The Protector by Jessie G

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Series: Sizzling Miami, #3
Author: Jessie G
Genre: Contemporary/MMM/BDSM
Length: Novel (346 pages)
Publisher: Jessie G Books (February 10th, 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts
Blurb: There was a time when Master Saul Alvarez filled his days fighting and his nights teaching willing subs the pleasure of his whip. His compassionate understanding of the masochist mind makes him the most sought after professional sadist in the Miami BDSM community. Neither role invites long-term relationships, but he’s comfortable with his solitary existence until he is charged with guarding Durango’s prized whore. One look into those terror-filled eyes has him vowing to risk it all to save the beautiful man.

Javier Escardo had been praying for death, but never expected the stone cold killer he got in response. One glimpse into those sinful eyes reveals not only the promise of retribution, but also a reason to live. Seven years later, free and mostly sane, Javier is determined to take what belongs to him. Saul’s heart. Through hell and back, through layers of pain and shifting realities, that one truth has remained firm. His protector needs saving and he can’t do it alone.

Hidden beneath the public persona, Kyle Jansen is a man who craves to be invisible without being insignificant. He longs to find a Master who will see his need to be taken over without abusing him and a lover who will care about him beyond the sexual games. It isn’t until he encounters the smoldering combination of Saul and Javier that he realizes it was never supposed to be just one partner at all.

Can two battered hearts be mended by the love of a third? Kyle becomes the light to their darkness, and he’s willing to risk his heart for theirs, but when the past threatens Saul, will Javier’s sacrifice destroy them all?

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Reviewer: KathyMac

Review: Seems like we have been waiting forever for this latest installment to the Sizzling Miami series, The Protector, by Jessie G. It hasn’t really been that long but when you are invested in the characters, it’s hard to wait. However, the wait is over, and Holy Hell, it was so worth it. This author has a way of taking damaged, broken men, and giving them something to cling to, something to hope for, and ultimately, the chance of love.

For seven years, Saul has nursed, pampered, cared for, and protected the heart and soul of Javier Escardo. Knowing retribution would one day be his for the torture and horrific acts done to his boys physical and mental well-being, Saul finds it hard to forget. When Javi kneeled at Saul’s feet all those years ago, he knew then he would do whatever it took to protect and care for this innocent young man.

As you read the story, you will discover everything that these two went through and endured in order to have the freedom they have today. However, that freedom still comes with a heavy weight on their shoulders knowing that one day the man responsible for all of their nightmares would come to collect.

Saul and Javi have a unique relationship. They have spent years healing from the past and Saul does anything and everything to ensure Javi is loved and taken care of. The one thing they don’t have…is a sexual relationship. I understand their reasons behind it, however, I had a hard time believing that for seven years they hadn’t even as much as kissed, until now.

Before Javi was pushed into Saul’s care he was a badass dominant who loved to wield his whip for any willing sub. Some of those same things that Saul enjoyed performing at the club were also some of the same things that broke Javi. Yes, the abuse was from a monster but, for fear of losing him again, Saul put those things behind him and never looked back.

Javi knows or at least he thinks he knows that Saul misses being a Dom and having a sub, he can work over. He starts introducing a plan to bring a third into their relationship in hopes of bridging the gap between them.

Kip aka Kyle has been a porn star for 10 years. He is more than ready to leave that part of his life behind and see what his future holds. Sitting in a café one day, minding his own business, he becomes mesmerized by the beautiful and loving couple across from him. As they share an intimate kiss, he gets caught staring at them and instead of the couple being mad they flirt with him. Running into them again just a day or two later he takes his chances with the couple and tells them what he wants. Since Javi and Saul were thinking about a third anyway, finding Kyle just cements their decision.

Saul is not willing to jeopardize the progress Javi has made over the years. He needs Kyle to understand that Javi comes first if they are going to try this type of relationship. Kyle understands more than they realize. He sees how Saul treats Javi with kid gloves. He sees how Javi looks at Saul with so much love and adoration. But, before they can really get into any type of relationship, Kyle has to finish his contract as a porn star.

