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4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Goblet’s Edge by Lore Graham #MM #Fantasy @LT3Press @Grahamlore

CoverTitle: Goblet’s Edge
Author Name & Publisher: Lore Graham (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 25, 2016 – 68 pgs

Synopsis

August and Laurence have been lovers for years, and it’s a love August has never had any cause to doubt, even if Laurence is also his employer—until they arrive in Umbra and meet Queen Maeve, the woman Laurence is to marry.

It’s immediately clear to August that Maeve is more than a little interested in Laurence, and as the gap between him and lover widens, Laurence growing increasingly reserved and distant, August fears the moment he’s always dreaded is near to hand.

And the end of their relationship might be easier to accept if he could hate Maeve, but asking him to hate the beautiful, intriguing Maeve would be like asking him to stop loving the Lord he’s served and adored so long. Which just makes August more miserable than ever, and waiting for the moment when he’s finally cast out.

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FourStars

Lore Graham’s worlds are complex and interesting, and I love the way the world-building is threaded into the plot seamlessly. I enjoyed discovering August’s culture and surroundings as the story unfolded.

For the most part, I enjoyed this story. The characters and setting are interesting. Although I wanted to know more about their society, there was enough detail to keep my attention, and I didn’t feel as though it were lacking. It’s more that I want to see other stories set in this realm.

I liked August very much, but I’m not entirely sure how I feel about his relationship with Laurence or with Maeve for that matter. I am still on the fence about the power imbalance. I don’t really think August is being used, exactly, but he certainly isn’t on the same level with the others. It particularly bothered me that August seemed more like he was servicing Laurence than that Laurence actually cared about him as a person, and that bothered me a bit. I was left with the impression of “we trust you and we will occasionally have you in our bed, but you’re basically still a servant and should know your rightful place.” It may just be a case of it not really being my thing.

Other than that, though, it was very well written. There were some nicely steamy moments, and I definitely appreciated the skill regarding the creation of this world. I hope to see more about it in the future.

~Amy

ThreeStar

Although I did enjoy this quick read, I was left feeling as if there could have been much more to this story.

August in my opinion really does get the short end of the stick in this book. He works for Laurence basically as his personal assistant to whatever he needs and he is his secret lover also but I feel as if he is being used and nothing more. Then you throw Mauve (Laurence’s soon to be new wife) into the mix and I feel as if both Laurence and Mauve are both getting their cake and eating it too.

I believe that August is in love with Laurence and would never deny him any of his wishes but what I did not like about the story is Laurence never really said how he felt about August one way or the other and also Laurence is rather gold to August for the most part throughout the book.

What I did enjoy about the book is the fact that Mauve was a very bright woman and treated August with respect even though she really did not have too. I think that she actually has feelings for both men. The fact that she wants to include instead of exclude August in their wedding night was more then August could have ever asked for. Not to mention she did not want him to leave when they were done.

I enjoyed this story but I really wish that Laurence’s character would have been more forth coming with his feelings and I wish that he would have made it clear what he really wanted from both Mauve and August.

Tosha

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One 5 Star and One 4 Star Review for the Clan by Archer Kay Leah #Menage #SecondChances @LT3Press

CoverTitle: For the Clan
Author Name & Publisher: Archer Kay Leah (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 25, 2016 – 228 pgs

Synopsis

Canada, 2165 AD. The Water Wars and a decimated economy have taken their toll. Anyone who doesn’t live in a military-patrolled metropolis lives in a clan. But being in a clan doesn’t mean safety.

And for a Ven like Roan Lee, it doesn’t matter where he lives. Safety is a luxury. So is freedom.

Roan is desperate to escape the governtary’s exploitation and torture. He is nothing to them but 54σK1, an artifact born from a genetic mishap. When the chance to escape arises, he makes a run for it—and encounters the lover from his past, twisting his future into a second chance he never expected.

As leaders of Clan Teach, Jace Ama and his wife, Cayra Diega, have enough difficulty keeping their people safe. When Roan is thrown to their feet as a prisoner, their marriage becomes an additional challenge. Jace still loves Roan, but where does that leave Cayra?

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FiveStars
This is a book that I would be scribe to be about lost love, second chances, new beginnings, and new perspective.

Roan has a major chip on his shoulder about being Ven and the fact that he hates his magic does not help either. I think that if he and Jace would not have been split up at an early age when Roan was kidnapped by the government and made into a weapon then he would have embraced who was sooner and accepted that yes he may be somewhat different but it did not make him a monster not did it hinder him as a person.

