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New Release: TWO 5 Star, One 4 Star and One 3 Star Reviews for Snowed In, a FF Anthology by Shira Glassman, Aiden McKenna, Cassandra McMurphy, Jessica Payseur, Sheri Velarde #FF #Fantasy

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Title: Snowed In, a FF Anthology
Author Name & Publisher: Shira Glassman, Aiden McKenna, Cassandra McMurphy, Jessica Payseur, Sheri Velarde (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 20, 2016 – 31 k

Synopsis

Snowed In is a blend of frost, snow, and wintery lesbian romances from five Torquere Press authors.

A snowed-in band mom falls for a music teacher in Fearless by Shira Glassman. In To Melt a Frozen Heart, Heather finds herself stranded in a blizzard, by Sheri Velarde. Jessica Payseur delivers an icy little fantasy in Frost and Ice. Because of a snowstorm, Rebekah’s not so lonely when Lily can’t make it home in At the Bottom of the Mountain by Aiden McKenna. In Cold Chemistry by Cassandra McMurphy, Alyssa doesn’t want to want Jayne, but she can’t seem to help herself.

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FiveStars

I love a good anthology, and this collection is exactly why. Plenty of variety, from the sweetly romantic to the down-and-dirty erotic, there’s something for everyone in this mix.

Fearless

by Shira Glassman

This was my favorite of all the stories. I love music, and the setting brought back my own memories of playing in those big events. Mercifully, we never got snowed in! I loved the chemistry between Mel and Lana, and I loved the promise of something more for them beyond their weekend trapped in the hotel with the kids. Excellently written, a combination of sweet and fun. 5 stars

To Melt a Frozen Heart

by Sheri Velarde

I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first. It felt a bit rushed to me, and despite the steamy scene, I didn’t feel much chemistry between Ana and Heather. It was okay, but it lacked a little something for me. 3 stars

Frost and Ice

by Jessica Payseur

This was the only fantasy among the set, and it was pretty much pure erotica. While neither of those is my preferred genre, this one drew me in. The chemistry between Isolde and Jaq was hot…er, cold…well, it was intense, anyway. They were great fun together, and even though it was mostly about the two of them getting it on, I still felt like their huge personalities shone through. I know the writing is excellent if it gets me to enjoy something out of my usual! 5 stars

At the Bottom of the Mountain

by Aiden McKenna

I loved this one. I really felt the loneliness both Rebekah and Lily both experienced, and I was glad they found each other. I was also pleased to see a more mature woman discovering new love. The setting was gorgeous, and the connection between the two women was tender and deep. This one left me with a happy sigh and a smile. 5 stars

Cold Chemistry

by Cassandra McMurphy

This was a fitting end to a great collection. Both sweet and hot as blazes, the title says it all–Alyssa and Jayne had real chemistry. There were fun and playful moments, Alyssa’s insecurity, and Jayne’s patient gentleness with Alyssa’s fragile heart. I could not have adored them both more. This story left me both satisfied and frustrated–satisfied because it was so good, frustrated because I wanted more. 5 stars

Overall, I give the collection 5 stars.

~AmyM

FiveStars

This is a really delightful compilation of short stories. Together they covered a whole gambit of lesbian relationships as well as soft erotica.
It was interesting to read a novel that covered not only a wide age group of lesbian characters but also one that did not just stick to the traditional woman meets woman scenario. I was pleased to see that fantasy and magic were also included.
Each of the five authors offered a fresh and new perspective to lesbian love and attraction. This Anthology showcased each of these authors abilities in an absorbing and in some cases amusing way.
I thought the editing of this book was done in a very creative fashion. Each story carefully balanced with the previous narrative as well as the narrative following it.
With some Anthologies you get a mixture of good and poor stories, I felt all the tales told in this edition were well written and well worth reading.
Chris

FourStars

This was a pretty good anthology, and the theme is perfect for romance. Most of the stories seem to be on the same level as far as the writing style is concerned. At the end of the book, I wanted more. Here’s a quick rundown of the included stories:

Fearless by Shira Glassman:  I liked this one because it was all about new beginnings later in life. It’s nice to read a romantic story about a mom, and how sweet and circumspect the relationship starts because it happens around teenagers. A little different but very likable.

