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4 Stars for Lollipop (Candy Man #3) by Amy Lane {AUDIOBOOK} #MM #Romance @amymaclane

CoverTitle: Lollipop (Candy Man #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 25, 2016 – 250 pgs

Synopsis

Ezra Kellerman flew across country to see if he had another chance with the man he let slip through his fingers. He didn’t. Rico has moved on, but he doesn’t just leave his ex high and dry. Instead, Rico entrusts his family and friends with Ezra’s care. Ezra, confused, hurt, and lost, clings to Rico’s cousin and his boyfriend as the lifelines they are—but their friend Miguel is another story.

Miguel Rodriguez had great plans and ambition—but a hearty dose of real life crushed those flat. When Miguel finds himself partially in charge of the befuddled, dreamy, healing Ezra, he’s pretty resentful at first. But Ezra’s placid nature and sincere wonder at the simple life Miguel has taken for granted begin to soften Miguel’s hardened shell. Miguel starts to notice that Ezra isn’t just amazingly sweet—he’s achingly beautiful as well. Suddenly Miguel is fending off every single man on the planet to give Ezra room to get over Rico—while fighting a burning suspicion that the best thing to help Ezra get over his broken heart is Miguel.

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 FourStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
I have to say that I love this series for some odd reason. I don’t normally like sappy and sweet romances, but Amy Lane just writes phenomenal stories that I can’t get enough of.
There were certain parts of this story that I loved and others that I didn’t.
I absolutely hated that Miguel felt so unloved by his family. It hurt my heart a bit, but I can see how he would feel that way in such a large family since sadly, that does happen. I hated Ezra’s family. They upset me so much, but again, there are really people out there like that. But what I guess what really made this book not a favorite was how long it took for our two men to actually get together and start helping each other heal.
I will say I was left really interested to see where Darrin’s interest in Ezra’s dreams goes in the future.
The narrator did a good job with the book even with as many male characters as there were and trying to keep them sounding different from each other.
Renee

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4.5 Stars for Who Knows the Dark (The Vigilante #2) by Tere Michaels {#AUDIOBOOK} #MM #Romance @TereMichaels

1.5

Title: Who Knows the Dark (The Vigilante #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Tere Michaels (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 2, 2015 – 230 pgs

Synopsis

A wanted man after the destruction of the Iron Butterfly Casino, Nox Boyet must flee the island of Manhattan—the only home he’s ever known. Together with Cade, Sam, and the rest of their ragtag group, Nox must find a place to hide from the District Police and the violent group of unknown drug dealers on his tail.

The solution—the Creel family farm in South Carolina.

But home isn’t quite sweet for Cade, the prodigal son. As Cade struggles with his own secrets, shadows of the past threaten not only Nox’s life, but his relationship with his son, Sam.

Nox knows there will never be peace unless he finds the answers to all his questions—and the answers lie back on the island. Cade and the others must choose their paths—find safety or follow the Vigilante into the darkness of the city? The city where Nox will come face-to-face with the past.

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 FourandHalfStars

This review is for the audiobook, narrated by Jonathan Young.
Who Knows the Dark is an intriguing post-apocalyptic adventure. The narration is done perfectly. As with the first book, Jonathan Young really brings this story to life with his performance. I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a strong action/suspense story with some romance.
This book is a bit slower paced than the first. The focus is on mystery and suspense as the characters work to puzzle their way through the complications of their forced exile. The pacing fits the story perfectly. It’s highly engaging and really hard to put down.
My only complaint is I feel like the ending is a bit abrupt. In the first book the ending was perfect for me. There was a definite feeling of some kind of conclusion, even knowing there was more to come. I didn’t get that feeling with this ending, and that was mildly disappointing.
This series has a romantic sub-plot, and there are a few explicit sex scenes. But I wouldn’t recommend this to someone looking for a highly romantic or erotic story.
Overall, I loved this book! I’m emotionally connected to the characters, and the story has totally sucked me in. I can’t wait for the next one!
Amanda

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4.5 Stars for Violated {AUIDOBOOK} by Jamie Fessenden @jamiefessenden1 #MM #Audiobook @Dreamspinners

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Title: Violated
Author Name & Publisher: Jamie Fessenden (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 21, 2016 – 9 hours 42 minutes

Synopsis

Derek Sawyer thinks he has it all—a high-salaried position, a boyfriend, a dog, even a new cabin on the lake—until a business trip with his manager and best friend, Victor, shatters his world.

