Studio Orders by Morticia Knight

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Series: Gin & Jazz, #5

Author: Morticia Knight

Genre: Historical Romance (Prohibition era)

Length: Novel (52K)

Publisher: Totally Bound books (March 7th 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Tams

Blurb: The head of Global Pictures Studios, Vincent Franklin, promised Jack Stone that he would take care of Jack’s loyal driver, Juan. But for a dominant man like Vincent, Juan’s natural submissiveness causes him to long for much more from the shy young man.

Juan is devastated when his only friend, film star Jack Stone, leaves Hollywood for good. Lonely most of his life, the shy young man has dreamt of love, only to have his heart broken repeatedly. Before he left, Jack made certain that Juan would be taken care of by asking his ex-boss, studio chief Vincent Franklin, to hire him on.

Vincent Franklin is an incredibly controlled and meticulous man. Not given to emotional outbursts and unnecessary flights of fancy, his temperament is ideal for the stressful and demanding job as head of Global Pictures Studio. He leads a carefully concealed private life, his only social outlet being the S&M club to which he belongs. When Jack introduces him to his handsome chauffeur Juan, he is struck by how naturally submissive Juan is. He wonders…

Soon, Juan is falling for the elegant, older man who is his new boss. He’s also thrilled when Vincent asks him to be his personal valet. But there are things that Vincent demands of a lover that Juan knows nothing about. Things that could make him run away from the man who would do anything to protect and care for him.

Reader Advisory: This book contains strong elements of BDSM.

Publisher’s Note: This book is best read as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/studio-orders?author_id=229

Review: Vincent Franklin is the distinguished head of Global Pictures Studios. His job requires him to be strict and he expects his direction to be followed to the letter. When he lost his hottest commodity, young Jack Stone, the actor requested that Vincent look after his friend and former driver Juan. Vincent can’t help but notice Juan’s shy and submissive nature. He promises Jack he will make sure his friend is taken care of, and the more time Vincent spends with Juan, he is certain they could make each other very happy.

Juan has lost a lot in his life. Everyone he’s ever loved has hurt him or left him, including Roman, and then his friend Jack. He is an uneducated immigrant, but he’s learned a lot over the years keeping his eyes open and his mouth shut. He longs for someone to love him for him and take control, lead him through life. He is very drawn to his new boss, the domineering studio head. Juan’s submissive side longs for someone to bend and shape him, but he wants the love and tenderness that only a true companion can give him as well. Will he find that companionship with Vincent? Or get his heart broken again.

With every installment in this series, Knight manages to pull me in and transport me back in time, to the world she encapsulates within each story. The characters throughout are very three-dimensional and flawed, which only makes me more invested in them, and their varying futures. What was especially intriguing about this book in particular was the detailed enlightenment of the Dom/Sub relationship between Vincent and Juan. Vincent’s need to be in control is primal and Juan’s need to let him is endearing. They truly balance each other out, and it’s sexy as hell.

Even if you don’t normally enjoy the BDSM reads, I think you’ll like this book. The subject matter is written with style and class, much like characters. This has become one of my favourite series.

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Acrobat by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook

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Series: Stand alone/ character from ‘Matter of Time’ series

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator:  Sean Crisden

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 6 hours and 34 minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (01-11-14)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Tams

Blurb: Forty-five-year-old English professor Nathan Qells is very good at making people feel important. What he’s not very good at is sticking around afterward. He’s a nice guy. He just doesn’t feel things the way other people do. So even after all the time he’s spent taking care of Michael, the kid across the hall, he doesn’t realize that Michael’s mob muscle uncle and guardian, Andreo Fiore, has slowly been falling in love with him.

Dreo has bigger problems than getting Nate to see him as a potential partner. He’s raising his nephew, trying to leave his unsavory job, and starting his own business, a process made infinitely more difficult when a series of hits takes out some key underworld players. Still, Dreo is determined to build a life he can be proud of—a life with Nate as a cornerstone. A life that is starting to look like exactly what Nate has been looking for. Unfortunately for Dreo—and for Nate—the last hits were just part of a major reorganization, and Dreo’s obvious love for Nate has made him a target too.

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Review: Nate is an openly gay, college professor whose best friend is his ex-wife. Just a genuinely nice guy who puts everyone from his son to his hot neighbor’s nephew, friends and family first. So when a former student, now an MD, hits on him he’s taken aback. Try as they might, Nate and the young doctor can never get their timing right. But, soon enough Nate learns that his tall, dark and sex on a stick neighbour, Dreo, has been eyeing him for years.

