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5 and TWO 4 Stars for Bookmarked (Heartsville) by Piper Vaughn #MM #Romance @pipervaughn

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Title: Bookmarked (Heartsville)
Author Name & Publisher: Piper Vaughn (Piping Hot Books)
Publication Date & Length: October 28, 2015 – 82 pgs

Synopsis

To save his bookstore from closing, Mark Werner realizes it’s going to take a miracle—like getting reclusive, best-selling author Shepherd Knight to agree to appear for a signing.

After their disastrous last encounter, Mark doesn’t hold up much hope Shepherd will agree. Shepherd’s never made a single public appearance. In fact, Mark wouldn’t even know what he looks like had he not accidentally discovered the sexy stranger he’d been flirting with for months, aka “Tall-Dark-and-Grumpy,” was also his fanboy obsession.

But desperate times call for desperate measures. If Mark can convince Shepherd, it’ll be a major coup in the book world and might just save Bookmarked from sinking. Too bad Shepherd won’t reply to his e-mails. Yet Mark didn’t earn the reputation of having a “sunshine-and-rainbow-fart” personality for nothing. He’ll do whatever it takes to get his man… and hopefully not make a fool of himself in the process.

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FiveStars

What first drew me into this book was the setting of the story:  a bookstore. I’ve loved bookstores ever since I was little and the thought of a story being set in a bookstore was an automatic “I’ve got to check this out”.

I’m so glad I checked this book out because I loved it. The author has such a way with words that the story grabbed me immediately and I felt like I was right there with Mark, feeling his pain, at the thought of losing his bookstore and feeling his hurt and humiliation afflicted on him by Shepherd.

I felt sympathetic towards Shepard though. Sure, in the beginning he was this brooding, intense, grumpy guy. One of Mark’s  friends, upon meeting him, told Mark this (a quote from the book):

“He’s got that whole broody thing going on, sure, but…. Well, he looks pained, like he hasn’t taken a crap in five days. Maybe what he needs is a laxative.”

Upon hearing Shepherd’s personal story, you can’t help but feel sorry for the poor guy. The battles he has to fight, but now with Mark’s support and love he will make it through.

Mark and Shepherd are a sweet couple who endured life’s challenges and made it through to their HEA.

This is the first of the Heartsville series and what a great way to start the series with this fantastic book. If you’re looking for a good book with an HEA ending or if you’re looking for a feel good, puts-a-smile-on-your-face, wonderful series this is the one for you.

Ariel

FourStarsI love Piper Vaughn books and this book is no exception. This book is the first in the series and if you like a love story with Piper Vaughn’s since of humor. Mark A.K.A. the man with a personality of “sunshine-and rainbow farts” well you get my meaning. You will love this book too.

D. Weber

FourStars

This was a very sweet story that just fits in with the holidays. The writing was very appealing and smooth and I just loved it. I’ve only read a couple of books by this author and I will definitely look for more of her books. The secondary characters just made me want to jump in and read the rest of the stories.  What I liked most about this series it the town these men live in is very LBGT friendly.

~Lynn

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5 and TWO 4 Stars for Don’t Stop Believing (Silver Pines #1) by Gwen Hayes #MM #Romance

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Title: Don’t Stop Believing (Silver Pines #1)
Author Name: Gwen Hayes
Publication Date & Length: November 3, 2015 –  59 pgs

Synopsis

The Ogre from the Hill

Simon Powell, the town recluse, only comes to town to deliver firewood and get supplies. Two days before Christmas, he sees the new librarian’s car in a ditch and knows he can’t leave him on the road, but it’s too late to take him back to town. He’ll have something he’s never had in his cabin in the ten years that’s he’s lived there…company.

The Book Nerd from the City

Adam Parker moved to the small community to make big changes in his life, but being snowbound with the bearded lumberjack in his rustic cabin was something he’d thought only existed in his fantasies. Simon pushes away anyone who wants to get close to him, but Adam sees what he’s hiding in his heart and he wants it. Badly.

A Christmas to Remember

Adam smells like cinnamon and redemption and Simon aches to run his fingers over the scrape of stubble on his cheeks. To pull him into a kiss. To reignite feelings he’d denied himself for too long. Life is right there, blazing in the eyes of the town librarian. A man who isn’t afraid of him. But he learned long ago that everything he touches gets tainted, and he’ll do anything to keep his darkness away from Adam’s light.

But Adam has something else on his side—he’s been a very good boy this year and all he wants for Christmas is Simon.

