Royal Street Heist by Scotty Cade

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Series: N/A
Author: Scotty Cade
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel (206 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 9th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: When valuable Civil War era art is stolen from a popular New Orleans gallery, NOPD Lead Detective Montgomery “Beau” Bissonet and his partner set out to solve the crime. When the gallery’s insurance company sends Tollison Cruz to the Big Easy to conduct their own independent investigation, personalities clash and battle lines are definitely drawn.

The heist quickly becomes a politically driven high profile case, and Detective Bissonet is furious when he’s ordered to work alongside Investigator Cruz to assure a timely arrest. The heat index soars to new levels when the two investigators discover they have a lot more in common than originally thought.

With the tension between them temporarily sated, Bissonet and Cruz finally start to work together, on more than just a professional level. But everything comes to a screeching halt when Beau discovers his cohort in crime has been withholding information regarding the investigation and has been concealing a very questionable past.

What happens next rivals the scorching summer heat.

ISBN: 978-1-63216-422-3

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5666

Reviewer: Portia

5 of hearts logo red on black smallReview: Have you ever had a favorite author, that you swear got into the Christmas spirits a wee bit early and decided to write a book outside of their normal genre. I’ve had this happen with mixed results. I always give the new series a try, but most of the time, it just doesn’t work for me.

Except with Scotty Cade.

Scotty Cade won my heart with his Unconventional series. I loved how he portrayed grown men lovin’. Employed, mentally healthy grown ass men. A refreshing change in a genre where half the characters are twinks and the other half are broken. Of course, I love his Love and Sunrise over Savannah series. Pure romance. And I was a bit nervous when he dipped into Historical Romance with The Mystery of Ruby Lode. But, that has proven to be one of my favorite titles. So I shouldn’t have been nervous when Scotty decided he wanted to try his hand at Romantic Suspense. Which is truly my favorite genre, regardless of MC pairing.

Well, I need not have worried. Scotty may be a Southern gentleman, but he has a deliciously twisted mind. The Royal Street Heist was an absolute joy to read.

I’ve read it twice, and I still don’t know who I like better, Bissonet or Cruz. Separately, they are both fine detectives with smart mouths, but together they are magic. Their mutual attraction is instant and hot. It was almost comical to watch them. Outwardly, they can’t stand one another, but they also can’t keep their hands of each other. This made for some pretty raunchy scenes.

And the suspense was well plotted. Like I said, I’m a real suspense junkie and I can usually pick out the killer early on, but Scotty kept me guessing, right up until the end. Speaking of the end, the end of Royal Street Heist left room for a series, and if I have a literary fairy godfather anywhere, he will hear and grant my wish for this to be just the first of an ongoing series.

Step aside Sherlock and Watson, Bissonet and Cruz are in the house…and they rock!

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A Hard Loving Man by Dale Chase

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Author: Dale Chase

Genre: Action/Adventure, Cowboy/Western

Length: Novella (80 pages)

ISBN: 9781925031904

Publisher: Wilde City Press (March 12th 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Dodge City bank clerk Gordon Howsley leads a life of quiet routine, each evening feasting on the sight of rugged men in the Long Branch Saloon before going home to wife and children. A welcome breach occurs when outlaw Tom Stoddard robs the bank and takes Howsley hostage. Holed up in a remote hideout, Stoddard discovers Howsley to be a most willing captive and the two embark on a sexual adventure in which Howsley sees his dreams of manly satisfaction fulfilled at last.

But when the law intrudes and Stoddard is jailed, how far will Howsley go to be reunited with the man he loves?

Purchase Link: http://www.wildecity.com/books/gay-erotica/a-hard-loving-man/#.U2FkIjakry4

Review: Gordon is a banker living a lie and very closeted. He needs a man badly but hasn’t brought himself to actually take that step and cheat on his wife. One day the bank is robbed and Gordon is held hostage by Tom Stoddard the bank robber and Gordan’s life is drastically changed.

Oh my gosh this book was amazing. I will say it totally threw me for a loop. The story is set in the old west, and has that old west charm going full strength. I actually felt I was living there the descriptions were so well done.

I loved that though there was a lot of sex, it was well written. I will warn you it is very rough and rugged and the book is very unpredictable. Once you start, you won’t want to put it down.