When his time is up, he knows he should go in the other direction but he is pulled back to the two men hoping to have just a small part of their world.

There is so much going on in this story it’s not possible to break it down in a few short sentences. Behind the scenes are a whole cast of characters that have a lot of stuff going on. Also, the time has come to put an end to the evil monsters that have haunted them for many years. The plan they have concocted is not simple or easy. People will be hurt, trust will be broken, and some things will never be the same again.

Kyle returns just as they are about to put their plan into action. Saul is not happy, at all, that Kyle or Javi will be anywhere near the danger ahead. Even though Kyle is new to their relationship and family, they know they have a connection. Watching Saul realize and finally accept that he can have the things he has been missing out on with Kyle was captivating. Saul needs to be in control and Javi needs to nurture. Bringing Kyle into their home allows for all of those things to come together beautifully.

The world fell away when Saul kissed him. It was neither brutal nor vicious. It was all consuming. Where before Saul poured all his desperation into the kiss, the beast took and kept on taking, devouring everything that he was until all that was left was a whimpering shell of a man. Then the beast gave and kept on giving, filling him with lust, strength, and love until he thought he would burst with it. Then it started all over, shattering him completely before rebuilding him even stronger.

There is mystery and suspense that will have you holding your breath in fear of who will come out alive and in one piece. There is a lot of misunderstandings and lack of communication between Saul and Javi. They have been consumed by protecting the other and become so wrapped up in doing the right thing they miss so much of what should have been so plain to see. Thankfully, Kyle does see and is determined to set things right between them.

One of the things Kyle needs out of the relationship is a sexual and intimate connection. Saul and Javi just had sex for the first time in seven years right before they meet Kyle. I admit I felt a little cheated by not being able to experience that monumental moment with them. A lot of their interaction was off page leaving it to your imagination. Not all of their moments are off page and the ones that we do get to experience are H.O.T. and even though it’s winter. You may have to get out the fan.

The Protector, like the first two books in this series, is a story of strength, perseverance, and love. These amazing characters selflessly give so much of themselves to the person or people they love, supporting each other, caring for each other, and loving each other so much that they are always in tune with the other. Anticipating each other’s wants and desires is something they all strive for and it is a beautiful thing.

This is a great story that I would highly recommend and even if you don’t like the aspect of a threesome, the author handles this cleverly and without jealously or hurt feelings. If you don’t like BDSM in your stories, please don’t let that hold you back either. It is discussed but is not the focus nor is it played out in their interactions. The control and demands are obeyed mentally showing a much more powerful hold.

I think this book could easily be read as a standalone but it would make a lot more sense in some aspects if you knew the back-story. If you have an opportunity to read the first two I would definitely recommend them. This great series offers suspense, mystery, action-packed drama, beautiful relationships, and great sex. It has it all. The cast is made up of several men all damaged in some way and all looking for love. I can’t wait to see whose story is up next in the Sizzling Miami series.

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Letters from Cupid by Ari McKay

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Author: Ari McKay
Genre: Contemporary/Valentine’s
Length: Novella (81 pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press Publishers (4 Feb 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Breaking up with his boyfriend has left English Professor Derek Chandler feeling lonely and down. He begins to think that he just doesn’t have the passion to sustain a long-term relationship — at least until a letter from a mysterious “Cupid” tells him not to lose hope. Intrigued, Derek replies to his anonymous admirer, and they begin a correspondence where Derek discovers he isn’t the only one with doubts about his desirability.

Dr. Macon Pinney has admired his colleague from afar for quite a while, but he only intended his initial note to Derek to offer encouragement. Macon doesn’t believe that outgoing, sociable Derek could ever be interested in the type of quiet, withdrawn man he knows himself to be. Yet when Derek writes back, admitting his worries about never finding a true partner, Macon can’t help but reply, sharing his own feelings from the safety of anonymity.

