Taking Flight by Maggie Kavanagh

TakingFlightLGTitle: Taking Flight

Series: N/A

Author: Maggie Kavanagh

Genre: Contemporary/Military

Length: Short Story (70 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 26th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb: When Hunter decides he wants more from his relationship with Jake, the couple finds themselves at a crossroads. Never home for more than a few weeks at a time, Jake has been running from the pain of a rocky childhood ever since high school, when he first enlisted in the army. The thing is, he always comes back to Hunter’s bed. It’s not the kind of commitment Hunter wants, but it’s the kind he’s settled for—that and a dead-end job at the local bookstore in the small Southern town where he grew up. When Jake reveals his plans to make a full-time career in the army, Hunter wonders if he’s putting his life on hold for a relationship that will never happen. He needs to say something now before he loses Jake. However, if Jake can’t conquer his demons, Hunter’s asking for more is sure to drive him away.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4737

Reviewer: GiGi

Review: This is a very powerful short story. The title is perfect, as my emotions took flight, complete with turbulence, storms, and a happy landing. The way the authors writes was powerful enough to make some of the more emotional scenes feel like a kick to the chest, other times I was feeling as scared and hurt as the main character, angry, impressed, frustrated, then crying. In my admittedly often twisted standards, if any work of art, including writing, can make me feel so strongly and keep my attention from beginning to end, it is successful.

Often times in life you have to make painful, yet mature, decisions, you can’t live your life entirely for someone else, you need to make sacrifices yes, but there is a fine line. Hunter found that line, but is afraid of what it might mean to step across it.

This is a story of love, commitment, heartbreak, reality, and misunderstanding, and yes, a happy ending. A must read!

Tam’s Review Link: https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/taking-flight-by-maggie-kavanagh/ 

Unearthing Cole by A.M. Arthur ~ Audiobook

UnearthingColeAUDLgTitle: Unearthing Cole
Author: A.M. Arthur
Narrator: JP Handler
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 4 hours and 7 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (04-09-14)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Cole Alston swore he’d never return to his childhood home in rural North Carolina, but when his mother dies, he inherits her hoarded property. He hopes to sell everything and use the money to start over in Canada, far away from his abusive ex-boyfriend. It’s a daunting task, and Cole has no idea where to start. Luckily for him, the local antique storeowner, Jeremy Collins volunteers his services in sorting the hoard. Their professional relationship soon evolves into a personal one, but Cole must overcome his past and his anxiety before he can accept a new man in his life or the possibility of a happy future
Purchase Links: http://www.audible.com/search?advsearchKeywords=Unearthing+Cole

Review: Cole Alston has come home to settle his mother’s affairs after her death. He left home right out of college and rarely came back, he was embarrassed by his parents hoarding affliction. His mother was so far gone that she died in the very house that Cole was dreading stepping back into. Always feeling like his parents loved their material possessions more than their own son, Cole craved the unconditional love he’d always missed. Because of this need, he landed in the arms of a controlling, domineering and abusive man. For 7 years, Cole withstood the abuse.

Jeremy Collins has experienced love and loss himself. Both his wife and his sister have died and Jeremy is pretty much a loner, aside from his sister-in-law, who he has remained close to. No one in their little North Carolina town even knows Jeremy is bi-sexual, aside from her.
There is a small spark between the two men from the start, but Cole’s past assures that he will keep Jeremy at arm’s length. Not to mention that Cole is certain Jeremy is straight. As the days pass and Jeremy helps Cole clear out his parent’s house and sell’s items through his antique business, the two grow closer and eventually the relationship becomes sexual. At the start, it’s a friend’s with benefits type thing, but soon Cole is out of his element when his feelings continually grow into more. When his past catches up with him, will Cole stand tall? Or will he flee again?

This was a short and engaging audio book. The narration left a little something to be desired, but I have heard worse. I did enjoy the journey with Cole as I was given pieces of his back story here and there while he goes about cleaning out his child hood home, with every intention of speeding out-of-town as soon as he’s done. But gradually he begins to fall in love with Jeremy. The best part of this book though, for me, was something that happened at the end. I have never seen Karma come around and give it back before like this, it was fantastic, and I loved it. So that got higher markings. The mediocre narration lost a mark though, with a better narrator, this would easily have been a 5 star read.

