Unspeakable Words by Sarah Madison (2nd Edition)

Sarah Madison - Unspeakable Words CoverTitle: Unspeakable Words (2nd Edition)

Series: The Sixth Sense 01

Author: Sarah Madison

Genre: Contemporary, Other Paranormal, Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (200pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-63533-335-0

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (10th March 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ – 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Special Agent John Flynn is everything Jerry Parker is not: dangerously handsome, coolly charismatic, and respected by his peers. Special Agent Parker is dedicated and meticulous, but his abrasive personality has given him a reputation for being difficult. When new information on a cold case appears, Parker is assigned to work with Flynn, and the sparks fly as their investigative styles clash. Contact with a strange artifact changes everything when it bestows unusual and unpredictable powers on Flynn… and the two men must learn to trust each other before a killer strikes again.

First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2010.

Purchase Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/unspeakable-words-by-sarah-madison-8275-b

Review: This story is a 2nd Edition and has been expanded to novel length.

Jerry Parker is used to being passed from pillar to post, going from case to case where he’s needed, but that doesn’t mean that he’s not silently seething with bitter resentment about being used for his expertise and then shipped off to a new case before an arrest is even made. John Flynn is the golden boy of the FBI his solve rate is through the roof and his easy charm and good looks means everyone loves working with him, but his past is what drives him and he’s haunted by that past.

Jerry and John are thrown together when a prospective witness comes forward on a serial killer case, The Grimm Fairy Tales Killer, but it leads to much more than that when the witness seems to be the killer’s new victim and a strange artifact complicates their lives.  

Sarah Madison couldn’t have given us two characters who are so different that they should be the anathema of each other, but who actually make a tenuous connection that works for them. Their circumstances leads to a fascinating story that would have been brilliant just from the case and their slowly developing relationship, but add in the unusual paranormal aspects and holy hell it takes it to another level altogether! 

The story is from Jerry’s POV but there are certain times during the story that I would have loved to be in John’s head, that would have been awesome… don’t get me wrong Jerry is awesome in his own right, but the things happening to John wow.

Unspeakable Words is a fantastic contemporary FBI story that has the added bonus of paranormal aspects, it gives the author more to play with and this author hit it just right. We have a fascinating case, characters who struggle with new developments and a tentative budding relationship… there’s also a dash of danger as John uses his new ability to hunt down Jerry when he vanishes.

I recommend this story to those who love difficult characters, a dash of paranormal in their contemporary, some serious teasing and hot sex, and great characters who bring a great story to life.

Coming Back Home by Megan Linden

Megan Linden - Coming Back Home CoverTitle: Coming Back Home

Series: Harrington Hills  #3

Author: Megan Linden

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novella (85 Pages)

Publisher:  Pride Publishing (February 14, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts

Blurb: He thought his mate would never come back. He was wrong.

Jack Harrington told everyone who asked that he’d gotten over Connor a long time ago. And while he still hasn’t managed to convince himself, he moves on with his life. He doesn’t have a choice. Connor is gone for good.

Or is he?

Connor Warden didn’t plan to ever come back to Harrington Hills, but with an infant in tow, that is exactly what he does. His daughter needs a pack and he is going to give it to her.

When Jack and Connor’s lives literally collide again, will they be able to go back to what had been and find their connection once more? Or is the divide between them too deep to ever fully get over? 

ISBN:  978-1-78651-527-8

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/coming-back-home

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  Each book in the Harington Hill’s collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.  

 Connor and Jack had something back when they were kids, but then Connor decided he really didn’t want to live in Harrington Hill’s any longer.  It had broken Jack’s heart and left him reeling.  He had always thought Connor was his mate, but now he didn’t know heads or tails.  Now that Connor was back and with a baby in tow, he was thrown for a loop.  

Connor loved his mother but when she passed, things got tough with his father.  He wanted out and away from the man, even if it meant leaving Jack behind.  He had not known to even ask the man if he wanted to go with him, he just ran.  Then a one night stand left him with a daughter and he knew he had to go home.  