To Melt a Frozen Heart by Sheri Velarde:  This is the story I had the hardest time with. I think it’s because when they first see each other, I get no sense of attraction between the two women. It also seems as though Heather’s past is rather vague, and I’d like to get a better idea of what she’s running from.

Frost and Ice by Jessica Payseur:  This story made the anthology for me. It was innovative and unsettling, yet I just can’t help liking Jaq and hoping that she thaws Isolde’s ice.

At the Bottom of the Mountain by Aiden McKenna:  Another good story about two isolated souls that come together and find themselves a little less lonely. I really liked that Lily was bold enough to go for what she wanted.

Cold Chemistry by Cassandra McMurphy:  This was one of those stories that made me laugh as well as made me want to smack Alyssa. She seemed to do a back and forth type of dance, because of past hurts. But when she finally followed desire instead of allowing fear to hold her back, the result was magnificent. Another really good story.

All in all, a very enjoyable read.

Amy P.

ThreeStar

I enjoyed some of the storiers in this anthology but not all.
Fearless by Shira Glassman-It’s a great story, slow burning attraction. Makes you want them to act on it and when they do its lovely . Made me what to know what happens to them next. A good story.
To melt a frozen heart by Sheri Velarde was a nice story of passion ignited between two women when Ana takes in the frozen Heather who has been stranded in a snow storm with no gas. Both had issues to get over and their steamy night together helped them both.
Frost and ice by Jessica Payseur was about magic and passion between two seeming enemies. I didn’t like his one and just found it a bit bizarre.
At the bottom of the mountain by Aiden McKenna was really hot and a great read. Neighbours who get to know each other on a cold night, with plenty of passion and good characters.
Cold chemistry by Cassandra Mcmurphy was the one with a bit of kink in it. A good read with lots of hot passion and interesting characters.
A good anthology .

Kitty Kat

Excerpt

A crust of snow caked the steps to the door, broken by a big set of shoe prints. Boots, she thought, and paused, suddenly feeling uncomfortable.

Who was here?

She pulled out her phone and dialed Janet for the fifth time. The line crackled and popped, but it did ring. Alyssa glanced around to the window, but the curtains were drawn tight. The line rang more. Janet’s voice came on, soft and sophisticated. “You’ve reached the voice mail of…”

Alyssa hung up, feeling worried and a little defeated.

Did she smell smoke? She glanced up, and sure enough, there was smoke coming from the chimney. A burglar wouldn’t have decided to light a nice, cozy fire, would he? Whoever was here, it had to be one of Janet’s friends. What were their names? Erin and James?

She tried the knob, and the door swung open easily. Warm air beckoned her inside. Alyssa hauled her bag over the threshold and closed the door, afraid to lose one delicious drop of heat.

“Hello?”

The pop and crackle of the fire replied. Gosh, Janet was so damn lucky. The living room looked straight out of some winter resort, with soft leather couches piled with pillows, thick woven rugs on the floor, an ottoman covered in fur in the middle. The fire cast playful shadows across her feet from the red stone fireplace, which above, sported a breathtaking painting of the mountainside in winter.

Something creaked in the hall.

“Hello?” Alyssa said, her voice coming out thick and wavering.

A shadow flickered ahead.

“Janet?” The shadow paused and moved toward her. Alyssa’s mouth went dry and her hands tightened around the strap of her weekend bag.

God, who was this? Janet didn’t have friends… like this, didn’t she?

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TWO 5 Star, ONE 4.5 Star, ONE 4 Star and ONE 3.5 Star Reviews for Trial by Fire (Dreamspun Desires) by B.A. Tortuga #MM #Western @batortuga

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Title: Trial by Fire (Dreamspun Desires)
Author Name & Publisher: B.A. Tortuga (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 15, 2016 – 228 pgs

Synopsis

One Aussie. One Texan. One baby. One hell of a fight.

When his sister and her husband are killed in an accident, Aussie cattle station owner Lachlan McCoughney rushes to Texas to rescue their infant daughter, Chloe. He expects to find his niece living in squalor with the Sheffields, a rodeo family.

