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3 Star Review for Pretty Human by Kayleigh Sky #ScienceFiction #MM @SkyBoundLove

CoverTitle: Pretty Human
Author Name & Publisher: Kayleigh Sky (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 23, 2016 – 255 pgs

Synopsis

Seeking absolution for his past in a fiery death, a young space force pilot crashes his ship on a desert planet.

When Ellis Ligoria, King of Xol, witnesses a space ship hurtling to the planet’s surface, he rushes to the scene of the crash and joins the search party for survivors. As night descends, a strange compulsion leads him to the site of an underground city. Here he rescues a badly injured Jem. During his recovery, it is discovered that Jem is part Xolan. Not only that, but he’s a genetically submissive variation called a Xolani. Ellis has no desire to care for a Xolani but cannot resist his desire for Jem. Taking him under his protection, he brings him home to his family.

Desperately wanting this new life, Jem claims to be a solitary Vagabond, a loner without family or home. A man nobody wants or is looking for. Safe for the first time in his memory, Jem has hopes for a happy future. He is falling in love with Ellis and adores his new family. All he wants is to live a quiet life as Ellis’ consort, but as his secrets sink him deeper and deeper into a prison of lies, he knows that he cannot hide his true identity forever. Marrying Ellis is a dream come true, but he’ll never escape the brutal man he is running from.

Soon called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice, Jem must fight to stop a powerful monster bent on revenge.

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ThreeStar

I was very wary about this book after reading some of it. This not the kind of book I normally read but I did enjoy it. The reason I gave it a three was because parts of it was confusing and at times I did start to give up on reading it but I pushed through the confusing parts and read on. I am glad I did because it was a good book.

This book has a lot of self hate in it. Jem views himself as a bad person and hates himself most of the time. But I honestly think that the self hate is not because he is a bad person but because of the bad things that happened to him over the years that he had no control over. He blamed himself for the things that Bell did to others and to Jem himself. Like he believed that he deserved the pain that Bell inflicted on him when realistically it was no ones fault but Bell himself.

Jem meets the man that he has dreamed would the one to save him and love him….Ellis. Ellis is a good man that believes in peace and not war but he would fight that war against Bell if it lent saving his husband, Jem, and the father of his children. Ellis has to constantly fight the battles against Jem himself to prove to Jem that he is not to blame for the wrong doings of Bell and that he deserves to be treated good and to be loved as well as love.

In the end this book in my opinion is about how good when’s out over evil and that love can and will conquer all.

As previously stated, even though some of the book was confusing, it was still a good read. I enjoyed it and suspect others will also.

Tosha

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New Release: Laid by A.J. Llewellyn #MM #Menage @ajllewellyn

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Author Name & Publisher: A.J. Llewellyn (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 6, 2016 – 20,567 Words

Synopsis

From the mind of gay porn director John Bruno comes the first book in the Laid series, penned by author A.J. Llewellyn…

Jack Cannon is an elite member of LAPD’s new Violent Crimes Unit. He’s tough, he’s smart…he’s also gay. Jack’s a guy who deals with pressure and stress by cruising. When he has a fling with a hot guy one even hotter night in Los Angeles, it’s no casual coupling. This guy is great. Jack wouldn’t mind seeing him again except he’s discovered he’ll be seeing a lot of him. This is Lucio Natale, the most violent mob boss ever to land in the city of angels.

He’s the guy Jack’s supposed to tail—and preferably kill.

Previously Published by Stiff Rain Press.

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Excerpt

I flashed my membership card. The twink on the front desk smiled at me. He was a sweet little cocksucker who reminded me a lot of my favorite gay porn star, Leo Giamani, but I wanted to scope the locker and steam rooms.

There were a few loiterers in both, nothing worth investigating. I was starting to think my urge for a hot fuck after the biggest haul in my personal memory was going to be a bust.

And then, I saw him.

Man, he was hot. He had a body that appealed to my sense of aesthetics. His skin tone was the color of milky coffee, his hair dark. Nice cock, thick, big, half-hard. He was running his hands through his hair, about to turn off the shower taps when he saw me.

We traded glances and he gave me a half-smile.

