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TWO 5 and 4.5 Stars for Everything Changes by Melanie Hansen (Guest Post)- #MM #Military #Amputee @MelJoyAZ

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Title: Everything Changes
Author Name: Melanie Hansen
Publication Date & Length: March 13, 2015 – 68,029 Words

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Former Marine and lower-leg amputee Carey Everett keeps a grueling schedule of counseling fellow war veterans and their families. The injury he received in Afghanistan forces him to rely on a reserve of strength he didn’t even know he had. A much deserved vacation will let him reconnect with his best friend, who saved his life and has been there for him through devastating injury and painful recovery.

Part-time EMT and aspiring singer Jase DeSantis has been in love with Carey for years, but he’s come to accept that his straight friend will never be able to offer more. Jase fills his days with band rehearsals, ambulance shifts, and willing groupies, all while trying to cope with debilitating PTSD.

A week of sun, fun, and music in San Diego changes Jase and Carey’s lives forever when their relationship takes an unexpected turn. Jase has been longing for that change, but it leaves Carey reeling with confusion. As Jase fights to hold things together, Carey deals with doubts, fears, and his own preconceived notions about labels and the true nature of love.

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This is my first novel by Melanie Hansen, and I have to say the Prologue grabbed my attention.
This was one of the most profound, heart-wrenching, gut-wrenching, and beautiful journey’s I have read and I read a lot!!!!
Jase and Carey met and became friends when they were officers in the Army. Jase was a medic and when Carey was wounded, Jase saved his life, and the feelings Jase had for his friend were forever, and deeply embedded in his heart. Carey was indebted to Jase but he also wanted to forget everything that happened during the War. They remained friends but it was strained…until Carey decides to take a visit to Jase, in San Diego. And what ensues is a panty-melting page turning seduction that will leave you flushed and breathless. *fans self* Phew!!!
Melanie Hansen has an incredible way of describing so many gut-wrenching and heart-felt moments, you will sob out loud without even realising it, and not care either. I would suggest not reading this in public as the emotions won’t be contained.
Both have very difficult inner battles to overcome. The war did not leave them unscathed. But with each by their side, the battle doesn’t feel so lonely…. Sigh. I devoured this in one sitting, one morning actually, could not put it down!!! That is all I got, and if you are getting the impression that I loved this author, and the story is a MUST READ, then I said enough.
Reviewer: Kimberley
FiveStars

This is truly a beautiful piece of writing.   The enduring friendship between Marine Corey and Medic Jase is forged in the heat of an Afghanistan warzone.  The men are inseparable on deployment until a tragedy leaves Corey badly injured and Jase trying desperately to save his life even if he can’t save his leg.

Both men return from the war deeply damaged, but their friendship is immutable.  What Jase never tells Corey is how much he truly loves his straight best friend.

Hansen’s elegant prose elevates this book beyond the average wounded warrior story.    Her characters are complex and fully developed.  Hansen never shies away from the realities of war or underestimates the strain of civillian life on former servicemen and women.  Her plot drags readers back and forth in time until we have no hope but to fall madly, deeply in love with both of her captivating leading men.

A character in the story explains that “the best kind of love is friendship that has caught fire.”

Hansen captures this love with sensual, sumptuous language.  Corey’s growing awareness of Jase sexually is delectably slow.  The chemistry between Jase and Corey is explosive, delivering moments of almost unbearable desire.   The slow burn attraction between two men who have loved each other for a very long time is painfully sexy.

Highly recommended.

Sarah

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Jase and Carey are kind of an odd couple. They had such a close connection while in the army – so close, that they stayed connected even after the tragedy that is war touched their lives.

Carey seems to hold all of his emotions in side. He hides himself away. Hints from his past creep in to the story and the reader can then guess as to why Carey is the way he is. His character was a hard nut to crack – despite his inner dialogue, he was very frustrating at times. I wanted to hit him over the head to get him to really see how he was living.

Jase is much more free spirited. He is much more go with the flow. However, even with that attitude, he was not unaffected by the war and he has his own demons to overcome.

Despite years of loving each other, neither was able to express that love for quite some time. The story of their love is a struggle – it is filled with years of meaningless encounters with other people, sometimes with each character floating through their life, not really living. While I thought the story was slow at times, I really liked how Hansen brought it all together.

One quote that really hit home was “Just give me one more day. And if that’s all you have to give me, it just today, I’ll take it.” I think that is a great way to get through rough times. This story was about survival, love, finding yourself and finding happiness even among the broken pieces of your life. Today is not tomorrow, nor is it yesterday and these characters were able to live in the moment. So many times, people are not able to do that.

So, this story was touching, hopeful and romantic.

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“You keep looking at me like that, this ain’t gonna last long,” Jase growled. Carey smirked, then twirled his finger in a turn-around motion.

“I feel like a piece of meat,” Jase grumbled good-naturedly, but turned in a slow circle. Carey’s mouth watered as he took in Jase’s broad shoulders and muscular back, tapering in a perfect V into slim hips and high, round buttocks. Carey was a little bemused at how looking at another man’s body was revving him up, but it was. It was just… Jase. Carey already knew how beautiful he was on the inside; now he knew how stunning he was on the outside too.

Using his support leg and his arms, he pulled himself to the edge of the bed and sat up, crooking his finger “Come here.”