I’d recommend this book, but perhaps the print version.

When Aspens Quake by Robert Reeves

18649236Title: When Aspens Quake
Series: A Cole Mouzon Thriller, book #2
Author: Robert Reeves
Genre: Murder Mystery and Suspense
Length: Novel (273 pages)
Publisher: The Spartina Company (April 7th 2014)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: There is no escape…

Still trying to recover from the bloody events in Charleston, Cole Mouzon has retreated to Denver to attempt to build a new life with his nephew. But, he can’t let go what he learned about his childhood in the Holy City. Frustrated by the FBI’s silence over a suspicious link between recent murders in Georgia and his own experience, Cole moves to undercover the truth. His secret obsession threatens his friends’ lives and his complicated relationship with Cash Calhoun as, unknown to him, his attacker in Charleston succeeded in her true goal: to awaken a killer. Things turn dire as events in Atlanta leave Cole alone with this new threat. Struggling to find his bearings and pull himself together in time to save his family before his hunter finally finishes what he started thirty years earlier, Cole moves against the killer in hopes his sacrifice ends the game once and for all.

Set between the blue-sky vistas of the Rockies and the iconic venues of Atlanta, WHEN ASPENS QUAKE is the thrilling suspense-romance continuation of THE TREES BEYOND THE GRASS. In this second installment, Cole must focus as his attention is pulled between love interests, his young nephew and killers. Let the last man standing win.

Look for the third installment of the series, BLOOD PINES, coming Fall 2014.
Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/When-Aspens-Quake-Mouzon-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00JKLEOCK
Review: Cole has retreated back to Denver with his nephew in the wake of his sister’s murder by the calculated killer, Poinsette. Trying to build a safe and happy home for himself and Billy, Cole settles into a routine, but he is still haunted by the same nightmare. And he misses Cash.

After the two discuss a visit several times, and they always fall through, Cash simply buys a ticket and gets on a plane to Denver. Cole is wary of being in another relationship after his last one that was a disaster, but Cash makes him feel safe, and that is exactly what he needs right now. They take their relationship to the next level, but Cole is still anxious and holding back.

Bodies are turning up again as well, eerily similar to the previous murders just months before. The investigators tell Cole there is no link, but he’s not so sure. Cole is determined to find out the truth about his past, why Poinsette targeted him and why more people are being killed even now. His relationship with Cash is turned upside down and the stress put on the two men is compounded by the introduction of a new love interest. Zander is sexy, confident and snarky… and he is pursuing Cole. In a moment of weakness, Cole makes a mistake that just may cost him Cash. Not to mention that pesky killer(s) that want him dead.

This story is full of drama, suspense, love and determination. While I enjoyed the first book, I loved this one! The story flowed strong and steady throughout giving more insight into Cole’s past and the machinations behind ‘The Taker’. Who is he and why is he so set on killing Cole? There is a lot of personal growth for our indecisive and uncertain male lead as well as Cole makes a few more mistakes, but grows from them and ultimately makes the right decision.

The character of Cole Mouzon has quickly become one of my favourite male leads. As I said, he is indecisive and uncertain at times but he has so much courage and inner strength coupled with his awkward attitude that you can’t help but fall in love with him, and root for him. And as much as I liked the introduction of this new snazzy sexy character, Zander, I am team Cash all the way!

I do love a good murder mystery that is choked full of twists, turns and suspense. I was a good two-thirds through before I had a solid idea of exactly who ‘The Taker’ was. If you’re looking for a book that will grab you, suck you in, and not let you go until you reach the sneak peek at book 3… This is perfection, I promise!

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

Remove the Empty Spaces by T.A. Chase

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Series: Rags to Riches 01

Author: T.A. Chase

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (89 pages)

ISBN: 17814934X

Publisher: Totally Bound (Jan 3rd, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Finding a solution for his boss brings Ion to the point of having his deepest fantasies come true.

Being a mailroom clerk is a stepping-stone for Ion Vasile. He doesn’t plan on working in the basement at Bellamy International forever. Ion spends a lot of his time fantasizing about Adrien Bellamy, CEO and President of the company. He’s sure Adrien doesn’t know he exists.

