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5 Stars for Rainey’s Release (Kansas City Heat #6) by Jenna Byrnes @pridepublishing #MM

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Title: Rainey’s Release (Kansas City Heat #6)
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date & Length: March 27th 2015 — 92 Pages

Synopsis

This is book six in the Kansas City Heat series, see the full series listing here

A madman targets gay drug addicts. Can the KCPD track down the latest serial killer before more blood is shed?

Detective William Rainey is the newest man assigned to the KCPD’s Homicide Division, having just relocated from St. Louis with his life partner, Joshua Wolf. When a murder with the same MO as several St. Louis crimes takes place, the similarities are hard to ignore. The investigation turns personal and soon hits close to home. A suspect comes to light and Will finds himself in a battle to solve the most important case of his life. Enlisting the help of Detectives James Dixon and Nick Peyton is tricky when the men don’t feel like they know him yet. Can he earn their trust before it’s too late?

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FiveStars

Book six has to be the best thus far.

Rainey is the new detective in town so he is not the most established with such a tight knit group of people and to be thrown into an investigation around the murder of gays and addicts does not make his newness any better. He has not earned the trust of his team yet but as time goes on they realize that he is good at his job and takes it seriously. Almost so much so that he gets close to ruining the other important part of his life with Josh his long term partner.

Rainey and Josh have a strong relationship when Rainey moves to the KCPD and even though they have a few issues they become a stronger couple as the book goes on. The love they share is the true kind of love and it is hot inside of and outside of the bedroom.

Another great read.

Tosha

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4 Stars for Gage’s Gift (Kansas City Heat #5) by Jenna Byrnes #MM #Police @PridePublishing

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Title: Gage’s Gift (Kansas City Heat #5)
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date: March 27, 2015

Synopsis

A child is snatched from her home, the one place she should feel safe. Will the KCPD find her before something more sinister happens?

Detective DeMarcus Gage of the KCPD Missing Persons Unit knows that most child abductions are perpetrated by family members or persons known to the child. True ‘stranger’ abductions are rare—and taken very seriously by the police. When eight year old Leticia Braden disappears from her front yard the family is ruled out as suspects but actual leads are few.

Her traumatized parents need all the support they can get, and designate Leticia’s uncle Jack Braden to be their liaison with detectives. When he meets Jack, Gage struggles to keep his mind on the case. The two men share an immediate case of lust, which they fight to keep under control for more reasons than one. Jack’s not out of the closet, and Gage isn’t keen about sneaking around. A relationship beckons, but finding Leticia is their first priority. And as every cop knows, time is not on their side.

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FourStars

This was anothe good quick read in the Kansas City Heat series. Being book five I am glad that Jenna is keeping with the thyme of the last books and bringing in yet another mystery. This time around is a kidnapping of an 8 year old girl.

Gage is the one on the case to find this little girl and as everyone knows time is of the essence when it comes to an kidnapping.

Jack is the little girls uncle and the family liaison for the family with the police. There is a definite attraction between both men but finding the little girl is important and on top of Gage’s priority list. Even still the men end up together.

The only problem is that Jack is firmly in the closet and Gage is not having any kind of part of that.

I love to read a book where one is in the closest and the other is in the open because it bring anguish to the relationship and does not leave the book so predictable as too how the outcome of the fall out will occur.

Tosha

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4 stars for Taylor’s Task (Kansas City Heat #4) by Jenna Byrnes #MM #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Taylor’s Task (Kansas City Heat #4)
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date: November 28, 2014

Synopsis

A rapist changes his targets from hookers to reputable women. Can frightened townspeople rely on the KCPD to solve the crimes?

Detective Jeff Taylor of the KCPD Vice Squad is determined to nab the latest serial rapist preying on the city. As the violence escalates, murmurs of negligence plague the force. Tired of the accusations against the police, Jeff ramps up the investigation. With the members of the local neighborhood watch breathing down his neck, he and the Vice Squad are in a race to apprehend the suspect before anyone else is injured.

Reese Iverson owns the Cock and Bull British Pub, located in direct proximity to where the violence is occurring. Along with matching the reward money, he takes an active role in the neighborhood group. He also has his eye on Jeff, and his interest there is more than professional. Can they work together to solve the case or will their different methods drive them apart?

