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Audibook Review: 4.5 Star Review for Cut & Run (Cut & Run #1) by Abigail Roux & Madeleine Urban #MM #Mystery @AbigailRoux

CoverTitle: Cut & Run (Cut & Run #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Abigail Roux & Madeleine Urban (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 1, 2008 – 348 pgs

Synopsis

A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.

Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He’s cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he’s paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it’s hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliche: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.

Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer’s knife.

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FourandHalfStars

**Audiobook Review**

This was a fun, twisted story. I loved the way the two agents went from constantly fighting to having to fight to keep their hands off each other. Not to mention to crazy murderer running around.
Both men are imperfect and have their own issues that they are having to deal with, which made them so realistic and wonderful to read about.
The mystery part was fun because I didn’t really guess who it was until toward the end and even then I wasn’t sure until their identity was revealed.
This was the second book from these authors I tried and I have to say I liked this story more than the other, but for a different reason that I thought. The characters were still developed, but the reparte between them was awesome.
However, as much as I enjoyed the story, I have to admit that the narrator made the two main characters sound so much alike that I wasn’t always sure who was who and it sort of made me have to stop and relisten to parts because I’d get confused so that is where the deduction came from.
Renee

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5 Stars and 4.5 Stars for No Master (Bounty #3) by Christine d’Abo @Christine_dAbo #MM #Scifi #Romance @RiptidePublishing

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Title: No Master (Bounty #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Christine d’Abo (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 27th, 2016 – 223 Pages

Synopsis

No man in the galaxy inspires more fear than Korbin, the Admiral of the Black. His life as leader of the biggest pirate band in space leaves little room for trust, so when Korbin’s second-in-command disappears without a trace, he suspects the worst.

Zain Strand has left his life as a sex slave behind and risen within the pirate ranks. But he abandons it all to rescue an old friend from recapture by the slavers—even if that means a suicidal confrontation with his old master. He doesn’t expect Korbin’s arrival, doesn’t want Korbin’s help . . . but Korbin gives Zain no choice.

Posing as master and slave to infiltrate a slave auction, Korbin and Zain embark on a journey of lust that rapidly reveals their deeper feelings. When Zain’s old master discovers their ruse, Korbin must do everything in his power to save both their lives and their newfound love.

Publisher’s note: While books #1 and #2 in the Bounty series should be read in order, this book stands alone and can be read without the first two.

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FiveStars

This is the third book in Bounty series and I have found that with each book, I like the last eat even more then the last. With every book Christine d’Abo has been able to add more excitement, more intrigue, more action, and most of all more lust and love then the previous book.

This book was based around the Admiral in Black and his second in command Zain. Korbin (admiral in black) is a hard one to get a read on at first. It takes a little while in the book for me to get a real feel on him and why he does not let people in so easily. But once I did get a read on him it became real clear that he tries to not get close to anyone because he is scared of losing them. He is scared to care for anyone for fear of someone using them to gain any kind of power over him. I also think that he longs to be able to let go and allow someone to lend comfort to him when he needs it, someone to be able to give up some of that hard control that he always has to be in, someone to love him and love back, someone who he can share the real him with. He finally gives in to those desires with Zain and it scares him to death.

Zain in my opinion is looking for the same as Korbin. He wants all the things Korbin wants but he was a slave for so long that he is not sure he can give Korbin what he needs because it goes against everything he was trained to do. He has to fight those controls that was beat and trained to him to do. He finally breaks free and is able to feel his own desires and love for the first time because of Korbin.

This book is not only about these two coming together it is about finding and freeing everyone of the bad guy who bike and trained many slaves. It is an extremely dangerous situation with adventure, action, and danger.

Loved this book and cannot wait till the next book in the series.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

No Master is a sexy and engaging Sci-Fi adventure. I highly recommend this book and the whole series to anyone looking for an erotic, kinky, and romantic Sci-Fi.

Korbin and Zain are great characters with history and depth. It’s intriguing to watch their internal struggles as they work through the external challenges as well as their growing feelings for each other.

