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4 Star, 3.5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom
Author Name & Publisher: Kate McMurray (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 15, 2016 – 218 Pages

Synopsis

Marriage gets less convenient when love is involved.

It started simple: Ondrej Kovac marries Archie Katsaros so Ondrej can stay in the US, away from his judgmental family in eastern Europe. Archie marries Ondrej in exchange for the money to bail out his failing company. It’s a fraud neither man is convinced he can pull off.

But as Archie introduces Ondrej to New York society and Ondrej proves his skill in the office, they start to discover a connection between them. Can they overcome the rocky foundation their relationship was built on, meddling immigration agents, gossip columnists determined to out their deception, and an aggressive executive set on selling Archie’s company out from under him? Only if they can prove to each other their love is worth fighting for.

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ThreeStar

So, I totally love harlequin romances. I may not read as much as used to since venturing off to MMs,but I have fond memories of those books. I was excited when Dreamspinner Press decided to make Dreamspun Desires, basically harlequin romances for MM.
The title for this book is pretty fun and totally harlequin-like. I was excited to read it…but sadly didn’t live up to my imagination. I didn’t feel much connection between the two MCs and i expected to have more Greek stuff mentioned. The ending was good, but somewhere the book had lost my interest. Huh, maybe it’s just me wanting more. I expected too much. Maybe. Well, it had most of the harlequin-like elements in the book so 3 stars.
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ThreeandHalfStars
So, normally, I really enjoy McMurray books.  This one, however, just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.

While it was a semi-sweet story of convenience that turned in to more, I felt that the character development just wasn’t what McMurray usually gives her readers.

Archie seemed to want to be patient and be a good boss.  He wanted his company to do well, despite having a somewhat uphill battle to do that.  His family dynamic was somewhat overplayed, in my opinion.  He seemed to need someone, Ondrej, to give him a boost of confidence and self-esteem.  And, while Archie does see Ondrej’s skills in the business world, it seemed to me that Archie lacked the real romance part of the story.  There was a quick, maybe, why he was falling, but it was not really the focus.

Then you have Ondrej.  He seemed slightly whiny in the story and even though he is trying to get away from his family, he’s the socially strange, but business savvy worker?  It just didn’t really fit that well.

I did enjoy their friendship blossoming, but there was too much back and forth, mistrust, poor communication and overall lack of cohesiveness for the story to really take shape.  Unfortunately, there was a disconnect between what the book blurb promises and the delivery.  This had so much potential.

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FourStars
This was another book from Dreamspinners Dreamspun Desires series and one from a favorite author of mine. This was a really sweet story about Archie and Ondrej and I love Archie but just could not understand or connect Ondrej. There seem to be some contradictions in the plot development and character development. That always makes it hard for me to get into a book when I don’t have those connections to the MC’s. I’d have to say what I enjoyed the most about this book was the friendship that grew between the two men and most of all the ending.  That is one thing that Kate McMurray did not exceptionally well in all her books and this was no different.
Lynn

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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW! 4 Stars for He/She Smells a Hoo-Hoo by Jack Bunbury #gay #humor

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Title: He/She Smells a Hoo-Hoo
Author Name & Publisher: Jack Bunbury (MacDonald Warne Media)
Publication Date & Length: September 7, 2016 – 48 Pages

Synopsis

While lounging in her pool, He/She the Elegant suddenly finds herself assaulted by a vicious smell, wafting over the walls of her bungalow chateau. Unable to bear the rancid reek contaminating her afternoon, she bundles up her two snide pekepoos and ventures out into the city on a mission to find the source of the smell. What follows is an epic quest – in a bustier, heels and a bombshell bouffant – where our girl bravely faces the deadly sins of Wrath, Lust, Gluttony and worst of all, Broken Nails.