Instead, Lachlan finds Holden Sheffield, a salt-of-the-earth cowboy running a huge business operation. They want to explore their mutual attraction despite the many problems thrown their way, and together, they must find a way to give Chloe a new family and find a love that spans thousands of acres and two continents.

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FiveStars

Trial by Fire was a wonderful sweet story. It was a B.A. Tortuga story meets Harlequin romance book.  I loved that it had everything Harlequin’s have I love reading them.  It was a beautiful love story with a suspenseful twist to it, perfect.

Holden and Lachlan were opposites in many areas but also had the same values.  I felt they worked well as a couple.  And Chloe she brought them all together even the disagreeing Grandparents.

I found the Aussie talk I little hard to follow at times, though I did find calling the Grandparents the oldies quite amusing. Definitely a cute quick story of romance to enjoy.

Sherry

FiveStars

Trial by Fire is a story that I could imagine really happening. That is what I love most about this book.

Lachlan is an Aussie from Oz. His family owns a huge ranch that that has many different animals and he is in charge of it. He had a sister Addie who met the man she fell in love with and ran away with to Texas with Landon. Three years after she ran away from home, her family, and her security detail she and Landon was killed in an airplane crash and left behind Miss Cloe, their newborn daughter. Once Lachlan finds out about his sister passing away and the baby left behind he jumps on the first plane to Texas to find her.

In Texas Lachlan meets Holden, Landon’s twin brother, who is now Cloes legal guardian. Things start out rocky between the two but before they know it sparks start flying.

BA Tortuga was able to do what a lot of people are not, she was able to make this story believable. The circumstances for these two families coming together, the fear both family feels at possibly not being able to watch Cloe grow up, the heartache they each feel for the loss of their family, the fear, helplessness, and the need for vengeance everyone feels when Cloe is kidnapped, and the way they all pull together to support one another while she is missing was so believable that I could actually picture it happening. I felt all the emotions the characters was feeling throughout the whole book. Including all the love and happiness they found in the end.

Such a wonderful read and I am glad I was able to read it. Can’t wait to read more by BA Tortuga.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

This was another romance from the Dreamspun Desires series and so far they have all been great. In this story we meet Lachlan and Holden. This story was captivating and heartwarming which all the stories in the Dreamspun Desires series seem to follow. These stories all follow the theme of HEA and are definitely I feel that each author I read has hit the ball out of the park with these.  This book had everything from angst to conflict and it came across as hot romance. I had an immediate connection with Lachlan but it took me a little while to warm up to Holden but when I did I could see nothing but a HEA for these two amazing men. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys an heartwarming romance because these certainly deliver it.

Lynn

ThreeandHalfStars

I normally love BA Tortuga, but this book was just off for me.

Lachlan is coming to meet his long, lost niece and runs in to some trouble when he demands rather than asks to see/meet her.  I did really enjoy the first meeting between Lachlan and the Sheffield family.  Hysterical.

However, when you really dive in to the story, it seemed almost rushed.  There was the angst within the story, but I felt that if this was supposed to truly be a romance, it should have focused more on the two main characters and less on the issue.  Also, the problem within the story seemed somehow unresolved – almost just thrown in to the story to cause trouble.

The chemistry between Holden and Lachlan was also not great – they came together under stress and somehow that’s how a lot of their encounters happened.  It was strange how the relationship developed and while Tortuga did acknowledge that issue, it didn’t really seem to change throughout.

So, while the story had a good message, overall, not my favorite.

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FourStars

This book had a very Harlequin Romance feel to it, which was the point because that’s the concept of Dreamspinner Press’ ;Dreamspun Desire romances.
This one was about Holden and Lachlan, both are brought together when their siblings (who are married to each other) dies in a tragic accident, leaving behind a little baby girl. That baby girl is kidnapped and in the middle of the drama, they fall in love.
This story was really fast paste, but I liked the characters. Holden was short, but a pocket rocket. lol. Of course Lachlan was tall, sexy, rugged and rich, but he was also a caring son and brother. How the situation with the kidnappers were handled was unbelievable in some situations, but hey, I read the whole book straight though so the kidnapping plot wasn’t so bad.
I actually wish that the book was longer.
~Cookie

