From Out in the Cold by L.A. Witt

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Author: L.A. Witt

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: Novel (188 pages)

Publisher: Loose Id (December 4th 2012)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Tams

Blurb: Neil Dalton’s foundation is already cracking. Grief, guilt, and PTSD have ruled his life since a terrible crime tore his world apart last year, and he’s dreading a holiday visit with the family he simultaneously needs and resents. Then someone from his past shows up and rattles that shaky foundation right out from under him.

First, a war nearly destroyed Jeremy Kelley. Then his family threw him out when he needed them the most, and now he’s barely holding on emotionally. He spends his last dollar to get to Chicago and prays his former best friend doesn’t leave him out in the cold.

Together, Neil and Jeremy spend the holidays with Neil’s family in their hometown of Omaha. They struggle to deal with families, flashbacks… and feelings that haven’t even begun to fade since their last failed attempt at more than friends. As they try to repair their fractured psyches and rebuild damaged bridges, they rely on each other more than ever, but they can’t deny the mutual attraction that’s existed since before they were both emotionally battered and scarred. If they couldn’t make it work back then, how in the world can they pull it off now?

Purchase Link: http://www.loose-id.com/from-out-in-the-cold.html

Review: Neil Dalton is hanging on by a thread since the loss of his partner in a random act of violence a year ago. To make matters even worse, he can’t even talk to the most important people in his life about the agony he’s goes through on a daily basis because as far as he can tell, they won’t accept him for who he really is.

Jeremy Kelly is an Iraq war vet that suffers in silence as well in the aftermath of the time he spent serving and protecting over there. His family is even worse than Neil’s, shutting him out and cutting him off abruptly when they learn he’s gay, when he needs their help now more than ever.

Childhood friends drawn back together and spending the Holiday’s with Neil’s family in Omaha, each suffers in silence and struggles to overcome inner demons due to lingering effects in the form of PTSD. Will it be three strikes you’re out, or the third times the charm for this pair? Longing for each other, but scared to be hurt again, will Neil and Jeremy find a way to be together? Or will their failed attempts in the past at a relationship coupled with their duelling grief keep them at arm’s length?


Not an easy read, but well worth the time. A love story stemming from the longing of two broken men. Neil and Jeremy are exactly what the other one needs. They can find a strength within each other that has been taken from them through violence. An element of two steps forward, three steps back applies to this story as well, for every time you think they’ve figured it out, something is amiss. Both men grown throughout the story and through being together and its equal parts beautiful, terrible and sexy.

Definitely, a rollercoaster ride of emotions and Witt conveys the emotions flawlessly. Witt is a very versatile author who can and has written Sci-Fi, contemporary, dystopian, BDSM but her niche’ is military inspired stories. I don’t think she can do any wrong, and this story was definitely right, highly recommend. But be sure you have tissues at the ready.

Where There’s A Will by Bailey Bradford

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Author:  Bailey Bradford

Genre: Ménage MMM/ Cowboys

Length: Novel (194 pages)

Publisher:Totally Bound (June 4th 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer:  Cat

Blurb:Book nine in the Love in Xxchange Series

Three men who’ve given up on love find it in the most unexpected place.

A rough cowboy, a sassy spitfire, and a bartender—they sound like the start of a joke, but there’s nothing funny about the way Carlos feels when a sexy spitfire of a man blows him a kiss.

Carlos came down to Texas from the Mossy Glenn Ranch in Montana to deliver some bad news to his former boss Nick. Just one problem, his GPS unit is a lying POS. It keeps having him drive in circles and nagging him to turn in impossible places.

Then a man blows him a kiss, and reawakens a part of him Carlos thought was dead and gone. He’s a middle-aged cowboy, tired and unemployed, yet when he stops for directions and sees the sexy spitfire getting jacked off by one very handsome, stacked bartender, it’s a jolt to his libido.

When Will and Troy invite him to play and make it clear they aren’t a couple, they’re just strangers like he is to them, Carlos just can’t resist.

But each of them has secrets, pain and desires, needs and hopes. Will is hated by most the town residents, Troy can’t accept his own needs, and Carlos has let his past control him for almost two decades. Can they find what they need together and in themselves? Is such a thing possible?

Reader Advisory: This book contains light BDSM, bondage, spankings

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/where-theres-a-will

Review: Warning: this does have a ménage, and some bondage and spankings.

This is book 9 of the Love in Xxchange series.  I am going to admit this is my first in this particular series. I wanted to read it because I have been reading the Mossy Glenn Ranch series and this book is where the main characters, Will, Troy and Carlos meet.  I absolutely love Bailey Bradford and loved the Mossy Glenn series.  Will is one of my all-time favourite characters, another reason I wanted to read this particular book but more on that in a minute. I will say I plan to read this entire series also since the other characters seem to be quite interesting as well. So I do suggest you read the series in order then be sure to jump in the Mossy Glenn series as well.

