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4.5 Stars and 5 Stars for Too Good To Be True (1Night Stand #5 – Standalone) by Deanna Wadsworth (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Romance @DeannaWadsworth

TooGoodToBeTrueFinal_1300x2000Title: Too Good To Be True (1Night Stand – Standalone)
Author Name & Publisher: Deanna Wadsworth
Publication Date & Length: June 17, 2016 – 36,000 Words

Synopsis

Disgraced former FBI agent Tim Burkhart desperately wants to reclaim his life and find happiness. Relocating his fledgling private security company to Miami—where his ex-wife moved their two daughters—hopefully is a start. When he’s hired to provide protection for an antiques dealer on his way to Scotland to sell a priceless ancient dirk, Tim believes the break he’s been waiting for has finally arrived. Maybe now he can make enough money to hire a lawyer and get shared parenting of his little girls.

Elliot James runs the antique shop he inherited after his grandfather’s death. Lonely and swimming in debt, he longs for a way to turn his life around but keeps making one mistake after another. Then he finds the ancient dirk tucked away among junk as he’s cleaning out his grandfather’s home. Placing it up for sale, he is thrilled when an out of country buyer purchases the priceless antique. The buyer wants the dirk immediately and sends Tim to ensure Elliot safely delivers it on time.

The moment Tim and Elliot meet, however, everything falls apart. Between break-ins, shoot-outs, stalkers, totaled cars, and the cops, it seems Tim and Elliot will never get to Scotland by the deadline. Despite all the obstacles, an unexpected attraction pulls them together, offering each man a glimmer of hope. But if they don’t deliver the dirk on time, they won’t get paid and neither of them will be able to pick up the pieces of their lives.

Will they complete this job and find a happily ever after, or is all of this really too good to be true?

Review

FourandHalfStars

This book was great, everything from the characters to the plot. I’ve read a few books in this series and this one ranks at the top as one of my favorites. There was excitement and pleasure all rolled up into one excellent book. The author’s writing style made it a very easy read and as it wasn’t a full length novel it was over before I wanted it to be. This book had mystery and excitement in it and it was a great pleasure to see the MC’s, Tim and Elliot, navigate the twists and turns of the plot and most of all their relationship. Ms. Wadsworth was able to bring these two men to life for me and as I read her words I was able to feel the love and acceptance they needed to really embark on a relationship.

Lynn

FiveStars

These two men could not find more trouble if they was to go looking for it!!! This book is a book full of excitement.

Elliott not Tim either one has had it easy in the past. Both come from very different backgrounds but one thing they have in common is they both constantly look down on themselves. I believe that the only reason they both feel that they are not good enough is because of the people they have encountered in their past and the negative influence they had on each of them.

Once these two men meet it seems as if they have a never ending amount of trouble that follows them from Tims ex who has turned stocker.

Through all the trouble these two men seem to come together and find the one thing they both have been looking for… Love and acceptance from each other. This in turn makes them both more secure in their own skin I think.

I enjoyed reading this book and going through all the excitement that both of these men did not know they would encounter once they met. I also enjoyed watching them both open up and blossom into the people they was both meant to be. If ever there is two men that made the other stronger and better because of it, it is definitely these two.

Great read and enjoyed every minute of it.

Tosha

Excerpt

Staring down the sights of his Colt 1911 and into the panicked eyes of the young man, Tim said, “Keep your hands where I can see ’em. I want to know where Mr. James is and why you’re in his store.”

Out of the corner of his eye, Tim saw a flash of metal. Instinctively he dropped to the floor. The sharp crack of a bullet shot through the store, shattering something on his left.

The guy behind the counter made a run for the door.

Tim rolled behind the armoire, gritting his teeth when the door slammed shut and the first guy got away. Careful to stay out of sight, Tim assessed the shooter who’d come from the back room. He looked as young and inexperienced as the one who’d run. Tim recognized the weapon in his hand—a 9mm semi-automatic Beretta. Though Tim’s .45 could out-shoot the little pea-shooter at the range, he had no interest in finding out who was the better shot in real life.

“¿Adónde vas? ¡Esperame!” the shooter yelled to his retreating friend.

Wait for me. Tim knew enough Spanish. The guy planned to make a run for it, too. He clambered to his feet. Before he could tackle and subdue him, the kid aimed his Beretta in the general direction of the armoire and fired off a volley of shots.

“Shit!” Tim dove behind a stack of rugs to dodge the bullets.

The gun went silent.

Tim rolled fast onto his back, his 1911 aimed, only to watch the kid flying out the door behind his friend. The door bounced a few times until it closed, the bells clanging.

“Shit! Shit!”

The scraping sounds in the back room, louder than before, drew his attention once more.

As fast as he could, he crept around the counter, his heart pounding. Both hands on his gun, trigger finger resting on the frame and trigger guard, he took a quick peek into the room, ducking back before a possible third perp could make him.