Dreo is a lot like Nate, he took the high road when his sister died and left sole custody of her son to her beloved big brother, taking a less than scrupulous job to support himself and Michael. He has been lusting after his much older and established neighbour, Nate, pretty much since they moved into the building. Circumstance leads Dreo to finally admit his feelings to Nate and the two dive head first into a committed relationship, not passing go, not collecting two hundred dollars! But not everyone is exactly thrilled about this new development, dangerous people. Nate and Dreo may have finally found the love they’ve longed for with each other, but will it cost them their lives?

Mary Calmes is one of those authors that you simply buy her work regardless. She can do no wrong in my eyes. And when you take her skilled storytelling ability and add Sean Crisden to the mix as the narrator of this story, what you have is perfection. Calmes can weave anything into a story, Love, lust, murder, the mafia and a man that will do anything to protect his family. Crisden nails the nuances and tones of every character, so you know exactly whom you are hearing as he’s reading.

This is definitely the May to December gay romance that goes the long haul. Oh, and I loved getting more insight into the character Duncan Steel, of Parting Shot by Calmes. If you like domineering Alpha male types, smexy guy on guy romance and a little bit of action with a dose of suspense, this is definitely the book for you.

P.S. there is an amazingly sexy bathroom scene! Wow, I hit rewind a couple times.

** I received a copy of this audio book from Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews **

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Marshall Park: The Complete Series by Lisa Worrall

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Series: Marshall Park Series Books 1 to 10

Author: Lisa Worrall

Genre: Gay Erotica Romance, Contemporary

Length: Novel (293 Pages)

ISBN: B00121QYJO

Publisher: White Stiletto Press (January 25th, 2014)

Heat Level: Mild

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

 

Blurb:Join Aiden and Finn as they fall in love and share with us snippets of their journey. From their unorthodox meeting, to falling in love, becoming a family and their happy ever after.

Purchase Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Marshalls-Park-The-Complete-Series-ebook/dp/B00I21QYJ0

Review: This series is an amazing read. It is hot, sexy, and can deliver you from a bad day. You will fall in love with each character, the way they act together and how they handle certain situations. I love the way they form a family and you can’t help but fall in love with Kaylee. She makes the story to be a bit funnier. I love the way that Aiden is with Kaylee, how compassionate, patient, and caring he is with her. I loved the way they start a bond and it keeps growing. I love how they just included Finn in their lives and made him a part of their family. I even loved the crazy Aunt Patti. Lisa has a gift of telling stories and she gives you away to overcome some of your problems in real life by giving you this series.

Monty Gets Arrested ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Being Marshall’s Park’s resident mascot, Monty the Meerkat, wasn’t exactly what Finn Thomas envisioned when he arrived in LA seeking fame and fortune. Although he did get to walk the red carpet every once in a while… when there was a parade. Finn loved his job but to say he wasn’t used to being accused of kidnapping, wrestled to the ground by a maniacal father, and locked in a cell with a hairy biker would be an understatement. But that’s exactly where he finds himself when he meets a little girl with a grazed knee who’s looking for her daddy.

Aiden Reid came from money and privilege. He’d expected his parents’ reaction to the news that he was going to be a father. Although being thrown out on the street with a check in his back pocket when he refused to sign the adoption papers, shocked even him. In Santa Monica, he moves in with his eccentric aunt and life is good. Good that is, until Aiden loses sight of Kayley at the local zoo, Marshall’s Park. When he spots her being led away by a man mountain, one word flashes before his eyes… kidnap! Of course, the freak says he works at the park, but Aiden calls the cops and has the lying bastard arrested. The following day, he learns that the lying bastard was telling the truth and has grounds to have him arrested for assault. How the hell is Aiden going to convince Monty the Meerkat not to press charges?

I have never laughed so much, as I did with this short story. Aiden is a single father of a precious little girl named Kayley and decided to take her to Marshall’s Park to meet the resident mascot, Monty the Meerkat. While he is buying cotton candy, she wanders off. Finn finds the little girl and deciding to take her to the nurse while looking for her father, the father notices them. Aiden thinks kidnapper and tackles poor Finn. Cops are called and Finn spends nine hours in jail because of it, before everything get out that he was doing exactly what he said. Aiden decides to apologies well with the advice from his aunt, but just has to figure out how to. After Finn decides to get away from Aiden, by jumping into the training pool, he was shocked to find out Aiden jumped in right after him. He found out real fast that the crazy man couldn’t swim.

