Uncovering Ray by Edie Dansford

uncovering-rayTitle: Uncovering Ray
Author: Edie Danford
Series: Ellery College, #1
Genre: New Adult Romance
Length: Novel (309 pages)
ISBN: 9781619226418
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 28th, 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Reviewer: Zane
Blurb: When the right love uncovers the wrong secrets…

Hey, man–you a chick or a dude? Dealing with the same old boring question is a downer for college drop-out Ray Fayette, especially when it’s asked by the low-tipping, over-privileged students at the Ellery Diner.

When six-foot-five, muscle-bound straight arrow Wyatt Kelly publicly smacks down a fellow frat bother for caveman behavior, Ray’s interest is sparked. Wyatt’s not-so-subtle attraction sparks a few other things too.

But getting to know Wyatt proves dangerous. His sexy smiles and smart questions slide under even Ray’s prickliest defenses. Worse, his academic mentor happens to be Ray’s ex-stepfather, the dictatorial jerk who just kicked Ray out of his house. Again.

Wyatt suggests a housing arrangement that has surprising appeal—there’s space available at his frat house—but he’s unaware just how complicated Ray’s “identity issues” are. Ellery College kicked out Ray for a reason—a reason that could deep-six Wyatt’s academic career and Ray’s newly hopeful heart.

Purchase Link: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5411/uncovering-ray

Review: Edie Danford’s “Uncovering Ray” brings us into the genderqueer world – a world where the individual does not identify as either male or female. Is Ray a boy or a girl? Does it matter? Perhaps it wasn’t supposed to, but it did matter to me. I wanted to just go with the flow and be this really cool person and just feel like “Well that’s just Ray, not a ‘he’ or a ‘she” but nope. I fell into the trap. The whole book, I wanted to know. Is Ray male? Is Ray female?

Wyatt succeeded where I failed. Apparently he took one look at Ray and that was it for him. While I applaud and appreciate this, I never felt I got a true glimpse into Wyatt’s head in that regard. I wanted to know if Wyatt questioned himself, questioned Ray’s gender. That being said I loved Wyatt. I loved the idea of a guy being just that cool. He seemed older than his years… whereas Ray seemed younger.

The story itself is of Ray, who Ray is, with and without Wyatt. Ray is messed up, much like many young adults that find themselves in the unique position of not identifying specifically with one particular gender. Ray’s history is a little vague at times, but you do see the struggle, the battle with family, society and self to be, quite simply, Ray.

While the first half of the book seemed to move a little slowly for me, it was the lead in, the build-up for the conflict and strife ahead. There is romance and sex; there’s angst, upset and resolution, all of which surprisingly had me in tears, both happy and sad. I’m not much for book crying, but Ray tugged at my heart.

It is eventually revealed whether Ray is female or male.

Surprisingly, as much as I wanted to know, the reveal defeated the point for me. If it really didn’t matter, then Ray should have remained… Ray.

Kudos to the author for some really difficult accomplishments – while I’ve read other genderqueer books, this is the first that did not inundate me with excessive use of pronouns, did not have me stopping every few paragraphs to wonder whose point of view I was reading. A main character without a specific gender role is not easy to read, and really, for a good part of the book, there was no male, no female. There was only Ray.

The start of this series has definitely captivated and held my interest. I’ll be eagerly awaiting the second book, simply because I want to read whatever it is that Edie Danford is writing next. If you’re looking for straight up MM or even MF this is not for you. If you’re willing to read something different and think you can keep an open mind, take a chance and give this a go. It challenged me; I think it might challenge you. Who knows? You might come out of the read looking at things a little bit differently; I know I did.

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Blood on the Mountain by P.D. Singer ~ Audiobook

BloodontheMountainAUDLgTitle: Blood on the Mountain
Series:  The Mountains, #4
Author: P.D. Singer
Genre: Contemporary
Narrator: Finn Sterling
Length: 6 hours and 48 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (01-13-2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Jake Landon thinks a second ranger season in the Colorado Rockies with Kurt Carlson is close enough to heaven, and a national forest is big enough to be his closet. Pharmacy school—and the luxuries of electricity and running water—can wait, maybe forever, as long as Jake doesn’t have to come out. He doesn’t plan on Kurt’s vision of his future being as narrow and direct as the single track roads through the trees.

“Your future, your fear, and me,” Kurt tells Jake. “You can have two of the three, so choose wisely.” Jake may have no choices left after they stumble on armed men guarding a beautiful but deadly crop that doesn’t belong among the pines and spruces. Angry men with guns are only one danger in the Colorado wilderness, and Jake’s reluctance to come out is now his smallest problem.

Kurt’s skills and Jake’s silver tongue may not be enough to get them out of this mess—how much of the blood shed on the mountain will be theirs?

