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Cosmic Inception by Alicia Nordwell

Alicia Nordwell - Cosmic Inception CoverTitle: Cosmic Inception

Series:  Saving Caeorleia # 3

Author: Alicia Nordwell

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Science Fiction

Length: Novel (310 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 18, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Their journey will span the universe and back, but there’s no guarantee they’ll make it together.

Though Nick and Fieo are drawn to each other, their relationship has never been easy. Their differences go beyond their races, but they’ve managed to work together to prevent the spread of corruption, growing closer along the way. Nick still battles the effects of years of loneliness, fear, and pain but surprises everyone when he refuses to stay behind when Fieo is sent on a vital mission to find the Collectors. Fieo objects, but there’s no stopping Nick when he sets his mind to something. Over the course of their mission, it becomes clear Nick is more than anyone ever imagined, but the mystery of his past threatens to derail his future.

The search for the truth will take Fieo and Nick far from Caeorleia, to worlds both familiar and completely alien, and put stress on their already tenuous relationship. It’s a journey that will either tear them apart or finally bring them together.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63477-475-8

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order.

Oh my god was this book fantastic. Feio and Nicklaus take on a mission that spans the universe in search of answers. What they discover is way more than they bargained for.

Despite what Nicklaus went through he is smart and dedicated to the mission, despite the fact that he has problems being around others. Feio has been so patient and understanding with Nicklaus, ever since they meet and has done everything in his power to let Nicklaus come to him when he’s ready.

The intense situations, twists and turns plus an amazing cast of characters just blew my mind. I could not believe how much information was dispersed throughout this great story. I loved how well the story flowed. It seemed we were given just enough to keep reading bit by bit as Nicklaus discovers who he really is.

The revelation about Nicklaus… I was not expecting but was pleasantly surprised and awed by it. I loved everything about this story and am looking forward to more in the series.

Highly recommended.

Son of Money by Brandon Witt

Brandon Witt - Son of Money CoverTitle: Son Of Money

Series: N/A

Author: Brandon Witt

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (284 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 11th 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: Randall Morgan, youngest son of one of Seattle’s wealthiest families, rejected his family’s money to live free of their control and pursue his career as a photographer. To make ends meet, Randall does erotic photography and massage—a secret he keeps from his family so he can remain a part of his young niece’s life. But the price of that relationship is high, and Randall is once more slipping under his family’s thumb.

Noah Carroll is the spokesperson for the Seattle Humane Society, and the city holds a special place in his heart. When fate intervenes during a pet adoption, Noah finds himself face-to-face with his first love—Randall.

While Noah and Randall are not the teenagers they once were, the flame of a first kiss long ago draws them together. Their romance is beginning to grow, but someone is out to destroy Randall and expose all he keeps hidden.

When secrets and rumors thrust Randall into the public eye, his relationship with Noah isn’t the only thing that comes under threat.

ISBN: 9781634773126

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Reviewer: Aerin

Review: Randall Morgan, the black sheep of the wealthy Morgan family, gave up on the family fortune in order to be free of their manipulations and expectations and be himself. Randall is a talented photographer who’s supplementing his income by offering relaxation massage that more often than not have happy endings for his clients and for himself. Randall photographs children in fantasy settings, but he also does sexual and pornographic photography, usually joining in the fun half way through. His family managed to get over the fact that Randall chose his own destiny and that he is gay, but they will never accept Randall’s promiscuity. The only thing that keeps Randall in Seattle is the love for his 7 year old niece Bailey, who’s the most important person in his life.

Noah Carroll is the son of missionaries, he’s a former religious man who wanted nothing more than to become a minister and teach people about God. Life in general, and a series of events that rocked Noah’s faith in God, led him to leave his religion behind and become the face of Seattle Humane Society. Noah and Randall have known each other from their teenage years, when they shared a kiss that neither of them will ever forget. Noah has always known Randall is the one, and planned to reconnect with him in the near future. That moment comes sooner than expected when Randall comes to adopt a puppy for his niece Bailey.