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4 Stars for Blind Ride (RoughStock #1) by B.A. Tortuga #MM #Erotica @batortuga

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Title: Blind Ride (RoughStock #1) – Season One
Author Name & Publisher: B.A. Tortuga (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 7, 2015 – 208 pgs

Synopsis

Jason Scott is at the top of the bull riding game, on his way to a winning season. Along with his traveling partner, Andy Baxter, he’s riding hard on the circuit, working around the country with all of the other bull riders and bull fighters, living the good life. The only thing he wishes he had is Bax, but he’s afraid to take the step that would make them more than friends, worried that it will ruin everything. When a terrible accident leaves Jason unable to see, his whole life goes south. Jason decides to chuck it all, determined to go home and hide at his momma’s ranch. Bax has other ideas. He wants to make sure his best friend doesn’t give up, and he hatches a plan that stuns Jason and makes their friends and family think he’s crazy. With the help of the other bull riders and a very persistent bull fighter named Coke, Bax convinces Jason to give life one more try. With Jason cautiously learning to hope, and his relationship with Bax going to the next level, life gets pretty complicated. Everyone gets in on the project, from Jason’s strong-willed mother to an entire ranch full of children, all of them working to help Jason do what he loves. Will Bax be able to convince Jason that he can still ride, even if he’s blind to everything the world has to offer?

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FourStars

I set down yesterday and started reading this book. At first I thought I was not going to enjoy it but as it turns out I really did enjoy this book.

Jason is a bull rider and having a heck of a year. He is also in love with his best friend but has never told him or anyone else. Jason is at the top of his game and quickly leadin to becoming the National bull rider of the year but then a freak accident happens on one of his rides that leaves him blind.

Bax is also a bull rider and is Jason’s best friend. They are rooming buddies, travel mates, and they have each other’s backs. Bax is feeling the heat of not having the best year where riding is concerned but will not give it up because he will not leave Jason. Bax also has feelings for Jason but much like Jason, he has never said anything and keeps it to himself. On the day of Jason’s accident Bax finally gets a good ride in and is on top of the world but a few rides later his world is turned upside down.

This book is very emotional. It is heart breaking what Jason goes through. He is so lost and feels like he has nothing left to live for and is pretty much on the end of his rope. BA Tortuga had me completely rooting for Jason and praying that he would realize that just because he is blind that is not the end of the world. I also found myself rooting for Jason and Bax as they finally admitted their feelings for one another. This is such an inspirational story about never giving up and never giving in. That if someone wants something bad enough and they fight for that anything is possible no matter the circumstances or disabilities.

Amazing read and would def suggest to others

Tosha

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New Release: Snowed In, a FF Anthology by Shira Glassman, Aiden McKenna, Cassandra McMurphy, Jessica Payseur, Sheri Velarde #FF #Fantasy

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Title: Snowed In, a FF Anthology
Author Name & Publisher: Shira Glassman, Aiden McKenna, Cassandra McMurphy, Jessica Payseur, Sheri Velarde (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 20, 2016 – 31 k

Synopsis

Snowed In is a blend of frost, snow, and wintery lesbian romances from five Torquere Press authors.

A snowed-in band mom falls for a music teacher in Fearless by Shira Glassman. In To Melt a Frozen Heart, Heather finds herself stranded in a blizzard, by Sheri Velarde. Jessica Payseur delivers an icy little fantasy in Frost and Ice. Because of a snowstorm, Rebekah’s not so lonely when Lily can’t make it home in At the Bottom of the Mountain by Aiden McKenna. In Cold Chemistry by Cassandra McMurphy, Alyssa doesn’t want to want Jayne, but she can’t seem to help herself.

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A crust of snow caked the steps to the door, broken by a big set of shoe prints. Boots, she thought, and paused, suddenly feeling uncomfortable.

Who was here?

She pulled out her phone and dialed Janet for the fifth time. The line crackled and popped, but it did ring. Alyssa glanced around to the window, but the curtains were drawn tight. The line rang more. Janet’s voice came on, soft and sophisticated. “You’ve reached the voice mail of…”

Alyssa hung up, feeling worried and a little defeated.

