The Dilemma by Victoria Sue Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have the brilliant Victoria Sue stopping by today with her newest installment of the Sirius’ Wolves series The Dilemma. We have a great excerpt and an exclusive sexy excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and Lisa’s review, so enjoy the post and click that giveaway link ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Dilemma

(Sirius’ Wolves 05)

Victoria Sue

Marcus has just become the only human ever to be Alpha of a werewolf pack and thwarted the plans of Anubis to destroy the goddess Sirius’ creation – the werewolves.

Now, Anubis has decided to focus his efforts instead on Marcus and his new pack, to try and destroy the pack from within. In order to do this, Anubis seeks the one thing Marcus wants above all else and when he finds it, will use that to get him to walk away from his lovers and the pack.

Unaware of the evil god’s plans, Marcus works together with Kellan and Ricoh, not only trying to help Nate recover from the vicious torture he has undergone at the hands of the terrorist group, The Winter Circle, but to also come to terms with leading a pack of over two thousand wolves.

Marcus soon will be faced with a dilemma, but will he give everything up for his mates and the pack or will the temptation Anubis offers him be too much for one human to refuse? Will Marcus put his wolves before himself or will he be tricked into leaving them behind forever?

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Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert Book Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Annabeth Albert popping in with her newest release Knit Tight, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway so enjoy the post and click that giveaway link ❤ ~Pixie~

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Knit Tight

(Portland Heat 04)

Annabeth Albert

It’s no secret that Portland, Oregon, has some of best restaurants, shops, and cafés in the country. But it’s the hard-working men who serve it all up that keep us coming back for more…

One of Portland’s hottest young baristas, Brady is famous for his java-topping flair, turning a regular cup of joe into a work of art. Every Wednesday—aka “Knit Night”—hordes of women and their needles descend on the coffeehouse, and Brady’s feeling the heat. Into the fray walks a tall, dark, and distractingly handsome stranger from New York. His name is Evren, and he’s the sexy nephew of Brady’s sweetest customer, the owner of the yarn shop down the street. He’s also got a killer smile, confident air, and masculine charm that’s tying Brady’s stomach in knots. The smitten barista can’t wait to see him at the next week’s gathering. But when he tries to ask Evren out, his plans unravel faster than an unfinished edge. If Brady hopes to warm up more than Evren’s coffee, he’ll have to find a way to untangle their feelings, get out of the friend zone, and form a close-knit bond that’s bound to last a lifetime…

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Torque by Charley Descoteaux Blog Tour, Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Charley Descoteaux stopping by on the last day of her Torque blog tour, we asked Charley what she would do if she had millions of dollars, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link ❤ ~Pixie~

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Charley Descoteaux

Sometimes letting things get complicated is the best way to figure it all out.

Mick Randall is on the run, from the biker culture he grew up in and his impossible vision of love. Alaska should be far enough to escape his old life—until he rolls into a wrecking yard and gets lost in a pair of pale, bottle-green eyes.

Scotty Bell has spent years learning to channel his fiery temper into the heat of a welding torch. His sexual heat has always been slower to ignite, but one look at Mick rouses confusion alongside desire. In all his life, he’s only been attracted to one other person—his best friend, Mercy Taylor.

Mick lands a temporary job at the yard, and finds an uneasy crash pad at Scotty’s place…where the ragged ends of his emotions get tangled up in Scotty and Mercy’s relationship.

But when Mick hears a Harley engine from his past bearing down on him, his first instinct is to go back to the half-life he’d been living. Lest his secrets destroy the only two people who’ve ever made him feel whole.

Warning: Contains references to abuse, subversive ideas about sexual identity and gender expression, and a free-range bisexual on a mission.

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Code Name Jack Rabbit by Elizabeth Noble Cover Reveal, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Elizabeth Noble stopping by to show off the cover to her upcoming release Code Name Jack Rabbit, we have a fantastic excerpt and a brilliant giveaway so check out that awesome cover and catch up a little with some of the characters from The Sleepless City series! Oh and don’t forget to click that giveaway link ❤ ~Pixie~

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Code Name Jack Rabbit

(The Vampire Guard 01)

Elizabeth Noble

Meet the newest members of the Vampire Guard, where legend and myth meet science and technology.

