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New Release: 4 stars for Dead Camp (Dead Camp #1) by Sean Kerr (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Horror @SGK69

 deadcamp300Title: Dead Camp (Dead Camp #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Kerr (Extasy Books)
Publication Date & Length: January 1, 2016 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

Eli is an ancient vampire with an ego the size of a planet and a sex drive to match, but his tumultuous past left him broken, so he hides from humanity and cowers from love, left to endure the crushing guilt that haunts his every waking moment. Even his best friend Malachi, a ghost who is hopelessly in love with Eli, remains unaware of all that transpired in London. Malachi can never know the truth.

When the Angel Daniyyel pays an unwelcome visit, Eli must face his secrets, secrets that he has tried so long to hide. To make matters worse, a chance encounter with the most beautiful man he has ever seen shatters his beloved isolation, pushing him into the world of the living once more. Something about this strange man seems so familiar, but Eli can’t even remember who he was before he became a vampire, never mind explain the unwanted emotions the enigmatic stranger ignites in his dead heart. So Eli has a choice—return to the world that ruined him, or continue his self-imposed exile with no hope of salvation.

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FourStars

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The title is the worst thing about this book. I mean, I get it, it’s about an effeminate gay ghost who’s “campy.” And Dead. But the book is so much more.
Brooding, broken Eli is a sarcastic but lovable homosexual vampire obsessed with sex and afraid of his own capacity for violence. His best friend is Malachi the ghost. They are both hiding from their past, quite literally in a castle in the middle of the woods.
Surrounded by Nazis.
Seriously, this book is the best. It’s a great pleasure to read. There’s a lot of sex, obviously. And a lot of gore. Eli is not a sparkly vampire, he is an ancient evil. And I’m obsessed with him.
~C. E. Case

Excerpt

Three prisoners had died in my block that night, two elderly and one young man not old enough to grow pubes. It sickened me. Never, in all my years, had I witnessed such a callous waste of human life. And then to see my fellow prisoners undressing the dead, striping their cold stiff bodies before my unbelieving eyes horrified me even more, and I clung onto Jakob’s broken body for dear life. All around me the clunk of bodies against wood and concrete. My eyes tried not to see and my ears tried not to hear.

A cold clammy hand gently caressed my arm and I nearly shot off my shelf in shock. I didn’t scream. I refused to scream.

“My friend, I’m sorry, my friend, but you must undress him. The rubbish men will be here soon and you must strip him of all clothing before they take him. Please, you must do this for him—they will be less kind than you. Do you understand?”

“Why? Why must we do this?”

“His clothes are of value, my friend. They will be re-used for the next intake.”

“And what of his body, what will become of Jakob?”

“You don’t want to know, my friend.” His whispered words made every hair on my body stand on end. A sound outside caused him to return to his unsavoury task with renewed urgency. “Quickly, they are here.”

What followed felt like a dream. I had undressed many a man under many circumstances, but that was a first. Already poor Jakob stiffened, and it pained me to hear and feel his bones crack as I gently prised his pale thin body from the clothes. I whispered my apologies into his unhearing ears and I hated my eyes for glancing across his pale dead flesh.

I had to free them, all of them. That place, that death camp, it had to end.

I lifted his dead naked body into my arms. Emotion, so alien to me, invaded the shrivelled blackness that was my soul, and I knew my eyes betrayed my grief.

Emotions made you weak. Emotions made you vulnerable, emotions hurt. And I was hurting. The passing of that human, that mortal man I had known for less than a day, had brought back that affliction from which I had been running from for so very long.

I had only opened my heart to the world again but for the briefest of moments.

And already I felt pain.

Gideon hurt me. He made me feel unloved, unwanted, he made me feel ugly.

How I would crave for his touch, how desperate I was for his love, to feel the thrill of his fingers upon my bare flesh, to feel his attraction to me, to feel wanted. But all he ever did was refuse me. Every time I tried to touch him, he turned me away. He was not in the mood, he told me to come back later.

Come back later.

But later never came.

I carried that pale body into the grey wet misery of morning. The sun was trying desperately to penetrate the thick layers of brooding clouds that clung stubbornly over the camp, but the sun was losing. Rain dripped incessantly from the skies, melting the remaining snow into a muddy slush. Grey skies, grey ground, grey people. The camp drained the colour out of everything. Welwelsburg was like me, a vampire, sucking the life out of everything it encountered, sucking away hope and dignity, leaving nothing but pale grey husks clinging to the brink of existence.

Two men stood next to a large flatbed trolley. Dead, naked bodies lay crumpled in a pile on top of the trolley, legs and arms sticking out at all angles like some grotesque starfish. I saw children amongst the corpses.

Pale white flickering figures surrounded the trolley. Insubstantial wisps of lives spent before their time. The rubbish men looked at me expectantly but I could not move for the sight of those spectral beings and I clutched Jakob’s dead body tightly to my chest, unwilling to relinquish my charge. If I put him on that trolley then he would be dead, another lump of cold meat on the pile. He deserved more than that.

