving so the only person able to drink much was Shane.

Lucky bastard.

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New Release: Corin’s Chance (Avanti Chronicles #1) by Hannah Walker (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #SciFi @AvantiHannah

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Title: Corin’s Chance (Avanti Chronicles #1)
Author Name: Hannah Walker
Publication Date & Length: October 30, 2015 – 140,000 Words

Synopsis

Posted to some stars awful cruiser, Dr. Corin Talovich hoped to serve his time quietly and get on with his life, but fate stepped in and decided otherwise.

Crashing into an unknown planet was the last thing Corin expected. With only his friend, Lieutenant Commander Tate Riven, by his side, they face the unexplored world and new enemies bravely, leading them to the Derin Clan, where they’re welcomed by the leader’s son.

Kel isn’t sure about the strange men, but he isn’t about to send them away, especially when the bond between Corin and himself is something he can’t ignore.

When another clan wages an attack, Kel is forced to make some hard choices which nearly costs him everything he holds dear. Together, with their allies, Corin and Kel fight, focusing on the future they desire, knowing failure not only dooms their love, but also those around them. Side by side, they work to destroy the evil threatening to keep them apart and becoming the family both men desire.

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With a nod to one of the four guards at the door’s entrance, Carn led them into the room. Following behind him, they walked right up to the massive table sat at the end. Around the table were stood six men, they must have ranged in ages from late teens to mid-sixties. They all looked weary and haggard, their bodies drooping where they stood. Maps, paperwork and cups littered the table in front of them.

One of them turned to Carn who was standing at the front of Corin’s group. “Damn it, Carn, I told you we weren’t to be disturbed for anything. I don’t care who the latest bloody delegate from the Alliance is. Now is not the time.” A huge frown accompanied the man’s words.

“Laird Kel, these aren’t delegates. I think you are going to want to hear this. They came asking for you as Kel, saying it was about a young girl named Eliya,” Carn cautiously spoke, wary of upsetting any of the men around the table.

All around them heads shot up from what they were focused on. Suddenly every pair of eyes in the room was focused on them with a laser like intensity.

“What do you know about Eliya?” The man named Kel demanded.

Corin watched as he stalked towards them. His movements, while predatory, were graceful. He was close to seven feet of solid planes and hard muscles. His skin was a golden bronze which seemed to glisten in the lights around him. His hair was a mid-blonde, and flowed to just past his shoulders. Leather bracers covered his forearms while second, smaller leather circlets were wrapped around each bicep. Leather trousers were moulded to his thighs. Corin’s heart began to beat faster. Never had a first glance at someone affected him as it did now.

Laird Kelin was rugged in appearance. While still young, his face had a slightly rugged visage which was likely due to many hours spent outdoors. His eyes were both brown and green, with the green bleeding into the brown on the outer edges. He had a strong nose, coupled with a square jaw, and a dusting of facial hair, that just added to his overall ruggedness.

Corin’s cock went from soft, to rock hard and aching instantly. Damn this was a man he would happily have under him, over him, inside him. In fact, he would take him any which way he could. Tate shot Corin a questioning glance and Corin realised he hadn’t been able to hide his reaction from his friend.

Shooting a glance at Tate and shaking his head, Corin boldly stepped forward. “I need to know who you are to Eliya before I can say anything.”

A second later one of the other men stood around the table jumped over it, and was hurtling towards Corin with a look of murderous intent on his face. Just as he got to Corin, he threw a punch that never landed. Instead, Tate stepped between Corin and Eliya, who was still asleep in the sling, and this new man. The punch hit him square in the abdomen, the pain was instantaneous, he staggered back, all the air gone from his lungs. Tate could feel his stitches rip open from the impact. Trying to suck in a deep breath, he called on all his years of training with the Avanti and pushed the pain into the recesses of his mind and forced his body back to standing whilst simultaneously pulling his knife from the sheath at his side.

“Make another move towards him again and I’ll kill you. You want him? You have to go through me first, and I promise you, I. Will. Win. You have no idea what you nearly did there.” Tate growled at the man, his stance wide, both aggressive and defensive at the same time.

“Do you know who I am?” The new man demanded as he bared his teeth at Tate.

“No,” Tate replied. “And frankly, I don’t care. Now. Back. The. Fuck. Off.”

They watched as the man named Kel placed a restraining arm across the other man’s chest. “Leave it, Tir, let me deal with this. I mean it. We won’t find anything out if we beat them. They came to us willingly, give them a chance to explain.”

They all watched the man called Tir run his hands over his face before he gave a small nod and took two small steps back.