Monty’s First Date ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

It’s been a month since their unconventional meeting when Aiden wrestled Finn to the ground and had him arrested for kidnapping. After accepting Aiden’s heartfelt apology, which included jumping into the dolphin pool with Finn—even though he couldn’t swim—Finn has spent the last month getting to know Aiden and his daughter, Kaylee, on a series of play-dates. But now it’s time for grown-ups only, in a restaurant that doesn’t have a kid’s menu. His attraction to Aiden has blossomed over the last month and Finn desperately hopes the other man sees him as more than a play-date.

Aiden is as nervous as Finn is at the prospect of the first ‘real’ date he’s had since Charlie Sheen’s second to last comeback. When Aunt Patti suggests he has a couple of glasses of wine before Finn picks him up, his arm doesn’t take much twisting. Unfortunately, he conveniently forgets the antibiotics he is currently taking and becomes a little less and less inhibited as the evening goes on.

I couldn’t stop laughing at this story. It has wonderful a very funny story line and two of the best men in. This is Aiden and Finn’s first date without Aiden’s daughter. Aiden’s aunt noticed how nervous Aiden was so she offered him a glass of wine, and if you add an antibiotic in with it, then you have a very stoned Aiden. From laughing at everything, talking loudly to anyone listening, to playing footsies under the table and you have a very interesting night.

Monty Meets the Ex ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Finding some alone time when you’re both working all hours is difficult. Especially when any togetherness is disturbed by pant-less monsters and ageing relatives. Not that Finn objects to pant-less monsters and ageing relatives, he understands Aiden is package deal and wouldn’t have it any other way; but they both want to take the next step.

A stroke of genius and the fact that Chris’ brother works at one of the best hotels along the coast, has Finn surprising Aiden with a romantic weekend, just the two of them. At least that’s how it was supposed to be. Finn didn’t realize he’d be swapping monsters and relatives for Aiden’s ‘Mary Poppins’ ex—the practically perfect in every way Zach Armstrong.

Finn and Aiden had been dating awhile now, but haven’t really taken alone time together. Finn, the romantic he is, surprises Aiden with a weekend getaway just the two of them. Talk about smoking hot at least till they run into Aiden’s Ex Zach Armstrong. Zach has made it real clear that he wants Aiden back, however Aiden wants Finn. This is a really good book and I can’t wait to read book four. I would recommend reading this, because you will get a kick out of it. The humorous way this book is written is one of the pluses.

Meeting Monty’s Parents ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Meeting the new boyfriend’s parents is always a little daunting, but for Aiden it’s like stepping into the unknown. He’s never actually met a boyfriends’ family before, and that’s the way he likes it. His own parents threw him out when he announced not only was he raising the child he had with his best friend, but also that he was also gay. The thought of their standing at the Country Club being tarnished by the shame he had brought down upon them, being more than his mother could bear.

Finn, of course, reassures Aiden that his family will love him, that they’re good people – well he would, wouldn’t he? Adding that even if they hated Aiden, they’d have to tolerate him to keep Kaylee, didn’t help to ease his panic.

Will Aiden be proved wrong? Or will a series of mishaps and misunderstandings make him wish he’d stayed at home?

OMG, this is the funniest book yet of this series. Finn is taking Aiden and Kaylee back to his family home to meet his family. Aiden’s family, other than his Aunt, was not as tolerant and loving. His home life was not as happy as Finn’s was and he worried the whole trip. However when they arrived he realized how wrong he was, even when he walked in on Finn’s brother taking a shower or when Finn’s grandmother heard them getting down and dirty. The love this family has is the most fantastic Aiden had ever met. I laughed the hardest with this story and can’t wait for the next book.

Monty Looses His Head ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Finn doesn’t mind being the victim of the occasional practical joke. He’s pulled more than enough of them in his time, so understands the need for balance. Which is why, when Monty’s head goes missing and in its place is a ransom note demanding tickets to Marshall’s Park and a personal tour of the zoo, he finds it as funny as the next man—until he realizes it’s not a joke, and he may possibly miss Kaylee’s show and tell because of it.