One night of drunken horsing around in their hotel room leads to the most intensely personal violation Derek has ever endured. As if the humiliation of working under his attacker every day isn’t enough, Victor reports Derek for sexual harassment. Now he’s without a job, without a boyfriend, and the mortgage on the cabin is due.

Officer Russ Thomas has worked with rape victims before, and it doesn’t take him long to sort out the truth in Derek’s tale. With his support, Derek finally reports the crime, months after it happened. But restraining orders and lawyers further Victor’s anger toward him, and even though a relationship develops between Derek and the policeman, Russ can’t be there to protect him all the time.

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FourandHalfStars

Trigger Warning: rape and abuse

This is my first book by this author and I got to try out the Audiobook. I’m still getting used to having someone read to me but the narrator, K.C. Kelly, was pretty good. I dislike when a narrator just reads with no emotion or changing their tone when switching characters. This narrator did a very good job.

In this book the author is dealing with some pretty tough situations. I feel the author hit the nail on its head when he wrote this book. It was very realistic. The connection I had with Derek was almost immediate and I didn’t like Tim at all (so glad to see the back of him). Russ was also great, not only in understanding the situation Derek was going through but just an overall really good guy. This book was so realistic that at times I had to take a break from it. Derek reactions to the rape and the aftermath were done in a way that lets you know what he was going through and I feel very realistic. This book was not just gloomy; there were defiantly some humor in it. To me an author that can write a story about rape and abuse and still inject humor into the story is exceptional write. Great job Mr. Fessenden, you did an excellent job with this story.

Lynn

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5 stars for Bitter Taffy (Candy Man #2) by Amy Lane @amymaclane {AUDIOBOOK} #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Bitter Taffy (Candy Man #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 29, 2015 — 192 pages

Synopsis

Rico Gonzalves-Macias didn’t expect to fall in love during his internship in New York—and he didn’t expect the boss’s son to out them both and get him fired either. When he returns to Sacramento stunned and heartbroken, he finds his cousin, Adam, and Adam’s boyfriend, Finn, haven’t just been house-sitting—they’ve made his once sterile apartment into a home.

When Adam gets him a job interview with the adorable, magnetic, practically perfect Derek Huston, Rico feels especially out of his depth. Derek makes it no secret that he wants Rico, but Rico is just starting to figure out that he’s a beginner at the really important stuff and doesn’t want to jump into anything with both feet.

Derek is a both-feet kind of guy. But he’s also made mistakes of his own and doesn’t want to pressure Rico into anything. Together they work to find a compromise between instant attraction and long-lasting love, and while they’re working, Rico gets a primer in why family isn’t always a bad idea. He needs to believe Derek can be his family before Derek’s formidable patience runs out—because even a practically perfect boyfriend is capable of being hurt.

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FiveStars

Another great story by Amy Lane. I really fell in love with these characters. Rico was dealing with a lot of pain coming from different areas in his life while Derrick was there as support and not pushy at all. The two men simply worked well together. They were perfect for each other.
I hate Rico and Adam’s family, but love the one that they have made. I think the twist at the end of the book was quite interesting and I can’t wait to see where the next story leads us.
The narrator once again did an excellent job with the story!
Renee

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Audiobook Tour: 5 Star Reviews for More Than Everything: Family Collection AND The One Who Saves Me, Home #6 by Cardeno C. #MM #Romance @CardenoC

MTE - TOWSM - tour headerTitle: More Than Everything: Family Collection (Narrator: Ezekiel Robison) &  The One Who Saves Me (Narrator: Alexander Collins)
Author Name: Cardeno C
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins – 6 hrs and 45 mins

Synopsis

More Than Everything: Family Collection

Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.