Noah is everything Randall has always wanted in a man, and the one person he’s been comparing all others to. Their relationship progresses rather quickly because there is no hesitation or confusion as to where they see themselves in the future. I thought things moved at a pace that was too rapid for me, because it’s been over 20 years since Noah and Randall have seen each other. The children they’ve both been are nothing like the men they’ve become, so I wish there was more flirting, sexual tension, that get-to-know-you beautiful time before any serious relationship; but at the same time I appreciated how sure of himself Noah was and how confident he was in his feelings for Randall.

Randall’s little side business is revealed by a jealous client and Randall is accused of prostitution. His reputation is pretty much destroyed and new claims of inappropriate behavior with the children he photographed are being made by an anonymous source. Randall becomes depressed and insecure, which I understood and sympathized with. However, I loved how solid and supportive Noah was through it all; Noah was by far my favorite character, I adored him! Randall was harder to like, more difficult to connect with, and I think that’s because he lacks the charisma that attracts me to a person. There were plenty of things to like about him, but overall I found him bland and forgettable.

Son of Money is not an angsty book, there’s no relationship drama and most importantly, there are no misunderstandings. When it comes to family however, this was filled with the kind of drama that only rich and entitled people are able to create. So much backstabbing!!! One of the reasons I didn’t love this book as much as the more recent Brandon Witt books are the horrible secondary characters. There were exactly two secondary characters I liked, Randall’s sister in law and best friend Kayla, and Bailey (his niece). That’s it! The rest were a bunch of cold hearted, manipulating, hateful, controlling freaks. Also, there isn’t a lot happening in this book aside from Randall trying to find out who’s trying to destroy his career and reputation. After a while it became a bit boring and I wanted to get to the end of it, while hoping something would happen to engage me and pull me in.

Nice writing like always, but not the best I’ve seen from Brandon.

Chasing the Dream by Andrew Grey

Andrew Grey - Chasing The Dream Cover sTitle: Chasing the Dream 

Series: N/A

Author: Andrew Grey

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 11, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Brian Paulson has lived a life of luxury and ease. If he’s been left lonely because of his family’s pursuit of wealth and their own happiness, he figures it’s a small price to pay for what he sees as most important: money.

Cade McAllister has never had it easy. He works two jobs to support himself, his mother, and his special-needs brother. They don’t have much, but to Cade, love and taking care of the people who are important to him mean more than material possessions. When Cade is mugged in the park, he can’t afford to lose what little he has, and he’s grateful for Brian’s intervention.

Cade is given a chance to return the favor when Brian’s grandfather passes away and Brian’s assets are frozen. Cade offers Brian a place to stay and helps him find work, and the two men grow closer as they learn the good and the bad of the very different worlds they come from. Just as Brian is starting to see there’s more to life than what money can buy, a clause in his grandfather’s will could send their relationship up in smoke.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-471-0

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Basically this book is about two men thrown together from different backgrounds who help one another. Brian is used to having it all until his grandfather dies and leaves a stipulation that ends up leaving Brian with nothing, forcing him to grow up and make his own way in life.

Cade is the man who has always had it rough yet he helps Brian out in his time of need. I really liked the different backgrounds of these two and the way despite being different they managed to form a tight bond with one another.

I have to admit I did not like Brian at first; he was arrogant and thought he could do whatever he wanted as a result of having too much money. I loved Cade; he was a hard worker and did not take things for granted.

You just never know when life can change altering your life forever. So be kind to one another no matter where you come from. Sometimes you have to be given a wakeup call in order to see that just maybe you can learn to be a better person than you were, as was the case with Brian.

This story was interesting and intriguing, it will keep you reading until the very end.

Acceptance by Grace R. Duncan

Grace R. Duncan - Acceptance Cover sTitle: Acceptance

Series: Forbes Mates 03

Author: Grace R. Duncan

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novel (236pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-63477-406-2

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (8th July 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Dr. Miles Grant acknowledges that his destined mate could be either gender even though his bisexuality cost him his family and his pack. Luckily he found the Forbes Pack, who happily accepts him just as he is. What he never counted on was finding his mate in Pittsburgh or for his mate to be another species entirely—a cat!

