Black Market Blood by Francis Gideon

Francis Gideon - Black Market Blood CoverTitle: Black Market Blood

Series: New Canadiana 02

Author: Francis Gideon

Genre: Other Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Length: Novel (330pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-63533-226-1

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (27th February 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 – 4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: In a world where monsters are known to—and despised by—humanity, vampire Chaz Solomon hides in plain sight as a detective on the Toronto police force. But freedom from prejudice does nothing to alleviate his guilt over the lover he betrayed to gain his label of “normal.” He spends his days living a lie and his nights in a brothel, seeking company and black-market blood.

When a serial killer preying on both vampires and sex workers leads Chaz and his department on a twisted chase through New Canadiana’s supernatural underground, one of the brothel employees, Sully, becomes the only person Chaz can trust. There’s much more to Sully than a pretty face, and he’s slowly breaching the walls around Chaz’s heart with his intelligence and kind nature.

But as the body count rises and conspiracies come to light, the past Chaz has been trying to escape comes rushing back. Sully might accept Chaz as a vampire, but will he forgive Chaz’s other deceptions? And what will become of Chaz’s life if his secret is revealed? Before he can worry about a future with Sully, he’ll have to find the vengeful murderer threatening everything he cares about.

Purchase Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/black-market-blood-by-francis-gideon-8203-b

Review: This book is part of a series and is best read in order, although it could be read as a standalone.

Chaz Solomon is a vampire who hides in plain sight as Detective Chip MacDonald, he hides everything about himself so he can live a ‘normal’ life but that might just about crumble around him as a serial killer sets his sights on vampires and sex workers and his two worlds are about to clash.

Sully is a sex worker and is perfectly happy with his life, when ‘Chip’ comes into his life Sully is drawn into an investigation that is horrific and vile but Sully just can’t say no to the appealing vampire.

This is a brilliant story that has us being pulled into a story that is interesting and with characters that are fascinating. Chaz has put his life to good use once he straightened himself out; he’s hidden his true nature, become a different person and is now a detective. He still feels guilt over what he once did to his friend Nat but has done his best to put the past behind him, meeting a man who at first glance he mistakes for Nat he discovers that he wants more than just to exist, he wants to live.

We are drawn into a story that has mystery and suspense; we are drawn into the investigation as first Chaz and then Sully piece together the few clues leading them to a serial killer who has a huge grudge against vampires and sex workers. While Chaz and Sully meander the war field that is their relationship the serial killer gets closer to them than either of them ever wanted.

I loved this story, we have a vampire that is trying to bury his nature so he will be accepted by all and we have a sex worker who doesn’t really care what people think of him. Both men have had hard lives but have handled things differently; they connect on an instinctive level and mesh well together.

This is a brilliantly written story; it flows perfectly and never drags. We are constantly finding out something new which keeps our interest and while we begin to get an inkling about the killer we do get thrown off track once or twice with carefully crafted red herrings. There are a couple of links to the first story Never Lose Your Flame but I do believe you could read this book by itself, although I do recommend reading Never Lose Your Flame first.

I recommend this to those who love urban fantasy, finding love in unexpected places, danger, mystery, a hunt for a clever serial killer and a brilliant ending.   

Whiskers of a Chance by Tempeste O’Riley ~ Audiobook

Tempeste O'Riley - Whiskers of a Chance Cover AudioTitle: Whiskers of a Chance

Author: Tempeste O’Riley

Narrator: Craig Beck

Genre: Paranormal

Length: 7 hrs, 14 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (20th September 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Jason Grant runs his own IT business from home, owns his own home, and has the best friend he could imagine. What he doesn’t have, or believe he will ever have, is love. When Jason catches a glimpse of his new neighbor on moving day, his libido ignites and his fascination in piqued. He even manages to concoct an excuse to go over and meet the man who makes him hope and want for more than he has in years.

Keith Skyler is a shifter in a world where his kind is known only to a few, but they don’t often mix and they never mate. Keith has been hoping for a mate since before he can remember, but gay lynx don’t have true mates. As far as he knows, they don’t have mates at all. However, while moving his little family across Seattle – and away from their tribe – his reality tips and spins more than he thought possible.