But will Macon find the courage to step out of the shadows and admit to Derek his identity, or will both men spend the most romantic day of the year alone?

ISBN: 978-1-61040-877-6

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is an incredibly sweet and an incredibly cute story, although for any postgraduates or academics that are single this Valentines, it might hit a bit close to home.
But it is fun. What this essentially is two men – both academics, at least one is a professor – getting to know each other through anonymous notes. Not exactly, something you hear about often these days and this is what adds to the charm of the story.

Macon is a post-doctoral academic and he is painfully shy despite being a brilliant teacher. He is quick to see kindness but as he puts it, he’s “almost a hermit”. However, he is lonely and uncertain of how to approach people, let alone the man that he is attracted. Macon shares his office with Professor Derek Chandler. He’s a bit down in the dumps because of a recent breakup and with Valentine’s Day approaching, he realises just how lonely he feels.

I’ll suspend my disbelief that these guys who have shared an office space for approximately two years are only just getting to know each other because I know myself and my office mates could not be like that. Then again, I realise that this is meant to demonstrate how socially awkward Macon is.

This is a fun, quick and charming read and purely for the romance.

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Rescue Me by Scarlet Blackwell, 2nd edition

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Series: N/A

Author: Scarlet Blackwell

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Length: Novel (284 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0128-3

Publisher: eXtasy books (November 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: After a near fatal car crash leaves him scarred both physically and emotionally, Matt Harmon finds the solitude of his huge, lonely house too much to bear. Hiring Nurse James Hayden to look after him seems like the best idea for Matt, whose fierce independence has been compromised by his injuries.

The two men clash from the start as James struggles to help Matt rebuild his shattered body and heal his crushed soul. The bond they form is forged in fire and ice, and the wounds they inflict on one another can only be erased by Matt’s admission that he can’t live without James’s loving touch.

Will Matt realize too late that James is the only one who can rescue him from himself?

This is a previous release.

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Review: (Warning. This book does contain some violence and harsh language. The blurb above pretty much explains the story so I won’t repeat it.

Matt has some deep-seated anger issues. He is spoiled, conceited, homophobic, and downright mean. I can see why after the accident he is like this but it is evident that this isn’t new for him.

James is almost too good to be true and can see inside Matt something no one else can.

I absolutely loved this story. Yes, I know Matt is a horrible person and mean, but I love a good, bad boy antagonist and Matt fits the bill. He had to have some good in him for his friends to be so loyal.

I love a story where the knight in shining armor is the underdog that comes in to save the big bad meanie. And James was a wonderful example of this. James may have been almost too good to be true but he shows us later on that he can hold his own.

Once you start reading this book you can’t put it down. I was up to the wee hours of morning to see what would happen next. There was twist after twist. I will say I was pleased with the ending.

If you like angst. Lots of angst, mean antagonists, spoiled rich brats, sexy sweet male nurses, and lots of very hot mansex this is definitely for you.

Heart’s Volition by Frey Ortega

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Series: Into the New World, #4
Author: Frey Ortega
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (148 Pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing (January 15, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Micah Faraday is an incubus with a rough past, one that includes being held captive by not one, but two psychotic madmen, and having a rough time acclimating to believing he’s worth being loved, let alone being a person. Surviving day by day isn’t really living it, and one day Micah made the decision to die. Of course, until he makes the mistake of binding himself to the phoenix named Erik Anderson.

Erik is exactly what Micah needs but doesn’t think he wants: grounded, stable, reliable, and he doesn’t know when to give up. He seeks to understand Micah and to help him through his pain, but he also has to contend with a world he’s not familiar with.

In the midst of all of the chaos that surrounds them, Micah and Erik go on a journey of learning to trust and understanding that some of the worst choices we’ve made end up being the best ones after all.

