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4 stars for Taylor’s Task (Kansas City Heat #4) by Jenna Byrnes #MM #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Taylor’s Task (Kansas City Heat #4)
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date: November 28, 2014

Synopsis

A rapist changes his targets from hookers to reputable women. Can frightened townspeople rely on the KCPD to solve the crimes?

Detective Jeff Taylor of the KCPD Vice Squad is determined to nab the latest serial rapist preying on the city. As the violence escalates, murmurs of negligence plague the force. Tired of the accusations against the police, Jeff ramps up the investigation. With the members of the local neighborhood watch breathing down his neck, he and the Vice Squad are in a race to apprehend the suspect before anyone else is injured.

Reese Iverson owns the Cock and Bull British Pub, located in direct proximity to where the violence is occurring. Along with matching the reward money, he takes an active role in the neighborhood group. He also has his eye on Jeff, and his interest there is more than professional. Can they work together to solve the case or will their different methods drive them apart?

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 FourStars
 I liked this book in the Kansas City Heat series the best so far. Warning to triggers should be added because of the fact that is write around rape but not there is not detailed information about rape. Just a caution in case that is not the type of book for you.

I really like that Jenna Byrnes made the two main characters so different but both are on the same side of thinking, even if their approach to it different.

Jeff is one of those people that says what he means and means what he says. He is straightforward and does not play games. He is that type of person in both his work and his private life. As far as his private life is concerned he does not like anyone knowing his business and that becomes a major issue for him and Reese becaus after they meet and start hooking up information that should not be made public is and information that should be only between the two of them is making its way out into the world.

Jeff starts to distrust Reese and starts to think he is the one that is betraying him and making not only their personal life harder but also Jeff’s job.

I really enjoy reading a book with couple issues with trust. It makes the read more believable then the books where couples meet, fall in love, and live happily ever after. The only thing I wish is this book would have been a little longer.

Tosha

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3 Stars for Cameron’s Code (Kansas City Heat #3) by Jenna Byrnes #MM #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Cameron’s Code (Kansas City Heat #3)
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date: November 7, 2014 – 100 pgs

Synopsis

Interstate transportation of stolen property calls for FBI intervention. Can the KCPD detective and the bureau agent break up the crime ring before anyone else is killed?

Detective Dean Cameron with the KCPD Property Crimes Department is investigating a rash of local business thefts. When the cases cross state lines, the FBI is brought into action. Dean welcomes sexy agent Matt Anderson’s help on the job, and before he’s decided if it’s a good idea, they wind up in bed. Sharing a desire that’s too hard to resist, the men fall into an intense physical relationship that both of them know can never last.

Impossible Relationships. Matt’s life is in Chicago and Dean’s in Kansas City. Neither of them want a long distance love affair, but Dean can’t imagine not pursuing one. He’s head over heels, but Matt isn’t quite as convinced. When their most recent case takes a turn towards the deadly, what they want doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Racing against the clock, Dean is desperate to save Matt and see what can be salvaged of their relationship.

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 ThreeStar
 This being book three in the series I had hoped that the characters would have been more well developed.

Dean works for KCPD and while he is investigating the local business thefts he becomes partnered up with Matt from the FBI when the investigation and thefts cross state lines.

Yes these two men are attracted to one another but my problem is that Matt does not seem like the nicest guy. He kind of treats Dean like a play thing and I think that with the way Matt treated Dean that Dean should have had enough self respect to tell Matt to hit he road and not come back.

Don’t get me wrong I like a book that has the couples that get together to have there issues before finally ending up happily ever after but I think there is a difference between issues and just being an out right jackass.

Regardless of this not being my favorite in the series so far I will keep reading and look forward to the next book.

Tosha

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4 Stars for Dixon’s Duty (Kansas City Heat #1) by Jenna Byrnes #MM #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Dixon’s Duty (Kansas City Heat #1)
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date: May 9, 2014 – 124 pgs

Synopsis

A serial rapist and murderer on the loose. Will Kansas City’s finest solve the case before the madman strikes again?