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 FourStars
 I liked this book in the Kansas City Heat series the best so far. Warning to triggers should be added because of the fact that is write around rape but not there is not detailed information about rape. Just a caution in case that is not the type of book for you.

I really like that Jenna Byrnes made the two main characters so different but both are on the same side of thinking, even if their approach to it different.

Jeff is one of those people that says what he means and means what he says. He is straightforward and does not play games. He is that type of person in both his work and his private life. As far as his private life is concerned he does not like anyone knowing his business and that becomes a major issue for him and Reese becaus after they meet and start hooking up information that should not be made public is and information that should be only between the two of them is making its way out into the world.

Jeff starts to distrust Reese and starts to think he is the one that is betraying him and making not only their personal life harder but also Jeff’s job.

I really enjoy reading a book with couple issues with trust. It makes the read more believable then the books where couples meet, fall in love, and live happily ever after. The only thing I wish is this book would have been a little longer.

Tosha

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3 Stars for Cameron’s Code (Kansas City Heat #3) by Jenna Byrnes #MM #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Cameron’s Code (Kansas City Heat #3)
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date: November 7, 2014 – 100 pgs

Synopsis

Interstate transportation of stolen property calls for FBI intervention. Can the KCPD detective and the bureau agent break up the crime ring before anyone else is killed?

Detective Dean Cameron with the KCPD Property Crimes Department is investigating a rash of local business thefts. When the cases cross state lines, the FBI is brought into action. Dean welcomes sexy agent Matt Anderson’s help on the job, and before he’s decided if it’s a good idea, they wind up in bed. Sharing a desire that’s too hard to resist, the men fall into an intense physical relationship that both of them know can never last.

Impossible Relationships. Matt’s life is in Chicago and Dean’s in Kansas City. Neither of them want a long distance love affair, but Dean can’t imagine not pursuing one. He’s head over heels, but Matt isn’t quite as convinced. When their most recent case takes a turn towards the deadly, what they want doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Racing against the clock, Dean is desperate to save Matt and see what can be salvaged of their relationship.

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 ThreeStar
 This being book three in the series I had hoped that the characters would have been more well developed.

Dean works for KCPD and while he is investigating the local business thefts he becomes partnered up with Matt from the FBI when the investigation and thefts cross state lines.

Yes these two men are attracted to one another but my problem is that Matt does not seem like the nicest guy. He kind of treats Dean like a play thing and I think that with the way Matt treated Dean that Dean should have had enough self respect to tell Matt to hit he road and not come back.

Don’t get me wrong I like a book that has the couples that get together to have there issues before finally ending up happily ever after but I think there is a difference between issues and just being an out right jackass.

Regardless of this not being my favorite in the series so far I will keep reading and look forward to the next book.

Tosha

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4 Stars for Dixon’s Duty (Kansas City Heat #1) by Jenna Byrnes #MM #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Dixon’s Duty (Kansas City Heat #1)
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date: May 9, 2014 – 124 pgs

Synopsis

A serial rapist and murderer on the loose. Will Kansas City’s finest solve the case before the madman strikes again?

Detective James Dixon is determined to track down the most recent serial killer terrorising the people of Kansas City. The chase leads him to the Last Chance Bar and Grille, where he meets and immediately falls for the sexy owner, Bryan Scott. But things at the bar aren’t exactly as they seem.

No one there remembers seeing the latest victim the night before she was brutally murdered. So why do the clues keep pointing back to the Last Chance? When the attacks strike close to home, Dix and Bryan must work together to save the next victim and whatever chance they have for happiness.

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 FourStars
 Jenna Byrnes has a good start to her new Series Kansas City Heat. It is a short story that has a little bit of everything for readers.

If you love murder and suspense, this book has it. If you love the odd couple meeting and falling love with each other almost instantly (love a first sight), this book has it. If you like having good supporting characters that can lead to another book in the series, this is your book. If you like a book where you do not know who the killer is and you have to keep reading till the end to find out who it is, this is he book for you. This book has all of that plus some more.
Dix and Bryan have one of those relationships with one another that I love to read about. They are in another word, made for each other.

Great read and look forward to more books in the series.

Tosha

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5 Stars for Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc. #5) by Leslie Lee Sanders #MM #Romance @LeslieLSanders

CoverTitle: Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc. #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Leslie Lee Sanders (LLS Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 1, 2016 – 165 pgs

Synopsis

As above, so below, except when referring to the underground Refuge Inc. compound.