Jase’s eyes flared hot, and he took the few steps necessary to reach the edge of the bed. Carey reached up slowly and moved his hands onto Jase’s hips, stroking over the hipbones lightly before tugging him forward to stand between his legs.

“I just want to touch you,” he said hoarsely. “Is that okay?”

Jase smoothed Carey’s hair back from his forehead, his fingertips achingly gentle. “Touch me,” he said

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One of my characters in Everything Changes, Carey Everett, is an amputee due to an injury he suffered in Afghanistan.  The surgery he received to remove his damaged leg is called a transtibial amputation, which means below the knee.  Carey is fortunate in that respect since transfemoral, or above the knee, amputations are more complicated and prosthetic fittings more difficult.  With a transfemoral amputation, an artificial knee is required so the recovery time and mastering the range of motion takes longer.

Prosthetic comes from the Greek word meaning “addition.”  The oldest prosthetic discovered in history was on the mummy of an Egyptian noblewoman dating back 3,000 years ago.  It was a prosthetic toe made of wood and leather and was fully articulated, meaning it could bend and move exactly like a real toe.

Carey wears a prosthetic made of a blend of lightweight plastic, carbon fiber and titanium.  He attaches it to his residual leg, or stump, with a suction socket.  When he dons, or puts on, his prosthetic, he bears down until air is expelled through a one-way valve and a vacuum seal forms.  When he doffs it, or takes it off, he opens the valve to expel the air and break the seal.

Fitting for a prosthetic is a long, arduous process since an amputee’s residual leg is constantly changing due to swelling or shrinkage.  Physical therapy is painful and involved.  Carey was already dealing with a traumatic and life-changing injury, and adjusting to and learning to walk again with an artificial leg was emotionally and physically draining.  Jase’s support and care during this time made all the difference to Carey’s recovery, and it cemented the existing emotional bond between them which eventually turned to love.

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Melanie Hansen has spent time in both Texas and Florida prisons…for work.   She’s been in a room with a 17-year-old mass murderer who was also one of the most soft-spoken and polite teenagers she’s ever met.  After a 13-year career as a court reporter, she can tell many stories both hilarious and heartbreaking.

She grew up with an Air Force dad, and ended up marrying a Navy man.  After living and working all over the country, she hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to her stories about people finding love amidst real-life struggles.

Melanie left the stressful world of the courtroom behind and now enjoys a rewarding career transcribing for a deaf student.  She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.

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4 and 3 Stars for Turkish Delights by Trina Lane #MMM #Menage #Totally_Bound

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Title: Turkish Delight
Author Name: Trina Lane
Publication Date: March 6, 2015

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Three very different men from three different countries look to build a love greater than any wonder of the world.

Project manager Garrett Sloan builds majestic hotels for the rich and famous around the world, but when it comes to love, all his relationships seem to crumble. His latest project lands him in Istanbul, where the desire he’s held for a certain French architect heats up under the Middle Eastern sun, and his resolve never to mix business with pleasure melts beneath the added hot stare and skilled hands of a Turkish mason.

The three men discover they want to build a relationship to stand the test of time. Much like Kyle LaFleure’s buildings and Emir Şahin’s stonework. As the bonds between Garrett and his partners grow stronger and more complex they work to lay the perfect foundation on which to build a lasting relationship. Can the three men construct a relationship that will endure? Or will their love reach its zenith when their shared task of finishing the ultimate Ottoman luxury hotel reaches it completion?

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Three very different men from three different countries look to build a love greater than any Wonder of the World, while builing one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.

What stood out the most for me was the author’s knowledge of Istanbul, the architecture within the city. The terms in building and creating the masterpiece of a boutique hotel will make you feel as if you are watching the whole project come to life before your eyes. The isn’t to take anything away from the heartfelt and very sexy journey with these three very different men that have a chemistry and maturity for this journey that makes for a most enjoyable story!

Reviewer: Kimberley

ThreeStar

I have to confess that it took me a few chapters to get into this story.  The writing felt clunky at the start and I didn’t feel an immediate connection to any of the three main characters.  I felt that they fell for each other too quickly in a way that felt more like an extended hook-up than a romance leading to true love.  I became more engaged as we learned more about Emir’s family and Kyle and Garret’s professional lives. I really felt for Emir by the end of the story.  Having spent some time in Istanbul, I enjoyed the beautiful descriptive passages about the city and the architectural details of the hotel the three men were building.

I didn’t like the way the book skipped through time very quickly without us learning more about the three men’s lives outside of the relationship and the hotel.  Their lives, interests and other relationships could have been developed so much further.  This book was definately more erotica than romance, focusing on the sex between the three men.  While I love hot m/m/m menage, I found myself skimming through some of the later scenes.  Some of the descriptions of the sex felt mechanical – at one point a sexual act was described as a “method”.  Also, to be very picky,  the American author’s description of her English and French main characters’ lives didn’t ring very true to a UK reader.

However, despite these niggles, I found myself quite attached to the three men and their hotel by the end of the story and would recommend the story to those who enjoy their stories more erotica than romance.

