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New Release: Growing Strong by BL Dayoff #MM #NewAdult @BLDayoff

growingstrong1400Title: Growing Strong
Author Name & Publisher: BL Dayoff (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2016 – 47,000 Words

Synopsis

A chance—and embarrassing—encounter brings Hunter and Chase together, but it’s patience and kindness that keep them there. Through a slow-blossoming friendship and a series of misunderstandings, Hunter finds himself fighting an attraction he thinks isn’t returned. But with the help of his roommate, Tony, he may just be able to make the leap and confess his feelings.

But love isn’t Hunter’s only concern. With his sister’s upcoming nuptials, he also must learn to face a family that hasn’t quite disowned him for his sexuality. With Chase by his side, it’s going to take strength for Hunter to stand up for himself and to hold on to what really matters.

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Hunter tripped over Tony’s briefcase in his rush to get to the door, cursed, and somehow remained upright. He stumbled a few more steps, caught himself on the kitchen counter, and stopped. Huffing once, he continued, with slightly more competence, the final few feet to the front door. When he opened it, Chase was there with a stack of DVDs in hand. “Hey.”

“Hey, c’mon in. You find the place okay?”

“Yeah, it was really easy and—oh, hi.”

“Yo.”

“Chase this is—Tony! Put some pants on!”

Tony grinned from his boxer-clad position on the couch. “You didn’t tell me you were having a guest.”

He most certainly had. “Well I do, so, pants!”

“Careful, I might take that as an order.” Tony winked, then wagged his butt all the way back to his room.

“Sorry about him. I think his mother dropped him a few times as a child.”

Chase chuckled. “Don’t worry about it. We all have a few in our lives.”

“Tell me about it. So what movies did you bring?” He sat on the couch, tucking himself against one armrest, and was pointedly not disappointed when Chase sat on the opposite side—making himself as far away as possible.

“Um, well, La Belle et la Bête, because it’s so standard, The Bitter Sweet Tears of Petra von Kant, The Four Hundred Blows, Run Lola Run, Rashomon—which is dry but classic—and A Love to Hide.”

“Well,” Hunter chuckled. “I think I’ve heard of one or two of them. How about Lola? Unless there’s one you wanted to watch?”

“No, I just brought a variety so if you get bored, we can switch.” He opened the case, popped the DVD out, and handed it to Hunter, who got up and slid it in the DVD player.

He tracked down the remote, and when he turned around he found Tony sitting in his spot.

Glaring at Tony was equivalent to yelling at the rain, so he dimmed the lights, took the spot between them, and hit play. Lacking an armrest, he folded his arms across his chest and glanced at Tony. What did he think he was doing? Why was he crashing in when Tony had been egging him all week about how Hunter had a second date? Was he trying to make sure nothing happened? Or was he forcing Hunter to sit closer?

He shifted his gaze to Chase, who was watching the previews. With a sigh, Hunter sagged into the couch and skipped the disc ahead so he could stare at the opening credits.

But he couldn’t focus. He wished life was full of do-overs like movies. He had the running down. Or maybe just the running without ever getting anywhere. He woke up in the same bed every morning. Went to the same job. Knew the same people.

Leaning forward, he picked up the remote and paused it.

“Everything okay?” Chase asked.

Tony elbowed him in the side and said, “Dude?”

“I just realized we don’t have popcorn. Do you want popcorn? I want popcorn.” He stood and shuffled into the kitchen.

“Sure, I could eat some popcorn.” Chase followed behind. “Plain?”

“Um.” He pulled the box off the shelf. “Movie theater. So extra buttery, I guess. That good?”

“Yeah.” Chase smiled.

Hunter opened a bag, shoved it in the microwave, entered the time, and started it.

“I was worried that you hated the movie already.”

“No! I mean, it’s fine; it just started. I don’t like to judge things immediately.”

“Good. I know it’s a weird one, but sometimes I swear we only get the weird ones.”

“Ah, well,” Hunter said in his worst European accent, “you crazy Americans love that shit.”

Chase chuckled and leaned back on the counter as the smell of hot butter filled the air, joined by the pop-pop- popping of their snack. “It’s true. America sometimes feels like the redheaded stepchild of the world.”

“Well, least we’re not Canada.”

“Hey, my grandparents were Canadian!”

“Oh, uh… I…”

Chase laughed. “I’m kidding. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.” He tilted his head to the side and flashed a grin. Cute.

