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3 Star Review for Snare by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae #MM #Fantasy @Racheline_M @erincmcrae

CoverTitle: Snare
Author Name & Publisher: Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: June 22, 2016 – 89 pgs

Synopsis

When Elliot Iverson, a municipal employee responsible for paperwork pertaining to New York City’s vampire population, knocks on the door of the Gramercy warren, he wants only to resolve a clerical error. But a sudden snowstorm, a new friendship, and an ill-advised threesome force Elliot to make some big choices about his own life and death.

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ThreeStar

This book was definitely different. I was a little lost at first when I started reading it but it was a decent read. It is not too short and it is not too long. It is in between.

I liked the characters Richard, Eli, and Matthew. They all seemed to be good for one another. But I was confused on if they all really wanted to be together.

I think that the story would have been better and earned 5 stars if there was more in depth on the relationship it self and not so much on whether Eli was staying or leaving.

I also think that the characters should have more info on them instead of just bits and pieces of their past and only making the reader want to know more about them.

Overall it was a nice read but I feel that it could have been an awesome read with more information on the three men and the relationship that they may have or may not have had.

Tosha

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TWO 5 Stars and ONE 3 Star Review for Lock & Key by Z. Allora #MM #Paranormal @zallora @Dreamspinners

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Title: Lock & Key
Author Name & Publisher: Z. Allora (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 15, 2016 – 300 Pages

Synopsis

Rejected. Heartbroken. Devastated.

Zack Davis wanted to serve only one man, Andrew Nikeman. He was denied because Andrew thought he was too young and because their brothers were together. So Zack crushed his submissive tendencies and focused on being the perfect Dom, giving every sub he played with something he couldn’t have.

After years of denying his submissive side, Entwined’s charity auction “Are you Dom Enough to be a sub?” gives Zack an excuse to get a little of what he’s always craved.

Andrew doesn’t know when his infatuation turned into more, but it kills him to see Zack with a constant parade of submissives. He’d refused to jeopardize his brother’s relationship or become Zack’s regret; however, Zack isn’t a kid anymore, and his brother’s relationship is unbreakable. Now Zack’s popularity and success as a Dom might ruin Andrew’s dreams of collaring him, but he can’t wait any longer to confess his feelings or he risks losing the man he loves forever.

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ThreeStar

I think I’ve only read 1 book from this author besides this one. The other was Book 3 of the Dark Angels series.
This one is about Zack and Andrew. Zack wanted to be the sub to Andrew but was denied because he was deemed too young. So he decides to just be a dom since no one else will do. Fast forward and these two finally becomes a thing. This book was sweet yet slightly repetitive. The dialogue could sometimes be childish. Well, Zack. The thing that annoyed me more was reading about others and their naughty scenes. I want to read about the main couple, not everyone else. This book was long and if a book is long, it should be about the main couple.
Cookie
FiveStars

What an emotionally charged this book turned out to be. I could not put this book down it was so amazing.

From the moment Zack and Drew laid eyes on one another you could the chemistry and the connection these two men felt for one another. But it was not an easy road for them to get to where they could be together and love each other in the open. There was obstacles that stood in their way for a couple of years and both men are dang head strong that it took forever for them to get their crap straight and admit to one another how they truly felt about each other.

Zack and Drews road leading to one another was not an easy road and I enjoyed being able to travel that road with them through all their ups and downs and twist and turns. It was an extremely bumpy ride but well worth the bruises along the way. Z Allora has an amazing book on their hands and I hope many others enjoy it as much as I did. I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future. An amazing read!!!!

Tosha
FiveStars
I absolutely loved this book but it doesn’t surprise as I read books by this author before, which I also loved. The author previous work I’ve read was the Dark Angels series I was a little hesitant because this was much different than those books. I worried needlessly as this was another winner. This was a BDSM story that kept me capture right from the beginning. The BDSM in this story was portrayed in such a manner that was respectful and engaging. This was a very deep and passionate love between Zack and Andrew and I quickly feel in love with them both. There was also some self-discovery in this book as Zack discovered that he can be a Dom or a sub. I would definitely recommend this book to all Z. Allora fans and hope that the author will write more books like these.
Lynn

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4 Star, 3.5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom
Author Name & Publisher: Kate McMurray (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 15, 2016 – 218 Pages

Synopsis

Marriage gets less convenient when love is involved.

