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5 stars for Bridge & Doug (Storming Love: Flood #2) by Jenn Dease @momsdesk1 #romance #MM

Title: Bridge & Doug
Author Name: Jenn Dease
Publication Date & Length: April 10, 2015, 97 Pages

Synopsis

Fourth generation lawman, Bridge Bridgerton, has never seen Copper Creek, Texas, flood before. Doug Jones is a lifeguard stopping in Copper Creek to look after his grandfather’s house. Together, they help rescue some of the residents trapped in the rising water. And together, they feel an attraction for each other that gets stronger day by day. But, will they be able to stay together once the water goes down?

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 FiveStarsThe Storming Love: Flood stories are part of the second Storming Love anthology.  Compared to the Blizzard stories, these are much more cohesive.  They all focus on the same flood, in the same small Texas town.  Where there were some weaker stories in the Blizzard anthology, the writing of the Flood stories is consistently excellent.  Each writer has chosen different men to write about, but the stories interlink and build on each other beautifully.  This is a great collection. 

Bridge and Doug’s story is one of the more emotional in the collection. Working together, they rescue vulnerable residents in Copper Creek.  We see glimpses of Bridge’s family in other stories, but here we become fully attached to the huge Bridgerton clan and their big hearts.  I loved both of these men, but I also loved the way this book linked to the people and events in several of the other stories.

~Sarah

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Jenn Dease is a Chef with a reading and writing addiction. The six bookcases in her bedroom are proof of this. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh with one of those families that have four generations in a four block radius. The Redheads, or her sisters, are the best things in her life. When they want to be.

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5 stars for Adrian & Lockie (Storming Love: Flood #1) by N.J. Nielsen @NJNielson1 #MM #cowboys #Romance

Storming Love Flood: Adrian and Lockie

Title: Adrian & Lockie (Storming Love: Flood #1)
Author Name: N. J. Neilsen
Publication Date & Length: April 5, 2015, 97 pages

Synopsis

Adrian Clarke knows his life is a hot mess. This is only one of the reasons he boards a plane and flies halfway around the world-so he can escape everything that’s determined to see him break. Lockie Rivers has worked his whole life on Tenderfoot Downs. After his boss died, Lockie remained as caretaker for the new owner-a man who’d never even set foot on the place. When circumstances bring them face to face, a flash flood comes along to threaten their very existence. Can virtual strangers work together to save their home, their hearts, and find their own slice of heaven?

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 FiveStarsThe Storming Love: Flood stories are part of the second Storming Love anthology.  Compared to the Blizzard stories, these are much more cohesive.  They all focus on the same flood, in the same small Texas town.  Where there were some weaker stories in the Blizzard anthology, the writing of the Flood stories is consistently excellent.  Each writer has chosen different men to write about, but the stories interlink and build on each other beautifully.  This is a great collection.

 

Adrian and Lockie’s story is the most self-contained in the collection.  Isolated on their 8,000 acre spread outside of town, the foreman and the new owner must rely on each other to ensure their ranch survives the flood.   Neilson’s characters are brilliant. I loved the romance and enjoyed the action.

~Sarah

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NJ needs to write like she needs to breathe. It’s an addiction that she never intends to find a cure for. When you don’t find NJ arguing with Vlad, her muse or writing about the wonderful men in her stories, you’ll find her reading work by other authors she greatly admires. NJ lives in the SE of Qld, Australia with her family who all encourage her writing career even if she does occasionally call them by her character’s names. NJ thinks that anyone taking the time to read her stuff is totally awesome.

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3 stars for Grow Wild by K. M. Penemue #FF #Western @LT3Press

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Title: Grow Wild
Author Name: K. M. Penemue
Publication Date & Length: March 18, 2015 — 64 pages

Synopsis

Josie has been drifting from town to town for years, surviving on whatever work she can find. When she rolls into Rio Plato, however, it’s not work she’s hunting, but an old enemy.

Dahlia Wheeler owns the Sentimental Lady saloon and brothel, where Josie stays. But though Josie feels the pull between her and Dahlia, she refuses to get involved and risk dragging Dahlia into her plans for revenge and the aimless life she leads—assuming she doesn’t wind up with a noose around her neck.

