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5 Star and 3.5 Star Reviews for Death or Life by T.A. Chase #MM #Mystery

CoverTitle: Death or Life
Author Name & Publisher: T.A. Chase (MLR Press)
Publication Date: April 7, 2016

Synopsis

Imagine Noah Wiltson’s surprise when a hired killer gives him the means to live his life without doubt or fear.

Noah Wiltson wants nothing more than to be left alone. His father’s candidacy for President forces him to have secrets. Imagine his surprise when a hired killer gives him the means to live his life without doubt or fear.

The killer knows this hit is going to be his last. Whether he chooses to walk away or whether they kill him. He’s never been a team player, so he ends the game on his terms.

A few months later, Noah meets Cain Packert, a man who intrigues and excites him. Only one of them knows the truth. Can they find love amid secrets and threats?

(Please note this is a re-release of a previously published work.)

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FiveStars

If I had to describe this book in just a few words it would be “off the chain”. This is a book that mainly revolves around 3 men.

The first man is the reason all these men come together to begin with. His name is Noah. Out of every one in this book I would have to describe him as innocent. He would be the only one that I say has not done anything other be himself and has ended up with the biggest mystery surrounding him and likely to get him killed. And all of that is because he is gay.

The other two men I would say this book mainly revolves around are Cain and Lord. These two men are completely opposites on one hand and then on the other hand they are more alike then they ever even really considered. One of these two men is killer that did it legally through the CIA and the other man is a killer that did it for hire for the highest payer. But are they both bad? Are they both good? Or is it that one is good and the other is bad? These are questions I found myself asking through the whole book. Well those questions and so many more.

This is a book that has so many twist and turns that you feel like a pretzel by the time you have finished reading it and have untwisted all the different webs. This is definitely a book that keeps you on your toes from the beginning to the end. I also found it was a book that has you second guessing everything you thought you had figured out. I was definitely an exciting and interesting read.

Tosha

ThreeandHalfStars

This was a book seemed to be a little lacking for TA Chase, but overall it was pretty good. This book just did not seem to have the usual excitement and interest as most books I’ve read from this author. The plot was great and there was some mystery in it but it just did work for me. There didn’t seem to be much connection between the MC’s, Noah and Cain. In fact I felt more of a connection between the secondary characters, Lord and Mars than Noah and Cain. The writing style as usual made it easy to read but sadly I just didn’t feel anything for the MC’s.

Lynn

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New Release: 5 Star, 4 star, and 4.5 star Review for Clouded Hell by J.R. Gray #MM #Suspense @theoriginalgray

CoverTitle: Clouded Hell
Author Name & Publisher: J.R. Gray (Gray Gooks)
Publication Date: March 23, 2016

Synopsis

I survive on avoidance. Physical pain to avoid the mental. Disposable flesh to avoid relationships. Work to avoid attachment.

My club became my empire of avoidance. Inside the ring millions are won and lost. The fight is confined to breaths, actions and reactions, fists and pain. Rules don’t exist. Only my opponent exists.

I’d been avoiding my needs for far too long when Remi stumbles into the Inferno and I’m hungry. The promise of a submissive with no attachment is far too tempting. I can’t resist him.

He was only supposed to be a distraction, but I know I’ll never get over him. There isn’t a chance in this clouded hell.

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FiveStars

This book left me speechless. It was so much more then what I thought it would be by reading the description of it. It was just wow…..

Dante is a man who lost what he thought was he love of his life and never had any closure with the death. He owns an underground flight club but he also is a fighter himself. Not for the money or the fame but because he likes the pain and likes to punish himself for the loss of his husband.

Remington (or better known as Rem) is the son of a mob boss from Vegas. His dad has many expectations of his son but they are not he same as what Rem wants for himself. Rem hides who he truly is from his father which is a gay man and a switch as far as a Dom/submissive. His true self is submissive though he fights it.

When Dante and Rem meet wills clash, they are at war for dominance with one another, the heat from the two of them just flies off the pages.

This book is a book that gives you just enough information about what is truly going on to keep you pulled in and wanting more. It leaves you guessing what is going to happen next to only surprise you what actually happens. I kept finding myself questioning back in forth whether Dante and Rem should or should not end up together and whether they were or were not toxic to each other. But in the end I found myself rooting for them and hoping they would make it out on the other side. But again, JR Gray kept throwing in surprise after surprise to the very end. Definitely a book that kept you on the edge of your seat.

So worth the read. And will say many people will love this book as much as I did. Great job.

I give this book a 5 star read and more if I could.
Tosha
FourandHalfStars

Looking for a sexy story that plays with your mind? Here you go. Remington (Remi) just plays with you while he plays with Dante’s mind. Remi is a D/s switch and even though he is one, he much prefers and identifies with the other. Dante is most definitely a Dominant and uses pain as his distraction to what has happened in his life.

