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ONE 5 star and TWO 4 star reviews for Necromantia by Sheri Lewis Wohl @sherilewiswohl #FF #Paranormal #lesfic #Mystery #Thriller

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Title: Necromantia
Author Name & Publisher: Sheri Lewis Wohl (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: April 12, 2016 — 264 Pages

Synopsis

When seeing dead people is more than a movie tagline.

Circe Latham’s secret has always set her apart from everyone, but
these days she uses it to bring home those whose lives are stolen too
soon. Alongside her search dog, Zelda, she is able to make a
difference, and the chance to work a case with Deputy Sheriff Diana
Erni is an exciting challenge. Until the case takes a deadly turn and
her own life hangs in the balance. In order to save herself, Circe
must do the one thing she swore never to do again: share her secret.
Will her trust in Diana be strong enough to save her life or will she
too fall victim to a killer?

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FourStars

There were several things I liked about this book. Wohl really got me with the suspense, right from the beginning. The first time the doorbell rang and she cut to someone else, I was sure the killer was coming for Circe. Obviously not, but the fact that Wohl made me think that so early in the book was indicative of the suspense she wove throughout the book. And she also got me with some of the twists she threw in about the killer. She had me wondering for quite some time, although I did have an inkling before the big reveal. I really loved Zelda, and the team she and Circe made. I even loved the paranormal aspects that were included. We obviously know about Circe’s ability, but there’s a hint that Diana has some abilities as well, and I wonder if that’s why the two of them connect so deeply so quickly. This brings me to a couple of things I didn’t like as much. I don’t like how quickly the two relationships moved, not only Circe and Diane, but also Paul and Lisa. I believe that type of instant connection can happen, but I’m not convinced that it would be moved on so fast. It almost seems like it was rushed simply to move the plot along. The other thing I didn’t care for as much is that Circe’s ability seemed a bit passive. Intrusive, yes. But passive, in that there wasn’t much she could do to help either the dead spirits she was seeing, nor the investigation into what happened, other than finding their bodies. I would have liked to see that be more interactive, so to speak.

All in all, this was a good read, with some interesting twists, and I really enjoyed it.

~AmyP

FourStars

This was a really good paranormal mystery with some really touching romance thrown in. Circe sees dead people but has kept it a secret from everyone but her best friend for fear of being committed. She works as a Body Recovery specialist along with her K9 partner but she is always the one to discover the site of burials first. The dead come to her and tell her where they are. When she finds three bodies on one site a case is opened up that will have enormous consequences for her and for the people around her. Diana and Paul are the cops assigned to the case and their personal lives become entangled with the case too.
I thought the serial killer mystery was well thought out and very surprising. The tension gets more and more intense as the story develops until it reaches an amazing climax. It was extremely exciting and kept me hooked. Circe’s special talent is vital to the solving of the case but the involvement of Diana and Paul made it much more interesting. The developing relationship between Circe and Diana was wonderfully done, with so much passion and love. Their connection was special and very sexually charged. Paul’s story was brilliant too and his character was sympathetic and kind but also tortured. I enjoyed that the story had many facets that all came together.
Kitty Kat
FiveStars
This is one of the most exciting, sensational and thrilling book I have read in a long time. From the stirring opening scenes to the dramatic and exhilarating conclusion this novel keeps the reader completely engrossed.
The complex plot is completely fascinating and quite unique. The character’s are well written and totally believable, even Circe with her intriguing power. This impressive storyline was enriched by the inclusion of the K9 Search and Rescue team and the enlightening explanation of its workings. This team working in conjunction with the police added to the realism and veracity of this scintillating novel.
Ms Wohl not only brings her characters, both good and evil to life, but her enriching narrative makes the entire book appear vividly and distinctly before and into the readers mind and imagination.
After reading this book I will certainly be looking for more of this outstanding authors works.
~Chris

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5 stars for Clockwork Heart (Clockwork Love #1) by Heidi Cullinan @heidicullinan #MM #Steampunk

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Title: Clockwork Heart (Clockwork Love #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Heidi Cullinan (Samhain Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 2, 2016 — 248 Pages

Synopsis

Love, adventure and a steaming good time.

