Cross & Crown by Abigail Roux ~ audiobook

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Series: Sidewinder, #2

Author:  Abigail Roux

Narrator: Brock Thompson

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 6 hours and 50 minutes

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (11-18-2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: When Nick O’Flaherty arrives at the scene of a double homicide to find he has a witness to the crime, he thinks it’s his lucky day. But when he realizes his witness is suffering from amnesia and can’t even remember his own name, Nick wishes he’d gone with his gut and put in for vacation time.

Then Nick’s boyfriend and former Recon teammate, Kelly Abbott, joins him in Boston, and Nick finds his hands a little too full as the case and his personal life collide. The witness he’s dubbed “JD” is being tailed by Julian Cross, a retired CIA hitman. To complicate matters further, JD forms an attachment to Nick that Nick struggles not to respond to as they search for the key to JD’s identity.

Trying to determine whether JD is friend or foe as they investigate the crime puts them on the trail of a much older mystery. When multiple attempts are made on their lives, Nick is forced to turn to old enemies and new allies to solve a centuries-old crime before he and Kelly get added to the history books.

Product Link: http://amzn.to/1RLXsDc

Reviewer: Tams

Review: Nick has finally gone back to work full-time for the Boston PD, at Kelly’s urging, and he’s ready for a weekend off with Kelly who is flying into town for a couple of weeks. Just hours before Kelly’s plane lands, an odd case lands on Nick’s desk. A local bookstore that specialized in rare books is shot up. Two dead and one witness slash possible suspect suffering from amnesia is all Nick and his partner have to go on.

Instead of spending the weekend naked and in bed wrapped around Kelly, Nick winds up neck-deep in a case that has Nick asking for help from an old associate he never wanted to be in the same room with again.

Okay, this book was equal parts hysterical and frightening. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, not knowing the true identity of “JD” Nick and Kelly relying on him, when he could be more suspect than witness, it was nerve-racking! Then there is the appearance of Julian Cross, that can never mean anything good.

What I love so much about Nick and Kelly is that they have this unbreakable bond, forged over years in the service doing unspeakable things all in the name of God and Country. They have a trust, friendship and admiration for each other that only makes their love that much stronger.

While I absolutely enjoy Ty and Zane, I’m happy that Nick and Kelly while still getting into trouble all the damn time, like their brother series companions; their love story is softer, different. So readers get to see the other side of romance and a relationship from Roux who is no doubt, an amazing writer.

Narrated by Brock Thompson and my favorite thing about his voice is the native Bostonian accent he nails, flawlessly. Nick’s partner on the force had me in stitches with his tone and attitude, one of my favorite lines in the book came from him…

“Is it even sex with you two? Or just, sparring?”

His tones and inflections were spot on, emotion evident with changes in the mood of the story. Most importantly, he really conveys Kelly’s easy going nature, the calmer attitude that Kelly possesses that keeps Nick grounded.

Fans of Abigail Roux’s Cut & Run series will surely enjoy this series. Folks that enjoy a good mystery, flying by the seat of your pants, passionate and emotional connections between your MC’s will enjoy this book as well.

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

Talk Dirty to Me by Jessie G

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Series:  Devils Pride MC

Author: Jessie G

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 233 Pages

Publisher: Jessie G Books (March 07, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb:  As a secret agent for the DEA, Snake’s gone deep into Devils Pride MC with the hope of bringing down the head of Miami’s lucrative drug trade and finds himself saddled with the club’s volatile and secretive SA instead.

Unfortunately, after years as partners doing shit neither of them wanted to do for reasons neither of them felt comfortable sharing, Snake considers Trick his best friend. Now he’ll do anything to repair the damage his own necessary lies did to their friendship because, while Trick may have walked away from the MC, Snake needs someone he trusts to have his back.

Meanwhile, Snake’s contact at the DEA has him tied up in knots. The sexy voice and inappropriate comments have him walking around with a permanent set of blue balls. Life undercover is lonely and he lives for every phone call, but his own personal Deep Throat is skittish about committing to a date once Snake returns to headquarters. As far as Snake’s concerned, they only have one shot to build something together and he’s not willing to waste it.