In this book Will, Carlos, and Troy meet.  I found the way they met adorable. Carlos is zooming along the road from Montana, to talk to his friend about the Mossy Glenn and is already upset for the goings on there. A cutie in a mini cooper passes him and blows him a kiss. Carlos is also lost from the directions of his GPS and pulls into a bar for a drink, to calm down and get directions to his friend’s ranch. He walks in on a sexy bartender and a twink getting it on, on the bar. Then he realizes the twink is the guy that blew him a kiss. The three end up in the storage room.  It just gets better from there.

I absolutely love Bailey’s writing style.  The author really knows how to paint a picture with words.  I loved how she described Carlos from Will’s view.   He simply thought Marlboro man.  That was all I needed to absolutely visualize Carlos.  Now Will is a completely new story and you get his picture throughout this story as well as he seems to grow in the next series. I absolutely love will. He is described as a small guy, with very feminine features. As a matter of fact when he first went past Carlos, Carlos thought he was a girl until he saw him better.  At first, you think of Will as a twink. He is fun-loving, sexy, and very campy. But he is not what he appears. He is very strong, knows what he wants, how to get it and uses his campiness however he needs.  I think that is what I like best about him is that he is not the usual character. He isn’t tall dark and handsome or an Alpha male, he is the opposite but don’t let him fool you. He can hold his own.

I love that this story is a bit complicated. It is a western with cowboys, yet it also has drama, and it deals with a ménage and though it has lots of sex, it still stays interesting as well.

If you like a great series, bartenders, cops, ménage, bondage cowboys, drama, and lots of hot mansex this is for you!

The Beginning by Mychael Black

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Series: Shadowkings 01

Author:Mychael Black

Genre: paranormal, vampires, witches

Length: Novel (163 pages)

Publisher: Torquere Press, Inc. (January 21st 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Witchcraft and homosexuality are punishable by death, but it doesn’t stop Lucca Moretti from embracing both. Lucca fears no man, but he has one weakness: his twin brother, Gabriele. When tragedy strikes, Lucca and Gabriele have few options, but they do have allies. They flee from the wreckage of their family’s home and take refuge in the home of Lorik, the unofficial leader of the vampires in the city of Rome. Lorik offers them safety, but not without a price.

Gabriele has spent years fighting an unholy desire for his twin, but even his fear is no match for the lure of Lucca’s kiss. In this new world they’ve stumbled into, however, there is much more to the people around them than meets the eye.

The vampires are at war, and Lorik’s court mage sees something in Lucca that could turn the tide in their favor. Secrets come to light which can either aid the twins in saving the new family they’ve found, or destroy them all.

Purchase Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=97&products_id=4111

Review: Warning!  This book contains Twincest, mild domination and a ménage.  So if any of these things turn you off, this book isn’t for you.

Now having warned you I did know the book contained Twincest and I will be honest, I still don’t know how I feel about Twincest.   This is a very hard book to review so I took my time and thought it over carefully.  I don’t like giving half stars so that’s why we have a four.  I gave it a moderate on the heat level since there is a lot of sex scenes throughout the book, however I found them tasteful and sensual not outright explicit to me. Explicit is a graphic description of the act and body parts and coarse descriptive words.  So, I loved the story and in my opinion, the sex is moderate. I thought it was very sexy, and sensual. 

I will say this, the domination part was so mild I could have done without it and it would not have taken away from the book. I can’t say much on the ménage since it will be  a spoiler, but I was ok with-it  found it sensual and I do  give Kudos  on how that  relationship went and can’t wait for the next  book to since I have a feeling it may be Dorian’s story.  At least I hope so. 

Now for my actual review. The storyline was action packed and very intriguing. I love Mychael Black’s take on vampires. They are gritty, violent and different from the norm. Nope you won’t find sparkly here, though Gabriele is close … I liked the mage, vamp combination. For some reason I really liked Lucca, though I think he needed to be a tad bit tougher, but perhaps that will come as he grows into his powers since he is just becoming a vampire here.  I liked the combination also of passion, fear, sensuality, and sadness. (Yes, you will need a tissue near the end.)

To sum things up… I recommend this if you like vampires, mages, shadows, spirits, sensual sex, devoted love and Twincest.

Always by Kindle Alexander Guest Post, Giveaway, Scavenger Hunt & Review

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Born to a prestigious political family, Avery Adams plays as hard as he works. The gorgeous, charismatic attorney is used to getting what he wants, even the frequent one-night stands that earn him his well-deserved playboy reputation. When some of the most prominent men in politics suggest he run for senate, Avery decides the time has come to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. With a strategy in place and the campaign wheels rolling, Avery is ready to jump on the legislative fast track, full steam ahead. But no amount of planning prepares him for the handsome, uptight restaurateur who might derail his political future.