In less than a heartbeat, his brain registered what he’d seen. He exhaled. Keeping his gun lowered but at-the- ready, he entered.

In the center of what looked like a storage room sat the man Tim had been hired to escort to Scotland. He’d been gagged and duct-taped to a chair.

Elliot James.

“Is anyone else here?” Tim murmured.

Mr. James shook his head wildly.

With a relieved sigh, he rushed over to the man and yanked the gag out. “You okay?”

“Yeah.” He gasped for air. “I’m fine.”

“Were there only two?” he clarified, eyes still peeled for danger.

“Yeah,” he managed, his face flushed and startling green eyes wide. Sandy-brown curls fell across the brow of a very frightened but very beautiful man. He took a few slow, ragged breaths, obviously trying to calm himself. “Just the two of them.”

Tim took a steadying breath of his own and slowly released the hammer on his Colt and flipped the safety up, never taking his gaze off Mr. James. “What happened?” He holstered the weapon then tore the duct tape from the man’s wrist.

“Aarrghh!” Mr. James jumped, the chair bouncing.

Tim winced when he noticed the arm hairs stuck to the tape in his hand. “Sorry ’bout that.” He paused over the other strip. “This one’s gonna hurt, too.”

Mr. James pursed his lips and nodded bravely. He let out a tiny hiss when Tim freed his second arm.

That one didn’t take as much hair because a silver bracelet had protected most of the skin. Obviously, those punks had been amateurs in restraining.

“Sorry,” Tim said again.

Rubbing his wrists, he let out a breathy laugh. “It’s okay. Thank you for saving my life.”

“I believe that’s what I was paid for. I’m Tim Burkhart, your private security detail.”

Mr. James’s smile made his heart flutter. No, probably just the adrenaline. Tim didn’t get butterflies.

“Nice to finally meet you, Mr. Burkhart.”

“Call me Tim.” He stood and withdrew his phone. He gestured toward his bound legs. “You okay to get those? I gotta call the cops.”

“No!”

Tim almost dropped his phone when Mr. James shouted. He gaped at the man. “What do you mean no?”

Prying tape off of his khaki pants, the man paused. Those big green eyes grew even wider. “You can’t call the cops. My whole life depends on it!”

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5 Stars, 3.5 Stars and 3 Stars for Choosing Home (The Call of Home #1) by Alexa Milne @Alexa_Milne #MM #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Choosing Home (The Call of Home #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Alexa Milne (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 14, 2016 – 187 Pages

Synopsis

You can never escape from yourself.

Zac McKenzie is an ex-professional footballer with a secret he gave up his career to protect. Several years ago, he fled to his home in the North East of Scotland to avoid being outed as gay. Now, he owns a successful hotel and restaurant, but is it time to finally come out into the open?

Seth Pritchard feels he is damaged goods. He comes to Scotland to escape memories of the accident that left him injured, his bullying step-brothers and a life of lies.

For their whole lives, Zac and Seth have denied who they truly are to themselves as well as to others. When they meet, each man is forced to confront his fears and tear them down one by one.

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FiveStars

This is such a great story but it also one of those stories where your breaks for one of the characters.

Seth just broke my heart. His life growing up with his step brothers was nothing short of tramatic they way they treated him and the cruel things they said and did to him. They left him pretty much hating himself for being gay out of fear of what others thought of him. Not only just that, but he was also left not being able to be intimate with anyone after everything his step brothers did to him. My heart broke over and over for Seth but at the same time I think he is so much stronger then he even realized. He works through his issues and becomes a stronger man that is capable of standing up for himself and he is able to truly start living and loving for the first time in his life.

Zac has always been worried about coming out but not because of his family or friends but because of the profession he was in. Seeing Seth face his Demons made it easy for Zac to be strong and decide it was time to stop hiding and time to start living in the open.

These two men made a beautiful story together, horror parts and all. They proved that love can and will conquer all. This is a great book by Alexa and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

Tosha

ThreeandHalfStars

This is my first book by this author. I had high hopes for the story, as I love stories about sports, but it was at times difficult to relate to Sean (one of the MC’s). The other MC, Zac I was totally able to relate to. We never got much of the background story about Sean, only bits and pieces, whereas Zac we got lots of background info. The plot was excellent and I was really hoping to get more from the book then I did. The author definitely has a way with describing a scene and I loved how she described Scotland (someplace I’ve always wanted to visit). I loved the secondary characters especially Abby and Zac brother, Ellis. I will definitely read the next book in the series hoping this was just a one-time thing.

Lynn

ThreeStar

There is a fantastic sense of place in this story set on the Scottish Coast.  I enjoyed the characters and sense of community, but this didn’t entirely work as a romance for me.  

I enjoyed Zac’s story – the closeted footballer returned home to set up a holiday lodge.  His family, his kids, his friends and employees all contribute to the wonderful sense of family and community surrounding the man.  The details of Seth’s life are less clear through the book and because there is so much mystery surrounding him, I found him harder to relate to.