Adrien Bellamy does know Ion exists. Even with all his money and power, Adrien isn’t sure Ion would want to go out with him. So he keeps his distance from the gorgeous mail clerk.

After Ion finds a solution to a troubling acquisitions, Adrien takes a chance and asks him out. Their attraction runs red-hot, and a serious relationship becomes a possibility. But first they have to deal with their families and the differences pointed out between them. Adrien must find a way to convince Ion his lack of money and name doesn’t mean anything because Adrien loves him no matter what

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/remove-the-empty-spaces

Review: I found this a fun refreshing story. I love T.A. Chase. The author has a way with characters.

This is sort of a Cinderella story formula, middle-class-boy, Ion, has crush very rich, hot sexy boss Adrien. Adrien has a secret crush on Ion too. The get together and love blooms. It does move fast. I mean 0-60 fast but for some reason it worked for me. The story is interesting very sexy and fast paced. I was to the end before I knew it.( I will say I was a bit surprised at the abrupt ending and would have liked a bit more conclusion, but I got over it and picked up the next book. You should probably have it handy.

I loved these men. Actually, I loved everyone in the book. Ion is hard-working and sweet. Adrien is successful but not so caught up in his riches that he looks down on others. He is perfect. (Hey, it’s a book we can have perfect.) I even loved Patrick, Ions best friend and Adrien’s personal assistant. He is fresh and flamboyant and I wanted more of him. Adrien’s Parents were great too, though Ion’s were a bit off.

So if you are looking for a sweet, fun, charming story, with some hot sex to fill an hour or so I strongly suggest this (and book two also).
If you like expensive suits, mail-boys with big ideas and crushes on boss, hot sexy multimillionaires, family ties, great friends and some hot mansex this book is for you!

Make Me Watch by Adam Cameron

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Series: The McIntyre Men 1 and 2
Author: Adam Cameron
Genre: Gay Erotica
Length: Novel (213 Pages)
Publisher: Minuit Press (March 10th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥2.5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: #1 Bobby’s Plan

Henry Ruiz loves living down the street from a university campus. There’s a non-stop parade of gorgeous young men in and out of the former Marine’s garage apartment, eager for the kind of off-campus lessons only a handsome older man can provide. But when fraternity boy Bobby McIntyre comes to Henry with a devious plan, everything changes. Bobby wants to make his handsome, uptight boyfriend a little less controlling, and he needs Henry’s seductive powers to do it. There’s just one problem. Bobby is the son of Henry’s closest friend in the world. And his plan is anything but orthodox.
Will Henry give into temptation? Will Bobby’s plan even work?

#2, Campus Security
Fraternity boy Bobby McIntyre’s plot to make his handsome, uptight boyfriend a little more submissive didn’t go according to plan. And now his manipulations have left him at the mercy of two campus security officers with a burning desire to peer inside the walls of Bobby’s fraternity…literally. But Bobby McIntyre is nothing if not resourceful and there’s nothing he knows how to do more than make an older man happy. Picking up exactly where Episode #1 left off, Episode #2 is told entirely from Bobby’s point-of-view.

Purchase Links: http://www.amazon.com/MAKE-WATCH-The-McIntyre-Men-ebook/dp/B00IXOOLNM

Review: This is book one and two of the McIntyre Men. Book one is about Bobby’s plan to at least top his boyfriend once. He had planned on having his Uncle Henry show Devon how good bottoming was. He wanted Henry to show him an excellent time, but he got caught in his own web. He had to sample Uncle Henry too.

Things didn’t go as plan. He had enjoyed Henry way more than planned. He wanted Devon to catch him topping a pledge brother. Making him run to Henry for comfort. What he had not expected was his father handcuffing him to the chair and watching while he and Henry played with Devon. Making Devon beg to be taken.

He was so turned on and so pissed at the same time. For his father and uncle had decided to teach him a lesson. Devon had been the perfect boyfriend. Caring, loyal and devoted to Bobby. He wanted to bottom for Bobby but he was scared. However to get even with the evil plan that Bobby had come up with he had decided to let Bobby’s dad be his first.

His father had more than just that lesson for him to learn. He had left him cuffed to the table for the campus police to find. One was a married man who wanted to watch while the other officer showed Bobby just how well he topped him. It doesn’t stop there though, because campus police had something else in mind to teach Bobby a lesson.

