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

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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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FiveStars

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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5 Stars, 4 Stars and 3 Stars for The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly @loukellyromance #MM #RomanticSuspense

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Title: The Edge of Control
Author Name & Publisher: Lou Kelly
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2016 – 265 Pages

Synopsis

When passion pushes David Carlson into dangerous territory will he walk the razor’s edge between life and death in order to be with the man he loves?

As the youngest Chief of Medicine at Southside General Hospital, David Carlson has no business lusting after the most hostile nurse on the ER staff. A professional, hard-working, over-achiever, he’s finally realized his life-long dream of promotion, and the last thing he needs now are complications.

But he can’t help being intrigued by the enigmatic Ian James. Not only is Ian flat-out gorgeous, he’s also mysterious. And he awakens in David a passion that he hasn’t felt since … well, ever.

Unfortunately, Ian James is a man with a dangerous past and an even more dangerous present, and loving him will come at a cost. Can David trust him? Is he willing to put his entire career on the line to protect a man who might be playing him? Is Ian capable of loving and trusting him back?

Discovering the truth will take David into the heart of blackmail, corruption, and scandal. Straight to the edge of control.

The Edge of Control is a stand-alone, full-length novel with NO cliffhanger!

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FourStars

I really enjoyed this book; it was exciting and romantic at the same time. The connection I had with David was almost immediate; with Ian it took me a little while to warm up to. As the author wrote I was able to fully understand why Ian was a difficult individual. The biggest thing that hit me was the understanding David was able to give Ian. That understanding was the heart in this book, but there was also emotion and really HOT sex. I loved the secondary characters especially Sawyer and hopefully he will get his own story. It was clear that the men belonged together and was glad that they were able to get their HEA.

Lynn

FiveStars

Wow. This book blew me away. It was just so amazing. I loved the mystery, the characters, the suspense, the love story, the scandal, and the intrigue of the story. This book flowed so effortlessly that it was almost like watching a movie.

David is such a character that I fell in love with him from the start. His inter thoughts just make the story. He has this sense of humor about him that grips you from the start. And the way that he fell for Ian from the start and did not give up on him made him that much more of an amazing person.

Ian has not had an easy life so that is why I think that he has such a hard time excepting that David is the real deal. Ian is so strong to have indured everything that he has but I do not think that he realizes what an amazing individual he truly is and I think that it takes David’s unwavering love that finally gets through to him and helps him to fight for his life and for their love.

This story was truly a wonderful read. I do not want to go into too much detail and ruin the story for others but I will say this…. If others do not read this book then they are truly missing out. It has everything in it as far as a book goes from action, mystery, suspense, love and scandal. It is definitely a must read.

Tosha

ThreeStar

Really?  Fiction can make me believe in vampires and shifters, clairvoyants and serial killers, but this story of a far too young Chief of Medicine (who also does surgery?) and his one dimensional sidekicks chasing down a corrupt judge and his evil allies to save a handsome nurse from his horrific existence as blackmailed sex slave was a little too much for me.  When the author added in suspicious suicides, undercover cops and child prostitution, the story became a somewhat farcical melodrama.  

Some of the sleuthing was exciting.  Ian, his sister and her kids were fantastic characters.  I also enjoyed David’s family.  Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy David himself.  His confidence felt more like arrogance and his interest in Ian felt more paternal than sexual.  He also came across as a very old forty year old.  

I’m pretty sure the relationship between a young nurse and the Chief of Medicine could work.  This one probably could have been sweet instead of slightly stalkerish, but I just didn’t feel the connection between these two men.  

Ultimately, the three stars is for the intrigue, not for the romance.  I really struggled with this story, finding it difficult to engage with.

Sarah

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4 Star Review for Then Sawyer Happened by Hurri Cosmo (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Mystery @HurriCosmo

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Title: Then Sawyer Happened
Author Name & Publisher: Hurri Cosmo (Dark Hallows Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 8, 2016 – 60,000 Words

Synopsis

Trace is nursing a broken heart. He lost his job, his boyfriend of two years was cheating on him, and his apartment building burned right to the ground with all his worldly possessions.  It was time for Trace to get out of Minnesota.

So Trace heads for Texas and Riven Creek Ranch, the horse farm his aunt Lois owns. But hours before he arrives, Lois is in a terrible car accident that nearly takes her life, and Trace finds himself in charge of the ranch kitchen. Sounds simple enough and it’s the least he can do for his recuperating aunt.

Then Sawyer happens.

