The Art of Breathing by T.J. Klune

20624305Title: The Art of Breathing
Series: Who We Are (BOATK#3)
Author: TJ Klune
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (350 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-62798-926-8
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 16th, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Tyson Thompson graduated high school at sixteen and left the town of Seafare, Oregon, bound for what he assumed would be bigger and better things. He soon found out the real world has teeth, and he returns to the coast with four years of failure, addiction, and a diagnosis of panic disorder trailing behind him. His brother, Bear, and his brother’s husband, Otter, believe coming home is exactly what Tyson needs to find himself again. Surrounded by family in the Green Monstrosity, Tyson attempts to put the pieces of his broken life back together.

But shortly after he arrives home, Tyson comes face to face with inevitability in the form of his childhood friend and first love, Dominic Miller, who he hasn’t seen since the day he left Seafare. As their paths cross, old wounds reopen, new secrets are revealed, and Tyson discovers there is more to his own story than he was told all those years ago.

In a sea of familiar faces, new friends, and the memories of a mother’s devastating choice, Tyson will learn that in order to have any hope for a future, he must fight the ghosts of his past.
Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5054
Reviewer: Tootsie
Review: Wow!!! What an emotional journey. Even though a few hours have passed since I read “The End”, my gut is still twisted in knots. The Art of Breathing, by TJ Klune, for those who don’t know, is the third book in the Who We Are series. It is imperative you read these in order. This is not a standalone book. Don’t do a disservice to yourself or the author for not starting at the beginning. This is a progression of growth and maturity, where life kicks you when you are down, you get back up, get a pat on the back, fall down again. You lose family members, gain them back, proving blood is NOT always thicker than water. Your family are the people who are by your side thru ups and downs, trials and tribulations. That is what TJ has built here with his characters, a self-made family, a culmination of different people, and a diversified cast, all needing the same thing. Love and acceptance.

That’s really what we all want, isn’t it? You will be put thru the ringer with this story. Your emotions will be everywhere. One minute you will be crying, and literally four pages over, you will be cracking up. You will experience highs and lows, sometimes testing your own strength to carry on. You may have to take a break, regroup, but you won’t be long. You need to know what happens next, are they going to be okay? Where do they go from here? How could he do that? But heed my wisdom here, and I only have wisdom because I’ve been thru it, this will be one of the most powerful novels you will ever read. The emotional impact the characters go thru, as well as, you the reader, will be tremendous. Your heart will hurt when they hurt, you will smile from ear to ear, when they are happy. You will have tears running down your face but hiccupping at the same time from laughter.

Have you ever cried, really hard, but then someone says something funny? You know to cheer you up, so you kind of make this funny noise in your throat trying to catch your breath? Yep, you do that too. But, it is so worth the journey, the roller coaster ride, to breathe….just breathe.

I’m not going to summarize the story, much anyway, I feel certain I could never do it the justice it deserves. There are twists and turns you will venture into and around. Sometimes you have no choice but to go through events or situations in order to get to the other side. Tyson, or the Kid, soon discovers this. As the blurb says, it has been 4 years he has been away. I think he felt he was the only one hurting, so therefore, he was only concerned with how he felt. He had been wronged, he was the one with the panic attacks, the therapy, and he never considered the whys that lead to these feelings. So he did what he felt he had to, he stayed away. He found a really dynamic, incredible human being, at college, someone he now considers his best friend. Sometimes he is Corey, also known as his ex-boyfriend, sometimes Corey becomes Kori, his ex-girlfriend. He/she, given the situation, helps Tyson realize he needs to go home. It may be only to gain closure but he will regret it, at some point, if he doesn’t at least try. He has faced many problems, upsets, hardships, while at school. He’s failing, his life is in shambles, so he does the only thing he knows he can do and that is go home.

