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New Release: 3. 5 Stars for A Time to Rise by Tal Bauer #MM #Paranormal @NineStarPress

CoverTitle: A Time to Rise
Author Name & Publisher: Tal Bauer (NineStar Press)
Publication Date: May 2, 2016

Synopsis

History says the Knights Templar were destroyed in 1307.
History is wrong.

Vampires haunt the sewers beneath Rome, revenants desecrate graveyards, ghouls devour helpless passersby, and incubi stalk dark alleys and seedy nightclubs in Italy’s capital. Deep in the Vatican, a brotherhood exists, sworn protectors of the earth, and they stand firm against monsters from the dark depths. Operating in secret and silence, they protect our world from the sinister, the etheric, and from the evils that exist beyond the Veil.

But it’s a lonely life, and Alain Autenberg knows that more than most. His lover was ripped from him years ago and he vowed never to get close to another soul again. Even when the loneliness presses down on him, and his empty heart cries out for something more.

Something more comes in Cristoph Hasse, a new soldier arriving in Rome to serve in the Pontifical Swiss Guard. Young, brash, and fitting in a right angles everywhere he goes, Cris struggles in the murky, deceptive labyrinth of the Vatican. Propelled forward by a past he can’t understand, Cris collides with Alain, and both men crash headfirst into the darkest secret of the Vatican… and of the world.

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ThreeandHalfStars

I had a tricky time trying to decide if I should give this 3 stars or 4…but in the end I decided with 3.5 cause I did end up liking this book.
Alain is some kind of slayer. It’s not just ghosts he hunts but also other beings that go bump in the night. Even though he has a work partner, he’s lonely and an outcast because others don’t understand him. They don’t even know what he does. He lives in the Vatican and is working for the pope. I was kinda confused about the whole setting, but I went with it.
He meets Cristophe, who he falls for. I wished that there we more scenes with these two as a couple. They spent more time apart than together. Still, I really liked Alain and wanted someone for him. I didn’t connect well with Cris as much as I did with Alain though. The world is unique and the little twist in the end I didn’t see coming. There was a vampire who died in the end who I was really sad to go. He had a small role, but he had the biggest impact on me.
I look forward to book 2 if there’s going to be one. I don’t think that Cris and Alain’s story is done.
Cookie

Excerpt

Pressing back against the ancient stone-church walls, Alain palmed his pistol, his fingers curling around the heavy grip as he adjusted his hold. Cold ivy, wet with dew, flicked over the back of his neck, and midnight fog clung to his skin, the roughhewn stones, and the dreary courtyard. Across the cobblestone drive in front of the church, pebbles skittered wildly, an ill wind blowing through.

A streetlamp hummed down the road, but it was lost in the haze, and the entire night could have been a transplanted moment from so long ago. Antiquity drowned the air, heavy with every inhale. A fountain burbled, water falling from the mouths of fat marble cherubs beneath the light of a sickle moon.

Next to Alain, pressed against the rotten and crumbling walls of the Basilica di Sant’Aurea, Father Lotario Nicosia slipped his pistol under his suit jacket and into his shoulder holster. He was dressed in his usual Catholic priest’s attire—black suit and a Roman collar—but he packed heavier firepower than just a crucifix. Double shoulder holsters with modified twin 9mm pistols. Still, Father Lotario tucked the pistols away.

What they were hunting tonight wouldn’t fall to bullets. Not even silver or iron bullets.

Father Lotario coughed, breathing hard through the wet chill choking the nighttime air.

“You need to quit smoking,” Alain grunted.

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5 Star Review for Wrestling for Top: The Complete Collection by Jack Stevens #MM #Erotic

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Title: Wrestling for Top: The Complete Collection
Author Name & Publisher: Jack Stevens (NineStar Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 25, 2016 – 251 pgs

Synopsis

Handsome wrestler Terry ‘Kid Bacchus’ Ryan is popular with the fans in the ring and with the men in the bedroom. But faced with dwindling audiences and fierce competition in Britain, Terry gambles on a tour of Europe with ‘uncle’ Doug, three wrestling buddies, and an unexpected sponsor, the masked wrestler Johnny Deuce.

Abroad, Terry and his team score on the mats and between the sheets, catching the eye of influential wrestler/promoter Yves Montaigne, who is eager to make Terry a star and lover.