ISBN: 978-1-63258-789-3

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in Into the New World collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved. There is something about the way that Frey tells a story that will not only draw you in and keep your attention the whole time. The characters are beautifully written with big hearts, however if you cross them, they have no problem putting you down. They will protect their mates with their entire lives. I had a blast reading this story. This story is perfect for when you are trying to take a break.

Micah saved Erik’s life when he bonded with him to get him away from the witch that held him prisoner. He had no realized that it basically mated them. He wasn’t so sure what to think about it, even though he did want Erik. He felt like he didn’t deserve his mate. However, he was turned on all the time.

Now that his master had been killed, he was running on hope. That ended when his home’s leader wanted him back. He wanted to beat, torture and possibly rape him. He was terrified and even more so. His family was in danger from the man. Now he could only pray and hope they find a way to save his mother and father.

Erik was saved by Micah and loved the fact that he was bonded to the little man. He did love to tease him by calling him pretty, although his mate did have a feisty attitude about it. He was slowly falling in love with the man who save him and bonded with him. He would do everything in his power to keep him safe.

I absolutely love this book almost as much as I have loved the other’s in this series. I can’t wait to read the next story. When Frey puts out a book, I am usually there to eat them up. They do have a bit of a serious tone to them but there is a bit of humor in them that I love. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It also gave me almost everything I could want in a book.

I would definitely recommend reading this book. Trust me it will keep you laughing, crying, loving, and having fun.

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Lunar Affair by L.V. Lloyd

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Series: Aurigan Space Saga, #4
Author: L.V. Lloyd
Genre: Sci-fi
Length: Novel (224 pages)
Publisher: Smashwords (December 25, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Lieutenant Jack Alexander sat morosely over his drink in the corner of the bar and watched the man he loved being expertly seduced. He had waited years for Marc to return his affections, perhaps now was the time to move on – stop fixating on the one man who was out of reach, his best friend, Marc Duran.

But when Major Ethan Pattisson is sent to the planet Mayia to investigate the theft of hundreds of illegal weapons, Duran comes under the spotlight, and Jack can’t help stepping in to save him.

When Jack finds himself caught in the middle between Pattisson and Duran, he discovers that unrequited love might soon be the least of his problems.

ISBN: 9781310983849

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Really enjoyed this addition to the Aurigan Space Series. There were a lot of different things going on throughout this story from a battle, sabotage to personal attacks from other crewman. Loved the pace of the book and how smooth a read it was.

Jack finds love as well as Pattisson but not with each other. The couples that formed seemed well matched and of course, they didn’t form right away. It was a slow build with drama.

The fight scenes and interrogations were intense. The sex was hot.

Great read.

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Remember Me Not, My Love by J.D. Walker

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Author: J.D. Walker
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (27 pages)
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (February 4th 2015)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: When Terry turned eighteen, he would end up homeless and alone, abandoned by family and friends for being gay. Though it took him years, he found his feet again.

Then a man from his past knocks him right back down again, dredging up a memory of the time Terry stood by and did nothing as that same man was assaulted for being gay, driving home to Terry that he will never be worthy of friendship or family.

But the man who brought back the past is also the person most willing to fight for their future.

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Reviewer: Tams

Review: An innocent trip to a local shop to buy batteries will change Terry’s life, again, but this time for the better. When Terry was in high school, he witnessed a seemingly brutal gay bashing. In shock, Terry was unable to move, much less respond to what was happening. Now several years later, life brings the victim of that unwarranted attack back into Terry’s life.

Ishmael has never forgotten what happened that day, or the fact that Terry just stood there and did nothing to stop the attack, or get him any help after. But the hatred he has harbored quickly evaporates when he learns that he and Terry weren’t and aren’t so different after all. Both men have struggled with life since that fateful day and finally have a chance at happiness, together.