The ghostly figures turned to look at me, each one knowing me, seeing me, seeing me see them. And they smiled at me. Cold shivering prickles erupted across my skin as their eyes took me in and they were such kind eyes, such trusting eyes. A figure pushed its way between them, its shadowy form brushing gently against the others as it came to stand before me.

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New Release: 3.5 and 3 stars for Trainwreck (Trainwreck #1) by Michele Micheal Rakes (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #Bisexual #BDSM #Mystery @MicheleRakes

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Title: Trainwreck (Trainwreck #1)
Author Name: Michele Micheal Rakes
Publication Date & Length: January 25, 2016 – 374 pgs

Synopsis

Detective Sergeant Vincent Sweetwater hates dead bodies. That’s why he’s an undercover narc and not a homicide dick. So why is he standing on a sandy beach in California staring at a lifeless body—oh yeah, the suicide attempt. Lieutenant Hanson is making a statement. Something about life worth living. Shows what he knows.

As Vince examines the tortured body, he feels an empathy and déjà vu for the victim, her wounds are similar to scars he has only a vague memory receiving. An intense desire to find her killer fills his queasy belly as a dark game of cat and mouse begins.

The young woman’s death forces Vince back into a secret life dominated by sex, perversion, and sadomasochism. Estranged from his wife he still loves and longing for the man who possessed him once, Vince buries his torment deep inside meaningless sex.

*Warning: This book contains adult content and situations. NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This was a difficult story for me.  I found myself having to go back and try to find pieces of the story that I had seemingly missed, but never was quite able to put together.  There are several moving parts in this story and they don’t always talk with each other.
You have Vince who is struggling to come back to a life after the loss of his child and his emotional loss of his wife.  Despite his life as an undercover, he’s been thrust in to the spot light and realizes that his life in undercover is over.  With a murder case plopped in to his lap, it brings back flashes of a past life – a life that he has tried and failed to forget.  Hints of past tortures, glimpses of a life that once was out of his control – whereas the chaos that has become his life is all his own doing.
I had a difficult time with, what I think was supposed to be his conscience speaking with him – or him own inner monologue – it was strange and you never really get a good grasp on whether or not he takes his own advice.
Then you have his wife, who despite being in a marriage with someone who hates her, keeps on trucking.  Not really sure why she does, other than out of obligation from their shared past.  I don’t really get a good idea of her motivations in this story – it seems that she loves Vince, but she also loves Nick – both seem brotherly.  When Vince and Mica come together, it’s hateful and spiteful – I didn’t really feel that they had much chemistry in the story at all.
Nick is both his brother and his cop partner.  He is trying to help Vince figure out his life and solve this murder.  I enjoyed his character and how he was able to help smooth ruffled feathers throughout the story.
Then you have the mystery killer – someone from the past who is toying with Vince in a way that keeps Vince off balance and struggling.  Rakes did a good job at keeping the reader on their toes when it came to the killer, but I wish that more had been revealed in terms of the who, because you’re just left with this image of a deranged man who is charismatic enough to control the women in his life, but who is secretly, potentially gay and hates himself for it.
While this is a very incomplete story, I did like that I was unable to guess what would happen next.  However, I am unsure if that was because of the lack of cohesion throughout or because Rakes has written a story that will eventually come together in the next books.
~AvidReader
ThreeStarThis is a dark, complicated police procedural.  While the story is set in sunny California, Vincent Sweetwater is more damaged than even the darkest Scandi Noir characters.  His story is far from heroic.  He’s an awful husband and a self-destructive addict.  So I’m not entirely sure why I fell hard for the man.
It took me a long while to get into the story.  At first, the plot seemed to jump erratically and I struggled to  work out timelines and relationships.  Vince also talks to himself incessantly through the book and I found the conversations he has with himself distracting.  And once I’d finally untangled Vince’s narrative, the writer started to switch between Vince’s perspective and the perspective of the murderer he was hunting.  Since some characters overlapped between the two narratives, I had to work hard to keep everything straight.
I’m reviewing this for Inked Rainbow which is a little puzzling because there isn’t much of any LGBTQI content in this first story.  Vince’s relationship is with his wife, his former foster sister.  Mica’s character isn’t fully developed here.  We see her as a successful LAPD lieutenant who exists in a miserable marriage where she is subjected to regular abuse.  I really struggled to warm to her.  VInce’s only other relationship is with his former foster brother, now his married, heterosexual partner.  I can only assume that these relationships develop over the course of the series.
This is not a romance.  Vince and Mica’s relationship is hellish.  Vince’s hook-ups are brutal.   This is a cat and mouse detective story where VInce tries to reign in his self-destruction for long enough to catch the killer before the killer catches him.
Once the chase starts properly, I enjoyed the story more.  At the start, Vince is a grieving addict full of self-pity.  While he doesn’t really resolve any of his problems, he becomes more functional and more interesting when he starts properly working as a detective.
So – try to imagine the darker, uglier side of Harry Hole or Wallander’s existence because even the Scandinavians haven’t crafted an anti-hero this dark.  This is a long book and just as I was starting to get into it, it ended on a cliff-hanger, leaving me waiting rather impatiently for book 2.~Sarah

Excerpt

Vincent Sweetwater twisted the Harley’s throttle. The power in the motor thrummed between his legs. The bike seemed heavy, angry; like she wanted to fall flat on her face. Like she yearned to drag him across the gritty asphalt. Vince needed to feel the pavement shred his clothing and bite into his skin. Punishment for being a man who thrived on suffering.

