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TWO 5 Star and ONE 4 Star Review for Absinthe of Malice (Sinners #5) by Rhys Ford #MM #Mystery @rhys_ford @dreamspinners

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Title: Absinthe of Malice (Sinners #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 22, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

We’re getting the band back together.

Those five words send a chill down Miki St. John’s spine, especially when they’re spoken with a nearly religious fervor by his brother-in-all-but-blood, Damien Mitchell. However, those words were nothing compared to what Damien says next.

And we’re going on tour.

When Crossroads Gin hits the road, Damien hopes it will draw them closer together. There’s something magical about being on tour, especially when traveling in a van with no roadies, managers, or lovers to act as a buffer. The band is already close, but Damien knows they can be more—brothers of sorts, bound not only by familial ties but by their intense love for music.

As they travel from gig to gig, the band is haunted by past mistakes and personal demons, but they forge on. For Miki, Damie, Forest, and Rafe, the stage is where they all truly come alive, and the music they play is as important to them as the air they breathe.

But those demons and troubles won’t leave them alone, and with every mile under their belts, the band faces its greatest challenge—overcoming their deepest flaws and not killing one another along the way.

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FiveStars

Wow! Crossroads Gin is finally on tour, on the road, travelling across America together in a van. Where each of the earlier books in the series told the story of one couple, all of the bandmates are present for this long awaited catch-up.

With various partners joining the band at different stops along the road, fans of the series get to catch up with each couple and watch all of the Sinners’ men interact together in a way we haven’t seen before. I forgot how much I loved each of these characters and each of the couples. And seeing the band properly together for the first time, I fell in love with the band as a whole. More than a romance, this is a story of friendship and brotherhood.

As always, trouble follows the band and Ms Ford adds in some suspense and intrigue to spice up the story. As I’m reviewing an ARC, I don’t want to give away too much, but this becomes a very exciting book by the end.

I absolutely loved this, but it is a catch-up and definitely not a stand alone story. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed but new readers must start from the beginning with Miki and Kane’s brilliant first book, Sinners’ Gin.

Sarah

FiveStars

This book is such a great addition to the others in this series and I cannot wait to read the next book when it comes out. From the very first book in the sinners series till this book it has been a heck of a ride for all of the people in the band from Miki to Damien to Rafe to Forest and then you add in all the Morgan clan and there is always something going down or going on.

As always Rhys Ford brings a level of mystery to this book that has been brought to the previous books and most of the mystery revolves around Miki and his past. I truly believe that someone from his past is out to get him and they will stop at nothing till that is accomplished. It seems as if disaster follows the band and it does not look like it will leave there side anytime soon.

I really enjoyed following each of these couples throughout this book and seeing them come together at each disaster and walk away from it stinger then the last time. I also enjoyed watching the band find there way to becoming a real group and sticking together through the thick and thin even when they are getting on each other’s nerves.

I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and find out what is waiting for them around the next corner because I have a feeling it is going to be explosive and hopefully a turning point for all these men.

Another great book Rhys and keep them coming.

Tosha

FourStars

Ah, I love the Sinner’s Gin universe. I love all the characters and it was so great to get to read about them in Absinthe of Malice. The boys are back and they’re doing a tour for their new band, Crossroad’s Gin. I love that the author didn’t go easy on them. There is action, mystery, romance and family bonding. My favorite character is Miki. I just adore everything about him. He’s been through so much and is a true survivor. Still, his story isn’t over yet cause he and his family gets put through the ringer just when things are starting to look up.
I docked it a star because even though there’s romance, there wasn’t enough. It’s understandable cause the guys are apart from their loved ones, but I was looking forward to it. This book was more about mystery. Still, when the band did interact with their lovers, I was in heaven. Love, protectiveness galore! I really want another book that focuses on Miki and his love life cause I’m such a big fan of his.
If not, I’m still Looking forward to another book.
Cookie