Greg knows he’s not Snake’s type, or anyone’s for that matter. Former love interests called him plain, chubby, and boring. More comfortable in his tech cave than with people, he’s a grade A nerd who isn’t exactly GQ material. Normally he would never be brave enough to flirt with anyone—much less the very hot and very dangerous ginger who’d been starring in his nightly fantasies—but Snake needed something to keep him from getting lost undercover.

What started out as a helping hand quickly became an integral part of their relationship—if one could call a five year phone conversation a relationship—and Greg is terrified that once Snake’s sees the wizard behind the curtain, he’ll lose the only man he’s ever loved.

Now the DEA has called Snake home to plan the next stage of the mission, leaving Greg no more places to hide. When fantasy and reality collide, will it be everything Snake hopes for or everything Greg fears?

The trick will be staying alive long enough to figure out the answer.

ISBN:  JSSGBK0000009

Product Link: http://amzn.to/1pPbeIv

Reviewer: KathyMac

Review: Have you ever felt that you have nothing to offer another person, physically? You look in the mirror and all you see are blemishes, runaway hair, too overweight, and your self-esteem plummets. That’s what Greg sees when he looks at himself.

Oh, he’s super smart, quirky, a little too nerdy, maybe a tad snarky. After all, he does work for the FBI as an Assistant Supervisor Special Agent in the Intelligence Division so of course he also has mad computer skills. Being assigned to Snake (Gene to Greg) who is undercover in the Devil’s Pride MC as his handler is something Greg takes very seriously. Gene’s life is on the line and he relies on fast and correct information being fed to him through the phone by Greg.

What starts out as simple flirting, and it is simple and fun because it’s over the phone and not face to face, turns into a five-year relationship. Snake is on one of the longest undercover assignments ever and Greg has taken on the responsibility of making sure Gene doesn’t lose himself in the process. He may be Snake to everyone in the motorcycle club and even to his other agents in the FBI, but he will always be Gene to Greg.

Over the five-year assignment, Greg and Gene have reached a very intimate comfort level with each other. During their nightly phone conversations, they share their personal lives with each other. They talk about family, goals and dreams, and they share fantasies and have even gone as far as acting them out together, over the phone.

For Greg, it’s heaven because Gene only hears his voice and he will never see what he looks like and that allows Greg to be more open and honest and try things with Gene that face to face he would never have the guts to do. However, Snake is coming out from being undercover and the first place he wants to go is to see Greg. It’s time. And, he’s more than ready to make their shared fantasies a reality.

Greg is freaking out because after five years, he will finally see the man of his dreams. He starts to doubt and question everything about himself, about their friendship/relationship, and how Gene will, no doubt, be completely turned off by the real person. His self-esteem is hanging by a thread and it would be much easier to cancel his “date” with Gene. His insecurities are winning the fight and he’s ready to bow out, quietly.

Of course, Gene knows Greg, just as intimately, so he predicts Greg will spit and sputter his way out of their date and he’s not going to let that happen. Gene has already fallen in love with the voice, the pictures, the promises they’d made, so glasses, messy hair, and a paunchy belly have no bearing on his decision to be with Greg, in every way possible.

“I like what I see. More importantly, I really like what I know.” Gene shook his head, a touch of frustration in his gaze. “With me, you never have to pretend to be something you’re not. I’m already hooked, don’t you get that?” –Snake/Gene

Being back with the Devil’s Pride MC was intense and invigorating. Snake is only away from the undercover operation for three weeks and then he has to go back. During his time away from the MC, he spends as much time with Greg as possible and even though Greg continues to be self-conscious about his appearance they spend quite a bit of time in the bed, under the sheets, putting into play their fantasies.

Gene may come across as a hardened criminal, hardcore gang member, and/or a man who would just as soon kill you as to look at you, but that is Snake, not Gene. Gene is very romantic and he works tirelessly trying to convince Greg that he means what he says. He’s attracted to Greg sexually but also mentally. He loves everything about him and over time, hopefully, Greg will learn to see himself as Gene sees him.

Throughout the story, there is a continuous vibe of danger and suspense always running in the background. Snake has a mission, and with his friends by his side, such as Ty Malone and Alaric Bennett, and of course, Greg digging constantly for vital information, they have a plan to bring down the scum of human traffickers and drug lords within the MC.

