His True Home by Trina Solet

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Series: N/A
Author: Trina Solet
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (209 pages)
Publisher: Trina Solet (28 Sept 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts
Blurb: A little boy waits on the side of the road. He is all alone and needs a home.

Tired of partying, Alec wants a real life. Cory wants what he never had, a real family. Have they all found what they need in each other? Alec has retreated to his childhood home after a life of too much fun. When a little boy is abandoned on the road leading to Alec’s home town of Seaview Pines, Alec is the one who ends up taking care of him.

Now Cory is on his way to join them. He was abandoned by his mother as well and wants to give Teddy, his little brother, the family he never had. As they spend time together, it’s up to Cory to draw out the silent little boy. He also has to convince Alec that his hometown isn’t just a temporary refuge.

It’s where all three of them belong.

ISBN: 9781310092770

Product Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/480781

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I’ve read a number of books by Trina Solet recently and I have to say that this is probably my favourites. For the most part Trina Solet writes books to the formula of two gay men and one young child whose parent or guardian is one of the two men.

The first character we are introduced to is an unnamed boy, who has been unceremoniously dumped. We then find out that this little boy has an older half-brother, who was abandoned in very similar circumstances sixteen years earlier. He too had been unnamed and unfortunately we didn’t get an explanation (albeit brief) of how Cory Bledsoe got his name until half way through.

Cory picks up his life to go to his little brother, which is a small country town where he had been taken in by the mayor and her son, Alec. Alec has also given the boy the name Teddy – it’s all very cute, I assure you.

There are a couple of issues I did have with this book, although I loved it. Firstly, it was the lack of explanation about Cory’s name and the woman who named him until half way through. It has irritated me since finishing the book. The other issue I have is that Alec suddenly pushes Cory away. I just seemed to happen without much provocation because Alec and Cory were getting along so well and talked to each other.

This leads me onto a few notable points of what I enjoyed about this book. So many romances stories are led astray by lack of communication; this was one aspect that was a relief in this book and which was I got confused as to why Alec got cold feet. Next there is Teddy – children characters are generally either totally annoying or totally adorable.

Teddy is the latter and straight away, he and Cory develop a wonderful, protective relationship. It’s easy to forget that Cory had once been Teddy many years before. Teddy hero worships his new brother and it’s funny to see how he shows Cory preferential treatment over Alec.

There is a lot of sadness and poignancy to this story. In getting to know Teddy, it is as though we get to know the child that Cory had been. It’s also sad, as Teddy has been so traumatized that he refuses to speak.

Alec’s mum is also a riot to read. Absolutely love her character!

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Fireheart by Kay Ellis

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Series: Evolin # 1
Author: Kay Ellis
Genre: High Fantasy
Length: Novella (112 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 15th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.75Hearts
Blurb: In a world where magic is outlawed, Tylanovaar must hide his true identity. As a young prince about to be married, the last thing his people can find out is that he has the gift of fire in his veins.

But when he meets the man hired to turn him into a suitable heir for the throne, he’s forced to keep another secret.

Sully is an elite lawkeeper called a Rider. When a young man he meets by chance ends up being the Prince of Evolin, Sully becomes his tutor at the king’s request. Tylan fascinates him, and a journey to help Tylan learn to control his magic gives them time alone, but not enough. They take ever-greater risks to be together until they are caught in Sully’s bed on Tylan’s wedding night, causing Tylan to lose the fragile hold he has over his gift.

ISBN-13: 978-1-62798-418-8

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4591&cPath=1343

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: A great introduction to how Sully, a rider, and Tylan, a prince met and what happens to them along the way. Not knowing who Tylan is, Sully sleeps with him. When he is summoned by the king to teach his son horse riding and swordsmanship he is stunned learning that Tylan is the prince.

Even though the two are careful, they are eventually caught together and Sully is sentenced to death. But Tylan and his newfound fire powers attempt to stop it by setting the castle and anyone in his way on fire. Unfortunately, for Tylan he loses control over his powers and only Sully can help him from destroying himself.

Intense at times and adventurous at others. Loved this well written story about two men from vastly different upbringings and coming together no matter the cost.

Fantastic read and highly recommended.

