His Needs by Kris T. Bethke

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Author: Kris T. Bethke

Genre: Contemporary, Holiday 

Length: Novella (113 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 14, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: When State Trooper Travis Kinslow is injured right before Thanksgiving, the only positive is that for once he won’t be working during the holidays. Since he has no family, Travis was absorbed into his best friend, Joe’s, and he considers them as good as his own. Everyone except Joe’s brother Noah. Travis has been in love with the younger man for much of his life, but he’s always kept his distance.

As an ER nurse, Noah is a caretaker by nature. When his brother’s best friend is hurt, he’s happy to help Travis while he heals. He’s only ever allowed himself to think of Travis as the next best thing to an older brother, but by the light of the Christmas tree, Noah finally sees Travis’s true feelings. And in that moment, everything changes.

When faced with opposition and a Christmas nothing like they imagined, will their hopes for the future be enough to carry them through?

ISBN: 978-1-63477-729-2

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/his-needs-by-kris-t-bethke-7890-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  The first thing I want to say about this story is that the cover was one of the best ones I have come across in a long time.  For me it just shows the heart in the two guys.  Now I have had the pleasure to read a couple of stories by this author but out of those that I have read this is my favorite one, but then again there are more to come.  However I really loved that it was the perfect Christmas story in a way.  

Travis has been in love with Noah for over twenty years.  He has known Noah and his family since he was a small child, when he needs a safe haven to heal from his physical as well as mental injuries caused by his family.  Noah’s mother considered him one of hers.

Noah has always wanted Travis but never thought he could since he was the little brother in the family.  It wasn’t until Travis was injured that he saw the love the man had for him there.  Now all they had to do is to tell the family, or not.  Wonder what mama is going to say, well you will just have to read the story.

I got a kick out of this and Mama really needed a smack at Christmas time.  However I can understand the feeling that comes from change.  Hard to deal with it sometimes.  This story was full of heart and joy, not to mention some hot sex.  I loved reading it and can honestly say that it is one that will be read for many Christmas to come.

The Christmas Wager by Jamie Fessenden (2nd Edition)

Jamie Fessenden - The Christmas Wager Cover sTitle: The Christmas Wager (2nd Edition)

Author: Jamie Fessenden

Genre: Historical European, Holiday 

Length: Novella (149 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 14, 2012)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Lord Thomas Pendleton, second son of the Duke of Branmoor, needs to discharge a debt to his friend Andrew Nash. In doing so, he must return to the family estate he fled six years earlier after refusing to marry the woman his father had chosen. To Thomas’s dismay, Branmoor Hall is no longer the joyful home he remembers from his childhood, and his four-year-old niece has no idea what Christmas is.

Determined to bring some seasonal cheer back to the gloomy estate, Thomas must confront his tyrannical father, salvage a brother lost in his own misery, and attempt to fight off his father’s machinations.

As Christmas Day draws near, Thomas and his friend Andrew begin to realize they are more than merely close friends… and those feelings are not only a threat to their social positions, but, in Victorian England, to their lives as well. 

ISBN: 978-1-63477-906-7

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-christmas-wager-by-jamie-fessenden-7891-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  I need to pay attention to certain things when picking out a story or letting a friend pick out my stories.  I have never really been a fan of historicals in any country although the cover is cute.  It is the time period itself that I just don’t get and never probably will get.  When people can’t be who they truly are meant to be.

Thomas has come home to fulfil a debt to his best friend.  When he does he realizes that his home has become something else.  His own niece has no idea what Christmas is let alone what it’s about.  She was still morning the mother she never really knew.  Then there is the fact that he is starting to have feelings for Andrew.  He is slowly realizing who he truly is.

I am afraid that I only really skimmed this story.  I just couldn’t get into it and that was my fault for not realizing it was a historical romance and times were different.  Times when it could cost them everything if they chose to be with each other.  Now other than it not being for me, the story is a very catchy love story about finding out who they are in a sense.  I did enjoy the end of the story though and how Thomas’s father even if it was through manipulation was also an olive branch. 