Jessie G is a master at weaving suspense and theories back and forth and as the reader you begin to question everyone’s motives. Someone is leaking information, possibly ratting our informants and operatives and until that person is caught, no one is safe. You will be on the edge of your seat as they confront danger and you find yourself in constant fear of retaliation and you’re never quite sure who to believe.

All of these elements combined, along with the sex and dirty talk, create a powerful story of romance and intrigue. Who is leaking the information and putting everyone at risk? Will Snake be able to walk away from the MC without having to watch over his shoulder 24/7? And, if he does walk away, will Greg go with him? So many twists and turns, suspicion and deception, that you will be on pins and needles.

There are several new players that are brought in and I can’t wait to see how they play out in future stories. Everyone in the MC is not bad, in fact, most of them are not, but it’s really hard to tell who to trust and who to watch out for.

I’m looking forward to figuring it out.

A recommended read that can easily be a standalone, but reading the first book, Tricking Chase, will make your journey into this world of deception so much better. So much better.

 

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The Star Host by F.T. Lukens

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Series:  N/A

Author: F.T. Lukens

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: 258 pages

Publisher: Interlude Press (March 3, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: Ren grew up listening to his mother tell stories about the Star Hosts – a mythical group of people possessed by the power of the stars. The stories were the most exciting part of Ren’s life, and he often dreamed about leaving his backwater planet and finding his place among the neighboring drifts.

When Ren is captured by soldiers and taken from his home, he must remain inconspicuous while plotting his escape. It’s a challenge since the general of the Baron’s army is convinced Ren is something out of one of his mother’s stories.

He finds companionship in the occupant of the cell next to his, a drifter named Asher. A member of the Phoenix Corps, Asher is mysterious, charming, and exactly the person Ren needs to anchor him as his sudden technopathic ability threatens to consume him. Ren doesn’t mean to become attached, but after a daring escape, a trek across the planet and an eventful ride on a merchant ship,

Asher is the only thing that reminds Ren of home. Together, they must warn the drifts of the Baron’s plans, master Ren’s growing power, and try to save their friends while navigating the growing attraction between them.

ISBN: 978-1-941530-73-3

Product Link: http://store.interludepress.com/collections/ebooks/products/the-star-host-by-f-t-lukens-ebook-edition

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Wow, just wow. I loved this book. Filled with mystery, adventure, secrets and drama this story takes you on a journey that may or may not end in tragedy. A Baron who takes people from villages for power, invades Ren’s village. In an attempt to keep his younger brother from being taken he diverts their attention to himself.

I seriously hated the soldiers. They were brutes that did not care about the captives in any way. Ren is isolated from everyone in his group. In a cell next to his he meets Asher, an ex-military man. The two grow closer as the story progresses. Ren is very powerful in his own right as he has a piece of a star inside him. But he can be dangerous if in the wrong hands of someone who controls him.

I really felt bad for Ren as he witnessed his friend’s treatment or demise. No one should have to go through that. Some scenes were horrifying and left me in a state of shock while others made me angry on behalf of the way the victims were treated.

This was a riveting story that holds the reader spellbound until the very end.  I really liked this world. It was full of danger and uncertainty as to the end results.

Great read.

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Jonathan’s Promise by Hans M. Hirschi Release Day Blast, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Hans M. Hirschi stopping by with his newest release Jonathan’s Promise, we have a great excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and Lisa’s review, so enjoy the post and click that giveaway link ❤ ~Pixie~

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Jonathan’s Promise

(Jonathan Trilogy 02)
by

Hans M. Hirschi

Jonathan made Dan a promise – a promise that will affect the remainder of his life. But what does he have left to live for?

When their grandson Parker and his fiancé Cody move in with him, the three of them embark on a journey to shed light on Dan’s roots.

A heart-warming sequel to Jonathan’s Hope, Jonathan’s Promise deals with aging and the ultimate consequences of wedding vows. Are we entitled to a second shot at happiness? When is ‘for worse’ too much to handle?

In this trilogy:

Jonathan’s Hope (Book 1) | Jonathan’s Promise (Book 2) | Jonathan’s Legacy (Book 3)

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The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson by Sean Kennedy Guest Post & Excerpt!

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The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson

by

Sean Kennedy

There is no Plan B.