Being Sherlock Holmes was not how he’d planned to spend his one weekend off a month, so why is he hiding in the bushes waiting for the kidnappers to collect their reward? Of course, he’s certain the culprit is Chris, which is why he plans to make him pay in ways he hasn’t even thought of yet. But when he jumps out, he’s not sure whose surprised more, him or the kidnapper—who is definitely not Chris.

This was a truly sweet story and still funny as can be. Someone stole Monty’s Head and the ransom was four tickets to Marshall’s Park, some M&Ms and some skittles. This was funny, but also aggravating to Finn. Not just because the head belonged to Marshall’s Park, but because Kaylee had wanted to take him to

Show and tell. However, Finn and Aiden came up with a plan to catch Chris, Finn’s roommate, in the act. Only thing was it wasn’t Chris, but someone who surprised the heck out of them. I cannot wait for the next book. This whole series is a blast to read.

Moving Monty In ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Asking Finn to move in was the most natural thing in the world; but that didn’t stop Aiden from freaking out about it.

Unbeknownst to Aiden, Finn is having his own mini meltdown, only it’s not about moving in. It’s Kaylee’s Show and Tell and Finn is terrified. Until Aiden finds a way to relax him with surprising results!

I loved this story. It is tender and loving. Aiden had asked Finn to move in, but the whole time he was in panic mode, wondering if it would work. Finn however was panicking but not about moving in, but about Kaylee’s show and tell. First Monty’s head went missing, now it was his hand, oh what is he to do. They realize that they love each other and that was what really mattered. I love this series and can’t wait to read the next book.

Monty Meets the Parents ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Becoming part of Aiden and Kaylee’s family, and having them become part of his, was the best thing that had ever happened to Finn. This was why he couldn’t understand why Aiden’s family didn’t want anything to do with their son and granddaughter. Of course, there was Aunt Patti who had stood steadfastly beside her nephew, her support unwavering, but Finn knew there was a piece missing in Aiden’s heart. A piece not even he could fill. But is embarking on a mission to meet Aiden’s parents and let them know what they’re missing going to bite him in the ass?

This story made me tear up. It is so sad that Aiden’s family is so hateful and horrible. To disown a child because one they wouldn’t give up their baby for adoption and two because he was gay is just as sick as can be. When you are given a child you are suppose to love them unconditionally, not to put conditions on that love. It should never matter who one loves.

I love that Finn would do anything for his love, even if it meant going behind his back. I love the connection that these two men have. I want a love like that and a family so accepting like Finn’s. I loved this book even more than the ones that made me laugh.

Monty’s Trick or Treat   ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Everyone has been the victim of Chris’ pranks in the run-up to Halloween, and he doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to stop. Despite almost getting one of the park’s employees fired.

Finn decides Chris needs to be taught a lesson and what better way than to give him a taste of his own medicine? With a little help from his friends, he sets about organizing the prank to end all pranks – on an epic scale – using Chris’ biggest fear against him!

OMG…this one takes the hit. I was laughing my butt off so much, that I fell off the edge of the couch. I love the way they get even, couldn’t believe that they all pulled it off. This stunt was definitely on epic scale. Chris deserved what he got, but I am amazed at how Finn pulls it off. I love that everyone was in on the whole thing.

I loved this story. I am absolutely glad to have had the chance to read Lisa’s stories. At first, I wasn’t sure, because they are so short, but when you add them, all together they are amazing.

Monty Punches Pocahontas ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Aiden and Finn’s first Thanksgiving together is a big deal, especially as they are hosting it as a family. He has, of course, planned it down to the last minute, but there are a few unexpected incidents even Aiden couldn’t have possibly foreseen.

What happens when a squirrel and Pocahontas get into an argument, one ticked off boyfriend. Aiden spends the whole time getting dinner ready for everyone and all Finn has to do is be home on time. Well Pocahontas has other ideas, especially when Chris gets an idea on revenge for Halloween.

I loved this story, not only because I laughed my ass off with it, but also there is a surprise at the ending that will have you in tears. Tears of happiness that is. I am so glad that I have had the chance to read this wonderful series. Even if my hind end doesn’t because of falling off the couch laughing so hard.

Monty Gets Married…Doesn’t He ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Waking up in the ass end of nowhere on, his wedding day was not what Finn had planned. Thanks to Chris and AJ, he is miles from home with no wallet and no phone. Will he make it to the wedding on time and if he doesn’t, will Aiden ever forgive him?