But even as success beckons, Terry is drawn into a world of dark and dangerous sexual fantasies, and to save himself and his wrestling family, Terry must find out who his real enemies are. Are they linked to the death of his father years ago? What part did Doug play in that? And above all, who really is the man behind the Johnny Deuce mask?

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FiveStars

I am not going to lie and say that when I started reading this book that I wondered if there was actually going to be some kind of plot behind it or if it was just going to be about getting hot and sweaty between different wrestlers. I started to question if I wanted to keep reading it or not but as I got through the first couple of chapters that yes it was about mainly the slutty wrestler Terry but it was also a mystery behind all the circumstances surrounding his uncle and his dad and that someone was out to get Terry. The question is why???

This did turn out to be an extremely interesting read. There are many characters in this book but the main is Terry but there is a lot of supporting characters in it also. The one that stands out the most to me was Baz.

My opinion of Baz is, he is quite but happy individual. But you could tell that there was some underlying feelings for Terry.

Terry does not see Baz, or at least the real Baz and he just assumes he is just a nice guy and nothing more. Boy is he in for a shock.

Terry in my opinion is just SLUTTY. He thinks with the head between his legs and not the one on his shoulders and boy does that get him into some major trouble he almost does not make it out of.

All around this was a very enjoyed read. It had a little bit of everything in from hot sex scenes to mystery. I think Jack Stevens did a very good job on the entertainment value that this book brought forth. I think many more will enjoy this series also.

Tosha

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5 Star Review for Spencer Cohen, Book One by N.R. Walker #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Spencer Cohen, Book One
Author Name & Publisher: N.R. Walker (BlueHeart)
Publication Date & Length: February 18, 2016 – 137 pgs

Synopsis

Spencer Cohen is the guy who gets answers to relationship questions. Playing the role of the new lover, his job is to make his client’s ex realise one of two things: he doesn’t want to break up or he really does. Either way, his client gets answers.

The ex would either apologize and beg, or turn and walk. But in the end, Spencer’s client won. If he wanted his ex back and got him, it was great. If the guy walked away, then as hard it was for the client, he knew it was over. Regardless of the outcome, Spencer’s work was done.

Andrew Landon’s ex left him without so much as an explanation. But his sister can’t stand to see him miserable, so, much to Andrew’s dismay, they hire Spencer to be Andrew’s new boyfriend to get the ex back.

For Spencer, it is never personal. Merely a business transaction. No emotions, no strings, no complications.

Yeah right.

Even a blind man could see how this would end.

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FiveStars

Spencer Cohen is a great book by one of my favorite authors. It is engaging, moving, and romantic.
Spencer and Andrew are wonderful characters. The story is told from Spencer’s point of view, but Andrew’s personality and emotions also shine through. N.R. Walker is great at really bringing her characters to life. They are relatable and easy to love.
I was hooked by this story from the start and had a very hard time putting it down. I’m very excited about moving on to the next one!
Even though there is a natural conclusion to this book, I wouldn’t recommend it as a standalone book. I highly recommend this to someone looking to start a moving, romantic series. This book has no sex scenes, so I wouldn’t recommend it to someone looking for a highly erotic romance.
Amanda

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5 Star Review for Wolf, en Garde (Wolf #2) by A.F. Henley #MM #Paranormal @LT3Press

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Title: Wolf, en Garde (Wolf #2)
Author Name & Publisher: A.F. Henley (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 18, 2016 – 254 pgs

Synopsis

Three years ago Lyle made a mistake that cost him his freedom, and almost his life. Now, sick to death of watching his father love the man that Lyle wanted, Lyle accepts an offer to leave Wolf, WY behind and see what life in Washington, D.C. can do for him instead.

When Lyle comes across a seductive, attractive stranger with a fascinating yet terrifying view of humanity, he’s more than intrigued. It doesn’t take Lyle long to realize that Arius isn’t just playing games, though, and when Lyle runs across a secret in Arius’ lair he has no choice but to flee, even knowing his actions will enrage Arius.

On the run, with only a psychic’s second sight and his own instinct to help him, Lyle has nowhere to go but home. The only question is, will they have him when he shows up.

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FiveStarsI have to say that I honestly likes this book better then the first. There is just something special about Lyle that I liked in the first book and now that the second book is primarily about him and I was able to get to know his character better, he is still my favorite.