It started simple: Ondrej Kovac marries Archie Katsaros so Ondrej can stay in the US, away from his judgmental family in eastern Europe. Archie marries Ondrej in exchange for the money to bail out his failing company. It’s a fraud neither man is convinced he can pull off.

But as Archie introduces Ondrej to New York society and Ondrej proves his skill in the office, they start to discover a connection between them. Can they overcome the rocky foundation their relationship was built on, meddling immigration agents, gossip columnists determined to out their deception, and an aggressive executive set on selling Archie’s company out from under him? Only if they can prove to each other their love is worth fighting for.

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ThreeStar

So, I totally love harlequin romances. I may not read as much as used to since venturing off to MMs,but I have fond memories of those books. I was excited when Dreamspinner Press decided to make Dreamspun Desires, basically harlequin romances for MM.
The title for this book is pretty fun and totally harlequin-like. I was excited to read it…but sadly didn’t live up to my imagination. I didn’t feel much connection between the two MCs and i expected to have more Greek stuff mentioned. The ending was good, but somewhere the book had lost my interest. Huh, maybe it’s just me wanting more. I expected too much. Maybe. Well, it had most of the harlequin-like elements in the book so 3 stars.
Cookie
ThreeandHalfStars
So, normally, I really enjoy McMurray books.  This one, however, just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.

While it was a semi-sweet story of convenience that turned in to more, I felt that the character development just wasn’t what McMurray usually gives her readers.

Archie seemed to want to be patient and be a good boss.  He wanted his company to do well, despite having a somewhat uphill battle to do that.  His family dynamic was somewhat overplayed, in my opinion.  He seemed to need someone, Ondrej, to give him a boost of confidence and self-esteem.  And, while Archie does see Ondrej’s skills in the business world, it seemed to me that Archie lacked the real romance part of the story.  There was a quick, maybe, why he was falling, but it was not really the focus.

Then you have Ondrej.  He seemed slightly whiny in the story and even though he is trying to get away from his family, he’s the socially strange, but business savvy worker?  It just didn’t really fit that well.

I did enjoy their friendship blossoming, but there was too much back and forth, mistrust, poor communication and overall lack of cohesiveness for the story to really take shape.  Unfortunately, there was a disconnect between what the book blurb promises and the delivery.  This had so much potential.

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FourStars
This was another book from Dreamspinners Dreamspun Desires series and one from a favorite author of mine. This was a really sweet story about Archie and Ondrej and I love Archie but just could not understand or connect Ondrej. There seem to be some contradictions in the plot development and character development. That always makes it hard for me to get into a book when I don’t have those connections to the MC’s. I’d have to say what I enjoyed the most about this book was the friendship that grew between the two men and most of all the ending.  That is one thing that Kate McMurray did not exceptionally well in all her books and this was no different.
Lynn

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4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Strangers by Eden Darry #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Strangers
Author Name & Publisher: Eden Darry (NineStar Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 16, 2016 – 76 pgs

Synopsis

Three stories about chance meetings between strangers. Kip and Claudia are terrorised by an unknown creature lurking in the woods in Car Trouble. Summer Holiday takes place on a Caribbean island where Leigh and Amy discover a secluded pool for their erotic interlude. Charlotte gets an unexpected shot at love when Freya delivers her pizza in The Delivery.

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FourStars

These three stories of strangers meeting and become involved with each other kept me interested and I enjoyed them all.  They were well written, with humour and certainly very sexy.
Car Trouble -Claudia and Kit meet on a remote road in Scotland when Claudia’s car breaks down.  Once Claudia’s barriers come down and they get to know each other better they get all hot and steamy.  Unfortunately as strange creature is intent on disturbing their romantic encounter.  A twist in the tale make for a very interesting read.
 