The plot is fast-paced and emotionally charged. This is also a very erotic book with BDSM themes.

Even though this is the third book of the Bounty series, the interaction with other characters in the series is minimal. This book stands alone quite well.

Amanda

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5 Stars, 4.5 Stars and TWO 4 Stars for Chasing the Dream by Andrew Grey #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Chasing the Dream
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 11, 2016 – 183 Pages

Synopsis

Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Brian Paulson has lived a life of luxury and ease. If he’s been left lonely because of his family’s pursuit of wealth and their own happiness, he figures it’s a small price to pay for what he sees as most important: money.

Cade McAllister has never had it easy. He works two jobs to support himself, his mother, and his special-needs brother. They don’t have much, but to Cade, love and taking care of the people who are important to him mean more than material possessions. When Cade is mugged in the park, he can’t afford to lose what little he has, and he’s grateful for Brian’s intervention.

Cade is given a chance to return the favor when Brian’s grandfather passes away and Brian’s assets are frozen. Cade offers Brian a place to stay and helps him find work, and the two men grow closer as they learn the good and the bad of the very different worlds they come from. Just as Brian is starting to see there’s more to life than what money can buy, a clause in his grandfather’s will could send their relationship up in smoke.

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FiveStars

I so enjoyed reading this book. This is a book about becoming the person you are meant to be and leaving behind those that hinder you. It is about finding love and passion and coming into ones own self.

Brian is used to having people around him. But the thing is that the ones around him did not make him feel any less lonely. I believe it made him more so. Then he stepped in and saved Cade and suddenly everything fell apart and came together at the same time.

I think that until these two men met, neither of them was truly living. They both went through the motions of their lives and even though they both led totally different lives it was the same none the less. They was both lonely, they both wanted love, and they both wanted someone to expect them for who they are inside not what they have on the outside.

I really enjoyed taking this journey with these two men. I enjoyed following them both down the path that life laid out for them and seeing how they handled everything. Andrew Grey never disappoints with his books and this one is another wonderful example of how wonderful of an author Andrew Grey is.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

This was another winner from a favorite author of mine. Andrew Grey writes stories that touch the heart (not much angst) and this was another. I loved the challenge that Brain’s grandfather left for him (no I won’t tell you, you have to read it for yourself). This was not a plot I’ve ever encountered before and felt inspired by it. I loved both Brain and Cade but I fell in love with Phillip. I loved the different personalities of both MC’s and felt privileged to be able to be with them in their journey of love. Andrew Grey is a go to author for me when I want to read something inspirational. Excellent job and I can’t wait to read another story from this author.

Lynn

FourStars

I thought this was a really sweet book.  I am sure a lot of people didn’t like Brian at first but I did. He was a product of his environment so he couldn’t help how he acted. Cade was super sweet from the beginning and you couldn’t help but love him. This story shows there are still good people out there willing to help others in need, which the real world needs more of. Most people do find out who their true friends are when the crap hits the fan, just like Brian did have to admit, this book made me cry a time or two. I really want to know why Cade didn’t confront his mom on all the missing money and address that situation more. I loved Phillip too, and what Brian does in the end it wonderful. A sweet story with lots of emotions.

Angie

FourStars

Ah, Andrew Grey, I love your writing style.
So, here we have a new book with a fairy tale like twist. Sorta. Brian is the guy born with everything and could as for anything. Cade is barely making anything to stay afloat, but he’s getting by to support his mother and brother. I loved that.
There was nothing too hard to understand about the book. It was straight forward, romantic and hot. Could something like this happen in real life? Probably not, but like I said, it reminded me of a fairy tale. I liked seeing these to interact and reading about Brian’s reaction to his sudden new life without wealth. Cade being by his side and supporting each other. The attraction between them was hot.
Cookie

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5 Stars for Heat (Salisbury Stories #1) by Chris Quinton & R. J. Scott #MM #Romance #Mystery

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Title: Heat
Author Name & Publisher: Chris Quinton & R. J. Scott (Love Lane Books)
Publication Date & Length: October 23, 2014 — 141 Pages

Synopsis

Serving up passion, family, love and hate, with a side order of arson.