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FiveStars

Such a sweet Christmas Novella!

In this book you get Simon who was a Navy Seal until he was hurt then he became a recluse who takes animals in that need help.
Then there was Adam the towns new Librarian who is attracted to Simon and wants to bring him out of his shell.
Something happens that leaves Adam stranded in a snow storm until Simon rescues him from the side of the road.

I don’t want to go much more into this book because this is a short story and I don’t want to give away any spoilers. So I will say this book was so sweet. I loved the way this author wrote these characters and this story! Yes this was a short Novella but I felt the way the story was done that everything fit perfectly! This is the perfect Novella for Christmas about a mans journey through pain and back to find love again.

All together I loved this Christmas Novella!
I would recommend this book!

Kara

FourStars

4 Tears and Smiles Stars!!
My favourite time of the year and favourite Journey song are what pulled me into the blurb for this story. The author grabbed my attention and kept it for the whole story. It might have been short but it gave me enough details about both main characters and they made their way into my heart.
Simon broke my heart, and made it smile. Could feel the intensity between Simon and Adam from the pages!! A perfect story of a wounded hero healing and get you in the mood for the holidays!
I would read more by this author!
Reviewer: Kimberley
FourStarsThis is my first book by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was a very sweet story with a Christmas time theme. I did not like how all the love scenes (sex scenes) are always in the back burner. I don’t know why the author would do that. However, I really like how the men seem to dance around each other before finally getting together. I absolutely loved the book nerd (Adam) but took me a while to warm up to Simon (the ogre from the hill). Overall a really good story I just like my sex scenes on page.
~Lynn

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5, 4 and 3.5 Stars for Unscripted (Heartsville) by Nico Jaye #MM #Romance @NicoJaye

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Title: Unscripted (Heartsville)
Author Name: Nico Jaye
Publication Date & Length: October 27, 2015 – 75 pgs

Synopsis

Theater manager Teddy Carbone’s life has gone pretty much according to script… until now.

To his surprise, Teddy finds himself co-owner of the Oasis Theater with Carter Monroe, a corporate shark who’s looking at him like he’s chum in the water. Being in charge of the theater is one thing, but having to deal with Carter and his demands is another. With Carter’s proposed plan to sell the Oasis looming, Teddy must convince Carter the theater is worth saving. When Teddy introduces the bright, bold world of the stage to Carter’s cold, all-business lifestyle, though, he soon comes to recognize that the Oasis might not be the only thing he has a chance to save.

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FiveStars

This book starts out on a somber note and then suddenly blazes. Turns muy caliente.

I read this book last (this being part of the Heartsville series) and this being the last book it ended with a bang. The relationship between Teddy and Carter is sizzling. Throw in some family drama and is the Oasis safe or not and The Rocky Horror Picture Show and you got one dynamic book.

I highly recommend this book and even suggest you read this last, meaning get the whole series. You won’t be sorry.

Ariel

ThreeandHalfStars

This book is the second of five in the Heartsville Series. I really liked that Nico Jaye had the main two characters have instant chemistry and if you moved to Heartsville you would want these two men for a neighbor. There really wasn’t any twist or turns in this book. But I still liked it.

D. Weber

FourStars

This was another excellent book of the Heartsville Series. In this book we meet Teddy and his business partner Carter. I loved how the author brought Teddy and Carter together and the explosive attraction that immediately overcomes them both. After reading this book I just couldn’t help but to smile and I think anyone who read this will be smiling as well. This was a new author for me and will definitely be looking for more of her books.   

~Lynn

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4, TWO 3.5 and 3 Stars for Rain Shadow (Bluewater Bay #10) by L.A. Witt #MM #Romance

1.5

Title: Rain Shadow (Bluewater Bay #10)
Author Name & Publisher: L.A. Witt (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: October 19, 2015 – 192 pgs

Synopsis

Jeremy Rose came to Bluewater Bay to work as Anna Maxwell’s bodyguard, not to escape his increasingly bitter relationship with his estranged kids. He just wants to focus on his job and be alone for a while. He’s done with love, especially now that three years after his long overdue divorce, he’s got a front-row seat to the rapid deterioration between Anna and her girlfriend. Cynical doesn’t even begin to describe him.

Then Anna and Leigh’s attempts to reconcile put him in the crosshairs of marriage counselor Scott Fletcher. Scott’s exactly what Jeremy needs right now: gorgeous, hot, horny, single, and 100% uninterested in a relationship. The problem is, too much no-strings-attached sex—and too much time in each other’s company—inevitably builds emotional connection.