Sarah

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I can be shy and boisterous, introverted and extroverted. I like to get dressed up in pretty clothes and think slippers, t-shirts and sweats are just fine. I love spending time with close friends and alone with a good book and glass of wine. I have been passionately addicted to romance novels since the age of thirteen and enjoy almost all genres of romance. My only requirement is that all reads have a happily ever after ending. When I am not devouring a new book by one of my favorite authors or thinking up new storylines for one of my own, you can usually find me watching a movie with my husband and cat, working with my other passionate obsession photography, or listening to my iPod. Quite frequently a combination of all the above.

I started writing on a whim when one of the thousands of stories that float around in my head stuck during the daily commute to my office. As the week progressed the storyline got more elaborate. I decided to write it down and it eventually became SEALing Fate.

I want to encourage everyone not to be afraid of trying something new. It’s scary and thrilling but the rewards can be grea

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4 Stars for Gage’s Gift (Kansas City Heat #5) by Jenna Byrnes #MM #Police @Totally_Bound

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Title: Gage’s Gift (Kansas City Heat #5)
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date: March 27, 2015

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A child is snatched from her home, the one place she should feel safe. Will the KCPD find her before something more sinister happens?

Detective DeMarcus Gage of the KCPD Missing Persons Unit knows that most child abductions are perpetrated by family members or persons known to the child. True ‘stranger’ abductions are rare—and taken very seriously by the police. When eight year old Leticia Braden disappears from her front yard the family is ruled out as suspects but actual leads are few.

Her traumatized parents need all the support they can get, and designate Leticia’s uncle Jack Braden to be their liaison with detectives. When he meets Jack, Gage struggles to keep his mind on the case. The two men share an immediate case of lust, which they fight to keep under control for more reasons than one. Jack’s not out of the closet, and Gage isn’t keen about sneaking around. A relationship beckons, but finding Leticia is their first priority. And as every cop knows, time is not on their side.

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This is book 5 in the Kansas City Heat series but can be read as a stand alone.

DeMarcus Gage is a Detective on the Kansis City Missing Person’s Unit.

Jack Braden is the uncle of a little girl abducted from her street.

When Gage answers the call of a missing 8 year old, and meets the sexy uncle Jack, the attraction is immediate. However the priority is finding the missing little girl.

This might have been a short story but you don’t feel like you are missing out on anything. The author is knowledgeable about police terms. I couldn’t help being impressed with the professional attitude by Detective Gage during the investigation, even with his growing attraction to the Uncle. The uncle, Jack is not out to everyone, and he struggles with that secret. You can feel his anguish.

This story captures your attention with sexy, intense men dealing with a serious situation and resolving it in a timely manner. I would read more in this series!

Kimberley

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Jenna Byrnes could use more cabinet space and more hours in a day. She’d fill the kitchen with gadgets her husband purchases off TV and let him cook for her to his heart’s content. She’d breeze through the days adding hours of sleep, and more time for writing the hot, erotic romance she loves to read.

Jenna thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and loves to provide as many of those as possible to her gay, lesbian and hetero characters. Her favorite quote, from a pro-gay billboard, is “Be careful who you hate. It may be someone you love.”

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4 and 5 Stars for The Truth As He Knows It by A.M. Arthur – #MM #Romance #Giveaway @am_arthur

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Title: The Truth As He Knows It
Author Name: A.M. Arthur
Publication Date & Length: February 10, 2015 – 289 pgs

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Lies are the chains that keep you weighed down at rock bottom.

Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn’t stop him from wanting one, though.

When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can’t get the encounter out of his mind.

Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.

The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane’s about to take to put his brother—and his soul—back in the black isn’t quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.

Warning: Following on from the Cost of Repairs series, this book contains a closeted cop who’s looking for love, an indebted stripper who doesn’t believe he’s worthy, and a tasteful abundance of dirty guy sex. Also contains references to past physical abuse some readers may find disturbing.

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The things you will do for a loved one.
LOVE the cover!! It’s intense and you can feel it.
This journey with Officer Noel and Stripper Shane pulls you in from the beginning. The author does a phenomenal job of making you feel. I felt like I was in the corner of each page, living it right along with them. I wanted to jump in and hug both Hero’s.. many times!!
Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family.
Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. Shane’s two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life.
When Officer Noel and Stripper Shane meet the first time, there are sparks, but both are “on the job” so to speak. Noel and Shane had traumatic events in their pasts and it leaves them shy to trust someone. What ensues can be described as an intense-sexy hot-heartbreaking-heartwarming journey that you won’t soon forget. There are secrets. There is a friend that Noel is standing by after a traumatic beating left him with the loss of his short-term memory. A brother that embodies everything you want in a family member. He made sacrifices for Shane and your heart will break for him. Every aspect of this journey was handled the way we all wish life was. It was tough, but once out in the open, each issue was dealt with in a timely manner. That is not to say that there weren’t some really gut-wrenching moments, but I loved the way this author didn’t drag out the drama. The sexy time was smoking hot!! A few ugly cry moments that will wrench your heart. A.M. Arthur has a way with words that will stick in your heart!…. everything you want in a romance!!!!
My only disappointment, the side story with Tristan was kind of left up in the air.
Tears and Smiles!!!
If you love vulnerable, masculine sexy men attracted to men (which I am) don’t hesitate, read this!
Kimberley
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Have the Kleenex ready. This book was unbelievably good. It was written so well that once you started it, it just flowed and kept you interested.  There were so many emotional events that I was amazed how well everything was handled in the writing.  The author tackled several large issues; bullying, abuse, and loss of loved ones. I was impressed with the  sensitive way that the author captured how Shane felt when he reported the woman from the party.