Sawyer is his aunt’s big, beautiful, muscle bound, incredibly sexy straight ranch manager. Someone who has no clue Trace is gay. And meeting the big man should have been okay, except it was in the middle of his aunt’s kitchen at five in the morning and Trace was nearly naked. Embarrassing? Yep. But the very next day Trace proceeded to ramp up his embarrassment by quantum leaps when he nearly sets his aunt’s house on fire and the brooding Sawyer has to come to the rescue.

Seems like Trace’s “luck” followed him.

Not to mention that Aunt Lois’s “accident” was actually attempted murder. And now, they just Can Trace figure out who’s behind the attempts on his aunt’s life AND keep Sawyer from finding out he’s hot for the cowboy?

He probably can’t. But he’s going to try.

Review

FourStars

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Since I haven’t read this author, I wasn’t sure what I was going to be in for, but it was a sweet story with some drama thrown in.
While some parts of the story were a bit predictable, I liked that the characters weren’t perfect. They had their imperfections and they didn’t fall into love at first sight, but had to work through numerous awkward encounters to get there.
The plotline was pretty interesting since there is a big twist that you may or may not see coming. I personally had sort of figured it out, but still enjoyed reading how it played out.
I will say that the story was a bit sweeter than I normally like, even with the undercurrent of violence and hate that we see because of the way those scenes were written didn’t truly feel ‘scary’ if that makes sense.
All in all, a pleasurable read that I would recommend to someone looking for a nice, light, sweet, funny cowboy romance.
Renee

Excerpt

“Sawyer! Damn. You scared me.” Trace fell back against the freezer suddenly feeling light headed. He took in the big body blocking any escape he had and his cock twitched as if it liked the idea there was no way out. “I didn’t hear you… behind me.”

“I saw your car in the driveway. How’s Lois?”

Trace shook his head in an attempt to clear it. “She’s awake and very alert… but…”

But someone wants her dead. Who? Someone on this ranch? Could it be Sawyer? I trust him with my life… That’s what she said.

“But what?”

Trace looked up into hard cold eyes. The question was genuine. He cared about the condition of his aunt. But what condition did he care her to be in? “Nothing… just… well… I guess you’re going to have to know… I mean…” Damn, he had to stop acting like a horny teenager in front of this man. “Let me… I’m going to make coffee…”

“It’s made. The big insulated urn on the counter is full. Just made it about a half hour ago so it’s fine.”

“Oh. Good. Let’s sit down. I need to sit down.” Trace took a few steps forward which brought him right in front of the cowboy. He expected Sawyer to move, to back up, but he didn’t. Then Trace did the unthinkable. His body reacted on its own as he put his hand on the big man’s chest and pushed. There would have been no way on God’s green earth he would have been able to physically move the cowboy without his express permission, not to mention help. But Trace’s brain seemed to totally malfunction in this man’s presence.

And, as expected, being pushed in any direction was never going to work for Sawyer.

Sawyer grabbed his wrist, twisted it tight behind Trace, which brought Trace up solid, against Sawyer’s hard body, chest to chest. Being several inches taller, Sawyer glared down into Trace’s shocked face, a smoldering look in his eyes. Trace could feel Sawyer’s hot breath on his face, sense the man’s tense muscles from his pecs down through his thighs…

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4.5 Star Review for Blurred Lines (Cops and Docs #1) by K.D. Williamson #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Blurred Lines (Cops and Docs #1)
Author Name & Publisher: K.D. Williamson (Yiva Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 3, 2016 – 306 pgs

Synopsis

Kelli McCabe is a no-nonsense detective with a tough exterior. Only a select few know her as a loyal, loving friend. To a fault, she is committed to her family, friends and her job.
As a surgeon, Nora Whitmore is used to being in control. The hospital is her life. There is little else. Respected by her colleagues but ridiculed by the residents, Nora takes what she needs and keeps everyone else at arm’s length, creating unexpected enemies.
Tragedy brings them together in a clash of personalities. As the chaos around them continues, they find the lines between them blurring. A friendship forms, understanding grows, and attraction soon follows. Together, they may conquer their own misgivings, but will the outside forces keep them apart?