He had to put camera’s to catch three other pledges in their glory. This story was more about sex then actually having a true story. I mean it does show what happens when someone plans something so devious that someone always gets hurt. It was a very hot story. However, it was not something that I would spend my time with. It was just a lot of boys having sex.

Curious Sustenance by Charley Descoteaux

CuriousSustenanceLGTitle: Curious Sustenance

Author: Charley Descoteaux

Genre: contemporary BDSM

Length: Novella (120 pages)

ISBN: 9781627982764

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 20th 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Ross Jenson is looking forward to a little midmorning delight to celebrate making Lifetime in Weight Watchers, but after he spent eight months losing ninety-eight pounds, what his lover gets him is a triple-layer chocolate cake. When Ross refuses to eat it, the newly minted ex leaves the country and dumps him via e-mail, with three sentences and a link to a chubby chasers web site. A few days later, Ross’s best friend and workout buddy takes him to her favorite club for drinks. Ross is shocked when he realizes it’s a sex club but warms to the idea in record time when a mysterious Japanese man and his silken ropes sweep him off his feet. Ross has never thought of himself as adventurous, but he can’t stop thinking about the man who makes his bones feel like gummy worms.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4392

Review: Curious Sustenance was one of those really fun books to read. It is sweet and charming with a bit of sensuality. I rated it moderate but all the sex is pretty much off the page, though it is very sensual and loving. This is just a great story and though it does center on Shibari (a type of bondage) it isn’t overly explicit.

I absolutely loved the story. I loved Ross. He really is a fabulous character and I give him props for going through with weightwatchers. I hated his ex, such a jerk. Miles is also hot and sexy. Who wouldn’t fall for him? The story has a decent plot and I loved the interaction of all the characters. I feel there is a little bit of everything in this story. I will say I wish the ending had been just a bit more conclusive but I was pleased.

If you like have wanted to read a story with a bit of bondage but not wanting a lot of explicitness, Shibari and this book is a perfect place to start. I highly recommend this to anyone that likes a good sweet romance, that is fast pace, holds, your attention, if you like BDSM, Shibari, weightwatchers, tight friendships, close family relationships, and some sensual mansex!

Mission X by Kim Alan

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Title: Mission: X
Series: A Love Has No Boundaries Story
Author: Kim Alan
Genre: M/M erotica with BDSM elements
Length: Novella (56 pages)
Publisher: Kim Alan (August 25th, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: This story was originally written as a free download for the M/M Romance Group’s ‘Love Has No Boundaries’ Event.

Tags: Light BDSM, geeks/nerds, age gap, snarky humor, giant bears and brazen twinks.

Xander like things simple. He tried to keep up with the big boys, and failed disastrously. Now, he’s sworn off the bad boys he’s always been drawn to so irresistibly. But he’s finally forced to admit that his determination to play it safe has resulted in nothing but a string of bad (read: boring) dates. Luckily, his friend Lara knows what he really needs. Losing to her strategically played bet sees Xander stepping into a whole new world.

Paul is on a mission: Make Xander his. After months spent quietly falling for him from a distance, Paul is a more than willing pawn in Lara’s hands. He’ll pull out all the stops — sexy kilt and all — to introduce Xander to the beauty of submission at a loving Dom’s feet. But even if the sting of deceit is deemed forgivable, Xander can’t imagine what a sexy powerhouse like Paul wants with a quiet, unassuming boy like Xander.

Author’s Note:
There is hot sex in this story, but the issue of protection is left somewhat ambiguous. The author does not condone unprotected sex. In real life, be safe without question.
Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Mission-X-Kim-Alan-ebook/dp/B00ES4C3XQ
Review: Short, Sexy and Steamy… my three favourite colors!

Xander is confident but reserved, outgoing but shy. Yes, I know, he’s a conundrum! Let’s just say he let his guard down one night and he has sports the scar as a constant reminder of that mistake. So he is wary of opening up again, especially with Paul, his best friend’s boss and the man that found him that night. He doesn’t even remember what Paul looks like, just that the man saw him at his worst, so Xander never wants to see him again.

