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TWO 5 Star Reviews for Rare (Roads #2) by Garrett Leigh – #MustRead #MM #Amazing

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Title: Rare (Roads #2)
Author Name: Garrett Leigh
Publication Date & Length: January 17, 2015 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.

Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood. His battle with mental illness is far from over, but with Pete by his side, he’s feeling good again, so good he doesn’t notice something missing until it walks right into his living room.

Ash believes he’s had enough coincidence in his life, but when a voice from the past comes looking for him, it takes the devastating injuries of the one he loves most to convince him to let a ghost become the family he never knew he wanted.

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FiveStars

This was a very intense series.  This book was my favorite one out of the series.  The story of Ash and Pete was so full of realistic issues and the writing was done so well you could easily visualize the scenes and characters. It was heartbreaking all they went through just to be together.

All the parts about Pete’s job were heart wrenching, with what he had to deal with.  Trying to sort it out once he was done working was difficult but the author handled it beautifully.  Ash too, went through major issues but it was written so well I couldn’t put it down until I knew how it turned out. They both had so many secrets they kept from each other that every time you turned a page a new one showed up.

If you haven’t read this series you definitely need to.  It will tear apart your emotions with all the awful things that happen to the two wonderful characters. Beautifully written and one you won’t be able to put down.

Sherry

FiveStars

To start off, this book, Rare, is the 3rd in a series, and I strongly urge you to read the others: I was graciously provded all 4 books in this series. And I am ecstatic to have found a new incredible author!! I love reading M/M genre for the intensity and passion, and when the author is as good as Garrett Leigh, the intensity and steam is palpable through the pages. Seriously, hot stuff…phew!!

Here is the (must read) reading order:
Slide
Marked ( #1.5)
Rare
Freed ( #2.5)

This series is Ash and Pete’s gut-wrenching, heart-felt, brutal, beautiful journey.

Slide, is the gut-wrenching introduction of Ash and Pete. Ugly cry tears and smiles! READ IT!!

Marked, is a little peek in to one night from Slide that didn’t get elaborated. This is a great tidbit to quench your thirst for more of the intensity between Ash and Pete.

Freed, is another juicy glimpse in the life of Ash and Pete. It should be read after Rare…. to get the full effect of this brutal, beautiful journey.

Rare… by the time you have finished Slide and Marked, you are invested and really want to know how these sometimes tortured, beautiful men are doing. Well buckle up and hang on for the extraordinary ride in this installment of Ash and Pete. This was excruciatingly heart-wrenching to read but I couldn’t put it down!! I devoured it in one sitting. More tears, and smiles!!

Garrett Leigh likes to write angsty, intense, tortured Hero’s and she certainly nails it in all 4 of these books. She has a phenomenal way with words. This was an incredible series. I highly recommend jumping in!

Reviewer: Kimberley

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PETE HAD been busy while I’d been gone. I stood in front of the shiny new door to his apartment and wondered for a moment if I’d come home to the right place. Then I remembered the coarse message he’d sent me a few days ago, telling me in no uncertain terms what a bitch the new door had been to fit. A separate message—perhaps an afterthought—told me he’d left a key on top of the frame.

I reached for it and turned it over in my hand. It was silver and shiny. The old one was battered brass, bruised and familiar. It felt heavy in my pocket as I slid the new key into the lock. I considered the fate of the old key now that the door it belonged to was no longer there. Pete said I pondered the strangest things.

The new door swung open with a whisper. It felt odd after two years with a door that crunched like a gearbox. The new door was like a ghost, all shimmery and silent. I wasn’t sure I liked it.

A wry grin crept over my face. Really? Four days without Pete and you’re worried about a door? I took a tentative step forward. The door closed with a quiet click, and this time, I paid it no heed.

I glanced around the apartment. It was quiet and still. No TV, stereo, or signs of life. That was no surprise. I was a few hours early. Despite hating every moment of the flight between Chicago and Philadelphia, I’d caught an earlier plane home. Pete wasn’t expecting me, but I could feel in my bones that he was home. The invisible cord between us pulled me along, and a minute later, I found him passed out in our bed. He was asleep on his stomach, something he only did when he was alone or too tired to notice. It used to make me uneasy—sometimes it still did—but not today. Today his bare back was exactly what I needed to see. I sat down by his head and brushed my fingers over his stubbly jaw. He didn’t stir, even when I leaned down and breathed in the clean smell of his skin.