I held up a finger and his smile widened a fraction. I quickly dumped my stuff in a locker, grabbed a lambskin condom and joined him in the shower.

His gaze fell on my cock, which was big, hard and ready to play.

Fuck, he mouthed and turned around. His face was beautiful, his ass even sweeter. Hands splayed against the wall, water ran down his back and I heard him moan as I tore the package open with my teeth and rolled that rubber over the length of my shaft. I stroked it down, smoothing out the ridges and ran my hands over his ass.

His skin was warm. My thumbs reached into his ass crack. Nice and tight.

I ran my fingers ran over his hole and he squirmed against them. Shit, he was ready. I inched my cock toward his ass and felt the heat before I was even close. I sliced into him and felt his hole resist, then embrace me. I fucked him slowly at first and he pushed into my hips. I gripped him with both hands, but I didn’t need to worry. His muscular legs were planted firmly on the floor and he wanted to be fucked.

I kept one hand on his ass, moving the other around his belly, reaching between his thighs to stroke him off. I like the feeling of a guy coming when I am. I love the way their ass muscles bear down on my cock. Hell, if he’s bringing me heaven, I should save a slice for him.

We fucked like we’d been doing it forever. He anticipated every move I made. And yet…and yet it was new and exciting. The thrill of being caught kept me hard until I felt his come spurt over my fingers and splash the wall. My cock was caught in his grip and I shot inside him, my mouth moving to his neck. I wanted to bite him, don’t ask me why. I never want to kiss the guys I fuck, but this one seemed surprised, then turned his face and his tongue ran right across my lips and I thought I would never stop coming.

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TWO 5 Star, One 4 Star, and One 3.5 Star Reviews for Trusting Cade (Custos Securities #1) by Luna David #MM #Romance @AuthorLunaDavid

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Title: Trusting Cade (Custos Securities #1)
Author Name: Luna David
Publication Date & Length: February 13, 2016 – 440 pgs

Synopsis

At 38, Zavier “Cade” McCade has it all: a military career he can be proud of, a successful business, and a close knit group of family and friends. A former Army Special Forces Captain, Cade leaves the military to create Custos Securities, a burgeoning protection agency that provides unparalleled security for both civilians and corporations across the U.S.

After a string of disastrous relationships—and a narrow escape from an abusive partner—Braden Cross is finally putting his past to rest. Combining both his passion for baking and his knack for business, Braden owns the Sugar n’ Spice Café with his best friend who concocts exotic coffees and teas that pair perfectly with his decadent confections.

When a stalker sets his sights on Braden, the young pastry chef’s world is turned upside down. More frightened than he cares to admit, and not knowing where to turn, Braden is relieved when Cade steps in to offer his protection. Caught up in a maelstrom of threats, break-ins, and vandalism, the two draw closer together. Braden eventually realizes that he can trust Cade with his life, but he finds himself wondering… can he trust him with his heart?

Author’s Note: For those of you that prefer warnings (trigger or otherwise) for your books, please use the “Look Inside” feature to find the warnings within the first few pages. For those of you that hate warnings–don’t “Look Inside” . . . Happy reading!

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FiveStars

Oh. My. Goodness. Wow! As a debut author, Luna David delivered an amazing, heart felt, emotional consuming, chemistry infused story. You will have ALL the feels for Braden and Cade.

The flow and timing of this story was smooth. It transitioned well. You first start with Braden getting to know him, and glimpses of his past relationship that makes you want to love him and feel protective of him. Then moving on to Cade and getting to know his personality and that he feels loved when he can protect.

When these two meet, it is like all the auras have aligned themselves and you can feel the fierce protectiveness of Cade over Braden as well as the steel cage around Braden’s heart as he fights it to trust Cade. I usually like one character more than the other when I read, but I fell in love with both of these men. Cade knew that a true relationship meant being honest from the start and he truly was in everything. They both showed respect for each other which is what ultimately won their hearts. The chemistry between these two were powerful and hot, yet filled with so much love and adoration. Cade takes on the meaning of to cherish, love, protect and respect to a whole new meaning that my heart was just filled for Braden.

