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One Night in Bangkok by Gale Stanley

ONIB__24070.1410411727.300.450Title: One Night in Bangkok, 2nd edition
Author: Gale Stanley
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (80 pages)
Publisher: Evernight Publishing (June 18th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: The temperature in Thailand is a humid ninety degrees but things are about to get a lot hotter for Philadelphia lawyer David Elliot.

Thailand is a hedonist’s paradise but David isn’t interested in the sinful pleasures Bangkok has to offer. His only concern is taking care of business so he can return home and patch things up with his ex.

Then on his first night in town, David meets Kai, and the younger man turns his world upside down. Kai is close-lipped, and David knows he’s hiding something but Kai, but Kai brings a joie de vivre into David’s life that’s long been missing. Then after a few blissful weeks, Kai disappears and David is hurt. He knows this was never meant to be anything more than a pleasant diversion but now that it’s over can he walk away without looking back?

Product Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/one-night-in-bangkok-by-gale-stanley/

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Okay, first off, for anyone who knows the song of the same name, let’s take a moment to get it out of our heads. For anyone who has no idea what I’m talking about, don’t give it another thought that leads you to your favourite search engine.

Now we can start. If nothing else, the opening couple of pages are brilliant! We meet main character, David Elliot and immediately you are on his side. But there is a lot more and is certainly a unique book. David is sent from Philadelphia to Bangkok for work, he’s a lawyer at an international law firm and he has been sent to Bangkok numerous times for work. While he’s there to close a deal for his boss, he meets a Thai man who captivates him.

After the rough ride he’s just had in his personal life in the hours before he left the US for Thailand, you can’t deny David some fun. At the same time, this is Thailand, and the country really does have a wild reputation especially when it comes to businessmen. Kai is a man of secrets, and despite past (and present) abuse, he is an incredibly beautiful soul. David isn’t an alpha male type of character, though he can hold his own, but that doesn’t really matter because David is what Kai seems to need. The plot builds to a crescendo, there is a lot of intrigue, and shady details when it comes to David’s work in the city and Kai’s personal life.

I can’t say anything bad about the plot. The story was well paced and if anything, the rapid ending after the slow build up was perhaps unexpected.

Writing this review, I decided that this reads a lot like a fairytale, a gay, modern fairytale. I mean that in the way, they meet and Kai takes on the role of the damsel in distress (though he isn’t exactly either) and non-alpha David is the hero. Then drama ensues before the happily ever after. Although, like a fairytale, instead of thinking, “you married a guy you just met?”, “you’re doing all this for someone you barely know?” In a place like Bangkok, many of us from the West wouldn’t think that was the wisest move, so in end doesn’t that make David the best type of hero for a book?

A Package Deal by Mia Kerick ~ Audiobook

PackageDeal[A]AUDLgTitle: A Package Deal
Author: Mia Kerick
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Sean Michael Hogan
Length: 8 hours and 20 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (07-29-14)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Robby Dalton is the perfect all-American boy. He played the sports his father chose for him in high school, attended the college his father selected, and has worked hard to conform to his father’s macho views. But emotionally he doesn’t fit anywhere, and he can’t connect with a woman beyond a few uninspired dates. Robby’s not in the closet, because he’s never guessed he’s gay. Now he owns a small commercial construction company, and one night after work, he runs into Savannah Meyers. He finds her fascinating and agrees to a date, thinking maybe this woman would be different.

But Savannah has her own agenda. She is looking for a love match for her roommate, Tristan Chartrand, whom she rescued from the streets years ago. He’s like a brother, and her only family, so she wants him safe and happy. Her plan seems to begin well, because when Robby meets Tristan, he’s surprised to find its Tristan he wants, not Savannah.

But some people in Robby’s life don’t approve of Tristan’s lowly station in life, and some don’t approve of Robby being gay. Some people are full of hate and violence, and Robby and Tristan will need courage and strength if a loving future is to be part of the deal.

Purchase Link: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/A-Package-Deal-Audiobook/B00M76LTKK
Review: Tristan Chartrand is shy, slightly introverted and nervous around strangers. He really only opens up to his best friend and roommate Savannah. When they were younger, Tristan and Savannah saved each other from some bad circumstances, and the two have been connected at the hip since. While they love each other and are very protective of each other, the connection isn’t a romantic one. Savannah is determined to find someone who can love Tristan with all his faults, protect him and understand their relationship.
Robby Dalton lives a shell of a life under his father’s thumb.