Why can’t I control myself, damn it?

-You’re supposed to be one of the good guys.

Fuck off.

-Stop drinking, Sweetwater.

Vince envisioned choking the life out of his conscience. The damn thing made it difficult to be an asshole, yet somehow he didn’t let it stop him. Nothing stopped him from being a dick to his wife. Vince squeezed the throttle. The speed would numb his mind.

The machine growled beneath him, giving her two fucking cents, and he ignored the wanton slut. Vince was too malicious to give her what she craved. If he did, there would be no turning back.

Still, the iron bitch demanded more power. Urged by a quiet whisper from somewhere in the darkness of his mind, Vince let off the throttle long enough to grasp the clutch and toe it into sixth.

 

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THREE 5 Star, ONE 4.5 Star, and ONE 4 Star Review for Trigger by Jessica L. Webb #FF #Thriller

CoverTitle: Trigger
Author Name & Publisher: Jessica L. Webb (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: April 12, 2016 – 264 pgs

Synopsis

Dr. Kate Morrison doesn’t know how or why someone would create human bombs that are triggered by touch. But when Sergeant Andy Wyles blocks Kate from touching the patient who collapses in her Vancouver ER, Kate joins the investigation to demand answers, regardless of the danger.

As the two women work together to find those responsible for creating an army of human weapons, Kate finds it increasingly difficult to ignore her feelings for the fiercely protective and unrelentingly perceptive cop.

The investigation escalates, and Kate gradually begins to trust Andy, not only with her safety but also with the difficult details of her past. With lives at risk and her heart on the line, Kate must search for a way to defuse the bombs and save her patients, even as she questions the intensifying connection between herself and Andy.

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FiveStars

Dr Kate Morrison becomes involved in a police investigation when a human bomb walks into her ER. Sergeant Andy Wyles asks her to help her tranport the seriously dangerous patient to a safe facility when it becomes clear she is the only person who can safely touch him without setting him off as an explosive device. I loved this book. It was an brilliantly tense and thrilling story that unravelled bit by bit, drawing the reading even further in. As more details emerged Kate’s involvement became crucial and she opened up a new part of herself. Her feelings for Andy grew slowly and she tried to put them to the back of her mind but in the end had to give in to her feelings. Andy would never let on how she felt but in one small moment of vulnerability it became obvious she had feelings for Kate too. I thought Kate was a great character and really enjoyed finding out her back-story. We got less detail about Andy’s past but I loved her tough exterior and amazing presence. Their jobs and the increasing danger of the case they were working on kept the romance on the back boiler for most of the book but when they did admit their feelings it was brilliant. The pent up sexual tension exploded off the page! I was very impressed by the human bomb story and felt that it was addictive and thrilling. An excellent read.
Kitty Kat
FiveStars
An absolutely belter of a book. From the opening explosive chapters to the breath taking and unexpected climax this book has it all.  I really enjoyed every absorbing page of this dynamic novel.
This author has come up with a concept that is terrifying but her explanations of how it works is so believable and convincing that the whole thing is credible and frighteningly conceivable.
The pace of the book is at a really break neck speed. The leading characters charismatic and dynamic. The narrative scintillating. The descriptions at times were necessarily graphic at other times beautifully metaphoric.
Running parallel to the intriguing plot was a sizzling and scorching attraction between the two women that remained simmering throughout the entire novel. I applaud the way this romance remained purely about their growing attraction and burning emotions and that their relationship did not become physical until the closing chapters.
The conclusion of this compelling novel certainly did not disappoint, it was as momentous as it was unexpected.
Too often a novel that incorporates a strong romantic element relies on graphic details to keep the readers interest, however this book is all about emotion, passion and true empathy, and for me this is what made it stand out as an astounding read. However this book is not just about romance it has a really clever, intricate and extremely well developed story line that has conspiracies, betrayals,  and enough excitement to whet any readers appetite. I cannot commend this book highly enough.
Chris
FiveStars
What a brilliant medical thriller! I loved the mix of science and action and I really enjoyed the complicated, fast paced adventure.

The two lead characters are developed incredibly well. There are elements of some of the best female leads in the genre in this story (think Cornwall’s Scarpetta, Karin Slaughter’s Sara Linton, The Bridge’s Saga Noren and Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles). But while the author pays tribute, she creates unique women and I’d love to see them develop further over the course of a series.

