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NEW RELEASE: 5 Stars and 4.5 Stars for Lost & Forsaken: Missing Persons #1 by Adrian J. Smith @AdrianAJSmith #FF #Crime #Mystery @SupposedCrimes

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Title: Lost & Forsaken (Missing Persons #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Adrian J. Smith (Supposed Crimes)
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2016 – 242 Pages

Synopsis

Detective Grace Halling has a nice ring to it, or so Grace thought until she receives her first case.

Grace has been visiting Harold Crighton for years, and when he suddenly goes missing from the Campbell Home with seemingly no trace, her world is thrown into a spin. From finding her feet as a detective to learning how to be a better girlfriend to Amya and trying to find her place in a new and different world of no longer being a beat cop, Grace plows ahead and grits her teeth.

Although not the lead detective on Harold’s case, Grace is determined to put as much effort into finding him as possible. That is until she’s saddled with her own case and her focus becomes divided.

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FiveStars

I have read all of the Officer Grace books by Adrian J Smith and loved them.  I could not have asked for a better start to Grace’s career as a detective as this novel is  brilliantly plotted, bringing old friends back  and seeing Grace deal with a lot of baggage.  She is still getting over having to shoot cop killer, Cynthia, the death of her friends Daniel and Carol, and her new commitment to a life with Amya.  When her friend Harold goes missing from his care home she finds herself having to deal with her own feelings, her guilt and sickening homophobia at work.  I loved seeing Grace grow as a person in that she had to finally deal with her problems and find a way to give some meaning to her life by helping others.  With Amya’s help she became more open and their relationship became stronger.  I so want it to work out for them and felt that they were beginning to really make progress.  I just hope Paige isn’t going to be a problem! At work her first two cases were gripping and kept me reading well into the night.  The writing was so engrossing with not a wasted word in the whole book.  This is the best by far of all of the Grace books and I feel that the characters have become fully rounded and are perfectly melded into an ensemble that really works.  A well deserved 5 Stars – I can’t wait for the next one!
Kitty Kat
FourandHalfStars

This book was a wonderfully engaging read. It really kept me turning pages. I was extremely interested in the relationship between Grace and Amya, because they seem to have so many issues that they’re working out or around. One of those issues is the resolution last year of the case of a serial killer who was killing cops. Grace survived an attack that killed many of her colleagues and friends, and ended up killing the attacker, but it has left her with emotional scars. It seems as though Grace is dealing with emotional scars from even before this incident, and it makes me want to know more about her. Those problems weren’t really plumbed in this book, so it left me wondering if they’re discussed more in the previous series. Amya intrigues me with her compassion, empathy, and understanding of Grace. The actual cases that we see Grace dealing with draw you in and make you care about these people who have gone missing from their own lives, and I definitely rooted for Grace to have a happy resolution. I’m interested to see how things develop with Paige in the next book, and how Amya deals with how that relationship makes her feel. By the end of the book, I want to go back and read everything I can about Grace and Amya, and how they got to where they are now. And I’m also looking forward to reading more about their journey together.

AmyP

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New Release: TWO 3 Stars and 4 Stars for Bad Dogs and Drag Queens (Rose and Thorne #1) by Julie Lynn Hayes (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Humor @ShelleyRunyon

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Title: Bad Dogs and Drag Queens (Rose and Thorne #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Julie Lynn Hayes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 25, 2016 – 50,000 Words

Synopsis

Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities.

They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.

Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that?

Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime?

Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.