Everything he has ever done has been to impress the one man whom he is never good enough for. When he meets Savannah in a bar, he’s intrigued and wants to spend more time getting to know her. Then he meets her roommate and is instantly enamoured with the beautiful young man. The three of them agree to an unconventional relationship, not your average threesome. And the three of them truly fall in love with each other, just in different ways. It’s hard to explain and not give too much away, so I’ll just say that I was intrigued by the dynamics of it all. The way they had the relationship of the three, but then the individual relationships and how it all played out in the end.
Kerick conveyed a believable struggle for Robby, the unknowingly closeted gay man who never even realized his sexual preference.

When you are surrounded with stupid, hateful and ignorant people like Robby had in his life though, it’s no wonder. It takes him a very long time to decide that his love for Tristan is worth risking everything for, because it’s REAL love. Not the fabricated, imitation love that his father and supposed best friend have been traipsing around in front of him his whole life. So, to spite the fact that he made some bad decisions, at the end of the day I wasn’t mad at him because he really didn’t know any better. Everything is fresh and new and he is learning as he goes along with Tristan.

There was uncertainty, passion, genuine love and nurturing in this story that drew me in and kept my attention throughout. This was my first audible with Hogan and while it wasn’t the best I’ve heard, it definitely wasn’t the worst. He was good when conveying emotions, especially during the more romantic, passionate scenes, but a couple of times, he supposedly went from Robby to Tristan, and I had to rewind to be sure, of who I was with at the moment. If you are a fan of Kerick’s books or those love stories where the characters have to work for their happy ending, you will enjoy this book.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Cowboy Stripper by Lynn Hagen

22818079Title: Cowboy Stripper
Series: Bear County, #9
Author: Lynn Hagen
Genre: Erotic Romance/Paranormal/Shape-Shifter
Length: Novella (134 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-63258-359-8
Publisher: Siren Publishing (October 13, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa
Blurb: Stripper is no stranger to using whatever means necessary in order to gain the information he needs. He’s been hired to find a missing woman who has the codes Nicolas Reno is after. When Stripper kidnaps Reno and takes him to a place where he plans to torture the man for information, he soon discovers that he just might have the wrong guy.

Wilbur Castro has no clue why he’s been kidnapped. He wakes tied to a chair in a grungy room with no recollection of the night before. The stranger with hazel eyes keeps calling him Reno and no matter how much Wilbur argues otherwise, the guy isn’t listening to him. His captor is convinced that Wilbur is the man in question. When the real Reno goes after Wilbur, intent on stealing the man’s identity and life, Wilbur finds himself reaching out to the very man who’d kidnapped him.

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/cowboy-stripper
Review: This is book nine in this series and they should be read in order. Each story focuses on a new romantic couple. It also gives you an insight into their amazing world and their lives. I have got to tell you that when you want a romance story with humor you should always look at Lynn’s books. I have never laughed as hard as I did with this story.

Wilbur is fascinating and a gorgeous crackpot. He makes me laugh throughout the story. It seemed that nothing could phase him well until his mate proves that he is a shape-shifting bear. Not to mention the fact that mates can get pregnant. I always love a good romance where a man becomes pregnant.

Wilbur is abducted and grilled about a missing woman and codes, too bad the guys that have him have mistaken him for another. It would seem that he has a twin running around or one that just was identical to him. Well unless their pants are showing their butt cheeks. It is so much fun listening to them go on and on.

Stripper can’t understand how he can get hard as a rock when questioning a man about crimes. Although the man keeps telling him that he is wrong, he isn’t sure why but he wants to believe him. Even arguing the fact with the others, that is until he asked Wilbur to show him his butt cheeks. Now he has a mate that is as sexy as can be, one that he needs to protect from it all.

This story is a blast to read and I loved it. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next story. I love a good paranormal romance with two sexy men. It gave me everything I could want in a story and much more. If you love a good paranormal romance, two very sexy men, a bear shifter who loves walking around with his beans and wiener showing all the time, a feisty mate who gets pregnant, excitement, a bit of adventure, action and danger than this book is for you. It caught m attention from the moment I started reading it and kept it all the way to the end. I can’t wait for the next book in this series to come out.