Once he was reconnected with Jace the old Roan started to slowly come back but with reconnecting with Jace after his escape from the military both Jace and Roan was given a new beginning along with the very much added love of Cayra.

I believe that all three of these people was missing something in their lives and even if just two of them was together it was not complete. The three of them together made each other whole. They completed what holes was left in their relationship by coming together and loving each one equally.

But the three do not get their happily ever after without fighting for it. Even still they may lose one or all for standing up for their clan but if they do not stand and fight, they will never have their freedom and they will not all be together since the government is willing to do whatever it takes to get their machine (Roan) back. So it is a fight to live, to love, and have freedom.

This book was so much more interesting the. I thought it would be from the description and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope many more will also.

Tosha

FourStars

This was an interesting paranormal dystopian menage story. I really liked all three characters because they were all so different from each other and thought about and approached each situation in a bit of a different way.
While I would call this a menage story, it sort of wasn’t at the same time. We get to see the rekindling of the two men’s relationship while one is married and we get to see little bits and pieces of the blossom of a new female/male relationship. However, I felt like we didn’t really get to see that relationship grow the way I thought it should have for the way everyone came together so easily.
So while I thought the writing was quite good and the story was excellent, I really felt like the relationships, both new and old, were just too easy to come together in the end.
However, that being said, I do like drama and angst in my stories so this could totally be a personal thing.
Renee

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4 Star Review for Heat of the Day by Lily Harlem #MMF #Romance @lily_harlem

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Title: Heat of the Day
Author Name & Publisher: Lily Harlem (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: January 16th 2016- 47 pages

Synopsis

When three become two with no explanation, emotions run high, passions flare and hearts are ripped apart.

Everyone can remember a perfect summer—one with endless blue skies, a heart brimming with true love and nights full of hot, sweaty lust. Well we’ve just had a summer like that, Piper and I, and it was spent in Spain with a man who had that certain je ne sais quoi that we couldn’t resist.

Seraphim came into our lives and blinded us with his beauty, his charisma and his exotic charm. His generosity with his mind, his affection and his body blew us away and the three of us became a joyously tangled trio who needed nothing more than to be together.

So when he left, when we had no way of tracing him, the despair was black, the pain raw and our only comfort was each other. But why did Sera leave? What would make a man walk away from his lovers? And if he showed up again on the doorstep, what the hell would happen after so much angst? One thing’s for sure, it would be an explosive reunion in many ways. Absence might make the heart grow fonder, but it can make the rest of the body highly volatile as need wars with hurt, and pain collides with desire.

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FourStars

This book started out slow for me, although I understand the need for illustrating the connection that was between our trio. However, once things got rolling, it was a great little story that was quite sultry. I loved that it was a threesome, not just a twosome and that we got to see that sometimes two isn’t enough.
I liked that even though it was a short story, there was a plot line and the characters had to go to work and talk about things like moving and exploring as normal people would.
Another great story by Lily Harlem.
Renee

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3.5 and 3 Stars for Uncut (Unexpected #4) by Claudia Y. Burgoa #M/M/F @Author_ClaudiaB

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Title: Uncut (Unexpected #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Claudia Burgoa
Publication Date & Length: December 28th 2015

Synopsis

Matthew

My brother and sister found their calling and people to share it with for the rest of their lives. Our parents haven’t said a thing, but I can read it on their faces.
What are you doing with your life, Matthew?
I’ve always been a songwriter but can no longer find the words. Everyone around me thinks I’m where I am in life because of my parents. I’m at a crossroads in my life and I don’t know which way to turn.
I don’t define my sexuality, I do what feels right. Love? Well, that is one melody I have yet to find the right notes to. Until them…

Thea

My childhood glittered with the lights of Hollywood while my adult life has been filled with the darkness of my ghosts and addictions. But all that is behind me and I am working on spinning the pain of my past into the promise of my future. Love? Well, that’s one addiction I have not yet dared to fool with. Until them…

Tristan

I’m running from a life where my future was decided for me. What to wear. Which company to manage. Who to marry. One day, I snapped, and I haven’t been back since. Now I manage my own businesses and I am who I want to be. But behind closed doors, I am still alone and I still long for things that I’ve been taught to hate. Love? Well, that’s one merger I’ve never braved. Until them…

Warning: This book contains two sexy hunks and is not recommended for the faint of heart. This is a long, thought-provoking read which will work through the angst of finding love amidst past hurts and the pain associated with not belonging, not fitting in.

