Winter’s Caress by Lynn Hagen

lh-lh-bv-winterscaress3150211_0250Title: Winter’s Caress
Series: Brac Village, #19
Author: Lynn Hagen
Genre: Paranormal/ Shape-shifters
Length: Novella (67 pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing (February 23, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Dasani belongs to the Shadow elves, but a warrior he is not. On his way to his best friend’s house, Dasani discovers a man who draws him in and captivates him. He sneaks back time and again to watch the man who works on the Lakeland ranch. He’s fine watching from afar until he’s discovered spying by one of the Lakelands.

Winter Bourne never dreamed of having a mate as gorgeous as Dasani. The problem is, Dasani tells Winter that they can never be together. That doesn’t stop Winter from pursuing his mate. But Ahm warns Winter that Dasani’s father is leading the rebellion in the Shadow elf village. He is a dangerous man and one not to be trifled with. Dasani is stuck between the fear he has for his father and the overwhelming need to be with Winter. He soon finds that his choice has consequences he wasn’t prepared to pay.

ISNB: 978-1-63258-873-9

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/winters-caress

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in Brac Village collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. In fact if you want the full impact start with Brac Pack book one. From that book you will start to learn who each character is and how they mix with all the others. There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved. I love the way Lynn can put together a book that not only fascinates you but draws you in. I had a blast reading this and look forward to reading more by Lynn.

There is something about the way that Lynn tells a story that will not only draw you in and keep your attention the whole time, but it will more than likely have you laughing your ass off. The characters are beautifully written with big hearts, however if you cross them, they have no problem putting you down. They will protect their mates with their entire lives. I had a blast reading this story. This story is perfect for when you are trying to take a break.

Dasani is a cute little shadow elf and you will absolutely fall in love with him. He has the worst family ever or at least father wise. Now that man should have been eliminated from the beginning. He tried to mate Dasani with his sister, so not happening. Dasani was interested in this one tiger at the Lakelands. He only intended to watch and drool, but that was until one of the crazy ass bears caught him. Now he finds out that the tiger is his mate. Oh boy is he getting his ass spanked.

Winter knew as soon as he smelled Dasani that the little guy was all his. Now if only he can keep him from shimmering out. He also knew from the stories that he needed to watch his back and keep his gorgeous mate safe. Even if that meant he needed to tie him to the dang bed. He also knew he had to show Dasani that he would in fact keep him safe and well loved.

I absolutely love this book almost as much as I have loved the others in this series. I can’t wait to read the next story. When Lynn puts out a book I am usually there to eat them up. They do have a bit of a serious tone to them but there is a lot of humor in them that I love. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It also gave me everything I could want in a book.

I would definitely recommend reading this book. Trust me it will keep you laughing, crying, loving and having fun.

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Two Red Leaves by Sherrie Henry

TwoRedLeavesLGTitle: Two Red Leaves
Series: Sequel to The Last of the Summer Tomatoes
Author: Sherrie Henry
Genre: New Adult Romance
Length: Novel (240 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (3 Oct 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: After attempting a long-distance relationship, Kyle and Sam realize they don’t want to be with anyone else and decide to take the next step. But living together brings more challenges than they had anticipated.

After a summer back at the farm, Kyle and Sam move in together while Sam starts an internship in the city and Kyle continues with art school. Farm life’s left them ill prepared for dealing with each other’s idiosyncrasies, but they have no intention of giving up on each other. To succeed, they’ll need to learn to compromise, but everything gets more complicated when Kyle’s mother unexpectedly leaves her abusive husband and vows to be the mother Kyle has always wanted.

When the realities of living as a gay couple settle over them, they’re faced with the ultimate test of their commitment. Whether they’re ready or not, the moment has arrived when Kyle and Sam must sink or swim.

ISBN: 978-1-63216-256-4

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5505

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Two Red Leaves is the sequel to The Last of the Summer Tomatoes. However, to be perfectly honest, I hadn’t realised that this was a sequel and then when I had I didn’t bother stopping to go back. Other than a few assumed facts, this was simple to pick up the story of what was happening between Kyle and Sam with some nice adequate summaries given when necessary.

This is a coming of age that gives the day-to-day life of college-age boys Sam and Kyle who are in love and know that they want to be together as a monogamous couple. There is, however, a lot of melodrama, or perhaps rather, so many different dramatic plot points woven (even crowbarred) into the story.

I think that made everything feel a bit rushed, but I can overlook that for now. Although one disadvantage of not reading book one would be that I don’t know if any of these plot lines are in fact tying up loose ends from the previous book and then opening a whole lot of other cans of worms in order to keep the story going.