Crimson Mate by Nikki McCoy

91oPjqdEdIL._SL1500_Title: Crimson Mate (2nd Edition)
Series: Of Blood and Spirit 01
Author: Nikki McCoy
Genre: Paranormal/ Shifter/ Vampire
Length: Novel (180 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound (15th September 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Reviewer: Pixie
Blurb: A war is brewing. One that could end everything unless two men can learn to trust their hearts and break the barriers that separate them.

A centuries-old feud has pitted Ba’Kal—shifters—against Vam’kir—vampires. Quinn has suffered the pain of the ongoing contention in ways that no man ever should. Once the respected son of the Vam’kir king, his life was forever altered the day his father realized a truth of which even Quinn was unaware.

As the Ba’Kal ruler, it is up to Manning to seek justice for the vicious attacks the Vam’kir have perpetrated against his kind, but his very beliefs are called into question when he discovers that his mate is also his enemy. To keep Quinn safe, he must learn to trust in the impossible—that love might exist beyond boundaries—for failure means the end of his future and that of the rest of his race.

Reader Advisory: This book contains reference to sexual abuse.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been expanded, revised, and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/crimson-mate
Review: This story is a 2nd edition and has been polished up and expanded, but has no changes to the storyline.

Quinn suffered for years at the hands of his father for being different, but now hiding out with his sister in America he has some semblance of peace, that is until he spots a shifter who makes him feel things he shouldn’t.

Manning wants revenge on the ones who killed his mother but when he smells his mate all he can think about is finding and claiming him, when the two meet weeks later Quinn has a secret that he can’t tell Manning and Manning thinks he knows what is for the best. Can the two sort out their problems so that they can save their races?

This is a shifter/vampire story that puts a different spin on the races and makes for an interesting storyline with a twist. Manning is a Ba’Kal (Shifter) in fact he is the ruler of them, he has many responsibilities and one of them is to mate and produce an heir, but he has other problems like finding his mother’s killers and the Vam’kir (vampires) who are targeting shifters.

Manning puts everything on a backburner when he meets his mate Quinn. Quinn though just wants to run, he knows he is different from his kinsmen Vam’kir and he can’t let Manning know that he is Vam’kir as they are enemies, but he knows he isn’t safe whichever way he turns.

There is quite a bit to this storyline as we have Quinn, who is both Ba’Kal and Vam’kir. He has been punished severely by his father for years. His sister rescues him, but even she doesn’t know the full truth. And now he has a mate. When Quinn finally learns the full truth of what he is, he has a whole load of new problems to face. Manning and Quinn do make a great couple even with the problems they face, and Manning has a world of patience as he waits for Quinn to become comfortable with him.

I wish I could go into more detail about the ongoing struggle that Quinn and Manning are facing but it is kinda complex with its explanations, and it would also give away the entire storyline. All I will tell you is that Manning and Quinn are great together and although they have problems with trust, they do come through it by the end.

This storyline is really good and the story is really well written, we get to know the characters really well and although they do have their faults, which make you want to slap them at least once, they do crawl into your hearts.
So if you love shifters and vampires, hot sex, gentle love, earned trust, complex plans from the goddess, a hard past, a happy ending, and a superb twist then this is the story for you.

Outdated by Michael War

outdated400Title: Outdated
Series: N/A
Author: Michael War
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (97 pages)
Publisher: Less Than Three Press, LLC (October 22nd, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: A thirty-six year old IT professional and married for ten years, Greg knows he’s not the young, hot, and exciting stud he used to be. But he didn’t think he was so outdated that he would come home to find his husband screwing a younger man on their living room sofa.

Stuck living with his ex, completely lost when it comes to the drastic changes of the dating landscape, it feels like he’s going to be outdated and alone forever. The only bright spot in his life is Kellan, the hunky bear who frequently flirts with him. But even that is dampened by Kellan’s mixed signals, leaving it unclear if he really wants Greg at all.
Product Link: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&products_id=661
Reviewer: Aerin
Review: Outdated is a short, funny story about 36-year-old IT professional Greg and his experiences with online dating after being out of the dating scene for 10 years. The book starts hilariously with Greg walking in on his boyfriend Tim having sex with a much younger guy, Charlie.

Greg, it’s not what it looks like!

I didn’t like Tim at all. He was an immature guy who had absolutely no respect for Greg. Not only has he cheated on him, but then he had the nerve to continue living in Greg’s apartment and bring Charlie there as often as he could.

