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4 Stars for Love Means… (Dreamspinner Press Bundles) by Andrew Grey #M/M #Romance @andrewgreybooks

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Title: Love Means… (Dreamspinner Press Bundles)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 25th 2015- 753 pages

Synopsis

Don’t miss this exclusive bundle of stories in the best-selling Love Means… series by Andrew Grey: Love Means… Courage: Working side by side, Len and Cliff grow ever closer, but loving another man takes a lot of courage; Simple Gifts: Eli’s reconciled himself to a Christmas without his loved ones, until Geoff gives him a gift that changes the way Eli defines family; Love Means… No Boundaries: Joey can only hope Robbie will take a chance on love and escape the boundaries that have shaped his sightless life; Love Means… No Fear: Jonah and Raine’s mutual attraction draws them together, but they may not have a chance to explore it. Jonah’s father is making ultimatums, and the police believe that the attack on Raine may not have been as random as it initially appeared; Love Means… Healing: Armed with hope, Chris sets out to prove that love can provide the healing he and Len so desperately need; and Love Means… Family: Duane’s and Arie’s families are pulling them in opposite directions. Trying to build a connection to support their mutual attraction may prove to be more than difficult… it may be impossible.

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fourstars

These are beautifully crafted books. Andrew Grey is an accomplished author and this series showcases his storytelling abilities wonderfully.

Each book is fabulous unto themselves. We have a heartwarming series where love, family and friends are the center. I’m glad they included the …Courage story in this bundle as it is the foundational story. I only wish they would have included the second book, …No Shame, about the origin of Geoff and Eli. I feel it is also a foundational story. The second story in this bundle jumps ahead after Geoff and Eli meet. I really missed not being able to …No Shame.

That’s my only criticism for this bundle. Otherwise, it is an excellent series that I know everyone would love to read. So I highly recommend it and encourage everyone to get this bundle. I know you’ll enjoy it.

Ariel

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5 and 4 Stars for Hearth and Home (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar) by E.T. Malinowski @dreamspinners

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Title: Hearth and Home (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar)
Author Name & Publisher: E.T. Malinowski (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 30, 2015 – 56 pgs

Synopsis

Thistle is a sweet elf with a kind heart. He tries his best to help all the other elves in Santa’s workshop. Unfortunately, Thistle tends to leave disaster in his wake despite his good intentions. He dreams of finding an elf who will love him in spite of his clumsiness, an elf he can make a home for. But what elf wants to live in constant peril? Thistle figures he should just stick with his anonymous treat baskets, especially where Bayberry, Santa’s production manager, is concerned.

Bayberry is a bit of a serious elf. A little distant from most of the North Pole crew, Bayberry is lonely. When another Thistle Incident occurs, pushing the production department behind schedule only a few weeks before Christmas, Bayberry gets a “suggestion” from The Big Guy to ask Thistle for help. What could an accident-prone elf do to assist him? But to Bayberry’s surprise, he might gain more than help with his monthly reports.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.

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FiveStars

I really loved this book. It was one of the best books I’ve read.  I wish it was longer because I wanted to read more.

The concept for the story and the plot was exceptional. Two of Santa’s elves falling in love. So holiday perfect.

My favorite character was Thistle. Clumsy but sweet elf that everyone avoids but who has a heart of gold. The poor guy just didn’t feel like he fit in anywhere, but Mrs. Claus filled the mother role for him and welcomed him into her heart and kitchen because he was a very good baker. The other main character, Bayberry, also has a sweet heart and sees Thistle for the wonderful man he really is. He sees right through him, becomes more aware of him, and realises he’s in love with him.

Thistle is made for keeping a home for someone. He has a way with baking and cooking. Bayberry finally sees this and welcomes it and Thistle, into his heart.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. I highly recommend it and encourage everyone to get it. It’s perfect holiday reading which will put you in the mood and warm your heart and make you want to eat cookies.

Ariel

fourstars

I love this book and I’m not one much for fantasy but this was a great read. The author was able to put together to totally different elves and make it believable. I really felt bad for Thistle in the beginning but it was great that both Thistle and Bayberry where able to make it work and have their HEA. This was a really great Christmas story.

