Tag Archives: Adventure

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

0.2

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.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FiveStars

**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

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Publisher’s Website

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 5 Star, M/M, Renee, Review

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

29626765

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?

Add to GoodReads

Review

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

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Publisher’s Website

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 5 Star, M/M, Review, Tosha, Uncategorized

New Release: Rebirth (The Eternal Dungeon Volume One) by Dusk Peterson #AlternativeUniverse #Historical @DuskPeterson

rebirth6x9Title: Rebirth (The Eternal Dungeon Volume One)
Author Name & Publisher: Dusk Peterson (Love in Dark Settings Press)
Publication Date: February 22, 2016

Synopsis

“‘This prisoner deserves special treatment.’ The hooded man looked over at the young man again.”

Elsdon Taylor, a prisoner accused of committing a terrible murder. Layle Smith, a torturer with a terrible past. Their meeting in the Eternal Dungeon appears certain to bring out the worst in both men.

Yet neither man is quite what he appears. As the prisoner and his torturer begin to be drawn toward each other, the ripple effects of their meeting will have a powerful impact on other inhabitants of the Eternal Dungeon: Layle’s faithful guard, struggling to contain his doubts. A younger guard determined to take any shortcuts necessary to ensure that his life follows the path he has already chosen. An old love from Layle’s past, still sorrowing. And most of all, a prisoner who has not yet arrived at the Eternal Dungeon, but whose fate will depend on how Layle handles Elsdon Taylor . . . and on how Elsdon handles Layle Smith.

A winner of the 2011 Rainbow Awards (within the “The Eternal Dungeon” omnibus), this tale of love and adventure can be read on its own or as the first volume in The Eternal Dungeon, a speculative fiction series set in a nineteenth-century prison where the psychologists wield whips.

The Eternal Dungeon series is part of Turn-of-the-Century Toughs, a cycle of alternate history series (Waterman, Life Prison, Commando, Michael’s House, The Eternal Dungeon, and Dark Light) about adults and youths on the margins of society, and the people who love them. Set in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the novels and stories take place in an alternative version of America that was settled by inhabitants of the Old World in ancient times. As a result, the New World retains certain classical and medieval customs.

Add to GoodReads

Excerpt

“Do you have any questions?” the Seeker asked. “About the routine of the dungeon? The times you will be fed? The questions you will be asked? The instruments of torture I use?”

The faintness went beyond Elsdon’s voice this time and entered his body. He could feel the sweat upon his skin; he wondered whether he had turned white. He blurted out, “What if I’m innocent?”

The Seeker’s gaze did not waver. “If you are innocent, then I trust that our time together will be short. I would far rather find a prisoner innocent than guilty; too many prisoners are sent to us, and the quicker that we can release them from here, the better. If your release is to the lighted world rather than to the executioner, it is likely to come more quickly. But we are commissioned by the Queen to ascertain the truth of accusations of death-sentence crimes, and we are committed to fulfill that commission. Please don’t waste my time with false pleas of innocence, Mr. Taylor. It will only make our time together more difficult.”

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Author’s Website

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under M/M, New Release

TWO 4 Stars for X Marks the Spot by M.J. O’Shea #MM #Romance @MJosheaseattle @dreamspinners

1.5

Title: X Marks the Spot
Author Name & Publisher: M.J. O’Shea (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 2, 2015 – 205 pgs

Synopsis

Jack Hunter is always on a quest for lost art, ancient manuscripts, and anything else that’ll romance the millions of viewers who watch his show each week. He hasn’t always hit pay dirt in his searches though, and a string of empty global treasure hunts has left his show on the brink of cancellation. Jack needs a white whale, a holy grail, nothing less than a miracle to revive his career.

Aloysius “Alo” Green likes his ivory towers. He’s content to study from the comfort of a university library and publish papers nobody other than academics will ever read. But coded letters pointing to hidden Nazi treasure fall into his hands, and while colleagues warn him to keep them to himself, Alo can’t stop obsessing. He makes a huge mistake and publishes a paper on his find, ignoring the danger doing so will bring.

Jack is sure he’s struck gold when his assistant brings Alo’s paper to him. Alo wants nothing to do with Jack or his televised treasure hunt. But after Alo is threatened, it appears Jack is his best bet to silence those who seek to use him to find the vast wealth first.

By trusting Jack, Alo might’ve saved himself… or made his worst decision yet.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FourStars

I loved the action, adventure and mystery in this book!
You get Jack who is a treasure hunter with his own TV show and Alo who very smart and is a teachers aide in collage. Well Alo discovers a hidden treasure map in some letters his grandfather gave him. Well then weird things start happening and lets just say I was on the edge of my seat after that.
Alo and Jack were very good together and the sparks between these two. You could tell how much they were falling for each other.
There was just much going on in this book between Alo running from bad guys to Jack just trying to save his show. Plus all the different characters you meet. I also loved the way the author wrote these two men together. This book was definitely a slow burn but for Jack and Alo it worked.

So all together I really liked this book!
I would recommend this book!

Kara

FourStars

This is not a new author for me and this book was good but a little predictable. I loved the action and adventure but I just could not seem to really get into the book. This may have to do with some of the off-the-wall types of situations they characters were in. Alo and Jack were clearly a couple meant to be together and would love to see more to their story. Overall a really good read and the writing was flawless.

