Double Blind by Heidi Cullinan

81Y24wHn4UL._SL1500_Title: Double Blind, 2nd edition

Series: Special Delivery, #2

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Genre: Contemporary/BDSM/Ménage

Length: Novel (350 Pages)

Publisher: Samhain Publishing (re-release March 14th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb: Know when to show your hand…and when to hedge your bets.

Randy Jensen can’t stand to just sit by and watch as a mysterious man throws money away on the roulette wheel, especially since Randy’s got his own bet going as to the reason this guy is making every play like it’s his last day on earth. The man’s dark desperation hits Randy right in the gut. Half of him warns that getting involved is a sucker’s bet, and the other half scrambles for a reason—any reason—to save the man’s soul.

Ethan Ellison has no idea what he’s going to do with himself once his last dollar is gone—until Randy whirls into his life with a heart-stealing smile and a poker player’s gaze that sees too much.
Randy draws Ethan into a series of wagers that leads to a scorching kiss by midnight, but he isn’t the only one with an interest in Ethan’s vulnerability. Soon they’re both taking risks that not only play fast and loose with the law, but with the biggest prize of all: their hearts.

This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

Warning: This story contains high-stakes poker, gangsters with a weakness for kittens, foursomes, and kinky consensual sex.

Product Link: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/double-blind-p-73245.html

Reviewer: GiGi

Review: This is a perfect second installment in the Special Delivery Series! I absolutely fell for Randy in Special Delivery and knew that spitfire of a man needed his HEA, I just wasn’t sure how, or who would pull that amazing feat off. Double Blind lets us get to know Randy in a different way, and for a while apart from Sam and Mitch. But don’t worry. This just wouldn’t work without the lovely newly married couple and a fun foursome!

Randy shows his submissive, yet assertive side, his hostess skills, and his heart in this sexy story. He takes a risk on a defeated heart, by laying out all his cards for Ethan Ellison. Ethan is the perfect angry, wounded man, in need of a wake-me-up experience and Randy surely gives it to him in the form of risky business and hi-octane sex.

As Randy teaches Ethan the skills he employs in his night job, that of card shark, he begins to see the strength in him come shining through. Problem is Ethan doesn’t trust, not the people he works for, not the stability of the job, and not that he would have a future with Randy. Thanks to some of Randy’s close and critically important friends, Sam and Mitch, Ethan begins to loosen up, see what a home could be, and trust.

While Ethan is regaining his confidence, Randy begins to worry he’s gotten too big for his britches and may get into deep trouble with the casino and the retired gangster he initially sought out for help. But when all seems to be tumbling down around them both, Sam, Mitch and the rest of the gang come together to lay it all down and gamble on a new future. Will it work, or will all be lost? You’ll just have to read and find out.

This book is fun, fast paced, hot and kinky, yet soft and sweet as a baby kitten. Hearts are broken and mended, and lives are saved and rebuilt! This whole series is a winner in my book!

Taking Chance by Laura Harner

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Series: Willow Springs Creek Ranch, #3

Author: Laura Harner

Genre: Suspense/Mystery/Westerns/Cowboys

Length: Novel (176 pages)

ISBN: 9781937252304

Publisher: Hot Corner Press (December 6th, 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Officer Chance Carter is pretty sure he’d still enjoy being on either end of a good ass reaming—just not the one from his supervisor that lands him on an involuntary extended vacation. Another holiday season with nothing to do except visit an old friend.

Former hospital corpsman Bryan Mitchell doesn’t feel less than honorable, but that’s what his discharge paperwork states. Now he’s down and out in Kingman, Arizona until the charity of a stranger lands him a temporary job for the holidays.

When two federal employees go missing during a highly controversial wild horse roundup, the two Willow Springs Ranch newcomers are drafted to help in the search, but if rumors of a local anti-government militia are true, Chance and Bryan may be in serious trouble—and from something far more dangerous than their mutual attraction.

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Review: This is book three of the Willow Creek Ranch books. These do stand-alone fine, though you will want to go back and meet all the other characters.

I love this series. Taking Chance is the story of Chance Carter. We met him briefly in book 2. He is a friend of Holden’s. He finds himself in a bit of trouble on his job after giving Holden a bit of information. He is forced on leave so he decides to go visit Holden at willow Creek Ranch to wind down and try to decide what he wants to do with his future, since he isn’t happy with his job or life.

