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3.5 Stars for Doc Brodie and the Big, Purple Cat Toy by Brigham Vaughn @AuthorBVaughn #MM

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Title: Doc Brodie and the Big, Purple Cat Toy
Author Name & Publisher: Brigham Vaughn (Two Peninsulas Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 16, 2016 (111 Pages)

Synopsis

Grant Murchison is a computer programmer with a great job, a small house he’s fixing up, and a mischievous tabby cat named Molly. Doctor Brodie Hall is a veterinarian with a sleeve full of tattoos and an enormous mastiff named Ruby.
When Molly gets sick after nibbling on Grant’s favorite purple toy, he rushes her to the vet clinic where the doctor works. Grant’s embarrassed to admit what Molly ate, but Brodie finds Grant’s reaction charming.
Brodie decides to pursue Molly’s owner, but getting close to Grant is a bigger challenge than he anticipated. Despite Grant’s attraction to the vet, his past leaves him unable to trust in a future together. Doc Brodie may be great with scared and hurting animals but will his technique work on Grant?

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ThreeandHalfStars

This novella stars sex front and center. It’s decent sex: masculine and unabashed. The plot is intended to be humorous, I think, but it involves at times a sick cat, which proved harrowing for me. The cat, it should be said, is the star of the novel. She’s just so perfectly a cat.
Grant is a bit of a nerd. His loneliness is real and his backstory poignant. He manages not to be too self-effacing, but he is a little, if that’s a trigger. Brodie is the veternarian in shining armor, only too willing to look past Grant’s insecurities.
There’s some drama, but they both behave like responsible, grounded adults, which is refreshing in this genre. They’re a bit generic. It would have been good to see some culture clash in their relationship. But for a nice Sunday afternoon read (or Sunday night, ifyouknowwhatImean), it’s servicable. You won’t remember it Monday morning.
C. E. Case

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4.5 Stars and 5 Stars for Rhythm & Blues by Shae Connor @shaeconnor #MM #Novella

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Title: Rhythm & Blues
Author Name & Publisher: Shae Connor
Publication Date & Length: June 20th, 2016 – 76 Pages

Synopsis

When life tears apart your dream, build a new one.

After a knee injury ended his career, Broadway dancer Pate Hawkins limped his way back from New York to Atlanta to implement Plan B: open a dance academy to train the next generation of song-and-dance dreamers. When model-gorgeous contractor Ace Samson answers his request for an estimate on renovating his studio space, Pate hits pay dirt in more ways than one. As construction gets underway, the red-hot attraction between the two men flares, and soon they develop a fledgling relationship. Then the siren song of the stage calls Pate back, and he has to choose between the dream he left behind and the new life he’s building—with his studio, and with Ace.

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FourandHalfStars

This was such a sweet romance with a few hot smexy scenes thrown in. Since Pate can’t professionally dance anymore, he moves to teaching dance. With that in mind, he needs to build his studio and what is second best than a hot-as-sin contractor to build it. These two definitely had the insta-physical attraction and were trying hard to not indulge in their wanting, but yet try to get to know each other. Of course, the intense chemistry between wins over and they indulge. It isn’t until Pate is away from Ace and is offered a second chance at dancing that he realizes he doesn’t want it but does want Ace and his studio. Ace is so sexy, and such a romantic at heart (just try not to aww at what he does for Pate with his hobby) that there cannot be a better combination in one person. So yes, there was insta-attraction, but not necessarily insta-love and I enjoyed that in this story.
The flow of this story is smooth. Realistic time goes by and events are believable. You get swept up in everything that is happening and the romance between these two, that you don’t realize this only a novella. I truly enjoyed these two men and wished I had more time with them.
Keri
FiveStars
This is a book in my opinion about losing your first love only to find your true love and that is exactly what happened with Pate.

Pate’s first live has always been dancing but he knew that would not last forever and he was right. A knee injury took him out of the dancing game so now he is opening his own studio to teach. During the process of finding a contractor to do the renovations he meets Ace. And his world is turned upside down.

I think that Ace has always had a thing for Pate. He remembers him from school even though Pate does not remeber him. I also think that he was just waiting for the right time to let Pate know that he was interested in him.

I believe that Pate knew from the first encounter these two men had that Ace was someone special and that he could fall for him. I think that is what it took him so long to make a move and let Ace know that he was attracted to him. I think his attraction to Ace scared him but it was inevitable to end up together.

This was a good book. It is a sweet Romance of two men coming together and finding love. As I said in the beginning of the review, I believe this is a book about losing your first love to end up finding true love. I do not think that if Pate would not have gotten hurt that these two men would have crossed paths and ended up together. So sometimes things only happen because they are blessing in disguise.

Tosha

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3.5 Stars for Charlie’s Hero (Heroes #1) by Nic Starr {AUDIOBOOK} #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners @nicstarooo

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Title: Charlie’s Hero (Heroes #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Nic Starr (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 17, 2015 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.