Summer Holiday – Amy is on a lesbian and bi Caribbean holiday and meets Leigh, a very hot love‘em and leave’em type.  She is obviously interested but not if she’s just another notch on the bedpost.  When they both realise there is more to it than a quick romp they have an amazingly steamy time together.  A lovely quick read.
 
The Delivery – This is a sweet and sexy story of Charlotte and her pizza delivery woman, Freya and how a huge initial attraction and a lot of humour can lead to so much more.  A nice light story.
I enjoyed this book and it’s the perfect book to take away on holiday, to read on the plane or on the beach.  Not at all taxing, just fun.
 Kitty Kat
ThreeStar
If you are looking for a short stories, that are quick and easy to read, entertaining with plenty of sexual encounters, then this is the book for you.
Personally I was a little disappointed none had much of a story line or plot just lots of  fairly hot sex.
Excellent and encompassing title. Also the final sentence in the first story was brilliant, book worth reading for this iconic line.
Chris

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5 Stars, 4 Stars and 3 Stars for The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly @loukellyromance #MM #RomanticSuspense

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Title: The Edge of Control
Author Name & Publisher: Lou Kelly
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2016 – 265 Pages

Synopsis

When passion pushes David Carlson into dangerous territory will he walk the razor’s edge between life and death in order to be with the man he loves?

As the youngest Chief of Medicine at Southside General Hospital, David Carlson has no business lusting after the most hostile nurse on the ER staff. A professional, hard-working, over-achiever, he’s finally realized his life-long dream of promotion, and the last thing he needs now are complications.

But he can’t help being intrigued by the enigmatic Ian James. Not only is Ian flat-out gorgeous, he’s also mysterious. And he awakens in David a passion that he hasn’t felt since … well, ever.

Unfortunately, Ian James is a man with a dangerous past and an even more dangerous present, and loving him will come at a cost. Can David trust him? Is he willing to put his entire career on the line to protect a man who might be playing him? Is Ian capable of loving and trusting him back?

Discovering the truth will take David into the heart of blackmail, corruption, and scandal. Straight to the edge of control.

The Edge of Control is a stand-alone, full-length novel with NO cliffhanger!

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FourStars

I really enjoyed this book; it was exciting and romantic at the same time. The connection I had with David was almost immediate; with Ian it took me a little while to warm up to. As the author wrote I was able to fully understand why Ian was a difficult individual. The biggest thing that hit me was the understanding David was able to give Ian. That understanding was the heart in this book, but there was also emotion and really HOT sex. I loved the secondary characters especially Sawyer and hopefully he will get his own story. It was clear that the men belonged together and was glad that they were able to get their HEA.

Lynn

FiveStars

Wow. This book blew me away. It was just so amazing. I loved the mystery, the characters, the suspense, the love story, the scandal, and the intrigue of the story. This book flowed so effortlessly that it was almost like watching a movie.

David is such a character that I fell in love with him from the start. His inter thoughts just make the story. He has this sense of humor about him that grips you from the start. And the way that he fell for Ian from the start and did not give up on him made him that much more of an amazing person.

Ian has not had an easy life so that is why I think that he has such a hard time excepting that David is the real deal. Ian is so strong to have indured everything that he has but I do not think that he realizes what an amazing individual he truly is and I think that it takes David’s unwavering love that finally gets through to him and helps him to fight for his life and for their love.

This story was truly a wonderful read. I do not want to go into too much detail and ruin the story for others but I will say this…. If others do not read this book then they are truly missing out. It has everything in it as far as a book goes from action, mystery, suspense, love and scandal. It is definitely a must read.

