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5 Star, 4.5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Thirds Beyond the Books: Volume 1 by Charlie Cochet @charliecochet #MM #Paranormal #Shifter #Military @Dreamspinners

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Title: Thirds Beyond the Books: Volume 1
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 8th, 2016 – 164 Pages

Synopsis

Join us as we celebrate the THIRDS universe with this collection of flash fiction stories written to prompts submitted by fans. Sometimes we want to know more about our favorite characters. Where they came from, how they became who they are, their families, friendships, and past heartaches. These snippets of moments in time offer an inside look at the lives of our favorite THIRDS characters. Whether it’s first shifts, the forging of unbreakable bonds, or a night full of shenanigans, these stories are sure to enrich your THIRDS reading experience.

** All royalties earned from THIRDS Beyond the Books are being donated to Big Cat Rescue.

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FiveStars
Charlie Cochet is an exceptional author. She is always bringing some amazing book to the table and this is one that I really enjoyed. I like that Charlie took this book and made into a short story with snippets of everyone’s life that we as readers have wondered about and made it a reality. I liked being able to read about how Dex and Cael became a family. I liked being able to read about Dex’s mom and dad and maybe was able to get some insight on why they was killed. I also enjoyed being able to read about how some of the thirds couples met, first dates, thanksgiving and Christmas’s together and even times that was not the most pleasant if memories for some of them.

Charlie has an amazing way of capturing the readers attention and holding it till the very end of the book. She makes you want to read the next book in her serieses and making the reading wish the next book in a series will hurry up and come out. That is the mark of a true author and that is what Charlie is and has proved that with each book in the Thirds series. I am impatiently waiting for thirds book 7 to be out. I cannot wait to see what Charlie has in store for us all once again.

Tosha
FourandHalfStars
I will say that I absolutely adored these little insights to the characters outside of the novels. It was fun to read about special times in each person’s life in little snippets since they wouldn’t have fit into the normal books.
The only reason it isn’t a full five star rating to me was that I do enjoy the full stories where I can really sink into story and I couldn’t to that so much since each story was pretty short.
All in all, I really enjoyed the stories and can’t wait for more from Charlie Cochet.
Renee
FourStars

I really liked the concept of this story.  I, however, have not read this series, so it was somewhat of a challenge to truly understand what was going on and what the fans were requesting.  However, despite that fact, I really liked how this book was laid out.

Cochet was able to almost bring me up to speed within these snippets.  I felt that I was getting to know the characters as I was reading these snapshots of the book.

The writing was great and getting to see “behind the scenes” of the scenes was so fun and a great way to intrigue me in to this story line.

This authors definitely gained a fan by writing these too – I wish more authors would do that.

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4 Star Review for A Sound Beginning by Jeff Adams #MM #Romance @PridePublishing @Hockeyguynyc

CoverTitle: A Sound Beginning
Author Name & Publisher: Jeff Adams (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 1, 2016 – 36 pgs

Synopsis

Voice-over artist Harry Moore is falling for his contractor. Can he win Diego’s heart and be his client at the same time?

Voice-over artist Harry Moore has decided to take his business to the next level by hiring contractor Diego Ramos to renovate his San Francisco loft into a state-of-the-art home office and recording studio.

They hit it off immediately and Harry is soon hoping to make their business relationship a little more personal, but Diego has responsibilities to consider before he can date anyone, especially a client.

Can Harry and Diego design a sound future for themselves?

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FourStars

I really enjoyed this story as a quick, well written story. It would’ve been higher rated, however, I have to admit that the only thing that was quite memorable about the book to me is Harry’s occupation.
There is a sweet, building romance mixed in with a bit of construction and work on either side. I like the fact that being a single dad didn’t really make an impact since so many times its a deal breaker or changes a budding relationship.
Overall, it was a really smooth read that was enjoyable. However, I enjoy a bit more turmoil or specifically something memorable in the story.
Renee

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5 Star Review for Life is Awesome (Mnevermind #3) by Jordan Castillo Price #MM #ScienceFiction

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Title: Life is Awesome (Mnevermind #3)
Author Name: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date & Length: February 24, 2015 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Daniel Schroeder wants nothing more than to repair his father’s broken memories, but it’s been a long time since he’s thought of himself as a memorysmith. Even though convincing Big Dan of their current reality is the most painful task Daniel faces every morning, somehow life manages to prevent him from finding a cure. He needs to keep their family business running. And he needs to moonlight at a competitor’s shop to keep all his employees paid. Or maybe he’s just trying to keep himself from exacerbating the situation.