As the French army leader’s bastard son, Cornelius Stevens enjoys a great deal of latitude. But when he saves an enemy soldier using clockwork parts, he’s well aware he risks hanging for treason. That doesn’t worry him half as much, however, as the realization he’s falling for his patient.

Johann Berger never expected to survive his regiment’s suicide attack on Calais, much less wake up with mechanical parts. To avoid discovery, he’s forced to hide in plain sight as Cornelius’s lover—a role Johann finds himself taking to surprisingly well.

When a threat is made on Cornelius’s life, Johann learns the secret of the device implanted in his chest—a mythical weapon both warring countries would kill to obtain. Caught up in a political frenzy, in league with pirates, dodging rogue spies, mobsters and princesses with deadly parasols, Cornelius and Johann have no time to contemplate how they ended up in this mess. All they know is, the only way out is together—or not at all.

Warning: Contains tinkers, excessive clockwork appendages, and a cloud-sweeping tour of Europe. A little absinthe, a little theft, a little exhibitionism. Men who love men, women who love women, and some who aren’t particular.

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FiveStars

I thought the world this author created in this book was amazing!

I have to say I love steampunk and the way this author wrote this story was awesome and I could not put this book down! The way the world is described in this story with so much detail makes you feel like you are actually there with these characters in this world.

Now I loved these two MC’s together. I loved Johann’s character and the way he interacted with Cornelius character. There was some action in this book along with steam which was so sweet and hot!

All together I really loved this book and would recommend it!

~Kara

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5 stars for Some Assembly Required by Lex Chase @lex_chase & Bru Baker @bru_baker #MM #Paranormal @Dreamspinners

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Title: Some Assembly Required
Author Name & Publisher: Lex Chase & Bru Baker (Dreamspinner)
Publication Date & Length: February 8th, 2016 — 210 Pages

Synopsis

Everyone wishes they were dead when wandering the purgatory of a home furnishings store, but these guys actually are.

Benji Goss is the quintessential good guy. When his boyfriend dumps him and moves out, Benji obligingly keeps the cat—even though he’s allergic—because his ex’s new place doesn’t accept pets. He’s always joked the cat would be the death of him, but not in a way he expects when a feline mishap crushes him under a DEL TORO bookcase.

Snarky loner Patrick Bryant is in such a rut he barely remembers the life he used to lead. The last thing he recalls is being decapitated by a DEL TORO bookcase in a freak accident. As a spiritual CASA resident, he haunts the aisles of affordable Italian furniture, assisting fellow spirits in moving on to their final destinations.

When Benji appears in the CASA café, Patrick considers the naïve spirit just the man to cure his boredom. Benji’s relentless optimism chips away at Patrick’s sarcasm, making him question if there’s something beyond what he can see. But the heart is like CASA furniture—there’s always some assembly required.

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FiveStars

I have to say to start of this review that I 100% loved the authors premise of this story! Being a huge paranormal fan and both MC’s in this story both being Ghosts..

I really loved both of the characters in this story! Benji and Patrick both having been killed by Casa furniture now must reside there in their afterlife. Benji was such a sweet character while Patrick was sarcastic, but he does eventually grow on you. I really just loved both of these characters together and thought this story was so sweet!

I loved the way both authors wrote this story and these characters! From the moment I started this book I could not put it down. It was such a different concept then I have really ever read before.

~Kara

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NEW RELEASE: 3 stars for The Role by Richard Taylor Pearson #MM #Romance

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Title: The Role
Author Name & Publisher: Richard Taylor Pearson (Lethe Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 4, 2016 — 296 Pages

Synopsis

Mason Burroughs is an actor on the verge of giving up after being turned away at audition after audition. But his life changes when he bumps into Kevin Caldwell, an old crush from acting school. Kevin helps Mason land a role that could make him the next Broadway star. However, as rehearsals begin, Mason learns that there’s a lot more drama than just what’s on stage. With a personal trainer claiming he can mold his body to resemble a Greek statue, an underhanded understudy waiting in the wings to replace him, a megalomaniacal director, and Kevin hellbent on breaking up Mason and his boyfriend, Mason must choose how much he is willing to sacrifice to make his Broadway dream a reality.