As a teenager, Charlie “Chase” Rhodes meets Scott Boone and falls head over heels in love with the popular, athletic boy next door. Charlie thinks he’s living the dream when Scott says he feels the same way. But his dreams are dashed when Scott unexpectedly moves away.

Years later, Charlie meets brash and confident Adan Navarro, who claims all he wants is a round between the sheets. After eight months together, Charlie is convinced Adan returns his love. But when the opportunity comes to be open about their relationship, Adan walks away.

Time passes and life moves on, but when Charlie learns the only two men he’s ever loved are now in love with each other, his heart breaks all over again. Scott and Adan tell Charlie they want him back, but Charlie doesn’t know if he can trust two people who have hurt him so deeply. Time might not heal all wounds, but with two motivated and strong-willed men on a campaign to win him back, Charlie will get more than he ever thought possible.

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The One Who Saves Me, Family #6

At 14, Andrew Thompson and Caleb Lakes become best friends. As the years pass, they stand by each other through family trauma, school, and the start of their careers. They share their first sexual experiences, learning and experimenting, and they talk each other through countless dates and breakups.

Decades of trust and loyalty build a deep and abiding friendship, one that surpasses any relationship in their lives. But when the parameters of their unique friendship change, neither man knows how to break out of their established roles to build something new. After all, boyfriends come and go, but best friends are forever.

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More Than Everything

This was a really interesting book with the way it was sort of laid out as a photo album.
I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but I really didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything.
There were a lot of different biased and intense situations that were faced in this book and that’s what made me love it. The fact that some people can see a person for who they are and not who they love or how they dress. The fact that yes, even if you care for someone, that doesn’t make things easy in that relationship. And of course, everyone makes mistakes and we all wish we’d handled a situation differently than we had.
However, in this book, all three men get the chance to face what happened in their past and try to fix it. There is a lot of sweet romance along with angst mixed in as young love doesn’t always work out and sometimes we aren’t ready to share a part of ourselves when we know that it’s ridiculous to try to hide such a big part of ourselves.
Each of the men go through a lot of growth because of what they go through in the book and it’s just great to follow along.
The narrator did a great job of adding that little something extra and keeping the audiobook interesting and made me not want to turn it off.
Overall, a great book, great narration and can’t wait for more from both of them!
Renee

FiveStars

The One Who Saves Me

This was such a good story. Two men who have been there for each other so much so that they miss that there is more to their relationship than either of them even realize.
I enjoyed this story so much. It was so hard to put down because I just had to know how things were going to end up for the two men. This wasn’t quite what I would call a best friend turned lover story as they were pretty much lovers from the start of the book.. it was a matter of realizing that as the years passed that there would be no one better for the other man.
The detailed story Andrew painted on his body of all the hurts and loss he dealt with was so neat. I loved that he was incredibly intelligent and didn’t let other people’s biased stop him from being the man he wanted to be (which was an excellent neurosurgeon).
SUCH a good story about finding a way through all the pain of a fairly normal life to find love that was there supporting you all along.
I have to say the Narrator did an excellent job with this book as well. It was a really easy, smooth cadence that was pleasant to listen to and really enhanced the story for me.
Renee

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THREE 5 and ONE 4 Stars for Better Than Friends (Better Than #3) by Lane Hayes (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Erotica @LaneHayes3

1.5

Title: Better Than Friends (Better Than #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Lane Hayes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 16, 2014 – 216 pgs

Synopsis

When Curt Townsend, a successful young DC lawyer, attends his first gay wedding, he doesn’t expect anything more than a great evening out spent celebrating two lucky guys willing to commit to one another. He certainly doesn’t anticipate meeting someone like Jack Farinelli. Fourteen years Curt’s senior, Jack owns two businesses: a gay bar and a motorcycle shop. He’s gorgeous and self-assured, but Curt is positive they have nothing in common.

Jack is comfortable in his own skin. He’s attracted to Curt’s quick wit and easy manner but most of all, to their unexpected mutual love of baseball. As they forge a friendship based on their shared enthusiasm for the sport, they begin a journey which reveals how their differences might be the catalyst behind a growing attraction. Both men have experienced their share of pain, but they realize they need to set aside the past and learn to trust in a future if they are to have one together.

