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5 Stars for Bad Idea by Lily Harlem #MM #Romance @lily_harlem

CoverTitle: Bad Idea
Author Name & Publisher: Lily Harlem (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 16, 2016 – 43 pgs

Synopsis

Bad ideas can sometimes be the best!

Roughneck Riders are not an MC club you mess with, least of all their rough and tough gang leader Heavy. But Heavy has a secret that has to be kept, no matter what—his heart belongs to a man. It shouldn’t. He’s supposed to be into women, like the other guys in the club. Junk is just too cute to resist, though. Add in his delectable body, his sweet submission and his willingness to accept Heavy’s sadism, and the couple are a perfect match.

Junk’s a probie, proving his worth to the club and demonstrating his mechanical know-how. He’s lived on the edge for a long time, flitting from one place to the next. But now that he’s settling in as a Roughneck, life is looking up. Not least because he’s in love—soul-eating, cock-thickening obsessive love. He can’t tell anyone about his desire for Heavy, but what he can do is push his lover’s buttons, all day, in full view of everyone, until he’s damned sure the night will bring a whole host of sinful delights and wicked punishments that will leave him marked, bruised and most of all, wholly satisfied.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released as part of the His Rules anthology with Pride Publishing.

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FiveStars

This is a perfect example why I love Lily Harlem. She can write a story with characters that are compelling enough that you want to know more about them even though it’s a short story. At the end, all I could say was… I want more! We got to learn a bit about the life the two men live as part of a motorcycle gang and about their secret meetings and how blisteringly hot they are.
Lily Harlem writes so well that the story was capturing and the sex was HOT and even though all in all it was a short story, I wanted to find out what happens and more about each of the characters, which is a hard thing to do when the story didn’t have long to establish much at all.
Renee

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5 Stars for Close to You (Sunshine and Happiness #3) by Skylar M. Cates #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

CoverTitle: Close to You (Sunshine and Happiness #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Skylar M. Cates (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 28, 2016 – 248 pgs

Synopsis

It’s hard to recover from a first love. Some people never do.

How hard would you fight to keep your best friend? Marc Lucas and Tomas Santos have been best friends forever, but now their friendship is in a crisis. When they were boys, betrayals ripped their world apart. They thought it was fixed, but some parts remained broken. Ever since he saved him from a humiliation at school, Marc has loved Tomas. The last thing he expects is for Tomas to love him back. To keep his best friend, Marc revisits an abusive past he’s tried to forget.

For Tomas, loving Marc has been anything but easy. His upbringing told him it was wrong, so why did it feel so right? Accepting who he is as an adult, Tomas decides he needs a committed relationship. To his deep sorrow, he can’t seem to find it with Marc.

When the two find themselves alone and in the grip of a hurricane, long-buried feelings emerge. Being “just friends” is no longer an option. They must risk it all on love.

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 FiveStarsI did not start with books one and two but I believe I will go back and read them now.

This was a great book by Skylar M Cates. It is a book that I would describe as best friends to lovers but with a past that makes it hard for the future.

Marc and Tomas are and have been best friends forever but both are in love with the other. Making the transition from best friends to lovers is not easy for these two men because one has to accept his feelings for the other and the other has to let go of an abusive past in order to move forward. Will the two of them be able to get over their hang ups or will they be doomed to not resolve their feelings and have a relationship they both truly deserve.

I loved this book and all the anguish these two characters had to endure in order to be able to find their happy. It was not an easy journey for either of them. Skylar had a way of making sure the readers was able to feel their emotional turmoil they had to face. I will definitely be going back and reading books 1 & 2 and any other books in the future in this series. Fantastic read!!!!

Tosha

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5 Stars for File Gumbo (Roughstock #3) by B.A. Tortuga #MM #Cowboy @batortuga @PridePublishing

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Title: File Gumbo (Roughstock Book 3)
Author Name & Publisher: B.A. Tortuga (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: January 19, 2016 – 225 pgs

Synopsis

Beau is riding like the two-time champ that he is, but nothing is assured in the world of bull riding–not happiness, not wealth, and not survival.

Beau is a two-time champion bullrider who is working on his third title. Sam is his long-time lover and traveling partner, who is feeling the sting of having just about the worst season he can remember. The two of them are on the road together twenty-four seven, and it’s starting to get to them a little, between the constant injuries Sam faces, and the relentless press that Beau has to put up with. Add in friends on the circuit who need their help and the fact that they have to hide what they mean to each other, and it’s no wonder that Sam and Beau’s relationship starts to wear a little from the friction.

