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5 Star Review for Finding Shawn (Dangerous Lives of High School Athletes #1) by Phil Marcello #MM #YA

FindingShawn_600x956Title: Finding Shawn (Dangerous Lives of High School Athletes #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Phil Marcello (Wayward Ink Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 10, 2016 – 178 pgs

Synopsis

BOOK ONE: DANGEROUS LIVES OF HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES

Shawn and Alex have been friends since first grade.

Alex, the rock star quarterback, appears to be basking in the limelight of his success and his new romance with Pam. But appearances can be deceiving.

Shawn is the key man in the football team’s solid defense. He’s also the senior class’ most eligible bachelor. But Shawn has no time to get involved with a girl—at least, that’s what he tells his friends.

In reality, he does have a love interest… Tony Valito.

Side-by-side, the relationships between the two couples blossom. One in the open. The other in secret. That is, until Shawn’s world erupts when the rumor that he’s gay gathers momentum.

In trying to find Shawn, perhaps his friends will end up finding themselves. And everyone will discover how dangerous are the lives of high school athletes.

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FiveStarsThis book is as nothing like I expected it to be but so much more.

Bullying is such a huge problem in our world today and then you have the ones that are bullied. In the case of this book it was Tony. Tony is gay and he is not an athlete so in the bullies opinions he is the easy target. It is aweful the things that Peter and Dan do to him but what is worse is the number of people who stand around and watch and do nothing. I think that is the catalyst of the escalating problem in this story.

Shawn is also a main character in this book and he has his owe secrets to hide but not because he is ashamed of who he is but because he knows how his father will react. And reality is that he does react badly to finding out his son is gay but realizes almost immediately that he reacted the wrong way when Shawn disappears.

This is where the real troubles begin. Not only for Tony but Shawn. Their lives are in danger but the question is will they be found in time or will it be too late.

Phil Macello did an excellent job at writing this book and making it very believable. Phil was able to instill the emotions of not only the situation but also of the characters, not just the main characters either but each character in the book. This was a very sad but touching story and very well written at the same time. I cannot wait for book two to come out. This was an amazing read and I hope many more will read it and feel the same as I do.

Tosha

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for The Runaway Model (The Runaway Model #1) by Parker Avrile #MM #Romancer

CoverTitle: The Runaway Model (The Runaway Model #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Parker Avrile (Paris April Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 17, 2016 – 280 pgs

Synopsis

Kyle’s music blog gets a boost from rumors about his affair with a closeted rock star, but his followers have no idea of the reality of his life on the streets of Vegas. Men? He only lets them get close enough to pick their pockets.

Until Bryce– a wildcatter who struck it rich in North Dakota. He wants one last wild weekend without the bodyguards hovering. The hustler with the sexy English accent seems perfect for no-strings sex. But now Bryce can’t get Kyle out of his head. Especially since that tempting smile is suddenly on every other magazine cover…

Kyle can steal a heart as easily as a precious sapphire. But can he keep the heart he stole once the truth is out about his past?

If you like contemporary gay romance with real characters in a setting that’s a little glitzy and a little gritty, you’ll love The Runaway Model. This full-length 75,000 novel is a complete in one volume, and it’s absolutely cliffhanger free.

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FiveStars

This is a book based on more of a mystery/suspense with a little bit of loving going on. You never know what is going to go down once you turn the next corner or who is going to be involved.

The story starts when Kyle is 14 years old and his math teacher starts to obsess over him. At 16 Kyle runs away to America and meets his idol Stoney. At 18 the story really begins.

Kyle in my opinion has no control over what is happening in his world so that is why he latched on to the first thing that feels right in his life and that is following and being a fan of Stoney. I think that Kyle convinces himself that he and Dtoney will end up together and passes up on what could be the real thing with Bryce. I think that subconsciously he knows that he will never end up with Stoney and that is why Bryce is the one he always calls when he is in trouble and needs help. Kyle may not stay with Bryce but when his life and Stoney’s life are both in danger the one and only person he turns to is the one person he knows subconsciously will be there to save him, Bryce.