Except Jeremy refuses to seek counseling for his broken family, and Scott refuses to get seriously involved with men who work dangerous jobs. They both need to realize they can only hide for so long from the pain they came here to escape. They must face their pasts before they lose their shot at a happy future.

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ThreeandHalfStars

Let me start this by saying that I have not read any previous stories in this series.  That being said, it might have been helpful if the previous books discussed Anna and Leigh’s relationship more, as I felt kind of lost in their storyline.

But, Jeremy is the main character in this book and I really enjoyed him.  He was honest, without the frou – frou sparkles that you sometimes get with older characters.  And, he is not only hot himself, but he meets an intelligent, silver fox, Scott!

These two characters have amazing physical chemistry, but are both emotionally stunted.  Both have suffered a loss, but in very different ways.

I think that I could have really enjoyed this story, but for the fact that I HATED Jeremy’s family.  His ex-wife, she seems spineless and unable to handle any of the responsibility that comes with having teenagers and a divorce.  She is perfectly happy to pile that “mistake” on Jeremy.  Then you have his kids and while I can understand how upsetting a divorce could be, they were just whiny and unlikable.  Not only was Jeremy trying everything he knew how to do, he was willing to make all the sacrifice to do so.  It just made this story completely unlikable for me.

So, while I loved the parts between Jeremy and Scott, Jeremy’s family was not a good fit for the story at all.

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ThreeStar

While I did like parts of this book I have to say when the two MC’s will not commit to any kind of relationship other then meeting up for sex for most of the book that through me off a little bit.
You get Jeremy who is a bodyguard for Anna who works for a show called Wolf’s Creek. Well he is a older man who has divorced from his wife and moved away from his kids to try and give them space due to the kids being mad at him and blaming him for the divorce.
He meets Scott on a bus to see eagles with the woman Jeremy is protecting and her partner. Well one thing leads to another and they start sleeping together but with no strings attached which honestly almost the whole book of that was a little too much for me. They are both older men which I loved and I did like parts of this story but for some reason this one just did not grab me.

So I am sad to say this one was just not for me…

Kara

ThreeandHalfStars

Jeremy learns late in life that he is gay, he tries to work things out with his wife for the kids but that just made things worse. Moving to a new town for a job seems to be the answer for Jeremy. Not into relationships Jeremy meets Scott on an eagle watching tour, Scott looks familiar but he isn’t sure why. Scott is a counselor and doesn’t date but he is attracted to Jeremy. They decide to have a no strings attached relationship that of course ends up as more. At times I was bored with this book, even though they had sex a lot and it was hot. I will say that the last part of the book my heart was breaking and I was teary eyed. Overall it was a good book with a lot of chemistry between the characters. I just wish there was an epilogue so we could have seen how things turned out down the road with Jeremy and his kids.

~Angie

FourStars

This was another hit for me but then I love L.A. Witt’s books so that is no surprise. I loved Jeremy and Scott and loved the premise of them not really dating. The sex was just HOT and love the over 40 types of stories. I really love when men finally admit that men just do it for them. I know that Jeremy was having problems with his children but I did feel that a little too much time was spent on that instead of building his new relationship with Scott. This was another winner from L.A. Witt and for the Bluewater Bay series.

~Lynn

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FOUR 4, ONE 3 and ONE 3.5 Star Reviews for Stranded by HelenKay Dimon #MM #Romance #Thriller @RiptideBooks

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Title: Stranded
Author Name & Publisher: HelenKay Dimon (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: November 23, 2015 – 155 pgs

Synopsis

Cabe got out of the gun-for-hire business the hard way—by nearly dying. Except then his former boss calls in one last favor for one final job. The mission should be simple: get a message to a retired operative in Alaska. But it puts Cabe face-to-face with the one man he doesn’t want to see and can never forget. Not after all the secrets and lies. Not after Brax almost killed him.

Brax Hughes lived hard and retired young to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Well, that was the plan, but before he can hang up his sniper rifle, he has one last mission: win back Kyle Cabe. Brax wants another chance, wants to come clean, but after months of lying to Cabe, he knows he could face a bullet—or worse—when they meet again. And they will meet. Brax made sure of that.

With a storm moving in and someone lurking outside the cabin, time is running out. Brax needs to talk fast and keep his weapons ready. And his best weapon is the truth.

