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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for The Runaway Model (The Runaway Model #1) by Parker Avrile #MM #Romancer

CoverTitle: The Runaway Model (The Runaway Model #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Parker Avrile (Paris April Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 17, 2016 – 280 pgs

Synopsis

Kyle’s music blog gets a boost from rumors about his affair with a closeted rock star, but his followers have no idea of the reality of his life on the streets of Vegas. Men? He only lets them get close enough to pick their pockets.

Until Bryce– a wildcatter who struck it rich in North Dakota. He wants one last wild weekend without the bodyguards hovering. The hustler with the sexy English accent seems perfect for no-strings sex. But now Bryce can’t get Kyle out of his head. Especially since that tempting smile is suddenly on every other magazine cover…

Kyle can steal a heart as easily as a precious sapphire. But can he keep the heart he stole once the truth is out about his past?

If you like contemporary gay romance with real characters in a setting that’s a little glitzy and a little gritty, you’ll love The Runaway Model. This full-length 75,000 novel is a complete in one volume, and it’s absolutely cliffhanger free.

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FiveStars

This is a book based on more of a mystery/suspense with a little bit of loving going on. You never know what is going to go down once you turn the next corner or who is going to be involved.

The story starts when Kyle is 14 years old and his math teacher starts to obsess over him. At 16 Kyle runs away to America and meets his idol Stoney. At 18 the story really begins.

Kyle in my opinion has no control over what is happening in his world so that is why he latched on to the first thing that feels right in his life and that is following and being a fan of Stoney. I think that Kyle convinces himself that he and Dtoney will end up together and passes up on what could be the real thing with Bryce. I think that subconsciously he knows that he will never end up with Stoney and that is why Bryce is the one he always calls when he is in trouble and needs help. Kyle may not stay with Bryce but when his life and Stoney’s life are both in danger the one and only person he turns to is the one person he knows subconsciously will be there to save him, Bryce.

I think that from the first meeting Bryce knows he will never be able to get over Kyle and he knows that he is probably the only one that Kyle has trusted enough to be honest with. Bryce feels the connection between the two of them but he will not push how he feels on Kyle. He lets him go and when Kyle calls when his stalker comes calling again, Bryce is there for him. The question is when Kyle is safe who is it he will choose to be with Stoney or Bryce??

This was a book full of suspense as I said at the beginning of my posting and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. I never knew what was going to happen next and I hope that book two will tell more about how it all turned out in the long run of things. This is definitely a great read and Parker Avrile did an amazing job on it.

Tosha

FourStars

I really enjoy this book and this was a new author for me. I feel the author had everything exactly right. The emotion we felt from Kyle seemed to be spot on. You could feel the loneliness pouring off the pages for Kyle. It seemed like he had no place to turn. He has to deal with the stalker from hell right from the beginning and he feels forced to run away from home. Then Kyle meets Bryce. The connection between the two was absolutely great and as they began to their relationship you couldn’t help but root for both men. Then the stalker from hell shows up again but this time Kyle is not alone. Bryce was a pretty complex character yet I just knew he would be there for Kyle.  This book is not what I would consider a light read. Kyle goes through so many emotions and clearly feels lost. This book has everything from drama to angst to eventually love.

Lynn

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5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Ice (Salisbury Stories #2) by R.J. Scott and Chris Quinton #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Ice (Salisbury Stories #2)
Author Name & Publisher: R.J. Scott and Chris Quinton (Love Lane Books Limited)
Publication Date & Length: July 1, 2016 – 297 pgs

Synopsis

With millions in diamonds at stake, can Jon make Greg see that some things are not worth dying for?

Footloose adventurer Greg Drakowski used to live for the moment but these days shadows of grief and guilt cling to him. Recklessly following one lead to the next, Greg crosses oceans at the very hint of treasure, and doesn’t care that he rushes into danger.

This time his quarry is a cache of diamonds, hidden away decades ago. When the clues bring him to the ancient city of Salisbury, he knows he’s close to success.

Renovations expert Jonathan Ellis is part of Ageless Wood Restorations – three generations of knowledge and trade. Focused and hard-working, Jon finds value in recreating the elegance of the past with his own hands, and it will take something – or someone – extraordinary to break into his enclosed world.

