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4 Stars for Prince of the Playhouse (Love in Laguna #3) by Tara Lain @taralain #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Prince of the Playhouse (Love in Laguna #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Tara Lain (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 4th, 2016 – 240 Pages

Synopsis

Driven by his desire to become a successful fashion designer and concerned with hiding his questionable past, Ru Maitland lets his obsession with action movie star Gray Anson on the big screen replace his social life. Then obsession and reality collide when Ru is asked to design fashion costumes for a special performance of Hamlet at the Playhouse in Laguna starring none other than Gray Anson. Gray turns out to be a compelling mix of shy and brash and, despite a high profile engagement to a female socialite, the signals Gray sends Ru have his libido doing the salsa.

Gray Anson has what most people only dream of—great wealth, huge fame, a job he loves. For that, he’s given up any semblance of privacy and the right to say no to the thousands of people who depend on him and the millions who love him. He sees everything he’s ever wanted just outside the bubble of his life, but how can he make the compromises needed to embrace it? When Ru’s shady past crashes into Gray’s paparazzi-haunted present, both men have to learn that sometimes the only acceptable compromise is the truth.

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FourStars

I have read each book in this series, they are all so good. My biggest complaint with this one was the over use of the word ‘darling’, it was too much for me. Ru had a rough start to life but he has made something of himself and his star is still rising. Gray is a huge movie star and is learning that sometimes being a star just isn’t enough. Ru and Gray together are amazing, the chemistry is off the charts! It was a good story and it’s times like these that I wish there were pictures so I could see what the costumes Ru designed looked like. I did enjoy seeing characters from previous books as well.

Angie

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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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4 Star Review for The First Morning After by Marie Lark #MM #Romance

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Title: The First Morning After
Author Name & Publisher: Marie Lark (Loose ID)
Publication Date & Length: June 6, 2016 – 129 Pages

Synopsis

For as long as he can remember, Danny Rojas has wanted all-star first baseman Mitchel Finch. And he could swear that in high school, Mitchel was maybe interested, too. But the baseball team made Danny’s life a living hell back then, and the moment he was able, he got out. Five years later at a friend’s wedding, Danny finally has the chance, and more importantly, the courage, to act on his years-long crush.

Mitchel Finch used to have it so good–a brilliant athlete with lots of friends, a gorgeous girlfriend, and a place of importance in his home town. All he had to do was play it straight. But when an injury ends his baseball career, and his best friend’s wedding reminds him of everything he lost, Mitchel jumps at the opportunity Danny gives him–a night to be honest with himself. A night to finally feel wanted for exactly who he is.

The trouble is, neither of their circumstances has changed by morning. Mitchel is still closeted, and Danny is still the town pariah. Can a connection, building for years and forged in one night, survive the first morning after?

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FourStars

This was a good book about being in love with the unobtainable and then getting what you have always wanted. It is a book about facing your fears and standing up for what is right and it is about having a chance to find happiness with the one person who should not forgive you but does.

I enjoyed reading this book about Danny and Mitchel. Danny has a lot of burried hatred for those who made his life so horrible in high school. Even his crush back then did nothing to try and help him with all the bullies that he called team mates. Mitchel could have made a difference in the way that others treated Danny in high school but he was to scared to out himself. I think that Mitchel is scared of his own shadow for the most part.

They had a rough couple of days together and I am not convinced that Mitchel is with Danny because he truly feels something for him or because he cannot have who he really wants which is Drew.

This was a good story and I really hope that there will be a follow up book because I felt that there was a lot of unanswered story line. For instance, do they really get to together and does Mitchel really like Danny or is convenient for him. How does the town take it I and when Mitchel comes out and where do Danny and Mitchel go from here and what does he future hold for them.

So I am hoeing for a book two to answer some of these questions but regardless of whether there will b or not it was still a really good book.

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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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW! 4 Stars for He/She Smells a Hoo-Hoo by Jack Bunbury #gay #humor

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Title: He/She Smells a Hoo-Hoo
Author Name & Publisher: Jack Bunbury (MacDonald Warne Media)
Publication Date & Length: September 7, 2016 – 48 Pages

Synopsis

While lounging in her pool, He/She the Elegant suddenly finds herself assaulted by a vicious smell, wafting over the walls of her bungalow chateau. Unable to bear the rancid reek contaminating her afternoon, she bundles up her two snide pekepoos and ventures out into the city on a mission to find the source of the smell. What follows is an epic quest – in a bustier, heels and a bombshell bouffant – where our girl bravely faces the deadly sins of Wrath, Lust, Gluttony and worst of all, Broken Nails.

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FourStars

He/She is the heroine of a poem, the rhyming kind, that I spent a delightful evening reading. He/She is funny and charming. The words are, too. Great one-liners and expectations come together to entertain. And her little dogs, too.
He/She smells a bad smell and goes on an epic quest to find the origin, striding across town in high heels. He/She encounters foes and friends. At every turn there is ridiculous, and just enough plot to keep going, and just enough pay-off to be totally satisfied when the adventure concludes.
This poem is a short read, which shows that size doesn’t matter.
C. E. Case

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4 Stars for Begin Again (Take a Pause #1) by Megan Slayer @MeganSlayer #MM @MLRPress

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Title: Begin Again (Take a Pause #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Megan Slayer (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2016 – 85 Pages

Synopsis

Taking a pause just might be the cure for his broken heart.

Denver Chalmers thought his world completely collapsed when his twin brother, Deiken, committed suicide. Instead of succumbing to the depression, he took a long breath and kept pushing forward with his life. But he’s not really living. Will a chance meeting at the cemetery be the first step toward his salvation?

Jett Dawson shared Denver’s view of the world. Deiken had been his everything, but their seemingly perfect relationship hid a multitude of problems. Jett won’t forget about his past, but he’s ready to move forward. He’s always had a crush on Denver and although he’s been told its wrong, he wants Denver in his life on a romantic level. Will their common ground and mutual desire lead to disaster or something they both need?

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FourStars

This was a book about loss, about almost giving up, about realizing that life is worth living, and about finding like be again.

Denver has suffered so much since his twin brother Deiken took his own life. He fells that he has lost his othe half, his best friend. He has considered many of times joining him but has yet to do it.

Jett also lost Deiken and also thought about giving in and given by up but didn’t. Jett and Denver come together in their shared grief, anger, and loneliness and start to move forward together.

They both feel guilt over finding happiness together but in the end they both decide to live and love each other and not give in.

This book is about learning to live again and realizing that love is nothing to feel guilty over.

It is a short story but it has a lot of impact to it. It was a very good read and I think that others will enjoy it also.

Tosha

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