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5 Star and 4 Star Review for Cervena by Louise Lyons #MM #Romance @louiselyons013 @dreamspinners

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Author Name & Publisher: Louise Lyons (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 22, 2016 – 170 pgs

Synopsis

When Joel Jones finds homeless Russian, Sasha, outside his gay nightclub in Prague, he cannot find it in his heart to turn him away, so he offers him a home and a job as a dancer and stripper.

Despite a fifteen-year age gap, romance develops between them, but is interrupted when Joel has to return to England for many weeks to deal with a death in the family.

Upon Joel’s return, he is horrified to discover his business partner, Karel, has gambled away the club’s money and put them all at risk. Joel buys him out of the club, but when Karel continues to gamble, the people he owes pursue Joel for the debt instead—and they’ll stop at nothing to get paid.

Suddenly Joel and those he cares about—especially Sasha—are in danger, and Joel finds himself with no choice but to seek the help of known criminal, Vincenc Jankovic. Ensuring a happy future for himself and Sasha will mean a struggle and some difficult decisions, but Joel is determined to protect what they’ve built together.

Review

FiveStars

Cervena is the name of a gay nightclub in Prague. Points for exotic setting. Sasha is a homeless Russian immigrant who gets work thanks to Cervena’s kind-hearted owner Joel. Points for confronting social issues without condensation or ire. There’s sex, sex, sex. Points, points, points. This is a fun, romantic, thoughtful novel. Lyons knows what she’s doing as she presents Joel’s heart to us in the midst of strippers, snow, and antagonists.
This book is also marketed as a thriller, so there’s some violence. Boys getting hurt isn’t everyone’s thing. The romance is a little thin. It doesn’t matter. The story is the perfect length and the characters are perfectly dreamy. I feel like I’ve been on a vacation to Prague.
Five stars
~ Christy
FourStars
I liked the setting for this book, which was in Prague. Here we have Joel, who meets a homeless boy named Sasha, who is also 15 years younger than him, but that doesn’t stop them from falling in love.
The story was actually very sweet and Joel was such a wonderful character. He was kind, caring, patient and willing to do anything to be with Sasha. There were a lot of nice naughty scenes *wink* *wink* lol
This is just a simple story to get lost in when you wanna get lost in a romantic story. There’s a little bit of violence, but it’s not overwhelming. By the end of the book, I wanted a Joel. lol.
Cookie

Excerpt

Sasha’s pale face lost the little color it had and he pressed close to me again. “What are you going to do? Can the police help?”

“I haven’t told the police. I don’t know who this man is, or how many people he has working for him. All I have is a description of the man who came into the club. They want the money paying electronically into a bank account, so I don’t even get to meet them. I don’t see what the police can do. They can’t watch us every minute, and they won’t have anything to go on to find this guy. Paying what he’s asking for is the only way I’ll know you’ll be safe.”

“How much?” Sasha whispered.

“It doesn’t matter.” I hugged him tight and breathed in the scent of his skin.

“How much?”

“They want fifteen million.”

Sasha hissed one of his favorite curses in Russian. Then he drew away from me. “It’s too much. After everything Karel did already, it’s too much. You can’t give him the money, Joel. I’ll leave. Then he won’t be able to use me to threaten you.”

“You can’t leave!” I cried, horrified. “I love you. I’m not letting this come between us.”

“It’s the only way. I love you, too, but… fifteen million, Joel. I’m not worth it.”

I thrust him from me and gripped his shoulders hard enough to make him wince. I gave him a little shake before I released the pressure. “You are worth it. Don’t you ever think that. I’m not losing you over money. No way. Besides….” I took a breath. “You think those men will just go away if you disappear? They’ll find something else to blackmail me over.”

“I still think you should call the police. They’re used to dealing with this kind of thing. I know you think they won’t be able to find these guys, but they’ll have ways of doing it we haven’t even thought of.”

“No, Sasha. I’m not taking that risk. And you won’t tell anyone.”

“I said I wouldn’t, didn’t I?” He pulled away, his face angry. “But I think you’re crazy to try to deal with this on your own. You’re not a superhero, Joel.”

“No, I’m just me. An ordinary man with two businesses I worked hard for and a man I love very much. I’m just doing the best I can to hold onto that.”

