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5 stars for Shell Shocked (Yolks on You #1) by Jessica Payseur #MM #Mystery #ActionAdventure

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Title: Shell Shocked (Yolks on You #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Jessica Payseur (JMS Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 27, 2016 — 199 pages

Synopsis

When Dominic agrees to join his boyfriend Alec and his kids for a weekend away at the annual Eggstravaganza in Mount Angus, Wisconsin, he’s expecting a boring, if kitschy, experience. He isn’t expecting to discover Alec is cheating on him, and he certainly isn’t expecting an exploding cow to drop him in the middle of a deadly mystery.

Suddenly single and surrounded by a town’s worth of suspects, Dom finds himself oddly drawn to playing the sleuth, especially if it will get him closer to Kiko, the owner of the niche shop Yolks on You.

Together the two men navigate a web of intrigue and lies, and the sniping of a jealous Alec, in a town filled with murder and Easter-themed mayhem. Will they manage to make it through the Eggstravaganza alive, or will the murderer leave them much more than just Shell Shocked?

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FiveStars

This is an intriguing book with murder, mayhem, cheating boyfriend turned ex jealous boyfriend, to explosions, guns, and lots of Easter eggs. So in other words there is something for everyone in this book, including but not limited to finding that one person who makes you think of changing your whole life and taking a chance on love again.

His was really a great book. It holds you captivated from the moment the first explosion takes place. Every time you think the characters, Kiko and Dom, has figured out who it is that is setting the explosions off there is a new twist and turn that tells you …. Nope, you have the wrong person. Then when you get close to the end and you really think that you know who it is finally… You are thrown for another loop and BAM it is not that person either.

Not to mention along the way Kiko and Dom continually get closer to one another and you are left wondering will they work out or are they going to leave it at a vacation fling. Even that is a mystery up to the last moment when you think you finally figured that out also and hen they do what you did not see coming.

If you like a book with action, adventure, mystery, and love lost and love gained…. You will love this book. I know I did and I cannot wait to see what Jessica Payseur will do in the future with new books in the series. Definitely a book that captures your attention and holds it too the very end. It was a great read.

~Tosha

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TWO 4 Stars for Herc’s Mercs: The Harder They Fall (Herc’s Mercs #5) by Ari McKay #MM #Thriller @AriMckay1

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Title: Herc’s Mercs: The Harder They Fall (Herc’s Mercs #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Ari McKay (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: January 6, 2016 – 44,000 Words

Synopsis

Chris Hardison never expected the simple consulting gig to put him on somebody’s hit list, but Hercules Security’s resident computer whiz never does anything by halves. Now he’s on the run, guarded by gorgeous Jason Hekili, the newest member of Herc’s crew. But Chris and Jason have a past, and holing up in a safe house together is as complicated as it is dangerous.

Jason still wants Chris even though his broken heart hasn’t healed. He isn’t sure he can trust Chris, but when a crime syndicate targets Chris for assassination, Jason has to put his life on the line to protect Chris or risk losing their second chance for happiness before it even begins.

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fourstars

4 Sweet Second Chance Stars!
I read the previous book in this series and enjoyed it. I was looking forward to this one.
For the most part, I enjoyed this second chance story. The main character’s had some issues to forgive in each other and that kind of annoyed me but then I put myself in their shoes and could relate.
There was a sweet intensity between the character’s and that is what kept my attention. I was rooting for them!!!! It was short but still a packed a punch.
I would read more by this author.
Kimberly
fourstars

This book can be read as a stand alone.

Chris is a computer whiz who meets Jason at a company party. They are instantly attracted to each other but Chris has been hurt before…

Now I was not a huge fan of what Chris did but it felt like it took almost half of this book for Jason to forgive him which I really was not a fan of at all. I do not like it when one MC will forgive the other too quick but there is also that line where it seems to take way too long for forgiveness to happen for me too.

But other than that you get a lot of action and angst in this book. I did really like how this author wrote these characters and this story I just wish I could have read more about them together than I did. I do not want to give away any spoilers so I will leave this review with… I loved Chris and Jason together with what we got of them as a couple and I really liked this book!

Kara

Excerpt

It took him a few minutes to find the right place, and his heart lurched when he saw Jason sparring with a tall, broad-shouldered Native American merc. He hovered in the doorway of the training room, torn between wanting to run over, fling himself at Jason, and beg for forgiveness, or wanting to flee.