Product Link(s): http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Blood-on-the-Mountain-Audiobook/B00S5HOUYM

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3446

Reviewer: Tams

Review: Jake and Kurt are back where it all started pulling another Ranger season in the Rockies, the two twin cots are stacked in the corner and they are still sleeping on the bed they bought and moved into the cabin. The fridge is still hanging by a rope. Buried in the cold water that lies at the feet of the log they made love next to for the first time. And sadly, Jake is still hanging more than just clothes in his closet.

When they stumble upon a field of flowers that should not be in the Rockies, all hell breaks loose and Jake winds up critically injured. It forces him to retire from the Rangers and separates him and Kurt. So Jake has to make a decision, Kurt gave him a choice…

“Your fear, your future, and me… You can have two of the three, so choose wisely.”

Let me start by saying that several times throughout this story I wanted to beat the shit out of Jake. Kurt has the patience of a saint I assure you. I was about ready to stop the audio and chalk this one up to a DNF when the proverbial shit hit the fan and suddenly, I was fully invested again.

So kudos to Singer for taking me to the brink and then reeling back in again like a flopping sea bass! The circumstance surrounding Jake’s injury made my head spin, I can’t say more, let’s just say spoilers, you’ll have to read for yourself, its great suspense and personal agony though.

As crazy as Jake drives me sometimes, I’m so invested in these two characters. I have to continue on their crazy, sometimes deadly, and always entertaining journey with them with each and every story. The suspense in this particular installment was taken up a notch from the Ski resort fiasco, I was on the edge of my seat, literally, and I almost fell!

Finn Sterling continues his role as narrator for Singers words, and I am so happy this author hasn’t gone the way several authors of series have as of late, changing narrators too far into the mix. Sterling has a certain tone set for these two characters… Kurt is the protector, while Jake may be a little bit bigger than him and they are a versatile couple, Kurt always has this protective bravado circling him and Sterling delivers that in spades.

I got a little misty eyed at the end a couple of times. In the hospital and then when Kurt stole the tanker to drive out to the college to see Jake. And let me just say, I adore Jake’s mother so much after this book. You’ll see why at the very end, god love her! Anywho, just be prepared for a bit of angst and drama and indecisiveness from Jake for the first half of the book.

These guys are so smexy when they get going though that you can’t help but be drawn in.

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Unexpected Alpha by Amber Kell

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Series: N/A
Author: Amber Kell
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (69 pages)
Publisher: Amber Kell (April 12th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: All profits from this book will be donated to the Autism Society of Washington.

Stanley didn’t expect his life to change when he went jogging one night. Barely surviving a dog attack he woke in a strange bed with odd urges. He didn’t mind the sexy man hovering over him. In fact if Fen wished to join him in bed he’d have no objections.

Fenris wanted the Alpha at his first growl. The sexy man’s commanding air and sweet smile were a combination out of Fen’s hottest dreams. Unfortunately family issues and outside forces tried to push the lovers apart and keep them from their happily ever after.

Faced with opposition Stanley did the only thing he could. He let everyone know that the new alpha on the block wouldn’t accept anyone getting between him and his man.

ISBN: 978-1-31037-803-4

Purchase Link(s): http://www.amberkellbooks.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=101

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-unexpectedalpha-1780933-145.html

http://www.amazon.com/Unexpected-Alpha-Amber-Kell-ebook/dp/B00W0QIEPU

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/534992

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: Stanley is minding his own business running in the park at night when he is attacked by what turns out to be a rapid alpha werewolf. So starts the journey for Stanley into the world of the paranormal. Lucky for him he is not alone as his new mate Fen is there to help him.

With a wacky cast of secondary characters and an annoying villain, this was an awesome little short. Stanley and Fen are just so cute together. They are a perfect match from the start. This was fast paced with off the wall dialogue, hilarious scenes, spicy sex, and a happy ending.

I can’t help loving a book by Amber Kell. They always make me laugh and just enjoy reading them. This was no different. And really what more could you ask for, except maybe for more.

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Naughty Nekos by Shawn Bailey

naughtynekosTitle: Naughty Nekos
Series: N/A
Author: Shawn Bailey
Genre: Interracial/ Paranormal/ Shape-Shifter
Length: Novella (146 Pages)
Publisher: Siren/Bookstrand Publishing (March 11, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Middle-school teacher Jordan James is walking home from school late one evening in the rain and sees a black cat in a box trying to keep dry. He takes the poor thing home, dries it, pets it, and feeds it some milk. The cat looks at him with beautiful green eyes and purrs at him. At that moment, the lonely introvert Jordan decides to keep the kitty as a pet.

