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5 and TWO 4 Star Review for Stealing Sunshine by Tina Michele #FF #Suspense @TMicheleWrites

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Title: Stealing Sunshine
Author Name & Publisher: Tina Michele (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: January 19th 2016 – 240 pages

Synopsis

In the heart of the Sunshine State, beyond the mouse ears and magic, is a city growing with art and culture. However, in a dark room grows a plot of greed, deception, and revenge twenty years in the making.

Belle Winters has made a successful life and career in art. Although she’s never known a real family, she dreams of having her own someday, unfortunately not with the carefree Tara Hicks.

Tara keeps herself in constant motion, from job to job and from woman to woman—a technique she has perfected to avoid the mundane grooves of life, love, and obligation. Belle moves her unlike any woman she’s ever met, but is that enough?

Belle and Tara struggle to break down the walls that protect their hearts, while the unforeseen consequences of a promise threaten not only priceless art but human lives.

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FiveStars

I loved this book. Some books you like for the prose some for what you learn from them etc., this book just made me fell happy!
A beautifully told love story with two dynamic but very different lead characters. A great setting, which the author has obviously researched well, and a wonderful and interesting story line.
This book is just one of those little diamonds that make you feel alive and that love really is all that matters.  A really polished and feel good book.
~Chris
FourStars
Tara and Belle’s eyes meet across a crowded room at an art gallery event and the air sizzles with electricity. Both think the other is with someone else though. Tara is a rich girl railing against her upbringing and working as a bartender. Belle sees her again at the bar but again thinks she is interested in someone else. Will they ever get together?
When Tara finds out Belle works at the museum she applied for a security job there and hopes to catch more than a glance of her. They end up involved in some very dangerous situations as a gang tries to rob the gallery.
I enjoyed the book but it did take me a few chapters to get into it. I found the baddie just irritating and not that engrossing but by the end this had changed. The relationship story was good and full of angst and will they/won’t they dilemmas. I loved Belle as she was beautiful and sweet but ultra passionate. Tara was complex and full of contradictions. She needed to take that final leap! The love scenes were well written and extremely effective.
An enjoyable romantic read with a bit of suspense thrown in.
Kitty Kat
 FourStarsThis book piqued my interest from the start – the glimpse of a woman across the room that you just can’t look away from, and yet the two don’t meet. And it happens again! Belle spoke to me with her shy introverted ways and passion for art. Tara seemed to be a bit of a player, flitting from job to job just like she moved from woman to woman. But Belle gets under her skin, and no matter how much she tells herself that being with Belle is trouble, she can’t seem to stay away. I love stories about how two people seem to be wrong for each other, and yet love gives them no choice. There is something about the other person that just draws them in and won’t let them go. Add in all the excitement of an art heist happening while the two can’t seem to keep away from each other and things heat up quickly. I like that Belle tried to step out of her comfort zone. And I like that Tara didn’t just change overnight. She struggled with how easy things seemed to feel. This was an entertaining story and very enjoyable as well.
Amy P.

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TWO 4 and ONE 3 Stars for Rattrap (The Wyverns #3) by L.M. Somerton #M/M @LMSomerton

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Title: Rattrap (The Wyverns #3)
Author Name & Publisher: L.M. Somerton (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 9th 2016- 65 pages

Synopsis

Teddy Austin has had more than his share of run-ins with local law enforcement. The Wyverns have a reputation to maintain, and Teddy feels it’s his duty to cause havoc whenever possible. Of course, getting arrested means time in the company of Sheriff Adrian Hayder—always a bonus—though Teddy would far prefer to have the sheriff wearing the cuffs.

When The Knights of War MC arrives in Phoenix, Trap orders The Wyverns to get inside information. In order to infiltrate the gang, Teddy must appear to betray his friends and switch his allegiance. Working undercover, however, he confirms what they have all suspected—The Knights of War are a cover for something much more sinister than a hell-raising bunch of bikers, and they fully intend to turn Phoenix into a battleground.

With Sheriff Hayder getting far too close to the truth, Teddy is left with a few problems—how to stop a war, keep his balls intact and ensure the man he loves keeps breathing.

