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5 stars for Darkness Entwined (Of Blood and Spirit #2) by Nikki McCoy #MM #ParanormalRomance #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Darkness Entwined (Of Blood and Spirit #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Nikki McCoy (Pride Publishing/Totally Bound)
Publication Date & Length: September 8, 2015 — 224 pages

Synopsis

As the powers of darkness and light collide, a soul with no redemption must rely on love to restore the balance.

Keenan was a mistake. An abomination feared by the very being who had sired him for the potent powers of light and dark in his soul. He was tortured for years until he managed to escape the God of Destruction, his father, Roh Se Kahn, only to be imprisoned again and held captive in a war he had no ties to.

King of the Vam’kir, an ancient race who survives on the life-giving blood of humans, Rowan is struggling to enforce the peace treaty signed by his kind and their twin race, the shapeshifting Ba’Kal. After two millennia, their war has finally come to an end, though their alliance is tentative.

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Rowan yearns for happiness he fears may never come. On an expedition to rescue the last of the prisoners held over from the war, he finds Keenan, the mate he’d been searching for his entire life. But their path is lined with impossible obstacles.

Rowan’s people would never accept the bastard son of the dark God at his side, and the threat of Roh Se Kahn brings a new war into their midst.

Will their love for each other be enough to conquer the hatred of Rowan’s people and destroy the dark forces of the God of Destruction?

Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes of violence and references to rape.

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FiveStars

I really liked this book a lot!  It had the perfect amount of Alpha protectiveness that I love in a shifter romance and the perfect amount of angst.  Once I started this book I could not put it down, so I ended up staying up all night reading this.  Rowan he was so protective of Keenan, that is one of the reasons I love shifter romance books. Keenan so sweet he would do anything to protect Rowan.   The story moved at this perfect pace and kept me drawn in through the whole book.   I won’t go into much more detail because I hate to give away any spoilers.   I will leave this review with I would definitely recommend this book and I can not wait for the next one in this series!
~Kara

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4 stars for Crimson Mate (Of Blood and Spirit #1) by Nikki McCoy #MM #ParanormalRomance #Shifter #GayforYou @PridePublishing

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Title: Crimson Mate (Of Blood and Spirit #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Nikki McCoy (Pride Publishing/Totally Bound)
Publication Date & Length: September 4, 2014 — 240 pages

Synopsis

A war is brewing, and a man born of two worlds holds the key to its prevention. Will Quinn allow Manning to convince him that love can exist between enemies before the coming battle consumes them both?

A centuries-old feud has pitted Ba’Kal–shifters—against Vam’kir–vampires. Quinn has suffered the pain of the ongoing contention in ways no man ever should. Once the respected son of the Vam’kir king, his life was forever altered the day his father realized a truth of which even Quinn was unaware.

As the Ba’Kal ruler, it is up to Manning to seek justice for the vicious attacks the Vam’kir have perpetrated against his kind, but his very beliefs are called into question when he discovers his mate is also his enemy. To keep Quinn safe, he must learn to trust in the impossible–that love might exist beyond boundaries, for failure means the end of his future and the rest of his race.

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FourStarsI really liked this book!  My favorite part of a shifter book is when the two mates meet.  The instant attraction and need to protect that they feel.  I have always been a fan of shifter books for those reasons.  You get that with this book along with the one who fights it and the perfect amount of angst.  Once I started this book I could not put it down.  Manning and Quin clicked to me, they fit together. Now I wish had gotten to see them as a couple a little more then I did but otherwise this was a good book!    I would definitely recommend this book!
~Kara

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NEW REVIEW! 4 stars for Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1) by N. R. Walker @NR_Walker @PridePublishing #MM #romance

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Title: Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin: Book 1)
Author Name & Publisher: N. R. Walker — Pride Publishing, LLC
Publication Date & Length: Oct 4, 2013 — 89 pages

Synopsis

Even the strongest of buildings start out as plans on paper, and every architect knows that sometimes plans need to change. Sometimes, these lessons are learned on the job.

A successful New York architect, Thomas Elkin almost has it all. Coming out as gay and ending his marriage before his fortieth birthday, he needed to start living his life. Now, four years later, with his relationship with his son back on track, and after a few short-lived romances, this esteemed traditional draftsman thought he knew everything about architecture, about life.

Cooper Jones, twenty-two years old, is about to take the architect world by storm. Talented, professional, driven, and completely infuriating, Cooper is the definition of Generation Y.