Kate and Andy are both strong, powerful women. Kate is a survivor and Andy is an unapologetically kick-ass heroine. I enjoyed the refreshing lack of emotional angst and drama but I’m not sure if this detracted a little from the romance element in the story. While this has been marketed as an F/F romance, the action is the focus of this story and the central relationship more a friendship and partnership until quite late in the book.

The detailed research behind this story is flawless. The blurb made the story sound like implausible sci/fi which had me cautious. In reality, this is so well written that I was able to believe fully in the story and invest emotionally in the characters.

I love discovering a new favourite author and while I’d love for this to become a series, I am looking forward to whatever Jessica Webb writes next.

Sarah

FourandHalfStars

Wow. Who knew female RMCP officers were so hot?! Okay, okay. That isn’t the only thing I liked about this book, but it’s a definite plus! But I loved the whole concept of this book. It seemed unique and refreshing. Human bombs that are triggered by the touch of another person on their skin. How would that even work? The explanation, late in the book, makes total sense, even though I don’t think we learn exactly what compounds were used. Who knows? It may be possible, it may not. But what a great premise. And the way Webb wrote it made the whole thing sound feasible. Then we have the hot Sgt Andy, and the intriguing Dr. Kate. Andy has been working the case for a while now, but Kate gets involved when one of these human bombs makes his way into her ER. That’s where we find out that Kate can touch him, and possibly others, without setting them off.

I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this. Webb revealed just enough information at a time to make it not only suspenseful, but feel as though the reader was there for all the discoveries as they happened. Everything progresses in a linear, logical fashion that just makes the book feel tightly plotted and excellently paced. The only thing I had a problem with was the little “fight” between Andy and Kate right before things started going down in the end phase. It just seemed too logical to me that everything Andy did and said was with the sole purpose of ensuring Kate’s safety, even if it meant she lost Kate forever, before she even ever had her. So I’m not quite so sure I would believe that Kate didn’t come to that same conclusion a whole lot sooner. I suppose you could make a case for stress and fatigue combining to make her a bit slow, but I’m just not buying that part.

And that little twist at the end with the evil doctor? Creeptastic! Totally cool plot twist that made me squirm and cringe in disgust and sympathy. In all, a great read.

Amy P.

FourStars

I received an unedited copy of this book and my review assumes that the errors will be corrected prior to publication.

Trigger is an intense, pulse-pounding story that pulled me from page one. Someone is making human bombs that are set off by touch. So much is happening and no one is sure who to trust anymore; it is up to Sgt. Wyles and Dr. Morrison to find out what is going on.

I had Raj pegged as involved but didn’t realize how or his extent. However, there were other twists that I didn’t see coming that kept me on my feet.

I loved watching the relationship between Wylie and Kate blossom. I also loved that their relationship wasn’t the forefront of the book. It developed slowly throughout the book and led to the realistic feeling of the book.

I really connected with both women and when they were at odds, I could feel the pain that both of them were carrying. The author did a terrific job projecting their feelings and insecurities and making them feel real to the reader.

Tori

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TWO 5 Star and ONE 4.5 Star Reviews for Wild Shores (First Responders #5) by Radclyffe #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Wild Shores (First Responders #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Radclffe (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 1, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Gillian “Gem” Martin is the lead biologist at a wildlife sanctuary on the Northeast coast and head of the Wildlife Emergency Response Team called in when catastrophes, man-made or natural, threaten the endangered species she studies. Austin Germaine is a troubleshooter, the hired gun for a big oil company, whose job is to help contain leaks and prevent media coverage of a pending disaster until the danger can be eliminated. If it can be.

When Gem and Austin meet by chance in the midst of an approaching hurricane, neither expects their immediate connection to lead them into uncharted territory as wild as the looming storm. When word of the spill gets out, Gem and Austin find themselves reluctant allies in a race against time to divert the spill and save the wildlife refuge and its endangered inhabitants—all while battling an attraction as unlikely as it is powerful.

A high-stakes race against time, the forces of nature, and the strongest power of all—the desire of the human heart.

A First Responders Novel

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FiveStars

Austin is the go-to person for GOP, a major oil company, when things start to go really wrong. An engineer by trade she is also the ideal person to handle PR when a leak threatens. On her way to a potential disaster near a Wildlife reserve in Maryland, she meets Gem at the airport and offers her a lift when fog prevents them from flying. The fact that Gem is gorgeous might have something to do with the offer! Over the course of the long drive the women get to know each other and an attraction grows. The only problem is that Gem is a scientist at the reserve that could be devastated by the oil leak if a predicted tropical storm gets worse and causes the oil leak to spread. Austin decides not to reveal her job to Gem but does tell her about her sideline as a graphic artist. The women find they have a lot in common and the chemistry between them is off the scale. They end up having amazing sex, which is a given for a Radclyffe novel, but none the less very welcome. I wondered whether they would be able to stay together once the truth came out as it most definitely would. How far would Radclyffe go in prolonging the tension?
The story of how the women deal with their relationship once Austin lets Gem know who she really is, was brilliantly told. I loved the increase in tension and the way Gem had to deal with the hurt but most of all I loved the way their love shone through. The story of the impending hurricane and potential for an oil disaster to the birds and other wildlife was well told and felt real. The other characters around them were fascinating too – especially Gem’s Coastguard sister, Alexis, and the meteorologist Claudia. I would love to read a book dedicated just to them! I could really see spark flying there.
I loved this story and give it a well deserved 5 Stars.