Dominic was Tyson’s best friend, soul mates, closer than best friends. He was his world. Although Tyson doesn’t realize it, at the time, he is his reason for breathing. He is his next breath. When Tyson left and didn’t return, it broke Dominic. I just have to say what a profound and incredible character Dominic is. My heart broke for him, for his pain he has endured and the agony that was out of his control. He was a scared young man when we last saw him, but now, he has grown into a wonderful, respected adult. Sometimes, I wanted to kick Tyson’s behind for what he put Dominic through. For not stepping up and talking to him, for leaving him without any explanations. Eventually, they work thru the turmoil they both created and they each have a better understanding of what they mean to each other and I think Tyson realizes it’s time for him to grow up as well. It’s not going to be easy. He will struggle more before he gets his feet firmly planted. But, he has a lot of people, friends, and their self- made family that will support him and Dominic, as they figure out their future.

Bear and Otter are amazing. As time goes on, they get better and better. They are happily married and considering adding onto their immediate family. One thing that never waivers, is Bear’s love and devotion to Tyson. He is and will always be there for him. Otter is like a father to him and his love is steadfast. All the characters we have grown to love and care about will play a part in bringing this story to fruition. Some more than others, some in person, some in spirit. We meet new characters who help in different ways to move the story forward. They add their own ingredients, full of spunk and vinegar, and never shy away from their purpose. Each has his or her own purpose, they are not filler or fluff, well…they may be a little fluff, but they will have you laughing aloud, smiling from ear to ear, and you will be better off from the experience. Corey/Kori is such a breath of fresh air. He/she will enlighten your heart and you will be on stand-by against anyone who breaks his/her spirit

There are many things, situations, people, that keep coming to mind, and I think “Ohh, I should mention that or this” but the best thing is just to read it for yourself. You NEED to read it yourself in order to gain the understanding of the impact you will feel. TJ has created a family, they have become real, no longer imaginative, and these are people we want to see thru to the end. We want them happy and healthy, to love and be loved. Their story won’t end here. TJ has already made reference in his Author’s notes that he has one more story to give us. I can already vision some of the events that hopefully will get their closure. And, maybe not so much closure as more of getting them on the path to their happy ever after. There is more hope and redemption yet to happen, and I feel certain that it will work out as it is supposed to. Everything or everyone doesn’t need closure, they need a beginning, a helping hand, someone to love them, make them a family member of this incredible, remarkable family we already have.

I think the most important thing Tyson learns as well as Bear, Otter, and Dominic, is to breathe. Hold it, one, two, three, BREATHE….hold it, one, two, three, BREATHE…………..Trust me when I say, you will be enriched from the experience and the pleasure and rewards you gain will be something that stays with you for a long, long time. TJ Klune is an incredible, masterful storyteller, who has blessed us richly with sharing his family with us. The next book will tie up loose ends, I feel certain, but more than that, I think we will know that they are strong, they are survivors, and we can leave them, knowing their life is filled with peace, harmony, and love.

I Should Tell You by Karenna Colcroft

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Author: Karenna Colcroft

Genre: Contemporary, Drag

Length: Novel (187 pages)

ISBN: 9781623007171

Publisher: Loose Id (March 4th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Hunter Girard is an aspiring musician who has just been chosen to play live for a drag queen show. Hunter is also a recovering alcoholic with a past from which he’s still healing.

On stage, “Starry Daye” is one of the stars of the show, confident and beautiful, but in real life, Mitch Walters abuses prescription drugs to dull the pain of his childhood abuse and dreams of the day when he can be as confident as his stage persona.

When Hunter and Mitch meet, their attraction is undeniable and the sex is hot as hell, but with all their baggage, they’re going to have to work hard to turn lust into love and not just another addiction.

Purchase Link: http://www.loose-id.com/i-should-tell-you.html

Review: I have found that these stories with drag queens are an unexpected delight. I absolutely fell in love with Mitch and the gang.

Mitch is a wonderful, complex character. He is a drag queen and proud of it but he is every bit a man. A very broken one. Mitch suffered abuses as a child and still has issues that he hides with drug abuse. His Drag-Queen mother Solara has taken him under her wing warning him it’s the last time and he seriously needs to get clean. I have dealt with a loved one suffering from drug abuse and I could really relate to Solara.

Hunter has his own demons. He too has suffered sexual abuse as a child but his story is far different from Mitch and his abuse was alcohol. Hunter has been clean for 5 years and tries to distance himself from any sort of substance abuse. He is trying to make some extra money to get a new apartment on his own. He answers an ad for a musician for a drag show and is intrigued by Starry Daye and her true identity Mitch.