~Lynn

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Publisher’s Website

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 4 Star, Kara, Lynn, M/M, New Release, Review

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

0.2

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.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FiveStars

This is the first book in one of my all time favourite series. Here we watch Caine make the journey from his safe but dead-end life in Philadelphia to a sheep station in Australia’s wild outback.

As the first book, it is the most typical “romance” of the series. It is also the simplest book in the series. Most of the focus remains on Caine and his foreman Macklin as they figure out their relationship. The dramas are small – Macklin is justifiably wary of coming out in the outback and Caine has to adjust to a rough new world while working to gain respect from the men who work for him. The two central character are brilliantly drawn. The city boy with a business degree and the hardened stockman compliment each other beautifully. Both men are strong, attractive and interesting enough to carry a full series.

Lang Downs Station is introduced for the first time here. I accidentally started with book five, so I found it fascinating to go back in time more than ten years to the initial descriptions of characters who become very important to the station and the series over time. This first book is a testament to Tachna’s ability to write complex characters who grow and develop through the series.

I probably wouldn’t give this first book five stars in its own right, though I’d give the series as a whole five stars. It moves slowly as Tachna introduces readers to her outback and the characters who live on Lang Downs. But I’m not sure this book could have moved quicker. Readers need the details and the jargon to immerse themselves in Caine and Macklin’s world. The series definitely gets better from here, but this book starts everything off brilliantly.

Sarah

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Publisher’s Website

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 5 Star, M/M, Review, Sarah

4 Stars for Six Degrees of Separation by Taylor V. Donovan #MM #Adventure @taylorvdonovan @Dreamspinners

0.2

TitleSix Degrees of Separation (By Degrees #2)
Author Name: Taylor V. Donovan (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 22, 2015 – 350 pgs

Synopsis

FBI team leader Samuel Shaughnessy and bar manager Machlan O’Bannon are exploring a new phase in their non-relationship. The intention is to take it slowly, but power plays are still their favorite activity, and it isn’t long before lines begin blurring. After ending their friends with benefits agreement, no rules are left in place to guide them, and soon the only thing that’s clear is that neither man is fighting hard enough to reestablish the boundaries.

Their situations haven’t improved in the three months since their first encounter. Sam is still focused on his immediate family issues, and everything indicates Mac will have to go to war with his own family before he can reclaim his freedom. The last thing they need is additional complications.

But when the opening of a nightclub brings Mac to New York City and a break in the Leviticus investigation leads Sam to Houston, they discover how closely their worlds have been connected from the beginning. Hiding from the life-altering collision is not an option. They can take the easier road and go their separate ways or come to terms with their pasts and take a chance on each other.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FourStars

I probably should have started at the beginning of the series but I still really enjoyed this second story on its own. Agent Sam Shaughnessy and his team are still tracking the serial killer they’ve called Leviticus – and he is still killing gay men.

Sam’s lover, Mac, and his friends become entangled in Leviticus’ game as the agents rush to find the killer. I loved discovering the connections between each of the separate characters over the course of this book. But each connection also revealed the characters’ connections to Leviticus.

Sam and Mac’s relationship is fantastic. The book starts with the relationship being formally re-defined, but Mac still has secrets and Sam doesn’t let anyone too close – so this relationship will never be easy. But the chemistry is amazing and the sex is very hot.

A few new characters and connections were added in this book and I’m interested to see how things spill into the next book. I love the complexity of the Leviticus case and I’m excitedly anticipating the next installment.

Sarah

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Publisher’s Website

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 4 Star, M/M, Review, Sarah

4 Stars for Family Jewels by M.J. O’Shae #MM #Adventure @mjosheaseattle @dreamspinners

0.2

Title: Family Jewels
Author Name: M.J. O’Shea
Publication Date & Length: April 27, 2015 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Corbin Ford, aka the Nightwatchman, named for the antique pocket watches he leaves behind at jobs, has been in the cat-burgling business for years. His father was. His grandfather was. His mother is still one of the most renowned thieves. Corbin likes his high-profile heists, priceless paintings from private collections, artifacts from museums, but his favorite? Jewels. Sparkly, beautiful jewels. If they’re famous, better yet.

Interpol agent Luke Eldridge has one goal and one goal only: to catch the Nightwatchman. Luke’s been after him for months, but getting the slip time and again is getting embarrassing. Luke has never even laid eyes on the bastard, but he’d happily strangle him. And then arrest him.

When Luke meets Corbin, the man of his dreams, he falls hard and fast… only to catch Corbin red-handed with his hand in a jewelry case at the scene of the highest-profile murder that’s rocked the international world in years.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FourStars

This isn’t a realistic heist caper, but it is a fast-paced, exciting story.  Luke and Corbin are  charming, attractive men. Supporting characters are well-developed, dialogue is beautifully written and the story is soaked in the quiet glamour of old-money London.

There is great chemistry between the two leads and the action culminates in an unusual ending.  This is for anyone who likes a little bit of glamorous fantasy and unlikely romance mixed into their crime stories.

Sarah

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Publisher’s Website

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 5 Star, M/M, New Release, Review, Sarah