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FiveStars

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW
I LOVED this book.. Okay, I loved Jack. This was kind of a case of opposites attract.
The way all of the characters from the other books are weaved into this one was really fun and nice to see.
There is a few ups and downs and a whole lot of emotions in this book that made it a perfect addition to this series.
Tyler Stevens once again did an excellent job with these characters and portraying them and their situations.
Renee

FiveStars

I really did love these two together…

You get Curt who has been doing his own thing for awhile.. He is a lawyer and besides friends he does not date or go out a lot.
Then you get Jason.. What can I say about a hot muscular man who has a lot of tattoos and also owns his own leather gay bar, plus a motorcycle shop also the way he was with Curt and his whole attitude pretty much was so damn hot!!!
When this two meet you can feel the sparks between them but this book is no insta love. This is more of a slow build up with some very hot sex thrown in on the side between these two.
You do get some angst and misunderstanding but the way everything worked out.. You will have to read it and see because I don’t want to give away any spoilers lol.

So all together I loved this book!

I would defiantly recommend this book!

Kara

FiveStars

This series is great, loved the first two books and this one too! This is my second favorite in the series so far. Curt goes to his first gay wedding, meets Jack at the wedding. Curt is a lawyer, Jack owns a bar and motorcycle shop. If you haven’t read the previous books I won’t spoil who Jack is you need to find out for yourself. This was another great book and I instantly felt the connection between Curt and Jack. There is some drama, especially since Curt is trying to date Paul and Jack at the same time. But we all know who he really wants. It was a great love story and I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series.

Angie

FourStarsWhat can I say, another great story from Lane Hayes. In the book we have Jack and Curt story and I how the author was able to bring them together. I am not usually a May/December type reader but I feel in love with Curt and Jack. They were such polar opposites but they clearly were meant to be together and Lane Hayes was able to bring that to life.  Even though I had small problems with the telling of this story but they are minor and does not affect my rating, now on to book 4.

~Lynn

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4 Stars The Midnight Moon by Gerri Hill (AUDIOBOOK) #FF #Romance

1.5

Title: The Midnight Moon
Author Name & Publisher: Gerri Hill (Bella Books)
Publication Date & Length: July 22, 2014 – 264 pgs

Synopsis

It was a fun, holiday romance under a moonlit sky. After exchanging passionate nights and only first names, Peyton Watts and Logan Weaver go back to their lives.
For Peyton, it’s a return to her steady, conservative social circle and the not unwelcome overtures from attorney Margot Joseph. Meanwhile, Logan’s free spirit is happy again moving with the college crowd.
So when fate throws them once more into each other’s paths, it shouldn’t mean a thing…

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FourStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**

This is an audiobook review of a book purchased by me. This is the kind of romantic mush that just makes me melt. I’m a romantic at heart, and sometimes it’s hard for me to decide whether I want to be the one doing the romancing, or the one being romanced. Lucky for me that with lesbian books, I get to be both… at least in my head. What happens when you have a vacation romance that leaves you both wanting more, but neither of you feels like you can push to continue things? You go home and do a lot of remembering of what happened and mourning what might have been. And what happens when you suddenly run in to that holiday crush right in your own city? Well, probably not what Peyton does.

I really liked this book. Logan was able to get Peyton out of her head, while on vacation, and in to the now. And the now apparently included a lot of hot sex for the two of them. The connection was so intense and visceral, that both are still thinking of the other long after they’ve said goodbye. And with a second chance provided by a surprise meeting, you’d think both would grab on and jump in. After all, that’s what they’ve both been wishing they’d done. But Peyton has issues that hold her back. And make me want to just smack her upside the head. In the end, Peyton has a choice to make, and finally sees exactly what her choices would lead to.

I also liked Abby Craden’s narration. She had a definite voice for each character, although there was a slip once or twice that made me go back and listen again to make sure I knew which character was speaking. All in all, a sweet, sexy listen that definitely made my day go by faster.

Amy P.

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