When these two men meet over a dish of five-cheese broccoli noodle casserole, sparks fly. Who knew a welcome-to-the-neighborhood gift could give both of them their chance at love?

Product Link: Audible USAudible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I love a good shape shifter MM romance, in fact it has to rate as my favourite type of romance and Tempeste O’Riley’s Whisker of a Chance definitely hits all the right marks. Good narration also helps a lot too, which really helped me get into the mind of both main characters. This is the first time I’ve heard Craig Beck’s work but I have to say he I rate him among my favourite narrators.

Lynx and alpha’s heir, Keith Skyler, has managed to move himself and his sister and nephew away from their tribe (chain) but most importantly, he has removed them away from his manipulative and evil father, the tribe’s alpha. This new life has naturally starts Keith off on an adventure he didn’t know could ever be possible for him – a gay shifter who was born to be an alpha and Keith of was fairly certain, he would never have a true mate because he was gay. Then there is Jason Grant. He was instantly infatuated by his new neighbour and after giving Keith a welcome to the neighbourhood casserole, he too is flung into an adventure and a world completely unknown to him.

I can’t really think anything that makes this book stand out as an OMG when it comes to shape shifter and soul mates/mates, even when it becomes very apparent that there is more too Keith’s lynx than being an alpha. However, I really did love this. The main characters had their own complexities, which were thoroughly explored with our MCs and partially explored with the minor characters. I especially love Jason’s BFF Sasha (Russian guy of course), Keith’s lynx friends including Vance as well as the wolves that Keith also meets through his work as a vet. In fact, I would have loved to have known more from the latter two groups.

The characters were complex, enjoyable and relatable – the sex was hot – the attraction and tension between Keith and Jason was palpable – and overall it was a lot of fun.

Marriage of Inconvenience by M.J. O’Shea ~ Audiobook

M.J. O'Shea - Marriage of Inconvenience Cover AudioTitle: Marriage of Inconvenience

Series:  Dreamspun Desires 16

Author: MJ O’Shea

Narrator: John Solo

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 5 hrs, 35 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (16th September 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Lights, camera, lies.

Kerry Pickering has a problem. As a publicist for Hollywood bad boy Jericho Knox, it’s Kerry’s job to keep Jericho in the news. So far, Jericho’s partying and public escapades have made it easy. But Jericho has a secret, and when that secret is revealed in the most spectacularly disastrous way, it’s up to Kerry to spin it.

The team decides the best course of action is to make the public fall in love – with Jericho’s secret committed relationship. The one that doesn’t exist. Yet.

The team wants someone they can trust. Someone in the inner circle. That someone is Kerry. But what will happen when Kerry realizes that for him, the romance is no longer pretend? Can Jericho love him back, or is he just playing a role?

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Let me start off by saying that while I was not wowed by this book, I did enjoy listening to it and was quite happy to suspend my disbelief as we entered the world of Hollywood with all its not so glamorous business. Part of me had higher expectations – mostly because I enjoy many stories by MJ O’Shea, in addition to the narration by John Solo, who is by far one of my favorite narrators. He has a definite way with words and being able to convey the perfect emotions with his tone.

The story follows publicist to the stars, Kerry Pickering. Kerry is the consummate professional and has been career driven for a long time. He has learnt a lot in his time in Hollywood and despite the fact that he can only dream of the luxury his clients live in, he is happy in his job and his rundown apartment that he shares with his younger brother. Seriously, Kerry is the kind of guy everyone would love.

But then we meet one particular pain the ass client, Jericho. He’s up himself and for the most part not very likeable – and that is definitely what took away from my enjoyment of the book. He’s not just brash and snobbish; it’s hard to really see what is in his heart. I spent most of the story annoyed with the guy. The saving grace to this though is that Kerry isn’t about to bow down to Jericho’s overbearing and generally horrible attitude and for that, I love him. Jericho also manages to redeem himself as well, which is always a bonus.

Beyond the Grill by Tracey Michael

Tracey Michael - Beyond the Grill CoverTitle: Beyond the Grill

Author: Tracey Michael

Genre: Contemporary, New Adult

Length: 96 Pages (Novella)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Justin Walker is used to being the hookup but never the boyfriend, and that’s okay. Justin has goals—he might sling burgers by night and work on his car by day, but he has plans to go to school and make a life for himself. He also has a few friends and loving parents. 