Quincy Archer isn’t just any jaguar shifter. He is the heir to the leadership of his pride. Destined mates are nothing but legend to the nearly extinct and generally solitary jaguars, and Quincy certainly never expected to find one for himself, much less a male… or a wolf.

However, finding each other and coming to terms with their species is the least of their worries. Quincy is expected to select a proper female mate, father a cub, and take his place as heir to the pride. Except Quincy refuses, having no interest in women or leadership and knowing he isn’t right for it. But his father will stop at nothing—not even attempting to kill Miles—to get his way. Quincy and Miles must overcome many obstacles to stay together as the destined mates they’re meant to be.

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Review: This story is part of a series and is best read in order.

Miles is a wolf shifter who doesn’t care what sex his mate will be, he just never expects his mate to be a cat shifter. Accepting his mating is easy but actually mating is another matter when his mate is on the run from a father who is determined that his son will mate a female and produce cubs.

Quincy would love nothing more than to claim his mate, but with the men his father has sent getting closer all the time Quincy is determined that he won’t draw danger to his mate, but when Quincy ends up in Miles’ emergency room they can no longer deny their bond.

Wow this story is a bit of a roller-coaster ride, the twists and turns were stunningly executed, the characters were well written and the storyline just draws you in.

Miles and Quincy are a fantastic couple, they just seem to slide easily into being a couple once they accept they are stronger together than they are apart. We get to know both Miles and Quincy quite well; we come to love them as they face danger that comes from unexpected quarters. What they eventually uncover is a shocking conspiracy that could see… well I’ll let you discover that for yourself 😉

This story is pretty fast paced; everything slides into place perfectly even as it surprises you. I have got to admit that the events as they unfold made perfect sense even as I was thinking ‘damn I never would have thought that’.

As we watch Quincy and Miles get to the bottom of their problems we are joined by Jamie & Chad (Patience) and Finley & Tanner (Devotion) so we delightedly get to catch up with the guys.

Oh yeah, stick around for the epilogue ‘cause it’s just so cute and sweet!

I recommend this to those who love paranormal romances that hit the right spot, who love overcoming obstacles that are far larger than first thought, who adore characters who come alive and are exceptional and those who swoon over happily ever afters!

Smoke & Mirrors by Charlie Cochet

Charlie Cochet - Smoke & Mirrors CoverTitle: Smoke & Mirrors

Series: THIRDS #7

Author: Charlie Cochet

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Length: Novel (230 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 8, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he’s always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home, and the arms of his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Sloane Brodie, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he’s secretly believed all along: his parents’ death wasn’t an accident.

Discovering the whole truth about John and Gina Daley’s homicide sets off a series of events that will change Dex and Sloane’s lives forever. As buried secrets rise to the surface and new truths are revealed, Dex and Sloane’s love for each other is put to the test, with more than their relationship on the line. If traversing the waters of murder and secret government agencies wasn’t enough, something inexplicable has been happening to Dex—and nothing will ever be the same.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-388-1

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  This story is not a stand-alone novel and needs to be read in order. All of the characters are well established in the other stories, so if you want to get the full effect then trust me start with book one. This is the seventh book in this series and I have to tell you that the questions you had before, well this one will give you some answers.

This story starts off with Dex waking up tied to a chair. He had been abducted by Mr. Wolf, who wants what his mother had taken. The only problem was Dex had no clue what the hell the man was talking about. To top it off with all the drugs the idiot had given him; it would seem Dex has a few surprises left for you. He finds out about his parents and the twists are pretty captivating. Poor Sloane is in for some surprises now.

Sloane is quite shocked by the things he finds out. Now as many of us known when Sloane freaks out, he asks for space. This time however he is about to get beat over the head. The lingering scents that Dex is putting out there, will lead us into some interesting facts about humans and Therian’s.

The guys are more together in this story, more domestic if one might say so. There is a closeness that wasn’t there before. The twists and turns to this story kept my attention from the start. I must admit that there were some small parts that I didn’t much care for, but then again it is probably just me. I think it is because you get the feeling, that this is soon to be the end of this particular series. There is a lot of action and surprises in this series that makes it even better for me. I always love a good action based plot with shocks and surprises, mixed in with some hot sex.

