Imperfect Harmony by Jay Northcote

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Series: N/A

Author: Jay Northcote

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 189 pages

Publisher: Jaybird Press (April 15th 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Blurb: Imperfect harmony can still be beautiful…

John Fletcher, a former musician, is stuck in limbo after losing his long-term partner two years ago. He’s shut himself off from everything that reminds him of what he’s lost. When his neighbour persuades him to join the local community choir, John rediscovers his love of music and finds a reason to start living again.

Rhys Callington, the talented and charismatic choir leader, captures John’s attention from the first moment they meet. He appears to be the polar opposite of John: young, vibrant, and full of life. But Rhys has darkness in his own past that is holding him back from following his dreams.

Despite the nineteen-year age gap, the two men grow close and a fragile relationship blossoms. Ghosts of the past and insecurities about the future threaten their newfound happiness.

If they’re going to harmonize in life and love as they do in their music, they’ll need to start following the same score.

ISBN:  9781530744534 (print edition)

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Reviewer: Aerin

Review: I am such a big fan of Jay Northcote, as soon as I hear she has a new book coming out, and I immediately start drooling. I loved almost every single one of her books and I’m so sad to say this isn’t going to be one of them.

Imperfect Harmony isn’t a bad book, far from it, but there were several things that kept me from being engaged in it. I didn’t lose myself in the story, wasn’t able to fully connect with either one of the MCs, but by far the worst thing is that as full of emotions as this book is, it didn’t make me feel anything.

John Fletcher is a 42-year-old man, a former musician who two years later is still grieving the death of his longtime partner, Brandon. John doesn’t know what to do with himself and aside from his job as a substitute teacher. He has no other life to speak of. His passion for music is all but gone and he no longer dares to play his beloved violin, because the very thing that used to bring him joy now only brings him sorrow and heartbreak.

John’s neighbor needs help and asks John to drive her to her choir practice, where John meets Rhys, a 23-year-old choir director. On the surface Rhys is everything John isn’t: confident, young, beautiful, tattooed and charming. Rhys takes an instant interest in John and despite John’s reluctance to get involved with Rhys, they become lovers.

John is insecure about a lot of things, at the top of the list being his body and his age. The 19 years age difference between them is a constant thorn in their relationship. Their interactions (especially the sexual ones) are awkward, but they feel real. The problem is that I never got to feel the chemistry between them, the attraction, or anything that convinced me that they have something worth pursuing.

As different as John and Rhys appear to be, they actually have lots of things in common, too many in my humble opinion. They’re both musicians, they both quit playing the music they loved so much, they both lost the other half of their souls (about 2 years ago in both cases)…. so not only do we have one grieving man, we have two of them at the same time.

I expected to feel the angst and the sorrow considering there’s so much of it, but this book never became angsty or dark. It was too fluffy, too light; I know some people will love this book for this reason, but I’m not one of them.

If a character is so tormented by the death of a lover that he can’t seem to move on and thinks about him even while he has sex with his current boyfriend, I want to feel the pain. So this book deals with so much loss but I didn’t feel sadness or pain, there are second chances but I didn’t feel happiness and joy. I was mostly along for the ride, observing the characters and reading about their feelings but unable to connect with any of it.

This book had such a geriatric feeling and that’s probably because the only young characters are Rhys, his teenage brother (that we only see twice for brief moments) and John. There are old neighbors, old choir members, and old people in the nursing home where John and Rhys perform every Saturday….. I know I should admire the guys for their selflessness but this many old people don’t belong in my books.

This book needed some LIFE, so young enthusiasm and joy, because the guys spend too much time crying and they have no fun to speak of (unless you consider serenading people in a nursing home as fun). Even the epilogue, that HEA I was waiting for was disappointing. A party at the house they share together, how lovely! Too bad all the guests are elderly people. I know I sound like a snobbish bitch, and I promise I love my elderly relatives, but that doesn’t mean I want so many of them in my books.

Imperfect Harmony is a nicely written book, a nice story about second chances, which misses the spice that would make it fabulous.

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Portia’s Two Cents: Well, for me the geriatric characters brought an air of authenticity to this book.  I’ve sang in community choirs my whole adult life, and am usually one of a handful of not yet senile members. 😉 As for the lack of spice…what did you expect from good church going men?