A year ago, Daniel would have presumed he was clever enough to memorysmith his way out of their predicament, but nowadays he’s not so cavalier. Playing with people’s memories shouldn’t be taken lightly, and things can always get worse. Even with the help of some of the best minds in the business, Daniel still isn’t sure how to navigate his way out of the persistent false memory that’s crippled his life. Is new programming the answer? Better gear? More money? Or is time the only thing that can heal Big Dan’s memories…if they can even be fixed at all.

What Daniel needs most is some breathing room, and Elijah Crowe is eager to provide it. Since he’s smitten with Daniel, Elijah is determined to prove himself—and he’s more than qualified to clear Daniel’s schedule by taking over some duties at Adventuretech. With the support of his new boyfriend, possibilities begin to open up for Daniel, hints of things he hasn’t even realized he’d stopped hoping for: the contentment of a harmonious family, the fulfillment of his creative expression, and a chance for a relationship with a man he loves.

This book completes the Mnevermind Trilogy.

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FiveStars

This was a great conclusion to this series. I liked that we got a lot of the loose ends tied up while also introducing a lot of new drama to keep the story rolling at a great pace. Jus tlike in real life, everything wasn’t wrapped up in a pretty little bow, there was still some things that would have to be worked on with time (after the book concluded).
I absolutely loved the realism that came with Elijah’s character in everything he did. From everyday conversations to sex. It made the whole story feel more real and touching. There was nothing in the story that was just fluff to make the story longer, which I truly am thankful for because it kept me interested in the story and characters.
The story was different than any other stories I’ve read and it was more fantastic for that alone because it showed that Jordan Castillo Price doesn’t just go with what everyone else is writing, but breaks out on her own and goes in directions that others haven’t thought of or are too scared to go.
Wonderful job with this series.
Renee

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5 Star Review for Forget Me Not (Mnevermind #2) by Jordan Castillo Price #MM #ScienceFiction

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Title: Forget Me Not (Mnevermind #2)
Author Name: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date & Length: February 19, 2014 – 171 pgs

Synopsis

No two people are exactly alike, but Elijah Crowe is very, very different.

Elijah is on the autism spectrum, so the tasks of day-to-day life most people breeze through are a challenge for him. His career suffered because he never got the hang of schmoozing, and now his talents are being wasted teaching classes at the mall. His social circle is limited to his ex, his therapist, and a structured inclusion group at the Rec Center. The one bright spot in his life is the memory science of Mnemography.

Although he loves nothing better than devouring the latest research and tinkering with all the specialized equipment, he never clicked with any other experts in the field until he met Daniel Schroeder. Daniel runs a memory palace—he even writes his own mnems—and that shared interest alone would make him fascinating. But Daniel and Elijah met under unusual circumstances, where the statement, “I like you, and I think you like me,” held some surprising nuances.

Now Elijah suspects he’s gay, but the few prominent people in his life are less than supportive. Some are downright hostile. Elijah might not be neurotypical, but he’s plenty smart. Surely there’s some way to get people to accept him for who he is. If only he could figure out how.

