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TWO 5 and ONE 3 Stars for Sunset Park (Five Boroughs #2) by Santino Hassell #MM #Romance @SantinoHassell @Dreamspinners

1.5

Title: Sunset Park (Five Boroughs #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Santino Hassell (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 11, 2015 – 230 pgs

Synopsis

Raymond Rodriguez’s days of shoving responsibility to the wayside are over. His older brother wants to live with his boyfriend so Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash.

David is Raymond’s opposite in almost every way—he’s Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens—but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation since Raymond has always kept his bicurious side a secret.

Once they’re under the same roof, flirting turns physical, and soon their easy camaraderie is in danger of being lost to frustrating sexual tension and the stark cultural differences that set them apart. Now Raymond not only has to commit to his new independence—he has to commit to his feelings for David or risk losing him for good.

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FiveStars

Wow.  Just wow.  I was consumed by this story.  This is an unusual m/m romance  – I’m not sure I completely liked either of the leading men and I’m not sure I was supposed to.  Raymond is a closeted sponging stoner who can’t hold down a job and has failed to gain any qualifications since high school.  David is a slightly snobby player with an ego and a slight Grindr addiction.  

But these men are real.  They’re  complicated.  Raymond has been hurt.  His confidence is much lower than his glowering thug persona suggests.  Likewise, David is weaker and needier than his affluent background and professional polish suggests.  Together they are a hot mess. A really, really hot mess.  They are both terrible at relationships.  Communication is non-existent and the angst is raw and palpable.  

But when they finally connect, David and Raymond’s first kiss is one of the hottest first kisses I can remember reading.  And it just gets steamier from there.  The chemistry between David and Raymond is hot.  The sex is raw, fierce and surprisingly tender.  Santino Hassell consistently writes unforgettable sex scenes and this might be his most erotic work yet.
For me, this is worth five stars because it is so much more than than just an erotic romance.  The story is dedicated to the Millennials and I think the author has captured the spirit of a generation with accuracy and more than a little empathy.  These kids expect work to have meaning.  They are torn between making money and making a difference; giving up and dropping out or risking rejection and failure.  This is a simple story with beautifully drawn characters and a contemplative heart.  I loved it.  

Sarah

FiveStars

Raymond has to get his act together because his older brother who we meet in the first book in this series wants to move in with his boyfriend which means Raymond needs to move out and be responsible. David we also meet in the first book agrees to move in with him.

I have to say I really love this authors writing style! The way he writes these characters was just awesome even though I really need to be honest and say I was not a fan of David through a lot of this book. I mean there were just so many times he would annoy me with his I want you but I need to decide what I feel about my ex, but I want you that really drove nuts and made me feel bad for Raymond and the way David was running him around.

Other than that I really also loved the way this story was written and the slow build up between these two men which was very hot! I do not want to give away any spoilers because you really need to read this series for yourself because it is just so good! So I will leave this review with although it took awhile for David’s character to grow on me I really loved this book and would definitely recommend this series!

Kara

ThreeStar

I didn’t read the first book, and I don’t think I really want to. Book 2 wasn’t a horrible book, Actually, the writing was pretty good, but I really didn’t like the main characters. Well, I didn’t like David.
So, Raymond, the younger brother from the first book, the slacker, finally has to grow up cause his brother wants to move in with his lover. David offers to be roommates because he has the hots for Raymond, who is supposed to be straight. Well he’s not, since he’s having fantasies about David.
The beginning of the book caught my interest, but it went down hill foe me when they moved in together. David…oh David. I liked him in the beginning, until he turned out to be a cheating, indecisive, whiny, needy, diva-jerk. He didn’t cheat on Raymond, but he had cheated on his last partner several times. I hate cheating. I hate reading a book with a cheater main character. Sure, David could have redeemed himself to me, but he didn’t.
I liked Raymond. I thought he was funny, but in the end, I didn’t feel much love for him either. I may be tempted to read book 3 if it’s about David’s ex. I feel like the poor guy needs a happy ending.
~Cookie

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4 and 3 Stars for Say It With Ink (The Seattle Chronicles) by C.C. Dado @C_C_Dado

1.5

Title: Say It With Ink (The Seattle Chronicles)
Author Name & Publisher: C.C. Dado (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 2, 2015 – 61 pgs

Synopsis

Levi can remember the exact moment the projection of his life changed entirely, from homeless dropout to college graduate. It was the day he found Jamie Donovan standing on his front porch—the boy Levi had secretly drooled over from afar would become the best friend he secretly drooled over up close.

