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New Release: 3.5 Star Review for North to Zombieville (Zombieville #1) by Meg Bawden (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Horror @megbawden

NorthtoZombievilleFSTitle: North to Zombieville (Zombieville #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Meg Bawden (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 18, 2016 – 67,114 Words

Synopsis

The year is 2028, and Dallas and Raleigh Jenson are torn apart when a worldwide zombie apocalypse ravages their home of Townsville, Australia. After a year of searching, Dallas, a former Australian army rifleman, finally reunites with Raleigh, but it’s not like old times. Not only do they have zombies to contend with, but also other humans, changed by desperation and willing to do anything to survive.

Dallas and Raleigh have changed too. So much so, that Dallas struggles with the idea that Raleigh no longer needs or wants his protection. But they will need to rely on each other and find strength in their love as they are forced to evade zombies and watch their friends die. As they fight for their lives in a brutal landscape where every supply and every step toward a potential cure is a battle to the death, only their trust in each other can keep them from perishing.

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ThreeandHalfStars

Ah, zombies. I love reading MM stories with a good zombie plot and Meg Bawden’s “North To Zombieville” was okay. Not amazing, but it kept me reading.
Dallas and his husband Raleigh gets separated when people started eating each other on their anniversary. Yeah, total buzz kill. lol. for a year, Dallas was looking for his husband until by some miracle, they found each other. Now they just have to deal with the constant zombie attacks and find a scientist who is rumored to have a cure or know of a cure. Peachy.
I loved Dallas, He was kick ass and sweet and sexy. If there’s a zombie attack, I want him to be my devoted husband. lol. Raleigh I didn’t like so much. The synopsis may say that he didn’t need Dallas’ help anymore for protection, but that’s a lie. Raleigh was annoying and whiny and is too stupid to live. They kept blaming every dumb thing he did on his concussion, but I don’t believe it. Dallas, like a besotted fool, kept forgiving him. No. Just no.
The ending wasn’t a happy ending. It just leads to book 2, which I will read and hope there’s more Dallas…with a new, worthy husband…haha. I can dream.
Cookie

Excerpt

A loud crash and screams from downstairs made them pull away. The diners on the top floor were glancing around worriedly, some of the men showing caution as they stood, but making no move to head downstairs and see what was happening.

Raleigh frowned toward the stairs. “What was that?”

Dallas narrowed his eyes and stood, taking Raleigh with him. The screams were filled with pure fear. It wasn’t just downstairs, though. Distant shrieks echoed through the street as well, but when Dallas glanced over the balcony railing, he couldn’t see anything odd. A crowd had formed on the sidewalk and they were peering around the street in confusion. Glass shattered, and then a rush of people scrambled out of the Strand Delight. One lady fell on top of the glass, her legs dragging over the shards, but whatever scared her was more important than the pain she obviously felt from the glass, because she kicked off her high heels and got to her feet to run again.

Car horns and crunching noises similar to pieces of metal colliding with each other filled the air. A car accident, maybe? But there was more than the sound of one accident. It put Dallas on high alert.

“Raleigh, stay here.” Dallas moved toward the stairs.

“Dallas, I’m coming with you.” Raleigh started to follow him.

“No! I said stay here, and I mean it.” It came out as an angry growl. He hadn’t meant to snap, but if something was going on downstairs, he didn’t want Raleigh in the middle of danger.

He had defense training; his husband didn’t. “Please, baby, stay here,” he said, softer than before.

Raleigh hesitated and then nodded. He took a step back toward his seat. Dallas felt eyes on his back as he descended the stairs.

The sight he found nearly made him retreat. Tables were upturned, the glassware and utensils scattered over the floor. Bodies lay on top of each other, blood oozing from holes and torn skin. An older lady’s body was askew in the middle of the room, covering a young boy who couldn’t have been older than ten. His body was twitching, but his neck was in pieces, chunks of meat torn from his jugular. The people left standing were screaming or running toward the exit.

The people who had fallen didn’t look right. Their faces had deep gashes, with blood gushing from their cheeks and down their chins. With some, their mouths drooped on one side, their gums dark and bloody. Their eyes were lifeless, as though they were dead on the inside.

People on the streets ran into the restaurant, pausing as they saw the bodies on the floor start to move and shift as though they were puppets on a string, only missing their master. Upon taking in the scene, they’d run out again.

It all seemed absurd, like a B grade movie that didn’t even make it to the cinemas. Dallas frowned, taking a step up on one of the stairs, farther away from the scene. He stared at one of the women, who rose, her face scratched up badly.

“Ma’am, are you all right?”

She didn’t respond, only groaned in an animalistic way. She started to stumble toward Dallas, her left leg dragging behind her. Her foot was bent backward and she was putting all her weight on her very twisted and broken ankle.

“Ma’am, are you all right?” Dallas repeated, but she ignored him, continuing her walk toward him.

Diners from upstairs came rushing past him, shoving him roughly out of the way.

“No! Don’t go out there!” But it was too late. They weren’t listening to him—fear controlled their every movement.

This had to be a nightmare. It was the night before their anniversary and he was still in bed, he had to be.

He wasn’t watching the lady, and she managed to catch him off guard and shove him to the ground. She slammed herself on top of him, her teeth bared as she dived toward his neck. He raised his elbow, slamming it into her face. She let out a pained squeal and her head jerked back, making her neck crack loudly. But that still didn’t deter her. This time, she went for his arm.

Over the lady’s shoulder, Dallas saw a man clambering out of a door. The man paused, glancing around the room, obviously searching for something. Survivors. Dallas opened his mouth to ask for help at the same time the woman grabbed a piece of wood from a broken table and slammed it against his forehead. Dallas’s head smashed hard against the floor, and his vision flickered for a moment.

By the time he looked again, the man was gone. Dallas would have to deal with the woman on his own. Using all his strength, he shoved at her twitching body, and she went flying backward into a broken chair. She shrieked as Dallas struggled to stand. His legs felt like jelly beneath him.

He stared at her in confusion. How did she keep getting up? It was impossible. But this entire thing was impossible.

“Dallas!”

Raleigh’s voice. He had to get back to his husband. He spun on his heel, but before he could get anywhere, a hand grabbed his ankle and he fell forward.

“Dallas, where are you?” Raleigh’s voice was on the verge of desperation. “Dal!”

“Raleigh!” Dallas called back, but the sound of a car horn close by drowned it out.

As he opened his mouth to call out again, whatever had grabbed him clawed up his trousers. He twisted and stopped in shock. A man this time, but he looked worse than the lady.

He was older, with a receding hairline, but his forehead was peeling and blood was cascading down the side of his head. Only part of his teeth remained in his mouth, and even those were halfway out of his gums. To top it off, he only had half a body. From the waist down, there was nothing but his insides dragging behind him.

“No, no, no. I don’t want to go!” Raleigh’s voice sounded distant among the screams from outside. “He’s alive! No. He’s alive!”

“Raleigh!” Dallas shouted again, but as before, his voice was lost in all the other noise.

