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Audiobook Review: 5 Star Review for Who Knows the Storm (The Vigilante #1) by Tere Michaels #MM #Dystopia

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Title: Who Knows the Storm (The Vigilante #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Tere Michaels (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 17, 2014 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

In a dystopian near future, New York City has become the epicenter of decadence—gambling, the flesh trade, a playground for the wealthy. And underneath? Crime, fueled by “Dead Bolt,” a destructive designer drug. This New City is where Nox Boyet leads a double life. At night, he is the Vigilante, struggling to keep the streets safe for citizens abandoned by the corrupt government and police. During the day, he works in construction and does his best to raise his adopted teenaged son, Sam.

A mysterious letter addressed to Sam brings Nox in direct contact with “model” Cade Creel, a high-end prostitute working at the Iron Butterfly Casino. Suspicion gives way to an intense attraction as dark figures from Nox’s past and the mysterious peddlers of Dead Bolt begin to descend—and put all their lives in danger. When things spin out of control, Cade is the only person Nox can trust to help him save Sam.

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FiveStars

This review is for the audiobook, narrated by Jonathan Young.
Who Knows the Storm is a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a strong action/suspense story with some romance. The narration is perfectly done, and the choices of the different voices are great. Jonathan Young’s performance really brings the story to life.
A gay vigilante … about time! This book throws together so many genres I love. It is a dystopian adventure with suspense, mystery and a vigilante main character. The characters are wonderfully written. They have depth, history, and personality. The detailed way the world is developed makes it really come to life. The story itself is immediately engaging. The well-timed reveals of present and past mysteries kept me intrigued through the whole book, not quite knowing what was coming next. The many moving parts in the story make it thoroughly entertaining.
The romantic story is a secondary plot to the main story. The romance is steamy, and the few sex scenes are explicit and hot. But I wouldn’t recommend this to someone looking for a highly romantic or erotic novel.
I wouldn’t recommend this as a standalone. Some important things are left unanswered, but there is a definite sense of conclusion to this first part of the series. I’m very much looking forward to the next book!
Amanda

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5 Stars, 4 Stars, and 3 Stars for Downpour by R. M. Grace #MM #Romance

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Title: Downpour
Author Name & Publisher: R. M. Grace
Publication Date & Length: June 15, 2016 — 168 Pages

Synopsis

Two strangers BOUND by one past . . .

Ash Greene has nothing left to lose when he stands on the curb, ready to lose his dignity. The rain is relentless and has been for days—the story of his life. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, he only has one option if he wants to earn enough money to survive. Yet, when a chance encounter with a stranger spares him from making the terrible decision, he believes things may be about to change.

Cole Harris is getting by, living his life from day to day. He’s not looking for love because people like him are incapable of love. All people like him do are push others away. He has too many demons haunting his past to let anybody step foot into his despair. Yet, when he stumbles upon a guy soaking in the rain, only fate can be at work.

Letting Ash into his life, Cole soon discovers a devastating reason he should treat him as he does everyone else. The only trouble is, for the first time in his life, he has met a guy worth keeping. Desperate to hold onto him, he will face the tough decision to tell Ash the truth of who he is, or hope he can keep his past buried.

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FiveStars

Wow. What an emotional packed story. These two men are two lost souls for different reasons but with a horrific past that connects them both even before they know it does.

Two strangers two pasts two broken hearts and two men that can heal each other and find the love they have been missing out on and hoping to one day be lucky enough to find.

Both Cole and Ash know loss and they both know guilt, grief, heartache, pain, and loneliness. They may be strangers but they connect once they meet through their painful pasts. They both may be what the other has been looking and hoping for but in order to get there they have to share with each other their painful pasta and hope they can overcome and forgive.

This is a wonderful story full of so much emotion that you cannot help to feel it along with the characters. RM Grace did an amazing job on this book and I cannot wait to read more by RM Grace in the future.

Tosha

FourStars

This is a story about two men who have both been through so much, find someone worth being with but both having secrets. Ash has lost everything and is about to do something he hates just so he can be warm and get some food in his belly. Cole is fighting his demons but sees something in Ash’s eyes and offers help. Ash and Cole’s paths have crossed before, they just don’t know it yet. This was a story of forgiveness, learning to live again and mostly learning to love and be loved.

Angie

ThreeStar

Downpour is a touching story, but I find the writing to be awkward. It is okay, but I don’t really recommend it.

My biggest complaint about the writing style is that it’s written in present tense. I’ve never seen that work when writing a story. I find it very difficult to read. There are also other times in the book that are awkward and confusing. I understand that the version I’m reading isn’t the final version, but in my opinion, the number of issues I’m seeing won’t be cleared up in just the final edit.