I had to re-read parts of this story to fully understand why I failed to fully connect with it.  Ultimately, I settled on the dialogue as my biggest problem.  The conversations between these characters feels stilted.  I would expect casual slang from a retired footballer and  Zach’s unnaturally formal speech prevents him from becoming a fully developed character for me.  Similarly, Seth might be the most formal 30 year old I’ve ever encountered.  When this formality meets the bedroom the result is entirely awkward and not at all sexy.  Ultimately, there is something stiff and formal about both men and it just doesn’t work, especially for Zach.  

Also, there really aren’t many closeted 30 and 40 year olds left in the UK.  As a professional footballer, I was almost able to understand Zac’s situation.  Seth’s story might have been believable in the US or twenty years ago in the UK but it failed to ring true for a 30 year old in the UK today.

Ultimately, I really wanted to love this story more than I did.  I loved the premise and the setting but the execution just didn’t work very well for me.  

Sarah

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5 Star and 4.5 Star Reviews for Damaged by Noah Willoughby #MM #Romance @NoahWilloughby

CoverTitle: Damaged
Author Name: Noah Willoughby
Publication Date & Length: June 27, 2016 – 74 pgs

Synopsis

Nobody is invincible…

On a seemingly ordinary night, Tom Otso’s life changes forever when he is ambushed, attacked and left for dead. Though he survives the ordeal, Tom finds out at the hospital that the gravity of his injuries has left him permanently disabled.

Eric Kontio is a physical therapist who is assigned to Tom’s case to help rehabilitate and adapt Tom to his new way of living. In helping people for over 20 years, Eric has never met anyone with such an incredible spirit and positive attitude as Tom. Eric becomes infatuated with him and marvels at his incredible progress.

Being together every day, the two men grow closer as friends, but things become complicated by Tom’s jealous and moody boyfriend, Adrian, and Eric’s professionalism being doubted by his superior. When the true feelings of both men come to the surface, so do their painful pasts which could make or break their relationship.

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FiveStars
This book in my opinion is a powerful story That is full of regret for past mistakes, fear for the future, acceptance of the bad that has happened, and finally hope for the future.

Tom is viciously attacked outside of a gay club. So much so that it changes his life forever. In some good ways and in some bad ways. Because of the attack Tom is now paralyzed from the waist down. He has to learn how to cope with the life changing events. And the person in charge of helping him with his recovery is Eric.

Tom and Eric both become friends. There is a level of attraction between the two but neither act on it because Tom who has a boyfriend.

That changes several months after Tom is finally released from the hospital and rehab. Tom and Adrian break up and Eric tracks down Tom again. From that point the two grow closer but there are still secrets that neither have shared with the other and those secrets will either tear them apart or will help them to grow closer. The question is which will they chose???

This book is a powerful book because it is an example of how bad things can turn out when bullies go too far. It also shows that when someone is strong not only mentally but physically they can move past a disability and still live a normal life just like everyone else.

I truly enjoyed reading this story and look forward to reading more by Noah Willoughby in the future.

Tosha
FourandHalfStars
This book was intense and moving and the author did an excellent job of bring together the perfect amount of emotion and feeling. This was a book about learning to live again (not just because of a disability) but also a book about rediscovery. This author was able to do this in spades. I had an immediate connection with Tom but it took me a while to warm up to Eric, but once I did there was no going back. The characterization in this book was excellent and I was immediately drawn into the story and did not want to put it down. Excellent job!!
Lynn

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5 Stars for Anthongy (Survivor Series #4) by J.P. Barnaby #MM #Romance @JPBarnaby

CoverTitle: Anthony (Survivor Stories #4)
Author Name & Publisher: J.P. Barnaby (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 27, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Aaron Downing worshiped his mother. She saved his life. She did everything for him. But Anthony Downing has a different perspective. He sees the woman who tossed him into a basement for eight long years and forgot he existed. When Anthony decides he’s done being invisible, he packs up and heads for Detroit to stay with his Internet friend Jay, but fate intervenes.

Brendan Mears lost everything the day the man with a gun came into his father’s store. Now, he’s tethered to a business he can’t manage and a brother who resents him.

Different in all the ways that matter, Anthony and Brendan struggle to overcome their psychological obstacles, until a crushing betrayal sends them running for cover and each other.

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FiveStars

I love JP Barnaby’s books and this one absolutely exceeded my expectations. In this story we are dealing with the youngest of the Downing children who is just a month away from being 18. Ms. Barnaby knows just what to write to be able to make you feel everything she is writing. This book is not as dark as the first 3 books but that clearly does not distract from the emotions that Anthony is going through. This was definitely another tear jerker but it was clearly worth it. Ms. Barnaby writes in a way that makes it an easy read but you will get so much from this book, so I highly recommend this. I defiantly think you need to read at least the first and third book first but as book 2 does not deal with the Downing family directly I think that one can be read as a standalone. I was glad to see that the Downing family was able to begin to heal their differences and I clearly see them eventually becoming a whole family again.