Detective James Dixon is determined to track down the most recent serial killer terrorising the people of Kansas City. The chase leads him to the Last Chance Bar and Grille, where he meets and immediately falls for the sexy owner, Bryan Scott. But things at the bar aren’t exactly as they seem.

No one there remembers seeing the latest victim the night before she was brutally murdered. So why do the clues keep pointing back to the Last Chance? When the attacks strike close to home, Dix and Bryan must work together to save the next victim and whatever chance they have for happiness.

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 FourStars
 Jenna Byrnes has a good start to her new Series Kansas City Heat. It is a short story that has a little bit of everything for readers.

If you love murder and suspense, this book has it. If you love the odd couple meeting and falling love with each other almost instantly (love a first sight), this book has it. If you like having good supporting characters that can lead to another book in the series, this is your book. If you like a book where you do not know who the killer is and you have to keep reading till the end to find out who it is, this is he book for you. This book has all of that plus some more.
Dix and Bryan have one of those relationships with one another that I love to read about. They are in another word, made for each other.

Great read and look forward to more books in the series.

Tosha

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5, TWO 4 and 3 Stars for Hesitant Heart by Morticia Knight – #MM Romance #BDSM @morticiaknight @Totally_Bound

Hesitant Heart

Title: Hesitant Heart (The Hampton Road Club)
Author Name: Morticia Knight
Publication Date & Length: November 7, 2014 – 174 pgs

Synopsis

Sam is a naïve young man who arrives in Hollywood to escape his brutal father. When the older, sophisticated Aaron rescues him, Sam discovers what it means to fully surrender himself to another.

Eighteen year-old Sam Cunningham is used to living with lots of secrets. He’s had to hide his true nature his entire life or else incur the wrath of his strict and abusive father. When he’s faced with a horrible ultimatum, he flees to Hollywood where he hopes he can escape the fate his father has planned for him.

Aaron Rubenstein is a wealthy and sophisticated man who loses himself in painting portraits of bound men to help stave off his loneliness and despair. Unable to find a lasting connection with anyone, he’s had to resort to paying lovers not only for their affections, but to be allowed to indulge in his darker passions. Aaron’s only respite is his nights at the Hampton Road sadomasochism club where he’s a respected Dominant.

Naïve and inexperienced in the ways men can please one another, Sam takes a job at a bathhouse where he first glimpses a beautiful older man. Aaron notices the sweet towel boy watching him with interest every time he patronizes the Temple of Eros bathhouse. A traumatic incident for the innocent towel boy triggers Aaron’s protective tendencies and he’s compelled to rescue the gentle Sam from the clutches of the Temple’s manager.

They embark on a journey together that teaches them both things about themselves that they never knew. As their bond deepens and Sam is trained for his first night at the Hampton Road Club, an unknown danger lurks. Will Sam’s father find him and destroy both men’s chance for true happiness together? Or will Aaron protect his boy and keep him for always?

Reader advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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FourStars

This was another good book, going to be a great series, by Mortica Knight. This story was about a young man escaping his father’s brutality and finding his true love. I loved how Sam and Aaron met. I also loved the journey that they took together to find themselves.

I felt Aaron was a very caring man but yet not sure where he fit in his sexual life.  Sam on the other was very sweet, very trusting of Aaron while he was teaching Sam how to behave. My favorite part was when Aaron and Saul took on Sam’s father.

This was a good start to the series can’t wait to read more.