But I have to say I do like how Sam and Kyle are written to conduct their relationship, particularly in the first half of the book. It’s not just about a couple horny guys who subsequently find love. There are also the trials of long distance relationship and then moving in together and learning to support each other through their different family issues.

There are a lot of things that just happen to these two (poor sods), which sometimes seems a little rushed to tie up. Within all the melodrama, there are a number of medical “miracles”, or probably more accurately something that is not always known to turn out particularly good. The scientist in me, it is a good portion of my mind, is a little iffy about those sorts of things. The ending was good and things for the most part were resolved, however, I thought that it felt a bit rushed.

This is fun to a certain degree, though to me this is a realistic look at the many, many things that could happen in a life, even if it is over just a short period of time. There isn’t much in the way of clichés, but there is plenty of drama. Though I can pick at it, it’s a difficult book not to enjoy it on some level.

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Sweetie by Shawn Bailey, 2nd edition

SweetieTitle: Sweetie, 2nd edition
Series: N/A
Author: Shawn Bailey
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (85 Pages)
Publisher: Amber Allure, Amber Quill Press (January 25, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Gianni Hill takes one look at the handsome new lawyer through the window of his family’s candy store and instantly desires to know him. When they meet, James Lewis makes Gianni smile, and claims he also shares a love for cherry jellybeans. As Gianni spends more time with James, just the feel of the man’s hand, the scent of his cologne and his tender kisses sweeps Gianni off his feet. And despite the objections of his older brother, Gianni knows what he wants and it is to be in a permanent relationship with James.

James’ heart skips a beat every time he passes the Hill Candy Store and sees the youngest brother, Gianni, busily waiting on customers. He likes everything about him, from his sweet innocent appearance to his love for the craft of candy making. But most of all, he likes the way Gianni’s big green eyes darken with passion when he holds him in his arms.

Valentine’s Day might still be a couple of weeks away, but could Cupid’s arrow have already pierced James’ heart and aimed him to the one man with whom he is going to spend the rest of his life?

ISBN: 978-1-61124-738-1

Product Link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2115-Sweetie.aspx

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This was a cute and very sexy little story. I had such a blast reading it and look forward to more like this one. It gave me almost everything I could want except for of course length. The characters were well written and you can tell that the author wrote with so much feeling in it. These two guys were perfect, but I have to admit that I loved Gianni more.

Gianni was a master at making chocolate. Ever since he had been a child, he loved to be in the kitchen. His family had even sent him to Paris to learn. He spent most of his time cooking instead of dating. He didn’t seem to know what to do with girls, but had never really looked at boys. So when James shows up, his heart is lost. When these two get together, it is so tender, sweet, and hot.

It is a cute little story that I can see reading more. In fact, I might just make it a Valentine’s Day forever read. I loved it and would recommend reading it. It is cute for a day when you just need a little pick me up story. Gorgeous men and the right moment is what I got from this. I had fun.

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The Half-Blood Dragon by Marcy Jacks

ecm-mj-dh-halfblooddragon3150211_0243Title: The Half-Blood Dragon
Series: Dragon Hearts, # 3
Author: Marcy Jacks
Genre: Fantasy/Shape-shifter
Length: Novella (124 pages)
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. (February 21st 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Blue has never been anything other than a servant, a slave to cruel masters. When rescued accidentally, he didn’t expect his new good life to last, and it didn’t. Returned to his former masters, who want their property, Blue doesn’t expect to even survive the night.

He especially doesn’t expect dragon warrior Lightning to come for him. Blue is nothing, and yet Lightning refuses to leave without Blue at his side, even if it means causing a war between the humans and the dragons.

Lightning has been in love with Blue ever since he first saw the man, though because of Blue’s former life, he kept his distance. Lightning didn’t want to risk that Blue would see Lightning’s attention as another form of manipulation, but now there is no choice.

Someone took Blue from the nest, and Lightning will destroy everything in his path if it means getting his blue-haired mate back where he belongs.

ISBN: 978-1-63259-180-7

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/the-half-blood-dragon

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order.

Blue has always been owned for as long as he can remember. Coming to the nest is the first bit of freedom he has ever had. He is not beaten or mistreated by others. But he never believed it could last, and when he is dragged from his bed in the middle of the night he is proven right. Blue is then handed over to his former owner he believes he is going to be killed, until Lightning storms the house and saves Blue.

Lightning has wanted Blue since he first saw him. But he also doesn’t want Blue to feel he needs to be with Lightning. When Blue is taken he does whatever he has to as long as Blue is safe and gets back to the nest. When the two finally make it to a safe house to hide from the humans and other things in the woods they come together and finally admit what they want.