Bryan is new to the book and series. He was a hospital corpsman in the navy, but was caught with the admiral’s son. He was dismissed from service, took an OTH discharge to avoid court-martial and spare his lover. He finds himself with little money, no job and a broken down car, stranded in Arizona on his way to Vegas.

He stops in the VA office where he is introduced to Ty from Willow Springs Creek Ranch. Ty also being from the navy offers him a job, a place to stay and meals included in the pay. When he gets there, he finds his cabin is shared with Chance.

I really liked this book. I was hoping for Chances story and wasn’t disappointed. I really like Bryan too. This is a story of two men facing difficult changes in their lives and also a new unexpected relationship that also throws monkey wrenches in each other’s plans. I love the story lines in these books and how they do connect. I was happy to get a bit more Ty. There is a bit of mystery and suspense that introduces a new threat that I hope to see more of in the next few books. I do have to say the story didn’t go like I thought it was and I was surprised.

I can’t wait to see Chads story.

If you like, a great series, hot cowboys, secret agents, SEALS, mystery, intrigue, romance and some pretty hot man-sex this is for you.

Warning: you will look at s’mores in a new light. YUUUUMMM!

Summer Son by Anna Martin

SummerSonLGTitle: Summer Son
Series: N/A
Author: Anna Martin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (205 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-62798-729-5
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 31st, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Description:
Ellis Broad never imagined he would end up a single father before he turned twenty-nine. Then again, most of his expectations for the future evaporated when his husband of three years filed for divorce, leaving Ellis as their six-month-old son Harrison’s only parent. After the divorce, Ellis hides, working from home on his small graphic design business so he can be a full-time dad. He succeeds until Zane Hadlin stumbles into his life.

Zane is everything Ellis desires and everything he fears at the same time. A former gang member from the wrong side of the tracks, Zane turned his life around after his older brother was killed in a shooting. Now an artist, Zane shows Ellis a path back into the world and all he’s been missing out on.

The only problem is, Ellis’s ex-husband hasn’t quite gone for good, and his digging into Zane’s past could drag up secrets no one is prepared to deal with.
Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5275
Reviewer: Tootsie
Review: If you are familiar with Anna Martin then you know what an outstanding author she is. I’ve read several of her previous titles and have loved them all. Summer Son is a little different from what I have read in the past, from her, which is a good thing. I like to read different stories by the same author when they have more than one style to choose from. This, in my opinion, certainly fit within that guideline. The story takes off rather fast and it’s not long into it before a love connection is in the works.

Ellis is raising his son, Harrison, by himself and quite honestly is a little overwhelmed. Raising a child single-handed was not something he had anticipated. He and his husband, of three years, decided together to start a family. They even went as far as not knowing which one was the biological father because what would that information provide? They would both love their child unconditionally.

Well, that was how it was supposed to work. Ellis, now a divorced single dad, works from home in order to provide the best care to his son that he can. This, of course, leaves no time for socializing or having a fun night of his own. Leave it to his friends to take matters into their own hands. A night has been arranged, babysitter lined up, and Ellis finds himself mingling and having a good time. When a new fella joins the party, Ellis is very intrigued.

Zane is a fun-loving very charismatic young man. He loves hanging out with his friends, he loves his job, and he would love to get to know the guy across from him called Ellis. He’s not there long before introductions are made and right away he is interested. They both are interested in each other and spend their time, equally, together. The more Ellis learns about Zane the more he is captivated by his strong appeal. In Ellis’s mind Zane has his act together plus he works with kids and that pretty much seals the deal for Ellis. The guys move along pretty quickly in forming their connection.

I would probably consider this insta-love if that is important to others. For me, I like characters that know what they want and aren’t afraid to go for it. I get bored quickly in a story when trouble brews through the biggest part of the story before the first kiss has ever happened. Luckily, that is not the case here. They are attracted to each other so why not act on it.

The guys have great chemistry and they move their relationship to the next level. They both realize they are moving fast but it feels right. Zane moves in with Ellis and things are running smoothly. That IS until the ex wants back into Ellis’s life. Unfortunately, Zane has a bit of trouble following him from his old life and it appears it may be following him now, in his new life. Ellis’s ex-husband is very vindictive when things don’t work his way so he causes trouble for the new lovebirds. Will they find their happy after anyway? Or does the ex stir the pot too much and create trouble they can’t escape from? It is worth your time to read Summer Son and find out. This is a fast paced novel that will keep you glued to the pages.