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4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Roadhouse Reds by Layla Dorine #MM #ScienceFiction

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Author Name & Publisher: Layla Dorine (Wayward Ink Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 17, 2016 – 342 pgs

Synopsis

Born moments before his parents crashed landed on Earth, Jason was raised in foster care. As soon as he was old enough, he packed his backpack and hit the road. Just him and his bike.
Now a jaded young man, living above a roadhouse diner and bar with several other misfits, he struggles to understand friendships, relationships, and the bonds of family.
Unbeknownst to Jason, other refugees from the planet Altiss also made it safely to Earth. After discovering Jason living as a human, they seek to safeguard him and his fledgling abilities.
As Jason’s powers begin to manifest, his mate arrives on earth looking to claim him. Ano ki stalks Jason, seeking to gain his trust, and his proximity only intensifies Jason’s burgeoning magic..
Fearing they will be dragged back to the planet they fled, the refugees prepare to do battle. In Jason, they believe they may have what is needed to tip the scales in their favor.
Left with no choice but to accept his heritage and learn to fight, Jason struggles with some harsh lessons about love and trust amidst a backdrop of battle and betrayal.

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FourStars

Roadhouse Reds is an enjoyable Sci-Fi adventure. I recommend this to anyone looking for a story with magic-weilding aliens, drama, and some romance.

This story has an interesting premise. It took some time to really draw me in, but at about the halfway point it became a story I couldn’t put down.

All in all, I feel there’s a good blend of drama and action. There is a good cast of characters. Jason in particular has great depth, personality, and history. Some of this is lacking in the other characters, but they have enough personality to make them lovable.

I think the description of how the magic works is really well done. And I love the magical fight scenes. I also really appreciate that the most badass leader and fighter is a woman.

I’m not sure if a second book is planned, but there’s a hint at possibly more to come. I would happily read more if this was made into a series.

There are a few steamy and explicit sex scenes, but I wouldn’t recommend this to someone looking for a highly romantic or erotic story.

Amanda

ThreeStar

Um…well…I really didn’t get into this book. Which was odd cause I really love sci romance. But this book, it wasn’t really romance. Sci was there though. Okay, the thing i was mostly disappointed about was that I felt like I was led around a bit. I wasn’t sure who Jason, the main character, was supposed to end up with til, well, the end. And even the ending was unexpected. He ended up with 2 guys instead of one. How that happened, I don’t know.
I was pretty much confused through most of the book. There were a lot of characters to keep up with, but that was okay. it made the story more interesting. Still, it was NOT what I expected and that’s why this story is 3 stars for me. I was excited to read it but after a few chapters, I became really confused as to which guy I was supposed to root for to be with Jason. At the end, I wasn’t rooting for anyone. I just had a big question mark on my forehead.
Cookie

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4 Star Review for On Wings of Thunder by M. D. Grimm #MM #ParanormalRomance @Dreamspinners

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Title: On Wings of Thunder
Author Name & Publisher: M. D. Grimm (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 20, 2016 – 144 Pages

Synopsis

Trystan is an unchosen angel—shunned by society, bullied, and without a future. In a hidden well, Trystan discovers a carving of a dragon, who were once the commanders of demons and now believed extinct. But Trystan learns the carving doesn’t depict an ordinary dragon. Stories tell that millennia ago, the great dragon Asagoroth and his demon army nearly conquered the three realms but was killed by the five elders. The powerful angels combined their life forces to cast a spell, sacrificing their lives.

But history is full of falsehoods. The five elders only managed to imprison the dragon, and Asagoroth had cast his own spell—one of releasement. It only needs the blood of an angel to liberate him from his cage….

Asagoroth, enemy of angels, conqueror of realms, is free. But even as the angels prepare for war, the great dragon surprises them with an ultimatum: hand over the angel who awakened him or face annihilation.

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 FourStars
So in this book, the reality is made of three levels. There’s “heaven” where angels live, “Earth; which has no beings” and “Hell” the lower level where demons live.
In heaven, our main character Trystan is called the “unchosen”, Basically he wasn’t picked to be anything. He has no place. So he’s picked on, bullied, even ignored by his parents who are high ranking angels. His only friend is his sister.
Then he falls into a pit and finds a carving of a dragon…and not just any dragon.
The plot was actually very sweet. I really loved it and wanted it to be explored more than it actually was. Trystan was sweet and his great dragon Asa…well, he’s seriously bad and makes no apologies, but his love for Trystan made me go “awwww”. I liked that he acted like a dragon and wasn’t suddenly turned into a weak hero…antihero? Hah. Anyway, cute story, wish it was longer though. Maybe a book 2? eh? EH? 😀
Cookie

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5 Star and 4 Star Review for A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1) by Eli Easton #MM #Romance @EliEaston

CoverTitle: A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Eli Easton (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 1, 2016 – 206 pgs

Synopsis

David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.

Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.

But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.

Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.

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FiveStars

This is such a sweet romance. It is the story of the collision of cultures when burned out party boy Christie moves to a small town and meets David, a conservative widower and father to two grown children. I loved the complexity of both main characters, I enjoyed the slow, gentle pace of the story and I thoroughly engaged with David’s journey of self-discovery.