I really loved Blue. His life has not been the best, and some of the things he says and thinks make me believe it was worse than descriptive completely. I think Lightning is perfect for him. He does not want to control Blue, but just love and protect him. That is something Blue very much needs. Plus the sex scenes were pretty hot without being overly gratuitous.

I enjoyed this story. Not only does it give Blue and Lightning’s mating, but it also gives looks into other characters. There is a passage with King Dravick and his human lover. There are also several passages with some of secondary characters that have been introduced before. I look forward to their own books, since I am assuming they will get them. Either way I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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The Stolen Mate by Cree Storm

cs-thestolenmate3150209_0349Title: The Stolen Mate
Series: MYSTIC, #2
Author: Cree Storm
Genre: Sci-Fi / BDSM
Length: Novel (156 pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing Inc., (February 19th 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: A meteor attack has changed the world as we know it. Most of the people that survived now have special powers. However, as with all people, some are good and some are evil. There is a group of men that were brought together by the World Council called MYSTIC. MYSTIC is a group of men with multiple powers known as celestials.

They are only brought in to deal with Nefariouses. These are men with powers used for their own evil, twisted purpose.
Bram is the Director of MYSTIC. From the moment Bram heard Matt say “Yes, sir,” he knew this was his one true mate. However, for his entire life Matty has suffered serious self-esteem issues and thought himself worthless and unwanted.

Can Bram teach Matty he is worth their mating while he tries to keep Matty from a mad man as well as the Eliminators that have set out to steal his mate?

ISBN: 978-1-63258-986-6

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/mystic-2-the-stolen-mate

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order.

Matty grows up with a Nefariouses as a father and had a hellish childhood. After hearing the things he father told him over and over his self-image is not the best and he can easily doubt himself. Bram has an uphill battle to make Matty see that he deserves to be happy and loved in their mating. However, Bram has his own issues to make himself the perfect mate for Matty.

Bram has been the leader of MYSTIC since the beginning, and he is also a Dom. He needs to balance his need to control everything and the needs Matty has. Things are far from perfect. Bram has a temper and his needs to watch how he reacts since little things can send Matty spinning into despair fast. Both Matty and Bram have to work at making it work for the both of them.

Except for some minor editing issues this was well written and paced. There was plenty and hot and interesting sex scenes that were balanced out with drama and action. I also really love the uniqueness of this series. The ending gave me a whole “damn” moment.

So I really look forward to learning more about that issue in further books plus the other things that were revealed.

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A Rose for Paul’s Protector by Charlie Richards

4782aroseforpaulsprotector510w-430x645Title: A Rose for Paul’s Protector
Series: A Loving Nip #2
Author: Charlie Richards
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (94 pages)
Publisher: Extasy Books (February 14th, 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Just a little Love Bite: Sometimes the best family is the one you choose yourself.

A couple of months before, Jaymes Martinez—master of the Amarillo coven—received from Fate the best Christmas present possible. He discovered his beloved in the young human Paul Cosborn. Unfortunately, Paul was only seventeen at the time, so Jaymes returned home and did his best to focus on readying his coven for his beloved’s arrival.

Nearly two months later, Jaymes is ready to make his move. He convinces fellow vampire, Daystrum, who’d been keeping an eye on Paul for him, to bring him out to the ranch to visit. After one erotic encounter with Paul, and one oh-so-satisfying bite, his beloved is kidnapped.

Can Jaymes track down his missing beloved in time for them both to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day?

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0230-3

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/A-Rose-for-Paul-‘-s-Protector/

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Such a great book. Loved the way Jaymes, a vampire, tried his best to think of Paul’s, a human and his mate, needs before his own. It was sweet the way he explained the workings of the ranch and the way he held himself back to keep from scaring Paul.

I didn’t care for Caleb, as he seemed like the type of guy that got his way even when what he did was wrong. He should’ve had to answer for the things he did wrong then he wouldn’t have been able to hurt Paul. Intense scenes between Caleb and Paul.

Loved this book. It was a great addition to the A Loving Nip series. Looking forward to reading more in this series.

Highly recommended.

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Omega Born by Stormy Glenn

24158474Title: Omega Born
Series: Scent of a Mate, #6
Author: Stormy Glenn
Genre: Paranormal/Shape-shifter
Length: Novella (104 pages)
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. (February 19th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: For six years, Sawney Marshall was unable to claim his mate due to political maneuvering and pride boundaries. He bided his time, plotting and planning. When the call comes that Ricky is in trouble, Sawney races to save him despite the consequences.

