Pick up the Pieces by Tinnean

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Series: The Light In Your Eyes, Book 1, A Spy vs. Spook Spinoff

Author: Tinnean

Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (321 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 21st, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts

Blurb: The Light in Your Eyes: Book One – A Spy vs. Spook Novel

Fifteen-year-old Theo Bascopolis longs for the man of his dreams. But his dreams are dashed when his conservative Greek father discovers Theo is gay and throws him out. Hopeless, he falls in with Fast Franky, a pimp who seduces Theo with the nickname “Sweetcheeks,” but abuses him and wants Theo to hustle. A bloody fight with Franky forces Sweetcheeks to run. Winding up in Washington, DC, he meets a group of rent boys who take care of each other. While he may not have the man of his dreams, Theo finally has a home and family of his own making.

When the boys take in mysterious tenant Mark Vincent, he seems a solid protector, until one of Sweetcheeks’ boys suffers a savage beating in his name. Vincent visits the boy in the hospital and introduces his equally enigmatic trainee, William Matheson. The instant attraction blindsides Sweetcheeks. In spite of knowing love isn’t for rent boys, Sweetcheeks’ hopes Matheson sees beyond the body he’s offered to so many. But Matheson has secrets of his own, and both will have to tear down their walls to find enduring love.

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Reviewer: GiGi

Review: I lost a lot of sleep last night because I couldn’t’ stop reading! The ups and downs of following Theo, aka Sweetcheeks, trials, and tribulations was harrowing at first. To imagine what can happen when a loving family turns on their child and shuns him for something he can’t change, to send him out of his home and into the path of a predator because he’s gay. It’s unforgivable, though by the end of this book Theo is faced with that problem.

The frightening world of turning tricks on the street as a young teen takes a turn even worse when Sweetcheeks is faced to fight for his life, fight not to be sold to another pimp by a man he once considered himself to love.

His risky escape to DC introduces him to a slightly different way of life, he’s still turning tricks, but at least he seems to find shelter in an environment where the boys are given health screenings, regular food, and a safe place to lay their heads. But I was still left doubtful that Theo’s life, as a hustler would ever improve beyond that. I kept waiting as the character did for the next shoe to drop. And drop it did when an event proves just how dangerous their line of work is.

Enter one sexy and mysterious man, Wills Matheson. The tragedy that brought Wills and Theo together is linked to Mark Vincent, but we don’t’ get any direct looks into Mark and Wills’ real lien of work, just hints, foreshadowing and suggestion by many characters including Wills’ uncle Pete, who knows much more than he lets on to Theo about Wills.

Wills and Theo go through high and lows, mistrust, and questioning, but through it all one thing is clear, both are in love, and both want this things to work. Theo even gets to satisfy his longing for family by meeting and being pretty much accepted by Wills big family. Problem is the author drops enough hints to let the reader know that Wills is most definitely not a computer troubleshooter, but I’m thinking more along the lines of shooting down trouble in the form of people. His life is dangerous, and I think he’s starting to bring his work home in ways Theo doesn’t realize just yet.

There are lots of interesting twists and turns, dramatic highs and lows, plenty of chemistry and sexual heat, and that kept me going through the improbable moments, like Theo being so blind to Wills job, and his rent boy roomies, just kind of dropping out of the plot too easily at times.

The writing was smooth, the suspense was enough to keep me reading until 3:00 a.m., and I’m still chewing on the mysteries involved, speculating on the next book, and all those things spells winner, in my mind! Can’t wait for Foolish Me, the sequel to Pick up the Pieces!

Destination Unknown by Liz Strange

20343986Title: Destination Unknown
Series: David Lloyd Investigations, #3
Author: Liz Strange
Genre: Mystery/ Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel (239 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-60820-9200
Publisher: MLR Press (February 12th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Tracking down the whereabouts of a girl last seen on a cruise ship takes David Lloyd far from the streets of Toronto and thrusts high into the seedy world of human trafficking.
Last seen departing a cruise ship in Newport, Curacao, Piper Falco is never heard from again.

Though no body was found, it seemed likely the brilliant Canadian university student had met a violent end. Her father asks David to look into the case when the investigation by the local authorities, and even the RCMP and Interpol, turns cold. What David finds opens his eyes to a world far from his comfortable life in urban Toronto, a world where young girls are subjected to sexual degradation, and human lives are nothing more than currency.

