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5 Stars for Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc. #5) by Leslie Lee Sanders #MM #Romance @LeslieLSanders

CoverTitle: Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc. #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Leslie Lee Sanders (LLS Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 1, 2016 – 165 pgs

Synopsis

As above, so below, except when referring to the underground Refuge Inc. compound.

A century after an asteroid impact and merely fifteen years after a second collision that turned the world into a noxious wasteland, Cadet Connor Nichols and other Refuge facility residents are making the most of their spherical underground utopia they call home.

But when a breach threatens to poison the occupants with toxic air, Connor is forced to make life-altering decisions in an attempt to save lives and his only home. With help from best friend and training partner, Vince Moore, he’s reminded that good leadership requires responsibility.

His struggle intensifies as everything he knows about the facility, the leaders, and himself becomes twisted, distorted, and turned into the unimaginable when his efforts exposes shocking secrets that threaten their future.

*A standalone in the Refuge Inc. series

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 FiveStars

I have to say I didn’t even realize this story was in a series until I sat down to write my review. It was a very good stand alone story that didn’t feel like anything was left out without having read the other books in the series.
This is a world that is after Earth as we know it has been destroyed. I absolutely loved the world that the author created. It was believable and intriguing.
The relationship between the two main characters was touching. They had a romance that was exploitative in their youth, but stopped however, their friendship was able to continue to thrive until Connor can’t hold it in anymore. While I normally don’t care for the tease of two characters never actually getting down to the dirty.. this actually worked and I liked that they were so tentative with each other and taking each step deeper into their relationship.
The drama that we get from the story come from the facility itself and the leadership within. While I wouldn’t have minded more information about how things came to be the way they were, it wasn’t hard to go with the story as it was written. I thought it was extremely creative the way the ‘bad guys’ were handled.
In the end I want to go back and start with the first book since this story was so well written.
Renee

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3 Stars for A Dandelion for Tulip (Beings In Love #6) by R. Cooper #MM #Fantasy

CoverTitle: A Dandelion for Tulip (Being(s) In Love #6)
Author Name & Publisher: R. Cooper (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 24, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

David is in love with Tulip, a kind and unusually quiet fairy in his social circle. But everyone knows Tulip doesn’t date humans. David tells himself he is happy to be Tulip’s friend, because he doesn’t believe a fairy could love him and Tulip has never tried to “keep him”—as fairies refer to relationships with humans.

Fairies are drawn to David, describing his great “shine,” but David knows only too well how quickly fairies can forget humans, and thinks he’s destined to be alone. He can’t see his own brilliance or understand how desperately Tulip wants him, even if Tulip believes David can do better.

But exhausted and more than a little tipsy at a Christmas party, David makes his feelings too obvious for Tulip to deny any longer. Because of a past heartbreak involving a human, Tulip is convinced someone as shiny as David could never want a “silly, stupid fairy” in his life. Now, if he wants to keep David, he’ll have to be as brave as his shiny, careful human.

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ThreeStar

I like that this book feels like a sequel to something. It starts in the moment, the characters all knowing each other. There’s history and texture. It’s immediately immersive. I love fairy (fey) stories.
But the angst went on a little too long. David and his fairy, Tulip, are both obstructionist to their own desire to be together. Their friends, especially Flor, are supportive and amusing. But the angst goes on for months. Pages and pages. Insecurity is not my kink.
The payoff is quite lovely, at least. David and Tulip, even in wallowing, are likeable, attractive, kind characters. I would like to read more in this universe. Or any universe R. Cooper happens to offer.
C. E. Case

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TWO 5 Star Reviews for Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes #1) by Angel Martinez #MM #Paranormal @AngelMartinezrr

limegelatinandothermonsters_800Title: Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Angel Martinez (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date: August 16, 2016

Synopsis

Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to a precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.

Just as he’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, Kyle’s new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways. If they can learn to work together, they might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.

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FiveStars

Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters is a quirky and imaginative romance. I highly recommend it for someone looking for a light and funny paranormal romance.
Angel Martinez has managed to fit a lot into a relatively short book. She introduces a number of unique characters, solves a mystery, starts a steamy romance, and makes us laugh along the way. The story is immediately engaging and kept me hooked until the end.
Kyle and Vikash are great characters with depth and personality. They have a highly entertaining relationship – both in the bedroom and as partners on the job. The sex scenes are explicit and hot, and the budding romance is low-angst and sweet.
This is a great introduction to the Offbeat Crimes series. This book has a good conclusion, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a standalone story. I’m excited to move on to the next one!
Amanda
FiveStars
I have read a lot of paranormal books and yes they all have weird unexplainable things in them, that is what makes them so good…. But I have say that this book was beyond the unexplainable things. With that said I have to say that this book was so dang good. It was everything you look for in a good read. There was mystery, there was action, there was cops, there was inter office romance, there was freaky monsters, and there was extreme chemistry between the two main characters. You throw in the tension between other fellow officers and how quirky the main characters are and you have a winner on your hands with this read.