Anger and anxiousness welled in his chest, and he let the emotions take over. He kicked at the man holding him, slamming his boot into his face. The man squealed as his skull shattered under the force of Dallas’s kick. His body went limp and he released Dallas.

Rising, Dallas quickly retreated back upstairs to Raleigh and made his way toward the balcony. He paused when he found it empty.

Fear curled in his belly, his skin tingling. “Raleigh?”

He was met with silence.

“Raleigh?”

But still he got no answer. He spun around, surveying the dining room.

“Leigh, where are you?” He looked out toward the street. More and more people ran out of the restaurants along the Strand, and very quickly the streets filled with running, screaming people. He had no fucking idea what was happening.

Dallas ran to the railing, looking over the balcony. It was then that he realized there was a ladder leaning toward the railing. Raleigh must have climbed down it.

Dallas took two steps at a time. His feet hit the ground and he desperately scanned his surroundings. He pulled out his phone and rang Raleigh. It went straight to message bank. He angrily pressed the End Call button.

“Raleigh!”

The scared crowd ignored him for the most part, though a couple shoved him hard as they ran past. Some tried to get into their cars, but with too many people in the streets, they couldn’t go far. A couple of drivers tried to nudge people with their vehicles, but it only had negative effects. Some of the people in the streets were just like the woman in the Strand Delight. Their eyes were dead, their faces and any other exposed skin bloody and scratched.

One of the men nudged with a car spun around, eyes flashing a dark red as he slammed his hands on the hood. The hood made a crunching sound, and the man screamed, spit flying from his mouth as he pounced on the crumpled hood. The woman in the car shrieked and jumped out, kicking off her heels and running down the street with the mobs. But the man obviously wasn’t going to allow that. He ran after her. He wasn’t fast, but he was fast enough to catch her.

He grabbed her by the hair, jerking her backward. She screamed again, but he threw her on the ground and tore at her neck like a starving cannibal.

Dallas made to move toward them, but the woman’s scream turned into a gurgle and then nothing. It was too late. Dallas could have saved her life, but he hadn’t. He couldn’t. He needed to find Raleigh. He needed to protect his husband.

“Raleigh?” His voice cracked under the strength of his roar. Yet it was barely audible over the cries of fear filling the street.

The woman from the restaurant dragged herself out of the Strand Delight. She stretched out toward Dallas, a stupid grin on her face that caught bloody teeth flashing at him.

Dallas acted on adrenaline. He ducked beneath her arms, spinning until he was standing at her back, then grabbed her head, twisting it hard and quick until her neck snapped and she fell to the ground, lifeless.

He dropped to his knees, his stomach churning in fear and desperation as the need to vomit slammed into him. But he held it in.

“Raleigh….” he whispered, biting his lip hard. He needed to find his husband.

Something shone in his eyes from under the lamplight and he immediately zeroed in on Raleigh’s phone. He grabbed it, tapping it desperately, but it was dead. “Dammit!” he growled.

“Raleigh, where are you?”

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5 stars for No Secrets Needed (New Beginnings #2) by Ann Anderson (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Fantasy

No Secrets Needed_London_Burden_hi_resTitle: No Secrets Needed (New Beginnings #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Ann Anderson (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2016 – 67,000 Words

Synopsis

After bidding farewell to his family and Trint, the man he’s come to care for, Rafe heads out to sea, free to be himself for the first time in his life—free to learn himself, away from the constraints and trials of his mother, away from the terrible person he believed himself to be while forced to live with her.

When Rafe returns home his family is waiting for him—but there’s no sign of Trint. With a little push from his ward, Rafe decides to be bold and go after what he wants, though he fears in the end that all his efforts might still not be good enough to overcome the past and the secrets that have controlled so much of his life.

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FiveStars

This is a book that is a continuation of book 1. Bol one was more of a short story where this book was more of a novella.

Rafe has always had a hard time excepting that he had to play a role before he came of age and took over the family. He had to act mean and callous to those around him that he cared the most for. So I believe that has played a role into him taking the trip on one of boats to find himself. Which I also believe is a good thing for Rafe. I believe that he needed to see the different walks of life. That he needed to be able to offer refuge for those that was meant to do harm to his crew and him. I also believe that the experience was good for him because he grew up so to speak along the journey.

I believe the trip also solidified his belief that Trint and him was meant to be together. I believe that the courting gifts that Rafe presented Trint and his family was all from his heart. I think he though of things that would mean something to each of them or would bring the family closer to one another. I think that along the way he also realized that whether he is damaged or not that he does deserve to be loved by Trint and that Trint in return loves him just as much.

This book is a book that I believe is about overcoming ones past in order to be able to enjoy the future to the fullest. It is also about acceptance that just because one may not be family by blood, those are still family if you choose to be. And Rafes family includes those around him that he chooses to be family. Last but not least, I think it is a book about love overcoming all.

Tosha

Excerpt

Rafe rose and stood beside his bed, the dagger clutched tight as he waited for some indication that they were searching his ship. Who they might be, he wasn’t sure. They shouldn’t have been too far into unclaimed water, and as far as he knew, no pirate or enemy to their kingdom would attack so close to claimed water, but he could be wrong.

There was always a chance for some war to crop up, even in these peaceful times.

The fighting sounded to have stopped not long after he woke, but Rafe waited until there was a knock at his door, and Captain Manis poked his head into the room, before moving, following him onto the deck to take stock of the damage.

“This shouldn’t have happened,” one of the men whispered as he hefted a body and placed it into a pile near the bow of the boat.

Rafe didn’t say anything as he cast a glance at Captain Manis. His mouth was pinched, eyes hard as he led Rafe to a group of men, no older than boys, and stopped, arms crossed as he scowled at the defiant figures. Rafe waited, but when Captain Manis didn’t say anything, he stepped forward.

“Why have you attacked our ship” His gaze skimmed the group before him, taking in the trembling forms. After a quick perusal, he settled on one of the men whose eyes darted from side to side. Rafe knelt before the man, clasping his jaw in a firm hand. “Why have you attacked our ship”

The man glanced from side to side again, but none of his fellows would look at him or speak up. With a deep breath, the man spoke in a small, childlike voice. “It’s our right.”

Rafe lifted an eyebrow. He must not have heard correctly. “Excuse me?”

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New Release: 5 stars for Fistful of Love by Renee Cronin (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #FF #DV @reneecronin78

Fistful of Love - Final CoverTitle: Fistful of Love
Author Name: Renee Cronin
Publication Date & Length: April 4, 2016 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

At the age of 23, social worker, Jeya Wellington was pretty much on her own. The devastating loss of her parents left her bereft and alone. Her best friend, Roman and his family have been like surrogates, but they could never replace what she lost. She needed a different connection. Shortly after losing her parents, she finds love and comfort in the arms of Rayne Watson, a correctional officer.
Rayne was exactly what she needed at the time, but now, two years later, Jeya wants out. She never expected love to come with bruises. She didn’t anticipate losing friends and living in fear. This was not her idea of true love. With the support of Roman, Jeya finds a way to leave. But Rayne isn’t letting go that easily. They made a commitment to each, and she has the tattoo to prove it – ‘Til Death Do Us Part.