JR Gray weaves these two men together like a choreographed dance. One starts to lead then the other leads, both perfectly timed…just to mess with your head. I didn’t know if I  wanted to like Remi or not. I hated that he played with Dante’s mind. But as you read each step of the dance, you really feel Remi’s personal pain and struggle and just can’t help but to cheer him on to realize what he has in Dante.

Remi’s bestfriend, Kai, who takes the part in the D/s with Remi, is just so frustrating, that I really hated him, until the very, very, very end. I think even then, Kai just moved up into dislike territory. I think without Kai, who was just a selfish prick in my opinion, Remi wouldn’t have played Dante so much, but then JR Gray wouldn’t have been able to tap into all your emotions while reading.

The steaminess between these two were just…oh my yummy. JR Gray does really well with the visual aspects of these two that you felt like you were in their heads. There was enough mystery and twists throughout the story that kept you reading and on the edge while wanting to get to know Remi and Dante and if they would ever have their HEA.

Even though Remi was playing mind games, you couldn’t help but to keep reading knowing you were getting sprinkles of what was causing him to do that. Dante truly deserved someone special with his heartfelt pain and I was so happy to see that Remi resolved his own mind games and became the man he truly was and for Dante.

This was well written by JR Gray and though it was a first from this author for me, it will most definitely NOT be my last. I am on a hunt for more.

Keri
FourStars
Triggers: Homophobic family, attempted murder, illegal activites

This was an amazing story.  Remi and Dante have a great connection – they just seem to understand each other.  Dante had a deep seeded desire to inflict control and pain on someone equally willing to accept his pain.  It was intense, riveting and the bond that was formed between Remi and Dante was unbreakable.

I did dislike that their relationship was very push and pull.  It was an “I love you, I’m leaving you, I need you” roller coaster and it became somewhat tired. I disliked how unsettled Remi was about his life, but could understand why, once all was said and done.

Watching the relationship develop between Remi and Dante was like watching a deer learn to walk – wobbly, unsteady, bu then, it just clicked.

I also really liked the secondary characters in Dante’s life.  You learned that perhaps he was not always so hard – past experiences had shaped him, but his friends had stuck it out and stayed with him through it all.

Kai was a pain, for me.  I thought he was selfish and I had a difficult time feeling back for him.  He seemed so spoiled and ungrateful.  However, when it counted, he was able to pull it together and be the friend he claimed he had always been.

Overall, this was a great story with a lot of moving parts.  The constant was how Remi and Dante felt about each other.

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5 Star Review for My Man Walter by J.S. Cook #MM #Romance @jsopercook

CoverTitle: My Man Walter
Author Name & Publisher: J.S. Cook (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 1, 2016 – 236 pgs

Synopsis

Billionaire inventor Chase Gordon has just turned forty—and everything in his ordered little world is going to hell in an Hermès bag. His acerbic English butler Juliet Lavish has decided to retire. The humanitarian church founded by his late parents has suddenly gone broke—in the middle of the jungle—in Honduras. Lastly, NYPD detective Brian Schrade wants to use Chase’s palatial mansion to hide Walter Godfrey, a newspaper reporter who might know something about a recent rash of mob-related business deals. Part of the deal is the conniving, misanthropic Alec Pratt, son of a local newspaper mogul and unapologetic police informant who just might have a teensy weensy crush on Brian Schrade.

But Walter isn’t safe, not at Chase’s residence or anywhere else. His too-frequent forays into the city—against Brian Schrade’s advice—make him a target, and his strong attraction to Chase Gordon is setting him up for some serious heartbreak. When Chase goes to Honduras to investigate the state of his family’s failing fortunes, he adds another trouble to the long list: he’s been set up for kidnapping.

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FiveStars

Spectacular book. What more do I need to say. If someone is looking for an action packed adventure that envolves the mob, dirty newspaper CEO, the police, a retired New York fire fighter turned reporter, multimillionaire who woke up one morning and could not walk, and a snitch who is up to his eyeballs in trouble… Then this is the book for you.

Normally I would give a run down of the two main characters in a book but in this books case, there is multiple main characters.

But I will say this about the books characters, you never know who is going to end up with who. Nor do you know who is dirty or good. Along with the fact you do not know if your favorite character is going to come out of it alive in the end. But I will say this… In the end there is definitely three sets of couples that was not together in the beginning but ended up together in the end. You just have to make it to the end of the book to figure out which of the characters are going to end up as the couples.

This book definitely lands on my list of top favorite books I have read so far this year.

There is never a dull moment. Nor is what is going to happen predictable. It is an amazing read though and I think that many of people are going to enjoy this book.

Tosha

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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

laid1400Title: Laid
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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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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