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ThreeandHalfStars

I had a very hard time with this story.  I have not read any of the previous stories, so maybe that had something to do with my inability to really dig in and enjoy this story.
I found the writing distracting.  The different characters had very different voices, which I liked, but there were strange gaps in time, flashbacks (I think) and overall, their dialogue didn’t interact well.
Also, there was a glaring hole in this story.  How can someone who is supposed to be in the music business/industry not know about the child of the icky person who tried to ruin your dad?  I just couldn’t get past that.
All 3 characters came with tons of drama – and not the good kind.  I think the only small redeeming factor for me was Tristan’s dad.  Otherwise, it was drama, sex, drama, more sex.
Overall, this was an underwhelming story that had great potential.  Some of the scenes that involved sex were hot, but some were just strange and drawn out.  The relationship between Tristan and Matthew was truncated and hard to follow.  It was one of those relationship you normally see in juvenile teen girl plots – “I love you, no I hate you” type of stories.
Sadly, I don’t think I will want to read any more out of this series.
AvidReader
 ThreeStarThe story was okay. A good menage romance.

I was very excited to start reading this book. However, the further I got into the story the harder it was for me to keep up with time line. I also had a hard time understanding who was speaking at times. I haven’t read books 1-3 so it was a little tough to know where everyone was coming from and what everyone else’s story was, but I managed alright. I’m curious to know the stories of everyone else’s lives that were in this book so I will probably purchase the first 3 books.

I think the book needs to be condensed just a bit. There’s some things in the story that could probably be taken out to help the reader understand the story a bit better and not get so easily lost. I had to back track quite a few times to figure out who was speaking. Overall not too bad.

~Kris

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5 and 4.5 Stars for The Best Laid Plans by Lauren Gallagher #MMF #Ménage

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Title: The Best Laid Plans
Author Name & Publisher: Lauren Gallagher (Samhain Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 16th 2016- 320 pages

Synopsis

It’s a foolproof strategy…until the emotional balance shifts.

After yet another adoption falls through, Gabe is ready to give up, and Shahid isn’t far behind him. Apparently, being a gay couple—half of which is Muslim—is just one strike too many for the powers that be.

When their friend Kendra offers to carry their baby for them, both men balk at first, but gradually warm to the idea. Especially Gabe, whose bisexuality is open to the chemistry among the three of them.

The plan seems simple. Kendra and Gabe, foregoing the cold, impersonal IVF clinic, paperwork and red tape, will conceive the old-fashioned way. They’ll all share parenting responsibilities, and live happily baby after.

But as the heat flares between Gabe and Kendra, Shahid’s long-suppressed insecurities bubble to the surface. Then some unexpected news catches the trio off guard and derails their plans—and now one heart could be left out in the cold.

Warning: Authors subsist on the tears of readers. Please recycle your hankies by wringing out and reusing. We’d hate to be the cause of a worldwide shortage of Kleenex.

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FiveStars

So I will start this review of by saying I was completely nervous before starting this book because I am not a huge fan of love triangles or cheating in books… But I really wanted to try this book and I am so glad I did!!!!

I thought the way the author handled this story and these characters was awesome and I loved it! Now I really do not want to give away any spoilers because this book was just so good you really need to read this for yourself.

You get steam with this book and I mean very hot steam, plus you also get the sweet with the feelings, as they grow between… I can’t tell you without giving away a huge spoiler so I will just leave it at there is some sweet in this book too lol. I loved the way everything worked out in this book. I will say although I loved all three of these characters in this book Kendra was definitely my favorite. She was just so strong and the way she was there for her friends through everything was just awesome!

So I will leave this review with…I 100% loved this book and would recommend it!