Review

ThreeStar

From the first chapter, undercover agents Vinnie and Ethan have already been Together for a few years. I didn’t like that cause it felt like I was missing a whole other book. The story was cute with the purse snatching dog and Vinnie had to dress in drag for an investigation. Apparently he’s used to it. I would have liked to read when he First Did drag but that was just glossed over.
Vinnie and Ethan’s relationship is cute, But since their romance was already in full swing, I was disappointed that I didn’t get To Read about them falling in love. Ok story but it needs a full chapter or Two from when they first met then became a couple. Maybe Book 2 should be a detailed prequel.
~Cookie
ThreeStar

This story took me a while to get into.  I felt like I was plunged into the action without understanding much of anything about the characters.  And when we did get to know the characters, I really couldn’t tell whether the author actually had any respect for the drag queens in the story.  
Ethan and Vinnie’s relationship felt incredibly odd to me.  At times, Vinnie felt like Ethan’s effeminate pet – except they were both supposed to be kick-ass undercover secret agents.  Secret agents who specialised in dressing Vinnie up as a woman to catch bad guys.  Hmm.  It just didn’t make any sense.  The first scene was ridiculous.  Dress Vinnie up as a woman to catch a bad guy who mugs women in a park.  Don’t they have female agents?  Why the charade?  
For me, this didn’t work as a romance.  Ethan didn’t seem to have enough respect for Vinnie as an equal.  I never really understood whether the cross-dressing was a fetish for Ethan or something Vinnie actually enjoyed.  
I’ve added a star because there was more warmth in the second half of the book and the mystery was actually interesting.  But as a reader who loves androgynous and gender fluid characters, as someone who can really get behind a hero in drag – there was a hint of condescension towards the drag queens in this story, a slight sneer in the narrative tone that I really didn’t enjoy.  

Sarah

FourStars
This was such a quick, short, no non-sense romantic comedy. Vinnie and Ethan are already seasoned partners at work and at home. They truly love each other and will do anything for each other. That includes Vinnie wearing dresses. Ethan nicknamed him Boom-Boom Sanchez and after reading about Vinnie’s turn up on stage in drag, that name fits.
 
I couldn’t help but keep giggling throughout the story. There was humor on every page, even during the nabbing of the purse thief. The second mystery though, there just wasn’t enough meat to meet the requirement of mystery or suspense. I really wish there was more depth around that mystery. It could have been made a full-length novel and much more enjoyable with the balance of mystery and laughter.
 
One cannot forget Buddy. He stole the show at times. He was such a bad dog, but one that you couldn’t scold because he was just lovable. You can feel the love of Ethan and the ease of humor from Vinnie. It was amazing that these two were able to solve crimes with such chemistry always being displayed by these two.
 
Overall, this was a cute, fun-loving, full of laughter, short and easy story. I hope to see more of Vinnie and Ethan, but in more depth and longer reads.
~Keri

Excerpt

“Remind me again whose stupid idea this lipstick was,” I huffed under my breath.

Without thinking, I licked my lips. They felt greasy, and tasted even worse. I forced myself not to grimace, afraid it might crack the foundation I’d slathered on my face.

“Mine, you sexy beast,” came the smart-ass reply in my ear. “I think you got purty lips, mmhmmm.”

“Fuck you,” I growled. “You should be doing this, not me, and you know it. I did it last time.”

And the time before that. And the time before that. Wait, did I detect a pattern here?

“What I know is you look better in a skirt than I do. And you look damn good out of it too.”

My cheeks filled with heat at Ethan’s words. Luckily the darkness hid a multitude of sins, my embarrassment being the least of them. Hopefully, no one else was listening—I knew I’d never hear the end of it. Just what I needed—to be the object of ridicule of the Roanoke PD.

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New Release:5 stars and 4 stars for Send Lawyers, Guns and Roses (Heart and Haven #2) by Heloise West #MM #Mystery @velvetpanic

HeloiseWest_SendLawyersGunsandRosesTitle: Send Lawyers, Guns and Roses (Heart and Haven #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Heloise West (Loose ID)
Publication Date & Length: April 19, 2016 – 83,000 Words

Synopsis

When Hunter and Alex are given the vacation of a lifetime, it’s a chance for them to pay attention to romance and get out of the path of danger. The tiny Caribbean island of Saba is gorgeous, the first to have marriage equality, and the Sabans are the nicest people on earth.

There’s lots of rum poolside for relaxing and a room with a mirror on the ceiling for passion. Hot karaoke nights, cold beer, and new friends.

But their new friends Orfeo and Max, and Max’s sister Talisha, share a troubling secret. Alex and Hunter want to help. As a hurricane bears down on them, a dead body surfaces, and a purple backpack loaded with stolen jewels leads a pair of dangerous men to the island.