Fire of the Heart by Havan Fellows and Lee Brazil

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Series: Hearts of Parkerberg 03

Author: Lee Brazil & Haven Fellows

Genre:  Contemporary Romance/ Holidays

Length: 197 pages

Publisher: Appleton Publishing Avenue (February 2nd, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Craig Gilchrist is the oldest of five siblings, the captain of the Parkerburg Fire Department, and all around buddy his friends run to when they have a problem. Unfortunately, he’s keeping a secret not only from the whole town, but his family as well. Living in the shadows works for him until one fateful night when a hot stranger walks across a smoky barroom, forcing Craig to make a move that could rock the foundation of his existence…and fill the void in his heart he doesn’t realize he has.

Melrose escaped the end of a bad relationship to start over in Parkerburg. With the support of his cousin and a job waiting tables at a great restaurant, he thinks his life is finally going pretty smoothly. That’s when his path crosses that of Craig Gilchrist, local fire captain. The big, beefy firefighter is definitely not his type. So why does he suddenly star in all of Melrose’s fantasies?

With Melrose at his side, Craig finally has the motivation to step out of the shadows and let Parkerburg see the real him…until trouble arises and the truth comes to light that perhaps he doesn’t know the real Melrose.

Lies and fears play havoc with their newly acquired relationship. Luckily, once ignited, the hearts of Parkerburg don’t burn out so easily.

The Hearts of Parkerburg stories can be read as standalones, each with a HEA…but trust me, you’ll want to read about all the sweet happenings in this quaint little town.

Christmas in His Heart – Dermot & Xander’s story

Heart on the Run – Chaz & Sprocket’s story

Fire of the Heart – Craig & Melrose’s story

ISBN: 9781941841426

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Reviewer: Cat

Review: Fire of the Heart is book 3 in this series. You do not have to read this in order as the town is the connection that makes this a series. There is mention of the previous characters but not enough to throw off the flow of this story.

Craig is the Fire Chief with a secret. No one knows he is gay except his ex-girlfriend Shawna, the owner of Craft Time. As soon as he sees the cute new guy in town he knows he is in trouble.

Melrose is sweet, and he is keeping his past a secret, not wanting people to know he was abused…by a smaller man.  When Bas shows up and hits him in the face, he tells the police a white lie that escalates.

Fire of the Heart is a sweet little romance with healing and coming out. It is a fast and fun read if you’re looking for something to lighten your day and lift your spirits.  I am curious as to who the next story will be about since there are so many characters.

I did find the story a bit skippy in places, and it was a bit jarring when it went from Melrose to Craig, but I loved the storyline, characters, and plots.

If you like hunky firefighters, cute waiters, a sweet romance with some hot man-sex, this is for you:

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No Quarter by Christine d’Abo Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Christine d’Abo popping in with her new re-release No Quarter, we have a short post from Christine about her love of science fiction, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so enjoy the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

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No Quarter

(Bounty 01)
by

Christine d’Abo

When bounty hunter Gar Stitt is given a simple locate-and-retrieve mission, he’s convinced it’s a waste of his skills. His success rate is legendary, after all, and Captain Faolan Wolf isn’t hard to find. He’s the most notorious pirate in the galaxy, and when he shows up planetside to take his pleasures, he’s far from subtle.

Faolan never expected a hot but tightly wound hunter to walk into his private party and try to apprehend him single-handedly. And when an unexpected betrayal forces them to work together, Faolan’s even more surprised to find himself drawn to Gar personally—especially since neither of them do personal.

Gar had intended to put Faolan in prison. Instead he finds his solitary existence shaken by his desire for the pirate. And when the bounty hunter becomes the hunted, he must put his faith in Faolan and his pirate crew, or run the risk of ending up dead.

Publisher’s note: This title is an edited second edition, previously published in 2010.

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Lime and Tangerine by Kevin Caucher Release Day Blast & Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we have Kevin Caucher stopping by with his brand new release Lime and Tangerine, we also have a great new excerpt, so check out the excerpt and enjoy the post! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Lime and Tangerine

by

Kevin Caucher

The post-apocalyptic world has changed. Colors have changed.

The skies are now red, and the seas fandango pink.

There are those who’ve acquired skills as “squinters”. By narrowing their eyes, they can see people in different colors—colors by which they can define their mood.

Senlin was born a squinter. A child of the foster system, the lack of love  has left him with casual views on sex.

When Sicong recruits him into SQX, a squinter organization, Senlin wants nothing more than to jump his bones, but Sicong’s detachment makes Senlin believe his feelings aren’t reciprocated.