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The Moon by Sean Michael

TheMoonTitle: The Moon
Series: N/A
Author: Sean Michael
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (54 pages)
Publisher: Amber Allure, Amber Quill Press, LLC (February 15th 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Danny McMann has been busy on pack business for weeks and just wants to spend the upcoming full moon deep in the woods with his pack, running, hunting, napping and generally goofing off. The last thing he wants to hear is that they’ve got another man on their hands who’s been bitten and is about to turn with the arrival of the full moon.

Hammond Argyle was in a bar fight a few weeks ago and was bitten by his assailant. He’s been in a foul mood ever since and it’s only getting worse. As is the way, his skin itches and feels like it doesn’t fit him anymore.So when someone starts lurking around, following him, it’s about all he can take.

Will Danny be able to help Hammond through his first change and beyond?

ISBN: 978-1-61124-750-3

Purchase Link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2129-The-Moon.aspx

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: Hamm was bitten during a fight and now has been having some weird things going on since. When he feels someone following him he gets annoyed fast. When he finally confronts his follower he is not expecting what he gets. Danny is a happy, bouncy twink who makes Hamm feel a little better, even if he is talking crazy about wolves and things.

Once the full moon proves to Hamm that Danny is right about everything, the attraction between the two of them cannot be denied. After a very hot and steamy night together both Hamm and Danny they are more than just a passing thing.

This was a sweet little story. The sex is what I am used to from Sean Michael. Hot and very sexy with little BDSM elements thrown in to spice things up even more. The two MCs are both interesting and well suited for each other. The writing is fast paced with a lot of humor.

Overall another enjoyable read from this author.

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Building Evolution by Flynn Eire

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Series: Hounds of Hell 9
Author: Flynn Eire
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (137 Pages)
Publisher: Supernatural Script (February 17, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: The smallest and youngest of the Lundberg litter, Oddfinn, finally joined his brothers at the compound, with the Lundberg treasures in tow. Though he’s the runt, he’s fought against the demons in his own way and somehow collected a small family of fighters that he taught all he knows. A socially inept genius, he is unsure of how to go about inserting himself into the established community and making the changes needed in order to save everyone… Including his mate.

Seth Mitchell has spent his years behind the security of the gates, never really sure what the big plan is for the saved souls. When the youngest Lundberg arrives, he’s immediately taken with the offbeat Oddfinn. Seth can see the hound’s generous, caring heart, even when others just seem to think he acts, well, odd.

With outside forces trying to break into the compound and change the world as they all know it, will Oddfinn and Seth be able to save everyone while making each other a priority enough to see if they can be together?

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Building-Evolution-Hounds-Hell-Book-ebook/dp/B00TR54MIU

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. This story is perfect for when you are trying to take a break.

Odd is one of the most brilliant hell-hounds around. However he did not seem to have too much smarts when it comes to love. Nor did he like children, of course he thinks kids don’t like him much either. The problem is that he thinks they don’t like him, and he hasn’t been around them to get used to. He is several years old and is missing some of the common sense that most humans have.

For many years he had been getting visions and collected all that they would need for the fight coming up. He had many plans in mind, but what he finds is his mate. A mate that has a son. I think I love this series more because of the fact that they don’t seem to get along at first and they have no communication what so ever.

Seth had been a cop in his old days and a father. His wife had sold his son’s soul for happiness, not knowing when you make promises to the devil that what you receive is not what you technically asked for. So the angels and hell-hounds saved him and his son from death. Things were not as easy as it all looked.

So when a gorgeous man starts talking about him as his mate, he is a bit frustrated in the fact that the guy didn’t say a word to him about it. Then he learns that his mate is a genius about some things, but relationships…not so much. Things get a bit tangled up, but he is bound and determined to get what he wants.

These two are perfect for each other. They just have to remember that communication is the key. It helps that there is an eleven year old smarty pants to take care of. I am not really sure if I can really tell you about this book in the right way. It was perfect but it is told in such a way that if you don’t read the first book you will get very confused. Even after reading them in order I still get a bit confused by it. However in this series it doesn’t stop you from truly getting into it and loving it.