When Greg drops into Jon’s lap he finds it impossible to refuse him. Even when the bad guy appears and Jon isn’t sure whom he can trust, he knows he has to stand by Greg, if only to save the idiot from himself.

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FiveStars

This is book two in this series and even though the main characters are different you will still read about familiar characters from the previous book and this book as does book one revolves around “The Laurels”.

Greg struck a me as one of those individuals that is looking for something but not quite sure exactly what it is. He is a today Indiana Jones. He searches out hidden or lost treasures and then turns them over to Mack for a pay out. But just like in real life, crap happens and the crap that happens affects Greg tremendously and makes him want out of the arrangement with Mack. So he takes on one last job. The thing is, life has a funny way of throwing you a curveball and that curveball comes in the form of Jon.

Jon is happy with the way his life is. He likes working at his own business and is happy with his occasional hookups. But once he meets Greg, everything changes.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was a book that had not only mystery, but action and adventure. It has murder and mayhem. And it also has love. What more can you want. RJ Scott wrote another fabulous book and I enjoyed reading every minute of it.

Tosha

FourStars

This was another great story in the Salisbury stories by two excellent authors. I really loved how the authors were able to bring together these two men. Greg was a really great character and I immediately fell in love with him. I loved the back story of Greg and thought the authors did an exceptional job in how they work it into the story. Jon was a another really exceptional character and loved how the authors were able to make the whole meeting and falling in love feel very real to me. This book had tender moments and some very suspenseful moments as well. But it was the trust and family issues that really had me hooked from the beginning. Although this is part of a series I feel it can be read as a standalone.

Lynn

ThreeStar

Although this book had a bit more information to it regarding our characters, I still felt like I was missing something from book 1. I still feel like parts of Lewis’ and Devon’s story is missing. The authors have given us quite a bit more background information this time when it comes to both MC’s. This allowed me to at least understand why the characters think and feel the way they do.

I did feel the story dragged a bit in some parts. I don’t think it needed to be as long as it was. I feel like parts of this story took off into a history lesson at times. The reader is taken on a journey from Moscow to England in the early 1900’s to England during WWII. As the journey unfolds we learn where the diamonds came from and how they ended up at their final destination.

As Greg and Jon finish the projects, they find themselves becoming more and more attracted to each other. But each of them has a hard time with trust making it difficult to believe a relationship between them could last.

When danger steps into the picture, and lives are threatened, both men realize it’s time to put the past behind them. And to start trusting the only person who has ever been completely honest with them.

Kris

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THREE 5 Star and ONE 4 Star Reviews for Endings and Beginnings (Collars & Cuffs #8) by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #BDSM

EndingsandBeginningsFSTitle: Endings and Beginnings (Collars & Cuffs #8)
Author Name & Publisher: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams  (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 18, 2016 – 121,429 Words

Synopsis

In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.

Collars & Cuffs’s new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.

Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.

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FiveStars

I really enjoyed this book. We got to see almost all of the characters from previous books, which was great, I loved seeing how they are now and what they have been up to. We got to see another great relationship form. Darren and JJ were perfect for each other, they both just wanted each other so bad and you could feel that in their story. Of course the sex was off the charts. Once again we saw how people who aren’t family can be more family than our true family. I love the closeness of everyone, it just feels right. I hate that this is the last book in the series but I am hoping that the last chapter may have been a hint that there is another series in the works.

Angie

FiveStars

This series has been an absolute favorite of mine. All of the characters of collars and cuffs are not only a part of the BDSM community but they are family.

In this book the collars and cuffs family comes together to support Peter after old pain resurfaces after finding out that his old tormentor killed himself in prison but not only that they also find out that JJ was his son.

JJ carries around the pain of what his father did to others and when he first went to work at collars and cuffs he went to prove his dad’s innocents but found instead that not only is he guilty but that he also found th family he has always been looking for.

Once he meets Darren his whole life changes and JJ realizes he wants to try his submissive tendencies out with Darren as his Dom. So these two men take a journey through BDSM together. They not only find the mutual connection where that is concerned but each other and more friends and family at collars and cuffs.