Lynn

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3.5 Stars and 3 Stars for Canyon Creek Love Story by C.A. Blocke #MM #Bisexual

CoverTitle: Canyon Creek Love Story
Author Name & Publisher: C.A. Blocke (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 22, 2016 – 107 pgs

Synopsis

Fifteen years ago Robert left Canyon Creek behind, and has made a life as a junior detective in Brooklyn. When he returns home to attend his mother’s funeral, however, circumstances make it difficult to leave again.

Stuck in the place he once tried to leave behind, helping his pregnant little sister, Robert meets Charlie, the sheriff’s son now turned sheriff. He’s kind and sweet, but also divorced with a young daughter to raise. But the more time passes, the more Robert wonders where he’s really meant to be, and if that place just might be the home he once left behind.

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ThreeandHalfStars This was my first book by this author and I really wanted to love it but sadly this book was only okay and I would really call it a love story. A part of it was but a lot of the story focused on Robert and his sister Maggie. There, to me, a lot of mistrust in this book. I also did not connect with Charlie or Robert and that makes it hard for me to give this book anything more than a 3.5 star review. I really have to have the connection with the MC’s to really enjoy a book. The author writing was good which made it a really easy read. I just think that there should be more character development to be able to bring up the star rating.
Lynn
ThreeStar

When Robert returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral, he is a bit of a mess.  His professional life in the big city is tanking and he left too much baggage behind in his hometown.  
This is a slow, gentle story.  The pace drags at times but Robert’s developing character is

I enjoyed watching Robert begin to repair the relationship with his sister and reassess his feelings about both his career and his small town.  
I still can’t completely decide how I feel about the romance aspect of this story.  While Charlie is a great character and a great father, the closeted nature of the sheriff’s life makes it difficult for me to believe in the possibility of a true HEA.  Robert’s prejudice against bisexual people also makes it difficult for me to imagine him committing a lifetime to a bisexual man.   There are times in this book that I really don’t like Robert and I don’t trust Charlie.  Unreliable characters work in literary fiction, but the don’t  necessarily make for a convincing romance.  
Charlie’s daughter is cute, and Robert’s pregnant sister is sweet, but if, like me,  you read m/m to avoid conformative heteronormative family structures you might find this all a bit sickly sweet in parts.  At the same time, readers who enjoy sweet white picket fence stories with cute kids don’t usually want their leading men to enjoy sex with other partners during a story.  So I’m not entirely sure who the target audience for this story is.  
I enjoyed parts of this story, but I wasn’t completely sold on the central romance or the two leading men.

Sarah

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4.5 Stars for Unconventional in Kansas City Anthology by Carol Lynne, T.A. Chase, Stephani Hecht, Jambrea Jo Jones, Devon Rhodes #MM #Romance @PridePublishing

CoverTitle: Unconventional in Kansas City Anthology
Author Name & Publisher: Carol Lynne, T.A. Chase, Stephani Hecht, Jambrea Jo Jones, Devon Rhodes (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 16, 2016 – 219 pgs

Synopsis

‘Kiss Me, Cowboy’ by Carol Lynne
It isn’t easy to cling to teenage promises when you become one of the forgotten.

For Eli Barron, Jesse Clooney has always been the one. From their first day of kindergarten through their high school graduation, the pair were inseparable. So, when a situation arises that splits the two men apart, it’s up to Eli to keep the home fires burning as Jesse sets off to follow his dreams on the rodeo circuit. But how long can a man continue to stoke the fire before the flames die out?

‘New Vocations’ by T.A. Chase

Two men who believe in second chances meet and their lives are never the same again.

Layne Daly comes to participate in The American Royal. He’s there to show off the abilities of the retired thoroughbreds he adopts straight off the track. He wants people to know these animals can do so much more than race. He has three horses there to do exhibitions in reining, barrel racing and cutting. When his usual groom gets sick, he has to hire someone fast.

Carl Stewartson used to love coming to Kansas City for the rodeo. He’d ride broncs and hang out with his friends. But since his career-ending injury early in the year, Carl has been spinning his wheels, trying to find something to do with his life now that he couldn’t rodeo anymore. He runs into Layne and offers to help him with his horses.

Together, they have to deal with not only the stress of the event, but starting a new relationship. Second chances are what Layne does best and he’s more than willing to give Carl the opportunity.

‘Stallions and Ice’ by Stephani Hecht

Sometimes you have to climb a mountain to see the future.

While Brandon loves to go and watch his friend, Nichole, at The American Royal every year, there is no way that he is ever going to climb on a horse. His feet belong on the ground or the ice. As one the of the players of the local minor league team, the Wichita Thunder, all he dreams about is someday moving up to the major leagues. That is, until he meets Nichole’s brother, Brandon.