Alex would rather poke his own eyes out with a pointy stick than call on his old enemy Nick Truman for help; he’d also do anything to keep Hunter out of danger. But even his nemesis can’t reach them now.

Once again, they only have each other to depend on as their paradise is about to become hell on earth.

Review

FourStars

I much preferred this second story to the first in the series.  Once again, Alex and Hunter are our focus, but this time they are battling jewel thieves and crime lords on a Caribbean island.  

The plot of this story felt much more coherent to me.  The tension built at the end, building excitement without moving too fast for me to keep pace as happened with the first story.  The cast of secondary characters on Saba are well developed and interesting.  And the action in this story is very exciting.  

At the start, the pace was too slow for me.  After the events of the first book, we meet the two directionless men moving slowly through a complicated series of non events and another hospital stay.  It was when the pair arrived on Saba that the story picked up and came to life.  I’m not sure the first, slightly wobbly quarter of the novel was necessary.  

But Saba comes to life beautifully.  The Two Mermaids Hotel is a magical place and the residents and guests come together for a whodunnit almost worthy of Agatha Christie.  I really enjoyed this story and I’m glad I gave the series another chance.

~Sarah

FiveStars

Heloise West is an amazing author. There is no other reason behind having such an overwhelmingly awesome series as this series is.

Alex and Hunter are still going strong and still trying to recover from Hunters gunshot would and moving on from the previous life or death situation they was in. Alex has applied to the FBI but is waiting for confirmation if he is to get in or not and Hunter is trying to figure out to do until he knows where they will be before he looks for another job at the hospital where ever they end up.

It seems as if trouble follows these to because they find themselves in dangerous situations no matter whether at home while working at a bar or on vacation in a foreign country. It is like they are magnets and trouble or those that in trouble are drawn to them. But regardless of the situation, even with their own insecurities they stick together and come out stronger then they was before. Their love is strong and it seems not even the threat of death will keep them apart. That is true love that is for sure.

Even though this book is partly about unfinished business from book one it was primarily about a totally different dangerous situation. I think that the unfinished business revolves around Nick. I think that whether neither Hunter nor Alex will admit it, I think both might have some unfinished with him. And I am hoping their will be a book three that revolve around it. In a way I hope that the three of them will end up together. But hey that is just me.
Regardless of my thoughts on the next book in this series, this book was an awesome read with so much excitement and mystery. Not to mention love.

Tosha

Excerpt

“Ready? Take the beach bag. I’ll grab the chairs,” Alex said. “Did you get enough to eat?”

“Yeah. What’s the time?” Hunter slung the bag over his shoulder.

Alex shrugged. “Who cares? Have a cocktail. You know, to hydrate and pace yourself for a long day in the sun.”

“Let’s set up camp. Maybe a nap first.”

Their bare feet slapped against the sun-bleached boards of the footbridge, some of the flowering rainforest clinging to its edges for the hundred or so feet from the breakfast patio to the pool. The beach chairs were striped canvas and wood, chaise-style. Alex had grabbed a matching umbrella for when the sun was directly overhead. He left it closed, as they had a few hours yet before noon, by the arc of the sun in the unbelievably blue sky. The poolside held a half dozen chaise lounges and couples of various ages. They returned languorous, sun-soaked greetings in English, Dutch, and French as Alex led them to a spot he deemed worthy for their day in the sun. When the chairs were side by side, the canvas beach bag between them, Hunter sighed with pleasure, though he was soaked with sweat. He pulled off his T-shirt. “Do you want to swim first?”

“I’m dying to.” With a wicked grin, Alex slid his shorts down, the T-shirt hem falling to below his hips.

“Tell me you didn’t get a thing-thong!” God, they’d laughed together at the online models wearing bathing suits with pockets for their cocks.