Torn between the love she has for Rayne and the instinct to protect herself, is Jeya’s will stronger than her vow?

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FiveStars

A very moving, accurate and honest account of violence by one person on the one they profess to love.
One of the strengths of this novel, which the author describes as semi autobiographical, is the way the victim and the perpetrator are shown as normal everyday people. This normality is what makes this account so believable and so very terrifying at the same time.  Anyone we know might be experiencing the same situation and we as friends, relatives even co workers would not be aware of it.
Although a very emotive novel covering a spectrum of emotions it was the fact that the victim never one asked for sympathy that added to the poignancy of the whole situation.
Ms Cronin recounted the novel in a non judgmental way thus adding to the depth and power of this difficult subject. It allowed the reader to arrive at their own conclusions and question their own awareness and understanding.
I found this a very compelling novel, one I am so glad I read. Some novels you read for pleasure this novel is one to read to make you think, to make you question and to even make you aware.
Although this is a delicate subject to write about Ms Cronin has to be congratulated and applauded in being able to present it in such a readable and understanding way.
A novel I would urge everyone to read, it’s not about the sexuality of those concerned, it’s about how violence can affect anyone.
~Chris

Excerpt

It’s over.

Two simple words, intended to signify the end, were instead just the beginning. Jeya took a deep breath, and the pain that pierced her side served as the reminder she needed. She hit the send button. Unexpected relief instantly washed over her. “I did it. Step one. Now for step two.” Jeya placed her phone on the bed and stood up to double-check her suitcase. Going over the checklist in her mind, she felt confident that she had the essentials. A week away from home required more than she’d anticipated, but she had no intention of returning until the rainstorm had passed. Jeya took a second to acknowledge the double entendre of the word. Her girlfriend, Rayne, was definitely a hurricane. Her temper was unpredictable and left damage in its wake similar to that which Hurricane Gloria had. She knew she’d be safer at Roman’s house for the next several days.

The lyrics to “Dangerously in Love” cursed the air. The perfect ringtone to describe her relationship. She braced herself as she walked to the bed and picked up the phone. Jeya anticipated nothing less than an explosive response from her short-tempered girlfriend.

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New Release: 5 Star Review for Black Dust by Lynn Charles (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Romance @LynnCharlesNet

Black Dust 900px COVER (web Tumblr)Title: Black Dust
Author Name & Publisher: Lynn Charles (Interlude Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 7, 2016 – 312 pgs

Synopsis

Fifteen years after a tragic car crash claimed a friend’s life and permanently injures his then-boyfriend, Broadway musician Tobias Spence reconnects with his former love. As Emmett and Tobias explore their renewed relationship, the two men face old hurts and the new challenges of a long-distance romance. Will Tobias lose his second chance at love to the ghosts he can’t seem to put to rest?

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FiveStars

This book is such a tragically, heart breaking story about three young men. The three young men was in a car accident that resulted in the driver walking away with minimal damage, the passenger flown away with life threatening injuries, and the last with his life taken at a young age.

The car accident is what shaped and tore apart so many lives and left heartache, guilt, love loss, anger, and a multitude of emotions in its wake.

Toby and Emmett was in love and had bright futures in there path along with their best friend Scotty who was multi talented until that faithful accident where Tody was driving, Emmett was the passenger that was hurt to never fully recover from his injuries, and Scotty died instantly. This accident changed their bright futures from the moment of impact and Toby and Emmett never recovered.

This book was the perfect example of what can happen when the one that walked away with just scratches is still carrying around that guilt with him even 15 years later. I felt like even though life was still moving forward that Toby was just stuck and could not let go of the guilt he felt over Scotty dying the day of the accident and never getting over the fact that he felt responsible for Emmett getting hurt. Everywhere he went he carried the scars more heavily inside himself then Emmett carried on his body. He let what happened that day dictate the way he lived from that point on and he seen Scottys ghost at every corner in his life.

I felt that even though Emmett loved Toby he blamed him for the loss of their best friend and for the physical injuries that he incurred in the accident and he could not let that anger go know matter unreasonable it was. I also believe that he blamed Scotty for dying the day of the accident.

This book really gets down to the nitty gritty of how much power emotions such as guilt and anger can and will affect someone’s life and the choices they make because of it. This book was so beautifully written and was terribly heartbreaking at the same time. Lynn Charles did such an amazing job on this book and I was impressed with the respect and love that you could tell that Lynn put into this work of art.

Such an amazing story and very emotional. I felt this book all the way to my core. I would definitely recommend that others read this book. It is truly amazing and I feel like so many will feel the same as I did.

Tosha

Excerpt

“I can’t, Emmett. I—can’t go back.”

“Then we are clearly not ready for any sort of commitment.”

“Wait. You won’t agree to—to us—unless I come to Indiana?”

“I won’t,” Emmett said. “It’s all feeling a little one-sided to me, and I’m not okay with that.”

“You don’t understand.”

“I do understand, Toby. I was there for everything that makes you afraid of that place.”

“Yes. You were,” Toby said, taking Emmett’s hand in his. “But my concerns about going back have nothing to do with you.”

“Maybe they should have something to do with me.”

“That’s—” Toby pulled his hand away. “That’s not fair.”

“It really is,” Emmett said. He reached across the table for Toby’s hand again. “Please?” Toby took his hand and Emmett squeezed, holding on as if he might never let go. “We experienced a great tragedy together. And while Scotty’s parents lost their son, no one felt the things we felt. No one else woke up screaming and sweating when we heard the sounds of the crash in our sleep.”

“Emmett—”

“No one else knew the fear of maybe never walking again. No one else lost weight and a semester of school because he might get thrown in jail. No one else felt the things we felt together. That’s all ours. As much as you want to, you cannot take me out of the equation.”

“But, that’s just it, Em. I don’t want to feel those things again. I cannot walk back into that—that darkness.”

Emmett pulled their joined hands to his lips and kissed Toby’s knuckles. “You already have. You have been so enamored—you’ve practically spent this entire week making love to my scars. You’re there. And it’s not so dark anymore.”

“No, because you’re whole again. You’re not broken anymore.”

Emmett saw it, then. He saw in the way Toby had almost obsessed over the ridiculous tattoo and Emmett’s scars, as if begging for them to also bring him the powers that Derek had wished upon Emmett’s body those years ago. He saw it in Toby’s insistence that they start all over as if the accident never happened, as if the years of silence weren’t strung between them like a rope and plank bridge connecting two separate lands.

So he said it. To give it power. To make it a truth they shared—like their shared tragedy.

“And you still are. Broken.”

Toby nodded, grasping at Emmett’s fingers like a lifeline. “I’m so—” He took a deep, shuddering breath. “I’m so exhausted making sure no one knows.”

“Oh, Toby.” All the more reason “trying again” was a bad idea. Unready to let go, Emmett kissed Toby’s fingers again. “Then come to my home,” Emmett offered, trite as it sounded in his own ears. “I’ve remodeled the master and made a party room in my basement for the kids.”