When things blow up in their faces, Sam leaves the bullriding tour for a while, but the boys find out they’re far more miserable apart than they are together. Beau and Sam may agree to disagree in order to make peace and help out their friends Jason and Coke, but in the unpredictable world of extreme sports, nothing goes as it’s planned.

Can Beau and Sam recover from what just might the last ride of Sam’s life?

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FiveStars This is my favorite book in this series so far.

BA Tortuga has a way of making the reader jump into the pages and like part of he book. In being able to do so I was able to feel all of the pain and heartache that the characters in this book was able to feel. I was able to feel the fear and the guilt. I was able to feel the love and the acceptance. I was also able to the way each of the characters in this series was family even though it was not by blood.

I also love how BA Tortuga has taken such a dangerous sport and has made the book that she is writing about realistic. The rodeo and the guys who participate in the sport take a chance each time they step in the arena because it is unpredictable what an animal will do and BA Tortuga does not skip over that fact in this series.

She gets to the heart of the danger and incorporates it into the book. In turn it leaves the reader feeling the affects of what happens in eachbook and this book was no different. My heart truly broke for Sam and Beau.

This book was another amazing addition to the series and in my opinion the best book so far.

Tosha

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4 Stars for And a Smile (RoughStock #2) by B.A. Tortuga #MM #Erotica @batortuga

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Title: And a Smile (RoughStock #2)
Author Name & Publisher: B.A. Tortuga (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: October 27, 2015 – 197 pgs

Synopsis

All Coke Pharris wants is for his cowboys to be safe–all of them. When rodeo clown, Dillon, sets to prove that there’s more to the bullfighter, people could get hurt.

It’s Coke Pharris’ job to save bull riders from bulls, and he takes his work very seriously. Which is why he’s devastated when one of his favorite riders gets hurt, and he’s determined to help the young man ride again. Dillon Walsh is the arena entertainer for the bull riding tour, and he wants to help. He also wants Coke, has been admiring the man for a long time. He hasn’t made a move on Coke for fear of messing up their friendship, but when he finds out Coke might feel the same way, Dillon has to try to win Coke over.

Coke thinks he’s too old for Dillon, too beat up and scarred, but he can’t resist when Dillon finally makes a play for him. Dillon is like a wet dream for Coke, and the two of them have a great time getting to know each other better, at least until the danger of their job threatens to come between them. Will Dillon and Coke be able to help their friend and weather the problems that blow their way?

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released elsewhere. It has been re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

General Release Date: 27th October 2015

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FourStars

I have skipped around a bit in this series instead of reading it in order but nonetheless I went back and read the few books that I had not read yet in the series.

BA Tortuga is such an amazing author to be able to get into the guys mannerisms the way that she has. When reading this book you can definitely feel this whole cowboy vibe by the way these men act and by the way they talk. They have the southern charm to them and that makes the book so much more enjoyable and believable.

I have to say as far as the characters in this book goes I fell in love with Dillion from the get go. Dillion has been in love with Coke for a while but has always kept it to himself out of fear of bringing tension to their team.

Coke is so hard on himself. He thinks he is to old and to broken to be good enough for someone especially someone as special as Dillion.

Dillion does not give up though and is determined to make Coke realize how good they can be together.

BA Tortuga has the ability to draw the readers in and make them feel like part of the book. I love that about an author. This book can be read as part of the series or it can be read as a standalone. Definitely a good read!!

Tosha

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5 Stars for Dancing Around The Cop (Alpha and Omega #2) by Lisa Oliver #MM #Romance #Paranormal

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Title: Dancing Around The Cop (Alpha and Omega #2)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: August 12, 2015 – 374 pgs

Synopsis

Terry Martin has an awesome life – good friends, loving parents and a job he loves designing all of the bright and wonderful costumes for the drag queens at Club Blue. Sure, no one but his parents know he’s an Omega wolf, but he’s okay with that. Unfortunately being a twink often means getting picked on and after a night out with friends, Terry has the misfortune to meet an Alpha wolf, Detective Zander Samuels – his true mate.

Zander can’t have a mate, especially a pretty, sweet little man like Terry. His friend of more than ten years, and partner on the force hates gay men with a passion and Zander won’t risk the only true friend he has, not even for a mate. So even though he’s scented Terry, Zander is determined to stay away from the Omega. Unfortunately the Fates are just as determined that the two men should be together and when Zander finds himself hit with the mating curse in more ways than one, he comes up with a plan to have Terry without upsetting his friend.