Alex laughed. “No, a Speedo. For you.” He shrugged out of his T-shirt with an elegant, mouth-watering play of muscles and skin, and some of the lounging women whistled and clapped for the navy-and-white-striped Speedo he revealed. Hunter mock-growled and reached out to grab Alex, but he dashed away and ran along the side of the pool, blond hair streaming, long, muscular legs eating up the distance to the deep end. He dived like a happy dolphin into the water. Hunter ran after him and followed with a hurried, sloppy dive, shocked at the sensation of water as warm as bathwater. He wanted to melt into it. When he came up for air, hands beneath the water gripped his calves, and he grabbed a breath before Alex yanked him under. They wrestled briefly, then surfaced.

“Fantastic!” Alex shook his head briskly to whip the water from his hair.

Hunter shoved him, threw himself on top of him, and they went under again.

When they surfaced, Alex said, “We can rent a sailboat. Or a rowboat and paddle around in the bay. Or fish if you want. Do you think your leg will hold up to snorkeling?”

“Snorkeling, maybe even scuba.” He’d swim to the moon to keep Alex happy.

“I was born underwater,” Alex said, surprising him. “I even had those infant swim lessons.”

“You’re a natural,” Hunter replied. “Aqua Boy.”

Alex shoved him again; Hunter let himself fall backward into the water with a huge splash.

They swam for a while, joined by the other sunbathers when the heat got too intense. Hunter pulled himself from the pool and sat on the edge, watching Alex do laps. He shaded his eyes against the fierce touch of the sun. It pressed against his skin despite the water-resistant sunblock, and he splashed water up and down his arms, chest, and neck to cool off. Maybe he should have gone tanning like Alex had, because it hurt to touch his skin already. The water reflected and intensified the sun. He wasn’t that kind of redhead, but the tropical sun made him feel like one. Tanning had seemed kind of frou-frou…not for him…but he didn’t want to look like a strip of bacon at the end of the day either. Sucked it up and endured the tanning bed.

Alex swam over and pulled his gorgeous body out of the pool to sit on the edge beside Hunter. “I’m ready for some reading and napping. Lunch buffet is open until four… What are you laughing at?”

“We must be on vacation if we’re planning the day around the next meal.”

Alex smiled. “It’s about ten now. We can eat something light at eleven when they open.” He leaned in close. “If we go up to the room by noon, we’ll have time to screw our brains out until about two and have lunch again.”

Hunter nodded. It was all he could do.

“So it’s not meal times we’re planning for, right?” The sparkle in Alex’s eyes wasn’t about ham sandwiches and fruit salad. “Did you see the awesome mirror on the ceiling?”

AuthorInterview

  • Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?

 

I have a dedicated office because I work from home, but I find that I can’t really use it for writing—too much time spent in one space makes my brain stale. I mostly work on the dining room table if it’s warm or sitting on the couch by the woodstove in the winter. In really good weather, the porch is screened in so I sit out there. Consequently, I have piles of research materials and notebooks on various surfaces in different rooms—I’m not the most organized person.

 

  • Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?

 

I relate to all of them on some level, whether a rescuer or one in need of rescue. Some characters are forced into a position to do something they wouldn’t have done ordinarily, and some make choices to take or do what they want even if it means hurting or killing someone…not that I would ever do that, but sometimes my inability to be that free in my mind or conscience is given free rein by the choices my characters make. You can’t really censure bad characters as you’re writing them, so you kind of have to relate to what they’re doing in order to be with them in the creative process.

 

 

 

  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?

 

Go mad.

 

  • Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?

 

Nothing really comes to mind—I’ve always written, always had a workshop or a critique group, or a list of writing books to work through. Well, I wish I’d kept up with writing non-fiction pieces—when I write one for my blog, they always seem awkward and need more attention than I want to give them, as I’m chronically short on time these days.

 

 

  • Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?

 

Just the thought of that makes me hyperventilate. I haven’t read it since the last line edits, and as of this writing, reviews haven’t come in yet. It’s different than the first one, and I just hope the spirit of “misadventures” comes across.

 

  • How do you come up with new ideas for your story?

 

They’re always there, just waiting for me to notice them.

 

  • What’s next for you as a writer?

