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3 Star Review for Little Wolf (Beings in Love #4) by R. Cooper #MM #Shifter @dreamspinners

CoverTitle: Little Wolf (Beings in Love #4)
Author Name & Publisher: R. Cooper (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 8, 2015 – 380 pgs

Synopsis

On the run from his old-blood werewolf family, Tim Dirus finds himself in Wolf’s Paw, one of the last surviving refuges from the days when werewolves were hunted by humans and one of the last places Tim wants to be. Kept away from other wolves by his uncle, Tim knows almost nothing about his own kind except that alpha werewolves only want to control and dominate a scrawny wolf like him.

Tim isn’t in Wolf’s Paw an hour before he draws the attention of Sheriff Nathaniel Neri, the alphaest alpha in a town full of alphas. Powerful, intimidating, and the most beautiful wolf Tim has ever seen, Nathaniel makes Tim feel safe for reasons Tim doesn’t understand. For five years he’s lived on the run, in fear of his family and other wolves. Everything about Wolf’s Paw is contrary to what he thought he knew, and he is terrified. Fearing his mate will run, Sheriff Nathaniel must calm his little wolf and show him he’s more than a match for this big, bad alpha.

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ThreeStar

I have not read any of the previous books in this series.

This book was full of miscommunication, immaturity and all around bad dialogue.

It took a lot for me to get through this book – the writing style was hard to follow, because it was constantly suggesting something, without every really revealing the ending.

The main characters were immature and hard to watch – if this had been a movie, I would have turned it off.

I think that the only redeeming thing about these characters is that they learn – they adjust and they grow together.

Then, towards the ending, I could see where the previous stories would have been helpful to read – the relationship that got Tim in to trouble in the first place came back.

Overall, I think this story could have been great – but there was just too much dialogue about nothing.

Avid

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Pre-Release: 5 Star Review for Under The Knife by Laurin Kelly #MM #Romance @LT3Press

CoverTitle: Under The Knife
Author Name & Publisher: Laurin Kelly (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 20, 2016 – 335 pgs

Synopsis

Season three of TV’s hottest cooking competition, Under the Knife, is gearing up, and Nate is equal parts excited and terrified that he’s one of the twelve competitors. But the prize is a quarter of a million dollars, and that’s worth a few weeks of being stressed and afraid.

It may not, however, be worth weeks of putting up with Zachary, the cold, snotty competitor who definitely thinks he’s better than everyone else. The man can cook, and he’s the hottest man Nate has ever seen, but every time he opens his mouth Nate hates him all over again.

He came here to be driven crazy trying to prove he’s the best chef in the world, but if Nate can’t learn to block Zachary out it won’t be the competition that pushes him to the breaking point.

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FiveStars

This was such an awesome book. Two men who should never come together because they are total opposites personality wise, different in the way they was raised, and also because they are competing against one another beat the odds and find what truly matters more then winning a competition and money,,,,,each other.

Nate in my opinion is a well rounded individual. He acts as if he has his head on his shoulders firmly and even when he is upset, he rarely takes the bait. He has empathy for others even when they may not deserve it and he tried to not think negatively of others around him. Even when Zachary acted as if he had he nose stuck up in the air Nate knew he was still attracted to him.

Zach acts as if he is the most confident chef there is in the game but I think behind all that confidence is someone who is scared to fail. I think that he is confident to an extent but where he lacks his confidence he hides it behind smart retorts and snarkiness. But once he opens himself of to Nate everything changes for Zachary. He becomes that chef that he wanted to be and he finally allows himself to be happy and find love.

As I said these two should not have ended up together if for no other reason because of the high level of stress in the competition against one another but I think both realized that no matter if one or the other or someone else all together wins the competition that they have already one. They found each other. Now they just have to not let the competition come between them which is the true challenge they both face.

I truly enjoyed this read and hope others do also.

Tosha

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4 Star Review for Ed & Marchant (Frankie’s Series) by Sue Brown #MM #BDSM

CoverTitle: Ed & Marchant (Frankie’s Series)
Author Name & Publisher: Sue Brown (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 12, 2014 – 120 pgs

Synopsis
Ed Winters despises his job and hates everyone he works with—especially out and proud, happily in love Frankie Mason. He spends his days wishing he could dance, rather than work.