A nasty boss, a homophobic partner, some really jerky behaviour by Zander and another Alpha wolf keen on claiming Terry for his own, all conspire to stop any chance these two have of finding true love. But did I mention that the Fates are really persistent?

Warning: This book is about male wolf shifters, it includes coarse language, mm sex scenes, a gorgeously cute Omega who will melt your heart and an Alpha wolf you will just want to slap around the head.

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FiveStars

Lisa Oliver continues to blow me away with her books. This book was not a surprise considering I have come to expect this out of Lisa Oliver.

The fact that this book is about a closeted detective named Zander made this book even better. But what made it the most interesting was his mate is a fashion designer for drag queens and an omega, a guy, and a twink to boot.

Zander tried to deny Terry because he is scared of losing his homophobic best friend Sully, his job, and his lady’s man play boy status. But there is a thing that is called FATE that put a damper on Zander’s plans of denying that he wants Terry.

Another interesting and enjoyable read in this series. I love how Lisa Oliver is constantly able to suck me into her stories and leaves me waiting impatiently ready for more. Another wonderful story!!!

Tosha

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4 Stars for The Biker’s Omega (Alpha and Omega #1) by Lisa Oliver #MM #Paranormal @wisecrone333

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Title: THe Biker’s Omega (Alpha and Omega #1)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: January 20, 2015 – 143pgs

Synopsis

Marly Miles has been happy in his life as a lone Omega wolf, living and working among the humans of Orlando, Florida. When an attack on him and his friend brings Marly to the notice of the Sergeant of Arms of the Epitaph’s Motorcycle Club, he realizes immediately that the man carries the same scent as his attackers. Not a very good start when the same man is also his mate.

Alpha wolf, Trent Beaumont has spent a lot of years living as a human when he walked away from his home pack. Forced to live as a straight man, because of the Epitaph’s club culture, he walks away from Marly after checking the man is safe. But no wolf, not even an Alpha, can refuse the mating call from the Fates. But with his club President looking over his shoulder, and a woman panting after him to share his bed, Trent isn’t sure it will ever be the right time to claim his own Omega.

Fights, misunderstandings and a lack of communication aren’t the only problems Trent and Marly face. Trent has a history that has clouded his judgment and when Marly gets attacked again, Trent realizes he could lose
his mate permanently, if he doesn’t get his head out of the sand.

Warning: Contains one hot biker, a beautiful twink with a sassy mouth, and a ton of misunderstandings. Graphic m/m sex, violence and strong language.

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 FourStarsRecently I have became a fan of Lisa Oliver. One of the things that I like most about writing is she does not fallow the path that most authors do. She thinks outside of the box with her books. Much like she did in this book.

What makes her different as an author is that Marley is an omega which is usually a very timid individual. They are considered the heart of a pack but the difference with in this book is that Marley does not do timid. He has lived his life amongst humans so he stands up for himself. He does not shy away like some omegas do. And even though he is a twink and gay, he owns it. He is flamboyant in what he likes to wear and does not care what others think about it. He is happy with his clothing choices and owns it and makes it his own.

Trent, who is the alpha of the pack turns out to be Marley’s mate but I did not like Trent very much. He does not treat Marley well and even though I know some of this stems from being in the closet for so long, that is no excuse. In my opinion Trent should be cherishing Marley because an omega is an individual that makes an alpha stronger.

There is lots of ups and downs in this book but nonetheless it was a great read and I look forward to reading more from Lisa Oliver in the future.

Tosha

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Trent had been waiting hours, freaking hours, for his mate to get home. He had pulled into the apartment block about an hour after he left the club, figuring a shower and a change of clothes was a good idea. But from the scent in the hallway outside of Marly’s apartment door, it seemed he had just missed the little man. Oh, well. Maybe his mate had gone out for food. Four hours later, Trent had to leave his post to get his own food and to take a bathroom break. But in less than thirty minutes, he was back at his post, waiting for Marly to get home. He didn’t remember falling asleep, but being awoken by a mini biker vision in black was more than Trent’s control could handle, especially when Marly smelled of so many different men. The little shit had been clubbing and while Trent wasn’t silly enough to think that Marly had been with anyone else, his wolf’s need to cover the man with his own scent was overwhelming.