As always Charlie Cochet has given us a fun filled story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I love our guys and can’t wait to read more about them. I can’t wait for Seb’s and Hudson to have their happily ever after though. I want more stories about all our amazing characters.

Once again this story rocked and I can’t wait for the next story. This is one story that I would definitely recommend.

Three of A Kind by Sean Michael

Sean Michael - Three of A Kind CoverTitle: Three of a Kind

Series: N/A

Author: Sean Michael

Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Ménage and Multiple Partners

Length: Novella (99 pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (April 26, 2016)

Heat Level: Burning

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: What’s better than a pair? Three of a Kind of course!

Zane is about to give up by the time his truck breaks down in Arizona. All he has in the world is the truck, less than fifty bucks and more bruises than any one young man should have to bear. That’s when he meets buff giant Butch who takes Zane in, helping him get his life back together.

Problem is, Butch already has a lover, an artist named Randy. Or at least Zane thinks it’s a problem. Turns out, it’s not the kind of trouble Zane thinks it is when Butch and Randy both take a romantic interest in him.

Can Zane let go of his troubled past and let Butch and Randy teach him that love doesn’t have to hurt?

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to past physical abuse.

Publisher’s Note: This book has been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-406-6

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This book was an emotional roller-coaster with excellent characters. Zane leaves his abusive boyfriend after he beats him badly. His truck breaks down and along comes Butch to help him out when he sees how badly Zane is hurt he takes him home to heal.

Randy, Butch’ partner immediately agrees to help Zane heal. Along the way Butch and Randy grow attracted to Zane. I liked the day to look into the lives of these very different men. I also liked how Randy and Butch helped Zane recuperate when he had no one to turn to.

The whole story was well written and awesome except for the end. I felt as though something was missing as it just ends. But other than that it was a really good story.

Breathing Betrayal by Bellora Quinn & Sadie Rose Bermingham

Bellora Quinn & Sadie Rose Beringham - Breathing Betrayal CoverTitle: Breathing Betrayal

Series:  Elemental Evidence # 1

Author: Bellora Quinn & Sadie Rose Bermingham

Genre: Crime and Mystery, Erotic Romance, Paranormal

Length: Super Novel (243 pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (June 7, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Every breath brings them closer to love, and a killer.

Jake Chivis is the descendant of Fire Elementals with a gift for psychometry, the ability to see memories from touching objects. After a bad breakup and trouble at work, Jake gave up his career as a detective in Detroit and moved to England to join a research program studying Elemental gifts at University College London. It seemed like the perfect way to escape his past and start over, and this time he’s vowed not to fall into the trap of dating a coworker. At least that’s the plan, until he meets Doctor Ilmarinen Gale.

Mari Gale is blond, sexy, relentlessly academic and comfortable in his own skin in a way Jake envies. After a handful of embarrassing encounters, Jake is ready to resign himself to staying under the radar, but when a colleague’s brother goes missing, he and Mari must work together to find him. As they dig into the inexplicable disappearance, Jake is impressed with Mari’s competence and unique skills, and even more impressed by his ability to wrap Jake around his finger. Together the unlikely pair discover murder, betrayal, secrets and just how high Mari can fan Jake’s flames.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, strangulation and murder.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-422-6

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Jake and Mari both worked well together when a colleague goes missing and things turn sinister. The mystery immediately sparked my interest and the many twists and turns kept me reeling and reading.

Doctor Mari Gale was sexy, seemed like a carefree academic that was very comfortable with himself. Jake is a descendant of a fire element with psychometry, the ability to see memories from touching objects that I found fascinating yet could imagine it was horrifying at times as well.

I was entranced with how well the mystery was written and how interwoven it was with the right amount of details to keep the reader reading until the very end. This book contains an ample supply of mystery, danger and enough sexy scenes to heat up the pages.

Great read.