This series will be one fabulous ride. The secondary characters were amazing and full of life that they were real and added depth to Braden, Cade and the story overall. I cannot wait to get to know the other men that work for Custos Securities.

This is a cliffhanger but definitely a solid HFN that will leave you satisfied for now, while counting down until Protecting Braden comes out.

Keri

FiveStars

If I could give more than 5 stars for this first book, I would.  It had mystery, suspense, love, romance and great characters.
McCade (Cade) is a hot ex-military man who not only has a dominant streak a mile wide, but has a soft side that wraps you in a safety cocoon and never lets go.  I love his protective nature and his ability to anticipate what Braden needs.  He is kind and gentle with Braden, especially given his history.
Then you have the very sweet Braden.  He has had a streak of bad luck, but he has an amazing best friend who helps him through his tough times.  He has lost his confidence in himself and needs to relearn to trust his instincts.
The relationship between Braden and Cade is one that was carefully constructed.  While there were a lot of descriptors in this story, somewhat overdone at times, I was able to see past that.  The two main characters take their relationship slowly, despite their attraction chemistry, conversation, and a love that can be felt coming off the pages.
The secondary military characters in this story were amazing and I hope each and every one of them gets their own story.  I cannot wait for the second story to come out and am waiting on pins and needles for it.  I don’t want to write too much, because it will give too much of this amazing story away – just read it!
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FourStars

Trigger Warnings: Physical & Mental Abuse, Rape

Really! A cliffhanger! I really hate those types of books which is why this only a 4 star review (could have been a 4.5 almost 5). I usually like to know that beforehand so I can make an informed decision on to read the book right away or wait until the next book comes out (I usually wait). I certainly hope the next book is not a cliffhanger.

Anyways, this is a new author for me and I really enjoyed this book. The writing was very good except for many times Zavier “Cade” McCade spent explaining/thinking about a conversation (with much detail) instead of the author just writing the conversation as a conversation. From the beginning the author drew me in with her exceptional characters even though at times it seemed the characters were being forced into thinking what the author wanted them to say. I immediately felt the connection between Cade and Braden and I loved the promise of what I believe is going to be a great relationship. This was an excellent start for a new author and I will be eagerly waiting for the next installment titled Protecting Braden.

Lynn

ThreeandHalfStars

Hmm, I liked this book. We have hot, protective, totally alpha male Zavier McCade. I love me an alpha male who isn’t afraid to show the man he loves that he’s adored and totally loved. Totally hits all my buttons. Braden is one lucky baker.
They’re introduced through mutual friends. Braden has a stalker and Cade is willing to do anything to protect him. Cade being ex-military and co-owning his own security business, he has the skills to protect Braden.
Braden is pretty, fragile, but strong. Though I thought he was pretty stupid for ignoring all the stalker letters. I liked the chemistry between them, though I did think that things happened too fast between them. The writing threw me off sometimes, too many head hoping I think.
Also…as I was reading the story, it started to feel familiar. The plot sounded familiar too. It reminded me a lot like another story by an MM author. Even had the same name Cade in it. This story (Trusting Cade) was published 2 years or so later, but…*shrugs* Things happen I guess and there will be stories that are bound to be similar.
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4.5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Dirty Heart (Cole McGinnis #6) by Rhys Ford #MM #Mystery @rhys_ford

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Title: Dirty Heart (Cole McGinnis #6)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 21, 2016 – 204 pgs

Synopsis

Former LAPD detective Cole McGinnis’s life nearly ended the day his police partner and best friend Ben Pirelli emptied his service weapon into Cole and his then-lover, Rick. Since Ben turned his gun on himself, Cole thought he’d never find out why Ben tried to destroy him.

Years later, Cole has stitched himself back together. Now a private investigator and in love with Jae-Min Kim, a Korean-American photographer he met on a previous case, Cole’s life is back on track—until he discovers Jeff Rollins, a disgraced cop and his first partner, has resurfaced and appears to be working on the wrong side of the law.