Hunter diverted himself by pulling a bowl down and removing the hot popcorn. The comforting aroma rushed out when he opened the bag and poured the popcorn into the bowl.

Chase snuck around him to steal a piece, popping it into his mouth with a satisfied crunch. “First piece is always the best.”

“Right…” He was distracted by the smudge of oil on Chase’s lip and the pink tongue that darted out to clean it up. Averting his eyes to the bowl in his hands, he headed back toward the living room. “So, shall we?”

“Yep!” Chase followed him, plopping down in his previous spot on the now-empty couch.

Hunter hesitated, then sat beside him with just enough room to nestle the bowl between them. He hit play.

Chase glanced down the hall toward the bedrooms. “Should we wait for Tony?”

“No, I don’t think he likes foreign flicks. It’s fine.”

“Okay.”

They settled into the movie, taking turns gobbling up popcorn as the scene unfolded again and again. Hunter couldn’t concentrate. Their hands kept bumping, knuckles grazing and skin brushing, each awkwardly pulling away. Was Chase doing it on purpose? Was it subtle flirting?

Hunter couldn’t tell. He knew he wasn’t doing it on purpose—not that he minded—but what if Chase was?

Eventually he just grabbed a large handful and ate from that, leaving Chase what was left. It didn’t matter. Things could just progress naturally. If Chase was interested, he’d say something.

He’d have to have seen how incompetent Hunter was. God, he was incompetent. Not that he necessarily wanted to date Chase. Friends first, that was a good idea. So that way they’d have something to base a relationship on. Not that he thought Chase was interested in a relationship. If he was gay—and Hunter was pretty sure he was—it didn’t mean he’d automatically be interested in Hunter.

Hunter was a dork, socially screwy, and God, they’d met when he’d been fucked in an alley, drugged, and was throwing up. Yeah, there was no way in hell Chase was interested in him. He wiped his hand on the leg of his jeans and stared pointedly at the screen. Friends was good. He needed more friends. Tony would argue he needed friends period, but that wasn’t true.

He winced at a loud noise in the movie and sank down into the couch, shifting away inch by inch until he was leaning against the opposite armrest. To distract himself from the man on the other end of the couch, he tried to focus on the movie. When that didn’t work, he pondered if his character Erik would like this kind of movie. He didn’t seem like the type. Too busy with work and school to waste time watching movies when he could be studying or hanging with friends.

Half closing his eyes, Hunter composed in his head.

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Touch the Sky (Free Fall, Book 1) by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn #MM #NewAdult #Romance @Christina_Lee04

Touch The Sky CoverTitle: Touch the Sky (Free Fall, Book 1)
Author Name: Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn
Publication Date & Length: March 28, 2016 – 226 pgs

Synopsis

Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn’t have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law.

Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it’s not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything.

The attraction is immediate, but it’s more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together.

Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn’t make them disappear. Gabriel’s internal struggles are serious…dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won’t make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don’t find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever.

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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: 4.5 Star Review for High Contrast (Evolution Ink #1) by Tess Bowery #MM #NewAdult @TessBowery

CoverTitle: High Contrast (Evolution Ink #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Tess Bowery (Samhain Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 3, 2016 – 226 pgs

Synopsis

The deepest scars aren’t the ones that show.

Jacob Shain is your average member of Generation Screwed. He has a boring internship, no cash flow, and a tiny NYC apartment he has to share with Ethan, his much-cooler, tattoo-artist twin brother. Not to mention his love life is DOA. At least, until his brother’s shop hires on a new piercer, and Jacob’s humdrum life takes a turn for the weird.

Cody Turner is gorgeous, funny and kind—everything Jacob wants in a boyfriend. Except for the way he refuses to talk about his past, or where he lives, or anything about his personal life.

When Ethan is arrested while on a mission of mercy, the reason Cody is so tight lipped comes to light. And while Jacob and Cody fight to understand the depth of their feelings for one another, the police dogs catch their scent. So does the local mob.

Now Jacob has to make the hardest choice of his life: stay safe like a good boy, or dive headfirst into a world he barely understands…and hope Cody is there to break his fall.

Warning: Contains a good boy who wants to be bad, a bad boy who longs to be good, bodies that are canvases for living art and high-speed chases with police dogs.