After being outed in an especially brutal way and briefly running away from home, Micah Johnson has sworn to get his life back on the straight and narrow.  Well, not so much straight, but you know what he means.

Unfortunately the path to redemption is not an easy one.  With fights at school and on the football field and an all-round snarky attitude as his number one defense mechanism, will Micah survive the school year and the training camps to achieve his dream of making the national draft and becoming a professional AFL player?

His mentor, Declan Tyler, believes in him, but Micah wishes he had the same confidence in himself.  Only time will tell if the ongoing reformation of Micah Johnson will be successful.

Release date: 7th April 2016

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Bailey by Stormy Glenn and Bellann Summer

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Series: Battle Bunnies, #1

Author: Stormy Glenn & Bellann Summer

Genre: Paranormal/Shape-shifter

Length: 79 pages

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing (March 29, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: They know a thousand ways to kill…and zero ways to love.

As a Battle Bunny, honed in the fires of hell, Bailey fights every day just to function. Blind since birth, the skills he learned to protect himself after years of torture at the hands of a sadistic scientist keep him alive, but nothing can protect him from the mate he discovers on a rescue mission. Harvey Blackstone watched his brother die a slow agonizing death from behind the bars of the cage he had been tossed into. He vowed revenge on those that took his only family, if he survives that long.

When the doors opened and the most stunning man he had ever seen steps inside, Vey is close to death. Discovering the man who rescues him is also his mate seems like a gift from the gods. Claiming Bailey is not the same as keeping him safe. The scientists that kept him prisoner are after them all, and it will take more than a family of Battle Bunnies to keep them all safe. It will take a miracle.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-168-2

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/bailey

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: In paranormal romances one is always used to wolves and big felines being the heroes of the world, but in this new series it is the bunnies that are the true hero’s. This series is a new fresh idea that is positively amazing. I love the serious tone that it has mixed in with quite a bit of humor in it. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end.

When I saw the series title I knew it was going to be one that I needed to read. It was topped off with the names of the authors. Bellann and Stormy are two of my favorite authors and are usually ones that I will be buying automatically so I knew that this was going to be a top story for me. I was not disappointed at all.

Bailey and his bunny brothers had been held for years in a research lab only to be rescued by the people who hated to see animals mistreated. They had not known that Bailey and his brothers were shifters. Over the years they rescued other shifters from the same fate as them. They had been given the name of battle bunnies, myths and legends. On one of their rescues Bailey notices a scent that he can’t ignore. What he finds not only shocks him but has him dancing for joy. He has found his mate.

Vey and his brother are gargoyles and had been tortured and experimented on for quite some time. After his brothers agonizing death, Vey had almost gave up. That is until the sexiest little man saved him. It will take all of them to keep each other safe from the ones wanting them back.

This story rocked and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next story. I loved the characters even more when I found out that Bailey is not only the youngest in his family but was also blind. He showed that he had many gifts and could protect those he loved. I also loved how Vey wanted to protect him at all cost.

I had so much fun reading this and would definitely recommend it.

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

Jonathan’s Promise by Hans M. Hirschi

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Series: Jonathan Trilogy, #2

Author: Hans M. Hirschi

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 214 pages

Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (March 31, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Jonathan made Dan a promise – a promise that will affect the remainder of his life. But what does he have left to live for?

When their grandson Parker and his fiancé Cody move in with him, the three of them embark on a journey to shed light on Dan’s roots.

A heart-warming sequel to Jonathan’s Hope, Jonathan’s Promise deals with aging and the ultimate consequences of wedding vows. Are we entitled to a second shot at happiness? When is ‘for worse’ too much to handle?

ISBN: 978-1-78645-030-2

Product Link: http://www.beatentrackpublishing.com/?ref=jonathanspromise

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I have read many books over the years some good and some bad, but very rarely have I came across a book that is very emotional and heart-felt. This author is new to me so I was a bit leery of reading this story. At the time I had not known that there was even a first book before this. I had only seen the title so totally skipped the first story which I will definitely have to fix.

Every once in a blue mile do you come across a book that you wish that you could rate higher than what is available but this is one of those stories. The world that was created was not only loving but very tempting. Although I must admit I wasn’t sure about the beginning and I can honestly say that I hated the ending but not for the reason one would expect.