As much as Cole’s fought to put the past behind him, he’s soon tangled up in a web of lies, violence, and death. Jeff Rollins is not only trying to kill Cole’s loved ones, he is also scraping open old wounds and long-forgotten memories of the two men Cole loved and lost. Cole is sure Rollins knows why Ben ruined all their lives, but he isn’t looking for answers. Now Cole is caught in a cat-and-mouse game with a cold-blooded killer with the key to not only his past but his future.

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FourandHalfStars

This book was the perfect wrap-up to an excellent series. I’ve love Cole and Jae and Rhys Ford add just the right amount of mystery, suspense and most of all love. We definitely get a lot of answers that have been plaguing Cole since the beginning. These answers clearly do not take away from the love been tween Cole and Jae. I loved the book and love Rhys Ford. Even though this is the last book in the series I really hope we can get some updates in future books. Thanks Rhys for introducing us to your excellent characters.

Lynn

ThreeStar

After confessing that I really didn’t enjoy this story, I need to explain that this is the first book I’ve read in the series. And unlike the Sinners books, it is a proper series. Starting cold with book six left me adrift in a sea of unfamiliar characters trying to understand Cole’s very complicated relationships.

So all I can honestly say is that this is definitely not a stand alone story. It is more of a detective story than a romance and more a story of family dramas than a traditional detective novel. Because the family drama is complex and probably explained more clearly in earlier books, I struggled to follow it.

As an outsider, the action felt more than a little OTT – it left me terrified to ever visit LA again for fear of drive-by shootings, mass shootings, gang warfare and grisly murders. I know that many Americans own guns – but this seemed rather extreme.

If this had captured my imagination, I would have gone back to the beginning of the series. As it was, I struggled to finish it. I usually really enjoy Rhys Ford’s books, so I’d suggest that other prospective readers start with the first book in the series and go from there.

Sarah

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New Release: 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.

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 stars for Transformed: San Francisco (Charley & Electra #1) by Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey @suzannefalter #Trans #Thriller #BDSM

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Title: Transformed: San Fransisco (Charley & Electra #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey (New Heights Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 9th, 2016 — 214 pages

Synopsis

Charley McElroy is a handsome, well-heeled travel writer and CIA informant who also happens to be an F to M transman. And he’s having a midlife crisis.

Charley gets suspended by the Agency after forgetting to pay his taxes. Only days earlier, yet another marriage proposal has been spurned. In his grief and confusion, Charley befriends Electra, a high-powered Manhattan socialite-turned-dominatrix rebuilding her life in San Francisco. Then he meets Frankie, a disgruntled lesbian police sergeant who has been demoted by the SFPD for being a whistle blower.

Together they uncover a Christian fundamentalist’s lethal plot to destroy the ‘hedonists’ of San Francisco. Yet, neither the SFPD nor the CIA will take the threat seriously due to the trio’s outsider status.

Can they get anyone to listen to them? Or are they on their own?

Find out in this funny thriller filled with San Francisco’s spectacular scenery and inimitable, quirky characters.

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FourStars

I had a little trouble getting into this book, to tell the truth. Then I sat down and really got past whatever my little hang-up was about, and ended up getting sucked into a great story. There are several themes going on here in addition to the big plot about domestic terrorism. Charley and Pamela – excuse me, Electra, both have issues with being who they are inside. Charley is a transman whose Grandfather accepted him for who he was inside and helped him start his transition at the extremely early age of 10. I wish every trans person out there had somebody in their life like Charley’s Grandpa. Charley has grown up as a male, but he still hasn’t done the last thing to make his change complete – bottom surgery. He lists several reasons for this, most of them pertaining to the fact that the surgery isn’t perfect and there’s a chance he won’t come out of it with functioning body parts. And there’s a lot of scarring involved on other body parts if he goes through with it. He’s contemplating it again, because it seems that his lack of a male appendage is heavily impacting his love life. Electra is trying to find herself after a messy public divorce that included extremely private details about her being a Domme with some of her friends’ husbands. She’s moved to San Francisco to start over in a more accepting environment, only to find that acceptance absent in the circles she moves in. Until she meets Charley.

