A Bunch of Roughstock by B.A. Tortuga

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Series: All stories previously published in the Sip short story line.

Author: B.A. Tortuga

Genre: Anthology/Western/Cowboys

Length: Novella (81 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-61040-744-1

Publisher: Torquere Press (April 16th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: BA Tortuga’s Roughstock world comes to life in this collection of short stories. Featuring Beau and Sam from the novel File Gumbo and Coke and Dillon from And a Smile, these tales range from a long-ago first time to a bullfighter’s retreat, providing an intriguing glimpse into a bullrider’s daily life, as well as how the hard-working cowboy protection team blows off steam. Stories include Starting the Roux, Cowboy Christmas, Just Another Day at the Office, The New Guy and the Retreat and Too Careful by Half. All stories previously published in the Sip short story line

Purchase Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=4165

Review: This is a good collection of short sips. I really liked this collection and the title is fitting. The stories are written in a befitting style for the subject. Rough stock rodeo riders. Each story is very short. Very concise and pretty erotic.

I liked that the characters were not pretty boy cowboys. I loved Sam’s description of Beau. He has short legs, a barrel chest, crooked teeth and a hot butt (he didn’t say but in the book.) As a matter of fact the language is pretty rough too, but fitting for the characters. I liked that Beau is Cajun as were some of the other characters and his slang was used a lot. The nicknames Sam and Beau used made me chuckle… I also liked that some of the stories were about rodeo clowns and not just the riders.

I would have liked a bit more information though as to who all these men were and how they were connected. In the first story, several names were mentioned then the other stories featured some of these men.

I think this is a good book if you’re looking for something short to read. Each story can be read in a few minutes. I like having stories like this around for times I need something quick for the treadmill, filling time between appointments etc.

If you are looking for a book with short stories, hot cowboys, sexy Cajuns, rodeo clowns, bull riders, and you like rough language, and hot mansex this is for you!

From Yesterday by T.A. Chase

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Series: Rupert’s Legacy
Author: T. A. Chase
Genre: Contemporary/ Interracial
Length: Novella (115 Pages)
ISBN: MLR-1-02014-0239
Publisher: MLR Books (April 24th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Philip must decide whether his memories of the past will keep him from love in the present.

Philip McBride is fresh out of the Army and trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. Before he can move on with his life, he needs to make peace with his past. Part of that past is his very first boyfriend who has died. Philip needs to talk to those were with him at the end, so he can ease his own guilt for not being there.

Carlos Mendoza meets Philip at Legacy House, where Carlos’s brother is a resident. While he’s dealing with the knowledge of his brother’s impending death, Carlos is also coming to love Philip.
Will he be able to accept Philip’s love without his brother there to support? Will Philip give up the past to make a new start with Carlos?

Purchase Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=TACYSTRD

Review: I can tell you that this story just about tore me up. I have never cried throughout a whole story. It was so tender and loving. It was the best told story, I have ever come across in a long while. It is a romance story but it goes so much deeper than that. At first, I wasn’t too sure what to say about this story, but I can tell you that it will have you in tears.

Philip had met Joey when they were in the eighth grade. They slowly become boyfriends. They were each other’s first. However when they graduated Joey wanted to continue school and wanted Philip to go but Philip let him know that he was joining the army. He wanted to grow up and get things right in his head. However, after twelve years in the military he had realized that he had lost all contact with his first love. He found out that he was late. Joey had died the past Christmas Eve of AIDS. It was tearing Philip up when he had found out that Joey’s parents let him die alone. They thought that he had deserved what he had gotten. If only he had kept in contact with him, things might have been different. That is what kept going on throughout his mind. He decided to go Legacy House where Joey had spent his last times till he passed away. He met the owners and decided to help them along. He met the older brother of one of the patients there. He had gone there to come to terms with what had happened, but what he found was his beginning.

Carlos’ little brother Miguel was a patient at Legacy House. Miguel’s family kicked him out when he was a teenager only Carlos kept in contact. Carlos wanted to be with his brother to the end. Medicine seemed to do the opposite of what it was meant to so he knew that Miguel’s time was short. He felt the pain that his brother was going through. He would do anything to help Miguel. He had met another man who had come to see where his best friend and first boyfriends had spent his last days. He had taken the chance after Miguel kept telling him to go after Philip and show him how love is supposed to be. One look was all it took for these two men. The love they have for the family that they had lost was pulling them together and with Miguel’s help, they were starting to love one another.

This story shows you what it is like to have HIV and AIDS. What happens too many that should never have happened. Miguel and Joey were both gay and they had sex without protection. They had caught HIV and they were kicked to the curb by their family members. Joey had died in December and when he had, the room had been given to Miguel. Philip had not known Joey had been sick let alone had passed on until he had asked a friend where he was. He was hurting with guilt and pain. Going to Legacy House, he just wanted to know about Joey’s last days. He met Carlos in the parking lot, but only got to talked to him when he met Miguel. He learned that Miguel had Joey’s old room. Carlos was hurting from the idea of loosing Miguel. Miguel didn’t want Carlos alone when he died. You can just feel the love so strong between everyone.