Lewis has lost nearly everything, and now it seems that Devon is here to take the last thing he has left – working in his beloved restaurant, Laurels. But when an arsonist threatens everything Lewis loves, he realises sometimes everyone has their ghosts, and he discovers an unexpected ally who is prepared to risk everything for him.

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Set in the small cathedral city of Salisbury, Master Chef Lewis Mandineau no longer owns the Laurels, the restaurant that had been in his family for generations. Betrayed and robbed by an ex-lover, he’s had to sell to Trelawney Enterprises, an American corporation. That isn’t all Lewis has to contend with. Rachel, his beloved younger sister has been left severely hurt by the car crash that killed their parents, and taking care of her has to be his priority.

Enter Devon Trelawney III, sent to assess the viability of the restaurant and its staff. Devon knows all about family tradition. But he also knows sentiment has no place in business matters, and the Laurels’ potential is swamped by the debts it has accrued. Devon is a hardheaded businessman, first and foremost, but Lewis and Rachel test his resolve in different ways. Soon Devon is forced to admit that what seems like an impossible love can sometimes become something very real.

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FiveStars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was full of mystery, resentment, lust, sadness, loss, happiness, and love. It was an all around wonderful book.

I enjoyed reading this book because it hit to the heart of things. It dealt with mental illness, it dealt with head injuries, with the loss of family, with the loss of home and company, it dealt with having to overcome selling the company and having to live with the choices of of selling and repaying off debt from the the ex stealing from the company. It is a very realistic book in ways that things that happened to thee the these people really happen in real life. This book has so many real life experiences in it that it was hard to forget that it was only a story.

I also love how two people who originally started out hating each other turned that passion into so much more between them. And that even when bad things were happening around them they stuck together and was straight no for one another.

This is an amazing story of overcoming heartache and learning to move past the bad to get to the good. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it to other people to read. Cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

I really love when authors I love team up together, it makes for a really good book. Lewis was sweet and amazing in everything he did. The love he had for his sister Rachel was inspiring. It took me a little while to warm up to Devon because he was a total jerk in the beginning. I loved the conflict between Lewis and Devon as it made for a really interesting story. It also has a little mystery in the book as the fire department is looking for an arsonist. Lewis did not hesitate to take on Devon when he felt he was screwing up. I loved the reaction Devon had when Rachel was teaching how to load the dishwasher. The secondary characters were also amazing and I loved Gran-Em, who looked after Rachel.  Overall, this was an excellent book and I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

Lynn

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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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4.5 Stars for Black Sheep Boy: A Novel in Stories by Martin Pousson #MM #Lit

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Title: Black Sheep Boy: A Novel in Stories
Author Name & Publisher: Martin Pousson (Rare Bird Lit)
Publication Date & Length: May 10th, 2016 – 208 Pages

Synopsis

Meet a wild-hearted boy from the bayou land of Louisiana. Misfit, outcast, loner. Call him anything but a victim. Sissy, fairy, Jenny Woman. Son of a mixed-race Holy Ghost mother and a Cajun French phantom father. In a series of tender and tough stories, he encounters gender outlaws, drag queen renegades, and a rogues gallery of sex-starved priests, perverted teachers, and murderous bar owners. To escape his haunted history, the wild-hearted boy must shed his old skin and make a new self. As he does, his story rises from dark and murk, from moss and mud, to reach a new light and a new brand of fairy tale. Cajun legends, queer fantasies, and universal myths converge into a powerful work of counter-realism. Black Sheep Boy is a song of passion and a novel of defiance.

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FourandHalfStars

This is a highly literary work, rather than the more common gay romance. It’s a dense and somewhat difficult read, on the level of a college literature course. Readers need to bring their thinking game for this one.

After finishing it, I’m still not sure how I feel. It’s extraordinarily well-written, and I definitely enjoyed reading something minus the usual tropes and plot devices. However, I’m not sure I can say I liked it, exactly.