Did she smell smoke? She glanced up, and sure enough, there was smoke coming from the chimney. A burglar wouldn’t have decided to light a nice, cozy fire, would he? Whoever was here, it had to be one of Janet’s friends. What were their names? Erin and James?

She tried the knob, and the door swung open easily. Warm air beckoned her inside. Alyssa hauled her bag over the threshold and closed the door, afraid to lose one delicious drop of heat.

“Hello?”

The pop and crackle of the fire replied. Gosh, Janet was so damn lucky. The living room looked straight out of some winter resort, with soft leather couches piled with pillows, thick woven rugs on the floor, an ottoman covered in fur in the middle. The fire cast playful shadows across her feet from the red stone fireplace, which above, sported a breathtaking painting of the mountainside in winter.

Something creaked in the hall.

“Hello?” Alyssa said, her voice coming out thick and wavering.

A shadow flickered ahead.

“Janet?” The shadow paused and moved toward her. Alyssa’s mouth went dry and her hands tightened around the strap of her weekend bag.

God, who was this? Janet didn’t have friends… like this, didn’t she?

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New Release: Midnight Rodeo: Belonging (Midnight Rodeo #2) by Kiernan Kelly, Julia Talbot, and BA Tortuga #MM #Romance @batortuga @juliatalbot @kiernankelly

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Title: Midnight Rodeo: Belonging (Midnight Rodeo #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Kiernan Kelly, Julia Talbot, and BA Tortuga (Turtlechat Creatives)
Publication Date & Length: January 29, 2016 – 60,000 Words

Synopsis

What happens when rodeos start to get too tough for humans to compete in? Midnight Rodeo, of course, where supernatural creatures like shifters and vampires work for the prize money, and for the awe of their audience.

Light a Rocket by Julia Talbot

Rocket is probably the worst rider in Darque and Knight rodeo troupe. This cheetah shifter is fast as the wind, but he only has so many lives in his cat body, and he spends more time injured than not. Raven Walkingman is the number one cowboy in the Midnight Rodeo, at the top of his game. The two seem an unlikely match, but Raven enjoys doing things no one expects him to, including Rocket.

Raven likes his relationships casual, though, and when Rocket starts talking mates as shifters are wont to do, Raven pulls up the stakes. He has his animal spirit guides, his good friends, and his fancy trailer. He doesn’t need a ragtag cheetah falling in love with him. His spirit guides know better. They adore Rocket and are more than happy to support him, and abandon Raven, until the stubborn fool does the right thing.

Tails and Whiskers by BA Tortuga

Tiger shifter Dmitri loves the rodeo. Darque and Knight has become his home, and he adores all of his new friends. Still, his past as a circus animal causes him to hate injustice, so when he meets a trick rider and fox shifter, Dmitri is appalled to find that the hot little kit isn’t allowed inside the rodeo ground except when he works. In fact, none of the entertainers are allowed in, all being contractors and thus bound to a different boss, who happens to be a greedy goblin.

As Dmitri and Isaac learn to love one another, they find growing dissatisfaction with the status quo, and they go to their friends for support in forcing a policy change. Too bad there’s a certain goblin who doesn’t want to give up control of his workers. Can Dmitri and Isaac find a way to be together, and to make a change for the better of everyone at D&K?

Freaked Out by Kiernan Kelly

Gargoyle-shifter Killian has spent his life living and working with all different sorts of supernatural folk, but because he had three forms instead of two like most other shapeshifters, he’s always felt like a freak. His habit of keeping to himself and minding his own business has been his shield against being hurt, and to aid in that endeavor, he’s adopted a stony personality.

When a troupe of sideshow performers are hired by Darque and Knight to augment the rodeo, he’s forced to redefine his ideas of what constitutes beauty and what defines a freak. Meanwhile, the hard, protective shell he’s erected around his heart threatens to crack wide open under the tender touch of Micah, the sideshow’s hideous Snake Man.

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Someone was singing about having a tiger by the tail. Loudly.

