Wild Magic by Poppy Dennison ~ Audiobook

WildMagicAudLGTitle: Wild Magic
Series: Triad book #4
Author: Poppy Dennison
Narrator: Robert G Davis
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 3 hours and 24 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (03-25-14)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Triad: Book 4

Joseph Anderson was heartbroken when his childhood best friend Dominick Levent moved away. Years later, Joseph is a successful real estate broker with good friends, an easy smile, and a stunning house. When he finds a dying mountain lion who miraculously shifts into Dominick’s sister, Joseph must find Dominick and reunite him with the two young sons she left behind.

When mountain lion shifter Dominick gets a call telling him his sister is dead, he rushes home to protect his nephews and avenge his sister. Seeing Joseph brings back the feelings Dominick tried to bury and he dares to hope Joseph’s newfound knowledge of shifters means they can finally be together.
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Review: Joey and Nicki grew up together, child hood friends who lost each other because of a secret. All grown up, Joseph is a successful real estate agent and Dominick works as a US Marshall. Joey still lives in the same small town, as does Nicki’s sister and two small nephews, though Dominick hasn’t had much contact with them either since he moved away. When Joseph stumbles upon Dominick’s sister just before her death, he winds up temporary caregiver of her two small children, promising to get them to Dominick and keep them safe.

Dominick drops everything to rush home when he gets Joseph’s call. Devastated by the death of his sister, overwhelmed with the new responsibilities of being a father to his young nephews, and hopeful that now that Joseph knows his secret, the secret that drove him away, they can finally be together. A visit to the place where his sister died and her packs compound yield more questions than answers and soon, Dominick finds himself in the company of the wolf pack that are caring for his nephew’s new alpha.

Throughout the story, Dominick and Joseph struggle with their long buried feelings for one another. Although they display those feelings with small gestures and not so subtle stares, they don’t actually act on it until close to the end of the book. It was nice to see where things are going to go with Riley and the other survivors of his mountain lion pack, but I don’t think this book should have been titled as ‘Triad book #4’. It didn’t have the same feel as the first three books or the same flow with the writing or the characters. When I listened to the first three books in the Triad series, they all flowed seamlessly as one long book split into three parts.

And even though it’s the same narrator, Robert G Davis, he sounded different in this book as well. Overall, the plot and the narration seemed underwhelming to me in comparison to the previous books in this series. I think perhaps I had expectations going into this book that were developed with the previous books, and though this was an enjoyable read that cleared up some unanswered questions, I thought it could have been better.
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Pride and Modern Prejudice by A.J. Michaels

71qiCjEtvkL._SL1350_Title: Pride and Modern Prejudice
Author: A.J. Michaels
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (246 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 6th, 2014)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: What happens when Jane Austen’s immortal characters are thrust into 21st century Pennsylvania, with an all-male twist?

Liam Bennet has always been a good judge of character, but when William Darcy is thrown into his social circle, everything spins out of control. Darcy is proud, cold, arrogant—, and strangely captivating. When Liam’s brother and Darcy’s business partner start seeing each other, Liam cannot avoid this enigmatic businessman. But does he want to?

As Liam struggles to find his identity in college and acknowledge his feelings, he must deal with the fortunes of his four brothers, his gossiping mother, and the possibility of a large inheritance that could save his family from financial ruin. Emotions come to a boil when George Wickham, a world-weary musician, stumbles into town and ignites a feud with Darcy. He threatens to expose a long-hidden past, and Liam must decide for himself who William Darcy really is and what he really wants

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Review: Will Darcy and Liam Bennet don’t get off on the right foot from the start. Darcy makes some tasteless comments at a party that Liam takes very personally, and he calls him out on it. The thing is, no one calls Darcy out on anything. They make a valiant effort to avoid each other at all costs. Problem is that Darcy’s best friend is dating Liam’s brother. One circumstance after another and the two keep running into each other, so when Liam travels to London to visit his best friend over the Holidays, guess who’s there? Yep, one dashingly handsome, stubborn and asinine Will Darcy. Liam tries his best to hate him, but the kiss they share sparks something inside young Liam that he wasn’t even aware was buried. He pushes Darcy away and he has valid reasons, or so he thinks at the time.