 

Ok, I was wrong. This story was the best ever. Not only because once again I landed on the floor laughing so hard, but also because it was so sweet and tender. They make the perfect couple and probably the best family ever. It was written with perfection. This whole series was Finn always seems to be missing a screw, funny as hell, tender and caring, and he loves that family of his.

I have only been to one wedding my whole life, but I wish it could have been as good as this one was. It shows how each other is just perfect for each other. They have their ups and downs, but it seems that they just click. I even loved the fact that the family can find all sorts of things to laugh at. They find the humor in so many things that it makes me wish my family were like that.

 

This series is one of the best ones I have read. It is told with more humor than seriousness and it just works. Lisa has created the best characters and situations that I have come across. I love the fact that these two men met by Aiden getting Finn arrested, and then starts feeling things for him. I love how Kaylee just seems to accept Finn and wants him in their family.

 

I would recommend this story to anyone who loves family situations, a quirky little girl, two hot and sexy men, tenderness, love, and comedy central. If you want, a story that will make you laugh so hard that you’re falling off the edge of your seat can make you cry at the tenderness of it then this is the book for you.

 

Free Falling by S.E. Jakes

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Series: Extreme Escapes Ltd, #1

Author: SE Jakes

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: Novel (150 pages)

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (March 10th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Reviewer: Tams

Blurb: Sometimes falling in love is the most dangerous thing of all…

Blue’s a thief who lives for adrenaline and danger. When he meets Mick, a mercenary and a hitter, he feels an immediate attraction. But Mick reneges on a bet they’ve made, leaving Blue pissed and confused.

When they meet again a year later, Blue’s in terrible danger after having walked into the middle of one of Mick’s jobs. Mick saves him, and although the two men have fallen for one another, they have no idea how to handle that kind of intimacy that’s been forced on them.

But when Mick goes missing on a job, Blue’s the one to go after him, determined to save the man he loves no matter the cost.

Purchase Link: http://sejakes.com/books/free-falling/

Review: Blue is a mastermind thief who has turned the calling into an art form. He’s also an adrenaline junkie. Each one alone is dangerous enough, but when you combine the two and then throw him off his game by throwing love at him as well, it could be deadly. Mick is a MERC and former CIA operative. The big bear of a man is used to being in control and his take charge attitude is one of the things that caught Blue’s attention from the start. When these two meet, sparks definitely fly. But do remember that explosions start from sparks, and this relationship goes way beyond explosive!

Blue and Mick first met a year ago, when Blue found himself on the losing end of a bet that landed him tied to bed waiting on Mick. When Mick never showed up to claim his winnings, Blue refused to admit how hurt he was at the diss. When they meet up again the initial spark quickly becomes a slow burn. When Blue is in danger, Mick risks everything to save him. As a result of the drug now surging through Blue’s system, sort of a super speed Viagra, Mick finally gets Blue the way he’s always wanted him. But it’s not all fun and games for these two, as they’ve never wanted or trusted another person as much as they want to trust each other.

There were a few hiccups along the way with this story, but overall I was fascinated with the world and this black market drug. I could see the ending coming a mile away, but it still remained interesting getting there. The BDSM aspect was a healthy dose but still tactful, and Mick never did anything to Blue that he didn’t welcome, want and enjoy. I wanted more character development as far as their love story went, and at times, the story itself didn’t flow seamlessly. But as a whole, I’m intrigued with these characters as well as Prophet, and I will definitely be reading the other books in this series.

If you like assassin alpha males, that HEA that you have to work for, a bit of action and suspense all tied with a choppy little BDSM bow… then this is a must read for you.

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Wild Nights by Lynn Hagen

20450691Title: Wild Nights

Series: Predatory Hunters, # 3

Author: Lynn Hagen

Genre: Futuristic/ Paranormal

Length: Novella (87 Pages)

ISBN: 978-1-62741-336-7

Publisher: Siren Publishing (February 17th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

 

Blurb:Gilbert Guy has no idea what is going on when he is taken from the local YMCA. He finds himself on an auction block, being sold off to the highest bidder. But when Gil wishes to escape, and a handsome man appears, Gil thinks he’s conjured the guy from his imagination.

Domingo has no idea what to do with Gil. The man is nuttier than hell. Not only does Gil keep calling him Bob, but Gil swears that Domingo is a figment of his imagination. Domingo had gone after Gil on the request from his alpha, Max. But Domingo is starting to wish that Max had sent someone else. Gil is a walking disaster.