Brandon grew up in a family that has always been in the rodeo circuit. There was no question that he was ever going to be anything else…until he’s sidelined by seizures and can no longer ride. Then he meets Ethan and he begins to wonder, that maybe, just maybe, his life isn’t over.

Will decades of traditions tear the men apart? Or can they can overcome all their obstacles and be together?

‘Playing with Fire’ by Jambrea Jo Jones

Ranch cook against restaurateur—who does it better?

Hayden McGrath has the formal training and know how to run one of the best farm-to-table restaurants in the city. This year he wants to prove his worth by entering the barbecue competition at The American Royal. It has nothing to do with a certain cowboy from the Flying P…

Amos Vasquez has been the ranch cook at the Flying P Retreat since it was an actual ranch. Now it’s a place tourists flock to so they can have a taste of his food. This year he is going to win the barbecue competition and nothing will stand in his way, not even a certain sexy redheaded restaurant owner who has caught his eye.

This will be the BBQ competition to beat all competitions at The American Royal.

‘Resuscitating Love’ by Devon Rhodes

If Hill keeps putting cowboys ahead of his marriage, even being a cardiologist won’t help David fix their broken hearts.

Hillard ‘Hill’ Pearson, the new events director of the American Royal, has worked hard to get to where he is. This is his first year as director, and the huge responsibility of the more visible position has taken over his life. Yes, he could be considered a workaholic, but he’s put fifteen years into the event he’s loved since he was a kid, and now is his chance to shine.

When David Weinstein finally convinced his long-time partner, Hill, to marry him, he thought it would bring them closer together. Instead, they’re not even to their first anniversary and their relationship is suffering. David’s finally at a stage in his medical career where he has regular hours, but can’t seem to connect with his husband when he’s free. Now, with the event that he’s sick of hearing about underway, he feels like he’s making all the effort with no return.

Can Hill and David resuscitate their love before David gives up on the promise of forever?

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FourandHalfStarsKiss Me, Cowboy by Carol Lynne – 4 Stars

This was a sweet story about two men who were best friends all their life who fell in love. Then Jesse left and Eli stayed to help his family after the death of Eli’s father. I almost thought the author wasn’t going to give these two men their HEA but she did. I immediately had a connection with Eli and Jesse and felt for them both in the struggle they dealt with to be together. A great story that centered on a rodeo event named The American Royal.

 

New Vocation by T.A. Chase – 4.5 Stars

I absolutely loved this story, but that didn’t surprise me as it was written by a favorite author of mine. T.A. Chase writes wonderful story that are well thought out and exciting. I immediately fell in love with Layne and Carl. It was also great to see Les and Randy make a cameo appearance.

 

Stallions and Ice by Stephani Hecht – 4 Stars

This was another great story in this anthology and I really loved Brandon and Ethan. I would consider this a HFN story as it never really had a full ending (which is why I only gave it 4 stars). But I loved how the author was able to bring two men together from two completely different backgrounds, especially when one of the characters is a hockey player (GO Red Wings). This author just hits the right spot in my reading about hockey players. No one does it better then Ms. Hecht whether its hockey or first responders.

 

Playing with Fire by Jambrea Jo Jones – 4 Stars

This story was another great one by a new author for me. This author took a different approach and had this two men facing off in the kitchen not the rodeo circuit but it was still centered on the America Royal. I loved how the author brought these two men back together and the whole story surrounding the epic cook off. Great job!

 

Resuscitating Love by Devon Rhodes – 4 Stars

This wasn’t a story about new love but about reviving a love of established partners.  This was a great ending in a great series of stories about the American Royal rodeo event. I really love reading s these types of stories as it really just hit me start in the heart. I love reading about how two men are able to overcome their problems and get back on track.

 

Overall this was an excellent anthology and would recommend it to all my friends.

Lynn

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THREE 5 Star and ONE 4 Star Reviews for Bitten By Mistake by Annabelle Jacobs #MM #Paranormal @AJacobs_fiction

CoverTitle: Bitten By Mistake
Author Name: Annabelle Jacobs
Publication Date: July 28, 2016

Synopsis

From animosity to searing passion in a lunar cycle… but can their bond survive?

Wolf shifter Nathan Kohl’s pack is his whole life. Arrogant and handsome, he avoids commitment to anything or anyone outside of his pack. He works hard, plays hard, and pursues humans as lovers because there’s little to no chance of him forming a permanent bond. However, when Jared Taylor comes into Nathan’s life, every rule is broken.

After a bad experience, Jared vowed to never get involved with another shifter, no matter how much they got under his skin. Despite being physically attracted to Nathan, who’s all kinds of hot, Jared only sees an arrogant, domineering bastard.

A disastrous case of mistaken identity throws Nathan and Jared together until the next full moon. Forced to spend the next twenty-eight days in close proximity, they can no longer ignore the powerful attraction between them. Passion ignites, and their relationship takes a turn neither of them wanted.