Senlin and Sicong’s relationship begins to grow as they undertake missions together.

That is, until an enemy of SQX turns his attention upon them.

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Bombs and Guacamole by B.A. Tortuga Guest Post & Excerpt!

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Hey guys, we have B.A. Tortuga popping in with her upcoming release Bombs and Guacamole, B.A. has a quick chat about Guacamole and there’s a great new excerpt. So enjoy the post peeps! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Bombs and Guacamole

(Border Crossing)
by

B.A. Tortuga

ER doctor Dusty Lowry grew up in a conservative rural Texas family that has never quite forgiven him for staying in New Mexico after his stint in the Army. Paramedic Nate Miller, Dusty’s best friend since their early Army days, has a hippie momma, a tiny apartment, and is in lust with his buddy. When their other Army friend, Kyle, gets married, they start thinking about settling down. In fact, they both know what they want: each other. Too bad they’ve never shared that goofy little fact.

A trip to visit Dusty’s family in Texas changes everything, and Dusty and Nate aren’t sure where to go from there. Good thing they’re smart guys, and between a series of bombings that target first responders, their friend Kyle’s wife getting pregnant, and more than one bowl of guacamole, they begin to figure out how to have a relationship.

But as the bombings get closer to home, Nate and Dusty must navigate love and commitment before they lose their chance.

Release date: 6th May 2016

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A Mended Man by Jaime Reese Release Blast & Teasers!

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Hi guys, we have Jaime Reese popping in with her new release A Mended Man, we have a couple of teasers so enjoy the post! ❤ ~Pixie~

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A Mended Man

(The Men of Halfway House 04)
by

Jaime Reese

Detective Aidan Calloway is rock-solid strong. He’s a man of justice—loyal to his friends, family, and job—even if it requires bending a law…or two. He shields himself behind an abrasive, fearless facade, until a phone call one night chips his armor and throws his perfectly planned, hollow life into a tailspin.

Jessie Vega is the epitome of optimism. His carefully crafted attitude of hope and positivity protects him from a past filled with too much pain. When a ghost from a dark time resurfaces and nearly breaks him, he must tap into his inner strength or risk losing everything he’s worked so hard to build.

But Jessie can’t do it alone. He must fight to break through Aidan’s ironclad defenses to reveal the heart of the man hiding beneath the tough surface and mend his damaged spirit. Only then can they truly heal and become strong enough to battle the demons that haunt them and threaten their chance to finally be together.

***This book contains scenes and subject matter some readers may find distressing.***

Although part of a series, this book can be read as a stand-alone.

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Ocean of Secrets by Jerry Sacher

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Author: Jerry Sacher

Genre: Historical

Length: Novel (200 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-63476-822-1

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (18 April 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Prime

Blurb: Andrew Elliot, the son of a Scottish nobleman, is being sent to America, accompanied by his fiancée and her brother. But Andrew’s engagement is not a love match. His family insists that he marries to “cure” him of his feelings for the son of the caretaker on his father’s estate.

Matthew Ahearn leaves Ireland to pursue his dream of becoming a Texas cowboy. In London, a brush with the law almost derails his plans, but Matthew perseveres and lands a job as a third-class steward on a ship bound for America.

Andrew’s and Matthew’s worlds collide as they—and their secrets—are brought together in the magic of an ocean voyage, one that will never be forgotten.

The year is 1912, and they are about to board RMS Titanic….

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7641

Review: Ocean of Secrets is a historical MM romance by Jerry Sacher. It is a thoroughly enjoyable ride and will appeal to anyone that is into stories in the early twentieth century. Also, this will appeal to anyone who has been looking for the MM version of the movie Titanic.

Honestly, that description fits.

The story follows Scots nobleman Andrew Elliot, who has been caught in a rather compromising position with one of the local land manager’s sons, pretty standard stuff – the nobleman being caught with the help type of deal. Now his father has found Andrew a bride and is sending him off to America with his fiancé and the fiancé’s brother for company. And before you think it, no, there is no romance when it comes to the fiancé’s brother. Andrew’s father has sent him off to London so that he can board the Titanic to New York.

Then there is Matthew. He’s a poor Irish lad. His parents have died and his only brother is a shipyard worker and cannot support his younger sibling. So Matthew decides to make his own fortunes. He decides the best way to do that is find a way to America – Titanic happens to be perfect – where he could move to Texas or somewhere out West to become a cowboy.