Honestly, Dmitri loved to sing. He loved other people’s enthusiastic music. This morning, though, he was not so pleased. His head felt very large.

He blamed Brax. The head of the kitty cavalcade loved to get everyone full of green smoke.

Dmitri lifted his throbbing head that was, at least, five sizes bigger than it had been, and peered out of the window. Oh. His dear friend Denver was calling for him.

With fried sweet things.

For that he would crawl out of his happy bed, which still smelled like Denver since he’d bought his friend’s old trailer, and put on—shorts? Something.

“Open up, pussycat. I brought doughnuts.” Denver was a good friend, especially for a wolf. Blaine must have thrown him out this morning for being too perky. Denver’s little wolf partner was not a morning person.

Dmitri opened the door to his trailer. “Welcome, friend Denver.”

“Good morning, fuzzy.” Denver walked up and rubbed cheeks with him, sharing scent. The bullfighter knew the rules, knew how to be pride as well as pack. That made him more valuable than gold.

“What did you bring for breakfast?” Dmitri asked.

“Apple fritters. Fresh from the fryer.”

“I love apples!” His head began to clear pretty quickly. “Tell me what is the news.”

“We got a big crowd tonight. Seems tell people are revved. Bulls are spitting fire. That weird little group of trick riders are pulling the first break, to give Kurt a breather. He’s burning up.”

Yes, it was warm in Texas for a panda. Dmitri understood. His inner Siberian tiger longed for Colorado. Maybe Canada.

“There’s a lake close by. We should go, the bunch of us,” Denver suggested.

“Oh.” Swimming. His tiger surged, close the surface, wanting out of his human body. “Yes. Apple things first.”

“You bet. Come sit with me.”

Dmitri followed Denver out into the sun and sat at a picnic table. The heat pressed at him, but he did love the light.

Denver had an entire box of the pastries and they ate eagerly, wolfing the doughnuts at first, then ending with lazy nibbles. Oh. Better. So much better.

Sugar left his tiger cold, but his human side loved it, and the crispy-fried part? Perfect.

He bounced, rocking the table. “Swim now?”

“Let me grab the others. You’ll invite the pride?”

“I will.” He grabbed a trash can lid and a piece of wood and began banging. “Wake up, kitties! We are going to the lake!”

He got half cheers, half people throwing things at him. Blaine walked over with an apple fritter in hand, the other bullfighters Caul and Carter followed along with Potts. That only left one bullfighter and Terrance was notoriously slow.

Brax appeared, his naked, tanned form lean and pretty. “What are you caterwauling about?”

“Swimming! Friend Denver says there is a lake.”

Brax wrinkled his nose, stretched slowly, all golden skin and muscle. Yum. “I’ll pass.”

“Coward,” Denver teased. “You can come tan. Show off all that pretty skin. Maybe you’ll get laid.”

Dmitri wished he would have that, not Brax. No one wanted to be broken, Brax told him, afraid of Dmitri’s size and… enthusiasm.

“Yeah?” Brax came over, scented Denver and Blaine, then nodded. “Okay, sure. Let me grab some oil.”

“And some shorts,” Potts called. “A shame to damage yer pecker, eh?”

“Mine is so big I can cast my own shade.” Brax winked and headed off.

Potts growled, but the sound was more happy than ugly. Dmitri looked between them, then raised a brow at Denny.

Denver just shrugged, eyes twinkling. “What will be, will be, huh?”

“It will.” He was happy if his friends were happy.

“Lake. Water. Swimming.”

“Dog paddling,” Dmitri teased.

“You know it. Terry is a champion paddler.” Denver clapped Terrance on the back when he went by.

They clomped the half mile to the lake, the water glinting under the sun, the grass on the way green and thick. Dmitri whooped as soon as he saw the water, breaking into a run.

Blaine followed with him, the little wolf losing shirt and flip-flops with a happy howl.

He laughed, splashing in and leaving his clothes on the bank. He popped water at Blaine, roaring with delight.

Blaine tackled him, totally unafraid and eager to play.

Dmitri chortled, and soon he was surrounded, five puppies and kittens flying in all directions when he shrugged hard. Denver was floating on his back, watching with deceptively hooded eyes. Denny saw all.