Jonas Forge, vampire. Once a spy and soldier, now a cop, Forge enjoys the life he’s built with his friends in Flint, Ohio.

Blair Turner, PhD. Blair, a vampire and computer hacker with exceptional skills, shares a powerful empathic bond with Forge, his soulmate.

Declan, vampire, ex-pirate, ex-fur trapper, thief, and con man. Declan is Forge’s former lover and soulmate to Lucas Coate.

Lucas Coate, MD, Flint’s medical examiner. A werewolf living amongst vampires, Lucas is also one of Forge’s best friends.

Their lives become complicated when an impending presidential visit throws them headlong into a world of high tech vampire spies and espionage. Recruited into the Vampire Guard by the secret society of the Akhkharu Nasaru, they uncover a werewolf terrorist organization known as the Qiguan.

Together they must thwart a murder attempt on the open waters of Lake Superior while tracking a previously unknown biological weapon controlled by the Qiquan—a weapon that may very well mean death for one of them.

Release date: 12th July 2016

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Withered + Sere by T.J. Klune Blog Tour, Guest Post & Excerpt!

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Hiya peeps, we have T.J. Klune stopping by today with his upcoming release Withered + Sere, T.J. chats about music and I’ve nicked a great excerpt so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Withered + Sere

(Immemorial 01)

T.J. Klune

Once upon a time, humanity could no longer contain the rage that swelled within, and the world ended in a wave of fire.

One hundred years later, in the wasteland formerly known as America, a broken man who goes only by the name of Cavalo survives. Purposefully cutting himself off from what remains of civilization, Cavalo resides in the crumbling ruins of the North Idaho Correctional Institution. A mutt called Bad Dog and a robot on the verge of insanity comprise his only companions. Cavalo himself is deteriorating, his memories rising like ghosts and haunting the prison cells.

It’s not until he makes the dangerous choice of crossing into the irradiated Deadlands that Cavalo comes into contact with a mute psychopath, one who belongs to the murderous group of people known as the Dead Rabbits. Taking the man prisoner, Cavalo is forced not only to face the horrors of his past, but the ramifications of the choices made for his stark present. And it is in the prisoner that he will find a possible future where redemption is but a glimmer that darkly shines.

The world has died.

This is the story of its remains.

Release date: 19th April 2016
Pre-order: DSP Publications  | Amazon

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Lord of Hearth, Lord of Hollow by Sera Kane & Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we have Sera Kane popping in with her upcoming debut story Lord of Hearth, Lord of Hollow, we also have a great excerpt for you to check out, so enjoy the post! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Lord of Hearth, Lord of Hollow


Sera Kane

Culinary school is hard enough for Aimes Cully without mixing in an utterly underwhelming physical appearance—too small, too delicate, too red-haired, too freckled, too human—added with the inability to magically improve the food—still too human—and facing the too beautiful, too fae-looking Aleksi’s teases and taunts. When rumors surface that Aimes’s older brother’s success is a lie, Aimes is determined to prove them wrong and show that pure-blooded humans are the equal of anyone with mixed blood.

But things get worse after Aimes is caught in a faerie ring and transported to the fae hollow of Lord Keanewyeth Ordorial. As the attraction heats up, it becomes obvious that there’s something wrong in the magical home. A cursed creature appears, and everything becomes jumbled as the secrets of their lives collide into a painful concoction of Aimes’s past and Keanewyeth’s present. But if they can meld their talents, they might be able to save each.

Release date: 20th April
Pre-order: Dreamspinner Press

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To Live Again by L.A. Witt

to-live-againTitle: To Live Again

Series: Distance Between Us, #6

Author: L.A. Witt

Genre: May/December Romance

Length: 253 pages

Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 12th 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: The heart doesn’t take requests. It calls the tune.

