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4 stars for Branded (Gold Warrior #1-2) by Clare London @Clare_london #MM #Fantasy @Dreamspinners

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Title: Branded (Gold Warrior #1-2)
Author Name & Publisher: Clare London (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: January 19th, 2016 – 451 Pages

Synopsis

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Maen is a Gold Warrior, an elite defender of Aza City, respected by his fellow soldiers and favored by his imperious Mistress for services both in and out of the bedchamber. His loyalty and commitment are unwavering until he recruits Dax, a captivating and challenging Bronzeman who, despite his youth and inexperience, seduces Maen with his fierce hero worship. When they’re captured by enemies of the City, Maen risks everything to save Dax: his position, his faith, and even his life. But he loses his lover to the rebels and upon his return to the City is stripped of his rank.

In Aza, where a soldier’s only lawful devotion is to the City and his Mistress’s pleasure, the disgraced Maen is placed under the watchful guard of the arrogant Gold Warrior Zander and relegated to preparing a Royal History for the new Queen. But his discoveries cast a new and shocking light on the past and threaten to stir revolution in both citizens and rebels. With the help of the lively and inquisitive scribe Kiel, Maen initiates a chain of events that will change their world forever—and offer him the chance to regain both his honor and his heart’s desire.

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FourStars

 So I want to start of this review by saying I really loved this world the author created in this book!

This was a long book and there were parts that did drag for me a little bit. Without going into too much detail and giving away any spoilers there was also a few parts in this book I honestly was just not a fan of.

But I did really like how this author wrote these characters and a lot of this story! There was steam in this book along with some M/F scenes also. Which to be honest threw me of this story a little. I loved the two MC’s together which I have to say they were so good as a couple. I am really trying to not give away any spoilers so I will leave this review with..

I thought this author did such a amazing job with the detail in this world and making me feel like I was really there with the characters as I was reading this book! Yes there were parts that dragged and some I honestly was not really a huge fan of but other then those parts I really liked this book!

~Kara

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4 stars for Peace (Four Horseman #5) by T. A. Chase #MM #Paranormal @PridePublishing

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Title: Peace (The Four Horsemen #5)
Author Name & Publisher: T. A. Chase (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 9th, 2016 — 138 Pages

Synopsis

When falling in love means risking everything, an angel must decide if losing his heart is worth it.

Lam is an Agnus Dei—or a messenger angel—who deals with mortals and the Four Horsemen. He’s helped them to find love and become mortal again, but he can’t seem to figure out his own relationship. Of course, it would be so much easier if he hadn’t fallen for Lucifer Daystar, the most infamous angel out there.

Lucifer Daystar has loved Lam since the moment he saw him. They’ve hidden their relationship since Lam isn’t supposed to fraternize with Day. He wishes things could be different, but he won’t risk Lam getting into trouble for being with him. Then one day Lam disappears and Day must search the world to find him.

By the time Day rescues him, will Lam have decided that loving a fallen angel isn’t worth the pain?

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FourStars

This book was another good addition to this series!

So I have read every book in this series and have wanted to know more about Peace since we first get to see him in book 1 Pestilence.

Well you definitely find out more about him in this book along with his lover Lucifer. I will admit that there were a few parts that really dragged for me and I found myself losing interest for a little bit. But about half way through it picked up and I could not put this book down.

I loved these two men together and I really liked the way this author wrote these characters. You will get some angst with this book but you will also learn so much more about Peace and his love for Lucifer which I honestly loved!

All together I really liked this book! I would recommend this series!

~Kara

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5 stars for Orleander, Son of Drakkar (Drakkar Coven #2) by Leigh Jarrett @leighjarrett #MM #Paranormal

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Title: Orleander, Son of Drakkar (Drakkar Coven #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Leigh Jarrett (Steambath Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 1, 2016 — 200 pages

Synopsis

The unrelenting seduction of Oleander’s cool, flawless skin—and deep, captivating eyes. The concern in his voice—the touch of his hand. The exhilaration and pride elicited by the sight of Oleander waiting for him after the visit with his family had left him feeling disappointed and unfulfilled.