Late to go shopping one day, Ed ends up soaked in Marchant Belarus’s spilled Coke. Ed’s humiliation increases when Marchant, the owner of a BDSM club, realizes Ed is a sub, albeit a very closeted one. Marchant’s attempts to draw Ed out of his shell release years of pent-up anger and hurt over the abuse Ed’s mother and grandmother heaped on him.

Marchant is patient, but nothing he does seems to help until he discovers Ed’s secret love of dancing—a forbidden passion that might be the key to unlocking the confident, secure man Ed could be.

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FourStars

First off, I have to admit I read this book before reading Frankie & Al. I felt I was missing a little backstory so I instantly read Frankie & Al’s story and then Ed & Marchant made more sense. So I suggest you read the series in order unlike myself. I honestly hated Ed and didn’t think I could ever change my mind about him. Marchant is a saint and a great Dom, he knew just want to do to make things work with Ed and how to bring Ed out of his shell. The book wasn’t long but it was a good story and I can’t wait to hear more about this characters in other books.

Angie

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ONE 4 Star and ONE 3 Star Reviews for Trial by Fire (Dreamspun Desires) by B.A. Tortuga #MM #Western @batortuga

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Title: Trial by Fire (Dreamspun Desires)
Author Name & Publisher: B.A. Tortuga (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 15, 2016 – 228 pgs

Synopsis

One Aussie. One Texan. One baby. One hell of a fight.

When his sister and her husband are killed in an accident, Aussie cattle station owner Lachlan McCoughney rushes to Texas to rescue their infant daughter, Chloe. He expects to find his niece living in squalor with the Sheffields, a rodeo family.

Instead, Lachlan finds Holden Sheffield, a salt-of-the-earth cowboy running a huge business operation. They want to explore their mutual attraction despite the many problems thrown their way, and together, they must find a way to give Chloe a new family and find a love that spans thousands of acres and two continents.

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FourStars

When an Aussie cowboy meets a Texas cowboy, sparks fly. Add in two grieving men, two tough families, an orphaned baby girl and a kidnapping plot for an exciting whirlwind of an adventure.

The loss of Holden’s twin and Lachlan’s sister starts this story in a wash of grief, anger and confusion. But the little girl left behind forces the two cowboys to put her first and figure out a future that works for both families.

I really enjoyed the two leading men in this story and I loved the unusual build up to their romance. Either practicality or pure chemistry brings Holden and Lachlan together but this is the most believable insta-love I’ve read in a long time.

While the action-packed plot is fun, there is far too much going on for this to be believable. Because the plot is so complex, many of the characters are simply sketched in. There were times when I found myself confused by the dual narrative, not immediately knowing whether Lachlan or Holden was narrating.

Overall, this was a fun and exciting story once I stopped querying the details. I enjoyed both the romance and the action.

~Sarah
ThreeStar
This book had so much potential. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad book, it just didn’t push all my buttons. The plot was good. The story was good, there was just something missing. Holden is the guardian of Chloe, his twin’s daughter, after her parents are killed in an accident. Lachlan finds out weeks later his sister is dead and he has a niece. Both men want to be part of Chloe’s life and before they get a chance to work things out she is kidnapped while both men are trying to put out a barn fire. The entire book is about Chloe, who should she live with, who kidnapped her, should how can they get her back, etc. There wasn’t much focus on Holden and Lachlan so when they just decide to live together and that they were in love it just felt wrong and rushed. The epilogue was good but I wanted more interaction with Holden and Lachlan that didn’t revolve around Chloe.
Angie

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3.5 Star Review for Beyond the Rift (Elemental Lovers #1) by Alana Ankh #MM #Fantasy @dreamspinners

CoverTitle: Beyond the Rift (Elemental Lovers #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Alana Ankh (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 27, 2014 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

Across the centuries, the Nikari, a race of vicious elemental mages, have built an empire, bringing an entire continent to its knees. The course of history seems set… until one innocent Andari mage changes everything and claims a greater prize—the heart of the Nikari emperor.

Behnivyr ‘Ivy’ Erethe knows his duty is to wed another Andari Pure-Blood. Craving one moment of freedom before his loveless bonding, he escapes his father’s suffocating protection and goes to a masquerade ball, only to unexpectedly meet a mysterious Nikari named Kris. Kris makes Ivy ache with a need he barely dares to acknowledge. One kiss, one dance—and Ivy’s life changes forever. Unbeknownst to Ivy, Kris is actually Kristelien Fezenda, the Nikari emperor. Forced to make a difficult choice, Ivy picks love over duty and becomes Kris’s concubine.