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Review: This is book three in this series and you need to read it in order. It will give you a way into David and Jamie. They are still going strong even with their little bits of normal struggles that come up. Not only are they together like a married couple, but Jamie is now working with David. So its David Lloyd Investigations and Jamie Brennan Legal Services. That gives David pause just a bit but it sure does come in handy when the father of a missing girl comes in.
Piper had been working on an American owned cruise line when they realized she was not on the ship when they left port. She had went into Curacao and never came back. At first, they were thinking she came across a fatal end.

When things go wrong in some foreign countries they are not looked over right. As with this particular case, the police did a shabby job looking into it. So her father had asked for more help from the local authorities and got RCMP involved. Not to mention he had managed to get Interpol into the investigation.

This was way out of David’s league and he asks his partner and lover Jamie for his help in this. It was a bit out of Jamie’s way also but he did have the legal part of the business. It helped to have someone who knew law working with him. Not to mention the little side of sexual pleasures he can get in the office.

What they find is a something that truly does happen in real life. Girls are abducted and sold into sex slavery all the time. David comes across this and does everything in his powers to find this girl. There is a lot of amazing surprises to find in this book. You will be amazed with the twist and turns to it when you read it. It will catch your attention from the start and will keep it all the way to the end. You will love this book just as I did.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery, two hot and sexy men, dangers coming at them from all directions, shabby local law enforcements, twist, and turns that will make your stomach tighten, and an all around amazing story. I love that even with all the seriousness that this story has, there is just a hint of humor when it comes to Jamie and David. I love the fact that he is also helping Jenny further her education and get her life all straightened out. You will fall in love with these men with every read of this series.

My Brother’s Keeper: The First Three Rules by Adrienne Wilder

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Series: My Brother’s Keeper 01
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Genre: Paranormal/ Horror Romance
Length: Novel (266 pages)
ISBN: DRNWLD0000008 & B00J90EIIC
Publisher: Adrienne Wilder (26th March 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts
Reviewer: Pixie
Blurb: My Brother’s Keeper Trilogy:
The town of Gilford has a Big and Terrible secret hidden in the ground.
Infecting those it touches.
Exploiting their darkness.
Consuming their souls.
It’s hungry. It’s vile. It’s evil.
And it wants out.
Book One: The First Three Rules

Marshal Jon Foster lost his purpose and his sanity the day he saw the image of his dead brother. The distraction saved Jon’s life but cost the lives of innocent people including his best friend and partner. It was a price for survival Jon couldn’t live with and was sure he’d never understand.
Driven by grief and guilt he tried to escape his past by fleeing to a small town in the middle of nowhere. Only instead of peace, the memories festered.
Then the offer of a stick of gum from a stranger changes Jon’s life and puts him on a road out of the nightmare he’s trapped in.

Ellis Harper has lived the past twenty years isolated from the outside world and sole caretaker for his mentally disabled brother, Rudy. While Ellis loves his brother, he longs for a life he’ll never be able to have.
Shut away, his days consist of chores, endless cartoons, and games of Go Fish. A world that seemed to have no end until an innocent misunderstanding turns Ellis and his brother into a target for a town bully.
It’s a fight Ellis can never win on his own but thanks to a chance meeting with a stranger, he doesn’t have to.

What begins as a new journey in love for both men quickly unfolds into something neither of them could have ever imagined.
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Review: Jon had his life shattered when what should have been an easy pick-up went wrong, he was left the only person alive because a vision of his dead brother had him freezing, and the guilt eats away at him every day. A chance meeting with Rudy and Ellis in the park in Gilford has Jon rethinking the choice he is about to make, but will he be able to overcome the guilt of the past to move forward towards a future? Ellis has spent the last twenty years isolated as he looks after his older mentally disabled brother, shunned by many of the town Ellis spends his days playing games and watching cartoons, until a chance meeting gives Ellis the chance of something more. But, just as Ellis & Jon begin to enjoy their time together, a threat comes from the town bully.

This is an incredible story of two men from very different walks of life beginning to find peace in the other. Jon has a shocking amount of guilt over what happened when his best friend and partner was killed, it eats away at him until he can take no more and it is only the bright spark he feels when he meets Rudy and Ellis that has him fighting the darkness that tries to consume him. Ellis is alone; he struggles everyday with looking after Rudy, his older mentally disabled brother, and keeping him out of trouble and with the town looking down on them he has no one to turn to and no friends. The first spark of hope for Ellis comes from Jon, a man Rudy befriends in the park, but there are others in town who want to make sure that Ellis and Rudy never find happiness.