Jason had changed. Gone were the thick, dark waves that Chris had loved to run his fingers through; Jason had shorn it all off in favor of a buzz cut, and Chris wanted to cry at the loss. Jason’s shoulders were broader, and he was even more muscular overall. After working with mercs for so long, Chris knew the difference between bodybuilder muscles and working muscles, and he could tell Jason had gotten those hard muscles from work. Jason’s body wasn’t the only thing that looked harder; Jason’s face looked different as well. More closed off, more distant. It was enough to make Chris want to turn and run. How could he possibly stand a chance with this Jason?

Before he could slip away unnoticed, the other merc knocked Jason on his ass. Jason let out a grunt when he hit the floor, but he didn’t grimace or show any other sign of pain. He simply bounded to his feet and turned—and spotted Chris.

For a long moment, he simply stood there, holding Chris’ gaze, and something that Chris thought might be hope brightened his eyes. Then Jason turned away, said something to his sparring partner, and headed toward the far side of the room.

Chris’ heart plummeted at that clear rejection signal, but he knew he deserved it. He lifted his chin and squared his shoulders. Jason had seen him, so he couldn’t just sneak out like this had never happened, and he hadn’t come all this way to give up so easily anyway. The other merc’s eyebrows climbed as he watched Chris march across the room, and Chris heard him say something about going to the showers, but Chris’ attention was focused entirely on Jason.

“Jason, I’d like to talk,” he said firmly as he approached.

Jason draped a towel around his neck, his spine straightening before he turned slowly to face Chris. Up close, Chris could see that a slender, pale line of a scar now bisected Jason’s right eyebrow. The line mercifully skipped over his eye, but picked up again on his cheek, running down to the sharp line of his jaw. It made his cheekbones look even more pronounced and pulled the line of his lips slightly crooked, though that wasn’t easy to judge, since he was clenching his jaw.

“I believe you agreed six months ago that there was nothing more to say,” Jason replied, his voice ragged, betraying emotions that didn’t show on his face. “And you didn’t want to subject yourself to a long, awkward ride.”

“A lot can change in six months,” Chris pointed out, aching to reach out and touch Jason but knowing he didn’t have that right yet. “You have. So have I.”

“Is that so?” Jason regarded him with narrowed eyes, a muscle twitching slightly in his jaw. It was something Chris recognized at once as a “tell,” an indicator that Jason wasn’t nearly as unaffected by Chris’ presence as he was trying to appear; sometimes the little things he’d learned from being around people in the physical side of the security business were quite useful.

“Yes, that’s so,” Chris replied quietly. This was the part where he laid himself utterly bare and held nothing back, which was terrifying, but it was necessary if he wanted any hope of winning Jason back.

“I’ve had plenty of time to think about what an idiot I was. I’m sorry I hurt you, and I’m sorry I didn’t trust you. You didn’t do anything wrong. It was all me and my stupid insecurities getting in the way.

Letting you go was the biggest mistake of my life.”

Jason’s eyes widened slightly as if he was surprised at Chris being so blunt and forthcoming. At first, he stared back at Chris, seeming to search for something. Finally he gave a terse nod. “I’m glad you realize that,” he said quietly.

“I do, and I’m willing to do anything to make up for my stupidity.” Chris took a little step closer, gazing up at Jason hopefully. “I’ve missed you so much, Jason. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how good we were together. I came here to see if there was any way you’d consider giving me a second chance.”

Again, Jason didn’t answer immediately, and this time, there was no mistaking the pain in the look he gave Chris. “There’s a problem with that.” He glanced away from Chris and frowned. “Trust has to go both ways.”

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New Release: Herc’s Mercs: The Harder They Fall (Herc’s Mercs #5) by Ari McKay #MM #Thriller @AriMckay1

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Title: Herc’s Mercs: The Harder They Fall (Herc’s Mercs #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Ari McKay (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: January 6, 2016 – 44,000 Words

Synopsis

Chris Hardison never expected the simple consulting gig to put him on somebody’s hit list, but Hercules Security’s resident computer whiz never does anything by halves. Now he’s on the run, guarded by gorgeous Jason Hekili, the newest member of Herc’s crew. But Chris and Jason have a past, and holing up in a safe house together is as complicated as it is dangerous.

Jason still wants Chris even though his broken heart hasn’t healed. He isn’t sure he can trust Chris, but when a crime syndicate targets Chris for assassination, Jason has to put his life on the line to protect Chris or risk losing their second chance for happiness before it even begins.

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It took him a few minutes to find the right place, and his heart lurched when he saw Jason sparring with a tall, broad-shouldered Native American merc. He hovered in the doorway of the training room, torn between wanting to run over, fling himself at Jason, and beg for forgiveness, or wanting to flee.

