Broken Alpha by DC Juris

51W7t3Xu6NL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Broken Alpha

Series:  The Alpha/Omega Verse, # 1

Author: DC Juris

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: Novella (124 pages)

Publisher: Torquere Press (January 12th, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb: Captain Korden Encarit of the North Star thought he’d lost the most important person in the universe to him – his brother and lover, Rennett.

A year later, Rennett has been found alive, a captive on a hostile planet. Only when their sibling link reactivates does Korden realize how bad the damage is: stripped of his mental strength, Rennett is now a Broken Alpha.

With the help of his friends – ship’s Malorcian healer, Sokel, and his fiery Human mate, Sebastian – Korden must try and heal his brother’s mind and help him adjust to his new status as omega.  But Rennett needs a mate, and it quickly becomes clear that no one is willing.

Will Korden give up everything he has worked for – his career, his ship – buck Presidian tradition, and risk the scorn of their father to save his brother?

ISBN: 978-1-944449-23-0

Product Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4583

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This is the first book in The Alpha/Omega Verse series.

Captain Korden Encarit of the North Star is experiencing strange symptoms lately. When the doctor and his mate discover how bad it is they help anyway they can. What is causing it? The link to his brother and lover, Rennett, who was taken prisoner a year ago has flared to life again as they grow closer to where he is.

It was absolutely horrible what all Rennett was forced to endure as his captives tortured him and broke the alpha inside him. He is now an Omega with a badly damaged mind who is afraid of everything. My heart broke for this once vibrant, bright man reduced to a shell of his former self.

With Borden’s help after the rescue, Rennet slowly recovers but he will never be the same as he was. I really enjoyed this story with its descriptions of space and the ship they are on. It felt as if I was there.

The one thing that did bug me was why two brothers in an intimate relationship? Thankfully there were not that many intimate scenes and as I usually only read one and skip the rest I was fine with it.

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The Taste of Ink by Francis Gideon

TasteOfInk[The]LGTitle: The Taste of Ink

Series: N/A

Author: Francis Gideon

Genre: Contemporary/MMM Ménage

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (11 March 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb: Trevor Dunn has never gone to the Calgary Stampede, in spite of living in the city all his life. He would much rather listen to music and draw comics in his basement than hang out with a bunch of cowboys. When his sister drags him to the Stampede’s opening parade anyway, Trevor is drawn to a cowboy sporting a green hat.

Charlie opens Trevor’s mind to the world of country music and country boys. But then an old flame appears in the middle of the festival and Trevor is torn. He adores Charlie, but Mathieu—a punk singer turned acoustic crooner—was Trevor’s first love, and Trevor lost him by being too afraid to chase the dreams they shared.

When the Stampede ends, Charlie will go back to Toronto, Mathieu will go back on tour, and Trevor will go back to his basement. Realizing that’s not what he wants, Trevor enters a mechanical bull-riding contest in hopes of winning the heart of his true love—or maybe both of them. This time, fear won’t stop him from going after what he wants.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-093-4

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7530

Reviewer: Prime

Review: The Taste of Ink is one hot and thoroughly enjoyable ride. I’m not a stranger to Francis Gideon’s writing and this one certainly didn’t let me down. In fact, it exceeded all my expectations.

I tend to mentally groan to myself when I see that a story includes the “adorable geeky guy”, and if you’re the same there is no need to worry. There is nothing about Trevor (one of our main guys) that is your stereotypical nerd.

One thing I will say is that reading the title you may be forgiven if you think, as I did until I read the blurb, that this has got something to do with tattoos. It’s not. Instead, the ink referred to here is the ink on the pages of the comic books/graphic novels written by Trevor Dunn.

Trevor is quite happy to stay in his basement and plod along. Drawing his comics in the hopes that one day he can submit it to a publishing house for publication. But his well-meaning sister gets in the way and drags him, almost literally, kicking and screaming to the Stampede Festival (some sort of Rodeo in Calgary).

It is at the Stampede that his life changes in a whirlwind – he meets Charlie, who sweeps Trevor off his feet for some well-deserved romance. He also bumps into an old flame, Mathieu. Who is in the role of “the one that got away”,  because Trevor was too scared when they were together at the age of 18.

Trevor has only got the ten days of the Stampede to get his shit together and figure out how Mathieu and Charlie fit into his life. Charlie is really the instigator when things move towards the possibility of a three-way.

Totally enjoyable if you like your guys shy and your cowboys hot, there is even a bit of a knight in shining armour moment that helps ties the ends of the plot together for a very satisfying ending.