I loved this story; it is amazingly written and at times brought tears and smiles. Rudy is brilliantly written, he is brought to life and never ignored, a childlike mind in a man’s body, and his simple thinking and actions has you forgetting just how old he really is. Ellis is an incredible man who gave up any dreams he ever had when he was only twelve, taking care of his brother has left him isolated but he would never dream of putting Rudy in a home, he might be lonely, get stressed and upset but he loves his brother unconditionally. Jon is a wounded soul, he has come to Gilford to hide rather than heal, and he is haunted by failure. These three men are wonderful and you take them all to heart, and there is something about Rudy and Jon that is just extra special.

The storyline is brilliant as we fall into something that is just a touch evil; it hovers in the background but you know there is something that is driving some actions. The characters are wonderful even those who aren’t very nice, they add a great dose of realism as the setting is 1992 in a small town and some minds were still closed to those who were gay or mentally disabled. The relationship that develops between Jon and Ellis is extra special; it touches your heart as you see Jon sinking into the comfort of Ellis and as Ellis trusts Jon not just with his brother, but also with his own innocence and heart. Their relationship is sweet and I loved how the sexual aspects were written, Ellis’ fear of sex, of failure and the lack of confidence that a man like Jon could really want him really shines through and makes you realize just how isolated he really was. Ah, while I would like to go on and on about this story I am itching to read Rule Four & Five so I will leave you with these words… GET THIS BOOK!

I recommend this to those that love a story that has characters who have a hard road to travel, finding happiness when you never expected it, fighting against bigotry and hatred, who love a story that has a thread of paranormal, and special characters who deserve all the love in the world.

Muse’s Vacation by Jaime Samms

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Series: N/A

Author: Jaime Samms

Genre: Contemporary/BDSM

Length: Short Story (36 Pages)

Publisher: MLR Press (January 5th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb: Sometimes, serving his Dom means Patrick just has to take control, even if it means risking everything.
Patrick has been walking on eggshells and taking matters–and orgasms–literally into his own hands since his Dom’s muse went on vacation, leaving him unable to write. Feeling neglected and lonely, Patrick tries to entertain himself and leave his lover to work out his problems but when Leo finds Patrick disobeying one of their fundamental rules and doesn’t even get angry, Patrick knows it’s time to truly take charge. Hopefully, it isn’t too late to get his lover’s attention by forcing a little downtime over the Christmas holiday. He only hopes his taking charge doesn’t land him in more trouble than he can handle.

Product Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=JS_MUSES

Reviewer: GiGi

Review: This is a cute, quick erotic BDSM read. A frustrated Leo can’t seem to get his writing to start flowing. He’s so blinded by his writer’s block it’s making him blind to everything and everyone else in his life. Patrick, who longs for his Don’s attention is frustrated as well, sexually, and confused about their relationship and his role.

Patrick decides to get a little rebellious and figures, if his Dom isn’t doing his job, he can take matters into his own hands… orgasmically. And to find a solution to their problems. He plans a Christmas vacation for them both without computers, but with plenty of sexual heat. While on their sabbatical, they both find satisfaction, and Leo finds out his muse wasn’t gone after all, Patrick fills that role and role of sub just fine! This quick read is rather mild for the BDSM genre, but it’s cute!

A Fresh Set of Eyes by Liz Strange

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Series: David Lloyd Investigations, #2
Author: Liz Strange
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel (297 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-60820-674-2
Publisher: MLR Press (June 28th, 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: A mother turns to David to help free her son and another young man from prison, where they have spent the last ten years for a double murder many feel they did not commit. The police investigation was spotty, the evidence non-existent, and yet someone had to pay for the vicious assault on two young brothers. Never one to shy away from a tough situation David agrees to look into the case, despite the tense situation with his partner’s family and the physical and emotional needs of the former-prostitute he’s taken under his wing.

With so many lives on the line, David must find a way to help all without hurting the most important person-himself.

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Review: This is book two in this series and they should be read in order. This one was a pretty good story, even better than the first book. Only because in this story David and Jamie had decided to not only move in together but that they are just like a married couple. They seem to be lots happier in this book and I loved that even though this is a mystery story. There is still a bit of romance to it.

Sandra Klassen had come to David to help get her son Nathan out of prison for a double murder she swears he did not do. She wanted Davids help to get him and another young man out of prison. He finds out that the police investigation was sloppy to say the least and that the evidence wasn’t really there, yet they had convicted them of murder. David of course takes the case even though he was not completely recovered from being shot in his last case.