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FiveStars

Reading this book from Elijah’s perspective was really neat. We got a little insight as to why he does a lot of the things he does and how he perceives things.
We see the relationship between Daniel and Elijah starting to really move forward as well. The way we got to see Elijah’s take on everything happening between them was just.. wonderful. It’s hard to describe how great it is to see such a well developed, complex character.
While there is a lot about the relationship between our two MCs. There is also a really fascinating story to go with it about the store Daniel owns and the jerk that Elijah works with (which I found interesting to see how the people in his life reacted to this and Daniel).
Just a really good book just like every other Jordan Castillo Price book I’ve put my hands on.
Renee

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5 Star Review for The Persistence of Memory (Mnevermind #1) by Jordan Castillo Price #MM #ScienceFiction

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TitleThe Persistence of Memory (Mnevermind #1)
Author Name: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date & Length: May 4, 2012 – 158 pgs

Synopsis

Every day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father’s heart.

The two of them have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like Big Dan remembers.

They’re both professionals in the memory field–they even run their own memory palace. So shouldn’t they be able to figure out a way to overwrite the persistent false memory that’s wreaking havoc on both of their lives? Daniel thought he was holding it together, but the situation is sliding out of control. Now even his own equipment has turned against him, reminding him he hasn’t had a date in ages by taunting him with flashes of an elusive man in black that only he can see.

The Elijah character makes no sense. Not only does he claim to be straight–which has never piqued Daniel’s interest–but he’s appearing in manufactured memories in which he’s never been programmed. Is it some quirk of the circuitry, or is Daniel’s desire to connect with someone clouding his own memory?

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FiveStars

I will say at first I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like this series, but I picked it up because, well, I’ve loved every other book by this author and thought what the heck.. Man, I’m glad I did. Just as always Ms. Castillo Price weaves this excellent, detailed story that is just… amazing.
I really enjoy the way Daniel and Elijah come together. The fact that Daniel has to deal with breaking this horrendous news to his father every day and having to deal with the fall out every-single-day is heartbreaking. The poor guy can’t catch a break with all the stuff he has to try to deal with, but then in comes the oh so strange Elijah.
Now, Elijah.. I liked him. He really is my favorite character even though he has autism and can’t always express what things the way other people do or pick up on what people are trying to hint at. He doesn’t let it hold him back from living his life and its awesome.
I really enjoyed the first part of this story and can’t wait to see where we go next.
Renee

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Audiobook Review: 4 Star Review for Uncorked (Bottled Up #4) by Andrew Grey #MM #Romance @andrewgreybooks @dreamspinners

CoverTitle: Uncorked (Bottled Up #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 23, 2009 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

Bobby Bielecki is heading home from art school to help run the family wine store so his adopted father and partner can take a vacation. While filling in, Bobby will have to deal with his once-best friend and lost love, Kenny, who pushed him away from their burgeoning relationship, encouraging him follow his dreams and realize his artistic talents. Despite the tension between them, Bobby and Kenny decide to put their differences aside and work together to figure out what happened to a case of expensive wine. Their investigation leads them to a young runaway and people from Bobby’s past, and dealing with them reminds Bobby and Kenny of how close they once were. But despite their growing feelings, Bobby is afraid Kenny will do what he’s done before and push Bobby away for his own good.

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FourStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
This book surprised me. I didn’t realize when I picked it up it was going to be different characters than the first book were. Instead of Sean and Sam, we got their two adopted sons (well, one was adopted, but they took the other one in as well). Bobby and Kenny were close from the time they met at school until they were getting ready to head off to college. Feelings were well expressed and they started to grow apart.
I have to say I really liked the fun playful side of things that were mixed in with the heavier relationship stuff that was being dealt with along with the whole “growing up” stuff they both had to deal with.
Overall, it was a great story with a little angst at times. I felt like things were not so well written towards the end as time progressed and the school final project neared and it really threw me off. Now, I had the audiobook version so I don’t know if that was part of it or if that’s how the actual story was, but I didn’t like it at all.
The way the two men came together felt… too easy as well. They’d had so many chances to fix the problem before they did and then POOF it was so easy to overcome and it made me roll my eyes and lose a bit of interest because normal people would’ve wanted more said.
However, overall, good narration, good story.
Renee

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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: 5 Star Review for Damned If You Do by Marie Sexton #MM #Paranormal @mariesexton

CoverTitle: Damned If You Do
Author Name & Publisher: Marie Sexton (Samhain Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 14, 2016 – 123 pgs

Synopsis

The path to temptation is paved with a hellish amount of paperwork.