Jonathan had sixty years with the man he loved. He knew that he would never have another and didn’t really want to go forward in his life. He had made a promise to Dan, to continue to live. To learn to love once more. Dan had been in love once more and Sean had died before his time. It was time for Dan to join Sean and for Jonathan to continue to love once more.

Parker had been afraid to introduce the man he loved to his family. Cody was born blind and he was black, but that was not why he was afraid. He was afraid of his family not loving him once more. With Parker and Cody moving in with Jonathan it teaches them that love will keep strong. Jonathan was to keep his promise to Dan and he had to see that there was still time for more happiness.

This story has its ups and its downs but you can see that their love is complete. When Cody had his accident I thought for sure that it was going to go downhill for them all. As for Marc, he was a miracle worker that showed Jonathan that it was possible. You will meet many wonderful people in this story and I can tell you that it is like you are right there with them. You are celebrating with them, you are scared with them and you are in pain with them, but you will also see that there is life after all.

You will need a box of Kleenex’s to read this book because it will have your heart breaking and tears in your eyes.

I will have to read the first book because after reading this I want to know about Jonathan’s life with Dan. However I am not sure if I truly want to read the next book, because I do not want to cry over these guys. They were perfect and I absolutely loved them. This author has an amazing gift and I am grateful to have had a chance to read this story.

It was amazing and I would definitely recommend it.

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Patchwork Paradise by Indra Vaughn Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Indra Vaughn popping in with the tour for her new release Patchwork Paradise, we have a great excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and Aerin’s review so enjoy the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Patchwork Paradise

by

Indra Vaughn

Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.

The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.

When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.

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The Last Favor by Meg Harding Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Meg Harding popping in with the tour to her upcoming release The Last Favor, we have a great guest post, a fantastic excerpt and a brilliant giveaway, so enjoy the post and click that giveaway link ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Last Favor

by

Meg Harding

Three years ago Andrew Wilson and Flynn Barnett were in a relationship, until Flynn made a mistake that nearly cost Andrew his life. Andrew walked away from the FBI, his home, and his partner, and started over back in Montreal, running a restaurant. 

Fast forward to the present and Andrew is knee-deep in preparations for his sister’s wedding. When an ex-colleague calls to ask for one last favor, the last person he expects to walk through his door is Flynn, in need of a place to stay. Only thing is, Andrew can’t say no. 

Two weeks of wedding hijinks bring back all the old feelings that have simmered below the surface. Caught in a cycle of fighting and making up, the two men try to figure out if there’s anything they can salvage. And even if there is, Andrew can’t be sure this time will be any different.

Release date: 6th April 2016
Pre-order: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon  | ARe

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Will & Patrick Meet the Mob by Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths Book Blast, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths stopping by with their new addition to the Wake Up Married serial Will & Patrick Meet The Mob, we have a great excerpt a fantastic giveaway and Lisa’s review, so enjoy the post and click that giveaway link ~Pixie~

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Will & Patrick Meet the Mob

(Wake Up Married 05)
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Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths

Follow Will & Patrick in this fifth installment of the romantic-comedy serial, Wake Up Married, by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!

Patrick has finally accepted that he’s in love with Will, but his newfound determination to do something about that runs up against his father-in-law’s mobster plans. Though just what those plans are have as yet to be determined. As far as Will and Patrick can tell, they consist of blowing through town, wreaking small havoc, and turning the Patterson family’s lives on end.

Will must face the truth about his family before he can fully come to terms with his feelings for Patrick. And Patrick has to decide if this whackadoodle world is something he truly wants to be part of forever.

Episode 5 of 6 in the Wake Up Married serial.

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Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods by Asta Idonea Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Asta Idonea popping in with the tour for her brand new release Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods, we have a great excerpt, and we also have a audio excerpt and there’s a fantastic giveaway! So check out that the post and listen to & read the excerpt ad click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Beastly Businessmen and Guitar Gods

by

Asta Idonea

Fairytales and Myths for the Modern Gay

The modern age is devoid of magic.

Or is it?

How else could a stolen guitar or a lost shoe lead to love?

What but magic could spark romance at a workplace assessment?

Or turn a mean-spirited monster into a man?

Six fairytales and myths are given a contemporary MM twist in this collection of stories, proving that sometimes the mundane can be magical too.