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4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Falling Through by Ofelia Grand #MM #Paranormal @ofeliagrand

CoverTitle: Falling Through
Author Name & Publisher: Ofelia Grand (Beaten Track Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 26, 2016 – 50 pgs

Synopsis

Travis is running himself ragged. He’s trying to keep two jobs just to pay his rent. If he has to flirt with some creepy old women at the pub to get a little extra tip money then so be it. One day, he’ll have someone special waiting for him when he gets back home from work, or is that too much to ask? Right now isn’t the best of times to get a boyfriend anyway since Travis is going mad, but one day… Every so often, Travis gets the feeling of not being alone, and sometimes, he sees things. But he tries to stay positive; maybe there’s a strapping young fella waiting for him in the looney bin.

Larry’s existence was dead boring until Travis moved in. Now he spends his time watching Travis, fantasising about touching him, kissing him… Their movie nights would be a bit cosier if Travis knew he was there, but sometimes, you have to settle for what you can get. As far as roommates go, Travis is the best Larry has ever had, and it isn’t Travis’s fault he can’t see Larry – no one has been able to since the day he died.

When Travis loses one of his jobs, both he and Larry fear for their future. Larry can’t imagine being without Travis, and Travis is desperate to find a way to pay his bills. While Travis searches for a solution to his money problems Larry has to decide if he’s willing to risk existence as he knows it for a chance of a better life.

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FourStars

This actually a pretty sweet tale considering it was such a short book. Still, I adored Travis, who was struggling but was determined and Larry, the ghost who would do anything for the man he loved. Larry and his hair…hahaha. The cover of the book fits him to a T. His love for Travis was so sweet that I went all “awwwww” all over the place.
There were some creepy moments with Larry being a ghost and stalkerish, but since this is just a book, it was cute. Haha. The Queen though. Grrr. I’d like to read about these 2 again. Possibly with even more pages?
Cookie

ThreeStar

This is a different type of book. There is really not a live story to it. There is no hooking up. There is no happily ever after. It is a short story about being content I guess you could say.

Travis in my opinion is struggling to survive by working two jobs and still barely making ends meet. He has a ghost, Larry, that lives in his apartment but he is not aware of him until Larry tries to help him from losing one of his jobs which in turn will make him lose his apartment. Slowly he starts to see a little more of Larry as the days pass until Larry ends up saving him and in turn allows him to see Larry all the time.

This is a short story but I was left with more questions then answers as to where this book was supposed to be going. The book never answers the question as to what was going to happen to Larry since he interfered in Travis’s life again. The question of what happened to Travis now that he lost his job was never answered. And the question as to what was going to happen between Larry and Travis was never answered. So I was kind of left wondering what happened.

I was a good short read but I think it could have been so much better if the author would have fallowed through with the story plots.

Tosha

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4.5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Finding Family by Connie Bailey #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

CoverTitle: Finding Family
Author Name & Publisher: Connie Bailey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2016 – 234 pgs

Synopsis

When you find your family, you’ll do anything to keep it.

When Charles Macquarrie inherits a fortune and an international clothing company, he also inherits three young cousins he desperately needs help raising. By a stroke of luck, he discovers and hires Jonathan Lamb, who spent his life in a children’s home due to chronic illness, to be his nanny.

If Jon thought a budding romance with his wealthy boss complicated his life, he has no idea of the hardships awaiting him when he’s charged with embezzlement and kidnapping. But even when threatened by accounting discrepancies and mob connections, Jon and Charles won’t let go of the family they’ve built together without a fight.

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FourandHalfStars

This is my first book by this author and I stupefied as to why I haven’t read more of her books. This is another book in the Dreamspun Desires series. At first I was a little unsure when the author takes the turn into a somewhat mystery but as I read further I just could put the book down. The character development was great even though Jon appeared to be somewhat naïve. I loved the secondary characters almost as much as the main characters. Even though this book can be consider a light mystery it also had humor in it. I really love when a just seems to know the exact point to inject humor into the story. The children in this story were a perfect fit and I love all of them. Overall this was a great story and I would love to hear more from Bunny.