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FourandHalfStars

This was an excellent start to the series. Two closed off women, Kelli and Nora, have a visceral reaction when they meet, and for once, it isn’t lust at first sight. Kelli is a cop who’s been shot in the line of duty and she is extremely bored sitting through her recovery. Nora is the attending surgeon at the hospital where Kelli is recovering. Because of Nora’s past, she is alone, eschewing friendships and any romantic involvement. It has earned her the moniker of Ice Queen, or several variants, and her desire to maintain distance and professionalism make her the easy target of Kelli’s mischievous way of alleviating her boredom. The result of their encounters leave Nora feeling flustered and alive in a way she hasn’t ever felt before, while Kelli finds her interest piqued and fascinated by Nora’s reactions. And so begins a slow dance of trust, of letting down barriers, and of attraction. This book kept me turning page after page as I urged these two women to open up to each other. Nora’s professional problems, brought on by an unfortunate intersection of work and private life, become the basis for a continued relationship between the two women as Kelli endeavors to help Nora out. Part of me feels that the relationship took too long to move forward, and the other part thinks it was perfect, and Kelli inexorably pushed Nora’s boundaries, making her realize that she had those feelings and it was okay, because she could trust Kelli with them. Kelli’s family was a rich addition and the subplots of Kelli’s work and family relationships echoed the impersonal relationships that Nora had. At the end, the devious plot against Nora is foiled, and Kelli and Nora find a way to fight their fears about getting closer. A very enjoyable read.

Amy P.

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5 Stars for Runaway Millions (Runaway Model #2) by Parker Avrile #MM #Romance #Suspense

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Title: The Runaway Millions (Runaway Model #w)
Author Name & Publisher: Parker Avrile (Paris April Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 12, 2016 – 261 Pages

Synopsis

They’re the perfect couple until the money runs out…

Kyle, a rising model, is the toast of Manhattan. Bryce, a wildcatter who got rich in the Bakken gas fields, is an inch away from becoming America’s newest billionaire.

But their world is turned upside-down when a competing oil company wrests away Bryce’s business, his personal jet, and even his condo. Bryce has no choice but to scramble to save his career– even though a famous rock star is sniffing around in hopes of claiming Kyle for his own.

When Kyle steps forward to defend another model accused of a terrible crime, he’s deported. The tabloids follow him, happy to spread rumors about his alleged affairs with the beautiful and the famous of Europe.

Can love survive when one man is on his way up while the other is on his way down? When an ocean divides the lovers? When the gossip columns can’t help stirring the pot? The Runaway Millions is Book 2 in The Runaway Model trilogy. This 78,000 word full-length novel complete with a HEA can be read as a stand-alone but if you prefer to read the series in order, please start with The Runaway Model.

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FiveStars

I just thought that the Runaway Model was emotional but I have to say this book out did book one. I have to say I was in tears in certain parts of this book.

This book is a continuation of book one. It literally picks up where book one left off. Much like book one there was some major twist and turns through out the whole book. There was definitely some ups and downs where the two main characters Bryce and Kyle was concerned.

I think that with everything that Kyle went through in book one that in book two you was able to see how much he has grown as person. Whereas most people would have walked away from Michel so they did not take a chance of being taken down with him, Kyle did the opposite. Even with the few doubts he had he stood beside Michel and do not give up on him. Also I think that another way I was able to see that Kyle grew up in this book was because even though he had the opportunities to cheat on Bryce with Stoney, he knew that he would be throwing away real love for a fantasy love. So he did not stoop to doing that. He held on to the love that he felt for Bryce in the good and bad times.

Bryce lost pretty much everything in this book but he did not let that stop him. He is determined to get back what he lost but he is not willing to give up the love of a good man to do it. Bryce may be older then Kyle but I think that Kyle actually taught Bryce hat it means to truly love and trust someone. These two men have been through so much together and they still come out on top. That is what love is all about. Holding on to those that are close to you in the good and bad and coming through it all together.

This was another amazing read by Parker Avrile and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series because I can only imagine it will be another incredible read.

Tosha

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5 stars for the Runaway Model (Runaway Model #1) by Parker Avrile #MM #Romance #Suspense

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Title: The Runaway Model (Runaway Model #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Parker Avrile (Paris April Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 17, 2016 – 280 Pages

Synopsis

Kyle’s music blog gets a boost from rumors about his affair with a closeted rock star, but his followers have no idea of the reality of his life on the streets of Vegas. Men? He only lets them get close enough to pick their pockets.

Until Bryce– a wildcatter who struck it rich in North Dakota. He wants one last wild weekend without the bodyguards hovering. The hustler with the sexy English accent seems perfect for no-strings sex. But now Bryce can’t get Kyle out of his head. Especially since that tempting smile is suddenly on every other magazine cover…

Kyle can steal a heart as easily as a precious sapphire. But can he keep the heart he stole once the truth is out about his past?

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FiveStars

This is a book based on more of a mystery/suspense with a little bit of loving going on. You never know what is going to go down once you turn the next corner or who is going to be involved.

The story starts when Kyle is 14 years old and his math teacher starts to obsess over him. At 16 Kyle runs away to America and meets his idol Stoney. At 18 the story really begins.