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ThreeStar
I received this book from Inked.Rainbow in exchange for an honest review.
A pleasant novelette that  gave an enjoyable hour or so of acceptable reading. Good description of life in the old west from a female perceptive.
Aptly titled this is a gentle love story of a young woman catching up with her past and securing her future.
I feel this tale could have benefited from more in depth information and development of the plot, however if you just want an easy read with a fitting end then this novel will suffice.
~Chris

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4 and 5 Stars for A Chaotic Range (Range #7) by Andrew Grey #MM #Western

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Title: A Chaotic Range (Range #7)
Author Name: Andrew Grey
Publication Date & Length: November 7, 2014 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Stories from the Range: Book Seven

Most of the time ranchhand David rescues stray cattle, but this time he and his fellow cowboys Wally and Haven save a stranded motorist. David is surprised to find his former high school classmate nearly frozen in his car. After learning that Brian Applewright’s boss fired him from his ranch for being gay, they invite him back to theirs to take a job.

David and Brian moved in different social circles at school, but working together brings them closer. However, David has a rocky history on the ranch. The foreman is his ex, and he only recently returned after a heartbreakingly unsuccessful attempt to find greener pastures. He can’t risk his heart getting close to anyone.

But on a ranch, nature has a way of forcing an issue. When a snowstorm threatens, David and Brian head out to mend a fence and round up some stray cattle. David gets injured, and they must survive in the snow, cold, and wind. It might be the start of a relationship… or the end of their lives.

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FiveStarsChaotic Range is part of the Range series by Andrew Grey.  I love these books.  They are always about someone troubled who comes to the ranch and finds a home there.

It was written with warmth and love.  You could only feel sorry for Brian, he finds himself lost with nothing to look forward to, then he meets David.  Their relationship that develops is like so many in the series, but still has a way of making it into your heart.  All the characters from the other books are back and add so much to the storyline.

If your looking for a book that will give you warm and fuzzy feelings try this series.

Sherry
fourstars

I loved this story.  It was one where the community within the story was one of acceptance and respect.  I really enjoyed how David and Brian were able to feel their way through the situation they found themselves in.
David and Brian saved each other in more ways than one.  When Brian found himself at death’s door, David and his friends were able to come to his rescue.  Then, conversely, Brian was able to save David when he was injured in a snow storm.
While I wanted to pound the men that Brian worked with into the snow banks, I did appreciate that his “dismissal” was addressed and not just left hanging.  It helped to create a stronger sense of community.
Also, I really enjoyed how the workers/friends of David were able to say it how it is.  There was not sugar coating or hand holding. When he needed a kick, they gave it to him.
The love that these two share was not only genuine, but one where trials and tribulations were overcome together.  I enjoyed this story.
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4 for Along Came Merrie by Beth D. Carter – #Menage #Cowboy @BethDCarter @Totally_Bound

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Title: Along Came Merrie
Author Name: Beth D. Carter
Publication Date & Length: January 2, 2015 – 153pgs

Synopsis

Merrie stumbles into a bad situation, forcing an outlaw motorcycle gang to ‘deal’ with her, but her escape leads her into the arms of two incredible men who change her life forever.

Merrie Walden is in the wrong place at the wrong time. When she sees something she shouldn’t, she’s attacked by a vicious outlaw biker bent on shutting her up—permanently. She escapes him by jumping out of a moving car. Luckily, horse rancher Braden McClintock finds her and takes her for medical attention to his adopted brother, Leo Cloud Dancer.

As she heals in the men’s home, Merrie realizes that she’s falling for both men. Braden is taciturn, while Leo is outgoing—both reaching a deep-seated need in Merrie that she never knew she had.
However, the outlaw biker has discovered her hideout and even if she doesn’t know what she witnessed, he sure as hell does—and he wants her silenced. Will Merrie have a chance to have a happily ever after with Braden and Leo?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex.
Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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I’ve read a lot of biker books, but I have to say I was really happy with this book. It’s very unique and the characters were very well written. I loved the way Merrie was taken in by the brothers and taken care of.
I will say that it wasn’t really a motorcycle book because none of the main characters were in a motorcycle club, but they did play a part in it so I still thought it worked.
The prologue was oddly placed as I didn’t feel it had anything to do with the novel at all. There was no other mention of ‘merchandise’ at all.
I also felt like the sex scenes were….awkward. They were missing the sensuality that normally comes from such intimate moments. And the language was off as well. There’d be such ‘hinting’ type language and then BAM the C word (think female) and it just added to the awkwardness of the scene.
I look forward to reading more about the secondary characters in the next book though since some of them were really intriguing.
Renee

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I like writing about the very ordinary girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, so my heroines will probably never be lawyers, doctors or corporate highrollers. I try to write characters who aren’t cookie cutters and push myself to write complicated situations that I have no idea how to resolve, forcing me to think outside the box. I love writing characters who are real, complex and full of flaws, heroes and heroines who find redemption through love.