Oh, Dmitri loved his life.

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New Release: Two 5 and 4 Stars for Refired (The Recovery Series #1) by BA Tortuga (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Cowboy @dreamspiners @batortuga

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Title: Refired (The Recovery Series #1)
Author Name & Publisher: BA Tortuga (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 18, 2016 – 65,000 Words

Synopsis

When Kris Cerny walks back into Two Spirits, the art gallery he owns with Josh McPhee, all he wants is a clean break. Austin’s booming real estate market means the building he bought years ago is worth a fortune, and with the sale, he and Josh can finally go their separate ways. They won’t be reconciling, right? Josh may be sober now, but an addict is always going to be an addict, and Kris can’t take that chance again.

Josh isn’t willing to sell. Not yet. He’s discovered a new artist in Santa Fe he knows will put Two Spirits in the black, and if he can just make a success of the gallery, maybe he can earn Kris’s respect, if not recapture his love. He needs Kris to give him time for one more buying trip, one more gallery show. Josh wants nothing more than a final chance to make things right. Kris agrees to let Josh have this last ditch effort on one condition– he wants to go along for the ride.

On the way Josh hopes they’ll find the next big thing in the art world as well as peace, forgiveness, and a love he thought was lost forever.

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FourStarsWith this book we get Josh who is a recovering addict who drank a lot which caused his relationship to Kris to end.

While I did like them together very much I have to say I was not a huge fan of how hard Kris was on Josh. I know he had bad things happen to him in the past but there were times I felt like he was way to hard on Josh, when Josh was trying so hard to recover and not drink anymore.

Other than that I really liked how this author wrote this story and these characters even though Kris did irritate me a little bit. You get two men trying to come back together after a addiction pushed their relationship to far and if they can overcome their fears to realize if the they can still be together or not.

~Kara

FiveStars

I loved this book, I always enjoy books by B.A. Tortuga.  This was a story about Kris and Josh, Josh was an alcoholic and Kris lost family members from alcoholism.  So Kris was very hard on Josh, they both loved each other but struggled with trusting.  Their journey was the story and it’s was very heartbreaking at times.

Kris was a cowboy with a lot of money, but I felt he took out his own issues on Josh.  I felt horrible for Josh when Kris sold the art gallery.  They were very different but seemed to work well together.  If wasn’t instant love they worked hard at their relationship.

This was a very good read for me I would definitely recommend this book.

~Sherry

FiveStars

I really loved this somewhat unusual romance.  It is the story of two long term partners whose relationship has broken down.  College lovers who have grown apart, Josh and Kris can’t seem to do anything but hurt each other as the adults they have become.

At times sweet and exuberant, this is also an emotionally raw read. Josh is a recovering alcoholic and Kris has become an arrogant stuffed suit.  The past they don’t talk about won’t leave them alone.  I found the complexity of the men’s relationship uncomfortable but also very truthful.

Josh and Kris spend very little time together as the story progresses. This is a book about personal growth.  I loved Josh’s relationship with Cypress, his budding confidence and his development as an artist.  It took me longer to love Kris, a more guarded and more secretive character.

The settings are gorgeous.  As always, Tortuga celebrates Texas.  This time it is the food and culture of hipster Austin that she spills out for readers, but urban Texas might just lose out to Josh and Cypress’ beautiful rural New Mexico landscapes.  I love the food and scenery in any Tortuga book and this is no exception.

I really enjoyed the element of surprise in this book.  While I was thoroughly engrossed by the story, it wasn’t until midway through the book that I was sure this was a romance and I was sure which characters the romance would build between.

This very honest story of two special men rebuilding themselves after a relationship breakdown makes for a beautifully poignant read.

~Sarah

Excerpt

Josh sat there in the office that had been his for seven years, two months, and three days, looking at the cowboy who he’d thought, once upon a time, was going to be his one and only, feeling a little like he was drunk.

He rolled the five-year-sober token between his fingers, letting it settle him. Not drunk.

Not even a bit.

“What? What did you say to me?” He left off the you sorry son of a bitch part.

“We got a buyer for the gallery.” Kris stared at him, calm as could be, one hip settled on the edge of his desk.