David takes on the case even though Jamie’s family is causing them to have some problems and that there is a lot of tense situations there. Also, he needs to help the former-prostitute that had been hurt in the last case to heal. He had taken Jenny in to his family, given her a place to heal with his grandmother.

This story is fantastic read especially if you love twist and turns, danger coming at you from all directions, two hot and sexy men, majorly hot sex, dependent young prostitutes trying to get their lives straightened out and crazy family members. It will catch your attention from the start and keep it all the way to the end. I also love that it starts out with just something so calming as redecorating their home. It just starts out so believable and keeps at that rate. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole story. I can’t wait for you guys to find out who was behind the deaths.

Coming Home by Brenda Cothern

13600312Title: Coming Home
Series: N/A
Author: Brenda Cothern
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (102 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-476103341
Publisher: Brenda Cothern (April 12th, 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Chase Murphy was like any teenager; not a jock, not a geek, not a stoner, and he just wanted to survive high school. Survive being the key word. Every day was brutal.

Brad Wilson was everything that Chase wasn’t, minus the drugs. All star football player, wrestling champ and Mr. Popular whose favorite pastime seemed to be tormenting Chase.

When Chase Murphy returns to his backwater home in North Carolina, after eight years in the Marine Corps, only to be confronted by his high school tormentor, Brad Wilson, he isn’t the same wimpy kid. His hatred for Brad and his buddies hadn’t dimmed but he wouldn’t be tormented any longer.

Only Brad isn’t interested in tormenting Chase; he is interested in something else entirely.

But will Chase be interested in the same thing?
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Review: There are very few short stories and novellas that I can actually get into and find myself loving, however this story did just that.

I loved the fact that Chase and Brad had to overcome what was a painful start. Eight years ago, Chase was just like many teenagers just trying to survive high school. Brad was everything Chase wasn’t in high school, all-star football player, wrestling champ and very popular. He was also the main tormentor to Chase. He gave Chase hell all the way through school. Chase absolutely hated him for it.

Now eight years later Chase is back home after his stint in the U.S. Marine Corps. Running into Brad was expected, what was not expected was Brad’s reaction to Chase. Chase at first hated Brad however, Chase had not known at that time but Brad was definitely attracted to him. A little bit of show and tell, some action and Chase is finding out exactly what Brad is wanting.

It is the cutest novella I had come across in a while. It shows what happens to bullies in a different sort of way. That he was bullying him to hide the fact that maybe just maybe he was attracted to him back then. It gives you many things to think about. That made it just a bit more interesting. I loved it and I really wished it would get further into what they will be living through in such a small town where gay was not wanted.

This story was published twice; more words were added to this particular story. The first time it came out was in August 2012. I cannot wait to read more by Brenda. She has a very wonderful gift at telling stories that come off so very real to you. I loved the story and will be recommending it to everyone. This story has two very hot and sexy men, bullying, bits of anger, lots of making up, and some hot sex.

Covert Delivery by Draven St. James Book Blast & Giveaway!

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Special Delivery

(Eostre’s Basket Series)

Aspen Starr is in a bind and not in a good way. His father is trying to use him to sweeten a business deal and being a bought boy toy holds no appeal. Just when he thinks he has no options left Sundae’s Custom Easter Baskets knocks at his door. Soon he finds himself blindly following a trail right into the path of a sexy new boss and a whole new mess of carnal complications.

Garren Thomas has rules and one of those is to never get involved with an employee. Easy to say, harder to enforce when Aspen is hired on. With each passing day Garren’s control slips until all he wants to do is spend his days with Aspen in his bed.

When faced with giving into his desires, Garren sees his simple life being torn apart. Can he get Aspen out of his system without losing his heart? Aspen isn’t much better off. He is drawn to Garren, but he can’t help the fear that the secrets from his past will destroy it all. As Aspen’s begins to lose himself within the confusion of sex and love one question plagues him: who sent the basket?

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Garren pushed away from the wall and into the light of the lobby. “Looks like I missed out on a lot.”

Aspen ducked his head and went to his desk to dig around in a drawer. The first time Taylor had sent him shopping for office supplies, Aspen had bought random sheets of kids’ stickers. On the rare occasion Taylor performed child evaluations, a little bribery to bring out good behavior never hurt. Aspen came away with two sheets of fairy stickers.

“Not too much. We’re working on crowns and a new kingdom.” Aspen swerved around Garren, his eyes twinkling. “Do you want a crown?”

