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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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4 Stars and 3.5 Stars for Acceptance (Forbes Mates #3) by Grace R. Duncan #MM #Shifter @Dreamspinners

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Title: Acceptance (Forbes Mates #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Grace R. Duncan (Dreamspinner)
Publication Date & Length: July 8, 2016 – 236 Pages

Synopsis

Dr. Miles Grant acknowledges that his destined mate could be either gender even though his bisexuality cost him his family and his pack. Luckily he found the Forbes Pack, who happily accepts him just as he is. What he never counted on was finding his mate in Pittsburgh or for his mate to be another species entirely—a cat!

Quincy Archer isn’t just any jaguar shifter. He is the heir to the leadership of his pride. Destined mates are nothing but legend to the nearly extinct and generally solitary jaguars, and Quincy certainly never expected to find one for himself, much less a male… or a wolf.

However, finding each other and coming to terms with their species is the least of their worries. Quincy is expected to select a proper female mate, father a cub, and take his place as heir to the pride. Except Quincy refuses, having no interest in women or leadership and knowing he isn’t right for it. But his father will stop at nothing—not even attempting to kill Miles—to get his way. Quincy and Miles must overcome many obstacles to stay together as the destined mates they’re meant to be.

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FourStars

I don’t read many shifter books (only from a few select authors) this is one of those authors. Basically because she makes it feel real, that is important to me and because she makes it enjoyable. I adored Quincy and Miles and it was great to read their story. It was also great to revisit the characters from the previous books. This book had a little more mystery in it and to me that was played out very well. This had a wonderfully thought out plot with characters that I adored. There was also humor in this book and the author was able to pick the points to inject that humor that was perfect. You couldn’t help but laugh when the author talked about Dee, Dumb, and Dumber. Overall, this was a very enjoyable story and can’t wait to see what this author brings us next.

Lynn

ThreeandHalfStars

So first of, I don’t recommend reading this book as a stand alone. There are 2 previous books in the Forbes Mates series and the characters from before will be mentioned a lot. Good thing I’ve been keeping up with the series.
Here we have wolf shifter Dr. Miles Grant and his jaguar mate, Quincy Archer. I liked these two together. They were sweet, accepting and they gave each other strength.  I liked the bond they formed with the previous couples of the series. However, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the second book. The romance in this book was there, but it was overpowered by politics and mystery which got annoying. I like mystery and all, but I want more romance. I just walked into this book expecting that. I got it, but not enough. The epilogue was cute, but not needed. Maybe not too far in the future unless this is the end of the series.
All in all, I’d still read a book 4.
Cookie

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Miles pulled the privacy curtain now, pushed the door all the way closed, and prayed no one came in as he approached the side of Quincy’s bed. Deep bruises marred his skin, making Miles’s blood boil. How could someone do this to their own child? He didn’t care who had actually carried it out. The order had been given—and he had no doubt who’d given it—and that was enough to make Miles want to punch something. He simply couldn’t understand it, and it was certainly not endearing him to his mate’s species.

He put a hand gently on Quincy’s shoulder, leaned in, and called to him softly.

After only two tries, Quincy opened his eyes. He blinked up at Miles, looking adorably confused for a moment. “What—? Where am I?” He blinked once more, then said, “Aww shit.” He went to move, but Miles kept a hand on him.

“Listen, we don’t have a lot of time. I’m in here now, so we won’t likely be disturbed for a few minutes, but I don’t know how long that’ll last for sure. Do you think you can shift?”

Quincy looked pensive for a moment, and Miles suspected he was checking with his cat. Quincy nodded. “Yeah, I think so. Why? And… is it safe here?”

Miles nodded. “If you can do it quickly. I think you’ve got some internal bleeding to go with the ribs, the gashes, and the legs. I can take you into surgery, but—”

Quincy made a face. “Yeah, no.” He frowned down at his legs. “What about those?”

Miles nodded. “It’s going to hurt, but I can take them off.”

Quincy considered it, then shook his head. “No, I don’t think my back paws will break them.” He took a breath and reached for the tie at the back of his neck. Miles hurried to help him, untying and peeling the gown down, then stepped back. Quincy looked up at him. “On the bed?”

“Unless you want to put weight on those broken legs.”

With a grimace Quincy nodded. “Right.” He took a deep breath, closed his eyes, and in only a few seconds, Miles was looking at a beautiful solid black jaguar.

Miles stepped up and tilted his head. “May I touch you?”

Quincy dipped his head in something of a nod, and Miles gave a few short strokes of the fur at Quincy’s neck. Miles somehow hadn’t expected it to be so soft, but it was. Quincy’s tail twitched, and he blinked a few times, then raised his head. Miles took it as the indication that Quincy wanted to shift, so he stepped back and nodded. A moment later he was looking at the once-more-human- shaped Quincy.

“Welcome back. How do you feel?”

“Aside from exhausted, better. I need food, though.”

Miles nodded. “I don’t doubt it. Listen, are they going to come after you here if I keep you?”

“Keep me?”

Miles didn’t answer, just waited.

Quincy sighed and shook his head. “No. They’ve left their message for now.”

Miles raised an eyebrow. “Message?”

“I’ll tell you later. Suffice it to say, they won’t bother me for a while, at least.”

“Okay. Let me admit you—it’s going to look really weird if I don’t for a couple of days, anyway—and we’ll get you meat and rest.”