This is such a beautiful love story, full of angst and drama but with a happy ending. I will warn you it is insta-love but it worked for me with these two men. I could easily see how they made a connection and how difficult trying to have a real romantic relationship could be for either of them. I am now a die-hard fan of Karenna Colcroft and can’t wait for more stories! I would love to see Solara’s!! Hint, hint!

If you like, Angsty sweet romances, Drag queens, broken men, recovery, and of course, hot mansex this is definitely for you!

Nico’s Fire by Sui Lynn

22461110Title: Nico’s Fire (2nd Edition)

Series: Elements of Love 02

Author: Sui Lynn

Genre: Fantasy, Futuristic, Mythology

Length: Novel (190 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-62798-377-8

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (6th June 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Under constant attack, Jesuit Inquisitor Jude Jamison suspects his cover is blown. Without the gargoyles, his friend Evan sent as his guardians and his ability to start fires, he’d already be dead. As he lies injured among a heap of rubble, the world as he knows it ends, and he fears the monster he’s become.

Nicolai Daemarkus, a fire daemon hiding among the humans, sees a gargoyle circling a smoldering building. Upon investigating, he is totally unprepared to discover his human mate. Unfortunately, a human cannot survive in his world. Yet he’s unable to abandon the beautiful man. As they search for the people threatening Jude, they learn evil doesn’t always come in fearful shapes.

1st Edition published by Silver Publishing, May 2012
Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5066

Review: This story is the 2nd edition and has no major changes. Jude is in desperate need of help, as more and more demons are sent after him. But, there is only so much he can accept, because of the fear of hurting someone by accident. Nico is surprised to learn that his mate is human. What on Earth could fate have been thinking? But, as he gets to know his mate, he learns that Jude’s life is in grave danger and that there is far more to Jude than he first realized.

This is the second book in the Elements of Love series and must be read in order, as events in Adel’s Purr lead to discoveries in this book. Jude, Jesuit Inquisitor, is running for his life. He suspects a certain faction within the church is responsible, but getting the proof has been difficult. But, that isn’t his only problem, he feels like something is trying to consume him from the inside and it has something to do with his ability to suddenly create fire. Nico is seeking to protect a little gargoyle when he comes across his mate nearly unconscious and severely injured. Now, he has to help his mate delve into the underbelly of the church and help his mate control his fire.

This is a fantastic addition to the Elements of Love series and it continues with Jude’s story. As we saw at the end of the last book, Jude can now manifest fire, but the how and why is discovered in this story. Jude is drawn to his rescuer, but is terrified of hurting him. Nico tries to reassure Jude that he won’t, but he also worries that he will injury Jude. So it is an interesting beginning for our two lovely MCs, as they both come to realize that they are perfect for each other. We find out more about the Elementals and the history behind them, along with a slew of new characters, who add a broader horizon for future books.

So with the relationship between Jude and Nico, they might be a well-matched pair, but that doesn’t mean that it is going to be easy for them. Both these characters are great, with Nico trying to show Jude that he will always be there for him, and Jude putting his trust in Nico although he is scared of losing him. With everything going on, we mustn’t forget that they have the church to contend with and, gah, they are really nasty.

Well, what can I say? If you love paranormal, danger, rescues, gargoyles, hidden agendas, conspiracy, hot sex *snigger*, really hot men, and a happy ever after and an open end for the next book, then this is for you.

