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4.5 stars for Like Stolen Pearls by Talya Andor @TalyaAndor #FF #Fantasy #knights @LT3Press

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Title: Like Stolen Pearls
Author Name: Talya Andor
Publication Date & Length: March 18, 2015 – 60 pages

Synopsis

Bridgit Canliss is eager to accomplish her first mission as a newly-inducted member of the Lissian Knights, an order that protects the queendom of Aqueliss from supernatural horrors. Her resolve is sorely tested when she comes up against Sylvaine, a witch whose guile is exceeded only by her strange beauty, and genteel manner is at odds with the crimes she supposedly commits. Bridgit must protect innocents from harm, but the more she comes to know Sylvaine, the more her resolve grows to find a means to fulfill her mission—but somehow save the witch who’s been weaving nightmares…

NOTE: Like Stolen Pearls is a short story of 15,000 words and contains some explicit content.

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 FourandHalfStarsI loved this short story. It’s predicable in a sense, and not in another sense, and there’s one particular aspect that makes this story right up my alley. I loved personalities woven throughout this. I had a great sense of who the characters were, what their motivations were and they were clear and present in the moment.The world that was created is full and detailed but without boring overture. I was worried about that in the beginning, but the plot picks up quickly enough that it didn’t distract.

I also absolutely love the way this is written. It’s very poetic and stylized. It fits the piece to a T and brings the reader into the world that is being created. It reminds me very much of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf in terms of poetic nature.

~AJ

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Talya lives in the Pacific Northwest with her girlfriend, their girl-kitty who they believe to be cutest cat in the world, and is constantly balancing a busy slate of boylove stories to write with her day job, hobbies to upkeep, and nail polishes to collect. She has been writing fiction since elementary school and progressed to guy on guy erotica during college, honing her chops on fan fiction until original fiction lured her with its siren call. She loves writing and reading, routinely geeks out over gaming and movies, and watches far too many cooking shows.

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5 Stars for Pup by SJD Peterson *Audiobook* #MM #BDSM @SJDPeterson @dreamspinners

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Title: Pup (Guards of Folsom #1)
Author Name: SJD Peterson
Publication Date & Length: April 19, 2013 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

Micah “Pup” Slayde knows he wants Tackett Austin the moment he lays eyes on him in the Guards of Folsom. Micah wants to have purpose, to be taken care of, and to take care of his Dom—wants to trust him completely, live for him, belong to him. To become his everything. Micah is sure Tackett is the one. The problem is, in order to be the perfect sub, he needs to stay focused, and that’s not easy for Micah, who suffers from what he refers to as a “broken brain”. Focus and adult Attention Deficit Disorder (Adult ADD) rarely coexist.

Ever since Ty Callahan and Blake Henderson’s collaring ceremony, Tackett’s been thinking too much about his own loneliness. Even though Ty introduces Micah and urges Tackett to give him a try, Tackett isn’t so easily convinced. He’s spent his life pursuing a successful business career, and the subs he dominates almost never enjoy the kiss of his leather twice. Twenty years Micah’s senior, Tackett has no interest in taking on and taming such a young and naughty sub—but it’s difficult to resist such an adorable pup when he begs.

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FiveStars
*Audiobook Review*
Tackett & Micah… Whew.. I adored this story. It was a nice view into a BDSM relationship that’s more than just Dom/sub in a club. The dynamics of this couple was excellent. Tackett’s worry about being ‘old’ and Micah trying to handle his attention problem. Both of them had to learn that no matter who the Dom is and who the sub is, the most important part of being in a D/s relationship is being what the other person needed. Following their journey was quite interesting. I loved the way Tackett pushed Micah. It wasn’t in the ways I expected and that was awesome.
This was my first SJD Peterson book, but I can say now I’m a complete fan. The writing style was very smooth and captivating. Even though there were quite a few characters introduced in the book, the way it was done made it easy to follow along, which is a talent. I will most definitely be reading more of SDJ Peterson’s works in the future.
Rusty Topsfield did an AMAZING job with the audiobook. I’ve listened to many audiobooks and I can say that he was one of the best narrators I’ve heard. I loved his vocal inflection and the way he brought each character to life. When there were numerous characters in conversation he’d give them their own voice and keep it through out the scene, which most narrators have a hard time doing. While I’m giving 5 stars to SJD Peterson for the great book, I’m also giving Mr. Topsfield his own 5 star rating for a job very well done.