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Rainbow Award winner Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.

Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com

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5, 4 and 3.5 Star Reviews for Godsend by Sloan Johnson – #MM #Romance @authorsloani

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Title: Godsend
Author Name: Sloan Johnson
Publication Date: February 2015

Synopsis

You can’t choose who you fall in love with. Despite knowing from a young age that he was gay, Scott Murphy couldn’t imagine life without Shelly. He threw away the labels and had eleven amazing years with her, but now, he feels even more lost trying to figure out how to move on after Shelly’s death. After nearly a year of watching Scott fade away, Shelly’s father forces him to start living again.

As much as Chris loathes the idea of attending a bereavement group week after week, it’s one of the only places he can go in this town, other than the bar, to not feel so alone. When there’s nothing to distract him or dull his senses, he spends too much time obsessing over how he should have been able to help his sister. When Scott shows up at his group session, Chris decides that maybe some good can come out of his sister’s death.

There’s no denying that Chris is the first man to catch Scott’s attention in a long time, but how can he move on when just thinking of Shelly sends him to his dark place?

The road to recovery won’t be an easy one, but Chris is determined to help Scott see that life is still worth living. But before Scott can allow himself to admit what he feels for Chris, he knows he has to reveal the full truth about Shelly’s death.

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FiveStars

Wow… This book started off tough. I was crying by page 3. The way this author handled this subject was heart-warming and believable. My heart ached. I was invested.
You can’t choose who you fall in love with. Despite knowing from a young age that he was gay, Scott Murphy couldn’t imagine life without Shelly. He threw away the labels and had eleven amazing years with her, but now, he feels even more lost trying to figure out how to move on after Shelly’s death.
Scott and Chris meet at group grief therapy and there is some chemistry but Scott is nowhere near ready to let anyone in his life. What this journey shows is Scott coming to grips with Shelly’s death and letting people back in to his life, and his heart. There is some light paranormal and the author did it in a way that warmed your heart and was believable. This is a tough subject to write about (you will know when you read it) And I felt this whole story was a realistic view of what people go through. Sometimes you read stories because you want to get caught up in a journey and other times, you want a dose of reality. This story will do both!! There was anger and anguish, and love and lust. It was a heart-wrenching and heart-warming journey that will have you cheering and smiling through tears. The intimacy (sexyyyy time) was smoking hot!!!! Bring extra panties 🙂
Some people might even find it therapeutic to read this story. They will see there is a light at the end of a very tough tunnel.
Good job Sloan Johnson!!!
Kimberley
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Godsend is a stand alone and I give it 4 stars. This is a great read.
This book is very well-written. I love how it comes together, and I feel it is very inspirational. Although there is a lot of pain in this book it shows as long as you push through you can be happy again.
I also love how it shows the importance of not giving up on people you love just because they try to push you away. Not to give up on life because even when you feel you cant go on, if you push through it, there is a chance you will be happier than ever before.
Although this book is full of broken people they all come together to make each other whole again. They won’t ever be the same but they learn how to live, and smile and be truly happy again despite what they have been through.
Amber
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I picked this one because I liked the concept looked interesting and because of the “bisexual” nature of the story. I was honestly a bit disappointed after reading it.

I really like Ms. Johnson’s writing style–it’s excellent. Although I found that the story dragged a bit for my preference, it’s well-written and that’s more personal taste than anything else. Other readers would enjoy the pacing of the book more than I did. The emotional drama was also a bit much for my preference, but again, others would love it. The strictly romance aspect of the book is what a lot of people want.

For me, though, it was the characters who fell flat. Scott and Chris felt as though they could be the same person, and they were generic examples of men. There was nothing that stood out as unique or interesting. Even Scott’s supposed “bisexuality” was a bit of a disappointment. I really felt like his self-reflection could have been expanded on to round him out as a person. Bi men already feel erased in queer lit, and many are put off by a plotline of “a gay man who happens to fall in love with a woman.” It felt more like a flaw in character development than anything else.