 

What started out as a simple extraction assignment turns into a road trip from hell. Domingo’s car catches fire, forcing the two to walk from Arizona to California. Along the way, they run into trouble time and again. But their wild nights turn into so much more when the attraction between the two ignites.

 

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/wild-nights-hagen

 

Review: Oh, I love Lynn Hagen. She always gives a good story to laugh about. This one had me rolling on the floor laughing. I love it when the characters are a bit quirky in this story however

 

Gilbert takes the prize. He is so goofy you can’t help but fall in love with him. He has the best attitude and nothing seems to phase him. Not the bear, nor the fact that his mate turned into a panther to fight the bear, nor the danger that comes for them at every turn. He thinks that he just conjured Domingo up to save him from being sold at auction. So much to the fact that he calls him Bob.

 

Domingo, aka Bob thinks that Gilbert is a bit on the nutty side. He was sent by his alpha to rescue a Chekota Breeder, but what he finds is a sexy if not crazy man who calls him Bob. He is the head Sentinel of the River Walker clan, which means he got it because of his brute strength and cool demeanor. Yet here he was losing what cool he had, because of a hot and quite possibly off of his rocker man.

 

This story is one of the best paranormals I have come across. A quirky man who can get pregnant, a panther shifter with attitude, tattoos, bears, and all around laughter. I am so glad to have had a chance to read this series and if you want to find a book that, where you laugh your ass off this would be the story to read. I have always loved books where the world they are living seems so much better than the one I am in.

I want to lose myself into their world and have the chance to see what it is like to be truly loved as these characters do.

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An Owl Surfaces by Stephani Hecht

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Series: The Flushing Owl Shifter, Book 1

Author: Stephani Hecht

Genre: Paranormal/Shapeshifter

Length: Novella (83 Pages)

ISBN: 978-1-77111-885-9

Publisher: Extasy Books (March 1st, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

 

Blurb: Sometimes, the one love you seek is closer than you ever imagined.

As an Elf Owl shifter, Kayden is the smallest one in his Parliament. But that hasn’t stopped him from being an important member. An IT Tech, he can hack his way into any computer system. Plus, he’s in charge of his own group’s security. Now, if he can only get their leader, Austin, to notice him for something more than his technical skills.

Austin takes his job as the leader of his small Parliament of Owls seriously, which leaves little time for himself. However, he can’t help but notice the cute, small tech, Kayden. But Austin knows he has no time for romance. Not if he wants to keep his group safe.

Will Austin and Kayden find a way to get together? Or are they forever doomed to be alone?

Purchase Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/an-owl-surfaces/

Review: This is a start to a new series and I have to tell you it was amazing.

 

I love shifters of all kinds, but for some reason birds are really cool. Most are big hawks and falcons, so to learn that Kayden is such a small owl makes it even better. He gets himself kidnapped, but the whole time he knew that his Parliament would come to save him. He knew Austin, their leader, would bring the others to help him get out of there. He and his cellmate needed help. He has always wanted Austin, but he didn’t think that a big grey owl would ever want him. Boy is he wrong.

 

Austin had went crazy when Kayden got taken because he felt the way Kayden felt, but he also thought that he could never let it be known. He could not play favorites with anyone, that is until one of the other owl’s tells him that maybe just maybe Kayden is his mate. That changes all the rules. Once they get past all their barriers, they realize that they are meant to be together.

 

I absolutely have another favorite series. This one has it all two hot sexy men, shapeshifters, lust mixed in with love, danger, and excitement. I would definitely recommend reading this story because it will hit you where you need it most. I think that Stephani has an amazing gift for telling a story. It makes for a great read and I cannot wait for book two.

Tempted to Taste by Shawn Lane

20819237Title: Tempted To Taste

Series: The Sutter’s Bay, #5

Author: Shawn Lane

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short Story (64 Pages)

ISBN: 978-1-61124-559-2

Publisher: Amber Allure, Amber Quill Press (February 16th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

 

Blurb: Ryan Callahan’s parents died in a boating accident off Sutter’s Bay when he was five years old. Now, Ryan is back in the bay and ready to live in the Victorian reproduction house his father built for his mother. And he’s also ready to get his dream job as a chef. The job of head chef seems to fall into his lap when the bay’s newest restaurant, Mabry’s, is short-staffed, but when the sexy-as-sin owner, Chris Mabry, returns from vacation, he fires the inexperienced Ryan on the spot.