When Levi gets a full ride scholarship but Jamie doesn’t, Jamie becomes an exotic dancer to help pay his tuition. Watching Jamie perform is pure torture for Levi, and hiding how he really feels starts to take its toll. And when the hot new guy from his Econ class hits on him, Levi has to decide just how long he’s going to stay devoted to his straight best friend.

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FourStars

I really thought this book was short and sweet.  You have unrequited love, someone searching for their place in life, new friendships and a family that is, despite being adopted, supportive.

This was a great book in that Jamie is clueless, but lovable and Levi is not clueless, but doesn’t want to lose a friend.  The two of them have stumbled through life together despite their friendship being a little strange – wrong side kid is befriended by kid from the right side of town.

Through all of the miscommunications, hidden looks, new friendships and drama – you get a couple of guys who create a great chemistry.  Their friendship has lasted all through high school and even though they get some things wrong, their friendship isn’t one of them.

Overall, this was mostly a story about finding and being true to yourself.

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ThreeStar

This is full of the kind of angst people only ever feel at 18. Closeted Levi has always secretly loved his best friend. When all of his pent up emotion finally bursts free, he runs.

This very short story is full of all sorts of cliche plot devices: gay for you, separated by misunderstandings, poor communication – it’s all here. This is raw, testosterone-fueled teen angst.

The story is saved because Levi and Jamie are both such nice guys. But then again, nice is such a damning word. Jamie is nice. His family is nice. Levi – he’s a little too wild to be nice. These are characters that we come to care about, which is rare for me in a short story.

The chemistry between Jamie and Levi is explosive, though there is an awful lot of angst to wade through before we get to see them connect.

Ultimately, this is a new adult romance full of all the emotion and excitement that everyone who was ever a college freshman will remember.

Sarah

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New Release: Life is a Stevie Wonder Song by V.L. Locey #MM #GayForYou @vllocey

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Title: Life is a Stevie Wonder Song
Author Name & Publisher: V.L. Locey (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: December 30, 2015 – 24,000 Words

Synopsis

Authors know that their muse is a fickle creature. Best-selling spy novelist Stephen Ramsey has been in a hate-hate relationship with his inspiration for months. Stephen’s publisher lays a legal ultimatum upon him, with a rapidly approaching deadline, he knows he must do something to kick-start his creativity or face the unemployment line. His daughter comes up with a possible answer: a summer camp for the creative soul. With nothing to lose, Stephen packs up his laptop, phonograph and beloved record albums and heads from Manhattan to the Catskill Mountains.

There, among a horde of college students attending for extra credits, is Declan Pomeroy, a photographer of fey creatures who is twenty years younger than Stephen. The woods are a magical place, and he quickly finds himself falling under the spell of the free-spirited photographer. Confusion wars with desire inside Stephen as he succumbs to the feelings welling up inside. But, sadly, summer camp always has to end. Can a man who has just found himself really leave the person that makes his heart sing?

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Then he appeared from the tree line, a lithe, pale creature of the Finnish goddess Mielikki’s woods if ever I had seen one. Yay for that semester of world mythology back in college finally paying off. Declan wore nothing but a scrap of linen tied around his lean waist and a camera around his neck. I swallowed and stepped down off the porch, anxious to get closer to him. He waited patiently for me. As I drew closer, I could hear him humming. A smile tweaked my lips.

It was Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

“You look like you have too much on,” Declan announced when I stood in front of him. I glanced down at my attire. Gym shorts, a T-shirt, and sneakers sans socks. “How would you feel about doing this nude?” My sight knifed back from my clothes to my guide into the Twilight Zone.

“You’re not naked,” I pointed out once I could speak around the knot of desire clogging my throat.

“I usually am, but I figured you’d be far too uptight to not have clothes on, so, I fashioned a makeshift chiton to cover my goodies.”

“Okay. Yes, I’m not comfortable with our goodies hanging out.” He glanced up at the fat moon over our heads, then sighed dramatically. “I can do no shirt and no shoes, however.”

Declan’s gaze returned to me from Madame Luna. He made a sort of cooing sound then rose to his tiny toes to press his lips to mine. It was a soft peck, our mouths touching for a mere second, but it did things to my perceptions of who Steven Ramsey is that I still cannot fully explain.