Kyle has not always been a paranormal officer. Until recently he was just like everyone else and lives a normal life as a regular police officer with a regular partner on his old squad. Hat all changed the night him and his old partner encountered the lime jello monster and Kyle stepped in to help his previous partner from being ate. Instead of doing the same to Kyle, Kyle was able to absorb the lime jello monsters powers and save his partner. Which in turn sent him to the 77th precinct with the other paranormal officers. Once there his powers really kicked in and he was not able to work with or get close to anyone else from fear of what he would absorb of their powers. Well that is until Vikash came to the precinct and was partnered with Kyle.

Things were different with Kash b cause instead of absorbing his power of destruction when Kash is angry, together they make the powers stronger and work hand in hand together. Not something either of them are used to but they make it work for their benefit.

With the case they are working on and the mystery as to what exactly the killer is exactly (whether human or a paranormal killer), Kash and Kyles unique powers could be the difference between there being another murder or not and Kash and Kyle being alive to tell the tell of what the murder is.

Add to the fact they are still feeling each other out at work and behind closed doors and you have a very good read.

Kash and Kyle in my opinion are very good together not only at work but at home also. They both have similar tastes in movies, music, and food but they also have this amazing chemistry together. I cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out to find out what these band of misfit cops get up too and into. Great read.

Tosha

Excerpt

Kyle sat up straighter, shifting to see between the heads in front of him. Soren looked like a poster boy for the model police officer, tall and straight, uniform crisp and sharp. He stood at parade rest beside the lieutenant impassively surveying his new colleagues. A little knot of resentment lodged in Kyle’s stomach. At his own introduction to the Seventy-seventh, he’d been nervous and fidgety, freaked out by the collection of…freaks. How can he be so calm?

“Officer Soren transferred from the Harrisburg PD—”

“Don’t they have enough freaky shit of their own up there?” Wolf called out in his rasping growl.

“—since Harrisburg is in our jurisdiction,” she continued with a quelling glance.

“He’ll start out partnered with Monroe.”

“What does he do, ma’am? That it’s safe to put him with Kirby, er, Kyle?” Shira Lourdes asked as she flicked nervous glances across the room at Kyle. An empty chair slid away from her and fell over. Her partner, Greg Santos, shook his head and righted the unfortunate piece of furniture.

“Officer Soren’s abilities are his business, which he may or may not choose to share if you ask. And don’t bully him about it either, any of you.” Lieutenant Dunfee swept the room again, pinning each of her officers with her needle-laser gaze like captive butterflies. “Monroe, my office after briefing. Info on your current case.”

She dismissed them, stalking from the room with thunderclouds in her eyes. Kyle found himself approaching the new guy and trying his best not to be awkward. Did he offer to shake hands? Was it safe? Would the guy flinch like so many people did at the sight of Kyle’s scarred hands? Soren was even taller up close, six-foot- three of lean inscrutability, his blue eyes startlingly bright against smoky bronze skin.

“Um, hi, I’m Kyle Monroe.” Kyle fidgeted when Soren didn’t offer his hand either. “You’re with me, I guess. I’ll show you our spot in the squad room.”

Soren followed him silently and Kyle was starting to wonder if he was like Krisk in the not-speaking department until he finally spoke in a smooth, soft baritone, making Kyle startle and miss a step. “Why do they call you Kirby?”

“You’d hear it sooner or later, I guess.” Kyle shrugged. “It’s this thing I do, absorbing other people’s talents temporarily. If they’re close to me. Or touch me. Like Kirby, the little pink dude in the video game.”

“Ah.”

Just that? Soren didn’t edge away, or change expression at all. Was he made of stone? “It’s a thing. Everyone here has a thing.”

After a few more steps, Soren asked, “Always?”

“What…oh, was I always like this? Who knows? I mean, maybe I’ve picked up stray thoughts or something, but no. It’s pretty recent. Knowing that I do this.”

Kyle took a wide arc around Vance as he entered the squad room, pointing to the double desk in the far corner, well removed from everyone else. “That’s ours. Coffee’s over there, but you might not want that coffee. Let me grab my file and we’ll go see the lieutenant.”

“So what’s your story, Soren?” Vance called across the squad room. “What flies your freak flag?”