You can feel the love that is starting between Carlos and Philip. They come together to help Miguel in his last days and to get closure for Philip and find themselves. This story will show you what does happen all around you. I could never imagine throwing anyone out of the house for being gay, let alone letting them go through pain and illness by themselves. I was a little upset in the beginning that Philip had loved Joey but chose to join the military then quit talking to him after joining. I hated that Joey had went through what had to feel like abandonment. Then to die with no family around. I hated that part of this story, but it does happen to many times to so many.

I would recommend reading this story. It will change the way you think about so many things. T. A. Chase has a wonderful gift and I cannot wait to check out the rest of this wonderful author’s books.

Firemen, Flames and Fettuccine by Sara York

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Series: Love’s First Response, #2

Author: Sara York

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (56 pages)

ISBN: MLR-1-02014-0240

Publisher: MLR Press (May 2nd, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Grady Madison thinks his goofy clown suit is a huge turn off for the hot bear, Paul Sessa. But sometimes goofy is more appealing than suave.

When Grady Madison was forced out of the closet, he thought his life would change for the worse, but he soon realizes he can date men without having to hide it from his co-workers. Attraction fires when he runs into Paul Sessa, filling him with fiery hot desire. Taking things slow is the plan, until they wind up with pants around their ankles before their first real date.

Paul Sessa wants a man of his own and not just another hook-up. But, that guy has to pass his daughter’s scrutiny, and she’s one smart cookie.

Purchase Link: MLR Press: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=SY_FFFET

Review: Grady is at a function dressed as a clown. He likes children and hopes to have some someday, but first he has to find the perfect man. He is tired of hook-ups and has recently come out.

Paul is at the function with his daughter Madeleine. He has recently relocated from Hollywood to there and opened an Italian restaurant. He has had many secret lovers, even some very wealthy ones and stars, but he longs to have a life partner to settle down and be a family. His wife and daughter support him and want him to be happy.

This story had a great idea going. I just felt it was very rushed. I would’ve loved more back-story on Grady and more about him being a fireman, as the title alluded to. The only thing about his job was the thing they were hosting the day he met Paul. I also don’t mind Insta love but I felt it was too instant. It went from meeting to talk of marriage in what seemed like just days to me.

Having said that, I still absolutely loved the story. The characters were awesome. I love chefs and firemen. I loved that Paul wanted someone he could bring home to daughter, I adored Madeleine and I liked that his ex-supported him and let him be a part of his daughter’s raising.

If you like hot firemen, sexy chefs, cute kids, fast-paced stories, instalove and some very hot man-sex this is for you!

The Plantation Affair by Gregory Jonathan Scott

21453197Title: The Plantation Affair
Author: Gregory Jonathan Scott
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: Novel (236 pages)
Publisher: Gregory Jonathan Scott LLC (March 18th, 2014)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 2.5Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: During a time when love between two chaps was not spoken of, Deklan and Logan found a way to bring their affair of the heart to life. One was the white son of a wealthy Plantation owner, and the other a black servant who worked the property to survive.

This romantic fairytale took place in the deep south of Georgia in the late eighteenth century where horse carriages and kerosene lighted lanterns brought a town to life. Deklan and Logan’s affair was ignited one night with the help of a mysterious man who magically appeared and then disappeared without a trace after leading them into the realms of love.

Love was found, Love was lost and then Love was found again in a spiraling and uplifting fairytale between two lovable beings that were meant to be in love.
Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Plantation-Affair-Gregory-Jonathan-Scott-ebook/dp/B00J2GEUOA
Review: Logan lives as a servant to a rich family in Georgia in the 1800’s. Not only is it frowned upon to associate with the hired help, but Logan is also black and gay. Tolerance only goes so far, and in the Deep South during this time Logan is not well tolerated. He suffers hatred from the other servants, enjoying his escapes down to the pond, taking moonlight swims. It’s during one of these swims he first meets Deklan, the son of his master.

At a ball thrown in Deklan’s honor, intended for him to choose a bride, Deklan chooses Logan. Deklan’s father is beyond outraged. A servant, a black man, and a man?! No, not his son. He puts the motions into play to find his son a suitable bride to marry and produce an heir. Successfully driving a wedge between Deklan and Logan. But fate won’t be silenced and in several strange twists of fate, Deklan and Logan are given a second chance at love.

I loved the base concept of this story, an interracial gay love story with a Cinderella twist. And the setting, the time period. I was born and raised in Georgia and I saw the hatred toward anyone different first hand. There were three kids of people acceptable in heart of the south, Straight, White, strict Southern Baptist. Anything or anyone else was just wrong. So I could connect with that part of the story on a personal level. The struggle that Deklan faced trying to get his family to accept the person he loved was heart breaking, and very well conveyed.