Greg Douglas’s wife surprised him with an early 25th anniversary gift: a divorce. Staying with friends Ethan and Rhett seems like a good idea, just until he gets back on his feet. The guys have an even better idea to take his mind off his troubles—take him out to explore the other half of his bisexuality.

After a quarter century suppressing his hidden desires, he’s not waiting any longer. Especially not after laying eyes on the gorgeous deejay at Wilde’s.

Deejay and single dad Sailo Isaia isn’t looking for anything serious. He’s definitely not out to be a sexual teacher, never mind to a man almost two decades his senior. But as Greg gets the hang of having a male lover, Sailo can’t help himself. They both keep coming back for more. And more. And more.

But a few nagging questions hold Sailo back from giving his whole heart. Is this just Greg’s midlife crisis and rebound fling? Or a chance to fill that empty space—forever—for both Sailo and his beloved son?

Product Warnings:  Contains an older guy who’s waited half his life for this, a younger guy who didn’t realize how lonely he was, and some very hot visits to the upstairs VIP lounge at Wilde’s. Author is not responsible for readers who can no longer look at a leather booth the same way again.

ISBN: 9781619231733

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Reviewer: Aerin

Review: Even though I couldn’t remember who Greg was for the life of me, I couldn’t put this book down once I started it. Not only was it beautifully written, but the characters are very real and very easy to connect with. This was the perfect blend of fiction that could very well be a real life story because nothing was exaggerated or far-fetched. The characters’ reactions are easy to understand and felt very real. And the sex was…….*falls over dead or in a sex-induced coma* hot!!!

Greg is in his late forties, has been a family man his whole life and has a lot to show for all the years spent with his wife: three beautiful children between the ages of 18 and 23, a cute granddaughter he loves with all his heart, 25 years of beautiful, priceless memories and……. a brand new divorce certificate with the ink still wet. Two weeks before their 25th wedding anniversary Greg’s wife tells him things between them are no longer working and she wants a divorce.

Blindsided, brokenhearted and confused, Greg temporarily moves in with his long-time friends Ethan and Rhett. Ethan and Rhett help Greg realize that his marriage was over a good while before his wife decided to end it. But, that doesn’t mean Greg doesn’t hurt still. What hurts him the most is the feeling of failure. Especially once he learns his wife has been cheating on him.

I have to say when I realized Greg was living with the (in) famous duo I was terrified a threesome was going to happen. Because, we know how much Ethan and Rhett love to bring a third in their bedroom. Fortunately, they helped him get laid, but they didn’t exactly do the laying. Greg decides it’s time to be 100% honest with himself and admit he’s bisexual, even though he’s never acted on his attraction towards men.

Ethan and Rhett take Greg to Wilde’s for a night of fun, and Greg literally stumbles across Sailo, the beautiful deejay. Sailo is 10 years younger than Greg and he’s the father of a six-year-old boy he is co-parenting with a lesbian couple that are also his best friends. Right from the beginning they acknowledge Sailo is Greg’s rebound. That this is the first time Greg gives into his attraction towards men and there are absolutely no expectations that their sexual relationship might be something more.

I really liked Sailo and Greg together, because they had an instant, believable, natural chemistry that was just enough to keep the sexual tension simmer throughout the book. While Greg and Sailo indulge in many deliciously hot sexual adventures, the sex wasn’t gratuitous and I didn’t feel like there was too much of it. Oh lord, did those two set the sheets on fire!!! And to make it even better, Greg is a gay sex virgin…yum!

There is a beautiful friendship that develops between these two and I loved how frank and honest Greg was when it came to his feelings towards his ex-wife and his emotional state after the divorce. The divorce wasn’t swept under the rug just because Greg discovered the delights of gay sex, and that’s very realistic because there’s no way someone gets over the past 25 years overnight.

Another thing I absolutely loved is Greg’s relationship with his children, especially his sadness and angst when it came to his middle child, the kids’ easy acceptance of their father’s sexuality, and how nicely they accepted Sailo as part of their family.