I think that from the first meeting Bryce knows he will never be able to get over Kyle and he knows that he is probably the only one that Kyle has trusted enough to be honest with. Bryce feels the connection between the two of them but he will not push how he feels on Kyle. He lets him go and when Kyle calls when his stalker comes calling again, Bryce is there for him. The question is when Kyle is safe who is it he will choose to be with Stoney or Bryce??

This was a book full of suspense as I said at the beginning of my posting and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. I never knew what was going to happen next and I hope that book two will tell more about how it all turned out in the long run of things. This is definitely a great read and Parker Avrile did an amazing job on it.

Tosha

FourStars

I really enjoy this book and this was a new author for me. I feel the author had everything exactly right. The emotion we felt from Kyle seemed to be spot on. You could feel the loneliness pouring off the pages for Kyle. It seemed like he had no place to turn. He has to deal with the stalker from hell right from the beginning and he feels forced to run away from home. Then Kyle meets Bryce. The connection between the two was absolutely great and as they began to their relationship you couldn’t help but root for both men. Then the stalker from hell shows up again but this time Kyle is not alone. Bryce was a pretty complex character yet I just knew he would be there for Kyle.  This book is not what I would consider a light read. Kyle goes through so many emotions and clearly feels lost. This book has everything from drama to angst to eventually love.

Lynn

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4 Star Review for Perfect Obsession by Lucien Grey #MM #Romance @LT3Press

CoverTitle: Perfect Obsession
Author Name & Publisher: Lucien Grey (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 29, 2016 – 37 pgs

Synopsis

Son of a mad cloth merchant, William inherited his father’s eccentricity, obsessed with fashion and his quest for perfection. When he is insulted by the Prince Regent himself, Will is distraught.

Determined to comfort Will and restore his good spirits, George commissions a new suit for his lover that is certain to cause a stir, even if it seems more and more like the only thing Will loves about him is his money and the lavish lifestyle it affords.

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FourStars

What do you do when your lover is obsessed with perfection?
Naval officer, Lord George Beswick would do anything for his lover, William Rohen, who desires nothing but the finest clothes. He sets out to help William create the perfect wardrobe, though his insecurities and William’s threaten to tear them apart.
I’ve always been a fan of regency romances, and this one did not disappoint. Even though this was a novella, I was impressed at just how well formed the characters were. I felt as though I had spent an entire book with them, getting to know their quirks. Their relationship was incredibly well written, and incredibly human. They both grappled with insecurities about their relationship and how much they meant to one another, but they dealt with them in healthy, mature ways.
On top of that, the sex was really hot. The novella focuses a lot on clothing, and that definitely added a sexy element to all the erotic scenes. The term ‘clothing porn’ comes to mind!
Overall, a great look into this relationship. I would love to read more about them!
Alyson

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5 Star Review for Home (Home #1) by Donna McIntosh #MM #ScienceFiction

home-600x956Title: Home (Home #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Donna McIntosh (Wayward Ink Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 25, 2016 – 331 pgs

Synopsis

LAPD Detective Sean Hennessey has one person he’s repeatedly tried to arrest and bring to justice: his nemesis, Mitchell Yates.

Yates has been in and out of trouble for years, always skating around the edges of LA’s underbelly; however, Sean can never pin anything on him.

But one night all of that changes.

Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, instead of arresting Yates, Sean is rescued by him and taken to Yates’ home—a satellite high above Earth. There, Sean discovers a world he thought possible only in Science Fiction.

Everything he believed he knew about Yates is turned upside down, and Sean must make a decision: to remain with the LAPD or join Yates and work toward intergalactic peace.

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FiveStarsThis book turned out to be so much better then I figured that it would be by the description of the book. It is full of adventure, danger, jealousy, love, acceptance, and trust.