This was a super short story about life coming full circle. It reads as an insta-love story, but if you actually pay attention to the words, a lot of time passes as Terry and Ishmael become familiar with each other over lunches in the park. You definitely need to be able to read between the lines to appreciate this love story as it grows. And while

I would love to read a longer story for these two, I thought the author did a good job of setting the stage, telling the story, and conveying the characters thoughts and needs.
If you are looking for a fast read with a decent plot and some cute romance then this is the perfect novella for you.

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Graphic Intentions by Randi Harmon

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Author: Randi Harmon
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (65 pages)
ISBN: 9781925180190
Publisher: Wilde City Press (October 22, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Scarred by past events, Scott and Derek find each other when neither is looking for a partner. Can they discover a way to battle their inner demons together rather than alone?

Scott Delaney, a graphic novelist suffering from writer’s block, discovers his elusive inspiration in Derek Reinhart, but he finds himself interested in him for more than just breaking down the wall of his writer’s block.

Derek isn’t looking for a relationship, but is intrigued by something beyond Scott’s graphic artwork.
While each is thinking the other is straight, neither acts on the attraction until a loudmouth bigot confronts them.

Sparks fly as they begin exploring this new side of their relationship, but can their new passion overcome each of their haunting pasts?

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Review:  I love my broody broken men; that’s my reader’s kink and absolutely the reason I liked this story from the start. I’m not crazy about insta-love, but insta-lust? Bring it on! Scott and Derek were hot for each other from first glance, and that had me all kinds of hot for them. Although

I shook my head at their astonishing lack of gaydar, once that issue was resolved the two were sizzling. That heated sexual tension that overrides everything else in life was ever present, and it put me in a state of anticipation (along with them, of course) almost immediately.

This is not what one would call an easy read. There is angst, self-doubt and self-recrimination deep within both Scott and Derek that pervades the whole story. There is also a glimmer of hope that comes from each of them finding their outlet in creativity, and ultimately each other.

The depths of their inner turmoil allowed for empathy. I wanted them to face their demons, to find absolution and solace together. It also paved the bumpy road to their HEA. I was so glad for that HEA, though. And the sex. Of course the sex. Did I mention it was hot??

At book’s end, I was struck with the thought that I would have loved more of Derek and Scott. A bit of a longer story with some more detail would have definitely amped things up. That being said, for a short read the emotion, depth of character and story was impressive.

If you are like me, and broody, broken, sexy men are your thing, grab this one up and introduce yourself to Scott and Derek. I hope you like them as much as I do!

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Letting Hearts Heal by Luna Jensen

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Series: N/A
Author: Luna Jensen
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 5th, 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Mason returns to Sweet Valley, Montana, with nothing but a backpack full of rejections. After nearly a decade in the big city experiencing the highest highs and lowest lows, his heart and spirit are shattered. Fire robbed him of cooking—the only thing he’s good at—and now he’s out of options.

Thrust into instant fatherhood, Dean struggles to find a balance between getting to know his young son and building his business. Meeting Mason again after many years apart just adds another element to the juggling act. Dean’s vision for his ranch give them a chance to work together—to find each other and to heal—but it’s no easy feat for a grief-stricken little boy, an overwhelmed loner used to focusing only on his work, and an insecure chef.

Can they find the path to healing and happiness?

ISBN: 978-1-63216-315-8

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: Overall, this is an incredibly cute story, though that is usually the case when there is a little kid involved in the story. This book is specifically all about the romance and healing hearts. This is the first book I’ve read by Luna Jensen, and from looking at Goodreads that would because this is her first published work.

Dean and Mason grew up together and are really high school sweethearts. However, Mason, coming from a not very accepting and unbending family (among other issues), had a rather traumatic time when he was forced to leave his hometown Sweet Valley (some of us may be thinking Sweet Valley High, but no).