Greg was pretty much a doormat. Why would he allow Tim to get away with everything, I simply can’t understand. I wish Greg would grow a backbone and take charge of his life, kick the trash to the curb (aka Tim and Charlie) and stop letting himself be used.

My favorite character was actually Charlie. He was the young gun at 27, and he was as dumb as can be. When Greg accused Tim of being a cheater and a whore Charlie defended by saying,

“That’s not true” Charlie interrupted.
“He hasn’t cheated on me once!”
“ Well I’m glad he’s been faithful to you, since he wasn’t able to keep it in his pants while he was with me.”
Charlie turned to Tim.” Babe, you didn’t tell me you cheated on Greg.”

At times, I felt like all the male characters in this book turned into teenage girls because of all the drama and that made for a very entertaining read.

Overall, it was a low angst story, with interesting and unique characters. It’s worth a shot.

Billionaire with Benefits by Anne Tenino Blog Tour, Excerpt, Guest Post & Review!

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Hi peeps, we have Riptide Publishings Anne Tenino stopping by with her newest release Billionaire with Benefits, there’s a great guest post by Anne and a fantastic excerpt for you to read, there’s also details of Anne’s tour wide giveaway and then you can check out my review ;-) so enjoy the post and follow along as Anne shows off Billionaire with Benefits! <3 ~Pixie~
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Billionaire with Benefits

(Romancelandia 02)
by

Anne Tenino

It’s just a friend thing

Before confessing his gayness to his best friend, Tierney Terrebonne’s sex life is strictly restroom. After confessing his gayness to his best friend . . . it doesn’t improve much. Why bother trying when the man he’s loved for fourteen years (see: “best friend”) is totally unattainable? Good thing Tierney is an old hand at accepting defeat; all it takes is a bottle of bourbon. Or fifty. Repeat as needed.

Dalton Lehnart has a history of dating wealthy, damaged, closeted, lying, cheating, no-good, cowardly men, so of course he’s immediately attracted to Tierney Terrebonne. Fortunately, Tierney is so dissolute that even Dalton’s feelings for the man would be better described as pity. Which becomes sympathy as they get to know each other. Followed by compassion, concern, caring, and hopefulness as Tierney struggles to change his life. When the man comes out very publicly and enters rehab, Dalton finds himself downright attached to Tierney. And as everyone knows, after attachment comes . . .

Uh oh.

But post-rehab Tierney can’t handle more than friendship, so Dalton should be safe from repeating his own past mistakes, right? Right?

Continue reading

Half a Man by Scarlet Blackwell

23172512Title: Half a Man (2nd Edition)
Author: Scarlet Blackwell
Genre: Historical (1919)
Length: Novella (108 pages)
ISBN: 9781784302511
Publisher: Totally Bound (24th October 2014) Early download 26th September 2014
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Reviewer: Pixie
Blurb: In a world torn apart by war, solace is hard to find…
It is 1919, less than a year after the end of the First World War and a recovering Britain is in the grip of the influenza pandemic. Times are hard. Victory came at a price for everyone left behind.

Crippled veteran of the Battle of the Somme, Robert Blake, is looking for someone to ease his nightmares of France. He carries never ending guilt over the fate of his commanding officer in the trenches. He turns to educated rent boy Jack Anderson for physical solace.

Jack didn’t go to war but faces struggles in his own way, selling his body to earn enough money to survive. The two are drawn inexorably together from the start, not expecting how deeply they will soon become immersed in each other’s lives.

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/half-a-man

Review: This story is a second edition and although there have been some minor tweaking there are no noticeable changes.

Robert is a war veteran who was severely wounded. He now only sees himself as half a man but he has decided to find a little human comfort in the form of a companion. Jack is a bookstore worker but he also works as a discreet escort providing companionship and comfort to those who request it.

This is a well-written story that pulls at the heartstrings. We have Robert who has shut himself off from the outside world because of his injury and guilt. Guilt over his lover and commander who didn’t survive the war. We have Jack who has turned to being what rich men want (discreetly) so that he can survive in post-war England.

The arrangement between these two men quickly becomes something more for both of them. But, they both put up obstacles, as Robert fears that he cannot give Jack what he needs because of his condition (he can’t walk and can’t get an erection). While Jack worries that he can’t be in Robert’s life, because Robert knows all about his profession as an escort/companion and that he isn’t good enough for Robert.