Overall, my connection with the story and the characters was choppy though. The story was sometimes sporadic and scattered, didn’t flow well from start to finish. Some of the phrasings and words used confused me, as well. I realize there are only so many words that can be used to describe the male anatomy, the love between two men and making love. But most of the phrasings for this story were too grandiose or too childish, in my miniscule opinion.

I’m on the fence with this one. On the one hand, I loved the story, concept and relationship between the two ML. But on the other hand, when they were supposed to be in a passionate setting whether making love or having sex, it came across more like a children’s book. Like the author couldn’t decide between YA and NA. That and the choppy delivery of the book overall, made my rating a little lower than I wanted it to be.

At the time of my review this book is on sale for 99 cents, grab a copy and decide for yourself if it’s a fantastic read, don’t take my word for it!

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Freeing Silver by Blair Nightingale

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Series: Helping Hands, #2

Author: Blair Nightingale

Genre: Paranormal, Shapeshifters, Suspense, Werewolves

Length: Novella (146 Pages)

ISBN: 978-1-77111-899-6

Publisher: Extasy Books (March 15th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Helping Silver find his past is not a simple task…

When undercover agents approach Silver in the local bar, the question is, who is he and why are they after him?
There is only one solution—Silver needs to remember his past. But how?

Purchase Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/blair-nightingale/freeing-silver/

Review: This is book two in this series and they need to read in order. In some series, the main characters are not the same as the books before them. However, the main characters in these are the same ones so to understand them better you need to start with book one. It is an amazing story that you will love.

Silver was living with his mate Connor but he was still missing something. He wanted to know who he was. Having lost his memory when Connor had first come across him in wolf form, he didn’t know who he was. Connor had named him Silver. With the help of his new family, he was living happily.

However, undercover agents start asking questions and even have a picture of Silver. Wanting desperately to know who he was and what he had done to bring the government to them. He had to come up with a plan. Well Connor had fixed that part by hitting him upside the head. What a way to do it….

With his memory back, he found out his name was Jasper and his entire pack had been abducted by the government, thanks to a teen who ran away from home. The teen had been captured and after torture, had given his pack and many others up. Now the government wanted all shifters to work for them. Silver had been one of those captured but when an operation went bad, Silver had escaped. After being injured by a bear, he had lost his memory.

They had made a plan to help get Silver’s family and pack out of captivity. They had realized that their fear really did exist. For there were many higher up agents that did know about them. A war was on its way. Then the worst thing happened the government had kidnapped Silver’s mate Connor and many others. They knew it would take the whole paranormal world to get everyone back and to fight what they knew was coming.

You will be captivated by this new series. It left me hanging though, now I will have to get the third book in this series to find out what happens. I loved it. It has everything you would want in a book. Shapeshifters, witches, vampires, danger, excitement, two hot and sexy men, and a love so powerful that it will make you blush.

Daylight Again by S.E. Jakes Spotlight Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway & Review!

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Hey peeps, today we are joined by Riptide Publishing author S.E. Jakes and has she brought a beauty with her today! Yes it’s those sexy lethal men Prophet and Tom in Daylight Again! Not only is she showing off her latest release but she is letting us have a sneak peek at an excerpt and S.E. has an incredible giveaway *cough* (which I might have already entered 😉 ) and you can also have a look at my review, so I will leave you to it and remember click that Rafflecopter link! ❤ ~Pixie~

Quick note from S.E. Jakes:

Thanks so much for hosting a spotlight of my new release— Daylight Again!  It’s book 3 in the Hell or High Water series, and it’s the return of Prophet and Tommy.  And Mal.  And Cillian.  And, as usual, some surprises.  Hang on for another wild (and hot) ride!

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Daylight Again:

(Hell or High Water 03)

 by

 S.E. Jakes

Before Prophet Drews can have a future, he must first put his past to rest.

Prophet Drews is a man on the edge, and he’s pulling Tom Boudreaux, his partner on the job and in real life, right over with him. When his old CO calls in a favor, Prophet asks Tom to join the off-the-grid rescue. But the mission raises all of Prophet’s old ghosts: CIA assassins, the terrorist Sadiq, and most importantly, John—traitor, former teammate, and Prophet’s first love.

To help bury those ghosts for good, Prophet and Tom gather the members of Prophet’s former SEAL team . . . and a spook named Cillian who’s been tailing Prophet for years. In the process, Prophet is forced to face his team’s shifting loyalties, ghosts who refuse to stay dead, and scariest of all, his own limitations.

With everyone’s lives in danger, Prophet and Tom must unravel a tangled knot of secrets, including their own. Prophet must decide how much to reveal to Tom, while Tom must decide how far he’s willing to go to help Prophet lay his ghosts to rest.

Continue reading Daylight Again by S.E. Jakes Spotlight Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway & Review!