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5 Stars for Beneath the Stain (Serial #1-7) by Amy Lane #MM #RockStar @AmyMaclane @dreamspinners

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Title: Beneat the Stain (Beneath the Stain – Serial #1-7)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 17, 2014 – 350 pgs

Synopsis

Complete novel.

In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers– and their penchant for making good music when they weren’t getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams–made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind.

Between the heartbreak of leaving Grant and the terrifying, glamorous life of rock stardom, Mackey is adrift and sinking fast. When he’s hit rock bottom, Trav Ford shows up, courtesy of their record company and a producer who wants to see what Mackey can do if he doesn’t flame out first. But cleaning up his act means coming clean about Grant, and that’s not easy to do or say. Mackey might make it with Trav’s help–but Trav’s not sure he’s going to survive falling in love with Mackey.

Mackey James Sanders comes with a whole lot of messy, painful baggage, and law-and-order Trav doesn’t do messy or painful. And just when Trav thinks they may have mastered every demon in Mackey’s past, the biggest, baddest demon of all comes knocking.

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FiveStars

This book was just WOW!!! With the feels and the pain, then the crying I loved this book!

Mackey I just loved his character! To fall in love when he was young and be hurt and broken, then turn to drugs to make it through the pain. But to come out the other side so much better.. To still have the pain but to be able to work through it without running back to old habits.
Then there was Trav I got to say I loved his character too! To be there to pick up Mackey at his worse then to help him pull through. The way he was strong enough to stick by Mackay and there were points were he had to be stronger at the end of this book. To stay by his side through it all..
These two together were just awesome..
Then you meet all of Mackey family and Grant. I will be honest about not being a big fan of Grants at first after everything but by the end of this book I understood him so much more and lets just say I cried at the end of this book after everything that happened.
This book was beautiful but also painful.

I loved this book!

I would definitely recommend this book!

Kara

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5 Stars for Beneath the Stain (Serial #1-7) by Amy Lane (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #RockStar @AmyMaclane @dreamspinners

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Title: Beneat the Stain (Beneath the Stain – Serial #1-7)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 17, 2014 – 350 pgs

Synopsis

Complete novel.

In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers– and their penchant for making good music when they weren’t getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams–made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind.

Between the heartbreak of leaving Grant and the terrifying, glamorous life of rock stardom, Mackey is adrift and sinking fast. When he’s hit rock bottom, Trav Ford shows up, courtesy of their record company and a producer who wants to see what Mackey can do if he doesn’t flame out first. But cleaning up his act means coming clean about Grant, and that’s not easy to do or say. Mackey might make it with Trav’s help–but Trav’s not sure he’s going to survive falling in love with Mackey.

Mackey James Sanders comes with a whole lot of messy, painful baggage, and law-and-order Trav doesn’t do messy or painful. And just when Trav thinks they may have mastered every demon in Mackey’s past, the biggest, baddest demon of all comes knocking.

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**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
I absolutely, totally, 100% fell in love with this story. This is such a complex story that goes through so many things it’s hard to know where to start.
I have say I fell in love with Grant and wanted what they had to work out when the boys got signed… Then when things moved in a different direction, I was sad and heartbroken with Mackey. Gosh, Mackey has such a hard time dealing with everything that is going on in his life. Losing the love of his life and becoming a huge rock star at the same time. Then in comes this hard, unyielding manager…. and then everything else.
It’s hard to say much without giving away many of the turns that come in the book, but trust me when I say this is totally a MUST READ. I laughed, I cried (really cried) and cheered for joy.
This was a long audiobook, but not once when I had to put it down and come back to it did I forget where the story was. The characters were that memorable and their lives too. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing all the emotions out in the book, all of them over the wide spectrum that the men go through as the story progresses.
I can’t rave enough about this book. It was so well done and the narration was great too. I’m truly going to be in a book funk after finishing this one because it was so good!!!
Renee

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4 Stars for Only Love by Garrett Leigh (AUDIOBOOK REVIEW) #MM #Romance @dreamspinners @garrett_leigh

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Title: Only Love (Only Love #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Garrett Leigh (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 11, 2014 – 274 pgs

Synopsis

The diagnosis of a chronic stomach condition leaves thirty-two-year-old Sergeant Jed Cooper with little choice but to call time on his Army career. Then on the dusty streets of Kirkuk, an ambush gone tragically wrong decimates his team, and he returns to the US with a shattered leg and the memory of his best friend dying in his arms.

Life in his sleepy hometown proves intolerable until he finds solace in a lakeside cabin with vivacious young carpenter, Max O’Dair. In the shadow of the epilepsy that periodically plagues Max, he and Jed form an unspoken bond. After a late night episode, Jed realizes how much Max means to him, and life has taught him not to waste time.

But the lines between contentment and complacency are blurred. Things left hidden resurface to tear through their world, and before they can repair the damage, death comes to call again. Faces, past and present, rally around them to weather the storm, but before long, they are left with only love.