Jason had changed. Gone were the thick, dark waves that Chris had loved to run his fingers through; Jason had shorn it all off in favor of a buzz cut, and Chris wanted to cry at the loss. Jason’s shoulders were broader, and he was even more muscular overall. After working with mercs for so long, Chris knew the difference between bodybuilder muscles and working muscles, and he could tell Jason had gotten those hard muscles from work. Jason’s body wasn’t the only thing that looked harder; Jason’s face looked different as well. More closed off, more distant. It was enough to make Chris want to turn and run. How could he possibly stand a chance with this Jason?

Before he could slip away unnoticed, the other merc knocked Jason on his ass. Jason let out a grunt when he hit the floor, but he didn’t grimace or show any other sign of pain. He simply bounded to his feet and turned—and spotted Chris.

For a long moment, he simply stood there, holding Chris’ gaze, and something that Chris thought might be hope brightened his eyes. Then Jason turned away, said something to his sparring partner, and headed toward the far side of the room.

Chris’ heart plummeted at that clear rejection signal, but he knew he deserved it. He lifted his chin and squared his shoulders. Jason had seen him, so he couldn’t just sneak out like this had never happened, and he hadn’t come all this way to give up so easily anyway. The other merc’s eyebrows climbed as he watched Chris march across the room, and Chris heard him say something about going to the showers, but Chris’ attention was focused entirely on Jason.

“Jason, I’d like to talk,” he said firmly as he approached.

Jason draped a towel around his neck, his spine straightening before he turned slowly to face Chris. Up close, Chris could see that a slender, pale line of a scar now bisected Jason’s right eyebrow. The line mercifully skipped over his eye, but picked up again on his cheek, running down to the sharp line of his jaw. It made his cheekbones look even more pronounced and pulled the line of his lips slightly crooked, though that wasn’t easy to judge, since he was clenching his jaw.

“I believe you agreed six months ago that there was nothing more to say,” Jason replied, his voice ragged, betraying emotions that didn’t show on his face. “And you didn’t want to subject yourself to a long, awkward ride.”

“A lot can change in six months,” Chris pointed out, aching to reach out and touch Jason but knowing he didn’t have that right yet. “You have. So have I.”

“Is that so?” Jason regarded him with narrowed eyes, a muscle twitching slightly in his jaw. It was something Chris recognized at once as a “tell,” an indicator that Jason wasn’t nearly as unaffected by Chris’ presence as he was trying to appear; sometimes the little things he’d learned from being around people in the physical side of the security business were quite useful.

“Yes, that’s so,” Chris replied quietly. This was the part where he laid himself utterly bare and held nothing back, which was terrifying, but it was necessary if he wanted any hope of winning Jason back.

“I’ve had plenty of time to think about what an idiot I was. I’m sorry I hurt you, and I’m sorry I didn’t trust you. You didn’t do anything wrong. It was all me and my stupid insecurities getting in the way.

Letting you go was the biggest mistake of my life.”

Jason’s eyes widened slightly as if he was surprised at Chris being so blunt and forthcoming. At first, he stared back at Chris, seeming to search for something. Finally he gave a terse nod. “I’m glad you realize that,” he said quietly.

“I do, and I’m willing to do anything to make up for my stupidity.” Chris took a little step closer, gazing up at Jason hopefully. “I’ve missed you so much, Jason. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how good we were together. I came here to see if there was any way you’d consider giving me a second chance.”

Again, Jason didn’t answer immediately, and this time, there was no mistaking the pain in the look he gave Chris. “There’s a problem with that.” He glanced away from Chris and frowned. “Trust has to go both ways.”

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TWO 5, 4.5, 4, and 3.5 Stars for Promises Part I (Bounty Hunters #1) by A.E. Via #MM #Romance @AuthorAEVia

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Title: Promises Part I (Bounty Hunters #1)
Author Name & Publisher: A.E. Via (Via Star Wings Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: October 16, 2015 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

Duke Morgan owns and operates one of the largest bail bond companies in Atlanta. Not only does he bond criminals out of jail, he and his notorious group of bounty hunters will also track them down and ensure they show up for court.

Roman ‘Quick’ Webb is Duke’s business partner and best friend. Both men are in their forties and have given up on the happily ever after with the ranch-style home, and white picket fence. They’d both tried it and failed miserably. But they have their friendship and they have the business.

When Quick’s son, Vaughan Webb returns – after seven years – from studying abroad with his law degree in hand, he’s back to claim what he’s always wanted…his fathers’ best friend… Duke Morgan. Vaughan has always claimed to be a classic gentleman with an old soul. He didn’t party and screw up in school like his buddies. He was focused and dedicated to becoming the man worthy of Duke’s love.

It’s a complex and messy situation as Duke and Quick figure out how to still be best friends when one of them is sleeping with his friend’s one and only son. But when Duke is hurt on the job, all the unimportant trivialities fall to the wayside and Vaughan and Quick put their heads together to save Duke.