The love between Noel and Shane was amazing, add in Shane’s brother and there was so much caring.  So many times I found myself breaking out the tissues, I loved how Noel took care of his friend Tristin and how Shane excepted him.
And Shane, so many secrets he needed to keep that I found myself hurting for him.

This was a fantastic read! I loved it and highly recommend this book.

Sherry

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“I want to see you again,” Shane said.

Noel grinned, flashing those dimples. “I’d like that too. My work schedule is pretty weird, though. I’m first shift, which is eleven at night to seven in the morning, five days, starting tomorrow.”

Shane worked that one around. It gave them daytime hours, and evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. He worked at the deli tomorrow, and Saturday was off the table. Probably Sunday too, for good measure. “When do you sleep?”

“Usually when I first get home, from about eight to two or three. Sometimes longer, depending on the night.”

“So you’re usually free dinnertime until like ten?”

“Pretty much.” Noel cracked an unexpected yawn. “Sorry, my schedule is a little off after spending the day with Tristan. I try to keep similar sleep times on my days off so I don’t get too screwed up.”

Shane stood, surprised. “How long have you been awake?”

“About thirty hours.”

“Shit, why didn’t you tell me that?”

“Because I wanted to do this tonight. I’ve been thinking about you all week, and I’m glad I saw you at Mineo’s today. Really glad.”

“Me too.” Shane draped his arms around Noel’s waist. “And since this has been a fantastic night, I’m going to go before you pass out from exhaustion.”

“Do you want to get together tomorrow?”

He considered it for about two seconds. “My weekend’s pretty booked with work and stuff. Monday? We could maybe go out for real this time?”

“Sounds good. I’ll call you when I get up Monday and we can hammer out the details.”

“Okay.”

Shane collected his clothes and dressed, taking his time because Noel was watching. The opposite of a striptease, and Shane kind of loved the novelty of it. He meant his good-night kiss to be soft, quick, but Noel held him tight and devoured his mouth until Shane was breathless and half-hard. God, he could kiss Noel for hours and not get tired of it. But he saw the fatigue in Noel’s eyes, and it was time to leave.

“See you soon,” Shane said. “And thanks for dinner.”

“You’re welcome, cowboy.”

Shane strolled back to his car with a bounce in his step, positive he’d never be able to hear the word “cowboy” again without thinking of Noel Carlson.

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A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland.  She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop.  She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder.  She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

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TWO 5 Stars and ONE 4 Star Review for The Thief (Marine Bodyguards #2) by Patricia Logan #MM #Military #Erotic @PatriciaLogan1

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Title: The Thief (Marine Bodyguards #2)
Author Name: Patricia Logan
Publication Date & Length: February 28, 2015 – 73,000 Words

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Former Marine and bona fide hero, Ranger Corrigan, is one paycheck away from joining his brethren among the ranks of Los Angeles’s homeless Veterans. When he is offered a great paying job in a palatial mansion, Ranger jumps at the chance for a roof over his head and a hot meal in his belly.

Handsome and cultured Landry Metzel lives too well to be the insurance appraiser he claims to be, and Ranger can’t help but want to know why he’s been hired to protect an innocuous man with no enemies. Metzel certainly won’t be sorry to see him go.

As famous masterpieces suddenly begin disappearing from private collections, Ranger begins putting two and two together. When an LAPD detective starts asking questions about murders tied to the thefts, Ranger suddenly wants to learn more about the man he’s hopelessly attracted to.

A wisecracking former Marine, a man with a desperate secret to hide, and a murderous villain come together in a tale of murder, danger, intrigue, and the crime of the century.

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I absolutely love this book!  Part Indiana Jones, part Tomb Raider, part Monument Men, this is a story of intrique and vigilante justice.  Add in sweet romance and sizzling sex scenes, and Patricia Logan has written aperfect story.

This is the story of Ranger.  A former marine, awarded the silver star for gallantry, he is out of work and nearly homeless when Logan introduces him.

Landry is the incredibly wealthy man who hires Ranger to be his bodyguard.  Landry comes across as a male Lara Croft – with a few more secrets.

The two men are from very different worlds.  For very different reasons, neither man trusts easily and it takes some time and bullets before the men start to work together as true partners.

With a hot LAPD detective after them and a cranky butler looking out for them, the story hurtles from one adventure to another.

I hadn’t realised this was a sequel to The Superstar until the characters from the first book were introduced.  This is a darker, more sombre story.  Logan has spent considerable time and effort researching the world of antiquities and the fate of antiquities in Nazi occupied Europe.  Her research pays off and allows The Thief to be a much more complex, multi-layered book than The Superstar was.

The Thief will appeal to a different audience than The Superstar and is very much a stand-alone novel.

I love this and can’t recommend it enough!

Sarah

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This was my first book by this author and it definitely won’t be my last.  The writing was very descriptive and the dialogue was great.

This story was about Ranger a bodyguard/military man.  Loved him, he was down on his luck and struggling to make it day to day but gave his last dollar to a homeless woman, right then I knew this character could do no wrong. Finally a friend found him a job and I loved how he came into that job taking control.  He fell for a art thief, Landry who he was supposed to protect. I thought Landry was a spoiled rich guy, but the sparks flew between the two, and their romance was entertaining.