I really liked Gordon. I liked how he decided to follow his heart, well perhaps more his other head. Once he had a taste of his fantasy he couldn’t go back and would do what he had to in order to satisfy his cravings for men.

I highly recommend this if you like coming out stories, the old west, sheriffs, outlaws, Bank Robbers, fast paced stories that are not predictable and some very rough and tumble mansex. Oh and COWBOYS!!

The Blue Cat by Roland Graeme

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Series: N/A
Author: Roland Graeme
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (302 pages)
Publisher: eXtasy Books (October 1st 2014)
Heat Level: Erotic
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 2.5Hearts
Blurb: After his soldier lover goes off to war, an artist’s devotion to the study of the male physique leads him to Italy and its men.

A titled member of the English aristocracy is not supposed to embarrass his family by becoming a professional artist. Nor is he supposed to take a soldier as a lover after painting him in the nude. But the freethinking viscount does all this, and more. When his lover goes off to war and urges him to feel free to be with other men, the viscount travels to sunny Italy in search of new subject matter to paint—and new erotic adventures. What he hadn’t anticipated was meeting and falling in love with an American who has chosen to live in Italy. Is it possible to love two men at once, but in different ways?

Or must one always made a choice between two equally seductive alternatives?

ISBN: 978-1-77111-850-9

Purchase Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/The-BlueCat/

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: The story starts out telling with an opening from the MC saying this “jotting down these reminiscences and offering them for your perusal, Dear Reader.” We then get a little family history. Then this line is the one that should have warned me: “My intention, when I began to write, was to provide a succinct background, to tell you just enough about me to place my erotic adventures in some sort of perspective.” During all this, I still had not learned the narrators name, although he is a viscount.

The viscount after seeing a bronze statue of a naked man a friend of his used, called the same model agency and booked an appointment with him. Geoff a soldier makes money on the side as a professional model posing for artists. The two starting seeing each other regularly as the artist books Geoff for posing sessions. Finally, they both come out and say that they are attracted to each other. From there things go from an interesting beginning to a little dialogue between sex scenes.

Then Geoff gets called into service and has to go to the Middle East for almost a year. Geoff and the viscount decide they should both “feel free to see other guys” as neither is “cut out to be the celibate type.” So while Geoff is off fighting in a war, the viscount gets it on, and on, and on. He starts local then goes to Italy we he stays at The Blue Cat. Needless to say, he has sex with many people. All while waiting for the man he loves to get home from war.

Yeah it started out with promise that quickly lead to porno level sex scenes and dialogue. Every gay stereotype was used I think. Some of it was hot, some was cheesy, some just made me say enough already. The emotions expressed (what there were any) felt hollow and useless. It was all about sex. Sex with Geoff, a soldier Geoff sent home to the viscount, sex with an American, sex with an Italian, oh and multiple partners. More dialogue was spent on describing things then between actual characters unless it was a sex scene. And damn it I still never learned the viscounts name.

I will say this, even though it’s lacking it what I need for a good story it is written very well. It just doesn’t have any really emotion or heart to it. So if you are just looking for some sexual inspirations, this may be for you.

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No Straight Boys by Cecil Wilde

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Author: Cecil Wilde
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (49 pages)
ISBN: 9781622101290
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books (August 10th, 2014)
Heat Level: Medium
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: Find out what happens when refusing to date straight boys means turning down the man of your dreams! No Straight Boys by Cecil Wilde is a heart warming story about friendship, love, and finding yourself via late-night text messages.

Not dating straight boys is a pretty good strategy for long-term relationships if you’re a gay man, but what happens when one particular straight boy turns out to be the man of your dreams?

Cute, funny, and sometimes borderline philosophical, No Straight Boys is about what happens when perfection isn’t what you think it is, and love is best found via late-night text message.

Purchase Link: http://www.lsbooks.com/no-straight-boys-p932.php

Review: I was enticed by the blurb, as vague as it was. Who wouldn’t want to read a story about “friendship, love, and finding yourself via late-night text messages”? That definitely caught my attention. Overall, this is well written with well-developed, layered characters. While I enjoyed this read very much, I do take exception to one thing – the beginning.

Without spoiling – the book starts mid-conversation and mid-situation; it takes a little bit to determine who is who and what has transpired. While that did not detract from the rest of the read, I would have much preferred an extra page or so of character/story building.

