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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 Star, 4.5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Out in the Open (Browerton University #1) by A.J. Truman #MM #NewAdult

CoverTitle: Out in the Open (Browerton University #1)
Author Name & Publisher: A.J. Truman
Publication Date & Length: September 30, 2014 – 281 pgs

Synopsis

Libraries are meant for studying – not sex

College sophomore Ethan Follett never says what’s on his mind and never wants to rock the boat. After a high school social life spent anonymous and alone, things are finally falling into place for him. He’s found a group of friends just as studious as he, and is on track for a promising legal career. Out in the open, things couldn’t be better, but secretly Ethan yearns for some real excitement in his life.

He finds it in cocky fratboy Greg Sanderson, who challenges every rigid, preconceived notion Ethan lives by. Soon, their sparring relationship turns sexual, and these enemies-with-benefits get their freak on all over campus. Yet the more Ethan comes out of his shell, the more Greg retreats into his, working overtime to keep his ladies man public persona intact. As the sex gets hotter, and they get closer to getting caught, one part of their arrangement can’t stay hidden any longer: love.

OUT IN THE OPEN is a M/M new adult romance filled with humor, heart, and hot guys. The book is intended for audiences 18+ as it contains explicit sex and language.

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FiveStars

What is it like to be a professional baseball player and to be in the closet? Well that is what this book is exactly about. It is not always easy to gay out in theopen because so many people are negative about it but to be a professional baseball player in a game where it is not always easy to let you guard down because you do not know who will turn on you or who is homophobic, it does not make it easy for two players that have stayed in the closet for this very reason. Both Matt and Iggy are professional ball players and both are in the closet and both are in a relationship together.

This in my opinion is a book about finally having the courage to stand up for what you believe in. It should not matter if a player is gay or not but that sometimes is just not the reality because of fear of coming out.

Once Matt retires and decides to finally come clean about his sexual status due to wanting to live in the open and no longer lie about it, it changes things for Iggy and gives him the courage to do the same even though he is still an active player. These two men love each other so much. They encourage one another to follow their dreams and desires regardless of what others may think. They stand behind one another’s decisions and they lend each other support when the other needs it. Most of all they do not let negativity in the world come between them, they do the opposite and give each other strengths and love.

This was a very good read and I enjoyed every bit of it. It is a very inspirational story and I only hope others enjoy it as much as I did.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

Well, that was a flashback to my college time, and blushing at the memories. This story was well written and brought a real-life feel to college days. Oh things that we did….ok, time to move on before I get all flushed.
 
I really enjoyed Ethan and Greg. I felt like I was on an old-fashion balancing scale. The scale was heavily tipped one way at the beginning. While Greg got Ethan to open up and grow out of his shell, the scale started to balance and the two were having all sorts of physical fun all across campus. The chemistry between these two was hot and intense. I enjoyed the casual time the two shared, like sitting on the grass outside of a coffee shop and just opening themselves up. But as Ethan grew into himself, Greg started closing up and the scale started to tip the other way. Just when we thought Ethan and Greg were done (and you start not liking Greg), something happens and Greg is there to rescue Ethan. Greg sees how much he has hurt Ethan, and truly accepts himself for who he is and what he wants to do and the scale is balanced in the world.
 
Greg got bonus points for wanting to be a special education teacher, as I am one too. 🙂 The ending did seem a little rushed but after the build up, the crush, and rooting for them, you just were happy that they had each other.
 
This story is told from Ethan’s POV, and we get to see his character development from the inside and how matures and becomes a social little butterfly. I wished we could have had Greg’s POV at times, but it all worked out perfectly.
 