“Yeah, what do you do?” Jeff Gatling stopped ’porting his banana from one corner of his desk to the other.

“I don’t really do anything,” Soren answered as he hefted the empty coffee pot.

“Guess I’ll make fresh since I’m the new guy.”

He opened the top to remove the filter and every human voice in the squad room yelled out, “No!”

Most people would have startled, maybe dropped the carafe. Soren just blinked at the roomful of people gesturing wildly. He took the filter out and emptied it over the trashcan. “Why not?”

“You don’t want to do that.” Kyle stayed by his desk, a nice safe distance from the coffee station. “That’s Larry’s job.”

“Larry’s not keeping up then.”

The container of sweetener packets began to rattle. It shivered across the counter and leaped to a messy end, ceramic shards skittering across the floor. The desk that Krisk and Wolf shared rose from the floor several inches and slammed back down. Wolf fled with a squeaking yelp just before the desk flipped on its side.

Soren glanced toward Kyle. “Larry’s not a cop, is he?”

“He is…he was! A dead cop. Larry’s a ghost. He gets ticked if anyone else makes the coffee. Put the stuff back, please!”

“Larry?” Soren raised his voice but to all appearances remained completely unruffled. “I’m new here. I’m very sorry I invaded your jurisdiction. See? I’m putting the carafe back. Closing the top. Are we good, Larry?”

A breeze ruffled through a stack of papers, but no further mayhem ensued. The carafe slid from its pad on the coffeemaker and floated to the water cooler where Larry, who never manifested in a visible form, whistled tunelessly while he filled the carafe.

From his dim corner of the room, Carrington said in his dry, genteel way, “Welcome to the Island of Misfit Freaks.”

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Audiobook Review: 5 Star Review for Who Knows the Storm (The Vigilante #1) by Tere Michaels #MM #Dystopia

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Title: Who Knows the Storm (The Vigilante #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Tere Michaels (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 17, 2014 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

In a dystopian near future, New York City has become the epicenter of decadence—gambling, the flesh trade, a playground for the wealthy. And underneath? Crime, fueled by “Dead Bolt,” a destructive designer drug. This New City is where Nox Boyet leads a double life. At night, he is the Vigilante, struggling to keep the streets safe for citizens abandoned by the corrupt government and police. During the day, he works in construction and does his best to raise his adopted teenaged son, Sam.

A mysterious letter addressed to Sam brings Nox in direct contact with “model” Cade Creel, a high-end prostitute working at the Iron Butterfly Casino. Suspicion gives way to an intense attraction as dark figures from Nox’s past and the mysterious peddlers of Dead Bolt begin to descend—and put all their lives in danger. When things spin out of control, Cade is the only person Nox can trust to help him save Sam.

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FiveStars

This review is for the audiobook, narrated by Jonathan Young.
Who Knows the Storm is a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a strong action/suspense story with some romance. The narration is perfectly done, and the choices of the different voices are great. Jonathan Young’s performance really brings the story to life.
A gay vigilante … about time! This book throws together so many genres I love. It is a dystopian adventure with suspense, mystery and a vigilante main character. The characters are wonderfully written. They have depth, history, and personality. The detailed way the world is developed makes it really come to life. The story itself is immediately engaging. The well-timed reveals of present and past mysteries kept me intrigued through the whole book, not quite knowing what was coming next. The many moving parts in the story make it thoroughly entertaining.
The romantic story is a secondary plot to the main story. The romance is steamy, and the few sex scenes are explicit and hot. But I wouldn’t recommend this to someone looking for a highly romantic or erotic novel.
I wouldn’t recommend this as a standalone. Some important things are left unanswered, but there is a definite sense of conclusion to this first part of the series. I’m very much looking forward to the next book!
Amanda

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3 Star Review for Snare by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae #MM #Fantasy @Racheline_M @erincmcrae

CoverTitle: Snare
Author Name & Publisher: Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: June 22, 2016 – 89 pgs

Synopsis

When Elliot Iverson, a municipal employee responsible for paperwork pertaining to New York City’s vampire population, knocks on the door of the Gramercy warren, he wants only to resolve a clerical error. But a sudden snowstorm, a new friendship, and an ill-advised threesome force Elliot to make some big choices about his own life and death.

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ThreeStar

This book was definitely different. I was a little lost at first when I started reading it but it was a decent read. It is not too short and it is not too long. It is in between.

I liked the characters Richard, Eli, and Matthew. They all seemed to be good for one another. But I was confused on if they all really wanted to be together.

I think that the story would have been better and earned 5 stars if there was more in depth on the relationship it self and not so much on whether Eli was staying or leaving.

