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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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FiveStars

**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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*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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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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5 Stars and TWO 4.5 stars for Silver Ties by Patricia Logan AUDIOBOOK and Paperback @patricialogan1 #MM #BDSM

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Title: Silver Ties (Silver #3)
Author Name: Patricia Logan
Publication Date: March 2015

Synopsis

A serial killer is preying upon gay men in Los Angeles. Detective Cassidy Ryan of the LAPD is out to stop the monster before more mutilated corpses turn up. The victims have one thing in common and it leads back to an infamous online club called DOMZ.com. The website owner, Zachary Teak, is stunningly gorgeous and infuriatingly uncooperative. Having spent years in vice, investigating crimes fueled by pornography, Cassidy hates the Dom on sight.

Zack Teak is a wealthy man and a popular Dom with a long waiting list of subs who beg to lick his boots. The moment he meets the detective, a former Navy SEAL, he is determined to help the handsome, blond hunk explore his own submissive nature but Cassidy is having none of it.

As Cassidy closes in on the killer, he succumbs to Teak’s charms, finding that it’s okay to give up control and let Zack take charge. Join the men as they flush out a killer while trying not to become victims themselves.

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FourandHalfStars

I loved the story line and the way Patricia wrote the characters. They were very believable and realistic. This is the first of Patricia Logan’s books I’ve read and/or listened to and I must say I can’t wait to read more of her books. I will say that there were parts that had a lot of repetitious words and it would make me have to stop and listen to a part again or at least impeded the flow of the story.
The audiobook was very well done. Although there were times I didn’t exactly care for the narrators tone as he changed between characters. In particular, the airhead secretary. He’d occasionally use the same tone and it made me cringe, although I suspect part of that was part of the idea behind the secretary, it was the other times that it came out that distracted me from the story.
Overall, I would love to read Patricia’s books and listen to the narrator again. It was a great book to listen to.
Renee
FourandHalfStars

Cassidy Ryan is a beautiful blonde homicide detective hunting a twisted serial killer.  Zachary Teak is  a professional Dom running an online BDSM club.  When the investigation takes Cassidy to Zack’s club, the detective doesn’t quite know whether to arrest Zach for murder or let the Dom fuck him.

This is the first suspense story I’ve read from Patricia Logan and I loved it.  The men are hot, the murders are grizzly, the clues are carefully constructed and the murderer remains elusive.  Supporting characters are well developed and there are brief cameo appearances from other Logan men.

The relationship between Zack and Cassidy is perilous.  Zack might be a serial killer – he is a professional sex worker – and Cassidy knows he should stay away.   But Zack helps Cassidy understand his naturally submissive nature and makes him feel cared for.

Patricia Logan writes Cassidy’s initiation into the BDSM lifestyle perfectly.  The scenes are hot and sometimes intense, but Logan initiates her readers just as carefully as Master Z prepares the good detective.  This is a very sexy BDSM 101!

The only thing keeping this from a 5* rating is the ending.  What starts as a murder mystery with a touch of romance becomes a romance where one character happens to be a detective.  After following Detective Ryan’s case from the initial crime scenes, I expected more of a climactic ending.

Sarah

FiveStars

This book was so amazing I just couldn’t  put it d own. The writing was so descriptive you could visualize everything.  Besides the gruesome murder plot we are also taken into the life of a Dom.  The murders in  themselves were a great story, very detailed, kept you guessing till the reveal.  The life of the Dom had to take some investigating into, to make it seem so real.  The sex scenes were very hot!

Zach was the Dom and I found him very tender and loving to his subs.  Cassidy, so negative at the beginning.  But it was so touching how he was willing to try new things with  Zach even though he was scared.  He trusted Zach not to hurt him, that just made them feel so real. I loved how intense the author made the vibes that passed between them.

There was only one thing that bugged me, it was the reference “boy” that Zach called Cassidy.  Even though I personally didn’t like that,  it didn’t change my mind that this book deserves 5 stars.  Patricia Logan  excelled at telling this story, I totally enjoyed it.

Sherry

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Cassidy finally relented, looking side to side to assure that he was alone as he reached down, unzipping his slacks, and pulling out his hard cock. He looked down, noting that he was swollen and red, the circumcised head leaking precome down the length of his shaft as he began to stroke it.

“Does it turn you on, Detective? I’d love to do a scene with you, Detective.” Zachary Teak’s sexy voice played in his head as his hand sped faster, pumping him closer and closer to the orgasm which was just out of his reach. Cassidy opened his mouth, panting. He suddenly imagined himself laid over that vault-like device, tied down while Teak fucked him, harder and harder, holding him in the middle of his back with one hand and pulling on his cock with the other. He pictured Teak’s orgasm roaring over him, feeling the man’s dick throb in his well-abused ass, his own cock spilling on the floor beneath them at the same time.

With a gasp, Cassidy came, shooting so high, that he hit the steering wheel. Cassidy milked his orgasm, looking down at the mess he was making in the car, praying that he didn’t get any of his spunk on his suit pants.

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Patricia Logan resides in Los Angeles, California along with her husband, four children, her grandchild and ever increasing number of cats. When not being stage mom, baking cookies, or scooping kitty litter, she writes steamy, award winning, gay erotic romance and tries to lead her readers on a journey of discovery with more than a little angst.

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