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New Release: 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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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 Hiding In Plain Sight (Vegas Hustle #2) by Ethan Stone #M/M #Thriller @ethanjstone

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Title: Hiding In Plain Sight
Author Name & Publisher: Ethan Stone (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 9th 2016 – 196 pages

Synopsis

What happens when happily ever after ends in heartbreak?

After surviving a harrowing ordeal in Las Vegas, Javi Campos and Adam Brand seemed destined for a lifetime of love. However, life and insecurities got in the way, and Javi left, nearly destroying Adam in the process.

They’ve spent ten years apart, but circumstances bring them together again. Now a personal escort, Javi is terrified when his companion for the evening is killed in the bed they shared. As the obvious suspect, he turns to the only man in Portland he knows he can trust…his former lover, Adam.

Adam is shocked to hear from Javi, but he believes in him and agrees to help. The investigation takes them into the backstabbing world of Big Pharma as well as the religious homophobic culture of Russian Old Believers. While attempting to find the real killer, Adam and Javi have no choice but to deal with their lingering feelings for each other.

The situation might be the catalyst they need to finally find their long-awaited happily ever after. But first they have to solve the case before either one of them becomes the next victim.

 

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fourstars

I have to start by saying that I did not read book 1.  However, never did I really feel that I needed the back story between Javi and Adam.  I knew they had loved each other, knew they had loved and lost.  I didn’t need the gritty details, and I believe that by not reading the first book, I was able to glean more about their relationship than if I had read about them previously, because then I would have had their past story in my head.

I was so happy that despite their past, Javi felt comfortable enough to call Adam for help.  That showed me that they did have a good relationship – one with trust and love.  It also showed me what type of man that Adam is – compassionate, always a good friend and hoping to always see the good in people.

This story has so many moving parts, but never was I lost or confused.  Stone did an amazing job at explaining what or who was doing what, while keeping the romance story going in the background of the mystery that Adam and Javi are trying to solve.

My favorite is when authors are able to throw in questions and then I try to figure them out.  This book had a lot of that and despite me figuring it out before the reveal, I never lacked for anything in this story.

Wonderfully written, the chemistry between Adam and Javi was amazing and simply knowing that they shared a relationship before only added to the rekindled relationship now.

I do hope that there is a story for the husband in this book – I want to see where he goes.

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4 Star Review for Maladaptation by Adan Ramie #FF #Thriller @AdanRamie

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Title: Maladaptation (Deviant Behaviors #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Adan Ramie (Atypical Deviance Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 18, 2015 – 157 pgs

Synopsis

Malena “Lee” Barsten is stuck. Raised in foster care and group homes, she’s seen more than her fair share of abuse, and dealt out almost as much in retribution. But when her best friend makes an enemy of a sadistic drug dealer, she has no choice but to run before he kills again.

In the same city, Ruby Isles might as well be living in another world. Money is abundant, but the abuse is just as plentiful. Her plan to leave her husband is dashed when she crosses paths with Lee, and she is thrown into a world filled with more violence, and more love, than she has ever known.

Detective Harrison “Harry” Thresher picks up the scent when an exotic dancer is violently murdered, and fingerprints link the wife of a prominent businessman to the crime scene. Against orders, she follows the case down a dark and twisted path littered with bodies. Will she be able to save the lives of the two people who escaped the drug dealer’s wrath with her career intact?

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FourStars

An extremely well named novel. I found it very edgy and at times very bleak. The characters were living on the edge of society both inside and outside the law. The whole feel of the book left me feeling I was looking in at a dark murky underworld where normal mores and values were made to be broken.
This book was unique in that it didn’t rely on or elucidate on the lesbian relationship between the women but rather concentrated on each of the individuals characters. I found this very refreshing and it added great depth to this book.
It was a well written relying on great descriptions, dark atmospherics and wonderfully portrayed personalities, some strong, others confused but all with their own demons to fight. The ending had its own twist and left me hoping that a sequel might follow.
This book is not my usual genre but it is certainly one I am glad I have read and one I would certainly recommend. The only reason I did not give five stars was purely personally, it was not a book I enjoyed but it was definitely a book I admired and appreciated, and if there was a sequel I would certainly buy it.
Chris

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New Release: Going and Coming (The Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Adventure #1) by Christopher Stone (GUEST POST) #MM #Thriller @bigboxoffice

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Title: Going and Coming (The Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Adventures #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Christopher Stone (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 22, 2016 – 80,000 Words

Synopsis

At forty, Dr. Minnow Saint James, “Minn” to his friends, is a gay, metaphysical sleuth who, through Past Life Regression therapy, spans time, space, dimensions, and the entirety of God’s Creation, to discover the past, or future, life origins of his patient’s most challenging present day problems.

