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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Just Enough Light by A.J. Quinn #FF #Thriller

CoverTitle: Just Enough Light
Author Name & Publisher: A.J. Quinn (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: July 12, 2016 – 264 pgs

Synopsis

Kellen Ryan has taken the survival skills she learned on the streets and used them to create an elite search-and-rescue operation, as well as the first home she’s known in forever—a sanctuary in Haven, Colorado, high in the Rockies.
A small mountain town was the last place Harvard-educated Dr. Dana Kingston expected to find herself. Still, when she’s offered an opportunity to partner with Kellen’s operation and develop a medical triage center, Dana follows her heart. Dana falls hard and fast for the enigmatic Kellen. But she quickly realizes Kellen’s heart is as carefully guarded as her past, and breaking through will take time. Except time is the one thing they may not have, because a deadly threat has returned, and this time he plans to finish what he started.

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FiveStars

Dana moves to Colorado to work as a doctor at a rescue centre and clinic. She wants to be her own person and make a difference . Kellen runs the rescue part of the service and once they meet she is never the same again. How can either of them ever go back once they make a connection that overwhelms them both. This is a really great read, full of raw emotion and depth and at times a realisation of how awful people can be to each other. We find out how someone can be at the worst place imaginable and yet find a way to deal with it and turn it around. We find out that families come in all shapes and sizes and that loving each other is what makes a family, not blood. Kellen was an amazing character, the strongest yet most vulnerable woman. Dana managed to get past all of her defences and the love between them was staggeringly beautiful. The love scenes were scorching but the most tender imaginable. There was no doubt that they were meant for each other.
As both women become one they have to deal with a shooter determined to kill Kellen. The impending threat makes this an edge-of-the-seat read that I never wanted to end. A well deserved 5 stars.
Kitty Kat

FourStars

I have to say that I have enjoyed every AJ Quinn book that I’ve read, enough to keep an eye out for new books as they’re published. Here again, Quinn gives us a fast-paced, suspenseful plot and characters with depth. The book is a bit heavy though, as many of Quinn’s books are. She tends to address pretty difficult tragedies that her characters go through, and I actually find it amazing that she’s able to address them so well, without falling into the trap of wrapping everything up in a neat little bow by the end of the book. In this book, Kellen has a horrific past, bad enough that it still affects her to this day. She’s been able to open her heart and her home to two young girls who’ve suffered some of the same things she has. She’s tried to put roots down, despite not knowing how, and always being on the edge of running for safety, because in her life movement is safe. Into this semi-stable life comes Dana, who has her own issues, but the attraction between the two women is instant. I love the compassion and patience that Dana shows, not only with Kellen but with the girls as well. This is a group of people whose need for each other brings them closer and closer together. There are external forces coming to bear on Kellen, from her childhood and her more recent past, and all that pressure makes her want to run. Dana’s acceptance of who Kellen is allows Kellen to become more settled and sure of her footing. This was an exciting book, but again, there were a lot of weighty issues that became exposed through circumstances out of Kellen’s control. That may be too much for some readers to get through. My personal feeling was that it was a little much; after the reveal of Kellen’s past I wondered how she and Dana could make their relationship work because so much is unresolved for Kellen, and fear makes her flighty. Again, good job from the author of not allowing love to miraculously heal everything. These are issues that won’t easily go away, and I respect Quinn for not trying to wrap everything up in between the covers of the book. If you like romantic suspense, I’d definitely recommend this one.

AmyP

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FOUR 5 Stars, 4.5 Stars and 4 Stars for Flawed by Rachael Orman @RachaelOrmanAuthor #MFM #Menage #bisexual #EroticRomance

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Title: Flawed
Author Name & Publisher: Rachael Orman
Publication Date & Length: June 24, 2016 – 188 Pages

Synopsis

Julia is a domme for hire. Paid to spank and dominate men, she loves what she does during the summer months. However, she is also a submissive for her husband.

Garrison is content being married to Julia even though he is a bisexual. That is, until he realizes the man he has the hots for is interested in him. Too bad his job as a detective has him busy dealing with a serial murder case. Good thing, the sexy lawyer is also on the case and it gives him a reason to see him.

Keaton might be a shark in the courtroom, winning almost every single case he tries, but he is submissive in the bedroom. It’s hard to balance his work life with his private life and finding someone that can handle both aspects of his personality.

When they realize they all know each other and there is desire between the three of them, things get hot. But, can three really make a relationship instead of two?

The serial murderer isn’t going to wait for them to figure out their situation. He is on the hunt for dommes and isn’t leaving much behind for the police to use to find him.