 

Ryan’s dream seems to be over before he gets a chance to prove himself. Yet when Chris quickly realizes his restaurant is truly falling without the help of a creative and talented chef, he rehires Ryan.

 

As Marbry’s prospects for success takes a turn for the better, things start to sizzle between Ryan and Chris. And soon, Ryan is cooking for Chris…personally….

 

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Purchase Link: http://amberquillpress.com/AmberAllure/TemptedToTaste.html

Review: This title is part of the Tasty Treats AmberPax Collection. However, it can be purchased separately. It is also part of The Sutter Bay Series and should be read in order.

 

I absolutely loved this story. It caught my attention from start to finish. I loved Ryan and Chris, they made me laugh and want to strangle them at the beginning. More Chris than Ryan though because he comes in and acts like a real snobby jerk to Ryan. However, he did realize that night that he had made a mistake in firing Ryan.

 

Ryan’s family had died in a boating accident and he had been away for most of his life, but now he figured it was time to go home. He gets there and right off, the bat knows he needs a job. So going out for some food, he comes across a restaurant with a help wanted sign. Chris’s brother was the one that hired him, thinking his brother would be cool with it. Then Chris got back that night from Mexico and terminated him on the spot.

 

Things start to heat up and they were mixing it up what with work and their personal lives. It was tender and so very hot. I loved how forgiving they both seem to be, even standing up for each other. Especially when the ex shows up. I would recommend this story to anyone who believes in true love, cool foods, sexy men, and hot sex.

Steak Through the Heart by Heidi Champa

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Series: Part of the Tasty Treats AmberPax Collection

Author: Heidi Champa

Genre:  Contemporary

Length: Short Story (62 Pages)

ISNB: 978-1-61124-558-5

Publisher: Amber Allure, Amber Quill Press (February 16th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

 

Blurb: As the owner of the Atomic Veggie food truck, Russ serves his popular vegetarian food all over the city. His former classmate and rival, Darren, owner of Meat Me Halfway, has never served a vegetable out of his truck, unless it was on top of one of his gourmet cheeseburgers. The two men never got along under the best of circumstances, but after spending one hot night together during culinary school, things went from bad to worse.

Now, when they’re not cooking, they’re thinking of ways to make each other miserable, with a series of ever-escalating pranks. When Darren approaches Russ in a time of need, will the two call a truce and finally give into the passion they’ve been denying for years? Or will one last prank prove to be the end of their simmering relationship?

 

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Review: It is really cute and funny as hell. I love the pranks that they play on each other, however for a minute I wasn’t too sure they were not going to kill each other. Some of the pranks they played were close to being harsh. Russ and Darren had been rivals since school. Then one hot night of sex, Darren is stupid and left right afterwards, hurting Russ.

 

Now that they owned their own companies, the rival has topped to a lot of pranks some funny and some not so funny. However, Russ is really hot for Darren but thinks in his heart that they can never be friends let alone lovers. Although Darren is trying to fix that. He is trying to make amends for the mischief he had done.

 

It is really too short to for me to absolutely love, but I did like it a lot. It has characters that you can’t help but fall in love with although more in likely you would rather punch them. They act like children hooked up on a lot of sugar. Instead of coming clean to each other, they keep going around the subject till it goes too far. I did love the ending though. You can tell they are hot for each other and there is a hint of love in the air. I would recommend this to anyone who would love a short story to lose yourself in, one with two sexy men, feisty comments, crazy pranks, and some hot sex.

 

Stone Cold Beast by Karly Germain

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Series: The Umbra Shifters, #2

Author: Karly Germain

Genre: Erotic Romance/Paranormal ~ Shifters/Vampires

Length: Short Story (59 Pages)

ISBN: 978-1-77130-750-5

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (March 5th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Ethan Stone, lion shifter, had lived many lives. He’d been a biker, musician, and an Umbran, or shadow hunter. Everything changed two years ago when a nightclub fire killed the members of his rock band and left him the only survivor. Now scarred and living the solitary life of a nomad, Ethan just wants to be left alone in his isolated world.

 

Daric McNamee, a cheetah shifter and also an Umbran, has been given an assignment. Ethan Stone. Find out what happened the night of the fire and recruit Stone back into the Umbran. Not an easy task considering Ethan is stubborn and wary. Almost immediately, both men feel a mate connection, but the last thing Daric wants is to be a submissive to a scarred, terminally angry lion shifter.