Kitty Kat

FiveStars

This novel is an and excellent example what makes an exciting, thrilling and fast paced romance. An exemplary novel, the characters are beautifully portrayed and the plot builds up gradually, to an exciting and exhilarating climax.
The author has obviously done extensive research to make all the scenarios depicted believable as well as sounding totally authentic.
A classically written novel obviously penned by an experienced and professional author.
Anyone seeking a romance encased in a dramatic adventure with a thrilling narrative will find it all in this impeccably written novel.
Chris

FourandHalfStars

This book was a win for me. I loved the fast pace of the story, and the sense of urgency created by the oil leak, the storm, and the impending arrival of the migrating birds, and how it’s echoed in the urgency of Austin and Gem’s feelings for each other. I’ve read quite a few books that use the trope of that initial lie that allows the characters to move forward together until the lie is exposed and everything comes crashing down around the one who lied. This is definitely the best book I’ve read that includes anything along that line, and it’s because Radclyffe doesn’t let it go too far. Austin tells a lie of omission, misleading Gem in regards to what she’s doing in the area. The reason this isn’t just a red flag for me is for two reasons. One, Austin is required to keep quiet by legal documents that she has signed, and two, she isn’t lying in order to get close to Gem, or to base her relationship on that lie. She knows that if Gem knew what she did for a living, their time together would be over, so she omits part of her life. But what’s happening between them isn’t about that, until it is. Austin knows that if things with the leak get bad, she’s going to have to come clean with Gem. The good part about this is that she doesn’t flinch, and she doesn’t look for a way to keep the relationship going through more lies. She simply tells it like it is and hopes that she can convince Gem that she wasn’t holding back because she wanted to.

I also liked Gem and her responses to all the things with Austin that fall outside her comfort zone. At first, she’s overwhelmed by her physical and emotional response to Austin, but she doesn’t let that deter her from going for it. Then when she finds out who Austin really is, she doesn’t wallow overly long in the position of wronged woman. Because truly, there’s a reason Austin didn’t tell her, and it’s a good and valid reason. I liked that she wanted Austin enough to be honest and reasonable about the whole situation.

The one thing I have a problem with, and it’s a recurring problem when a relationship develops so quickly, is that it seems that they got too close too soon. It’s hard for me to believe that it could all happen so fast and be so deep at the same time. It is, however, extremely romantic to believe that a connection like that can occur so quickly. This was definitely a good read, and another hit in Radclyffe’s repertoire.

Amy P.

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5 Star Review for Seduction: A Caddy Rowland Psychological Thriller & Drama (The Avengement Series Book #3) #MMF #Thriller @caddyorpims

CoverTitle: Seduction: A Caddy Rowland Psychological Thriller & Drama (The Avengement Series Book #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Caddy Rowland (CFR Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2016 – 213 pgs

Synopsis
Have you ever done something so completely unlike yourself that in retrospect all you can say is, “What the fuck was I thinking?”

Well, multiply that by about a thousand. At least. Yep. That should tell you something about my story.

I’d like to plead temporary insanity, but I can’t. I knew exactly what I was doing. The only problem was once I started, I couldn’t stop. I never knew until then how easily a person’s mind can become addicted to whatever their drug of choice might be.

Mine happened to be a man online. I’m married, and the man online was definitely not my husband.

Yeah. I’m some idiot.

As for the story itself, it’s a story of betrayal, arrogance, innocence lost, and heartbreak. It’s a story about how we never completely know a person—especially when it comes to ourselves.

Most of all, it’s a story about what can happen when you play with fire, not expecting to get burned.

Before you know it, the whole fucking house burns down.

-Cassie Stanford

Karma really can be a bitch—especially when it scores a willing partner.

Themes in this book: revenge, retribution, vigilante justice, internet affair, internet addiction.

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The third book in the Avengement series.  And WOW REVENGE at its best.
Cassie got pulled into the internet like you wouldn’t believe through lust, but it backfired on her.  Her husband was wonderful but he did anything she wanted, I think he was a little to soft.  She betrayed him yet he was there for her.

Of course the red heels came into play in this story again, love how it all came together at the end.  Very good story by Caddy Rowland, definitely a good read.