Even considering all that, there is potential in this story. There are touching moments and moments with good romantic suspense. I can see potential in the characters as well, but the writing needs to be better in order to really bring their stories to life.

Amanda

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5 Stars for Blood & Milk by N. R. Walker #MM #Romance

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Title: Blood & Milk
Author Name & Publisher: N. R. Walker
Publication Date & Length: June 23, 2016 – 290 Pages

Synopsis

Heath Crowley is an Australian man, born with two different coloured eyes and the gift—or curse—of having premonition dreams. He also has nothing left to live for. Twelve months after having his life upended, his dreams tell him where he needs to be. So with nothing―and no one―to keep him in Sydney, he simply boards a plane for Tanzania. Not caring if he lives or dies, Heath walks into a tribe of Maasai and asks to stay. Granted permission, he leaves behind the name and heartbreak of Heath and starts over with the new Maasai name of Alé.
From the day of his birth, Damu has always been an outcast. The son of the chief and brother to the great warrior leader, Damu is reminded constantly that he’s not good enough to be considered a man in the eyes of his people. Ordered to take responsibility for Alé, Damu shares with him the ways of the Maasai, just as Alé shares with Damu the world outside the acacia thorn fence. But it’s more than just a cultural exchange. It’s about trust and acceptance, finding themselves, and a true sense of purpose.
Under the African sky on the plains of the Serengeti, Heath finds more than just a reason to live. He finds a man like no other, and a reason to love.

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FiveStars

Blood & Milk is an intelligent and bittersweet story. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a moving and gritty contemporary romance.
Heath and Damu are great characters with depth and history. Their stories aren’t happy ones, but they are able to find happiness along the way. I love the detailed picture of Heath’s life among the Maasai. It’s intriguing to get such a descriptive and moving glimpse of the Maasai culture.
Although the sex scenes in this book are explicit, this is not a highly sexual book. I wouldn’t recommend it for someone looking for an erotic romance.
All in all, I loved this book. It is heart-wrenching at times and breathtaking at others. It’s thought-provoking and sad but also hopeful.
Amanda

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TWO 5 Star Reviews for No Quarter (Bounty #1) by Christine d’Abo #MM #SciFi @Christine_dAbo

CoverTitle: No Quarter (Bounty #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Christine d’Abo (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: April 25, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

When bounty hunter Gar Stitt is given a simple locate-and-retrieve mission, he’s convinced it’s a waste of his skills. His success rate is legendary, after all, and Captain Faolan Wolf isn’t hard to find. He’s the most notorious pirate in the galaxy, and when he shows up planetside to take his pleasures, he’s far from subtle.

Faolan never expected a hot but tightly wound hunter to walk into his private party and try to apprehend him single-handedly. And when an unexpected betrayal forces them to work together, Faolan’s even more surprised to find himself drawn to Gar personally—especially since neither of them do personal.

Gar had intended to put Faolan in prison. Instead he finds his solitary existence shaken by his desire for the pirate. And when the bounty hunter becomes the hunted, he must put his faith in Faolan and his pirate crew, or run the risk of ending up dead.

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FiveStars

Christine d’Abo did such an amazing job in this book. I have never read anything by this particular author but I will be after reading this book. No Quarter Bounty was such an awesome read that I can not even find the right words to express the truth to just how much I enjoyed this book.

This is a book about bounty hunters (Gar), pirates (Faolan), missing sisters, crazy crew members, bosses that have a god complex, and traitors.

This book was so action packed that I never knew when an attack on ones ship was going to happen. There was so many twist and turns that I kept wondering who the traitor was and when we would find out what was the reason behind the hit put out on Gar.

As far as Gar and Faolan was concerned, these two are so opposite of the other that it is not even funny. Gar works in bringing criminals to justice and let’s face the facts, Faolan is the lord of criminals. But even with that between the two of them, they are so much alike in other ways. They both keep their feelings locked close to them. Neither man truly lets anyone in. But together they bring out all these emotions that neither wanted to feel and they give each other strength to live, to keep fighting, to keep lookin for answers, and most of all to love again. They are the perfect pair. They complete each other.

I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and I hope it is more on the two men or at leasts gives us a glimpse into what is happening with them.