Unfulfilled …pointless, insignificant—until Oleander.

Amidst the chaos of his sexual reckoning, Timothy is compelled to uphold an intimate pact struck between himself and Oleander, and chooses to follow him north to Drakkar Castle—the threat of war upon them. Grimmr Coven is advancing deep into Drakkar Coven territory, and only Oleander may know the reason why. He had lived amongst the coven Grimmr for many decades with his human lover, Torkel and fears that a far greater threat is coming, forcing Grimmr Coven south into Drakkar Coven territory.

Left behind while Oleander goes in search of answers, Timothy’s inner turmoil becomes unbearable. His only company enroute to Drakkar Castle, Alexis, a vivacious, blue-eyed seductress with a secret, intent on stealing him away for reasons that would launch the already fractured family of Drakkar at each other’s throats.

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FiveStars

 Wow!! The vampires in this book are not ones to be messed with at all!

Now go in to this book not expecting your typical romance because you will not get that at all in this book..

This book was a no holds barred Vampire book that I would say had very little romance but a lot of other things where going on in this book from action too the world this author built in this book “which I loved” that had me on the edge of my seat not wanting to put this book down at all. I will be the first to admit I am a huge paranormal/ vampire fan and the way this author wrote this story and characters was amazing and I really loved it!

I would recommend this book!

~Kara

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5 stars for The Dreamlands Bundle by Felicitas Ivey #MM #Fantasy #Historical @Dreamspinners

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Title: The Dreamlands Bundle
Author Name & Publisher: Felicitas Ivey (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: January 19th , 2016 — 1003 Pages

Synopsis

The Trust and its battle-hardened recruits are fighting a horrific war, a war between the humans of this world and the demons of the Dreamlands, an alternate world harboring dangerous monsters from children’s nightmares, unbelievable sorcery, and more power than any one man, demon, or institution should possess. In this shadowy battle, Keno Inuzaka is merely a pawn: first an innocent bystander imprisoned and abused by the Trust, then a captive of a demon oni when taken to the Dreamlands. Accompany Keno on his mystical journey of growth, adventure, love, family, and belonging.

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So to start of this review I have to say this world the author created in this book was really amazing!

This book will take you back to ancient Japan and you will get so much action while reading this along with all the many monsters from this world you will meet. I loved the way this author wrote these characters and this story! The way you actually feel like you are there while reading this and the way you are pulled in from the start of this book!

Now Keno one of the main characters there was just honestly something about him that made me love his character so much! You really can’t help but feel bad for him for what he has been through in his life but then through all of these books his character gets so much stronger. Then there was Aboshi and Keno together, which I loved how they interacted together.

There really was so much about this book I loved from the amazing world this author created to all the vivid details, characters and action that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

So all together I really loved this book! I would recommend this series!

~Kara

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ONE 5 Star and ONE 4.5 Star Review (Audiobook) for Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts by Charlie Cochet #MM #Romance @CharlieCochet @Dreamspinners

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Title: Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 19th, 2015 — 68 pages

Synopsis

Julian “Quinn” Quinetro, a gruff, tough Miami SWAT officer, has been injured on the job, and all he’s looking for is a little peace and quiet to recover—difficult to achieve with his large Cuban family. An adventure in picking up his prescriptions puts him in the path of his geeky, brownie-baking neighbor, Spencer Morgan. Spencer sweeps into Quinn’s life like a tropical storm of sunshine and rainbows. Not surprisingly, it’s chaos at first sight. Quinn’s in need of a little tender loving care, and Spencer decides he’s just the man for the job. Their very different lives might clash, but they might also find some common ground—and maybe more.

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FiveStars

Quinn is a funny, loves to cook in his free time, geeky, puts others first type of guy. He has had a crush on his next door neighbor for the past year. He finally formally introduced himself to Spencer after Spencer was shot when him and his SWAT team raided a home.