The Trouble With Mirrors by Bailey Bradford

Bailey Bradford - The Trouble With Mirrors CoverTitle: The Trouble with Mirrors

Series: The Vamp for Me # 5

Author: Bailey Bradford

Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Paranormal, Vampires

Length: Novella (91 pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (26th April 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: A little sass and a perfect ass can land a vamp in a sticky situation…

Paolo has watched his friends and coven leader find mates, their other halves. He’s ready to find someone just for him, though that means getting out and actually going somewhere.

When his coven leader, Claude, asks him to help out with a bit of a spy mission, Paolo agrees. He puts on his sexiest—and skimpiest—club outfit and dives right in.

But the mission brings him head to head with his coven’s worst enemies, the Dark Slayers. And when he finds himself attracted to one who’s about to be initiated against his will, Paolo can’t resist helping the man out…and having some really hot sex while he’s at it.

Then the Dark Slayers find them…

ISBN: 978-1-78651-420-2

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Paolo a vamp is tasked with finding out more information about the slayers. He meets Dakota and learns that he is soon to join the slayers but not by choice. I found the story interesting as we have a cute vamp bent on stopping the slayers from harming members of the coven he is in and a human who is being pressured by his brother to join a group he wants nothing to do with.

Paolo and Dakota grow closer as the danger grows closer so Paolo decides to protect Dakota from the group. This book has drama, action and some hot scenes to keep a reader interested.

I really enjoyed the book immensely. But then again I love Bailey’s books.

Pride Under Fire by Elizabeth Coldwell

Elizabeth Coldwell - Pride Under Fire CoverTitle: Pride Under Fire

Series: Lionhearts #5

Author: Elizabeth Coldwell

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Paranormal

Length: Novella (157 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (February 23, 2015)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Will their passion burn out of control?

Connor Wabsik’s career as a firefighter is on the line after he punched out his commanding officer. Redemption is possible in the form of a move to a sleepy California mountain town, but it will mean leaving his old life behind. What he doesn’t know is that his destiny waits for him in Riesgo. Fate has paired him with a human mate, Andy McGuire—a man with secrets of his own. Connor is fighting to protect the town from a dangerous firestarter. When Andy’s life is threatened, will Connor be able to keep him safe, too?

Detective Andy McGuire is unlucky in love, but when he meets Connor, the handsome new recruit to the Riesgo Fire Service, things start looking up. How can he stop a serial arsonist from destroying everything he holds dear? And as passion threatens to burn out of control between him and Connor, what will happen when Andy learns that the man he loves might not be what he seems? 

ISBN: 978-1-78651-375-5

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Although I usually suggest starting a series with the first book this one is a bit different. Previous characters might be mentioned in the story, each one of these are different characters with plots that are not connected to each other. So whether you start with book one or this one, you won’t get lost.

Connor is a lion shifter and a fire fighter who has finally had it with his commanding officer. The man is a prick who is constantly giving the others hell. So for once he stood up and just punched the man. The problem was it almost cost him his job, but instead got him transferred to another town.

For a long time Connor believed you could not bond with a human, that is until he found a couple who were in fact bonded. Now he wanted a mate for himself. He definitely got his wish, in the form of a sexy man named Andy.

Andy is a detective who feels like he is about to hit rock bottom. He is just not successful at love and doesn’t know if he will ever get there. That is until he meets Connor. The problem is Andy is a human who has no idea of lion shifters, to top it off there is someone who is burning the places around him down.

You get the same old same old, about shifters having to hide their identity from humans as well as matings, but this is a unique series as it is focusing on lion shifters. I loved how Connor is in this story, and enjoy his wicked sense of humor. I love a good paranormal romance that has the ability to make you laugh your ass off. Connor definitely does that for you.

The only problem I had with the story is it does drag in some areas for me. Other than that I enjoyed reading it. I look forward to reading the next story.

Perfect Strangers by Edward Kendrick

Edward Kendrick - Perfect Strangers CoverTitle: Perfect Strangers

Series: N/A

Author: Edward Kendrick

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance

Length: Novella (111pgs)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (May 10, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts

Blurb: Opposites attract—but is that attraction enough to bring two strangers together?