Moving past that, what do we have here? Two lonely men (for different reasons) with social issues. Ethan is shy and stuck in the closet with no idea how to navigate the maze out. Jace is socially inept with a propensity for insta-love (and therefore an easily broken heart). They’re the perfect example of two individuals whose own neuroses SHOULD make them inappropriate for one another. But of course, that is not the case in the world of romance and ‘happily ever afters’.

I enjoyed Ethan and Jace. I was drawn to their friendship, the path they had to take and the pitfalls they had to navigate. I absolutely loved that much of their initial bonding took place via late-night text messaging (so now, so believable, so fun).

Life is confusing. Finding love is messy. Those involved often don’t see what is right in front of them. So, yes, I did moan and groan at missed opportunity, confusion, misunderstanding, and bad choices. I did smile because throughout all of that there were so many good moments where their friendship and love shined through. I saw that, even if Ethan and Jace didn’t. And for all my eye rolling, I did get my HEA, so no complaints there.

This is a quick read, fun and sexy with a good amount of depth to both the storyline and the characters despite its brevity. I like Ethan and Jace. I think they (and their text messages) are absolutely fun and adorable. If you like a little bit of flirty goodness along the slightly bumpy road to happiness, then you should get to know them too.

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://www.mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com **

Saving Crofton Hall by Rebecca Cohen Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Rebecca Cohen and her newest release Saving Crofton Hall stopping by on her blog tour, we have a super guest post, an intriguing excerpt and a fantastic giveaway for you to enjoy. I’ve also added my review of this tasty story so make sure you read it *narrows eyes* and then click that Rafflecopter link ❤ ~Pixie~
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Saving Crofton Hall

(Stately Passions 01)
by

Rebecca Cohen

Benjamin Redbourn, Earl of Crofton, has no intention of giving up his beloved ancestral home without a fight. Faced with his mother’s gambling debts, forgery, and the possibility of foreclosure by the bank, Ben vows to make Crofton Hall pay for herself. But opening an Elizabethan manor house  to the public isn’t a one man job. With time running out, Ben needs help—and fast.

Ashley Niven has experience managing events, and he also loves history. Being in charge of opening Crofton Hall is a dream come true. As he works with Ben to prepare the house as a venue for lavish weddings and receptions, Ashley finds himself drawn not just to the charm of the house but to the dashing Earl of Crofton.  Even if Ashley can look past Ben’s playboy reputation, he fears an affair could prove too much of a distraction.

But Crofton Hall has many secrets, and something hidden for over four hundred years is about to change all their lives.

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Broken Mercies by Lucy Marker

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Series: N/A
Author: Lucy Marker
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 24th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Musician Daniel Gilchrist has decided he’s broken.

He doesn’t deserve Jeremy Evans, a sensible, sweet artist who insists they belong together. Bad choices after a hellish childhood make Dan more suited to guys like his ex-lover, a toxic mega-star who wants to resume their affair.

But Jeremy is irresistible, and he’s survived a few nightmares of his own. He challenges Dan to get rid of the false shame imposed by his mentally ill mother. Her twisted zealotry had influenced his choices, and it’s time to stop blaming himself for inadequately protecting his little sisters from her cruelty.

While Dan wrestles with old guilt, his former lover persuades him to collaborate on a song that protests religious bigotry. Dan grows suspicious of the star’s odd behavior, and then law enforcement shows up.

That clinches it—Dan really isn’t good enough for Jeremy. Somehow, he’s managed to drag the poor guy into danger.

ISBN: 978-1-63216-215-1

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5723

Reviewer: Portia

5 of hearts logo red on black smallReview: I love a story where one of the main characters is broken and I as a reader can slowly watch him come to a place of healing. But as a healthcare worker, specializing in mental health, I have a hard time reading some of the poorly researched characters in popular fiction. I have no idea what Lucy Marker did prior to putting pen to paper, but I do know that she did a phenomenal job dealing with some really tough issue.

Dan and Jeremy meet in rehab. Probably not the best hook up place, but their attraction is instant. And here is where Lucy Marker did something that I really like…she let them wait. That’s right, wait. I haven’t done any kind of long-term care in ever, but if I had patients I knew were struggling with issues, I would counsel them to work on their addictions/issues first and when they were in a better place, see where their attraction took them.