I found myself laughing out loud at the bedroom scene!  Belzer, the servant was very entertaining and added to the story.

This was an excellent suspense story that kept me interested through out.  I really enjoyed reading it and highly recommend it.

Sherry

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Some hot and heavy romance with your art thefts anyone? Yes Please!!
When I saw the post about this book being available for review, I didn’t even need to read the synopsis, I saw the author’s name and requested it. I read the first book in the Bodyguard series, The Superstar, and I really enjoyed it!!! The Thief, is Patricia Logan’s second book in the Bodyguard series, but it can be read as a stand-alone,
Our Hero’s!!! And, Yes they are both Heros, Landry and Ranger deliver this instalment of the Bodyguard series with humour and vulnerability that will tug at your heart strings and have you laughing out loud the next line.
Landry is a very unassuming hero. He is on a quest, with the best of intentions and you will be moved with the motivation behind it all. I was extremely impressed with the knowledge Patricia Logan shares about the art world and some other historical events that she describes in amazing and incredible detail. My jaw dropped quite a few times!!
Ranger, the Bodyguard, a former Navy Seal is sexy, rough, vulnerable at times, and that makes him the perfect companion, partner, lover for Landry. He doesn’t take any crap but you also know that when it gets right down to it, he WILL have your back and you most definitely want someone like Ranger on your side!!! He pulls Landry out of his shell, and gives him confidence to go after what he wants, and what Laundry wants is Ranger. The chemistry was intense!!! There were some very tender moments and they made me smile through tears.And Belzer, the Butler, an added bonus and perfect companion to this story. He was feisty and funny.
I really enjoyed this journey with Laundry and Ranger!!!!
Reviewer: Kimberley

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“I know it’s silly… please don’t laugh at me but, I just imagine you came in and swept me off my feet, picked me right up and set me on the back of your white horse and made me… well… you made me feel complete Ranger.” Landry chuckled. “Ranger… you complete me… I love you.” Ranger lay there quietly listening, probably stunned by Landry’s revelation. “You don’t have to say anything back to me, baby, but I just wanted you to know… I love you.”

Landry quieted, listening to Ranger’s breathing as something suddenly dawned on him. He frowned.

“Ranger?” he whispered. “Baby?” Landry let go of the gorgeous hair he loved so dearly and reached around, pushing gently at Ranger’s shoulders. Ranger breathed deeply, his chest rising and falling. “Ranger…” Landry said a little louder. He frowned and pushed at Ranger as he felt his flaccid cock slide out of his ass. “Ranger!” Landry squirmed out from under him as he finally pushed hard on Ranger’s pecs.

Ranger groaned and rolled to his back and Landry rolled with him, propping himself up on one elbow as he looked down into Ranger’s relaxed face. His long black eyelashes lay against his cheeks. When his mouth fell open, he let out a loud snore. “Khhaaaaa!”

“Are you fucking kidding me?” Landry asked. “Are you ASLEEP?”

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Patricia Logan resides in Los Angeles, California along with her husband, four children, her grandchild and ever increasing number of cats. When not being stage mom, baking cookies, or scooping kitty litter, she writes steamy, award winning, gay erotic romance and tries to lead her readers on a journey of discovery with more than a little angst.

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4 and 5 Stars for The Wrong Man by Lane Hayes (Author Interview) – #MM

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Title: The Wrong Man
Author Name: Lane Hayes
Length: 220 pgs

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Successful owner of an upscale boutique in fabulous West Hollywood, Brandon Good swears by his personal edict to “live in the present.” After a bad break-up, he agrees to dog sit to keep his mind off his ex. Never did he expect the dog to belong a man from his past, the only man to ever truly break his heart.

When Jake Westley relocates to join the WeHo fire department, the last thing he anticipates is reuniting with his secret high school love. Thrilled with the prospect of reconnecting with Bran, Jake feels no guilt in using his charming old dog as an unwitting matchmaker. As they rekindle their friendship, it becomes clear the intense attraction they once felt is stronger than ever. But as hard as they try to leave the past behind, painful memories resurface. Bran will have to confront his fears and consider the possibility that the man he swore was absolutely the wrong one might be perfect after all.

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This book had me wary at the outset.  The main character, Brandon is first introduced at a super-camp, superficial, label-slut, Los Angeles type.  Ten pages in and I was dreading the home decorating version of The Devil Wears Prada.

But I fell in love with Brandon.  The character makes a journey of self discovery and emerges as a sweet, self-aware man.

Jake, on the other hand, had me drooling from the start.  He ticks so many favourite boxes.  A gorgeous fireman with a diabetic golden retriever?  Yes please.

This was a slow burn romance.  Jake hurt Brandon in high school.  Brandon finds it difficult to form real relationships.  The problems between the two characters felt genuine, not at all like artificial plot devices.  I like the way emotions between the two men built quietly and tentatively.

I don’t usually like camp characters in books – they are often drawn crudely and uniformly.  Brandon is so much more complex.  He speaks of ‘playing’ a camp role to entertain customers, but then refuses to reduce his ‘‘fabulousness’ with Jake’s friends.  His confusion felt genuine, not like a miswrite.  Brandon is working towards self-awareness and Jake’s physical strength forces him to acknowledge and accept that he is ‘fabulous’.  Watching the jock turned fireman and the interior designer try to blend lives is something that anyone who has ever loved someone very different to themselves will understand.