“You’ve never told me—”

“It’s beautiful, really. It’s on a couple of acres, and the back of the property is lined with a stream you can hear from the kitchen when the windows are open. It’s very peaceful. It sounds like you need some peace.”

“You deserve a beautiful life.”

“So let me share it with you. At least think about it?”

Toby nodded and began to clean up. “Will you still come see me in San Francisco after school’s out?”

“I don’t know. I’d really like an answer before I agree to see you again.”

“Okay. I’m sorry it’s not as easy as it should be.”

“I am too, Toby. Being with you was always so easy.”

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New Release: 4.5 star,TWO 4 star and 5 star reviews for The Artist and His Alpha (Alpha and Omega #3 – Standalone) by Lisa Oliver (Author Interview) #MM #ShapeShifter

actual cover copyTitle: The Artist and His Alpha (Alpha and Omega #3)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: February 3, 2016 – 189 pgs

Synopsis

Caden Wolfe lives his life hiding from the world. As an Omega with a brute of an Alpha looking for him, he can’t afford to take any chances. He is happy enough with his art, his one good friend Felix and his agent who adores his paintings. It’s a far cry from life on the streets and Caden is determined to keep working hard, and stay out of the spotlight. Staying away from all things wolf is easy enough in the city, until he meets the one man with the potential to blow his cover and his way of life, out of the water.

Sean Black has it all – a brother for pack, a home pack that is still supportive but far enough away not to interfere with his daily life, a good business, and men who clamor for his attention every night of the week. The last thing he wants or needs is a mate, but after a brief meeting with a gorgeous artist, he realizes his life will change, and not necessarily in a good way.

A misunderstanding leads to danger for Caden and Sean has to make a choice. Can he give his Omega what he needs, or should he make sure he’s protected and then walk away? A rogue Alpha with an agenda of his own, a trap, and trouble from the council are just a few of the things this couple will have to contend with if they are ever to have their HEA.

Warning: This book is an M/M paranormal romance. It includes sexual scenes between two men. It also includes an Omega who will tug at your heart, an Alpha who deserves a smack around the ears at times, and a love story that takes just a little while to unfold. This is based on the true mate trope, so if that is not your cup of tea, then please don’t buy any of my books.

The Alpha and Omega series are all standalone books, with no relation to each other at all, unlike my books in other series.

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FourandHalfStars

I’ve recently found Lisa Oliver and since then I have come to the conclusion you can never go wrong reading one on of her books. From chapter one, you are pulled into the world of mystery, fun, alphas and heartbreaks. Sean and Caden are right there too.

 

I never found myself bored with this story, and I was disappointed when it finished, only because I wanted to keep reading about these two sexy men and their supporting friends and family. Ms. Oliver does a fantastic job with setting the scene of getting to know each character, their first interactions, their conflicts, and then the resolution. She doesn’t leave you hanging.

 

Hot-to-trot Sean is an alpha who is enjoying is freedom and lifestyle of not being attached to anyone. So when he meets Caden, he is so confused and at first fights it, but not in an over-the-top drama kind of why, more of reorganizing his heart, life and conscious to accept what love truly is and his fated mate.

 

Sweet and shy Caden just grabs your heart strings from the beginning and is terrified upon meeting his fated mate. As he learns how a true Omega should be treated, which is polar-opposite of what he has learned growing up, his own heart breaks the steel bars and wants to shine with love that has been hidden for so long.

 

The supporting cast of Liam, Felix and Ian were amazing and definitely helped with the character building and support of this wonderful story.

 

The only problem is that Liam and Felix were such a strong support and I fell in love with them so hard that I was left abrupt with this story knowing it was a stand alone and knowing I may not ever get to read about those two delicious men. I honestly feel a little robbed of it. Overall though, I did enjoy this story. It really had that combination of sweet, action, and alpha all in one.

~Keri

FourStars

This book was pretty amazing but then I’ve read books by this author before and have never been disappointed. First this can clearly be read as a standalone. I have always found books by Lisa Oliver to keep me entertained and this one was very entertaining and an enjoyable read. Ms. Oliver has a writing style that makes it a very easy read. I found the characters to be interesting, but not complex. I fell for Caden almost immediately and Sean was not far behind, even though Sean was clearly clueless throughout the book. I absolutely adored the secondary characters especially Liam and Felix. This was a great story from start to finish and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal romances.

~Lynn

FourStars

Triggers: Abuse, cult type behaviors

This author is great!  She gives twists and turns, but also allows for a resolution too.

This story has some fantastic elements, but I thought that it was also lacking in some ways too.

Caden is a strong, silent artist.  I really enjoyed his character.  Despite that he was not the “typical” omega, he has been successful in creating works of art that people flock to.  He is running from his past, surviving without living.  His really good friend, Felix is a hoot.  I really enjoyed how he was able to bring Caden out of himself – but didn’t push Caden to do more than he was capable.

Then you introduce Sean.  He was pushy, grouchy and mysterious all wrapped in to a yummy shifter.  Immediately, he’s intrigued by Caden, but because he has lived a very different lifestyle, mainly getting anyone he wants, he is at a loss as to how to approach Caden.  Their first encounter is confusing and neither character really knows how to react to each other.

Once you are through the immediate issues that both Sean and Caden find, Oliver was able to draw emotions out of the reader through feelings, emotions, relationships and the story just begins to bloom.

Despite some miscommunications and a lot of flubs by Sean, he finally understands what love can be and wants to have it with Caden.

I liked the conflict in this story but felt that it was unfinished – we were kind of left hanging.  Maybe it will be resolved in the next story?  I can only hope!

~AvidReader

FiveStars

This book is definitely a 5 star book. I just recently got into reading shifter books and with each one I love them even more. This has got to be my favorite to date.

Sean is what one would an Alpha wolf. He and his brother Liam own a club in LA and both are Alphas. Sean has made his mind up a long time ago that he did not need to be tied down to anyone when he can have someone new when he wants. That is until Caden comes along and Sean realizes right away he had met his fated mate. Then everything changes.

I know that Alphas are supposed to be the strong ones and they are but I have to say that I believe that Omegas are stronger. Or at least in this book anyway. Caden is an omega but he has no pack and is a lone wolf. Under normal circumstances omegas cannot survive on their own without a pack and Caden does. Not only does he, he is thriving on his own as far as having his own home, having a career that he is great at, and relying on himself to stay safe.

Caden is such a strong individual whether or not he is an omega. He has survived being abused and mistreated since the moment he was born because some dimwit convinced others that he was weak and useless for being an omega. But in my opinion the opposite is true. Caden took what was thrown at him with grace and never let it end him. He could of given up but it was not in his nature. He might have been scared of what the future would hold but he still did not let it stop him from becoming self sufficient. That takes guts in my opinion and makes him a very strong person and omega.

Sean is definitely a strong alpha but I believe that he has some misconceptions on what a real relationship should be. He makes a butt of myself several times but he has the smarts, heart, and love to realize when he has made a mistake and he either fixes it himself or he gets the advice from his friends and family that leads him in the direction that helps him. He is definitely a stubborn individual but he is smart enough to realize what he is about to lose, even if it does take him some time to get there.