“The gallery isn’t for sale.” He owned half, dammit. Still.

Kris nodded easily. “Frankly they just want the building. Quite an offer. I don’t see how we can pass it up.”

“The gallery isn’t for sale.” He was fairly sure the words were succinct enough for Mr. Business.

“The neighborhood has changed, Josh. It’s not a boho, arty area anymore. It’s all high-priced condos and tapas bars.” Kris’s expression softened just slightly. “I think it’s time to let it This wasn’t about the gallery. This was about them. Him and Kris.

“No.”

“Josh, please at least look at the offer.” Kris stood, straightening his fancy cattleman’s.

God, he looked like a stuffed suit. Kris looked better in beat-up Wranglers.

“I’m not interested.” Josh felt like sitting down and pounding the floor with his fist. This wasn’t right. None of it. He knew he was a fuckup. Had been a fuckup. But he was working his shit out.

The gallery was back to breaking even, if not making a profit. Josh thought he deserved a chance to get some good new artists in for a show.

“Then are you going to buy me out?” Kris asked.

Fuck. Kris knew he couldn’t do that. The business finances were an open book. Josh wasn’t even taking a salary for another three years to pay back Kris’s initial investment.

“I don’t have to. We’re equal partners. All I have to do is say no.”

Kris frowned, dark brows drawing together over his bright green eyes. “Dammit, Josh, how long are you going to pretend this is going to work?”

He touched the coin again. Five years. Five years sober. Five years proving he could be trusted. Five years and it wasn’t enough.

“This gallery is my life.” Simple as that. He had no friends anymore, no one. He came to work and went to meetings. He hadn’t gone out to dinner with Kris since…. Christ. Christmas?

Maybe? Had they even done Christmas?

“Then what do you want me to do? The building is really the only asset.”

“I’m going on a buying trip. Santa Fe area. Why are we even talking about this?” Why are you even here? Go find another project.

Kris was, like, the king of finance now or something. He had investments all over, could probably walk away from the gallery without even taking a money hit.

“Buying? With what? Your good looks?”

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4 stars for One More Ride by J. Hepburn #MFM #Menage #Historical #Western @LT3Press @JHPeregrine

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Title: One More Ride
Author Name & Publisher: J. Hepburn (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: Jan 19th, 2015

Synopsis

Amanda runs the only hotel in a young town on the edge of white settlement in Australia. It’s a far cry from the life she used to lead, a life only her business partner knows anything about, and she prefers it. But when bush-rangers hold the hotel at gunpoint, threaten everyone in it, and ride off with the contents of the safe, it’s an insult she can’t let slide.

Set on vengeance, Amanda swallows her pride and seeks help from the two men she parted ways with long ago. But the past stirred by their company is harder to ignore than anticipated, and Amanda struggles both with the deadly fight in front of them and the old desires she though she left behind.

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FourStars

I wasn’t wowed by this piece at all; however, it was still a decent read. This book came to me as labeled steampunk and polyamorous, both of which I would say this story is not, so that might have put me off a bit. The only bisexual characters are Nathanial and Devin, while Amanda/Mandy remains very clearly straight. This is a ménage piece, and there is definitely a difference between ménage and poly.

 

The story itself was interesting. I did love Amanda, at least for most of the story. However, I find in ménage pieces that the woman often becomes “the weakest link” and the one who breaks down what’s going on. I had hopes that this wouldn’t be the case in this story because her character was so well-built and tough and no-nonsense. However, it still happened, and that disappointed me.

 

I also felt this story was divided between the action/plot of what was going on and the romance. There wasn’t an even blend of the two happening at once. The plot was wrapped up very quickly, and we were left with the romance that wasn’t romance (I wish there had been more sexual tension throughout the piece).

 

For a western, this was a great read. Reminded me of shows I watched growing up as a kid. For a romance, I was disappointed (I only add this because the author specific says he enjoys romance over violence in stories). For steampunk, it was non-existent. For polyamorous, it was the same. I was looking for a poly story, one that represented an underrepresented aspect of the rainbow (which is what I tend to like to read), and I did not find it.

 

~AJ

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