Soul acquisition is a drag, but if Abaddon doesn’t catch up on his quota, he could be demoted to scooping poop for the Hounds of Hell. With a deadline hanging over him, he heads for the Bible Belt, looking for the perfect combination of sweetness and challenge.

Seth is a blind musician, part of a traveling tent revival. He’s cute, mystically talented, and quotes the Bible at every turn. His soul is pure enough to fill Abaddon’s quota for months to come, and Abaddon is determined to claim it.

The problem? There’s the revival foreman who watches Abaddon’s every move. Then there’s the mystery of Seth’s many unusual talents. Lastly, there’s Abaddon himself. He’s beginning to like Seth a bit too much. Maybe Seth deserves something better than damnation.

But Hell’s agenda isn’t negotiable, and time is running out. If Abaddon doesn’t play his cards right, he could condemn both of them to the worst fate of all—an eternity apart.

Warning: Contains a Bible-quoting twink and an irreverent devil who’ll do anything to avoid going “back to the office”. Also, snakes. Lots and lots of snakes.

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FiveStars

WOW.. This story totally took me by surprise. I have to say I really didn’t expect it to hook me the way it did. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. There was so much I had to know!
I will say there were parts that made me scoff a bit.. like playing off the Charlie Daniels Band song, but in the end it was totally a cute and sweet story that I really enjoyed even though I really don’t care for sweet stories.
Both the characters were fun to read about and their stories were always keeping me racing through the pages to find out what was going to happen next because come on this blind kid nabs the attention of the worst devil and I just had to know what happened! Then there was Zeb… i had a feeling there was something up with that guy.
I will say I loved the talk of what it’s like in Hell, I found it quite amusing, just like every other part of the story.
Renee

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ONE 4 Star, TWO 3 Star and TWO 3.5 Star Reviews for Stubborn as a Bull by D. L. King #FF #Romance #erotica #lesfic

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Title: Stubborn as a Bull
Author Name & Publisher: D. L. King (NineStar)
Publication Date & Length: March 27, 2016 — 43 Pages

Synopsis

Kat, a bartender at Artemis, is a free spirit. She likes hooking up with random hot girls whenever she wants. Getting serious is the last thing on her mind. But her best friend thinks it’s time for Kat to grow up and settle down, like her.

Lil, a local restaurateur, is new to the scene and becomes smitten. Lil’s stubborn, but Kat’s skittish. And, like a cat, the more she’s chased, the faster she runs away. Kat’s got too many plans to settle down now—like that hot butch or the stripper who comes in with her friends… But Lil’s stubborn: Stubborn as a bull.

Stubborn as a Bull contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.

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ThreeStar

A quick easy to read mild erotic novel.
Rather predictable but snappy, interesting and a fun way to wile away the time.
I would have liked more of a story line and stronger characters hence the three stars, but a fresh and uncomplicated read.
~Chris
ThreeandHalfStars
I feel wishy-washy about this story. Part of me wants to rate it higher because it was well-written and a nice, quick, interesting read. But the other part of me keeps dragging me back to a couple of plot points that I have a problem with. Truthfully, this story might be considered erotica, and I definitely don’t have a problem with erotica. But it seems to me that the story is struggling to be considered a romance, and that’s where some things kind of break down for me. Kat seems extremely shallow to me, and because of that, it’s hard to believe she feels anything deeper with Lil than she does with the other two we see her with. And it’s hard to understand why Lil is so stubborn about her anyway; not only does Kat ignore her to hook up with other women, but she seems to actually dislike Lil at first, so why does Lil keep coming back for more? Also, and this may just be a personal thing, but if I’m reading a romance about two people finally getting together, I don’t expect to read explicit details from casual hook-ups that occur before the two lovers get together. All that does is convince me that Kat is incapable of the sort of relationship Lil seems to want. And Kat seems to have a lot of sex. I don’t understand why sex with Lil is any different. It isn’t like they got to know each other any better than any of the others Kat had sex with, so what changed? Again, this almost seems to be a mixture of erotica and romance, but if so, it missed the mark for me.
~AmyP
FourStars
I have to say I really enjoyed this sexy little story. It had some fun, hot scenes, but then we got to see a relationship sort of develop on another front.
While I thought the story was really really well written and I did enjoy reading it, I think it was missing a bit of romance to the actual relationship.
It was fun to read about Kat’s exploits, but the relationship felt sort of rushed and we missed out on the true romance of them coming together for reasons other than sex.
Renee
ThreeandHalfStars
Kat works in a bar and picks up plenty of girls to sleep with. When Lil shows an interest she doesn’t seem impressed and carries on going home with girls for fun.  When her best friend Carla sets them up to spend time together they hit it off and eventually get it together and have explosive sex.  This was a fun story to while away some time and very hot.  I wasn’t too keen on Kat as she was a bit of a user and showed no respect for the girls she was picking up.  I thought he sudden about-face when she got together with Lil didn’t entirely ring true.  I liked Lil though and felt she deserves someone who would treat her well.  I’m not sure Kat was that person. Nevertheless a happy ending and a decent story.
Kitty Kat
ThreeStar