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 serious tone to them but there is a bit 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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What Happens in Vegas by G.A. Hauser

8f83532504a41907ce8ea22a1c07d1115eaad4b0Title: What Happens in Vegas
Series: N/A
Author: GA Hauser
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (273 pages)
Publisher: The G.A Hauser Collection LLC (3 April 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: Thirty-four year old Greg McCormick thought taking his on again, off again, twenty-five year old girlfriend Carmen to Las Vegas for a weekend of fun, might rekindle a spark between them. But Greg quickly sees their differences in what their idea of ‘fun’ in Vegas is and it creates more of a separation than a reunion.

Liam D’Cosa, a construction worker from the San Diego area, takes a girl he’s known for only two weeks, Jenny, on a three-day Vegas holiday. When the two couples meet on the first night, Greg and Liam are left on their own as their girlfriends quickly find common ground and become ‘BFF’s.

The two men find, they also, share the interests in the crazy action of The Strip and its many macho tourist attractions.

Greg, whose brother Skylar is gay, is open to all types of relationships, just not one that means a commitment.

Liam is slightly enthralled with Greg’s aura of power, not to mention they live close to each other in San Diego, and Greg owns his own construction company. In a volatile economy, it doesn’t hurt to have connections.

As the women go gallivanting on their own, leaving the two men together; Greg and Liam get to know one another on a deeper level.

One evening when the women are out late, Greg and Liam experiment…together.

But it’s one thing to have a fling in Vegas, where ‘What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas’…and a different story when Liam and Greg head home.

Since Greg seemed distant and avoided the text messages Liam sent, Liam ends up meeting Mike, a gay man who has admired him from afar through a mutual gay friend.

It’s then the dynamics of the three men comes to a head, and Liam, stuck in the middle, has to decide if what happened in Vegas was real, or just a onetime fantasy with a man as amazing as Greg.

ISBN: 978-1497-535-525-1

Product Link: (All links available at this address) http://www.authorgahauser.com/books/bookDetails.cfm?bookID=113

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Okay, I’m just going to put this out there. This is a great book and an enjoyable story. However, for the plot line, which in the end is quite simple, this is probably just too long to get to the same conclusion or the same point across. This is basically the only reason/criticism that significantly decreased my enjoyment of this book.

This is the story of Liam and Greg, who meet when they are with their respective girlfriends and end turning over to the dark side (I feel like I need to add an evil laugh in here). It’s simple enough. The guys get to know each other over three days, experimenting on the final day where they get caught out.

There, that’s simple, but going back to the story being too long, this part of the book took literally half of the book when after. As to the characters themselves, they are likable enough, though Greg’s main problem was that he needed to pull his head of his butt and there were a couple of points where I didn’t think he was going to be the redeemable type. The second half is all about Liam and Greg going back to “the real world”, which is actually San Diego, and seeing how they fit together after the Vegas encounter.

There are also a handful of minor characters of note, including Greg’s brother Skylar and his partner, and Liam’s friend, Rasha, and finally Mike. All these characters are interesting. At one point I found myself thinking that Skylar is the brother with his head on properly. As for Mike, Liam’s other love interest, I found myself wondering if this part of the storyline was actually needed. There was enough drama going on with Greg’s mindset before this was added to the mix. However, Mike was a sweetie and it was difficult not to feel sorry for him.

It’s more than clear that my one main concern for this story is the length. But other than that, it is enjoyable and the characters have all got very different personalities. After the length, some people may not enjoy the “cheating” aspect of this all, which is a central theme here. However, much of that is easily overlooked and in two of the three cases it’s hard to define the actions as cheating.

This book is more of an exploration, two thirty-somethings discovering their true sexuality. I think it’s wisest to enjoy it for what it is and don’t over think some of the plot points too much.

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Shaking the Sugar Tree by Nick Wilgus

ShakingtheSugarTreeLGTitle: Shaking the Sugar Tree

Author: Nick Wilgus

Genre: Contemporary

Length:   Novel (304 pages)

ISBN:   978-1627984881

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 30th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Eli

Blurb: Wisecracking Wiley Cantrell is loud and roaringly outrageous—and he needs to be to keep his deeply religious neighbors and family in the Deep South at bay. A failed writer on food stamps, Wiley works a minimum wage job and barely manages to keep himself and his deaf son, Noah, more than a stone’s throw away from Dumpster-diving. 