Lynn

ThreeStar

So, in Finding Family, we have orphan Jonathon Lamb, who is accepted to be the nanny for rich businessman Charles Macquarrie’s 3 young cousins. Jonathon was like super nanny, the kids loved him and he could do no wrong. Somehow though, it was hard to connect with him. I liked when he showed quirks like talking to himself, but other than that, I didn’t really get sense of his true self.
Charles was…Charles. I didn’t connect with him either. The romance between them was sort of…not there. I felt no chemistry even if it was told to us that they were falling for each other. They didn’t even really get together until passed the 75% mark on me ereader. It just dragged. The kids were kids. Nothing really special there.
I thought Charles was really dumb for taking somebody’s word that his business was ruined before checking it for himself. DUMB. Instead he packed up the nanny and 3 kids he wanted nothing to do with and took of. That did not endear me to him and I was already struggling to finish the story.
Ah, I’ll give it 3 stars anyway cause the author tried. I just wasn’t into it. The story had potential though.
Cookie

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3 Star Review for Death Comes Darkly by David S. Pederson #MM #Historical

CoverTitle: Death Comes Darkly
Author Name & Publisher: David S. Pederson (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: April 1, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Can a detective and a policeman find love amidst murder? Heath Barrington is an attractive, clever, big city detective, confident, strong, and crazy about police officer Alan Keyes. Down-to-earth, noble, and naïve, Alan struggles with his desires for Heath versus 1940s America and his guilty conscience.

Heath’s skills of deduction and reasoning are put to the test as he and Alan work together to solve the murder of an eccentric millionaire in his mysterious, isolated estate. They search for clues and uncover long buried secrets of the weekend guests while keeping secrets of their own.

It’s up to Heath to solve the mystery and convince Alan that some secrets aren’t worth keeping, and lust can lead to love.

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ThreeStar

Hmm, this book reminds me of that game Clue, which was also a movie. It’s a “who done it” mystery and Heath Barrington, big city detective, is right in the middle of it. He gets invited to some rich big wigs house and boom, there’s a murder mystery that happens a little later than usual in the book. Now, the writing was great, it had a classic detective 1940’s feel to it. I’m just bummed that there wasn’t much romance. Yeah, Heath’s secret boyfriend Officer Alan was there, but since they had to keep their relationship in the down low, I didn’t get enough romance. Yeah, I get that it’s the 1940s. Still, there were more than 2 gay men in this story.
This book I’d recommend to mystery buffs. I wouldn’t go into reading this expecting a lot of romancing going on. I liked them though and wish there would be more Heath and Alan time if there’s another book.
Cookie

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ONE 5 Star, THREE 4 Star and TWO 3 Star Reviews for Surfacing by Daniel Stephens #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Surfacing
Author Name & Publisher: Daniel Stephens (Wild Rose Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 27, 2016 – 226 pgs

Synopsis

Used to luxurious, high-profile city life, Chris’s world is shattered when tragedy takes his husband and young son. Seeking a life free from pain, Chris returns to his grandfather’s cabin on the shores of Wolf Thorn Lake, Maine.

When Chris meets Jake, the earthy young man who resides across the lake, Chris faces his most challenging decision yet. Does he continue his life alone, or does he risk his heart and the potential of love he sees illuminated in Jake’s warm eyes?

A young man running from pain, a rural free spirit with the ability to heal, and a wolf who haunts the shore-line of Wolf Thorn Lake illustrate the endurance of the human heart, the capacity to learn how to love again, and the heart’s ability to restore even the most wounded of men.

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FiveStars

This is a book about coming home again. A book about finding your way into the light after being in the dark for too long. It’s a book about letting go of the past and looking to the future. It is a book about letting go of fear and learning to love again.
It is an amazing book and has so much depth too it.