The Stroke of Midnight by Wayne Mansfield

02b0409b0222939e777a72f2f9a82ff35b8cc78fTitle: The Stroke of Midnight

Author: Wayne Mansfield

Genre: Paranormal/Contemporary/Erotic Romance/Anthology

Length: Novel (169 pages)

ISBN: 9781611529586

Publisher: JMS Books (November 4th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: darkness brings with it. When the moon is high and all the land is sleeping, gods descend and transform into men of such beauty that they are irresistible to mere mortals. Vampires hunt, not only for blood but also for men worthy enough to join their ranks. And the devil himself is free to roam and take what he wants from those who don’t know any better. Other creatures tread bolder paths. They walk amongst us during the hours of daylight. Creatures like an ancient demon from the sea, ghosts of pirates long since dead who see an opportunity for gain, and a beast of blackbirds whose hunger is not for love or lust, but revenge. Even other worlds are not safe from creatures of the night. Many centuries into the future, man love is illegal. Men caught with other men are exiled to Tansa, a nearby lush, verdant planet. However, in its breathtaking jungles, hitherto undisturbed for eons, there lurks the last of an ancient race. And finally, there are the creatures within ourselves. Borne from the desire for youth and beauty, a man can be driven to extreme lengths. He can become a beast as wicked and evil as anything hell can cough up. There are others who have no control over the beast within. There are others who have to endure the wickedness of others, thrust upon them in the form of a curse. One way or another, this book will keep you up until the stroke of midnight. Do you dare?

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Review: The stroke of midnight is several short stories this is a very interesting, erotic collection of short stories. Most deal with no consent or dubious consent and even some bestiality. There are some with bittersweet endings, some with tragic twists and some even with a happy ending, I will also rate and tell my thoughts on each separately. I happen to be a big Wayne Mansfield fan. I like the twists, and how the author really pushes the edge with his stories. It’s kinda like reading erotic Stephen King stories.

The Gods: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
This was a very hot bittersweet story. & Gods gather to watch humanity. One has been very interested in Man on Man sex. He wants to go to earth and experience it for himself. He gets 24 hours on earth. He sees a man Theo and wants him to be his earthly experience.
This was a very sexy story. As explicit as it was I think the sex actually made this story. James wanted experience and boy did he get it. The twist at the end was very unexpected.

Lord Harcourt’s Diary ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Edward came to stay with his uncle Lord Harcourt, since his own brother was too busy to take him in. While there, he discovers a gruesome secret that could cost him his life. All I can say about this is wow I did not see that twist coming! This one is also very explicit.

Shadows and Light ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
This is a very scary take on a vampire story with a great twist. There is non-consensual sex.

Stranger on a Stormy Night ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
I think this is one of my favourites in this book though I loved all these stories. It is a hot and sexy yet a bit gruesome. I loved the imagery of the ravens and demons…

Sea Daemon ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
This is one of the few with an actual happy ending. There are lots of twists and turns.

The Wolf at the Door ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
I really loved this it was bittersweet and erotic. Warning there is bestiality, they do have sex while the wolf is in his wolf form.

Ghost Ship ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
This one is very sexually explicit. You could say it has some non-consent or rape also two men penetrating at once. I really liked it though. I found the ghost pirates quite intriguing.

Exiled to Tansa ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
This was really good. It is somewhat post-apocalyptic. Same-sex sex was a big no no, and if you are caught, you’re transported to a planet with others of your kind. I would have loved to seen this in a full book. I’d like to have known more as to why he was caught and his partners (Trent) feelings. Time moved really fast on the new planet, I’d like to have more details, and I really loved the end. As I said, I would love to see this in a full-length book.

Dead Hungry ♥♥♥3Hearts
I will admit this one really got me. You won’t want to be eating when you read this. I can’t say much without giving away the story so I will just say Yuck, Gross and I was so afraid I would have nightmares about Zombie –crow men.

If you like short stories that push the boundaries, ghosts, ghost pirates, Gods, demons, Mermen, vampires, werewolves, just about anything you can think of paranormal, dubious and Non-consent, very explicit, erotic stories with some tragic twists, this is definitely for you.

Controlling His Illusion by Ellen Cross

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Series: Preternatural Rescue Centre #4

Author: Ellen Cross Genre: Paranormal and Shifter Romance with a slight BDSM flare

Length: Novella (80 pages)

Publisher: EXtasy Books (May 15th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate to Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer:Tams

Blurb: Sometimes, in order to gain control, you need to hand it over to someone else. Grant had made a deal. He would use his talent, and his sister, Kaylee, would get what she needed. What he didn’t count on though, was the deal turning sour. Picking up the pieces of the aftermath is more than he can handle, so he turns to the warlock who rescued him for help. He might actually get it, too, if the guy would just stop running.