Tosha

ThreeStar

Really?  Fiction can make me believe in vampires and shifters, clairvoyants and serial killers, but this story of a far too young Chief of Medicine (who also does surgery?) and his one dimensional sidekicks chasing down a corrupt judge and his evil allies to save a handsome nurse from his horrific existence as blackmailed sex slave was a little too much for me.  When the author added in suspicious suicides, undercover cops and child prostitution, the story became a somewhat farcical melodrama.  

Some of the sleuthing was exciting.  Ian, his sister and her kids were fantastic characters.  I also enjoyed David’s family.  Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy David himself.  His confidence felt more like arrogance and his interest in Ian felt more paternal than sexual.  He also came across as a very old forty year old.  

I’m pretty sure the relationship between a young nurse and the Chief of Medicine could work.  This one probably could have been sweet instead of slightly stalkerish, but I just didn’t feel the connection between these two men.  

Ultimately, the three stars is for the intrigue, not for the romance.  I really struggled with this story, finding it difficult to engage with.

Sarah

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Pre Release Review: 3 Stars for The Open Window by Eve Francis #FF #Ace

CoverTitle: The Open Window
Author Name & Publisher: Eve Francis (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 17, 2016

Synopsis

When Morgan O’Brian’s mother dies, she leaves an inheritance which finally allows for Morgan to pursue her comic career full time. As she prepares a proposal for one of her largest projects yet, she runs into her cute downstairs neighbor, and believes that her luck is about to get even better.

Valentina Lyall, who also goes by Velouria in her electro-punk band The Asexual Kinks, is almost thirty and often feels as if she’s making up for lost time. After leaving a long term relationship and a difficult family behind, Val believes she is finally on the right path in life–especially if Morgan’s and her band are beside her.

Falling in love is easy and simple for Val and Morgan–until a stranger from Val’s past emerges and both of their careers begin to change and grow. As Morgan tries to predict the future, Val worries she’ll be left behind.

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ThreeStar

Morgan, an artist lives a quiet life in her small apartment and is quite happy with that until she meets her neighbour, rock chick, Val. They get to know each other and slowly make a connection. This quite ponderous, meandering novel deals with their relationship and how they grow to depend on each other and build a life together.  There a lots of music references that the reader might pick up on but if you are not into that punk- type genre it can go over the head a bit.  The love scenes start off in the cyber realm but once they become real it’s a pretty hot book. It’s well written just a wee bit slow for me and the subject matter didn’t grip me really. Nevertheless I’m sure it will appeal to a lot of people with an interest in the music scene for up and coming bands.
Kitty Kat

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5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Eight Seconds by William Davrick #MM #Romance @LT3Press

CoverTitle: Eight Seconds
Author Name & Publisher: William Davrick (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: August 31, 2016

Synopsis

Dustin Marston, wannabe professional bull rider, cannot stay on a bull for the required eight seconds. Suffering from sinister flashes of suppressed memories from his childhood, Dusty has a panic attack during a hazardous sexual encounter that lands him in serious legal trouble.

When he proves to be uncooperative, his health counselor, Diana, turns to a colleague for assistance—only for the to learn that Joe was once the boy Dusty loved when they were kids, and who was lost to him twenty years ago. Then Joe proposes a highly unorthodox treatment to save Dusty, a treatment that wakes old nightmares and threatens any chance they have of a future.

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FiveStars

WARNING: Do not read if you have triggers to child abuse, rape, violence, and murder. I am no trying to turn anyone away from this book with those warnings because that is not the whole of the book but all of those are talked about and mentioned in this book.

This book is a book I would describe as true strength, and not letting the horrible child hood traumas to ruin the future. It is about excepting the past and looking forward to a better future. This book is a true survivors story.

I felt so many emotions reading this book. Dusty had the most horrible childhood at the hands of someone who was supposed to love and protect him and instead because of that person his adulthood was left in shambles and he could not remeber what the cause behind it was because he blocked out as much bad as he could. It took Joe coming back into his life for him to finally find the strength within himself to face the demons of his past to be able to become the man he has always wanted to be.