Kyle in my opinion has no control over what is happening in his world so that is why he latched on to the first thing that feels right in his life and that is following and being a fan of Stoney. I think that Kyle convinces himself that he and Dtoney will end up together and passes up on what could be the real thing with Bryce. I think that subconsciously he knows that he will never end up with Stoney and that is why Bryce is the one he always calls when he is in trouble and needs help. Kyle may not stay with Bryce but when his life and Stoney’s life are both in danger the one and only person he turns to is the one person he knows subconsciously will be there to save him, Bryce.

I think that from the first meeting Bryce knows he will never be able to get over Kyle and he knows that he is probably the only one that Kyle has trusted enough to be honest with. Bryce feels the connection between the two of them but he will not push how he feels on Kyle. He lets him go and when Kyle calls when his stalker comes calling again, Bryce is there for him. The question is when Kyle is safe who is it he will choose to be with Stoney or Bryce??

This was a book full of suspense as I said at the beginning of my posting and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. I never knew what was going to happen next and I hope that book two will tell more about how it all turned out in the long run of things. This is definitely a great read and Parker Avrile did an amazing job on it.

Tosha

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NEW RELEASE: 5 Stars and 3 Stars for A Dangerous Game by Rick R. Reed @RickRReed #MM #Romance #Suspense @Dreamspinners

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Title: A Dangerous Game
Author Name & Publisher: Rick R. Reed (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 3, 2016 – 200 Pages

Synopsis

Sex can be a dangerous business. So can love.

On the worst day of his life, Wren Gallagher wants oblivion when he steps into Tricks for a drink. When a mysterious stranger steps up to pay his tab, he offers Wren the key to fulfilling his dreams of prosperity and true love.

But appearances are not always what they seem.

His savior owns the escort agency À Louer, and he wants the young and handsome Wren as part of his stable of men-for-hire. Down on his luck, Wren figures, why not? He needs the money. When he joins, though, he doesn’t count on meeting Rufus, another escort with whom he falls hopelessly in love.

But their love story will have to overcome the obstacles of not only trading love for money, but À Louer’s dark—and deadly—secrets.

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FiveStars

This is a book full of suspense from almost the very beginning.

The old saying if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is was quoted in this book and I have to say there is no more of a fitting phrase then this for this book. Wren soon finds that that saying is truly correct.

Wren in my opinion felt as if he had no options when he took the job as a male escort. But there was two things that came from that job…. One : Wren met Rufus and two : after the first gig (which as it turns out was with Rufus) this job was not for him so he quit. The thing is I think that Wren realized that even though they had just met, Rufus is the one that changed his life. After meeting him he realized that he wanted more out of life then quick riches. He also realized that he wanted Rufus.

Rufus by all accounts has not had an easy life. He is an addict and he trades his addiction to cocaine to an addiction of being an escort. I believe that even though he felt the connection with Wren from the start he pushed him away because he is not ready for having feelings for someone. He is barely holding himself together in my opinion and has not held himself accountable for the actions he took as an addict. He let someone do it for him and that is not the way to truly beat an addiction. I think that he knows this but he is scared he is not strong enough to do it on his own so he is scared to try. But he is not given much choice when his fellow escorts are being murdered and the one keeping him for doing drugs (Dave) is murder also. So now the question is what will Rufus do??????

This was a good read with suspense and love interests in a profession that normally does not lead to love. I enjoyed this read. And cannot wait to read more by Rick Reed.

Tosha

 ThreeStar

At what point is an MC just too naive to be likeable?  That was my question about Wren all the way through his story.  For the first half of this story, Wren’s feigned innocence, learned helplessness and gullible stupidity had me hating the MC.  I found him more likeable and less passive by the second half of the story, but I was never able to fully invest in this character.

David Chillingsworth and the whole murder mystery aspect of the story was more interesting to me than the romance, but I guessed Chillingsworth’s motives (even his methods) the moment he greeted Wren at the bar.  The serial killer storyline was exciting, but I felt that by flipping perspectives, too much of the whodunit was revealed too early.  

And finally, Rufus.  I really didn’t like the love at first sight storyline, but I enjoyed the way his character, initially quite suspect, was revealed through his online diary.  Again, it is difficult for me to believe in an MC that I don’t trust and don’t completely like.  Ultimately, I found it difficult to fully engage with the romance in this story because I didn’t really like Wren and I neither liked nor trusted Rufus completely.

I enjoyed the murder mystery storyline more than the romance in this book.  It is an engaging story – I just failed to warm to the central couple.

Sarah

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