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AUDIOBOOK: 5 Star Review for Helping Hand by Jay Northcote #MM #Romance @jay_northcote

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Title: Helping Hand
Author Name : Jay Northcote
Publication Date & Length: June 26, 2015 – 33, 000 Words

Synopsis

Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.

Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.

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FiveStars
Another hit by Jay Northcote! I absolutely loved this story from start to finish. Two men who didn’t realize they were attracted to other men, but figure it out together was a nice plot. I loved the way they handled the ups and downs and awkward moments. While this rang a bit like ‘gay for you’ it didn’t at the same time. I really loved the way it all worked together.
It was a great read that was sweet and sexy all at the same time. I loved the secondary characters as they only added to the story and make it just that much better.
The narrator did a good job with the story, except I specifically remember in one sexy scene he started reading it too fast as if it was a bomb going to go off instead of a hot and heavy scene.
Renee

Excerpt

Afterwards, Jez blamed the alcohol for loosening his tongue, because he didn’t think about it before he spoke. The words tumbled out before he could stop them.

“Man, I’m seriously horny now. Have you got any decent porn on that laptop?”

“Huh?” Mac snapped his head around to meet Jez’s gaze. Jez’s heart pounded erratically, but his dick was still standing to attention. “What… you mean, you want to wank in here? Now? Wouldn’t that be weird?” Mac sounded seriously freaked out.

Jez backtracked quickly, cheeks hot. “It doesn’t have to be weird. I’ve done it before with guys at school, and it’s never been a big deal. But don’t worry about it. I’ll go and watch my own stash instead. But I need something soon, ’cause I’m gonna explode after watching that sex scene.”

Jez was expecting an instant no from Mac. He wouldn’t have blamed him. A lot of guys wouldn’t be into what Jez was suggesting. Jez’s heart still thumped hard, but his arousal didn’t abate despite his anxiety. He was shocked by how much he wanted this.

Mac bit his lip and frowned. “Seriously. You’ve done that?”

Jez shrugged, trying to look nonchalant. “Yeah. Like I said, it was no big deal. Just guys messing around.”

Mac stared a moment longer, then he stood, and Jez’s heart sank as he walked away. But Mac only went to fetch his laptop from the dining table. He sat back down and then opened it and tapped in his password.

“What sort of stuff do you wanna watch?” Mac’s voice was gruff and he focused on the screen rather than Jez.

Fuck. They were really going to do this, then.

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4.5 Star Review for Sicario: A Novel (World’s End #3) by Kai Tyler #MM #Dystopian @kaitylerauthor

SicarioCover_600pwTitle: Sicario: A Novel (World’s End #3)
Author Name: Kai Tyler
Publication Date & Length: June 20, 2016

Synopsis

Sold by his parents and bred in a lab, Lexan Cesare is trained for one purpose—to execute his boss’s orders. In the mafia life, loyalty is everything. Emotions have no place and he never questions the rights or wrongs of the decisions that send him to terminate lives again and again. Until one assignment draws emotions he's never felt before and makes him question his true allegiance.

When a stranger walks into Enzo Mattia ranch in search of a job, his life is changed irrevocably. He is ripped apart from his family and everything he knows and ends up sold into slavery. He swears to mete revenge on all who have wronged him.

First he has to escape from his new owner, Lexan, a man who captivates him and makes him want to act on impulses he's suppressed for a long time. Impulses that can lead to death.

With corrupt lawmakers and deadly cartels, the world is in flux. Loyalties shift at the speed of a bullet and betrayal abounds. In the new world falling in love is just a death wish.

This is a full length male/male romantic thriller set on a dystopian earth.

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FourandHalfStars

I have to say after reading the short story and novel that preceeded this novel, I was super excited to dive into this one. However, that being said, I think I would almost recommend skipping the short story that started this series. The fact that there were overlapping scenes and they didn’t seem to quite match up from the first to the third story (or maybe it’s simply how I remember them) made it harder to get into certain parts of the story.

BUT.. I did really enjoy this story and the way we got the before story, the history between the characters and what happened only to have it followed up with what happened to bring about the short story.

I really loved Lexan’s character. He had a hard life and was trying to do what he felt was right. Things didn’t work out perfectly. There were hardships that neither man saw coming and things that were hard to get over for both.

The story was wonderfully written and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I have to say that I didn’t particularly feel like it was Dystopian since the only real difference to the world was that everyone lived in the southern hemisphere, but life pretty much went on as normal except for a few very small changes.