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FourStars

So many things to like in this book. The sex scenes were hot. H. O. T. The kink was good, integrated within the story, integral to the plot, but not overwhelming. The emotions of all three characters made the relationship between them all. No, they don’t expect everything to be roses all the time. They expect problems and issues, but they all have a desire to work through them. A realistic viewpoint. The serial killer case upped the tension and anticipation, knowing that something was going to happen. I would say, though, that it was difficult swinging between the two extremes of the plot. The romance/erotica/relationship story had such a different feel from the police procedural/murder mystery/cop thriller, and sometimes the transition between the two was difficult to traverse. Both storylines were good, both kept my attention, but they evoked very different reactions, and I’m not sure those went together as well. Also, there was a lot of foreshadowing, enough that I felt confident in who the perp was, and how things would come to a head. That didn’t lessen my enjoyment at all. I liked the emphasis on the feelings of Julia, Garrison, and Keaton, and how they all worked through honest communication to get to a place where everybody was happy with the relationship. All in all, this was a very enjoyable read.

AmyP

FiveStars

What did I just read? Brilliance is what that was! Plus look at that cover…oh freaking my, sexy, sexy. This story had a little bit of everything that crosses of the must have list. It had the suspense, it had the D/s, it had the love and emotions. It didn’t have that insta-love and fairytales, which for me is all the better. Garrison and Julia have amazing marriage and understand, trust, respect each other to help the other with what they need in life. The characters had to work for the relationship, yet the relationship felt real not forced or fake. I liked that Julia and Garrison knew Keaton in their own unique ways. It helps to show that the deep connection that was there and why the emotions bloomed so well. They felt real with real issues and fears, like they were your neighbors. Garrison and Julia may have been a strong couple, but with the addition of Keaton, the three are a powerhouse throuple and so dang sexy too, mmhmm.
The flow was smooth; the storyline was coherent. I enjoyed having the 3 POVs, so I could get to know each one and I did. Garrison was my favorite, he cracked me up, yet his love for his wife to let her do what she needs is amazing. Once I started reading, I could not set this book down.
Kris
FourandHalfStars
I love Orman books.  This one did not disappoint.  The characters are well developed and the story flows easily.
Julia, Garrison and Keaton are all living their lives – doing what they love and trying to figure out how to be happy.
I love that Julia is both Domme and sub.  I think that it gives her a unique experience and with her skills, she is able to fulfill many desires.  I also really like that she keeps her client’s secret, even from Garrison.  I think that it makes her situation throughout the story much more real.  When she is faced with a situation, she handles herself with grace and strength.
Then you have Garrison, who is working hard to figure out who is hurting Domme’s in his town.  Not only does he not really have a clue who is doing this, but he has to figure out his feelings for DA Keaton.  While he loves his wife, he also knows that he enjoys being with men too.  Julia knows and accepts this about him, so he just needs to figure out if Keaton should be with them as a couple, him alone or not at all.
Finally, you have Keaton.  I loved his character.  He was strong, brave and unafraid of what he desires.  He knows that his lifestyle could put him in the hot seat, so he’s thankful that he found someone who will keep his secret.  When he figures out how everything is connected, he has to make the decision to leap and hope that nothing bad will happen.
The three of them have OK chemistry, but I do wish that we would have seen them more on a one and one basis.  I felt like we heard all about their relationship, but didn’t really get to see it develop.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story.  It had great chemistry and the mystery was intriguing.
AvidReader
FiveStars

Rachael Orman you completely and totally blew me away. I have not read any of Rachael Orman’s previous books but I can guarantee you that I will be doing so now. This is a book that is full of lust, respect, dommes, submissives, dominates, love, cravings, mystery, murder, BDSM, and so much more. What more can a girl ask for? Oh yeah I know, male/male/female relations. But guess what, it has that too.

This is one of those books that when you start reading it sucks you in immediately and does not let go till the very end and even then you are left wishing you had not finished the book yet because you want more. It is one of those books that even when it ismidnight you do not want to put the book down because you have to know what is going to happen next.

Garrison and Julia are happily married and if push came to shove, they are not missing anything in their relationship. They are truly a couple that most would love to base their own relationship off of but Julia is submissive to Garrison but is a Domme to others in her part time line of work. Garrison is also bisexual but they have never let those two things come between them. I honestly do not think that they ever would have either. But both of them being attracted to Keaton was a plus in their marriage because both was able to get to explore parts of themselves that they normally would not have.

In my opinion, it was inevitable for the three of these people to end up together. They each complimented one another in ways that made them all better people and happier in their lives. It is as if in my opinion, that they are made for one another. The three of them together is better all together then they ever could be apart.

With the murders happening around them, it throws an extra spin into the book that made it even more captivating. I really enjoyed reading this book so much and I cannot wait to read more books by Rachael Orman. She is a spectacular author and this book is proof of that. Amazing job!!!!