This is a second chance romance for both Christie and David, but for David, it is actually his first chance to make deliberate choices about a life that was previously decided for him as a teenager. David’s relationships with his grown children are well observed and carefully written.

I keep using words like slow and gentle to describe this story, but the sexual tension between David and Christie is hot. The friends to lovers connection is a sexy slow burn that eventually explodes.

Having grown up in (and quickly run away from) a Mennonite farming community, I found the religious duty aspect of David’s life very interesting. David’s town is familiarly claustrophobic and David’s struggle with faith is as central to the story as the romance. I found his journey towards self awareness and independence very honest and incredibly moving. However, in fairness to modern Mennonites, David’s church would seem to be one of the more conservative, traditional Mennonite sects. There is a sliding scale of conservative/liberal values within various Mennonite churches, a fact that is only vaguely mentioned at the end of the book.

I really enjoyed this story and recommend it highly.

Sarah

FourStars

I actually liked this story. Not that I expected it to be bad, it’s an Easton book after all. David Fisher’s wife had died, leaving him to raise his two children. Now they’re both grown up, doing their own thing, and David is lonely at the farm, where his only comfort is his travel books. Then came Christie Landon.
Christie was so sweet to David and they were cute together. It took some time before David could admit to himself that he’s in love with Christie, but they get there. David’s kids…well they were the real obstacle. The son was a jerk…but he sorta redeemed himself. Sort of.
All in all, this was a cute romance. I wanted a little more tension to happen, that’s why I took off a star. There wasn’t a lot of drama and I was kinda expecting more to the plot.
Cookie

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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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5 Star and 3.5 Star Reviews for Salvation (The Protectors #2) by Sloane Kennedy #MM #Romance @sloane_kennedy

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: Salvation (The Protectors #2)
Author Name: Sloane Kennedy
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2016 –  366 pgs

Synopsis

Trauma surgeon Ronan Grisham lost everything the day the man he loved was stolen from him in a brutal attack. Driven by a thirst for vengeance, he turns his hatred into building an underground group that can do what he couldn’t that fateful day…take the lives of the guilty to save the lives of the innocent. But years later, he’s forced to confront the one link to his past that he can’t sever.

Seven years after the loss of his parents in a violent home invasion that left him permanently scarred both inside and out, 21-year-old Seth Nichols is trying to put his life back together so he can take over the reins of his father’s global shipping empire. But the last person he expects to come back into his life is the man he drove away with one innocent, stolen kiss.

With one brush of his lips, Seth managed to do to Ronan what no other had since the day Ronan watched the light in his fiancé’s eyes go out forever. He made him need again. But Ronan can’t need anyone, least of all his dead fiancé’s younger brother. Because even one touch from Seth could shatter Ronan’s carefully constructed world and Ronan knows there’s no coming back from that a second time.

But when a series of escalating attacks against Seth forces Ronan back into his life, Seth knows it’s his last chance to show Ronan he can be the man the broken surgeon needs. Only the Ronan who returns isn’t the Ronan Seth fell in love with so long ago…

Can Seth be Ronan’s salvation or will he end up destroying them both?

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FiveStars

You could read this book as a standalone but I highly recommend you read it in order, characters overlap and you will get a better understanding of things.  I loved the first book and this one was just as good.  We met Ronan in the first  book  and  after one of  the characters in  the first book  threw out a question at him at the end of  the book  I  was wanting to  know his  answer to  that question as well. We got that answer in this book. There is are so many feelings in this book, I couldn’t put it down. Seeing things from Ronan’s view of the events that happened in the past and then seeing them through Seth’s eyes, your heart breaks for both of them.  This was an amazing story and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

Angie

ThreeandHalfStars

Whenever I see that Sloane Kennedy has a book coming out, I’m there. Sign me, up, I don’t even have to read the description to want to read it. The covers are always gorgeous and the author is an auto-read for me.
So, in the 2nd book in the Protector’s series, we have Ronan, who we met in book 1. He’s the guy who started the whole business of avenging people that the police just couldn’t or wouldn’t avenge. Of course he has his own tragic back story and we meet Seth. He’s the brother of Ronan’s dead lover. As excited as I was for Ronan’s story, I think I built it too high in my head. I really didn’t get what I was looking for…
Action, undying love and romance. We got romance, but Seth was kinda…bland. And Ronan wasn’t the same mysterious Ronan we got a glimpse of in the 1st book. Then again, like I said, I kind of built him up in this mantle with way too many expectations. I think I just wanted more for him. Seth’s back story was really tragic and I felt for him. I just didn’t want him for Ronan.
I’m still looking forward to book 3 though.
Cookie

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