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FourStars

With this book you get Brax and Cabe. Well Brax did something really bad which ended his relationship with Cabe. He kept secrets and what he did to Cabe if I was him I am not sure if I could have forgiven Brax after that.
So Cabe gets dropped of in Alaska for what he thinks is a assignment but little does he know who is behind his new assignment. The fireworks between these two but with the way everything ended I will admit I was on the edge of my seat not sure if everything would work out for these two or not. So with this book you get action and steam .
So all together I really liked this novella!
I would recommend this book!
~Kara

FourStars

Cabe was basically a hired assassin before he quit, and he quit because the man he loved and thought loved him in return, shot him. On a last mission, he goes way out to MiddleOfNowhere, Alaska for a favor to his ex-boss…and finds out that his lover, the man who shot him and thought got killed, was actually alive and well.
Brax was that lover and he had a pretty good reason why he did what he did. I actually liked him a lot. It sucked that he had to shoot Cabe in order to save him, but he had to do what he had to do. He was like a double agent and put himself into a lot of danger just to keep Cabe safe from those who wants him dead. Cabe is a lucky man.
I liked Cabe too and felt for him. I mean, here was the love of his life, who had shot you, totally alive when they lead you to believe he was dead and you’re trapped in Alaska with him til someone sends help. Brax had set it all up like that so he had the chance to win Cabe back and explain why he did what he did.
There really wasn’t much action, but there was tension. The reason I gave this 4 instead of 5 was because I felt like this was book 2 instead of 1. Like I was missing a whole other book from when Cabe and Brax first met. I wish I could read about that. And I feel like Cabe and Brax actually got away pretty easy. Too easy. Maybe there will be a book 2? Hmm? I’d read it.
~Cookie

FourStarsThe story could have used a little more backstory.  It just seemed like there so much missing from the part of Brax shooting Cabe.

Cabe and Brax had a lot of chemistry between them when they weren’t arguing.
It seemed that’s all they seemed to do was argue and have sex..

The story had a very good suspenseful plot to it. It was a quick novella to read and I did enjoy the book.

~Sherry
FourStars
This book drove me nuts! Cabe and Brax were always bickering and if they weren’t bickering they were banging. I mean I get why they were like that but it drove me flipping nuts! You could feel the chemistry between the two and you wanted them to have their HEA but my god, I thought I was going to reach through my kindle and slap them both! Finally when Cabe got his head out of his butt things got better but there were still some questions left unanswered. Like how did Sean end up being in charge?? Good book, just a little too much bickering at times for me.
Angie

ThreeStar

This is a somewhat strange story.  I felt like I was plopped in to the middle of something and nobody told me.

Brax and Cabe have a very strained relationship, but it makes sense when you know that Brax shot Cabe and left him to die.  What becomes a story about communication, love and a strange semi-mystery is how Brax and Cabe move on from those horrible memories.

I did like that you were able to have some background, but felt that you needed more.  It felt like you were almost able to see the full picture if only the camera person were to move slightly to one side.  Then you have the sexual dynamic.  While I didn’t feel that the heat from this story was off the charts, they did have a decent connection.  However, I felt that they “fixed” their issues by having sex, rather than really working them out.

When you throw Sean in to the story, briefly, but leave out Myers, and then have the mystery of could they be found out by the bad guy, it all just felt unfinished.

AvidReader

ThreeandHalfStarsThis is my first book by this author and I really wanted to love it because I love enemies-to-lovers type of story. However, I never felt a connection to Brax but I did really like Cabe. I think the reason I didn’t like Brax is due to the situation that put them in the position they were in. I just could seem to get past that. I also felt that I was dropped into the story half of the way through. I think a little more background history would have been the way to go. Overall I really did enjoy this story and would like to read more stories from this author.

~Lynn

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TWO 5 and 4.5 Stars for Clique (Heartsville) by Jayden Brooks #MM #Romance @jaydenbrooks44

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Title: Clique (Heartsville)
Author Name: Jayden Brooks
Publication Date & Length: October 29, 2015 – 78 pgs

Synopsis

Adam Locke’s youthful looks aren’t the blessing everyone seems to think. At twenty-eight, he’s a successful photographer with his own studio and respected by his peers—but that doesn’t seem to matter to the men who catch his eye. Instead, he’s brushed aside like an underage twink with a daddy fetish.