Sherry

fourstars

In Book 1 of the series, the setting is in 1920’s. It’s the story of a man, a wealthy painter by the name of Aaron Rubenstein and how he found his sub/forever love in Sam, a naive 18 year old boy. From the start you feel really bad for Aaron. He’s gay, knows it, loves certain games, yet he hates himself. Probably because most of the guys he “plays” with don’t understand him.
Then he meets Sam in a bathing house. Sam ran away from home cause his rich father wants him to marry, but Sam is gay. He’s so sheltered though, that he doesn’t know a thing about gay sex. Thankfully he meets Aaron, who adores him. These two are made to be together and they’re so sweet. Too sweet…lol. Aaron and Sam both cried way too much. I liked them enough though to give this book a 4 instead of my first choice of 3 stars. It was interesting reading about a romance set in the 1920’s.
If you wanna read something extra sweet, a healing story, this book is for you.
Oh and don’t be fooled by the “Road Club”. Lol This isn’t an MC story folks. Haha
Cookie
ThreeStar
This book was hard for me to get through at times. I found myself skimming at times but at other times so into the story I didn’t want to put it down. I had to keep reminding myself that it was set in the 1920’s for one thing. LOL. I loved how sweet and innocent Sam was but at times I also got frustrated with his nativity.  I wanted to think Aaron was a dirty old bird, but I couldn’t help but like him, I loved his patience with Sam. This ended up being a beautiful story of love and friendship and I really hope we get to see these two again in the rest of the series.
Angie
FiveStars
This book starts of with Sam who is naïve and young in a new city after escaping his brutal father.
He meets Aaron and there is a instant attraction between these two men.I loved how protective and caring Aaron was of Sam. Then there was Sam who was just so sweet!

They both fit so well together and you could feel the love these two men have for one another.

I thought the author did such a awesome job with the time period in this book! She pulled you in from the start of this story and I could not put this book down once I started it.

There was steam in this book and two men who grow closer together in their Dom/Sub relationship. The way that Aaron was so patient with Sam while teaching him everything was just so sweet!
So I will leave this review with….. I loved this book and would recommend it!

Kara

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TWO 4 Stars for Encore (Blue Notes #5) by Shira Anthony #MM #Romance @WriterShira @dreamspinners

1.5

Title: Encore (Blue Notes #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Shira Anthony (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 11, 2013 – 296 pgs

Synopsis

Cool kid violinist Roger Nelson doesn’t give a damn about anything. Wannabe conductor John Fuchs is awkward, effeminate, and just figuring out he’s gay. Despite their differences, they become friends—then lovers—and after college, they try to make it work. But it’s the 1970s, and Roger can’t bring himself to admit he’s gay. Worse, after his brother is killed in Vietnam, Roger tries to live up to his memory and be the perfect son. Then after suffering one tragedy too many, he makes the biggest mistake of his life: Roger pushes John away.

Through the years, they dance around the truth and in and out of each other’s lives, never quite able to let go. Twenty years later, Roger still carries the pain of losing his dream of a brilliant career with him, while John is a superstar conductor with a wild reputation. John’s off-stage antics get him plenty of attention, good and bad, though deep down, he wants only Roger. Finally determined to hold on to what really matters, Roger asks John for another chance, and when John panics and runs, Roger has to convince him to listen to his heart.

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FourStars

Hmmm, where to start.  This was both good and horrible… I had a very strong love/hate relationship with these main characters.  I loved how this book led us through their lives.  But, I REALLY REALLY hated the mixed signals.
Roger and John are sweet, confused, clueless, in love, lost and all the different emotions that young boys go through.
There were so many different emotions that I felt while reading this book.  While I am younger than when this book began, I could appreciate the different decades – the nuances of the story, the events that these characters went through.
There was a feeling of meanness that Roger gave off – and, while I can understand his pain, he handled it terribly.  Then you have John, who just tries to get on with his life – but through it all, they remain friends, which is something that I can truly appreciate.
Overall, I really enjoy this series and Anthony’s ability to draw the reader in.  So, while I have a love hate relationship with this story, I think many would appreciate it.
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FourStarsSo I will start of this review by saying I thought parts of this book were amazing and beautiful, while some parts of this book I have to be honest and say I really was not a huge fan of….

Roger and John meet at school. They start of as friends which slowly turns to more over time..

Now I thought this two men were honestly so beautiful together. They way they cared for each other and how you could really feel how much they love each other.
Which brings me to the part I was really not a huge fan of.. Which I cant really go into without spoiling this book. So it makes it hard for me to explain, all I can really say is I was not a fan of what Roger did and how it felt like he was throwing it into John’s face. At least to me personally that was what it felt like.
Let’s just say I went from loving this book to why!!! No why did he do that and ugh!! Lol
It did take me awhile to start liking Rogers character after that and I will leave it at that..

So I will leave this review with… I loved parts of this story and these characters this author created even though I was not a fan of Roger for awhile there. All together I really liked this book!