I enjoyed this read so much and could not wait to see what was going to happen next. It is definitely a love story but it is also an action adventure with the warnings of abuse, talk of rape, and mistreatment of children, women, and men.

Cannot wait to read more by Lisa Oliver.

~Tosha

Excerpt

“Holy shit, he has a gun. Caden, for fuck’s sake don’t shoot!”

Sean heard Felix yell and he damn near pushed Liam off the fire escape, leaping up the last of the stairs. He could understand how Felix would want to talk quickly, especially if a gun was involved, but he had to see Caden for himself. As he stood on a rickety ledge he was momentarily stunned by the vision in front of him. A huge lit space littered with canvases spoke of hard work, dedication, passion for art and an apparent disregard for mess. And in front of it all stood Caden – locked, loaded and ready for bear.

The young man looked even better than Sean remembered. His slim, pale torso gleamed under the light, his unruly mop of straight blond hair falling just over the top of one eye. All Caden appeared to be wearing was a pair of jeans that hung low on his hips – a truly sexy picture. But it was the confident way Caden held the gun in his hands, and the unflinching glare in his eyes, that touched Sean’s heart. Felix had been right about one thing. Caden was determined to defend his home, and he looked more than capable of doing it. Damn, if that idea didn’t slam Sean in the groin and hang on.

“What are you doing here, Felix?” Caden’s voice held traces of nervousness that wouldn’t be noticed by human ears, but Sean noticed that the hands holding the gun didn’t waver.

“I was worried about you,” Felix called out, stepping closer to the glass, his hands spread to show he was unarmed.

“We all were. You wouldn’t answer your door; you weren’t taking my calls. I had to know you were all right. We’re friends, Caden, I thought you trusted me. Now please, let us in. This damn ledge is fucking unsafe and you know I’m scared of heights.”

Caden held his glare for a long minute, and Sean wasn’t sure the young man would ever move. But then he carefully raised his weapon, removed the magazine, which he tucked in his back pocket, and then walked over to rest the gun against the wall. Only then did he come towards the large panes of glass, releasing a latch, which Sean realized was actually a door latch. What he had mistaken for windows doubled as large sliding doors.

Once all three men were inside of what was a huge space, Caden seemed unsure of himself. “I know we’re friends,” he said to Felix hesitantly – scared, but apparently determined to defend his actions. “I’m not doing anything wrong.” His eyes seemed to catch Sean’s automatically and Sean was shocked to see they were full of fear again.

“I’m an adult. This is my place, my territory. I’m not intruding on anyone’s space. I have a right to be here.”

Sean realized in that instant that Caden’s immediate fear had a name – the Black Brothers – and damn, if that didn’t make him feel sick. He and Liam were full-blown Alpha wolves, and his little Omega must have thought that they had a pack, or at least a right to the territory he lived in. No wonder the poor guy had locked himself in and refused to talk to anyone. He was terrified of losing his home and possibly his life.

Felix looked confused. “No one said you didn’t have any right to be here. This is your home, bought and paid for. No one can take it away from you so long as you pay your taxes, and your trust does that for you.”

“Then why did you bring them?” Caden hadn’t stopped looking at Sean, but clearly Liam was included in the ‘them’ comment as well. “They know what I’m talking about. Why are they here, if not to beat me, torture me, rape me and then kick me out of my home? That’s what men like them do. What are they doing here?”

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New Release: 4 stars for Dead Camp (Dead Camp #1) by Sean Kerr (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Horror @SGK69

 deadcamp300Title: Dead Camp (Dead Camp #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Kerr (Extasy Books)
Publication Date & Length: January 1, 2016 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

Eli is an ancient vampire with an ego the size of a planet and a sex drive to match, but his tumultuous past left him broken, so he hides from humanity and cowers from love, left to endure the crushing guilt that haunts his every waking moment. Even his best friend Malachi, a ghost who is hopelessly in love with Eli, remains unaware of all that transpired in London. Malachi can never know the truth.

When the Angel Daniyyel pays an unwelcome visit, Eli must face his secrets, secrets that he has tried so long to hide. To make matters worse, a chance encounter with the most beautiful man he has ever seen shatters his beloved isolation, pushing him into the world of the living once more. Something about this strange man seems so familiar, but Eli can’t even remember who he was before he became a vampire, never mind explain the unwanted emotions the enigmatic stranger ignites in his dead heart. So Eli has a choice—return to the world that ruined him, or continue his self-imposed exile with no hope of salvation.

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FourStars

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The title is the worst thing about this book. I mean, I get it, it’s about an effeminate gay ghost who’s “campy.” And Dead. But the book is so much more.
Brooding, broken Eli is a sarcastic but lovable homosexual vampire obsessed with sex and afraid of his own capacity for violence. His best friend is Malachi the ghost. They are both hiding from their past, quite literally in a castle in the middle of the woods.
Surrounded by Nazis.
Seriously, this book is the best. It’s a great pleasure to read. There’s a lot of sex, obviously. And a lot of gore. Eli is not a sparkly vampire, he is an ancient evil. And I’m obsessed with him.
~C. E. Case

Excerpt

Three prisoners had died in my block that night, two elderly and one young man not old enough to grow pubes. It sickened me. Never, in all my years, had I witnessed such a callous waste of human life. And then to see my fellow prisoners undressing the dead, striping their cold stiff bodies before my unbelieving eyes horrified me even more, and I clung onto Jakob’s broken body for dear life. All around me the clunk of bodies against wood and concrete. My eyes tried not to see and my ears tried not to hear.

A cold clammy hand gently caressed my arm and I nearly shot off my shelf in shock. I didn’t scream. I refused to scream.

“My friend, I’m sorry, my friend, but you must undress him. The rubbish men will be here soon and you must strip him of all clothing before they take him. Please, you must do this for him—they will be less kind than you. Do you understand?”

“Why? Why must we do this?”

“His clothes are of value, my friend. They will be re-used for the next intake.”

“And what of his body, what will become of Jakob?”

“You don’t want to know, my friend.” His whispered words made every hair on my body stand on end. A sound outside caused him to return to his unsavoury task with renewed urgency. “Quickly, they are here.”

What followed felt like a dream. I had undressed many a man under many circumstances, but that was a first. Already poor Jakob stiffened, and it pained me to hear and feel his bones crack as I gently prised his pale thin body from the clothes. I whispered my apologies into his unhearing ears and I hated my eyes for glancing across his pale dead flesh.

I had to free them, all of them. That place, that death camp, it had to end.

I lifted his dead naked body into my arms. Emotion, so alien to me, invaded the shrivelled blackness that was my soul, and I knew my eyes betrayed my grief.

Emotions made you weak. Emotions made you vulnerable, emotions hurt. And I was hurting. The passing of that human, that mortal man I had known for less than a day, had brought back that affliction from which I had been running from for so very long.

I had only opened my heart to the world again but for the briefest of moments.

And already I felt pain.

Gideon hurt me. He made me feel unloved, unwanted, he made me feel ugly.