Ricardo de Luca had all but given up. It seemed like his life had been a series of heartaches, from being subjected to abuse by his pride mates to not being able to be claimed by his mate. When his father’s protection is removed and the abuse he has suffered for years escalates, Ricky despairs of ever seeing his mate again.

When Sawney claims Ricky, he sets into motion a series of events that will test their bond as well as those between prides. Can he depend on his brothers to help him rescue Ricky or will he be alone as he goes after his omega born mate?

ISBN: 978-1-63258-998-9

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/omega-born

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order.

This book starts off with bang and keeps them coming.

Sawyer and Ricky have known they were mates for six years. Many things kept them apart and unable to claim each other, mainly both their fathers. So they have kept things hidden and only been able to meet a few times and nothing serious was ever done between to keep their scents from changing. But that all changes when Sawney gets word that Ricky is in trouble. Sawyer rushes to get Ricky out of his home pride and take him to the Potter’s Creek pride.

Ricky is an omega and believes his father has hated him for it. But that is least of what is really going on. Ricky has been locked in his house for a long time with only his sister coming to see him. Anytime he steps foot off his property he is beaten by members of his pride. Things are not what they seem in the de Luca pride. Secrets are revealed that leave Ricky doubting what he thought he knew for years.

Both Ricky and Sawyer are sweet together. Having to be apart for so long has taken a toll on both of them, but they do love and care for each other. Sawyer proves he will do whatever it takes to protect Ricky. Ricky outside of his pride and feeling safe is able to open up. He is able to be happy and laugh, and finally be with Sawyer as his mate.

I really love Stormy Glenn and the different series she writes. This series is one of my favorites. But this is perhaps not my favorite books from the series, although I did enjoy it. I think I would have preferred a little more time dedicated to their mating and less about the issues in the de Luca pride. Also some more about their meeting in the past, instead of them just being alluded to.

So other than those issues it was well written and paced.

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Calculating Interactions by Flynn Eire

91Jo-Zh7EBL._SL1500_Title: Calculating Interactions
Series: Hounds of Hell, #6
Author: Flynn Eire
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (138 Pages)
Publisher: Supernatural Script Inc. (December 2, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: After years of being confined to the school and the surrounding grounds, Sandro Thompson tries to make little joys like hooking up extra chocolate and booze for his friends when deliveries come in. A math savant and head of the department, he doesn’t always interact well with people, but the souls like him—they’re more than people… They’re his brothers.

Dagfinn Lundberg, retired Hellhound, does everything he can to fight the good fight, the battle he believes the angels should be in, which also leads him to keep to himself. When recently acquired visions drive him into action, he never expects to encounter his mate. Weighed down with baggage, trust issues, and rusty communication skills, it’s no wonder Dag isn’t welcomed with open arms by anyone.

But someone who speaks in math and variables paired up with a man who doesn’t talk to anyone much isn’t the best match. Can Sandro use that genius head of his to calculate their interactions better or will Dag have to take a leap of faith and simply tell Sandro how he feels?

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Calculating-Interactions-Hounds-Hell-Book-ebook/dp/B00QJ7YVIK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in Hounds of Hell collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved. I love the way Flynn can put together a book that not only fascinates you but draws you in. I had a blast reading this and look forward to reading more by Flynn.

There is something about the way that Flynn tells a story that will not only draw you in and keep your attention the whole time, but it will more than likely have you laughing your ass off. The characters are beautifully written with big hearts, however if you cross them, they have no problem putting you down. They will protect their mates with their entire lives. I had a blast reading this story. The only real problem I have is that it is not long enough. I want a book that will keep my attention for hours on end. This story is perfect for when you are trying to take a break.

Hell hounds and angels had saved many souls and brought them to the place they are now. Sandro was one of those souls. At twenty-four he was an intelligent math teacher who had no life what so ever. So he planned parties for his friends and had goals.

What he had not expected was to trade himself for one of the kids, try to end his life before the devil got ahold of it and find his mate all in one night. Dag was a hell-hound and gorgeous as well. Sandro wanted him something bad. The problem was these two had no communication what so ever.

Dag had been having visions of this gorgeous man and was shocked as hell to find out that Sandro was his mate. He wanted to take things slow and feared getting rejected. The problem was when either one of them spoke the other did not understand or took it out of context. Like I said they had no communication what so ever. If they didn’t learn really fast, they were going to screw up their mating even more.

However when they do hook up, damn is it sweet, hot and sexy as hell. I felt bad about these two men throughout most of the book. They both wanted the other, could heat up the house from them just being in the same room and tried harder than ever to get the other one.