I hope we get more from this series as it was very captivating and the characters were great to read about.

Renee

Excerpt

Dressed, I headed across to Enzo’s room. He opened the door for me and my mouth dropped open. He looked amazing in a white dress shirt and navy slacks. I’d never seen him in anything other than jeans, chambray or t-shirts. Instead of boots, he wore brown leather brogues.

He stared at me with an odd expression before saying, “You look good,” and turning away.

“Wow,” Gianna said, looking me over. “You scrub up well for a ranch hand.”

She wore a lovely emerald silk dress that was cut off across one shoulder and draped in an asymmetrical style beyond her knees. Strappy diamante sandals and her hair styled in a loose chignon completed the classy outfit.

“He sure does,” Enzo added, still giving me that look that made my heart thud faster.

“And there I was worried you wouldn’t have anything suitable to wear.” She beamed a smile at me, and then turned to her brother, holding up a maroon silk tie. “Come on, Enzo. The tie will go great with your suit. Tell him for me please, Alex.”

“No, I don’t need one. Alex isn’t wearing one and he looks great.” He turned away as if he hadn’t expected the words to come out as awestruck as they did.

My smile blossomed into a full grin. He really liked me in a suit then.

“I don’t need a tie. As you say I’m just the ranch hand.” I winked at Gianna. “But the tie will work well with your suit. Here let me help you.”

I walked over to Gianna and took the tie from her. “You look totally amazing,” I said and pressed a kiss to her cheek.

Then I strode over to where Enzo leaned against the table. “Trust me, you’ll look great.”

“Hmmm,” was all he said, but he let me come close enough to turn the collar of his shirt up.

I was conscious of Gianna behind us so I maintained a reasonable gap between us as I slid the silk around his neck. Each breath I took filled my lungs with his scent—man and spice—that transported me back to the night in the log cabin.

As I looped and knotted the tie, I couldn’t help brushing my fingers against his chin. His breath hitched. A smile played at the corner of my mouth. He’d shaved the skin smooth. I missed the bristles and wanted them rubbing against my skin.

“I can’t find my perfume in my purse,” Gianna called out from behind. "I’m going to pop back to my room and get it."

My body trembled, knowing I'd be alone with Enzo for a few minutes. I could feel the tension coming off his body too.

As soon as the door closed behind his sister, I couldn't keep away any longer. I leaned my body against his, making sure he felt the bulge of my erection on his thigh.

“I’ve missed you,” I whispered before brushing my lips on his.

He gripped my low pony tail, angled my head and devoured my mouth.

I groaned long and deep as I sank into him, loving his strength, loving the contact. My hands slid around his back as I gathered him into me so that we were as physically close as we could be with clothes on.

I don’t know what happens to me whenever this man touched me, but I felt as if this was where I should be.

A rattling noise at the door broke us apart when Enzo shoved me away.

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Audiobook Review: 4 Star Review for Choices & Changes by K.L. Belanger #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Choices and Changes
Author Name & Publisher: K.L. Belanger (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 11, 2013 – 258 pgs

Synopsis

On the cusp of his twenty-fifth birthday, Bo Sanford grows frustrated with his directionless life. Slaving away at his father’s construction company all week and partying every weekend leaves him little time for introspection, but he knows it’s time for a change. When his best friend, Mac, drags him to a college party, Bo catches sight of a girl. But not just any girl—the girl of his dreams: a delicate blonde-haired beauty with a pink scarf and a smile that promises warmth and humor. There’s just one problem: she isn’t a girl.

Even after Bo discovers the truth, he keeps seeing Erick, and the choice to follow his heart despite the obstacles has profound repercussions on not only his sense of self but his relationship with his family and even his job. Being with Erick makes him all the more determined to be his own man and claw his way out from under his father’s thumb.

But Erick faces choices of his own: the choice to get involved with someone redefining his sexuality, the choice to trust again, and even the choice to believe love can last beyond the temporary.