But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.

It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This review is for the audiobook read by Joel Leslie.
Charlie’s Hero is a light, enjoyable, and sexy story. But I feel the narration distracts a little from the story instead of enhancing it.
Joel Leslie’s voices are good in this reading, but overall it seems a bit over-acted. I would have rated the text version at 4 stars instead of 3.5.
Charlie and Josh are great characters, well-developed and relatable. Their romance is sweet and sexy. The sex scenes are well-written, plentiful, and hot! Even though this is the first of a series it is also a good stand-alone book.
I enjoyed this story but found it a little slow. It didn’t suck me in and really engage me.
I recommend this to anyone looking for an easy and sexy, contemporary read.
Amanda

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3 Stars for Dion’s Redemption by J.D. Walker #MM

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Title: Dion’s Redemption
Author Name & Publisher: J.D. Walker (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: December 30, 2015

Synopsis

Twenty years ago, eighteen-year-old Dion Doukas did unthinkable things to protect his brother Dimitry, who was born with Down Syndrome. Today, he’s still haunted by those choices. The owner of a low-rent apartment building, Dion spends most of his days dealing with delinquent tenants, drug addicts and less than stellar employees. Then he runs into Nolan Flannigan.

Nolan would do anything for his dying grandfather, and Dion, recognizing a kindred spirit, decides not to throw the senior Mr. Flannigan out on the street because of unpaid rent. Despite their rough start, the two men forge an awkward friendship, and Nolan begins to see just how closed off Dion really is—and that he’ll never get through those barriers unless Dion is willing to open up and let him in.

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ThreeStar

So with this book Dion has had to do things that are not great so he can make sure they both survive.

Now I have to say I really did not like Dion’s characters in this book. He comes of mean from the start and really never redeems himself to me through this book.

Then I really do not know anything about Nolan because you really do not learn a lot about him.. So I do not know what I feel about this character.

Now I liked the authors pretense of this story but unfortunately I really did not like the main character even though what he does for his brother was awesome his whole attitude I was really not a fan of.

So I am sad to say this Novella was just not for me…

Kara

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TWO 3.5 stars for Loving Again by Alicia Joseph #FF #Romance #ComingOut #MayDecember @josephjody76

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Title: Loving Again
Author Name & Publisher: Alicia Joseph (Affinity eBook Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 15, 2015 — 129 pages

Synopsis

Dana Perkins lost her longtime partner in a tragic accident. Although she still struggles with the loss, her profound loneliness is evidence that it is time to move on. She knows her deceased lover, Casey, wouldn’t want her living this way. Dana begins her slow process of letting go, removing reminders of Casey from her house, and dating again.
The women she meets leave Dana uninspired and missing her deceased partner even more. Just as she is about to resign herself to the belief that she will never love again, Dana meets Emily Daniels, a married woman who is deeply conflicted over her attraction to women. Soon, the two women form a friendship that leads to deeper emotions. They discover that one moment in their past had brought them together in a way neither woman could have ever imagined. Is that one moment in time enough to let both women follow their hearts, or will they let their past continue to rule their future?

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ThreeandHalfStars

I was so excited to get this book, and it certainly started with a bang that showed it would be excellent. Unfortunately, shortly after the pacing slowed to almost a crawl. This story seemed to be two in one and with a lack of focus. There was a coming out story and there was a romance story, and the two did not blend well, sadly.

 

I was also seriously put off by the biphobia going on in this piece. Being a bisexual woman myself, I was utterly annoyed—and frankly, ticked off—that everyone (not just Emily) had to be either “bi-curious” and in it just for a good romp in the sheets or a lesbian. Bi-erasure is real, and sadly, it’s stories like this that continue the erasure of an entire group under the rainbow.

 

In order for this story to work with both plot lines, it needed to be expanded and have more drama, more introspection and less repetition of things that already happened. In a story that’s only 70 pages long there was a lot of repeating of information going on. Secondly, the romance needed to be greater and bigger, needed to have more connection between the two characters to show what they were going through. There was a lot of telling in this story, and after reading Her Name and absolutely loving it to death, I was surprised to find that in this story.

 

I did, however, absolutely love the characters in this story. Dana and Emily were well-developed and I was able to connect with both of them. I love May/December stories, so that had me pulled in from the beginning, and I do love the power-play (teacher/student) so I was glad to see that and slightly disappointed it didn’t continue beyond that, but eh, not every story can be that story. I loved how the story ended, but wished I could have seen a bit more of that drama/internal conflict earlier in the story to make the pacing flow better.

~AJ

ThreeandHalfStars

This book had several things I loved, and a handful I could have lived without. The characters were well developed and I enjoyed the dialog and settings. The plot flowed nicely for the most part though there were hiccups here and there when Dana was struggling with herself and her feelings.

