Coming Clean by Carol Lynne

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Series: Campus Cravings, #18
Author: Carol Lynne
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (109 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (April 16th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate/Explicit
Heart Level: ♥♥♥♥♥5HEarts
Reviewer: Eric

Blurb: Trapped by words spoken as a teenager, Chase Hughes longs for a love that touches not only his heart but also his body.

First loves are often the hardest to leave behind. For months, college student Chase Hughes has known he owes his high school sweetheart the truth about his feelings. He still loves Benny, but he has grown to realise he’s ready to move on. The problem is, he knows Benny will be crushed by the breakup, and hurting the sweetest man he’s ever known weighs on Chase’s soul.

While working as a server at Clean Slate, Chase meets the man of his fantasies. Mac Evans pushes all of Chase’s sexual buttons, and after having uninspiring sex with Benny for two years, Chase is ready to explore more than the tattoos on Mac’s muscular body.

Mac gave up everything to come clean with the people he loved, and expects nothing less from Chase before allowing things to progress between them. Chase is forced to choose between hurting the man of his past and giving up a sexy, tattooed man who may be his future.
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Review: I have never actually read a Carol Lynne book before but now that I have, I want to read more of her stuff. Carol Lynne knows how to breathe heart and soul into her characters and she shows it with this novella sized book. It is amazing what someone can come up with when they want to put forth something that could bring someone to tears or laughter or even a smile.

Chase finds himself falling in love with the man he meets while working as a server at a place called Clean Slate. Mac Evans has the kind of effect on him that always has him drooling over Mac. As for Mac, he has gone through hell and a half but he stands strong no matter what. And when he spots Chase, he falls head over heels for the tattooed hunk. The way these two come together and stand strong no matter what is nothing short of beautiful.

The more I read into these two characters the more in love with them I had become. They stood true and realistic as your best friend or someone you saw across the way that you really wanted to get to know but you were nervous. Mac had the kind of appeal that made you want to be friends with him and have a drink or two while talking with. As for Chase, he had the same effect on me. I wanted to talk to him and get to know him better. He understood what I wanted and the author used the character to show that things could be okay if someone struggled in life and wanted to move on. That it took strength to make that happen.

I would highly recommend this author and her works because they truly to blow someone’s mind and shows that no matter what everyone deserves love. Even those that are a step forward in life or the ones that are knocked back by a phase of live.

True Nature by Jessica Freely

22020431Title: True Nature
Series: N/A
Author: Jessica Freely
Genre:  Fantasy/ Paranormal
Length: Novella (125 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-62300-129-2
Publisher: Loose Id (April 22nd, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Lake Clearwater–conservation officer and water spirit–has just been appointed guardian of Gem Pond by The Powers That Be. It’s the first time in eight years he’s had a real home and he’s determined to protect it, even if that means hiding his attraction to his sexy new partner, Forrest Oakwood.

Forrest is a native of the Gem Pond area and the guardian of its trees. He knows the land and its people are a crucial lynchpin in the natural order. He also knows that if he comes out, his boss in the DNR, Sgt. Dennison, will find an excuse to fire him. But ignoring his true nature was a lot easier before Lake Clearwater showed up. The man’s a walking, talking wet dream.

Meanwhile, local residents–human and animal alike–conspire to bring Lake and Forrest together. The land needs its guardians united and at their full power. Dennison wants to cut down the trees to make room for water slides and tennis courts. If Forrest and Lake don’t embrace their passion for each other, they’ll be unable to stop him and that would be a disaster, not just for Gem Pond but also for the entire natural world.
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Review: This is a good book however a bit strange. I got a kick out of all the characters in this story. Also the fact that their names themselves hold a meaning behind them. Lake is a conservation officer and a water spirit. He has just been appointed guardian of Gem Pond. Gem Pond is actually a lake. The first night there, he gets lost in the woods. Thanks to Forrest finding him, he would have probably died.

Forrest is Lakes conservation officer partner. He is also the guardian of the forest. See what I mean by their names holding a meaning. There is a woman who is named Robin. She is also a robin. It would seem that the whole town knows not only who they are but also what they are. There is something so mystical about the whole place.

Lake had been a guardian once at fourteen and lost his guardianship. He takes one look at Forrest and wants him, but was afraid of what Forrest wanted. It turned out that what Forrest wanted was Lake. The whole town–human and animal are conspiring to bring these two sexy men together. Forrest whole deal was that he didn’t want anyone to know what he truly was like. They fought their desires for so long that when they get together it is amazing and so full of fire and passion that you will cheer them on. Plus probably get a little bit hot under the collar at the same time.

This story has just a bit of seriousness to it, but it also has a bit of humor mixing in. I love the way they mingle together. At first, all shy then it heats up. They are strong guardians by themselves, but when they are fully mated their strengths double. I didn’t fall in love with this story but I did like it. It was the perfect length for me.