Weeks pass as Liam struggles to make sense of these feelings he has for Darcy and what effect it will have on his life. So much is happening so fast that he can’t wrap his mind around all of it. Whatever the ‘thing’ is between him and Darcy, his family’s financial troubles, his best friend marrying his cousin in name only for the money, the fact that he misses Darcy and can’t stop thinking about him. When Liam travels back to London to visit family, yep, you guessed it, hello Darcy! If that’s not fate slapping Liam upside his head, I don’t know what is. But history holds true and things can’t just be smooth sailing for these two, more drama and problems arise. And this time Darcy pulls back. Can Liam and Darcy set aside their pride and just love each other?

What a fantastic book, I loved it, I loved everything about it. The characters were well voiced and written, three-dimensional not wooden. There were so many similarities to the original classic story this was based on, and I was quite pleased that the author wrote this as a M/M story but felt comfortable enough with his version of the story not to turn it into a sexual book. And the love story itself is a slow burning love. It built gradually over time, and it was so much fun watching these two fumble around each other, especially Darcy. He’s supposed to be so arrogant, self-assured and cocky. But he’s like a love drunk teenager almost around Liam, they were absolutely adorable.

This is a must read for fans of the classic stories and people who like old-fashioned romances. It really, truly is Pride and Prejudice with a modern flare and a gay twist. I’m just so happy right now after reading this book. I will have sweet dreams tonight.

Our Omega by J.J. Black

91ECBSmU29L._SL1500_Title: Our Omega
Series: The Great Lake Wolves, Book 2
Author: J.J. Black
Genre: Paranormal/ Werewolves
Length: Novel (180 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-78430-051-7
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (June 20th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Sometimes two just isn’t enough.

Noah Steele is a broken man. Though born a strong, confident Alpha, the torture and betrayal he experienced by order of his own father have left him a shell of the man he once was. Still gripped by the fear left in the wake of his trauma, he no longer trusts his instincts or his ability to lead. Shamed, he hides himself away, even from the mate he longs to claim as his own.

Dax Marshall needs some downtime. Between protecting the Pack in his role as Beta and leading teams to search for more of Alpha Steele’s facilities, his responsibilities are starting to overwhelm him. If only he could find the one person destined to soothe both himself and his wolf.

Between dominant wolves, power struggles are always an issue. Time and patience will be needed to make their mating work. Unfortunately, time is in short supply. New information has Dax, Noah, and a team following a lead to a breeding facility—and much more. Among the prisoners, they find an abused young man who calls to them both in a way that neither of them understands.

While they scramble to adjust to fate’s curveball, more information comes to light showing just how far Alpha Steele is willing to go in his quest to rule the Packs. Will their new happiness withstand the madman’s plans or be destroyed by the malevolence of his ambition?

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/our-omega

Review: This is book two in this series and they should be read in order. It helps you from getting lost trying to figure out what is going on and it gives you an insight in to their amazing world. I absolutely loved this story and the characters that JJ gives you. Noah is an alpha wolf that was tortured by another wolf his father hired. His father was one crazy man. He captured many wolves, destroyed families, did experiments on them even his own sons. When he is saved by his brother’s mate, he feels like he is weak and doesn’t want anything to do with the pack that saved him. It even kept him from his mate, not letting Dax know that they were mates.

When the alpha ordered him to come to the meeting to learn more about his father, he runs into Dax. Dax realizes exactly what is going on. He tells Noah that he wants him, that he wants his mate. He knew it would take time to get him to understand, but when they get started, their mating is majorly hot. However when another rescue comes up they both go with the team. What they found was a large number of shifters in cages. Ruby one of the wolves tells them that they had to save Landon, she tells them that he is special. The place they had invaded was a breeding facility. Noah’s father knew that Landon was an omega. Omega’s were very rare and they had the gift at calming packs and having pups. Talk about a surprise.

Well that surprise was really more on them, because they found out that Landon was their mate. A triad mating was even rarer then the omegas. Landon was scared to death even stranger was the fact that he didn’t know what he was capable of. It was going to take a long time to get it all straightened out, but their mating was going to be amazing. He could feel it all. One of the things about omegas is that they have no physical reaction to anyone other than their mates. They could not get aroused by any other man or woman. Well he had two sexy mates that had him more aroused than he had ever felt.

Their mating was getting stronger by the minute. With the dangers coming for them, they have to protect Landon. You have three very sexy men and the heat from them will catch the woods on fire. I had to turn on the air conditioner to cool off.

I loved this book even more than I had with the first book. It just keeps getting better. It captured my attention from the moment I opened the book and kept it all the way to the end. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this series. It gives you three sexy men, hot sex, feisty wolves, excitement, and danger. You will find that plus so much more in it.