Raphael Koenig is an assassin working for a covert outfit. He’s also a man who uses alcohol to fend off terrifying nightmares. After completing one too many kills and dealing with one too many nightmares, he is close to burning out. So, he takes a break—a two-week vacation in New Orleans.

Alden Durant lives and works in New Orleans. One afternoon he happens to see a sad, lonely-looking man—Raphael. When they run into each other again, Alden offers to show him the city and they strike up a tentative friendship that leads to a casual sexual relationship they are certain will end when Raphael’s vacation is over.

Raphael is called back early for another job, and both men believe they will never meet again. Then, fate steps in when Raphael is sent to New Orleans to take out a hired killer. He and Alden reconnect, but will they be able to handle the revelations that ensue? Or will those revelations drive them apart this time—permanently.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-413-4

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Edward Kendrick’s is an amazing author who gives you a story that you can sink your teeth into. Perfect Strangers is a tense and soul searching story that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. I have always loved a good story that has men who carry weapons and are hit men. There is just something about them that catches my eye even more than others. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that one is an assassin where the other is a priest.

Alden is a priest who is open and sees the best in those around him. He is a caring man that will catch your heart even more. Now the only problem I have is that priests are not supposed to have sex so that part drove me nuts. Now Raphael is the assassin sent to bring those who are wrong, guilty, and dangerous or down right evil to justice.

When Raphael was young he saw something that put him on to the path he was on. He was said to be damaged beyond repair, but it only takes the love of a good man to show that they were wrong. He doesn’t enjoy killing but sees it to an end. He wants to help those who are victims see the justice.

Now another part that made it really hard to get into was the fact that a priest was good with what Raphael did. It was just too odd. These are definitely two characters that were not what I had expected. You will catch glimpses into each character that will give you the answers you would seek normally. It shows Raphael with not only his intense attitude, but also his sadness. His sadness is what brought Alden’s attention to him.

This book has a different type of plot that is intriguing to a point. The pace is at the perfect speed for this type of story. Now I have to admit that I didn’t really get into it like I should have, but I did enjoy reading it. I have always loved this author’s work and will continue to look for more stories by this amazing author.

I had fun with this and would definitely recommend it.

A Double Sacrifice by Jaxx Steele

Jaxx Steele - A Double Sacrifice CoverTitle: A Double Sacrifice, 2nd Edition

Series: N/A

Author: Jaxx Steele

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance

Length: Short Story

Publisher: Pride Publishing (22nd March 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5Hearts

Blurb: When twins are born to the king of deliverance, could the prince be receiving dreams meant for the princess by mistake?

The time of deliverance is just a few days away, and Prince Kenwei can’t recite the ancient
words that will bind his twin sister to the lake god. Restless nights rob him of his concentration.

When the princess explains that his dreams are similar to the ones that call the chosen one to the god, Kenwei knows she has to be wrong. He is convinced there is no way he can receive a dream meant for his sister, but is he right?

ISBN: 978-1-78651-390-8

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Kenwei’s sister was supposed to be the one mated to the lake god, so to his surprise he was the one with the dreams. He cannot bind his sister and is torn with what to do. The first pair of twins born to do a duty. A dream that leads one to their true destiny, which leads a big shock to the poor guy.

This is one of those stories about an African tribe and their traditions. I have to admit though that if it had not been such a short story I would have put it back on the shelf. It is a short story that has a lot of heat to it and is very strange to say the least.

It is well written and has a lot of depth to it which was a shock. However I am afraid that I just didn’t connect with this story nor its characters. It is a good read though and I would definitely recommend it.

Hearts On The Line by T.A. Chase (2nd Edition)

T.A. Chase - Hearts On The Line Cover sTitle: Hearts On The Line

Series: N/A

Author: T.A. Chase

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Science Fiction, War, Military

Length: Novella

Publisher: Pride Publishing (May 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Baxter and Addison are meant to die, but their love for each other won’t let them choose that future.

In 2134, the United States of America no longer exists as the super power it once was. Americans fight to keep from being completely conquered by their enemies. Scientists have begun to genetically engineer soldiers to fight the war. These men are stronger, faster and more impervious to injuries. The soldiers are created in labs, then once they are birthed, they are shipped to compounds where they are trained from their very first breath to fight.