I would recommend reading this book. It is a delightful surprise. I loved the characters. They spiced the story up. It has an amazing paranormal world that you will lose yourself in. It is full of tenderness, love, gentle beings, and hot men.

Another Man’s Treasure by J.A. Rock and Lisa Henry

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Series: N/A
Author: J.A. Rock and Lisa Henry
Genre: Thriller
Length: Novel (270 Pages)
Publisher: Crocobear Press (May 30th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Ilia Porter is Chechen mob boss Mikhail Kadyrov’s greatest treasure. After leaving home at eighteen to escape his verbally abusive father, beautiful, selfish Ilia has lived with Mikhail, proud of his ability to bring such a powerful man to his knees to worship. But when Ilia’s father, a police captain, kills Mikhail in a raid, Ilia’s world falls apart.

Entering to pick up the pieces is Mikhail’s younger brother, Nick—impulsive, power-hungry, and dangerous. When Nick tells Ilia he’s taking everything that belonged to Mikhail—including Ilia—Ilia is too lost in grief to fight. Nick holds Ilia prisoner in the apartment Ilia once shared with Mikhail and grooms him for a very important mission: to kill Ilia’s father and avenge Mikhail’s death.

Ilia wants no part in the plot, but being Nick’s ally is preferable to being Nick’s victim, so he begins to warp himself into the monster Nick wants him to be. Hope arrives when Nick takes another captive: Patrick, a shy massage therapist who’s stronger than he seems. Patrick and Ilia must join forces to escape Nick—and to keep each other whole as Nick does everything in his power to break them.
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Reviewer: Tootsie
Review: Wow! JA Rock and Lisa Henry have done it again. They are an amazing team who work very hard at their craft in order to give us, the readers, something fascinating and mind-blowing. Another Man’s Treasure is dark, very deep, and sometimes hard to get thru. But, I did get thru it and you will too. A psychological thriller would describe this best. This is not a romance, although there is love. There are rape scenes, but mostly off page. There is violence, yet not in detail. Being familiar with the writing style of both of these authors, I usually know what I’m getting into. I know it’s going to be hard sometimes, emotionally. I know I may have to take a break in between chapters. I know that I am going to get a very thought-provoking, mind-numbing story that will stay with me for quite some time.

As far as book covers go, there is just something about a pose tied with rope or in this case, ribbon, that just hooks me. This cover reeled me in and I knew I wanted to read this story, regardless of the plot. Of course, once I read the blurb, I was even more intrigued. The story starts off with Ilia (birth name Eli) getting the rings pierced, on his back, like the cover. I have never seen nor heard of this type of piercing so I was immediately infatuated. Once the rings were set, I had moments of cringing while visioning the ribbon being threaded and pulled tight thru piercings that were fresh and still bleeding. Ilia is in his early twenties, ran away from home when his father, a police captain, continuously snooped in his business. His mother loves him but doesn’t stand by him.

Ilia lives and is in love with an older Chechen mob boss, named Mikhail. He knows Mikhail does things that are cruel, mean and illegal. He chooses to overlook these things because it doesn’t involve him. He only concerns himself with the connection Mikhail has with him. He is cared for, provided for, loved and appreciated. Ilia is Mikhail’s greatest treasure, and he feels treasured by him. Because Mikhail gives Ilia everything he wants or needs, he seldom left their apartment he refers to as his sanctuary. One night, tragedy prevails, as the police raid their apartment and Mikhail is killed in the crossfire. Ilia is distraught, not sure how and if he can go on without Mikhail by his side.

Nick, Mikhail’s brother, has always been jealous of his older sibling, and now he wants to take control and ownership of everything his brother had, including Ilia. He is nothing like his brother, at least the side that Ilia knew, so he is struggling to understand Nick’s thoughts and actions. He is kidnapped within his own apartment. Nick is cruel and evil and he makes Ilia worship him and his needs as he did to Mikhail. It’s not long until he brings another young man, Patrick, to the apartment. Nick knows Patrick was there to give Ilia a massage under Mikhail’s guidance on an earlier occasion, so he tricks him into coming again.

At this point, going along with him seems to be the easiest way, but Patrick fights him every step. Ilia has a lot of problems he has not dealt with. His father, who is also responsible for killing Mikhail, has damaged his son, emotionally. They have not seen eye to eye for quite a while. Now with this new development, he hates him even more. Nick is evil, he does horrendous things to Patrick, and even though most of it is off page, you still know what is going on. Some scenes are narrated by Ilia as he sits outside the bedroom door and listens. Being in captivity seems harder for Ilia than it does Patrick. Maybe because Patrick tried from the very beginning to escape, whereas Ilia, just accepted his fate. Ilia is scared, who wouldn’t be in his situation, but he comes to understand that standing by Patrick instead of Nick may be the only chance they get to save themselves.