I think this was a very charming story that gave us a great happily ever after for the time of 1919. I do think that the setting and the reactions of the time were realistic. I also liked that Robert didn’t become magically healed by Jack, but that Jack started the healing process instead. All in all, well worth reading.

Sarge by Bey Deckard

81mCHTCPM0L._SL1500_Title: Sarge
Series: N/A
Author: Bey Deckard
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Short (49 Pages)
Publisher: Bey Deckard (October 16th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Sometimes it’s just about being in the right place at the right time… with the right person.

Sarge is the short story of a burgeoning D/s relationship between two space marines stationed on an alien planet where an endless war drags on.

Sergeant Wilkes is a hard man with a long, celebrated military career.

Brawny, tattooed, and utterly submissive, Murphy is just an interesting diversion… until Sarge realises he has found something truly rare.

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Sarge-Bey-Deckard-ebook/dp/B00OME9ROA

Reviewer: KathyMac

Review: First thoughts… OMFG! I’m gonna throw this out there, too. I don’t like sci-fi. Or, I didn’t think I did. What I am quickly realizing, however, it doesn’t matter the setting or the fact that humans may not be completely human, it’s all about the author. How the author portrays the story, how the author uses detail and descriptions to draw you in. How the dialogue is so captivating that you literally cannot pour your coffee, because you would have to look away, and I needed a cup, desperately. But, I waited.

I started this short story when I first opened my eyes, and it’s still dark as I finish up the last words. I have not moved from my seat even though I really need too. The reason being is I was completely enamoured by Sarge and Murphy. They quickly took precedence over my morning routine.

I feel like I have lain in the trenches with these fellas as they fight a war that seems one-sided. It appears that whoever makes the big decisions have left these guys out in the desert, on their own, to figure out survival the best of their ability. As Sarge takes a hit that for most of us would be the end, thanks to Murphy’s quick thinking and determination, he prevails. He immediately starts to see something in Murphy that he likes, a lot. Something rare and beautiful.

Murph is someone you want on your side. He’s a big guy with an even bigger heart. He is very intelligent but kind of keeps all this to himself. His outer, very large, appearance gives nothing away to what his inner musings demand. And that is submitting to the Sarge for his pleasure, his wants, and his needs. The Sarge picks up on the little innuendos Murph displays like lowering his eyes or releasing a groan or sigh as the Sarge touches him.

They’ve been at war for 5 years, about 4 years longer than they should’ve been. Once the Sarge recovers from their last mission, they fall into a D/s partnership that brings them closer together. Sarge is a gruff, loud spoken, in your face, man who expects you to listen. He has to be to keep his men in line and alive. But what he shows to Murph in the confines of their bunker is warmth, praise, and affection. And Murph responds so quickly and obediently. There is nothing he wouldn’t do for this man that he now kneels to. When he looks up from his position and says, “Can I, Sarge?” – Right then you are telling yourself, breathe dammit, you need to be alert for what happens next.

Like my cock is a goddamned golden staff that he needs permission to put his lips around. I love it.

Holy hell, is it hot in here? Time out, I need to turn on the fan… Okay, I’m back. Just in time to read this:

I reach down to touch his brush cut and then let my thumb slide down the side of his jaw – just to let him know I’m pleased – and he looks up at me, mouth full of my cock and big blue eyes wide. I can’t help but think to myself that, shit, this is the goddamned life.

Really? This ain’t like no sci-fi I’ve ever seen. This is erotic with feelings that leap from the pages. Pages that you will be glued to and just like a sponge, you will be absorbing every single word.

This is a really short story, but it is packed full with so much detail and action. Even more incredible, there is a plot. A real, action packed, biting your fingernails, plot that will have you craving for more. The characters come alive on the page with so much depth and intrigue. You want to know these men and what keeps them awake at night. What soothes their soul and makes them purr. They are strong, intelligent, abrasive yet smooth and relaxed. When these two are together, you wouldn’t know calamity waits in the dark, watching and listening, to make her move and kill them all.

Please let there be more to this story. I would love to know, rather, I need to know what happens. The ending will have you stabbing your finger at your kindle for another page. There must be one more page here somewhere. I feel like I just heard the American radio broadcaster from my Dad’s time, Paul Harvey, say “stay tuned for the rest of the story.”