Baxter and Addison are two such soldiers. They are from different compounds, but they serve in the same unit. Baxter isn’t the most intelligent, and he knows it. His job is to kill the bad guys, and not to do anything else. Addison understands his place in the world, but he finds he wants more at times. He doesn’t want just to be a killer. He wants to have some other kind of life, and he’s discovered that he wants his life to be with Baxter.

When their unit decides to make a desperate run for the border and freedom, Baxter and Addison only have the certainty of their love to get them through the dangers they are about to face.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-461-5

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This story was previously published by Amber Allure.

After having read so many stories that were either not very well written, too dark or just bizarre this story was a breath of fresh air. I have always loved T.A.’s  books so I knew that it would be a hit. Now, I am not one who normally likes sci-fi stories or even futuristic ones, but this one rocked. You would not see it from the cover, but this one was pretty amazing. The blurb was what caught my attention and it didn’t let me down.

In the year 2134 our world is no longer what it used to be; war has taken over, killing many and America’s struggle to just survive what has happened. To help fight, biogenetically engineered men were created to fight. Addison is the leader of their men, whereas Baxter is the second in command. They are strong fighters but there is something that makes them different. Even though they were created in different areas, they ended up fighting for the same unit. Addison shows his care for Baxter, when Baxter had been injured earlier on. It would seem those who are badly injured or just not wanted are killed off. Addison had done everything he could to keep him with him.

Baxter has felt the same for Addison but he thinks that he is not worthy of such devotion. Baxter knows he is not as smart as the others and is basically a good killer, but you can see his heart right off the bat. Whereas Addison wants more for them both. And their unit makes the choice to stop fighting and to run for freedom. It would seem the humans are starting to fear them and have placed them into even more danger. Now it is time to seek freedom.

The writing was fully developed and detailed that it felt like I was right there with them. I loved the characters and how much depth that there was. The romance was light, sweet and tender. This might be the story that will show me a different look at sci-fi and futuristic stories.

I had a lot of fun reading this and look forward into reading some more by this amazing author.

That’s One Cross Vamp by Bailey Bradford

Bailey Bradford - That's One Cross Vamp Cover sTitle: That’s One Cross Vamp

Series:  The Vamp for Me # 6

Author: Bailey Bradford

Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Paranormal, Vampires

Length: Novella (88 pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (June 21, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Death, taxes and vampires—the three certainties in Erin’s life.

Erin Meyers knows all about the existence of vampires. He’s the guy who helped his twin brother Andrew find true love with the kilt-wearing Radney.

Erin’s used sex as a way to run from his emotions for a long time. It’s become a habit that he’s finally caught on to, and he’s growing tired of it. In fact, he’s growing tired too easily in general.

A doctor’s visit leaves him fearing for his life. When he encounters a friendly vamp he knows out at the club, Erin breaks his no-vamps rule and takes Jude home with him. Together, they burn up the sheets, and Erin finds himself willing to spend more than one night with Jude. Soon, a relationship blooms, but the bad news Erin gets might put an end to any dreams he had for the future.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-462-2

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Erin is now facing the age gap between him and his twin. He reconsiders everything he turned down. To stay young he still goes to clubs dancing and having a good time.

Jude, the vampire that makes Erin’s heart beat faster, has been waiting patiently for Erin to live out his life a little before claiming him as his own. Just when things began to heat between the two Erin gets devastating news that alters his life.

I truly loved this book. It had everything you could want in a book. There’s a slow romance, life altering decisions that have to be made, with added humour and drama. This book is one of the best in the series to date.

I loved how well the story read from serious to humor and back again.

Highly recommended.

Last Mechanic Standing by L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt - Last Mechanic Standing CoverTitle: Last Mechanic Standing

Series: Wrench Wars #1

Author: L.A. Witt

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (80 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 6th 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 hearts

Blurb: Everyone at Jim Irving’s garage is gung ho about Wrench Wars, a new reality show featuring mechanics. Everyone, that is, except talented mechanic Chandler Scott, the sole employee who has refused to sign the contract. The rest of the mechanics are pressuring him too, because without Chandler—and his volatile interactions with his boss—no one’s getting on the show.

