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5 Stars for Love in Retrograde by Charlie Cochet #MM #SciFi @CharlieCochet

CoverTitle: Love in Retrograde
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2016 – 73 pgs

Synopsis

(Enthusiastic, play-it-safe Kelly Sutton is an American intern at the Photonic Royal Society in New London. He’s been working on Project Mars for over a year, a mission kept so secret by the Society even Kelly doesn’t know exactly what it is. What Kelly does know is his contribution to the task will benefit mankind, and that’s enough for him.

Kelly’s world turns upside down when concerns over his mentor’s behavior lead Kelly to investigate and stumble upon a wicked truth. What is supposed to be a project to advance human life turns out to be an endeavor capable of mass destruction. The terrifying reality forces Kelly to choose between looking the other way to keep his job, as he’s always done, or risking his career and even his life to do the right thing by saving the man who’s captured his heart.

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FiveStars

I have to say that I absolutely LOVED this story. The way the two men came together and how they don’t realize what it is they are feeling until they are forced to face it.
With there being a huge secret right at the beginning its hard to not give any spoilers for this story, but I’ll say that it was absolutely believable and that it’s another hit from Charlie Cochet. Once I picked up the story, I couldn’t put it down. I was sucked in and had to know what was going to come next for Kelly and the men that he worked with and the horrible situation they found themselves in.
While it is a bit of a fluffy romance, I still thoroughly enjoyed it simply because of the way that Charlie Cochet writes her stories.
Renee

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5 Star Review for A Quantum Convergence (Nexus Trilogy #1) by C.A. Farlow #FF #SciFi

CaptureTitle: A Quantum Convergence
Author Name & Publisher: C.A. Farlow (Desert Palm Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 13, 2016 – 330 pgs

Synopsis

Lauren Beckwith, eco-scientist and medical doctor, identifies life-threatening pollution and is challenged to remediate it. Alexandra, Queen of Fuar Cala, struggles with the aftereffects of a bio-weapon released on her world. Children are contracting a strange disease. A winter field trip, a ragging blizzard, and a grievous injury bring Lauren and Alex together. Will Lauren find answers to her self-doubt and professional guilt? Can she help Alex find a cure for her people? A quantum convergence brings their worlds together.Only a soul mates bond is strong enough to create a quantum convergence and allow them to find each other and heal.

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 FiveStarsOkay, I’m ready to gush about this one. There isn’t anything I can say I didn’t like. The initial part, when Lauren is on Earth and doing her job, was interesting. I liked the technical and scientific stuff she was doing, and her personal interactions with Jamie, Susan, and Sharon were fascinating. It definitely made me interested in what she was doing, and why she had closed herself off so much. The part about Mount Zikal was good too; a fight for survival which ended with her dazed and confused and truly wondering if she was off her rocker. The second part was almost like an idyllic interlude. Sure, there was danger and a perilous journey, but the bonds between Alex and Lauren, and to each of the animal companions was intriguing. And, although part of me wants to say that they got together too quickly, I’m not sure how they couldn’t have when their souls meshed so quickly, when they could each see into the other and know the kind of person they were falling for. But I seriously thought that after they got together, the story had to be pretty much over. Enter part three and boy, was I wrong. The fact that they got together so quickly didn’t make everything smooth sailing, and sure enough, outside forces conspire to separate them. Truthfully, at first I didn’t trust Merilyn, the Seneschal, because I was certain that it was her who’d separated the two women. The end is action-packed, and wow, almost like a divine right sort of thing. I didn’t like the jump from Lauren being in danger to Lauren looking toward home, I felt like I needed a bit more story in between there, but the end of the story leaves so much open for book two, and I will definitely be looking for it. This is really sci-fi, but it has a great many fantasy aspects to it as well, which makes it a wonderful mix. I couldn’t put the book down, and if you’re into sci-fi or fantasy, you won’t be sorry if you pick it up.
AmyP

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4.5 Stars for Dyre: A Knight of Spirit and Shadows (Dyre #2) by Rachel E. Bailey #FF #SciFi @Rachel_E_Bailey

CoverTitle: Dyre: A Knight of Spirit and Shadows (Dyre #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Rachel E. Bailey (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: August 16, 2016 – 192 pgs

Synopsis

Jennifer “Des” Desiderio is a werewolf on a mission…a mission to retrieve her queen, Ruby, who was abducted on Des’s watch.

But it’s not as simple as following her nose, fighting the good fight, and saving the day. Des must first team up with her rival for Ruby’s affections, Thierry LaFours, to track the kidnappers to and through Paris. With the help of a tarot card-reading werewolf named Nicolae, and Des’s new found ability to go dream-walking, they manage to close in on the kidnappers. But to save her queen, Des must once more play the champion and battle not only for her and Ruby’s lives, but for all the North American Packs and their entire way of life.

