Looking for Answers by Christiane France

LookingForAnswersTitle: Looking For Answers
Series: Peninsula Heights Series
Author: Christiane France
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novella (73 pages)
ISBN: 978-1-61124-582-0
Publisher: Amber Allure (April 13th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa
Blurb: When P.I. Marcus D’Angelo is asked to investigate the rumors of shakedowns and extortion in Little Italy involving Sal Ravello, he enlists the help of new neighbor and unemployed news reporter, Jake Reilly. Peninsula Heights has never had a problem with organized crime and Marcus doubts they have one now. He figures it’s most likely a falling out among friends that’s turned into an old-fashioned vendetta.
But whatever the cause, it’s the perfect opportunity for Marcus to find out if the attraction he feels for Jake is mutual or merely wishful thinking on his part.
Purchase Link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/1945-Looking-For-Answers.aspx
Review: This is part of a series and they should be read in order. It is also an extended Amber Kiss Read by seventeen thousand words. It is not available in paperback. I would have loved it more had there been more to this story, but it was pretty amazing. I also thought that it was going to be a true mystery show but it turned out to be more about romance than anything. It makes me look forward to another story in this series. I loved how it all came together. How two men find each other and love with just a tad bit of mystery to it.

Marcus was a Private Investigator who had just decided to take on a job from the chief of police. It meant looking into something that had happened in the past. And for that, he might just need a bit of help. His new and sexy neighbor seemed quite interested in more than just work. Now all he had to do is make his move. Jake had lost his job as a news reporter so when Marcus asked for his help he looked forward to it. That and he looked forward to what could happen with Marcus. Two hot and sexy men interested in each other makes for an exciting read.

If you like stories that will show you two exciting men with some major heat between them then this one is a good choice. I am not really sure about the fact that they just not only hit it off but also fall in love in such a short period of time, but I decided that I just didn’t care because it is one hell of a great read. I just wished it were longer, because it would be cool to see where these two go in the future. If you want a story to read on your break at work or just a short story to feel your day then I would recommend this book.

If Wishes Were Horses by J.M. Cartwright

jc_ifwisheswerehorses1Title: If Wishes Were Horses

Series: Sequel to The Trouble with Angel

Author: J.M. Cartwright

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (86 pages)

ISBN: BOOIDVPX78

Publisher: Loose Id (Feb 11th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Sequel to The Trouble with Angel

Hot-tempered Angel and sexy, easy-going Brandon are pretty happy. Brandon’s baseball career is over, Angel’s no longer missing LA, and the guys are living in a vintage house in southern Oregon. Well, Angel thinks the house is just damned old.

Marisa and Trey have adjusted to the men as substitute parents, and Angel and Brandon have figured out how to have regular sex even with kids in the house. Angel even loves his marketing job at the winery.

But when Brandon gets an offer of a new job back in California, is their new life going to fall apart? Tough and scrappy Angel is afraid that their hot sex life and the family they’ve built won’t be enough to keep Brandon in the confoundedly cold Pacific Northwest. And being afraid pisses him off.

Brandon’s really keen on the job, and not at all keen on the cold. Will hot and sunny California call Brandon home again?

Purchase Link: http://www.loose-id.com/if-wishes-were-horses.html

Review: This is a sequel to The Trouble with Angel. I have not read the first book and this book was easy to follow and interesting. There is enough backstory dropped skilfully throughout the story to make it work on its own. I will admit I am intrigued with Angel and Brandon and definitely will be reading the first book to see how they met and acquired the children.

This story takes place 2 or 3 years after the first book. They are living in Oregon in an old remodeled farmhouse. I have to say from the way Angel and Brandon both feel about the house or the cold, why they chose this place (another good reason I want to read book one.) Brandon has been offered a job back in California as a sports announcer having his own show. It’s a once in a lifetime job. Brandon is stalling on telling Angel and the kids. When Angel finds out Brandon is holding secrets back and what the secret is, he jumps to wrong conclusions and takes the news hard. Will the job come between Angel and Brandon? What about the kids? Is Angel or Brandon finding fatherhood too stressful to continue? I highly suggest you buy the books to see.

I love the contrast between Angel and Brandon. Brandon is an ex-ball player, cool and collected, and laid back. Angel is hot-headed, smart, likes his new job at the winery, fun-loving, and high maintenance. They are definitely each other’s Yin to the others Yang. I liked that the story was filled with conflict, yet still sweet and loving. It’s a very good story with great characters.

I highly recommend this if you like sweet romantic stories, sexy ball players, architects, foster children, wineries, conflict of interest, a touch of humor, and of course hot, sexy mansex that isn’t over explicit.