It is a disaster of a first meeting to say the least and I honestly was not sure if Soencer would want to see Quinn again after there first disastrous encounter.

This was really a good book. I was not a fan of Spencers friend Javier. He was really a jerk.

This was a great short story that flowed really well. There was no dull moments and I just wished it would have been longer. Great book.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

This review is for the audiobook, read by Michael Stellman.

This is a sweet story, light and fun. And Michael really brings the story to life in his reading of it.

Quinn and Spencer are fun characters, and their progression from friends to lovers happens in a light-hearted and natural way. This book is focused much more on relationship building than on sex. So the sex scenes are well done and hot, but infrequent.

I highly recommend this to someone looking for a cute, low-angst romance.

Amanda

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TWO 5 Star Reviews for A Spartan Love (Spartan Love #1) by Kayla Jameth #MM #Historical @KaylaJameth

CoverTitle: A Spartan Love (Spartan Love #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Kayla Jameth (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 8, 2014 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

Alone, Andreas toils on a remote farmstead for a Spartan overlord. When a kryptes enters his world, Andreas fears for his life. The dread warriors stalk and kill helots—like Andreas’ father—as part of their training.

Andreas sees only one way to save himself: he must tame the fearsome warrior.

But what began as self-preservation develops into attraction. Yearning for the company of someone other than his ferret Ictis, Andreas decides to trust the Spartan warrior and risk the fate that claimed his father.

Born to rule by the sword, Theron sees the world as his and acts accordingly, taking everything Andreas offers and reaching for more. However, love between men in Sparta is considered shameful and requires either exile or suicide to redeem Sparta’s honor. Now, only the gods can save them from the terrible price Sparta extracts from men who desire other men.

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FiveStars

I have to be honest and say I really loved the way this author wrote this time period and these two men together! I was grabbed from the start of this book and could not put it down.

You really can not help feeling so bad for Andreas character being so alone like he is. He is also so strong and caring which made me love his characters too! I was so nervous for him when Theron starts coming around and what his intentions were towards Andreas.

I loved the way this author wrote these characters and this story! She had you feeling everything that Andreas and Theron went through while you were reading this book and also had you rooting for these men to find happiness in a time where two men together was a huge no no and they could be killed if found out.

So i will leave this review with… I loved this book and would recommend it!

Kara

FiveStars

This is the first book I’ve read by Kayla Jameth, and I’m really impressed. This is a touching story of compassion, bravery, self-discovery and love.

It’s clear that a lot of research went into capturing the time period and mythology for this book. I found the story immediately engaging. The introspection and attention the detail really brings Andreas’ lonely world to life for me.

The sex scenes are well written and hot. And I like that this is a strong story that has good sex scenes where appropriate.

I’ll keep following this series for sure, and I’m excited to find out what’s coming up next for Andreas and Theron.

Amanda

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5 Star Review for The Innocent Auction by Victoria Sue #M/M #Historical @Vickysuewrites

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Title: The Innocent Auction
Author: Victoria Sue
Publication Date & Length: December 28th 2015- 200 pages

Synopsis

London 1810.

Their love was a death sentence.

Deacon, Viscount Carlisle, was aware of the slums and gin-lanes of London. Just as he was aware of the underground traffic that furnished the brothels and bath houses with human innocents. He was also aware that the so-called justice system would hang the accused without much of an attempt at a defense, unless the unfortunate had deep pockets to pay for it.

He just hadn’t expected to be directly involved in any of it.

It started with a plea for help and ended with forbidden love, the love between a Viscount and a stable-boy. An impossible love and a guarantee of the hangman’s noose.

Will Deacon fight for Tom? Will he risk the death sentence and take that fight from the stately halls of his English mansion to the horrors of Newgate Prison and the slums of London?

Or will he realize that if he doesn’t, death will be a welcome end to the loneliness of the sentence he is already living?

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To start of this review I have to say I thought this author did a amazing job with the time period in this book!