This book in my opinion should be considered a true inspirational story about survival and about seeking the help that ones needs in these situations to be able to accept what happened and to be able to move on to better things in life despite it all. William Davrick did an amazing job on this book and should be very proud of it. I hope that many more people will take opportunity to read it because it is a very touching story that will stay with you.

Tosha

ThreeStar

This is a very gritty look at the repercussions and aftermath of child abuse. A fan of cowboy romances, I was (perhaps naively) expecting a little bit more rodeo and a little less graphic child abuse.

I’m not sure it is possible to enjoy this story. At times it is incredibly moving and at other times it is extremely disturbing but this is never a comfortable book. There were times I found myself falling for both Joe and Dusty, but just when I started to invest in one of them, I would find myself conflicted.

Joe is supposed to be a respected doctor or psychiatrist or therapist…(what exactly are his qualifications?) but he ignores the huge conflict of interest that comes with treating Dusty and operates far outside any possible professional code of conduct. I found it increasingly difficult to respect his maverick approach to therapy and as a result, I found it increasingly difficult to believe in the character as the book progressed.

At least Dusty is supposed to be a hot mess. But like Joe, his actions hurt people and it is difficult to ever fully love his character. Dusty’s progress from hot mess to stable partner is impossibly quick.

I was managing the Dusty/Joe/Diana/Katelyn storyline until near the end. But if the extreme revelations about Dusty’s past didn’t push plausibility completely out the window, the plot twist Joe pulls out of a hat to solve all of Dusty’s problems certainly did. Unfortunately, this descended into a soapy drama by the end.

Ultimately, there were moving parts to this book but unlikeable leading men and an implausible plot made this story difficult for me to get through.

Sarah

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THREE 5 Stars, 4.5 Stars and 3 Stars for Live for Love (All Cocks #5) by T. M. Smith @TTCBooksandMore #MM #Erotic #Romance

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Title: Live for Love (All Cocks #5)
Author Name & Publisher: T. M. Smith (TTC Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 1, 2016 – 200 Pages

Synopsis

Beauregard Boudreaux is a native of New Orleans Louisiana, born and raised there, he never thought he would ever stray far from home. The untimely death of his first love left Beau lost, adrift, looking for a place as far away from the pain as possible. Initially, he came to New York to visit a friend, the city growing on him, so he decided to stay. His law degree comes in handy at the LGBT Center he runs, but his bar is his baby.

William Richards grew up in Chicago, his family oddly normal and very accepting of his sexuality. Modeling paid the bills, gigs across the country as a model, male entertainer and a personal trainer giving him the opportunity to see the world. He hasn’t experienced loss or pain as Beau has, the common denominator between them is the loneliness. As All Cocks big, brooding bottom Connor, William has found friendship, family and an outlet for his craving to be more submissive than men of his size and stature usually are.

The two men are perfect for each other, their tastes and lives align and the writing seems to be on the wall. But Beau has a secret he shares with a choice few, a secret that not only threatens to keep them apart, it’s deadly. Determined to keep a wall between himself and William, Beau fights the attraction, pushes William away every time he steps closer. Can one man’s determination and strength be enough to tear down a wall that holds back decades of pain and darkness? And if he can, will either of them survive the flood?

Disclaimer: This book is the fictional story of a man living with HIV. I have put a lot of time and effort into presenting this story as true to fact as possible, without going into gory or gruesome detail. If this subject is a trigger for you, you may want to skip this read. But my hope is that you give Beau a chance to capture your heart as he has mine, and William’s.

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FiveStars

I love this series and this book enforced my love for it. Beau lost the love of his life 15 years ago, hasn’t been with anyone since and he has a good reason. William is one of the All Cocks members and has wanted Beau for a while and has set his sights on him. These two are perfect for each other, they seem to balance each other out, calm each other and bring peace to each other. After finally wearing Beau down, William and Beau are together, but not fully, not until Beau tells him everything and once he does, he may lose William for good. This story handles a very delicate situation very well, kudos to the author. The book also shows the strength of friendship and love and how you can make it through anything with love, friendship and family. Great story and even better love story. I can’t wait to see who the next story is about.