Poorly prepared for the whirlwind of emotion Ivy summons inside him, Kris now faces the hardest battle of his life. In a ruthless world where all weakness is exploited, where allies become enemies in the blink of an eye, where love can mean death, he will have to defeat more than his own personal demons to breach the rift between him and Ivy.

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ThreeandHalfStars

Ok, the back story was kind of confusing to me in the beginning, but I went with it. Plus there’s a glossary for terms in the book to help guide you.
This story is about Ivy, who is being forced to marry someone he doesn’t want, but he’ll do his duty anyway. One night, as a last Hurrah, he goes off to play in a festival that he’s been forbidden to attend. There he meets Kris, a warrior he shouldn’t be around but is drawn to. They share a moment and promise to meet each other again, one way or another.
Kris of course is the emperor and gets what he wants. I liked the story well enough. I even liked Kris and Ivy’s interactions. I’m not so sure about the story line though. Kris was too blind for my taste. He jumped into too much conclusions, which drove distance between him and Ivy. I know there’s gotta be drama now and then, but it left me feeling like Ivy could have done better.
In the end, it was an okay read and would read book 2.
Cookie

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Audiobook Review: 4 Star Review for Choices & Changes by K.L. Belanger #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Choices and Changes
Author Name & Publisher: K.L. Belanger (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 11, 2013 – 258 pgs

Synopsis

On the cusp of his twenty-fifth birthday, Bo Sanford grows frustrated with his directionless life. Slaving away at his father’s construction company all week and partying every weekend leaves him little time for introspection, but he knows it’s time for a change. When his best friend, Mac, drags him to a college party, Bo catches sight of a girl. But not just any girl—the girl of his dreams: a delicate blonde-haired beauty with a pink scarf and a smile that promises warmth and humor. There’s just one problem: she isn’t a girl.

Even after Bo discovers the truth, he keeps seeing Erick, and the choice to follow his heart despite the obstacles has profound repercussions on not only his sense of self but his relationship with his family and even his job. Being with Erick makes him all the more determined to be his own man and claw his way out from under his father’s thumb.

But Erick faces choices of his own: the choice to get involved with someone redefining his sexuality, the choice to trust again, and even the choice to believe love can last beyond the temporary.

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FourStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
I enjoyed this book because it was different from the other books I’ve read lately. It was a slow burn, building romance. I have to say the part that really snagged me was how REAL this book felt. It might not have been the fastest, most angsty book ever written, but it was a book that totally felt like I was reading/hearing someone’s true story.
There is some pain that they talk about.. and they do talk quite a bit, but the story line is there and it’s sweet. While for me personally the dialogue was a bit on the heavy side, it was a nice change from books that are more action. Since it’s a gay-for-you story it was nice to see them men actually working through issues and worries.
The narrator did a good job of adding life to the story and really drawing me in.
Renee

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3 Star Review for Crushing on the Cowboy (Rodeo Dreams #1) by Sarah M. Anderson #MM #Romance @SarahMAnderson1

CoverTitle: Crushing on the Cowboy (Rodeo Dreams #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sarah M. Anderson (Carina Press)
Publication Date: June 27, 2016

Synopsis

As The Heartbreak Kid, Mitch Jenner is known as the biggest womanizer of all the rodeo cowboys—but it’s just an act to keep himself safe. In fact, Mitch is so afraid of coming out that he’s opted to stay single—and a virgin. He’s fine with being alone…until he meets the mysterious Paulo.

Paulo Bernardes is here to learn the American style of bull riding well enough to teach it back home in Brazil. A namorado—a boyfriend—will distract him from his goal, but he’s captivated by Mitch, who understands him even when they don’t speak the same language. In return, Paulo wants Mitch to accept himself—and their relationship.

In private, Mitch yields to his attraction to Paulo and is rewarded with a heat and tenderness he comes to crave. But he still fears exposing their relationship. And as they grow closer, Paulo wonders how he’ll live without Mitch once their time together is up—how he’ll pick up the pieces of his heart when it’s time to say goodbye.