Ambiguity by Allen Renfro

81DRIWZZRwL._SL1500_Title: Ambiguity

Series: Detective Derek Cooper 02

Author: Allen Renfro

Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery

Length: Novel (284 pages)

ISBN: B00KI2GWNE

Publisher: ARMSlength Publishing Ltd (21st May 2014)

Heat Level: Nil

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: The phone rings.
Will is glad he didn’t go straight to bed after his shift. The call is probably Derek. After a night of bar hopping, he’s probably too drunk to drive and needs a ride home…
At such a late hour, Reverend Wallace wonders which elderly member of his congregation has died…
Nearly asleep Laura knows she shouldn’t answer the phone in the middle of the night, but it could be her husband who is out-of-town…
They are wrong.
In the wake of a senseless and horrific crime, a city is torn apart and a nation is in shock. As investigators delve into the lives of the suspect and the victims, they unravel an even darker mystery. A grieving community will struggle to deal with the consequences of the secrets that are revealed. Secrets that will leave no life untouched.

Purchase Link: US: http://www.amazon.com/Ambiguity-Allen-Renfro-ebook/dp/B00KI2GWNE
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ambiguity-Allen-Renfro-ebook/dp/B00KI2GWNE

Review: This story is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. The ringing of the phone late at night heralds the shocking tragedy that rocks a community. Will is just settling down for the night and picks up the phone thinking its Derek calling, but the call has him scrambling for his gun and badge. Reverend Ed Wallace reaches for the phone wondering which elderly parishioner needs aid, but the call has him watching the news in a state of shock. Laura wonders who could be calling so late at night and receives shocking news that has her at the hospital wondering if they made a mistake. A night out to celebrate a birthday ends in tragedy; a mystery unfolds as the police scramble for clues and people’s lives are shattered as secrets come out.

This is an amazing story that had me gripped from the onset; I didn’t want to put it down and only slept after the hubby pried the Kindle from my hands *grumble*. As much as I want to rave about this story I so don’t want to say anything that would ruin it for you, it’s a true suspense, mystery, thriller story that leads you around trying to piece the clues together as the police discover each new thread. I will give you the basic’s though, a war hero suffering from PTSD goes on a rampage and as the police, Will, Kyle and their colleagues, try to find out what made him do it they find links to a church. As the investigation progresses Reverend Ed Wallace comes under suspicion but finding something solid is proving to be impossible.

Ah, this story was a true pleasure to read, it was sooo good to lose myself in a brilliant story that is twisty and clues are sparse, where the characters drag you into the story and the plot keeps you gripped. Derek is injured in the tragedy and is holed up in the hospital for a large part of this book; his lover Will is more prominent along with Derek’s partner Kyle as they investigate. Laylay (Eric Layton) was caught up in the tragedy and has his own way of coping with the fear, as he offers support to Laura and Derek he rails against the religion that spews hate. Many lives are affected as secrets begin to come out and you begin to understand that events go much deeper than just one hate-filled man suffering from PTSD.

The story is from many perspectives so we can see everything that is going on, it moves smoothly and you never lose the thread of whose perspective it is. The story starts out with a bang and as it continues, we are given more surprises and ulterior motives for what is happening. Finding out what was going on was a bit of a surprise, and there are still shocks to be had as we approach the end… and the ending well I never saw that coming. There are many gay characters and the main couple is Derek and Will but their relationship takes a back burner to the mystery/suspense but we do see a brief touching moment between them, to get the history of Will and Derek’s relationship then you’d have to read Bridge Water, the first Detective Derek Cooper book.

I recommend this to those that love mystery and suspense, who love a little thriller in their stories, who love great characters who are solidly written, a story that keeps you on your toes and a jaw dropping ending.

Alpha Trine by Lexi Ander

18158645Title: Alpha Trine

Series: The Valespian Pact 01

Author: Lexi Ander

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: Novella (156pgs)

ISBN: 9781620042434

Publisher: Less Than Three Press (25th September 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: The sole survivor on a science vessel adrift in deep space, Zeus was adopted by the Emperor and Empress of the Mar’Sani, though he is both human and blind, and seen by most as unfit to join the royal family. Though they were able to repair his vision, Zeus does not trust his eyes and the nobles of his parents’ court refuse to ever trust a frail human.