 

Sequels. I’m going to be spending much of 2016 and 2017 working on sequels and expanding into series.

 

  • Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?

 

I live in western Maine, off the beaten path, at the top of a windy hill with views of fields, trees, and mountains and lots of sky. It’s quiet and isolated, so what it influences is my ability to write and daydream for long stretches of time without interruption and with a beautiful view. The woman who designed this house was an artist, so I have tons of big windows to look out of when I should be making words…

 

  • What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?

 

Mysteries, especially historical mysteries, but I love historicals, too. I know, that’s two but I can’t choose.

 

  • Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?

 

The sweet stuff is my heroine.

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4.5, TWO 4, 3.5 and 3 Star Reviews for The Brat (Marine Bodyguard #3) by Patricia Logan (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Thriller @PatriciaLogan1

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Title: The Brat (Marine Bodyguard #3)
Author Name: Patricia Logan
Publication Date & Length: February 10, 2016 – 96,000 Words

Synopsis

Charles Fordham III has been expelled from Oxford and sent home with his tail between his legs. The self-professed “brat” has always gotten away with things because of his father’s influence and money. Poor Chas is in for the surprise of his life in the form of a tall, well-muscled, former Marine bodyguard… but even more daunting days may lie ahead. Have his years abroad prepared him for the expectations of his father when he’s forced to live up to his legacy?

Tate Heston returns home from Iraq when his beloved career is cut short by an IED. He’s used to turning boys into men and then leading them into battle where sometimes the good guys lose. This makes him even more hesitant about taking on a job guarding a spoiled brat, but he believes he can probably do what he does best… make young Chas a man.

Not everyone wants to see the brat succeed in his father’s place. Things have been running just fine for years and the return of Charles Fordham III and the shake up his arrival causes, has his family’s enemies in a panic. But as the boy assumes his rightful place, Tate understands sometimes a man must take his fight to the enemy… regardless of battlefield… or boardroom.

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FourandHalfStars

This is only the second book I’ve read from this author but she is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. This book had mystery and suspense but also love and tenderness. I loved Chas and Tate but completely disliked Chas father. I absolutely dislike people who turn away from the children when they need them the most. That’s what happened between Chas and his father when he shipped him out the country shortly after his mother died of cancer. Chas returns after a scandal while in college and his father hires a bodyguard for him who he completely falls in love with. This book had HOT sex scenes and but it also had mystery. I will definitely be reading some more of this author books.

Lynn

FourStars

I have not read any of the previous books, but never felt lost.

This book was full of heat, mystery and betrayal.  I really disliked Chas’ father – he was not likable at all.  I found it hard to believe that Chas could ever live up to his father’s standards, despite what Grandma preached about how Chas’ father did love him.  I never saw the love, not throughout the story.

Then there was Tate.  Yum!  He is trying to do a good job – seems to be punished for doing that job and just let’s it go – I wish that he had let loose his tongue on Mr. Fordham… He was supposed to be this fierce protector, but when it came to his employment and employer being in the wrong, he was almost meek.

Finally, you have the mystery characters.  I loved how Logan was able to write them in a way that made them mysterious.  And, even though the story and bad guys were somewhat predictable, I found this story to be very enjoyable, if somewhat juvenile.

The chemistry between Chas and Tate is through the roof and they can tear up the sheets with the best of them.  But, there is also a sweetness to them – again, their relationship is almost juvenile in that shy, timid way.  Overall a very enjoyable read.

AvidReader

FourStars

Charles (the brat) gets booted out of college for getting caught cheating…again, but I guess this time he really didn’t do it. His father is an A-grade asshole of course, who forces a bodyguard on his son. The bodyguard is Tate. Hmmm, Tate. Sexy Tate.
Charles annoyed me at first, but I felt for the guy cause really, his parents suck. Well his dad does, but his grandmother is okay. They keep saying that the father does love his son, but I saw no proof of that. I liked the chem between Charles and Tate. I didn’t read the previous books, but it can be read as a standalone if you want.
Cookie