DRAGGED INTO LOVE (Þrymskviða)

When Theo’s landlord steals a prized guitar in lieu of rent owed, he informs Theo he will return the instrument on one condition: he wants a date with Theo’s twin sister.

LOVE’S CODE (Ariadne and Theseus)

Andre must pass the examination if he wants to keep his job.

However, he is distracted by his unspoken love for fellow programmer, Eren.

GUESSING GAMES (Rumplestiltskin)

Sasha told a little white lie in his job interview and it won him the role.

Only now he is faced with a pile of work he doesn’t know how to complete.

ASSIGNATIONS AND ULTIMATUMS (The Strange Elopement of Tinirau)

Hunter and Ross are in love, but Ross’ father keeps trying to set him up with undesirable, yet powerful, older men, the latest of whom happens to be Ross’ boss.

LOST AND FOUND (Cinderella)

Cillian is dreading the work masquerade ball, but once there he finds himself romanced by a dashing stranger, only to flee when he discovers the man’s identity.

A DEBT IS A DEBT (Beauty and the Beast)

Dunstan Griffin is not a man to let a debt slide, so when debtor Alfred Siskin offers the EA services of his son, Wynn, in lieu of payment, Dunstan accepts.

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House Hunt by Jackie Keswick

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Series: The Power of Zero, #3
Author: Jackie Keswick
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 300 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 30, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Jack Horwood hates owing favors. But when a simple day out to treat Gareth to the best oysters in England leads to a discovery of drugs and counterfeit money—things that neither Jack nor Gareth have the jurisdiction to handle—he has to call in help. Help that doesn’t come cheap, and that forces him to do something he promised himself he’d never do again—walk away from Gareth and the family he’s starting to make for himself.

Three months undercover is a long time. After missing Gareth’s birthday, Jack is determined not to miss their first anniversary. But coming home and being home are two very different things. So when he is asked to assist with a corporate espionage investigation, Jack can’t say no, despite knowing it will impact his already straining relationship.

Except, of course, he’s walking into a trap….

ISBN: 978-1-63477-138-2

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7577

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I am not really sure what brought my attention to this series at first, but I have to say that I am having a blast reading them. Not only are they well written but the plot is one massive hit with me. The characters are fully developed and totally hot. I always did love a man with a gun. I have never really been a fan of mysteries but this is one of those that just pull you in and keep you captivated with them.

I have not read many stories by this author but am glad that I have taken the chance. Both of the guys have a past that seems to get in the way just a bit. Especially with Jack, it would seem that he just can’t say no to anyone.

What would have been a nice dinner out, has ended up with him leaving his family for three months all because he can’t say no. When they find drugs and money, Jack knew he needed help but asking always cost him in the end. He takes a case that has him gone for three months and now that he is back things are not looking up.

Then once again someone ask him for help and it turns out that it is one major trap. He finds his ass in a lot more trouble than he bargained for. It is up to Gareth to save his ass, or at least that is how Gareth sees it. It would seem that Jack has a bit of a tough streak in him. He kicks ass and takes names later, which for me is a big hit. I love these two together.

I had a blast reading this and would definitely recommend it. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next story.

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Happy by Chris Scully

HappyLGTitle:  Happy

Series: N/A

Author:  Chris Scully

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 147 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 30th, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Happy

Blurb: Growing up Greek-Canadian, Peter Georgiou always knew his duty was to his family, for whom twenty-first century rules don’t apply. In his early thirties, Peter still lives at home, dates who his parents tell him to, and works at the family restaurant. But watching his two best friends find happiness in each other’s arms has made him worry over his destiny.

When Louie Papadakis returns home to nurse his broken heart and start a new life, he can’t believe his sister is dating his high school crush, Peter. There’s a sadness behind Peter’s eyes that draws him in, and a chemistry he wishes he could ignore. After his closeted ex broke his heart, Louie is afraid to fall in love again, especially with a man who’s keeping secrets.

As Peter finds himself drawn to Louie in unexpected ways, old and new worlds collide. Then a family crisis forces Peter’s hand and he must decide if he’s willing to sacrifice his happiness for family duty.