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ThreeStar

I love reading new authors but really hate it when the story comes up short. That was the case with this story. It was interesting but I could not seem to connect with either of the MC’s. That made it fairly difficult to read. In fact started to read it and then would quit and read another book and then go back to it. I did like the whole story plot that was very interesting as I love the theater. Not sure if I could read another book by this author but because of the story line I would certainly try it in hope that the characters were a little more developed.

~Lynn

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4 star, 3 star and 5 star Reviews for Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (#1) by Joe Cosentino #MM #Romance

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Title: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Cozzi Cove #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Joe Cosentino (NineStar)
Publication Date & Length: March 21, 2016 — 213 Pages

Synopsis

On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey shore, handsome Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are open for summer and love.

Mario and Harold are brothers and college students who happen to look alike, but couldn’t be more different: Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. Josh and Greg, a wealthy older couple, are matchmakers for their son, Christopher.

When it comes to Connor, the maid, packed with muscles and a roving sponge, anything can happen. Opposites attract as wild Tim with the secret past meets shy Mark, and porn star Chuck Caliber connects with Sean, a virgin romance novelist.

And what will happen when computer-game designer Arthur has a midnight sea rendezvous with a merman? Even married Cal faces an emotional upheaval when a gay bashing turns into something quite unexpected.

What secrets and passions lie in magical Cozzi Cove?

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FourStars

This is only my second book by this author and it was really good. It was very easy to read and the writing was excellent.  I would consider this a fantasy type book because of this happening in it (sorry just can’t say, you’ll have to read it) and it is clearly a story about accepting loss and moving on. This book clearly showed the author’s imagination and I loved how he introduced each of the characters into the story. Although the story centers on Cal Cozzi there are many different characters in this book. At first I had trouble keeping up because the characters where introduced all at the very beginning and not throughout the book. In fact I was thinking I might have to make a chart to be able to remember them all. As the story went on I was able to keep all the different characters straight which made it much more enjoyable. I’m looking forward to the next book and would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to spend time on the beach (even virtually).

~Lynn

FiveStars

Cozzi Cove in my opinion is a book about moving on, letting go of past hurt, finding a new love, forgiving but leaving behind a dead weight, getting over anxiety, moving on to the next step in ones life, choosing to live instead of exist, and spending time with the one you grow to love even though it may not be long that you get to spend with them.

This book is about many different people. All of these men come together and get to know one another because of Cal Cozzi. He owns a bungalow resort and is gay friendly and advertises that his resort is. Many different people come to stay at the resort for a vacation and most leave their with a completely different life. It is as if the place is magical. People have the tendency of coming there and falling in love. Whether the love is short lived or lasts a lifetime.

These different groups of people are so different from one another it is like looking and seeing night and day. But regardless they all mesh well together. Even the couples that come together are the exact opposite of one another but that makes the story that much sweeter.

I really enjoyed this book. There was surprises that I did not see coming. There were parts that were hilarious, parts that were serious, parts that were happy and parts that were sad. Regardless of the emotion that the character was portraying at that moment I was able to feel it myself. So if for no other reason that made this an amazing book. I also truly loved the story line and the diverting the people in it. It made it seem so much more realistic. So job well done Joe.

~Tosha
ThreeStar

If Mauve Binchy wrote a book about a gay American beach resort, this would be it..  This is the story of Cozzi Cove and the escapades of the residents during one hot summer week.  While I loved the premise of this story, I wasn’t completely charmed by the execution.  
The cast is quirky.  While this is a fun summer beach read, there are some very serious moments.   Some of the stories are heart wrenching, others are moving and a few are just silly.  I bristled at some of the cliches and felt that some of the attitudes and language felt quite dated.  I have to wonder how old the author is because I’m not sure how many Millennial readers would even recognise some of the antiquated gay stereotypes present in this book.  
This is very much a “telling” not “showing” style of writing and I found the slightly camp, at times slightly bitchy narration grating.  While I connected with several of the characters’ stories, none of the characters ever felt very three dimensional to me.
There is a little bit of sex in this story, and the antiquated language makes some of the descriptions brilliantly amusing.