All of the members of collars and cuffs are their for one another no matter the occasion and they support each other even from afar if need be.

This book was much like the others in the aspect that it kept me held captive till the very end. KC Wells amazes me with being able to make each book better then the last and this book was no exception to that. I truly enjoyed this read and look forward to reading for from KC in the future.

Tosha

FiveStars

I can’t believe this series is ending. It was a great privilege to travel this road with two exceptional authors. I certainly hope that these authors will consider a new collaboration as I felt their writing styles complemented each other in ways that you never knew who was doing the writing.

In this book we get to meet Darren and JJ. The authors we spot on for the character development and I immediately fell in love with both MC’s. It was also great to see the characters from the previous books make an appearance.  Darren and JJ had a really sweet connection and it was really wonderful to see and experience their joys and their tribulations in the effort to build a relationship. I just can’t say enough about the writing duo of Wells and Williams. Every book they write immediately draws me in and it does not want to let me go. In this book we had everything from a couple who leaves town to a death (not telling!!)-the endings and a wedding to opening a house for homeless young people-the beginnings. There was also the hint of a new series (YEA!!) and I certainly hope that it happens.

This book was an exceptional ending with hopes for a new beginning for a new series and I applaud the authors for a completed task that will have me re-reading these books for years to come.

Lynn

FourStars

First off, I have read the previous books in this series and for the most part, really enjoyed them.  While I did give this book 4 stars, it was more due to the style of writing.  This was, so far, my least favorite of the series.

Let’s start with the bomb drop – while I can understand why people are upset, it seemed that this book focused a lot on that.  I thought this was Darren’s story.

For me, this story seemed to almost drag on.  While I was happy that I was able to see some closure on other relationships, this story was far less about Darren and JJ’s story than it was about the culmination of what was happening at the club, which, in my opinion, weakened the story.

The jumping back and forth between couples was sometimes difficult to follow and while I know who are friends and in what capacity, it was sometimes too much all jumbled, which left the conversations underdeveloped.

When Darren and JJ were the center of attention, they had a much weaker connection than the other couples.  Their connection began with mistrust and while they worked on trust, I don’t know if they ever truly found the peace they were both looking for.

The premise is that they both wanted what everyone else had.  However, it seemed that they are still plodding along in their journey, because their story was so broken up and splattered between everyone else and their drama.

While I love the series, this just didn’t work very well for me.  There was a lack of chemistry and connection between Darren and JJ for me.

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Excerpt

“Honey, I’m home.”

Alex laughed and came out of the kitchen to greet his husband. “We’ve talked about this, right? You do not walk into this apartment and talk to me like I’m the little wife.”

Leo kissed him soundly on the cheek. “Aw, but you’d look great in an apron, holding a glass of beer out for your weary, hard-working hubby.” He smirked. “And besides, no one in their right mind would call you little.”

Alex quirked his eyebrows. “One, you don’t drink beer, which is why there’s a glass of chilled chardonnay on the living room table, waiting for you. Two, excuse me—weary? Hard-working? You’ve been standing around in leather chaps and a harness, watching while guys do all manner of things to each other, which probably included a lot of fucking, because, hey, it’s Saturday night, right?”

Leo sighed happily. “What can I say? I love my job.”

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for The Boy Next Door by Kate McMurray #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: The Boy Next Door
Author Name & Publisher: Kate McMurray (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 22, 2016 – 256 pgs

Synopsis

Life is full of surprises and, with luck, second chances.

After his father’s death, Lowell leaves the big city to help his sick mother in the conservative small town where he grew up. He’s shocked to find himself living next to none other than his childhood friend Jase. Lowell always had a crush on Jase, and the man has only gotten more attractive with age. Unfortunately Jase is straight, now divorced, and raising his six-year-old daughter. It’s nice to reconnect, but Lowell doesn’t see a chance for anything beyond friendship.

Until a night out together changes everything.

Jase can’t fight his growing feelings for Lowell, and he doesn’t want to give up the happy future they could have. But his ex-wife issues an ultimatum: he must keep his homosexuality secret or she’ll revoke his custody of their daughter, Layla. Now Jase faces an impossible choice: Lowell and the love he’s always wanted, or his daughter.