Deacon ends up at a auction trying to help his brother when he sees Tom and knows he must save him. This book has forbidden love between these two men with the time period they are in if their relationship is found out could be a death sentence for both of them.

There is angst in this book along with steam and some sweet parts too. I really thought the author did a amazing job with this story and these characters. I was grabbed from the start and could not put this down until the end. There were so many on the edge of your seat moments and I also really loved these two MC’s together. I do not want to give away any spoilers so I will leave this review with… I really loved this book and would definitely recommend it!

Kara

Excerpt

Tom was stunning in the candlelight. The servant’s clothes he wore were a hundred times softer than the rough shirt he had taken off him in the stables. Tom’s skin was just as soft, though, the muscles just as firm, and the reaction to Deacon’s touch just as thrilling.
He heard the small moan from Tom’s lips as he pulled the shirt from his trousers, his fingers touching the skin on his abdomen. Tom lifted his arms above his head in silent invitation, and Deacon’s cock swelled in eagerness. Tom let his arms fall as the shirt was thrown aside, and Deacon hurriedly unbuttoned his trousers, as Tom’s fingers went to work on Deacon’s.
Neither of them said a word. It wasn’t just fear that they would be heard, but more an affirmation that while ever they didn’t speak, they were equals, lovers. The sensation of Tom’s teeth as he grazed his collarbone was perfect. Something to be celebrated, not reviled. Surely something that made him feel so complete could never be a sin? For in that one moment, Deacon didn’t have to pretend anymore and he was content.
In moments, Tom had him undressed. “Stay still.”
Deacon groaned as the order went straight to his cock.
Tom’s calloused fingers swept over his shoulders and down his chest. Tom’s nails dug in around his nipples, and Deacon swayed towards him with every pull as if there were invisible strings attached. Tom bent his head, his warm lips drugging Deacon’s movements till they stilled. How could his skin vibrate as if alive, yet his body remain immovable as if cast in stone?
When Tom knelt in front of him, Deacon gasped. “You—” can’t? That was ridiculous, and Deacon bit the words off before they were uttered. His breaths came out in hurried gasps when Tom looked up, blue eyes on fire almost as they smoldered with heat.
Deacon almost couldn’t breathe as Tom wrapped his lips around his cock. His knees wobbled, inspiring Tom to bring two strong hands around to clasp his buttocks, pulling him nearer and making Tom almost seem to swallow him.
Almost immediately, Deacon felt the tingles in his spine. He had to hang on, and he threaded his fingers through Tom’s hair, desperate for some anchor before he exploded. Thrice. He’d had this done three times by whores, but never had he wished to think of something else while it was being done. Tom had his full attention.
“Oh.” Deacon pressed his lips together hard as Tom’s teeth scraped back and his tongue followed the fold on his foreskin, pushing it back slowly. He could nearly feel the come rush from his balls at the same speed as the blood pounding through his veins. Tom must have sensed this, because when Deacon’s back arched, he intensified the suction nearly to the point of pain, his fingers digging in Deacon’s buttocks to keep him close. That sinful tongue and commanding mouth wringing Deacon’s orgasm from him.
Deacon gasped. Eyes blinded by momentous pressure that rose in him and threatened to take over his body. He heard a small satisfied sound from the man on his knees and that was it, the catalyst that sent him over the edge. Deacon shot his pleasure into the warm mouth compelling it thus, and flung his head back, mouth open in a silent cry, his legs supported only by Tom’s hands.
Deacon’s cock jerked a final time just as Tom swallowed around it and let it drop from his lips. His eyes still closed, he felt the pressure from Tom’s hand pushing him backwards towards the bed. One more step, and Deacon hit the bed with the back of his knees, which folded, ably helped by the push of Tom’s hand. Deacon felt the bed dip and a cautious tongue lick at the side of his throat until he moved his head to the side to give the man better access. He vaguely heard a chuckle, and answered it with a tilt of his lips. He had neither the command of his body nor the presence of mind to do any other.
He just needed a minute. Then he would explore the gorgeous body laid beside him and return the favor. Just one minute.

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