How I would crave for his touch, how desperate I was for his love, to feel the thrill of his fingers upon my bare flesh, to feel his attraction to me, to feel wanted. But all he ever did was refuse me. Every time I tried to touch him, he turned me away. He was not in the mood, he told me to come back later.

Come back later.

But later never came.

I carried that pale body into the grey wet misery of morning. The sun was trying desperately to penetrate the thick layers of brooding clouds that clung stubbornly over the camp, but the sun was losing. Rain dripped incessantly from the skies, melting the remaining snow into a muddy slush. Grey skies, grey ground, grey people. The camp drained the colour out of everything. Welwelsburg was like me, a vampire, sucking the life out of everything it encountered, sucking away hope and dignity, leaving nothing but pale grey husks clinging to the brink of existence.

Two men stood next to a large flatbed trolley. Dead, naked bodies lay crumpled in a pile on top of the trolley, legs and arms sticking out at all angles like some grotesque starfish. I saw children amongst the corpses.

Pale white flickering figures surrounded the trolley. Insubstantial wisps of lives spent before their time. The rubbish men looked at me expectantly but I could not move for the sight of those spectral beings and I clutched Jakob’s dead body tightly to my chest, unwilling to relinquish my charge. If I put him on that trolley then he would be dead, another lump of cold meat on the pile. He deserved more than that.

The ghostly figures turned to look at me, each one knowing me, seeing me, seeing me see them. And they smiled at me. Cold shivering prickles erupted across my skin as their eyes took me in and they were such kind eyes, such trusting eyes. A figure pushed its way between them, its shadowy form brushing gently against the others as it came to stand before me.

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New Release: TWO 5 Star Reviews for The Dilemma (Sirius’s Wolves #5) by Victoria Sue (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Shifters #Mpreg @vickysuewrites

Orion 5Title: The Dilemma (Sirius’s Wolves #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Victoria Sue (Dark Hollows Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 7, 2016 – 50,000 Words

Synopsis

Marcus has just become the only human ever to be Alpha of a werewolf pack and thwarted the plans of Anubis to destroy the goddess Sirius’ creation – the werewolves.

Now, Anubis has decided to focus his efforts instead on Marcus and his new pack, to try and destroy the pack from within. In order to do this, Anubis seeks the one thing Marcus wants above all else and when he finds it, will use that to get him to walk away from his mates and the pack.

Unaware of the evil god’s plans, Marcus works together with Kellan and Ricoh, not only trying to help Nate recover from the vicious torture he has undergone at the hands of the terrorist group, The Winter Circle, but to also come to terms with leading a pack of over two thousand wolves.

Marcus soon will be faced with a dilemma, but will he give everything up for his mates and the pack or will the temptation Anubis offers him be too much for one human to refuse? Will Marcus put his wolves before himself or will he be tricked into leaving them behind forever?

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FiveStars

This book is part of a series and I recommend reading theothers. The stories are interwoven, and not a waste of your time.
I think what I have enjoyed about Victoria Sue’s writing with this series is her ability to introduce multiple characters and bind them to your heart. Seriously. Each book I read, I love thecharacters in that story. They pull me in and wrap themselves around me like a safe, warm blanket. I might not always love what happens in the story, but I can’t help reading every word.
This story has gut-wrenching moments that felt like they were creeping under my skin and I could feel Nate’s pain.
This is an important part of the wolves series with damaged heroes who leave a lasting impression.
Kimberley
FiveStars

Victoria Sue keeps rocking these Sirius Wolves. The backstory continues on, but even in this book 5, it keeps you guessing as to what will happen next.

 

Marcus finally has his mates, but not 1 mate, 3 mates, and not just 3 mates, but 3 wolf mates. It broke my heart throughout to know why Marcus feels that he cannot even have 1 mate. Ms. Sue does a fabulous job of creating a character (Kellan) that has not been well liked through the prior stories and not only comes out filling your heart with love, but you find yourself cheering for him and with a huge twist of surprise that I will not reveal but will make you melt. Ricoh and Nate were just amazing and to read about Nate will make you think you can succeed over hurdles in life.

 

All the prior characters are still there and heavily involved with the story in which I absolutely love about Victoria Sue’s writing. Most series, once the couples’ story has been told, they are usually shuffled into the background, but not in this series. Everyone is up front and part of the show. Blaze, Conner, Darric and especially Aden stays with you and is an integral part of the storyline, and helps Marcus realize that love comes in all shapes and sizes and especially numbers. Why would you want to limit yourself to one mate, when you can have 3 equal loving mates? The question is, does Marcus let go of not having full legs, which makes him feel less than a whole man, so he can share his heart and compassion like the man he is?

 

This series keeps me entertained and attached to the men, as each one has their own strength and power that you become a part of their family and do not want to leave. I cannot wait until the next book in this series and with fingers crossed Victoria Sue doesn’t ever end this series.

~Keri

Excerpt

Nate opened his eyes slowly and looked down. Kellan blinked as they both seemed to shimmer for a few seconds and then gaped as he stared at the white wolf now standing shoulder to shoulder with a black one.

Nate had shifted. Not only had he shifted into a beautiful wolf, his wolf was black. Nate was an Alpha.

“Does that mean what I think it does?” Marcus said quietly.

“I’ve never seen his wolf,” Ricoh said, awe coloring his words.

Then in another second, Nate had shifted back, and that was their second surprise. He was fully clothed. Kellan realized there had been no torn clothes on the floor, and as far as he knew Darric was the only wolf with that ability.

Nate stood. The wolf, Chris, was still close enough so Nate could burrow his hands in the thick white fur.

Marcus took a step forward and Nate lifted his head — and they all gasped. All hesitancy, all trace of fear, all the remnants of pain that Nate seemed to carry with him constantly — it all vanished as the man took a step and Marcus opened his arms for Nate to step into them.

The white wolf shook himself, casually licked a paw, and headed for one of the smaller meeting rooms. Conner followed him with some jeans he had been carrying. In seconds Chris and Conner were walking over to Marcus, Chris fully shifted back and clothed. Nate and Marcus stood quietly holding each other.

Blaze spoke up. “Unless it’s essential for you all to be here would you please give your Alphas some privacy?”

In seconds everyone had disappeared except for both Alpha groups and Chris. Blaze drew some chairs together and sat down. Aden chuckled, his arms full with a sleeping baby. “Well, you don’t see that every day.”

“Look,” Marcus said quietly, holding one of Nate’s scarred hands. The skin was smooth. Injury free, no burn marks, no missing nails.

Aden stared in astonishment. “That’s incredible. Shifting heals, but it doesn’t remove scars.”

Darric dropped a hand on his leg. “I should know,” Aden whispered.

Kellan swallowed, guilt immediately swamping him. Kellan had lured Aden back to their old pack the last time when he got injured again.

Aden lifted his head and stared at Kellan. Then he smiled, and Kellan felt the guilt ease. He was grateful. He wasn’t sure he deserved it, but he was grateful.