Lynn

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THREE 5 Stars for Unto Us the Time Has Come (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar) by Sean Michaels #MM #Holiday

1.5

Title: Unto Us the Time Has Come (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar)
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 30, 2015 – 59 pgs

Synopsis

Last Christmas, Kenn Greyson gave husband Chris Martenson an ultimatum—spend more time with the family or we’re leaving. He never expected Chris’s reply would be “then leave,” but that’s exactly what happened, and Boxing Day took on a whole new meaning.

Separated for nearly a year now, both men are miserable apart and coping the best they can for the kids’ sake. With Christmas just around the corner, a new conflict arises: neither man is willing to forego Christmas morning with their children. Chris finally suggests they spend the holiday together at the house and, to his shock, Kenn agrees.

Armed with the knowledge that he’s been a stubborn idiot, but that perhaps he can change and begin to repair their relationship, Chris takes steps to win his husband back. He just hopes he can get Kenn on the same page before Santa comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.

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FiveStars

This was such a sweet Holiday story!

So Kenn gave a ultimatum to Chris his husband last Christmas because he felt like Chris did not spend enough time with their children or him. Well Chris tells Kenn to leave then which causes their family to break apart.

This was a story about a second chance at love and trying to fix past mistakes that should not have not been made. I loved the way Sean Michael wrote these characters and this story! You get the sweet and the caring in this story, then mix it in with the holidays and this was the perfect holiday Novella!

All together I really loved this story!
I would recommend this Novella!

Kara

FiveStars

I loved this story. It was very sweet and just wonderful. Sean Michael has done it again.

Kenn and Chris’ story is heartbreaking with a beautiful HEA. Poor Kenn, after the separation, he takes two part time jobs and works himself to exhaustion and then has to come home and take care of the kids. The way Sean writes this you feel exhausted yourself.

Chris is this hard-nosed big shot in a company and I’m glad when he finally sees the toll that Kenn’s constant working was having on him. I wish, though, there was more written about Chris. I feel like the character wasn’t developed enough.

I love reading an m/m story with kids in it. This story is no exception that it portrays an amazingly loving family.

I highly recommend this story. It was exceptionally well written and was so sweet with lots of love going around with a great HEA.

~Ariel

FiveStars

I absolutely love when Sean Michael does a heartwarming and tender story. This was great. I immediately had a connection to Kenn and Chris and loved the kids also. I would love to get more of Kenn and Chris. I loved how the author was able to make a complete story in just 59 pages. That is the sign of a really good author. Great job!!

~Lynn

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5, 4, 3.5 and 3 Star Reviews for Son of Santa (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar) by Kate Sands #MM #Magic @KateSandsWrites @dreamspinners

1.5

Title: Son of Santa (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar)
Author Name & Publisher: Kate Sands (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 1, 2015 – 53 pgs

Synopsis

Noel Nicholas is on a sabbatical from the North Pole realm. Back home he’s known as the Son of Santa, but in the human world, he’s a university student and he likes living in anonymity. Only Ruby, his cupid friend from the Eros realm, knows his true identity. That is, until Fannar, the gorgeous ice-sprite from the Pole, shows up unexpectedly. This causes Noel’s suppressed and unrequited crush on Fannar to return full force. However, there are more pressing matters at hand—Noel’s father has taken an extended vacation but cannot be found, and there’s only a month until Christmas.

As Noel is finishing his semester at school and he hasn’t seen his father in months, Mrs. Claus has tasked Fannar with finding Santa. Fannar keeps in touch with Noel but comes around far more often than necessary. It’s not helping Noel’s ability to hide his feelings… but as it turns out, they may not be as one-sided as Noel originally believed.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.

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FiveStars

I really loved this book. What first drew me was the cover and the title. The cover art was great and I’ve always loved son of Santa movies so I thought a son of Santa book would be very interesting.