Paul is a very successful businessman who is used to being in charge and getting what he wants. And what he wants now is Xander. Owner of the local BDSM bar and a Dom, he sets up a plan along with Xander’s best friend, to get Xander into his club for a night where Paul can secretly make his move.

Xander is overwhelmed to begin, but he is so hyper aware of the Dom that has taken him under his wing, that he just goes with it. When Paul is exposed as the one man Xander dreaded ever meeting again, he flees. Paul is completely out of his element and dumbfounded at being presently rejected and left standing on the street, alone, when Xander runs. Will he get his act together and go after what he wants, per the norm? Or has Xander gotten him so off his game that he allows the young man who has dominated his thoughts for the past year to walk away, without a fight.

This is a BDSM book, Paul is a Dom and Xander is a natural Submissive. BUT, there is nothing angry or violent about this book that I have seen a lot in the genre. While Paul has to be in control and demands the respect of a sub, he is also loving and gentle with Xander, making sure that his needs are met as well. This novella was just so damn sexy and sensual that I almost forget it was BDSM. And there was a short scene where a “scene” was acted out and that as well was done sensually and tastefully.

Hey, this is a FREE read so what do you have to lose! Grab your copy now and curl up for a hot lunch or a quick fling before bed!!

Vanquished Thief by Yamila Abraham

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Series: Vanquished #3
Author: Yamila Abraham
Genre: Yaoi / BDSM (Hentai)
Length: Novella (99 pages)
ASIN: B00JJVMAW2 (ISBN-13: 9781311055651)
Publisher: Yaoi Press (April 7th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥2.5~3 Hearts
Reviewer: Thommie
Blurb: A waifish mortal thief is caught stealing in Darkhelm’s castle, and is only spared execution because his lovely body can be used for better things.

The Dragon King Caine doubts that such an unskilled mortal thief could have truly breached the underworld. He wishes to know what this creature really is, and what he wants with their beautiful slave Jonah. He intends to subject the pretty waif to some of their more exquisite tortures until he gets an answer.

The frightening truth behind the thief’s identity may place the mighty King Caine in a submissive position for the first time ever! An erotic BDSM medieval fantasy with a romantic twist!
Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Vanquished-Thief-Medieval-Gay-BDSMErotica-ebook/dp/B00JJVMAW2
Review: Book three in the Vanquished series comes and treats us to a surprising twist. We’ve been used to mortals being in the mercy of demons, Princes and Kings being vanquished by the sublime torments of extreme pleasure, but this time around, the author has granted us with yet another being extraordinaire.

There is not much to say about this new addition to the series. The sexual games work in the same path though there are new kinks introduced. The cruelty of the main characters is always followed by their love and nurturing nature as weird as it may seem for demons to behave this way. The main change came with Jonah’s new role. Though he remains a very wanton Uke, he took on a leading role in the previous book, which turned into full sadistic Seme into this one for a short spell. This new version of Jonah was definitely not met favourably from me.

So, in this book, we have a thief breaking and entering King Cain’s realm without anyone noticing him. How very weird this was in itself, but when the thief is caught, things become weirder still. It seems as if this thief is seeking punishment, instead of avoiding it… He seems to be quite cocky too and secure in some hidden knowledge. Could it be that this particular thief is much, much more than he seems?

I have made up my mind and my favourite character in this series is definitely Randell. He is the perfect sadist for my poor dark heart and he manages to make me smile each and every time I read another installment. King Caine is the sweet sort. No matter how hard he tries to be severe and cruel, deep inside his heart he’s a damned softie; there’s no other explanation for his behaviour. I would have love to see him in a vulnerable position and damn if this wasn’t the perfect opportunity to do so, but I guess the author wanted her Seme unspoiled. In any case, this new twist in the plot may very well produce interesting and enticing future installments.

Snowcroft Lost by Christi Snow

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Series: Snowcroft Book, #1

Author: Christi Snow

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: Novel (295 Pages)

Publisher: Christi Snow (March 19th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb: Secrets and Lies…Everyone has them. Big ones. Little ones.

For Trevor Mayne and Jamie Vaughn, secrets and lies are how they’ve made their fourteen-year friendship work. Don’t talk about it. Ignore it and it won’t be real. Pretend like everything’s fine between the two of them.