Part I of the Promises story is about Duke and Vaughan. Part II will be about Quick and his realization that it’s not too late for any of them to find love.

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FiveStars

With this book you get Vaughn who has been in love with Duke for a long time but never acted on it.
Duke Owns his own bail bonds business and he has been hurt in the past when someone he loved did not return his feelings.
Now I want to say I loved this two together yes this was a slow burn but the way everything worked together I thought it was just so good!
What Vaughn does for Duke was just so sweet and honestly awesome, this is where I want to say how good it was that there was not any unneeded drama around it which sometimes happens in books and I can say I am not a huge fan of so it was really good that something that special Vaughn had done for Duke was accepted without to much anger or any unnecessary break ups.
I honestly love the way A.E. Via writes Alpha’s in her books and the Steam which there may of not have been lot of but to me there perfect amount and it was so very hot!!!
You meet some new characters in this book too which I honestly can not wait to read Quick’s book!!
There was action in this book and a lot of sweet too which I thought everything worked together in this story perfectly and I was on the edge of my seat hoping for the best for these two men. I also loved the age gap in this book there is just something about a older alpha man that is just so hot!!

So all together I really loved this book!
I would definitely recommend this book!

Kara

FourandHalfStars

Ok, this was very romantic. Like, so sweet, OMG so romantic. Just my type of romance haha. Duke Morgan, badass bounty hunter,  is nursing a broken heart (even though he says he’s not) and here comes Vaughan, the sexy, sexy son of his best friend and co-worker.
Vaughan has been in love with Duke since he was a teenage, like 14. There’s a slight age gap between them, like over 12 years, but Vaughan doesn’t care. He’s gonna get his man and he got him. He made sure to graduate at the top of his class to become a lawyer to prove that he could be a good match for Duke.
I was rooting for him. Poor Duke needed so much love and affection and Vaughan was right there to give it to him. Hell, he even gave him a kidney! Now that’s love, people. There’s some back story with Duke’s ex lover and I guess I have to hunt that book down cause I’m curious lol.
I can’t wait for Quick’s story. It should be interesting.
~Cookie
FourStarsIn the first book of this new series, AE Via rejects the crude action-comedy formula that made her Nothing Special series a hit in favour of a gentler, more tender tone that will appeal to a slightly different audience.
With Judge and Michaels’ story in the last Nothing Special book as a bridge, Promises follows the members of Judge’s bounty hunter business rather than the members of God and Day’s team.  Judge’s boss and former partner Duke stars this time, and his best friend Quick’s son Vaughn is his younger love interest.  As in any AE Via book, the men are hot and the chemistry is brilliant.
For me, this was a little bit too saccharine.  I love God and Day’s rough, rude and vaguely open relationship.  I’m more ambivalent about Vaughn and Duke’s fated, self-sacrificing love.  But this is a personal preference.  All the readers who have complained about explicit group sex in the Nothing Special series will appreciate the monogamy and emotional angst in this new story.  Personally, I wanted more car chases and explosions.
There is very little action in this story.  Duke is injured at the start of the book in one of two action sequences.  The remainder of the story revolves around his injury and recovery.  I think AE Via writes better action scenes than medical scenes.  The accuracy of the medical details irritated me – and I was beginning to irritate my Nephrologist husband with my questions by the end.  Note – Nephrologists are physicians, not surgeons.  They also treat kidneys, not gunshot wounds. But aside from a poncey name, Dr. Chauncey is cute enough that I’d let him treat just about anything – and in this story, he does.  Hell, he even makes home visits.
The May to December thing usually irritates me, but aside from a few squirmy moments when Duke is about to shag his best friend’s son in his best friend’s house, 31 and 45 doesn’t seem like an untenable age gap.  Again, we meet God and Day as 20 something rookies – I think the author is going for an older, more restrained audience here.
This is very sweet and very touching.  Our men still wear leather and carry guns, but this is more heartfelt than anything I’ve read by AE Via before.  Personally, I much prefer the Nothing Special series.  There is only so much bedside hand-wringing I can tolerate.  I did love Vaughn’s ability to talk dirty, though I spent much of the book wishing for more than talk.~SarahFiveStars