Starting an internship working with Thomas, Cooper is about to knock Tom’s world off its axis. Tom can teach Cooper about the industry, but Cooper is about to teach Tom a few things about life.

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FourStars

This is a simple, sexy romance.  A well-respected New York architect falls for his young intern.  Who also happens to be his son’s school friend.  The May/December thing made me a bit squeamish at times, but the men have chemistry, shared interests and together they compliment each other’s personalities.

 

The voices of the two main characters were very convincing, so much so that they didn’t always seem completely compatible.  When he isn’t working, Cooper sounds like he’s 22.  Which he is.  But this isn’t a new adult story.  At one point, Tom gives his son a Playstation and Cooper runs off to play it with Ryan.  Not so sexy.  At other times, Tom’s interactions and conversations with Cooper don’t sound much different to his conversations with Ryan.  Teasing the old guy or putting the drunk young guy to bed doesn’t scream sexy to me.

 

Fortunately, much of the couple’s interactions occur in the workplace and their conversations explore their shared professional interests.  Because professionally, the relationship is wonderful.  When they share their work, the attraction makes sense.

 

I really liked both of these characters, and at times I enjoyed them together.  I’m not sure I can see them together for the next forty years, but this is a satisfying short romance full of very hot sex.

~Sarah

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5 & 3 stars for Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin #2) by N. R. Walker @NR_Walker @PridePublishing #MM #Romance

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Title: Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin Book 2)
Author Name & Publisher: N. R. Walker — Pride Publishing
Publication Date & Length: August 11, 2015 — 103 pages

Synopsis

Sometimes it’s not the two people in a relationship who fight falling in love, sometimes it’s those who love us that fight against it the most.

Finally together, forty-four year old Tom, and twenty-two year old Cooper, are ready to show the world they’re together. They’ve established their relationship is worth it, and want to share it with their families.

Both men thought accepting the age difference was their adversity to overcome, and theirs alone.

Their loved ones, however, will prove them wrong.

For their families, lines are drawn and start blur. Through a series of events, life shakes Tom’s foundations, the lines for him have never been clearer.

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FiveStars
The second book following the lives of Thomas Elkin and Cooper Jones was fantastic.  I can’t express how much I love N.R. Walker’s series of books.  This installment finds the men telling their family of their relationship.We meet the ex-wife in this book, boy I sure didn’t like how sly she was. Ryan was back and he was great, I loved how he introduce Tom and Cooper to his friends.  The chemistry between Tom and Cooper builds in this installment.  There were times I was laughing at Cooper because he didn’t like how Tom was asking him to move in. And then there were moments that brought me to tears.

I definitely can’t wait for the next book.  Love this series!

~Sherry

ThreeStar

If the first story developed Tom and Cooper’s working relationship, this second one lets us see the men at home, as a couple, properly together.  There were moments I loved and several I could have done without.  At times I was even more squeamish about the age gap than I was in the first story and there were a few times which kinda made me understand why Tom and Cooper don’t feel age matters at all.

The naivete with which the men make the trip to visit Tom’s ex-wife annoyed me.  Sofia wasn’t written sympathetically until much later in the book.  Of course she was going to be unhappy with her ex bringing home a handsome kid – one of their son’s friends!  She’s been dumped after twenty years of marriage and her husband is shoving his virility in her face!

And yes, parts of this story read like a bad mid-life crisis.  Tom continually talks about the youth he lost because he was married too young and raising a son in suburbia.  But attending Linkin Park concerts and dating a 22 year-old won’t make him any younger.

Cooper just felt so young through this book.  Drinking with his college friends.  Bringing Tom home to meet his 17 year old brother and his father who is younger than his boyfriend.  Not sexy.  Dinner with Tom’s friends (Cooper studied their work in college). Again and again the men are shocked and hurt by people’s reactions to their relationship.  What did they expect?
I guess the sugar-daddy thing just doesn’t do it for me.  It isn’t until much later in the book when we are able to see Cooper take care of Tom that I was able to relax into the relationship and start to enjoy it.

~Sarah

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NEW RELEASE: 3 stars for Outcast Cowboys by Sarah Masters @PridePublishing #MM #Cowboys #mystery

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Title: Outcast Cowboys
Author Name & Publisher: Sarah Masters — Pride Publishing
Publication Date & Length: August 18, 2015

Synopsis

You can run but you can’t hide. Problems have a habit of following you, even if it’s only inside your head.