ISBN: 9781634771399

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7560

Reviewer:  Kenna

Review: I wanted to love this story.  I really did.  I always enjoy it when people find each other after years apart, and I had high hopes for “Happy”. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t connect with the characters.

I grew up around families of Mediterranean descent, and family is the most important thing in their lives.  They’re utterly devoted to one another, and sometimes, that isn’t such a good thing.

Peter has allowed his family to hold him down for years and years, and it drove me freaking NUTS!  Peter is trapped living in his parents’ home.  Even though the basement has been converted into an “apartment”, he has zero privacy, with his mother just walking in, picking up his laundry, and hounding him about everything.

He’s stuck working in the family’s restaurant.  He’s supposed to be running it, and he has so many ideas to make it more successful, but his father continues to shoot all of them down.  Worst of all, he’s being forced to date a woman (of his Mother’s choosing), even though he’s gay.  He’s expected to marry her and crank out babies.  He’s absolutely miserable, and even though I felt sorry for him, I wanted to throttle him for tolerating all of this.

Louie has just broken up, and he’s come home to nurse his broken heart.  He just so happens to be the brother of the woman poor Peter has been dating.  Louie crushed on Peter back in high school, and when he sees him, he starts all over again.  Knowing it should be forbidden, he allows himself to become close to Peter…as friends.

It makes him sad and angsty, and Peter gives off so many mixed signals.  He flirts, he touches, and he gets jealous when Louie goes on dates.  It became uncomfortable to me.  Once again, I wanted to throttle Peter because of what he was doing to Louie’s heart.

I hated Peter’s family, especially his mother. She’s written stereotypically…overbearing and obnoxious.  She berates Peter for hanging around with Louie because of his sexual orientation.  She wants Peter to go into counseling with the priest of the Orthodox Church the family attends…to pretty much pray the gay away.

Peter had a few good friends, though, and they were relatively supportive.  Louie’s relationship with HIS family is strained, to say the least.  They’re shamed by his homosexuality.  Thankfully, toward the end, he and his sister become close again.

I feel like I’m ranting here.  Well, I guess I am.  I had a queasy feeling in my stomach the entire time I was reading.  There were some parts that were enjoyable.  I loved the sex scenes.  They were very hot. Especially the one in the dark restaurant.  The way Peter and Louie come together and unite through a crisis is great as well.

The last 20% or so saved this one for me.  Chris Scully’s writing style is smooth but very detailed. Even though “Happy” was only a 3.5 for me, I won’t hesitate to read some more of his work.

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

Close to You by Skylar M. Cates

CloseToYouLGTitle: Close to You

Series: Sunshine and Happiness, #3

Author: Skylar M. Cates

Genre: Contemporary/Abuse

Length: 248 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 28th 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Blurb: It’s hard to recover from a first love. Some people never do.

How hard would you fight to keep your best friend? Marc Lucas and Tomas Santos have been best friends forever, but now their friendship is in a crisis. When they were boys, betrayals ripped their world apart. They thought it was fixed, but some parts remained broken. Ever since he saved him from a humiliation at school, Marc has loved Tomas. The last thing he expects is for Tomas to love him back. To keep his best friend, Marc revisits an abusive past he’s tried to forget.

For Tomas, loving Marc has been anything but easy. His upbringing told him it was wrong, so why did it feel so right? Accepting who he is as an adult, Tomas decides he needs a committed relationship. To his deep sorrow, he can’t seem to find it with Marc.

When the two find themselves alone and in the grip of a hurricane, long-buried feelings emerge. Being “just friends” is no longer an option. They must risk it all on love.

ISBN: 9781634771368

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7478

Reviewer: Aerin

Review: After reading Lovers, Losers, and You, I was so excited for Marc and Tomas’s story. We already know these two have a history, although we don’t know what that is. One thing’s for sure though… Tomas and Marc love each other. We saw that in the previous book. We watched them fight and argue one moment, go to being best friends the next and making lovey-dovey faces at each other when they thought the other one wasn’t watching.

In Close to You, we get the full story. It’s not pretty, more heartbreaking than anything. But it reinforces what we already know about their friendship and explains the behavior and the choices they make as adults. It takes a force of nature to bring those two together. But, once they get there, they hold on to what they have and fight for the happiness they deserve.