A century after an asteroid impact and merely fifteen years after a second collision that turned the world into a noxious wasteland, Cadet Connor Nichols and other Refuge facility residents are making the most of their spherical underground utopia they call home.

But when a breach threatens to poison the occupants with toxic air, Connor is forced to make life-altering decisions in an attempt to save lives and his only home. With help from best friend and training partner, Vince Moore, he’s reminded that good leadership requires responsibility.

His struggle intensifies as everything he knows about the facility, the leaders, and himself becomes twisted, distorted, and turned into the unimaginable when his efforts exposes shocking secrets that threaten their future.

*A standalone in the Refuge Inc. series

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I have to say I didn’t even realize this story was in a series until I sat down to write my review. It was a very good stand alone story that didn’t feel like anything was left out without having read the other books in the series.
This is a world that is after Earth as we know it has been destroyed. I absolutely loved the world that the author created. It was believable and intriguing.
The relationship between the two main characters was touching. They had a romance that was exploitative in their youth, but stopped however, their friendship was able to continue to thrive until Connor can’t hold it in anymore. While I normally don’t care for the tease of two characters never actually getting down to the dirty.. this actually worked and I liked that they were so tentative with each other and taking each step deeper into their relationship.
The drama that we get from the story come from the facility itself and the leadership within. While I wouldn’t have minded more information about how things came to be the way they were, it wasn’t hard to go with the story as it was written. I thought it was extremely creative the way the ‘bad guys’ were handled.
In the end I want to go back and start with the first book since this story was so well written.
Renee

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5 Stars for Shirt (Ryan & Scott #1) by Amy Lane #MM #Romance @amymaclane

CoverTitle: Shirt (Ryan & Scott #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 18, 2016 – 30 pgs

Synopsis

After a meet-cute in a bathroom and a whirlwind courtship, Ryan is ready to introduce Scotty to his parents. But a misunderstanding and some stubborn cuff buttons tangle Ryan up in an oxford shirt at a really inopportune time. Can Scotty take this opportunity to teach Ryan one or two more lessons about falling in love?

Previously published in the Curious: A Woman’s Introduction to Gay Romance anthology by Dreamspinner Press, 2010.

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 FiveStars

This was a quick little story by Amy Lane that was sweet and sexy and has a super hot scene that includes… a shirt.
I loved how the story starts where they are together and reflects back upon their early days and how they came to be together.
This is most definitely the light fluffy Amy Lane, not the dark, angsty one. But as usual even for as short as the story was and the fact that I’m not normally a fan of sweet romance, it was well written and sucked me in like only Amy Lane can do.
Renee

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5 Stars for Love in Retrograde by Charlie Cochet #MM #SciFi @CharlieCochet

CoverTitle: Love in Retrograde
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2016 – 73 pgs

Synopsis

(Enthusiastic, play-it-safe Kelly Sutton is an American intern at the Photonic Royal Society in New London. He’s been working on Project Mars for over a year, a mission kept so secret by the Society even Kelly doesn’t know exactly what it is. What Kelly does know is his contribution to the task will benefit mankind, and that’s enough for him.

Kelly’s world turns upside down when concerns over his mentor’s behavior lead Kelly to investigate and stumble upon a wicked truth. What is supposed to be a project to advance human life turns out to be an endeavor capable of mass destruction. The terrifying reality forces Kelly to choose between looking the other way to keep his job, as he’s always done, or risking his career and even his life to do the right thing by saving the man who’s captured his heart.

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I have to say that I absolutely LOVED this story. The way the two men came together and how they don’t realize what it is they are feeling until they are forced to face it.
With there being a huge secret right at the beginning its hard to not give any spoilers for this story, but I’ll say that it was absolutely believable and that it’s another hit from Charlie Cochet. Once I picked up the story, I couldn’t put it down. I was sucked in and had to know what was going to come next for Kelly and the men that he worked with and the horrible situation they found themselves in.
While it is a bit of a fluffy romance, I still thoroughly enjoyed it simply because of the way that Charlie Cochet writes her stories.
Renee

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5 Stars for Tangling with Bears (Cloverleah Pack Series Book 8) by Lisa Oliver #MM #Romance #Paranormal