Anna Martin has successfully produced another winner for me. It’s not as hard-core as others I have read and dearly loved from her but it wasn’t warranted here in this story. This is a feel good story with chemistry that ignites from the pages and the dialog is quick and intriguing. This author certainly knows how to pull the reader in and keep you invested from start to finish. Anna Martin is one that I will always read without putting too much thought behind what the story is. I know if her name is attached then it is going to be a great read.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves mm and romance and what we all want, a happy ever after.

The Bucket List by Douglas Black

db_thebucketlistTitle: The Bucket List
Series: N/A
Author: Douglas Black
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (108 pages)
ISBN: 978-1-62300-067-7
Publisher: Loose Id (August 4th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: When Kade Doherty gets dumped, he expects sympathy from his friends. Instead, he gets a bucket list. His friends want to help him enjoy life again, but Kade isn’t convinced a list of outlandish leisure pursuits will help much with that. To keep the peace he goes along with the plan and in the process, he meets Blake. Blake’s Australian accent and surfer-boy looks are the stuff of sexual fantasies and Kade surprises everyone – including himself – when he wastes no time making a move.

Kade goes with Blake into the Scottish highlands, but just as he is beginning to get used to life with his very own Mr. Australia, reality comes knocking. Kade’s newfound happiness falls apart when his abusive ex demands they meet. Blake senses something is wrong and he wants to help, but Kade knows he can’t confide in Blake.

After all, Kade hasn’t exactly been honest. He might feel like a different man when he’s with Blake, but Kade knows he’s still just an accountant from Glasgow with slight obsessive compulsions and a bucket list that someone else wrote. He knows Blake won’t hang around, let alone help, when he finds out the truth.

Or will he?
Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/the-bucket-list.html
Reviewer: Tootsie
Review: Douglas Black was a brand new author for me. Picking up The Bucket List was a good move on my part. Not being familiar with the author, or his writing style, I was only too eager to get started. It wasn’t long into the story that I knew I had a winner. I thoroughly enjoyed the story from start to finish. It was refreshing with lots of humour and a plot that pulled you in for the duration.

Kade has just recently become single again after being with the same partner for 8 years. To say he was shocked when it ended, abruptly, would be putting it mildly. He hadn’t realized how much his life was every day routine with no variation. His friends take matters into their own hands and write Kade a bucket list. They are trying to get him exposed to new surroundings. Lighten up his mood and maybe have a good time while doing it. The bad thing for Kade, his friends pick things he wouldn’t do in a million years. Being alone, nothing better to do, he decides to visit an Asian supermarket. It’s on the list, sort of, close enough for him. What could it hurt to go in and check it out?

The supermarket is nothing like Kade assumed it would be. As he strolls through the aisles making his selections, he notices a tall, blond, gorgeous man. Maybe it was not such a bad idea going there after all. He gets bold, for him, and winks at the guy as he goes around to the next aisle. That wink is all Blake needs to pursue his conquest.

And pursue he does. Dinner arrangements are made, a spark and connection is formed and the guys can’t seem to get enough of each other. Kade doesn’t have the guts to admit to Blake how boring his life really is. So when Blake suggests doing some of the things on his list, Kade lies about his previous adventures. Their chemistry will have you smiling from ear to ear. Blake is an easygoing guy who really likes Kade. He wants to do things for him, cook for him, and he finds himself falling fast. Of course, just when things seem to be going smoothly, the ex drops the bomb that he has been having second thoughts.

Completely taken back by Kade’s reaction pushes the ex into showing his true colors. It doesn’t take much for Blake to see what a jerk this guy is. He may need to have a little one on one. Kade is not too keen on that idea, but Blake gets it done, regardless. It’s time that Kade comes clean with Blake. Will Blake drop him at the nearest intersection or stick with him for the long-term?

Douglas Black is an incredible author that I am so happy I came across. This story has an interesting plot that keeps you invested. It’s not an overly long story. However, there is a lot of detail and information inside. The author does an amazing job of getting the story off the ground and keeping you there. I really enjoyed the banter between the guys, the friends, and laughed aloud on more than one occasion. The sex is hot, passionate, and emotion is definitely felt.

The character growth was evident and there was always an undercurrent of feelings playing out on the pages. This is a feel good story with two hot, sexy, and intriguing characters. I will definitely be looking at the other titles in this author’s backlist and would not hesitate to read his next book.