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FourStars

He/She is the heroine of a poem, the rhyming kind, that I spent a delightful evening reading. He/She is funny and charming. The words are, too. Great one-liners and expectations come together to entertain. And her little dogs, too.
He/She smells a bad smell and goes on an epic quest to find the origin, striding across town in high heels. He/She encounters foes and friends. At every turn there is ridiculous, and just enough plot to keep going, and just enough pay-off to be totally satisfied when the adventure concludes.
This poem is a short read, which shows that size doesn’t matter.
C. E. Case

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5 Stars and 4.5 Stars for No Master (Bounty #3) by Christine d’Abo @Christine_dAbo #MM #Scifi #Romance @RiptidePublishing

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Title: No Master (Bounty #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Christine d’Abo (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 27th, 2016 – 223 Pages

Synopsis

No man in the galaxy inspires more fear than Korbin, the Admiral of the Black. His life as leader of the biggest pirate band in space leaves little room for trust, so when Korbin’s second-in-command disappears without a trace, he suspects the worst.

Zain Strand has left his life as a sex slave behind and risen within the pirate ranks. But he abandons it all to rescue an old friend from recapture by the slavers—even if that means a suicidal confrontation with his old master. He doesn’t expect Korbin’s arrival, doesn’t want Korbin’s help . . . but Korbin gives Zain no choice.

Posing as master and slave to infiltrate a slave auction, Korbin and Zain embark on a journey of lust that rapidly reveals their deeper feelings. When Zain’s old master discovers their ruse, Korbin must do everything in his power to save both their lives and their newfound love.

Publisher’s note: While books #1 and #2 in the Bounty series should be read in order, this book stands alone and can be read without the first two.

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FiveStars

This is the third book in Bounty series and I have found that with each book, I like the last eat even more then the last. With every book Christine d’Abo has been able to add more excitement, more intrigue, more action, and most of all more lust and love then the previous book.

This book was based around the Admiral in Black and his second in command Zain. Korbin (admiral in black) is a hard one to get a read on at first. It takes a little while in the book for me to get a real feel on him and why he does not let people in so easily. But once I did get a read on him it became real clear that he tries to not get close to anyone because he is scared of losing them. He is scared to care for anyone for fear of someone using them to gain any kind of power over him. I also think that he longs to be able to let go and allow someone to lend comfort to him when he needs it, someone to be able to give up some of that hard control that he always has to be in, someone to love him and love back, someone who he can share the real him with. He finally gives in to those desires with Zain and it scares him to death.

Zain in my opinion is looking for the same as Korbin. He wants all the things Korbin wants but he was a slave for so long that he is not sure he can give Korbin what he needs because it goes against everything he was trained to do. He has to fight those controls that was beat and trained to him to do. He finally breaks free and is able to feel his own desires and love for the first time because of Korbin.

This book is not only about these two coming together it is about finding and freeing everyone of the bad guy who bike and trained many slaves. It is an extremely dangerous situation with adventure, action, and danger.

Loved this book and cannot wait till the next book in the series.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

No Master is a sexy and engaging Sci-Fi adventure. I highly recommend this book and the whole series to anyone looking for an erotic, kinky, and romantic Sci-Fi.

Korbin and Zain are great characters with history and depth. It’s intriguing to watch their internal struggles as they work through the external challenges as well as their growing feelings for each other.

The plot is fast-paced and emotionally charged. This is also a very erotic book with BDSM themes.

Even though this is the third book of the Bounty series, the interaction with other characters in the series is minimal. This book stands alone quite well.

Amanda

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TWO 5 Stars and 4 Stars for Son of Money by Brandon Witt #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Son of Money
Author Name & Publisher: Brandon Witt (Dreamspinner)
Publication Date & Length: July 11, 2016 – 284 Pages

Synopsis

Randall Morgan, youngest son of one of Seattle’s wealthiest families, rejected his family’s money to live free of their control and pursue his career as a photographer. To make ends meet, Randall does erotic photography and massage—a secret he keeps from his family so he can remain a part of his young niece’s life. But the price of that relationship is high, and Randall is once more slipping under his family’s thumb.

Noah Carroll is the spokesperson for the Seattle Humane Society, and the city holds a special place in his heart. When fate intervenes during a pet adoption, Noah finds himself face-to-face with his first love—Randall.

While Noah and Randall are not the teenagers they once were, the flame of a first kiss long ago draws them together. Their romance is beginning to grow, but someone is out to destroy Randall and expose all he keeps hidden.