The author takes a different spin on the Christmas spirit and how Santa works. Her concept and ideas were brilliant. I really loved it and it was easily understandable. She weaves this realm in the North Pole so well it comes to life and you feel like you’re there. Even though the story does not take place in the North Pole you get a real feel for it. Put on your parka when you read this story – it does get chilly. Must be that North Pole Arctic wind.

The idea of the son of Santa wanting to take a sabbatical and basically put Christmas on hold for four years while he’s at university is hilarious. It’s so funny and such a great idea. If you put yourself in his shoes having to live with Christmas 24/7 all your life, yeah, I would want to take a sabbatical for a while too.

The relationship of the main characters was very sweet. It was wonderful and breathtaking and suspenseful. You are left not knowing, until the end, if Noel was going to say yes to a relationship or not.

I also love how the author describes Winnipeg. She really makes it come to life I thought I could see my own breath.

I highly recommend this book. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. It was a wonderful holiday story. If you too love son of Santa movies, holiday movies or Santa movies then you will definitely love this book.

Ariel

ThreeStar

So to be honest this story really did not grab me at all unfortunately and parts of this really dragged for me sadly. Noel is Santa’s son and he leaves home to attend a university. Now I have to say I really was not a fan of his character at all. He just came across as a jerk to me for some reason, especially with the way he treats Fannar. I did really like Fannar’s character though, which made me feel so bad for him with the way Noel treated him.

I did really like the authors pretense of this story and this world the author created.

So I will leave this review with…I am sad to say this novella was just not for me.

~Kara

ThreeandHalfStars

This is my first book by this author and I’m not usually one for fantasy and magic but I enjoyed this book. Ms. Sands writing style was very easy to read and the characters amazing. Yes, Noel was very grumpy and rude but it just added to the story. My biggest complaint was that I felt there were many things left out of the story. This was overall a pretty good book. I would defiantly like to see what this author could do with a full length novel.

~Lynn

FourStars

This was in interesting little novella with a holiday spin. I liked they way we learn about Santa’s unmentioned son and the way he is tired of the high standards expected of him in the North Pole.
Watching Noel take on some of his responsibilities and seeing the joy it brought him was really sweet and fun.
I felt like the story could have easily been expanded into a longer one because there were dynamics between the two main characters that came off a bit harsh at times, but I think it was simply because we didn’t get to see more of the story from life on the Pole and what caused the hardship between them more descriptively.
I did like the way Noel was a bit rough and jaded because of his position that he didn’t particularly want, but had no way to really get away from at the same time. The way he sort of softened for Fannar was sweet even though it took a bit to get there.
I would read more from this author for sure.
Renee

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5 and 3 Star Reviews for Hot on a Chipmunk’s Tail (Paranormal Dentistry for the Fanged and Friendly #4) by Jackie Nacht #Paranormal #MM

1.5

Title: Hot on a Chipmunk’s Tail (Paranormal Dentistry for the Fanged and Friendly #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Jackie Nacht (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 21, 2015 – 57 pgs

Synopsis

This mountain lion is out to chase his skittish chipmunk down.

Jason has always lived under the protection of his twenty brothers and sisters. Even though he cares for his neighbor, Will, when a chance to leave the home he’s lived in forever, Jason takes the chance and runs to White Pine. Unfortunately, some of his brothers are coming along for the ride.

Will can’t believe his shy chipmunk just up and moved. Through the meddling of Jason’s sisters and a best friend who lives in White Pine, Will chases Jason to White Pine. Will they be able find the connection in White Pine where they couldn’t at home?

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FiveStars

I adored this book. This book is hilarious, family oriented, and so fun to read.

The author is brilliant writing a series on chipmunks. They are so fun to watch and they get into so many antics and funny situations. They could have their own TV show just watching what they do. Not that I have some chipmunks in my backyard that I watch, but I have good visualization skills.

This book is mainly about the family with more focus on the main characters. It’s a rather large family but the story only has some of the family in it and each one is interesting. This story is not dull or boring at all.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the story. The main characters have just spotted each other in a Deli and they’re in the middle of their conversation:

“So?” Will raised a brow.
“So?” Jason asked inquisitively. Mayday. Mayday. This conversation is going down!