I think that as far as Lyle is concerned, he has always felt inferior to his father the alpha of their pack. I think that he did not feel that he measured up to his father and his fathers expectations and so he was always questioning himself. That made it extremely difficult to not make the wrong choices in his life. And some of those choices including getting mixed up with a crazy vampire that played him and almost cost him everything.

But I believe that Lyle has to take all these paths to lead him to the path that was right. It led him to his future and to the one he was destined to be with all along. I also believe that if he has not taken the oath that he had he would not have realized his self worth and that he is his fathers son so therefore he is strong and capable and worthy. I also believe that by him taking the hard oath he learned some valuable lessons along the way and in return taught his father and family some also.

Very good book and I know that this is not the end. I for one cannot wait to read the next book in thee series to see how everything turns out.

Tosha

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5 Star, 4.5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Sweet Spot (Homeruns #4) by Sloan Johnson #MM #Baseball

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Title: Sweet Spot (Homeruns #4)
Author Name: Sloan Johnson
Publication Date: May 9, 2016

Synopsis

Four years ago, it took no time at all for Cody Marshall to fall for the rookie pitcher at spring training. While their lives were nothing alike, Cody understood Nick Stone’s insecurities and pain. And then… Nick left. Eventually, Cody found his own passion and landed a dream internship with the Mavericks. His life was finally turning around. And then… Nick came back.

Just like the first time they met, Cody finds himself falling for Nick. Unfortunately, Nick is still plagued by the belief that he is where he is because of his father. If they’re ever going to make it, Cody has to prove to Nick that his success has little to do with his name and everything to do with his drive to succeed.

Two men, both close to having everything they’ve wanted. Will they be able to find the sweet spot between dreams and desire?

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FiveStarsThis book in my opinion is about righting wrongs from the past and getting over insecurities in order to achieve happiness.

I think that Nick puts so much pressure on himself to be perfect that he does not realize that what is perfect is what he already had and gave up, Cody. Also his insecurities in my opinion is the reason that him and his dad do not have the closest relationship. I believe until he starts trusting himself and that he is good enough all the way around on his own then he will be able to have the things that he so wants to achieve and the person he wants to spend it all with.

Cody may be younger then Nick but in a lot of ways he is so much older. He is what I would call an old soul and so he is able to rationalize what needs to happen in order for Nick to become the man that Nick is meant to be. Yes I believe that Cody has some insecurities himself but that is normal because a person cannot be upbeat about everything all the time.

This was a great book and I enjoyed watching Nick grow to be the man he is meant to be and to watch his and Codys relationship blossom to a full bloom. Cannot wAit to read the next book in the series. I am sure it will be just as good as this one

Tosha

FourandHalfStars
This was a very sweet story.  The two main characters both have fights to overcome, however, they seem to do so with great success.

I think the highlight for me in this story was not necessarily the romance between Cody and Nick, but rather the struggle that Nick goes through to make it in the majors.  He has struggled his entire life to life up to, but outside of the light that is his father’s career.  Growing up with a father who might have the influence to create a career is both humbling and a huge obstacle.  Nick struggles in his own mind to make sure that he’s making it on his very own merit.

Despite that struggle, the romance is my second favorite part of this book.  I love the way that Nick and Cody figure out their relationship.  It’s both new and somewhat juvenile, but in the end, they navigate their careers, their lives and their friends to create an amazing journey.  Cody has some fierce friends who only want what’s best for him and protecting Cody against Nick again is both sweet and how their friendship grows.

While growing together in their relationship – they must face what all couples do – obstacles that test their relationship and commitment.  However, with this story also comes the lesson on trusting themselves, their friends and family too.

It’s a heart warming story that just adds to this series.

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FourStars

I really enjoy this series. It broke my heart in the prologue but then my heart was slowly mended back together. You could feel the connection between Cody and Nick. I can’t imagine how hard it is to go without seeing your partner for weeks and months at a time. I know I hate it when I am out of town for work for a few days! I am glad we got to see characters from previous books, I love them and miss them. I was shocked how something from a previous book came back up from this book, I hope in the next book we see the outcome, I really want justice to be served! Like the other books in the series there was some sappy moments, some moments that made me laugh and cry and of course hot action between the sheets! Can’t wait for the next book!

