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5 and 4 Star Reviews for Island Doctor (Island Medics #1) by Sue Brown #MM #Romance

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Title: Island Doctor (Island Medics #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sue Brown (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 11, 2016 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

Dr. Jeff Martin has spent five years as a rural general practitioner on the Isle of Wight hiding the fact he’s gay. He travels in secret to see his partner, Tris, but when he discovers Tris has been cheating on him, he ends their relationship. Then Jeff meets island native Cameron Gillard. Cameron is down to earth, lively, and treats Jeff like he’s the most important person in Cameron’s life. Jeff blooms under Cameron’s attention, and he decides to come out to his colleagues and friends.

Just when things are going well, Tris reappears out of the blue. Jeff is no longer interested in Tris, but it seems he has two men to convince. Tris, who can’t believe Jeff is serious about wanting to end their relationship, and Cameron, who can’t hide his jealousy of Tris. Jeff is certain about one thing—the only man he wants in his life is Cameron. Now he just needs to prove it to Cameron.

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FiveStars

This book just gave me the feels. I cried a few times too. Jeff has been hiding the fact that he is gay for years, unbeknownst to him, everyone seemed to know, and they just never said anything. When Jeff goes to see his boyfriend of 10 years one weekend he finds out that once again he has been cheated on and he is finally done and walks out. Cameron is one of Jeff’s patient’s great grandsons and he is such a sweetheart. There is no way you can’t love Cameron. These two hit it off instantly and it is a sweet love story with a little angst and a little drama. I loved Cameron and Jeff and I hope we get to see glimpses of them in future books in the series.

Angie

FourStars

I really enjoy how Sue Brown writes. I have enjoyed almost everything I’ve read by her.  This was no different.  While it wasn’t my favorite of hers, I still enjoyed the story a ton.

Let’s begin with Jeff.  He is loving working as a rural doctor.  He has no aspirations to move to the city, doesn’t want to give up knowing all of his patients and the small community that he has come to love.  But, traveling back and forth to his boyfriend, Tris is becoming more and more difficult.  This is made so very clear when Jeff drives the long distance to stay with Tris and learns of his boyfriend of 10 years has been cheating on him.  It’s sad and tragic for Jeff.  He’s heart broken, but not beaten.

I love Helen – she was probably one of my favorite characters in this story.  I love how she is a take no names woman who loves her independence, but isn’t so stubborn as to want to injure herself purposefully.

Then you have Cameron.  He loves his grandma and wants to be able to take care of her.  He also has some seriously awesome friends.  I love how welcoming they were to Jeff.  I also love how Cameron was able to help Jeff get past his relationship with Tris.

One of the gripes I have with this story is how quickly the past 10 year relationship was resolved.  I don’t know why, but I was expecting more angst surrounding that split – not necessarily wanting it, but thinking it should have been there.  The fact that Jeff so quickly moved on without looking back, really, was somewhat strange and made the book seem a little rushed.

However, the relationship and misunderstandings that came in this story were realistic and gave me enough worry that things would go wonky.

Overall, this was a great story and I really, really, really hope that Liam or the therapist gets the next story!

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THREE 4 Stars for Breathe Deep by Willa Okati #MM #Medical @willaokati @pridepublishing

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Title: Breathe Deep (St. Hawk’s Medical #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Willa Okati (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 25, 2015 –  114 pgs

Synopsis

A golden-hearted mountain man. A nursing tech with a secret. Life and death are on the line—and they’re running out of time.

Shepherd knows what people think of him. He’s too big, too tall and too broad not to be scary. But though he looks like a grizzly bear, he’s all teddy on the inside. He’s dreamed of finding someone to love. Someone who can help him break through his shyness and who he can shower with all the affection in his heart.

Kit knows what people think of him. That he’s young, good-looking, and kissed by luck. He survived leukemia as a teenager, and he thought he had his entire life ahead of him. But now, the cancer might be recurring—deny it though he might—and Kit’s world has come crashing down. He needs someone like Shepherd. Someone kind and caring, who’s strong enough to lean on.