Dargon Kal-Turak, along with his symbiote and lover Alpha, command one of the most dangerous ships in the stars. Narrowly escaping a trap, they dock in a spaceport to make repairs, but find that the Psionics hunting them are closing in fast. In desperation, they kidnap the port Master Mechanic, unaware that the man they’ve brought on board is more than he seems, and will bring far more upheaval to their ship, their lives, and the stars than any of them could have imagined.

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Review: Zeus was found abandoned on a science vessel by the Mar’Sani, a reptilian race, accepted into the Imperial family he grows up loved and wanted even though he is blind, at thirteen he has his eyesight repaired by the Chtichlians. Having his sight is hard Zeus prefers to rely on what he hears as what he sees can’t always be trusted, now Zeus is about to return home with his brothers after spending nearly five years on a spaceport as the Master Mechanic. Dargon and his symbiote Alpha are currently on the run from a Psonics who wants their important cargo, snatching the Master Mechanic seems like a great idea, he can fix the ship on the run but Dargon has to fight his attraction to the man, after all the mechanic is human.

This is an incredible science fiction story that has the authors’ imagination running riot and creating an incredible experience with an array of wonderful species. Zeus, Dargon and Alpha are incredible characters who have a full adventure in this story, Zeus was brought up by the Mar’Sani and thinks of himself as one, Dargon is a Dar Massaga who shifts into a lion and Alpha is a symbiote who bonded with Dargon at puberty… and that’s all I am going to tell you, lol. No, truly I am not saying anything else, as it would only confuse if I tried to explain further, it really needs to be experienced by reading the story and getting the full impact of all the descriptions and full explanations.

The world building is brilliantly done and is laced throughout the story, the characters are built up beautifully, and the storyline is intriguing and exciting. There are many characters that you want to know more about, but only because they seem so interesting, there is a lot going on with the storyline but it doesn’t bog us down with too many details… it leads us into it, giving us tantalizing glimpses, but making sure we don’t lose any threads. There’s some hot sex, between Zeus, Dargon and Alpha that is truly unique and very hot. There’s also some m-preg, which is also completely unique and fits seamlessly into the story.

I have to recommend this to those who love m-preg, unique characters, hot sex, bloody fights, hidden agendas, hot aliens and hot men and a great ending with the promise of another great book to come.

Who We Are by T.J. Klune

Title: Who We Are
Series: Who We Are (Bear, Otter, and the Kid #2)
Author: T.J. Klune
Genre: Contemporary/Coming Out
Length: Novel (350 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-61372-461-3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 27th, 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Bear, Otter, and the Kid survived last summer with their hearts and souls intact. They’ve moved into the Green Monstrosity, and Bear is finally able to admit his love for the man who saved him from himself.

But that’s not the end of their story. How could it be?

The boys find that life doesn’t stop just because they got their happily ever after. There’s still the custody battle for the Kid. The return of Otter’s parents. A first trip to a gay bar. The Kid goes to therapy, and Mrs. Paquinn decides that Bigfoot is real. Anna and Creed do… well, whatever it is Anna and Creed do. There are newfound jealousies, the return of old enemies, bad poetry, and misanthropic seagulls. And through it all, Bear struggles to understand his mother’s abandonment of him and his brother, only to delve deeper into their shared past. What he finds there will alter their lives forever and help him realize what it’ll take to become who they’re supposed to be.

Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are.
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Reviewer: Tootsie
Review: Who doesn’t love Bear, Otter, and the Kid? Anybody? How could you NOT love them? They are broken, damaged, incredible and amazing all wrapped up together. They make a great team, the three of them, but they aren’t alone in this. Whatever this is…..I don’t think they know, they are afraid, afraid to believe and have hope. But the strength they contain and courage they gain, they will figure out what this is. Each bring their own capabilities, their own problems, their own solutions, but together they are stronger, they form a bond, a bond that cannot be broken. The saying goes, “you are as strong as your weakest player”. Sometimes it takes a village to teach, raise and grow. Each person they surround themselves with is a puzzle piece. Take one away and it doesn’t work, put them all together and it becomes whole. TJ Klune has constructed a family of misfits, each needing love, a place they fit, a place that will value their purpose, and by putting them all together, they create a loving, caring, and supportive family.