“I have to ask,” Blaze said when they were all sitting down. Marcus and Nate were side by side, but Kellan had drawn Ricoh to him. Of them all, Ricoh seemed the most shocked. “I understand you were thrown out of your pack as a child. Was it because you are an Alpha?”

Nate sat a little taller. “I’m not an Alpha,” he said hesitantly.

“I can assure you,” Darric interrupted, “your wolf is black. Alpha marked. Besides which, I can feel your energy.” He paused and assessed him. “That’s new, isn’t it?”

“New?” Marcus asked.

“My wolf is gray,” Nate said hesitantly. He looked at Chris who was sitting quietly with Conner.

“Did you do that? I felt an incredible amount of power when I touched you.”

Chris put his head to one side and laughed nervously. “I don’t think so. I just remember thinking you seemed hurt and that I had to help you.”

“I felt the Alpha power. I can sense it in you,” Darric said.

Nate turned his head and gazed at Darric. “I’m sorry. I know those are words often said with little meaning, but I—”

Darric reached over and clasped Nate’s hand. “The gods knew what they were doing. I think everything happened as it should.” Darric smiled. “I think you are an Alpha for a reason, and I think the gods have a purpose for you.”

Kellan gazed at everyone’s awed faces and knew that Darric was right. Even he could feel the steady thrum of Alpha power coming from Nate. What did that mean for their future?

****

Marcus stared in awe. He wasn’t totally sure what was happening here. “Are you saying that because Nathaniel has a black wolf, he’s an Alpha, and that his wolf has changed color?”

“There are different types of Alphas, Marcus. My wolf is silver,” Darric said.

“Stephen’s is golden brown, as is mine,” Conner said.

Marcus frowned. “Then why do you say black means Alpha-marked if an Alpha can be any color?”

Darric smiled. “Alpha-marked also means marked by gods.” He gestured at Blaze. “Blaze’s wolf is black. It’s usually an indication of leadership as well.”

Marcus gazed at Nate. “What does that mean for you?” Did that mean he should be running the pack? But Nate never left their rooms. He looked like he had a newfound confidence, but he was still curled into Marcus’ side as if he needed protection.

Nate looked at a complete loss. Aden spoke up. “I am not completely sure but I would hazard a guess that Sirius has a specific job for you to do,” he said quietly.

Marcus nearly shook his head in complete disbelief, but then he knew all the other incredible things that had happened, Darric being alive, the baby that Aden was cuddling. If they had happened, why was it such a leap to believe Nate had a higher purpose of some sort?

Marcus thought hard. Even as the other Alphas stood and congratulated Nate and fussed over Chris, he let the conversation swirl around him and he knew. Kellan was a strong werewolf.

Ricoh had gotten a strength of purpose planning the new school and helping the kids he loved.

And Nate — his fragile boy, the one who Marcus had never been able to leave for long, because he needed him so much … Nate was an Alpha werewolf. If he wasn’t about to run a pack then he was destined to play some important role. God touched.

Marcus eased his arm away from Nate as Nate laughed at something Darric said. At the end of the day, Marcus was fooling himself. Nate healing had just taken away his reason for being here, and he was very much afraid none of them needed him now.

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New Release: 3.5 and 3 stars for Trainwreck (Trainwreck #1) by Michele Micheal Rakes (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #Bisexual #BDSM #Mystery @MicheleRakes

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Title: Trainwreck (Trainwreck #1)
Author Name: Michele Micheal Rakes
Publication Date & Length: January 25, 2016 – 374 pgs

Synopsis

Detective Sergeant Vincent Sweetwater hates dead bodies. That’s why he’s an undercover narc and not a homicide dick. So why is he standing on a sandy beach in California staring at a lifeless body—oh yeah, the suicide attempt. Lieutenant Hanson is making a statement. Something about life worth living. Shows what he knows.

As Vince examines the tortured body, he feels an empathy and déjà vu for the victim, her wounds are similar to scars he has only a vague memory receiving. An intense desire to find her killer fills his queasy belly as a dark game of cat and mouse begins.

The young woman’s death forces Vince back into a secret life dominated by sex, perversion, and sadomasochism. Estranged from his wife he still loves and longing for the man who possessed him once, Vince buries his torment deep inside meaningless sex.

*Warning: This book contains adult content and situations. NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This was a difficult story for me.  I found myself having to go back and try to find pieces of the story that I had seemingly missed, but never was quite able to put together.  There are several moving parts in this story and they don’t always talk with each other.
You have Vince who is struggling to come back to a life after the loss of his child and his emotional loss of his wife.  Despite his life as an undercover, he’s been thrust in to the spot light and realizes that his life in undercover is over.  With a murder case plopped in to his lap, it brings back flashes of a past life – a life that he has tried and failed to forget.  Hints of past tortures, glimpses of a life that once was out of his control – whereas the chaos that has become his life is all his own doing.
I had a difficult time with, what I think was supposed to be his conscience speaking with him – or him own inner monologue – it was strange and you never really get a good grasp on whether or not he takes his own advice.
Then you have his wife, who despite being in a marriage with someone who hates her, keeps on trucking.  Not really sure why she does, other than out of obligation from their shared past.  I don’t really get a good idea of her motivations in this story – it seems that she loves Vince, but she also loves Nick – both seem brotherly.  When Vince and Mica come together, it’s hateful and spiteful – I didn’t really feel that they had much chemistry in the story at all.
Nick is both his brother and his cop partner.  He is trying to help Vince figure out his life and solve this murder.  I enjoyed his character and how he was able to help smooth ruffled feathers throughout the story.
Then you have the mystery killer – someone from the past who is toying with Vince in a way that keeps Vince off balance and struggling.  Rakes did a good job at keeping the reader on their toes when it came to the killer, but I wish that more had been revealed in terms of the who, because you’re just left with this image of a deranged man who is charismatic enough to control the women in his life, but who is secretly, potentially gay and hates himself for it.
While this is a very incomplete story, I did like that I was unable to guess what would happen next.  However, I am unsure if that was because of the lack of cohesion throughout or because Rakes has written a story that will eventually come together in the next books.
~AvidReader
ThreeStarThis is a dark, complicated police procedural.  While the story is set in sunny California, Vincent Sweetwater is more damaged than even the darkest Scandi Noir characters.  His story is far from heroic.  He’s an awful husband and a self-destructive addict.  So I’m not entirely sure why I fell hard for the man.
It took me a long while to get into the story.  At first, the plot seemed to jump erratically and I struggled to  work out timelines and relationships.  Vince also talks to himself incessantly through the book and I found the conversations he has with himself distracting.  And once I’d finally untangled Vince’s narrative, the writer started to switch between Vince’s perspective and the perspective of the murderer he was hunting.  Since some characters overlapped between the two narratives, I had to work hard to keep everything straight.
I’m reviewing this for Inked Rainbow which is a little puzzling because there isn’t much of any LGBTQI content in this first story.  Vince’s relationship is with his wife, his former foster sister.  Mica’s character isn’t fully developed here.  We see her as a successful LAPD lieutenant who exists in a miserable marriage where she is subjected to regular abuse.  I really struggled to warm to her.  VInce’s only other relationship is with his former foster brother, now his married, heterosexual partner.  I can only assume that these relationships develop over the course of the series.
This is not a romance.  Vince and Mica’s relationship is hellish.  Vince’s hook-ups are brutal.   This is a cat and mouse detective story where VInce tries to reign in his self-destruction for long enough to catch the killer before the killer catches him.
Once the chase starts properly, I enjoyed the story more.  At the start, Vince is a grieving addict full of self-pity.  While he doesn’t really resolve any of his problems, he becomes more functional and more interesting when he starts properly working as a detective.
So – try to imagine the darker, uglier side of Harry Hole or Wallander’s existence because even the Scandinavians haven’t crafted an anti-hero this dark.  This is a long book and just as I was starting to get into it, it ended on a cliff-hanger, leaving me waiting rather impatiently for book 2.~Sarah