But when the full moon comes, everything might change again.

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FiveStars Omg!!! This book was sooooo good. I could not put it down. I love reading shifter books and this has now climbed too one of my top favorites.

For Jared to be so adverse to shifters, he was attracted to Nathan at first sight even though he tried denying the fact. When an accidental biting takes the choice of whether Jared would want to get to know Nathan better or not out of his hands, it truly was fate.

The circumstances surrounding Jared being bitten was out of both Jared and Nathan’s control. Regardless of Jerods feelings for shifters he knows there is something different about Nathan and he gives him the chance to find out if they could have more.

With the threats all around them and the rogue shifter group trying to take over, Jerod and Nathan have a lot on their plates. But the fact that their bond keeps getting stronger and stronger has both of them realizing that is exactly what they want and they both hope they do not lose it after the full moon. But only time will tell and they still have to worry about the other dangers also.

This book was so good. It has mystery, it has intrigue, it has hot scenes, it has bonding, betrayal, and it also has love. It is an all around good book and I think many more will agree.

Tosha
FiveStars

A mistaken identity changes things for one innocent man. When Jared is bitten by mistake by Nathan his life is changed, well, at least until the full moon. Jared hates shifters, even the hot one, Nathan that tried to hit on him at the bar earlier in the night. When Nathan realizes what he does he knows things could go bad, real bad. This book was really good, I even shed a tear at the end. I wanted the 30 days to hurry up and get done but then again I wanted the 30 days to last forever because I thought Nathan and Jared together were so cute. I liked the little twist at the end. It was a good paranormal book, not too over the top.

Angie

FiveStars

Nathan is our werewolf and Jared is our human. These two men together…totally awesome! The angst, the drama, the bickering, the laughter all came together for a completely fabulous story.

Nathan accidently bites Jared, thinking he’s the werewolf he’s been chasing from a rogue pack who’s been causing troubles around the city. It’s against the law for a shifter to bite a human without consent, and Nathan isn’t sure what Jared’s reaction will be when he recovers from the bite. Nathan takes Jared back to his place to hide him until they know what the effects of the bite will be.

Jared’s past relationship with a shifter has left him wary of ever getting involved with another one. So, when he wakes up in the apartment of the shifter who he met in a club and doesn’t remember how he got there, he’s immediately on the defensive.

As they’re waiting out the 26 days for the next full moon, things rapidly change in their relationship. With situations changing, some good and some bad, a neighboring pack becomes suspicious of the relationship between Nathan and Jared, and begin to cause trouble for the pair.

I would have liked a bit more info about the rogue pack. Their demise was just a bit too neat and tidy. I can’t wait to find out if there’s a sequel to this story featuring the good doctor and Jared’s friend Seb.

Kris

FourStars

I’ve not one to read many new paranormal books as I seem to be very picky about how they are written, but I gave it a chance. This was my first book by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This author wrote a very entertaining read. It was a very fast paced book and I couldn’t read fast enough. I had an immediate connection with both of the MC’s, Nathan and Jared. That connection with the characters is very important to me especially with a new author. This book had everything in it from intimidating and antagonistic relationship to eventually love. It also had some very HOT love scenes that were very passionate. I would definitely try more of this author’s works and hope that I love them as much as this one.

Lynn

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TWO 5 Stars, 4.5 Stars and 4 Stars for Three More Wishes (Rainbow Island Book 2) by Sean Michael #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Three More Wishes (Rainbow Island Book 2)
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 9, 2016 – 222 pgs

Synopsis

Come to Rainbow Island, where all your sexual fantasies will come true.

James, Guard and Damien are back, still running their resort, where every fantasy, no matter how perverse, may come true. The three men continue working out the bumps in their threesome, but when it comes to their clients, they’re a well-oiled machine. Which works perfectly for the three new couples arriving in paradise.

Cameron is losing his sight, and he knows that he’ll be useless once it goes completely. He’s cashed in everything to leave his life behind for one last fling. Xander is on the island for a fantasy, too. He’s looking for someone to love on, someone to care for and Cameron seems to be the perfect match, but can they make it work?

As a writer, Ben always writes the script, which is why his fantasy is to give up control. He’s told his fantasy can’t be fulfilled, so he settles in for a relaxing vacation on an island paradise instead. Is he really as safe as he thinks he is?

Finally, Leo is a consummate top, always wanting to better his technique. He wants to know what it’s like to be a sub, but it won’t be easy for a Dominant to bottom for five days. Leo will do his dead-level best to measure up—his only worry is who the boys choose to be his fantasy top…

Don’t miss out on these fantasies come true.

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FiveStars

And the story continues on with Damien, James and Guard. I love these threemen! Is the relationship salvageable? Do they make amends and end up a trio again? I need to know!