Kit’s falling fast for the big mountain man—but he hasn’t told Shepherd the truth. He’s afraid that knowing he may be sick will be more than Shepherd can handle. And now, after delaying treatment, he thinks he may be running out of time.

Secrets can be life or death—and when it comes to telling the truth, they can make all the difference.

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FourStars

This is such a sweet story.  I love both main characters.  Kit is devoted to his patients, passionate about his education and terrified that his childhood leukemia has returned.  He is an inspiring mix of strength and fragility.  

In contrast, Shepherd is a painfully shy bear of a man.  I loved his compassion – and fancied the pants off him!

This novella is too short to really navigate the complexities of a cancer scare, but the author does a great job of offering readers highlights without simplifying or rushing the HEA.  I still think that there is more than enough material for a novel here, and I’d love to see more of Kit and Shepherd.

The characters are great, the sex is hot and the story is well written.  I was in tears in a couple of places!  A great short romance.

Sarah
FourStars

Let me start out by saying that this is on the shorter side for the type of romance that is within the pages.  However, I felt that Okati did a great job hitting the highlights of their relationship.  You have two characters that are, I felt, great together.

Kit is a geriatric nurse tech working his way through school.  He has such plans for his life.  I loved his favorite patient, Gib.  He made me laugh and cry. When Kit meets Shepherd, there is instant chemistry and attraction.  While I normally don’t like insta-relationships, Okati did a good job at pacing this one.

Shepherd just sounds sexy.  He not only is huge, but he’s so caring.  I loved his character.

This story had me laughing out loud and crying all within a short amount of time.  While I wish the story had been more in-depth and longer in order to really dive in to the complexities of the relationship, I did feel it was a complete story.  I would definitely read more of Okati.

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FourStars

I loved the play of the characters off each other. The big man being the shy one. The cancer scare made me sad and all that comes with it. The pain that he feels and the caution he tries to take so he doesn’t have to love and leave someone behind if it what he feels it is.
There were points of laughter and some of sadness mixed in with sexy scenes that seemed to make it all glue together.
I can’t wait for the next part of this story and more from Willa Okati.
Renee

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4.5 Stars for Bachelors Party (Brandt and Donnelly Caper #5) by Xavier Mayne #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners @xaviermayne

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Title: Bachelors Party (Brandt and Donnelly Caper #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Xavier Mayne (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2015 – 280 pgs

Synopsis

Med student Oliver Mitchell has discovered a way to make more tips as a bartender—put on ripped workout gear and serve drinks at the hip new gay club, Burn. The only catch is Oliver is straight. The staff and patrons don’t mind, though, and Oliver fits in well—until he meets James Buchanan Whitford, a local politician with a secret: he’s married. When James’s scheming wife attempts to catch him in flagrante with Oliver, they flee the city for the refuge of James’s cabin in the woods. There, Oliver faces a new challenge—he’s starting to feel more for James than friendship. Their new relationship must survive political intrigue and small-town politics before they can be together.

With their wedding two months away, it’s time for Troopers Ethan Brandt and Gabriel Donnelly to have a bachelor party. Ethan’s older brothers are excited, but Ethan is not. As a straight guy who fell in love with another man, the whole ritual is fraught with complications, and he struggles to reconcile newly granted marriage equality with old traditions. Brandt and Donnelly work to help James and Oliver find their way to happiness while pulling off the bachelor party of the year.

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FourandHalfStars

Brandt and Donnelly are back and preparing for their bachelor party. But trying to bring together a complicated group of men that must include Bryce, Nestor and Brandt’s straight brothers isn’t an easy task.

The humour is more subdued in this fifth book. Several very serious conversations might be more suited to a Gender and Sexuality 101 class than a high-camp romp with Brandt and Donnelly. Double entendres, jock strap jokes and a large man in tiny hotpants bring the fun back to the story, but this time the characters are quite serious grown ups.