Tosha

FiveStars

No Quarter is an intense and sexy space adventure! I hadn’t read anything by Christine d’Abo before, and this just blew me away.
Gar and Faolan are well-developed and intriguing characters. It’s fascinating watching as each tries to come to terms with the inner turmoil that this new relationship causes. And their banter and push-pull for control is entertaining and hot as hell.
The story is immediately engaging and the pacing is perfect as it twists and turns. It’s a great blend of excitement, drama, and steamy romance. Even though this is the first book in the series, it is also a complete story that can stand alone quite well. No Quarter focuses on introducing the characters and their relationships and shows us a piece of their world(s). There are still lots of things to explore in the rest of the series, and I’m excited to keep going with the next book.
I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a strong Sci-Fi story with erotic romance, especially if you’re looking to jump into a new exciting series.
Amanda

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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 Star and 3.5 Star Reviews for The Captain’s Calamity (Adrift #3) by T.J. Land #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: The Captain’s Calamity (Adrift #3)
Author Name & Publisher: T.J. Land (NineStar Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 20, 2016 – 62 pgs

Synopsis

The captain’s luck is finally changing. After four years of being lost in space, his starship, The Prayer, has found an inhabitable planet to land on. The whole crew—and his lovers Thomas, Rick, and Zachery in particular—are happy to set foot on terra firma again, not least because the planet comes with plenty of trees to hide behind for those…intimate occasions. But the fertile landscape hides a secret. When the captain finds himself abducted by an alien life form, he’s got limited time to get back to his crew before they succumb to infighting. Only the alien is so very attractive…

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FiveStars

I just have to be completely honest here and say that I live TJ Land’s series Adrift. With each book that I read, I find myself wanting more. Book three is no different from the other two books in the series. I loved it also.

I was so surprised that in this book that Echo found himself getting closer to someone on the ship. And I have to say that I am excited about reading thenext book in the series when it comes out to find out if Echo and this other person keep getting closer and if they will somehow end up together.

Even though Rux was not completely honest with the captain and crew about “his people”, I find that I really like him. There is just this innocence about him even though he is probably far from it.

Antoine is another one that is a mystery to me. I think in his own way that Antoine is attracted to Zachary. They would make a very odd couple but as we learned in this book, they have a lot more in common then most realize or know about and I think that is grounds for the start of some sort of relationship for them.

I really feel bad for Rick. He was hurt in this book but he is stronger then anyone gives him credit for because he is taking everything in stride. I also think that because of this incident that left him injured that it could lead to him and Zachary having a more open relationship with each other and bring them closer together.

I cannot wait till the next book comes out and see what this crew will get up to next. Another great book in this series.

Tosha

ThreeandHalfStars

The Captain‘s Calamity is a light and fun read, but I find it lacks depth.

I’ll admit that I prefer this installment of the Adrift  series over the second book,The Captain‘s Encounter. There is action and intrigue and some character growth. There isn’t as much sex in this book as the others. That is not a complaint, as I preferred the shift in focus. But it’s worth pointing out.

I do appreciate the diversity of the characters in this story. It adds an interesting element to the relationships.

In general, I find this story is broken into too many small parts for my taste. I would prefer if it was all in one book, or possibly two, depending on how much more is planned for this series.

I’m still looking forward to see what happens next. I recommend this series to someone looking for an over-the-top, erotic Sci-Fi.

~Amanda

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3.5 stars for Midsummer Court (Bad Fairies #3) by T.J. Land #MM #Romance #Fantasy #BDSM

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Title: Midsummer Court (Bad Fairies #3)
Author Name & Publisher: T. J. Land (NineStar)
Publication Date & Length: May 23, 2016 —  55 pages

Synopsis

Newly arrived at Oberon’s court, Puck has already made a name for himself through his wit, his wiliness, and his very nice legs. But he’s not interested in the envy of his peers; what he’s really after is the attention of the Lord of All Fairies himself. Seducing the monarch will surely win him power and prestige, provided he can withstand Oberon’s famously bad temper.

Soon, though, Puck realizes that Oberon’s belligerent façade is just that, and his schemes of strategic seduction are submerged beneath budding infatuation. Now, Puck will have to muster all his tricks, from sonnets to the lash, to win the fairy king’s heart – a task which becomes substantially more difficult when Oberon discovers that Puck has been consorting with mortals…

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ThreeandHalfStars

Midsummer Court is a light and fun read, but as the series progresses I feel like the stories are becoming less interesting.

This is an entertaining book but not overly engaging. Puck and Oberon are fun characters, and their banter and antics are amusing. Some of the sex scenes are delightfully kinky.

The plot isn’t overly exciting, but I am looking forward to continuing the series if there is another book planned.

I recommend this series for anyone looking for a fun and sexy fantasy, as long as they don’t expect much depth.

~Amanda

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