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FourandHalfStarsThere may be a few spoilers in here so read at your own risk.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from book two in this series, but I can honestly say I’m glad I picked it up. I remember most of the plot from book one, and what I didn’t remember this book jarred out of the steel trap, so reading it felt much like a continuation of the first one regardless of the time between. I don’t, however, quite remember the pacing of the first book. This book starts fast, and keeps that pace throughout. This is a good thing – things are happening that are time-sensitive and the pace keeps the story moving and the reader turning pages. A couple of things kept this from being a full 5-star read for me. I know the pace was fast, but some things seemed rushed that I wish Bailey had spent a little more time on. I feel a little cheated by the final battle; I didn’t expect a Dyre to run like a coward, so that seemed a little out of character. Although the cheating was definitely in character. I felt like Ruby needed some sort of resolution for her nightmares. If this is PTSD, the solution doesn’t have to magically clear anything up, but I felt like we were waiting for the other shoe to drop, and that isn’t a good way to end a book. Also, Thierry’s death felt a bit like a cop out, like instead of having to deal with him in the future, he was killed in order to make things easier for Ruby and Des to be together. None of these things kept me from thoroughly enjoying the book. If you’ve read the first one, you’ll definitely like this one. If you haven’t read the first one… why not? Go read it first!

AmyP

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TWO 5 Star Reviews for Elusive Radiance by Aidee Ladnier #FF #SciFi @PridePublishing

CoverTitle: Elusive Radiance
Author Name & Publisher: Aidee Ladnier (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 7, 2016 – 32 pgs

Synopsis

A young bodyguard finds her special abilities are no match for a flirtatious delegate willing to gamble everything on the galaxy trade talks.

Assigned to guard a diplomat at the galaxy trade talks, Security Officer Anais wants to shine during her first solo mission for the Chezeray Palace Conglomerate. An Elusive with the ability to make herself invisible, Anais knows her modified genes designate her servant class, but she yearns to be more than simply a protector to the beautiful delegate.

Savea Blackmun arrives alone to the trade talks with the weight of her planet’s future resting on her slim shoulders. Flirting with her pretty bodyguard reveals Anais’ knowledge of the colony markets and Savea realizes there’s much more to her protector than meets the eye.

As their attraction grows, will the diplomat and the bodyguard reject society’s rules to give in to desire instead?

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FiveStars

This short novel was a real little gem. It was enjoyable, quite unique and leaves the reader encompassed in a happy  and hopeful frame of mind.
Although a light read it touches on some very controversial subjects and handles them in an definite and illuminating way  giving an optimistic outlook for what ever creations future science may achieve.
A short tale advocating that there are no barriers that can’t be conquered when love intervenes.
A totally uplifting short tale and a delectable read.
Chris
FiveStars
This book is amazing. I think I’m fast becoming a fan of Aidee’s work whether it’s MM or FF. This piece has exactly the right pacing, the right intuition from each character to the others. It’s simple in its shortness, but still with plot twists woven in beautifully. Too much plot and not enough plot are the devils of short stories but this one has found the perfect amount.

I loved the public atmosphere wrapped within the sexual components of this piece. It added to the pacing in making both plot and sex move along appropriately and it certainly added to the heat of the scenes.

This is a fantastic and amazing story to read. I’ll certainly be picking up other works Aidee publishes along the way.

AJ

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5 Star Review for Home (Home #1) by Donna McIntosh #MM #ScienceFiction

home-600x956Title: Home (Home #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Donna McIntosh (Wayward Ink Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 25, 2016 – 331 pgs

Synopsis

LAPD Detective Sean Hennessey has one person he’s repeatedly tried to arrest and bring to justice: his nemesis, Mitchell Yates.

Yates has been in and out of trouble for years, always skating around the edges of LA’s underbelly; however, Sean can never pin anything on him.

But one night all of that changes.

Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, instead of arresting Yates, Sean is rescued by him and taken to Yates’ home—a satellite high above Earth. There, Sean discovers a world he thought possible only in Science Fiction.

Everything he believed he knew about Yates is turned upside down, and Sean must make a decision: to remain with the LAPD or join Yates and work toward intergalactic peace.

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FiveStarsThis book turned out to be so much better then I figured that it would be by the description of the book. It is full of adventure, danger, jealousy, love, acceptance, and trust.

Sean was bound and determined that Yates aka Yana was dirty and was up to no good but that could not have been further from the truth. Once Sean finds out the truth about Yana and finally gets to know who he is he finally gives in to the feelings he has been having towards him even when he thought that he was bad.

Through the time that Yana and Sean get to know more about one another their bond grows and grows. They face all the bad together and enjoy all of the good. With every turn of event that comes their way, they grow stronger and closer until they can not imagine their lives without each other. Then their little family grows just a little more when Mickey (Seans nephew) joins them on home and resides that he wants to follow In their foot steps as a peace keeper. These three men will face everything together and will come out on the winning side together because they have one another.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was so action packed that there was not a full minute through the whole course of the book. I think many more will enjoy reading it also.