Sasha the cat gets caught in a torrential rain fall on a deserted street in Tokyo, Japan and finds protection in a discarded box. Then along comes a man with an umbrella and a briefcase who offers him shelter from the storm. He is everything Sasha has ever wanted in a master…kind, considerate, and handsome.

But can he risk sharing his secret with someone who looks like he’s afraid of his own shadow?

ISBN: 978-1-63259-036-7

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/naughty-nekos

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is a very unique story that was a fascinating tale. I must admit that there is something about it that makes it a tad bit hard to actually fall in love with but the story comes pretty close. It is told in such a way that will keep you captivated and also wondering at the same time. I was trying to figure out how the others will meet their mate when this did not state a series, so I will sit back and hope for one.

Jordan is originally from the United States but teaches in Japan. There is a mixture of feelings coming from him about it all. He has a soft heart for others, and he proves it when he picks up a cute kitten that was stuck in the rain. Won’t he be surprised to find out that cute little kitten is in fact a full-grown man?

Sasha is a shape shifter who is also a demon. He and his brothers had been once human, until a witch cast a spell and transformed them. They had been sold several times and used for making money. Their last master was quite evil and wanted them back.

The one who holds the book of shadows and the orb controls them. When Jordan saves him, not only is he turned the hell on but he has found their new master. Now if only Jordan is just up for the whole thing. Let’s just say Sasha is very ready to fill Jordan up.

This is a cute story that has a bit of danger in it that will keep your attention. It gave me almost everything I could ask for in a story. I had a blast reading it and would recommend reading it. Sasha at first seems like a little cutie but he is in fact very strong and protective of his new mate. I am not too sure which one I love more though.

Guess I will just have to read it more than once.

Good for Me by Aeryn Tyler

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Series: For Me, #1
Author: Aeryn Tyler (Jaden)
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (192 words)
Publisher: Aeryn Tyler (22 Dec 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: Tyler is a young college professor whose main trait is his clumsiness. His quirky habit of just blurting the stray thoughts running through his brain usually lands him in trouble. He needs a keeper, if you ask Bain.

Bain would like nothing more that to accept the role of Tyler’s keeper. And introduce him to all the things the geeky prof has ignored until now. If only things were simpler. The timing couldn’t be worse for meeting a guy he really liked.

Things get even messier when Tyler is attacked and ends up in medical care not once…but twice. Misunderstandings and Tyler’s lack of experience just top the situation.

Will they sort it out? Or will their attraction lead them only to more trouble?

ASIN: B00RBRBG12

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com.au/Good-Me-Aeryn-Jaden-ebook/dp/B00RBRBG12

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This book has a fun formula – a nerdish, bookish young professor meets a new, sexy student who once was a security guard at the college plus being rather mysterious. Simple premise and overall it is quite enjoyable, which is why it was so painful for me to rate so low. To quote Mal from Firefly, “honestly, there could be tears”. So first off, I’ll go through why this is a great story.

First off the main characters, Tyler and Bain: Tyler is cute, sexy and completely nerdy while Bain is hall, hunky and very much a macho man. They have great chemistry together. There was also some great banter as well as a rather intriguing clash in their personalities. Then there are a couple of minor characters that spark my interest, particularly Tyler’s brother (complicated but I will come back to him later). The story itself flowed well and kept me turning the page despite what I am about to outline next. The point is, I cannot tell you enough how much I loved this story.

However, there is a big, big, big, BUT!

It’s the editing that has really got me wanting to cry. There is multiple times where words are misspelled by one or two letters, leading to the misuse of words. I normally would not point this out because no book is perfect and there is usually one minor silly grammatical error or another in every book. Here, you can’t go a more than a couple of pages without at least one error (I really did want to cry when in the middle of a good scene there were two on one page). Normally, this type of thing would turn me off of reading but I went on because of the story.

Which leads me back to Tyler’s brother, Sean: he is al mysterious and I get why (you will too if you read the book and get some of his back story). Particularly in the first half of the book, there was something missing about Sean and his story. I can’t put my finger on it but I really did want more of him in some capacity.

There was also a part of a chapter which was written Sean’s his POV, a rather large deviation from after only hearing from Tyler and Bain. The book is entirely first person which made this all the more confusing. I had to go back and read a few times to realise which character I was reading. It was interesting, but it needed to be flagged more clearly.

The reason why I’ve harped on about Sean so long is because he is a main character for the next book in this series, which despite my misgivings on this one. I really do look forward to reading.

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

Home Run by Willa Okati

81ybE3CozQL._SL1500_Title: Home Run
Series: Mighty Casey, # 2
Author: Willa Okati
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (111 pages)
Publisher: Loose Id (July 29th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: If opposites attract—and in this case, they do—then Casey and Nate fit like puzzle pieces. Though married for a year and still rocking the honeymoon lifestyle, Casey’s starting to feel like it’s time for the next big challenge.