Sherry

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4.5, TWO 4, 3.5 and 3 Star Reviews for The Brat (Marine Bodyguard #3) by Patricia Logan (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Thriller @PatriciaLogan1

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Title: The Brat (Marine Bodyguard #3)
Author Name: Patricia Logan
Publication Date & Length: February 10, 2016 – 96,000 Words

Synopsis

Charles Fordham III has been expelled from Oxford and sent home with his tail between his legs. The self-professed “brat” has always gotten away with things because of his father’s influence and money. Poor Chas is in for the surprise of his life in the form of a tall, well-muscled, former Marine bodyguard… but even more daunting days may lie ahead. Have his years abroad prepared him for the expectations of his father when he’s forced to live up to his legacy?

Tate Heston returns home from Iraq when his beloved career is cut short by an IED. He’s used to turning boys into men and then leading them into battle where sometimes the good guys lose. This makes him even more hesitant about taking on a job guarding a spoiled brat, but he believes he can probably do what he does best… make young Chas a man.

Not everyone wants to see the brat succeed in his father’s place. Things have been running just fine for years and the return of Charles Fordham III and the shake up his arrival causes, has his family’s enemies in a panic. But as the boy assumes his rightful place, Tate understands sometimes a man must take his fight to the enemy… regardless of battlefield… or boardroom.

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FourandHalfStars

This is only the second book I’ve read from this author but she is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. This book had mystery and suspense but also love and tenderness. I loved Chas and Tate but completely disliked Chas father. I absolutely dislike people who turn away from the children when they need them the most. That’s what happened between Chas and his father when he shipped him out the country shortly after his mother died of cancer. Chas returns after a scandal while in college and his father hires a bodyguard for him who he completely falls in love with. This book had HOT sex scenes and but it also had mystery. I will definitely be reading some more of this author books.

Lynn

FourStars

I have not read any of the previous books, but never felt lost.

This book was full of heat, mystery and betrayal.  I really disliked Chas’ father – he was not likable at all.  I found it hard to believe that Chas could ever live up to his father’s standards, despite what Grandma preached about how Chas’ father did love him.  I never saw the love, not throughout the story.

Then there was Tate.  Yum!  He is trying to do a good job – seems to be punished for doing that job and just let’s it go – I wish that he had let loose his tongue on Mr. Fordham… He was supposed to be this fierce protector, but when it came to his employment and employer being in the wrong, he was almost meek.

Finally, you have the mystery characters.  I loved how Logan was able to write them in a way that made them mysterious.  And, even though the story and bad guys were somewhat predictable, I found this story to be very enjoyable, if somewhat juvenile.

The chemistry between Chas and Tate is through the roof and they can tear up the sheets with the best of them.  But, there is also a sweetness to them – again, their relationship is almost juvenile in that shy, timid way.  Overall a very enjoyable read.

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FourStars

Charles (the brat) gets booted out of college for getting caught cheating…again, but I guess this time he really didn’t do it. His father is an A-grade asshole of course, who forces a bodyguard on his son. The bodyguard is Tate. Hmmm, Tate. Sexy Tate.
Charles annoyed me at first, but I felt for the guy cause really, his parents suck. Well his dad does, but his grandmother is okay. They keep saying that the father does love his son, but I saw no proof of that. I liked the chem between Charles and Tate. I didn’t read the previous books, but it can be read as a standalone if you want.
Cookie

ThreeandHalfStars

Chas has had a lonely life, his mom died when he was young, he was shipped off to school and really had no friends. When he gets kicked out of school again he is sent home and forced to learn the family business. Being in a wealthy family also means there are dangers lurking and Chas needs a bodyguard. Tate is hired to guard Chas. This story had so much potential but fell a little short for me. At times the book was really wordy and most of it seemed really unimportant to the story so I found myself skimming. About 40% into the book is when action finally happens between Chas and Tate and it is smoking HOT. The whole drama with the spy in the house was so easy to figure out who it was, then what was going to happen when Chas decided to jump in full force at the family business. I think if the focus would have been more on Tate and Chas and them learning about each other it would have been a better book. Don’t get me wrong, the sex scenes were hot, but other than that, it was just an ok book.

Angie

ThreeStar

I did enjoy this, and I’m probably only disappointed because this is a Patrica Logan story, the third in a fantastic series and I expected more from it.

The premise is great. There’s a whiff of the Kevin Costner / Whitney Houston film surrounding former Marine Tate and his rich-boy charge Chas. There’s a wonderful chasm between the two men’s life experiences and Tate’s initial reaction to Chas’ privileged life is brilliant.

The connection between Tate and Chas is electric; the sex is hot, though vanilla and infrequent by Patricia Logan standards. The men are separated for various reasons for much of the story, so this remains an adventure with a little romance added in.

I enjoyed Chas’ grandmother. She offers some depth and balance to the story, bringing the entire cast of characters more fully to life.

The research and editing are poor. A simple Google search confirms that it is Eton, not Eaton that Chas attended. Boys attend secondary school in the UK at 11 years of age. And Eton is a boys’ school, not a boy’s school. Chas Fordham’s maternal grandmother would not be called Mrs. Fordham. Errors proliferate through the story and I honestly expect better from a Patricia Logan book.