When secrets and rumors thrust Randall into the public eye, his relationship with Noah isn’t the only thing that comes under threat.

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FiveStars

Wow talk about betrayal by those who are supposed to love you the most. This book has way more then it’s fair share of betrayal and pain. But this book also has hope, long lost love, friendship, family, and it has new beginnings.

Randall has tried to pull away from his families money and live his life the way that he wanted and keep certain aspects under wraps about what he does in his free time but all the secrets that he has blows up in his face and is outed for his extracurricular activities that he does. In turn it turns his family against him. In my opinion that is when the story really and truly begins.

Noah and Randall both have been in love with each other since they were teenagers but they lost touch and then reconnected right before all of Randall’s troubles started. The way that Noah was willing to stand by Randall through all of the bad so close to them reconnecting is the true story of how strongly they both love each other. The things that would tear a normal couple apart brought these two men closer and made them stronger in their relationship and individually.

The things that Randall faced nearly broke him but because of the love Noah had for him, it made him stronger and into the man he always pictured himself to be. Randall hit his rock bottom and picked himself up and started over again to only decide living was better then giving in.

I really enjoyed the twist and turns in this book and I enjoyed taking the journey with Randall and Noah through their love story. This was a very good read and I look forward to reading more by Brandon Witt in the future.

Tosha

FourStars

Oh My Gawd – the drama!  The machinations of Randall’s family would make Shakespeare proud – or at least provide a great storyline for a daytime soap opera.  This is a tumultuous rollercoaster of a romance.

I loved the fact that Randall isn’t an entirely good leading man.  I liked his unapologetic sexual freedom and his independent spirit.  For me, Noah was a little bit too noble, but I enjoyed watching his character gain strength and confidence as the story progressed.  

I really enjoyed The Imperfection of Swans by the same author, but this is a very different book.  Where the former was a warm, realistic and charming romance, this is high angst drama among the rich and famous.  This is a much steamier, sexier read.  Once again, there are positive references to polyamory and more unconventional sex, while still ensuring a heteronormative, monogamous HEA.     

Randall’s scandalous outing and his subsequent downfall makes for quite distressing reading.  I’m not sure this story is always believable, but the melodrama is a lovely guilty pleasure.  I really enjoyed the romance and the intrigue.  I was surprised and excited by characters and plot twists and I loved the chemistry between Noah and Randall.

Sarah

FiveStars

I have enjoyed reading anything by Brandon Witt, and he did not disappoint me in this story either. His writing is fluent and strong. It is easy to follow even with all the drama and angst involved. I loved the twists throughout the story, as it kept me on my toes. There were a few different story lines in this book, but it was well created and played out.
I liked that Randall and Noah have known each other since they were kids and shared that first kiss. Everyone remembers that first kiss. I think if they hadn’t had a past together, even on the friendship side, I don’t know if I would have liked this story. For Noah to push so fast is understandable. He lost Randall once and doesn’t want to lose him again. So even though he wants to move forward fast, he is also still being patient.
Randall’s family…ugh. Why can’t all families just love and respect each other? My heart kept breaking for Randall throughout. I wanted to comfort him yet smack him to say “you are strong, don’t give up like they want you to.” His family was a real piece of work. No wonder he wants to make it on his own without their money. Randall has pride.
The interaction between Noah and Randall was genuine, sweet, compassion, and sexy. What these two went through together made a strong and unbreakable couple. Their hearts made a perfect whole.
I would recommend this book and all of Brandon Witt’s books. They are all so well written, and hits on subjects from real life.
Keri

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5 Stars for Heat (Salisbury Stories #1) by Chris Quinton & R. J. Scott #MM #Romance #Mystery

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Title: Heat
Author Name & Publisher: Chris Quinton & R. J. Scott (Love Lane Books)
Publication Date & Length: October 23, 2014 — 141 Pages

Synopsis

Serving up passion, family, love and hate, with a side order of arson.

Lewis has lost nearly everything, and now it seems that Devon is here to take the last thing he has left – working in his beloved restaurant, Laurels. But when an arsonist threatens everything Lewis loves, he realises sometimes everyone has their ghosts, and he discovers an unexpected ally who is prepared to risk everything for him.