Angie

Excerpt

For the first time in my life, I was walking into work every day as Nick Stone, pitching hopeful for the Mavericks. I wasn’t Marcus Stone’s son. I wasn’t the closeted gay kid in the clubhouse. I was just Nick.

“Thanks. You deserve a lot of the credit for that,” I told him, because it was the truth. He was the one who’d made me see my dad for who he was. He was the one who gave me the strength to quit lying about who I was. He was the one who made me understand what my dad said when he told me life was more than baseball. Today, I was more worried about leaving Cody than I was about my placement in the organization, but I knew that’s how it was supposed to be. Baseball was my job. Cody was what mattered.

“I didn’t do anything,” Cody scoffed.

I leaned over and kissed him softly, cupping my hand around the back of his neck. I pressed my forehead to his as I spoke. “Yeah, you did. Everything I have at the end of today is because of you. You’re the one who’s helped me through. I love you, Cody.”

Those words terrified me. I’d never said them to anyone other than family, but it felt right to tell Cody how I felt about him. It left me exposed and vulnerable, but it was right. I choked up, knowing that I’d do anything to keep Cody looking at me the way he did right then. Stunned. Happy. In love.

“I love you, too.” Cody sighed. “I’ve wanted to tell you for a while now, but I was worried it’d freak you out.”

I hated knowing that he still had traces of lingering doubts. I’d planted those in his head with my actions years ago. I shook my head and swallowed hard as I thought about how to respond. I’d promised him I was through apologizing to him, but that’s exactly what I wanted to do now.

“I don’t want you to feel that way, Cody.” I buried my head against his shoulder. “I never want you to feel like you can’t tell me what you’re thinking. I know why you do it, but that’s only going to make things harder for the next few months.”

“I know,” Cody responded, sounding like a kid who’d just been scolded. “I’m trying, I promise.”

“That’s all either of us can do,” I parroted the words he’d said to me several times since the first night we’d talked. “Someday, it’ll be easier.”

“Yeah, it will be,” he agreed. Cody rubbed his eyes and I could tell he was struggling just as much as I was with my possible early departure. “Look, I just wanted to tell you that before I dropped you off. You know, that you’re doing good. No matter what happens today, remember how far you’ve come.”

“I will.” This was the pep talk I really needed. It was important to me that he understand what was going on and that he was the one who was able to say what I needed to hear. “And I’m going to keep busting my ass so I can get to Milwaukee. I have too much there to stay away for long.”

“I’ll hold you to that.” With one final kiss, Cody straightened in his seat and re-fastened his seat belt.

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New Release: 3.5 stars for Perilous by Cari Z. #MM #Historical @NineStarPress @author_cariz

CoverTitle: Perilous
Author Name & Publisher: Cari Z (NineStar Press)
Publication Date: May 9, 2016

Synopsis

In 1803, England declares war on France, staking the fates of two mighty empires against one another. Thousands of men serve in the British navy, hungry for distinction in the battle against Bonaparte.

One of them, Lieutenant Thomas Williams, thinks he knows what he wants out of life: prize money at sea, a career of decent note, and the means to maintain his independence when he leaves the navy. What he finds is service under Captain Christopher Knightly: a tactical genius, inveterate charmer, and the youngest son of a wealthy noble house.

Their unexpected and perilous love affair is a gamble against the odds, for in a time of war, nothing is sure to last. If the French don’t tear them apart, one slip in front of the wrong eyes or ears might. When the demands of Christopher’s family take him from Thomas’s side, he thinks it might be the best thing for his captain. Little does Tom realize just how far Christopher will go to return to him, and when life takes a turn for the worse, how much further he will go to save him.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This is a historical romance with sexy British navy men. Lieutenant Thomas Williams wasn’t sure how well he’s be getting a long with his new captain, Christopher Knightly. He was expecting a spoiled, rich noble playing captain. He was happy to discover that Christopher wasn’t like that and fell for him.
I liked these two characters. Thomas was brave and loyal. Christopher was smart and reminded me a bit of Jack Sparrow. lol. Not sure how accurate this is, historic wise, but it was enjoyable read to pass the time. Wish there was more scenes with Christopher and Thomas as a happy couple. I wanted to sink Chris’ relatives in Davy Jones Locker…
Cookie

Excerpt

Just before he went over the side, his captain brought his lips close to his ear. “Good luck, Tom,” he said in a voice that drove the shivers out of Tom’s system. Tom closed his eyes for a moment, savoring their closeness, and then slipped quietly into the black water of the bay.