Tosha
FiveStars
Definitely a very steamy and suspenseful story.
This book will keep you guessing as to what is going to happen regarding the suspenseful plot.
The hot scenes make it very steamy.
All three characters worked really well together.
It definitely was a very good read if you like mmf.
Loved it!

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3.5 Stars for Actual Stop (Agent O’Connor #1) by Kara A. McLeod #FF #Mystery

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Title: Actual Stop (Agent O’Connor #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Kara A. McLeod (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: June 14, 2016 – 312 Pages

Synopsis

Special Agent Ryan O’Connor’s life is exactly on track—she’s with a wonderful woman, and she’s doing something she loves. Sure, her boss can’t stand her, but she figures if that’s her biggest problem, she’s pretty damn lucky. She should have known it was too good to last and that when fate finally slapped her, it would do so hard enough to leave a mark.

When Ryan’s ex-girlfriend, Special Agent Allison Reynolds, suddenly reappears in New York, her carefully constructed world is thrown into chaos. As they’re forced to work together, Ryan is compelled to confront several realities that she wishes she could avoid. One of which is that it’s terrible to mix the past with the present. The other is that it’s not only the past that paints the present with lead.

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ThreeandHalfStars

There are a lot of things to like in this book, although there are a couple of things that are a bit lacking. I like McLeod’s style of writing, and the flow made it easy to keep turning pages. I found the details of her Secret Service job interesting, and liked hearing about the various different departments that we don’t usually hear about. However, I found Ryan to be a little immature. She’s still hung up on her ex, Allison, a fellow agent who dumped her, but she’s been seeing Lucia for the last six months, and doesn’t consider that a relationship. Obviously, after Allison, feelings aren’t her strong suit, but I find it annoying that anytime anything ‘feelings’ related came up, Ryan shoved it all to the back burner and ignored it. Definitely not a way to not hurt the person you’re involved with. With that type of introspection and lack of self-awareness, I don’t find it surprising at all that Ryan hasn’t moved on at all in the four years since Allison left. Nor that she has no clue what Lucia really feels for her. At the same time, she castigates and self-flagellates enough for her shortcomings that you’d really expect her to try to resolve some things. I will say that there were several unresolved issues at the end of the book that definitely tie into book two. It isn’t quite a cliffhanger, but definitely ways that you can see where the next book will go. I’ll withhold my own suppositions and suspicions, but would gladly pick up the next book in the series. I’d like to see how some of those threads are tied up. Pretty good for a debut, and I can only expect things to get better.

AmyP

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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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4.5 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 Golden Dancer (Dangerous Dancers #1) by Tara Lain #MM #Menage

CoverTitle: Golden Dancer (Dangerous Dancers #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Tara Lain (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: April 12, 2016 – 181 pgs

Synopsis

A reporter and the thief he’s investigating both fall for a golden dancer forging a ménage of love and lies that could send one to prison and one to the morgue.

Mac MacAllister is obsessed; the online news reporter needs enough evidence to write a story accusing billionaire art collector Daniel Terrebone of stealing The Golden Dancer, a priceless work of art, from Horst Von Berg. The story promises the recognition Mac craves. But then Mac meets a real golden dancer, ballet star Trelain Medveyev, and his attraction to the man rocks his formerly straight world.

When the mysterious Terrebone “collects” this beautiful dancer, too, Mac rushes to the rescue like a knight in shining cargo pants and plunges into a three-way passion that tears him between love and guilt. Can Mac keep investigating when his story could send one man to prison and another to the morgue? Will this reporter get his story or get his men?

 

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 FiveStarsI am just going to be completely honest here and say that at first for maybe the first chapter or two I did not think I was going to truly like this book. But I pushed ahead and by the time I got to the third chapter I was hooked and completely engrossed in this book.

This is a book that revolves around a man that thinks he is straight and is a reporter (Mac), a man who is out in the open gay and proud of it and a premier ballet dancer (Trelain), and a man that is a billionaire and possibly a thief (Daniel). These are three completely different men and somehow or another they just complete one another. They are all three the most unlikely pair but once they are all together it is as if the pieces to the puzzle finally click into place to make it a complete puzzle.

But among these the men there is also a huge mystery that Mac is trying to unravel but at the same time trying to decide if unraveling this mystery is worth maybe possibly losing the two men he has fallen in love with. Daniel is also in the dead center of this mystery because if Mac’s theory is correct then one of the men he has fallen for is a theif. Then their is Trelain, well he is just an innocent bystander all the way around and has no clue what either of the two men he is in love with is up.

This book was beautifully written. Tara Lain made this trio into such a beautiful love story. I am so glad that I kept reading it because this was an amazing story and I would have completely missed out if I had not finished reading it and gave up after the first couple of chapters. And to elaborate, the first couple of chapters was not bad it was basically background layout to what was to come. I just could not see the full picture at the time.

Tosha

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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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