Oliver is an engaging character. I loved the brain/brawn combination he brings to the story. But the really-hot-and-not-so-straight-guy-has-an-epiphany is the same story played over and over in this series. It is becoming formulaic. By book five, I was hoping for something fresh.

James is fresh. But a closeted politician we are supposed to have sympathy for? Hmm. Maybe twenty years ago. I kept struggling to understand why, at thirty, he was considered so old. He sounded like someone’s grandpa with his comments about how hard it was to be a gay politician when he first started out. What, six years ago? Really?

So, this wasn’t my favourite of the Brandt and Donnelly stories by far. But this is still a Xavier Mayne story. And Xavier Mayne’s writing is fabulous. Always. Brandt and Donnelly are two of my all time favourite characters and I feel more for supporting characters like Bryce or Xander than I do for most authors’ leading men.

New readers need to start this series at the beginning. Fans really shouldn’t skip this one. Our boys may be growing up, but the magic is still there.

Sarah

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4.5 Stars for Dark Warrior by Lily Harlem #MM #MixedRace @Lily_Harlem @Totally_Bound

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Title: Dark Warrior
Author Name: Lily Harlem
Publication Date: April 2015

Synopsis

While some passions live on the surface, others—wilder, darker passions—have to be kept buried deep.

Dr. Leo Rotherham is following his calling by working in rural Kenya for the charity Medics On Hand. While he expected a primitive way of life and limited medical supplies, what he doesn’t bargain on is falling for handsome village warrior, Malik.

Malik is well respected, knowledgeable and loyal to his tribe. He’s also beautiful, brave, modern and, much to Leo’s dismay, married—isn’t he?

No, it turns out Malik is as free as the animals that roam the African plains at night.

Soon the tension is building between the two men and Leo isn’t sure if he’s coming or going. Whenever he’s around Malik he can’t help but notice the reflected look of lust in his eyes and feel the longing sizzling between them.

Malik stands too close, not close enough. Forbidden attraction simmers between them and the need grows to dizzying heights. But dare they admit to each other what it is they want? And are they brave enough to act on their desires and be honest about their lust? One thing is for sure, a passion this big, this powerful, can’t be contained and it’s all going to explode in the most spectacular of ways.

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FourandHalfStarsThis is a fantastically moving story about a doctor working for a medical charity and the African nurse he meets in a tiny Kenyan village hospital.Still nursing his wounds after the break-up of a long term relationship, Leo volunteers to spend a month at a hospital in a Kenyan village.  Malik is a hunter, teacher and nurse, working alongside Leo in the hospital.

The relationship between the two men is tender and the author’s descriptions of the Kilimanjaro foothills are beautiful.  She explores rural poverty sensitively and poignantly, without pity or sentimentality.  Malik and the people of his village retain dignity and humanity.

There were only a couple of niggles that kept me from giving this a five star rating.  Malik loses his African phrasing and vocabulary at times, sounding very Western, especially when the two men become intimate.  Details about Leo’s past medical training and experience also seemed somewhat inconsistent at times.

But honestly, I fell hard for both of these men:  the patient, humble doctor and the fierce, moral and gentle nurse.  I love the way the author brings Kenya to life, and I love the realism of the tiny village hospital, its patients and its staff.

Sarah

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Lily Harlem is a multi-published, award-winning author of contemporary erotic romance. She lives in the UK and writes for several publishing houses including Ellora’s Cave, HarperCollins, Xcite and Total-E-Bound. She also features in numerous UK and US anthologies, some of which all proceeds go to charity.

Her books are a mixture of full length novels and short stories, some are one offs, some are sequels or part of a series (all can be enjoyed as stand-alone reads). What they all have in common are colourful characters travelling on everyone’s favourite journey — falling in love. If the story isn’t deliciously romantic and down and dirty sexy, it won’t be written, at least not by this author. So with the bedroom door left well and truly open you are warned to hang on for a steamy, sensual ride – or rides as the case might be!

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