Jake has been to H€LL and back. He lost his husband and son at the same time to a drunk driver. When he lost them he quit living. He just remained in the time and space but he did not really participate in life any longer. Jake decides to go back home to his grandfathers cabin and try to get on with his life. He never expects to meet Chris. He never expects that the past will follow him and that in order to move in with his life he has to walk out of the darkness and I to the light again.

Chris sees that Jake is struggling and that he is not over the grief of losing his husband and son and he also sees that Jake is drowning in it. Chris tries to be there for Jake but Jake pushed him away each time he lets him get close. It is a constant tug of rope where Jake is concerned.

This was a very emotional read. I enjoyed it so much. Watching these two characters come together even though it was not easy was truly amazing.

Tosha

FourStars

This is my first book by this author and it was very different them what I’m used to. I really didn’t understand the wolf thing but overall it was a really a great story. This book starts a year and a half after Chris lost his husband and his son in a tragic car accident. This was a story about hope and strength and finding new love. As I read I found myself feeling the loss that Chris was feeling. It was absolutely heartbreaking to see what Chris was going through. I really love an author that can put show much feeling into written word. It really makes for a really good book. This was also a story about hope and finding new love. I had an immediate connection with Chris and immediately fell in love with Jake. I highly recommend this story.

Lynn

FourStars

This was an emotional and healing read about Chris, who lost his husband and son in one accident. It has been 18 months and Chris cannot live anymore in the penthouse they built as a home. He has decided to move back to Wolf Thorn Lake, Maine, and start fresh in his Grandfather’s cabin that was left to him.
Jake, is a laid-back, easy-going, sexy man who lives for the now. He went through his own personal demons and has moved on with the help of his extended family at Wolf Thorn Lake.
When these two meet, it is electric right from the start. But Chris has a hard time letting go of the pain from the loss. Jake is there to help him almost every step of the way, although Chris needs to ultimately do it on his own.
Once Chris accepts the white wolf side of him and learns that his prior love will always be with him but his heart has so much more love to give, he finds Jake and never lets go.
This is about second chances at love, learning how to grieve, find and accept your inner-self, and live in the now for the future rather than the past. My heart shattered and mended back together with the love of the community.
Keri
FourStars

This is a story of grief and new hope. Chris’ grief is wrenching and overwhelming at the start of the story and there are times where honesty of his grief makes this a difficult book to read.

The grief in this book is tempered by a hope of new beginnings and the beauty of the New England setting.

I really loved the lyrical quality of the writing in this story. Some passages are really beautiful to read and some of the descriptions are incredibly moving. But while the prose was moving, there were times I found that I lost the story to the description.

I remain ambivalent about the Native American mysticism in this story but I did love the quirky characters in Chris’ new rural community and I enjoyed the contrast of New England with his New York life.

The central romance didn’t always work for me. Jake felt saint-like at times, putting up with Chris’ self-pity and inner turmoil, but again, grief is ugly and the author works hard to make Chris’ journey honest, even if that doesn’t quite make the leading man heroic or even likeable.

This is a difficult book. Honest grief is difficult to read and I’m sure it is difficult to write. However, there are some beautiful moments that make this story worth reading.

Sarah

ThreeStar

The blurb for this book made me want to read the book right off the bat. The first few chapters were good, I really got into the book and then it took a strange turn. The whole wolf legend threw me off and the way the author tried to write as if they were writing poetry or something. I can’t put my finger on it but it just took a nose dive for me. I wanted more Chris and Jake and less of all the other stuff. I found myself skimming the book at times because some of it was just going on and on about mother nature, the wolf lore, etc.

Angie

 ThreeStar

I’m really not sure What to think of This book. The writing style kind of thew me off. It wasn’t bad, just unexpected. The story is about A Man who lot two of the most important ppl in his life. Almost 2 years later, he moves Back Into his grandfather’s cabin, hoping for A new beginning. Chris meets Jake and realizes That he Isn’t over his past and Is drowning. He needs To Surface from the pain to fully love again.
 