When a hot, bearded stranger stops him from accidentally walking into traffic, Adam looks up and finds the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, his first meeting with Brandon ends with him being dismissed as a kid. Again. Adam can’t help his annoyance. He also can’t help staring (and drooling) whenever he spots Brandon walking through the neighborhood with a different dog.

He watches from afar, wondering about Brandon’s story—until the day he’s dared to take another chance. It’s just the push Adam needs, and finally, he catches Brandon’s interest. Now if only he could figure out the key to getting taciturn Brandon to open up and let Adam in. But Adam knows sometimes all it takes is a little patience for the last piece to click into place.

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FiveStars

In the Heartsville Series this book is 4th in a 5 book series and is my favorite. Jayden Brooks has a quirky sarcasm that makes you laugh and even when you shouldn’t laugh you do. Her characters made me want to hang out with them and see what they would say next. I didn’t put this one down. I look forward to reading anything that Jayden writes.

D. Weber

FiveStars

Welcome to the latest installment of the of the Heartsville series. And what an installment it is.

After reading the first two pages one word came to mind:  Wow!  Adam’s thought process is…. unique. It made me gasp and giggle all at the same time. The way he looks at the world and situations is different from anyone elses. Which makes sense because he is a photographer. So, he looks at the world through his own camera lens, so to speak.

Adam and Brandon’s relationship is also extraordinary. It involves various breeds of dogs, including one that loves toes, globe-trotting parents and muscle men who try to make Adam into a sandwich with Adam as the filling.

I highly recommend this book. Not only was it a joy to read but it was very fun and hard to put down.

Ariel

FourandHalfStars

This is another book from the Heartsville series and what can I say but that I loved it. This is my first book by this author and Jayden Brooks just has a way to make me laugh. I loved that Adam got his story and found love. That all he really wanted, but was constantly taken as a kid not an adult. All though this story, I could be heard laughing and giggling. The theme in this story was clearly an opposite attract and the author was able to keep my interest through the whole book.

~Lynn

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4 and 3.5 Stars for Right Back Where (Welcome to Alvarado #1) by C.E. Kilgore #MM #Romance @CE_Kilgore

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Title: Right Back Where (Welcome to Alvarado #1)
Author Name: C.E. Kilgore
Publication Date & Length: July 27, 2015 – 186 pgs

Synopsis

Sam’s ended up right back where he started – the small Texas town he swore he’d never step foot in again after making fast tracks to SMU. He’s not the young, gay kid he was when he left. He has a music degree now, with no job and is about to lose his dorm room… Shit.

When an old friend has him coming back to where he started, Sam struggles to deal with old memories and an unexpected reality. Things in Alvarado aren’t exactly how he remembers them, and neither is his arch nemesis Cody Greene.

When the two men get stuck together by a promise, the hated memories that Sam’s bitterly held onto for five years begin to unravel. When the dust settles, Sam and Cody have to decide if they can let go of the past to build a future.

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FourStars

Triggers: Violent beating, drunk parent, death

Let me start out by saying that right from the start, I knew this book was going to be a quick pace. I am not sure if that hurt or helped the story, but it is indeed a fast paced book.
You have Sam who has been running from his past with very good reason.  He has figured himself out and was never going to look back.  But, there was one person whom he wanted to keep in touch with – a teacher who not only inspired him, but loved him like he was her own son.  When he gathers enough courage to see his ailing teacher, he has no choice but to go back to Alvarado.
Then you have Cody.  And, I don’t now if Kilgore wants your to hate him right away, but I definitely hated him.  I wanted him to shrivel up, his mean, juvenile behavior, what was described by Sam – I really disliked Cody.  But, Kilgore had a way of slowly changing my opinion of him.  Cody was just as scared as Sam back in the day – it just came out in a very hurtful manner.
There is a town who has some forward thinkers and some very backward thinkers.
The secondary characters, Ricky, whom I loved and really hope he gets his own story, then you have the awesome friends of Sam’s, Kyle and Julie.  They made the book much more tolerable.
While I do believe that this book was very fast, it also had its tender moments.  I wish that this book was alternating perspectives, as I would have loved seeing the story from Cody’s POV too.
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ThreeandHalfStarsThere were things I liked about this book and things I did not like. There was a lot of angst in this story and a lot reminiscing. Don’t get me wrong I love stories that have angst in it and the enemies to lovers’ type of story but the constant reminiscing was a bit too much. This was a sweet story and the way the author brought the two together was original. Overall a good story and I probably read the next in the series.  
~Lynn

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