I would definitely recommend this story if you love a good historical romance. 

The Copper Horse Boxset by K.A. Merikan

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Series:  The Copper Horse

Author: K.A. Merikan

Genre: Victorian, Historical, Fantasy

Length: Novel (590 pages)

Publisher: Acerbi & Villani Ltd. (November 21, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts (Combined)

Blurb: London

1907, twenty years into the zombie Plague

Reuben is a baker living in the slums of London, sharing a room with his father and an extended family of cockroaches. Poor, uneducated, and repressing all his sexual desires, he leads a life of misery, only sometimes sprinkled with gin and a rough tumble in a filthy back alley.

But when he is abducted into Bylondon to be the slave of a wealthy crime family member named Erik Dal, his values are put to the test. His new master is obsessed with all things equestrian, and Reuben soon learns that if he obeys and performs well as Erik’s horse, he might just get everything he yearns for: pampering, foods he never even dreamed of, and shameless sex with a demonically handsome young man in leather riding boots.

As Copper, Erik’s treasured dun stallion, Reuben must submit to his new master’s obscene fancy of possessing another man completely. That is, if he yearns for treats and not the lick of a riding crop. Fake tails, harnesses, and a new haircut to his ginger mane help Reuben transform into Copper, but the fear of losing his dignity in the eyes of society might just prove to be a bigger restraint than any bit, bridle, or handcuffs.

All that for the small price of his freedom. Though at times, Reuben feels it’s his soul that Erik is after instead.

Genre: m/m erotic romance, bdsm

Themes: class differences, slavery, steampunk, alternative lifestyle, Victorian, master/servant, captivity, ponyplay, animalization, kink, organized crime, violence

ISBN: B01N55SOUC

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/Copper-Ponyplay-Stablegirl-erotic-romance-ebook/dp/B01N55SOUC

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Copper Horse: Fear ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

I really did not know how to feel about this story of Reuben, a poor baker, who is taken advantage of by a manipulative man, Erik, who makes him his pet horse. This was serious business not just some role play scenario. I found myself angry on Reuben’s behalf and wondered what Erik’s problem was.

We see throughout Reuben’s introduction on being a pony with all that entails.

The Copper Horse: Pride ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Erik is fighting his feelings for Reuben as Reuben is trying to be better than he was in the first book. I felt that Erik was changing for the better. I liked him more in this book than I did in the previous story. The mens feelings for one another become more pronounced in this addition.

Jack’s Punishment ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Jack’s punishment for helping Copper try to escape is being sent to the kitchen in Mr. Fry’s hands. Unbeknownst to Jack Mr. Fry has wanted Jack since he saw him. Jack feels the same. 

It was a hot little read with plenty of steam. I really loved how these two seemed to melt the other.

The Copper Horse: Love ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Erik is betrayed and so flees with Reuben to London. With both of their lives uprooted both do some heavy soul searching and come to terms with their new lives. Erik has to put his trust into people who are friends but is still leery of them and rightly so after what happened. Reuben is confronted with the fact that Erik lied to him.

Emotional yet engaging I truly liked this story. I really felt for these two men and felt their emotions throughout.

All in all it was an interesting boxed set although I did not read the m/f story.

Don’t Bite by Lisa Oliver

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Series: Stockton Wolves #4

Author: Lisa Oliver

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novel (203 Pages)

Publisher: Lisa Oliver (December 6, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Trent Summers keeps a smile on his face, even though he feels like he’s dying inside. Since he was horribly knifed by a killer bear he’s had trouble with anxiety and panic attacks. Knowing most of his friends are shifters and immune to such things doesn’t help. Mace’s mating with Roan gives him some hope, but a mate of his own is just a pipe dream. In the meantime, he has to put aside his fears and help his friends find rogue vampires – not exactly a cure for stress.

Prince Alexi Vandermot is getting more than a little pissed off at his coven leader. There are rogue vampires in town and he’s ready to hunt them down. The problem is, his cousin keeps saying no. Things aren’t improved when the police come to call, bringing a consultant with them. Shifters are one thing, but Alexi is floored to find the consultant is his mate…human, scared and straight.