This was a quick, hot read; however, I would class it more erotica than romance, as we don’t see much romance developing with the characters. The story was hot, well written, and engaging; however, my issues with the story originate with Kat.

Kat seemed to be likeable upon first blush, but upon further reading I found her to be shallow and more about a fun time than a long time, which there is not anything necessarily wrong with; however, I feel we don’t see enough character development to support her quickly being a relationship kind of woman. I know with short reads it is challenging to fit everything in that needs to be; however, it is hard to fathom how Kat can go from basically hating Lil and brushing her off to wanting to be with only her.

I also don’t understand why, even after being ignored and blown off, Lil keeps going. I guess as the reader I don’t understand what keeps Lil from moving on, and honestly part of me wanted her to blow off Kat and find someone worthy of her.

It was a fun and sexy read; however, I had trouble liking the main character enough to truly enjoy the book.

Tori

Excerpt

“Strong, like Russian bull. Right. More like bullshit. Or more like ‘stubborn like a bull.’ Shit… I mean, really, what is it with her? I just don’t get it.” I lifted the hose out of the caddy and added more Diet Coke to Carla’s glass. It was the middle of the day—too late for lunch but too early for happy hour.

Carla took a drink and gave me a piercing look. “What are you talking about? Or should I say who are you talking about?”

“It’s that dyke, Lily, or Lil. Whatever. She’s always coming in here, bugging the crap out of me. Like just before you got here. She snuck up to the bar while I was changing out one of the kegs and said something like, ‘Hey little lady, want me to help you with that?’ I practically cracked my skull open on the top of the beer cooler. And then she grins and says that ‘Strong, like Russian bull’ thing and makes a muscle. She makes me crazy.”

“I don’t know who you’re talking about. What does she look like?”

“Yeah, you know her. She’s got short brown hair. Not boy-short, just short and kind of wavy. She’s maybe in her late thirties, but she looks like she’s in good shape—like she works out or maybe plays some kind of sport. She wears jeans and T-shirts, mostly. You know who I mean. Lil.”

“Kat, you just described half the women who come into this place. So, what else does she do to annoy you?”

I grabbed a glass of water and told Carla all about it. The way Lil always seemed to be there when I looked up, but how she never bought a drink. And the way she bullied customers at the bar when they started getting the least bit rowdy. She was costing me tips.

“And there was that time last week when this cute butch was hitting on me, and Lil shoved her way in front of the woman and asked something inane, like if I knew what time it was, or something. The girl just backed out of the way and decided to go hit on someone else, I guess…and she was cute, too. I don’t know, Carla, the bitch is out to get me, but I didn’t do anything to her. I swear. Hell, I don’t even know her.”

Carla started to grin.

“What?”

“Geez Louise! Can’t you tell when someone’s flirting with you? Or has it really been that long?”