Marc’s childhood is terrifying to even think of, and it definitely breaks my heart to think of any child living like that. Raised by an abusive and alcoholic father who plays the perfect police officer during the day, Marc is repeatedly abused both emotionally and physically. He’s also neglected and unkempt, and that makes him the dirty kid who always wears tore-up clothes. The stinky one and skinny one, the one who’s more like an animal than a human being. Nobody ever was on Marc’s side, until Tomas.

Tomas’s father passed away when he was still a child. He and his mother came to live with his very religious grandparents. Tomas knows he’s not supposed to like boys the way he likes Marc, but no matter how much he tries to change that, he can’t deny how right it feels.

Marc and Thomas become best friends who never give up on each other. They always have each other’s backs, and that beautiful friendship turns into a fragile first love. Tomas eventually learns that sometimes doing what’s best for the person you love also means breaking their heart and losing them.

Years later, Tomas and Marc found each other again. But no matter how much Tomas wants a permanent relationship with the one and only man he’s ever loved, Marc is emotionally unavailable. Marc loves Tomas as well, and Tomas knows that.

But Tomas is the only person in this world who means more than anything to Marc and he’s afraid to lose that if their relationship doesn’t work. They finally manage to get it together and communicate. And don’t you know it, communication solves everything! Their journey wasn’t an easy one, but in the end it was all worth it.

I’m not sure if I feel disappointed in how Marc and Tomas’s story was told, because I definitely enjoyed reading the book, but something unsettled me. It took me a long time to really get into the story and that’s easily blamed on the writing style.

There are so many flashbacks/ it disrupted the flow of the story to the point where I wanted them gone. I wanted to know more about Marc and Tomas, but not through flashbacks; I think a longer epilogue with their lives as children would’ve nicely done its job. As it was, it took FOREVER for Tomas and Marc to give in and figure things out.

Another thing that bothered me is that this book was told from a 3rd person’s POV (author maybe?) in the present tense, and that was awkward as hell. It was like having a creeper spy on these guys and tells you what they do and feel. It really got weird when Tomas and Marc got to have sex, because I can’t feel the intensity and connection between the participants unless one (or both of them) personally tells me about it.

The real issue was the present tense, it simply creeped me out. I don’t remember having the same issue with the previous books, but maybe I’m becoming picky.

This really was a good book and a great story, full of friendship and caring and love. I loved how the guys, all of them, made their own little family and helped each other through everything. I’m so excited for the next book, because it’s time for River to stop being miserable and love again. That dude needs to chill; I’m thinking a shot of (Captain) Morgan is what the doctor prescribes.

 

Just One Bite by AJ Jarrett

justonebiteTitle: Just One Bite

Series: Nehalem Pack, #28

Author: AJ Jarrett

Genre: Paranormal/Werewolves

Length: 128 pages

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Inc. (March 26, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: After suffering from years of abuse at the hands of his father then the NHS, Jaron Yarc is finally free. He’s been given the chance to start over and live the life he’s always wanted without anyone to get in his way. Its funny how life never goes as planned.

Trevor Higgins is riddled with guilt for his part in capturing Jaron and taking him back to the NHS. He never knew the despicable things that were being done to Jaron. All Trevor wants is to apologize to Jaron and to see for himself that the man he can’t seem to get out of his thoughts is doing fine. Little did he know that his obsession with Jaron ran deeper than just friendly concern.

Love happens when two people least expect it. It’s up to Jaron and Trevor to fight for what they want before an enemy from their past tries to steal their happiness away.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-128-6

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/just-one-bite

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Nehalem Pack collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

Trevor had at one time worked for the NHS. The NHS wanted to capture and experiment on shifters, but in truth they were making shifters. The head had even experimented on his own five-year old son, turning him into the first man-made shifter. A shifter that had the ability to change a human into a werewolf. Now that he had learned the truth, he decided to help the shifters with every power in him. He just had not expected to fall in love with Jaron. It would seem Jaron was his mate.

Jaron’s father had turned him into a shifter and tortured him daily. He had managed to escape for two years but ran when the hunters came. Trevor had been one of those hunters. Now he was filled with fear but also turned the hell on. Damn, it would seem he will finally get that family who loved him, which was what he always truly wanted.

It was the perfect story for me and I loved it. I can’t wait to read the next story.

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