Quincy frowned again but nodded. “Yeah. That’s probably best. Gods, I’m exhausted.” He yawned.

“Lie back. Let me resettle the leg braces and see about that room.”

Quincy more flopped than lay back into place, wincing as he did. “Ouch. Note to self: takes more than a couple of shifts to heal broken ribs.”

Miles chuckled. “I’ll remember that.” He helped Quincy get resettled and readjusted the braces over both legs. It looked like the bones were a lot better, but the gashes were still open enough that the stitches didn’t look out of place yet. Miles covered them with the sheet, helped Quincy with the gown, then looked back up at his mate’s face. “I’m really glad to see you.”

Seeing Quincy blush—someone normally so serious and aloof—made Miles grin. Quincy narrowed his eyes, but the effect was wasted by a slight smile. “Yeah, well… so not how I planned to see you again.”

Miles grinned wider. “There are definitely better ways to meet up.” He chuckled when the red on Quincy’s cheeks darkened. “Let me check on your bed. Try to rest.” He leaned in and kissed Quincy’s forehead, smiling to himself at the stunned expression. “Back soon.”

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3.5 Star Review for Damaged Goods (Men of London #7) by Susan Mac Nicol #MM #Romance @SusanMacNicol7

CoverTitle: Damaged Goods (Men of London #7)
Author Name & Publisher: Susan Mac Nicol (Boroughs Publishing Group)
Publication Date & Length: April 28, 2016 – 183 pgs

Synopsis

Touched by tragedy, love is an elusive dream never to be realised by eighteen-year-old Jax Grady–until he discovers his secret admirer and receives the sweetest gift he could ever desire.

THE SWEETEST GIFT

Tragedy and horror shaped Jackson Grady’s life, leaving him orphaned and scarred. At eighteen he’s ready to claim his future, but who could love his disfigured face and damaged soul? Definitely not a big, burly, beautiful Irish Traveller who is entirely the stuff of dreams.

Dare Rowan didn’t mean to become obsessed with the blue-eyed man he first saw across a field, but that porcelain skin and innocent air demanded another meeting. Jax has the face of a wounded angel, and the rest of the young man is as heart-breakingly perfect. Jax is beautiful in every way and teaching him about love and life will be something Dare will embrace. Like unwrapping and savouring the candy at the shop where he works, Dare will show this young man everything Jax desired but never thought he’d have, and take Jax to new highs while he holds him through the lows. Between them, they’ll find out just how sweet life can be.

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ThreeandHalfStars

Jax has had a pretty rough life and he’s only 18. Still, even with scars, he charges on. He’s lonely though and doesn’t think he’ll really have a meaningful relationship to look forward to in the future but in steps a stranger to prove him wrong.
Dare is sweet and attentive. He was the best guy for someone like Jax. They both lift each other up.They’re cute together. Still, in the beginning of the book, I thought that Dare was such a creeper. lol. Like, he was basically stalking Jax. Fine, okay, that’s cute I guess. He meant no harm. But who sneaks into other people’s houses? lol. Yeah, he was returning something, but did he really need to sneak into someone else’s house? That’s a crime, dude. haha.
Still, cute story. Neither of them are “damaged goods
Cookie

Excerpt

He wasn’t stalking his fantasy. He wasn’t.

Dare clamped his lips together mutinously as he hunkered down behind a towering oak. The tree lay on the outskirts, in the garden of a large Georgian house. From a distance, Dare watched as the beautiful blond man he’d been observing, thank you very much, tenderly placed what looked like flower bulbs in the rich soil. The man—whom Dare had first called Angel, though he now knew his name was Jax thanks to the younger kids playing in the garden yelling to him—leaned over. His pert jean-encased backside pushed out into the air and Dare swallowed, mesmerised by the enticing sight. A pang of guilt washed over his skin at the sneaking knowledge that yes, he could actually be deemed a stalker.

“I’ve only watched him a few times,” Dare murmured under his breath. “It’s not like I’m some pervert checking through the windows. I mean, the guy is in plain sight and there’s no boundary fence, so why shouldn’t I look? Anyone would. God, he’s gorgeous. A flawed angel with those blond curls and blue eyes.”

His wistful voice echoed in the quiet of the forest surrounding the large house called Castaways.

It was some sort of place for homeless kids, Dare thought. He’d found this vantage point by accident one day when he’d been out gathering bits of greenery for his boss, Sally, an eccentric seventy-year- old woman who owned the sweet shop he’d managed for the past three years.

Some weeks ago, Sally had decided she wanted to display certain wildflowers in their place of work. She was also heavily into aromatherapy at the moment, so she sent Dare out each week to pick new blossoms and plants to further her ambitions to be a “flower child,” as Dare teasingly called it. He hadn’t minded. It had become a pleasant routine to take the short tube ride to Camden to perform what Sally loftily called his “ecological duties.” This secluded part of the woods around the area was the best place she knew of to find the flowers. Dare had caught sight of the beautiful man in the garden tending to a bunch of what looked like unruly kids, and now, having seen his Angel, Sally could send him out every day and Dare wouldn’t mind.

“But that would make me a stalker,” he said to himself. “So I’m not one now—yet.” He huffed and ducked back behind a bush as Jax turned to stare fixedly in his direction from underneath his wide-brimmed straw hat, an item Dare found rather endearing.

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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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