 

My major complaints were some formatting issues which made it difficult to read in places (dialog lines not separating – one character speaking running right into the next line written and so forth) and what I felt was a lack of ‘follow through’ for the characters. I almost felt as if I should be expecting a second book at some point in the future. If this is the case, then wonderful! If not, I feel the book ended rather abruptly.

 

Overall it was well written and I would recommend it to friends with a disclaimer about the hanging ending.

~Rhayne

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5 and 4 Stars for Unexpected Engagement (Unexpected #3) by Silvia Violet #MM #Military

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Title: Unexpected Engagement (Unexpected #3)
Author Name: Silvia Violet
Publication Date & Length: October 1, 2015

Synopsis

Simon McLeod was a promising young naval captain before his ship was attacked and CIA agents forced him to fake his death and join their ranks. Since that horrible night, Simon has focused on finding the men responsible for ending his career. He’s close now, but he needs help from the man he loves. The problem is Edgar is straight, has no idea how Simon feels, and threatened to strangle him the last time they were together.

After years of using his medical expertise to patch Simon up after ill-advised missions, Edgar told Simon not to come running to him anymore. Watching Simon self-destruct was too painful. But when Simon shows up on Edgar’s doorstep covered in blood, Edgar can’t turn him away. He also can’t fight the feelings he has for Simon, feelings that go way beyond friendship.

Neither man thought he’d ever truly be happy again, but if they can survive a final dangerous mission, they might be able to prove themselves wrong.

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FourStars

While I did really like this book, this one just did not grab me as much as the others did for some reason..
I did like Simon and Edgar together I just wished Simon would not have fought it so much. That got a little annoying after awhile. Then when they finally get together you do feel like these two fit together so well.
You get Edgar who Simon thinks is straight and Simon who is doing a lot of under cover missions putting his life in peril which brings him to Edgar’s over and over again.
This book had a lot of action and some sweet moments too..
So all together I really did like this book, it just took me awhile to get into this one for some reason..
I would defiantly recommend this series!
Kara
FiveStars

I loved this addition to this series. Getting to know Simon more was excellent. There was something about the way Simon cared so much for Edgar because of everything in their past that just did it for me. The angst between Edgar being ‘straight’ and Simon always putting himself in danger that kept me flipping pages.
Even at the end of the book we are still left with questions but we get a bit farther with the plot which is nice and keeps the overall storyline moving along.
Can’t wait for more!
Renee

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5 and 4.5 Stars for Unexpected Trust (Unexpected #2) by Silvia Violet #MM #Military

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Title: Unexpected Trust (Unexpected #2)
Author Name: Silvia Violet
Publication Date & Length: July 17, 2014

Synopsis

Special Agent Hugh Cranford, better known as Sport, is conducting an off-the-record investigation. He’s after Danny O’Sullivan, a spy rumored to have assisted in the ambush of Sport’s former SEAL team. Danny claims he and Sport are on the same side, and the real traitor is the man Sport is working for. But Danny is a master manipulator. He’s also the most seductive man Sport has ever met. Sport can’t help being attracted to him, but that doesn’t mean he’s willing to trust him.

In his quest to bring down a few highly-placed traitors in the US government, Danny O’Sullivan has been keeping tabs on Sport. When Sport comes looking for him, Danny decides to bring Sport in on his secret mission and into his bed. Sport may not trust Danny, but he wants him. As the two men risk their lives to complete Danny’s mission, they discover neither is as strong as they like to pretend.

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FiveStars

Okay I will start this review with the way these two go at each other was so damn hot!!!!
You get Sport who is a FBI agent who is going after the men responsible for hurting his seal team, Then he meets Danny and the sparks between these two from the start… Just wow!!! Danny has his secrets too but you can also feel how much he does care for Sport. I really loved them together because not only do you get the bickering between these two which I found cute but also the way they were together in bed… All I can say is there is just something about a man who is in control in the bed who also makes sure your being cared for but at the same time giving you what you need and Sport is definitely very good at this. So I will have to say so far Sport and Danny are my favorite characters in this series!
There is a lot of action in this book which had me on the edge of my seat, some misunderstandings and some sweet moments too.
So all together I really loved this book!
I would definitely recommend this book!
Kara
FourandHalfStars
OMG… LOVED this book. I loved the cloak and dagger aspects. Who is behind things and how will they work out? Along with extremely hot scenes with our two men. Both men are dealing with so much from their past that it actually gives them some common ground.
I’ll say that even though I loved Sport…. I just didn’t love the story overall for some reason. I can’t specifically put my finger on why though 🙁
I love seeing books that put spotlight on our heros that have PTSD but refuse to get help for it as it happens more than one might think.
Can’t wait to find out what Simon’s story is.
Renee

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