Overall, this was a low angst, fun loving, sexy romance read. I read it in one sitting as I could not stop wanting to know where all over campus they were spending smexy times. This is shaping up to be a fabulous series.
Keri
ThreeStar
A sweet, fun read about two college guys turning from enemies to lovers. Greg pushes all Ethan’s boundries and they’re hot together. Greg is the life of the party while Ethan whats to be more like Greg, but he’s insecure. Overall it’s like a coming of age story in a college life.
Greg’s a closet case so there’s a lot of hot and cold towards his relationship with Ethan. I felt bad for that and got annoyed. Still, fun read.
Cookie

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TWO 5 star and ONE 4.5 Star reviews for Spencer Cohen, Book Three by N.R. Walker #MM #Romance

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: Spencer Cohen, Book Three
Author Name & Publisher: N.R. Walker (BlueHeart)
Publication Date & Length: April 21, 2016 – 189 pgs

Synopsis

Learning to be in a committed relationship has been easy for Spencer. In fact, too easy. Andrew has fit into his life seamlessly. Spencer’s let go of his insecurities and hang-ups, and he and Andrew are enjoying where things are headed.

For the first time in years, Spencer’s life is unbelievably perfect. Andrew overthinks everything. So when Spencer gets a phone call from Australia, he’s certain Spencer will push him away.

But instead of driving them apart, maybe it will solidify what they already have. Maybe Spencer will depend on Andrew more than ever. Maybe the Spencer Cohen story will come full circle, and maybe, just maybe, Spencer will have the happily ever after he never thought possible.

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 FiveStars

Book Three of the Spencer Cohen series is moving and romantic.
This book concludes the Spencer Cohen series wonderfully. N.R. Walker brings Spencer’s story to life as he overcomes his fear, holding onto his history while learning to let go of the pain. It’s a feel-good romance that also addresses some serious issues in a compassionate way.
Overall, I loved this series. It was great getting to know Spencer and Andrew along with the cast of great supporting characters.  It’s very engaging, fun, romantic and sexy!
I feel like this series is best read back to back. I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a feel-good, low-angst, contemporary story.
Amanda
FourandHalfStars

This was the finally installment in this series and I loved it. I would consider this a sweet romance. I absolutely fell in love with Andrew and Spencer and was happy to be included in their journey to a happy committed relationship. I didn’t miss the sex (it mostly happened off page in this book) because this was a time when Andrew and Spencer where really building their relationship. It was clear to me that this book was more about the support you receive when you are in a committed relationship. Andrew was clearly a there for Spencer even though Spencer struggled to say the words “I Love You” to Andrew. The secondary characters were also great and they clearly fit right in. Overall this was another great series from an author who has never disappointed me.

Lynn
FiveStars

I’ve read other books by this author and loved them. This book is no exception. I haven’t read the first 2 books in the series but I will make it a point to do that. I received a free book from Inked Rainbow Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

Spencer is all tattoos and Australian accent. Both arms depicting the struggles he’s been through. Spencer likes to help people. He wants everyone to be happy, but doesn’t take himself into regards. He loves to make Andrew blush.

Andrew is an unassuming workout fanatic hiding under his geeky exterior and sweater vests. He wants to love someone and be loved in return. There’s also a side to Andrew he only shares with Spencer. His bedroom bossy side.

Put these two together and you’ve got fireworks.

The teasing back and forth between these two men will have you laughing like crazy.

A brush with death has Andrew professing his love to Spencer. And tragic news from Australia brings these two lovers closer than they’ve ever been. Spencer and Andrew find themselves flying to Australia to mend old wounds with a brother Spencer never thought he’d see again. Spencer is finally able to bury the hurt and anger from years ago. In doing so he is able to give his love freely to Andrew.

Kris

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5 Stars for Spencer Cohen, Book Two by N.R. Walker #MM #Romance

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: Spencer Cohen, Book Two
Author Name & Publisher: N.R. Walker (BlueHeart)
Publication Date & Length: March 17, 2016 – 168 pgs

Synopsis

Finally going from fake-boyfriends to the real thing, Spencer Cohen and Andrew Landon are trying to take things slow. They know what they have could be something special and despite the flammable sexual tension, they don’t want to crash and burn.

Spencer is learning to open up, sharing the secrets of his past with Andrew. Afraid to put his heart on the line, yet seemingly unable to stop it, Spencer knows he’s falling in love with him. Andrew is petrified of leaping in blindly, yet it seems the slower they go, the faster they fall.