The boys are finally moving into the Green Monstrosity, also known as, their home. They are going to be a real family. Do they have concerns, doubts, and a little uncertainty? Of course they do, part of that is what makes them who they are, the same parts we fell in love with. But they also have laughter, so much love, family and friends that will help to keep them on the right path. Tyson will start his counselling, try to make sense out of their fu uh, crazy life. They will also go thru the red tape of caseworkers delving into every little private moment or conversations they’ve ever had. Tyson will start a new school, meet his new teacher, and… so what if said teacher just so happens to have some inside knowledge of Otter, what he may taste like.

Does that worry Bear, at all? You’re darn right it does, he discovers he has a jealous side, but Otter, perfect and oh so sweet, Otter, straightens him out. Heh. Also, there will be “let’s tell the parents about us”, time. Talk about nerve-wracking. I was a nervous wreck on their behalf. I was hoping everything would be okay, but you know as well as I do, how these things can take a 180-degree turn and before you can even blink, you find you are now in the pits of hell. Bear was certainly melting under the pressure. Will Mom and Dad be cool? We’ll see. One of the best things to ever happen, especially to Tyson, will be meeting Dominic. So sweet and meek is our Dom. Damaged and scarred more than any person, esp. a child, should ever be. Much more mature than his years, and instantly connects to Tyson. They will become, over time and years, like a lighthouse. Always watching, keeping a look-out for the other, and always, always, a beacon for each other putting them back on solid ground.

And, it’s not as if they haven’t endured enough already, more than you would probably wish on your worst enemy. They have to go thru more!!!! As a result, their friendships will be tested, their loyalties tested, their strength and their love. They will hit bottom sometimes, but it seems there is always an outstretched hand, from somewhere, pulling them back, to the center, finding the balance once again restored. I know this seems doom and gloom, and they have their moments, for sure, but they also have so many wonderful and beautiful moments of love and laughter. Moments cherished and moments created, sometimes between Bear and Otter, or Creed and Anna, Tyson and Dominic, or all of them together. What we have is a self-made family, ready at any moment for whatever the situation may call for. They have lost a lot, no question, but they have gained so much more.

TJ Klune has given life to his characters that no longer seem fiction, but more like close friends. He has given them a voice, a cause, and within his incredible vision, he has brought the pages to life and shared them with us. His portrayal of each one could easily be me, you, the neighbour next door. They are experiencing real life dilemmas and hardships. Normally, you have two MC’s the story focuses on, here it’s three, but more than that, every side character feels like one of the main characters. They all bring something of themselves to make the story. Without them, it wouldn’t be what it is. I feel they all come to an understanding… this is us, this is WHO WE ARE.

Cold Feet by Lee Brazil

81mHPov9X9L._SL1500_Title: Cold Feet

Series: (In From the Cold #3)
Pulp Friction 2014 #10

Author: Lee Brazil

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (57 pages)

ISBN: LBRZL0201436

Publisher: Lime Time Press (Jun 01, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: A visit from the fairy godfather has instilled in Cannon Malloy a newfound sense of self-appreciation. Radiating confidence and allure, he’s drawn once again to Finn Lorensson’s cabin. A night of passion is one thing…a lifetime of love another. How far will a little glamor go in changing a man’s attitude?

Cannon’s change of heart couldn’t have come at a worse time for Finn. The professor is facing an identity crisis his own. Since compromising his principles, Finn’s armor weighs heavy and looks a little tarnished, at least in his own eyes.

How can a knight in dented armor resist dreaming of happily ever after when his frog prince is more charming than ever?

About Pulp Friction 2014

Laura Harner ~ Lee Brazil ~ Havan Fellows ~ T.A. Webb

The Pulp Friction 2014 Collection. Four authors. Four Series. Twenty books. One fiery finale. Spend a year with an eclectic group of strangers brought together through circumstances, as they are tested by life, and emerge as more than friends emerge.

The strongest bonds are forged by fire, cooled in air, smoothed by water, grounded in earth.

Although each series can stand alone, we believe reading the books in the order they are released will increase your enjoyment.

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Review: This book is part of the Pulp Friction 2014 Collection (book 10) and also part of a series by Lee Brazil. It is the third book in the In From the Cold Series book. You really do need to read all the books in the series in order, but don’t have to read all the collection stories to follow along, though it does help to get a better knowledge of the other characters mentioned.

Cold Feet is about Finn an English professor with Norse God good looks and Cannon is a surgeon suffering from a dramatic crisis resulting in having to take a job as a professor for a while to recover. Cannon is taking this time in hiding to discover himself and get in touch with his sexuality he had tried to deny for so long.