I was also disappointed that Shelly’s ghost disappeared partway through and didn’t return. That was a quirky angle I enjoyed and missed when it was gone; it made for faster pacing and a bit of extra insight.

The one big thing I really loved was the grieving and healing. It’s relatable and it was interesting how every single person in the story viewed the process differently. Readers should be forewarned, though. That aspect might be either really hopeful or really triggering, depending on the person.

3.5 stars

Amy
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Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s body. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.

When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.

Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?

Now, Sloan is a tattooed, purple haired mom of two kids, one of which was a thank you present to her husband for letting her get a Staffordshire Terrier with more anxiety issues than Sloan has, which is saying something. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself in a good book and forget that she has somewhere to be.

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3 Stars for Memories of the Heart by Felice Stevens #MM #Romance @FeliceStevens1

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Title: Memories of the Heart
Author Name: Felice Stevens
Publication Date : February 2015

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Ruthless, Controlling, A Loner. All words used to describe Dr. Micah Steinberg by the hospital staff for their next head of surgery. When a letter arrives from his grandmother’s friend at the assisted living facility, his orderly world tilts dangerously out of control.

Josh Rosen had everything until it was revealed much of his world was a lie. Forced to re-evaluate his life, Josh gives up his career and returns home to New York City to care for his beloved grandmother. What Josh didn’t figure on was an attraction to a man who on the surface, appears to be exactly like the life Josh chose to leave behind.

As Micah struggles with the reality of his grandmother’s illness, the bond these two share deepens, as Josh helps Micah heal, then open his heart. Micah discovers there is more to life than work, control and success. Josh is in deep but has yet to tell Micah who he really is.
When the fight for the hospital’s head of surgery turns ugly, Josh’s past and present collide. Micah must let go of the past and accept who he is, if his life is going to move forward.

Life is full of surprises, and as both Micah and Josh learn, love can happen whether you plan for it or not.

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Ruthless, Controlling, A Loner. All words used to describe Dr. Micah Steinberg.
Josh Rosen had everything until it was revealed much of his world was a lie. Josh gives up his career and returns home.
The first meeting between Micah and Josh doesn’t go so well… nor does the 2nd time. By the 3rd time you are gnashing your teeth hoping these two get their sh*t together and put aside their egos!!! Dr. Steinberg is still a brute, but he has a history of being abandoned and that makes him skittish. He may have been abandoned by his parents, but he had a very caring and sweet grandmother. Josh was cheated on. He doesn’t want to get involved easily, but he also doesn’t really believe in one-night stands. Until he sees Micah one night and he seems really lost and needing more than a friend. Against his better judgement, Josh throws away his own fears and goes home with Micah.
This story was sometimes difficult to relate to. I found myself more frustrated with both male characters. I found Dr. Steinberg, and yes, I think of him as Dr. Steinberg not Micah because I found him too cold. He was gruff and arrogant and then too sappy and because of that I didn’t find myself feeling empathy towards him. And Josh, well, he was working in his ex bf’s sister’s coffee shop (I knew just by reading that, there would be some drama, and I was right, which I didn’t want to be). There were frequent situations where they assumed things and stomped off in a huff, instead of talking and I found that unappealing, considering their ages (late 30s). Josh was too yoyo’ish. Too much insecure inner dialogue and then it all goes out the window. I mean if you are going to be insecure then at least stick to your guns or … shut up. I didn’t feel like I could relate to either male leads, just didn’t resonate any warm or fuzzy feelings.
The one part that I did feel some sympathy towards, was Dr. Steinberg’s grandmother and the early signs of dementia. There were some scenes however, that I found were a bit much. The grandmother’s repeated digs at her own grandson for not being a good grandson, and her constant reminder to him about not visiting the grandmother for various derogatory reasons. Not that I can criticize, as I have never been in this situation, but when you want people to read your stories and sympathize with your characters, chastising someone repeatedly isn’t really the way to do it.
The author does a pretty good job of describing the intimate moments between the characters, but even with the amount of sex they had, I still didn’t feel a connection.
I get why it was called Memories of the Heart, but this story didn’t get in to my heart like I thought it would.Kimberley

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I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. I started reading traditional historical romances when I was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that my interest in romance novels became renewed.