ThreeandHalfStars

Chas has had a lonely life, his mom died when he was young, he was shipped off to school and really had no friends. When he gets kicked out of school again he is sent home and forced to learn the family business. Being in a wealthy family also means there are dangers lurking and Chas needs a bodyguard. Tate is hired to guard Chas. This story had so much potential but fell a little short for me. At times the book was really wordy and most of it seemed really unimportant to the story so I found myself skimming. About 40% into the book is when action finally happens between Chas and Tate and it is smoking HOT. The whole drama with the spy in the house was so easy to figure out who it was, then what was going to happen when Chas decided to jump in full force at the family business. I think if the focus would have been more on Tate and Chas and them learning about each other it would have been a better book. Don’t get me wrong, the sex scenes were hot, but other than that, it was just an ok book.

Angie

ThreeStar

I did enjoy this, and I’m probably only disappointed because this is a Patrica Logan story, the third in a fantastic series and I expected more from it.

The premise is great. There’s a whiff of the Kevin Costner / Whitney Houston film surrounding former Marine Tate and his rich-boy charge Chas. There’s a wonderful chasm between the two men’s life experiences and Tate’s initial reaction to Chas’ privileged life is brilliant.

The connection between Tate and Chas is electric; the sex is hot, though vanilla and infrequent by Patricia Logan standards. The men are separated for various reasons for much of the story, so this remains an adventure with a little romance added in.

I enjoyed Chas’ grandmother. She offers some depth and balance to the story, bringing the entire cast of characters more fully to life.

The research and editing are poor. A simple Google search confirms that it is Eton, not Eaton that Chas attended. Boys attend secondary school in the UK at 11 years of age. And Eton is a boys’ school, not a boy’s school. Chas Fordham’s maternal grandmother would not be called Mrs. Fordham. Errors proliferate through the story and I honestly expect better from a Patricia Logan book.

The plot is also completely overblown. From obvious villains to dastardly double agents to half the US Marine Corps that descends, heavily armed, to protect private citizens on private property, to the extraordinary body count that doesn’t even seem to raise any official eyebrows – the writing just doesn’t start to compare to the subtle and complex story about art theft that started this series.

So – from any other author, this would be an enjoyable action-adventure romp. It just lacks the complexity and attention to detail I expect from Patricia Logan. Which is possibly a completely unfair judgement.

Sarah

Excerpt

Chas whirled on Tate, stalking up to him, probably having decided that he was the whole problem. Hell, Tate was totally fine with that. Better he hate him than his father. Hate was easy to handle but he was really surprised when he stopped right in front of him and shouted at him.

“You have no right to tell me how I should talk to my father, you… you cretin!” he screamed.

Tate was only slightly surprised as spittle flew out of Chas’s mouth when he spoke and he raised his hand. Is he gonna…?

Tate reached up and stopped Chas’s slap inches from his cheek as he viciously swung his hand toward him. Tate managed to grasp Chas’s wrist, stopping the blow and the action brought the young man flush up against his body. For a few seconds their faces were inches from each other and with all of Chas’s rage, the way his chest heaved with anger, Tate inexplicably felt his cock harden in his jeans. His fury is magnificent. Tate didn’t know whether he should stop the kid or just bend him over his father’s desk and fuck him right then and there and get it over with.

He let the thought slide through his mind for a few seconds as he stared into Chas’s magnificent angry amber-colored eyes. It’s probably not the right time… more’s the pity.

Tate hesitated only a second and then tore his gaze away from the man’s, bringing Chas’s arm down and then around the man’s side so that he was forced to turn his back on Tate. Chas cried out as Tate deftly brought his hand up between his shoulder blades, causing him to bend forward to take the pressure off or have his arm snapped in the process. A second later, Chas’s knees gave out and he dropped to his knees on the thick carpet to relieve the pressure on his arm.

Tate bent over him, still holding Chas’s fingers up behind his back with one hand. He laid his hand on the back of the young man’s neck, pushing his forehead firmly to the floor with the other hand.

“Ah! You’re hurting me!” Chas gasped out, drooling down toward the carpet beneath him. His body was shuddering but all the fight had gone out of him and he suddenly went boneless as his body relaxed.