Tosha

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4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Roadhouse Reds by Layla Dorine #MM #ScienceFiction

RoadhouseReds_600x940Title: Roadhouse Reds
Author Name & Publisher: Layla Dorine (Wayward Ink Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 17, 2016 – 342 pgs

Synopsis

Born moments before his parents crashed landed on Earth, Jason was raised in foster care. As soon as he was old enough, he packed his backpack and hit the road. Just him and his bike.
Now a jaded young man, living above a roadhouse diner and bar with several other misfits, he struggles to understand friendships, relationships, and the bonds of family.
Unbeknownst to Jason, other refugees from the planet Altiss also made it safely to Earth. After discovering Jason living as a human, they seek to safeguard him and his fledgling abilities.
As Jason’s powers begin to manifest, his mate arrives on earth looking to claim him. Ano ki stalks Jason, seeking to gain his trust, and his proximity only intensifies Jason’s burgeoning magic..
Fearing they will be dragged back to the planet they fled, the refugees prepare to do battle. In Jason, they believe they may have what is needed to tip the scales in their favor.
Left with no choice but to accept his heritage and learn to fight, Jason struggles with some harsh lessons about love and trust amidst a backdrop of battle and betrayal.

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FourStars

Roadhouse Reds is an enjoyable Sci-Fi adventure. I recommend this to anyone looking for a story with magic-weilding aliens, drama, and some romance.

This story has an interesting premise. It took some time to really draw me in, but at about the halfway point it became a story I couldn’t put down.

All in all, I feel there’s a good blend of drama and action. There is a good cast of characters. Jason in particular has great depth, personality, and history. Some of this is lacking in the other characters, but they have enough personality to make them lovable.

I think the description of how the magic works is really well done. And I love the magical fight scenes. I also really appreciate that the most badass leader and fighter is a woman.

I’m not sure if a second book is planned, but there’s a hint at possibly more to come. I would happily read more if this was made into a series.

There are a few steamy and explicit sex scenes, but I wouldn’t recommend this to someone looking for a highly romantic or erotic story.

Amanda

ThreeStar

Um…well…I really didn’t get into this book. Which was odd cause I really love sci romance. But this book, it wasn’t really romance. Sci was there though. Okay, the thing i was mostly disappointed about was that I felt like I was led around a bit. I wasn’t sure who Jason, the main character, was supposed to end up with til, well, the end. And even the ending was unexpected. He ended up with 2 guys instead of one. How that happened, I don’t know.
I was pretty much confused through most of the book. There were a lot of characters to keep up with, but that was okay. it made the story more interesting. Still, it was NOT what I expected and that’s why this story is 3 stars for me. I was excited to read it but after a few chapters, I became really confused as to which guy I was supposed to root for to be with Jason. At the end, I wasn’t rooting for anyone. I just had a big question mark on my forehead.
Cookie

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Audiobook Review: 5 Star Review for Who Knows the Storm (The Vigilante #1) by Tere Michaels #MM #Dystopia

1.5

Title: Who Knows the Storm (The Vigilante #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Tere Michaels (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 17, 2014 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

In a dystopian near future, New York City has become the epicenter of decadence—gambling, the flesh trade, a playground for the wealthy. And underneath? Crime, fueled by “Dead Bolt,” a destructive designer drug. This New City is where Nox Boyet leads a double life. At night, he is the Vigilante, struggling to keep the streets safe for citizens abandoned by the corrupt government and police. During the day, he works in construction and does his best to raise his adopted teenaged son, Sam.

A mysterious letter addressed to Sam brings Nox in direct contact with “model” Cade Creel, a high-end prostitute working at the Iron Butterfly Casino. Suspicion gives way to an intense attraction as dark figures from Nox’s past and the mysterious peddlers of Dead Bolt begin to descend—and put all their lives in danger. When things spin out of control, Cade is the only person Nox can trust to help him save Sam.

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This review is for the audiobook, narrated by Jonathan Young.
Who Knows the Storm is a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a strong action/suspense story with some romance. The narration is perfectly done, and the choices of the different voices are great. Jonathan Young’s performance really brings the story to life.
A gay vigilante … about time! This book throws together so many genres I love. It is a dystopian adventure with suspense, mystery and a vigilante main character. The characters are wonderfully written. They have depth, history, and personality. The detailed way the world is developed makes it really come to life. The story itself is immediately engaging. The well-timed reveals of present and past mysteries kept me intrigued through the whole book, not quite knowing what was coming next. The many moving parts in the story make it thoroughly entertaining.
The romantic story is a secondary plot to the main story. The romance is steamy, and the few sex scenes are explicit and hot. But I wouldn’t recommend this to someone looking for a highly romantic or erotic novel.
I wouldn’t recommend this as a standalone. Some important things are left unanswered, but there is a definite sense of conclusion to this first part of the series. I’m very much looking forward to the next book!
Amanda

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