The plot is also completely overblown. From obvious villains to dastardly double agents to half the US Marine Corps that descends, heavily armed, to protect private citizens on private property, to the extraordinary body count that doesn’t even seem to raise any official eyebrows – the writing just doesn’t start to compare to the subtle and complex story about art theft that started this series.

So – from any other author, this would be an enjoyable action-adventure romp. It just lacks the complexity and attention to detail I expect from Patricia Logan. Which is possibly a completely unfair judgement.

Sarah

Excerpt

Chas whirled on Tate, stalking up to him, probably having decided that he was the whole problem. Hell, Tate was totally fine with that. Better he hate him than his father. Hate was easy to handle but he was really surprised when he stopped right in front of him and shouted at him.

“You have no right to tell me how I should talk to my father, you… you cretin!” he screamed.

Tate was only slightly surprised as spittle flew out of Chas’s mouth when he spoke and he raised his hand. Is he gonna…?

Tate reached up and stopped Chas’s slap inches from his cheek as he viciously swung his hand toward him. Tate managed to grasp Chas’s wrist, stopping the blow and the action brought the young man flush up against his body. For a few seconds their faces were inches from each other and with all of Chas’s rage, the way his chest heaved with anger, Tate inexplicably felt his cock harden in his jeans. His fury is magnificent. Tate didn’t know whether he should stop the kid or just bend him over his father’s desk and fuck him right then and there and get it over with.

He let the thought slide through his mind for a few seconds as he stared into Chas’s magnificent angry amber-colored eyes. It’s probably not the right time… more’s the pity.

Tate hesitated only a second and then tore his gaze away from the man’s, bringing Chas’s arm down and then around the man’s side so that he was forced to turn his back on Tate. Chas cried out as Tate deftly brought his hand up between his shoulder blades, causing him to bend forward to take the pressure off or have his arm snapped in the process. A second later, Chas’s knees gave out and he dropped to his knees on the thick carpet to relieve the pressure on his arm.

Tate bent over him, still holding Chas’s fingers up behind his back with one hand. He laid his hand on the back of the young man’s neck, pushing his forehead firmly to the floor with the other hand.

“Ah! You’re hurting me!” Chas gasped out, drooling down toward the carpet beneath him. His body was shuddering but all the fight had gone out of him and he suddenly went boneless as his body relaxed.

Tate leaned down to speak softly at his ear. “No hitting. No slapping. No getting physical of any sort. That clear?” Go ahead. Fight me, you little fucker. I’ll have your jeans around your ankles and my dick up your ass so fast, you won’t know what hit you.

A second later Chas gave an almost imperceptible nod. His chest was heaving and Tate thought he heard a sob come out of the man as he grunted in pain again.

“Okay,” Chas finally ground out through gritted teeth, “Let me up.”

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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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4.5 Star Review for Strength in Numbers (The Game Players #2) by Brad Vance (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Thriller @BradVanceAuthor

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Title: Strength in Numbers (The Game Players #2)
Author Name: Brad Vance
Publication Date & Length: February 9, 2016 – 192 pgs

Synopsis

They’re back! In their first adventure, Marc Julian, software billionaire, and Jesse Winchester, hacker extraordinaire, survived the evil plans of the Krom brothers and Jesse’s first lover, Chip. But Jesse has old debts to pay to Russian gangster Leonid Ivanov. Now Leonid is calling in those debts, demanding that Jesse find a great treasure for him, and a new game is set in motion…

The mysterious “Satoshi,” creator of the cybercurrency Bitcoin, has been hiding $375 million worth of the currency for years. But now, he has chosen to start a quest for the keys to the Hoard, and he who controls the keys controls the fortune. And this will be a quest that will test the strength, the will, and the character of those who pursue it.

But Marc and Jesse aren’t the only ones on the hunt, as old enemies resurface to try and beat them to the treasure… And even if they reach it first, they must ask themselves – do they really want to give a Russian gangster $375 million to pursue his deadly enterprises? And what would be the consequences if they don’t?

The pursuit will take them from Andorra to Barcelona, through the museums of Tokyo, the streets of Buenos Aires, and the coast of Mexico, in a desperate and dangerous race to keep the fortune in digital gold from the hands of all their enemies…

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FourandHalfStars

Vance did not disappoint with this story.  While there was far less BDSM in this story, the undertones were far reaching.  You are once again thrust in to a story where Marc and Jesse are fighting for their lives.  However, it is much more along the lines of a mystery treasure hunting experience than one of danger.

With the bad guys hot on their tails, it’s up to Jesse and Marc to figure out the clues to save the bitcoin empire.

There is still steamy scenes, a good connection and chemistry between Marc and Jesse, but with the added characters of Ryan and the bad guys, this story really took on a different depth.  Vance was able to draw the story around and around, twisting, winding and plotting until the very end.

I really enjoyed this story and was happy that I got to see more about Marc’s past hurts – what drives him.  I think that expanded my understanding of him that much more.