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Claimed by a Predator by Lynn Hagen

claimedbyapredatorTitle: Claimed by a Predator

Series: Brac Pack Next Gen, #7

Author: Lynn Hagen

Genre: Paranormal/Shapeshifter

Length: 103 pages

Publisher: Siren/Bookstrand Publishing (April 11, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Stranded on the side of the road, Oscar meets a man who sets his blood on fire. Too shy to speak, Oscar thinks he’s blown his chance with the sexy deputy, but with the help of a friend, he gets a job at the station.

Hale has finally found his mate. The man is sexy, funny, and makes his heart sigh. There is just one problem, Hale is trying to woo Oscar while dealing with a brother who is not only strung out, but gets himself into a bind that only Hale can pull him out of.

The two are trying to make their mating work, but outside forces keep getting in the way. When a deal is struck between an enemy of Dalton Falls and a couple of Hell Hounds, will Hale save Oscar in time or will the hounds succeed in destroying Oscar’s chance of being claimed by his deputy?

ISBN: 978-1-68295-139-2

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/claimed-by-a-predator

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Brac Pack Next Gen series features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. This series is in fact a branch off of multiple series so I would start with Brac Pack first. The connected series includes, Brac Pack, Brac Village, Christian’s Coven, Zeus’s Pack, Demon Warriors and Shadow Tribe.

I actually came across Lynn Hagen when her first book, in the Brac Pack series came out. I was intrigued by not only the characters, but the world she wrote about. They are full of humor  and for me, that is a major plus in a good romance. The Alphas are very protective of their mates. And their mates give them hell at every turn.

Each story has excitement, a bit of adventure and danger added in to make them juiceier. So when this story came out I hopped to it and grabbed it. I love how it seems that everyone in the family gets a mate, including the humans. Oscar has always been one of my favorites.

When he was five years old, Oscar’s legs were badly damaged in a house fire. He had lost his parents to it, and went to live with his uncle. His uncle mated a bear shifter, and he was raised among the paranormal ever since. He had decided to move with all the others to the crazy town of Dalton Falls.

Now Oscar is adorable but he is also a menace when it comes to cars. Breaking down just happens to find himself a mate. A very stubborn mate who loves to fight with the fey in the house.

Hale is a deputy in town and a wolf shifter. He has found his mate and by gods, he will bite anyone that comes close to his little man. His problem is though trying to get his brother cleaned and protect his little mate from the dangers in the world.

Like I said, Oscar is one of my favorites. He doesn’t let anything get to him, and that includes his mate. He is as feisty as they come and is a spit fire mate.

I enjoyed reading this story and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. I had so much fun in fact that I would definitely not only recommend it, but I will read it again.

Way to go Lynn Hagen for giving me an awesome read.

Determined Mate by Toni Griffin Audio Tour, Interview & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Toni Holland stopping by with her new audio release Determined Mate, we have a great interview with Toni, a fantastic giveaway and Lisa’s review so enjoy the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Determined Mate

(Holland Brothers 02)
Narrator: Dominic M. McCartney
by

Toni Griffin

Jason Matthew’s is a broken man. He’s lived through hell and barely come out the other side. All he can think about is getting to his best friend, Brian, after that he has no idea. Jason’s scared out of his mind when he’s met by not only Brian but two large men as well, he does the only thing he can think to do. He tries to run. One of the men, though, turns out to be his mate. A mate he is in no condition to have or want, a mate that won’t allow him to flee.

Alex Holland is forced to stand by and watch as Jason is taken to the safest place they know, too scared to be around him. He knows something bad has happened to Jason and he’s going to need every ounce of his Alpha control to give his mate the time he needs to heal and start living again.

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The Empty Hourglass by Cornelia Grey Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Cornelia Grey popping in with the tour for her new release The Empty Hourglass, we have a great guest post, a great excerpt, and a fantastic giveaway, so enjoy the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Empty Hourglass

(Deal With A Devil)
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Cornelia Grey

Thomas Escott has always wanted to be a toymaker, yet just as he achieves his dream, an accident claims his right hand. He’s certain his life is over—until he hears about groundbreaking prosthetics being made by a reclusive inventor.

Jethro Hastings is perfectly content to live alone up in the mountains working on a secret masterpiece: a humanoid automaton that will change the scientific community forever. He’s behind schedule, and the date of the unveiling is fast approaching, so when Thomas shows up on his doorstep offering help in exchange for a mechanical hand, Jethro agrees. Time, after all, is running out on another deal he’s made: one with the devil.

The devil gives Jethro’s inventions life, but he can just as quickly take life away—Jethro’s, to be exact. As the sand in the devil’s hourglass falls, marking the time until the end of the deal, inventions go haywire, people get hurt, and Thomas realizes he needs Jethro just as much as his prosthetic. Now he must find a way to save Jethro’s soul, but negotiating with a devil is just as difficult as it sounds.