But somewhere along the way, my tastes shifted. While I still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, I began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. Once I picked up her first, I became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, I knew I wanted to write my own.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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3.5 and 3 Stars for Opening Day by Alexis Wood – #MM #Erotic

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Title: Opening Day (Southern Jersey Shores #1)
Author Name: Alexis Woods
Publication Date & Length: March 1, 2015 – 48pgs

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When pharmacy manager, Aaron Lark, known to his best friends as Ace, is dumped by his latest boyfriend, he decides to step back from the dating scene. What he doesn’t expect is for the blue-eyed pharmacist, Darren Goldman, to step into, and rock, his world. Bonding over beer, brownies and baseball, Ace and Darren play a game where hopefully both end up crossing home plate as winners.

WARNING: this story contains sex acts between consenting male adults.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This is my first time reading Alexis Woods. When I read the synopsis, I chose to read this because I was looking for something short, and a naughty fix, so to speak!

Aaron, is a manager of a pharmacy and dealing with the disappointment of a recent breakup.

Darren, is filling in for a pharmacist at Aaron’s pharmacy.

When Aaron and Darren meet the first time, you feel an attraction through the pages. I loved that the author included chapter headings that refer to baseball. The author definitely has a way with naughty words and this was fun, sexy, quick read!

However, I didn’t particularly care for the rhyming names or that there seemed to be more sex than plot.

Reviewer: Kimberley

ThreeStar

This is the story of Ace, a pharmacy manager.  When we first meet him, he is bemoaning a string of regrettable relationships and relying heavily on his friends for support.

It is also the story of Darren, a temporary pharmacist working in his store.

This is a simple, gentle romance.  The men meet and date at Ace’s friends’ pub.  They enjoy watching baseball together.

And then it ends.  Abruptly.  I don’t want to spoil the ending because it left me in a bit of a muddle.  I still haven’t decided how I feel about it.  It was funny – funny how?  I’m not sure.

And so the three stars. It was almost as if two different stories had been tacked together.  I liked both the men, I liked the writing style.  I liked the way the plot felt natural.  I liked Ace’s friends.

I just remain completely bamboozled by the ending.

Sarah

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Starlight and Constellation: Gemini is “out of the closet,” free, and ready for reading.

Alexis Woods is the pen name of Alexis of Woods End, mundanely known as Alicia Mattson. You can find my reviews and book lists here.

I’m an: Author/Anachronist, Beta, Coffee Lover, Daughter/Dancer, Friend/Fighter, Jewish, Khazar, Lover/Leader, Mother/Medieval, Novice, Opinionated, Pharmacist, Romantic/Reenactor, Sister/Scout, Traveler, Visionary, Wife

Always an avid reader and colorful dreamer, it was only a matter of time before taking pen to paper, oftentimes literally. A firm believer in every song tells a story and every story has a song, I sing under my breath, tap my toes and swing my hips, much to the delight of my co-workers and friends. I freely admit that becoming a romance author is the best mid-life crisis a girl could ever have.

5 Gut-wrenching Brilliant Stars for A New Man by P.D. Singer – #MM #Contemporary #Romance @PD_Singer

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Title: A New Man
Author Name: P.D. Singer
Publication Date & Length: February 2015 – 276pgs

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Senior year of college is for studying, partying, and having fun before getting serious about life. Instead, Chad’s days are filled with headaches and exhaustion, and his fencing skills are getting worse with practice, not better. Then there’s his nonexistent love life, full of girls he’s shunted to the friend zone. Is he asexual? Gay?

Grad student Warren Douglas could be out clubbing, but his roommate is better company, even without kisses. He’s torn up watching Chad suffer, gobbling ibuprofen and coming home early on Friday nights. If Chad weren’t straight, Warren would keep him up past midnight. They’re great as friends. Benefits might answer Chad’s questions.