What I loved: the beautiful prose, the Louisiana setting, and a story that wasn’t a romance. I appreciated the almost tall tale quality to it all and the rich history and cultural flavor. Because it isn’t tied with direct reference to a particular era, it has a timeless quality to it.

What I wasn’t fond of: I didn’t have strong feelings of any kind toward the story’s first-person narrator. He was neither easy to like nor easy to dislike. He’s unreliable in the way most literary first-person narrators are, so it’s hard to tell how much of what he says can be taken as “fact.” I actively disliked nearly every other side character, even the ones I suspect I was supposed to like. There was simply no one to connect to, which made it harder to enjoy at an emotional level. At the end, I really wasn’t sure what the point of the story had been all along other than a somewhat voyeuristic look at this kid’s life.

This was a tough read, and I found I could only appreciate it in an intellectual rather than an emotional way. I prefer stories which deliver both. However, I recognize that it is indeed personal preference and not at all anything the story failed to do.

Ultimately, I’m giving this 4.5 stars only because it wasn’t to my taste. It’s otherwise a phenomenally well-written book which I believe readers who enjoy literary fiction will appreciate.

Amy

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4.5 Stars for Violated {AUIDOBOOK} by Jamie Fessenden @jamiefessenden1 #MM #Audiobook @Dreamspinners

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Title: Violated
Author Name & Publisher: Jamie Fessenden (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 21, 2016 – 9 hours 42 minutes

Synopsis

Derek Sawyer thinks he has it all—a high-salaried position, a boyfriend, a dog, even a new cabin on the lake—until a business trip with his manager and best friend, Victor, shatters his world.

One night of drunken horsing around in their hotel room leads to the most intensely personal violation Derek has ever endured. As if the humiliation of working under his attacker every day isn’t enough, Victor reports Derek for sexual harassment. Now he’s without a job, without a boyfriend, and the mortgage on the cabin is due.

Officer Russ Thomas has worked with rape victims before, and it doesn’t take him long to sort out the truth in Derek’s tale. With his support, Derek finally reports the crime, months after it happened. But restraining orders and lawyers further Victor’s anger toward him, and even though a relationship develops between Derek and the policeman, Russ can’t be there to protect him all the time.

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FourandHalfStars

Trigger Warning: rape and abuse

This is my first book by this author and I got to try out the Audiobook. I’m still getting used to having someone read to me but the narrator, K.C. Kelly, was pretty good. I dislike when a narrator just reads with no emotion or changing their tone when switching characters. This narrator did a very good job.

In this book the author is dealing with some pretty tough situations. I feel the author hit the nail on its head when he wrote this book. It was very realistic. The connection I had with Derek was almost immediate and I didn’t like Tim at all (so glad to see the back of him). Russ was also great, not only in understanding the situation Derek was going through but just an overall really good guy. This book was so realistic that at times I had to take a break from it. Derek reactions to the rape and the aftermath were done in a way that lets you know what he was going through and I feel very realistic. This book was not just gloomy; there were defiantly some humor in it. To me an author that can write a story about rape and abuse and still inject humor into the story is exceptional write. Great job Mr. Fessenden, you did an excellent job with this story.

Lynn

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4.5 Stars and 5 Stars for Rhythm & Blues by Shae Connor @shaeconnor #MM #Novella

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Title: Rhythm & Blues
Author Name & Publisher: Shae Connor
Publication Date & Length: June 20th, 2016 – 76 Pages

Synopsis

When life tears apart your dream, build a new one.

After a knee injury ended his career, Broadway dancer Pate Hawkins limped his way back from New York to Atlanta to implement Plan B: open a dance academy to train the next generation of song-and-dance dreamers. When model-gorgeous contractor Ace Samson answers his request for an estimate on renovating his studio space, Pate hits pay dirt in more ways than one. As construction gets underway, the red-hot attraction between the two men flares, and soon they develop a fledgling relationship. Then the siren song of the stage calls Pate back, and he has to choose between the dream he left behind and the new life he’s building—with his studio, and with Ace.