I also think that the characters should have more info on them instead of just bits and pieces of their past and only making the reader want to know more about them.

Overall it was a nice read but I feel that it could have been an awesome read with more information on the three men and the relationship that they may have or may not have had.

Tosha

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TWO 5 Star Reviews for No Quarter (Bounty #1) by Christine d’Abo #MM #SciFi @Christine_dAbo

CoverTitle: No Quarter (Bounty #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Christine d’Abo (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: April 25, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

When bounty hunter Gar Stitt is given a simple locate-and-retrieve mission, he’s convinced it’s a waste of his skills. His success rate is legendary, after all, and Captain Faolan Wolf isn’t hard to find. He’s the most notorious pirate in the galaxy, and when he shows up planetside to take his pleasures, he’s far from subtle.

Faolan never expected a hot but tightly wound hunter to walk into his private party and try to apprehend him single-handedly. And when an unexpected betrayal forces them to work together, Faolan’s even more surprised to find himself drawn to Gar personally—especially since neither of them do personal.

Gar had intended to put Faolan in prison. Instead he finds his solitary existence shaken by his desire for the pirate. And when the bounty hunter becomes the hunted, he must put his faith in Faolan and his pirate crew, or run the risk of ending up dead.

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FiveStars

Christine d’Abo did such an amazing job in this book. I have never read anything by this particular author but I will be after reading this book. No Quarter Bounty was such an awesome read that I can not even find the right words to express the truth to just how much I enjoyed this book.

This is a book about bounty hunters (Gar), pirates (Faolan), missing sisters, crazy crew members, bosses that have a god complex, and traitors.

This book was so action packed that I never knew when an attack on ones ship was going to happen. There was so many twist and turns that I kept wondering who the traitor was and when we would find out what was the reason behind the hit put out on Gar.

As far as Gar and Faolan was concerned, these two are so opposite of the other that it is not even funny. Gar works in bringing criminals to justice and let’s face the facts, Faolan is the lord of criminals. But even with that between the two of them, they are so much alike in other ways. They both keep their feelings locked close to them. Neither man truly lets anyone in. But together they bring out all these emotions that neither wanted to feel and they give each other strength to live, to keep fighting, to keep lookin for answers, and most of all to love again. They are the perfect pair. They complete each other.

I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and I hope it is more on the two men or at leasts gives us a glimpse into what is happening with them.

Tosha

FiveStars

No Quarter is an intense and sexy space adventure! I hadn’t read anything by Christine d’Abo before, and this just blew me away.
Gar and Faolan are well-developed and intriguing characters. It’s fascinating watching as each tries to come to terms with the inner turmoil that this new relationship causes. And their banter and push-pull for control is entertaining and hot as hell.
The story is immediately engaging and the pacing is perfect as it twists and turns. It’s a great blend of excitement, drama, and steamy romance. Even though this is the first book in the series, it is also a complete story that can stand alone quite well. No Quarter focuses on introducing the characters and their relationships and shows us a piece of their world(s). There are still lots of things to explore in the rest of the series, and I’m excited to keep going with the next book.
I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a strong Sci-Fi story with erotic romance, especially if you’re looking to jump into a new exciting series.
Amanda

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3.5 stars for Midsummer Court (Bad Fairies #3) by T.J. Land #MM #Romance #Fantasy #BDSM

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Title: Midsummer Court (Bad Fairies #3)
Author Name & Publisher: T. J. Land (NineStar)
Publication Date & Length: May 23, 2016 —  55 pages

Synopsis

Newly arrived at Oberon’s court, Puck has already made a name for himself through his wit, his wiliness, and his very nice legs. But he’s not interested in the envy of his peers; what he’s really after is the attention of the Lord of All Fairies himself. Seducing the monarch will surely win him power and prestige, provided he can withstand Oberon’s famously bad temper.

Soon, though, Puck realizes that Oberon’s belligerent façade is just that, and his schemes of strategic seduction are submerged beneath budding infatuation. Now, Puck will have to muster all his tricks, from sonnets to the lash, to win the fairy king’s heart – a task which becomes substantially more difficult when Oberon discovers that Puck has been consorting with mortals…

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ThreeandHalfStars

Midsummer Court is a light and fun read, but as the series progresses I feel like the stories are becoming less interesting.

This is an entertaining book but not overly engaging. Puck and Oberon are fun characters, and their banter and antics are amusing. Some of the sex scenes are delightfully kinky.

The plot isn’t overly exciting, but I am looking forward to continuing the series if there is another book planned.

I recommend this series for anyone looking for a fun and sexy fantasy, as long as they don’t expect much depth.

~Amanda

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