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FourStars

**Audiobook Review**
This was a strange book for me. I liked the characters, I LOVED the way they grew into a relationship and I even liked that each had their own twisted stories and history to be told.  However, somewhere along the way I found it just felt like the story just dragged on and started to lose me and my interest. I can’t put my finger on exactly what it was that was missing or took too long to get out, but it just did. Maybe it was that the relationship seemed to lack chemistry. Sure, we were TOLD it was HOT but it didn’t FEEL like it was, not to me anyway. It felt like two old friends who just sometimes went past kissing when the desire to was there.
However, I felt like there was some really great parts and that made me think it was just me or perhaps just this book that wasn’t working for me, but not the author’s writing style itself. So I would definitely pick up another work from this author.
As for the Narrator, Michael Stellman, I thought he did a pretty decent job. He had a nice tone to listen to and kept the voices easily discernible. I can’t say if it was the book that was being read or the way he read it, but there were no stand out moments that made me think ‘Oh! This is my new favorite narrator.’ It likely was the sad content of the book… then again, I can say he really helped me feel the pain of the characters and brought the tone of the characters to the places they should’ve been in the situations they were in so I suppose all in all it was a job well done.
Renee

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5 Stars for Quiet Nights (Mangrove Stories #2) by Mary Calmes (AUDIOBOOK REVIEW) #MM #Disability @Dreamspinners

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Title: Quiet Nights (Mangrove Stories #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Mary Calmes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 9, 2015 – 80 pgs

Synopsis

It’s a lovely little life Kelly Seaton leads. He’s got his own landscaping business, a nice little house, and his best friend, Cosimo Renaldi, and Coz’s goofball family who have adopted Kelly as their own. Sure, it’s a little lonely at night, but it’s a sweet deal, and Kelly can’t chance ruining it by letting on that he wants more—has always wanted more—with Coz.

Then Kelly’s past comes to town, bringing bad memories and hurt feelings that start to break Kelly down, and Coz just doesn’t understand why Kelly won’t let him be the support and strength that Kelly’s always been for him. They’ve already been through war, Coz’s devastating injury, and starting new careers in Mangrove, Florida. Why shouldn’t they face their chaotic pasts and build their future of quiet nights… together?

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**Audiobook Review**
This was quite a bit different from the first story in the Mangrove Stories series, but I liked it.
I hadn’t read the synopsis in a while so I was intrigued on where the story was going and whether Kelly was going to end up with his sexy friend Cos or with the man who’d broken his heart ten years prior, but recently shown up in his life again.
I adored Cos and the way Kelly and him came together… FINALLY. He was such a good guy and even though he hadn’t seen what was there, he didn’t hesitate to express how he felt about Kelly and the fact that he’d saved his life.
I ABSOLUTELY loved the story his mother told and the children’s reactions. Hilarious.
Greg did a fantastic job narrating the book. I will say at points in the beginning I felt like the two men sounded a little alike, but as the story progressed they became different enough I could tell who it was speaking before the story told us.
I’d highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a sweet little romance story.
Renee

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4 Stars for Blue Days (Mangrove Stories #1) by Mary Calmes #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: Blue Days (Mangrove Stories #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Mary Calmes (Dreamspinners)
Publication Date & Length: November 5, 2014 – 98 pgs

Synopsis

Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions.

Takeo’s life is a string of failed attempts to please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight. In fact, the only thing Takeo seems to truly excel at is taking notice of Dwyer Knolls.

When Dwyer and Takeo head to Mangrove, Florida on a real estate buying trip, their tentative friendship combusts and becomes much more. Is their sudden connection real enough to bank their futures on, or should they chalk the whole thing up to the daze inspired by the blue ocean breeze?

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**Audiobook Review** (5 Stars for Narrator, 3 Stars for Book)
Normally I start off talking about the book, but with this book, I MUST start off with a nod to the narrator… *Standing ovation* Beautifully done. I’ve listened to quite a few audiobooks and I have to say Greg Tremblay, you, did a FANTASTIC job. The Asian inflections, the variety in the voices, the jokes you brought to life.. Just amazing. I wish every book could be as entertaining to listen to as this and not even for the content. The cadence and rhythm was simply great.
Now, for the actual book, I found myself a bit confused at times as to what the point of the book was… until they got to Mangrove. I understand the background and setting up the friendship before relationship factor, but for me it fell a bit flat and felt so long before the characters actually got to where they realized there was more there than just camaraderie. Once we genuinely got to know Takeo I really liked him. He was everything Dwyer saw in him before that point. Their conversations were humorous especially as Takeo opened up.
I just didn’t find myself connecting with either of the main characters until the very end of the book and then it was all smooshed together. I’d have liked to see them work on their relationship instead of being so focused on the work side of things earlier on in the book. However, I did enjoy the book over all and felt for poor Takeo and his sad life so it wasn’t a total loss.
Renee

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4.5 Stars for Acting Out by Scotty Cade (Audiobook Review) #MM #Military @Dreamspinners @ScottyCade

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Title: Acting Out
Author Name & Publisher: Scotty Cade (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 24, 2015 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing. He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight. A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment. Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey’s proposition… until he hears what’s required. Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star, never mind that Eli isn’t gay. Desperate and broke, Eli grudgingly accepts Royce’s offer and soon finds himself immersed in a strange new world.

