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3 Star Review for Blood Visions by L.J. Hamlin #MM #PI #Detective @GoIndiMarketing

CoverTitle: Blood Visions
Author Name & Publisher: L.J. Hamlin (Torquere Press)
Publication Date: May 25, 2016

Synopsis

Private detective Ronan Bayne is a former cop who now runs his own agency specializing in all things paranormal. After several women have gone missing, Ronan gets called in by the police chief.

Dustin McPherson is a psychic who’s worked with the police in the past. After having a vision of one of the missing women, he meets Ronan. Together, they must solve a case more complicated than either of them expected.

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ThreeStar

n Blood Visions, we have a detective and a psychic teaming up together to solve a mystery about missing women. Detective Ronan meets Dustin, the man who’s been having dreams about the women, and of course the attraction is there. It was difficult to rate this so I decided to give it a three. I liked the characters, the mystery and plot line was okay. It was kinda just set up so these two could be together, which I’m all for. I was kinda expecting more from it, but I started reading this with way too much expectations, so my fault. I have a thing for detectives. Heh.

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Excerpt

It was too real to just be one of his nightmares. Dustin had learned to tell the difference between his dreams and a vision while he was asleep by the age of twelve, and he is twenty-one now. Dustin sits up in bed carefully, his head swimming a little, his ears still ringing with the girl’s heart-wrenching sobs.

He gets out of bed and goes to the bathroom. He takes some Tylenol out of the cabinet and washes it down with a glass of water. He hopes that will help with his headache, and he won’t have to take the tramadol his doctor has given him.

Dustin looks at himself in the mirror above his sink. He looks pale even for him, and sweaty. His dyed purple hair is matted, some of it slicked down, stuck to his head, and other bits are sticking up wildly. The whites of his bright blue eyes are a little bloodshot, but there is no blood below his nose this time, so that’s something.

Splashing some water on his face to try to wake himself up a little, Dustin dries off his face with a towel, and then heads back to his bedroom. Dustin sits on the edge of his bed and pulls out the sketchbook he keeps there, and the charcoal.

He starts sketching the girl from memory. He can remember what she looked like, but Dustin can’t remember anything about the room she had been in, only that it was dark and cold. She’d been chained up; her wrists were bleeding. Dustin had been able to feel her fear; she’d been terrified.

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5 Stars for Runaway Millions (Runaway Model #2) by Parker Avrile #MM #Romance #Suspense

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Title: The Runaway Millions (Runaway Model #w)
Author Name & Publisher: Parker Avrile (Paris April Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 12, 2016 – 261 Pages

Synopsis

They’re the perfect couple until the money runs out…

Kyle, a rising model, is the toast of Manhattan. Bryce, a wildcatter who got rich in the Bakken gas fields, is an inch away from becoming America’s newest billionaire.

But their world is turned upside-down when a competing oil company wrests away Bryce’s business, his personal jet, and even his condo. Bryce has no choice but to scramble to save his career– even though a famous rock star is sniffing around in hopes of claiming Kyle for his own.

When Kyle steps forward to defend another model accused of a terrible crime, he’s deported. The tabloids follow him, happy to spread rumors about his alleged affairs with the beautiful and the famous of Europe.

Can love survive when one man is on his way up while the other is on his way down? When an ocean divides the lovers? When the gossip columns can’t help stirring the pot? The Runaway Millions is Book 2 in The Runaway Model trilogy. This 78,000 word full-length novel complete with a HEA can be read as a stand-alone but if you prefer to read the series in order, please start with The Runaway Model.

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FiveStars

I just thought that the Runaway Model was emotional but I have to say this book out did book one. I have to say I was in tears in certain parts of this book.

This book is a continuation of book one. It literally picks up where book one left off. Much like book one there was some major twist and turns through out the whole book. There was definitely some ups and downs where the two main characters Bryce and Kyle was concerned.

I think that with everything that Kyle went through in book one that in book two you was able to see how much he has grown as person. Whereas most people would have walked away from Michel so they did not take a chance of being taken down with him, Kyle did the opposite. Even with the few doubts he had he stood beside Michel and do not give up on him. Also I think that another way I was able to see that Kyle grew up in this book was because even though he had the opportunities to cheat on Bryce with Stoney, he knew that he would be throwing away real love for a fantasy love. So he did not stoop to doing that. He held on to the love that he felt for Bryce in the good and bad times.

Bryce lost pretty much everything in this book but he did not let that stop him. He is determined to get back what he lost but he is not willing to give up the love of a good man to do it. Bryce may be older then Kyle but I think that Kyle actually taught Bryce hat it means to truly love and trust someone. These two men have been through so much together and they still come out on top. That is what love is all about. Holding on to those that are close to you in the good and bad and coming through it all together.