This doesn’t sound good enough for you yet? What if I tell you there’s an amazing epilogue a year later that shows Greg and Sailo as a solid couple that celebrate their Christmas together with their families? That’s heartwarming and beautiful and the perfect way to end a book. The only thing I wanted and didn’t get is Sailo’s POV, but I don’t think it took away from the overall story.

I’m in love!

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Tying the Knot by Shea Balik

tyingtheknotTitle: Tying the Knot

Series: Cedar Falls, #11

Author: Shea Balik

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 137 pages

Publisher: Siren/Bookstrand Publishing (April 7, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥ 5Hearts

Blurb: Welcome to Cedar Falls, a small North Carolina town nestled amongst the Smokey Mountains. Where the people are friendly and the men are hot.

Love is in the air for this special Cedar Falls edition. Take the journey with the first nine couples as they get engaged in their own special way. As with all the Cedar Falls characters, they each have their own unique story that will pull at your heartstrings.

Having decided to all get married at the same time, the couples must find a way to compromise on everything from decorations, to the cake, to the reception. And since no wedding would be complete without a bachelor party, Jesse Stone takes over the planning and leads his friends into a night of strippers, alcohol and a few other surprises that had Jesse on stage taking his clothes off.

Have a tissue handy for there won’t be a dry eye in the church as the couples recite their vows.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-149-1

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Reviewer: Lisa

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

I came across Shea when she started writing this series and the title was the first thing that always seemed to catch my eye. They are cute and funny as hell with a hint to the couples. There are the Alphas of each couple and the men that they love. Throughout each story I have to say that Jesse was always my favorite of them all. He is outrageous but you can tell that once he sees you as family he will be there for you throughout it all.

In this book you have nine very sexy, funny, quirky couples showing their love for each other in a wedding.

Leave it to Jesse to talk them into all getting married at the same time. He did get his other wish. He got to plan their bachelor party. Now that is going to lead them into some very happy surprises. There will be no dry eye in the church when the guys get around to telling their love and the ones around them, their feelings that are in their hearts.

I have loved each book and can tell you that I have read each one more than a dozen times apiece. So when I saw this book, I couldn’t wait to read it but also hope that it is not the ending to this wonderful series. Though there are some serious tones to it, there is more humor to keep me laughing for days. I loved this book and can’t wait to get my hands on Shea’s next story.

I had so much fun and would definitely recommend it.

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His Mate’s Bully by A.J. Jarrett

hismatesbullyTitle: His Mate’s Bully

Series: Nehalem Pack, #29

Author: A.J. Jarrett

Genre: Paranormal/ Vampires/Werewolves

Length: 121 pages

Publisher: Siren/Bookstrand Publishing (April 9, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Cullen Ford has spent the majority of his life avoiding Glenn Shepard, his high school tormentor. In a way, the man redeemed himself two years prior, when he saved Cullen’s life, but Cullen is having a hard time forgetting the past. He’s not sure he can let go of his anger and pain to accept the new and improved Glenn.

There’s no denying it. Glenn used to be a terrible person, especially to Cullen. But that was a long time ago, to him at least. Glenn is different now, changed not just by the ability to change into a wolf, but by accepting that he is in love with Cullen and wants the man for himself. He just has to prove to Cullen that he’s changed.

Cullen never saw himself falling for his bully, but that’s exactly what’s happening. It’s time for him to decide to give love a shot or stick his nose in a book and let life pass him by.

ISBN: 9781682951385

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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.

Cullen and Glenn had known each other since school. However it was not the best of times for Cullen. Glenn had tormented him, calling him names, hit him, and shoved him into lockers. It was easy to say that Cullen has always been scared of Glenn. Even after Glenn saved Cullen from a wild wolf shifter and was turned in to a wolf himself. Now Glenn was back and was trying to not only apologize but to show him that he had changed.

Glenn had known that he had been cruel to Cullen, but he also knew that he had wanted him since he was thirteen. He had just denied his feelings until now. Cullen was his mate and he had to show him that he had changed. He had to prove to him that he loved him.