Yes, he meant to talk to Marly first – get to know a little bit about the man he was about to become bonded to. Trent wasn’t some crass shifter who fucked first, and then talked after. Not with his mate at least. With most men he had enjoyed in the past it was fuck first and then fuck the talking. But Trent wanted to explain to Marly about his position in the club and what was happening there. He needed to find out about Marly’s pack status and explain his own lack of one. But then the sexy man just had to put a wiggle in his step as he walked passed him and that one little movement shattered what was left of Trent’s resolve, already weakened by his long wait. It had been so long since he had enjoyed a man in his arms, and this one was already deemed perfect for him by the Fates. He didn’t have the strength to argue with that sort of situation.

And right now? With Marly’s mouth open under his, Trent couldn’t think of one goddamn fucking reason why he had wanted to wait at all. The hint of pineapple and cream suggested his mate liked those frou-frou drinks that Trent had never tasted because they looked too girly. The lack of anyone else’s scent on Marly’s tongue meant the man had behaved himself while he was out, and Trent made sure to check, thoroughly, in every crevice and corner of Marly’s mouth.

It wasn’t only Marly’s mouth that was driving Trent insane. Marly’s slim but solid chest was rammed tight between his own and the wall, not a cigarette paper gap between them. Trent moaned as he felt Marly’s cock throbbing behind his jeans, against his own abs, and his Omega’s fingers gripping his shoulders was pure heaven. There was nothing hesitant about Marly – not the way he opened his mouth to accept Trent’s tongue, nor the way he clasped Trent’s shoulders as though the bigger man would try and get away. When Trent felt Marly wrap his lean legs around his waist, opening out that delectable denim covered ass, Trent couldn’t help running his fingers along the seam covered crack. Marly’s full body shiver and the way he pressed even closer into Trent’s chest was proof his mate was as eager for their mating as he was.

His cock threatening the construction of his zipper, Trent was on the verge of coming in his pants and that just would not do. Wrenching his lips from his mate’s enticing mouth, Trent looked down to see Marly’s bright blue eyes were now the shade of a stormy sea.

“Bedroom,” he said roughly. “Or I swear I’ll take you right here, right now.”

Marly blinked for a few moments and Trent wasn’t sure if the man was thinking about his options, or just trying to get his brain to function.

“Through there,” Marly said finally, his voice almost a whisper, pointing over Trent’s back.

Holding onto Marly tightly, unwilling to let him go for even a second, Trent spun around, spying a door set in the opposite wall. Noting it was the only door in the room, Trent figured he had to be on the right track and he covered the distance from one wall to the other in just five long strides. Thank god his little mate didn’t live in a mansion or he might have been forced to mate with the man on the stairs. Continue reading

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3 Stars for Yes, Forever by Bailey Bradford #MM #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Yes, Forever
Author Name & Publisher: Bailey Bradford (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 31, 2013 – 44 pgs

Synopsis
Just when John Weston thinks he’s got it all together, he learns he’s really just buried his head in the sand.

John Weston has been using his past behaviour as a weapon against himself. He’s not wanted to fall back into old habits and ways that nearly destroyed him. That’s why he’s kept to himself for the past two years.Little by little, things happen that begin to make him see what he’s really done—wall himself off in such a way that he no longer knows how to be around people outside of his job and his family.

One man will come along and rattle John’s self-imposed cage, and start John on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance he didn’t even know he needed. John will have to take risks instead of hide away, and learn that making mistakes doesn’t mean he’s a lost cause. It simply means he’s a man who can feel more than he’d ever thought he could.

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 ThreeStarThis was a decent series but I definitely see room to make it ever better.

John in my opinion does not trust himself to relapse into the man he was previously. He knows after getting clean of drugs, alcohol, and sec with random men and then finally getting help why he was the was he was. He has an mental illness of depression and even though he is seeing a therapist and taking his medication like he is supposed to he is not at the point that he trusts himself. He has mainly kept to himself but once he meets Benji his world is turned upside down.

Benji in my opinion is very self absorbed and I honestly view him as one of those people that believes it alright for him to do what he wants but he does not want John too.

It is difficult for these two men to get in the same page in what they have together but they do. Eventually that is.

Honestly I was left at odds with this book ending as quickly as it did. I honestly did not realize that the book that I had was the one with all five parts in one book so when I went to move onto the next book and realized I had read all of them I was really let down. I think this book could have been amazing if the issues these two men was having hard more in depth answers to their problems instead of a quick brush off like I felt that they did.

Regardless it was a decent read but not one of my favorites.

Tosha

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