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ThreeStar

This is a story about Mitch, who also goes by as The Heartbreak Kid, cause he goes around breaking poor women’s heart. People think it’s because he’s a player, but in actuality, he’s gay and need beards. All that comes crashing down when he meets sexy Brazilian, Paulo. Both of them are rodeo and they’re hot together.
It’s a simple story about lust at first sight, first experiences and love winning out in the end. Mitch wasn’t very true to himself all his life, but Paulo guided him and grounded him. I really liked Paulo. He let Mitch set the pace and always made sure that they were at the same page. He had a bad experience when he was younger that taught him to never assume. The story was okay, but could have been much more, so that was disappointing.
Cookie

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TWO 4 Star Reviews for The Only Option (Dubious #4) by Megan Derr #MM #Fantasy @amasour

CoverTitle: The Only Option (Dubious #4)
Author Name: Megan Derr
Publication Date & Length: May 1, 2016 – 114 pgs

Synopsis

A desperate dragon. A lonely necromancer. A marriage neither wants.

When he is summoned to the royal castle, Rochus anticipates nothing more than a particularly difficult assignment. The bothersome journey is almost made worthwhile when he is propositioned by a young, beautiful dragon, Tilo, who seems untroubled by the fact that Rochus is a necromancer.

When Rochus arrives at the castle he is ordered to marry the very same dragon he spent the night with. Though Rochus would rather sign papers and return home, he is helpless against Tilo’s pleas for help, even if it means spending more time around a man he is desperately drawn to but who doesn’t seem to want him.

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FourStars

I really enjoyed this book. I have not read any of the other books in the series so I was not sure exactly what Rochus really was but it did not take long in the book to figure it out. I am glad that I did not need to read the previous books to find out what was going on and terms that was used in this book because Meagan Derr did an amazing job describing what was going on and definitions of who the two characters were.

It is true that under normal circumstances that Rochus and Tilo may have onlyhooked up for one night and nothing more but the arranged marriage led them to realize they cared for one another and though they both about let there doubt destroy what they started building together they came through it all stronger and with the knowledge that they belonged to one another.

This book is filled with adventure and a bit of mystery. It a very exciting read and I will definitely check out other books in the series.

Tosha

FourStars

ah, Megan Derr. I’ve been reading a lot of this author’s works lately, and it’s been truly enjoyable. Here she gives us Rochus and Tilo. I really liked them together and I don’t often see a pairing like theirs. Rochus, a cranky necromancer and Tilo, a cute and lovable dragon.
It’s a short story, but the interactions between them left me satisfied. I hate reading a short story where the main love interests spends over 50% of the book apart. It’s a sweet story centered on trust and being able to see through smoke and mirrors. I do love the older man, younger man dynamic in the story, as well as the lovers being a necromancer and a dragon. I’d love to read a follow up between these two.
Cookie

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4 Star Review for Then Sawyer Happened by Hurri Cosmo (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Mystery @HurriCosmo

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Title: Then Sawyer Happened
Author Name & Publisher: Hurri Cosmo (Dark Hallows Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 8, 2016 – 60,000 Words

Synopsis

Trace is nursing a broken heart. He lost his job, his boyfriend of two years was cheating on him, and his apartment building burned right to the ground with all his worldly possessions.  It was time for Trace to get out of Minnesota.

So Trace heads for Texas and Riven Creek Ranch, the horse farm his aunt Lois owns. But hours before he arrives, Lois is in a terrible car accident that nearly takes her life, and Trace finds himself in charge of the ranch kitchen. Sounds simple enough and it’s the least he can do for his recuperating aunt.

Then Sawyer happens.

Sawyer is his aunt’s big, beautiful, muscle bound, incredibly sexy straight ranch manager. Someone who has no clue Trace is gay. And meeting the big man should have been okay, except it was in the middle of his aunt’s kitchen at five in the morning and Trace was nearly naked. Embarrassing? Yep. But the very next day Trace proceeded to ramp up his embarrassment by quantum leaps when he nearly sets his aunt’s house on fire and the brooding Sawyer has to come to the rescue.

Seems like Trace’s “luck” followed him.

Not to mention that Aunt Lois’s “accident” was actually attempted murder. And now, they just Can Trace figure out who’s behind the attempts on his aunt’s life AND keep Sawyer from finding out he’s hot for the cowboy?

He probably can’t. But he’s going to try.