Jake was sweet and supportive. I liked him. The white wolf added the supernatural feel to the story. This isn’t a terrible book, But i just didn’t click with Chris and felt detached to The Chemistry between him and Jake. We’re told That they’re sooo attracted to Each other but i wasn’t feeling it. The ending Was ok but don’t expect this book to have constant naughty Scenes. It doesn’t and that Was fine with This Type of Story.
Cookie

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5 Star and 3 Star Review for Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine #MM #Paranormal @NathanBurgoine

CoverTitle: Triad Blood
Author Name & Publisher: Nathan Burgoine (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 1, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

The law of three is unbroken: three vampires form a coterie, three demons make a pack, and three wizards are a coven. That is how it has always been, and how it was always to be.

But Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—have cheated tradition. Their bond is not coterie, pack, or coven, but something else. Thrust into the supernatural politics ruling Ottawa from behind the shadows, they face Renard, a powerful vampire who harbors deadly secrets of his own and wishes to end their threat. The enemy they know conjures fire and death at every turn. The enemies they don’t know are worse.

Blood, soul, and magic gave them freedom. Now they need to survive it.

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FiveStars

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. I was expecting it to be one thing and it turned out to be another. But regardless of what I thought it would be about, the book itself turned out to be so much better.

Curtis in my opinion is the one that holds the triad together. He is the one that caused their bond and I think it is him that keeps them all together. He is the glue to their triad and I believe that he is in love with both Ander’s and Luc. Even though he has not and will most likely never tell them. I also believe that Curtis is so strong. I believe that most others would have given in under the pressure of rules, but not Curtis. He takes being able to do magic in stride and takes every opportunity he can to learn as much as he possibly can but at the same time he believes that magic should be used only for good.

Luc is the level headed one of the bunch in my opinion. He is the one that talks since into the othe two in the triad and keeps them out of trouble. Luc acts as though he is completely unaffected by the other two but again I believe he is in love with both men but will never admit or tell them. Luc is the vampire in their group but he respects Curtis and Curtis’s want to only do good so Luc does not do any unnecessary killing.

Ander’s is the Demon in their group but I think that Ander is more about having a good time then using his powers for evil. He too is in love with both the men in his group but he would definitely never admit it because he lives sex to much with whoever he can get it from to risk losing that. But Ander would do whatever it took to keep these two men safe and protected.

The three of these men have unusual relationship but it works for them.

This was an extremely great read and I truly enjoyed it. I hope others do too.

Tosha

ThreeStar

It was tricky rating this so I stuck with 3 stars cause while I liked the characters, I wish there was…more.
We have a great trio. Vampire Luc, Lust Demon Anders and Curtis, the witch. Luc was cool and a bit reserved, but hanging out with the other two is certainly making him be more open. Anders is that sarcastic guy that you end up adoring. Curtis was cute and literally the glue that held all three of them together.
When I started reading, I was a bit thrown off cause they were already a Triad. So I browsed and found out there’s a short story with them called Three. I read it then came to this one. I really liked the trio. Sadly, they weren’t really a threesome. Yeah, they formed a Triad so they’d have a coven for protection, but it wasn’t a true menage. I was so looking forward to that and was bummed when I didn’t get it. If there’s another book coming, I really want these three to be involved romantically and not just “friends with benefits”. I felt sort of detached to the story because of that.
Cookie

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3 Star Review for Fractured Souls (Elemental Lovers #2) by Alana Ankh #MM #Fantasy @dreamspinners

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: Fractured Souls (Elemental Lovers #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Alana Ankh (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 23, 2015 – 276 pgs

Synopsis

Centuries ago, a group of Aranken mages left their homeland and became the ancestors of the Nikari. Now a Nikari prince will return, seeking truth and finding far more than he expected.