Easy isn’t even in the top thousand words to describe Kane Dalton’s life after his father, a devout southern Baptist minister, kicks him out of the family home for questioning his sexual orientation. Despite all the rotten tomatoes life throws his way, Kane makes something of himself. Between owning a thriving upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and managing his long-term boyfriend, his plate is full. He struggles to get past the teachings of his childhood to fully accept his sexuality and rid himself of the doubts brought on by his religious upbringing. The last thing he needs is the yummy, sophisticated, blond-haired distraction sitting at table thirty-four.

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Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!

I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!

Kindle Alexander - Always - Capital KUsually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.

I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.

That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.

Kindle Alexander - Always _TourButtonHer name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.

Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.

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Kindle Alexander - Always  CoverTitle: Always

Author: Kindle Alexander

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: Novel (280 pgs)

ISBN: B00IX21D4E

Publisher: Kindle Alexander LLC (March 11th 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Tams

Blurb: Born to a prestigious political family, Avery Adams plays as hard as he works. The gorgeous, charismatic attorney is used to getting what he wants, even the frequent one-night stands that earn him his well-deserved playboy reputation. When some of the most prominent men in politics suggest he run for senate, Avery decides the time has come to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. With a strategy in place and the campaign wheels rolling, Avery is ready to jump on the legislative fast track, full steam ahead. But no amount of planning prepares him for the handsome, uptight restaurateur who might derail his political future.

Easy isn’t even in the top thousand words to describe Kane Dalton’s life after his father, a devout southern Baptist minister, kicks him out of the family home for questioning his sexual orientation. Despite all the rotten tomatoes life throws his way, Kane makes something of himself. Between owning a thriving upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and managing his long-term boyfriend, his plate is full. He struggles to get past the teachings of his childhood to fully accept his sexuality and rid himself of the doubts brought on by his religious upbringing. The last thing he needs is the yummy, sophisticated, blond-haired distraction sitting at table thirty-four.

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Review: Avery Adams is the grandson of the former President of the United States, his father is a senator. Avery himself is considering running for the senate, politics is in his blood. The gorgeous, blonde, charismatic attorney is somewhat of a playboy. He keeps his lovers in the closet along with his sexuality, because homosexuality and politics do not mix. That is, until he meets Kane.

Kane Dalton is the owner of a very successful restaurant in town. He is sophisticated, handsome and charming. He runs La Bella Luna with his close friend who is like a father to him, Paulie. Kane’s own family kicked him out when he told them he was gay, and take every chance they get to beguile and belittle him, but waste no time cashing the checks he sends them every month! He’s always dealt with an inner struggle with who he is because of his strict religious upbringing, how just being true to himself goes against everything he was raised to believe. But Avery Adams is about to change all that.

Always is the story of the life of Avery Adams and Kane Dalton. The ups and downs, highs and lows, for love and longing aren’t everything, but through it all they build a life together that is legendary. Kane is hesitant at the start, but Avery pursues him relentlessly. Over several decades together, Kane’s hesitation never quite leaves, but he grows more comfortable within his love for Avery and becomes more comfortable showing their love publically. Their wedding was wonderous, the birth of their twins was beautiful, but with the sweets comes the sour.

When Avery accepts his father’s nomination to run as the Vice Presidential candidate under his father who is running for President, as a family they decide to do it. Every decision they make, they do it as a family. Avery, Kane and the twins along with Paulie, who is Kane’s father figure, and Kennedy, Avery’s mom. Reporters and homophobes are going after Kane, stating their marriage isn’t even legal, and Kane’s own family is offering up their own venom for this snake of hatred spewing across the nation. But Avery stands tall and stands up for his marriage and his husband, he will protect his family, even if it means leaving behind his career in politics. NOTHING matters more than Kane and his kids, Always.

I’m certain many people only dream to achieve the level of happiness that Kane and Avery experienced in their lives together. Even through tragedy and loss they manage to remain a strong family unit that is always based on love. Alexander has written a very powerful, poignant and endearing novel that will touch you and stay with you long after you read those last few words. I can’t say anymore because it would be too easy to give too much away, and you simply must read this beautiful love story for yourself.

I will say, this just became the best book that I have read this year thus far, I highly recommend it to anyone, everyone. Be warned, mass quantities of Kleenex are required. Maybe even be proactive and take a benedryl ahead of time, try to counteract some of the full on snot slinging crying you’ll surely be doing. Ah, but there is laughter as well, and love, so much love, Always.

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