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FourandHalfStars

I just love Tattoo shop stories so this one was right up my alley. With a whole cast of crazy characters from the start this was a lively story. Jacob and Cody are your main characters and love interests. These two seem to be opposites when the story starts but you see they really do have a lot of the same issues.

This is a bit of a social struggle story with some major crime drama tossed in. The author did a great job of writing all of these characters in a way that they all show their inner strengths and work so well together as a team. The story of Jacob and Cody is engaging and you really start to pull for them to get together. There are some really laugh worthy moments along the way and by the end of the story you just love Jacob and Cody. I really enjoyed this book and I hope there are more stories for this great group of characters.

Jessica W.

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New Release: Touch the Sky (Free Fall, Book 1) by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn #MM #NewAdult @Christina_Lee04

Touch The Sky CoverTitle: Touch the Sky (Free Fall, Book 1)
Author Name: Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn
Publication Date & Length: March 28, 2016 – 226 pgs

Synopsis

Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn’t have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law.

Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it’s not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything.

The attraction is immediate, but it’s more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together.

Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn’t make them disappear. Gabriel’s internal struggles are serious…dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won’t make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don’t find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever.

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5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Linemates by D.K. Dunn (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #Sports @dreamspinners @dk_dunn

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Title: Linemates
Author Name & Publisher: D.K. Dunn (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 18, 2015 – 224pgs

Synopsis

Life is going pretty well for Derek LaVigne. He’s playing professional hockey in Los Angeles where hockey is barely on the radar, and this allows him to live in relative anonymity. Derek’s world is tilted on its axis when he’s traded to the Detroit Wheels. Not only is this one of the top teams in the National Hockey League, he’ll also be playing in a city that lives and breathes hockey. It sounds like a dream come true, but soon enough it becomes clear it isn’t.

The reason for Derek’s change of heart is Trevor Ladouceur. Five years ago Derek and Trevor were linemates on Team Canada at the World Junior Championship. They were inseparable both on and off the ice and became known as the Wonder Twins. After winning the gold medal, they slept together. Trevor was gone the next morning, and they haven’t spoken since. Now they’re together again, and the expectation is for the Wonder Twins to help Detroit win the Stanley Cup. Much to Derek’s dismay, he realizes he’s falling in love with Trevor all over again.

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FiveStars

**AUDIOBOOK**
This was a great story of a love that was lost only to come back into your life later on.. Although there wasn’t necessarily love there to begin with, there was an great friendship and one night of passion that ended in heartbreak.
I loved the way this story played out as there is a lot of feelings that have to be worked out before things can start to go well and the friendship (or more) can be explored.
The writing was excellent and left me wanting more even though the story was complete in every way.
The narrator did an excellent job adding to the story although there was a time or two when I felt like he didn’t quite hit the mark when trying to portray the emotions the characters should’ve been feeling. Other than that, it was very well done.
Renee
FourStars
This book was good but not great. It certainly had action on the ice (and I’m a big Detroit [RW] Wheels fan) but the action in the bedroom was lacking. It took me a while to warm up to Veens (Derek) and Laddie (Trevor) but I did kind of. The characters to seem to be lacking in depth but eventually I warmed up to them. Unfortunately it was more than half way through the book. I absolutely hated Trevor in the beginning; I mean he acted like such a total tool. Eventually Trevor gets his head out of his a**, all due to Derek’s injury, and they finally get together. The ending felt like it kind of left me hanging although this clearly did not have a cliffhanger. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would like to see more from Derek and Trevor.
Lynn
 ThreeStar
If you like lots of hockey and lots of hockey action this book is for you. If you want romance, this is not the book you want to read. There was more action on the ice than off. I was seriously skimming through parts of the book because I was so sick of hearing about hockey non-stop. I know it is a book about two hockey players and they live and breathe hockey, I get it. But that is seriously all the book is about, there is the back and forth with the hating Trevor from Derek’s point of view, then Trevor either being a super jerk or denying he is gay. NOTHING happens until right at the end of the book and then BAM it is just over! Trevor says he loves Derek, Derek has a few questions and then the book is over. We don’t find out if Trevor ever admits to anyone else he is gay, we don’t see if their relationship goes any further than one more bout of sex and words of love. This book had so much potential and fell short for me.
Angie

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3.5 Star Review for Law (Scandals #3) by Jess Buffett #MM #NewAdult @JessBuffett

law-evernightpublishing-JayAheer2015-finalimageTitle: Law (Scandals #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Jess Buffett (Evernight Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 29, 2016 – 63 pgs

Synopsis

Law

Being in the internationally successful boy-band Right Time had been everything I had ever wanted and more. Well, except for one thing, or should I say one person? But I had long ago acknowledged that I couldn’t have both the life and the person and I should be happy with what I had. That worked until he showed up in my life again. And then nothing made sense.