Angie

FiveStars

This is the first book I’ve read from the All Cocks series. Although I was a bit lost in some areas, I was still able to understand most of the back stories. I received a free copy of this book from Inked Rainbow Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

The fact the author took the time to do all the research to make this story come to life is amazing. Beau and William’s story is wonderful. Everyone deserves a chance at true love, no matter what his or her medical situation may be.

Beau’s life with HIV begins when his lover Isaiah is infected. “Izzie” became a drug abuser while Beau was getting his law degree. By the time they realized Izzie was sick with AIDS, it was too late for Beau. Beau spends 2 years watching while Izzie slowly dies. Taking a little bit of Beau with him when he goes.

After months of William chasing Beau, William has finally been able to break through the barrier Beau has kept up around him all this time. William could never figure out why there was sadness in Beau’s eyes. Determined to have Beau all to himself, William is relentless in his pursuit. Finally, Beau realizes he has fallen in love with William and reveals why he never let William get too close. When William knows the truth he becomes the most supportive partner Beau could ask for.

Kris

ThreeStar

Grrr.  I was never a fan of Mr. Rochester and I’ve disliked brusque, broody (read miserable) leading men ever since.  In this story, Beau remains miserable right up to the moment the story becomes a safe sex infomercial instead of a romance.

I was never quite sure why William, a young, famous porn star, continued to chase after Beau.  William’s appeal was clear but aside from Beau’s philanthropic projects, I really didn’t get the attraction.  I’m also getting tired of books starring porn stars where the porn star is expected to choose between his job and his relationship for a HEA.  It is a tired, heteronormative and fairly judgemental trope that I just don’t want to see ever again.

And then the sex.  HIV is an important topic, especially in m/m romance, but I’ve seen it handled much better.  Once these two finally hook up, readers are treated to a series of sex ed lessons worthy of a moralising Victorian narrator.  It kinda ruined the chemistry for me.  

I enjoyed catching up with characters from earlier stories in the series, but this story just didn’t work for me.  In a book that is part of a series called “All Cocks” that focuses on the relationships of porn stars, I may not expect brilliant characterisation or plot development, but I do expect the sex to be hot.  And for me, this just didn’t work.   

Sarah

FiveStars

This is a book I would describe as love getting a second chance.

Beau in my opinion has written himself off as being alone for the rest of his life. He is HIV positive and he knows first hand what it does to someone to lose the love of ur life to someone to this disease and so he does not want to do that someone in turn, but life has a crazy way of taking what you plan and throwing a big kink into it. That happened to Beau in the form of William.

I think these two men are perfect for one another. William is scared of the disease that Beau has but he is not about to walk away from him because of it. Instead he embrace it and learns what to do to prevent getting the same disease and loves Beau whole heartedly regardless of what the future may hold.

These two men are a shining example in my opinion of what love should be about. Yes it is scared when one of you may become ill and die because of a sickness but it should not define you as a couple and it should not prevent you from loving someone because of it.

I commend TM smith for writing a book about this subject because most would not. Most would want it to be fairytale sand happily ever after and not a book about reality but I think that TM Smith did a phenomenal job on this book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and also being taught more about this subject. I can’t wait till the next book in the series. Great work.!!!!

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

This book was excellent and it was clear that the author did their homework and it felt very real. It was very refreshing to read a book with a HIV positive MC that didn’t have a lot of angst in it. This book was clearly done with care and understanding. I was honored to meet Beau and to see the relationship that developed him and William.

The author writing style was very good and made it an easy read. As I began to read I was able to really get to know Beau and William and I don’t mean just figuratively. This was an author that was able to bring his characters to life. We got to see the struggle that Beau was going through in trying to tell William of his status. But most of all we got to see the love that William was able to shower Beau with. This was an excellent book that just held me captive from beginning to end and was extremely satisfied to see the Beau and William was able to overcome all of the hurdles of building a relationship and get their HEA.

