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5 Star Review for So Into You (The PI Guys #2) by S. E. Harmon #MM #Romance

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Title: So Into You (The PI Guys #2)
Author Name & Publisher: S.E. Harmon (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 4, 2016 – 326 pgs

Synopsis

Screenwriter Noah Ashley has a few four-letter words for his agent when she suggests he improve his script by shadowing a PI. Still, because he’s an artist dedicated to his craft and she knows where the bodies are buried, he agrees. Then he spends a little time with the gorgeous PI, and suddenly it seems like a really good plan. The PI doesn’t seem to entirely love the idea, but Noah has never been afraid to go after what he wants.

PI Drew Rodriguez is used to people depending on him. He’s the classic rock for his family. Responsible. Dependable. The classic rock would never succumb to the borderline sleazy temptation of friends with benefits, no matter how sexy that temptation is. Drew is looking for something enduring.

Despite Drew’s misgivings, it’s not long before they’ve got all the requisites for friends with benefits going. Friendly, good conversation? Check. Fun times in and out of bed? Check. Hot, electrolyte-sapping sex? Double check. Falling in love? Yeah. About that….

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FiveStars

Screenwriter Noah shadows PI Drew to help him write his next script. Well the instant these two men meet there is a attraction between them that Drew tries to fight as much as he can… But eventually he gives in and when he does, lets just say it was so incredible hot!

I thought this author did such a amazing job with the characters in this book and the story. The banter between these two men was hilarious and the way they were together was just so sweet. Drew has a lot going on with his family besides his work so when he feels that draw to Noah he fights it but as they start getting closer as the story progresses there is just no way he can fight it anymore.

The steam in this book was so damn hot! You also meet so many different characters in this book.

So I will leave this review with…. I really loved this book and would recommend it!

Kara

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THREE 5 and 4 Stars for Breakaway (Scoring Chances #1) by Avon Gale #MM #Sports @Avongalewrites

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Title: Breakaway (Scoring Chances #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Avon Gale (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 27, 2015 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He’s put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It’s a strange way to begin a relationship.

Jared’s been playing minor league hockey for most of his career. He’s bisexual and doesn’t care if anyone knows. But he’s determined to avoid another love affair after the last one left him devastated. Out of nowhere a one-nighter with rookie Lane Courtnall gives him second thoughts. Lane reminds Jared why he loves the game and why love might be worth the risk. In turn, Jared hopes to show Lane how to be comfortable with himself on and off the ice. But they’re at different points in their careers, and both men will have to decide what they value most.

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FiveStars

I loved this.  A hockey story about a barely professional league in the American Deep South was always going to be funny.  What I didn’t expect were the complex characters, a passionate love story and a completely angst-free m/m romance.   

At the start of the story, Lane is a talented, arrogant new NHL draft pick starting his career with a farm team two divisions below the NHL.  Socially awkward verbal diarrhea doesn’t exactly endear him to his teammates.  Jared is a washed up goon at the end of his career.  He’s still playing hockey because someone pays him and he doesn’t know anything else to do.  They meet when Lane decides to win over his team by picking a fight with Jared.

These are two wonderful, perfectly developed characters.  I love Lane’s awkwardness and his growth over the course of his first professional season.  His relationship with Zoe and his relationship with his parents add warmth and depth to a brilliant story.  The author doesn’t devote quite as much time to Jared, but his past and his relationship with his family are beautifully developed.  I love the deft descriptions of the men Lane and Jared play with.  And I really love Zoe.  Not many m/m writers add well developed unique female characters, but I had a massive girl crush on Zoe from the first moment we meet her.  

As the author points out, Hockey is a serious religion in Canada and I thoroughly enjoyed the clash of cultures between the Canadian and Northern American players and their new Southern home.  So much is lost in cultural translation.  I’m not sure if you need to be Canadian to understand the humour, but it helps.  

I loved how the author circumvented the tired coming out angst common to most m/m professional sports stories. This author just acknowledges that most of the players are Canadian and they’ve had gay marriage and social justice stuff for years up there.  So instead of the usual secrets, lies and stress, we get a really fun sports story.  It feels modern and realistic.  

Sarah

FiveStars

I’m not a sports fan. Never have been. Imagine my surprise when after reading a few pages I found myself liking this book.