Obviously, we all know what happens to the Titanic. And I’m going to admit that I was at first reluctant to read this one, so checked the ending to see if it was a HEA before investing myself in this book. I’m shallow like that. The adventure is what happens to bring the two men together. Then their brief romance on the ocean before the Titanic sinks to the ocean floor – then of course there is also the fall out of this event.

The only criticism I have to make is I don’t think quite enough drama was placed on the plot line surrounding Andrew’s fiancé and brother. It probably would have injected a lot more feeling into the relationship between Andrew and Matthew if there was more drama other than dropping hints of the rather obvious way in which to dispose the characters (and I’m not talking about the iceberg either).

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Tiny House by Charley Descoteaux

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Series: Buchanan House, #3

Author: Charley Descoteaux

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 200 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (29 April 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb: Pride weekend is over, but for Nathan Lucas, the summer is just heating up. He appears to have it all. He’s tall and blond, ripped and handsome, and half owner of Buchanan House, a successful gay retreat on Oregon’s beautiful central coast. But his joie de vivre hides a fear of abandonment. When he was twelve his mother had triplets, and instead of the cherished only child, Nathan became a scapegoat for his exhausted parents, and he has never truly dealt with that pain.

Portland chef Paulie Nesbitt is head over heels in love with Nathan. They’ve been drinking buddies with benefits for years, while Paulie has not-so-secretly yearned for more. Paulie’s extra pounds and self-doubt have kept him from acting on his feelings.

Their friends know they would make the perfect couple, but Nathan and Paulie will have to let go of past insecurities if they want a future together.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-877-1

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7494

Reviewer: Prime

Review:  Tiny House is the third installment of Charley Descoteaux’s series Buchanan House, a small bed and breakfast set up by friends Nathan and Eric. Eric and his romance with, Tim, the handyman that the friends hired to do odd jobs around the small resort was the subject of the first book, Buchanan House. Book two, Pride Weekend, was a short story about 2 guys that meet online and decide to meet at Buchanan House for a weekend of fun during Pride Weekend.

In Tiny House, it is now Nathan’s turn for romance. Nathan has something of a complicated love life, mostly his own fault, but that is the way life has gone for Nathan. Nathan has always had a thing for Paulie, but both have hesitated for years (about fifteen?).

At this point, though, Nathan is not in the best frame of mind. He has lost his lovers, two cousins who worked at Buchanan House and while he was not in love with them, he definitely felt a friendly kind of love towards the men. Soon after he also finds out that the friend he’s had a crush on years, Paulie, has a boyfriend.

Much of the story isn’t so much about the romance between Nathan and Paulie because it seems pretty damn clear that they are meant for each other and definitely have deep feelings for each other. Instead the story is more about Nathan being able to move on and coping with the various changes in his life – he does have trouble because he has many of his friends worried because of the amount of drinking he has been doing lately.

This is a wonderful and sweet story line. It isn’t really melodramatic or action packed, if definitely could have been more melodramatic. The whole novel is well paced, even if Paulie has a boyfriend other than Nathan for most of the story, and the drama that does take place is elegantly understated. This is thoroughly enjoyable and it is nice to see both Nathan and Paulie get their story. All the characters of Buchanan House are deep and complex characters and it is an absolute joy getting to know everyone.

I am left wondering if there are going to be more stories from Buchanan House… I certainly hope so!

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

Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

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Series:  Cyberlove # 1

Author: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 235 pages

Publisher: Megtino Press (February 15, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb: I was counting down the months until the end of my deployment. My days were spent working on military vehicles, and I spent my nights playing video games that would distract me until I could leave Staff Sergeant Garrett Reid behind.

That was when I met him: Kai Bannon, a fellow gamer with a famous stream channel.

I never expected to become fixated on someone who’d initially been a rival. And I’d never expected someone who oozed charm to notice me—a guy known for his brutal honesty and scowl. I hadn’t planned for our online friendship to turn into something that kept me up at night—hours of chatting evolving into filthy webcam sessions.

But it did. And now I can’t stop thinking about him. In my mind, our real life meeting is perfect. We kiss, we fall into bed, and it’s love at first sight.

Except, like most things in my life, it doesn’t go as planned.

*Strong Signal is a standalone, full-length novel with no cliffhanger*

ISBN: 9781524259884

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This is the first book in the Cyberlove series, but can be read as a standalone.