When I see crazy people bed hopping in books, I literally cringe. Love and sex are nice, but some people need a Jesus/therapy cocktail with a Xanax chaser to get better. Just sayin’…

As for the suspense element, the suspense definitely takes a back seat in this one, for me.  However, I can honestly say, “I didn’t see that one coming.”.

For me, this was an intense read. Both Dan and Jeremy have been through literal hell. My mama heart broke a thousand times watching them heal. Especially, knowing that they were so hurt by people who should have done nothing more than love and protect them. I should also add that this book might provide triggers for readers with a history of childhood mental, sexual, or physical abuse.

And while this is a very emotionally draining book, there are moments when you one of the guys makes a breakthrough and you can’t help but cheer for them.

I recommend this for readers who like their romance with a healthy dose of reality. Broken men, good friends, and finding room to forgive oneself.

Highly recommend.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Out of CTRL by S.A. Welsh Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have S.A. Welsh popping in with her Out of CTRL blog tour, we have a tantalizing excerpt and a fantastic giveaway and we have Leigh’s review for you to enjoy. So enjoy the post and then click that Rafflecopter link ❤ ~Pixie~
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Out of CTRL

by

S.A. Walsh

Andrew had no intention of ever going back home. But circumstances force him to face his painful past and the friend who betrayed him.

Andrew Finley has no intention of going back to his hometown—ever. After he’s caught hacking into the CIA, he builds himself a new life as a computer guy for the very government agency he hacked. But over the past few months, something has been bothering him, and his boss is acting more paranoid than usual. Every time an operation fails, Andrew collects information that could prove someone is selling secrets. Now he’s pretty sure his boss is trying to kill him, so he has no choice but to go back home to buy some time. Home may be more dangerous than facing his boss. Nine years ago, his former best friend and first crush Teddy betrayed him, and let his evil sister and her minions send him running.

But he’s back now and not everything is as clear-cut as he thought. Teddy may not be a Judas but can Andrew catch his fireman without getting burned, or is coming home going to kill him?

One corrupt boss, one evil sister, enough family drama to fill a dozen daytime chat shows and an ex-best friend whom he’s been in love with for half his life makes for one hell of an interesting trip home.

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Manny to the Rescue by Trina Solet

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Series: N/A
Author: Trina Solet
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (44K)
Publisher: Trina Solet (November 9th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Why would Owen be terrified of Connie and Maggie, his two little nieces? Because he is about to be left alone with them. Owen thinks he is going to have to take care of his nieces by himself until Dan shows up. If Owen approves, Dan is ready to be the girls’ manny.

Right from the start, Dan is a big help and an even bigger temptation. And Owen isn’t the only one being tempted. When he was younger, Dan had a crush on Owen. Now that he is living with him, Owen has never looked hotter. The crush is back in full force. Too bad Dan isn’t the kind of guy Owen is into. But even a hint that he is interested might spur Dan to make a move.

Unfortunately, Dan is bringing trouble with him, and he doesn’t even know it. When Owen becomes a target, will Dan be there in time to save him?

ISBN: 9781311748997
Product Link:http://www.amazon.com/Manny-Rescue-Romance-Trina-Solet-ebook/dp/B00PFYZLGO/
Reviewer: Portia
Review: I don’t know if every man should have a mama like Owen, but fortunately for these guys, they do. This story starts with her running off to Greece with her new husband. But, being the good mama that she is, she invites her BFF’s son, Dan to apply for the nanny position with Owen. Now, I’m not saying that she was playing matchmaker, but if Owen has a type…Dan is it.

This is one of the sweetest stories that I’ve read this year. And it had just enough sugar to make it sweet, but not so much as to make it cheesy. The dialogue is sharp, the interaction between the main characters is smooth and oh, my god…those girls are just too effin’ adorable.

Both Dan and Owen have insecurities. Dan thinks he’s too young to attract a successful man like Owen. While Owen thinks, he’s too boring to attract a young hottie like Dan. Thank goddess, they are both wrong. In and out of bed, these two are the perfect complement and I really enjoyed watching them fall in love.

If you like a sweet love story that has a satisfying Happily Ever after…I Highly recommend Manny to the Rescue.

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