Striking Sparks by Ari McKay

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Series: Dreamspun Desires 24

Author: Ari McKay

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (214 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (15 Dec 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: The stakes are high and the heat is on.

Beau Walker, owner of the Barbecue Shack, needs the help of Jake Parnell, his one-time rival and secret crush, in a televised barbecue competition. Beau is a proud man, but the stakes are high, and smart, sexy Jake is his only hope, even if being around Jake reawakens the attraction he’s fought for years.

Jake left his hometown, determined to build a life somewhere his sexuality wouldn’t hurt his family’s restaurant business—and far away from hunky, obstinate Beau Walker. Then his twin, Josh, is killed, and Jake returns to support his brother’s wife and children. Despite his reservations, he agrees to go head-to-head against Beau on national television. Between stress and grief, as well as pride and determination, only one thing is certain—the heat between Beau and Jake extends well beyond the kitchen.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-154-2

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/striking-sparks-by-ari-mckay-7795-b

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Striking Sparks is a fantastic addition to the Dreamspun Desires collection – which has now become a collection I will read without hesitation, regardless of the story’s author. For the most part I have liked or loved each book in the series/collection and Ari McKay’s story of rival cooks does not disappoint.

Beau Walker is owner of the Barbeque Shack. His rival is Jake Parnell, who now runs Parnell’s Pantry and supporting his brother’s family after the death of his twin brother, Josh. Beau had always got along with Josh, but for numerous and probably obvious reason, he and Jake never got along. The main point would be that Beau is out to their small town community while Jake is still firmly in the closet.  But now the time has come that they are going to have to work together, Beau had organized a friendly competition with Josh, which was going to be filmed for television. Now it is Jake who is going to take his brother’s place despite the tension between the guys. The money would be good for the family, the advertising for their businesses would be invaluable, as well as for tourism of their hometown.

I have to admit that I’m totally addicted to watching Food Network, so getting into this book was never a problem. Add onto that the great tension that was crafted between the MCs and then there is explosive attraction between them. I think that this is a book that will easily please many readers.

Thanks A Lot. John LeClair by Johanna Parkhurst

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Series: Here’s to you Zeb Pike 02

Author: Johanna Parkhurst

Genre: Young Adult,  Contemporary

Length: Novel (204 pages)

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (15 Dec 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: A Companion to Here’s to You, Zeb Pike

On the surface, life looks pretty good for sixteen-year-old Emmitt LaPoint: he’s popular, doing well in school, and he’s poised to lead his small-town Vermont hockey team all the way to the state championship—and that’ll lead to attention from scouts. Emmitt might manage to follow in the footsteps of his hockey hero, John LeClair, who he’s been secretly writing to for years.

But beneath the perfect façade, Emmitt is struggling. All he wants is to hold on to the two things he loves: hockey and his boyfriend, Dusty. But Emmitt’s absentee father has recently returned to breathe down his neck, and not everyone is eager to see him succeed. Few people in town know Emmitt is gay, and it’s getting harder to stay in the closet. On top of everything, Dusty seems to be hiding his own secrets.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-429-1

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/thanks-a-lot-john-leclair-by-johanna-parkhurst-7746-b

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Thanks A Lot, John LeClair is the sequel (or companion as said in the blurb) to the book Here’s to You, Zeb Pike. If you haven’t read the first book, I really recommend going back to it. While it probably isn’t essential, it’s a fantastic book and these stories are just the perfect duo – much like Dusty and Emmitt.

The story is told from the perspective of Emmitt LaPoint, boyfriend of Dusty Porter, who after a year in Vermont has settled in with his new family and loves his new uncle and aunt. However, things are changing, as things always must. His secret relationship with Dusty is one of the main things changing and Emmitt’s little brother, Casey, is definitely the champion of his big brother and best friend. There is some drama but Emmitt and Dusty solves their current problems with style.

This series tackles some pretty upsetting things really beautifully. I think it hits the emotions and tension and the sweetness perfectly. It’s a lot more than teen drama or angst. I’m not a fan of angst ridden books, so if you’re like me, I can totally get behind recommending this for you. If you like sport novels too, we’re talking hockey here and an NHL star in the making with Emmitt.

I’m not sure if Johanna has plans for another book in the series. We are left with a HFN ending and I would really love for there to be more stories as we get see these guys go from teens to young men.

Here’s To You, Zeb Pike by Johanna Parkhurst

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Series: Here’s to You, Zeb Pike 01

Author: Johanna Parkhurst

Genre: Young adult, Contemporary

Length: Novel (180 pages)

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (7 Nov 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Fact: When Zebulon Pike attempted to climb what is now known as Pikes Peak, he got stuck in waist-deep snow and had to turn back.