Garrett is on his last tour in Afghanistan. He’s not happy with his life and turns to online gaming to escape reality for a while waiting for his deployment. There he meets Kai, a reclusive that has built up a gaming empire with a lot of followers.

The two can’t stand each other at first as they begin messaging. Bickering and bantering back and forth that slowly turns into more. I liked the fact that even though Garrett is not completely out he has strong beliefs and doesn’t hide.

I felt these two complimented each other very well and was what the other needed to be happy. Well written with an interesting interaction between the two as the story unfolds.

I really enjoyed this book as what turns out to be a romance with plenty of heat.

Great read.

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Moose Fever by A.J. Marcus

o-moose-feverTitle:  Moose Fever

Series:  Mountain Spirit Mysteries, #3

Author: A.J. Marcus

Genre: Mystery/Romantic Suspense

Length: 200 pages

Publisher: DSP Publications (12 April 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Brock Summers and his fiancé, wildlife rehabber Landon Weir, are preparing for their wedding when someone starts killing moose along a creek in the northern part of Teller County. As the moose casualties rise, human bodies turn up, and the case is taken over by the sheriff’s office. When a Forestry Service Ranger is killed, the service joins the hunt.

All signs point to one of the many photographers who have been taking pictures of the moose. Then Landon discovers a small piece of gold in the creek and they believe they have a motive, but they’re still lacking solid suspects.

Bullets fly as they seek to track down the perpetrator while trying to get everything wrapped up in time for their marriage.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-343-1

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/moose-fever-by-aj-marcus-226-b

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Moose Fever is the third book in AJ Marcus’s Mountain Mysteries series. While the books probably work as a standalone, I love this series so much that I’m saying if you haven’t started from book 1 (Eagle’s Blood) go back now. If for nothing else than the pleasure of reading along as Brock and Landon begin their romantic relationship in a small Colorado town.

In this installment, Brock, a state wildlife officer, and Landon, who runs and works a wildlife rehabilitation centre, are preparing to get married. But of course, there is a lot going on than these guys and their seriously sweet and hot relationship. There is the appearance of Brock’s parents, who are quite wonderful, and want to make sure that everything is perfect for their son’s wedding day.

However, there is also the mystery and suspense side of things, which sees more than a few bullets fly, the body of an unknown person turn up that is only the start of the book’s body count.

For a wild life officer, Brock finds himself in some very dangerous and precarious situations, which don’t always involve wildlife of the four-legged kind. Regardless, it is an absolute pleasure reading along with the action as Brock works and Landon does his best to help his partner. I love these guys, I love their chemistry, I love their love –in fact, I love just about everything about their relationship. They are so strong and relatable as characters that it is pure joy to revisit Brock and Landon.

Once again, I can’t wait until book 4 comes out (got a tease at the end of Moose Fever). This is a wonderful series for just about any fan of action and suspense to get into.

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Spoils of War by Tricia Owens

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Series: A:R Heaven, #2

Author: Tricia Owens

Genre: Paranormal/MMM Ménage a Trois

Length: 174 pages

Publisher: Tricia Owens (March 3, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Blurb: Angels make eager lovers. Maybe too eager…

While the human Ryan has made an enemy of the greatest Angel in Heaven–Anifiel, the Commander of Heaven’s Army–Ryan has somehow managed to befriend Anifiel’s kind and gentle battle companion, Vithius. Ryan adores the handsome Angel and is all too happy to teach Vithius the ways that humans make love.

But how much knowledge is too much? Is he corrupting Vithius as Anifiel has accused? Meanwhile, Demons are beating at the gates of Heaven with renewed aggression. Vithius believes he knows why the Demons are so determined, but Anifiel and Ryan refuse to listen to his theory, afraid to believe what it signifies about their relationship to each other. Can Vithius bring the three of them together?

Or will the desire that they continue to resist bring down the entirety of Heaven?

ISBN: 978-1530352371

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

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the A:R Heaven 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 am not usually one to read books by authors that I have not really connected with so Tricia was a surprise to me. She has a way of giving you a unique story that has a great story line and plot. The problem for me was that it seemed very long-winded even though it is not a truly long book. The title was catchy as well as the cover of the book, the series name was a bit dull though.

I had read the first book in this series and was a bit leery of reading the second book. It actually was a little better than the first one. However it is still a bit stiff to me. The characters were fully developed but a bit complicated and confusing.