Fantasy one features Cameron, an ex-cowboy who is losing his sight, and Xander, the owner of a small bookstore. When Cameron was no longer able to see to work on his horse ranch with his partner and lover, he sold out to hid ex and purchased a one-way ticket to fulfill his fantasy on the island. He had no desire to ever go back to civilization. Xander is in awe at the fact that Cameron has never been informed of today’s modern conveniences available to the visually impaired. And when Xander finds out what Cameron’s plans are at the end of their 5 days together, he has no intentions of allowing him to go through them. Vowing to give Cameron the life he deserves.

Fantasy two is about Ben and Tip. Ben is an author of Thriller novels and Tip takes on odd jobs here and there and also works for the guys from the island a couple times a year to pay his bills. Ben’s fantasy is to live out some of the situations he writes about in his books. One of those situations is a real life kidnapping. Little does he know how terrifying this can be when you are actually living it. Tip isn’t sure how long he can keep up the charade. His “captive” seems genuinely terrified and if he doesn’t safeword and end this whole scene then Tip will.

In fantasy three we have Leo, a Dominant in the BDSM world. And David also a Dominant in the BDSM world. David has been in love with Leo for years. When he was asked to come to the island and be Leo’s Dom for 5 days to fulfill Leo’s fantasy, he jumped at the chance. Leo wants to have a better understanding of a submissive’s point of view. His fantasy is to be topped for 5 days so he can be a better Dom. What he isn’t expecting is to be topped by a man he knows, and who is also almost 10 years younger than he is. But what really shocks him is the relationship that begins between them in just a short time.

I loved all three of these fantasies! This book is definitely better than the first. The men in the fantasies all seemed to connect better. What I’m really hoping for is the conclusion to the relationship between our three owners.

Kris

FourandHalfStars

This was another great book by Sean Michael featuring James, Guard and Damien along with new characters that came to the resort for their fantasy. There is no doubt in my mind that Sean Michael is an exceptional story teller. The character development was spot on and I immediately fell in love with Cameron and Xander. I was great to see the Guard, James and Damien were able to work through their issues and still continue on together. I love the whole idea of a fantasy resort and hope that the series will continue as this gives me my BDSM fix along with my fantasy fix.

Lynn

FourStars

I really enjoy Sean Michael.  The stories flow nicely and are always interesting.

The first scenario was sweet.  There were hard things to discuss in this one and I liked how Michael didn’t really shy away from them.  Losing a sense is a big deal and how the characters both dealt with it was great!  I loved that they were sweet and kind – it was almost like insta-love, which I usually dislike, but this just worked.

I enjoyed the second scenario in this trio the most.  This one had amazing chemistry and the scene began with an unusual scenario.  I loved how great the two were together – even when Ben and Tip were playing, they had this connection.  Tip was instantly able to read what Ben needed and despite his resistance, Ben responded beautifully.  Their relationship was the most developed, I thought.

The third one was my least favorite of the bunch – it was difficult because it wasn’t really what you would think.  2 Dom’s but one going in to is wanting to learn how to be a better Dom, while the other is in love with the first.  It was somewhat difficult to understand the subtext and underlying feelings.

Finally, the trio of the books, the owners, I want, so badly to know their story.  You are just given snippets.  They have great chemistry, love each other, but there is a wall that they can’t get over.  I hope that we learn more about them in the next installation.

AvidReader

FiveStars

I really like the concept of this series, I just wish some of the wish scenarios were longer and I that we could see what happens after they leave the island. I do love the drama with Guard, James and Damien, I wish the books had more of them in it too. This series is like a mini vacation every time I read it, hot action, amazing island and beautiful men!

Angie

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for The Runaway Millions (The Runaway Model #2) by Parker Avrile #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: The Runaway Millions (The Runaway Model #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Parker Avrile (Paris April Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 12, 2016 – 261 pgs

Synopsis

They’re the perfect couple until the money runs out…

Kyle, a rising model, is the toast of Manhattan. Bryce, a wildcatter who got rich in the Bakken gas fields, is an inch away from becoming America’s newest billionaire.

But their world is turned upside-down when a competing oil company wrests away Bryce’s business, his personal jet, and even his condo. Bryce has no choice but to scramble to save his career– even though a famous rock star is sniffing around in hopes of claiming Kyle for his own.

When Kyle steps forward to defend another model accused of a terrible crime, he’s deported. The tabloids follow him, happy to spread rumors about his alleged affairs with the beautiful and the famous of Europe.

Can love survive when one man is on his way up while the other is on his way down? When an ocean divides the lovers? When the gossip columns can’t help stirring the pot? The Runaway Millions is Book 2 in The Runaway Model trilogy. This 78,000 word full-length novel complete with a HEA can be read as a stand-alone but if you prefer to read the series in order, please start with The Runaway Model.

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I just thought that the Runaway Model was emotional but I have to say this book out did book one. I have to say I was in tears in certain parts of this book.