That’s the last thing Dusty Porter learns in his Colorado history class before appendicitis ruins his life. It isn’t long before social services figures out that Dusty’s parents are more myth than reality, and he and his siblings are shipped off to live in Vermont with an uncle and aunt they’ve never met.

Dusty’s new life is a struggle. His brother and sister don’t seem to need him anymore, and he can’t stand his aunt and uncle. At school, one hockey player develops a personal vendetta against him, while Emmitt, another hockey player, is making it hard for Dusty to keep pretending he’s straight. Problem is, he’s pretty sure Emmitt’s not gay. Then, just when Dusty thinks things can’t get any worse, his mother reappears, looking for a second chance to be a part of his life.

Somehow Zebulon Pike still got the mountain named after him, so Dusty’s determined to persevere—but at what point in life do you keep climbing, and when do you give up and turn back?

ISBN: 978-1-62798-525-3

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/heres-to-you-zeb-pike-by-johanna-parkhurst-5234-b

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Here’s to You, Zeb Pike is a really heartwarming and heartwrenching book. I know, it’s so good it makes you feel sad and happy at the same time. I didn’t know what to expect from this since this was the first book by Johanna Parkhurst I’ve read and I am glad to say that I loved both the writing style and the plot itself.

Of course, being a teen/young adult book, if you’re an adult reading it you really got to know what you’re into when it comes to young adult fiction. And if you’re reading about damaged teens from broken homes, that’s you’re first big hint that you’ll like it.

The story starts off with the heartbreaking opener of fourteen (almost fifteen) year old Dusty Porter, taking care of his six and eight year old siblings entirely on his own. His mother has flitted off months ago and his father is involved in some shady business, he doesn’t want to be around his kids but he gives them money to survive. Dusty has had a hard life from the start because of his negligent parents. Then, when his sister goes to hospital with appendicitis their entire world crashes down. Dusty’s entire life is changed when an uncle and aunt he never knew he had take him and his siblings into their home. That’s better than going into foster care but Dusty has a hard time accepting his new family and losing his role as primary care giver of his siblings.

At school Dusty is introduced to brothers Emmitt and Casey LaPointe. Emmitt is 16 years old, star of the school hockey team. To top off all the difficulties Dusty is going through, he finds himself attracted to Emmitt. Things keep piling up for Dusty, after all he is a teen as well as being a kid in a heartbreaking situation, but I like the fact that in this story his sexuality is not made part of the drama.

Emmitt and Dustin are sweet together, as only it can be for their age. This is more than a coming of age, in many ways Dusty is already an adult.  This is a lot more than two boys discovering themselves. It’s a really charming story of a making of a family and the making of a relationship, which will continue in the next book.

The Coolest Prince of Cats by Jo Penn

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Series: Milson Valley 03

Author: Jo Penn

Genre: Paranormal Shape-shifter, Vampires/Werewolves

Length: Novella (132pgs)

Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. (October 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Chane Taunton is running out of time. He’s not a warrior. He’s a monk…well, ex-monk. And herbalist. Neither qualifies him to capture a deranged vampire. Unfortunately, to keep his brother and friends safe, he must try. He just has to set the right trap. Of course, this is made even more difficult with the arrival of his brother, Archie, who keeps following Chane from coven to coven spiking Chane’s drinks and placing himself in danger.

When the trap fails, again, Chane is saved by a gorgeous, big feline shifter, Dominic Sanchez, who declares Chane is his mate. Due to an accident, Chane is unable to immediately scent the shifter as mate, but Dom is adamant and sets out to woo Chane, soothing the vampire’s many ruffles and discovering all his secrets.

With an assassin on the loose and gunning for them, Dom has his work cut out for him. Luckily he has a lot of crafty shifters and the mate pull on his side.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-546-8

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/the-coolest-prince-of-cats   

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Chane is constantly on the move due to his psychotic ex, an assassin, who doesn’t take ending the relationship too well. I found that Chane was determined to put his in the past and try to move forward. Only to be pushed back a few steps. I was glad he had help when Dom came along. 

The fight to move forward was hard. Yet with the support of his mate and all the others in Milson valley he was right where he needed to be. I felt sorry for Chane not being able to scent his mate due to an accident. But with time Chane begins to grow closer to Dom. 

Archie, Chane’s brother, was a hoot. I loved his character. He was extremely protective of Chane yet funny and snarky. I loved the action, romance, drama and suspense in this addition to the series. 

Highly recommended.

The Avenger Claims His Mates by Jo Penn

Jo Penn - The Avenger Claims His Mate CoverTitle: The Avenger Claims His Mates

Series: Milson Valley 02

Author: Jo Penn

Genre: Ménage a Trois, Paranormal Shape-shifter, Vampires/Werewolves

Length: Novel (193pgs)

Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. (September 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: Deakin Myers has a perfectly good, though slightly dysfunctional, mate, so why would he need another one? Ran Markson is more than enough for Deakin. Ran is gorgeous, cheeky, so relaxed he could slip into a coma, sweet, and just seems to stumble into trouble. And man, does he ever get Deakin hot!