I also don’t like cheating in a book which for me Anifiel was with Finn. Then there is Ryan who is getting interested in Anifiel, but he is best friends with Finn brought it way down for me.

Ryan and Vithius are moving forward, whereas Ryan and Anifiel are not. Anifiel turns his ass down every time Ryan tries something. The war is not going the way Ryan expects, for every time he fights it doesn’t go the way it should. To me Anifiel is with Finn yet when he opens up it is with Vithius not Ryan. Ryan is not moving forward in heaven like he should and it leaves him feeling hopeless and lost. That is until Anifiel steps up and makes Ryan share his feelings.

The characters were fully developed if not a bit hard to get into. There are a lot of emotions in this book but for me it did the exact opposite of what it should have. It came off too wordy for me to really get into.

I have realized that this is definitely not my kind of story.

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Out of Frame by Megan Erickson

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Series: In Focus, #3

Author: Megan Erickson

Genre: New Adult Romance

Length: 203 pages

Publisher: InterMix (March 15th 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts

Blurb: Romance trades the open road for the high seas in the latest from the author of Focus on Me and Trust the Focus

Perpetually shy, Quinn Mathers is content to remain in the shadow of his brash best friend Jess Hartman. But before their college graduation, he and Jess have planned one last hurrah: a spring break Caribbean cruise.

And it won’t be just any cruise. On board are members of the reality show Trip League, which follows young twenty-somethings on adventures around the world. Since the show’s beginning, Quinn has been fascinated by J. R. Butler, with his amazing body, warm eyes, and killer grin. Unfortunately, he’s straight—or so the world thinks.

At nineteen, J. R. signed a contract to play straight for the show, and there’s no way to get out of it now. Yet with each passing day, Quinn and J. R. find it harder to keep their hands off each other and to keep out of the camera’s frame. But when the lens finally focuses on them, J. R. must decide if he’s willing to risk his career by admitting his bisexuality, and Quinn must determine if he’s bold enough to stand in the spotlight with the man of his dreams…

ISBN: 9781101988602

Product Link: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/536725/out-of-frame-by-megan-erickson/9781101988602/

Reviewer: Aerin

Review: This is my least favorite of Megan’s books to dat., which is a pity considering how much I liked the previous stories in this series. I’m not exactly sure what happened or why the book didn’t leave an impression, it’s mostly a mixture of things.

First of all, the whole reality show J. R. was part of was what mostly put me off this book. I don’t make a habit of watching reality shows, so I’m not familiar with the type of show this was. But I could easily imagine something along the lines of Jersey Shore. Ugh!

J. R. Butler (I hate that name and the space between the initials, which bugged the hell out of me) is part of the Trip League reality show, whose producers made a habit of stereotyping and hiding the true nature of the participants.

J. R. is the black, angry kid on the show, the heterosexual who’s in a committed relationship with his girlfriend Andrea. If the public only knew J. R. is not as angry as he comes across, Andrea exists only in his imagination, and he’s not exactly straight. Admitting to his bisexuality would mean a breach of contract and would make his brother’s much-needed surgery that much harder to get.

Quinn has lived his whole life in a bubble of parental protection. He’s been the good boy who never crossed any boundaries and has never broken any rules. Spending a week away on spring break on a Caribbean cruise with his best friend Jess opened his eyes to how much fun the real world can be. But it also brought him face to face with J. R., the TV personality he’s always had a crush on.

There’s instant chemistry between them and as hard as J.R. tries to ignore his attraction towards Quinn, it isn’t happening. Trying to take advantage of the time they have together and avoiding the cameras in a desperate attempt to stay out of focus puts a lot of pressure on J. R.

There was something off when it came to Quinn and J. R. and I can’t put my finger on it. The whole teenager vibe and the fact that J. R. was thinking of Quinn as a kid was irritating as hell since he’s on 19 years old himself. I guess something didn’t click for me because I wasn’t crazy for them as a couple and I found their story to be too predictable. I felt some of that chemistry but I didn’t get the feeling that they were made for each other.

There are a lot of secondary characters. From the guys we met in the previous books to the fellow cast members, but my favorite of them all is Levi. Oh my god, I love him so much and can’t wait for his book because I bet it’s going to be awesome.

This was a nice, easy read, low in angst and very predictable, but I wasn’t blown away. This was a solid 3 Hearts for me.