The problem is life really hasn’t dealt him a good hand, even for the ten years he was away. There were people who were borderline abusive to him as well as the said fires from the blurb. Dean on the other hand stayed in Sweet Valley, though he was heartbroken when Mason left suddenly. Dean has been busy building up the family farm/business once more and recently has a father overnight to his four-year-old son, Wyatt.

Wyatt, as I said, is incredibly adorable. The poor kid has his own issues – so Dean not only has to smooth the way for Mason once they meet up again, he has already been doing the same for his son. But I have to be honest, the circumstances around Wyatt are clichéd – Dean who normally practiced safe sex forgot just the once, then he didn’t know about his son until Wyatt’s mother was killed in a car accident. However, I think we can let that slide since it’s only back-story and not a big deal is really made about it.

I found it interesting and yet very odd that these character’s don’t have a courtship as such. Instead, they have some slowly simmering tension before they just come together. It’s like their lives effortlessly mesh, including Wyatt. Mason’s psychological problems relating to fire I don’t was fully dealt with but it was nice to see that he had support and family in Dean and Wyatt. I also think that parts of this plot line were glossed over.

Really, though, this is a nice lighthearted romance and if you don’t over think the plot, you’ll enjoy it on some level. The characters are really relatable and for the most part, there aren’t any villains, (any real villains are glossed over and again these relate to Mason). There isn’t much in the way of sex, although there is some tension, but this for the most part is because Wyatt is heavily involved in the story. More or less, this is a story about family.

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Bump and Grind by Cameron D. James

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Series: Go-Go Boys of Club 21, #1
Author: Cameron D. James
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (110 pages)
Publisher: Cameron D. James (November 1st, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: Liam loves the life of being a go-go boy—dancing, partying, and constant adoration from hot clients. The only thing he has to worry about is if he’s using the right moves as he grinds to the beat to win the affection of the highest tippers.

But tonight, there’s a new patron at Club 21—Ryan, a dream hunk and former porn celebrity—and he’s got eyes for Liam, and Liam alone. A private dance is a no-touch affair, but when Ryan rents Liam for half an hour all for himself, the experience forever changes how Liam sees his life in the club.


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Reviewer: Prime

Review: I’m going to say first up: the blurb is misleading for the reason that the blurb only talks about go-go boy Liam and his mysterious, sexy hunk of client, Ryan. But, and this is a big but, there are also two other stories going on here, that of Liam’s fellow go-go boys Lance and Ken. Liam and Ken have been doing it a while but Lance is a newbie.

All three are happy and enthusiastic about their job as go-go boys at Club 21. This is a good book but on thinking, there isn’t a lot in the way of plot. The plot point of Liam and Ryan only forms about a third of the book. The thing is I liked this plot and really wanted to know more. The rest talks about the ins and outs of these guys jobs and has POV from Liam, Ken and Lance. To be perfectly frank, I felt as though I needed more time and details on Liam and Ryan and less time (still conveying the same info) on Lance and Ken.

I feel reluctant saying much else because to me not much really happens, which leaves me oddly disappointed. Then there is the ending. It’s a cliffhanger ending… frustrating but will probably keep me reading. This is a very sexy, hot of what should prove interesting.

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Choices and Changes by K.L. Belanger ~ Audiobook

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Author: K.L. Belanger
Narrator: Jonathan Waters
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 6 hours and 43 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (09-22-14)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: On the cusp of his twenty-fifth birthday, Bo Sanford grows frustrated with his directionless life. Slaving away at his father’s construction company all week and partying every weekend leaves him little time for introspection, but he knows it’s time for a change. When his best friend, Mac, drags him to a college party, Bo catches sight of a girl. But not just any girl—the girl of his dreams: a delicate blonde-haired beauty with a pink scarf and a smile that promises warmth and humor. There’s just one problem: she isn’t a girl.

Even after Bo discovers the truth, he keeps seeing Erick, and the choice to follow his heart despite the obstacles has profound repercussions on not only his sense of self but his relationship with his family and even his job. Being with Erick makes him all the more determined to be his own man and claw his way out from under his father’s thumb.