First Edition published by Loose Id LLC, 2011.

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FiveStars

This book is a book full of anguish, wanting, second guessing, fear, heart break, and love.

I was completely captivated by this book. From the very beginning of Lowell and Jase’s reunion all the way to the end. These two men feel so much for one another from almost the beginning of their reunion and more time is spent together I believe it gets harder and harder for them to deny those feelings. But as with any good book their are major obstacles standing in their way. Themain two being Jaces ex wife Karen and his little girl Laney. Not mention Lowells mother failing health and the uncertainty of it.

The question these two men need to ask themselves is are they willing to fight for what they have together or will they let someone else dictate their lives?

This was such a good story and I could totally see their possibly being some truth to the senerio that played out with Karen. I think that is what made this book so good. Kate McMurray did a great job on this book.

Tosha

FourStars

First let me say that I really love this authors writing style and this particle book was so amazing good that I just flew right through reading it. I love when the MC’s are childhood friends that and they manage to make a new relationship work, even if it’s a HFN ending. Don’t get me wrong they had their problems in the beginning, Jase being found out and Lowell with his issues about his father. I immediately fell in love with Lowell and Jase and it was great to see where the author chooses to take them. This book was sweet, endearing and very sexy and I hope the author gives us more of their story and I really want to read Neal’s story as well. Overall this was a really enjoyable book.

Lynn

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ONE 4.5 Star and TWO 4 Star Reviews for All Note Long (Perfect Harmony #3) by Annabeth Albert #MM #Romance @AnnabethAlbert

CoverTitle: All Note Long (Perfect Harmony #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Annabeth Albert (Lyrical Shine)
Publication Date & Length: August 2, 2016 – 320 pgs

Synopsis

Giving true love a spin . . .

Michelin Moses is a country music star on the rise. With a hit single under his Texas-sized belt buckle and a sold-out concert tour underway, his childhood dreams of making it big are finally coming true. But there’s one thing missing—a promise to his dying mother that he’d find it—him—when the time was right. With a little luck, he won’t have to wait too long . . .

Lucky Ramirez is a hunky boy toy who dances at The Broom Closet, one of West Hollywood’s hottest gay bars. He loves what he does, and he’s good at it—almost as good as he is at playing dumb when he spots Michelin Moses at the bar. What happens next is off the charts—and keeps Michelin coming back for more. He’s just not sure it’s the right move for his career. But if Lucky gets his way, Michelin will get Lucky—and no matter how the media spins it, neither of them will be faking it . . .

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FourandHalfStars

This was an excellent book. I loved the chemistry between Michelin and Lucky. That makes for what I consider as a really HOT book. The men in this story were absolutely amazing and I immediately feel in love with both of them. Michelin does come across as a man who just doesn’t have it in him to stand up for himself. That’s ok with me even though he’s dealing with Lucky who appears taking the bull by the horns. There were clearly many things that these two men had to work out but when they did it was amazing. The author writing style made this a really easy read and even though this book can be read as a standalone I will definitely go back and read the previous stories.

Lynn

FourStars

This was a sweet story that developed somewhat slowly.

Michelin is a rising star in the county music circuit.  He knows that if he comes out, his career could be over.  I found that his wishy-washiness detracted from the character that he could have been.  I thought that he would have stood up to his label more, but ultimately, he was not a very strong main character.  I can appreciate that Michelin struggled with the way he came out, but once it’s over and done with, he takes almost the entire story to come to terms.  It would have been nice to see him stand up and do more.

Lucky, however, is a different story.  While he has been out and proud for a while, he tries to understand where Michelin is coming from.  I think Lucky did the right thing in making Michelin decide for himself whether or not he was OK with being gay.
I love Lucky’s personality and what he does for a living.  I love that he’s not afraid to be himself, despite what others might think.  I think that he was my saving grace in this story.

Overall, it was a sweet story, but I would have loved to see more of their “after” life.

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FourStars

The third book in this series is a little more mature and slightly more serious than the previous two reality TV focused books. While still fun and very sexy, this is definitely an adult, rather than a new adult title.