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FourStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
I enjoyed this book because it was different from the other books I’ve read lately. It was a slow burn, building romance. I have to say the part that really snagged me was how REAL this book felt. It might not have been the fastest, most angsty book ever written, but it was a book that totally felt like I was reading/hearing someone’s true story.
There is some pain that they talk about.. and they do talk quite a bit, but the story line is there and it’s sweet. While for me personally the dialogue was a bit on the heavy side, it was a nice change from books that are more action. Since it’s a gay-for-you story it was nice to see them men actually working through issues and worries.
The narrator did a good job of adding life to the story and really drawing me in.
Renee

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4 Star Review for Then Sawyer Happened by Hurri Cosmo (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Mystery @HurriCosmo

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Title: Then Sawyer Happened
Author Name & Publisher: Hurri Cosmo (Dark Hallows Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 8, 2016 – 60,000 Words

Synopsis

Trace is nursing a broken heart. He lost his job, his boyfriend of two years was cheating on him, and his apartment building burned right to the ground with all his worldly possessions.  It was time for Trace to get out of Minnesota.

So Trace heads for Texas and Riven Creek Ranch, the horse farm his aunt Lois owns. But hours before he arrives, Lois is in a terrible car accident that nearly takes her life, and Trace finds himself in charge of the ranch kitchen. Sounds simple enough and it’s the least he can do for his recuperating aunt.

Then Sawyer happens.

Sawyer is his aunt’s big, beautiful, muscle bound, incredibly sexy straight ranch manager. Someone who has no clue Trace is gay. And meeting the big man should have been okay, except it was in the middle of his aunt’s kitchen at five in the morning and Trace was nearly naked. Embarrassing? Yep. But the very next day Trace proceeded to ramp up his embarrassment by quantum leaps when he nearly sets his aunt’s house on fire and the brooding Sawyer has to come to the rescue.

Seems like Trace’s “luck” followed him.

Not to mention that Aunt Lois’s “accident” was actually attempted murder. And now, they just Can Trace figure out who’s behind the attempts on his aunt’s life AND keep Sawyer from finding out he’s hot for the cowboy?

He probably can’t. But he’s going to try.

Review

FourStars

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Since I haven’t read this author, I wasn’t sure what I was going to be in for, but it was a sweet story with some drama thrown in.
While some parts of the story were a bit predictable, I liked that the characters weren’t perfect. They had their imperfections and they didn’t fall into love at first sight, but had to work through numerous awkward encounters to get there.
The plotline was pretty interesting since there is a big twist that you may or may not see coming. I personally had sort of figured it out, but still enjoyed reading how it played out.
I will say that the story was a bit sweeter than I normally like, even with the undercurrent of violence and hate that we see because of the way those scenes were written didn’t truly feel ‘scary’ if that makes sense.
All in all, a pleasurable read that I would recommend to someone looking for a nice, light, sweet, funny cowboy romance.
Renee

Excerpt

“Sawyer! Damn. You scared me.” Trace fell back against the freezer suddenly feeling light headed. He took in the big body blocking any escape he had and his cock twitched as if it liked the idea there was no way out. “I didn’t hear you… behind me.”

“I saw your car in the driveway. How’s Lois?”

Trace shook his head in an attempt to clear it. “She’s awake and very alert… but…”

But someone wants her dead. Who? Someone on this ranch? Could it be Sawyer? I trust him with my life… That’s what she said.

“But what?”

Trace looked up into hard cold eyes. The question was genuine. He cared about the condition of his aunt. But what condition did he care her to be in? “Nothing… just… well… I guess you’re going to have to know… I mean…” Damn, he had to stop acting like a horny teenager in front of this man. “Let me… I’m going to make coffee…”

“It’s made. The big insulated urn on the counter is full. Just made it about a half hour ago so it’s fine.”

“Oh. Good. Let’s sit down. I need to sit down.” Trace took a few steps forward which brought him right in front of the cowboy. He expected Sawyer to move, to back up, but he didn’t. Then Trace did the unthinkable. His body reacted on its own as he put his hand on the big man’s chest and pushed. There would have been no way on God’s green earth he would have been able to physically move the cowboy without his express permission, not to mention help. But Trace’s brain seemed to totally malfunction in this man’s presence.

And, as expected, being pushed in any direction was never going to work for Sawyer.

Sawyer grabbed his wrist, twisted it tight behind Trace, which brought Trace up solid, against Sawyer’s hard body, chest to chest. Being several inches taller, Sawyer glared down into Trace’s shocked face, a smoldering look in his eyes. Trace could feel Sawyer’s hot breath on his face, sense the man’s tense muscles from his pecs down through his thighs…

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SIX 5 Star Review for Catch a Tiger by the Tail (THIRDS #6) by Charlie Cochet #MM #Paranormal @charliecochet

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Title: Catch a Tiger by the Tail (THIRDS #6)
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 5, 2016 – 216 pgs

Synopsis

Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs have been best friends since childhood, but somewhere along the line, their friendship evolved into something more. With the Therian Youth Center bombing, Calvin realizes just how short life can be and no longer keeps his feelings for his best friend a secret. Unfortunately, change is difficult for Ethan; most days he does well to deal with his Selective Mutism and Social Anxiety. Calvin’s confession adds a new struggle for Ethan, one he fears might cost him the friendship that’s been his whole world for as long as he can remember.