~Sarah

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5 stars for Shell Shocked (Yolks on You #1) by Jessica Payseur #MM #Mystery #ActionAdventure

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Title: Shell Shocked (Yolks on You #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Jessica Payseur (JMS Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 27, 2016 — 199 pages

Synopsis

When Dominic agrees to join his boyfriend Alec and his kids for a weekend away at the annual Eggstravaganza in Mount Angus, Wisconsin, he’s expecting a boring, if kitschy, experience. He isn’t expecting to discover Alec is cheating on him, and he certainly isn’t expecting an exploding cow to drop him in the middle of a deadly mystery.

Suddenly single and surrounded by a town’s worth of suspects, Dom finds himself oddly drawn to playing the sleuth, especially if it will get him closer to Kiko, the owner of the niche shop Yolks on You.

Together the two men navigate a web of intrigue and lies, and the sniping of a jealous Alec, in a town filled with murder and Easter-themed mayhem. Will they manage to make it through the Eggstravaganza alive, or will the murderer leave them much more than just Shell Shocked?

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FiveStars

This is an intriguing book with murder, mayhem, cheating boyfriend turned ex jealous boyfriend, to explosions, guns, and lots of Easter eggs. So in other words there is something for everyone in this book, including but not limited to finding that one person who makes you think of changing your whole life and taking a chance on love again.

His was really a great book. It holds you captivated from the moment the first explosion takes place. Every time you think the characters, Kiko and Dom, has figured out who it is that is setting the explosions off there is a new twist and turn that tells you …. Nope, you have the wrong person. Then when you get close to the end and you really think that you know who it is finally… You are thrown for another loop and BAM it is not that person either.

Not to mention along the way Kiko and Dom continually get closer to one another and you are left wondering will they work out or are they going to leave it at a vacation fling. Even that is a mystery up to the last moment when you think you finally figured that out also and hen they do what you did not see coming.

If you like a book with action, adventure, mystery, and love lost and love gained…. You will love this book. I know I did and I cannot wait to see what Jessica Payseur will do in the future with new books in the series. Definitely a book that captures your attention and holds it too the very end. It was a great read.

~Tosha

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3 stars for Rooks and Romanticide by J. I. Radke #MM #Fantasy #Historical @Dreamspinners

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Title: Rooks and Romanticide
Author Name & Publisher: J. I. Radke (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: July 28, 2015 — 250 Pages

Synopsis

In an alternate world, Romeo and Juliet are gunslingers. Verona gives way to a steampunk Victorian London. The victims of turf wars are dumped in an alley they call Lovers’ Lane, and the moment the son of his family’s enemy touches his face, Cain’s revenge is poisoned by love. Fate would have it no other way.

Levi Ruslaniv is the heir to the Ruslaniv family gang, but ridiculous ancient feuds do not interest him. Cain Dietrich’s vengeful hatred for the Ruslaniv family is rooted deep, since he believes the Ruslanivs arranged for the murder of his parents. But his encounter with Levi pierces him deeper than hatred ever could.

With bullets and blazes of glory, schemes, spies, and pack mentalities, loyalty runs as deep in the veins as passion or revenge, and there is only one way to end the fighting. From the start it was inevitable—a bloodstained fate for children with bloodstained hands, and the streets of New London will never be the same.

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ThreeStar

Rooks and Romanticide is a moody, gay retelling of Romeo and Juliet in atmospheric old London. Despite knowing the premise (and the ending) I really enjoyed the ride JI Radke provided.
Cain is a tortured soul bent on revenge. Levi comes only for fun but is compelled by his lover’s pain. There’s a lot of violence and a lot of darkness. I felt for the characters.
I appreciated the flowery language that was a tribute to Shakespeare, not a repetition. It added to the otherworldliness and romanticism of the story. I would have liked Radke to show me new things and go more into the unknown, rather than to rehash ancient woes. Hopefully there’s more from this author soon.
– C. E. Case

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