“I think I’d like to see you without a shirt,” he whispered over my lips.

“What are you doing?” I croaked. He shrugged a shoulder, then dropped back down to stand flat-footed. “Stop it, okay? I’m old enough to be your father.”

He smiled then spun around, his bare back gleaming pure white. I wanted to touch his skin, trace the knobs of his spine with my tongue. This whole thing was pure insanity, yet I hurried to strip off my old T-shirt and kick off my sneakers. Declan glanced over his shoulder, smiled again, and then rushed off into the night, the coquette. I followed because what else could I do?

Not traipsing after the kid was impossible. The grass was cool and wet under my bare soles. The high whine of a mosquito zipped past my ear. I would be nothing but a massive bug bite in the morning. I walked behind Declan, swatting at the air, hoping I didn’t step on something that would require stitches or a tetanus shot. We stepped into the woods. I debated going back for my shoes.

“We have to be as silent as possible,” Declan, standing on my right, whispered.

“Shoes are quiet,” I replied, my hand resting on the scraggy bark of an old pine.

“Shoes don’t allow you to touch the earth.”

“They also don’t allow thorns to penetrate your flesh,” I parried. My guide grunted in consternation then set off once again. A million questions bounced around my head as I tenderly placed one foot down then the other. What kind of camera did he use? Was there a special ethereal film for capturing fey? Did I need therapy? Did I just step on a slug?

We walked deeper into the woods. The farther we traveled, the more I wanted to speak up or at least scoff. I was working on a good zinger when I ran into Declan’s bare back. He threw up a hand to silence me. My body tightened from a weird combination of fear and desire. The kid felt wonderful pressed against my chest, his clammy skin resting against mine. I peered over his head, my hand coming to rest on his left hip. Declan leaned back into me just the slightest bit.

My cock began to swell. My eyelids drifted down as he wiggled enticingly closer still.

“Look at the hazy ring around the moon,” Declan whispered. My fingers dug into his bony hip. I opened my eyes and looked up. We were on the edge of a small glen. He lifted up his camera and snapped several images as I stared at the milky white fingers of magic tickling the moon. “Now look at the ground.” I did. There, in the center of the small glen, was a small, perfectly circular ring of mushrooms perhaps ten feet wide. “That’s known as a fairy ring.”

“Huh,” I grunted, my body trying desperately to take over the show. Declan had to feel my erection resting against his pert ass. He seemed perfectly as ease with a hard dick between his buttocks. I, on the other hand, was slowly going mad. I longed to lower my mouth to his neck and lick the sweat from his skin. I also wanted to run away screaming to the world that I was not a faggot, but was I? It certainly looked it. Declan lowered his camera and took a few shots of the white mushrooms.

“I’ve heard tales of the fey blessing those who stand in a fairy ring under a full moon. Would you like to go stand in the ring, Steven?” he asked. I nodded. He slid out of my grasp and reached back to find my hand. His fingers were thinner than mine. He pulled me into the glen. I glanced up, then back. “Are you afraid that someone will see us cuddling in the fairy ring?”

“At the moment,” I stepped carefully over several large mushrooms,” I’m afraid of everything, mostly you.”

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TWO 4 and 3 Stars for Unspeakable Words (The Sixth Sense #1) by Sarah Madison #MM #Paranormal @SarahMadisonFic

1.5

Title: Unspeakable Words (The Sixt Sense #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sarah Madison (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 16, 2010 – 164 pgs

Synopsis

Special Agent John Flynn is everything Jerry Parker is not: dangerously handsome, coolly charismatic, and respected by his peers. Special Agent Parker is dedicated and meticulous, but his abrasive personality has given him a reputation for being difficult. When new information on a cold case appears, Parker is assigned to work with Flynn, and the sparks fly as their investigative styles clash. Contact with a strange artifact changes everything when it bestows unusual and unpredictable powers on Flynn… and the two men must learn to trust each other before a killer strikes again.

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FourStars

Flynn is an all around hunk of a man.  He is charming, cool, calm and does his job well.  Having been working on a serial case for quite a while, he comes in to Jerry’s life quite unexpectedly.

Then you have socially awkward Jerry…He is slightly abrasive, knows a ton, has a photographic (almost) memory and feels under-appreciated.  While he knows that he is good at his job, he does not quite understand why people are not showing him the praise he believes he’s earned.  He feels like a leaf, blowing through cases – he knows that he’s good at his job, but wants to work and finish a case.