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It’s been an amazing journey since DSP first contracted Lorcan’s Desire in January 2011. I’ve published 2 free reads with the M/M Romance group, my back list is growing, met some great people and have made some amazing friends.
I’m still in shock that I’m listed among the many talented authors at Dreamspinner Press! The little voice in the back of my head is screaming, “You are so out of your league.”
Shhhhh I won’t tell them if you don’t 🙂
You can call me Jo, everyone does 🙂

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4.5 and 4 stars for Getting Close to the Omega (Cloverleah Pack Series Book 5) by Lisa Oliver #MM #Romance #Paranormal

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Title: Getting Close to the Omega (Cloverleah Pack Series Book 5)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: December 6, 2014 – 548pgs

Synopsis

Book Five – Cloverleah Pack Series
Can be read as a standalone.

Dean Weir has finally found happiness in his position as Omega wolf of the Cloverleah pack. He has his friends, his work and his art and he has never looked for anything else. Badly abused by his ex-home pack and Alpha, Dean keeps his head down and stays out of trouble. That is, until his mate joins the pack.

Matthew Charmichael is over a hundred years old and has been a lone wolf for longer than he can remember. Joining the Cloverleah pack after he heard they were having trouble with another wolf shifter, Matthew is overjoyed to find his mate is the cute little Omega of the small pack. But Dean’s past, and the constant attacks on the pack from the mysterious Kylan, could mean that Matthew and Dean won’t get their HEA after all. Can Dean overcome his past, and embrace the powers that a claimed Omega is purported to have, or will his ex-pack kill him before he and Matthew have a chance?

Warning: This is a love story between two male wolf shifters. It includes graphic depictions of sex between men as well as some violence and coarse language. Historical abuse themes are referred to, but not described.

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I loved the story line and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.  In the beginning there was a lot of detail trying to be thrown in and some of it was confusing. Other than the rush of detail at the beginning in gym that made it hard to follow (I had to read it a couple times to try to get all the characters straight) the book was well written and kept me hooked until the end.

The book shows that people who should not live together, all the Alphas,  can when there is someone special to hold them together.  The way they all care and look out for Dean even though he is small shows the kindness in others.  Dean was truly the heart of the group and once meeting Matthew he was shown to overcome his past abuse and have a happy life in spite of it and he only grew in power instead of it being snuffed out like the other omegas went through in history.

~Tracy

FourandHalfStars

This was the first book in this series that I read, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out on much even though I knew there were probably little things between couples that were established in other books I didn’t understand as well as I would’ve had I read the other books.

I really liked the way Dean and Matthew came together. It really worked for me. The way everyone came together to protect the smallest member of their pack was really amazing especially give Dean’s past. The way Dean opened up under the caring hands of his mate was almost crippling. It was so touching the way Matthew let Dean lead even though he was the more submissive of the pair because he knew Dean needed the tender support.

The only thing I found that I didn’t like was that there was a LOT of repetition. Did we really need attempts on him so many times to get the same point? Did the same statements need to be uttered numerous times? Not to me. I was convinced long before everyone else in the book seemed to be.

Other than that, the book was great and I would be willing to pick up other books in the series.

Renee

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“You matter to me,” Matthew said. “One day you will share your personal horrors with me, purely and simply because eventually we won’t have any secrets from each other. You will trust that I am strong enough to handle it, and that I will comfort you when you need me to. Those things come with time.” Matthew lifted his arms, encouraging Dean’s hands to come back up to his shoulders. As though he couldn’t get enough, Dean went back to tracing Matthew’s collar bone.

Matthew swallowed a moan and forced himself to keep speaking. “But right now, in this moment, I need you to know, that to me, any scars you have are a testament to your strength and ability to survive. And you have no idea how thankful I am that you did survive and that you feel comfortable enough with me to sit here and touch me like this.”