Unlike the younger characters in the first two books, Michelin Moses is an established star. Lucky might be younger, but his confidence and strength of character makes him feel older even than Michelin. It took me some time to warm to the closeted star. His insecurities and his martyrdom felt whiny at times and I spent most of the story wanting him to take control of his life, stand up for himself and Lucky and make some concrete decisions. But Lucky – I loved him from the moment we first see him go go dancing in combat boots. Where Michelin is an insecure, indecisive mess for most of the story, Lucky is confident, clever and unapologetic.

There were times I couldn’t decide whether I liked Lucky and Michelin as a couple. I wasn’t always convinced that Michelin understood and supported Lucky’s dancing. All the drama focuses on Michelin and his insecurities about being outed. I wanted more care for Lucky through the story. There are some very sexy scenes between the two and some moving moments that really resonated with me.

Controlling agents and studios are becoming a slightly overused trope in m/m fiction about musicians and film stars and not much is fresh about the pressures facing Michelin in this story. I enjoy pretend boyfriend stories but the only thing saving this story from mediocrity is the strength of characterisation and the warmth of Ms Albert’s writing.

Sarah

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TWO 5 Stars and TWO 4.5 Stars for Three Wishes (Rainbow Island #1) by Sean Michael #MM #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Three Wishes (Rainbow Island #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 9, 2016 – 181 Pages

Synopsis

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

In Three Wishes, James, Guard and Damien, bring in three different couples for their special fantasy granting services. Handsome model Benji is tired of being perfect, and he wants to make his body his own. Thor, tattoo artist and piercer, as well as Dom, is just the man to do it. Will Benji find what he’s looking for?

Meanwhile, Alan and Roman are a long-time sub/Dom couple looking to have a few outside Masters give Alan all the things that Roman can’t. Will their relationship survive Alan’s strong reaction to one of the Masters?

The last couple to visit the island are Quinn and Pierce. Quinn has medical fetishes he’s embarrassed to tell his lover Pierce about even though Pierce is a doctor. So he’s going to get it out of his system in this safe environment. At least that’s the plan…

Don’t miss out on these fantasies come true.

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FiveStars

I enjoyed reading about the 3 separate couples coming to the island to live out their fantasies. The book also highlights the 3 owners of the island, James, Guard and Damien. I’m a huge fan of BDSM and this

We read about Benji, the picture perfect model obsessed with body modifications, but too afraid to step foot into a tattoo/body piercing studio on his own. And Thor the badass Dom who’s looking for a full-time submissive, who happens to know a thing or two about tattoos and body piercings since he his own studio.

Then we come to Alan and Roman. Alan wants nothing more than to please his Master, Roman. So when Roman asks Alan to sub for other Doms who specialize in certain activities that Roman isn’t comfortable doing, Alan is only too eager to please. Only Alan isn’t prepared for the instant attraction he has to one of the Dom’s and it scares him so much he’s unable to finish the scene.

Finally, we have Quinn and Pierce. Quinn is afraid if Pierce finds out about his medical fetishes he won’t love him anymore. He wants to experience them on the island in the hopes of putting them in his past and leaving them there. What he isn’t prepared for, is for Pierce to be the one who was brought to the island to allow all the fantasies to come true. When Pierce discovers Quinn’s desires, it brings about a whole new set of desires from Pierce that both men are anxious to experience.

I can’t say that I’ve ever read any of Sean Michael’s books before so I’m very excited to read the next book in this series. I’m anxious to find out the conclusion between James, Guard and Damien. The author gives the reader snippets into the men’s past that has left James in a wheelchair and his 2 lover laden with guilt.

Kris

FiveStars

I have to say that I was complete surprised by just go much I really enjoyed this book. I knew that it would be an erotic book but I love that each of the three fantasies had a story line behind them and each story line was different from the last.

If I had to choose whose was my favorite it would have been Benji and Thor. I enjoyed the other two couples fantasies but Benji and Thor did not know one another before hand and they just clicked from the start. It was like they had always been together and because of the ability to have this fantasy two people came together and fell head over heals for each other.