I love Finn. Who wouldn’t love a sexy, smart man with an accent, and a heart of gold? I will say I did not like Cannon in Pulp Friction 2013 and the first of these books. In This book, I see he may get redemption. I finally like this new Cannon. I also like that we saw more of Rowen and the interaction of the other characters from this collection, however if you haven’t read the other books I think you would be entirely lost in this book.

If you like sexy Swedish men, hot surgeons, mystery, intrigue, interactive characters, and some hot sexy mansex this is for you!

Reading order for the Pulp Friction Collection
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Fused by Fire by Draven St. James

81MxTFea79L._SL1500_Title: Fused by Fire

Series: Firehouse 6, #3

Author: Draven St. James

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (116 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-62300-650-1

Publisher: Loose ID (May 20th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Michael prides himself on being the man that everyone can depend on until one of his firefighters is severely wounded on the job. Will he be allowed to process the situation alone? Not when a loud and persistent Simon Winters shows up on his doorstep. The man hasn’t met a boundary he didn’t skip across.

Simon has had the biggest crush on Lieutenant Firefighter Michael Donovan since the first day he saw him. This just happened to be at an interview for a job to work as a firefighter. Before his desire to lick the gruff older man from head to toe affects his work, Simon transfers over to being a paramedic. Just when he’s begun to build a life that doesn’t include hot shower fantasies of Michael, the object of his angst is thrust into his path.

All too quickly, Simon begins to barrel through Michael’s defenses and dig up the desires Michael has fought so hard to hide. As passions flare out of control, tragedies collide from every side. Michael’s struggle to keep Simon at a distance starts to crumble beneath the weight of the secrets that Simon is hiding. Will Michael be able to protect Simon when he needs it the most or will he lose Simon forever?

Purchase Link: http://www.loose-id.com/firehouse-six-3-fused-by-fire.html#product_tabs_description

Review: I have been waiting for Michael’s story. I loved this book! This is the third book in the series and you do need to read them in order.
Simon is now working as a paramedic and has been hoping the change in jobs would take his mind off Michael the fire chief of Firehouse #6, but instead he has been missing him more. When he is called to the fire and finds Michael and his good friend Tabor, hurt it brings up old feelings. He worries that Michael may blame himself for Tabor’s more serious injury.

Michael blames himself for Tabor not being able to walk. When Simon comes into his room and Michael gave in to his need for comfort in Simon he has conflicted feelings. When Simon worked for him, it was easier, since he refused to get involved with his men at the station. Now that Simon no longer worked there, he fell back on the age gap between them. Can Michael get over the guilt of what happened to Tabor? Will he give into he is feeling for Simon?

I loved Michael in all the books. He is a strong, caring man. I do have a thing for older men though. I also liked Simon. He is full of life, a jokester, fun-loving and bright and cheerful. Though he is human and when his parent’s reject him, we see the grief there.

I love broken men and angst and this book is full of it. I love good characters and this book is filled with them. Grey and Mica from the first book, Tabor, the other paramedics, and the addition of some new characters; two new unnamed firefighters and the cute flamboyant twink go-go dancer ant the club. I can’t wait for more Firehouse 6 stories!

If you like hot, sexy firemen, paramedics, glittery go-go dancers, angst, May/December romance, great characters, a page turning story and some hot mansex this is for you!

A Talent in Your Lies by Sage Marlow

91Htm2xCqqL._SL1500_Title: A Talent in Your Lies
Series: Romeo and Julian, #2
Author: Sage Marlowe
Genre: Contemporary/HFN
Length: Novella (72 Pages)
ISBN: B00B88R9DE
Publisher: Siren Publishing Co. (January 5th, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: FBI agent Julian Harris realizes that when it comes to his new consultant Romeo, being close to someone and knowing them are two entirely different things.

Two weeks into their new work relationship, Romeo and Julian have the first real case on their sheet. A stolen painting not only requires former art thief Romeo’s expertise, it also gives Julian the chance to find out more about the man who shares his bed but has yet to tell him his real name. As they unravel the solution to the crime, Julian realizes that Romeo has more secrets than he thought and might even be using his new status as FBI team member to pursue his own agenda.