The problem with this book was it went further than it needed. It was more detail than needed however there was parts that were missing to it. They are gearing up for a war, but one little fight in the beginning and then nothing. It just didn’t mesh for me. It didn’t turn me off this book though.

I absolutely love this book almost as much as I have loved the others in this series. I can’t wait to read the next story. When Flynn puts out a book I am usually there to eat them up. They do have a bit of a serious tone to them but there is a lot of humor in them that I love. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It also gave me everything I could want in a book.

I would definitely recommend reading this book. Trust me it will keep you laughing, loving and having fun.

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Angel in Yellow by Astrid Cooper

4783ANGELINYELLOW510-430x645Title: Angel in Yellow
Series: N/A
Author: Astrid Cooper
Genre: Paranormal/ Fantasy
Length: Short Story (22 Pages)
Publisher: Devine Destinies, Extasy Books (February 15, 2015)
Heat Level: None
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: A fireman’s courage and a dragon’s magic—fire and rescue takes on a whole new meaning.

The Adelaide national park is ablaze and fireman Ben O’Reilly is running for his life. When he is saved by a dragon and flown to a sanctuary of Shapeshifters, Ben’s world is changed forever. Darren is no ordinary dragon and when he reveals his human form to Ben, the two men are instantly attracted to one another.

Fire and rescue is Ben’s life, but how can he accept a man who is also a fire-fighting dragon?

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0243-3

Product Link: http://www.devinedestinies.com/Angel-In-Yellow/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I can honestly say that I am pissed with this story, but in a good way. Astrid has given me a story to fall in love with, but there was no true ending to the story. I cannot see if there will be a book two though. It is a great start to a brand new series and I sure hope that this will head that away. So unfair to just leave me hanging. I mean there was not even a bit of sex, just a hint of how hot and passionate it would be from just a kiss.

Ben is a fire fighter and has been working for a couple of days on a fire that was destroying many acres, lives both human and animal, homes and what was considered valuables. To him they left in such a hurry that they left animals behind. Saving some, just about ended his life. Only to find out that dragon’s and others existed. For a sexy dragon saved his life, then turned into a human. Shock for him that is for sure.

I had a blast reading this. I gave me almost everything I could want in a story. I just wished that it had been longer. It would have made a perfect long story had there been more to it. I want some more action, excitement, suspense, and some hot sex though.

I would recommend reading it. It was a fun, short and sexy little story that is for sure.

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Heart of Atlantis by Deidre Meyrick

heartofatlantis1l__79729.1422569654.300.450Title: Heart of Atlantis
Series: Purgatory, Inc.
Author: Deidre Meyrick
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Short Story (32 Pages)
Publisher: Evernight Publishing (January 30, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: Marin is a cursed merman. He once walked the streets of Atlantis where he found his true love, he now swims—alone. He is offered a way out of his curse and into the heart of another. But will he be able to love another as he did his true love?

Marley’s a loner. He’s a treasure hunter who fantasized about mermen. He’d always felt a little out of place, always searching for something, and wanting nothing more than to belong to someone completely.

Between them are several lifetimes and a wicked sorceress bent on possession. Is a soul deep connection enough to bring them together to break a curse that was never meant to be broken?

ISBN: 978-1-77233-227-8

Product Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/heart-of-atlantis-by-deidre-meyrick/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is a pretty amazing story however it was missing certain parts for me to truly love. It was way to short and left me hanging in many aspects. It does make for a cute, little hot story for a bit of time away from the world.

Marin had been in love with Aeëtes, but Aeëtes sister is an evil bitch with a grudge. She had cursed him not realizing that he was in fact the heart of Atlantis. After quite some time, he has found a man that he knew was his mate. He had such a short time to show him and knew that Marley would prove him right.

Now Marley had just ended a time with a jerk, and looked forward to fixing the problems in his life. What he had not expected was the merman of his dreams to be true. I did have some difficulties understand how an evil bitch would end her desires so soon. For me to continue going after him would have made for a better story.

I look forward to seeing what the next story will give. I did have a blast with it though. It is after all a very sensual and cute little story.

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Making Nice by Elizah J. Davis

MakingNiceLGTitle: Making Nice
Series: N/A
Author: Elizah J Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (314 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 26th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Twins Blake and Bianca Dunlap have always been there for each other, ready to lend support and make sacrifices. Blake can’t imagine a bigger sacrifice than getting along with Bianca’s fiancé, Matt. However, Matt turns out to be more than the meathead Blake had dismissed him as, but Matt’s best friend, Ryan Everett, is a different story. Ryan seems intent on being an insufferable jerk as often as possible. The fact that Blake is undeniably attracted to Ryan only makes the whole situation more annoying.