This story has many ups and downs. The boys experience many trials and tribulations but once they put their heads together, time seems to move at a faster pace for them. Ilia appears to have the most growth maybe because he was having the harder time between himself and Patrick. He had more to overcome but with the help of his parents and other sources, he finally starts to see it’s possible for him to make a new life for himself. He wants to love and be loved by someone. He doesn’t know if Patrick is that person, they may give it a go, but he needs to let go of Mikhail before he can truly heal. Even though this was not a romance story, Ilia did love Mikhail and vice versa. I wouldn’t necessarily say there was a happy ever after, but I do feel there was a happy for now.

JA Rock and Lisa Henry have written an emotional and thought-provoking story. The suspense of never really knowing what Nick was going to do, weighed on me constantly. Having said that, I admire both authors for delving into a subject matter that is hard to read, but worth the journey. If you like this type of story, I would highly recommend it. As dark as this sometimes was, the authors do an incredible job bringing the boys thru to the other side. Even though they were somewhat damaged, they were not broken. There is strength in numbers and healing has begun.

A Good Idea by K.M. Mahoney

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Series: N/A
Author: K.M. Mahoney
Genre: Mature Romance
Length: Novella (53 Pages)
ISBN: 978-0-95715-672-3
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (March 14th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Take two men who think the best years of their lives are behind them. Throw in one raging attraction, and stir liberally. Giving in to a mutual case of lust could be the best idea either one ever had.

Daniel Haversohn is stuck in a rut, and he knows it. The kids are grown and gone, he’s years past being ‘over the hill’, and the only excitement he gets these days comes from the occasional argument with a supplier. Owning a bar keeps him busy enough, but each night he has to go home to a cold and lonely house. Enter Joe Masterson.

Joe has known Daniel for longer than he cares to remember, but the military was his life. Now, after twenty-five years of active service, he’s a free man again. And he hates it. When Joe goes to his favorite bar to drown his sorrows, Daniel sees him moping and offers him a job. Tending bar is definitely a downward career move, but Joe is just bored enough to take it. The problem? Leaving the army behind must have knocked something loose in his libido, because he can’t stop staring at his boss’ arse. Now Joe has to decide if he can throw aside a lifetime of training for one moment of passion. And, just maybe, something deeper.

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Review: This story turned out to be almost perfect to me. I love the characters and their life that they have going for them. Daniel was married once, lost his wife to death, and had two children that were in college. He however was in a rut and cannot find away to get out of it. He was the owner of a bar which keeps him busy, but when he goes home all he feels is alone. He wants more than what he has now. So when an old friend walks into the bar, he is surprised by the heat he feels. He has felt like this towards Joe but never went for it.

Joe has finally gotten out of the military and was bored as hell. He hates all the freedom and boring life that he has now. So walking into his old friends bar might just help him in more ways than even he knows. First Daniel sees the boredom and gives him a job. Then he gives him the life he needs. Although he thinks that the military knocked a few brain cells loose because he can’t seem to stop looking at his boss ass.

Things are starting to heat up and it looks like they might just make it be a forever stand. You just look at these two men and you can see the flames getting higher and the heat rising. I absolutely love these two sexy men. I also love when they finally get together. It makes waiting so much more worth it.

I do hope to hear about these two very hot and sexy men in future books. When you read about these two men, you will fall in love with them. There is so much tenderness and just a bit of frisky attitude between them. I would definitely be recommend reading this book, especially if you love sexy men, one military and the other owner of a bar, tenderness, a bit of frisky attitudes and lots of heat than this book is for you.

Orion’s New Leash on Life by C. Callenreese (Mended Daily Dose) Review & Giveaway!

C. Callenreese - Orion's New Lease on Life Banner Hi guys, we are joined for today’s Daily Dose by C. Callenreese and Orion’s New Leash on Life, it’s a great little number for those who love a little kink 😉 so if it’s your cup of tea then leave a comment for a chance to win your own copy and for those who are suffering memory lose then click that Rafflecopter link to have a chance of winning the entire Mended Daily Dose collection! ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Cove by D.T. Peterson Blog Tour Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hiya guys, we have D.T. Peterson visiting with us today with his newest release The Cove, D.T. lets us have a little peek at an excerpt and there’s a chance to win your very own copy of The Cove with D.T’s giveaway. Enjoy Tams review and then click that Rafflecopter link! ❤ Pixie 

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Young and idealistic, Jon and Dave meet by chance, their friendship growing stronger and leading them to a place neither has been before. Though theirs is a love forbidden, which few understand, they journey across the country together and settle in San Francisco, where they are finally free to be together as they were meant to be. When life takes an unexpected turn, however, the two young lovers are torn apart by a secret which, if unveiled, threatens to bring great shame to the family of one determined to keep them on the straight and narrow.

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