Casey’s never been interested in having kids, but knows Nate would love a family of their own and would be a fantastic father. He thinks he’s ready to put aside past prejudices, but he knows it’s not the kind of decision you make on a whim. Nate only wants to have a family with Casey if Casey wants it just as much. Neither would accept anything less.

The annual Rule family reunion is the perfect time and place for Casey to take his hopes for a test drive and inform his choice. He’ll have plenty of chances to practice—with Nate’s ménage-a-parents and seven sisters, there’s a smorgasbord of family to observe and a half-dozen babies to test his limits.

(And a few games to play. This is Nate, after all!)

Is Casey ready to grant Nate his wish to become a dad and wind up the pitch for a proper “home” run?

ISBN: 9781623004088

Purchase Link(s): http://www.loose-id.com/mighty-casey-home-run.html

Reviewer: RG

Review: This book starts where Mighty Casey ended. Hot, sexy and great secondary Characters abound.

Casey and Nate are getting ready to go to Nate’s family reunion when Casey pulls up to Nate’s school. He gets met by Kenneth and told that Nate is running the practice for the kindergartener’s pee wee soccer team. This being Nate and Casey they have to pull over once for a sex break, before they get to Nate’s family home in the Appalachian Mountains.

Nate’s parental unit is a threesome, his mother, Zadie and his dads Smokey Joe and Rudy. Then there is Nate’s Seven Sisters and their husbands and kids. More than a full house. Speaking of that the house is almost a character in itself as it has had many additions added to it and it is a running joke that if a new comer ask for directions to the nearest bathroom that you can’t get there from here.

It is decided that Nate and Casey, in honor of the marriage, will be the Lords of Misrule for this gathering. So they get to determine what games are played Nate take’s charge of Outdoor activities and Casey indoor activities. While at the reunion Casey is deciding whether he is ready to have children with Nate. Nate who can read him like a book knows this and tells him that he shouldn’t decide by what he thinks Nate would want, but only if he was ready. It turns out that Casey is a child whisperer, able to settle the most cantankerous and cranky children in just a few minutes.

Eamon a secondary character is at the family reunion for the first time. Zeke, his fiancé, is on a commercial fishing boat and unable to attend. so Eamon is going for him. Eamon is shy and sweet and he and Zeke have been together since high school, but only became engaged after they finished college.

Nate, as a surprise for Eamon, goes to pick up Zeke from the airport. When Zeke was able to make a surprise trip home for the reunion. And to mask why he went, Mimi, Roger, and Kenneth are brought to the homestead first. Let just say, that the scene when Zeke arrives during the firework display and helped Eamon to light his firework. The reunion of them is touching and I would love to read their story.

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

Shifting Cargo by Tina Blenke Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Tina Blenke stopping by today on the blog tour for her latest release Shifting Cargo, we have a great excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and Shorty’s review. So enjoy the post and click that Rafflecopter link ❤ ~Pixie~ 

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Shifting Cargo

(Shifting Paradigm 03)
by

Tina Blenke

Ramey’s world is shattered when his brother dies suddenly. He tries to go through the motions, day by agonizing day, doing the best that he can at his job, but it’s not enough. Months of depression escalates into alcohol use and drug abuse to numb the pain. For the past year, he’s been dreading meeting with his lawyer and accepting his brother’s death. The pain becomes too much to bear and Ramey is caught with cocaine at work and fired immediately. When he hits rock bottom, he realizes that he’s disrespecting his brother’s memory and checks himself into rehab with the help of an unlikely friend.

Londyn’s life is perfect living as a wolf Shifter in the Pack Lands. He’s been working in the family business and happy living in his cabin in the woods. Londyn has high expectations for the perfect mate to make his life complete.

Can Ramey accept his destiny as a Shifter’s mate? And is his love for the wolf Shifter worth leaving behind the demons and the only world he’s ever known?

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Lock and Key by T. Strange Book Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hiya guys, we have T. Strange popping in to show off her brand new release Lock and Key, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant review so check out the post and click that Rafflecopter link ❤ ~Pixie~

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Lock and Key

by

T. Strange

After meeting Terry at a motorcycle show, Gavin is sure he’s found the man of his dreams. While he’s fantasized about BDSM for years, Gavin has never had a play partner and Terry is happy to teach him. After playing together for a few months, Terry has to leave on a business trip. Terry gives Gavin the key to his apartment so Gavin can sleep in, but Gavin isn’t sure he’s ready for that level of commitment. While he likes and trusts Terry—and loves the kinky sex they have together—Gavin has to decide which he can’t give up: Terry, or his freedom.

Part one was originally published as Boots and Leather by Torquere Press.

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