A brief encounter with lab rats reveals Chad’s illness—he needs surgery, STAT, and can’t rely on his dysfunctional parents for medical decisions. Warren’s both trustworthy and likely to get overruled—unless they’re married. “You can throw me back later,” Warren says, and he may throw himself back after his husband turns out moody and hard to get along with, no matter how much fun his new sex drive is. Surgery turns Chad into a new man, all right…

…but Warren fell in love with the old one.

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Rating: 5 Gut-wrenching Brilliant Stars
This is the journey of Warren and Chad as they meet, and then go through a medical issue. I jumped on this one. I wanted to read something that would get in my heart and my gut, and this author did not disappoint.
Warren is a Grad student. Chad is a student at the same University and also Warren’s roommate. Chad has put many women in to the “friend zone” and one night he explores the scientific possibility that he might be gay. Warren is a willing recipient of said “data research”…. Being in the scientific field doesn’t hurt the dynamic chemistry between the roommates. Warren and Chad’s banter was entertaining and they made me laugh out loud and cry in the next line. I felt the emotions, the intensity, the sincerity through the pages. I loved the knowledge this author had over the medical issue. I was thoroughly impressed. The secondary characters were sometimes harsh but life isn’t all peaches and cream, it added a realistic value to the story. If you haven’t read this author before, you won’t be disappointed. It is a journey full of heart-felt situations and very realistic situations. You will smile through tears!!
Kimberley

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PD Singer lives in Colorado with her slightly bemused husband, two rowdy teenage boys, and thirty pounds of cats, all of whom approach carefully when she’s in a writing frenzy. She’s a big believer in research, first-hand if possible, so the reader can be quite certain PD has skied down a mountain face-first, been stepped on by rodeo horses, acquired a potato burn or two, and will never, ever, write a novel that includes sky-diving.

When not writing, playing her fiddle, or skiing, she can be found with a book in hand. Her husband blesses the advent of ebooks — they’re staving off the day the house collapses from the weight of the printed page.

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4 Hearfelt Stars for The Superstar by Patricia Logan – #MM #Romance @PatriciaLogan1

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Title: The Superstar (Bodyguards Book 1)
Author Name: Patricia Logan
Publication Date: November 25, 2014

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Storm Ellison is the sexiest man on two legs. The gorgeous young star of “Trapped on an Island”, the hottest reality show on television, is instantly recognizable the moment he leaves his palatial mansion. Paparazzi follow him everywhere, leaving him no peace or privacy, selling his pictures to the tabloids, and cementing his reputation in the press as a slutty gay playboy. As Storm prepares to sign his first major movie deal, his manager decides he needs protection. What he doesn’t expect, is to be attracted to the cold bastard who’s now running his life.

Balthazar Grant, freelance bodyguard, is a huge, handsome, rough and ready former Marine, trained by the best, and willing to step between Storm and anyone stupid enough to come at him. Always stoic and serious, Taz lends a deadly presence to Storm’s entourage whenever he ventures out in public. Storm doesn’t want a bodyguard, much less one who won’t let him live his fast and loose lifestyle with impunity and he’s certainly not one to be dictated to by an overconfident Marine who has opinions about everything including who he should hook-up with.

When a deadly threat hits Storm’s world, he’s suddenly living his own reality show, only this one has an outcome which doesn’t involve being voted off an island. Will Storm wake up before it’s too late and will Taz be able to fight his attraction to the handsome young superstar while trying to convince him he’s in very real danger? The pair will soon learn that reality is stranger than fiction.

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This is my first time reading Patricia Logan but it won’t be my last!

This is the journey of Storm and Taz… love both their names!! They inspire images of sexy, rugged men!

Storm is the “Superstar”. When we are introduced to him, he doesn’t have a care in the world, and is enjoying most aspects that come with stardom…

Enter Taz, the bodyguard hired when Storm needs a new bodyguard. Taz hasn’t heard great things about Storm and is reluctant to work for the “seriously overrated gay teen superstar”…. the author’s words, not mine! I snickered. It is probably how most of us perceive Superstars (overrated, self-centered) and we are probably wrong half the time!