This was another amazing read by Parker Avrile and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series because I can only imagine it will be another incredible read.

Tosha

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4 stars and 3 stars for Heartscapes by M. J. Williamz #FF #Romance

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Title: Heartscapes
Author Name & Publisher: M. J. Williamz (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: April 12, 2016 — 218 Pages

Synopsis

Jesse Garrett still grieves the death of her partner four years ago. The only thing that makes her feel alive are the nameless women with whom she shares her bed. And her art. When the opportunity arises for her to travel to Paris to study art, Jesse agrees to leave her dead-end job and take her chances in Paris.

Odette owns a café across the street from Jessie’s dorm. Jesse frequents the café, mostly to see Odette with her silver hair and deep green eyes. It’s attraction at first sight.

Their love burns hot until Odette has a stroke, leaving her unable to remember Jesse. Will Odette ever remember her or must Jesse spend the rest of her time in Paris alone?

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FourStars

Jessie is still grieving for her lover who died four years ago and has given up on her art. She slowly starts painting again and glamourous art dealer Constance is very interested in her work. When she offers to fund art school in Paris Jesse eventually realises that this is an offer she can’t refuse.
There is a lot of meaningless sex in this book but as we find out there is a reason Jesse indulges in a string of one-night stands. It was relevant to the story and I am glad that M J Williamz has worked on that as I felt that was not the case in her previous book, ‘Summer Passion’. It seems that Jesse will never allow herself to connect with anyone, except on a purely physical level. On moving to Paris though that all changes. She meets cafe owner Odette and – bam!- she is totally and completely bowled over. The development of the relationship was well told and believable. Now the sex actually means something and M J Williamz certainly knows how to write a good sex scene. Just when you think life has finally become great again for Jesse, Odette has a stroke and can’t remember her at all. It is heartbreaking. I enjoyed the story from this point a lot as it showed a determined, strong Jesse who was willing to hang in there for Odette. Odette was a lovely character and I thought she was well developed. She was just the right person at the right time for Jesse. It was an engaging book, a beautiful love story.

~Kitty Kat

ThreeStar

A romantic novel with a touch of erotica. I found this novel easy to read and constructed in a definite way, it had a beginning a middle and an end and each part carefully and successfully linked together.
Unfortunately I also found it very repetitive and tending to pander to stereo types particularly concerning the French and French culture. I was also disappointed in the lack of vivacity particularly given the circumstances and setting. I felt the energy did build up at the latter part of the book  regrettably by then my interest was waning.
Great setting, interesting concept and plenty of sexual encounters, unfortunately a little unsatisfactory for me personally.
~Chris

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5 stars for The Shining Ones (The Eternal Dungeon – Side Story) by Dusk Peterson #AlternateUniverse #Historical @DuskPeterson

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Title: The Shining Ones (The Eternal Dungeon – Side Story to Series)
Author Name & Publisher: Dusk Peterson
Publication Date & Length: January 17, 2016 – 72 pgs

Synopsis

“He was skilled by now at making innocuous remarks in the presence of the Shining Ones. Nobody had even guessed that he knew what they were.”

The Eternal Dungeon is filled with prisoners who shine like the sun.

No one knows this except Barrett Boyd, a guard notorious for having survived a disciplinary punishment that should have killed him. He is also notorious for his rebellion against the authorities of the royal prison. At a pivotal time in the Eternal Dungeon’s history, when abusive practices of the past may finally be abolished, Barrett finds himself drawn to the mystery of a younger guard, Clifford Crofford, who claims that he and Barrett are love-mates.

Barrett has no memory of this. He has no memory of anything before his punishment. What does the past matter, compared to Barrett’s determination to protect the prisoners? But Barrett cannot ignore his bond with Clifford, and the closer that Barrett comes to Clifford, the more the danger arises that Clifford will question Barrett’s sanity. . . .

This novelette (miniature novel) of disability and love can be read on its own or as a side story in The Eternal Dungeon, an award-winning speculative fiction series set in a nineteenth-century prison where the psychologists wield whips.

The Eternal Dungeon series is part of Turn-of-the-Century Toughs, a cycle of alternate history series (Dark Light, Waterman, Life Prison, Commando, Michael’s House, and The Eternal Dungeon) about disreputable men on the margins of society, and the men and women who care for them. Set between the 1880s and the 1910s, the novels and stories take place in an alternative version of America that was settled by inhabitants of the Old World in ancient times. One of the series in the cycle, Waterman, combines elements of the 1910s with retrofuturistic imagery from the 1960s.