Jamie can’t live like this anymore. He’s in love with Trevor, his best friend who just happens to be straight. Tired of hiding his feelings, he decides to walk away. From their friendship. From his hometown. From his business.

But before Jamie gets a chance to leave, a freak accident leaves Trevor with amnesia. A new blank perspective leaves him confused about the inconsistencies of what he’s told his life should be vs. the feelings that he knows he has. Now those secrets and lies, that should be safer than ever, are suddenly front and center and changing everything between them.

Their world is at risk because their secrets and lies aren’t the only ones at play here. There’s a bigger lie out there and it could just destroy everything, as they get closer and closer to the secret hidden in depths of the Snowcroft forest.

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Snowcroft-Lost-Men-Christi-Snow-ebook/dp/B00ISY115S
Reviewer: GiGi

Review: This is a kind of interesting twist on the gay-for-you theme. Trevor is found unconscious and injured on the side of a trail he has run regularly. When he wakes, he has amnesia, and seems to also have forgotten that he’s a player, for the boys who like girls team. Jamie doesn’t know if this is the biggest blessing of his life, or if he cursed to have his heart broken by the time Trevor regains his memories.

All along, we are woven into a plot about kidnapped LGBT kids, an evil youth correction camp leader who happens to be Trevor’s uncle, and many suspects with guns. It’s adventuresome, full of action and some bromance, and some odd angles. I like that Jamie designs houses, and runs a construction company, it’s the creative ones that turn my crank. There were a ton of secondary characters introduced and that made my head spin a bit. That also made for a huge list of suspects that totally twisted and had me taking backwards steps to see how I guessed wrong, then right, then wrong again.

While the murder/kidnapping/mystery story line develops, Trevor does begin to gain some of his old memories back, and still has a powerful attraction to Jamie. He is convinced that such a basic natural instinct can’t be wrong. After Jamie’s insistence that they not act on their desires until after Trevor talks to a therapist about it, the sparks really begin to fly. Unfortunately, they are interrupted many times throughout the story, but not to worry, they finally get their moment just right.

I love a good mystery, and I was surprised by the who and why of this one. Though there is a very painful climax at the end of the story, I’m sure it was to set up the next book with an emotional investment. Overall, I was entertained, though too many characters needed more back story, more development. I got confused for a bit. It will be interesting to see where the author brings the story next, and how the characters grow and become interconnected.

Beautiful Béla by Stormy Glenn and Lynn Hagen

20450683Title: Beautiful Bela
Series: Phanta City 1
Author: Stormy Glenn & Lynn Hagen
Genre: Futuristic/Paranormal/Vampires/Werewolves
Length: Novella (149 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-62741-432-6
Publisher: Siren Publishing (February 27th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Count Vladimir Dracul never suspected that the human he found hiding in his stables will change his life and the way he sees the world. But once he finds Béla, Vlad can’t give him up. Fighting prejudices against humans, a vampire Count wanting his blood donor back, and a threat from an old enemy seem like small battles compared to the one he has to fight to win Béla’s heart.

Béla was terrified of the vampire that found him and decided to keep him. His experience with vampires has never been good so he has no reason to trust Vlad, even if he wanted to. But when his former owner comes looking for him, Béla has to find the courage to save the one man who has come to mean more to him than his freedom.
With the help of a few crazy friends, a werewolf mob boss, and two insane brothers, Vlad and Béla just might have a chance at happiness…if the Ministry of Paranormal Affairs doesn’t get to them first.

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/beautiful-bela

Review: I have found a new favorite series. This is book one and they should all be read in order. When you put Stormy and Lynn together to write a book you have an amazing read. I love the worlds that they have designed. The characters are so beautiful in looks, attitude, and heart. You can’t help but fall in love with them. This story caught my attention from the very start and kept it all the way to the end.

Bela was what one calls a blood slave to a very nasty vampire. He had been physically hurt and didn’t even have a name. He was always known as boy. He finally manages to escape only to end up in another vampire coven. However, it took just a short time before he realized that Vlad had no intention to hurt him. He didn’t even want to feed or have sex with him unless Bela offered it because he wanted to.