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FourStars

This was a short steamy read. Teddy was a biker who was always getting in trouble mostly to see the hot sheriff Adrian. Teddy goes undercover to find out what’s going on but he’s more worried about Adrian getting involved.  It was good story full of action, but Teddy and Adrian just didn’t seem to click for me.  There was plenty of hot sex but I didn’t feel the connection between the two. Maybe if their relationship was developed they would have made a great couple it just was to rushed.

Sherry

FourStars

Hmm, where to start with this story?  I didn’t read the previous books, but never really felt lost.  It was slightly confusing when it came to the rival gang, but that might have been because I didn’t know what the dynamic was, other than in this story.

Let’s just say that Adrian and Teddy make an explosive couple.  They are hot and cold, hot oil and chilly water colliding.  I love how Teddy takes charge of the in control Adrian.  Then, Adrian decides that despite his reservations, he needs to do his own sleuthing – putting him in some danger of the rival gang.  Both characters are caught between playing the part of their life that everyone knows and allowing someone in that might be outside their comfort zone.

Then you have Kit – whom I really like and hope he gets his own story.

What it all boils down to is getting the good guys to win.  This story wasn’t terribly in depth in terms of character development, but it had some action, steamy scenes and a connection between the two main characters that was believable.

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ThreeStar

This is a novella, so it didn’t take long to read even though it’s part of a series. I’m giving it a 3 though because there really wasn’t much to the story. We have Teddy, who is a MC bad boy, but also an undercover cop…? His love interest is the Sheriff, Adrian. These two are hot together, but they really didn’t spend enough time together to make them believable as a couple. Did they even end up as a couple? The ending was more HFN. maybe we’ll get another book of them.
The plot idea was interesting, with the Knights Of War being a racist group bent on mass murdering people, but it kinda fell flat for me. It’s a short book, but it should have been longer to make it more interesting. I liked Teddy, I liked Adrian…I just wish there was more of them together than apart.
~Cookie

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5 Star Review for Zall’s Captain (Planetary Submissives #3) by Amber Kell #M/M #BDSM @amberkell

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Title: Zall’s Captain (Planetary Submissives #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Amber Kell (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 15th 2015- 55 pages

Synopsis

Book three in the Planetary Submissives Series

When ex-slave Zall is asked to be Captain Teslan’s cabin boy, he learns sometimes you have to bend your rules to offer your heart.

Zall is settling in on the ship Chalice chose for him. Even though he’s not a soldier, he’s learning from them and developing his own skills. When the ship changes captains, Zall has to decide if he’d rather keep his independence or offer himself to a man who might be everything he’s ever wanted…or his biggest mistake.

Danner Teslan has agreed to investigate a possible smuggling ring on a military ship. However when he arrives and meets Zall, he’s convinced the ex-slave is his other half. Zall is not interested in becoming another man’s property and Danner has to decide whether he’s willing to give another person the freedom to destroy his heart.

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FiveStars

This was an excellent story for this series. I would partially say this is a standalone, however, I really think reading the first story adds quite a bit to this one.
I loved the way that Zall lust after the captain but also knows that after being a slave that it would be incredibly hard to be enslaved to someone again even if he wants them in his bed. Until they find themselves in a situation where they have to ‘pretend’ to be together.
The captain has it difficult wanting to submit to someone but everyone thinking due to his position that he is a dominant, but being able to see and feel what Zall wants to do to him let’s him know that Zall would be his perfect Cabin Boy.
I loved this story because of the complexities of the characters, not to mention the situation they are in.
I hope there are most stories in this series because it was a great little series so far.
Renee

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5 Stars for Love Me Tenor (Perfect Harmony #2) by Annabeth Albert #MM #Music @annabethalbert

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Title: Love Me Tenor
Author Name & Publisher: Annabeth Albert (Lyrical Shine)
Publication Date & Length: February 16th 2016- 266 Pages

Synopsis

There’s no way he’ll shake this off…

Trevor Daniels is feeling aimless. A recent college grad, he’s not sure what to do with his useless degree, and his family all but abandoned him after he revealed the truth about himself. But a friend’s suggestion that he take his chances on a reality show aimed at finding the next big boy band strikes a chord with him—until the show’s producers convince him to act like he’s in a relationship with a guy who’s not at all his type. It isn’t exactly love at first sight for Jalen Smith either—but lust just might push them in an unexpected direction. If only their secrets weren’t even more twisted than their sheets, threatening to cost them the win—and each other…

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FiveStars

This book was so sweet and beautiful!