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Myths Untold: Faery Anthology Blog Tour & Interview Question!

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Hi guys, we have August Li, Brandon Witt, J. Scott Coatsworth, Skye Hegyes stopping by to celebrate their new release the anthology Myths Untold: Faery, I asked the guys where they got their inspiration for their stories so check out their answers. Enjoy the post ❤ ~Pixie~

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Myths Untold: Faery

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August Li, Brandon Witt, J. Scott Coatsworth, Skye Hegyes,

Faeries are part of mythology the world over, past, present, and future. Called elves, brownies, the fae, and more, they evoke a sense of wonder and a little danger. Faery has its own rules, and humans enter at their peril.

In this spirit, we bring you the first book in the Myths Untold anthology series—four stories from the land of the Fae: a homeless man in Cardiff and the luck that could destroy him; the trans man in future San Francisco who falls for an elf; the village boy who has always been a little different; and a faery prince whose birthright was stolen from him.

Welcome to Faery.

The Pwcca and the Persian Boy, by Gus Li

Despite beauty and luck, something about Glyn makes everyone uncomfortable. Homeless on the streets of Cardiff, he has nothing to keep him going but his friendship with Farrokh. Through stealing and fortune’s occasional favor, Glyn keeps them alive. But then homeless youths begin to disappear, and when Farrokh goes missing, Glyn begins to discover the reasons behind both his luck and the way people react to him. Determined to save his friend from a danger he never imagined, he enlists the help of Lleu, who might be an ally, or might be manipulating Glyn to achieve his own goals.

The Other Side of the Chrysalis, by Brandon Witt

In a species that values beauty above all else, Quay looses both his freedom and his birthright as prince of the fairies.  Lower than an outcast, he watches over his younger brother, hoping against hope that Xenith’s rebirth will provide safety and positions that has slipped through Quay’s grasp.  Though he expected kindness from no one, Quay gradually starts to trust that there is more to life, even for the likes of him, as sexual encounters with Flesser, a fairy barely accepted himself, turn from lust to love.  Quay knows having forbidden relationships will be his undoing,  but he is powerless to turn away.

Changeling, by Skye Hegyes

With his pointed ears and a tail, Tyler’s always been different than the other children, but until Marsh, a brownie tells him he’s a changeling, he never thought he wasn’t human. Now he will discover what faery life is like, and just how being a changeling could change his life. On the way, his ties with his mother will be pushed and prodded even as his friendships grow and his love life blossoms.  However, in a village of God-fearing people, those who are different are spurned and Tyler will discover how much trouble a fledgling changeling can get into.

Through the Veil, by J. Scott Coatsworth

In the not-too-distant future, San Francisco has been swamped by rising sea levels caused by global warming, and has only survived by building a wall to keep the water out of the heart of the City. Colton is a trans man barely getting by on the canals outside the wall. Tris is an elf who has come to the human world on his journey to become a man. Fate brings them together, and everything changes for Colton when he sets out with Tris to find the elf’s missing brother, taking Colton behind the Wall for the first time.

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Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars by Clancy Natch & Thursday Euclid Blast & Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we have Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid stopping by to show off their upcoming release Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars, we have a great excerpt and MM Good Book Reviews is throwing in a giveaway for a $5 Dreamspinner credit, so enjoy the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway!

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Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars

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Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid

Wyatt Parker has a good life—he owns his own construction company, his own house, and he eats home-cooked meals every day. But cooking for one while watching the foodie network is more than lonely. When he learns about an upcoming reality show centered on becoming the personal chef for his favorite rock star, Wyatt leaps at the chance to audition.

Tully Randolph is the drummer for the band Unusual Potatoes. With a chef for a mom, love of good food runs in the family. When he’s asked to host a cooking competition, he’s all in—especially after he meets Wyatt, who is just the kind of big, hairy guy who gets Tully’s juices flowing. With a heart as big as he is, Wyatt wows Tully with his skills in the kitchen… and in the bedroom.

But if their relationship is found out, Wyatt could be drummed out of the competition—and out of Tully’s life. All the ingredients for a happy future are in front of them, and they just need to figure out how to bring everything together.