What we are treated to, is the down-to-earth, sometimes insecure, sometimes afraid journey of a Superstar coming in to his own. There were parts where I cringed and thought “grrr Storm don’t be a jerk” (and sometimes more explicit adjectives)!!. And Taz gets some of those adjectives too! I have to say the author did a really good job of endearing the sweet Superstar and Bodyguard in to our hearts! There was a surprise of a villain, and a very funny best friend to keep you interested in this sexy (oh yes, the steam is hot!!!) story.

Enjoyed this funny, sweet, sexy story and recommend it if you are in the mood for some heart-felt Hero’s!!

Reviewer: Kimberley

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Jules grinned again. “You like Storm, Taz. You LIKE like him!” she raised her voice and Taz looked around to see who else could have overheard her.

“I like him fine, Jules; I work for the guy,” he replied, intentionally misunderstanding her.

“No, Taz, you are ‘in like’ with Storm,” she reiterated. She reached up and took hold of his sunglasses, dragging them off his face. “Look me in the eyes and tell me you don’t like Storm like that, big guy. Whoa, those are some dreamy eyes,” she sighed.

Taz felt embarrassed and exposed without his shades and hated the fact that she could see the very real truth in his eyes when all he wanted to do was deny it. He averted his gaze, staring out onto the dance floor only to regret it immediately when he noted Storm’s arms wrapped around the twink, his lips being plied by the smaller man’s as their lower bodies ground against each other to the beat of the music. The moment he saw them, he frowned.

“See? That’s what I’m talkin’ about, Taz. You can’t stand the way that other man touches Storm. You want him for yourself,” she said emphatically.

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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 Claimed by Love by Skye Jones – #Menage #Paranormal #Erotic

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Title: Claimed by Love (Wild Hunters #1)
Author Name: Skye Jones
Publication Date & Length: December 22, 2014 – 214 pgs

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Kayley’s passion-filled dreams of two sexy men torment her nights … but meeting them in real life turns her world upside down! Passion brings them together, but a menace from one’s past threatens to destroy them. Now they’ll have to risk it all and fight for their love. Skye Jones presents Claimed By Love, Book 1 of her exciting new paranormal romance series Wild Hunters.

Kayley Edwards has spent the last four years closing herself off after a vicious attack by her lover left her scarred and terrified. After fleeing her native Alaska, she ran the length of the country and began a new life in Miami, far from family and friends.

When her cousin and his friends decide to vacation nearby, he invites her to join them because he has important news. Determined not to let fear rule her life, she agrees to meet with them, only to have her world turned upside down. His friends include the two gorgeous men who’ve haunted her dreams for months, kindling her desire and challenging her to take a chance on love.

Pack alpha, Luke Johnson, has dreamed of Kayley for years. He and his mate, Sean Wallace, know she is meant to be theirs. But how will she react when she finds the world they inhabit is one she never imagined existed?

As passions collide, Sean finds himself acting as a bridge between his strong-willed alpha and a skittish Kayley. Can they break through her defenses and convince her to join them?

Just as it seems the three may have a future together, a ghost from Sean’s past strikes at the heart of their happiness. They must fight for everything they hold dear to win their chance at love.

Content Notes: Hot, Anal Intercourse, Non-Sexual Violence, Paranormal, Shifters, Wolves, Suspense, Ménage, M/M, M/M/F

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FiveStars

I loved every minute of this book. This was a beautifully written love story, filled with so many emotions among the characters, that were captured beautifully.  I was drawn to Kayley, with her struggle of what choice to make.  The author didn’t rush her decision and the whole story wasn’t just about her.  Luke and Sean were main characters that added so much to her journey. I loved how Luke was so controlling, yet Sean evened out the whole relationship. There were so many parts of the book I liked but my favorite was when Luke and Sean met Kayley for the first time.

The book wasn’t just about the romance, there was a bit of struggle with one of the other characters dealing with his shifting.  There was also some suspense with Sean.  The whole team fit so well in this story.

Since this was book 1, I’m hoping book 2 will be about Taylor or Will’s story.  I can’t wait for book 2 to read more about this team.