Last Chance Tattoo by Karenna Colcroft

lastchancetattoo1Title: Last Chance Tattoo
Series: N/A
Author: Karenna Colcroft
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (144 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-62300-471-2
Publisher: Loose Id (August 12th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: After “failing” to make a life and a drag career in Boston, Rad Morris has returned home to Ludington, Michigan, where his primary goal is to avoid his disapproving family. Only his grandmother accepts him, and Rad feels guilty for taking her support and money. Tattoo artist Dorsey Bellamy moved to Ludington three years ago after the death of his lover in a gay bashing gone too far.

Until Dorsey meets Rad, he keeps to himself, but something about Rad catches Dorsey’s attention. They form a friendship, which soon turns sexual, and then emotions enter the picture.

But after confrontations with family members, Rad wants to leave town again, and Dorsey can only try to persuade him to stay.

Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/last-chance-tattoo.html

Reviewer: Tootsie

Review: Last Chance Tattoo by Karenna Colcroft is an uplifting, encouraging, story that follows along with real life situations. This is a new author for me but that did not hinder my decision to give this book a try. I’m so glad I did because it is a beautiful story centered on a beautiful soul. This is a story that does not rush to feel the pages with sex scenes. They do have sex and it is quite good when they do, however, it happened when the story called for it.

This, also, is a story about commitment and trust. One character may be committing to a partner no longer living but he feels compelled to keep their trust. Another may be committing to a grandmother who, when everyone else fails him, she stands tall by his side.

Rad left home five years ago when his family turned against him after discovering his sexuality. His grandmother was the only family member to provide unconditional love to Rad, but thank goodness, she did. He’s very disappointed in himself because even with his grandmother’s help, he wasn’t able to make it in the big city on his own. So, he does the only thing he can, he comes home. Even though grandma supports him and loves him dearly, she too, is not too keen in causing an uprising between family members. However, with her help and dedication to Rad, a family meeting is about to come together. They will accept him, love him, respect him, or grandma will be laying down some new rules.

Trying to stay out from under the feet of dear grandmother, Rad spends a lot of time exploring, walking, and taking in the scene that he hasn’t been a part of for the last few years. He stumbles on a new tattoo shop so while hiding from his brother across the road, Rad goes in.

Dorsey lost his true love 3 years ago and has not had a partner since. He came to this new town for a change of scenery and a new life. When a young man comes stumbling into his shop one day he’s not sure what to think. He finds him attractive immediately but wages war within himself that he may be cheating even though his partner is deceased. Rad and Dorsey hit it off quickly and form a friendship. They neither one have any friends so they could really benefit from their new bond.

Rad is a virgin in almost every way. He is shy and clumsy when trying to put on the moves and worries that Dorsey may not feel the same. Both the guys have a solid connection and it’s not long until their chemistry is firing on all cylinders. They share a kiss in the shop but oh, how Rad wants to take it further. Meanwhile, he doesn’t have a clue that Dorsey, also, would like to take it further if he could quit obsessing over a man who is no longer living.

While Rad is working on forming a stronger connection with Dorsey, grandmother is home rallying the troops for a family meet and greet dinner. Rad is very worried because he knows what they are like. His parents and siblings haven’t spoken to him since he left years back, he is not real hopeful that their feelings have changed. He even considers leaving again because he doesn’t want to put his grandma in this position. But leaving again would also mean leaving Dorsey. Does he really want to do that, now, that he just found him? If that is what happens, will Dorsey fight for him to stay? Or, will he let the best thing that has happened to him in over 3 years drive away without a fight?

Karenna Colcroft has written an enjoyable, engaging story about a problem, that too many face right now in their everyday lives. Every day, it seems, there is a news report about a young gay teen being evicted from their own homes. Their family members kicking them out on the streets with only the clothes on their backs. It is heart breaking and an emotional roller coaster to see this happen time and time again.

Ms. Colcroft has not cut any corners in telling Rad’s story. He has faced abuse and resentment from every person he grew up with. No concern for his well-being or the emotional toll and turmoil he was up against. All except for his grandmother, love her heart. The author, quite beautifully, tells Rad and Dorsey’s story and allows it to unfold at its own pace. When the guys want to take their attraction to the next level, they do so, but only when they are ready.