I loved how the bully changed his ways and found love in the man he was mean to. I also loved the danger that showed up in the end of the book. I always did love a good romance that didn’t have the couple falling in love right from the start. I loved how they had to make it work.

Plus with this one it was fun with the family surprise. One that I will have to read over and over. I love the way all the feelings they felt was involved in this story. It was the perfect story for me and I loved it.

I can’t wait to read the next story.

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Marking Kane by A.C. Katt

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Series: Werewolves of Manhattan, #4

Author: A.C. Katt

Genre: Paranormal/ Shapeshifter/Urban Fantasy

Length: 173 pages

Publisher: MLR Press (March 5th, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Returning from his territory in Atlanta, Gabriel Martin stumbles across a man in an alleyway who has been gang raped – his mate.

Gabriel Martin has hope. Three of the Alphas on the council have found mates in the past few years. Returning to New York from Atlanta, he comes across a human who has been raped in an alleyway. The human is his mate, Kane Brady.

Kane has been teaching at the local high school and refuses to rubberstamp the education of their star basketball players’ almost paying the price with his life. He’s unusual as he’s a Human Omega but he can’t be intimate with Gabriel because of his horrific experience.

ISBN: MLR-1-02016-0527

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Reviewer: Lisa

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

Even though I have all of the books in this series, this is the first one I have had a chance to read and I have to say that it rocked. Now, I must admit there are some issues that were driving me nuts about it. But, not enough to take away from the story. My attention was caught from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. I will warn you though that if you have issues with rape or gang rape, then you will not want to read this story.

Kane is what one calls a human Omega, which means he is very special to those around him. He has such strong faith and an amazing sense of honor about him. He had stood up to a coach who was nothing more than a bully, and it almost cost him his life. He was rescued by an Alpha and brought back to the Alpha’s home to heal.

Gabriel is the Alpha in Manhattan and has found his mate. A mate that had been brutally raped and beaten by five men. He knows that it will take time to form the bond, because his mate was terrified of being touched. With the help of other Alpha-mates, Kane has a chance to not only heal, but to find true love with a mate that loves him.

Now my only true issues with this is after the rape. Kane is more worried about his papers then acting like a rape victim. But then again, victims never act the same so it didn’t take away from the story at all. Also they were very affectionate, but maybe too affectionate in a way. The Alphas are strong, but they are all wealthy, sweet, caring and powerful wolves. But, there is just something off about them, also.

Also, this story comes off more like being told than actually showing me what it is about. It is also a bit over doing on some spots and too much like other scenes in a way. A.C. Katt’s stories are very unique, complex in parts but is also a bit off.

However although it feels like this, the story to me rocked. My attention never wavered from the story at all. I enjoyed it and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.

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The Panther’s Heart by Liza Kay

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Series: Wildcat Hills Pride, #1

Author: Liza Kay

Genre: Paranormal/ Shapeshifter

Length: 146 pages

Publisher: Extasy Books (April 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥ 5Hearts

Blurb: When you lose your fated mate, will you be brave enough to accept a second chance?

Persian cat shifter Thony Cavanaugh has been in love with his best friend, Alan Abramowitz, for three years. Although Thony and Alan are fated mates, only Thony seems to feel the bond between them. Afraid of getting rejected by the strong beta, Thony doesn’t have the guts to confront Alan with his feelings. But everyone has a breaking point.

Alan reached that point sixteen years earlier, when he met his mate, the biker Jon, only to lose him to a terrible accident. Jon’s death almost killed Alan, and it left his heart battered and bruised. Oblivious to the connection he shares with Thony, and suppressing his feelings for the Persian cat to keep his heart intact, Alan spends his life working as beta and accountant for Alpha Xander. After all, shifters don’t get a second chance. Or so he thinks.

Then a fight between the two friends gets out of hand. Thony pushes Alan away, demanding they take a break from each other. And suddenly, Alan realizes that losing Thony could break his heart for good.