But what I liked the most about this book was the story line behind Damien, Guard and James. You can tell there is a lot of hurt, guilt, love, passion, and pain between these three men and I cannot wait to see what exactly comes of the three of them in the next book in this series.

I have to say that Sean Michael did an amazing job on this book and has me on edge when it comes to reading the next book.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

This book was great, but I’ve come to expect no less from Sean Michael. He writes primarily BDSM books (although he has written other types of books) but I do love his BDSM books. This book will definitely give you several different types of kink. I love how this author is able to eloquently write three total different types of stories of fantasy and combine it into one book. This book seems to have everything in it, from sweet to giving me my BDSM kinks. I have always loved Sean Michael’s writing style and in this book I was able to just read and enjoy and know that I was getting a great quality read. I don’t usually talk about the actual story as I like to review the author instead but I have to say that I can’t wait to read the second installment as I really need to find out the whole story between Guard, Damian and James. Overall this was another excellent story from an author I love to read as I can get my BDSM fix and still read about love.

Lynn

FourandHalfStars

Let me start this review by saying that I enjoy Sean Michael’s books.  This was no exception.

I think that it lost 1/2 a star from me because we only were really given the three wishes, but at the beginning of the story, there was so much more hinted at.  Without more details or a resolution, I felt that this was a very incomplete story – and, yes, while I understand that this is going to be a series, I was still wishing to have more background information on James, Guard and Damien.

First wish:  Thor and Benji. These two were very opposite – personality wise, build wise and temperament.  However, because this fantasy was one of Benji wanting to be dominated, it worked well enough.  I thought that Michael did an amazing job at describing the artwork, as well as the emotions that Benji was going through.  I could really see their story unfolding.

Second wish:  Alan and Roman.  This was my least favorite of them all.  I thought that the premise was very intriguing, however, the delivery was less than stellar.  I didn’t really think there was a conflict, per say in this scenario.  It seemed that both parties wanted it to be exhibitionism and that this was the most tame of the wishes that the island provided.  I also didn’t really like how I was left feeling that this wish was somehow truncated – did they end up with a deeper connection?  Or just learn to avoid Alan being attracted?  This fantasy was not super successful for me.

Third wish:  Quinn and Pierce.  This was a great fantasy that developed from an existing desire.  I think that it was fairly successful because once you know their background, why they are there, everything seems to fall in to place.  And, while they are still learning how to cope with desires and reality, you get to join them on their adventure.  I liked the dynamic between these two characters a lot and felt that they had a great connection both while in scene and out of it.  They had the most communication regarding their relationship and it felt that they were truly able to grow while living out their fantasy.

Overall, I liked this book.  It was a quick read and even though I was disappointed that we were not given more on the main characters, I am hopeful that we will be given more in time.

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TWO 4 Star Reviews for Learning to Love Cats by M. K. Mahoney @KMMahoney #MM @PridePublishing

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Title: Learning to Love Cats
Author Name & Publisher: K. M. Mahoney (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 19th, 2016 – 53 Pages

Synopsis

It isn’t exactly a match made in heaven.

Mike isn’t much of an animal lover, but his sister insists every little boy needs a pet. Which is how Mike finds himself sitting in a veterinary office, trying to explain the facts of life to his six-year-old nephew while holding a dead hamster in a shoebox. It’s not one of his finer moments. So of course, that’s when he encounters the cute, shy and utterly lust-worthy Riley Laytham.

Riley isn’t used to guys flirting with him, and he definitely didn’t expect it to happen at the local vet office. In the kennels, no less, surrounded by cats and dogs and under the close scrutiny of one overly inquisitive little boy.

Their first date is a disaster. They have nothing in common, and Riley’s cats seem determined to end the budding relationship before it can get started. For some reason, though, Mike is sticking around despite cat scratches, rampant allergies, and nosy siblings. Now Riley just has to decide if he can make it work with a guy who staunchly declares that he doesn’t like cats.