But Minn is also a bestselling nonfiction author. His book, In a Past Life, I…. is an international publishing sensation.

Going and Coming is the story of how Dr. Minnow Saint James became the person he is today.

In chapters that alternate between 2007-2008, and 2015-2016, we learn exactly how “Minn” transitioned from an atheist who is a slave to his five physical senses, into a professional metaphysician with a true belief in the Divine Mind we call God.

Readers may find themselves mesmerized as Dr. Saint James hypnotically regresses Ramona Burford, a student volunteer at the UCLA’s Parapsychology Lab, to a past life where, she describes everything that happens from a person’s physical death in one life, until they are reincarnated in a new body. Many readers will be surprised to learn that Pearly Gates, Judgment, Heaven and Hell, have nothing to do with what really happens.

In addition to reincarnation and the eternal nature of the personality, readers, along with “Minn,” explore metaphysical concepts including Simultaneous Time, and the erroneous physical beliefs in sickness, sin, and death.

Along the way, Going and Coming may just shatter your strongest beliefs about the very nature of reality.

Excerpt

Who am I?

My name is Dr. Minnow Saint James. My family and friends call me Minn. To everyone else, I am Dr. Saint James.

I was born and raised in Beverly Hills, California, amid swimming pools, movie stars, and private schools. My parents are Sheila and Russell Saint James. Father owns and operates Saint James Cadillac, six highly successful Cadillac dealerships in the San Fernando Valley. Mother, known simply as She to one and all, is Lady Bountiful to Beverly Hills at large, conceiving and coordinating many of its most prestigious charity events.

Want someone to coax an antisocial celebrity into hosting a Republican fundraiser? Mother is your go-to gal.

A youthful forty, I now live and work in Hermosa Beach, California, one of Los Angeles County’s loveliest South Bay beach cities.

Minnow, now there’s a moniker you don’t hear every day. That is, unless you happen to be me. Jokes about my first name haunted my school years. But these days, when people speak of Dr. Minnow Saint James, there’s no mention of his quirky first name. They talk about my professional achievements: You see, nowadays, I have a wildly successful practice as America’s leading Past Life Regression therapist, and I’m also the founder of the Institute for Mental Health Through Past Life Regression Therapy, -now an international organization – with my friend and former professor, Dr. Adrian Finkelstein, as the Institute’s CEO.

But what exactly is a Past Life Regression therapist? I am in the business of going and coming – that is, going into my patients’ past, and sometimes future, lives through hypnotic regression, and coming back with the other life origins of their present life challenges.

My work is cutting edge and evolutionary. Let me put it this way: medical marvels such as artificial limbs, Titanium plates and other metal joints, and pacemakers, have already transformed humans from biological organisms into creatures that are biological and technological hybrids.

Similarly the science of psychology, will soon come to understand the necessity of treating the individual’s entire mental gestalt – including what we think of as past, and even future, lives – in order for the person to achieve mental health.

In my practice, I’ve been treating that entire gestalt for the past seven years. I’m the future of good mental health; science’s better way and brighter tomorrow. But to Psychology Today, and to most of the mental health community, the jury is still out on past life regression therapy, and so they claim my work is not science based.

Nonetheless my success rate, in excess of eighty-five percent, not only speaks for itself; it is the envy of the “scientifically sound” therapies. My services are sought out by people from all walks of life, and from all over the world. My private practice has a six-month waiting list.

Quite simply, while Mother is the go-to woman for Charitable Beverly Hills, I’m the guy ya gonna call when you believe the challenges of your current life may be rooted in a past, or future, one. Often my therapy represents the last, best hope of patients who have tried and failed to achieve mental health through traditional treatments.

The profession has many perks. For one, it is much easier dealing with other people’s issues than with your own. I have a good excuse, if not a good reason, for leaving my own challenges and shortcomings unexamined.

That is how I’m able to avoid pesky questions. Questions such as: Why, at forty-years-old, am I without a spouse, a boyfriend, or even the steady hook-up? I like to think the lack of romance in my life, and the absence of booty in my bed, are products of the spiritualization of my thought, gained in the eight years since my personal transformations.

That is what I like to think. The truth may vary.