Review

FourStars

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Since I haven’t read this author, I wasn’t sure what I was going to be in for, but it was a sweet story with some drama thrown in.
While some parts of the story were a bit predictable, I liked that the characters weren’t perfect. They had their imperfections and they didn’t fall into love at first sight, but had to work through numerous awkward encounters to get there.
The plotline was pretty interesting since there is a big twist that you may or may not see coming. I personally had sort of figured it out, but still enjoyed reading how it played out.
I will say that the story was a bit sweeter than I normally like, even with the undercurrent of violence and hate that we see because of the way those scenes were written didn’t truly feel ‘scary’ if that makes sense.
All in all, a pleasurable read that I would recommend to someone looking for a nice, light, sweet, funny cowboy romance.
Renee

Excerpt

“Sawyer! Damn. You scared me.” Trace fell back against the freezer suddenly feeling light headed. He took in the big body blocking any escape he had and his cock twitched as if it liked the idea there was no way out. “I didn’t hear you… behind me.”

“I saw your car in the driveway. How’s Lois?”

Trace shook his head in an attempt to clear it. “She’s awake and very alert… but…”

But someone wants her dead. Who? Someone on this ranch? Could it be Sawyer? I trust him with my life… That’s what she said.

“But what?”

Trace looked up into hard cold eyes. The question was genuine. He cared about the condition of his aunt. But what condition did he care her to be in? “Nothing… just… well… I guess you’re going to have to know… I mean…” Damn, he had to stop acting like a horny teenager in front of this man. “Let me… I’m going to make coffee…”

“It’s made. The big insulated urn on the counter is full. Just made it about a half hour ago so it’s fine.”

“Oh. Good. Let’s sit down. I need to sit down.” Trace took a few steps forward which brought him right in front of the cowboy. He expected Sawyer to move, to back up, but he didn’t. Then Trace did the unthinkable. His body reacted on its own as he put his hand on the big man’s chest and pushed. There would have been no way on God’s green earth he would have been able to physically move the cowboy without his express permission, not to mention help. But Trace’s brain seemed to totally malfunction in this man’s presence.

And, as expected, being pushed in any direction was never going to work for Sawyer.

Sawyer grabbed his wrist, twisted it tight behind Trace, which brought Trace up solid, against Sawyer’s hard body, chest to chest. Being several inches taller, Sawyer glared down into Trace’s shocked face, a smoldering look in his eyes. Trace could feel Sawyer’s hot breath on his face, sense the man’s tense muscles from his pecs down through his thighs…

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TWO 3 Stars for No Place Like Somewhere Else by Caesar J.M. Kauftheil #FF #Bisexual @LT3Press

CoverTitle: no Place Like Somewhere Else
Author Name & Publisher: Caesar J.M. Kauftheil (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: June 15, 2016

Synopsis

Josie has a passion for running away—or, as her girlfriend Marjorie would say, a fear of commitment. She runs away from home, from making decisions, and most recently, from having a serious discussion about her crumbling relationship.

Upon discovering a pair of tennis shoes outside a Chinese restaurant, Josie feels a sense of lightness on her feet, but each time she wears them, she finds herself running into trouble—in the form of a strange man named Jay, who might just be what she needs to break her own bad habits.

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 ThreeStar
I must admit this felt more like an epic poem than a short story. It was fun, had good banter but left me feeling that I still was waiting for something to happen.
It felt more like a long conversation, an introduction a good opening without a middle or an end.
Definitely different, perhaps a good book to read while  sitting drinking a good coffee on a sunny day outside a vegetarian cafe in Amsterdam.
Chris
ThreeStar
I have to admit that I didn’t see the point to this story. Josie, our protagonist, is in a failing relationship with her girlfriend, and rather than discuss anything about what is going on between them, Josie is ignoring any problems or requests for discussion. She runs away from any confrontation whatsoever. Running away from the latest fight, she finds a newish pair of tennis shoes on the sidewalk and decides that they’re perfect for her. This is an obvious way to show that she’s running headlong away from her life, but she doesn’t seem to be running to anything. Every time she puts the shoes on, she runs into this new person, a man named Jay. And after they finally meet and get to know each other, one might think that Josie would make some decisions one way or the other about her relationship with Marjorie. She doesn’t. She continues on drifting through her life with less and less interaction between the two women, until Marjorie finally takes action, albeit based in a misconception, that allows Josie the freedom to finally leave without blame. My problem with this is that Josie was already gone. She had left the relationship long before she even found the shoes, and after the shoes appeared, she got further and further away from any chance of reconciliation or honest communication. The introduction of Jay into the narrative is a final nail on the coffin. If we’re supposed to sympathize or empathize with Josie, I fail to see a reason to. I simply feel she’s immature and flighty, and she doesn’t mature or grow an inch before the end of this story.
AmyP

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