Release date: 20th April 2015
Pre-order: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | Kobo | B&N | ARe

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The Timpanist and the Stagehand by Ava Hayden

TimpanistandtheStagehand[The]LGTitle: The Timpanist and the Stagehand

Series: N/A

Author: Ava Hayden

Genre: Contemporary/Arts

Length: 82 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (13 April 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Ren Murphy is a stagehand. He’s also a loyal friend, a gifted musician, and an inspiring teacher—but most people don’t see past his job. Ren knows that crushing on the Oilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal timpanist, Christoph Theoharis, is a waste of time. Christoph brushes off highly eligible would-be suitors regularly. What chance would a stagehand have? Christoph doesn’t even notice Ren’s existence—until one fateful night when chance or luck or maybe fate gets Ren Christoph’s undivided attention.

Old betrayals overshadow both men’s lives, yet each sees something compelling in the other, something that won’t let either walk away. Ren and Christoph may be each other’s best hope of finding a happy-ever-after, but to do that they’ll have to forgive old wrongs. They’ll have to let go of the pain in their past before it destroys their hope for a better future.

Most of all, they’ll have to find a way to believe—in possibilities and each other.

ISBN: 978-1-62380-736-8

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7621

Reviewer: Prime

Review: If you’re into The Arts – i.e. following a hot musician and a stagehand from the local performing arts centre – and you just want to read a nice, sweet story, then this is the one for you.

Just the title – The Timpanist and the Stagehand – explains it all. The story is told from the POV of the stagehand, Ren. He has a crush on the timpanist of his city’s symphony orchestra, Christoph.

This is only a novella so everything is sharp and to the point. The story of Ren and Christoph’s developing relationship centres on the men’s personal baggage which is holding them back as a couple. Ren is something of a black sheep in his family, while Christoph keeps his family’s past close to his chest in fear of being rejected.

While it story itself isn’t overly and unnecessarily melodramatic, which I think is a credit to Ava Hayden’s writing, there is just enough mystery and tension to allow the plot (and the characters) to develop at a nice pace.

There are a number of minor characters that make the story even more enjoyable. Ren has a small cast of friends who play in a band where Ren is the drummer. These are really the family that he chooses after having difficulties with his own between coming out and not going to university after high school.

Ren’s family also makes an appearance and I like that they aren’t made out to be the devil despite the falling out that occurred between Ren and his parents. These people in Ren’s life are integral in getting to know Ren and where he is in his life – and just how perfect he is for Christoph.

Quite simply, I loved this story. It is all kinds of sweet with a HEA and all the plot points are tied together nicely.

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

Pop Life by Ryan Loveless, 2nd edition

PopLifeLGTitle: Pop Life, 2nd Edition
Series: N/A
Author: Ryan Loveless
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 13, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Blurb: Andrew writes the songs everyone sings along with on the radio—tunes full of love, longing, and heartbreak. He has a knack for tapping into emotions, but when it comes to his own, the feelings aren’t so easy to manage.

Sent to New York City to work on Irish singer Paeder Brogan’s first solo album, Andrew is caught in the middle of a boy band’s infighting and secret love affairs while battling the memories of his last trip to the Big Apple, which ended when English pop star Jamie Webster drunkenly kissed him.

Andrew’s heart leaps when he discovers he’s staying at the same hotel as Jamie, yet he doubts Jamie recalls him, even though Andrew wrote his biggest hit. Jamie remembers him, though, and he seems to think Andrew is the only person who can save him from his downward spiral.

Even as his feelings for Jamie swell, Andrew faces the real threat that the maelstrom he’s walked into will pull him down alongside Jamie.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-269-3

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7622

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This author is new to me so I wasn’t sure what to expect. To me the story came off really complex and was a bit hard to get into. The characters were not really eye catching either, although I did like Andrew quite a bit. He comes off more open and for some reason Jaime just didn’t do anything for me. I am afraid to say that it was hard to understand this story or the characters. It was just a bit strange to me.

Andrew and his best friend Michael have been a huge success at writing music for singers. So when Paeder ask for them because he is going solo, they are ecstatic. The problem is he is also an ass and Andrew hates working with him. Especially if he is going to be alone to do it. He also has to deal with the fact that this was the same city he came to when he got a divorce. Now he has to deal with everyone and everything from his past.

Jaime had kissed Andrew once before passing out. Now they were staying in the same hotel but it would seem Jaime is one big mess. He is asking for Andrew’s help. I would have kicked his ass to the curb if it was me, which shows you Andrew has a big heart for those he cares for.

I don’t much care for musicians, drugs, and angst so this book really didn’t do it for me like it should have. There was no great ending either which was a big disappointment for me. No emotional high from the characters at all.

The story seemed a bit rushed to me and a bunch of parts that were just thrown in there to get it to a certain length. I mean really that much angst and pain was not needed. However I just didn’t feel anything for the characters so to me the story was a big flop. However that was just my opinion.

Basically this story was just not for me.

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