Guarded by Cat Grant and L.A. Witt

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Author: Cat Grant & L.A. Witt
Genre: Contemporary Romance / BDSM
Length: Novel (344 pages)
ISBN: 9780989694940
Publisher: Cat Grant Books (April 7th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5~4 Hearts
Reviewer: Thommie
Blurb: On the surface, rock star Jordan Kane has it all. His band No Rules is burning up the charts and headlining a world tour. His bodyguard doubles as a hot, kinky boyfriend who knows just how to push all his buttons. But behind the scenes, he’s suffocating.

Jase Hewitt never imagined he’d have a shot at bedding the larger than life rock star – never mind dominating him – but now he’s worried he’s in over his head. Jordan’s kinks run deep, dark, and sometimes dangerous, putting Jase’s desires to both pleasure and protect him at odds.

They might have a fighting chance at finding the safe, happy medium between what Jordan needs and what Jase is willing to give, but there’s one problem: Daniel, Jordan’s childhood best friend, the band’s talented guitarist — and a volatile, hard-partying drug addict. Jordan is determined to save Daniel from himself, but Jase has been there, done that, and desperately wants to protect Jordan from the inevitable heartache of watching an addict self-destruct.

When Daniel goes off the rails again, Jordan calls off the tour to get him help. Tension within the band skyrockets and pressure from the record label sends Jordan into a dark spiral. Now his band — and his life — are balanced on a knife’s edge, and Jase is the only one who can pull him back… but only if the echoes of his own tragic past don’t push him over first.
Purchase Link: ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-guarded-1441814-354.html
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Guarded-Cat-Grant-ebook/dp/B00JGWKT1I
Review: Rock stars, drugs, sex… Nah, not good enough, let me try this again.

Gorgeous, stunningly hot rock-star and equally drool-worthy bodyguard; addictions to alcohol and drugs with seriously realistic repercussions packing one hell of an emotional punch; lots of kinky, domineering, controlling and breath-taking (pun intended) sex that drives you out of your mind with the carnal and sensuous eroticism it packs. These are the ingredients of this exiting book and trust me when I say that this was one hell of a ride I didn’t expect.

Truth is I feared this would be just another one of “those” books, that generate the same old theme with nothing new to give, and I was a bit apprehensive of it when I started reading. But, really, I should’ve known that both authors wouldn’t simply write a trivial story. This book is so much more than that. The view and life of the rock stars when they are off the stage and all lights are off is amazing. The needs they have, the tiredness they feel, the choices they make, everything is charged with realistic-feeling emotions that do not fail to turn you inside out, drain you out of everything, only to recharge you with new feelings of hope, happiness and eroticism in the end.

The characters, Jordan, Jase, and Daniel are… the best description I can find for them is raw. They are humane, they are flawed to the bone, and they are geniuses who drown in their own brilliance. Their strengths and weaknesses are sublime and you can’t help but feel a number of emotions for each of them.

I loved Jordan, I hated Jordan, and I pitied Jordan. His love for both Jase and Daniel was heart breaking and it managed to do just that, break my heart a bit in the end.

Daniel; he just killed me. I managed to re-live the same emotions I used to feel about a number of extremely talented people who simply throw their life away, and/or can’t find the strength to go on despite their brilliance.
But Jase, I think he was my favorite character, though I hated his guilt to no end. He made me happy, he made me horny (yes, he did) he made me cry, he made me mad.

In the end, what I’m trying to say I that these authors manipulated their characters to the max of their strength in order to deliver an incredible story that lacked nothing. It felt too real, it felt too raw, and it definitely felt too hot.
If I wasn’t so emotionally drained by the end of this story, I think this book would’ve taken a good 4.5 hearts from me, but I just couldn’t handle it all. While I had fun, and I loved the BDSM aspect more than I can say, I couldn’t handle the emotional roller coaster that came within the blink of an eye. The highs and the lows of the story were too close to each other and I constantly felt unbalanced while reading it, not being able to set for one bit in a particular emotion, and that was what in the end took a heart from my rating.

Overall though I found it an amazing book, incredibly well written and worthy of your selves. Strongly recommended for those who love a love story that takes lots of work to stand and survive.

Seeking My Werewolf by Bronwyn Heeley

4357seekingmywerewolf510w-430x645Title: Seeking My Werewolf
Series: Moonlit Wolves, Book 3
Author: Bronwyn Heeley
Genre: Paranormal/ Shapeshifter/ Werewolves
Length: Novella (94 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-77111-826-2
Publisher: Extasy Books (March 15, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Craig couldn’t predict setting a werewolf free would lead to this much trouble.

Two months after the kidnapping of his best friend’s mate, Phil can’t stop thinking about the Hunter that set him free. He can’t get the smell out of his nose, and it’s driving him nuts.