Well, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there will be “the rest of the story.” It’s too good to not continue. Bey Deckard has already wowed me with his Baal’s Heart trilogy. He has already become an author that no matter the subject I will read, psssst sci-fi?? Yes, I will read sci-fi because I know it is going to be amazing.

Bey brings words to life and all of a sudden, you are not reading a story you are living these scenes with the characters. You are breathing as they breathe. You get angry when they are. You feel justified when Sarge dares anyone to ever make fun of Murphy again.

I feel the blood in my veins start to boil, and I’m staring like I could fucking kill them with my eyes. Watching Murphy on the battlefield is like being privy to a beautiful, goddamn work of art. Grace, deadly precision, not a wasted motion, not one damn LICK of hesitation or fear; he’s worth five of these fucking shitheels.

One last thing I want to say on this subject and that is Murphy is not the only one that has grace, deadly precision, nor a wasted motion. Bey Deckard has every one of those qualities when he puts words on paper, or laptop. He nails it EVERY FREAKIN TIME. And much like Sarge, I feel privy to be able to read stories, short or long, by this author who writes dialogue like it is a beautiful, goddamn work of art. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, you Sir…ROCK!!

Triad by Cheyenne Meadows

91pm+jUDV8L._SL1500_Title: Triad (2nd Edition)
Author: Cheyenne Meadows
Genre: Paranormal, M/M, M/M/M
Length: Novella (111 pages)
ISBN: 9781784302030
Publisher: Totally Bound (18th September 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Reviewer: Pixie
Blurb: Partner two mated wolf shifters and one alpha lion shifter to find a rogue and watch the sparks and fur fly.

A rogue wolf shifter with his growing army of killers sets alpha wolf and security expert Dillon into motion. Together with his long-time mate, Rick, they track the string of deaths to a small rural town.
Copper, an alpha lion shifter, isn’t thrilled the Wolf Council sent the pair to stick their noses into his business.

Sparks fly as they grapple with their instant attraction and jockey for top dog position while Rick sits back and watches the fireworks with amusement, realizing they just might have found their third mate. The sexual tension is building while a deadly band of killers are culling the next victim in their game.

Can they put aside their differences and find a way to stop the killings before one of them ends up in the crosshairs?

Reader Advisory: This book contains multiple male ménage.

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/triad
Review: This is the second edition and while there has been some editing clean up there are no notable changes to the book.

Dillon and Rick are wolf shifters who have the task of tracking a rogue wolf and his rogue pack; they have to stop the rogue before he wipes out more humans. Dillon is an Alpha and Rick is a Beta they are mates and looking for their third, when they come across lion shifter Copper the attraction between the three flares to life but Copper fights the attraction to concentrate on finding the wolf that is hunting humans on Pride land. As the three work together, Alpha personalities clash and Rick sits back to watch the sparks, but when one of them is injured they all realize that their flirtation is much more serious and if the Alpha’s can come to an agreement they just might have a true Triad.

This is an interesting shifter story that has some great pack structure and a hunt for rogue shifters. Dillon is a typical Alpha; he has to be top dog and doesn’t have much room for compromise. Rick is an interesting Beta, who is very easy-going; his relaxed attitude is a great balm to Dillon’s brasher attitude.

Copper is a great character who has a laid-back attitude but is far from a pushover, he gives Dillon a run for his money in the Alpha stakes and gets along with Ryan beautifully. The rogue wolf wants the shifters to rule the world and is collecting shifters who are dissatisfied with pack life or have been abandoned by their packs, but he hunts for fun, killing humans and has drawn the attention of the shifter Councils.

I really liked the small bits of information about the packs structures and how they work, the storyline was interesting with a rogue wolf bent on destruction, and ruling the world and the relationship between the three men was scorching with want and need. I must admit to having wanted more in the way of storyline dealing with the rogue shifters, having more details about them and what drove them.

Although I thought Dillon, Rick and Copper made a great Triad in the end, I got fed up with Dillon’s Alpha-ness early on, especially since he was puffing up against an Alpha lion. Copper handled dealing with another Alpha wonderfully, ignoring the blatant challenging on his own Pride lands, I also liked the fact that he didn’t expect to jump into bed with them even with all the pheromones flying about.

I recommend this to those who love shifters, danger, alpha clashes, hot sex, dealing with rogues and a great hot ending.