The two hit it off, in spite of several things, including a significant age difference. There are sparks between them, but Electra tries to ignore them because Charley’s so much younger than she is, and Charley is hesitant because he fears rejection when he reveals to Electra just what kind of man he is. Into this fragile beginning come Frankie and Randy. Frankie is a SFPD sergeant who’s been blacklisted by the corrupt cops she was supposed to be exposing. Randy is a religious fanatic who’s decided the Lord has commanded him to bring His righteous wrath down onto the heads of all those San Franciscan degenerates. When Randy meets Electra, he decides that her murder would be the perfect opening salvo in his moral religious war. Charley, Electra, and Frankie are all that stand between Randy and his goals.

Interestingly enough, there are book club questions at the end of the book that are there to help readers discuss things about the book. I read through some of them and found the questions fascinating, and my answers a bit revealing. I’d love to discuss the book in a book club setting. That would be awesome! Of course, I’d have to be part of a book club first, and second, it would have to be a book club that would read and discuss this type of book.

This book was engaging and entertaining, and kept me turning page after page. It forced me to look at some of my own attitudes and biases. I might not have all of them resolved, but reading more and learning more helps me keep opening my mind and breaking down barriers. I am very much looking forward to another book in this series. I love how the relationship develops between Charley and Electra and I love the ending. I want to know more about what happens next for Frankie, even though she isn’t exactly a main character. I definitely want to read more.

~AmyP

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5 and THREE 4 Star Reviews for Starstruck by Lesley Davis #FF #suspense #Romance

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Title: Starstruck
Author Name & Publisher: Lesley Davis (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: January 19, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Actress Cassidy “C.J.” Hayes is famous for her role in The Alchemidens, a fantasy show where she plays a kick-ass heroine. Her rising success has brought her quickly under Hollywood’s glaring spotlight. It also gained her the unwelcome attentions of an obsessive fan who wants more than just an autograph. Aiden Darrow is both a well-respected screenwriter and a writer of lesbian romances. As a big fan of actress C.J. Hayes, Aiden is astounded when the woman of her dreams ends up moving into the house next door to her. Their attraction is undeniable, but Cassidy is understandably nervous about getting too close to anyone. Aiden, meanwhile, is trying to separate reality from fiction because Cassidy is nothing like the character she portrays so well. All through her childhood, Aiden dreamed of a hero to come rescue her, but can she be the hero that Cassidy so desperately needs now?

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FiveStars

This is an absolutely blistering book. One of the best books I have read in ages. It was quirky, it made me laugh and above all when I finished reading it – it left me feeling really good.
A book that it is hard to put down, I kept on thinking one more chapter, but one was never enough. The leading ladies are both really likeable with strong characters but most important was their individual streaks of vulnerability, making them both very believable. The author presents the book almost like a fairy tale but for adults. Lovely comparisons, between good and evil, brave swashbuckling heroines and courtly adventures.There is the comic best friends, the down trodden policeman and the very evil protagonist.  However when called for the tension is palatable. The growing bond between the two women is beautifully portrayed, with deep emotion and sensitivity.
The author  holds your attention throughout the book and keeps a fine balance between, humour and romance and unease and trepidation in a spell binding way. A truly gem of a book which I can thoroughly recommend to anyone looking for a well written book that is unique and compelling. I can’t wait to read more from this excellent author.
Chris
FourStars
Cassidy is a hot Sci-fi super hero actress and moves next door to lesfic writer and sci-fi geek Aiden. Cassidy is in hiding of sorts, in order to escape from a mad stalker. Aiden has been a big fan of Cassidy for years but falls hard for the real person and not the TV character. Cassidy is equally smitten by Aiden who it transpires has a huge fan base of her own. Her novels are a huge hit with Cassidy’s co-star and friend Mischa who is a brilliant character and so full of life and mischief. She was my favourite character in the book. She was funny, fun and her family were a great addition to the whole tale.
The stalker story gives some threat to the story and makes the relationship between the two women even closer. He was always in the background, his presence malevolent and creepy. The steamy scenes were really well written and their growing closeness felt authentic. I also enjoyed the sci-fi convention description. Having attended a few myself I can attest that Lesley Davis got it spot on, from the Cosplay attendees, to the star talks and the entire feeling of such an event.