Sherry

FourStars

Yummy wolf shifters….. and a girl!!
Book 1 of an exciting new paranormal romance series Wild Hunters.
Pack Alpha Luke has dreamed of Kayley for years, and in turn his mate Sean has felt the dreams as well. Sean suffered brutality in his previous relationship but he is pretty much recovered. Ever since Kayley was a small child she has been drawn to wolves, and they have been the focus of her art work. She has also experienced erotic dreams about 2 sexy men that she has never met. Kayley suffered a very traumatic event in her last relationship and moved across the country and pretty much kept to herself. She works as a tattoo artist.
The journey with this trio contained all the elements I love in a story. A vulnerable female, and two sexy males that turn in to wolves!!! And, they are all mates, Kayley just doesn’t know it yet. The author pulled me in from page 1. I felt sympathetic for the heroine. And the testosterone
coming through the pages when we were introduced to the Hero’s… was palpable. I was seriously holding my breathing and panting the next. The lead male Luke, is so sexy and has this alpha quality that is not annoying in the least. His mate Sean is sexy, vulnerable and strong when he needs to be. I found their intimate moments very sexy!!!! The descriptions during sexy time were delicious, seriously made me wish I WAS in those pages! There is some drama and I am glad that it was handled in a timely manner. There was some very sweet moments that made me smile through tears.
I really enjoyed this journey and would definitely read more in the series!!
Kimberley

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Three Stars for A King Undone (Noble Pleasures #1) by Cooper Davis – #MM #Historical @CooperDavisBook

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Title: A King Undone (Noble Pleasures #1)
Author Name: Cooper Davis
Publication Date & Length: December 9, 2014 – 340pgs

Synopsis

Sometimes you have to risk everything, to follow your heart

“Noble Pleasures, Book 1”

In a world where gentlemen openly court and marry fellow noblemen, the threat of scandal still lurks behind every velvet drape for kings and princes. Such has been the fate for King Arend Tollemach, forced to sacrifice his heart on the altar of regal duty.

Now that his wife is dead and his royal obligations are at an end, he s ready to take an unthinkable risk. King Arend seeks a concubine from Temple Sapphor, a secretive, gated world where he will finally shed his virginity as least as it pertains to making love to a man.

Julian never thought he d spend ten years on the temple shelf, passed over again and again. Just when he despairs of ever finding placement in a nobleman s bed, Arend walks into the temple. A lonely eyed, beautiful king who could easily steal his heart.

Arend discovers he has no problem opening his bed to the exquisite concubine. The problem lies in finding the key to his long-shuttered heart.

Warning: Contains a beautiful, virgin king desperate to bed another man, a concubine who fantasizes about being claimed and revered by a strong monarch, and a sea of scandal set against a sensual, palatial backdrop.

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ThreeStar

This is my first book by Cooper Davis.
I love M/M genre, especially historical pieces. They are usually full of passion and intensity. The part I am torn about is the writing. At some parts I felt like I needed to get out my thesaurus. However, my curiosity was peaked and I finished it.
King Arend Tollemach is a passionate man and at 40 years old,
he wants to explore a side that he never had a chance to try,
taking a male lover. Enter Julian, a concubine. He has been waiting for
10 years to become someone’s lover. He is beautiful, and intense.
When the King and Julian meet you can feel the sparks through the pages, even with the fancy writing. I enjoyed the awkwardness the King was feeling. I enjoyed Julian’s joy and enthusiasm at finally being chosen as a concubine. There were some comical, heart-warming moments.  The feelings were quick and the intimacy took some time. The drama in this story left a lot to be desired. This is the first in a series about this couple. I am not sure that my curiosity was peaked enough to continue reading the series.
Kimberley

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AuthorBio

Cooper Davis first discovered the allure of m/m storytelling when she, pulse aflutter, watched My Beautiful Laundrette with a college roommate. Later, her passion for stories about men falling in love and finding their HEA together was stoked by online slash fiction. After years as an avid fan of m/m and slash, Cooper finally decided to try her hand at penning her own stories about same-gender romance and love.

A voracious reader across all subgenres of m/m fiction, Cooper is particularly fond of courtships set against the backdrop of breathless scandal and intrigue found in period drawing rooms. She is thrilled that her first historically-themed m/m romance series debuts this December with A KING UNDONE (Samhain).

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