Since they’ll all be stuck together for the long haul, Blake is determined to make nice. Unfortunately he overshoots, and he and Ryan end up on much friendlier terms than Blake intended. While he and Ryan agree there’s no harm in having a strings-free fling, which changes when Matt and Bianca find out about it. As more complications arise, Blake and Ryan become more determined to do what it takes to avoid letting them down.

But the only way to ensure getting through a joyous wedding and avoid the questions neither of them want to answer is to convince everyone it’s something more.

ISBN: 978-1-63216-528-2

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5878

Reviewer: KathyMac

Review: I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I am still smiling a day later. I’ve been sitting on this a few days because, you know…life. Of course, had I read it earlier, I would just be dreading that it was over that much longer. This is an incredible, feel good romance that has you rooting for both characters till the very end. Making Nice by Elizah J Davis is crazy good.

The author does a splendid job in summarizing this story in the blurb. It’s everything she says and so much more. Blake wants nothing more than for his twin sister to be happy and be loved as she deserves. Since they have always been together, have always been each other’s confidant and lean to, Blake can’t help but feel a little left out when his sister finds her one and only.

Finding out that Matt, Bianca’s fiancé is actually a pretty great guy only makes him feel worse for doubting him. However, Matt’s best friend Ryan, is a completely different story. He IS everything Blake thought. A jerk, a loudmouth, and an ass more times than not. He’s also sexy, gorgeous, very charming, and has Blake turned upside down from the first moment their eyes meet.

The doorbell rang before Matt could launch into his “dos and don’ts” list again, and Ryan popped up from his chair and grabbed the pizza money off the table. “Seriously, man. You need to chill out. It’ll be fine.”

“Hey, man, how much do I owe you?” Ryan stopped short, nearly hitting himself in the face with the door when he actually looked at the guy standing there.

Definitely not the pizza boy, and easily the most gorgeous guy Ryan had ever seen in a good long while.

Ryan turned his head and shouted, “Did you guys order me a hooker?” He turned back to the hooker/underwear model and grinned. “It’s not even my birthday.”

“What are you – Jesus, Ryan,” Matt said coming up behind him. “This is Bianca’s brother.”

I’m pretty sure from this point forward I had a continuous smile on my face. Ryan is hilarious always sticking his foot in his mouth. Blake is constantly being offended by him and yet he can’t stop thinking about him. Matt and Bianca want them to be friends so for their benefit, they try to work out a friendship.

Their chemistry is off the charts and the one place they work well together…in bed. And it is H.O.T. and you want more and more. They are a perfect matcfanart elizah davish, complement each other beautifully, while they are in the bedroom. Away from the bed, they are oil and water. However, for the benefit of the people, whom they love more than anything, they will fake a friendship. How hard could it be?

Of course, if it could go wrong it pretty much does. Miscommunication plays havoc with their feelings. Lies start getting buried and in order to shovel out from them they need to start telling some truths. Not only to family and friends but to each other. Blake battles past hurts from an ex he can’t seem to get past. Telling Ryan about it is out of the question, and he realizes too late that Ryan thinks it’s about him.

As the wedding gets closer, Blake and Ryan get closer as well. Their family and friends see it, but Blake and Ryan are blind to the others actions and things continue to get mixed up. Will they ever figure out both are head over heels for the other before it’s too late?

I love, love stories like this. The humor and banter are infectious between the whole cast. The jibs and jabs are endless and will keep you smiling and laughing from start to finish. The author does an excellent job fleshing out the characters and you will love every single one of them. The secondary characters are every bit as funny and contagious as the main. The execution of the plot flowed seamlessly and I was irritated every time I had to lay the book down to do something else.

The storyline is old as time. Enemies to friends to lovers, sometimes skipping the whole friend thing and just going from enemies to lovers. But, Elizah Davis has added her own originality and creativity to the plot that will leave you completely captivated with her story.

Would I recommend this to others?

Hell, yeah!!

It was gratifying, infectious, hilarious, and I could go on and on. Go get it, read it for yourself, you will see what I mean. It is a love story, romantic, funny, and there is no way you won’t be smiling from ear to ear when finished. I feel like the Grinch when he gave back the Christmas tree and his heart started getting bigger and bigger. Making Nice will make your heart grow bigger and bigger.

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Stoned by Shelley Monro

stoned_msrTitle: Stoned
Series: N/A
Author: Shelley Monro
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (62 pages)
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc. (September 20, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: Life is a chariot race for Marc Angelo and Tarquin Navona. Friends, rivals and rock stars of Circus Maximus in ancient Rome, they wow the fans with their daring driving and take their choice of lovers. A fine life indeed—if Marc weren’t harboring feelings for Tarquin. It’s difficult to behave normally when he craves physical contact with his friend’s muscular body, but Marc resists, too afraid of losing Tarquin entirely.