~Kara

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4 Stars for The Half of Us by Cardeno C. – #MM #Romance @CardenoC

The Half of Us

Title: The Half of Us (Family #4)
Author Name: Cardeno C.
Publication Date & Length: October 10, 2014 – 206pgs

Synopsis

Short-tempered, arrogant heart surgeon Jason Garcia grew up wanting a close-knit family, but believes he ruined those dreams when he broke up his marriage. The benefit of divorce is having as much random sex as he wants, and it’s a benefit Jason is exploiting when he meets a sweet, shy man at a bar and convinces him to go home for a no-strings-attached night of fun.

Eight years living in Las Vegas hasn’t dimmed Abe Green’s optimism, earnestness, or desire to find the one. When a sexy man with lonely eyes propositions him, Abe decides to give himself a birthday present—one night of spontaneous fun with no thoughts of the future. But one night turns into two and then three, and Abe realizes his heart is involved.

For the first time, Abe feels safe enough with someone he respects and adores to let go of his inhibitions in the bedroom. If Jason can get past his own inhibitions and open his heart and his life to Abe, he might finally find the family he craves.

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FourStars

This was a well planned, thoughtful, steamy story about finding your family.  It may not be what you were expecting, but if you fight for it, anyone can have the family they want.

Jason and Abe are two men who have wonderful chemistry, once you get past the serial sleeping around that Jason does and the strange innocent vibe that Abe gives off.  To say that these two are opposites is putting it mildly – until they get in to bed.  These two can burn up the sheets.  I was slightly put off by their “insta-love” relationship, but did enjoy that once they got over that, they started to actually see each other in a way that allowed their relationship to become something rather than just drive by sex.

Abe is a wonderful character who not only understands what he wants in life, but helps Jason figure out that he can have what he’s been searching for too.  I love his passion for life, the kids he works with and his understanding of Jason.  And, while I thought that Jason was slightly immature, I also understand that when you go from college to medical school, you miss some formidable years where you learn social skills.

The supporting characters were so helpful in this story.  It kept the story more focused on family than only about Jason and Abe’s relationship.  I could hug and kiss Angela – she is a great person, someone who honestly loves Jason, Donny and Kristen.  The way that she was able to finish her own goals, while staring a family – to keep Jason honest and be OK with who he was showed great depth.

I really enjoyed this story and found that while some of the lines were somewhat juvenile, the overall feel of the story was one of family.  And, I can say that my favorite lines of the story were on the very last page.  It left me with a feeling of joy and happiness.

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1) What motivated you to start writing?
CC: One of the reasons I began writing was to do something creative and different from my day job. I also wanted to share happy, uplifting stories. I’d never considered being a fiction writer until about the time I sat down and wrote my first story, which was Where He Ends and I Begin. I hadn’t read romance novels at that point and I had no idea there were gay romance novels out there. What drove me to write was a sense that so many movies and shows I saw had gay characters who were killed or hurt or deeply miserable and after seeing this over and over again, I started feeling like it was a punishment, like these people weren’t allowed to be happy and healthy and strong AND gay. And I’m talking about movies where the gay characters are the main characters, movies targeted toward a gay/welcoming audience. That vision of life doesn’t match what I see in the world around me.

Yes, there are tragedies and sadness and family trouble. I know. Those things are real and true. But my life experience is that people as a whole are resilient and strong. I see people move past the hard times and make their own happy futures. I see people learn and grow and build lives and communities and families around them. I see people who use their experience and wisdom to make choices that allow them to live the kinds of lives they want on their terms and to be satisfied and happy with those lives. That’s my reality and I wanted to share it.
2) Who or what is your biggest inspiration for writing? 
CC: It’s so hard to pinpoint inspiration. When I’m ready to write a book, I think about the characters until they’re real in my head. Although my characters are fictional, there are often anecdotes or characteristics or incidents that are based on my life, friends’ lives, or news articles.
3) What is your writing environment? (Where do you write, what do you do to prepare right before you start writing)

CC: I write at home, either in my living room on my sofa or in my bed with pillows propping me and my laptop up. I always have a 44 ounce cup of iced tea at my side and often I have a Diet Coke or iced coffee too. I write whenever I can squeeze in any time.