Ross decides to start a new life away from the grim belly of London, England, unable to stomach being a cop any longer. He tells himself he’s moving miles away to find himself a bed partner, but he’s lying. He has to. Facing up to the real reason he’s leaving isn’t something he can handle. His last undercover job proved too much—his life was at risk—and if he stays in London he’ll likely end up dead. Nightmares plague him, his subconscious unable to switch the past off. So he moves to a ranch in America, thinking the new surroundings and different lifestyle will help him to heal—and to forget. What he soon realizes is he’s jumping from the frying pan into the fire…

Joe’s passion—that of caring for the horses—is the only thing that keeps him sane. He’s a surly man, and for good reason—a reason he hasn’t told a soul. Folks think he’s mean and unapproachable and suspect him of committing murder. More than once. Locals assume that Joe got let off the hook. Nothing could be further from the truth, but Joe lets people think what they will. He’s done with their speculation and sly looks.

When Ross and Joe meet, tension is rife. The air between them prickles with animosity as well as sexual tension. Both have a past they can’t get over. Both have skeletons in their closets they wish would turn to dust. And both have to make a decision. Can they cast their fears aside and trust each other, or have the terrors they’ve experienced ruined them for love?

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ThreeStar

I struggled with this one.  I think I was expecting Andrew Grey or Ariel Tachna, but this is much grittier.  Not grit as in the struggle to keep a ranch going in a hostile environment – but grit as in family secrets, domestic abuse, homophobia, PTSD, grizzly murders and small-town cover-ups.  Ugly gritty.  And the author doesn’t offer up much hope or easy platitudes.  This is a difficult book.

There is an awful lot going on in a relatively short novel.   Ross leaves his job as an undercover detective in London, answering an advert for a job on an American ranch.  As you do.  I’m sure work visas are easily obtained for unskilled labourers.  In America (I’m not sure we know exactly where?) Ross finds himself working for a family hiding many dark secrets.  And he finds himself falling for a man who just might be the most dangerous member of the family.

Joe has been treated badly by his family since he came out to them.  Allegations are made against him, he is physically harmed and blamed for all of the family’s problems. He is wary of Ross, but inexplicably drawn to the Englishman.  Slowly, as Ross unravels the family secrets, he and Joe find themselves in increasing danger.

There was too much angst in this story for me.  The author exploits every Southern small-town stereotype to create conflict. As a result, the story never really moves past stock characters and cliche stereotypes.  Small towns and the people who live in them are bad; California is safe and its residents are good people.

I’m still not sure about the main characters.  It felt like the author was trying to develop the characters through their respective troubles.  Good characters transcend their troubles with quirks, attractive flaws and endearing characteristics – but for me, neither of these two ever became more than troubled men with difficult pasts.

The story ends after a lengthy time lapse which didn’t work for me.  I wanted the details!  Unusually for an m/m story, or for any romance,  there are limits to Joe and Ross’ HEA.  The end of the book is sad and quite dark.

~Sarah

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Sarah Masters is one of three pen names I write under. Sarah mainly writes m/m. Natalie Dae writes het erotica, while the third, Charley Oweson, writes thriller/horror/suspense books with no sex.

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5 stars for Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1) by N. R. Walker @NR_Walker @PridePublishing #MM #romance

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Title: Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin: Book 1)
Author Name & Publisher: N. R. Walker — Pride Publishing, LLC
Publication Date & Length: Oct 4, 2013 — 89 pages

Synopsis

Even the strongest of buildings start out as plans on paper, and every architect knows that sometimes plans need to change. Sometimes, these lessons are learned on the job.

A successful New York architect, Thomas Elkin almost has it all. Coming out as gay and ending his marriage before his fortieth birthday, he needed to start living his life. Now, four years later, with his relationship with his son back on track, and after a few short-lived romances, this esteemed traditional draftsman thought he knew everything about architecture, about life.

Cooper Jones, twenty-two years old, is about to take the architect world by storm. Talented, professional, driven, and completely infuriating, Cooper is the definition of Generation Y.

Starting an internship working with Thomas, Cooper is about to knock Tom’s world off its axis. Tom can teach Cooper about the industry, but Cooper is about to teach Tom a few things about life.

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FiveStars

I was given this book by Inked Rainbow Reads for an honest review.
Another series by N.R. Walker, I can’t wait, especially if there all as good as this one.  I loved this story of Tom and Cooper.  It was perfect in the way all this authors books are.

I loved the dialogue between the two men, had me chuckling frequently. Despite the age difference these two men worked as a couple for me.  Tom the more serious of the two and Cooper I loved his sense of humor.  It was so great how he drew Tom out of his shell.  There romance was so sweet.

I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.

~Sherry

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