Now this book is about Trevor who we meet in the first book in this series. Trevor has no contact with his family now after coming out so he is very alone. He agrees to go on a reality music show for the next big boy band. That is where he meets Jalen and lets just say they don’t exactly hit it off at first but once they do it was just so sweet!

There was some steam in this book along with the sweet too. I loved the way this author wrote this story and these characters. Between the way you could feel how much these two men care for each other, even though it did take them awhile to get there and the way they are there for each other I have to say this book was just so beautiful!

I really do not want to give away any spoilers so I will leave this review with… I 100% loved this book and would definitely recommend this series!

~Kara

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4 and 3.5 Star Review for The First Time by Caraway Carter #MM @CarawayCarter

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Title: The First Time
Author Name & Publisher: Caraway Carter  (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 24th 2015- 109 pages

Synopsis

After surviving through a massive earthquake, Anders and Ujaruk know they can handle a crisis, but what about everyday life? Ujaruk moved in to help Anders while his leg healed, now that the cast is off, what happens next? Families, holidays and the first time.

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FourStarsThe book picked up where Anders & Ujaruk (Storming Love Earthquake 4) left off. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This book deals with many different issues that seem to face these two men after their whirl-wind romance left off and it was great to catch up with them and see where the author took them. It was a romance with a lot of drama and I find that I enjoy those every once in a while. Mr. Carter is a very good writer and that made this an easy read and very enjoyable.

Lynn
ThreeandHalfStars
I had previously read the Earthquake series in which Anders and Ujaruk firstappeared, and their story was by far my favorite. So I was excited to see a follow-up. I hate to say it, but I was a little let down. It was still well-written, but it felt a bit rushed and left a few too many loose threads.

I was not really a fan of the emotional drama between Anders and Ujaruk. They both came across as whiny in their relationship, and Ujaruk seemed somewhat immature for a college professor in his thirties. There were some cute moments, but it seemed a bit forced to me and read like filler for the real meat of the story.

The best parts were the non-romance aspects (which is actually what I loved about the first novella). The tension about what was going on with Anders’ leg and Ujaruk’s job interview with the prejudiced committee were excellent and very well done. I’d have liked to see more of those moments. I also liked Ujaruk’s mother, and the scene between her and Anders was one of my favorite parts.

I think ultimately, the problem is more with me than with the story. I simply prefer a book with less romance-drama and more plot. I’m sure there are other readers for whom this is a perfect choice.
Amy M.

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5 Star Review for Orlin’s Fall (Planetary Submissives #2) by Amber Kell #M/M #BDSM @amberkell

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Title: Orlin’s Fall (Planetary Submissives #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Amber Kell (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 7th 2015 – 83 pages

Synopsis

Book two in the Planetary Submissives series

Orlin didn’t know when he put himself up for sale that he would be responsible for changing a kingdom.

Broke and homeless, Orlin puts himself up for sale as a pet. Approached by his new Master, Orlin decides maybe being owned by a gorgeous king wouldn’t be fate worse than death. He doesn’t expect to become the one person who changes the views of an entire kingdom…or to be more than a lover for the man who buys him.

At first sight of the sexy oiled sub, Aester Fall knows he’s not leaving until Orlin belongs to him. He might be hanging on to his kingdom by his fingernails but he knows some things are worth the fight. When he returns home with Orlin, he learns his new pet might not be as pet-like as he first appeared.

Neither man expects to change the fate of a world…much less two of them.

The Planetary Submissives series

Being strong doesn’t mean you don’t need anyone.

Depending on another person doesn’t make you weak, because sometimes letting someone else help proves you’re braver than you thought. In some cases, submissives that are more powerful than most in their own right need another man or men to balance them. Combining love and abilities has never been so sexy. Exotic planets, rich traditions and unusual situations give a unique look at men who’ll risk everything for the chance to find the perfect partner to complete them.