It was cold, bone-chillingly cold. Tom caught his stuttering breath and then began to swim, slowly and silently, toward the distant guard boat. It hadn’t seemed so far away sitting in the cutter, but now that he was in the water, the distance felt interminable. The frigid water sapped his strength, but Tom was built strong in body and determined in mind, and he ignored it, focusing only on his goal as he edged closer and closer. He was within a few feet when he heard his captain’s voice.

“Messieurs! Ici, je suis un ami!” It was soft but carrying.

The guards sat up straight, dropping the bottle they were sharing and staring away into the darkness, away from Tom as he crept to the side of their boat. “Qui est là?” One of them called out. “Qui êtes-vous?”

Tom couldn’t allow them to keep calling out; the noise would bring unwanted attention. Grabbing his knife, he lunged out of the water and drew it across the noisier one’s throat even as he fought for a place in the boat. The man he held gargled hideously as he died, but the other had time to draw his knife.

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4 Star Review for Wolf, WY (Wolf #1) by A.F. Henley #MM #Paranormal @LT3Press

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Title: Wolf, WY (Wolf #1)
Author Name & Publisher: A.F. Henley (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: October 21, 2015

Synopsis

There’s nothing like a fresh start, and for Randy, still nursing wounds left by a cheating ex and harboring a deep mistrust for all things corporate, Wolf, Wyoming seems like the perfect place to start over. Secluded, quiet, and self-sufficient, Wolf is bound to not only inspire, but to bring Randy the peace he needs. The view’s not bad, either.

Vaughn O’Connell and his family are Randy’s only neighbors for miles, and while Randy knows it’s somewhat unlikely that a man with three kids is gay, it doesn’t hurt to look. When a misunderstanding brings Randy face to face with both Vaughn and his eighteen year old son, Lyle, Randy’s not sure what to feel about either of them.

But things are not what they appear in Wolf, and the closer Randy gets, the stranger the O’Connell family seems…

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FourStarsThis was an interesting book, I felt like I got to read this book from not only Randy’s point of view but also from the wolfs point of view on some parts.

I felt that even though Randy was not aware of the differences that he and Vaughn had that he was still drawn to him and could not shake that they was meant to be together. I also felt that even though Randy had no clue what so ever who the wolf was, he was drawn to him and knew that the wolf would not hurt him.

As far as Vaughn is concerned I felt that even though he had such an extreme pull to be with Randy he was trying to not only protect Randy but also his family at the same time and that was the reason for constantly trying to push Randy away.

Even when the truth came out about all the secrets, I don’t feel it was enough to make Randy leave for good because if he was so determined to not see Vaughn and his family again he would have sold the place instead of constantly questioning if it was the right thing to do. I think he knew that deep down that they was meant to be a family and no matter what they could get through anything.

In my opinion this book is about the fact that even though we have secrets that sometimes might be better kept as secrets, secrets have a way of coming out and if you love someone it is better to be honest about them before they find out another way and it ruins what is building between the two of you.

I enjoyed this read and cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

Tosha

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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: 5 Star Review for Damned If You Do by Marie Sexton #MM #Paranormal @mariesexton

CoverTitle: Damned If You Do
Author Name & Publisher: Marie Sexton (Samhain Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 14, 2016 – 123 pgs

Synopsis

The path to temptation is paved with a hellish amount of paperwork.

Soul acquisition is a drag, but if Abaddon doesn’t catch up on his quota, he could be demoted to scooping poop for the Hounds of Hell. With a deadline hanging over him, he heads for the Bible Belt, looking for the perfect combination of sweetness and challenge.

Seth is a blind musician, part of a traveling tent revival. He’s cute, mystically talented, and quotes the Bible at every turn. His soul is pure enough to fill Abaddon’s quota for months to come, and Abaddon is determined to claim it.

The problem? There’s the revival foreman who watches Abaddon’s every move. Then there’s the mystery of Seth’s many unusual talents. Lastly, there’s Abaddon himself. He’s beginning to like Seth a bit too much. Maybe Seth deserves something better than damnation.