Los Angeles, or WeHo as Brandon calls West Hollywood, is the third main character in this story. One of the world’s most superficial cities provides a sharp backdrop to Brandon’s journey towards selflessness and trust. The author colours the story with perceptive observations of the city which give the book much more depth.

A wonderful book.

Sarah

FourStars

This is the second in Right and Wrong Stories. I didn’t read the first but I didn’t feel lost. It can be read as a stand-alone.

Brandon Goods is the successful owner of an upscale antiques boutique. He is recovering from a breakup when Jake re-enters his life.

Jake Westley is a fireman, recently moved to the West Hollywood aka WeHo area, and brings along his gentle Labrador that he gained full custody of after a breakup.

This is my first time reading Lane Hayes. This second chance at romance was a heart-warming journey of letting someone back in to your life, and heart. The author does a good job of incorporating humour and a chemistry that you can feel through the pages and will have you rooting for this sweet, sexy second chance couple! Beautiful writing.

Reviewer: Kimberley

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  1. Do you name your books before or after you write them? How about the synopsis?

I usually come up with a book title midway through the writing process.  The title has to make sense to the story. Because I write books in a series, IÕm usually looking for one word to sum up the feel for 200 plus pages! Lol.  ItÕs a challenge!  I always tackle the synopsis after the story is complete.  Believe it or not, having 200 words to describe the book isn’t any easier!

  1. Do you read books? What genre is your favorite?

I LOVE to read!  My favorite genre by far is Romance.  I’m hooked on MM Contemporary romance novels.  I honestly havenÕt read a MF one in years now.  I have zero interest.  Iove read my share of classics, mysteries and good ol fashion bestsellers too, but hands downÉ romance wins.

  1. What is one tip that you wish someone had told you?

I wish someone had encouraged me to start writing sooner.  Like in my twenties! Lol. My husband made an offhand comment about ten years ago, that I should write because as he put it you read so many of those damn books, you could probably write one in your sleep.  Maybe not in my sleep, but he was right.  I could read a book a day easily and be ready for the next.  Writing isn’t easy by any means, but I definitely have read my fair share and I have a huge respect for the time and discipline required.

  1. What is one thing not included in your bio? Something random that most people don’t know about you?

Hmm.  I danced ballet for sixteen years growing up.  I started when I was four and hung up my toe shoes when I was twenty.  I loved it but I wasn’t going to be recruited for the American Ballet so I moved on. Lol!

  1. If you couldn’t write in the genre you normally write in, what genre would you chose?

I’d write mystery.  I love a good suspenseful mystery!

  1. Do you have any special rituals/habits that you do when you write?

Yes!  I settle down at my computer early in the morning with a cup of tea and some granola, check email, Twitter and FacebookÉ then repeat.  It takes me at least half an hour before I can get in full concentrated writer mode!  I wish I could dive in and not waste time but I think my brain needs a slow detach from reality. 🙂

  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your latest book?

Nothing.  Honestly.  I fell in love with Brandon while writing The Right Words.  I love his strength of character and resilient spirit.  Throw in a hunky firefighter with his share of baggage and IÕm sold.  🙂  The Wrong Man is particularly meaningful to me because one of the supporting characters is a 13-year old diabetic yellow Lab, just like the one I have at home.  However, it isn’t a book about a dog.  It’s a story of renewal and hope in the face of mortality.  I’m proud of it and hope the readers enjoy it as well.

  1. Do you have anything specific to say to your readers?

Thank you!  You are the best, most supportive group and I am grateful to have you in my corner!  There is nothing better than receiving an email, twitter, FB or blog post from a reader letting me know how excited they are for the series or letting me know how much they enjoyed a book.  It’s makes staring at a computer screen for hours on end everyday a pleasure.

  1. Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so, how do you break it?

Yes.  No fun.  The best thing to do is walk away and come back to it later.  Forcing a story will only give you a ton of work on the backend.  I would rather be anxious to get to my MCs than stare at the computer hoping inspiration will strike!

  1. What’s next for you as a writer?

My current WIP is Book #4 in the Better Than Stories.  IÕm very close to wrapping it up.  Yeah!  Book #3 in Right & Wrong Stories will be out this summer, btw.  After thatÉ maybe a brand new series!  🙂 Stay tunedÉ

 

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Dog or Cat?         Dog

Favorite Color?   Blue

Favorite curse word?  Fuck

Short or tall?       Tall

Favorite holiday?    Christmas

Morning or Night?  Morning

Ninjas or Pirates?    Pirates

Excerpt

Again, I questioned my sanity. Something was odd in my world for sure. My heart was beating double time when he finally turned onto my street. A quick escape was my best bet. I had my fingers wrapped around the car door handle and was ready to rip my other hand from his grasp when he slowed down. He must have sensed my intent to bolt, because he held on to me until I was forced to give him a “what the fuck?” look.

“Let me walk you to your door.”

“Jake, let’s not do this. Please. I really don’t want this evening to get any weirder than it already has been. Thank you for tonight. For dinner and pretending to—”

“Hey, nothing is weird here. It’s dark, and I’m walking you to your door—”

“I’m a big boy. I’ve got this.” I detached my hand from his grip and opened the door.