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4.5 Stars for Man in the Mirror (Mirrors #2) by A.J. Llewellyn & D.J. Manly #M/M @AJLlewellyn

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Title: Man in the Mirror (Mirrors #2)
Author Name & Publisher: A.J. Llewellyn & D.J. Manly  (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 16th 2015- 122 pages

Synopsis

Four years ago Aaron swapped lives with his twin brother Troy, who was in trouble with the mob. When the deceit was revealed, Aaron feared he would not only lose his life, but the love of his brother’s husband David as well. When Troy’s insane plot to let his twin take the fall for his screwed up life unraveled and it appeared Troy’s life was over, Aaron hoped his life with David could truly begin.

Aaron and David now run a B & B on a beautiful Hawaiian island, and life is almost perfect until the handsome and charming Randy Carlton buys the house down the beach from them. From the onset, Randy gives Aaron the feeling that he wants David. They soon find out Randy will have David at any cost… even if he has to kill to do it.

1st Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2013

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FourandHalfStars

I will begin this by saying that I did not read book 1.
I loved this story.  It’s not often that you get to see exact opposites in a story.
This tale had mystery, murder, love, deception and sacrifice.  Troy was devious to the Nth degree – which I loved.  But, he was also conniving and manipulative, which was awesome for this story.  I loved to hate this character and the authors did a great job at portraying him.
Then you have Aaron – he was like the lost puppy who was repeatedly kicked.  It was sad and heart wrenching to watch his struggle through this story.  But, in the end, he was resilient.
Finally, you have Dave.  He was not a super huge part of the story, but he was integral nonetheless.  He played his part perfectly and I truly felt for him.
Coming together in a perfect storm, these characters portrayed this amazing story.  I loved it and read it all in one sitting.  It’s not long, but it’s packed with all aspects that make a great story.
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TWO 4 Stars for Herc’s Mercs: The Harder They Fall (Herc’s Mercs #5) by Ari McKay #MM #Thriller @AriMckay1

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Title: Herc’s Mercs: The Harder They Fall (Herc’s Mercs #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Ari McKay (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: January 6, 2016 – 44,000 Words

Synopsis

Chris Hardison never expected the simple consulting gig to put him on somebody’s hit list, but Hercules Security’s resident computer whiz never does anything by halves. Now he’s on the run, guarded by gorgeous Jason Hekili, the newest member of Herc’s crew. But Chris and Jason have a past, and holing up in a safe house together is as complicated as it is dangerous.

Jason still wants Chris even though his broken heart hasn’t healed. He isn’t sure he can trust Chris, but when a crime syndicate targets Chris for assassination, Jason has to put his life on the line to protect Chris or risk losing their second chance for happiness before it even begins.

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4 Sweet Second Chance Stars!
I read the previous book in this series and enjoyed it. I was looking forward to this one.
For the most part, I enjoyed this second chance story. The main character’s had some issues to forgive in each other and that kind of annoyed me but then I put myself in their shoes and could relate.
There was a sweet intensity between the character’s and that is what kept my attention. I was rooting for them!!!! It was short but still a packed a punch.
I would read more by this author.
Kimberly
fourstars

This book can be read as a stand alone.

Chris is a computer whiz who meets Jason at a company party. They are instantly attracted to each other but Chris has been hurt before…

Now I was not a huge fan of what Chris did but it felt like it took almost half of this book for Jason to forgive him which I really was not a fan of at all. I do not like it when one MC will forgive the other too quick but there is also that line where it seems to take way too long for forgiveness to happen for me too.

But other than that you get a lot of action and angst in this book. I did really like how this author wrote these characters and this story I just wish I could have read more about them together than I did. I do not want to give away any spoilers so I will leave this review with… I loved Chris and Jason together with what we got of them as a couple and I really liked this book!

Kara

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It took him a few minutes to find the right place, and his heart lurched when he saw Jason sparring with a tall, broad-shouldered Native American merc. He hovered in the doorway of the training room, torn between wanting to run over, fling himself at Jason, and beg for forgiveness, or wanting to flee.

Jason had changed. Gone were the thick, dark waves that Chris had loved to run his fingers through; Jason had shorn it all off in favor of a buzz cut, and Chris wanted to cry at the loss. Jason’s shoulders were broader, and he was even more muscular overall. After working with mercs for so long, Chris knew the difference between bodybuilder muscles and working muscles, and he could tell Jason had gotten those hard muscles from work. Jason’s body wasn’t the only thing that looked harder; Jason’s face looked different as well. More closed off, more distant. It was enough to make Chris want to turn and run. How could he possibly stand a chance with this Jason?