Tate leaned down to speak softly at his ear. “No hitting. No slapping. No getting physical of any sort. That clear?” Go ahead. Fight me, you little fucker. I’ll have your jeans around your ankles and my dick up your ass so fast, you won’t know what hit you.

A second later Chas gave an almost imperceptible nod. His chest was heaving and Tate thought he heard a sob come out of the man as he grunted in pain again.

“Okay,” Chas finally ground out through gritted teeth, “Let me up.”

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3 Star Review for Where the Heart Belongs by Iyana Jenna #MM #Romance

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Title: Where the Heart Belongs
Author Name & Publisher: Iyana Jenna (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 27, 2016 – 8,200 Words

Synopsis

Zach’s best friend and brother Drew left him feeling abandoned and lost. In his lowest moment he is kidnapped and made a victim of a hate-crime committed by a true Psycho.

After being rescued by the FBI as a surviving witness, he is placed under the protection of FBI Agent Eugene Harris. Gradually, as Eugene gets to know Zach something strange happens. Instead of being disgusted by what he has learned, Eugene wants to comfort Zach.

Will Zach ever be able to accept that Drew is not coming back? Will Eugene ever have the guts to tell Zach how he truly feels?

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ThreeStar

I had a hard time trying to decide if this is a three or four star book. The reason I had such a hard time is for a couple of reasons.

First this book has so much potential to be such an amazing book instead of the short story it turned out to be. Another reason is because this book ended so quickly and left a lot of unanswered questions. The ending of the book was aburt and does not say anywhere of there will be another book to answer the questions I have. Everything was just kind of left up in the air.

Now As far as what the book actually had in it… This is a book that will probably not be for everyone. There is brotherly love with incest in the equation. Then there is rape. So not everyone will like this book. I found the book to be intriguing and would definitely suggest the author makes this into a full length novel. It has so much potential to be an amazing book and it would be ashame to not give the time and effort to this piticular story.

Even though I gave it a 3 star rating, it was not because I did not like it because if I am being honest I really liked the book. I really hope the author decides to make this into a series or decides to make it a full length book because it would be a huge hit if it was either of those.

Tosha

Excerpt

“Come with me, Zach.”

“Hush…” Zach whispered. He wanted to treasure the moment as much as he could but it was him who pulled back first. “Let’s go,” he said harshly. “You will miss your bus.” His heart bled at how Drew stared at him in confusion, hurt in his eyes. But he knew he had to let go now or he would never be able to.

He helped Drew with his bags and grasped Drew’s jacket sleeve, hugging him tight and kissing him again, not caring who might be watching. Drew clung onto him just like he used to during those cold nights whenever they were alone in a motel room, and squeezed him for the last time, pulling back. Their eyes met.

“I’ll come back for you.”

Long after the bus was gone, Zach was still standing at the bus station, his heart heavy. Drew was his brother and his lover. Zach realized the unnatural nature of their relationship, but he couldn’t bring himself to care.

They only had each other in their lives.

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New Release: Where the Heart Belongs by Iyana Jenna #MM #Romance

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Title: Where the Heart Belongs
Author Name & Publisher: Iyana Jenna (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 27, 2016 – 8,200 Words

Synopsis

Zach’s best friend and brother Drew left him feeling abandoned and lost. In his lowest moment he is kidnapped and made a victim of a hate-crime committed by a true Psycho.

After being rescued by the FBI as a surviving witness, he is placed under the protection of FBI Agent Eugene Harris. Gradually, as Eugene gets to know Zach something strange happens. Instead of being disgusted by what he has learned, Eugene wants to comfort Zach.

Will Zach ever be able to accept that Drew is not coming back? Will Eugene ever have the guts to tell Zach how he truly feels?

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“Come with me, Zach.”

“Hush…” Zach whispered. He wanted to treasure the moment as much as he could but it was him who pulled back first. “Let’s go,” he said harshly. “You will miss your bus.” His heart bled at how Drew stared at him in confusion, hurt in his eyes. But he knew he had to let go now or he would never be able to.