Sean was bound and determined that Yates aka Yana was dirty and was up to no good but that could not have been further from the truth. Once Sean finds out the truth about Yana and finally gets to know who he is he finally gives in to the feelings he has been having towards him even when he thought that he was bad.

Through the time that Yana and Sean get to know more about one another their bond grows and grows. They face all the bad together and enjoy all of the good. With every turn of event that comes their way, they grow stronger and closer until they can not imagine their lives without each other. Then their little family grows just a little more when Mickey (Seans nephew) joins them on home and resides that he wants to follow In their foot steps as a peace keeper. These three men will face everything together and will come out on the winning side together because they have one another.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was so action packed that there was not a full minute through the whole course of the book. I think many more will enjoy reading it also.

Tosha

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4 Star Review for Blow Down (The Plumber’s Mate #4) by J.L. Merrow #MM #Mystery @jlmerrow

CoverTitle: Blow Down (The Plumber’s Mate #4)
Author Name & Publisher: J.L. Merrow (Samhain Publishing Ltd)
Publication Date & Length: July 12, 2016 – 249 pgs

Synopsis

Death is what happens while you’re making other plans.

The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries, Book 4

The last thing newly engaged plumber Tom Paretski needs is to stumble over another dead body. He’s got enough on his mind already as the reality of his impending marriage sinks in. Not only is his family situation complicated, his heroism at a pub fire made him a local celebrity. Now everyone and their uncle wants a piece of his psychic talents.

Hired to find a missing necklace, Tom and his fiancé, private investigator Phil Morrison, wind up trying to unmask a killer—and there’s no shortage of suspects, up to and including the local bishop himself.

As Tom and Phil try to uncover the truth, they find themselves pulled in all directions by the conflicting pressures of their families and their own desires. But the murderer they’re up against is a ruthless schemer who won’t hesitate to kill again. If Tom and Phil aren’t careful, their love—and all their plans for the future—could be blown down like a house of straw.

Warning: Contains a bishop of questionable Christian charity, a necklace of questionable taste, and a plumber of questionable nationality who may be running out of time.

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FourStars

Blow Down is the most British thing I’ve experienced since Downton Abbey, in a delightfully wonderful way. Tom Paretski is a plumber. He has a truck full of plumbing stuff and everything. His dreamy fiance Phil is a private investigator. Convenient since Tom keeps finding dead bodies everywhere. The curses of small towns in England. (I guess there they’re “villages”).
Tom is also a psychic, which should make me roll my eyes, but is in fact very well done. He gets vibes and there’s even a pseudoscience dowsing explanation I’m happy to roll with. Tom is charming and surrounded by a cast of supporting characters who annoy and love him.
Tom and Phil do a lot of watching telly and drinking down at the pub, so this cozy novel meanders a bit slowly. If the body’s already dead, where’s the urgency, right? But since getting sucked into Tom’s world is so fun, it doesn’t matter. Merrow’s world is vivid and palpable. I absolutely love spending time there.
I had not read the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries 1-3 before I read 4, which seemed to work out fine. But I’ve bought them all now. This is one of the last reviews I’ll be writing for Inked Rainbow Reads and I’m thrilled to go out on such a high note.
Four stars
~ Christy

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4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Roadhouse Reds by Layla Dorine #MM #ScienceFiction

RoadhouseReds_600x940Title: Roadhouse Reds
Author Name & Publisher: Layla Dorine (Wayward Ink Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 17, 2016 – 342 pgs

Synopsis

Born moments before his parents crashed landed on Earth, Jason was raised in foster care. As soon as he was old enough, he packed his backpack and hit the road. Just him and his bike.
Now a jaded young man, living above a roadhouse diner and bar with several other misfits, he struggles to understand friendships, relationships, and the bonds of family.
Unbeknownst to Jason, other refugees from the planet Altiss also made it safely to Earth. After discovering Jason living as a human, they seek to safeguard him and his fledgling abilities.
As Jason’s powers begin to manifest, his mate arrives on earth looking to claim him. Ano ki stalks Jason, seeking to gain his trust, and his proximity only intensifies Jason’s burgeoning magic..
Fearing they will be dragged back to the planet they fled, the refugees prepare to do battle. In Jason, they believe they may have what is needed to tip the scales in their favor.
Left with no choice but to accept his heritage and learn to fight, Jason struggles with some harsh lessons about love and trust amidst a backdrop of battle and betrayal.