Noah was a meth baby and has the birth defects to prove it. He sees how lonely his father is and tries to help him find a boyfriend while Wiley struggles to help Noah have a relationship with his incarcerated mother, who believes the best way to feed a child is with a slingshot. No wonder Noah becomes Wiley’s biggest supporter when Boston nurse Jackson Ledbetter walks past Wiley’s cash register and sets his sugar tree on fire. 

Jackson falls like a wet mule wearing concrete boots for Wiley’s sense of humor. And while Wiley represents much of the best of the South, Jackson is hiding a secret that could threaten this new family in the making. 

When North meets South, the cultural misunderstandings are many, but so are the laughs, and the tears, but, as they say down in Dixie, it’s all good.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4661

Eli’s Review:   ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Everyone wants to read a great story.  A story that is full of heart, humor, life and one that resonates with your heart and your soul.  This is one such story.  Rather than re-telling what the extensive blurb already does, let me focus on some of the really important things. First of all, the story is superbly written. The author should give lessons in how to write in a witty, well thought out manner that allows the reader to forget they are actually reading a story and not actually living out the actions of the protagonist.

The characters in the story are very very real.  Wiley is a character and when one meets the Cantrell clan, the reader understands why.  The culture of the south becomes one of the pivotal characters in the story.  It is what has shaped Wiley and makes him the man he is.  Noah is represented accurately as a special needs child and Wiley’s struggle to be a good parent while also trying to be an adult is realistic in its depiction. The reader understands Wiley’s plight and it makes him both charming and sympathetic.

There is so much more happening in this story than just that of a single father trying to manage his life while juggling his crazy family and taking on a new lover.  There are also other forces at play in Wiley’s life such as his “baby mama” and his family’s not so subtle issues with his being gay, not to mention being a single father and his lack of a decent job. As such, the addition of Jackson to Wiley and Noah’s life seems to be a miracle until their carefully constructed bubble is almost destroyed by Jackson’s deception. 

This is a powerful story about what happens when you make the right but difficult choices in life and the things you will have to sacrifice, but also the other things you will gain.  It’s a story about the good, the bad and the ugly of family. And finally, it’s a story about forgiveness and redemption.  The story will take the reader through a series of emotions from shock to horror to sadness to despair and then when you least expect it to gut busting laughter.

This is a GREAT story.  But it’s not JUST an m/m love story.  It’s a story about a single dad who loves his family and his special needs kid who happens to be gay.  Oh yeah and he meets and falls in love with a great guy.

KathyMac’s Review: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Shaking the Sugar Tree, by Nick Wilgus will have you in stiches from start to finish. Wiley Cantrell is about as southern as they come and does not apologize for it. He’s also a single, gay father to Noah, who happens to be deaf. They face quite a few struggles together, and among those will be heartache, especially heartache from a parent when your child is hurting and you can’t really fix it. You just have to be there for support and Wiley does that in spades.

Wiley works at a grocery store as a cashier in order to support him and Noah. It’s not the best job, the pay is low, the benefits suck, the management only cares about their bottom line, but Wiley needs the job. The author nailed the characterization of Wiley and the experiences of a cashier.

I’ve been one before and his inner musings were spot on.
Working as a cashier isn’t all that bad considering that is how he meets Jackson Ledbetter, the next best thing besides Noah to come into Wiley’s life. Jackson is as different from Wiley as he could possibly be. He’s from the North, a college education, a good paying job as a pediatric nurse, and is not use to the bigotry that runs rampant through the south.

Jackson, however, is willing to look over some things if it allows him to be a part of Wiley and Noah’s life. When he meets Wiley’s family…well, I can only say that he was in for a big shock. One of the funniest and best parts of this story is Wiley’s grandfather. He will have you either laughing so hard or your mouth will be hanging open at the disbelief of what comes out of his mouth. He is crude, rude, loud, and obnoxious, but most of all, he is hysterical. He’s too old to punch so it’s probably best just to go with the flow and either ignore him or agree with him.