I do wish that we were given more about the background between Flynn and King.  It seems that there was a lot more to their connection, but I was unable to decipher what, if anything Madison was trying to point out.  Then you have the mysterious bullet hole in Flynn’s body – why point it out numerous times if you’re not going to reveal the story?  Maybe that’s for the next book?

Finally, while I appreciate that this book was about the mystery and not so much about the romance, it would have been nice to have Flynn’s first experience more of an experience for the reader.  It seemed that it was almost an afterthought.

I enjoyed the mystery and even enjoyed the paranormal aspect (which is usually hard for me to believe or get behind).

Overall, this was a great start to a series and I will just have to wait and see if more comes to light in the next books.

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ThreeStar

Okay what to say about this book…
I really loved the action and the pretense of this story. So don’t get me wrong when I say this but this was such a slow burn that I almost lost interest I am sad to say.  It really was just a whole bunch of back and forth between these two characters which got annoying after awhile.
I think I just needed more from these two characters Jerry and Flynn to believe it with these too.  Other then that part I loved the mystery aspect of this book as well as the action when they were fighting the bad guys and trying to figure out were the artifact was that Flynn had touched.
While I liked parts of this book there were also parts that I was not a huge fan of I am sad to say.
Kara
 FourStarsI really enjoyed this book but I wish the author would have given more of an explanation about the “Sixth Sense”. There was no detail just that Flynn touch an artifact and suddenly he can hear everyone’s thoughts. This was a mystery and I feel that the author could have added so much to the story by given more detail to the artifact that Flynn touched.

This book was clearly a slow burn type of story. The sex in the book was minimal which is fine but I would have like to hear about Flynn’s first time with gay sex.  Everything sex related appeared to off-page which really disappoints me. I did love the scenes – after Flynn was able to hear Jerry’s thoughts – about Jerry think about sex with Flynn. Overall a really good book and can’t wait to read the next installment.

~Lynn

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THREE 5 Stars and ONE 4 star for Better Than Good (Better Than #1) by Lane Hayes (AUDIOBOOK) (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Erotica @LaneHayes3

1.5

Title: Better Than Good (Better Than #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Lane Hayes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 8, 2013 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Matt Sullivan understands labels: law student, athlete, heterosexual. He has goals: graduate and begin his career in law. One fateful night, Matt tags along with his gay roommate to a dance club and everything changes. Matt finds himself attracted to the most beautiful man he’s ever seen. All labels go flying out the window.

Aaron Mendez doesn’t believe in labels, and he’s leery of straight curious men. He makes it clear that he’ll hide his fabulous light for no one. While Aaron can’t deny the attraction between him and Matt, he is reluctant to start anything with someone who is still dealing with what this new label means—especially when that someone has a girlfriend.

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FiveStars

This book was so sweet but also not too sweet if you get what I am saying.. It was the perfect amount that did not throw me off at all. Because I will be the first to admit although I do like sweet books, it can not be too sweet otherwise I lose interest for some reason.
You get Matt who is a going to school to be a lawyer while at the same time interning and he also has a girlfriend.  He goes to the club with friends and that is when he sees Aaron for the first time and is instantly attracted to him.  Now don’t let that throw you off because the way the author writes this book was so good I could not put it down. You could feel the sparks between these two from the start.
Aaron is wary of Matt and with good reason after what he has been through, but you can also see how much he really does care for Matt.
Yes you do get your angst and misunderstandings but it all weaves together to make a really good book!
The way Matt went after Aaron and the way they were together made me love this book!
I would recommend this book!

Kara

FiveStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
This was such a sweet story.. WAIT… I mean that in a good way. I’m not normally a fan of sweet, sappy stories, but this is SOOOO much more than that. There was such chemistry and feelings woven into this story it was captivating.
I simply couldn’t stop listening to it and while that was partially due to the awesome narrator, I think a lot of credit is for the author as well because it was the story being read. (But MAJOR kudos to Tyler Stevens for nailing it).
Having read Lane Hayes books before I can’t say that I was too surprised though. She writes in a unique way that seems to grab the reader from the beginning and doesn’t release of from her grip until the end… and even then it’s usually it’s only to rush to find another of her books to get their hands on. However, I feel like this was her best book that I’ve read so far.
Renee
FiveStars
Love, love, love this book! Matt is straight, has a girlfriend. Gay roommate, Curt wants to go clubbing Matt goes with him; it’s only fair since he goes to straight clubs. When Matt walks in he is entranced by a beautiful man dancing. Aaron is out and proud and will never hide who he is. These two are instantly attracted to each other. This is one of the best gay for you stories I have ever read. I couldn’t put the book down and didn’t want it to end. I love Aaron and his personality, how can you not love him? And Matt, you can’t help but want him end up with Aaron.
Angie
FourStarsI have wanted to read this series for a long time but just could not seem to fit it into my schedule. This series is now up to 4 books and I was able to read all 4 books back-to-back.