Before he could slip away unnoticed, the other merc knocked Jason on his ass. Jason let out a grunt when he hit the floor, but he didn’t grimace or show any other sign of pain. He simply bounded to his feet and turned—and spotted Chris.

For a long moment, he simply stood there, holding Chris’ gaze, and something that Chris thought might be hope brightened his eyes. Then Jason turned away, said something to his sparring partner, and headed toward the far side of the room.

Chris’ heart plummeted at that clear rejection signal, but he knew he deserved it. He lifted his chin and squared his shoulders. Jason had seen him, so he couldn’t just sneak out like this had never happened, and he hadn’t come all this way to give up so easily anyway. The other merc’s eyebrows climbed as he watched Chris march across the room, and Chris heard him say something about going to the showers, but Chris’ attention was focused entirely on Jason.

“Jason, I’d like to talk,” he said firmly as he approached.

Jason draped a towel around his neck, his spine straightening before he turned slowly to face Chris. Up close, Chris could see that a slender, pale line of a scar now bisected Jason’s right eyebrow. The line mercifully skipped over his eye, but picked up again on his cheek, running down to the sharp line of his jaw. It made his cheekbones look even more pronounced and pulled the line of his lips slightly crooked, though that wasn’t easy to judge, since he was clenching his jaw.

“I believe you agreed six months ago that there was nothing more to say,” Jason replied, his voice ragged, betraying emotions that didn’t show on his face. “And you didn’t want to subject yourself to a long, awkward ride.”

“A lot can change in six months,” Chris pointed out, aching to reach out and touch Jason but knowing he didn’t have that right yet. “You have. So have I.”

“Is that so?” Jason regarded him with narrowed eyes, a muscle twitching slightly in his jaw. It was something Chris recognized at once as a “tell,” an indicator that Jason wasn’t nearly as unaffected by Chris’ presence as he was trying to appear; sometimes the little things he’d learned from being around people in the physical side of the security business were quite useful.

“Yes, that’s so,” Chris replied quietly. This was the part where he laid himself utterly bare and held nothing back, which was terrifying, but it was necessary if he wanted any hope of winning Jason back.

“I’ve had plenty of time to think about what an idiot I was. I’m sorry I hurt you, and I’m sorry I didn’t trust you. You didn’t do anything wrong. It was all me and my stupid insecurities getting in the way.

Letting you go was the biggest mistake of my life.”

Jason’s eyes widened slightly as if he was surprised at Chris being so blunt and forthcoming. At first, he stared back at Chris, seeming to search for something. Finally he gave a terse nod. “I’m glad you realize that,” he said quietly.

“I do, and I’m willing to do anything to make up for my stupidity.” Chris took a little step closer, gazing up at Jason hopefully. “I’ve missed you so much, Jason. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how good we were together. I came here to see if there was any way you’d consider giving me a second chance.”

Again, Jason didn’t answer immediately, and this time, there was no mistaking the pain in the look he gave Chris. “There’s a problem with that.” He glanced away from Chris and frowned. “Trust has to go both ways.”

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4 Stars for Death’s Ink-Black Shadow (More Heat Than The Sun #6) by John Wiltshire (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Thriller @JohnWiltshireNZ

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Title: Death’s Ink-Black Shadow (More Heat Than The Sun #6)
Author Name & Publisher: John Wiltshire (MLR Books)
Publication Date & Length: June 19,2015 – 239 pgs

Synopsis

It takes a certain kind of courage to live as if favoured by the gods, ignoring the ever-present ghosts of your past—or perhaps not bravery, but arrogance. And maybe not even that. Ben genuinely believes that the past is behind them—that they deserve to enjoy the life they have created. So it’s not hubris that leads him to overlook the signs that Nikolas does not share his faith, it’s love. But Nikolas knows something is coming. He can’t stop it; he can only decide how he will choose to face it. And without Ben’s support, he is entirely alone.

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FourStars

This book was a really good addition to this series!

So I will admit I have not read book 5 in this series yet so I was a little confused on some of what happened in this book because of missing what had happened in the previous book. But other than that we get more of Nikola and Ben together which I loved and characters from the previous books in this series too.

Now this one did not have as much action as the previous books in the series. I am not saying that is a bad thing but there were points in this book that really did drag for me to be honest.

I am also unsure of how I feel about what Nikola did at the end.. I know he is a dark character but that took it to a extreme that I really have no words for.

Other than that part I really did like the way this author wrote this story and these characters with the steam, some action and angst that has drawn me into this series and has not let me go.

So all together I really liked this book even though there were a few parts that dragged a little for me.
I would recommend this book!

Kara

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