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

On the Hunt by Lexie Davis

onthehuntTitle: On the Hunt

Series: Shifters of North Point, #2

Author: Lexie Davis

Genre: Paranormal/Vampires/Werewolves

Length: 81 pages

Publisher: Siren/Bookstrand (April 27, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb: August Rinehard took his job as a soldier in the shifter’s rebel army seriously. This lone wolf had a simple mission: find India and get her back. Their beloved leader’s sister has been targeted by the humans and if they get her, the world could delve into utter chaos. However, along the way, he finds a hurt wolf, Kory, a shifter that was subjected to the human’s entrapment and torture.

The two hit it off immediately and the passion between them sizzles. But the lone wolf doesn’t want a relationship, or worse, mate. While they search for their leader’s beloved sister, the pull of the moon is nearly unbearable. A quick romp in the sack leads to the beginning of the bonding phase that neither of them can deny. Can these two loners find a happy life together?

Or will their bond be the end of them both?

ISBN: 978-1-68295-184-2

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/on-the-hunt

Reviewer: Lisa

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

This book actually has a dark tone to it. There is very little humor, which is if you can find it and for me that was a negative. I want my stories to have a bit of humor in them and this one didn’t have it. I wasn’t so sure if I actually wanted to finish this book or not, but it has a great story line that will keep your attention that is for sure.

August is one hell of a soldier for the shifter’s rebel army. He is tough, loyal and downright mean some times. He finds a human chained to the wall and a wolf stuck in a trap. The human could die for all he cares, but the wolf was unlike any wolf he had ever seen. The human turned out to be none other than one of the scientist who experimented on wolves. He was also Gregory’s son. They wanted Gregory dead right along with his partner.

Kory had been one of the experimented on wolves and he was stronger than any ever born. He wants paybacks for what had been done to him and it meant trusting August. Then a quick sexy time, ended up starting a bond with the man. Things were going to get real interesting real fast. Too bad they had to deal with Jeffery and his experiments.

I did enjoy reading this but there was something missing to truly enjoy. I hope that the next one has a bit of humor in it.

I guess I will wait and see what book three has in it.

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

 

Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back by Joe Cosentino

cozzicovebouncingback500Title: Bouncing Back

Series:  Cozzi Cove

Author: Joe Cosentino

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Length: 213 pages

Publisher: Nine Star Press (March 21, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey shore, handsome Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are open for summer and love.

Mario and Harold are brothers and college students who happen to look alike, but couldn’t be more different: Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. Josh and Greg, a wealthy older couple, are matchmakers for their son, Christopher.

When it comes to Connor, the maid, packed with muscles and a roving sponge, anything can happen. Opposites attract as wild Tim with the secret past meets shy Mark, and porn star Chuck Caliber connects with Sean, a virgin romance novelist.

And what will happen when computer-game designer Arthur has a midnight sea rendezvous with a merman? Even married Cal faces an emotional upheaval when a gay bashing turns into something quite unexpected.

What secrets and passions lie in magical Cozzi Cove?

ISBN: 13: 978-1-911153-35-1

Product Link: http://ninestarpress.com/product/cozzi-cove-bouncing-back/

Reviewer: Cat

Review: Where do I even begin? Bouncing back is the story of a resort called Cozzi Cove, run by Cal Cozzi. It I s also about the guests for this summer’s season as well.

In one Cabin we have Mario (remember him from infatuation?) and his twin Harold. We have a wealthy Gay couple whose son is coming for a visit as well. We have an OCD writer, a porn star, A man on his deathbed, a young waiter on vacation and a reclusive middle-aged gamer and a mermaid. (I will let you read and see if the Mermaid is real.) And we have some regulars as well. Cal’s sister Taylor, Carla, who runs the seafood restaurant in town and Tommy that owns the bar.

Quite a cast of characters. The story is like love boat on land.

I’m not going into detail about any coupling as that would be spoilers so I will let you grab a copy to see what all goes on. I will say each storyline is fabulous. Though this isn’t a mystery, I sat on the edge of my chair wondering who was going to fall for who and if it was all going to be happy endings.

If you like a lot of angst, some humor, love, sadness, (be sure to have a couple of boxes of tissue handy and some hot sensual man-sex I highly, highly recommend this book. I loved all of the Joe Cosentino’s books, but I think this is my favorite to date!

I am ready for book 2!