“Flirting? Well, she’s not my type,” I said. I gave Carla a wilting look and went back to doing the prep work for the evening. Flirting? Is that possible? If it was, it was like the way boys used to flirt with girls in third grade. I was seriously waiting for her to punch me in the arm—and then I’d have to smack the crap out of her.

I wiped down the bar after restocking, and then I began preparing the drink garnishes and gave Carla another refill.

“You know, Kat, I’ve known you for seven years now, and I still don’t know what your type is. Just who are you looking for?”

She put a ten on the bar, and I leaned over and gave her a kiss. “Maybe I’m not looking for anyone. Do I have to be?”

“I don’t know what I’m gonna do with you.” Carla shook her head on her way out. She opened the front door to bright, glaring sunlight and waved as she stepped outside. The door shut behind her, wrapping the place in twilight shadow again, the way a bar should be.

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4 Star Review for Saving Samuel (Manchester Menage Collection #1) by Nicole Colville @NikkieColville #MM #menage #MMM #firefighter #authorinterview

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Title: Saving Samuel (Manchester Menage Collection #1)
Author Name: Nicole Colville
Publication Date & Length: March 27, 2015 — 317 pages

Synopsis

Police officer Milo and Fireman Daniel have been dating off and on for six years, but it always seems more off than on. Just when their relationship reaches breaking point, someone enters their lives, unknowingly helping the confused couple work through their differences.

Falling in love with the man Daniel rescued and who Milo is investigating as a potential arson suspect isn’t a conventional start to any relationship, especially one which includes a mysterious blond who’s afraid to stop running. But they both see what didn’t work out as a couple, could work out as a ménage.

Daniel and Milo unite to help save Samuel, but quickly realise he’s not the only one being saved.

With so many obstacles in their way threatening to destroy the future they desire, all three have to fight to create a bond too strong for anyone or anything to break.

Meet the first three men in my Manchester Ménage Collection.

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FourStarsDetective Milo and fireman Daniel have finally come to the heart-breaking conclusion that they just can’t make a relationship work, no matter how much they love each other.  But when Daniel rescues a beautiful young man from a fire, both men are instinctively pulled to Samuel.

 

With a dangerous mafia crew chasing him and a world of hurt behind him, Sam needs Milo and Daniel’s protection, not their lust or their dysfunctional relationship.   But slowly, the vulnerable, damaged young man brings order to Daniel’s chaos while gently softening Milo’s heart.  Daniel and Milo are brought closer together than ever, but they only work with Samuel in the middle.

 

Colvilles characters are complex, multi-faceted and infinitely loveable.  Who wouldn’t love a damaged, compassionate wall of muscle?  The sex is seriously hot and the contrast between the two burly alphas and the slight, delicate Samuel is beautiful.

 

I love the suspense Colville weaves around her characters.  The threat to Samuel becomes more real and more imminent as Milo unravels the truth of his situation.

 

This story is hot and full of suspense!

~Sarah

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Their mouths parted, Daniel moaning as Milo slipped his tongue inside him, teasing him with soft caresses until he plunged deeply into his mouth, fighting with Daniel’s tongue as their bodies began to grind together in that perfect dance. Both were so in tune to the other, both knowing just what to give to drive the other insane with desire.

“I need you, Danny. You can feel how much I need you.” Milo pressed the ridge of his swollen cock against Daniel’s, both groaning as their lengths rubbed against each other. “What I need, I can only get from you. You’re the only one on my mind. Even when I’m alone, you’re the one I see, who I hear with me, who I feel under me, over me, against me. It’s just you, Daniel. It has been for three years. There’s no one else.”

Daniel’s hands were in Milo’s hair, clinging onto him tightly and forcing their mouths to collide again, his hips raising up and crushing their cocks against each other. They were both breathing too fast, their bodies crying out for more when Milo lifted from Daniel’s swollen lips.

“You don’t have to lie to me.” Daniel moaned as Milo worked his hand over his cock, the sweatpants he wore tenting over his length.

“I’m not lying.”