Garren narrowed his eyes on Aspen. He put his hands on Aspen’s shoulders to stop him and leaned in to whisper, “That was low. There’s no way I can refuse those pixies. I’m going to end up with a glittery, construction-paper crown glued to my head, aren’t I?”

Aspen looked over his shoulder. “Don’t worry there won’t be glitter on yours. I’ll be the queen,” he murmured with a grin. “So you’ll need to fill the role as king.”

Garren shook his head. “You’re trouble.”

Aspen shimmied to dislodge Garren’s hands. “You just figured that out?”

With a resigned sigh Garren followed him.

“Girls, I found someone else who needs a crown,” Aspen declared, gesturing at Garren.

The tykes jumped up and down. Garren fought the urge to reach out and hug Aspen for giving them this moment of levity even at Garren’s expense.

Aspen held out the stickers, and the enthusiasm magnified until the girls were dancing around the room. “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” the girls chanted in a singsong fashion.

A softly murmured, “Oh my,” came from behind Garren.

Garren turned to yet again see the shimmer of tears in Mrs. Burgett’s eyes, but a smile accompanied the moisture.
Aspen grinned back at her. “I hope you don’t mind. The girls have been fantastic. We’ve managed to make crowns and bracelets.”

“Even for you, Mommy,” one of the twins piped up and ran over to Mrs. Burgett to carefully hand her the items as though they were made of glass.

Mrs. Baker cradled them. “Thank you, Maryann.”

“Becca and Mr. Aspen helped,” Maryann replied.

“And we ate apples and cheese crackers,” Becca added.

Garren looked briefly at Aspen. He’d seen Aspen eating the same things earlier in the week.

“That was very nice of Mr. Aspen,” Mrs. Burgett said with a hitch in her voice. “But we have to go now, girls.”

“Oh,” the girls replied with exaggerated pouts on both their faces.

“Say thank-you to Mr. Aspen,” Mrs. Burgett directed.

Both girls ran over to Aspen and threw their arms around his waist. “Sorry we didn’t get a chance to make your crown,” Becca said.

“That’s fine, sweetheart. I’ll be sure to make a matching one when you leave,” Aspen assured her.

“You need to make two,” Maryann interjected. “One for the big king behind you. That way we’ll know you’re helping rule the kingdom even if we can’t see you.”
Garren wanted to pick the girl up and hug her. Tell her that everything would work itself out and she’d never be hurt again. While it was a possibility if Mrs. Burgett went through with the charges, he wouldn’t make promises he couldn’t keep.

“Thank you, Mr. Aspen,” Mrs. Burgett said. “You don’t know how much I appreciate you taking care of my girls.”

“You’re welcome,” Aspen responded.

Maryann and Becca skipped over to their mom, and grabbed hold of her hands as they exited the office.

Garren stared after their retreating backs. He grimaced at the tattered clothes and worn shoes. His jaw clenched, and he pivoted and stalked back to his office. The lump in his throat threatened to shatter his control of his emotions. He made it through the door, placed his hands on his desk, and breathed deeply. Mrs. Burgett reminded him of his mother.

Aspen lightly touched his back, and Garren jerked around to gaze at him.

“I know you’ll do all you can,” Aspen confided.

“And you?” Garren cracked and cupped Aspen’s face with one hand. “You gave those little girls your lunch and made them laugh. You took away their stress and let them be kids.”

Aspen glanced away. “I did what anyone else would do. They deserve to have as much joy as every other child.”

“You’re wrong. Not everyone would do what you did. I think most would have set them in the lobby and spent the time telling them to be quiet.” Garren had seen that reality time and time again.

Aspen shrugged.

Garren caved and leaned in until his lips were mere inches from Aspen’s. “You are so beautiful.”

Aspen didn’t back away. His breath came faster, and his eyes flashed with that same glow Garren had seen in the past.

“Garren,” Aspen whispered with a thread of uncertainty.

Garren brushed his thumb over Aspen’s full lower lip, and desire zinged through his body when Aspen’s tongue peeked out to trace the path. Garren’s brain screamed what a huge mistake kissing Aspen would be, but at that point he wasn’t being ruled by his head.


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Draven St. James:

I’m a born and raised Oregonian. I’ve traveled extensively in search of mischief and mayhem to fill my books.  My ventures have been quite successful in inspiring a wealth of stories both sexy and humorous.  It gives me a great excuse to do some crazy stuff in the name of research. Of course at the end of the day, coffee within reach, laptop at the ready is where I find my peace.




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