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FourandHalfStars

This was such a sweet romance with a few hot smexy scenes thrown in. Since Pate can’t professionally dance anymore, he moves to teaching dance. With that in mind, he needs to build his studio and what is second best than a hot-as-sin contractor to build it. These two definitely had the insta-physical attraction and were trying hard to not indulge in their wanting, but yet try to get to know each other. Of course, the intense chemistry between wins over and they indulge. It isn’t until Pate is away from Ace and is offered a second chance at dancing that he realizes he doesn’t want it but does want Ace and his studio. Ace is so sexy, and such a romantic at heart (just try not to aww at what he does for Pate with his hobby) that there cannot be a better combination in one person. So yes, there was insta-attraction, but not necessarily insta-love and I enjoyed that in this story.
The flow of this story is smooth. Realistic time goes by and events are believable. You get swept up in everything that is happening and the romance between these two, that you don’t realize this only a novella. I truly enjoyed these two men and wished I had more time with them.
Keri
FiveStars
This is a book in my opinion about losing your first love only to find your true love and that is exactly what happened with Pate.

Pate’s first live has always been dancing but he knew that would not last forever and he was right. A knee injury took him out of the dancing game so now he is opening his own studio to teach. During the process of finding a contractor to do the renovations he meets Ace. And his world is turned upside down.

I think that Ace has always had a thing for Pate. He remembers him from school even though Pate does not remeber him. I also think that he was just waiting for the right time to let Pate know that he was interested in him.

I believe that Pate knew from the first encounter these two men had that Ace was someone special and that he could fall for him. I think that is what it took him so long to make a move and let Ace know that he was attracted to him. I think his attraction to Ace scared him but it was inevitable to end up together.

This was a good book. It is a sweet Romance of two men coming together and finding love. As I said in the beginning of the review, I believe this is a book about losing your first love to end up finding true love. I do not think that if Pate would not have gotten hurt that these two men would have crossed paths and ended up together. So sometimes things only happen because they are blessing in disguise.

Tosha

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5 Star and TWO 4.5 Star reviews for Heart of the Pack (Wolfgang County #1) by Jenny Frame @JennyFrame91 #FF #Romance #Shifter

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Title: Heart of the Pack (Wolfgang County #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Jenny Frame (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 27th, 2016 – 264 Pages

Synopsis

Selena Miller accepts a job in Wolfgang County, jumping at the chance to get away from her overbearing family. Crippled by anxiety, she’s determined to start a new, independent life.

As Second of the Wolfgang pack, Caden Wolfgang is used to having her orders followed without question. When the Alpha allows a human to work in the heart of their business, Caden is horrified. Haunted by a childhood tragedy at the hands of a human, Caden makes it her mission to keep Selena from threatening everything they’ve built.

When contempt turns into attraction and passion flares, can their love survive Selena learning the truth of what the Wolfgangs really are?

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Review

FourandHalfStars

In this lovely tale we meet Lena and Caden, one a hesitant woman who
is ready to get away from her “normal” life and the other the Second
of the Wolfgang pack. The two women are off to a rocky start because
Caden hates humans and Lena hates being told what to do. However,
working in close quarters has a funny way of getting people to talk.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first page! I was pulled into
the story and couldn’t put it down. The romance between the two women
was beautifully written. I loved finding out about the pack and
meeting many of them. The pack dynamic they have is so interesting. I
wouldn’t mind moving there!

Wasn’t 100% happy with some aspects of the ending (won’t spoil the
ending for others); however, I am now looking forward to book two.

Tori

FourandHalfStars

This book was fun, with an engaging, energetic pace that kept me turning pages. I enjoyed Selena’s journey from anxious and beaten down to confident and proud. I also liked watching Caden find someone to end her loneliness, to give her the home and family she so desperately craved. This seems like the first in a series, since Leroux survives not only the first encounter with the Alpha Dante, but also the second confrontation at the end. This indicates further strife between the two packs. The fact that Leroux still lives is rather vexing, but if there are further books to the story, I suppose it would be okay. The story is good, and I loved reading it, but at the same time, some of the writing seemed a bit simplistic. It felt like this was a first novel, definitely the first foray into this genre, and the depth of characterization and setting just missed being there. I was a little surprised by that, having listened to Frame’s first book in audio, but I truly enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to her next release.