“You make me calm, like I have found my center,” Dean explained. “I don’t know why, but when I’m around you I don’t have any fear, of anything.” He looked up and Matthew was blasted by the pure need in Dean’s eyes. “Could you, would you mind maybe kissing me again, please?”

“As often as you like,” Matthew promised as he leaned over and carefully brushed his lips over Dean’s mouth.

AuthorBio

Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.

When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers and other writers. You can friend her on Facebook here, or email her directly at yoursintuitively@gmail.com.

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New Release: Cronin’s Key by N.R. Walker #MM #Romance #Paranormal @NR_Walker

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Title: Cronin’s Key
Author Name: N.R. Walker
Publication Date & Length: March 13, 2015

Synopsis

NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable. But when an injured man gives him cryptic clues, then turns to dust in front of him, Alec’s view on weird is changed forever.

Cronin, a vampire Elder, has spent the last thousand years waiting for Alec. He’d been told his fated one would be a man wielding a shield, but he didn’t expect him to be human, and he certainly didn’t expect that shield to be a police badge.

Both men, strong-willed and stubborn, are still learning how to cope with the push and pull of being fated, when fate throws them another curveball.

Rumors have spread quickly of turmoil in Egypt. Covens are fleeing with news of a vampire who has a talent like no other, hell-bent on unleashing the wrath of Death.

Alec and Cronin are thrown into a world of weird Alec cannot imagine. What he learned in school of ancient pharaohs and Egyptian gods was far from the truth. Instead, he finds out firsthand that history isn’t always what it seems.

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Alec patted his belly, which was now full of pizza and coffee. Then he thought of something. “When was the last time you fed?”

“Two days ago.”

“Is that too long?”

“I will need to feed soon, but it’s bearable.”

“What is not bearable?” Alec asked. “I’m just curious. I guess I should know these things. I mean, is it uncomfortable for you to be near me right now?”

“Of course not.”

“Is it a hunger, or a thirst? Does your throat burn until you feed, or what?” Alec asked out of pure curiosity.

“It is a hunger,” Cronin answered. “Though not like a human hunger. It affects the whole body, not just the stomach. The whole body craves it.”

Alec considered this. “I can see that, I guess.”

Cronin gave a smile. “You talk of such matter with ease. Does it not bother you?”

“Not as much as I thought it would,” Alec said. “I try not to think about the human loss of it, to be honest. Kinda like how I try not to think about the pigs that die to give us the amazing thing that is bacon.” Alec stared out the kitchen window for a while, looking over the city as he thought about what he just said. “I’m not sure when I stopped caring for human life… I’m a cop, I shouldn’t…” he shook his head. “I don’t know when that changed.”

“When you changed,” Cronin said softly. “When you met me.”

“I changed when I met you?”

Cronin nodded. “As I did when I met you.”

Oh. Alec paused. “Is that part of the fated thing? We change?”

“Yes. Fundamental changes to our psyche, to adapt to the needs of our significant other.”

“But I’m still me,” Alec said quietly.

Cronin gave him a small smile. “You will always be you. You just adopt certain tolerances.”

“So, normally if something pissed me off with someone, like something they did—like snoring! If they snored—I ‘d hate it, but if you snored, I wouldn’t care.”

“I don’t snore.”

“That wasn’t my point.”

Cronin chuckled. “Your point was correct, yes.”

“So what pisses you off in other people, but not in me?”

Cronin thought for a moment. “I don’t like being interrupted when I’m talking. It is frustrat-”

“Like that?” Alec said with a smile. “Like me interrupting you like that?”

Cronin huffed. “Yes, like that.”

Alec snorted. “But it still annoyed you.”

“It’s a work in progress.” Cronin let out a half-laugh, half-sigh. “It frustrates me far less with you than someone else, believe me.”

“Then I shall try my very hardest not to interrupt you ever again,” Alec said, with a smirk and flick of his eyebrow which meant he shall try his very hardest to interrupt Cronin every chance he got.