Chandler’s one ally is Jim’s son, Mark, who’s being forced to work for his dad until he pays down his student loans or finds a better job—and who’s been Chandler’s secret lover for a while.

Then a playful tryst in the garage blows up in their faces, giving the network ammo to blackmail Chandler by threatening to out Mark to his father. Now Chandler is backed into a corner, and Mark needs to decide how far he’s willing to go to protect the man who’s been sharing his bed… and may have stolen his heart.

ISBN: 9781634773805

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Reviewer: Aerin

Review: When I realized how short this book was I let out a mighty groan of dislike. I usually have difficulty with short books and novellas because they tend to leave me wanting more, but this is L.A. Witt and I thought maybe I should have some faith. For as short as this was, I have absolutely no complaints! It was just the right length because it truly packed a punch and didn’t give me any chances to get bored.

Mark has started working at his father’s garage after college, and even though he hates being under his homophobic father’s thumb and live his life closeted, all the student loans hanging over his head don’t give him much choice. For the past two years Mark and his best friend Chandler have been enjoying a sexual relationship with no expectations for more. Mark just needs to pay off his student loans before he’s able to leave and live his life the way he always wanted to.

Chandler works for Mark’s father as a mechanic, and as much as he loves his job, he hates his employer and Mark’s father; those two always come to blows over every little thing. When the TV show Wrench Wars shows an interest in the shop Chandler works at, Chandler knows they’re only interested in the ratings his volatile relationship with his employer will bring, and Chandler isn’t interested in signing. But when his relationship with Mark is threatened to be exposed, Chandler doesn’t think about himself anymore, and does whatever he has to in order to protect the man he loves.

Can I just say that those two were stupidly hot together? I’m not sure what it was about them, maybe the fact that they knew each other since they were kids (friends to lovers is my favorite kind of setup), or the intensity and chemistry maybe did the trick, but I loved them together.

I am so excited about this series, and the setting for the next book is perfectly done! I can’t wait for Kasey’s book (you naughty, dirty, kinky fucker!)

Good As Gold by Susan Laine

o-good-as-goldTitle: Good as Gold

Series: Heroes at Heart, #4

Author: Susan Laine

Genre: Contemporary/New adult

Length: 56 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (6 July 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb:  It’s been two and a half years since aspiring writer Yancy Bell met troubled jock Curt Donovan. Yancy works at the NY Public Library, and Curt is studying dance at Julliard. It’s summer in New York City, and the devoted couple couldn’t be happier together.

Yancy’s book is the story of Curt’s survival of depression and attempted suicide. When his former English professor, Hume, encourages him, Yancy is surprised and pleased—only to be devastated when Hume commits an unethical act. This adversity leads Yancy to a new understanding of depression as he spirals down to his lowest point ever.

It’s Curt’s turn to step up to the plate and become Yancy’s hero.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-144-3

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: Good as Gold is the fourth book in Susan Laine’s series, Heroes at Heart.

Our main characters, Yancy and Curt, have come a long way since the first book where Curt’s fight with depression led him to attempting suicide in the opening pages.

Now the guys have been together for a few years. They are pretty well established in life, which why Yancy is putting more effort into the book that he is writing based on his and Curt’s experiences in an effort to highlight depression. Along the way Yancy bumps into his smarmy English Lit professor – who, straight off, you can tell there isn’t something quite right.

This is a pretty quick read but it was nice that the shoe was on the other foot, so to speak. Instead of Curt having problems with his own issues and depression, it is now Yancy that is facing the crises. I loved revisiting these guys. They are solid together, while at the same time dealing with their mental demons.

I like how Susan Laine delicately treats depression while at the same time not trivializing it. I think fans of the series will be more than satisfied by this installment of Yancy and Curtis’s story. I’m not sure if their story has ended or if there is more in store for them, but part of me hopes that this isn’t the last we see of the guys.

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