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FourStars

Roadhouse Reds is an enjoyable Sci-Fi adventure. I recommend this to anyone looking for a story with magic-weilding aliens, drama, and some romance.

This story has an interesting premise. It took some time to really draw me in, but at about the halfway point it became a story I couldn’t put down.

All in all, I feel there’s a good blend of drama and action. There is a good cast of characters. Jason in particular has great depth, personality, and history. Some of this is lacking in the other characters, but they have enough personality to make them lovable.

I think the description of how the magic works is really well done. And I love the magical fight scenes. I also really appreciate that the most badass leader and fighter is a woman.

I’m not sure if a second book is planned, but there’s a hint at possibly more to come. I would happily read more if this was made into a series.

There are a few steamy and explicit sex scenes, but I wouldn’t recommend this to someone looking for a highly romantic or erotic story.

Amanda

ThreeStar

Um…well…I really didn’t get into this book. Which was odd cause I really love sci romance. But this book, it wasn’t really romance. Sci was there though. Okay, the thing i was mostly disappointed about was that I felt like I was led around a bit. I wasn’t sure who Jason, the main character, was supposed to end up with til, well, the end. And even the ending was unexpected. He ended up with 2 guys instead of one. How that happened, I don’t know.
I was pretty much confused through most of the book. There were a lot of characters to keep up with, but that was okay. it made the story more interesting. Still, it was NOT what I expected and that’s why this story is 3 stars for me. I was excited to read it but after a few chapters, I became really confused as to which guy I was supposed to root for to be with Jason. At the end, I wasn’t rooting for anyone. I just had a big question mark on my forehead.
Cookie

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Audiobook Review: 5 Stars for Conquer the Flames (Lang Downs #4) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: Conquer the Flames (Lang Downs #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 27, 2013 – 254  pgs

Synopsis

Thorne Lachlan knows a thing or two about getting himself safely out of a blaze. For years he fought in the world’s hot spots, a Commando with the Australian Army. Now, retired, he fights flames for the Royal Fire Service. When a grassfire brings him to Lang Downs, the next sheep station in danger, Thorne meets Ian Duncan and sparks fly that neither man can put out. But both men have ghosts from the past that stand in the way of moving beyond mutual attraction.

While Thorne longs for the home he could share with Ian at Lang Downs, he fears his own instability might make him a danger to others. And Ian’s always believed that the foster care nightmare he escaped before coming to Lang Downs would make any relationship impossible. Trust doesn’t come easily to Thorne or Ian until the fire’s aftermath forces them to see past the scars keeping them both from healing.

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**Audiobook by William James**
I have to say that this was by far my favorite installation of this series. I absolutely fell in love with and felt for both Thorne and Ian. They both had hard things in their past to get over, but together they managed to realize they could no longer simply ignore those issues if they wanted to be together.
There is a lot of love that is shown in this book, not just between our main characters, but brotherly love and family love that comes from the other people we’ve gotten to know from previous books in the series.
I would say this is a standalone book, however, to really understand the way Lang Downs works, you’ll have to start at the beginning.
I can’t wait to read more from Ariel Tachna.
I will make one note about the narrator besides saying that I like the way he gives each character their own vocal tone so you know who is who and he reads them so well there aren’t any parts that leaves you wondering what just happened because it might’ve been read with the wrong feelings. The narrator does leave very audible swallowing noises in the audio, which I found quite distracting at times. Other than that, well done.
Renee

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