This was a great book. I don’t think I’ve read any of A.E. Via’s books in the past so I was very happy to find that this was such a great read.
There is a lot of turmoil that happens between the characters, but I absolutely couldn’t put it down because it was believable and extraordinarily well written.
I have to say I loved Vaughan and his dedication to Duke even before they’d become a couple. Not to mention he was HOT… Just SMOKIN.. Not to mention incredibly giving and loving and just… *sigh* the perfect man. He was willing to do for a man he hadn’t even told he loved yet things that people who’ve spent years together wouldn’t do.
Duke was so great too. He was so strong and manly and fantastic. He’s been through heartbreak when the man he thought he loved leaves him for someone much younger than him. However, once he experiences what it’s really like to be with someone who wants you for the right reason, he knows he was never in love with Judge.
Sure, there were times where it will probably come off as a bit cheesy to some people, but those are people that likely haven’t been in a situation where you really find out who is going to be there for you and who is only a poser… even if they didn’t realize which side they were on until then.
Anywho… Great story. Great love story about dedication that is over the top and just what someone needs when the worst happens.
Renee
 ThreeandHalfStarsThis book had me lost and I think that may have been because I still have not read Don’t Judge first. The book itself wasn’t bad, I liked the authors writing style and the editing was really good but that did not surprise me as I’ve read books from this author before. This book had sizzling hot scenes and a lot of chemistry between the characters; it also over-the-top romance and overused terms of endearment. I also felt that Duke and Vaughan just became involved too quickly. There should have been more to the relationship than just jumping in bed. I certainly hope the author thinks more about relationships before writing Quick’s story. Not everything can be insta-love.
~Lynn

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THREE 5 and TWO 4.5 Stars for Fit to Be Tied (Marshals #2) by Mary Calmes #MM #GayforYou @dreamspinners

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Title: Fit to be Tied (Marshals #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Mary Calmes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 10, 2015 – 228 pgs

Synopsis

Deputy US Marshals Miro Jones and Ian Doyle are now partners on and off the job: Miro’s calm professionalism provides an ideal balance to Ian’s passion and quick temper. In a job where one misstep can be the difference between life and death, trust means everything. But every relationship has growing pains, and sometimes Miro stews about where he stands with his fiery lover. Could the heartstrings that so recently tied them together be in danger of unraveling?

Those new bonds are constantly challenged by family intrusions, well-intentioned friends, their personal insecurities, and their dangerous careers—including a trial by fire when an old case of Miro’s comes back to haunt them. It might just be enough to make Ian rethink his decision to let himself be tied down, and Miro can only hope the links they’ve forged will be strong enough to hold.

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FiveStars

So this is where I admit I was wrong… In this first book I said I did not feel them together at all.  I was so wrong, they are so good together!!!
This book blew me out of the water it was so damn good!
You get your angst, crazy stalker guy and a whole lot of action.  I just can’t even put into words how much I loved this book! I was on the edge of my sit the whole time and I could not put this down.
Miro and Ian are living together in this one and to see them as a couple, the way they interact together made me do a complete one eighty on what I felt about them before.  You get the steamy hot scenes with this book.  Plus so much more that I can’t say without giving away a ton of spoilers.
I can say I am not a fan of Ian’s family at all.  You also get to see all the characters from the previous book.
Yes they have their fights and their make-up..
What can I say about Miro other than I really love his character especially after everything he went through in this book, which was horrible.
Ian was the protective boyfriend which I loved and the loving one too.
So with out giving anymore away I will leave this review with I loved this book!
I would definitely 100% recommend this book!
Kara
FiveStars
I actually ended up liking this story in ways soooo much more than the first story. Granted, don’t get me wrong, the whole building of a relationship out of work and finding out Ian wasn’t as straight as Miro thought he was was amazing. However, with this one we really get to see the strength of their relationship and how it is growing outside of work and becoming so much more than either of them thought it could be.
Then we have the reappearance of the craziest doctor ever. And all the horrid things he wants to do to Miro if he gets his hands on him.
I LOVED this entire book even though it’s been a while since I’ve read the first one, it was easy to jump right back into their story and remember where they’d left off because they were both memorable characters.
There is a lot of twists and turns that go down in this book and in the end it all really worked for me.
I can’t wait to find out if we get more Miro and Ian!
Renee
FourandHalfStars
Miro and Ian are back and boy, this one is just as good as the first book!
There is just something about Mary…you feel like you’re reading the same characters from her other works, but I just don’t give a hoot. lol. I love her writing because she has that special something that keeps readers like me coming back for more. Her writing and her characters are addictive. I love the  chemistry of Miro and Ian. Hot Hot Hot! And so loving…tender….
*Sighhhhhhhh*
Ok, so, in Book 2, we have the usual chases, bad guys and Miro wanting to be Ian’s everything. He wants Ian to marry him, but Ian refuses. Grrrr, bad Ian! He frustrated me with his refusal and poor Miro had to deal with that AND gets kidnapped by a baddy. Seriously, the bad guy was nuts. *Shivers* The things he did to Miro…
Book 2 is entertaining, tender, loving, suspenseful and Hot. Did I mention Hot? Ok, just making sure. And the naughty scenes isn’t just the “Hotness” factor. The sweet moments are hot too. Gets my poor heart fluttering. The only reason I gave it a 4 1/2 instead of a 5 is because Miro’s miraculous recovery time.
The guy was beaten, shot, stabbed, etc and he still can get it up and go at it like rabbits with Ian in just a few days? REALLY? Mary Calmes, love your work and I adore this couple, but seriously, no way can someone take a beating like Miro and recover that quickly and this isn’t a supernatural book.
Still, loved the book. Can’t wait for 3!!
Cookie
FourandHalfStars