Hamish Turner’s been there before. Taking Eli under his wing, he teaches him everything he can about Royce’s operation. The two quickly become friends, easing the way for their first scene together. Awkward at first, they both ease into it and find there is more of a connection between them than either expected. Curious to see where their mutual attraction takes them, they begin a relationship off-screen. But life gets complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish’s starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop. Or else….

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FourandHalfStars

*AUDIOBOOK REVIEW*
Eli goes through a lot in this book from leaving the military and finding his parents have spent all the money he thought he had saved to doing something he never thought he would for money to falling in love with someone he never thought he would.
There is a lot of naughty scenes that are quite hot and sexy in the book, but there is also a growing romance, bromance if you will, that is touching as well. Although I had doubts that someone would go down the path he would quite the way he did, I also know that desperate times call for desperate measures.
All in all, I really enjoyed the book and all of the characters in it. I wouldn’t mind reading more from this author or any of the men in the house.
As for the narration of the audiobook, I had issues with it from the get go because there was an airy quality to it that was distracting, but once I got farther into the book, I learned to tune it out. Another issue I had with the narration was that the characters all had about the same voice, which made it hard to tell the difference of who was who at times. I did like the over all sound of the narrators voice though, even if I didn’t care for the tone used for Royce and Hamish.
I’d give the book itself 5 stars and the narration a 4, which brings the total to 4.5 stars.
Renee

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5 Stars for Pup by SJD Peterson *Audiobook* #MM #BDSM @SJDPeterson @dreamspinners

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Title: Pup (Guards of Folsom #1)
Author Name: SJD Peterson
Publication Date & Length: April 19, 2013 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

Micah “Pup” Slayde knows he wants Tackett Austin the moment he lays eyes on him in the Guards of Folsom. Micah wants to have purpose, to be taken care of, and to take care of his Dom—wants to trust him completely, live for him, belong to him. To become his everything. Micah is sure Tackett is the one. The problem is, in order to be the perfect sub, he needs to stay focused, and that’s not easy for Micah, who suffers from what he refers to as a “broken brain”. Focus and adult Attention Deficit Disorder (Adult ADD) rarely coexist.

Ever since Ty Callahan and Blake Henderson’s collaring ceremony, Tackett’s been thinking too much about his own loneliness. Even though Ty introduces Micah and urges Tackett to give him a try, Tackett isn’t so easily convinced. He’s spent his life pursuing a successful business career, and the subs he dominates almost never enjoy the kiss of his leather twice. Twenty years Micah’s senior, Tackett has no interest in taking on and taming such a young and naughty sub—but it’s difficult to resist such an adorable pup when he begs.

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*Audiobook Review*
Tackett & Micah… Whew.. I adored this story. It was a nice view into a BDSM relationship that’s more than just Dom/sub in a club. The dynamics of this couple was excellent. Tackett’s worry about being ‘old’ and Micah trying to handle his attention problem. Both of them had to learn that no matter who the Dom is and who the sub is, the most important part of being in a D/s relationship is being what the other person needed. Following their journey was quite interesting. I loved the way Tackett pushed Micah. It wasn’t in the ways I expected and that was awesome.
This was my first SJD Peterson book, but I can say now I’m a complete fan. The writing style was very smooth and captivating. Even though there were quite a few characters introduced in the book, the way it was done made it easy to follow along, which is a talent. I will most definitely be reading more of SDJ Peterson’s works in the future.
Rusty Topsfield did an AMAZING job with the audiobook. I’ve listened to many audiobooks and I can say that he was one of the best narrators I’ve heard. I loved his vocal inflection and the way he brought each character to life. When there were numerous characters in conversation he’d give them their own voice and keep it through out the scene, which most narrators have a hard time doing. While I’m giving 5 stars to SJD Peterson for the great book, I’m also giving Mr. Topsfield his own 5 star rating for a job very well done.

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AuthorBio

It’s been an amazing journey since DSP first contracted Lorcan’s Desire in January 2011. I’ve published 2 free reads with the M/M Romance group, my back list is growing, met some great people and have made some amazing friends.
I’m still in shock that I’m listed among the many talented authors at Dreamspinner Press! The little voice in the back of my head is screaming, “You are so out of your league.”
Shhhhh I won’t tell them if you don’t 🙂
You can call me Jo, everyone does 🙂

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