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FiveStars

Everything Dusk Peterson writes is ridiculously deep, rich, and satisfying. The Shining Ones is no exception. It was strikingly beautiful. The prose lingers and swirls. I’ve read many of the Life Prison / Eternal Dungeon stories and this one is my favorite.
The criticisms are fair. Dusk writes beginnings, sometimes middles, but never endings. There’s no sex in this. It’s short. Past the end of this short story are tantalizing previews of other stories—also beginnings without endings.
Dusk absolutely murders world-building. I want it to all come together in some crashing one million word epic fantasy cycle. But right now I have The Shining Ones, and I am drunk on living the experiences of imprisoned men.
If you love the series, you’ll probably be okay. If you haven’t read anything by Dusk, this is a great place to start.
– C. E. Case

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THREE 4 star and ONE 3.5 star reviews for Sweet Spot by Lucy Felthouse #FF #lesfic #Romance

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Title: Sweet Spot
Author Name: Lucy Felthouse
Publication Date & Length: February 14, 2016 – 70 pgs

Synopsis

Virginia Miller is an up-and-coming tennis star. She’s gone from a ratty tennis court in a park in south London, England, to the world’s top training facility—Los Carlos Tennis Academy in California. In awe of the talent around her, Virginia is all the more determined to make the most of the opportunity and show that she’s worthy of her place there. Her mentor, Nadia Gorlando, has every faith in her.

But Virginia finds herself distracted—Nadia, as well as being a top-notch tennis player, is seriously sexy, and Virginia’s mind keeps wandering where it shouldn’t. Will her crush get in the way of her career, or can she find a way to push the other woman out of her mind before it’s too late?

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ThreeandHalfStars

This cute tale briefly follows Virginia and Nadia as their relationship shifts from friend and mentor to possibly something more.

 

The story has a well-defined plot for such a short work; however, I feel that parts of it were not needed. I understand why it was added to the story; however, it is not really to my tastes and it feels a bit thrown in just to have a bit of conflict. We have no idea what happens to the man that drugged her; I know that it isn’t a main part of the work; however, it still feels unresolved in my mind, especially for how much time V spent saying she would do something about it and such.

 

I had trouble connecting with the characters, they both felt a bit clichéd and almost too perfect. I felt that I really didn’t get to know them enough to connect with them and truly care about what happened with their relationship.

 

The intimate scenes weren’t bad; I just didn’t appreciate some of the terms used in a few places, and spelling and grammar errors made it difficult to read in an instance or two.

 

I felt like we were thrown into the middle of a larger book and were only around to witness them coming together, but not around enough to get to know them and their relationship.

 

It was a nice little heated story; I had just been expecting something more with the amount of subplots in the work. I would definitely recommend this to folks that like their little erotic trips, but don’t want to read a full novel.

~Tori

FourStars

This is a reissue of a previously published book. I’m not sure what, if anything, changed from the first issue, but I thoroughly enjoyed this version. I like the rawness of the sex scenes; it made them hotter. And I really appreciate that for once an author used a first person pov without jumping to the other character’s viewpoint. There were a couple of things that were issues for me. First, things seem to go really quickly as far as their relationship was concerned. One minute Virginia was pining after Nadia, and the next minute they’re having sex in a (semi)public place, and then two minutes later they’re declaring their deep feelings for each other. Which is okay for the length of book it was, and pretty intense too. But I always like it when love develops over time, as the two get to know each other better. Instant lust is great – it’s hot and results in awesome sex. But it just seems to me that love, at least deep and lasting love, takes longer to get to. The other thing that I would’ve really liked is more interaction between the two women. At the party, I don’t pick up much on Nadia’s attraction to Virginia, and I’m not sure she would have left Virginia’s room if she really felt the way she said she did. I just really would have liked more encounters between them before we got to the good stuff.

All in all, I liked the book. It was a quick read, sexy and interesting.

~AmyP

FourStars

Virginia is an aspiring tennis pro who wants to emulate her mentor Nadia , who she has the serious hots for. She’s not sure Nadia feels the same way though but Nadia certainly does feel the same but doesn’t know if Virginia is straight or gay. Once they get over this initial hurdle it is steamy action all the way. The shower scene deserves a special mention as it is extremely erotic. It’s not all sex though as a serious side story regarding date rape drugs lifts it about the usual quick erotic romp. it’s a sweet love story too and was over a wee bit too quickly.
A really good short novel with enough to keep your interest peaked.