Byron

For years I had pretended I didn’t care. Ignoring my feelings had become second nature to me. That was until my niece begged me to take her to see her favorite boy-band, Right Time, for her birthday, and I came face to face with him. In all fairness, she had no idea the can of worms she’d be opening. And to tell the truth, neither did I.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This is a great afternoon read as a Novella. I don’t usually read a lot of the Rock Star stories but this was an enjoyable love story. This is the third book with these characters and while the story was good and is written as a stand alone and does have a HEA, I would suggest reading the other stories first as those stories are mentioned in this book.

I really liked Law and Byron’s story and you get a look back at where this story really starts before you are brought up to current events. It does move quickly and is rather playful. They do have some obstacles to overcome. Things don’t always go the way you want to and I got a little frustrated at both characters for not manning up and talking like should but it served the story well. Once they can admit to each other how they really feel you can do a little happy dance. The author did a good job of writing this story realistically which can sometimes be not the case with Rock Star stories but I enjoyed this one. The story wraps up nicely and overall when the story was over I was happy to see where they ended up.

Jessica W.

Excerpt

“OMG. He knows your name, Uncle Byron?”

Byron flushed, glancing down at his niece before he flicked his gaze back to mine. “Ah … yeah, Emma, I do.”

The girl began to ramble while her friends stared on in awe. “How? Why? When did you become so cool?”

“Hey, I’ve always been cool.” I chuckled at Byron’s offended expression, grateful that he was momentarily distracted. The man’s gaze had always left him feeling open and exposed.

“Well, I mean sure, you are the cool Uncle Byron who bought my friends and me these really awesome tickets, but this…”

“But this is like a whole new hemisphere of awesomeness,” another one of the young girls finished, almost breathless in her shock.

I had honestly never felt so self-conscious before that moment. Not because of the girls.

As shallow as it sounded, I was used to the lust filled expressions on women’s faces of varying age groups. Byron was another story. I wondered what he must be thinking, of me, of the situation. Even after all these years the man still had it in him to make me second guess myself.

A nervous tension I felt only in his presence. It was ridiculous. I was ridiculous.

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New Release: Law (Scandals #3) by Jess Buffett #MM #NewAdult @JessBuffett

law-evernightpublishing-JayAheer2015-finalimageTitle: Law (Scandals #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Jess Buffett (Evernight Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 29, 2016 – 63 pgs

Synopsis

Law

Being in the internationally successful boy-band Right Time had been everything I had ever wanted and more. Well, except for one thing, or should I say one person? But I had long ago acknowledged that I couldn’t have both the life and the person and I should be happy with what I had. That worked until he showed up in my life again. And then nothing made sense.

Byron

For years I had pretended I didn’t care. Ignoring my feelings had become second nature to me. That was until my niece begged me to take her to see her favorite boy-band, Right Time, for her birthday, and I came face to face with him. In all fairness, she had no idea the can of worms she’d be opening. And to tell the truth, neither did I.

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“OMG. He knows your name, Uncle Byron?”

Byron flushed, glancing down at his niece before he flicked his gaze back to mine. “Ah … yeah, Emma, I do.”

The girl began to ramble while her friends stared on in awe. “How? Why? When did you become so cool?”

“Hey, I’ve always been cool.” I chuckled at Byron’s offended expression, grateful that he was momentarily distracted. The man’s gaze had always left him feeling open and exposed.

“Well, I mean sure, you are the cool Uncle Byron who bought my friends and me these really awesome tickets, but this…”

“But this is like a whole new hemisphere of awesomeness,” another one of the young girls finished, almost breathless in her shock.

I had honestly never felt so self-conscious before that moment. Not because of the girls.

As shallow as it sounded, I was used to the lust filled expressions on women’s faces of varying age groups. Byron was another story. I wondered what he must be thinking, of me, of the situation. Even after all these years the man still had it in him to make me second guess myself.

A nervous tension I felt only in his presence. It was ridiculous. I was ridiculous.

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