I loved this book and really enjoyed the author interpretation of Matt. I absolutely fell in love with Matt almost immediately and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next.  The characters were comical and very lovable. This was a sweet loving story and that Matt didn’t have any angst about suddenly being attracted to a man. What I didn’t really like was the situation that happened between Matt and Aaron before Matt broke-up with his girlfriend.  Overall it was a very enjoyable story, now on the book 2.

~Lynn

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5 Stars for Not Just Friends by Jay Northcote (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #GayForYou

1.5

Title: Not Just Friends
Author Name & Publisher: Jay Northcote (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 24, 2014 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Leaving home to go to university is an exciting phase in anyone’s life. One that’s full of new places, new friends, and new experiences. But Lewis is not prepared for the sudden and intense crush he develops on his out-and-proud flatmate, Max—given that Lewis had always assumed he was straight. Max starts dating another guy, and Lewis’s jealousy at seeing them together forces him to confront his growing attraction.

When Max’s relationship goes awry, Lewis is the one to comfort him and one thing leads to another. But after a night together, Lewis is devastated that Max wants to go back to being just friends. Lewis tries his best to move on and their friendship survives, but the feelings he has for Max don’t go away. He faces other challenges as he deals with coming out to his parents, and needs Max’s support more than ever. But Lewis isn’t the only one who’s conflicted. When Max finally admits he cares for Lewis too, Lewis must decide whether he dares risk his heart again on being more than just friends.

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FiveStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**

Oh… I loved this book. Being at Uni and figuring out who you are.
This was a touch of gay for you, but there was a hint of having been gay before but not having acted on it or really acknowledged it at the time.
Max was hard to understand at times, but he’d been hurt and was dealing with a relationship while trying to handle the budding feelings for Lewis, who wasn’t sure what he wanted.
The two men together was super hot and their feelings and relationships slow growth was amazing. Watching them go from flat mates to friends to friends with benefits to more and all the ups and downs and back and forths that happen.
I believe it was my first Matthew Davies narrated book and he did an awesome job.
Renee

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THREE 5 and TWO 4.5 Stars for Fit to Be Tied (Marshals #2) by Mary Calmes #MM #GayforYou @dreamspinners

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Title: Fit to be Tied (Marshals #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Mary Calmes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 10, 2015 – 228 pgs

Synopsis

Deputy US Marshals Miro Jones and Ian Doyle are now partners on and off the job: Miro’s calm professionalism provides an ideal balance to Ian’s passion and quick temper. In a job where one misstep can be the difference between life and death, trust means everything. But every relationship has growing pains, and sometimes Miro stews about where he stands with his fiery lover. Could the heartstrings that so recently tied them together be in danger of unraveling?

Those new bonds are constantly challenged by family intrusions, well-intentioned friends, their personal insecurities, and their dangerous careers—including a trial by fire when an old case of Miro’s comes back to haunt them. It might just be enough to make Ian rethink his decision to let himself be tied down, and Miro can only hope the links they’ve forged will be strong enough to hold.