Cronin sighed. “I also find sarcasm rather tiresome.”

“Excellent.” Alec laughed and finished his breakfast and made himself another coffee.

Alec leaned against the kitchen counter with his second cup of coffee in his hand, and it was as though Cronin was waiting for him. He cleared his throat. “So, given the events of yesterday, I wondered whether you wished to continue our date? Considering it was cut short.”

Alec hid his slow-spreading smile behind his coffee cup. “I would love to, but I thought research might be in order, given the events of yesterday.”

“Research of what?”

Alec was stunned. Research of what? “Uh, everything we learned yesterday, none of which makes sense.”

“Jodis and Eiji are seeking out information as we speak.”

“I thought you said they were eating out?”

Cronin smiled. “They are doing both. They’ve gone to Egypt-”

“They’ve what?” Alec cried, interrupting him. “By themselves?”

“They’re safe,” Cronin told him. “They’re verifying the information Bes gave us yesterday. Though we’ve no reason to doubt him, I wanted to be sure.”

“You asked them to go?”

“Yes. I took them.”

“You what?”

“I was only gone for one second. The apartment is well alarmed, and you were sound asleep.”

Alec put his cup down and ran his hands through his hair. “And?”

“And they are searching out any other information we might use.”

Alec sighed. “And what about me?”

Cronin blinked. “I don’t know what you mean. What about you?”

Alec took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. “I’m a detective. Figuring shit out is what I do. I research, I study, I figure shit out.”

“Alec, I cannot risk you being out there. Please understand, it’s not my wish to see you confined here, but until this risk is over-”

“I don’t need to leave here,” Alec replied. “As much as I’d like to.” He rolled his eyes. “But we have this thing now called the internet. I mean, it is only recent in your perspective of timelines, and I know you think Shakespeare is still classed as popular culture, but it is the twenty-first century.”

Cronin glared at him for just a moment. “I take back what I said before. I do believe that I detest sarcasm more than being interrupted.”

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N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance.

She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

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4 Stars for Fighting Fangs (Bound and Bonded Series Book 4) by Lisa Oliver #BDSM #MM #Romance @wisecrone333

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Title: Fighting Fants (Bound and Bonded Series Book 4)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: February 9, 2015 – 118pgs

Synopsis

Book Four Bound and Bonded Series
(Can be read as standalone)

Ace is on a mission. On the run from his old pack, the enforcer is determined that cat shifter Teric must die. In his head it’s the only way he can regain his place in the Washington pack and the Bound and Bonded club. In an effort to meet his needs for Domination in the human world, Ace visits Whips, a predominantly human BDSM club and gets the shock of his life.

Devin is a five hundred year old vampire who has been searching for his one and only for the longest time. Working as a house sub at Whips was fine until one Master over steps his boundaries and Devin is left with time on his hands. Deciding on a whim to track down the delicious wolf shifter he had smelled at the club, Devin soon tracks down Ace…and then promptly wishes he hadn’t. Ace is a wolfist and refuses to accept Devin as his mate.

Misunderstandings are just one hurdle these two need to overcome, if they are ever to have their HEA. The enforcers from the Washington Pack are still looking for Ace, and when they find him it might prove the end for both Devin and Ace.

Warnings; this is a gay erotic romance about a wolf shifter and a vampire. The book includes graphic sex scenes between men, BDSM elements and coarse language.

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FourStars

This was a great story – I wish it had been a little longer.  Even without having read the previous books, I did not feel that I was missing anything.
Ace is an unfortunate product of his upbringing. Because of that, he had to grow up pretty fast and then, had to learn the hard way that perceptions can be wrong.
Devin is a vampire who uses submission to curb his blood thirst. He has been searching for a long time for his mate.
The story shows how changing the perception is not always easy, but the rewards can be worth it.
Despite the storm that Ace must weather, Devin is there to help him every step of the way. Their pairing is both what they both need and a great teacher to them both as well.
I really enjoyed the community and despite everyone’s misconceptions, when people are willing to change their ideas, it can change how all pieces of life fit together.
There are just a few minor issues with the editing, and once an editor goes back through the story, fixing those missed spaces or misspelled words, then I think it will be complete.
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“This is not a scene. Not this time. This is us, together. Mate. Amatus. No rules. No restrictions. Just two men who will be together for a lifetime.”