Overall a very fun treasure hunt!

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PRE-RELEASE REVIEWS: TWO 5 stars for 24/7 by Yolanda Wallace #FF #thriller #romance

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Title: 24/7
Author Name & Publisher: Yolanda Wallace (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 15, 2016 — 240 pages

Synopsis

Finn Chamberlain is a travel writer with more passport stamps than friends. Her career keeps her constantly on the go, leaving her precious little time for relationships. And that’s just the way she likes it—until a charged encounter with a beautiful stranger causes her to call her unsettled life into question.

Luisa Moreno is an officer with the Mexican Federal Police. Her chance meeting with Finn Chamberlain was supposed to be a one-time thing, but it leaves her wanting more. When Finn’s life is threatened, it’s up to Luisa to save her. Will Luisa’s rescue attempt be successful, or will she lose much more than her heart in the process?

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FiveStars

Finn is a travel writer on her way to Cancun to write a story on an all-lesbian holiday tour when she meets Luisa at the airport bar. Luisa is a federale, a Mexican cop, and about to start a new job in Mexico City. They are immediately attracted to each other and end up spending the afternoon in a hotel room really getting to know each other! Once they reach their separate destinations they keep in touch by phone and find out they are both caught up in a war between the drug cartels and the federales.
I enjoyed the deepening of their fledgling relationship by phone and how they both knew they had met ‘the one’. Luisa is investigating her predecessor’s murder and doesn’t know who to trust. Finn meanwhile is getting to know the ladies on her tour and really begins to loosen up and enjoy herself. I loved how the author linked these two stories skilfully together and really upped the tension as the book went on. Both the love story and the case against the narcos were treated equally and this was a great strength. I felt Mexico was very well described and I could imagine exactly where Finn and Luisa were. The contrast between the rich tourist areas and the extreme poverty of the ordinary people was vivid and the fear of the populace regarding the cartels was evident. I also loved the ladies on the tour. They were such a varied bunch and well crafted.
The last quarter of the book was hell-for -leather, with the excitement cranked up and revelations galore. A really great story, with a couple of very interesting lead characters. I hope they come back in a sequel.
~Kitty Kat
FiveStars

An exciting, original and explosive read. This book has you hooked and enthralled from the first to the last page.  The two leading characters are both strong charismatic women each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The plot is spell binding and so unpredictable. The speed and drama which both women encounter keeps you both engrossed and totally captivated.
As the novel goes at breakneck speed towards the conclusion I found myself totally transfixed, then just as you think the turmoil is over you are hit with yet another cliff hanger.
Along with the exhilaration of the chase and the unfolding mystery is a beautiful and gentle love story tenderly and believable unfolding. This gives such extra depth and emotion to an already incredible book.
I can thoroughly recommend this well written powerful and sensational novel. Ms Wallace says she is not a professional writer, after reading this creative and imaginative book I would certainly beg to differ!!! I hope she produces many more books of this ilk.
~Chris

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Pre-Release Review: 5 stars for Dian’s Ghost by Justine Saracen #FF #Thriller #environmental

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Title: Dian’s Ghost
Author Name & Publisher: Justine Saracen (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 15, 2016 — 264 pages

Synopsis

Dana Norland shoots two men in cold blood and flees the US for the mountains of Rwanda. Posing as a biologist, she finds herself caring for gorillas with Kristen, Dian Fossey’s successor at the Karisoke research center. She has plenty of time to think about what she’s done, but can she find peace? Apparently not, for the mountain is haunted both by the ghost of Dian Fossey, and by the men who murdered her. Personal vendetta joins with genocide, and to flee the marauding butchers, the women hide in the rainforest. Among the mountain gorillas they once protected, they learn what justice is. And what it is not.

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FiveStars

I found this novel difficult to classify re genre as in all honesty I could not call it an f/f novel. This novel is one of the most special and hard hitting novels I have read in a long time. Ms Saracen, apart from being a brilliant author, has obviously researched her subject extensively.
The plight of not only the Gorilla’s but the rarely mentioned political turmoil that Rwanda was subjected too was told through a mixture of hard facts and history. Facts were clear and those character’s mentioned real the fiction was the loving relationship between Dana and Kristen. This relationship was so entwined with reality that one could not be separated from the other. The fiction allowed the story to be told for the benefit of readers like me whose only knowledge of Silver Backs was from watching the film of Dian Fossey.
This incredible book was a revelation. At times it brought me to tears, at others times it just brought the Silver Backs to life, at other times I was appalled at the way one human can treat another. This fascinating and astounding book is one that anyone who cares about animals, who cares about equality and who believes in morality cannot fail to be impressed by.
The impression this book  had on me will remain with me. Although it covered a very difficult and at times heart rending subject it was told in such a sympathetic and engaging way it was an enjoyable as well as an educational pleasure to read. I for one cannot recommend this book enough and I look forward to reading further book by this dynamic author.
~Chris

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