Because of Jade by Lou Sylvre

Lou Sylvre - Because of Jade 350x525Title: Because of Jade

Series: Vasquez & James 05

Author: Lou Sylvre

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (210pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-62798-948-0

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (23rd May 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Luki Vasquez receives the news he’s still cancer free after five years, and he wants to celebrate with his whole family. He and his husband, Sonny James, take a road trip south, intending to gather at the home of his nephew Josh, Josh’s wife Ruthie, and Jade—a little girl who was still in the womb when she and her mother helped Luki beat lung cancer.

Halfway to their destination, Luki learns Josh and Ruthie have met a tragic death. The horrible news lays Luki low, but he pulls himself together in time to be the family’s rock and see to the dreaded business of tying up loose ends. The most important business is Jade, and when Luki and Sonny head home, they take Jade with them.

Luki and Sonny must combat self-doubt and fear and help each other learn to parent an unexpected child—and they must also nourish the love that has kept them whole for the past ten years. A relative’s spurious claim to Jade threatens the new family, and even if they prevail in court, they could lose their little girl unless they can rescue Jade from evil hands and true peril.

Paperback has the novella Yes! as a bonus extra.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4998

Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Luki and Sonny have had a rough couple of weeks while waiting to get the all clear from Luki’s doctor, but finally Luki is declared cancer free and they now want to celebrate with their family. But tragedy strikes and Luki becomes a rock for the family to lean on and to pick up the pieces of a little girls life. Sonny and Luki have to put their fears aside and become parents to the little girl who helped drag Luki back from the edge when he was at his lowest, but how do they fight against prejudice when unscrupulous relatives crawl out of the woodwork and seem to have a judge in their pocket?

Well, Lou Sylvre has done it again; yes she has brought tears to my eyes with another incredible story from Luki and Sonny that is laced with heartache and happiness. Luki and Sonny have to take up a mantle they never thought they would ever encounter: the mantle of parents. As Luki and Sonny celebrate Luki’s fifth year cancer free after weeks of worry Luki’s family is struck with another tragedy with the loss of his nephew and his wife, as they reel from the shock Luki has to hold his family together and Sonny voices his concerns.

Oh hell, yet again I am left feeling wrung out by the journey that a sublime author has taken me on, drawing me in with happy news and then slapping me in the face with angst and just as I was beginning to even out and began to think things were looking up I was then pummeled with a right hook followed swiftly with a roundhouse kick to the head. Goddamn this story was a roller-coaster of emotions that just wouldn’t let up; the trials that the Vasquez/James family have to go through would have had lesser men on their knees begging for respite.

We follow along as Luki, Sonny, Jackie, Brian & Kaholo struggle with their loss and pull together because of Jade. We see Luki and Sonny fight against an injustice caused by greedy relatives and we get to see Luki in action as a rescue is launched to retrieve Jade from dangerous hands. Sonny, surprisingly, has to be reassured as he doubts his own skills of raising a child, and Luki and Sonny draw closer together. But, it isn’t all tears and angst, there are some tender, sweet moments and there are some laugh out loud moments and then there are the quite sexy moments *sigh* Luki and Sonny are just beautiful together.

I recommend this to those who love incredibly strong men, who love angst, who adore fantastic characters, who love a brilliant story and an ending that has your lip quivering at the romance of it.      

Now and Then by Willa Okati

nowandthen_exlarge_PNG-210x336Title: Now And Then
Series: Soulmarked Series, Book One
Author: Willa Okati
Genre: Contemporary/ Paranormal
Length: Novella (77 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-784300-025-8
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (May 23rd, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Robbie and Ivan wrought havoc on their first chance at love. Can they mend their fences and find their passion the second time around?

Soulmarked as mates, Robbie and Ivan come from different worlds. Robbie’s the oldest son in a long line of outlaws who live squarely on the wrong side of the tracks, and Ivan’s family tree is packed with law enforcement. That didn’t stop them from falling in love, but when they risked tearing each other apart, they cared enough to let go and hope they’d find a better life.

Years later, the strength of their soulbond still burns bright when chance brings Robbie and Ivan together at the football game of the year. The passion they felt for one another is as powerful as ever, bringing them into explosive contact. They’re not the boys they used to be—Robbie’s turned his life around and raised his younger brothers to be good men, and Ivan’s learned to stand tall and mix justice with compassion. But though they want to hope they can be happy now, not everything has changed. Maybe not enough has changed.

Or has it, after all?

It’s up to Robbie and Ivan, now. Only they can make the choice that will change their lives forever.

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/now-and-then
Review: This is the first book in this series and so far, it is pretty good. It was a bit hard to get into though. However once it happened I couldn’t put it down. I know people have choices some make good ones and some make bad ones. In this story two men who are soul mates had a life till it was destroyed by the wrong choices. Now they have a second chance.

Robbie and Ivan pretty much went the wrong way with their love and it cost them quite a bit of time apart. They had made a promise at one time that when the ball field was built that they would go. However, it didn’t occur to them that they would still both keep that promise. Seeing each other again brought a large amount of pain back in their faces and a lot of passion. Robbie’s first idea was to run, however with the help of his younger brother he had a chance to change his mind.

The fire between them blows even hotter when they come together this second chance at love. There are still many things going through their minds but can they make the choice to choose the right path. Robbie came from a family that always went down the wrong path in life, as with Ivan he was from a family of law enforcements. He was a detective for the city. They had decided the first time to let each other go. But the pain always followed them no matter where they went. They always thought of each other when they woke up and when they went to bed.

Robbie has made some good choices by bringing his younger brothers up in a good way. He taught them about loyalty, fairness, and love. Now he needed to give himself some of the same advice he told his brothers. That things have changed and that they deserve to be happy.
I loved this story but it was missing something important but just not too sure, what it was. I was fascinated by the way Willa can tell a story, though. She has an amazing gift. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book to this series.

Saugatuck Summer by Amelia C. Gormley Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway & Review!

Amelia C. Gormley - Saugatuck Summer_TourBanner(1)Hey peeps, today we bring you Riptide Publishing’s Amelia C. Gormley and her newest release Saugatuck Summer! Amelia talks a little about Saugatuck Summer, she has brought along an excerpt for you to take a peek at and she has a fantastic Giveaway for you to take part in and we also have Thommie’s stunning review. So I will leave you to enjoy the post and remember to follow the Giveaway instructions, I’ve left links to the other posts on the tour so you can fully enjoy the Giveaway, good luck guys! 🙂 ❤ ~Pixie~  

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Saugatuck Summer

by

Amelia C. Gormely

One summer can change everything.

Hi, I’m Topher Carlisle: twenty-one, pretty, and fabulous. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. But let’s get real. Walking the fake-it-til-you-make-it road to independence and self-respect isn’t easy. Especially since my mom’s a deadbeat alcoholic, and most of my family expects me to turn out just as worthless. Oh, and I’m close to losing my college swimming scholarship, so let’s add “dropout” to the list.

My BFF has invited me to stay at her beach house on the shore of Lake Michigan. That’ll give me one summer to make money and figure out what I want to do with my life. So of course I decide to have an affair with my BFF’s married, closeted dad. Because that always works out.

Now I’m homeless, friendless, jobless. Worthless. Just like my family expects, right? Except there’s this great guy, Jace, who sees it differently. He’s got it all together in ways I can only dream of—he’s hot, creative, insightful, understanding. He seems to think I don’t give myself enough credit. And if I don’t watch out, I may start to believe him.

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