Craig’s only ever known one thing: hunting werewolves. He was born into it, raised to do nothing but kill the beasts—so why the hell did he set one free? Worse, why can’t he stop thinking about it?

When Phil and Craig meet up again, they start events that will slowly entangle all of them in the war that’s about to unfold—as long as they manage to survive the first wave.
Purchase Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/seeking-my-werewolf/
Review: This is book three in this pretty cool series and they should be read in order. You will be amazed at this series. Bronwyn has a way with words, a gift at telling a story. It will capture your attention from the very beginning and will keep it all the way to the end. I loved it. The characters are so touching and easy to love. When you think of werewolves, you think of snarling alpha’s that will tear you apart, but when you meet Phil, you will see how wrong you are.

Craig has been a hunter since he could walk and be trained. He took all the learning to heart and trained himself well. The only thing was he hated doing it. He was out on a hunt one night, when he captures a werewolf. A werewolf with such sadness in his eyes, he knew he should kill him but he lets him go. There was a tug at his heartstrings, a softness that he could feel. It takes a month but he has finally found Phil again.

Phil couldn’t stop thinking about Craig either, he wanted his mate. He wanted him by his side for the rest of his life. However when Craig leaves the hunters and his father, he has set himself up for trouble. The dangers that come for him, making him miss the poisoning of his mate upsets him to the point of violence. He will protect his mate, his werewolf with his life and will give up his life if it calls for it.

I loved this story, but the only problem I saw was that it left me hanging at the end. Now it is a way to keep your attention on the next book. I would definitely be recommending this story to anyone who loves werewolves, the paranormal worlds, hot sex, hunters, danger, and excitement. I can’t wait for the next book.

Stuck in Oz by Andrew Grey

StuckInOzLGTitle: Stuck in Oz
Series: Tales from Kansas, #2
Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (176 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 30th 2014)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Tams

Blurb: When Jeremy and Petey’s mother died, their house was taken to pay the debts she left behind, leaving them homeless. Afraid Petey will be put in foster care, they have no one to turn to but their Uncle Milt, so they pack up Jeremy’s beat-up car and leave San Diego for Wamego, Kansas.

They arrive in the middle of a snowstorm and stop at the local diner to contact their uncle, where they meet Nate. Nate and his aunt help them contact Uncle Milt, and he agrees to help.

Jeremy and Nate hit it off quickly, but Jeremy runs when he’s made to believe their new home isn’t permanent. Nate goes after him, finds him, and convinces him that he’s wanted. However, just as Jeremy and Nate begin to trust each other, Petey’s estranged father appears and threatens to tear Jeremy’s new life and fledgling family apart.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4921

Review:  Jeremy and his little brother Petey lost their mother recently and are now travelling across country with little to no money and everything they own in boxes in the back seat of the car. They’ve never had a relationship with their uncle Milt, but he is the only family they have left now, and Jeremy has nowhere else to go. So he’s packed up and headed for Kansas in hopes his uncle will take them in.

Milt didn’t even know his sister had another son, little Petey, until Jeremy and Petey show up at the local diner asking to stay with him. Milt had a falling out with his family long ago when he came out, so he didn’t get to be an active part of her or the boys’ lives. With his sister gone, the only connection he has left to her are her sons. It’s a little shaky to start, but soon Milt, Jeremy and Petey bond.

Nate is not technically in the closet, but he’s not waving his flag proudly either. He’s immediately drawn to the young, naive newcomer and does his best to make sure Jeremy is aware of the attraction. Jeremy isn’t blind, but he’s very leery of acting on his sexuality after growing up with his homophobic mother who cut off all contact with her own brother after he came out. Nate is patient though and slowly works his way under Jeremy’s resolve with sweat endearments, flowers, and dates. But someone from Jeremy and Petey’s life back in California has found them, and threatens to destroy the foundation they are building in Kansas.

Two words, Andrew Grey. That is really all you need to know in order to want to buy and read this book. Just sayin’. But I’ll elaborate. Grey is one of the best writers in the genre, that is for sure. And I think the reason is he is ever evolving with his writing. He always brings in three-dimensional characters that are flawed and live in the real world with problems and issues much like we all face in our daily lives. They are easily relatable and the reader cannot help but get invested with the people he writes about. With this particular story, less is more is what worked best.

Jeremy and Nate aren’t the sexiest couple I’ve read, but they are very passionate and sensual. Their relationship is young, fresh, and beautiful so an erotic storyline for them wouldn’t have worked as well. I am all for the hot and heavy, don’t get me wrong, but the obvious inexperience they exude mixed with Nate’s confidence and aggression and Jeremy’s naiveté make for such a beautiful story. The story flowed well and kept my interest throughout and the characters were endearing, I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend you read it. I’m quite excited and anticipating Milt and Luke’s story! Write faster, Andrew!!