Vlad notices a heart beat in the stables and goes in search of who had it. What he found didn’t even look like a human let alone smell like one. However once he got him in the bath and cut the tangles from his hair he realizes that it was not only a man but also a beautiful one. After finally getting him to talk, he realizes he doesn’t even have a name. So he names him Bela and starts to show him trust. What he couldn’t figure out is why Bela and his assistant went at it like cats and dogs. They were constantly fighting and it was quite a sight. His assistant was a vampire and Bela is a human, yet Iggy was scared of him. Now that will give you a great laugh.

Bela’s old owner hadn’t marked him so he has Bela branded so no one could get him. However, Upir wanted Bela back, but the reason shocks Vlad. However, he will do everything in his power not only to protect his mate but also to keep him. There are still a lot of dangers coming but at least they will be together.

I love the humor in this story. It is amazing. I have always loved the paranormal worlds and when you throw in hot men, it gets even better. I love the way Vlad is so tender and caring with Bela. I also love the names that they were given it was pretty awesome choices. It also kept me laughing throughout the whole story.

If you love the paranormal world, vampires, werewolves, little human’s, love, excitement and danger then this is the book for you.

Heart Knot Mine by Lily Velden

HeartKnotMineLGTitle: Heart Knot Mine
Author: Lily Velden
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (218 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 4th 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Despite a successful college teaching career, Noah Daniels has become depressed. He feels he’s leading a monochromatic life: love has eluded him. When he’s offered a chance to teach in London as part of an exchange program, he accepts, hoping a change of scenery will do him good. But once he’s there, his outlook on love and sexuality changes in ways he never expected.

Robert Callinan is Noah’s English counterpart in the program. The men exchange not only their jobs, but also their homes, and it is what Noah stumbles across while staying at Robert’s house that sends him on a journey of self-discovery—both mentally and physically. A journey that puts color back into his life… just not in the way he expected. When the exchange program ends, Noah has to go home, but he doesn’t know if he wants to return to the life he left behind.
Excerpt/ Chapter 1: http://lilyvelden.wordpress.com/lilys-publications-2/heart-knot-mine-chapter-1-excerpt/
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Review: The gay version of The Holiday! Noah would be Cameron Diaz, and Robert would be Kate Winslet.

Noah Daniels and Robert Callinan share a desire to do something more with their lives. Both are college teachers, Noah in America and Robert in the UK, but they are both tired of their mundane lives, searching for something different… something more. So they swap jobs, lives and houses for 6 months.

Robert is eager to learn more about his American counterpart, studying the pictures of him scattered throughout his home and pumping Noah’s brother, Mitch, for more personal information.

Noah is fascinated with idea of Robert and upon inspection of the man’s home, he finds Robert’s secret DVD stash. Noah has always felt like there was something inside him that didn’t click, like there was something he was missing. When he sees Robert on-screen having lots of sex, in various positions, with various lovers, everything finally clicks. Noah is gay, and he is enamoured with the man he is watching. Noah recognizes something in Robert’s eyes though in the videos, a longing for something more, something missing.

Through lots of late night conversations over the months they are sharing each other’s lives, Noah and Robert decide to meet and take their summer break together, touring the UK. It’s on this vacation that the two become lovers. Noah is young and fresh and his crush on the slightly older sexy man soon grows into something more. Robert is slightly jaded and not quite ready to admit that Noah has wrapped himself around his heart, like a knot.

I absolutely LOVE Lily Velden. I have read all her books and I love the way she is very detailed and descriptive without being overly descriptive. You are captured by her characters and she has a way of making you ‘feel’ like you are right there with them, no matter the circumstance. They are always three-dimensional, realistic and flawed in some way. That makes them human which is what makes her books so fantastic.

As you travel down the road of self-discovery with Noah you will laugh, you will cry and your heart will break for him. He goes through so much and his world is turned upside down in a very short time. Robert could have easily been an unlikable character, but Velden wrote him in such a way that the reader was captivated by his charm and understanding of his hesitancy.

Sexy, passionate, endearing and romantic… even if there is a little heart-break in there as well. For those folks out there that refuse to read a book without a happy ending, I’ll tell you that you will get a happy ending, just not exactly how it is delivered. This is definitely a must read, it will have a permanent slot on my kindle so I can re-read it whenever and wherever and all the time!

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