Favorite Son by Will Freshwater

FavoriteSonLGTitle: Favorite Son
Series: N/A
Author: Will Freshwater
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (204 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-62798-773-8
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 23rd, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Born into a blue-collar family, John Wells beat the odds and came out a winner. As chief of staff to Patrick Donovan, a US senator and aspiring presidential candidate, he enjoys all the power and privilege of a DC insider. But while riding high on a wave of success, he’s blindsided by a series of betrayals from the people he trusts the most. In the space of a single day, John’s perfect life unexpectedly unravels when his career falters and his marriage implodes. Following a final, devastating blow, John assumes a new identity as “Peter” and flees to Provincetown, where a tight-knit community of eclectic characters slowly transforms him.

Peter finds himself drawn to Danny Cavanaugh, an enigmatic carpenter who is struggling to come to terms with his own troubled past. As they work together to renovate a local landmark, the two men forge an unlikely friendship that blossoms into love and becomes the foundation for a new life they hope to build together. But when a reversal of fortune pulls John back to DC, the treacherous world of politics he thought he’d left behind threatens to destroy his chance at true happiness.
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Reviewer: KathyMac
Review: Most always, I open a book knowing what is ahead for me. Every now and then, I will open a book and be taken completely by surprise. Rarely does one take me in a direction I did not anticipate. Favorite Son, by Will Freshwater, has done just that. The blurb certainly tells the gist of the story but in no way does it prepare you for what you will find. This is a story of two men who have lost quite a bit. But through loss and misfortune they find each other and try to salvage what they both felt had passed them by.

John Wells is a yes man. He is the Chief of Staff to a US Senator who has aspirations of running for President. He’s also best friends with the Senator’s daughter. Melody is John’s best friend and also his assistant. She usually knows what he needs before he does and taking the initiative she usually is one step ahead. John is also married to David but his marriage is falling apart. He’s never home because the job takes all his time and concern. Finding out his relationship is much worse than he thought should not have surprised him. What does surprise him, however, is when everyone and everything he thought he knew, made it a point to know, fails him in every way. In one day, devastating news of every kind causes him to walk away from it all.

John is a man who has lost everything. He never had nor took the time to enjoy something as trivial as smelling the fresh air. Now, changing his name to Peter, for his own reasons, he has nothing but time. Landing in Provincetown, making new friends, and learning to just love life, he is finally finding himself again.

He’s also finding a real friend in Danny Cavanaugh, a carpenter, refurbishing an old church. Danny swears he is not gay even though some of his signals leave you questioning his sincerity of that statement. Peter starts helping Danny with some of the work at the church and over the weeks together, they start to form a real friendship. The townspeople have adapted well to their new transplant and make him feel like he has a home. Peter really likes the new friends he has made and getting everyone together for a meal or a drink is something he never had before.

He’s been more or less hiding out in Provincetown for 6 months now. He still hasn’t come completely clean about his life back in DC. He really wants more with Danny, and when that seems to be something that may be possible, his old life resurfaces to drag him back. Now, faced with going back and maybe reclaiming his old life and everything that was taken from him, or stay with Danny, and the life he was really starting to love. And, if he does go, will Danny wait for him to come back or will he skip out as well?

This story has a lot of depth and character development. The plot and execution was very well done. Will Freshwater has written a story that you will become invested in. You can sink your teeth into and get carried away from the intensity of the plot and characters. The side characters are quite valuable and add strength to the storyline. I really enjoyed this story and it kept my interest from start to finish.

I always feel somewhat surprised when a story does not contain sex but still provides me with a lot of enjoyment and humour. I don’t know what that says about me but I do enjoy the sex scenes when they are tastefully done and move the story along. There is very little contact other than kissing between the characters. Any sex they may have had was off page. The author never included any dialogue that confirmed one way or the other that sex was happening. I just assumed that it was since they were sharing the same bed.

This was the first novel by Will and personally, I think it was incredible. There is a lot of political jargon which normally would not hold my attention but he kept it interesting and refreshing. He made me believe in the story and fall in love with the characters. That is really what I want to achieve with any story and Favorite Son accomplished that and more.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants a story that shows real friendship and love. That living the fast-paced lifestyle, devoted solely to your job, is not what life is about. Having friends, a real support system, someone to watch your back, those are the things that are important. That’s what you will get with this story. This is a real love story that is developed with time and patience. It was a very gratifying read and I will be watching for more titles by Will Freshwater.