4) What is the hardest part of a book for you? Any particular scene(s)?
CC: For me the hardest thing has always been time. Writing requires concentration, energy, and a clear headspace. Life is busy so finding the time to sit down and get my head filled with my characters for long enough to write their stories is an ongoing challenge for me. As far as certain scenes, I prefer to write happy, loving scenes so those come most easily.

5) If you only could write in one genre, what would it be? And if you couldn’t write in that genre what genre would you pick next?

CC: I write exclusively gay romance. This genre inspired me to write because of my desire to share happy, uplifting stories to give hope in an area where I felt it was needed. I’ve never had an urge to write in another genre.

6) If you could spend a day with one author, who would it be and why?
CC: I think it’d be interesting to spend the day with David Sedaris although I have to admit, I’d be a little nervous about what could happen. Hopefully the nerves would counteract the anxiety from being in the presence of such a talented writer.

7) What do you like to see in book reviews? What makes a review better than other ones to you?
CC: I think different people appreciate different types of reviews. For me as a reader, I like knowing general things about a book so I know whether it’ll appeal to me but not having spoilers that ruin the reading experience. For example, if I’m looking for a light, sweet read, I like a review to tell me it’s that kind of book.
8) If you could give one tip to new writers, what would it be? 
CC: I suppose the first and most important tip of writing is to keep writing. There are lots of things that can distract us or bring us down, but if we want to write, we have to push them aside and keep going. No matter what.

9) How do you make hard decisions with your books? Like the title of the book or some of the characters actions? 

CC: I want my characters to be true to who they are. That means I need to know who they are before I write the first word of a book. After that, it’s a matter of making sure that everything they do and say works with them and for them. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t the best way or my way; if it’s consistent with the character, it’s the right way. My book titles are often inspired by song lyrics that, in my head at least, correlate to the book.

10) If you could only use 4 words to describe yourself, what would they be?

CC: Four words…. Hmm. In no particular order, I’d say: happy, lucky, hard-working, and busy. J

AuthorBio

Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

Heartwarming Stories. Strong Relationships. Forever Love.

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5 Stars for Mating Addiction (Fated Date Agency #5) by Abraham Steele #MM #Paranormal

1.5

Title: Mating Addiction (Fated Date Agency #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Abraham Steele
Publication Date & Length: August 31, 2015 – 212 pgs

Synopsis

“Either fuck me, suck me, or get the hell out of my apartment.”

Disowned by his family, cut off from his pack, Raymond Fusco lives for the next conquest. And he’s definitely making one tonight. There’s no way he’s going to close off the weekend without pumping his cum into a hot, willing asshole. Any of the anonymous guys messaging him will do. The young alpha’s standards aren’t exactly high – there’s no point when he’s only going to see them once. The new guy who just emailed him stands out, though. Not only does Diago have a gorgeous face and cock, his way with words is also intriguing. Why would he refer to Grindr as an “agency”?

A week after breaking up with his first and only boyfriend, Diago Ayling has finally heard back from the Fated Date Agency. The lovelorn omega just got his heart stomped on, and now he’s ready to find the real thing: his fated mate. Even though Raymond told him to come straight to his place, Diago is picturing flowers and candlelight for their first date.

Diago is about to get a whole lot more than he bargained for. Then again – so is Raymond…

Mating Addiction is Book 5 of the Fated Date Agency series. It also stands alone as a complete 200-page gay shifter mpreg romance novel.

Guaranteed HEA ending with no cheating and no cliffhangers!

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FiveStars

Raymond has a addiction which causes his him to hook up a lot with one night stands he meets on the computer.
Then he gets a message Diago not realizing it came from his mate he thinks Diago is just another hook up.

Now it took me awhile to warm up to Raymond because at first the way he treats Diago I was not a big fan of. But once I started understanding his character more and the way his feelings grow for Diago to love and protectiveness made me love his character by the end of this book.

I liked how strong Diago’s character was which was a good thing with as much as he had to put up with from Raymond. There was also a sweet caring side to him too.

Loved the way this author wrote these character and this story!

All together I Loved this book!
I would recommend this book!

Kara

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