Mary Calmes has done again! Excellent! What I love most about this book was the connection to Miro and Ian. I loved them in the first book and this one was no different. I love the humor that Ms. Calmes add to her books. I always get at least one really good laugh.

I can always count on Mary Calmes stories to grab me and keep me entertained. Ms. Calmes has a writing style that is very easy to read. Can’t wait for the next book. Bravo Ms. Calmes on a job well done.

Lynn
FiveStarsThis can be read as a standalone but is recommended to read the first book for the full experience.

Light, Camera, Action!  Reading this book is like watching one of those blockbuster action movies. You have your drama, your romance, lots of action with gun fire, mobsters and psychopaths. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. So go get your popcorn and prepare to sit down for a few hours while you watch this captivating movie, in text form.

I agree with one other reviewer that this book is character driven. The stars, Ian and Miro, are your perfect “cop” couple. They drive this book home and captivate you by their relationship, possessiveness and blunt honesty.  The verbal banter between Miro and Ian is charming, delightful, and funny as f… This would be a perfect series I can see on TNT or USA along the lines of Law and Order or Criminal Intent.

I hope there is a third book to this series where Ian and Miro get married. That would be wonderful to see.

If you like m/m law enforcement books, I guarantee you will like this one. Grab yourself a copy and expect to be drawn in and driven to the edge of your seat. As you can tell, I highly highly recommend this book.

~Ariel

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4.5 Stars for Candy G-Roots by C. Zampa #MM #Crime

1.5

Title: Cand G-Roots
Author Name & Publisher: C. Zampa (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 2, 2015 – 203 pgs

Synopsis

It’s said you can’t go home again….

The last thing Candelario “Candy” Gonzalez wants is to go back to his roots in the barrio. At sixteen, he grabs a one-way ticket to luxury and comfort as the lover and protégé of powerful drug lord, Teirso Flores.

Flores molds beautiful Candy for his own agenda—to become his exclusive attorney, and Candy’s prowess brings the term criminal defense to a new level.

But life in the very dark, very fast lane comes to a screeching halt when a child is killed by one of Flores’s thugs during a drive-by shooting. Candy walks away from his law practice and away from Flores, determined to live honestly.

Carlos Alvarez stirs both desire and confusion in Candy, because young Carlos symbolizes everything Candy left behind. Inching from his universe of opulence and power and into Carlos’s world, Candy realizes the only happiness he ever knew was in his past. Crossing the boundary isn’t easy, though, and Candy’s newfound hope draws out the demons he thought he’d escaped.

And when Flores returns to reconstruct his empire, past and present collide and lovers and friends are forced to examine their bonds in a fight for their lives.

First Edition published as Candy G by Dreamspinner Press, 2011.

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FourandHalfStars

First let me say this is my first book by this author and I was completely surprised. This author was able to weave a story so good that I couldn’t put the book down. The author was able to bring two men together that I would never have believed that they could make it work. Both men had some serious issues in their past and the author was able to make me believe that they belonged together. Don’t get me wrong they certainly and to work for it. That made for a very intense book. Will definitely read more books by this author and would highly recommend this to everyone.

Lynn

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5 and 3 Stars for All Kinds of Tied Down (Marshals #1) by Mary Calmes (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #GayforYou @dreamspinners

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Title: All Kinds of Tied Down (Marshals #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Mary Calmes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 4, 2014 – 290 pgs

Synopsis

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they’ve gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.

As a marshal and a soldier, Ian’s expected to lead. But the power and control that brings Ian success and fulfillment in the field isn’t working anywhere else. Ian’s always resisted all kinds of tied down, but having no home—and no one to come home to—is slowly eating him up inside. Over time, Ian has grudgingly accepted that going anywhere without his partner simply doesn’t work. Now Miro just has to convince him that getting tangled up in heartstrings isn’t being tied down at all.