Daniel’s eyes focused more on him, the truth finally seeping through that thick skull of his. “Milo…”

Milo fisted his hand tighter in Daniel’s hair. Seeing him like this turned him on too much. “Tell me what you want.”

Daniel paused, but his body rose up to Milo’s, begging for what it needed before he could say the words. “I need you inside me.” Continue reading

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5 Star (Audiobook Review), 4 Star, and 3 Star Reviews for Heat Under Fire (By Fire #4) by Andrew Grey #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Heat Under Fire (By Fire #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 27th, 2013 — 122 Pages

Synopsis

Justin Briggs can shout out directions all day on his job as a traffic cop, but put him in front of a hot guy, specifically firefighter Rock Sparks, and he clams up.

Rock finds Justin confusing. While saving a busload of children hanging off the edge of a highway overpass, the cute rookie is cool and confident. But when Rock tries to chat him up, he stutters and chokes. Frustrated, Rock teases Justin, and boy, is his temper hot.

Though Rock and Justin share a steamy kiss, Justin keeps his distance, still tongue-tied. Then, when Justin is injured on the job, Rock takes him to the hospital, and some of the barriers start to crumble. But getting his enigmatic boyfriend to open up brings up more questions about Justin’s past.

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FiveStars


**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
I have to say this was one of my favorite stories by Andrew Grey so far. I loved the police officer/paramedic dynamic along with just everything about these two men. They were sexy and both were trying to do their jobs while this wild attraction was between them.

I HATED what we find out late in the story that has to do with Justin. I felt so bad for the guy because I know that stuff like that really does happen and it’s so infuriating.

There is a lot of action packed into this short story, but then there can be a lot of action packed into the lives their profession puts them in so I didn’t have a hard time with it.

A great, sexy little read.

I really enjoyed the narrator that did this book as he made it fun to listen to!

Renee

FourStars

Triggers: Nonconsensual aversion therapy, homophobic family

 

Justin is a police officer who seems to be coasting through his life.  He has always had issues with speaking to men who he found attractive and therefore, he feels that there is something inherently wrong with him.  I really liked his characters – self-giving, kind, humanitarian and despite his “disability”, he doesn’t give up hope.

 

Then you have Rock.  He is a self-assured EMT who seems to pop up wherever Justin in.  We don’t know too much about him, only that he is good at his job and seems to be somewhat attracted to Justin.  I do wish that we knew more about him – this story was mainly about Justin.

 

When the two of them have to interact for work, things are smooth sailing.  However, when Rock confronts Justin, due to Justin’s inability to speak to guys he’s attracted to, Rock takes that to be either a brush off or that Justin is homophobic.

 

We catch a glimpse of Rock’s personal life through his friends, but that is so brief that it doesn’t really offer much insight.

 

Justin and Rock seem to have chemistry, but more than that, they have a connection through their desire to help others.

 

Justin’s family…Man did they make me so angry.  Nothing in his past suggested that his family was so devious.  I wanted to smack Justin’s shoulder when he let his mom and sisters boss him around and say, “man up!”  However, I did like to see him grow over time.  He was able to take more responsibility for his life.

 

Overall, this was a sweet, short story about two co-workers who become lovers.

~AvidReader

ThreeStar

The opening action sequence in this novella is fantastic. A rookie traffic cop finds himself saving a school bus full of children as the bus hangs over the side of a bridge. So, a little unbelievable but I loved the part where he falls into the arms of the handsome firefighter…

And then the story seems to hurtle out of control. Neither Justin nor Rock can stay out of the hospital. I hate it when authors use hospital stays as plot devices and here, in a very short novella, the emergency room seems to have a revolving door.

There are far too many things happening in this story. By the time I met the man using aversion therapy and hypnosis as a ‘pray the gay away’ conversion tool, I was ready for the story to end. Sadly, there was still a bout of crazy angsty misunderstanding, another high speed car chase and another hospital stay to make it through before the end.

Andrew Grey is usually a slightly predictable but reliably good story teller. This lacked the emotional depth of most of his writing and it really didn’t work for me.

Sarah

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