“Thanks again.”

When I reached the sidewalk, he was waiting for me. The man obviously was hard of hearing.

“You are stubborn.” I gave him my best evil eye before I trudged up the path ahead of him.

“Me? You’re the difficult one. I’m trying to be nice—”

“You don’t have to prove you’re nice to me. I get it. That doesn’t mean—suit yourself.”

“Humor me.”

I fished my key from my pocket as I approached the well-lit front porch.

“Here I am, safe and sound. No need for worry,” I said flippantly as I turned to Jake.

“You ca—”

I swallowed my words. He was closer than I expected. Much closer. I felt the warmth from his body but wasn’t prepared for the hunger I saw in his eyes. I licked my bottom lip nervously. I knew what was going to happen, and though I wasn’t sure it was a good idea, I wasn’t going to stop him. He bent slightly and brushed his nose against mine. I felt his breath on my lips as I waited for him to close the distance between us. Neither of us moved. He smelled delicious, that intoxicating combination of soap and a hint of musky cologne I’d noticed the morning he hugged me in my kitchen. I could have happily buried my nose in his shirt or in the curve where his neck met his shoulders. I closed my eyes and leaned in the tiniest bit closer, expecting him to take over. He still didn’t move.

“Aren’t you going to ki—”

And then he pounced. He crashed his mouth over mine and snaked his arms around my waist, fusing our bodies together. His hands traveled up and down my back while he licked a sensual line across the seam of my lips, requesting entry. I heard myself moan as his tongue danced and collided with mine in a lustful assault. I arched into him instinctively. Jake lowered his hands to my ass, drawing me in tightly as he thrust his hips forward. The friction was hot, and his demanding kisses had my head reeling. This was nothing like our frantic make-out sessions years ago.

Just as that errant thought surfaced to remind me whom I was grinding against like a teenager on my front porch, Jake turned his full attention to my mouth. I was painfully hard, but he was right. We shouldn’t be doing any of this. But I couldn’t seem to stop myself. I bit at his jaw and then licked my way to his ear, flicking the lobe gently with my tongue until I felt his teeth at my neck. I made a strangled sound and went limp in his arms. He was overpowering in a subtle, almost unexpected way. I was two seconds away from ripping his shirt when a car went down my street blaring hip-hop music at an obscene volume. I pulled away and rested my forehead against his shoulder. We stood quietly catching our breath for a moment.

Then Jake pressed a soft kiss on my cheek and stepped away. “Good night, Bran. Thank you for… well, just thank you. I’ll see you soon.”

I stared after him like an idiot, watching him open his door and start the SUV. I heard the familiar hum of distant traffic and smelled the fragrant sweet star jasmine from my neighbor’s garden. Everything looked and seemed to be in place, but something was different.

AuthorBio

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles both be men! Lane discovered the M/M genre a fews ago and was instantly hooked. Her first novel was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards and her third received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow lab ever in an almost empty nest.

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4 & 5 Stars for Have a Little Faith in Me by Brad Vance (Author Interview) – #MM #Romance #Erotica

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Title: Have a Little Faith in Me
Author Name: Brad Vance
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2015 – 291pgs

Synopsis

When Rocky met Dex, it was hate at first sight. Country superstar Dex Dexter represented everything that budding rock star Rocky McCoy had left behind him in the Deep South – the religion, the homophobia, the hypocrisy, the lies. And Rocky represented everything that Dex had denied, had turned away from, had refused…

When Rocky met Dex, it was love at first touch. Double booked in the same slot on the main stage at CrossFest, they fought for the microphone like two dogs fighting over a bone. And when their hands met…

Rocky has had enough. “No more falling for straight guys. No way. No matter how hot. Especially if the ‘straight guy’ looks to me like a major closet case.”

Dex has had enough. “No way. I can’t be gay. I can’t lose my family, my friends, my career. I can’t.”

What they’ve had enough of doesn’t matter. It’s what they’ve never had enough of that will bring them together…

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FiveStars

This was my first novel of Brad Vance’s but it won’t be my last. This was aheart-warming, gut-wrenching, realistic journey with our Hero’s, who are both struggling internally with their sexuality, during a time when it wasn’t as accepted to come out. The story is told in dual POV’s, and I loved that aspect.

Both men have a gift when it comes to music. The author including lyrics of songs added an extra personal touch to an already heart-warming story.

When Norman aka Rocky meets Dex, they can’t stand each other but there is also an attraction they are fighting and the author describes it so good that you can’t help gobbling up the pages just to feel more heat from this chemistry.

The author does a phenomenal job of capturing your attention from Page 1 and you gladly let your heart follow this beautiful, sexy journey with two men who deal with disappointment, adversity, pain in a way that will have you cheering for them to get what they need and most heartfully deserve!

“And when I thought i’d lost it all, You’re the one who was there for me, When I had no faith in myself, you had a little faith in me” ….Beautiful!!

Reviewer: Kimberley

FourStars

I was a little disappointed that the story was mostly regarding the past lives of Dex and Rocky.  I would have liked a little more present day story. I get that the author wanted you to have a clear picture of how they grew up, and he did an excellent job of writing that.  I found Rocky’s dad disgusting with his views of gay people.  The author took on a very big subject of bigotry, but wrote and expressed it very well.