If Nico had known the little omega he had found was going to turn out to be this much trouble, he might not have rescued him after all. The wolf asked for things he shouldn’t, surfaced long neglected instincts that Nico hadn’t felt in a long time. The wolf pushed, refused to take no for an answer. Only problem was, once you opened the door to something like that, there was no turning back

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Controlling-Illusion-Preternatural-Rescue-Centre-ebook/dp/B00KI16HEY

Review: Grant and his little sister Kaylee are lone wolves, living on their own without a pack since their parent’s were killed. Kaylee is sick and Grant strikes up a bargain with a Vampire for his blood in order to try to help his little sister. But when a couple of sadistic elves learn about Grant’s circumstance, they try to take advantage. And though they aren’t successful, some damage is still done and Nico and Dante are there to pick up the pieces.

{For those not familiar or that don’t recall, Nico and Dante are two of the Preternatural Guardians. Nico is a warlock and Dante is a Vampire. As well all guardians have a partner they are paired with, not in a romantic way more like our human police are, and Nico and Dante are partners.}

Nico is another of the guardians that has yet to find his mate. He is drawn to the Omega wolf; his youth, beauty, and grace combined with his fierce attitude and demeanor are very appealing. But he annoys Nico like no other, and the fact that if Nico gives Grant what he wants it could very well kill him, or at the very least fry his already fragile mind, Nico refuses his flirtations and invitations. When it becomes apparent the only way Nico is going to be able to help Grant is to not only admit his feelings, but also claim him, it awakens a side of Nico he has long kept buried.

This installment in the series introduces the BDSM element into the stories. It’s not overpowering, more window dressing, but it’s there, nonetheless. Nico is obviously a Dominate. Everything about his personality commands respect. Grant is mesmerized by the tall, gorgeous warlock with the ice blue eyes and commanding presence. As well, Nico wants Grant, wants him to submit to him. But he holds off until he no longer can I absolutely LOVED the soul aspect to this story that you learn about toward the end, it was a very welcome twist. But there is an aspect to the connection between Nico and Grant that I never quite though was fully explained, I was left confused about it.

Overall, I loved this story as much as I loved all the other books in this series. Definitely a must read for fans of Paranormal, Shifter and light BDSM with a hint of magic. It looks like the next book will be for the twin fae brother guardians, and it looks like it’s going to be threesome!! One can hope, right.

Anamchara by Lee Comyn (Mended Daily Dose) Review & Giveaway!

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Hey guys, our Daily Dose for today is Lee Comyn and her newest release Anamchara, it’s a sweet little fantasy/historical. Now you know the rules… all you have to do is leave a comment for a chance to win your own copy and then there’s that all important Rafflecopter link where you could win all the Mended Daily Dose. Good luck guys ❤ ~Pixie~   

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Release by A.M. Sexton Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hey guys, today we have A.M. Sexton visiting with her upcoming release Release. Check out this slightly dark number and the sneak peek excerpt and then click that Rafflecopter link for an amazing giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~ 

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(Davlova 01)

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A.M. Sexton

Davlova: a poverty-ridden city-state ruled by a tyrannical upper class. Resources are scarce and technology is illegal. But in the slums, revolution is brewing.

Misha is a common pickpocket until his boss gives him a new job. Disguised as a whore, Misha is sent to work for one of the most powerful men in the city. But his real task is far more dangerous: get close to Miguel Donato, and find something – anything – that will help topple Davlova’s corrupt government.

Misha is plunged into the decadent world of the upper class, where slaves are common and even the most perverse pleasure can be found. Although he’s sure Davlova’s elite is involved in something horrific, proof is hard to come by, and Misha begins to fall in love with the man he’s supposed to betray. Then Misha meets Ayo – a sex slave forced by the neural implant in his brain to take pleasure from pain – and everything changes. As the lower class pushes toward a bloody revolution, Misha will find himself caught between his surprising feelings for Donato, his obligations to his clan, and his determination to save Ayo.

Warning: This book contains graphic descriptions of violent sexual acts of questionable consent that may be disturbing to some readers.

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