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Title: Tangling with Bears (Cloverleah Pack Series Book 8)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: March 27, 2016 – 256 pgs

Synopsis

Tobias tells himself he’s having fun. He has a great life as a beta in the Cloverleah Pack, and while danger still threatens the pack, he has his friend’s wedding to look forward too, and the pleasures that come from hookups in random places. He’d like to meet his mate, just so he’s not the odd one out in the inner circle, but it’s not something he’s expecting anytime soon. So when a hookup just before the wedding leaves Tobias with a permanent scar, he wonders where the heck his life went wrong. Especially when the man responsible for the wicked set of tooth marks, disappeared after the deed was done, to ring a man called Kurt.

Kurt and Luke have been mated for three years. As bear shifters, Kurt has known from puberty that he will two mates and once he’d claimed Luke, his mama warned him to be on the look out for a human female. So when Luke rings him and lets him know he might have accidentally on purpose bitten a wolf shifter, from some town they’d never heard of, Kurt heads to Cloverleah to sort out the mess.

Sorting out their mating is just one of the things the three men have to contend with. A magic user has stepped up his game and no where on packlands seems safe. When Tobias gets taken, Kurt and Luke are helpless to do anything about it. It’s going to take the power of the pack before life will be safe again, for any of them.

Warning: Contains scenes of M/M and M/M/M sex. It also contains a special kind of bear, his grumpy mate, and a wolf that just wants to be loved. HEA and no cheating guaranteed.

While this book can be read as standalone, you will understand more about the secondary characters in the book, if you have read the others in the series.

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This series has just totally captured my heart. I have read each of the books in it so far and I am now impatiently waiting for the next book to come out so I can see what it goin to happen next.

It seems that with each new mating that happens, it happens right when the pack needs it the most. These men in this pack have a calling and that calling is bringing everyone together to a group of men that not only have the strength to protect their pack but also innocents. They have a destiny and even if they do not know what that destiny is just yet, they do they can only accomplish it together.

Danger and evil keeps seeking this pack out and instead of the stress of it caring a wedge between the mates or pack members it does the opposite and brings them all closer together.

And once again in this book, fate has stepped in just in time and brought together three mates (Tobias, Kurt, and Luke) just when their bond was needed the most for not only the pack but for them.

Lisa Oliver is just truly an amazing aunt to be able to come up with a long standing series and make each book more exciting then the last.

Tosha

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5 Stars for The Firebird and Other Stories (Beings in Love #5) by R. Cooper #MM #Fae

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Title: The Firebird and Other Stories (Beings in Love #5)
Author Name & Publisher: R. Cooper (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 18, 2015 – 350 pgs

Synopsis

Magical creatures known as beings emerged from hiding amid the destruction of the First World War. Since then they’ve lived on the margins of the human world as misunderstood objects of fear and desire. Some are beautiful, others fearsome and powerful. Yet for all their magic and strength, they are as vulnerable as anyone when it comes to matters of the heart.

A firebird in 1930s Paris is drawn to a writer with a haunted past. Upon returning from fighting in the Pacific, a jaguar shifter finds a third-gender human on his doorstep. Early rock ‘n’ roll DJ Hyacinth the fairy shocks his listeners with his admiration for his quiet assistant. During the AIDS crisis, a gruff, leather-wearing troll dreams of a settled life with a mixed-species elf across the bar. An imp, who remembers only too well how cruel the world can be, tells himself he’s content to stay behind the scenes—if only his chaotic, impish magic would stop getting in the way. And a shy human tending his poisonous and carnivorous plants is convinced no one will ever want him, certainly not the handsome werewolf grieving for a lost mate. Human or being, all must overcome fear to reach for love.

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My words are no match for the exquisite language of The Firebird and Other Stories. At 350 pages, it takes a long time to read. Every word must be poured over, examined, experienced. The stories themselves aren’t short, either. They rise and fall, starting with Human or Other and ending with Us.
Most of the stories are historical and sweep me into the past with intoxicating feelings. The fairies and imps and jaguars are out of Place, but in Time. There’s more sensuality than sex, and it isn’t missed. Cooper writes with great care.
Just one of these stories would be worth the price of admission. Cooper gives generously and days later the characters still live inside me.
C. E. Case

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