I enjoyed the book. It was a light read and really quite fun.
Kitty Kat
FourStars

This story kept my interest throughout and made me keep turning pages. The story between Cassidy and Aiden is sweet, and reading about them falling in love was a treasure. At the same time, Cassidy is facing some serious problems with the police unable to catch her stalker, and that makes for some tense scenes. I loved Aiden’s geeky quirks and Cassidy seemed the perfect geek dream come true. But it was also interesting that Aiden differentiated so easily between Cassidy and the role she plays, after a bit of initial confusion. That was important for both of them. I got just as frustrated as they did that the police seemed ineffective at stopping the stalker, even though they knew exactly who he was. It was disorienting to hear what his thoughts were and compare those to the notes he actually left Cassidy, and it shows how out of touch with reality he really was.

The conclusion was tense and gripping and exciting, and just a bit scary as well. I’m glad the two found each other. Definitely a good read.

Amy P.

FourStars

This book started out a little shaky, the first three chapters left me wondering what to expect from the rest of the book. Thankfully it leveled out and the remainder of the work kept me flipping pages, interested to see what would happen next. The characters were well developed and had realistic interactions (and reactions) to situations and each other. The plot was deep, twisted and totally creepy in the best way possible!

 

I couldn’t wait to see what kind of mess the two MCs would end up in as the story progressed and I wasn’t disappointed! I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good edge of your seat type plot with a romance chaser. Well done!

~Rhayne

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TWO 4 Stars for Painful Lessons by S.C. Wynne #MM #Romance @scwynne1 @dreamspinners

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Title: Painful Lessons
Author Name & Publisher: S.C. Wynne (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 1, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

As a freshman both in love and in college, sometimes there are painful lessons to be learned.

Excited to begin his first year of college, Brett Bridgeworth has just one problem: he sucks at math. Luckily there’s the sensual and mysterious math tutor, Jeremy Price, to help him out. It isn’t long before Jeremy is tutoring Brett in more than just pie charts, but it isn’t until they split up that Brett discovers Jeremy’s twisted, obsessive side.

Sam Hawthorne is two years ahead of Brett, and they share a strong mutual attraction. When Brett breaks it off with Jeremy and gets involved with Sam, disturbing things start happening. It soon becomes obvious that Jeremy isn’t willing to let Brett go without a fight.

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FourStars

This is a delightfully creepy little book. A little bit coming of age story, a little bit family drama, a little bit romance… and a little bit psycho stalker.

Brett’s first semester at college starts with the familiar frantic rush to make friends, join clubs, find a tutor and get a boyfriend. It starts out well but Brett gets a little more than he bargained for when he starts a relationship with his attractive but slightly possessive math tutor.

I really enjoyed this. I could poke holes in the slightly implausible, slightly rushed plot, but ultimately this was a sweet, feel-good college story with a little suspense added.

Brett is a great character. The ultimate poor little rich boy, he seeks acceptance and affection wherever he can find it. Because he is so needy, I fully believed in his unlikely relationship with Jeremy.

Depth and emotional resonance is added to the story as Brett explores his relationship with Sam and develops a relationship for his father for the first time. This isn’t complicated or even very sophisticated but it is a fun, easy new adult story.

Sarah

fourstars

Brett’s first year of collage is not going well…

You get the crazy stalker EX with this book along with new love. The way this author wrote these characters and this story was really good. It grabbed me from the start of this story even though there were times that Brett’s decisions were annoying and made me want to pull my hair out lol.

You get a little action and some angst along with some steam too. Brett and Sam must go through a lot on their way to a relationship with each other. But I loved the fact that even when times were tuff they were both there for each other.

So I will leave this review with… I really liked this book and would recommend it!

Kara

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5 and TWO 4 Star Review for Stealing Sunshine by Tina Michele #FF #Suspense @TMicheleWrites

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Title: Stealing Sunshine
Author Name & Publisher: Tina Michele (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: January 19th 2016 – 240 pages

Synopsis

In the heart of the Sunshine State, beyond the mouse ears and magic, is a city growing with art and culture. However, in a dark room grows a plot of greed, deception, and revenge twenty years in the making.

Belle Winters has made a successful life and career in art. Although she’s never known a real family, she dreams of having her own someday, unfortunately not with the carefree Tara Hicks.