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FiveStars

**Audiobook Review**
I enjoyed this story as much as I have any others I have read of Mary Calmes. She has a unique way of writing characters that although in other situations they might not have worked together, they some how do.
To me this was more about friendship that was already a relationship only neither of the men realized it until finally the physical aspect was introduced. The story really revolved around mystery than the romance, which was kind of nice. Of course I loved getting those private moments and scenes between Miro and Ian.
Oddly the way Mary Calmes writes sweet romance just does it for me when normally I can’t stand it!
The narration was great. I really liked Tristan James voice and the vocal tones and differences he used for each character. He really brought the push/pull between the characters out for me and helped me feel their ache for each other but the fear as well.
Renee

ThreeStar

I liked this book but did not feel like this couple fit together at all.   This book was a slow burn to me.. Although I do love most slow burns I just did not get enough of Miro and Ian together to believe it.  We get to see  them together as friends for most of the book which is a good build up but by the time we actually get to the part when we see Miro and Ian admit to having feelings for each other it just fell flat for me.  The action in this book kept me on the edge of my sit and Miro had his moments were he made me laugh when he interacted with Ian.  So all together I did like most of this book I just would have liked to have seen more of them together.

Kara

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5 and 3.5 Stars for Feat of Clay (Men of London #4) by Susan Mac Nicol #MM #erotic @susanmacnicol7

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Title: Feat of Clay (Men of London #4)
Author Name: Susan Mac Nicol
Publication Date & Length: August 25, 2015

Synopsis

Imprisoned and tortured, undercover cop Tate Williams will find redemption in the arms of his boyhood friend, now lover, former SAS soldier Clay Mortimer.
TWO MEN.
TORN. TORTURED. LOVED.
Though they went their separate ways, Tate Williams and Clay Mortimer have been crazy about each other since their school days. Clay went into the SAS. Tate became a cop. Neither mentioned their attraction to the other. Both sought out danger. Both found it.
Imprisoned and shot in an undercover assignment gone wrong, Tate somehow survived…and found his way back into Clay’s arms. His old friend is now the owner of an elite investigation agency and everything any man could want: patient, handsome, commanding. And Clay knows what it takes to survive. But Tate can’t bring himself to share all his secrets, nightmares that force him to rebel against everything. He finds solace from his past as a graffiti artist, a childhood passion, but his demons drive away all who might care for him. Only when he faces that past—and learns that everyone has tasted despair—can the two men truly be brothers-in-arms…and more.

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FiveStars

This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. I love this series and I loved this book. Clay owns his own PI business, Tate was an undercover cop until his last assignment almost killed him. These two men were friends and then after Tates ordeal they became more. Tate was tortured and left for dead on the side of the road, he still has flashbacks and nightmares. Clay wants nothing more than to have a life with Tate. Their love story is hot and fierce, the sex is amazingly hot and you can feel the love and passion. These two have their ups and downs and I found myself crying because I felt their emotions and pain. When Clay finds out that Tate didn’t tell him everything the crap hits the fan. These two have so much to work on and so much to get through at times you don’t think their going to make it. This was a great story and I enjoyed it when we got to briefly see the characters from previous books in the series.

Angie

ThreeandHalfStars

There have been a number of military/paramilitary m/m series released recently.  The attraction is obvious.  Two highly trained alpha men in great shape with dark pasts?  Perfect.  But while this story contains most of the elements I love in an action-packed m/m, it just didn’t grip me as similar stories have.

I did love Tate.  Rebuilding his life after being tortured in the line of duty, he is a beautiful, troubled character.  His relationship with Jax and the Castaways children is very sweet.  I wanted to love Clay, but I don’t feel I ever get to really know him.  His paramilitary group is never really explained to readers.  I wanted to know about his team and his cases but MacNichol only ever gives us snippets of Clay’s life.  

Both Clay and Tate lacked the personality quirks that made me fall in love with Abigail Roux’s Ty and Zane, AE Via’s God and Day or Xavier Mayne’s Brandt and Donnelly.  Their interactions as a couple are sexy, but lack the warmth, personality and humour I need to really believe in a relationship.  

Deeply earnest couples’ therapy isn’t terribly sexy and neither are Tate’s tantrums.  Clay’s role as the old man in the relationship was slightly odd.  He’s a 36 year-old field agent in his prime.  And for someone who had a career as an undercover detective, Tate reads as much younger than he could possibly be.     

This book pushes the boundary between erotica and romance because most of the relationship building happens in the bedroom.  The sex is pretty vanilla, but it’s hot and frequent.

The action sequences didn’t work for me at all.  At one point Tate and Clay are involved in a car chase because of one of Clay’s cases.  Readers don’t know much about the case, don’t know who is chasing them or why.  In the UK, where even cops on active duty don’t carry guns routinely, the men engage in a deadly shootout on a motorway and are allowed to go home without much questioning.  Really? 