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FiveStars

This was a nice addition to the series and could probably read as a standalone although I think it would be best to read the first book before so you know who some of the characters who come around are.
I felt so bad for Orlin at first as he tried to handle his fall from someone who ordered people around to someone being ordered around. However, I loved the way Aester handled him.
This is a really great story even though it is short there is a lot crammed in there, but not too much so that it doesn’t work.
I really liked all the characters and the plot. A really great story.
Renee

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3.5 Stars for Ghosts (The Power of Zero #2) by Jackie Keswick #M/M #Romance @JackieKeswick

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Title: Ghosts (The Power of Zero #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Jackie Keswick (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 10th 2016 – 119 pages

Synopsis

Jack Horwood doesn’t do families. Or Christmas. From the time his mother sold him to her pimp to the moment he walked out on the man he loved, Christmas has always been about change and painful choices. This year seems no different. Helping Daniel and Nico recover from their imprisonment and hunting down those responsible puts Jack in a frame of mind he doesn’t want to inflict on anyone. Least of all Gareth and the tentative relationship they’ve started to rebuild.

But Gareth, for whom Christmas is all about new beginnings, won’t let Jack take the easy way out. He makes him face his ghosts instead. Even when said ghosts invade their bedroom.

When Daniel’s parents are found, Jack is determined to settle the matter without involving Daniel at all. But fate decrees otherwise, and it’s Gareth who helps him finally understand that the strongest bonds are those forged together. Once he gets that, Jack can step up and make a decision designed to lay his ghosts to rest—for good.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This was really a sweet story.  My main complaint is that there were unanswered questions for me throughout the story and they were not really resolved.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between Jack and Gareth.  Jack is super lucky to have a partner who knows his moods and triggers as well as Gareth does.  I really enjoyed their banter and I liked the secondary characters who helped push and pull Jack in different directions.

Then you have the two boys whom Jack is so protective over.  Daniel and Nico are not super prominent in this story, but they had enough of a presence that I knew they were there.  I wish that we had more about Daniel’s feelings and thoughts during his section of the story.  I felt that Nico was more the focus of that and wished that Nico’s issues were more back burner.

Finally, while I enjoyed the outcome, it just seemed rushed and I didn’t really feel that we learned too much about Jack’s ghosts.

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 Excerpt“Does it still bother you?”

The soft touch woke Gareth from his doze. He lay as he’d fallen asleep, diagonally  across the bed, a stack of pillows under his head. The lamp glowed on the bedside table, and outside the window inky blackness proclaimed the lateness of the hour. Jack was stretched out beside him on top of the quilt, head propped on a palm, while his fingertips traced the scar on Gareth’s shoulder.

Jack’s voice was as soft as the touch of his fingers. His gaze was so intent, Gareth could practically hear thoughts and memories chasing each other in his lover’s head. Despite training, work, and vigorous sex, the deep shadows under Jack’s eyes still spoke more of sleepless nights than physical exhaustion, and Gareth wished Jack would just share what bothered him.

But sharing his troubles had never been Jack’s way.

“It’s been almost ten years,” he said softly. “Plenty of time to forget about it.”

“December 23,” Jack replied, voice a mere breath. “The last day of our tour.”

Understanding lit Gareth’s mind. Not so much at Jack’s words, more at his tone of voice. “December 23,” he mused. “Also the day you left the Army. Why am I starting to think that was not a coincidence?”

Jack didn’t answer, and that in itself was answer enough.

Gareth sighed and sat up. He didn’t know why the idea of a big family Christmas, on top of everything else going on in Jack’s life, had triggered such an intense bout of soul-searching. He only knew he had to do what he could to stop it. Jack walking out on his chosen career and family eight years ago had been a painful blow. Jack walking out on him—them—now would be worse.

Please, don’t let me fuck this up! The silent prayer was a heartfelt plea, and Gareth took a moment to firm his resolve and let it steady him. He straightened his spine and drew a deep breath. “May I ask where you put it?”

“What?”

“Don’t ‘what’ me, brat. Your letter of resignation.”

Shock turned Jack’s face perfectly white. His mouth opened and closed several times before brain and vocal chords connected into a stuttered “My what?”

“So you’re not planning to walk out on me tomorrow?”

“No!”

The horrified indignation in Jack’s voice soothed Gareth’s nerves. He reached out and closed a hand around Jack’s bicep, pulling him up so their faces were level. “Then talk to me,” he implored.

Jack’s gray-green eyes were fringed with long, dark lashes. He could hide very effectively if he chose. Right then, he didn’t flinch under Gareth’s scrutiny. His gaze was steady, as was his voice. “I screwed up, and it almost cost you your life. I need to remember “You also saved my life that day. You need to remember that too.”

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