He needn’t have worried. Fate has plans for them. Very long-term plans…

When a powerful sorcerer catches Marc and Tarquin with his wife, he curses them to imprisonment in stone. Centuries pass, and Marc’s love and lust for Tarquin only increase. His friend doesn’t have a clue, but that’s the least of their problems. They have no idea how to escape their predicament—and may be doomed to spend eternity Stoned.

Inside Scoop: Marc and Tarquin take a brief dip into M/F/M ménage waters. They discover quickly enough they should’ve contained their lust to each other.

A Romantica® male/male gay erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

ISBN: 9781419945458

Product Link: http://www.ellorascave.com/stoned.html

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I liked Tarquin and Marc’s story of how they were turned to stone for sleeping with a sorcerer’s wife. However there were a few things that confused as they were never explained. One of them was how they were released for 24 hours a year. That didn’t make sense to me. The second was in the beginning they knew the sorcerers name then later they mentioned they wished they knew it. That didn’t make sense.

Other than those two things it was an o.k. read with intense scenes. The sex was hot, except for the short m/f/m scene. Didn’t care for that at all, as I’m an m/m reader so I skipped that part altogether.

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To Be Loved by Pearl Love

ToBeLovedLGTitle: To Be Loved
Series: To Be Human 2
Author: Pearl Love
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Novel (280 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 23 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: TM 05637 was created to be a killer. Genetically engineered for superiority, he was facing a life of missions, blood, and death until his creator decides to set him free. On the run from those holding his leash, he is found by David Conley, an ordinary store owner who stumbles upon a remarkable find. Renaming himself “Tim,” TM 05637 sets out to discover what it means to have a normal life.

Through his friendships with a young boy dealing with a nightmarish family life, and David’s mother, who decides Tim is perfect for her son, Tim slowly discovers his humanity. Even more importantly, David teaches Tim about the power of love. But General Woodard, leader of the project that created Tim, threatens their happiness with his determination to bring his evasive quarry permanently to heel.

As the search net closes ever tighter around him, Tim must find a way to thwart his pursuers so he can stay with David and live out his dream.

ISBN: 978-1-63216-305-9

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6085

Reviewer: Prime

Review: To Be Loved is the sequel to To Be Human. I highly recommend to read the first book before going onto this, I’m not entirely certain it would make sense to pick up book 2 without reading book 1. This is a true sequel, which focuses on the same characters and story arc continuing from book 1 and picks up where the first left off.

I have to admit this one isn’t quite as good as the first book, however. I’m not entirely sure why, the same complexity was there but the punch wasn’t quite as strong. There wasn’t the same wow factor, but it was certainly a good, intense read. This is the type of book you don’t read all at once in fear that your head might explode from the complexity.

The characters featured in the book are much the same as the first one, though we have one character that is resurrected, or rather didn’t die in the first place. We continue the adventures of Tim (genetically engineered life form, TM 05637) who we last saw was recaptured by the evil colonel after being on the run. He has a boyfriend too, David, who he met in the outside world and now they have a fight to stay together while at the same time trying to destroy the same military that are training Tim to be a killer.

David is in the book, naturally, but I felt a lot of the time he took a backseat to Tim. He is the ever kind and understanding boyfriend and honestly his characters doesn’t change with his unwavering loyalty towards Tim, not necessarily a bad thing, mind you.

I particularly enjoyed how Tim’s reconditioning was set up in the beginning of the book. It kept the ball rolling and I think was good for shock factor. Another thing I enjoyed was Tim’s wonder. In my review of To Be Human I compare him to the Terminator, River from Firefly and Data from Star Trek: TNG. Here he is purely Data in that through the action and the need to save David he gets one step closer to being human and understanding the emotions that the people in the lab forced him to suppress.

The story also picks up about Tim’s need for a special type vitamin, engineered so that his body can break it down. I mention this because this is my one gripe from the book because in winding up this plot point it felt like it was a rush to the end and the solution was just too simple (I won’t add any details and give things away).

It’s an intense and good read. If you loved the first book, you’re going to have to read just because it might be bugging you to know what happens to Tim and David.