~Kara

FourandHalfStars

This book was somewhat daunting to me.  I was nervous when right off the bat, I saw that there were issues between Shahid and Gabe’s family.  But, once I realized that the issues were simply annoyances for me – I quickly dove right in.  You also have Kendra who is strong and outgoing, but also shy and feminine all wrapped in to one package.  The way that the relationship develops is unique, but not without flaws.  It felt kind of forced at the beginning, for me, however, Gallagher was able to smooth it out as the story continued.
This story was sweet, loving, steamy and in the end, perfect for these characters.  Gallagher did an amazing job at creating a life that was both complex and easy.  There were obstacles that were huge, but not insurmountable and then there were the annoyances that make up family.
The adoption angle just gave this story more depth and maturity.  I could have quashed the adoption worker – they sounded as though they were NOT helpful.
I really liked how Gallagher was able to weave in cultural differences as well as personal differences too.
I do wish that there was more resolution among the family issues, but in the end, this story was a HEA and well rounded.
I would definitely recommend this story to someone who is wary of M/F/M because Gallagher does a great job with this trio.
~AvidReader

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5 Stars for Bound, Vol. 1 (Little Goddess #3 Vol. 1) by Amy Lane #M/M/F #Paranormal @amylane

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Title: Bound, Vol.1 (Little Goddess #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: November 10th 2015- 300 pages

Synopsis

Humans have the option of separation, divorce, and heartbreak. For Corinne Carol-Anne Kirkpatrick, sorceress and queen of the vampires, the choices are limited to love or death. Now that she is back at Green’s Hill and assuming her duties as leader, her life is, at best, complicated. Bracken and Nicky are competing for her affections, Green is away taking care of his people, and a new supernatural enemy is threatening the sanctity of all she has come to love. Throw in a family reunion gone bad, a supernatural psychiatrist, and a killer physics class, and Cory’s life isn’t just complex, it’s psychotic.

Cory needs to get her act and her identity together, and soon, because the enemy she and her lovers are facing is a nightmare that doesn’t just kill people, it unmakes them. If she doesn’t figure out who she is and what her place is on Green’s Hill, it’s not just her life on the line. She knows from hard experience that the only thing worse than facing death is facing the death of someone she loves.

Loving people is easy-living with them is what takes the real work, and it’s even harder if you’re bound.

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FiveStars

Oooh.. the Hollow Man.. We really get to see in this story that Cory
is learning her place in Green’s world and learning how to use her
powers to protect her people and herself.

There is many things that go on in this story, just like the other
volumes, but this one is aimed mostly about the presence of the hollow
man who is causing issues and appears to be sucking the life out of
the fey.

Green is away so Cory get’s to know Bracken and Nicky a little better
and once Nicky leaves she gets to have some private time truly alone
with Bracken (and the others in the hill) but without any other of her
lovers around.  Then we get the sweet and wonderful reunion when Green
finally gets home and has his love in his arms.

I can’t wait to find out where Nicky is going to end up really fitting
in since he seems to sort of float lost between everyone else so far.

While the last two books brought Bracken into the mix, I really loved
him in this book and can’t wait to find out how he helps defeat the
new enemy…. and how Grace handles the surprise in her life… as
well as what is going on with Renny and her beau.. So much I need to
know!!!

Renee

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5 Stars for Wounded, Vol. 2 (Little Goddess #2 Vol. 2) by Amy Lane #M/M/F #Paranormal @amylane

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Title: Wounded Vol. 2 (Little Goddess #2 Vol.2)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: August 4th 2015- 250 pages

Synopsis

Green and Bracken’s beloved survived their enemy’s worst—with help from unexpected vampiric help.

But survival is a long way from recovery, and even further from safety. Green’s people want badly to return to the Sierra Foothills, but they’re not going with their tails between their legs. Before they go home, they have to make sure they’re free from attack—and that they administer a healthy dose of revenge as well.

As Cory negotiates a fragile peace between her new and unexpected lovers, Green negotiates the unexpected power that comes from being a beloved leader of the paranormal population. Together, they might heal their own wounds and lead their people to an unprecedented place at the top of the supernatural food chain—a place that will allow them to return home a better, stronger whole.

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FiveStars

I absolutely loved this part of the story. I am glad that this volume
was broken into two parts since they would be quite long together.
Plus it gave me a minute to breathe before we got into the good stuff
in the second part here.

As expected I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what Cory and
Green were going to do with the big, bad, ugly guy. The story was so
great with how Cory manages to learn from her weaknesses and come out
on the other side a stronger woman and leader for her beloved’s people
and the people that she’d give everything to protect.

Although I was a bit sad by the addition of a new lover and the
exclusion of another since I wanted to see the one that was excluded
get into the mix and didn’t particularly bond with the one that will
be around now, but such is life.

Another excellent part of the story that I am just in love with.

Renee

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