I very highly recommend this book and the series. This is the first book I’ve read of the series and I’m going to buy the other books. If you want a book or series that is a fun read and that will get you laughing, then pick up this book and series.

Ariel

ThreeStar

I have to say I loved the different approach to shifters in this book. I don’t think I have ever read about a chipmunk shifter before.

So you end up meeting so many different characters in this book that it really does not focus much on the two MC’s relationship. Which I have to be honest and say i really was not a fan of that because what you do see is just a little bit between these two men and it jumps through time without really showing them together very much at all. So I was left unsure of what I feel about these two men together.

This was such a short story that i really do not want to give away any spoilers so I will leave this review with… Sadly this Novella was just not for me.

Kara

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4 Stars for The Marrying Kind by Jay Northcote #MM #Contemporary @jay_northcote @dreamspinners

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Title: The Marrying Kind
Author Name & Publisher: Jay Northcote (Jaybird Press/Dreamspinner)
Publication Date & Length:  April 17th 2015 -105 pages

Synopsis

Nathan wants to put a ring on it, but is Owen the marrying kind?

Two years on from their first date, Owen and Nathan are living together and life is good—except they’re not on the same page about marriage.

A traditionalist at heart, Nathan wants it all: the wedding, the vows, and a pair of matching rings. Owen, on the other hand, believes marriage is old-fashioned and unnecessary. They don’t need a wedding to prove their commitment to each other. Love should be enough on its own.

All it takes is one moment of weakness on a night out to force the issue. Owen finds himself engaged after a half-drunk proposal, and Nathan’s enthusiasm sweeps him along. But as the big day approaches, the mounting tension finally combusts.

If he’s going to save their relationship, Owen will need to decide once and for all if he’s truly the marrying kind.

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FourStars

This book had a few wonderful surprises. First is the author and second is the plot and concept.

This book is written by an English author, using English slang, with locations in England. Thankfully, though, this book is not loaded with English slang and the locations are written simply that us Americans can understand it. I really appreciate that. I’ve read books that are so full of English slang that I couldn’t understand it and I had to stop reading only a few pages into the book. This book was a pleasant and comfortable read.

The plot is very refreshing. Usually you see m/m books that are about falling in love, but this one is about established partners who are going to get married. I really liked this plot and concept and it has some great drama and suspense in it. Loved it.

I do recommend this book. If you like long term m/m partner stories who are finally going to get married but have to go over some hurdles first to get to that HEA, then this book is for you. I also encourage those who shy away from English author stories to give this one a try.

Ariel

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TWO 5 Star Reviews for Sex on the Hoof (Law and Supernatural Order #1) by Silvia Violet #MM #Paranormal

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Title: Sex on the Hoof (Law and Supernatural Order #1)
Author Name: Silvia Violet
Publication Date: December 31, 2015

Synopsis

A stag and a vampire. Mortal peril. True love.

Deer shifter, Jason Fleetfoot, has turned his life around. After years of taking chances, he’s working as a crime lab technician, and he’s determined to forgo the risky behavior of his past. Then he meets Drew Danvers, the only undead detective in the city. Jason hates vampires, or does he? Drew defies all the stereotypes of his kind and something about him has taken hold of Jason and won’t let go. Jason might just dare to take a chance on a man others would label a risk to his health if not his very life.

This novella was previously published. It has been re-edited and expanded by over 35%.

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FiveStars

This novella was so hot!

Jason is a deer shifter and Drew is a detective who also happens to be a vampire. They both have a attraction to one another but there was no way Jason a deer shifter would ever be with a vampire or at least that is what he thinks…

Wow I have to say I loved the way this author wrote this story and these characters. There was some action in this book and so much steam which was so damn hot… I loved the way she wrote these two men together!

This was a very short story and I really do not want to give away any spoilers so I will leave this review with… I 100% loved this story and would definitely recommend this Novella!