As they navigate their new relationship, Spencer worries Andrew will freak out when he takes on a new client. But it’s not a normal case and Spencer soon realises things are not what they seem. When things take a downward turn and they work together to help the client, Spencer and Andrew need to decide if they’re ready for the next step.

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Book Two of the Spencer Cohen series is engaging, romantic, and HOT!
Where Book One focuses on introducing us to Spencer and Andrew and starting up their romance, this book dives into their physical and emotional intimacy headfirst. There is emotional drama, but it’s low-angst. The issues brought up are deep and moving. This book is an endearing, feel-good and sexy romp. And at the same time there is intriguing conflict outside of their romance that continues to build the story and develop the characters.
I feel like this series is best read back to back. I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a moving, romantic, contemporary story.
Amanda

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5 Star Review for Spencer Cohen, Book One by N.R. Walker #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Spencer Cohen, Book One
Author Name & Publisher: N.R. Walker (BlueHeart)
Publication Date & Length: February 18, 2016 – 137 pgs

Synopsis

Spencer Cohen is the guy who gets answers to relationship questions. Playing the role of the new lover, his job is to make his client’s ex realise one of two things: he doesn’t want to break up or he really does. Either way, his client gets answers.

The ex would either apologize and beg, or turn and walk. But in the end, Spencer’s client won. If he wanted his ex back and got him, it was great. If the guy walked away, then as hard it was for the client, he knew it was over. Regardless of the outcome, Spencer’s work was done.

Andrew Landon’s ex left him without so much as an explanation. But his sister can’t stand to see him miserable, so, much to Andrew’s dismay, they hire Spencer to be Andrew’s new boyfriend to get the ex back.

For Spencer, it is never personal. Merely a business transaction. No emotions, no strings, no complications.

Yeah right.

Even a blind man could see how this would end.

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FiveStars

Spencer Cohen is a great book by one of my favorite authors. It is engaging, moving, and romantic.
Spencer and Andrew are wonderful characters. The story is told from Spencer’s point of view, but Andrew’s personality and emotions also shine through. N.R. Walker is great at really bringing her characters to life. They are relatable and easy to love.
I was hooked by this story from the start and had a very hard time putting it down. I’m very excited about moving on to the next one!
Even though there is a natural conclusion to this book, I wouldn’t recommend it as a standalone book. I highly recommend this to someone looking to start a moving, romantic series. This book has no sex scenes, so I wouldn’t recommend it to someone looking for a highly erotic romance.
Amanda

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

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

Synopsis

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review

ThreeStar

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

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

Sarah

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

Excerpt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4.5 stars for Will & Patrick’s Happy Ending (Wake Up Married #6) by Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths #MM #ShortStory #Romance

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Title: Will & Patrick’s Happy Ending (Wake Up Married #6)
Author Name & Publisher: Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths
Publication Date & Length: April 15, 2016 – 127 pages

Synopsis

Follow Will & Patrick in this final installment of the romantic-comedy serial, Wake Up Married, by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!

Sure, Will and Patrick are in love now, but they weren’t when they got married in Vegas. For Patrick, that’s no problem, but Will can’t shake his doubts that a relationship started through coercion can ever become the real deal.

Since the Molinaro crime family has reversed their position on divorce, Will and Patrick have a chance to rectify their drunken mistake. But is divorce the solution? Find out in this final installment of the much-beloved Wake up Married serial.

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FourandHalfStars

I’m so sad to be leaving Will and Patrick but was absolutely thrilled to take this journey with them. Although there were bits and pieces that drove me crazy as Will and Patrick navigate through what ended up as a perfect relationship for them both, overall I was completely glad that they finally got their HEA. The book (series) had everything in it and I loved the writing duo of Blake and Griffiths and certainly hope they continue to team up together. The secondary characters were also amazing and I really enjoyed getting to know everyone in this series.

This is a series and must be read in order. You will not be disappointed if you read these.

~Lynn

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