As partners and Defense Agents at the THIRDS, being on Destructive Delta is tough at the best of times, but between call-outs and life-threatening situations, Calvin and Ethan not only face traversing the challenges of their job, but also working toward a future as more than friends.

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FiveStars

As a huge fan of the series, this was even better than I’d hoped for. With the main series story arc over, there is time in this book for Calvin and Hobbs to properly develop as characters and finally finish the evolution from friends to lover.

As a selective mute, Ethan is only previously explored through his actions and the perceptions of other characters. it was wonderful to finally read his voice and hear his thoughts. His backstory is finally fully explored in book six and it would be impossible not to love all three Hobbs men after reading this.

The relationship between Calvin and Ethan is longer and more complicated than suggested in other stories. I loved their whole story and I loved them even more as a couple after learning their history.

There is much less action and angst in this book than in earlier books. For me, this was great. The training scenes, the routine call-outs, the social – I loved the slightly slower pace and the ability to see the characters I’ve come to love as couples and friends outside of battle situations.

Sarah

FiveStars

What will she think of next and when will the next book in the series be released….

This book was not as action packed as the rest of the books but that does not mean that it was not as good as the rest in the series.

This book is primarily based around Ethan and Calvin. Their relationship has been based off of being best friends but along the way they have both fallen in love with one another. Ethan has disorders that has always affected him but when it comes to Calvin he finds a way to not that hinder their relationship.

Ethan is truly an exceptionally strong person because he fights to overcome all of the obstacles in his life such as his mutism. He could let that dictate how he lives and not strive to achieve what he wants out of his life but he does the opposite and fights for love and his family instead. He is someone that everyone should look up too.

Calvin has always had Ethan’s back and he know that Ethan is a strong person because most people would give up and not do what they have to in order to overcome disabilities. He is the voice for Ethan when he cannot have one for himself. Calvin is truely a hero in my eyes

Much like the rest in the series, this book ends in a cliff hanger and I personally can not wait till the next book comes out.

This book is honestly inspirational in my opinion and if u do not read it then u are missing out on something wonderful.

Tosha

FiveStars

I thought this book was such a awesome addition to this series!

Okay so I have been waiting for Calvin and Hobbs book for awhile because there was just something about these two characters that I just wanted to know more about and this book did not disappoint at all.

Calvin and Hobbs as a couple are just so sweet and can I say the steam between these two men was so very hot! There was action in this book along with angst and on the edge of your seat moments too! But lets not forget the humor though because so many times while I was reading this book I laughed so hard at something one of these characters would do there were tears in my eyes. Which brings me to the fact you will get to see so much of the previous characters in this series in this book which I loved so much! Getting to see where everyone was at now was awesome!

I thought this author did such a amazing job with this story and these characters! I do not want to give away any spoilers so I will leave this review with… I 100% loved this book and would recommend this series!

Kara

FiveStars

As happy as I was to see Ash and Cael together finally I am even happier about Calvin and Ethan. Your heart just breaks for Evan and all he has been through and when we find out someone mistook him for his brother and was put through even more you just can help but want to hug him. This book is action packed and once again this team is put through the ringer but as always they seem to come out on top. I thought I wasn’t going to like the addition of TIN but I am actually ok with it and curious where it will go to. This book ended on a doozy and I need the next book ASAP!!! This is my new favorite series and I am sure I will be re-reading all of these books time and again.