But Hell’s agenda isn’t negotiable, and time is running out. If Abaddon doesn’t play his cards right, he could condemn both of them to the worst fate of all—an eternity apart.

Warning: Contains a Bible-quoting twink and an irreverent devil who’ll do anything to avoid going “back to the office”. Also, snakes. Lots and lots of snakes.

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FiveStars

WOW.. This story totally took me by surprise. I have to say I really didn’t expect it to hook me the way it did. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. There was so much I had to know!
I will say there were parts that made me scoff a bit.. like playing off the Charlie Daniels Band song, but in the end it was totally a cute and sweet story that I really enjoyed even though I really don’t care for sweet stories.
Both the characters were fun to read about and their stories were always keeping me racing through the pages to find out what was going to happen next because come on this blind kid nabs the attention of the worst devil and I just had to know what happened! Then there was Zeb… i had a feeling there was something up with that guy.
I will say I loved the talk of what it’s like in Hell, I found it quite amusing, just like every other part of the story.
Renee

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5 Star, 3.5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Fall by Michelle Chow #MM #Paranormal #Romance @LT3Press

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Title: Fall
Author Name & Publisher: Michelle Chow (Less Than Three)
Publication Date & Length: April 20, 2016 — 99 pages

Synopsis

Jeremy’s always looked after his little brother, Callum, and it’s his responsibility to make sure he’s safe. When Callum wanders too far into the woods, and finds himself at the mercy of two wolf shifters, Jeremy’s forced to act quickly.

It’s not ideal waking up in a strange house, with two shifters that scare him more than he’ll admit, but it’s temporary. Or it should be, until Jeremy realises getting rid of the wolves is far easier said than done.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This was a cute story. More of a young adult read than romance, although it had a romantic theme. This is more about opposites attract and learning to just be who you are.

 

The story flowed well. There wasn’t much if any drama, unless you wanted to count Callum, the younger brother of Jeremy. Towards the end though, Callum explains why he does what he does and it all makes sense and you melt a little for Callum. Jeremy was pretty much in his cat form the whole story (for a very good reason), and his best friend Duke is human. Not being able to converse while Jeremy was in cat form, their conversations at times made me giggle. Sam who is a wolf shifter, was such a young gentleman that my heart tugged for him even before he mentions his family and growing up. I wanted Sam and Jeremy to have their HEA and I wasn’t disappointed.

 

This was a short simple story of boy meets boy, boy likes boy, boy gets his boy, and they live happily ever after without drama. There were no kissing or physical scenes. The ending (a span of 7 years) was quite rushed and was told in 3 short paragraphs. It did make you smile and giggle though.

~Keri

FiveStars

This turned out to be a really good short story. It is a definitely a book about opposites attract. And add in the fact that it is about shifters and you have a winner.

Jeremy is a shifter bob cat that follows his parents rules and tries not to rock the boat when they say not to do something. His little brother Callum is the opposite and does whatever he feels like doing which usually lands them both in trouble cause being a good big brother Jeremy will not leave his brother behind or left to get hurt. That is exactly how they meet Thom and Sam.

Thom and Sam are shifter wolfs and Jeremy’s parents have always told the boys to stay away from them because shifter wolves are dangerous. Stay out of the woods because shifter wolves are territorial. But Callum being Callum does not heed the warning and that is where the trouble begins and how all four boys meet. While I guess I should say five boys because Duke (Jeremy’s best friend) meets the wolf shifters because of Callum doing what he was not supposed to do.

This was a very interesting story because it is the perfect example of when a boy likes a boy he picks on said boy to show him he likes him. It is such a cute story and I really enjoyed it. It was very refreshing. For a while I wondered who was going to end up a couple in the end but I was very pleased with the way it turned out. Very good short story.

~Tosha

ThreeStar

Fall has an interesting premise and great potential in the beginning. But there were things about the book that turned me off the further I got into it.

I was engaged right away by the unique start to the potential romance between Jeremy and Sam. There were some great moments along the way – some cute, some romantic, some moving.

But the story moved along very slowly, and it was hard to stay interested. Things pick up near the end, but then the actual ending feels very abrupt. I feel like if the first half of the book was condensed and the ending was fleshed out, then this would be a great story.