But Erick faces choices of his own: the choice to get involved with someone redefining his sexuality, the choice to trust again, and even the choice to believe love can last beyond the temporary.

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Reviewer: Tams

Review: It’s been almost two years since I initially read Choices and Changes, as it was not only a favorite read but also my first gay for you type story, I was anxious to dive into the audio version and visit with Bo and Erick again.

Jonathan Waters did an amazing job of bringing Belanger’s words to life, of giving Bo and Erick a distinct voice in his retelling. These two young men are portrayed so realistic, relatable, flawed, and approachable that you can’t help but fall in love with them, and root for them to find their own little piece of happiness.

Something that stood out more so in the audio version for me than it did in the print was the overbearing and abusive personality of Bo’s dad. While this isn’t the type of story where there is a villain per say, this asshat still managed to achieve villain status in my mind while I was listening to this story.

I thought I was going to have to take a chill pill, literally, when he started in on Bo in the office the first time Bo tried to quit. And then to find out the truth behind what happened with Bo’s mom, I seriously wanted to strangle the SOB. And Waters truly found this gravely, mean and hateful tone for the father that conveyed just how ugly a character he really was. Great job sir!

Colorful narration brought to life this richly written story about a strong young man who is struggling to figure out who he is and refuses to be labeled. If you have the opportunity, I suggest both reading and listening to this story, as each version is just as good as the other, and both are just a treat!

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Lights, Camera, Cupid! Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Lights, Camera, Cupid! and it’s incredible authors stopping by today on the Valentine blog tour. There’s a fabulous Valentine’s giveaway and my review of Lights, Camera, Cupid! for you to check out but no excerpt this time (I couldn’t find one to nick *pout*) but trust me these are great stories 😉 anyway check out the post and leave a comment to enter this great giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

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 Lights, Camera, Cupid!

 (A Bluewater Bay Valentine’s Day Anthology)

L.A. Witt, Z.A. Maxfield, Anne Tenino, S.E. Jakes, Amy Lane

Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.

Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.

In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.

Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In S.E. Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.

Real life may be nothing like TV, but when Cupid comes to town, there’s plenty of romance and drama to go around.

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Like Stars by Selina Kray Guest Post, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Selina Kray stopping by for a visit with her debut novel Like Stars, Selina chats a bit about Like Stars title, I’ve nicked a bit of an excerpt, we have a fantastic comment giveaway and we have Prime’s review for you to check out. So peeps check out the post then leave a comment to enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~ 

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 Like Stars


Selina Kray

What if your true love walked back into your life five years after his death?

Nathaniel Thredgold has finally returned from the war. Or has he? His lover, Wesley Douglas, isn’t sure. Wesley must put aside his engagement, his disbelief, and his anger to give his professional opinion. The truth about their relationship isn’t an option. But is this stranger really the Ravensworth heir and Wesley’s long-lost love? When your heart’s at stake, there’s no room for doubt.

Set in the Edwardian era, Like Stars is a tale of mysterious identities, scandalous family secrets, and lovers in a dangerous time.

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Storming Love: Blizzard, MLR Press Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, today we have joined by MRL Press as they show off their newest series Storming Love: Blizzard, there’s six books in the series from six great authors and I’ve nicked an excerpt from MLR Press for one of the books *shhh don’t tell MLR Press* so check out the post and then click the Rafflecopter link ❤ ~Pixie~

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 Storming Love: Blizzard


Sara York, Neil Placky, R.J. Scott, Vicktor Alexander, Nicole Dennis, Jackie Nacht

Storming Love S2_Jens_and_ElliotStorming Love: Blizzard – Jens & Elliot by Sara York (release date: 1/23/15)

Jens Arnesen is only looking for a taste of the city, a place to experience Boston. What he finds is a sexy naked man who ends up being more than he bargained for. Elliot Matthews needs a place to stay until the storm blows over and the airports open. Being walked in on by Jens starts out as an annoyance but grows into the best thing in his life. When the skies clear and the airports open, they have no choice but to part. If only they lived closer to each other then life would be perfect.