Once again, Julian follows a path full of unexpected twists and turns on his quest to unveil Romeo’s true identity—and what does it mean that just as he gets close, his own life is in danger? Note: This book is written in one point of view. **
Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/a-talent-in-your-lies
Reviewer: Tootsie
Review: A Talent in Your Lies by Sage Marlowe is the second installment in the Romeo and Julian series. If you are like me, you were hooked in the first book and have an obsession to continue on. Sage Marlowe is an evil genius in developing characters that we love so much. We crave anything and everything about them just to spend a few hours in their world.

Romeo is now working with Julian at the FBI headquarters with the job description of consultant in the Division of Art-Related Crimes. About the only good thing, at this time, with this new development is that Julian is no longer chasing after Romeo. He still doesn’t know where he goes most of the time, but he’s trying his best to just go with the flow. Is it working? Not so much…19064861

Finally, they have something they can work on together. A painting, at the museum, comes up missing, so now Romeo and Julian have something to investigate. One problem though, Julian can’t stop investigating Romeo. He doesn’t know where he is constantly disappearing too, and Romeo is being intentionally discreet about it. Of course, this only adds friction to the relationship they are working on, only adding more reason to not trust the other.

Julian can’t seem to get past the fact that he is sure Romeo is hiding things from him. He is constantly trying to get his real name from him, but Romeo won’t budge. As they work the museum case, Julian has reason to believe Romeo is not on the up and up. They are fighting constantly. Mainly due to Julian continuing to pry and while getting a straight answer. As they begin to solve the case, more things start to make sense. Julian continues to poke at Romeo. Of course, just like a bear, you can only poke so many times before they retaliate. That’s exactly what Romeo does and for the first time, Julian is scared. He sees a side to Romeo he never knew existed. But, before he can get any straight answers, Julian is informed of a horrible tragedy. All things are put to the side it seems for now as Romeo does everything he can to help and support Julian. What will Julian do when Romeo gives him an offer he can’t refuse? Will Julian give up on trying to find out Romeo’s real name, for the sake of their relationship?

Sage Marlowe is one of the best when it comes to delivering a gripping, nerve-wracking story. This is a fast paced and action packed series. There are many twists and turns, and as of right now, I’m not sure where they are all going to lead. I can definitely say that the plot is constantly moving forward and the author gives us just enough to keep us glued from page to page. Also, keeping us glued to the pages are the sex scenes. However, they are not overly done, I think maybe two, and they are perfect. Whether it is slow and passionate or fast and rough, Sage takes you there. This author does not put sex in just to fill the pages. He doesn’t need to as he continues to give us everything we could want in a story. As the plot continues to thicken, what will happen next? I’m getting ready to find out. Join me with the third book in the series, A Life as a Ghost, where, maybe, we will find out what Romeo is up to.

Smitten by Maris Black

22387470Title: Smitten
Series: SSU Boys (Book 2)
Author: Maris Black
Genre: Contemporary/coming out/college boys
Length: Novel (247 Pages)
ISBN: B00KP2BAWA
Publisher: Maris Black Books (May 31st, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Blurb: Dan Fisher is a fun-loving slacker from SSU with a passion for partying and dancing. When rich girl Avery Wakefield offers him a brand new designer wardrobe in exchange for posing as her boyfriend, he reluctantly agrees. He hates lying, but it’s hard to turn down nice clothes and a chance to live in a historic mansion in Savannah for the holidays. What he doesn’t count on is falling hard for her mysterious, straight brother.

Julian Wakefield is as tortured as he is handsome. He keeps a secret close to his heart and everyone else at a distance. But now his sister’s new boyfriend is stirring up forbidden feelings he’s always been able to repress. Like an angel and the devil all rolled into one, he tempts him to take chances he never would have taken before. Too bad Dan belongs to his sister, whom he would never dream of betraying.

But… put two hot boys with an irresistible attraction in the same house for long enough, something is bound to happen.


Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Smitten-SSU-Boys-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00KP2BAWA
Tootsie’s Review: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.75 Hearts
If you are a fan of Maris Black, you no doubt join me in my elation with her newest release, Smitten (SSU Boys#2). If you have not had the pleasure of reading Pinned, the first in the series, you will be doing yourself a favor by reading it first. I don’t think it’s mandatory, as you will still be able to follow along, however, the main characters from the first show up here on several occasions. To have the back-story and be able to know all the characters history involved, IMO, makes for a better, enjoyable read. Now, having said all of that, I was quite anxious to get on with Smitten and see what delights Dan gets himself into.