One of the things I really liked about this book is that it did not contain a lot of pages describing a hockey game or hockey players talking about hockey. I really appreciated that. This book is more about the relationship between the main characters and Lane and his friend Zoe.

I loved the main characters in this story, I especially loved Lane. He is a character with so many facets to his personality. He is hilarious and quirky and, like, has his own language, which made him really entertaining.

Below is one of my favorite quotes. Zoe and Lane are talking and Zoe says,

“What the hell are you doing?”
He looked up at her. “Looking for the button that turns on your closed captioning, because your accent is really thick when you’re mad.”

I really liked the budding relationship of the main characters. How the strange way that Lane speaks is what drew Jared in. That was so unique and funny.

I do recommend this book. This is a great story for sport lovers and ones who don’t care for sports. Don’t let the hockey scare you. Its not loaded with it. You will love the relationship between the main characters and the way Lane talks is so hilarious it makes the book a really fun read.

Ariel

FiveStarsLane has just been drafted to the NHL Sea Storms. Jared plays for the opposing team the Savannah Renegades. He also happens to be bi so when he meets Lane there is a instant attraction between these two men.
So I have to say it did take me awhile to warm up to Lane.. The way he acted and talked to everyone took a little bit to get used.Other than that I did like these two men together and thought this was a sweet, but very steamy book filled with a lot of hockey and two men who grow closer together as the time goes by. The way they talked to each other was honestly so funny but at the same time so sweet. Then there was also the ending which I loved.

I really liked the authors pretense of this story and the way these characters were written even Lane who took a little bit to get used to and eventually grew on me so much that by the end of this book I ended up loving his character!

All together I really liked this story!
I would recommend this book!

~Kara

FourStars

Let me start by saying that I enjoyed this book thoroughly.  I liked that the main characters had supporting characters throughout the story and that those secondary characters added to the story rather than took away from it.
Then, I would also like to add that this book had much more about hockey and the ins and outs of a team than the romance of the main characters, despite their chemistry being very hot.
Lane is a somewhat awkward hockey player – he knows how to play, knows how to relate to his teammates, as long as the game is involved, but other than that, he is incredibly naive and immature.  The narration that went on in this story was sometimes over the top and Lane easily got on my nerves.  While I appreciated his innocence at times, during other sections, I just wanted to roll my eyes and shake my head.
Then you have Jared.  All I can say is yum.  He is a hockey player through and through and knows that his life, while not in the pros, has been full of the game he loves.  I really enjoyed how Gale was able to create the magic again for Jared’s character – he was able to reinvent himself and I loved that he wasn’t afraid to take that chance.
While their romance is not typical, Gale was able to write a story that encompassed both love of the game of hockey as well as finding your true partner in crime.  The connection between Lane and Jarod is both instantaneous and explosive both on and off the ice.
I am so very looking forward to Riley’s story, because he is both intriguing and mysterious all wrapped in to an awesome goal keeper.
AvidReader

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5 Stars for The Shearing Gun by Renae Kaye #MM #Romance

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Title: The Shearing Gun
Author Name & Publisher: Renae Kaye (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 19, 2014 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

At twenty-five, Hank owns a small parcel of land in Australia’s rural southwest where he supplements his income from the property with seasonal shearing. Hank is a “shearing gun”—an ace shearer able to shear large numbers of sheep in a single day. His own father kicked him out when his sexuality was revealed, and since no one would ever hire a gay shearer, Hank has remained firmly closeted ever since.
Elliot is the newbie doctor in town—city-born and somewhat shell-shocked from his transplant to the country. When a football injury brings Hank to Elliot’s attention, an inappropriate sexual glance and the stuttered apology afterward kickstarts their friendship. Romance and love soon blossom, but it’s hard for either of them to hope for anything permanent. As if the constant threat of being caught isn’t enough, Elliot’s contract runs out after only a year.

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What can I say about this book other then this book was so good!!!
Hank is a gay man trying to hide that he is in Australia’s Rural southwest.  He has is own farm and is a sheep shearer, which with that kind of work is were his fear of being found out stems from.  He does not want to lose his job and friends which is his greatest fear.  He was doing a good job of it too until he meets Elliot the new doctor in his town.  He soon realizes he is attracted to Elliot, which in time steadily moves to love.
Elliot what can I say about him other then he was such a sweetheart who just wants to help people and get closer to Hank.
This book has low angst but so much sweet when it comes to the two of them building as a couple.  There are also some funny moments and some moments where you hold your breath hoping everything is okay.
Hank’s family slowly starts to accept him as he is and he will soon find out that all his fear of his town finding out may be for not.
I really loved this book and would definitely recommend it!
Kara

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3 Stars for Bad Idea (Itch #1) by Damon Suede #MM #Romance @dreamspinners @damonsuede

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Title: Bad Idea (Itch #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Damon Suede (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 21, 2013 – 333 pgs

Synopsis

Some mistakes are worth making.

Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.

Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.

What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?

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ThreeStar

Okay while I liked this book.. I just did not love it…
I think it was all the comic book references.  I will admit I was so lost with everything they were talking about.  Now Trip and Silas together I am indecisive on how I felt about them also.  Their sexy times were very hot!! But them together as a couple I am not sure how I felt about that.  I just did not get those vibes off them you know.  It is hard to explain but for some reason I just do not know how I felt about them.
I really liked Trip’s character because I can relate to the not being a fan of social situations where you need to be around a lot of people, the awkwardness he felt.
Silas was funny but came a across as a player a little bit.  So this is another one of those times where I am not really sure how I feel about his character.
I did really enjoy parts of this book.  There was just so many times I felt lost on what they were talking about.  You get you jerk boss with this one and your player friend who tries to talk you out of relationship due to his commitment phobia. Then you get a lot of comic book references in this book which made me sad because I wish I knew more about that now.  You get your misunderstandings and some angst also.
So all together it was not a bad book. I did like it, I was just a lost mess through some of it..
Kara

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5 Stars for The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune #MM #Fantasy @dreamspinners

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Title: The Lightning-Stuck Heart
Author Name & Publisher: T.J. Klune (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 20, 2015 – 400 pgs

Synopsis

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.

Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam’s pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King’s Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

When Sam is fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.

At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle. Sir Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.

Naturally, it all goes to hell through the years when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can’t control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan’s boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.

Or so he thinks.

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Okay this book had me laughing so hard my sides were hurting and I had tears running down my face.   I just can’t even put into words how funny this book was!   There was Gary the Gay Unicorn which I should probably feel more wrong about loving his character so much but I don’t.  The part in the woods with Gary and Kevin had me laughing so hard I had to stop reading to catch my breath.  Then there was Sam the main character, the wizard’s apprentice.  I just can’t put into words how much I loved his character.  Ryan the Knight who most of the time you wanted to reach through the book and slap a couple of times to wake him up. Yes this is a long book but it keeps a hold on you until the end when you are left wanting another book with all your now favorite characters because you just don’t want to let them go.   All the humor in the book, then the sweet moments just made this book so good!  I would go into a lot more detail about everything I loved about this book but I don’t want to ruin this book for anyone else.   There is a lot of dirty humor in this book also which some may not like or some will love like I did.  So I will leave this review with I would defiantly 100% Recommend this book!

Kara

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3 Stars for Bad Idea (Itch #1) by Damon Suede #MM #Romance @dreamspinners @damonsuede

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Title: Bad Idea (Itch #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Damon Suede (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 21, 2013 – 333 pgs

Synopsis

Some mistakes are worth making.

Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.

Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.

What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?

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ThreeStar

**Audiobook Review**
I think my biggest issue with this book has to be the pacing. Things would go incredibly fast, so fast I could hardly keep up with all the people and situations being slung at me to going so slow I could’ve easily skipped pages and not missed a single important thing.
While I understood that the main character was a comic guy… I didn’t expect there to be quite so much comic speak in the book. Sure some of the talk about the things people did and some of the events were interesting, but it got to be quite heavy and boring to someone like me who isn’t really into all of that.
I also could have greatly done without the sound imitations… Pretty sure we didn’t need them. I did find some of the similes and metaphors quite funny and silly since that was sort of the overall theme of the book… However, I found them distracting from any connection or character development that could’ve been happening at that time.
As for the narration, I will give mad props for getting the right feel for the mania that the book itself had and then slowing down in the right places. I will say WHEW, he can read a naughty scene unlike any other and really got in to it, which is kind of fun and different than most narrators because it feels like its more of a show than something you are listening to. However, that being said, there were numerous words pronounced wrong and that really was sad because otherwise I would’ve said he’d done a great job, instead I’ll give Narration a 4 star and the book a 3 star rating.
Renee

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