I’ve been pretty fortunate in life to experience some amazing things. I’ve lived in France, traveled throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand. I am a mom to an amazing little boy. I live in Los Angeles, surrounded by friends and family. I hate washing dishes but I love cooking. I hate washing clothes but I love wearing them. Writing my bio is difficult because I never know what to say so I hope you like this one. My favorite color is red but I look best in black (it’s slimming). I hate people who don’t pick up their dog’s crap in public places, people who don’t use turn signals, and I really hate people who are rude and condescending. I especially hate discrimination in all and every form. And although I love holding a book in my hand, I absolutely adore my ereader, whom I’ve named Ruby.

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4 and 5 Stars for Along Came Merrie by Beth D. Carter – #Menage #Cowboy @BethDCarter @Totally_Bound

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Title: Along Came Merrie
Author Name: Beth D. Carter
Publication Date & Length: January 2, 2015 – 153pgs

Synopsis

Merrie stumbles into a bad situation, forcing an outlaw motorcycle gang to ‘deal’ with her, but her escape leads her into the arms of two incredible men who change her life forever.

Merrie Walden is in the wrong place at the wrong time. When she sees something she shouldn’t, she’s attacked by a vicious outlaw biker bent on shutting her up—permanently. She escapes him by jumping out of a moving car. Luckily, horse rancher Braden McClintock finds her and takes her for medical attention to his adopted brother, Leo Cloud Dancer.

As she heals in the men’s home, Merrie realizes that she’s falling for both men. Braden is taciturn, while Leo is outgoing—both reaching a deep-seated need in Merrie that she never knew she had.
However, the outlaw biker has discovered her hideout and even if she doesn’t know what she witnessed, he sure as hell does—and he wants her silenced. Will Merrie have a chance to have a happily ever after with Braden and Leo?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex.
Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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FourStars

This book had suspense, romance and sex.  It was well written with an excellent story. It wasn’t just all about the sex, though there was plenty of that, but a very good plotted story.  I did find myself thinking Merrie could have made better choices at the beginning, but she proved herself to be brave, strong and confident.  She got lucky when she was found by Braden and Leo, they were very caring men, who took a chance on helping her.
Since this was book 1 of the Red Wolves MC, a couple of their members were introduced in this book.  I hope the author does book two about the MC President, North, he was working to clean up his club, and worked well with the Sheriff in this book.  A very nice quick read.  I would read more by this author in this series.

Sherry

FiveStars

I really enjoyed this story. The sex was sizzling and despite the relationship developing rather quickly, it didn’t feel all that rushed. Merrie is somewhat naïve when it comes to social situations, but not so in the ways of life putting bad things in her way. She has had a hard life and when she tries to pick herself up – she ultimately runs straight in to Braden and Leo.

Braden and Leo were an interesting pair. They have almost nothing in common, except their address. Their mannerisms and behaviors are very different, but somehow, they both are drawn to Merrie. I really enjoyed Leo’s character – I felt that I knew more about his past. Braden was somewhat of an unknown. The only real thing the reader gets to know is that he had a failed marriage, which in turn, makes him the strong, silent type.

The two police authorities in the story were great to read with, but I felt that Carter left the reader wondering about the local office. I enjoyed the strained relationships, the angst and the ultimate ending to their parts of the story.

I enjoyed Beth Carters writing style and would definitely read her again.

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I like writing about the very ordinary girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, so my heroines will probably never be lawyers, doctors or corporate highrollers. I try to write characters who aren’t cookie cutters and push myself to write complicated situations that I have no idea how to resolve, forcing me to think outside the box. I love writing characters who are real, complex and full of flaws, heroes and heroines who find redemption through love.