This book is a continuation of book one. It literally picks up where book one left off. Much like book one there was some major twist and turns through out the whole book. There was definitely some ups and downs where the two main characters Bryce and Kyle was concerned.

I think that with everything that Kyle went through in book one that in book two you was able to see how much he has grown as person. Whereas most people would have walked away from Michel so they did not take a chance of being taken down with him, Kyle did the opposite. Even with the few doubts he had he stood beside Michel and do not give up on him. Also I think that another way I was able to see that Kyle grew up in this book was because even though he had the opportunities to cheat on Bryce with Stoney, he knew that he would be throwing away real love for a fantasy love. So he did not stoop to doing that. He held on to the love that he felt for Bryce in the good and bad times.

Bryce lost pretty much everything in this book but he did not let that stop him. He is determined to get back what he lost but he is not willing to give up the love of a good man to do it. Bryce may be older then Kyle but I think that Kyle actually taught Bryce hat it means to truly love and trust someone. These two men have been through so much together and they still come out on top. That is what love is all about. Holding on to those that are close to you in the good and bad and coming through it all together.

This was another amazing read by Parker Avrile and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series because I can only imagine it will be another incredible read.

Tosha

FourStars

This was the second book in the series and I was excited to see where this author would take these two men. There were twists and turns in this book and I love books like that. It makes for an exciting book. There was a wide-ranging character growth for both men in this book and there was also a lot of miscommunication. In the end it was great to see them work out their differences. It was clear that Kyle and Bryce belonged together and it was really great to see the difficulty that these men had to face in order to finally have their HEA.

Lynn

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5 Stars and 4 Stars for Say It Right (All Saints #2) by A.M. Arthur #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Say It Right (All Saints #2)
Author Name & Publisher: A.M. Arthur (Carina Press)
Publication Date: September 12, 2016

Synopsis

After his parents kicked him out for being gay, Marc Villegas lived on the streets before getting a second chance. Now he’s giving back by working at a shelter for LGBT teenagers—because helping fight their demons keeps his own at bay. Including his infatuation with the former best friend he’s sure is straight.

Anthony Romano hasn’t seen Marc since Marc left home eight years ago. In his confidant’s absence, Anthony turned to heroin. Now at rock bottom, he has an offer from Marc to help him get clean. Detox is hard and ugly, but not as hard as admitting the truth: he’s in love with Marc. Always has been.

Marc swore he’d never date an addict, but he never dreamed the one in question would be the man he’s always wanted to be with. As the two explore their feelings for each other, Marc faces a difficult choice. Say yes, and it could cost him his sobriety; say no, and it could cost him his heart.

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 FiveStarsI have to say that this book kept me up late last night reading it. Once I started it, I could not put it down. It was such an incredible story about two men’s fight from hitting rock bottom and having to slowly climb their way back out of the pits of hell.

Marc is part of the team of directors that opened and runs a homeless shelter for homeless teenagers. He has put everything into doing this and trying to help and make a difference in gay children’s lives. He knows the feelings of hopelessness, and fear, and addiction, and powerlessness. He has personally dealt with all of those things and more when he was kicked out at the age of 16 years old for being gay. He did what he had to in order to survive and to help deal with the pain. Someone helped him to get help and kick his habit and now he is trying to do the same. He is going along with everything that he and others have done to make this dream come true and then one day his life is turned upside down when his childhood best friend’s sister shows up at his door step begging for help.

Anthony had an amazing future planned out and right within his grasp when his world was turned upside down the night Marc was kicked out of his home and Anthony’s own family turned away his best friend Marc and left him to fend for himself in the cruel big bad world as a child. Once his world was taken from him, Anthony could not deal with the loss and heartache he felt not having Marc in his life. He was his best friend and the only person he has been in love with. Anthony turned to drugs and has let it completely take over his life.

Marc finds and Anthony and offers to help him and to start over and get to know each other again as adults and maybe have a chance to love each other again. Anthony has to get himself clean and not go back to that kind of life and Marc has to fight to not temptation take him back down that road again. These two have to go through an emotionally and physically hard trip to get to where they could begin to be happy together and build a life. They have to fight to have the future they both deserve and they have to hold on to one another to find the love they both very much feel.

This was an incredible read and very emotionally impacted. I could not put it down and could not wait to find out what was going to happen. AM Arthur did another amazing job on another book!!! Cannot wait for the next in the series to come out.

Tosha
FourStars
This was the second book in this series and I’m a little at a loss as to where to start my review. First although this book was good it certainly did not live up to Ms. Arthur other books that I’ve read. I just could not see the connection between Marc and Anthony. There were struggles that both men had to overcome but the connection just did not seem to be there. Thus book was however a great description on what LBGT teens have to face, especially when they are kick out of their home. I loved seeing how anyone who is LGBT is able to overcome the adversity that they are faced with and able to lead a productive life.
Lynn
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