If you like fickle cats and enjoy stubborn men who have to fight for their happiness, don’t miss this shifter romance!

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0660-8

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I loved the way this author 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 this amazing author.

When Alan had been eighteen he had found and lost his mate in one night. Fear and anger overtook him to the point that he lost his feelings in one night stands. He had left his home to heal and it leads him to a new life. He had the hots for Thony, but feared he would lose him when Thony had found his mate. So when he was asked for something more, he turned him down not knowing that they were mates.

Thony had known from the start Alan was his mate, but he never said a word feeling that Alan had known. For a couple of years he sits in the background with his heart being shredded, not knowing that Alan had no clue. Miscommunication between these two is a major problem.

It isn’t until Thony was distancing himself that Alan realized he had to take a chance. I bet once he figures it out he will be smacking himself upside the head.

I always did love a good romance that didn’t have the couple falling in love right from the start. I loved how they had to make it work.  It was the perfect story for me and I loved it.

I can’t wait to read the next story.

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Names Can Never Hurt Me by Wade Kelly, 2nd edition ~ Audiobook

NamesCanNeverHurtMeAUDLGTitle: Names Can Never Hurt Me, 2nd edition

Author: Wade Kelly

Narrator: Jack Amber

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 11 hours 18 minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 21st, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: What if sexuality wasn’t a definable thing and labels merely got in the way?

Nick Jones can’t remember a time when he wasn’t part of the in crowd. Everywhere he goes, he stands out as the best looking guy in the room, and women practically fall into bed with him. Then, after kissing Corey on a dare led to much more and on many occasions, Nick’s “screw anything” reputation escalated, but he didn’t care.

When Nick meets RC at the restaurant where he works, it throws his whole life out of whack. RC lives up to his dubbed nickname “Scruffy Dude”. He seems Nick’s complete opposite, but Nick can’t get him out of his head.

Because of peer pressure and his fears about defining his sexuality, Nick struggles with stepping out of his comfort zone and caring about someone different than himself. If he’s lucky, somewhere between arrogance and ignorance, Nick might find out what it means to be an adult, but if he’s wrong, he could lose everything.

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Reviewer: Gigi

Review: I loved it and I hated it! There is a very strong message in Names Can Never Hurt Me, and for me that was that we can overcome our flaws, we can see our mistakes, learn from them, and improve our behaviors and our lives. Because Nick wasn’t just called names by a bunch of psychotic, incestuous friends, he really was a shallow, clueless superbly flawed character deserving of such labels many times.

I had a hard time relating to the character of Nick. At his age I had finished college, started my career, gotten married and already had one child. I have been very independent my whole life so I could not put myself in Nick’s place.

He’s a grown man living with his parents, his mother still does his laundry and cooks for him. He’s completely unmotivated by anything but meaningless sex. He seems to know he’s hot and that’s about it. I also don’t think Nick ever does figure out what being an adult means, he goes straight from living with his mommy, to living with his boyfriend. Never experiencing living on his own.

I can get on board with RC. He’s living on his own, struggling through life and stereotypes, and overcoming horrible things that have happened to him. I think he totally sold himself short, even after hooking up with Nick, RC deserves better.

Just saying.

There are moments in this story where I just bang my head on the desk and ask the gods why, why would this dialogue ever be included, but then there were moments of humor, passion, and poignant words, too.

The sexual content was purposefully diverse, with the shallow brief encounters leaving me feeling dirty and discarded with a bad taste in my mouth, pun intended. The more tender, slow and sensual experiences between Nick and RC are arousing yes, but also warm the heart.

Names Can Never Hurt Me was a mixed bag for me. The light-hearted, shallow dialogue does not quite outweigh the wonderful poignant moments for me. The two things that saved the story were the characters of RC and Corey. They have strength and conviction, they help others, and they carry the story.

Jack Amber did a great job giving each character a unique voice, and despite the dialogue coming out of some of these characters’ mouths. He delivered the story with complete respect.

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