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Set in the small cathedral city of Salisbury, Master Chef Lewis Mandineau no longer owns the Laurels, the restaurant that had been in his family for generations. Betrayed and robbed by an ex-lover, he’s had to sell to Trelawney Enterprises, an American corporation. That isn’t all Lewis has to contend with. Rachel, his beloved younger sister has been left severely hurt by the car crash that killed their parents, and taking care of her has to be his priority.

Enter Devon Trelawney III, sent to assess the viability of the restaurant and its staff. Devon knows all about family tradition. But he also knows sentiment has no place in business matters, and the Laurels’ potential is swamped by the debts it has accrued. Devon is a hardheaded businessman, first and foremost, but Lewis and Rachel test his resolve in different ways. Soon Devon is forced to admit that what seems like an impossible love can sometimes become something very real.

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FiveStars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was full of mystery, resentment, lust, sadness, loss, happiness, and love. It was an all around wonderful book.

I enjoyed reading this book because it hit to the heart of things. It dealt with mental illness, it dealt with head injuries, with the loss of family, with the loss of home and company, it dealt with having to overcome selling the company and having to live with the choices of of selling and repaying off debt from the the ex stealing from the company. It is a very realistic book in ways that things that happened to thee the these people really happen in real life. This book has so many real life experiences in it that it was hard to forget that it was only a story.

I also love how two people who originally started out hating each other turned that passion into so much more between them. And that even when bad things were happening around them they stuck together and was straight no for one another.

This is an amazing story of overcoming heartache and learning to move past the bad to get to the good. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it to other people to read. Cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

I really love when authors I love team up together, it makes for a really good book. Lewis was sweet and amazing in everything he did. The love he had for his sister Rachel was inspiring. It took me a little while to warm up to Devon because he was a total jerk in the beginning. I loved the conflict between Lewis and Devon as it made for a really interesting story. It also has a little mystery in the book as the fire department is looking for an arsonist. Lewis did not hesitate to take on Devon when he felt he was screwing up. I loved the reaction Devon had when Rachel was teaching how to load the dishwasher. The secondary characters were also amazing and I loved Gran-Em, who looked after Rachel.  Overall, this was an excellent book and I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

Lynn

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5 Stars for Awakening (Crossing Desires #1) by Megs Pritchard @MegsPritchard1 #MM #Erotica

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Title: Awakening (Crossing Desires #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Megs Pritchard
Publication Date & Length: March 6, 2016 – 60 Pages

Synopsis

An erotic novella. Contains homosexual relations.
Tony likes women. Always has. Always will. So when he wakes up in a strange bed after a drunken night out, he isn’t too concerned.
Thinking he’d scored with a woman from the club he’d been in the night before, he was shocked and horrified when he realized he was in a man’s bed. Naked.
What the hell happened last night?
With that question in mind, Tony quickly leaves before seeing the man he spent the night with, but in his haste leaves something important behind.
When the man he spent the night with calls him, Tony realizes that he has to meet him in order to get back what he left and that maybe he might not be as straight as he once thought.
With his brother’s help, Tony begins to question what he thought he knew about his sexuality and where the answer to that question might lead him.

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FiveStars

Omg!!! What an amazing story. It is full of confusion, revaluations, plenty of questioning of ones self, anguish, lust, pain, and second guessing of ones self.

Tony in my opinion is hiding from himself and the things that he truly wants that will make him happy in the end. I think the reasoning behind it has to do with something horrible from his past that will not let him go. So he denies himself the one one person that could be his other half……Will.

I think Will is a very patient man because most would have given up on Tony by now with the way he is so hot and cold. I think he realizes that something is holding Tony back even though he has not said anything. So far Will has put up with the running but how long will that last?

I think these two men would be one heck of a hot couple of Tony would face whatever is in his past but if he keeps running he may just lose the one person who could help him overcome his fears and the one person who could be happiness into his life.

I cannot wait for the next book in this series to come out. I am anxiously waiting to see what is going to happen next. Hopefully I will not have to wait too long because this is a very good story.

Tosha

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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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