What more could a guy ask for?

Hot, muscular, manly Shane Steel is a walking wet dream. Justin fantasizes about having Shane as more than a casual acquaintance, and one night he works up the courage to flirt with Shane. To his surprise—and terror—Shane is interested. Very interested.

As they bond over their love of cars and drag racing, Justin begins to believe he can be more to Shane than a side guy. Too bad Shane’s manipulative and dangerous ex is dead set against letting that happen. 

ISBN: 978-1-63477-753-7

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/beyond-the-grill-by-tracey-michael-7596-b

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: Justin just wants someone to love and for someone to love him, and not only for one night stands. With the insecurities and lots of uncertainties in his life, it’s hard to put himself out there without getting hurt. That doesn’t only mean in relationships, he’s been abuse by guys that he thought he had something good with. Justin and Shane have been friends for a while now, and they usually hang together enjoying each other’s company. Shane is a Mechanic, who has his own business which he loves. Justin is a Supervisor in a fast food joint slinging Burgers. His job is a means to an end, because it helps to pay the bills, and he wants to go back to College to pursue his dream.

Hanging out at the Arcade and playing games. Justin realizes that he’s developing feeling for his friend and starts to panic, because he thinks that Shane is straight because he only ever sees him with women, and he doesn’t want to risk putting himself forward only to be shot down like a couple other times with other guys. Shane likes Justin as well and wants things to go further with him than just friends. Things are developing for both of them and it all takes a bad turn, when Shane comes across an old school friend that wants to insinuate himself between him and Justin. Once again, Justin ends up getting hurt, but will Shane figure out that not all the screws are connected in his old-school mate’s head, before he loses Justin for good.

Looking at the cover of this book and reading the blurb is what got me reading this book. Bald head mechanic, and shy younger guy that is looking for someone to love, or as he said it, ‘Cuddle’. But the blurb is lots more exciting than the book. Yes, I love friends to lovers’ stories, but this short story really didn’t do much for me. With who the dedication in this book is for. This story in no way compares, the only racing in this story is when they go to the track.

After the Romance Novel by Susan Laine

Susan Laine - After the Romance Novel CoverTitle: After the Romance Novel

Author: Susan Laine

Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Friends to Lovers

Length: 63 Pages (short story)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (22nd February 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Romance novels always end with a happy ever after. Right?

Evan and Adam are best friends, but they don’t know everything about each other. For one thing, Adam doesn’t know Evan writes and publishes gay romance novels until he discovers one while snooping on Evan’s laptop.

This revelation changes their relationship in ways neither could’ve imagined. Adam’s reaction to reading Evan’s stories is not what he expected, nor is the new way he’s looking at his lifelong pal. After all, Adam is straight, or so he’s always thought, and that is what Evan believes about Adam as well.

When Evan admits he might be bisexual, Adam suggests he try dating girls to find out for sure, but when Evan follows his advice, Adam is caught off guard by his feelings of jealousy. And when the date proves Evan isn’t bisexual, but gay, Evan’s request that Adam find him a guy might be the last straw.

How can Adam admit he wants that guy to be him? His epiphany will either end their relationship—or change it into something wonderful in their very own friends-to-lovers romance. 

ISBN: 978-1-63533-275-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/after-the-romance-novel-by-susan-laine-8177-b

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: Oh WOW. I absolutely love Friends to Lovers stories and this author nailed it for me. I’ve never read from this author before, but if all of her books are like this. I’ll be reading more of her works. From beginning to end, she was consistent with her story line and it didn’t veer off into anything else, but the two main characters. The title however threw me for a loop, and was looking for something else entirely, but she kept me hooked from the beginning, and that’s a plus for her and me.

Evan and Adam have been friends like forever it seems and they’ve always had each other’s back. They live next door to each other and enter through each bedroom from a branch on a tree between the two houses. One morning as usual, Adam climbs through Evan’s bedroom and got the shock of his life when he snooped, and saw the contents on his best friend’s laptop. Evan writes gay romance stories.