Lynn

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TWO 5 Star, ONE 4 Star, and ONE 3 Star Reviews for Rewriting the Ending by H.P. Tune #FF

CoverTitle: Rewriting the Ending
Author Name & Publisher: H.P. Tune (Yiva Verlag)
Publication Date & Length: April 6, 2016 – 304 pgs

Synopsis

Juliet is an author with a deadline. A big deadline…and a ratty old backpack, and she’s on her way to Belgium. Mia has a one-way, first class ticket to anywhere. Today anywhere happens to be Scotland. The one thing she knows is that money can’t buy happiness, and she has no idea what does. A chance meeting in an airport lounge and a shared flight itinerary leaves Juliet and Mia connected. They’ve known each other for only twenty-four hours and they are destined for separate countries. How do you forge a future when the past keeps pulling you back?

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FiveStars

Juliet and Mia meet at the airport and an instant connection is apparent.  Mia is from a rich and powerful family and has spent her life putting up a front.  Juliet seems carefree and adventurous and Mia wishes she could be more like her.  They travel together part of their journeys and promise to keep in touch.  They do so via email and end up thrown together when Juliet is attacked and needs Mia’s help.  Mia takes Juliet back home to Scotland with her and the two women slowly get to know each other.
I really found myself engrossed in this book.  It wasn’t just a fluffy romance but a heart-wrenching love story between two very broken women.   Both have had awful experiences in the past and are trying to get past them the best way they can.  Mia’s story was so sad and made me feel so angry on her behalf.  Her ex and her family had treated her appallingly because of her sexuality but also because she wouldn’t toe the line.  The utter cruelty involved was terrible.  The author really got that across so well and has an amazing talent to make the reader feel intense emotions. I loved the character of Mia; she had a beautiful soul and had the patience of a saint with Juliet!  Juliet, a writer trying to find the inspiration for her second novel, is an entirely different type of person.  Although she seemed happy-go-lucky when Mia first met her, there was so much more to her and it became more pronounced as the book went on.  She was carrying a lot of hurt from the past and would not allow herself to be happy.  Mia had to try and make her see that she could love and be loved but Juliet did so much agonising I felt irritated at her.  Both of the women had to get through the hurt and their love for each other was the way to do it.  This was a beautiful story, with so much depth and intensity of feeling.  I felt truly touched by it.
Kitty Kat
FiveStars
I found this a really addictive read. It is a well written and beautifully portrayed romance.  A journey of finding love without feeling afraid, discovering yourself and finding your soul mate.
An epic tale that encompasses passion and romance alongside fear and apprehension. Made more believable through demonstrating many of the hurdles and recriminations experienced by many same sex couples by their family, friends and relations.
We learn how both women’s past life experiences influence their behaviour now and on their future together. How their relationship evolves from friendship to companionship to full blown passion.
A satisfying and fulfilling conclusion rounds off an enigmatic and beautifully written love story.
Chris
FourStars
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, things happen slowly in an organic way that seems to mirror reality, filled with baggage and issues and fears. On the other hand, things happen  s l o w l y. It felt like it took forever for things to progress, only to have them regress. And I’m still uncertain as to why Julie acted the way she did, or what made her change. Mia has her problems too, but is able to keep herself moving forward. I’m not sure her patience and willingness to allow Julie space are realistic. It would be extremely difficult to watch someone leave you while you’re sitting next to them. This book was a lot of in-the-head story, meaning that it was a lot about the two women’s struggles to overcome the bad things that happened in their lives, a lot of introspection, a lot of thinking. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can get a bit wearing in a book so long. At the end, we’re left with no sureties, no guarantees about a happy ending, just a hope that they continue on together, and the knowledge that they’re both trying. It’s a good book if you like a slower pace, with a lot of examination of motive and feelings. If you’re more action-oriented, this might not be the book for you. I did end up enjoying it; I like the fact that both women are reaching for their dreams with each other as support.
Amy P
ThreeStar
An airport romance, sort of. I loved the premise of them meeting and I
thoroughly enjoyed getting know each woman. The character development
was terrific and I felt that I truly knew both of the ladies fairly
well. I would say that I had wished the story would have progressed a
bit faster; however, I understand that the complexity of the
characters warranted the extra time.