Kara

FiveStars

Gripping, incredible, crime drama. This book grabbed me and held me to the edge of my chair from beginning to end. I sat voluntarily. Ropes were unnecessary.

The plot and the story are like a well played symphony or a perfectly balanced gourmet meal. Everything was so well written and harmonious. The story also made me feel like I was there. It was like watching one of those gripping movies when you’re yelling at the characters and your jumping when something pops around the corner. When the vampires were running I could feel the wind rushing by my face and when Drew spoke in that certain way he does I could feel his stare and I wanted to flinch.

This story is also chock full of great surprises. It has a few things I have not read before in shifter or vampire books. For one, it has a main character working as a CSI. I watch CSI crime dramas myself, so this was really interesting for me to read it in a book. The other is, pairing a deer shifter with a vampire. That was a very curious pairing. Also, the concept of having a romance as well as a crime drama in one story made this a compelling read.

The ending – explosive. And short. What?  I was expecting a fight, an exchange of heated words. What happened? This is the only part of the story that I had problems with.

All and all, I really loved this story, except for the ending. If you love shifter or vampire stories and/or crime dramas, I guarantee you’ll love this story. Grab yourself a copy and start reading.

Ariel

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I’m Jason Fleetfoot. I’ve made a lot of stupid mistakes in my life. The stupidest of all was taking a job with some assholes intent on manufacturing illegal chemical weapons.

My sister, Natalie, lost her job when her company folded, and I lost mine because my fucking boss was a bastard. I’ve got authority issues. And control issues. All right, I’m seriously fucked up, but I wasn’t going to let my sister starve because I couldn’t keep it together.

So I made a deal with the devil and damn near got myself and Natalie killed. She saved me. She and her cop boyfriend, Wolf. The name’s not a joke. He’s a werewolf. Did I mention we’re shifters, Natalie and I? Deer shifters. If you think my human form is impressive, you should see me as a ten-point buck. So yeah, a werewolf and a deer shifter. Somehow they’re making it work.

When I was a kid, we were all in hiding—wolves, deer, rabbits, foxes, and all the other shifters, vampires and demons too. Then the Big Collapse happened. Worst econ crash since the Great Depression. The world was in chaos, the US Government near collapse, the unemployed filling the streets. A bunch of supernaturals said, fuck it, the humans can barely keep themselves together, it’s time we had our day. I thought there’d be a war, but none of us were organized enough to attack and the humans had their own problems so now we all live together.

Peacefully? Fuck no. Most humans tolerate us, just. Some love us only for the thrill we can give them. And others would like to kill us on sight, but at least we don’t have to pretend anymore. I love what my body can do and I’m never going to apologize for it.

But that’s enough history. Let’s get back to the now and my life on the straight-and-narrow, working hard to earn an honest dollar. I fucking hate being beholden to Wolf, but I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for him. Once the Atlanta PD cleared me, Wolf helped me get a job in the crime lab where I can use my knowledge of chemistry and computers for the good guys.

As the newest hire, I work nights, babysitting the equipment and working on what comes in during the wee hours. For the most part, I like it. It’s quiet and I get a chance to play around with new techniques and do a bit of programming. There’s only one problem: Detective Drew Danvers.

He works nights too. Not because he’s new, but because he’s a goddamned vampire. They say he was Changed against his will. But what the hell was he doing picking up a vampire at a bar? I certainly have no intention of fucking a vampire. No matter how damn fuckable Drew is. Yeah, I like men, what of it? And Drew is a fine specimen of a man, like some Viking warrior. He’s at least six three with sculpted arms and pecs that make him look like he could lift a truck one-handed. Considering he’s a vamp, he probably can.

Getting involved with Drew would be stupid on too many levels to count. And I’m finished with making stupid decisions. So why does my body want so desperately to be impaled on him—his cock, his fangs, anything he’d like to stick in me. Natalie’s right, my dick really doesn’t communicate with my brain. I don’t just want to fuck him, I want to be taken by him, and I never want that. Like I said, I have control issues. But with Drew… No, there’s never going to be anything with Drew.

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