When the storm throws them together, can Jens and Elliot make the most of the situation?

Storming Love S2_Kimo_and_MikeStorming Love: Blizzard – Kimo & Mike by Neil Plakcy (release date: 1/30/15)

Former competitive surfer and Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka is in his element in his home state of Hawaii. But a ski trip with his partner, fire investigator Mike Riccardi, knocks him off balance. As a bitter storm rages outside the condo where they’re staying, one of Mike’s college buddies is feuding with his wife and the other is making sexy overtures to Kimo. Will these tensions ruin the vacation and perhaps even drive a wedge between Kimo and Mike?

Storming Love S2_Seth_and_CaseyStorming Love: Blizzard – Seth & Casey by RJ Scott (release date: 2/6/15)

The blizzard of the century has stranded teacher Casey McGuire and pupils at a country retreat. As a last resort and fearing for their lives he calls his ex, fireman Seth Wild. The same man who promised that he would always be there for Casey.

Seth is on sick leave after a terrible accident leaves him near dead. He’s wallowing in self pity and he’s already driven away the only man who cared about him. Casey. When he receives the call, he is the only person left to help and nothing will stop him.

Because if Seth can’t help, then very possibly Casey and the kids won’t make it out of this alive.

Storming Love S2_Layne_River_and_DamionStorming Love: Blizzard – Layne, River & Damion by Vicktor Alexander (release date: 2/13/15)

It has taken Damion Martin six months to finally start to get over the startling break-up from his partner Layne Haylse. They’d been high school sweethearts and blissfully in love. Then the man suddenly wanted nothing to do with him. Having to work with him at Yale University almost every day made the separation that much harder. Meeting the young marketing major, River Cunningham, may just be the ticket to helping Damion heal.

But they say that to every story there’s two sides, and the truth lies somewhere in the middle. When a harrowing blizzard crashes through Connecticut, trapping all three men inside the campus library, they will soon find that sometimes things aren’t as black and white as they seem. When the truth is revealed, it may change their lives forever.

(release date: 2/13/15)

Storming Love S2_Morgan_and_GavinStorming Love: Blizzard – Gavin & Morgan by Nicole Dennis (release date: 2/20/15)

Drained from forecasting both hurricanes and twisters, Gavin Larson, a meteorologist, accepts a request to become the head forecaster for a Philadelphia television station. He goes for a trial time during winter. A calm, quiet winter where he can recharge. Until he discovers a series of potential events ready to clash.

Taking over his family’s position, Morgan Rylee Whittaker III feels the pressure to follow their lofty attitude, he can’t stay hidden in the executive suites. He jumps into the chaos. Bumping into the meteorologist, Morgan feels a thump of arousal, but listens when Gavin locates a dangerous blizzard heading up the coast.

Together, they protect and prepare Philadelphia from the incoming nor’easter. They dance around the steady beat of attraction brewing between them as the storm rages.

(release date: 2/20/15)

Storming Love S2_Stokes_and_FordStorming Love: Blizzard – Stokes & Ford by Jackie Nacht (release date: 2/27/15)

Ford and Stokes are about to weather two storms; the blizzard coming their way and their growing feelings for one another.

Stokes has been rooming with Ford ever since the first day of college. Although his feelings had started out as friendly, over time, they have grown deeper. He’s fallen for Ford, hard, but how the hell is Stokes going to tell Ford? When college winter break approaches, Stokes decides to take Ford up to his parent’s rental to have a fun weekend  with Ford and finally let his best friend know what he feels. However, with a blizzard coming in, they will have to weather the storm outside and in their hearts. 

(release date: 2/27/15)

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