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FiveStars

So this is where I admit I was wrong… In this first book I said I did not feel them together at all.  I was so wrong, they are so good together!!!
This book blew me out of the water it was so damn good!
You get your angst, crazy stalker guy and a whole lot of action.  I just can’t even put into words how much I loved this book! I was on the edge of my sit the whole time and I could not put this down.
Miro and Ian are living together in this one and to see them as a couple, the way they interact together made me do a complete one eighty on what I felt about them before.  You get the steamy hot scenes with this book.  Plus so much more that I can’t say without giving away a ton of spoilers.
I can say I am not a fan of Ian’s family at all.  You also get to see all the characters from the previous book.
Yes they have their fights and their make-up..
What can I say about Miro other than I really love his character especially after everything he went through in this book, which was horrible.
Ian was the protective boyfriend which I loved and the loving one too.
So with out giving anymore away I will leave this review with I loved this book!
I would definitely 100% recommend this book!
Kara
FiveStars
I actually ended up liking this story in ways soooo much more than the first story. Granted, don’t get me wrong, the whole building of a relationship out of work and finding out Ian wasn’t as straight as Miro thought he was was amazing. However, with this one we really get to see the strength of their relationship and how it is growing outside of work and becoming so much more than either of them thought it could be.
Then we have the reappearance of the craziest doctor ever. And all the horrid things he wants to do to Miro if he gets his hands on him.
I LOVED this entire book even though it’s been a while since I’ve read the first one, it was easy to jump right back into their story and remember where they’d left off because they were both memorable characters.
There is a lot of twists and turns that go down in this book and in the end it all really worked for me.
I can’t wait to find out if we get more Miro and Ian!
Renee
FourandHalfStars
Miro and Ian are back and boy, this one is just as good as the first book!
There is just something about Mary…you feel like you’re reading the same characters from her other works, but I just don’t give a hoot. lol. I love her writing because she has that special something that keeps readers like me coming back for more. Her writing and her characters are addictive. I love the  chemistry of Miro and Ian. Hot Hot Hot! And so loving…tender….
*Sighhhhhhhh*
Ok, so, in Book 2, we have the usual chases, bad guys and Miro wanting to be Ian’s everything. He wants Ian to marry him, but Ian refuses. Grrrr, bad Ian! He frustrated me with his refusal and poor Miro had to deal with that AND gets kidnapped by a baddy. Seriously, the bad guy was nuts. *Shivers* The things he did to Miro…
Book 2 is entertaining, tender, loving, suspenseful and Hot. Did I mention Hot? Ok, just making sure. And the naughty scenes isn’t just the “Hotness” factor. The sweet moments are hot too. Gets my poor heart fluttering. The only reason I gave it a 4 1/2 instead of a 5 is because Miro’s miraculous recovery time.
The guy was beaten, shot, stabbed, etc and he still can get it up and go at it like rabbits with Ian in just a few days? REALLY? Mary Calmes, love your work and I adore this couple, but seriously, no way can someone take a beating like Miro and recover that quickly and this isn’t a supernatural book.
Still, loved the book. Can’t wait for 3!!
Cookie
FourandHalfStars

Mary Calmes has done again! Excellent! What I love most about this book was the connection to Miro and Ian. I loved them in the first book and this one was no different. I love the humor that Ms. Calmes add to her books. I always get at least one really good laugh.

I can always count on Mary Calmes stories to grab me and keep me entertained. Ms. Calmes has a writing style that is very easy to read. Can’t wait for the next book. Bravo Ms. Calmes on a job well done.

Lynn
FiveStarsThis can be read as a standalone but is recommended to read the first book for the full experience.

Light, Camera, Action!  Reading this book is like watching one of those blockbuster action movies. You have your drama, your romance, lots of action with gun fire, mobsters and psychopaths. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. So go get your popcorn and prepare to sit down for a few hours while you watch this captivating movie, in text form.

I agree with one other reviewer that this book is character driven. The stars, Ian and Miro, are your perfect “cop” couple. They drive this book home and captivate you by their relationship, possessiveness and blunt honesty.  The verbal banter between Miro and Ian is charming, delightful, and funny as f… This would be a perfect series I can see on TNT or USA along the lines of Law and Order or Criminal Intent.

I hope there is a third book to this series where Ian and Miro get married. That would be wonderful to see.

If you like m/m law enforcement books, I guarantee you will like this one. Grab yourself a copy and expect to be drawn in and driven to the edge of your seat. As you can tell, I highly highly recommend this book.

~Ariel

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5 Stars for Plan B by S.J.D. Peterson (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #NewAdult @SJDPeterson

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Title: Plan B
Author Name & Publisher: S.J.D. Peterson (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 6, 2013 – 182 pgs

Synopsis

Danny Marshal has always lived his life out loud, but his androgynous appearance is only a small part of who he is. One night at a frat party, Danny meets Lance Lenard, football jock and apparent straight guy. Lance is shocked when he’s immediately attracted to Danny’s feminine side. Danny is happy to be the subject of Lance’s first man-on-man experiment—until Lance begins to struggle with the fact that despite his appearance, Danny is indeed a man.