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FourStars

This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed it one I was able to get into it. The blurb sounded interesting and as I began to read I began to think maybe I made a mistake and this might be a DNF for me. It didn’t take me long as long as I thought and I really began to enjoy this book. The authors writing style made it an easy read but what I enjoyed the most was the batter between Mike and Riley. It really was really amusing and I loved how the author was able to really bring out Mike and Riley’s flirtatious side. The secondary characters, especially Charlie, Mike’s nephew were also great. I would definitely read another book by this author.  

Lynn

FourStars

This book was a good quick read with lots of humor, cats, and of course love.

As far as the characters go I really like Mike and Riley. From the moment they met they just seemed to click, well with the exception of the cats which Mike did not really care for. But like with any relationship Mike was willing to compromise and learn to like them because he was not willing to give up Riley.

Riley was skeptical to believe that Mike would stick around for long and when the three little words came into play, Riley was even more skeptical but was willing to give things a try between them.

I think that KM Magoney has a good short story here that is full of humor and was definitely a light hearted read. I really enjoyed it and look forward to future books by KM Mahoney.

Tosha

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TWO 5 Stars and ONE 3 Star Review for Lock & Key by Z. Allora #MM #Paranormal @zallora @Dreamspinners

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Title: Lock & Key
Author Name & Publisher: Z. Allora (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 15, 2016 – 300 Pages

Synopsis

Rejected. Heartbroken. Devastated.

Zack Davis wanted to serve only one man, Andrew Nikeman. He was denied because Andrew thought he was too young and because their brothers were together. So Zack crushed his submissive tendencies and focused on being the perfect Dom, giving every sub he played with something he couldn’t have.

After years of denying his submissive side, Entwined’s charity auction “Are you Dom Enough to be a sub?” gives Zack an excuse to get a little of what he’s always craved.

Andrew doesn’t know when his infatuation turned into more, but it kills him to see Zack with a constant parade of submissives. He’d refused to jeopardize his brother’s relationship or become Zack’s regret; however, Zack isn’t a kid anymore, and his brother’s relationship is unbreakable. Now Zack’s popularity and success as a Dom might ruin Andrew’s dreams of collaring him, but he can’t wait any longer to confess his feelings or he risks losing the man he loves forever.

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ThreeStar

I think I’ve only read 1 book from this author besides this one. The other was Book 3 of the Dark Angels series.
This one is about Zack and Andrew. Zack wanted to be the sub to Andrew but was denied because he was deemed too young. So he decides to just be a dom since no one else will do. Fast forward and these two finally becomes a thing. This book was sweet yet slightly repetitive. The dialogue could sometimes be childish. Well, Zack. The thing that annoyed me more was reading about others and their naughty scenes. I want to read about the main couple, not everyone else. This book was long and if a book is long, it should be about the main couple.
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FiveStars

What an emotionally charged this book turned out to be. I could not put this book down it was so amazing.

From the moment Zack and Drew laid eyes on one another you could the chemistry and the connection these two men felt for one another. But it was not an easy road for them to get to where they could be together and love each other in the open. There was obstacles that stood in their way for a couple of years and both men are dang head strong that it took forever for them to get their crap straight and admit to one another how they truly felt about each other.

Zack and Drews road leading to one another was not an easy road and I enjoyed being able to travel that road with them through all their ups and downs and twist and turns. It was an extremely bumpy ride but well worth the bruises along the way. Z Allora has an amazing book on their hands and I hope many others enjoy it as much as I did. I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future. An amazing read!!!!

Tosha
FiveStars
I absolutely loved this book but it doesn’t surprise as I read books by this author before, which I also loved. The author previous work I’ve read was the Dark Angels series I was a little hesitant because this was much different than those books. I worried needlessly as this was another winner. This was a BDSM story that kept me capture right from the beginning. The BDSM in this story was portrayed in such a manner that was respectful and engaging. This was a very deep and passionate love between Zack and Andrew and I quickly feel in love with them both. There was also some self-discovery in this book as Zack discovered that he can be a Dom or a sub. I would definitely recommend this book to all Z. Allora fans and hope that the author will write more books like these.
Lynn

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4 Star, 3.5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom
Author Name & Publisher: Kate McMurray (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 15, 2016 – 218 Pages

Synopsis

Marriage gets less convenient when love is involved.