Devin’s eyes flashed a brilliant red, the sight almost shocking Ace with its intensity and then it was gone just as quickly.

“I want that,” Devin said softly, as his hands came up from where they had been resting on the bed and gripped Ace’s biceps. “I want that a lot,” his voice finishing on a growl that set Ace’s wolf on edge as though not sure whether to challenge or submit. But that growl left Ace in no doubt that the man underneath him was as much a predator as he was.

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Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.

When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers and other writers. You can friend her on Facebook here, or email her directly at yoursintuitively@gmail.com.

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5 Stars for Pluck and Play (With a Kick #5) by Clare London #MM #Romance @clare_london

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Title:  Pluck and Play (With a Kick #5)
Author Name: Clare London
Publication Date & Length: February 6, 2015 – 106pgs

Synopsis

Everyone knows Curtis Wilson around the Soho business scene: a hard-working, budding young entrepreneur, who can get you supplies of whatever you need, and always with a joke and a laugh. Only Curtis knows that’s a purely public persona. Secretly, he’s still licking his wounds after being beaten up by his ex-lover, and he’s not about to let his guard down again.

Handsome Riley Richmond was born to be a cowboy, on his father’s side at least. But after his parents’ deaths, he finds himself stranded this side of the Atlantic, an anachronism in the bustling capital, and without financial capital. His consolation is his music, albeit he’s not a very successful busker and he loses his only decent piano gig after standing up for Curtis against a homophobic bully.

After that, they keep meeting, partly by accident, partly by Riley’s design. He’s smitten, and doesn’t mind letting Curtis know. Their music brings them together – Riley’s guitar playing and Curtis’ sharp, sexy poetry are a powerful combination. But Curtis still has some unfinished business with his ex-lover that he’s struggling to handle on his own. Riley intends to be the man Curtis calls on for help, whether he likes it or not. He’ll do whatever it takes to show Curtis that people can still be trusted to be honest and caring – even if it means walking them both into danger.

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This one felt just a little different to me. It still had all the humor and heart, but it felt like a much more serious undertone, perhaps because of the subject matter. I hate to give spoilers, but fair warning: while there’s nothing graphic, there are mentions of domestic abuse in this one.

Curtis and Riley both got to me at a much more emotional level. These guys had some heavy things to deal with. Even so, Ms. London did it with the same light touch as with the other stories, blending equal parts tug-at-the-heartstrings and laugh-out-loud fun. This pair were also, in my opinion, the steamiest of the bunch.

I’m not sure how realistic the end is, but I loved the themes of friendship and trust. Like in previous books, I found myself cheering for these guys at the end, and I was more than a little teary at the way the whole thing resolved.

5 stars

Amy

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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.

Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello

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5 Stars for Diving In by Alice Cross #FF

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Title: Diving In (Bridge to Desire Book 2)
Author Name: Alice Cross
Publication Date & Length: November 13, 2014 – 31pgs

Synopsis

Sometimes holding onto love means you’ve got to risk losing it all.

It’s not like Sam to fall too hard for any girl, let alone one who only recently broke up with her boyfriend of several years. But Lissa isn’t just any girl. In three short weeks, she has managed to wrap Sam around her little finger without even trying. Sam knows better than to expect a newly-minted lesbian to settle down with her first fling, but she’s not ready to let her latest catch go just yet. Can she offer Lissa the freedom she needs to explore, without cutting her loose altogether?

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FiveStars

This is a hot and steamy quick read.
I absolutely loved it!
This book draws you in quickly and keeps you turning the pages. It gives you just enough to satisfy yet leaves you wanting more at the same time.
It has just enough bdsm in it for it to be kinky but not to controlling. Just hot, steamy and sexy.
This book is well written and to the point. I didn’t want to put it down even when it was over!
Its easy to read and easy to fall in love with.

Amber

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