Excerpt

Vincent Sweetwater twisted the Harley’s throttle. The power in the motor thrummed between his legs. The bike seemed heavy, angry; like she wanted to fall flat on her face. Like she yearned to drag him across the gritty asphalt. Vince needed to feel the pavement shred his clothing and bite into his skin. Punishment for being a man who thrived on suffering.

Why can’t I control myself, damn it?

-You’re supposed to be one of the good guys.

Fuck off.

-Stop drinking, Sweetwater.

Vince envisioned choking the life out of his conscience. The damn thing made it difficult to be an asshole, yet somehow he didn’t let it stop him. Nothing stopped him from being a dick to his wife. Vince squeezed the throttle. The speed would numb his mind.

The machine growled beneath him, giving her two fucking cents, and he ignored the wanton slut. Vince was too malicious to give her what she craved. If he did, there would be no turning back.

Still, the iron bitch demanded more power. Urged by a quiet whisper from somewhere in the darkness of his mind, Vince let off the throttle long enough to grasp the clutch and toe it into sixth.

 

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4 Star Review for American Flyboy by N.D. Clark (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Historical @NDClark13

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Title: American Flyboy
Author Name: N.D. Clark
Publication Date & Length: December 5, 2015 – 163 pgs

Synopsis

American Flyboy is a highly readable, erotic M/M romance set amidst the backdrop of World War II.

The story is fast-paced and characterized by the believability of its characters, notably the protagonist, Lt. Kenneth Hellman, and the romance that develops between Kenneth and Colonel Wilhelm Braun. The erotic reader in search of well-nuanced, sexy love/lovemaking scenes will not be disappointed; the author is gifted with an affinity toward creating realistic, absorbing sex scenes.

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This is a story about Lt. Kenneth Hellman, who is a fighter pilot for the U.S. The time is set during the war with Germany when Hitler wanted to practically wipe out everyone. For those who love to read a good MM story set in that time period, this is an epic story for you. Even if you don’t know much about history, you’ll like this book.
The story was engaging, with Kenneth leading the way as he is captured by the enemy. In the camp where they take him and other prisoners, he meets a German soldier who he falls for and vise versa. I love reading about soldiers finding their HEA and Clark did a great job with descriptions and emotions of the two MCs, making the story believable. Kenneth’s journey wasn’t a walk in the park and you’re left cheering for him. Even though the romance was surprisingly quick, it just made the story more likable for a time period set in one of the darkest histories of humankind.
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Wilhelm whispered in soft breaths, “Raise your hands above your head, Kenneth.” Standing behind him, he pulled the grimy POW uniform top over his head and inhaled deeply. “I find your scent intoxicating.” It was unexpected, Wilhelm’s warm breath gently caressing the nape of his neck; Kenneth’s breath quickened. Loosening the silk blindfold, Wilhelm allowed the soft, smooth fabric to glide over Kenneth’s massive, broad shoulders tapering to a V-shaped torso and down his naked back.

Shuddering at the sleek sensations, Kenneth asked, “Are you trying to seduce me Wilhelm?”

In response, Wilhelm stepped closer and pressed his body into Kenneth’s. Wrapping his arms around his waist, Wilhelm kissed him innocently. “I’ve wanted to do that from the first day we met.”

Kenneth kissed him back softly, lingering. He felt safe and whole.

Coaxing Kenneth’s lips apart, Wilhelm’s tongue entered his mouth, tickling the sensitive palate with light flicks. Their lips crushed together with bruising kisses. Wilhelm broke away, gazing longingly into Kenneth’s eyes. “To answer your question, Kenneth, I am guilty of feeding a wounded POW a wonderful meal, relieving his pain with fine brandy, delighting him with romantic music and drawing him a hot relaxing bath of chamomile salts to soak away the stress of a bad day. Your glass is empty. Why don’t you finish undressing and ease into your bath while I get you another drink.” Wilhelm’s voice trailed off as he left the bathroom. “It’s baffling how you arrived at such an audacious conclusion as seduction.”

“My mistake,” Kenneth called after him, laughing to himself. He kicked off his dilapidated work shoes and pushed his boxers and grungy work pants down his long, muscular legs. Raking his strong fingers through the water, heightened the aroma of chamomile, and he inhaled the relaxing scent before slipping into the warm, liquid heaven. His tired muscles released their tension as he submerged his body to the neck. Kenneth held his breath and slipped his head under. As he closed his eyes, his exhaustion seemed to float to the surface, and his thoughts drifted to Wilhelm, charming, handsome, tall and strong. His cock swelled to a full erection as he surfaced and rested his head against the back edge of the tub. Wiping the water from his eyes, he inhaled deeply and faded into sleep.

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5 Star Review for Audiobook: Determined Mate (Holland Brothers #2) by Toni Griffin (Narrator: Dominic M. McCartney) (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Shifter

image1Title: Determined Mate (Holland Brothers #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Toni Griffin (Narrator: Dominic M. McCartney) – Mischief Corner Books
Publication Date & Length:April 2016 – Approx 5 Hours

Synopsis

Jason Matthew’s is a broken man. He’s lived through hell and barely come out the other side. All he can think about is getting to his best friend, Brian, after that he has no idea. Jason’s scared out of his mind when he’s met by not only Brian but two large men as well, he does the only thing he can think to do. He tries to run. One of the men, though, turns out to be his mate. A mate he is in no condition to have or want, a mate that won’t allow him to flee.

Alex Holland is forced to stand by and watch as Jason is taken to the safest place they know, too scared to be around him. He knows something bad has happened to Jason and he’s going to need every ounce of his Alpha control to give his mate the time he needs to heal and start living again.

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**AUDIOBOOK**
This was a much more angsty and sad book than the first book. There is a lot more going on outside of the relationship. The fact that Jason has been kicked out because he’s gay and had an incident happen that messed him up in the first place that caused everyone to find out is the beginning of it. Then we have the person behind the crime… Then there is the over protective alpha.
It was just a great story to watch unfold and watch the characters bloom and develop as they find their way with each other.
I have to say that I enjoyed for once seeing mates that were fated to be together and knew that they wanted to be together, but were also willing to do the work they needed to in order for it to be a healthy relationship.
The narrator did a good job with this book as well as the first one.
Renee

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