Shuri Fezenda has one goal in mind when he departs for A’rankin—to identify the culprit behind the conspiracy targeting Ivy, his brother’s consort and a man Shuri cares for deeply. But when he meets Prince Tynare’Or’Therar, Shuri’s world is turned upside down.

Beautiful and mysterious, Tynare draws Shuri like no other. The secrets he whispers taunt and tease, but Shuri’s treacherous heart races and his body responds when Tynare shoots him a knowing smile. And then Shuri meets Tynare’s twin brother, Nari, and in Nari’s kindness and blind eyes, he finds refuge and a love beyond anything he thought he could feel.

Torn between duty and confused emotions, Shuri faces an A’rankin on the brink of civil war and a foe he didn’t count on—the neighboring land of Shyrn. At the heart of the conflict, one question remains. Who is Tynare really, and who is Nari? Shuri is almost afraid to learn the answer.

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ThreeStar

Huh. It was an okay read, but there were too many WTF moments. Moments when things didn’t make sense that the character’ logic was no where to be found. Book two centers on Shuri, the emperor’s half brother. I don’t get why he liked Ivy, his brother’s consort, so much. They really haven’t spent too much time with each other in the other book, so his love wasn’t convincing to me. Don’t tell me the character is in love, show it to me. Write the scenes to convince me.
I wasn’t as into this one as I was with book 2. I pretty much guessed what was going on between Nari and Tynare. The cover is great though, just like the first one. Would I read book 3 if there was to be one? Depends…
Cookie

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3.5 Star Review for Beyond the Rift (Elemental Lovers #1) by Alana Ankh #MM #Fantasy @dreamspinners

CoverTitle: Beyond the Rift (Elemental Lovers #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Alana Ankh (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 27, 2014 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

Across the centuries, the Nikari, a race of vicious elemental mages, have built an empire, bringing an entire continent to its knees. The course of history seems set… until one innocent Andari mage changes everything and claims a greater prize—the heart of the Nikari emperor.

Behnivyr ‘Ivy’ Erethe knows his duty is to wed another Andari Pure-Blood. Craving one moment of freedom before his loveless bonding, he escapes his father’s suffocating protection and goes to a masquerade ball, only to unexpectedly meet a mysterious Nikari named Kris. Kris makes Ivy ache with a need he barely dares to acknowledge. One kiss, one dance—and Ivy’s life changes forever. Unbeknownst to Ivy, Kris is actually Kristelien Fezenda, the Nikari emperor. Forced to make a difficult choice, Ivy picks love over duty and becomes Kris’s concubine.

Poorly prepared for the whirlwind of emotion Ivy summons inside him, Kris now faces the hardest battle of his life. In a ruthless world where all weakness is exploited, where allies become enemies in the blink of an eye, where love can mean death, he will have to defeat more than his own personal demons to breach the rift between him and Ivy.

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ThreeandHalfStars

Ok, the back story was kind of confusing to me in the beginning, but I went with it. Plus there’s a glossary for terms in the book to help guide you.
This story is about Ivy, who is being forced to marry someone he doesn’t want, but he’ll do his duty anyway. One night, as a last Hurrah, he goes off to play in a festival that he’s been forbidden to attend. There he meets Kris, a warrior he shouldn’t be around but is drawn to. They share a moment and promise to meet each other again, one way or another.
Kris of course is the emperor and gets what he wants. I liked the story well enough. I even liked Kris and Ivy’s interactions. I’m not so sure about the story line though. Kris was too blind for my taste. He jumped into too much conclusions, which drove distance between him and Ivy. I know there’s gotta be drama now and then, but it left me feeling like Ivy could have done better.
In the end, it was an okay read and would read book 2.
Cookie

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3 Star Review for Crushing on the Cowboy (Rodeo Dreams #1) by Sarah M. Anderson #MM #Romance @SarahMAnderson1

CoverTitle: Crushing on the Cowboy (Rodeo Dreams #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sarah M. Anderson (Carina Press)
Publication Date: June 27, 2016

Synopsis

As The Heartbreak Kid, Mitch Jenner is known as the biggest womanizer of all the rodeo cowboys—but it’s just an act to keep himself safe. In fact, Mitch is so afraid of coming out that he’s opted to stay single—and a virgin. He’s fine with being alone…until he meets the mysterious Paulo.