Once again, Susan MacNichol sets her book in London but litters her writing with Americanisms.  Little things began to irk me.  A small British child would eat strawberry laces, not a string of liquorice!  

Sarah

Excerpt

Tate needed no further urging. He lifted himself up, trying to ignore the pain in his battered body, and stared down at the man who half sat, half lay beneath him. Clay’s face was twisted in lust and want, and his cock jutted proudly from the thatch of dark curls at his groin. Tate bit his lip and then lowered himself down onto the hot, slick and eager dick waiting for him.

Clay’s deep gasp of satisfaction made his hole throb, as did the burn of Clay in his arse. Tate spread his legs to take Clay deeper then began to slowly move above him, his hips undulating and his inner muscles tightening around Clay’s cock.

The feeling of power he got from watching his lover slowly lose it was like nothing else. That Tate could take such control of this man he loved, that he could watch his self-control unravel like a skein of wool—that was something for a man to be proud of.

As Tate rose and fell, his hands resting behind him on Clay’s strong thighs, Clay’s cock sliding in and out of him, he revelled in the primal urge to be impaled and fucked to destruction. He was flying so high, the bruised ribs and plastered-up shoulder were of no consequence.

Huh. Sexual endorphins make for great painkillers.

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3 Stars for Sam and Patric (Storming Love: Flood #6) by Cherie Noel #MM #Action

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Title: Sam and Patric (Storming Love: Flood #6)
Author Name & Publisher: Cherie Noel (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 10, 2015 – 62pgs

Synopsis

Patric Carselowey stole Samuel Touchet-Smith’s heart six years ago in an incendiary act of passion. Then he disappeared, joining the Army without a word. When he returned, treating Sam like stranger, he broke Sam’s heart. Now Sam’s meddling Maman and sister have booked him a hiking tour with Patric as the guide. Caught in the unexpected storm, will Sam’s wounded heart be healed during their race to safety or crushed once and for all by lingering misunderstandings and lost memories?

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ThreeStar

The Storming Love: Flood stories are part of the second Storming Love anthology.

Compared to the Blizzard stories, these are much more cohesive. They all focus on the same flood, in the same small Texas town. Each writer has chosen different men to write about, but the stories interlink and build on each other.

Patric and Sam have history, but after serving in the army, Patric seems keen on forgetting the time he and Sam spent together. Things become awkward when Patric is hired to take Sam hiking.

This wasn’t my favourite book in the anthology. I found the relationships and dialogue between Sam, his mum and his sister overwritten and unbelievable. I failed to warm to either man, and I didn’t really enjoy the relationship as much as I did others in this series.

There were a few links to other characters in the other stories which I enjoyed. There wasn’t a huge focus on the flood in this one – I think my favourite stories were the ones where the characters spent the majority of their story fighting the flood.

Sarah

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4 Stars for Cold Truth (Delarosa Secrets #3) by T.A. Chase #MM #Action @TaChase @Totally_Bound

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Title: Cold Truth (Delarosa Secrets #3)
Author Name: T.A. Chase
Publication Date: May 22, 2015

Synopsis

When the truth comes out, Victor and Bieito must decide how strong their love really is.

Victor Delarosa has been the head of the Delarosa cartel for most of his adult life and Bieito Perez has been there by his side the entire way. Yet Victor has secrets he’s kept hidden, even from his long-time lover, and when those secrets show up on Victor’s doorstep, he struggles to find a way to explain while hoping he won’t lose Bieito.

Being Victor Delarosa’s right hand man and his lover is difficult at times for Bieito Perez, but he wouldn’t have his life any other way. Until the day he realizes Victor’s been keeping secrets and he has to re-evaluate their relationship.

Between dealing with a rival cartel, law enforcement, and everything else being a drug lord requires, Victor and Bieito need to redefine their lives and find the courage to say the word ‘love’ out loud before it’s too late for anything other than good-bye.

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FourStars

This book was between Victor and Bieito.  I truly loved how devoted to each other they were.  Victor was able to withstand Bieito’s unwavering love, even in the face of not wanting to show weakness.

The love between these two characters is seen throughout each of the stories in this series.  However, here, you get to see it on a much more personal level.  You see how they react to each other – constantly worrying about each other, wanting to protect each other and their families.

Despite this story being sequential, it felt a little too long in some places.  That is why I gave it 4 stars.  I really enjoyed the action parts of the book, but it seemed to constantly mention Victor’s behavior or outwardly wanting to show his men who was boss, while also reiterating that Bieito was stern and just as mean at times.

In the end, I loved the result and I hope that it shows that there might be a “in the future” book for some of the characters.

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