Angie

FiveStars

I liked this addition to this series. This is one of my absolute favorite series. Every book adds a new element to the series as a whole and I love that we still get to see the characters from previous books.
This relationship grows from a childhood friendship that we’ve seen through out all the previous books in the series, but we finally get to see inside the heads of these two men.
Both are extremely strong in their own ways as they deal with everything that life has thrown at them. I particularly like that one of the main characters has a disability and isn’t perfect.It made him more realistic and relateable.
I can’t wait to see where the next book takes us. Every book sweeps me away and I can’t put it down until I’ve finished it.
Renee
FiveStars
Cobbs. *sigh* What can I say about Calvin and Hobbs? Only that they are so sweet, true friends, have each other backs through thick and thin and are most definitely the kinkiest of all the couples which gives Dex and Sloane a run for their money, not only in the steam department but also in the humor department. This story just might be one of my favorites.
I truly enjoyed getting to know Hobbs through his own voice. He just may be one of my favorite men of this series. I find his strength pushing through his disability amazing. He was real; his emotions, his feelings, his protectiveness, his loyalty, his fierceness, his love. Calvin was amazing in everything. He was patient, caring, and most definitely protective. These two were best friends from such a young age and have developed such a close bond, that they know each other inside and out. This story just happens to extend the inside of each other and it was hot!
We get more of Team Destructive Delta and all their shenanigans and funny banter. But we also get an inside of the Hobbs family. It will break your heart and you just might fall in love with Rafe of all people. Also cannot forget Seb. I so hope we get a story and a HEA for Seb and Hudson. The love of the Hobbs family is real. The love, compassion, and respect between Calvin and Hobbs is felt deep.
My only uh-oh factor to this story which actually makes it much more intense is the ending. What in the ever-loving world? My heart is devastated. Smoke and Mirrors cannot come soon enough, for all of us THIRDS Nerds, we are just sitting on the edge of our seats, biting our nails and pulling out our hair trying to keep our hearts calm. Bring on the action!
Keri

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Audiobook Review: 4 Stars for Caught Running by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux #MM #Sports

CoverTitle: Caught Running
Author Name & Publisher: Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 1, 2007 – 236 pgs

Synopsis

Ten years after graduation, Jake “the jock” Campbell and Brandon “the nerd” Bartlett are teaching at their old high school and still living in separate worlds. When Brandon is thrown into a coaching job on Jake’s baseball team, they find themselves learning more about each other than they’d ever expected.

High school is all about image – even for the teachers. Brandon and Jake have to get past their preconceived notions to find the friendship needed to work together. And somewhere along the way, they discover that perceptions can always change for the better.

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FourStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
I actually really enjoyed this story. I found both characters to be quite complex and both go through a lot of growth through the book. Their relationship is slow to build, but great once it develops. And sure, even though they hadn’t been together all that long in an actual relationship, I believed the feelings because they’d known each other outside of a romantic situation for a while.
I will admit that there were times where the book switched between the men’s POVs so quickly it gave me a bit of whiplash. I’m not sure if that was the way it was written or the way the narrator read it.
That being said, I have to admit that there were issues I had with the narrator. Like the very audible swallowing. It was incredibly distracting and took away from the story. However, that aside, I felt like he did a good job.
All in all a really great book about two men overcoming their differences to find love even if they are from two totally different worlds.
Renee

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AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: 5 Stars for Inherit the Sky (Lang Downs #1) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Adventure @dreamspinners

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Title: Inherit the Sky (Lang Downs #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 20, 2012 – 206 pgs

Synopsis

Caine Neiheisel is stuck in a dead-end job at the end of a dead-end relationship when the chance of a lifetime falls in his lap. His mother inherits her uncle’s sheep station in New South Wales, Australia, and Caine sees it as the opportunity to start over, out on the range where his stutter won’t hold him back and his willingness to work will surely make up for his lack of knowledge. Unfortunately, Macklin Armstrong, the foreman of Lang Downs who should be Caine’s biggest ally, alternates between being cool and downright dismissive, and the other hands are more amused by Caine’s American accent than they are moved by his plight… until they find out he’s gay and their amusement turns to scorn. It will take all of Caine’s determination-and an act of cruel sabotage by a hostile neighbor-to bring the men of Lang Downs together and give Caine and Macklin a chance at love.

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**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**

I have to admit this was a bit of a surprise for me. I’d heard that Arial Tachna was a good author, but hadn’t yet picked up one of her books. This is an older book of hers, but I still really really enjoyed it.
The men are from two VERY different worlds. Watching Caine grow and become a strong man who believes in himself and his decisions was really fantastic.
Then there was Macklin, who is very used to things being done his way and Caine throws him off by not always willing to go with the flow.
I really can’t say how much I liked this book enough. There is some choas and turmoil which made for some antsy parts, but in the end I loved it all.
The narrator did an excellent job with the many voices and accents that were needed in the book. I felt he really added to the story.
Renee

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