AmyP

FiveStars

This book is just brilliant. Ms Frame has written a book that puts the ‘absolute’ into page turner. Once I started reading I found it difficult to stop, even my cat had to remind me to feed her.
For  the first time, for me, I have not been appalled by the term “submissive female” – Ms Frame gives her characters such depth, such emotion  that every term made sense. She turned the most fearsome animal into one that could only be admired and loved.
A really well written love story that incidentally involves  changers as well as humans. The worst of human traits were displayed by some, while one of our leading woman invoked the best. The wolves on the other hand exhibited that which many of us search for in a partner, support, trust, safety and total love and fidelity. Ok some of the wolves were a bit on the nasty side, but this just reinforced  how they were in the minority, and hey they never succeeded in love or war.
This was a beautifully related love story, with dynamic characters and an exciting plot, it was just an idyllic novel. I only hope  that their will be a sequel???
Chris

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5 and 4.5 Star Reviews for Heat (Salisbury Stories #1) by R.J. Scott and Chris Quinton #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Heat (Salisbury Stories #1)
Author Name & Publisher: R.J. Scott & Chris Quinton (Love Lane Books Limited)
Publication Date & Length: October 23, 2014 – 141 pgs

Synopsis

Serving up passion, family, love and hate, with a side order of arson.

Lewis has lost nearly everything, and now it seems that Devon is here to take the last thing he has left – working in his beloved restaurant, Laurels. But when an arsonist threatens everything Lewis loves, he realises sometimes everyone has their ghosts, and he discovers an unexpected ally who is prepared to risk everything for him.

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Set in the small cathedral city of Salisbury, Master Chef Lewis Mandineau no longer owns the Laurels, the restaurant that had been in his family for generations. Betrayed and robbed by an ex-lover, he’s had to sell to Trelawney Enterprises, an American corporation. That isn’t all Lewis has to contend with. Rachel, his beloved younger sister has been left severely hurt by the car crash that killed their parents, and taking care of her has to be his priority.

Enter Devon Trelawney III, sent to assess the viability of the restaurant and its staff. Devon knows all about family tradition. But he also knows sentiment has no place in business matters, and the Laurels’ potential is swamped by the debts it has accrued. Devon is a hardheaded businessman, first and foremost, but Lewis and Rachel test his resolve in different ways. Soon Devon is forced to admit that what seems like an impossible love can sometimes become something very real.

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FiveStars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was full of mystery, resentment, lust, sadness, loss, happiness, and love. It was an all around wonderful book.

I enjoyed reading this book because it hit to the heart of things. It dealt with mental illness, it dealt with head injuries, with the loss of family, with the loss of home and company, it dealt with having to overcome selling the company and having to live with the choices of of selling and repaying off debt from the the ex stealing from the company. It is a very realistic book in ways that things that happened to thee the these people really happen in real life. This book has so many real life experiences in it that it was hard to forget that it was only a story.

I also love how two people who originally started out hating each other turned that passion into so much more between them. And that even when bad things were happening around them they stuck together and was straight no for one another.

This is an amazing story of overcoming heartache and learning to move past the bad to get to the good. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it to other people to read. Cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

I really love when authors I love team up together, it makes for a really good book. Lewis was sweet and amazing in everything he did. The love he had for his sister Rachel was inspiring. It took me a little while to warm up to Devon because he was a total jerk in the beginning. I loved the conflict between Lewis and Devon as it made for a really interesting story. It also has a little mystery in the book as the fire department is looking for an arsonist. Lewis did not hesitate to take on Devon when he felt he was screwing up. I loved the reaction Devon had when Rachel was teaching how to load the dishwasher. The secondary characters were also amazing and I loved Gran-Em, who looked after Rachel.  Overall, this was an excellent book and I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

Lynn

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