When his mate has a little bit of trouble at his latest job and the local wolf pack become protective big brothers, Deakin may have hyperventilated and demanded a lawyer. Sure, the pack seem friendly—too friendly really. They keep trying to touch his mate. But they are saying all this stuff about Ran actually having a different name, needing protection, and that he is ill.

But then Ran is shot by an assassin sent by his ex-Alpha, a vicious creature bent on revenge. The local Avenger is called in to eliminate the threat, and all their lives take a very unexpected turn.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-502-4

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/the-avenger-claims-his-mates  

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Deakin and Ran have been on the move since Ran’s ex-Alpha is intent on harming Ran anyway he can and will stop at nothing to attain that goal. When Avenger Vicus is called in to eliminate the threat to Ran things take an interesting turn.

Deakin is part human, part sprite, has asthma and is a bit high strung at times. The way he acts at times was hilarious but understandable. Ran, is easy going and constantly getting into trouble. But I believe it was a result of what happened by his previous pack.

I loved the interactions between these two despite the situation they find themselves in. Avenger Vicus is used to people giving him a wide berth. He is unused to relationships but knows that Deakin and Ran are his mates. He will do all in his power to protect them.

Suspense, drama and action surround this addition to the Milson Valley series.

Prince of Cats Takes A Mate or Two by Jo Penn

Jo Penn - Prince of Cats Claims a Mate or Two CoverTitle: Prince of Cats Claims a Mate or Two

Series: Milson Valley 01

Author: Jo Penn

Genre:  a Trois, Paranormal Shape-shifter, Vampires/Werewolves

Length: Novella (168pgs)

Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.

Heat Level: Scorching

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Keeley James is a wary human but he adores his stunning mate, Vampire Lord Xavier Dalton.  When out of nowhere a huge Shifter pounces, claiming Xavier as his mate, Keeley reels. Confused, he runs.

Lord Xavier Dalton is a Vampire on a mission.  Always.  He is an important, valued member of his Coven and the High Council. He makes and breaks kingdoms, dotes on his little dreamy eyed human mate, and allows the big Feline to claim him, as is the paranormal way.  But the Tiger will have to prove he’s not just all roar to capture this icy Vampire’s heart.

Feline Crown Prince Drake Sanchez is not letting his little human wiggle out of his paws, nor allowing his stunning Vampire to pull the renowned Vamp chill on him, shutting Drake out while keeping secrets.  Both are his.  They’ll get used to it, he’s real good at getting creatures to purr.  This Tiger loves nothing more than protecting, heavy petting and cuddling.

Note: This book contains dubious consent.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-225-2

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/prince-of-cats-claims-a-mate-or-two

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I wanted to really like this book but I could not, though I did love the plot of the story. The story seemed to be all over the place. Drake was a little brash regarding Keeley and Xavier was a little too overprotective of Keeley. 

I thought they were all mates so I did not understand the distance in regards to being together between Xavier, a vampire and Drake, a shifter. It confused me. Keeley was a little over the top with the games he played with Drake but that was to be expected with what he had been through not to mention another paranormal mate which threw him in panic mode.

The whole back and forth panic, running, battle of wits between the three got tiresome quick. Now I love sarcasm but this was not it. I thought mates were supposed to want to be together? Maybe it’s just me but the book felt off to me.

All I Want for Christmas… Is No Christmas by Colton Aalto (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

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Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar Bah Humbug.

Author: Colton Aalto

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short (35 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (15th December 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Alec Ryder’s arrest in Aspen, early on the morning of December twenty-fifth, is the latest disaster in his series of unhappy Christmases. He’s dreaded the holiday since being subjected to endless church services as a child. Being kicked out on Christmas Day after he came out to his parents, followed by an improbable series of yearly yuletide trips to the emergency room, haven’t made his Christmases any merrier. But getting busted for prostitution is the worst catastrophe; it means Alec’s dream of a college degree is gone, replaced by the specter of jail time. 

Just when Alec thinks things can’t get worse, Hayden Adler shows up to interrogate him. Hayden is a glamorous attorney who also happens to be Alec’s college roommate’s cousin. Alec’s had a crush on Hayden for years, but whatever miniscule chance Alec might’ve had is now history—just like the life he’s been trying to build for himself.  