Dex and Rocky were great characters.  I felt for Dex having to hide his sexuality while growing up, loved his part when Katrina came.  I think that was one of my favorite parts, made the story more real.  I felt Rocky on the other hand let guys like Nico use him and he had to struggle more with relationships.  I loved the ending with how they ended up being together, nice closure for the story.

It was a good story and I look forward to reading more by this author.

Sherry

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  1. Do you name your books before or after you write them? How about the synopsis?

Thanks for letting me visit!  The titles vary – “Have a Little Faith in Me” was just named “Rocky and Dex” until late in the process.  “A Little Too Broken” was a title I had set in stone from the beginning, since the whole story stemmed from that concept.  The one I’m working on right now had the title right away.  It’s a romance between a software billionaire and a hacker who may or may not be trustworthy – so it’s called “Would I Lie To You?”

The synopsis definitely comes last.  Usually right before I publish!  I’ve gotten pretty good at coming up with those at the last minute, I think.

  1. Do you read books? What genre is your favorite?

Oh yeah, I read a lot.  Right now, it’s mostly research for settings, historical periods, etc.  I’m working my writing job and my “Day Job” for a little while longer, but I’m about to become a full time writer.  Then I’m going to make more time to read for pleasure again.  But I do love history – a good history has a better narrative than most novels.

  1. What is one tip that you wish someone had told you?

Hmmm.  I’d say “be yourself” when you’re marketing yourself and your books.  When I started doing erotica 2.5 years ago, I read so much claptrap about “building your brand” and “managing your web presence” and all this sterile, corporate crap.  So I saw marketing as…well, just like something you’d do in a cubicle, in an office.  Kill me, right?  So I either didn’t do it, or I did a terrible job of it.  Finally I just said, fuck it, I’m just going to get on Facebook and do interviews and be my crazy self and if people don’t like it, they won’t like my books either, so that’s fine.  Now I have a blast doing it.

  1. What is one thing not included in your bio? Something random that most people don’t know about you?

Ummm…if it’s something most people don’t know about me, there’s a reason for that J

  1. If you couldn’t write in the genre you normally write in, what genre would you chose?

History.  Popular narrative history, it’s so exciting.  In the mean time, I love writing historical erotica and romance.  One of my upcoming projects is about an English knight and a French Knight who fall in love during the Hundred Years’ War.

  1. Do you have any special rituals/habits that you do when you write?

I have to have music.  Silence makes me crazy, it unnerves the hell out of me.  It’s a good excuse to buy music, though, since if it’s necessary for my creative process, it’s tax deductible as far as I’m concerned!

  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your latest book?

No…I’ve gotten dinged in reviews because the book is heavier on backstory than on the contemporary parts, but you can’t look back.  I am planning on not doing that so much in the next book, though.

  1. Do you have anything specific to say to your readers?

Well, thank you!  When I started out, I was told that I was making a mistake by writing erotica, romance and erotic-paranormal all under the same name.  But I’m finding that my hardcore fans will read anything I write, which is great.  I did create a new name, “Adam Vance” for my non-gay, non-erotic science fiction, and some of my fans have even read that and enjoyed it.

  1. Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so, how do you break it?

Nope!  I’m a machine!  I always have ideas, and I’m always working.  Knock on wood.  I get writer’s fatigue where I’ll take off a week, at most, but then I’m recharged and ready to go again.

  1. What’s next for you as a writer?

My pipeline is full.  Right now I’m working on another in my stepbrothers series, “Kyle’s New Stepbrother” – I’m working on #5 right now.  “Would I Lie to You,” in progress.  “Adam Vance” needs to write the next book in his science fiction series.  There are more adventures to be written in the “Colum’s Viking Captivity” series.  My knights in the Hundred Years War…I don’t think I left anything out!

Quickies…

Dog or Cat?  Cat

Favorite Color?  Blue

Favorite curse word?  FUCK

Short or tall? A man can be short, if he’s tall where it counts.

Favorite holiday?  July 4th.

Morning or Night? Morning.

Ninjas or Pirates?  Hmm they’re both stealthy.  Pirates are dirty which is good, but, they’re smelly and have bad teeth … I’m gonna go with ninjas.

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Rocky picked up the Gibson Hummingbird. Chris Cornell played one of these. What more did he need to know?

He knew exactly what he wanted to play. How many times had he played this song, how many times had he stretched his voice, discovering his own vocal range. The notes of “Like a Stone” flowed from his fingers in a waterfall, and the words were a flock of birds banking wildly in front of the cascade, flirting with disaster.

He came to the end, the roaring finish, his eyes closed as he sang the epic wave of notes in the last word of the song, “alone.”

He’d only ever played the song when he was alone with Korey, who was no cheerleader. Korey would nod, say, “Good job.” And then tell him where he missed something.

When he was done, he opened his eyes. His new friends were speechless. “Was it okay?” he asked doubtfully.

“Holy fucking great mother of God,” Rick gasped. “Who the fuck are you? Where did you come from?”

Rocky smiled. “Under a rock. I’ve been living under a rock.”

AuthorBio

Brad Vance writes gay romance, erotica and paranormal stories and novels, including the breakout hits “A Little Too Broken” and “Given the Circumstances.”

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