I did have some issues with how trusting she was and how she allowed
someone she barely knew to take care of getting her cards,ID, etc
replaced after the attack, but she really didn’t have many other
options.

The author did a terrific job of spinning a lovely, slow burn romance
with the right amount of push and pull. I did appreciate that the
characters weren’t perfect and we saw them adjust and admit to their
flaws.

Tori

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5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Goslyn County by A.M. McKnight #FF #Crime @wordmc46

CoverTitle: Goslyn County
Author Name: A.M. McKnight
Publication Date & Length: November 28, 2015 – 305 pgs

Synopsis

A mostly black community with its roots in farming, Goslyn, Virginia lay just south of the State’s Capital. The once small, close-knit county had grown rapidly in the past two decades and boasted a population of just over fifty thousand. But the county’s crime stats had grown as well, and the latest offenses included several break-ins and rumors of a meth lab. Time had brought many changes, and many of the longtime folks of Goslyn no longer recognized their community and longed for days gone by.

Goslyn PD Detective Olivia “Ollie” Winston loves her family and friends and shows it through her sense of humor. Just like her neighbors, she too worries about the recent events, and it’s her job to find out who’s behind the crime spree.

While investigating three burglaries, Olivia meets IRS Special Agent Maureen Jeffries who is pursuing a tax fraud suspect. Their cases are connected, and both soon discover they have much in common, personally and professionally.

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FiveStars

A really wonderful book, a delight to read.
The fantastic opening chapter explained how the two young friends friendship between them was so close, and how supportive each girls family was, and the different  gender preference of each girl. This set the tone for the whole book.
After setting the tone, Ms McKnight moved on to present day and once again reinforced the strength and love in the family, this time through the humerous encounter between Ollie and her grandmother and the tv!!! Encounters many of us have had similar experience of.
As the book progresses we are given relevant information  about all her family, friends and  significant others. All are which are carefully choreographed and woven into the story line in an interesting and fascinating way. Without almost realizing it odd discrepancies begin to reveal themselves, out of character behaviour is exhibited. The plot weaves its mystery and nothing is fully revealed until we reach the end of this marvelous book.
One nice touch was the revelation towards the end that secret first love can be revealed and reciprocated.
I think what drew me to this novel was not just the outstanding story line but the exceptional and beautifully portrayed family dynamics. A really different approach to an engaging and captivating novel.
Chris

FourStars

Goslyn County is a really enjoyable read and stands out from many other lesfic crime novels.  It is set in a black community and has a very positive and inspiring outlook that appealed to me.  The crime part of the book was well plotted and kept my attention but for me the best part was the budding romance between cop Olivia and IRS agent, Maureen.  I felt it was dealt with in a very grown up way and the characters themselves had a maturity and depth to them seldom seen in the genre.  Olivia and Maureen meet through working on a case and there are tensions around this as Olivia’s boss is intent on causing her problems.  He implies there is impropriety and it causes the women to take things slowly until they are sure about it.  I am glad the author decided on a slow burning romance as it made so much sense with these characters.  The importance of family and community came through and made the minor characters so important to the whole novel.

KittyKat

ThreeStar

This was a fun read. I enjoyed getting to know Olivia and Maureen. I
loved the dynamic between the women and enjoyed watching their love
story unfold. There were times that I wanted to scream at one or both
of them, though mostly Olivia, about their stubbornness but it was
still a fun journey.

I hope the finished book is better edited and formatted than the ARC
we received as there were many times I couldn’t tell what was the
author was trying to say.

The story was engaging and entertaining, as well as hot and spicy in
the right places. Good read.

Tori

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