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

Soufflés at Sunrise by M.J. O’Shea and Anna Martin

SoufflesAtSunriseLGTitle: Soufflés at Sunrise
Author: M.J. O’Shea and Anna Martin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (206 pages)
ISBN: 9781632167842
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 23, 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: “Welcome to a new season of Burned, where we find fresh new cooking talent… and a few culinary disasters! Every season we do something a little different, and this time it’s all about the sweet things in life. Get ready in week one as twenty pastry chef hopefuls and dessert connoisseurs compete for the thirteen coveted workspaces in our Burned kitchen. With stakes this big, we ask the one question on everyone’s mind: Do these chefs have what it takes to rise to the top? Or will they get Burned?”

Burned contestants Chase and Kai are attracted from the start and can’t wait to spend more time getting to know each other… until they see the first episode treatment and realize the producers intend to portray them as bitter enemies. At first it’s fun to pretend to bicker—enemies on film, lovers when the cameras stop rolling—but soon it’s hard not to take the faux rivalry seriously.

It’s only when their choice is to band together and bake their way to the final or get burned that they find where their real loyalties lie.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6083

Review: Sometimes the right book falls into your lap at the right time. Coming off of some emotionally charged reads, I was looking for the opposite. Second of three standalone reads in the ‘Just Desserts’ series (‘Macarons at Midnight’ was equally adorable), ‘Soufflés at Sunrise’ fit the bill perfectly. If you’re looking for angst, grit and extremely intense emotion, this is not today’s read. If what you want instead is a fun story, and a love connection set in the midst of a reality TV baking competition (think Top Chef), then you need to hop on the M.J. O’Shea – Anna Martin train. Fun things are happening here.

Get ready to fall for two ridiculously adorable MCs – Kai and Chase are great; they are so easy to like individually and as a couple. Their first glance mutual attraction works for me; it’s always a nice way to start a couple off. I appreciate that these two did not go the insta-love or even insta-lust route. Time is taken to build this friendship, this relationship.

Though this pairing isn’t off the charts hot, it does have sexy and surprising moments. Kai and Chase seem to have this innocence about them (ah, young love) even when they get it on, which, thanks to the stringent rules of the competition, they are forced to delay. I love the teasing and the build-up. There are moments where things get a little ‘down and dirty’, with a bit of kink, and somehow that’s adorable too.

‘Burned’ is written very much like a reality show you would see on today’s line up, and the conflicts experienced definitely stem from the stress of the competition and its ‘rules’. Though not gut wrenching, it all feels very real. The challenges are interesting enough and the desserts sounded enticing enough that I want to taste almost all of them. Kai and Chase have me (almost) running into the kitchen and I am NOT exactly a baker.

M.J. O’Shea and Anna Martin have written a fun read with solid, heart-warming characters and a happy ending that suits the story and its MCs. Like a nice warm blanket; it keeps you cozy, makes you want to snuggle and just feels damn good. Kai and Chase are a great way to brighten up a rainy day, and they most definitely put a smile on my face. Here’s hoping they do the same for you!

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

The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring by Julie Bozza

81qY5vd3qDL._SL1500_Title: The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring
Series: Butterfly Hunter 3
Author: Julie Bozza
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (160 pages)
Publisher: Manifold Press (1 November 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: Dave and Nicholas, married for seven years now, are happily settled together – but as an Australian prime minister once observed, “Life wasn’t meant to be easy.” An unexpected threat to their beloved waterhole forces Dave to try asserting unofficial custodianship of the Dreamtime site, and a visit from Nicholas’s nephew Robin doesn’t help as he brings his own surprises.

And there’s always the question of Nicholas’s health hanging over their heads …

ISBN: 9781908312860

Product Link: http://www.manifoldpress.co.uk/2014/10/the-thousand-smiles-of-nicholas-goring/

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is book 3 in the Butterfly Hunter series. However, I didn’t realise this at the time and was able to read this as a standalone novel. There were some parts where I probably would have benefited from reading the previous books. This is mostly because I thought that the story was a bit flat at some points although I was able to completely comprehend what was going on.

The story is simple enough. It is the story of two men who have been married for seven years, Nicholas and Dave, who really have not stopped falling in love. However, life is about to throw them some complications, one in the form of a confused teen (Nicholas’s nephew who is ever so slightly in love with his uncle) who is about to start uni. I found this intriguing but it didn’t really get too much into the nitty gritty, there could have been a lot more drama here and I just feel that it could have been a benefit because sometimes the story seemed too understated.

The other spanner in the works is Nicholas’s health although the storyline of Nicholas’s doesn’t really kick in until the final third, that was done well enough but at this point it just felt too obvious that plots were wrapping up and things just seemed too rushed.

However, all that said, I really love the relationship that Dave and Nicholas have. It is incredibly sweet and beautiful. I also particularly enjoyed how the emotions of their love were expressed through the writing, really heart warming.

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