But things aren’t quite what they seem. In a long line of miserable Christmases, Alec will never forget this one, although not for the reasons he suspects.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-177-6

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/all-i-want-for-christmas-is-no-christmas-by-colton-aalto-7971-b

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This short story is narrated by MC, Alec. He’s had a miserable life since being kicked out of home on Christmas Day for being gay. To get through college he turned to being an escort as well as waiting tables to survive. But one of his clients leads him to being arrested on Christmas Day. The worst part for him being that his love interest and cousin to his college roommate/best friend is one of the agents trying to get information from him.  

While I enjoyed All I Want For Christmas… Is No Christmas, I did not outright love it. I believe this is because I felt that there was a lot missing from the story. Yes, I could read between the lines to some extent, but part of me wanted a lot of sections elaborated upon. The main character does explain at length his past and why he hated Christmas but I just needed more on how this Christmas became a better Christmas. The spark of attraction is there between the guys, it just needed to be fleshed out more I felt.

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“All I Want for Christmas… Is No Christmas” takes place on Christmas Day in Aspen, Colorado.  While Alec is a skier, he spends the day being interrogated by Hayden instead of hitting the slopes.  Aspen’s famous ski mountain wasn’t the first to open in Colorado, but its been around for several generations and opened with what was, at the time, the longest chairlift in the world.  In 2017, what anniversary will the Aspen Mountain ski area celebrate?

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Murder Once Seen by J.T. Hall Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hiya peeps, we have J.T. Hall popping in today with the tour for her new release Murder Once Seen, we have a  great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway so check out the post and click that giveaway link ❤ ~Pixie~

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Murder Once Seen

by

J.T. Hall

In the city of Nis, things often aren’t what they seem.

Derwin is a bounty hunter gifted with the Oddity of superhuman strength and agility—perfect for hunting down fugitives and demons who roam the streets. One killed his boyfriend two years ago, and Derwin won’t stop until he finds out who. Police suspect it was someone he sent to prison, but he can’t shake the idea that they’re missing something.

Elliot is a rentboy who’s been living on the streets since his parents disowned him. He mistrusts everyone and, given his uncontrolled ability to Read Objects and a client list that includes a major gang boss, despairs of ever having a normal life.

Derwin and Elliot meet in a storm of lust. Derwin’s Oddity is fed by the pain of others, but he only wants what’s freely given. Elliot loves pain, but needs safety and a way off the streets before he can allow it. They may be able to solve each other’s problems . . . if they can survive long enough to work together.

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Double Dealing by Nicole Colville Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Nicole Colville popping in today with the tour for her newest release Double Dealing, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway so check out the post and click that giveaway link ❤ ~Pixie~

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Double Dealing

A Marriage of Inconvenience

by

Nicole Colville

Caught in a messy merger with the mounting pressure to close a multi-million dollar deal, business mogul Ryder Granger finds things are more hostile than the average takeover, but he’s not just interested in acquiring the lucrative Lyon coffee chain. He has an entirely more personal motive hidden beneath his cool exterior and designer suit.

Trace Lyon believes the merger with B&G could be the way out of the closet his strict Southern father keeps him locked in, but there’s one big problem. Ryder Granger is everything Trace wants, and everything his father despises. Two years ago, they shared one incredible night together, but despite the connection and the intense heat, both walked away.

With the deal falling through, Ryder brings an unexpected offer to the table — a more personal type of merger between the two rival families, one Trace is dead against. After all, an arranged marriage in New York in 2016… That could never work out. Taking control in the only way he can, Trace agrees to marry Ryder, but secretly plots to double deal both his father and Ryder. He just has to get this whole absurd wedding out of the way first and ignore how happy Ryder makes him feel.

There are questions he’s hesitant to ask, however. Is Skye a man or a woman? And, what does it mean that he doesn’t really care?

Previously published under the Confidential Encounters Anthology with 30,000 new additions to read.

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The Weather Baker’s Son by Peter Grover Guest Post!

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Hiya peeps! Today we have debut author Peter Grover popping in with his debut release The Weather Baker’s Son, we have a great guest post from Peter and you can check out an excerpt from this cover reveal post. So check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~ 

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The Weather Baker’s Son

(World of Love 02)
by

Peter Grover

Nature’s call of desire among golden fields and intoxicating red-lipped poppies seems to proclaim a path to love and healing in southern France. Yet Peter, an American university student struggling with self-doubt following a failed love affair, is determined never to be hurt again. While on a vacation with his widowed mother, Peter is smitten by Gaston, a handsome local baker. Gaston, less bold than Peter, is drawn to Peter as well but fearful of the loss of family esteem—particularly the respect of his cousin Mario, who looks up to Gaston. Their friendship grows into more as Peter continues to visit the bakery, but their increasing intimacy does not go unnoticed. The road to fulfillment becomes increasingly obscured, and internal doubts and external events spiral out of control. The arrival of a handsome stranger, suspicions of murder, and the threat of harm might spell the end of more than just their relationship.

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

Release date: 21st December 2016

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