If you’re looking for a unique paranormal romance you might like this book. As there is no sexual content, I wouldn’t recommend this to someone looking for an erotic romance.

Amanda

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New Release: TWO 3 Stars and 4 Stars for Bad Dogs and Drag Queens (Rose and Thorne #1) by Julie Lynn Hayes (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Humor @ShelleyRunyon

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Title: Bad Dogs and Drag Queens (Rose and Thorne #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Julie Lynn Hayes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 25, 2016 – 50,000 Words

Synopsis

Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities.

They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.

Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that?

Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime?

Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.

Review

ThreeStar

From the first chapter, undercover agents Vinnie and Ethan have already been Together for a few years. I didn’t like that cause it felt like I was missing a whole other book. The story was cute with the purse snatching dog and Vinnie had to dress in drag for an investigation. Apparently he’s used to it. I would have liked to read when he First Did drag but that was just glossed over.
Vinnie and Ethan’s relationship is cute, But since their romance was already in full swing, I was disappointed that I didn’t get To Read about them falling in love. Ok story but it needs a full chapter or Two from when they first met then became a couple. Maybe Book 2 should be a detailed prequel.
~Cookie
ThreeStar

This story took me a while to get into.  I felt like I was plunged into the action without understanding much of anything about the characters.  And when we did get to know the characters, I really couldn’t tell whether the author actually had any respect for the drag queens in the story.  
Ethan and Vinnie’s relationship felt incredibly odd to me.  At times, Vinnie felt like Ethan’s effeminate pet – except they were both supposed to be kick-ass undercover secret agents.  Secret agents who specialised in dressing Vinnie up as a woman to catch bad guys.  Hmm.  It just didn’t make any sense.  The first scene was ridiculous.  Dress Vinnie up as a woman to catch a bad guy who mugs women in a park.  Don’t they have female agents?  Why the charade?  
For me, this didn’t work as a romance.  Ethan didn’t seem to have enough respect for Vinnie as an equal.  I never really understood whether the cross-dressing was a fetish for Ethan or something Vinnie actually enjoyed.  
I’ve added a star because there was more warmth in the second half of the book and the mystery was actually interesting.  But as a reader who loves androgynous and gender fluid characters, as someone who can really get behind a hero in drag – there was a hint of condescension towards the drag queens in this story, a slight sneer in the narrative tone that I really didn’t enjoy.  

Sarah

FourStars
This was such a quick, short, no non-sense romantic comedy. Vinnie and Ethan are already seasoned partners at work and at home. They truly love each other and will do anything for each other. That includes Vinnie wearing dresses. Ethan nicknamed him Boom-Boom Sanchez and after reading about Vinnie’s turn up on stage in drag, that name fits.
 
I couldn’t help but keep giggling throughout the story. There was humor on every page, even during the nabbing of the purse thief. The second mystery though, there just wasn’t enough meat to meet the requirement of mystery or suspense. I really wish there was more depth around that mystery. It could have been made a full-length novel and much more enjoyable with the balance of mystery and laughter.
 
One cannot forget Buddy. He stole the show at times. He was such a bad dog, but one that you couldn’t scold because he was just lovable. You can feel the love of Ethan and the ease of humor from Vinnie. It was amazing that these two were able to solve crimes with such chemistry always being displayed by these two.
 
Overall, this was a cute, fun-loving, full of laughter, short and easy story. I hope to see more of Vinnie and Ethan, but in more depth and longer reads.
~Keri

Excerpt

“Remind me again whose stupid idea this lipstick was,” I huffed under my breath.

Without thinking, I licked my lips. They felt greasy, and tasted even worse. I forced myself not to grimace, afraid it might crack the foundation I’d slathered on my face.

“Mine, you sexy beast,” came the smart-ass reply in my ear. “I think you got purty lips, mmhmmm.”

“Fuck you,” I growled. “You should be doing this, not me, and you know it. I did it last time.”

And the time before that. And the time before that. Wait, did I detect a pattern here?

“What I know is you look better in a skirt than I do. And you look damn good out of it too.”

My cheeks filled with heat at Ethan’s words. Luckily the darkness hid a multitude of sins, my embarrassment being the least of them. Hopefully, no one else was listening—I knew I’d never hear the end of it. Just what I needed—to be the object of ridicule of the Roanoke PD.

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