In some parts of this story, I was really wondering if these two friends would end up together with all the obstacles that they went through when Evan decided that it was time that he started dating. He always thought of himself as being bi-sexual, but after his first date, he knew without a doubt that he was gay. That is when everything changed between him and Adam. I was so rooting for the two of them to hook up, but what Adam did left Evan feeling very hurt, and it seems as if he had lost his best friend for life.

I would definitely recommend this light short story for anyone that is looking for friends to lover’s stories.

Tropical Depression by B.A. Tortuga

B.A. Tortuga - Tropical Depression CoverTitle: Tropical Depression

Series: Stormy Weather 02

Author: B.A. Tortuga

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (200pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-63533-435-7

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (20th February 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: The weather in the Florida swamps is looking a little rocky for retired football player, Galen, his laid-back lover, Shane, and their gator, Vic.

When Galen buys into a football team, promoting and wheeling and dealing are the name of the game. He’s so busy he hardly gets to see Shane anymore, which means a lot of lonely naps on the couch.

Shane is tied up with managing the bar, covering for unreliable bartenders, and serving drinks to good-time party boys. Used to be Galen couldn’t get enough of him. Now he can hardly pry Galen away from the phone, and Shane starts to wonder where he stands in Galen’s life. Will things ever be the way they were?

When Galen starts to forget their dates, the pressure builds, jealousy and hurt swirling into a tropical storm. Galen and Shane need to seek shelter in each other before everything they’ve built is washed away.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2006.

Purchase Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/tropical-depression-by-ba-tortuga-8160-b

Review: Galen and Shane are back and tensions are running high as Shane struggles to find free time away from the bar and Galen gets caught up in business after buying a football team.

This is a great follow up story to Rain and Whiskey, where we get the chance to catch up with Galen and Shane as they struggle to make time for each other as their work lives get busy.

Shane and Galen are still hot for each other and they are happy with their lives, but as Shane spends more time at the bar struggling to fill in for unreliable bartenders and Galen gets caught up in his new project they guys feel the strain and we get to watch the fireworks.

While I enjoyed this story and really enjoyed Galen and Shane’s steamy moments I found the story lacked substance, the guys never really talk about the problems that crop up, they sort of begin to but then they have blazing hot sex and then everything is nearly back to normal with the problem being swept aside with an afterthought that they’d make more time for each other. It’s as though sex makes everything right again.

The story is good though with Galen and Shane having the easy camaraderie between them, steamy hot sex and humor. It’s not all fun and games though as they have to juggle their jobs with their time together, both men have to work out how to get their downtime before they fracture what they have together. We meet Vic the alligator which adds a fun spot to the story, and I especially liked the way that Shane dealt with Galen’s constantly ringing phone near the end of the story, Vic really does come in handy.

I recommend this to those who love great characters, hot sex, tensions running high and two men determined to make things work.

Darkness by Kate Sherwood Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Kate Sherwood popping in today with her new release Darkness, we have a great excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and Shorty’s review, so check out the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Darkness

(Common Law 03)
by

Kate Sherwood

A murdered prostitute. An obvious suspect. Clear evidence. For once, Jericho Crewe has a straightforward crime to investigate, and Wade Granger isn’t involved.

It all seems so simple, but Jericho’s instincts won’t let him rest. As he investigates, he finds troubling suggestions that the murder is a part of something larger and more sinister. But working within the boundaries of the law may keep him from finding the truth. If Jericho doesn’t break the rules, an innocent man may rot in jail while a killer remains free to strike again.

Inevitably, it all comes back to Wade. Because who else knows as much about breaking rules? And who else knows Jericho the way Wade does—not wisely, but far, far too well?

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Ghost by R.J. Scott Release Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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

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Ghost

(Sanctuary 09)
by

R.J. Scott

Can you ever hold on to a ghost?

Elliot is tracking an elusive killer, codenamed Ghost, with ties to organized crime. Every time the Sanctuary team gets close, Ghost slips their grasp.

Cole has nowhere left to turn. With his father dying and his sister in danger, he turns for help to the very people trying to track him down. Sanctuary’s assistance is what he needs to punch another hole in Varga’s organization.

When Elliot and Cole meet, it isn’t just passion that consumes them. When lust becomes something more, Elliot realizes that sometimes you can’t hold on to a ghost, and that sacrifice is often the only way to make things right.

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