Kel raised an eyebrow at him, sighed and then turned back to Corin. There were several emotions swirling through his gaze, but his voice was calm when he spoke again. “I am Laird Kelin Tharn, son of the Chieftain of this clan and Eliya is my niece, Laird Tirathon Tharn is her father. She was kidnapped two weeks ago with her nurse when they were walking the grounds. We have heard nothing since. There has been no ransom demands, no sightings, nothing. We have searched and searched and no trace has yet been found. The entire clan is grief stricken. As you can see, my brother is barely holding it together. Now. What. Do. You. Know.” His voice rose slightly as he struggled not to let his impatience show.

Corin looked at Tate, his eyes registering the fact the Tate looked clammy once again, they nodded to one another and Corin reached up to slowly untie the cloak from around him. He gently lifted the sleeping form of Eliya from the sling before looking up at Kel and quietly asking, “is this her?”

Gasps echoed all round, a choked sob came from Tir’s direction before he quickly lifted her from Corin’s arm, tears streaming down his face. Smiles shone around the room as a small voice whispered, “Papi?”

Quickly a group surrounded the reunited father and daughter, cheers echoed around the room. A wave of happiness ran through the chamber and out the doors as word passed from one guard to another. Shouts of joy could be heard from the hallways as the news spread. A soft whimper from beside Corin saw him snapping his head to look at Tate.

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New Release: Behr Facts (Foothills Pride #3) by Pat Henshaw (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Romance @phenshaw

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Title: Behr Facts (Foothills Pride #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Pat Henshaw (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 28, 2015 – 92 pgs

Synopsis

Big, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone—possibly a family member—is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likeable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe’s two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.

Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe’s surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He’s even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren’t very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.

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“You ever come up the bank to sit under my tree? Looks like a much more comfortable place to fish. Not as rocky at any rate.” Jeff took a drink of his beer as I again scrambled to keep up. “My dad called it the Fishing Tree. He seemed to think fish congregated off the shore there.”

We sat in silence. It was my turn to talk. I’m pretty good in business situations. Not so much in social ones. At social events, mostly I hold up walls. Shake hands. Grunt a lot. Let others carry the conversational load.

Lorraine set our meals in front of us. The full burger with everything for him. The grilled mountain trout and steamed vegetables for me.

“You do a lot of fishing?” I managed after a long silence.

“Not really.” He gave a self-deprecating laugh. “My dad said fishing couldn’t be taught. He said it was something intuitive. I never had any idea what I was doing. So I never saw any use in fishing. I never saw any fish either.”

Again, silence as I processed and caught up. “It’s not rocket science. You figure out what kind of fish you want. Where it lives. Lure it to you. Then catch it.”

He looked skeptical and almost self-conscious. “It can’t be so easy,” he said with a little laugh.

“Why not?”

“What about the different rods, lures, tackle, stuff?” He looked so serious, as if I were missing the point. As if I didn’t understand. He was right. I didn’t.

“Look. You can catch fish with your bare hands. If you want to. The extra stuff is just extra stuff.”

“If you say so.” He shook his head, a smile still on his lips. “Have you ever caught a fish with your bare hands?”

I lifted my hands and looked down at the mess that were my paws. Calluses, nicks, cuts, punctures, blunt fingers, the bandage now off the one with the splinter. These were the hands of a man who’d framed houses as a tall, rangy preteen and had lived in construction ever since. Could I catch a fish with my bare hands?

“Yeah. All it takes is absolute stillness and patience.” I sighed. “Not a whole lot of people have both together. Somebody once told me it’s all about Zen.” Somebody else said the only reason I could do it was because I was too stupid to know it was impossible.

“Zen.” His tone said he was surprised I knew such a word.

“You know, like the Eastern religion,” I answered. “Though why we still call it Eastern is beyond me. It’s really Far West, not Far East to us.” I was grumbling and rambling. Avoiding for some reason.

He rattled me. Nobody ever rattled me. I’m Abe Behr, the big Behr.

He was studying me as intently as I was him. He appeared too beautiful, too perfect, too unscarred. I just hoped his accountant skills were as perfect as he looked.

“What kind of fish you want to catch?” I asked. Staring at him wasted our time.

He pointed his fork to my plate. “How about that? It’s good, right?”

“Trout,” I agreed. “Lots of different kinds of trout.”

He looked like he’d never eaten any in his life.

“This is trout from our lake. Have a bite.”

He’d finished his burger but didn’t make a move on my fish. His expression was split between wanting to dig in and reluctance to do so.

“Just taste it,” I growled. “It won’t bite.”

His eyes snapped up to meet mine. His puzzled stare asked if the stupid bear had deliberately made a joke or not. Then he gave a happy, hearty laugh, and his fork raided my fish.

“So? What do you think?” I asked after he swallowed.

“I think you made a great joke,” he said with twinkling eyes. “And the trout is delicious. Is this why you threw your catch back? Did you know you’d get it cooked perfectly here at the cafe?”

“Naw. I was stalking the pie. Fish was a bonus.”

“They have good pie here?”

“Wait and see.”

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