Dan Fisher is your typical college student. No car, no money, partying too much, but he’s honest to a fault, good-looking, boy crazy and a good friend. So it’s not hard to believe when Avery Wakefield, a popular girl in class, asks him to be her escort for her Debutante ball that he agrees. How hard could it be to pretend to be her boyfriend? She knows he’s gay, so no pressure there, and the best part…..he’s going to get a brand new wardrobe, courtesy of Avery. Easy, right? Dan thought so, that is, until he meets Avery’s brother, Julian.

Julian Wakefield is one gorgeous specimen of a man. He’s also wealthy, smart, and a big/fat/jerk. That is the impression he gives, anyway, because he tries to keep people at a distance. He’s dated many women. They just have never done anything for him. He has even experimented with a couple of guys, but he really thought it was just a phase. A need to satisfy his curiosity. So why does Dan, his sister’s boyfriend (just his luck) have all these thoughts and tingly feelings, stirring in his gut? AND, on top of his already confused head, his father is at it again, setting him up with the daughter of a golf buddy.

Julian is finished with his father’s games. He finally has found someone who makes him happy. He has never had thoughts or feelings for anyone like he has building for Dan. Their chemistry, when they aren’t concerned about others, is magnetic. They make a great couple, they laugh, play and even though Julian is basically a virgin in regards to male/male sex, oh, my….he does learn fast and has no trouble satisfying Dan. Unfortunately, there are things brewing in the background that turn into a real tragedy. Julian and Dan’s relationship will be tested to the limit. Misunderstandings will happen, and they may lose everything they have found before it ever has a chance to grow.

Maris Black earned her spot as one of my most favorite authors when I read, Owning Corey. With each new release, her storytelling excels and she pulls you in, confidant you will not stray. Her stories are made up of real life situations, they are current with the times, and having kids in college myself, I can relate to the scenarios she presents to us. She also writes with a freshness that is certainly appealing. She’s not afraid to show fear or doubt with her characters allowing them to grow and mature, within the context of the story. As far as the sex scenes, they are plentiful but not overdone. She only takes her characters there when they should be, and only if it is moving the plot forward. I love the boys that she has graciously shared with us and look forward to reading more about the rest. In fact, I even ordered my own t-shirt of SSU in support of the guys.

If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend it. Her prose is tight, clean and will keep you interested page after page. I did find a couple of misspellings, but that doesn’t deter me from enjoying the story. She makes me laugh, smile and even though a tear or two may fall, she makes you want to continue on with determination, knowing better things will come. The side characters are just as witty, smart, and funny. They aren’t there just as filler. They serve a purpose and bring the story full circle. I don’t know who of the SSU boys will be up next, but regardless, I know it will be a great story.

Eric’s Review: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
There is nothing like reading a fully fleshed out novel that comes out like fine wine from an author. Maris Black’s Smitten is one of those books that stands out beautifully and while the cover is intriguingly sexy, the novel itself is breathtakingly gorgeous. It is only a matter of time before I become obsessed with the author’s work. And the more I read into the novel the more I understood the author that had a strong understanding to what she was writing.

Dan Fisher and Julian Wakefield are two realistic amazing characters that are as true as you and me. Dan finds himself falling for his friend Avery Wakefield’s brother when he pretends to be her boyfriend for her cotillion that her mother pushes her into having. And when she asks Dan, he agrees to it. But when he meets Julian, he wants to call all bets off. He wants him more than he can control his emotions to hold back.

The true story behind the characters stands strong no matter what. It shows the truth behind the rich and the poor. It shows that no matter what things will work out in someone’s favour if they take a chance. And the more the reader goes into the book, the more they truly understand the strength of the story.

As I read the story, I found myself wanting to meet Dan and Julian. To get to know them and talk to them like good friends do. And I can guarantee the reader will feel the same way, as well. I would highly recommend this novel as well as the other novels by Maris Black to someone and anyone that wants a solid story and beautiful characters that show their flaws and share their thoughts. This is a no holds barred beautiful book.

 

Breaking Down Our Walls by Gwynn Marssen (Mended Daily Dose) Interview, Review & Giveaway!

Gwynn Marssen - Breaking Down our walls Mended FBbanner_DSP Hiya guys, today we have Gywnn Marssen visiting with her Daily Dose Breaking Down Our Walls, I also managed to snag Gwynn for a live interview and lets not forget that great comment giveaway where you have the chance to win Breaking Down Our Walls 🙂 and please remember to click that Rafflecopter link for you chance at the entire Mended Daily Dose collection ❤ ~Pixie~ 

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