I’ve been pretty fortunate in life to experience some amazing things. I’ve lived in France, traveled throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand. I am a mom to an amazing little boy. I live in Los Angeles, surrounded by friends and family. I hate washing dishes but I love cooking. I hate washing clothes but I love wearing them. Writing my bio is difficult because I never know what to say so I hope you like this one. My favorite color is red but I look best in black (it’s slimming). I hate people who don’t pick up their dog’s crap in public places, people who don’t use turn signals, and I really hate people who are rude and condescending. I especially hate discrimination in all and every form. And although I love holding a book in my hand, I absolutely adore my ereader, whom I’ve named Ruby.

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TWO 4 Star Reviews for Hellcat’s Bounty by Renae Jones – #FF #Western @renae_jones

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Title: Hellcat’s Bounty
Author Name: Renae Jones
Publication Date & Length: October 4, 2014 – 118pgs

Synopsis

Lesbian romance meets adventure in the first Rosewood Space Western.

The hellcat of Rosewood station is the best of the best. Anelace Rios is a good old-fashioned troublemaker, fiercely independent, and best of all, a steady hand with a flamethrower. Carnivorous amoeba are slowly taking over the half-abandoned mining port, and the freelance exterminator rakes in big bounties killing them off—then she spends those bounties in a grand way. Work hard, play hard.

Meidani Sintlere’s reputation is exactly the opposite of her wild friend. She’s the station’s hardworking black market doctor. She’s shy. She’s nice. She’s got a weakness for imported chocolate and pastel dresses. And she gets mad as a sani-vacced cat when Anelace shows up missing chunks of skin.

The hellcat never lacks for a willing partner. Even so, Meidani’s got notions to cut to the front of the line and stay there. She upends everything Anelace knows about good girls and the bad girls who don’t deserve them, and in a blisteringly hot night they go from friends to lovers.

But their new closeness forces the kind of reckoning even tough Anelace can’t escape unscathed. She thrives on her job, relishes the payoff, but now she’s endangering more than her own adrenaline-junkie hide—every run risks Meidani’s happiness. For the first time, Anelace is risking her shot at love.

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I absolutely love this world. Love it, love it, love it. When I saw the genre, I knew this was a must have for me, because let’s be honest, how often do you see sci-fi and western wrapped up in one. This reminded me of Firefly right off the bat, only so much better. These characters had a purpose; they had a reason for being who they were without running into trouble every two seconds.

Anelace (beautiful name, by the way) runs around killing these things called blobs. I mean, really? Doesn’t sound interesting? Totally wrong. The extermination aspect to this story is what made it the most interesting. I wanted to delve even deeper into the world Anelace lived and exactly what made hunting these things so much fun and just so dangerous.

This book is great for making political statements, although I wish it had delved even more deeply into them. And this is where my problem with the book comes around. It’s a sweet romance, for the most part, but the romance moves quickly and really doesn’t have all that many problems in it. It seems as if the problem was created out of nowhere. It’s not as though Meidani went into the relationship without knowing how dangerous Anelace’s job was.

I think this book failed on the plot level. There just wasn’t much there. I kept looking for it, and it wasn’t there at all. I missed it. There were so many places it could have gone: immigration, LGBT relationships in a confined and small community, politics of the space ship, scientific in how the blobs were created and how they run amok and how they procreate, and a full romance focusing on the emotions of what these two fantastic characters are going through. There’s mention of all of these things but it’s never dug down deep into. I wish at least one of them had been explored intensely. It would have made this not a spectacular five. Right now, the star rating stands solely for the creation of the world (which is still awesome) and the characters.

I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this world, simply because it’s a damn creative world in and of itself and I want to see more aspects of it.

~AJ

FourStars

I enjoyed reading “Hellcat’s Bounty”.  The book features a strong female character who exterminates blobs and she is the best of the best. You can feel Anelace’s excitement when she goes to hunt the blobs and gets a bit more than she expected.

In the book there is romance, suspense and sex.  That makes for a good story, however there are some things I had wished the author had focused on.  Those would be the back story on the spaceship and how the blobs came to be.   This is a sci-fi western book, but many things weren’t explained.

I will be looking forward to reading more about these characters and their world.

Angela

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Renae Jones has an eternal love for badass heroines overcoming danger, talking smart and falling for their perfect match.

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