It started simple: Ondrej Kovac marries Archie Katsaros so Ondrej can stay in the US, away from his judgmental family in eastern Europe. Archie marries Ondrej in exchange for the money to bail out his failing company. It’s a fraud neither man is convinced he can pull off.

But as Archie introduces Ondrej to New York society and Ondrej proves his skill in the office, they start to discover a connection between them. Can they overcome the rocky foundation their relationship was built on, meddling immigration agents, gossip columnists determined to out their deception, and an aggressive executive set on selling Archie’s company out from under him? Only if they can prove to each other their love is worth fighting for.

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ThreeStar

So, I totally love harlequin romances. I may not read as much as used to since venturing off to MMs,but I have fond memories of those books. I was excited when Dreamspinner Press decided to make Dreamspun Desires, basically harlequin romances for MM.
The title for this book is pretty fun and totally harlequin-like. I was excited to read it…but sadly didn’t live up to my imagination. I didn’t feel much connection between the two MCs and i expected to have more Greek stuff mentioned. The ending was good, but somewhere the book had lost my interest. Huh, maybe it’s just me wanting more. I expected too much. Maybe. Well, it had most of the harlequin-like elements in the book so 3 stars.
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ThreeandHalfStars
So, normally, I really enjoy McMurray books.  This one, however, just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.

While it was a semi-sweet story of convenience that turned in to more, I felt that the character development just wasn’t what McMurray usually gives her readers.

Archie seemed to want to be patient and be a good boss.  He wanted his company to do well, despite having a somewhat uphill battle to do that.  His family dynamic was somewhat overplayed, in my opinion.  He seemed to need someone, Ondrej, to give him a boost of confidence and self-esteem.  And, while Archie does see Ondrej’s skills in the business world, it seemed to me that Archie lacked the real romance part of the story.  There was a quick, maybe, why he was falling, but it was not really the focus.

Then you have Ondrej.  He seemed slightly whiny in the story and even though he is trying to get away from his family, he’s the socially strange, but business savvy worker?  It just didn’t really fit that well.

I did enjoy their friendship blossoming, but there was too much back and forth, mistrust, poor communication and overall lack of cohesiveness for the story to really take shape.  Unfortunately, there was a disconnect between what the book blurb promises and the delivery.  This had so much potential.

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FourStars
This was another book from Dreamspinners Dreamspun Desires series and one from a favorite author of mine. This was a really sweet story about Archie and Ondrej and I love Archie but just could not understand or connect Ondrej. There seem to be some contradictions in the plot development and character development. That always makes it hard for me to get into a book when I don’t have those connections to the MC’s. I’d have to say what I enjoyed the most about this book was the friendship that grew between the two men and most of all the ending.  That is one thing that Kate McMurray did not exceptionally well in all her books and this was no different.
Lynn

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

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

Synopsis

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

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

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

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FourStars

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

Lynn

ThreeandHalfStars

So first of, I don’t recommend reading this book as a stand alone. There are 2 previous books in the Forbes Mates series and the characters from before will be mentioned a lot. Good thing I’ve been keeping up with the series.
Here we have wolf shifter Dr. Miles Grant and his jaguar mate, Quincy Archer. I liked these two together. They were sweet, accepting and they gave each other strength.  I liked the bond they formed with the previous couples of the series. However, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the second book. The romance in this book was there, but it was overpowered by politics and mystery which got annoying. I like mystery and all, but I want more romance. I just walked into this book expecting that. I got it, but not enough. The epilogue was cute, but not needed. Maybe not too far in the future unless this is the end of the series.
All in all, I’d still read a book 4.
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Miles pulled the privacy curtain now, pushed the door all the way closed, and prayed no one came in as he approached the side of Quincy’s bed. Deep bruises marred his skin, making Miles’s blood boil. How could someone do this to their own child? He didn’t care who had actually carried it out. The order had been given—and he had no doubt who’d given it—and that was enough to make Miles want to punch something. He simply couldn’t understand it, and it was certainly not endearing him to his mate’s species.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Welcome back. How do you feel?”

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

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

“Keep me?”

Miles didn’t answer, just waited.

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

Miles raised an eyebrow. “Message?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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