Paulo Bernardes is here to learn the American style of bull riding well enough to teach it back home in Brazil. A namorado—a boyfriend—will distract him from his goal, but he’s captivated by Mitch, who understands him even when they don’t speak the same language. In return, Paulo wants Mitch to accept himself—and their relationship.

In private, Mitch yields to his attraction to Paulo and is rewarded with a heat and tenderness he comes to crave. But he still fears exposing their relationship. And as they grow closer, Paulo wonders how he’ll live without Mitch once their time together is up—how he’ll pick up the pieces of his heart when it’s time to say goodbye.

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ThreeStar

This is a story about Mitch, who also goes by as The Heartbreak Kid, cause he goes around breaking poor women’s heart. People think it’s because he’s a player, but in actuality, he’s gay and need beards. All that comes crashing down when he meets sexy Brazilian, Paulo. Both of them are rodeo and they’re hot together.
It’s a simple story about lust at first sight, first experiences and love winning out in the end. Mitch wasn’t very true to himself all his life, but Paulo guided him and grounded him. I really liked Paulo. He let Mitch set the pace and always made sure that they were at the same page. He had a bad experience when he was younger that taught him to never assume. The story was okay, but could have been much more, so that was disappointing.
Cookie

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TWO 4 Star Reviews for The Only Option (Dubious #4) by Megan Derr #MM #Fantasy @amasour

CoverTitle: The Only Option (Dubious #4)
Author Name: Megan Derr
Publication Date & Length: May 1, 2016 – 114 pgs

Synopsis

A desperate dragon. A lonely necromancer. A marriage neither wants.

When he is summoned to the royal castle, Rochus anticipates nothing more than a particularly difficult assignment. The bothersome journey is almost made worthwhile when he is propositioned by a young, beautiful dragon, Tilo, who seems untroubled by the fact that Rochus is a necromancer.

When Rochus arrives at the castle he is ordered to marry the very same dragon he spent the night with. Though Rochus would rather sign papers and return home, he is helpless against Tilo’s pleas for help, even if it means spending more time around a man he is desperately drawn to but who doesn’t seem to want him.

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FourStars

I really enjoyed this book. I have not read any of the other books in the series so I was not sure exactly what Rochus really was but it did not take long in the book to figure it out. I am glad that I did not need to read the previous books to find out what was going on and terms that was used in this book because Meagan Derr did an amazing job describing what was going on and definitions of who the two characters were.

It is true that under normal circumstances that Rochus and Tilo may have onlyhooked up for one night and nothing more but the arranged marriage led them to realize they cared for one another and though they both about let there doubt destroy what they started building together they came through it all stronger and with the knowledge that they belonged to one another.

This book is filled with adventure and a bit of mystery. It a very exciting read and I will definitely check out other books in the series.

Tosha

FourStars

ah, Megan Derr. I’ve been reading a lot of this author’s works lately, and it’s been truly enjoyable. Here she gives us Rochus and Tilo. I really liked them together and I don’t often see a pairing like theirs. Rochus, a cranky necromancer and Tilo, a cute and lovable dragon.
It’s a short story, but the interactions between them left me satisfied. I hate reading a short story where the main love interests spends over 50% of the book apart. It’s a sweet story centered on trust and being able to see through smoke and mirrors. I do love the older man, younger man dynamic in the story, as well as the lovers being a necromancer and a dragon. I’d love to read a follow up between these two.
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