The rest of Wiley’s family, especially his brother, will have you spitting nails. I have never laughed so hard and wanted to punch someone as bad as I did when they went for Sunday dinner. Bill, Wiley’s brother, is a bigot and the biggest jackass there ever was. I could not stand him and I’m still not crazy about him. Jackson doesn’t like him much either and I don’t blame him.

Noah is the highlight of this story. He was born addicted to meth because his mother continued to shoot up through her pregnancy. She has never been a part of Noah’s life and as a 10 year old boy, he can’t understand what he has done wrong for her to hate him so. It’s heartbreaking as he goes through turmoil and so much pain trying to makes heads or tails about his mom.

Wiley is an amazing father. He understands Noah better than anyone and before Jackson came into their lives, he and Noah were pretty much by themselves. Never having much family support he has raised Noah on his own and to the best of his ability. He, like any parent, only wants what’s best for Noah and will do anything to see that happen.

This story was unlike anything I have ever read before. Nick Wilgus has a unique writing style that keeps you completely invested in the story. The dialogue, while sometimes a tad confusing, was funny and kept me fully engaged and hanging onto every word. I thought the execution of the plot was really gratifying and flowed seamlessly.

The humor and banter between Wiley and Jackson constantly kept me on the edge of my seat laughing and sometimes squirming as Wiley has no filter on what he says. Noah, even through the use of sign language takes after his father with his quirkiness and odd sense of humor. Together, they are the perfect team, and now that Jackson has entered the equation I can’t wait to see what they get into. Book 2, Stones in the Road, is up next and I am looking forward to the journey.

 

 

Sight and Sinners by Susan Mac Nicol Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Susan Mac Nicol stopping by today with the blog tour for her newest release Sight and Sinners, we have a *cough* slightly raunchy excerpt and a fantastic giveaway. Cat has written a review and as we know she just adores Susan Mac Nicol’s books and this story is no different, so enjoy the post and click that Rafflecopter link ❤ ~Pixie~

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 Sight and Sinners

 (The Men of London 02)
 by

Susan Mac Nicol

THE MEN OF LONDON
 From Charing Cross to Waterloo, there’s no escaping love.

SEEING THROUGH…

28-year-old Draven Samuels has a tragic past, but as an investigator with a high-profile London company he now gets what he wants. Tough, sarcastic, and sceptical, he has no patience for lies and even less for people who waste his time. Even if they’re as beautiful as the wild and dark-haired Taylor Abelard. Especially when they’re talking over the body of a murder victim.

THE DARKNESS

Psychic Taylor Abelard is used to people calling him a freak. He can see past events and feel the ghostly vibrations of people close to him who’ve passed on. It’s why he doesn’t get too close to the living. But this time, against his better judgment, despite Draven’s mocking rejoinders, Taylor will get closer than ever before. The mystery surrounding a dead friend will lead the two men down a dark and seedy trail of blackmail and lies. Add in the heartbreak of a family tragedy, and events lead them straight into each other’s arms. By the end of this night, all their demons will have risen—and been banished with the dawn.

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The Librarian by Lee Brazil Book Blast, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, today we have Lee Brazil joining us as he celebrates the re-release of The Librarian with a book blast; this little beauty comes to us with a brand new cover, a great excerpt, a chance to win The Librarian or a $5 ARe gift card and a few fun facts about Lee. We also have reviews from Cat & Portia (who both loved this little number) so enjoy the post and click that Rafflecopter link ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Librarian

(2nd Edition)
by

Lee Brazil

A rash vow of celibacy puts Valentine Michaels in the path of seduction.

Val is at a crossroads in his life. A college dropout, he’s gone as far as he can in his career as a cosmetologist, owning his own style salon. He no longer finds satisfaction in it, though he’s put years into proving to his bigoted parents that a college degree and the veneer of straightness aren’t the only roads to success. They’d turned their backs on him, and he proved he didn’t need them to make it.

His love life is no better than his working life. His relationships always start with a bang and fizzle into boredom, or worse, anger.

Adrian Grey has his own agenda for helping Val: he’s been in love with Val since they were freshmen. The intervening years of listening to Val’s gossip about his lovers and relationships have taught Adrian just what it was he did wrong all those years ago, and he thinks this time around he now knows exactly how to get—and keep—his man.

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