However, the attraction between them can’t be denied—though Ethan tries. When it comes time for them to part, will they admit they are mates? Can Daric convince Ethan he is more than a stone cold beast?

 

Purchase Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/stone-cold-beast-by-karly-germain/

Review: This is part two in a wonderful series and should be read in order. The first book is in The Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition Anthology.

 

I really liked book one and I love this book just a bit more. It gives you wonderful characters who you will fall in love. They have the abilities to overcome all their pain and turn it into a blessing. Ethan was an Umbran, usually undercover doing all sorts of things. Bier, musician, shadow hunter didn’t matter when the nightclub fire killed everyone except himself. He always felt cold and alone. He didn’t know if there was anything in him left to care for another.

When Daric showed up to take his statement concerning the fire, he was pissed to say the least. What he had not expected was the lust he could smell in the air. Could he take the chance, could he just make a one night stand or should he kick him out. What he had not expected was the fact that they were mates.

 

This story is cute and very tender. I would recommend this to anyone who loves shapeshifters, vampires, the paranormal world, two hot and sexy men, and great sex. I do love this series, wished it was a bit longer though. I love to lose myself into a story and this one made it an enjoyable trip.

Almost by Sean Michael

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Series: N/A

Author: Sean Michael

Genre:Contemporary/ Men in Uniform

Length: Short Story (47 Pages)

ISBN: 978-1-78184-979-8

Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (February 7th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

 

Blurb: Hammer let Lane drive him away, but now he’s determined to make Lane the one who almost got away.

Lane lost his legs while saving his unit overseas. It’s been two years and he’s doing his best to come to terms with things, including the fact that he dumped his lover to free the man up from being stuck with a gimp for the rest of his life. Luckily, Lane inherited his Gramps’ cottage—it just needs some renovations to make it wheelchair friendly. He’s determined to make the best of what he’s got.

Hammer was one of the men Lane saved…and his lover while they were in the Army together. He let Lane drive him away back when the man first got hurt, but now he’s hunting Lane, determined to make Lane the on

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e who almost got away. Will Lane be able to see pas

t his injuries far enough to realize Hammer’s in it for the long haul?

 

Publisher’s Note: This story has been previously released as part of the Stand to Attention anthology by Totally Bound Publishing.

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/almost

Review: Sean Michael has a new follower. This story was amazing and so very heart touching. Soldiers give their all and sometimes way too much. For someone to come home from being injured while fighting for our country, only to have their parents disown them because they are gay just makes me even more mad than normal.

 

Lane had been injured by a mine, but he did manage to save everyone else in his unit. Feeling like he was a looser all broken, he ends his relationship with Hammer, who was also his Sarge. He had lost both of his legs and his face was scared but to Hammer he was a hero. Now two years later, Hammer musters out and finds his lover. Knowing he should have put up more of a fight, Hammer knows that the fight is getting ready to hit the fan now that he was back in Lane’s life.

 

I would recommend this story to anyone who loves military men, sacrifice, arguments, heart filled confessions, and true love. I loved this story and will definitely be checking out the rest of Sean’s stories.

For My Brothers by Mark Abramson

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Author: Mark Abramson

Genre: Memoir

Length: 437 pages

ISBN: 9781925031768

Publisher: Wilde City Press (January 22nd, 2014)

Heat: N/A

Heart: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Eric

Blurb: Mark Abramson was a bartender on Castro Street, Haight Street, and South of Market during the worst years of the AIDS crisis, roughly from 1984 to 1996 when new life-saving drugs came on the market. He was also involved in several of the major fundraising events of the times, from gay bars to the waterfront piers of San Francisco and theaters in between.

For My Brothers is filled with true stories of encounters with Connie Francis, Johnnie Ray, and Christine Jorgensen, plus friendships with Al Parker, John Preston, and Sylvester and dozens of lesser known characters who deserve to be remembered.

Purchase Link: http://www.wildecity.com/books/gay-mainstream/for-my-brothers/#.UwQfRPldWHg

Review: This book was amazing! I’ve never read a memoir before, but I found this book to be addicting. Getting the insight on an author that had understood and truly got through the tough times was riveting to me. The more I read the more I wanted to know and the book answered all my questions. When I finished it, I felt like I could truly get why the author did what he did. I couldn’t get enough of it.

Getting a taste of history and the reasoning behind it. It was like getting a history lesson but in a fresh fun way. I loved the fact he included the encounters with singers and friendships. I couldn’t get enough of this book. It is so worth it.

Highly recommended.