No one including we, the readers, are being rushed into scenes that only move the story forward. The character growth is inspiring to witness as both fellas find more than they ever thought possible, within the arms of each other. While there are some areas hard to read, there are many others that will keep a smile on your face.

This is a true feel good story that I would recommend to anyone to read.

Hanging Chad by Laura Harner

17561395Title: Hanging Chad

Series: Willow Springs Ranch, #4

Author: Laura Harner

Genre: Contemporary Western Romance

Length: Novella (113 pages)

ISBN: 9781937252526

Publisher: Hot Corner Press (May 23, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: For Chad Ollom, landing on the Willow Springs Ranch after his teaching career crashed and burned last year was a lesson in irony, considering he’d sworn off all things related to horses and cowboys after a near fatal fall as a child. Now with a new mission in life, Chad plans to bring critically ill children to the ranch for a special celebration.

Aging rodeo cowboy Jesse Duran lives life eight seconds at a time and whether its broncos or men, it’s always been get on and get off before anyone gets hurt. When he’s required to take a break from the circuit and ends up on the WSR, the enticing ass of a standoffish teacher turned contractor might just be enough challenge to keep him entertained for a week or two.

As attraction flares, personal boundaries start to crumble, and the lines between seducer and seduced begin to blur. When the series of on-going attacks against the WSR moves from sabotage to arson, Jesse steps up to help, but when Chad is forced to return to his past to face charges, the men of the WSR want to know if Jesse will stick or leave Chad hanging.

Purchase Link: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-hangingchadwsr4-1214650-148.html
Review: This is Book 4 of the Willow Springs Creek series. They do stand alone pretty well. Though you will understand the other characters better if you have rad their stories.

Chad is working at willow springs ranch helping with construction of the new bunkers for the new children events and camps they will be hosting. Chad was a schoolteacher but when it was discovered he was gay he was accused of molesting a child. He left on his own and the case had come back that with no proof, he was guilty but he went to the ranch to clear his head and decide what to do next. He has a secret that keeps him from interacting with the ranch operation and he stays as far from the cowboys as possible.

Jesse Durant is a rough stock rider in the rodeo circuit. He is 37 and getting a bit too old to compete. He has done it all his life and the travelling from place to place and excitement of the rodeo is in his blood. A friend of his (Roy) asks him to go the Willow Springs as a favour to him and help Cass for a few weeks while his latest, very bad injury heals. He meets Chad in a Bar in a nearby town but Chad avoids his advances even though part of him is interested, he has his own no cowboy rule. Is it fate that the two are both working on the same ranch?

As much as I love this series, this one wasn’t my favourite. I was really looking forward to Chad’s story, but for some reason this one fell a little flat for me. Don’t get me wrong the story is very good, both men are so hot and sexy, the ongoing story gets tenser and tenser, but for me there were issues I can’t explain without a spoiler. I still really liked the book a lot and encourage you to read this book and this series. I am looking forward to more to the new character introduced Park.

If you like, older men/younger men, rodeo stars, teachers, ongoing series, great romance, cowboys, horses, some suspense and some pretty steamy man-sex this is for you. Oh and if you like, Twinkies….oh man, how hot is that?

Butterflies Are Free by M. LeAnne Phoenix Blog Tour, Guest Post & Review!

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Hi guys, today we have M. LeAnne Phoenix popping in with her newest release Butterflies are Free. We have an exclusive guest post with Emrys Marlowe and we have my review for you to enjoy, so enjoy the post ❤ ~Pixie~ 

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Butterflies are Free

(Tied by Fate 02)

by

M. LeAnne Phoenix

Emrys Marlowe had only ever fallen in love once, and that was with Kiyoshi Gwynne. He’d been young and Kiyoshi had been a man in which he could care for… and he’d loved caring for him. Now, six years later, he finds himself nervous as for the first time, he’s meeting his best friend Lindsay’s brother Ísarr. Ísarr Trevelyan, bookshop owner and unpublished screenwriter, has been quite content in living with his sister above the shop while she attended college. When she befriended two actors one afternoon, he’d thought nothing of it, and since their busy schedules kept them away from L.A. for the most part, it wasn’t until today, six years after her meeting Emrys, that he finally got to meet the man. Neither man expected to feel anything for the other, but the light and the completion they feel lends wings that can surely weather any storm… can’t it?

US: http://www.amazon.com/Butterflies-Free-Tied-Fate-Book-ebook/dp/B00NA9OM0W

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