Lance’s whole life has been focused on his goal of playing in the NFL, and he knows those dreams will be smashed if anyone finds out about his little secret. Although Lance has come to hunger for Danny’s touch, he’s not willing to give Danny what he’s grown to crave: a boyfriend who’s proud to love him for every flamboyant and snarky cell in his body.

Life sends Danny and Lance in different directions, each of them focused on his respective Plan A. But the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

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*AUDIOBOOK REVIEW*
Well, it’s been a while since I picked up an SJD Peterson book, but this one reminded me so much of why I love her books. It was very interesting and different, while having a similar theme to so many other books. (You know the whole, gay for you, but not willing to come out for you thing)
There seemed to be a lot of roller coaster moments in this book… Just when things get too good… You simply know it’s going to have to crash… I was pulled in and connected to both characters for a variety of reasons and was pulled along for the rid.
I don’t know that this book will resonate with everyone as Danny is quite feminine at times, but it totally worked for me.
Renee

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5 and 3 Stars for All Kinds of Tied Down (Marshals #1) by Mary Calmes (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #GayforYou @dreamspinners

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Title: All Kinds of Tied Down (Marshals #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Mary Calmes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 4, 2014 – 290 pgs

Synopsis

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they’ve gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.

As a marshal and a soldier, Ian’s expected to lead. But the power and control that brings Ian success and fulfillment in the field isn’t working anywhere else. Ian’s always resisted all kinds of tied down, but having no home—and no one to come home to—is slowly eating him up inside. Over time, Ian has grudgingly accepted that going anywhere without his partner simply doesn’t work. Now Miro just has to convince him that getting tangled up in heartstrings isn’t being tied down at all.

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**Audiobook Review**
I enjoyed this story as much as I have any others I have read of Mary Calmes. She has a unique way of writing characters that although in other situations they might not have worked together, they some how do.
To me this was more about friendship that was already a relationship only neither of the men realized it until finally the physical aspect was introduced. The story really revolved around mystery than the romance, which was kind of nice. Of course I loved getting those private moments and scenes between Miro and Ian.
Oddly the way Mary Calmes writes sweet romance just does it for me when normally I can’t stand it!
The narration was great. I really liked Tristan James voice and the vocal tones and differences he used for each character. He really brought the push/pull between the characters out for me and helped me feel their ache for each other but the fear as well.
Renee

ThreeStar

I liked this book but did not feel like this couple fit together at all.   This book was a slow burn to me.. Although I do love most slow burns I just did not get enough of Miro and Ian together to believe it.  We get to see  them together as friends for most of the book which is a good build up but by the time we actually get to the part when we see Miro and Ian admit to having feelings for each other it just fell flat for me.  The action in this book kept me on the edge of my sit and Miro had his moments were he made me laugh when he interacted with Ian.  So all together I did like most of this book I just would have liked to have seen more of them together.

Kara

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4 stars for Crimson Mate (Of Blood and Spirit #1) by Nikki McCoy #MM #ParanormalRomance #Shifter #GayforYou @PridePublishing

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Title: Crimson Mate (Of Blood and Spirit #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Nikki McCoy (Pride Publishing/Totally Bound)
Publication Date & Length: September 4, 2014 — 240 pages

Synopsis

A war is brewing, and a man born of two worlds holds the key to its prevention. Will Quinn allow Manning to convince him that love can exist between enemies before the coming battle consumes them both?

A centuries-old feud has pitted Ba’Kal–shifters—against Vam’kir–vampires. Quinn has suffered the pain of the ongoing contention in ways no man ever should. Once the respected son of the Vam’kir king, his life was forever altered the day his father realized a truth of which even Quinn was unaware.

As the Ba’Kal ruler, it is up to Manning to seek justice for the vicious attacks the Vam’kir have perpetrated against his kind, but his very beliefs are called into question when he discovers his mate is also his enemy. To keep Quinn safe, he must learn to trust in the impossible–that love might exist beyond boundaries, for failure means the end of his future and the rest of his race.

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FourStarsI really liked this book!  My favorite part of a shifter book is when the two mates meet.  The instant attraction and need to protect that they feel.  I have always been a fan of shifter books for those reasons.  You get that with this book along with the one who fights it and the perfect amount of angst.  Once I started this book I could not put it down.  Manning and Quin clicked to me, they fit together. Now I wish had gotten to see them as a couple a little more then I did but otherwise this was a good book!    I would definitely recommend this book!
~Kara

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