Claiming a mate is one thing; keeping him safe is another. When the rogues are found to have family ties to the coven and one of them fancies a bite out of Trent, the coven and the pack have to work together to make sure the body count doesn’t get any higher. When problems start to erupt inside of the coven as well, Alexi wonders if he’ll ever have any time to get to know his anxious mate. 

ISBN: B01MSTLFMG

Product Link: Amazon | ARe  

Reviewer: Lisa

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

I started reading romance stories at the age of twelve and was always intrigued by the worlds that authors can come up with. Then a few years ago I read my first gay romance and I decided that there was just something about them that I liked more. I, like many, have favorites that we always follow and Lisa Oliver is one of those authors for me. There is just something about the worlds that she creates that keeps me captivated throughout the whole entire book. So much so that when a new book comes out, I must always start reading the very first book that leads up to this one.

I love how there is a serious tone to it, but that it is equally matched with humor. I can’t stand a book that has no humor in it; I would rather be laughing then just sitting there. I love how our shifters and vampires are so protective of their mates, yet let their mates kick ass with them, otherwise well you know where they will be for the night.  There is always lust, love, hot sex and a good amount of danger placed in these stories that keeps my attention as well.

Trent Summers belongs to the pack, even though he is a human.  He had once been a police detective until he was stabbed by a rogue shifter.  Now he has panic attacks and trouble with anxiety.  However Mace and the others are very protective of each other.  He has never been with a man and never thought he would be.  However he had told Mace at one time, that if fate decided to give him one he would jump on it.  He just had not counted on that male to be a very big vampire.

Alexi is the second in command at his coven, and his leader is being a dumbass when it comes to humans.  Yet Hugh’s own mate was a human.  Now there are rogue vampires draining humans and Alexi has an idea of who it is.  However on the first meeting of the shifters he realizes the human is his mate.  Protecting his mate is his top priority… that is if his mate doesn’t kick him in the ass first. 

Watch out for Kalel and his hat fetish, and oh let’s not forget our dear police Captain, well you will just have to read and see.  To me there is nothing better than a good romance, but when it is a paranormal then it hits higher marks to me.   I can honestly tell you that this is going to be one of those types of series that you can’t put down and have to read more than once. It is the perfect story for me and gave me all that I needed.

I love the way all the feelings they felt was involved in this story. I had a blast reading it and I can’t wait to read the next story. When Lisa puts out a book I am usually there to eat them up. I would definitely recommend reading this book. Trust me it will keep you laughing, crying, loving and having fun.  

Cursed Miracle by Meg Harding (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

Bah Humbug MMGBR Giveaway gifMeg Harding - Cursed Miracles Cover sTitle: Cursed Miracles

Series: 2016 Advent Calendar Bah Humbug

Author: Meg Harding

Genre: Paranormal, Holiday

Length: Short Story (48 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 14, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Two hundred years ago on Christmas Eve, William Mashinter was frozen in time, cursed by his wife to roam the world on his own, waiting for the love of his life to find him. The love of his life, whom she killed. Time hasn’t healed this wound, and William is tired of the happy holiday and the constant reminders of a love that’s been taken from him. But then the impossible happens, and maybe… maybe he can get a new Christmas perspective.

Brady Gallagher has lived three different lives, always aware of the first and most important, yet unable to find the man who will fill in the missing pieces and let him know he’s not crazy. He encounters him at a work event, of all places, but is he willing to throw everything else to the wind and embrace the miracle laid out before him?

ISBN: 978-1-63533-176-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/cursed-miracles-by-meg-harding-7970-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Back in a time when it was never allowed two men loved each other deeply. Time when marriages were arranged and William was forced to marry a woman.  A woman with a secret that would destroy the two men.  For two hundred years he was forced to roam the world waiting for the man he loved to find him.  Want to know more, read the book.

I have always gotten a kick out of Meg’s stories and this one was no different.  I do hope that she turns this one into a longer story with more details and fun times though.  I hope that the evil witch got what she deserved in the end.  I had fun reading this and can guarantee that you will too.   