He helped Drew with his bags and grasped Drew’s jacket sleeve, hugging him tight and kissing him again, not caring who might be watching. Drew clung onto him just like he used to during those cold nights whenever they were alone in a motel room, and squeezed him for the last time, pulling back. Their eyes met.

“I’ll come back for you.”

Long after the bus was gone, Zach was still standing at the bus station, his heart heavy. Drew was his brother and his lover. Zach realized the unnatural nature of their relationship, but he couldn’t bring himself to care.

They only had each other in their lives.

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New Release: The Brat (Marine Bodyguard #3) by Patricia Logan (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Thriller @PatriciaLogan1

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Title: The Brat (Marine Bodyguard #3)
Author Name: Patricia Logan
Publication Date & Length: February 10, 2016 – 96,000 Words

Synopsis

Charles Fordham III has been expelled from Oxford and sent home with his tail between his legs. The self-professed “brat” has always gotten away with things because of his father’s influence and money. Poor Chas is in for the surprise of his life in the form of a tall, well-muscled, former Marine bodyguard… but even more daunting days may lie ahead. Have his years abroad prepared him for the expectations of his father when he’s forced to live up to his legacy?

Tate Heston returns home from Iraq when his beloved career is cut short by an IED. He’s used to turning boys into men and then leading them into battle where sometimes the good guys lose. This makes him even more hesitant about taking on a job guarding a spoiled brat, but he believes he can probably do what he does best… make young Chas a man.

Not everyone wants to see the brat succeed in his father’s place. Things have been running just fine for years and the return of Charles Fordham III and the shake up his arrival causes, has his family’s enemies in a panic. But as the boy assumes his rightful place, Tate understands sometimes a man must take his fight to the enemy… regardless of battlefield… or boardroom.

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Chas whirled on Tate, stalking up to him, probably having decided that he was the whole problem. Hell, Tate was totally fine with that. Better he hate him than his father. Hate was easy to handle but he was really surprised when he stopped right in front of him and shouted at him.

“You have no right to tell me how I should talk to my father, you… you cretin!” he screamed.

Tate was only slightly surprised as spittle flew out of Chas’s mouth when he spoke and he raised his hand. Is he gonna…?

Tate reached up and stopped Chas’s slap inches from his cheek as he viciously swung his hand toward him. Tate managed to grasp Chas’s wrist, stopping the blow and the action brought the young man flush up against his body. For a few seconds their faces were inches from each other and with all of Chas’s rage, the way his chest heaved with anger, Tate inexplicably felt his cock harden in his jeans. His fury is magnificent. Tate didn’t know whether he should stop the kid or just bend him over his father’s desk and fuck him right then and there and get it over with.

He let the thought slide through his mind for a few seconds as he stared into Chas’s magnificent angry amber-colored eyes. It’s probably not the right time… more’s the pity.

Tate hesitated only a second and then tore his gaze away from the man’s, bringing Chas’s arm down and then around the man’s side so that he was forced to turn his back on Tate. Chas cried out as Tate deftly brought his hand up between his shoulder blades, causing him to bend forward to take the pressure off or have his arm snapped in the process. A second later, Chas’s knees gave out and he dropped to his knees on the thick carpet to relieve the pressure on his arm.

Tate bent over him, still holding Chas’s fingers up behind his back with one hand. He laid his hand on the back of the young man’s neck, pushing his forehead firmly to the floor with the other hand.

“Ah! You’re hurting me!” Chas gasped out, drooling down toward the carpet beneath him. His body was shuddering but all the fight had gone out of him and he suddenly went boneless as his body relaxed.

Tate leaned down to speak softly at his ear. “No hitting. No slapping. No getting physical of any sort. That clear?” Go ahead. Fight me, you little fucker. I’ll have your jeans around your ankles and my dick up your ass so fast, you won’t know what hit you.

A second later Chas gave an almost imperceptible nod. His chest was heaving and Tate thought he heard a sob come out of the man as he grunted in pain again.

“Okay,” Chas finally ground out through gritted teeth, “Let me up.”

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