Tara keeps herself in constant motion, from job to job and from woman to woman—a technique she has perfected to avoid the mundane grooves of life, love, and obligation. Belle moves her unlike any woman she’s ever met, but is that enough?

Belle and Tara struggle to break down the walls that protect their hearts, while the unforeseen consequences of a promise threaten not only priceless art but human lives.

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FiveStars

I loved this book. Some books you like for the prose some for what you learn from them etc., this book just made me fell happy!
A beautifully told love story with two dynamic but very different lead characters. A great setting, which the author has obviously researched well, and a wonderful and interesting story line.
This book is just one of those little diamonds that make you feel alive and that love really is all that matters.  A really polished and feel good book.
~Chris
FourStars
Tara and Belle’s eyes meet across a crowded room at an art gallery event and the air sizzles with electricity. Both think the other is with someone else though. Tara is a rich girl railing against her upbringing and working as a bartender. Belle sees her again at the bar but again thinks she is interested in someone else. Will they ever get together?
When Tara finds out Belle works at the museum she applied for a security job there and hopes to catch more than a glance of her. They end up involved in some very dangerous situations as a gang tries to rob the gallery.
I enjoyed the book but it did take me a few chapters to get into it. I found the baddie just irritating and not that engrossing but by the end this had changed. The relationship story was good and full of angst and will they/won’t they dilemmas. I loved Belle as she was beautiful and sweet but ultra passionate. Tara was complex and full of contradictions. She needed to take that final leap! The love scenes were well written and extremely effective.
An enjoyable romantic read with a bit of suspense thrown in.
Kitty Kat
 FourStarsThis book piqued my interest from the start – the glimpse of a woman across the room that you just can’t look away from, and yet the two don’t meet. And it happens again! Belle spoke to me with her shy introverted ways and passion for art. Tara seemed to be a bit of a player, flitting from job to job just like she moved from woman to woman. But Belle gets under her skin, and no matter how much she tells herself that being with Belle is trouble, she can’t seem to stay away. I love stories about how two people seem to be wrong for each other, and yet love gives them no choice. There is something about the other person that just draws them in and won’t let them go. Add in all the excitement of an art heist happening while the two can’t seem to keep away from each other and things heat up quickly. I like that Belle tried to step out of her comfort zone. And I like that Tara didn’t just change overnight. She struggled with how easy things seemed to feel. This was an entertaining story and very enjoyable as well.
Amy P.

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4 Stars for The Bruise-Black Sky (More Heat Than the Sun, #5) by John Wiltshire #M/M #Dark @JohnWiltshireNZ

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Title: The Bruise-Black Sky (More Heat Than the Sun, #5)
Author Name & Publisher: John Wiltshire (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 20th 2015- 282 pages

Synopsis

Ben usually overlooks Nikolas’s occasionally jarring dissonance. Not this time. A deep rift, a terrible lie, separates them. Eleven thousand miles from Nikolas, in New Zealand, it’s bitter winter as Ben films the tragic story of a post-apocalyptic gladiator, a victim of his own personal darkness. But on receiving a death threat, Ben suspects the truth of actor Oliver Whitestone’s suicide. Someone doesn’t want this movie made. It’s fortunate for Ben, therefore, that dissonance is a state of unrest, a longing for completion. As if Nikolas would stay at home in disgrace while Ben Rider-Mikkelsen becomes the target of a crazed stalker…

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fourstars

So while I really liked/loved every book in this series this one just fell a little flat for me.

You get to see more of Nikolas and Ben which I really loved but everything else was just okay I guess..
There really was not much going on in this book besides someone going after Ben when he starts playing a part in a movie, which resolved kind of quickly where you just can’t help thinking that was it….

You do get Ben and Nikolas who have their arguments, but they are also still growing as a couple. Of course I do not want to forget about the steam between these two men, which was so damn hot! There was also some action and angst in this book along with secrets. You also see some of the characters from the previous books in this series too.

Overall I did like this book, but it just did not grab me as much as the previous books had.

So I will leave this review with… I liked this book and would recommend this series!

Kara

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