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Snow In Montana by R.J. Scott Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! R.J. Scott stops by today with the tour for her new Montana release Snow in Montana, we have a great excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and Lisa’s review, so check out post and click that giveaway link ❤ ~Pixie~ 

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Snow In Montana

(Montana 04)
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R.J. Scott

An actor in the closet, a sheriff stuck in a rut, and memories that won’t stay hidden. Will Christmas at Crooked Tree be cancelled?

Jordan Darby is known as the King of Christmas. The star of eight made-for-TV Christmas movies; he is the leading man that always gets his girl. Filming at Crooked Tree in an icy, snowy March he is fighting studio execs, and his fears of exposure, over one huge secret. After all, who the hell would hire him if it came out that their romantic lead was gay?

Sheriff Ryan Carter is advising on the new movie being made at Crooked Tree. He had hoped this would be one day of work and nothing else. Until that is, he meets the sexy hero of the movie. Jordan is spiky, resigned, angry, stuck in the closet and everything that Ryan doesn’t need in his life. Until that is, lust becomes part of the equation.

Against the chaos that has overtaken the ranch, Adam regains a memory that threatens his love with Ethan, and it is Justin who has to make sense of it all for everyone. Only through trusting in love and friendship can these two men, learn to look to the future, instead of letting the past destroy everything.

And then maybe, for everyone at Crooked Tree, there can be peace by Christmas.

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A New Life For Christmas by Liam Livings Release Blast & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Liam Livings popping in today with his new release A New Life For Christmas, there’s a fantastic giveaway so check out the post and click that giveaway link ❤ ~Pixie~

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A New Life For Christmas

by

Liam Livings

A house exchange between two single men leads to a romantic new life for both of them. 

Oliver and Kyle live thousands of miles apart, but each needs a break from his current life and love. Enter the Cloud B&B website, a wonderful new way to exchange homes for the holiday. They both muster their courage, and decide to visit another continent for Christmas. 

In the UK, Oliver has been pining after his neighbour for far too long, living his comfortable but quiet life in a town in the New Forest. When his crush moves on in the worst possible way, Oliver is seduced by the chance to stay in fun-loving, sunny Miami. 

In Miami, Kyle is a club owning workaholic, who suddenly discovers the man he lives with has been unfaithful. Yet again. As consolation, Kyle is tempted to see first hand the picture book charm of the New Forest in winter. 

Both of them find not just a new setting but a new romance. Oliver makes a big effort to shed his inhibitions and meets a musician, Mark, who plays in the Florida bars, and who may be just as cautious and polite as Oliver in making the first move. 

And while Kyle’s trying to come to terms with England’s very different culture—and food!—he’s charmed by Oliver’s best friend Edward, who’s bold and sexy, but secretive. 

Will Oliver take the leap of faith and encourage a lover who can and will give the commitment he deserves? And will Kyle find a man who can be loyal and also offer Kyle the family life he needs? 

But perhaps more importantly—when Christmas is over, can a new life survive?

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Love and Snowball Fights by J.R. Loveless Guest Post & Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we have J.R. Loveless stopping by today with her upcoming release Love and Snowball Fights, we have an awesome guest post where J.R. shares her delicious peanut butter blossom cookies recipe and we also have a great excerpt. So guys check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~ 

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Love and Snowball Fights

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J.R. Loveless

Lane Freeman supposed there were worse places to be dumped than a place named Christmas Valley. After being ejected from the foster care system, he spent the past five years hitchhiking and moving around. But six months of a steady job at Tal’s Bar and Grill, an apartment, and even a three-legged cat, have him almost ready to risk putting down a few roots when Tal’s brother comes home for the holidays.

Dallas firefighter Trey Jenkins reluctantly accepts that Lane isn’t like the other drifters who’ve come through his brother’s place. A fragile attraction begins to bloom between them, in spite of the many reasons they both have to fight it. Trey wants to give Lane a family, but experience has taught Lane to depend on no one but himself. Will winter love burn hot in a town called Christmas Valley, or will Lane return to his wandering ways? 

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