~Kitty Kat

FourStars

I was a little disappointed with the opening chapters, finding them a little disjointed and lacking consistency. The relationship between the two women seemed to go from slow and steady to bordering on the erotic with nothing in between!
The setting was ideal for the passions and encounters that were involved. The author showing clear understanding of what is needed to make a professional tennis player. I also found the description of the British and their proclamation on being sorry highly amusing (and truthful).
However once the relationship between the women developed so did the storyline. The whole novel took on a more interesting and absorbing feel. Emotions were well written and as a reader I developed real empathy with both characters.
A novel full of erotic encounters but with enough substance to keep the readers attention.
~Chris

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AuthorBio

Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati.

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Touch the Sky (Free Fall, Book 1) by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn #MM #NewAdult #Romance @Christina_Lee04

Touch The Sky CoverTitle: Touch the Sky (Free Fall, Book 1)
Author Name: Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn
Publication Date & Length: March 28, 2016 – 226 pgs

Synopsis

Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn’t have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law.

Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it’s not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything.

The attraction is immediate, but it’s more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together.

Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn’t make them disappear. Gabriel’s internal struggles are serious…dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won’t make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don’t find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever.

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4.5 stars for The Necromancer’s Dance (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1) by SJ Himes #MM #Dark @WriterSJHimes

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Title: The Necromancer’s Dance (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1)
Author Name: SJ Himes
Publication Date & Length: February 25, 2016 – 212 pgs

Synopsis

In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset upon by enemies, both old and new. Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell so powerful it forever marked his place in history. Now, years later, Angel struggles to balance his career as a teacher of the higher magical arts, his role as big brother, and a tenuous relationship with an Elder vampire from the local clan. When his brother’s boyfriend is used as a pawn in a mysterious plot to draw Angel out, Angel is once again drawn back into the old hostilities that fueled the Blood Wars and led to his family’s death.

Leaning on others for help is something Angel cannot do, and while he searches for clues into who may be targeting him and his brother, Angel finds his heart steadily growing occupied with Simeon, Elder and vampire. Dealing with death magic and vampires on a daily basis may leave Angel jaded when it comes to life and staying that way, but the more time he spends fending off the ancient vampire’s attention and affections, the more he realizes he wants to give in.

Can Angel find out who wants him dead, and keep his heart safe in the process? How can he fall for a vampire, when his whole family was torn apart by an army of the undead?

Death stalks the streets of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill….and there is no one more suited to battle against death than a necromancer.

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FourandHalfStars

This is my first book by SJ Himes, and I’ll be back for more. This is a highly entertaining story with interesting characters and great world development.

I love the way the magic use is described in this story. The magical fight scenes are very vivid and exciting. Angel’s character is well-developed and easy to love. And the romance between Angel and Simeon is sweet and sexy.

The ending is well done. There is a good balance of tying up this story while leaving enough teasers to keep readers wanting to see what will happen next.

Overall, I really enjoyed this, and I’ll be back to read the next one. I highly recommend this to readers who are fans of urban fantasies and vampires and are looking for a romance that has a strong genre plot.

~Amanda

Excerpt

He must have passed out, too damn tired from a long day at work, interrupted sleep, and a semi-major working that consumed a huge portion of his reserves. It took power to use power, and even though Angel fueled the spell with ambient magic, he still had to control and shape the working. It was a bitch, doing magic cold like that, and he would have been better off if he hadn’t gone into it stressed out and tired. Not to mention he couldn’t remember the last time he ate anything more substantial than tea and a muffin. Isaac moving out meant Angel forgot to eat more often than not.

Angel woke wrapped up in his favorite blanket, his bed warm and welcoming. Something was tickling his face, and he worked a hand free from under the blanket to swipe at his cheek. Feeling cool skin and soft lips, Angel opened his eyes.

He was in Simeon’s arms, laying half on his clothed chest, their faces so close together the vampire’s deep green eyes were all he could see.

Angel’s hand was caught up in Simeon’s, their fingers intertwining. Angel’s eyes drifted shut as Simeon closed the tiny distance between them, his soft and cool lips ghosting over Angel’s. He pulled in a deep breath of Simeon-flavored air, the vampire’s scent filling his mouth and nose.

The scent of fresh blood was in there too—Simeon must have fed before taking Angel home, the potent tang of hot metal impossible to miss. The sensation of Simeon’s lips barely touching Angel’s did unrepeatable things to his nervous system, setting him on fire with a cool flame.

His body jerked, just a little, freezing and alternately relaxing as Simeon’s lips settled over his in a full kiss, with a hint of tongue and the nip of sharp teeth.

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