Things between these two are strange but how it is actually told leaves quite a bit out.  It felt like something was missing from the story.  Even with that being said, it is still an enjoyable read.  The build-up between these two actually goes smoother than one would expect and maybe that was what was wrong.  There was no arguing or letting his feelings really come out with Jack.  I think that it went too easy for Connor and even though he wasn’t a bad wolf, it just didn’t roll like I wanted it to.  It did give me an ending that was close to perfect, it just felt off.  Other than my issues with it, the story is a fun one.  

I enjoyed reading it and can’t wait to see what the next book will bring, or at least I hope there is another story coming.  It would be great to see what is going to happen with the guys in the future.  

Spoil of War by Helena Maeve

Helena Maeve - Spoil of War CoverTitle: Spoil of War

Series:  Brothers in Arms Anthology

Author: Helena Mauve

Genre: Futuristic, Science Fiction, Ménage / Mutiple Partners

Length: Short (51 pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (February 28, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: One man’s prize is another’s nightmare.

When Briar’s partner Kai returns from the Federation’s latest skirmish with a handsome prisoner in tow, Briar is both envious and wary. It is common knowledge that the tribespeople of Ganymede are violent brutes who delight in murdering and enslaving their enemies, and Dallan can be no different.

As an officer with the Federation’s propaganda machine, Briar has produced plenty of material to substantiate the need to wage war in the asteroid belt. Kai, for his part, has slain many enemies while on active duty and watched just as many of his friends perish in combat.

For a foe to save rather than end his life is unusual in the extreme. Sparing him the horrors of a prison camp seems like a fair exchange, even if the only alternative he can offer is thralldom.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released as part of the Brothers in Arms anthology with Pride Publishing.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-530-8

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/spoil-of-war

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Briar is not happy when when Kai comes back with a prisoner to keep. He’s jealous of Dallan and uncomfortable around the man. The thing I wanted more of was Kai’s background and more about how Dallan came to be Kai’s prisoner and what exactly happened. There’s hardly anything about him except for the basic stuff. So I was disappointed with that. 

I felt the book was too short for the information needed to make it a great read. Aside from that it was entertaining for a short story.

Maxi’s Glass Heart by Maggie Walsh

Maggie Walsh - Maxi's Glass Heart CoverTitle: Maxi’s Glass Heart

Series:  Sanctuary 01

Author: Maggie Walsh

Genre: Ménage, Paranormal

Length: Novella (153 pages)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (February 9, 2017)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Maxi is a small shifter who has come to Sanctuary in hopes of starting a new life and to find his mates. He is happily surprised when, on the same day, he meets both of his mates: Valor, a very large, sexy fae warrior, and Travis, a gorgeous wolf shifter who is a trainee at the facility in Sanctuary.  

One passionate night together turns out to be a moment of pain for Maxi. Once his mates are done having their fun with him, they immediately take off without giving Maxi a second thought. After a week away, Valor and Travis return from a mission to try to talk to Maxi and apologize for leaving him, but they find that Maxi is not receptive to what they have to say. Maxi takes off, and Valor and Travis follow him.

But they are both confused when they find him and realize Maxi has no memory of them…

Note: This book contains double penetration.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-882-7

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/maxis-glass-heart

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I have yet to read the angel pack series that this series is connected to. But after reading this book I will read them as soon as possible. I loved this story. It was full of misunderstandings and heartbreak as well as love and changing the way someone treats others. Maxi wants to find his mates as well as stay away from the trouble that is following him. He is happy in sanctuary and meets Valor, a fae warrior and Travis, a wolf shifter, who is training to achieve his goal of becoming something more than what everyone else expects.

After a hot encounter between the three Travis and Valor do something that had me shaking my head in disgust. They both rush out the door right after as they’re summoned for a mission. They do not even bother to say goodbye to Maxi or reassure him that he is more to them than a one night stand. Maxi is heartbroken and vows never again. 

Really great story with the right amount of anger, love, suspense and I especially loved the way Travis and Valor grovelled to Maxi, and as well they should have. The mystery part of the book was outstanding.

I loved everything. Highly recommended.

Boston Bauble Party by Susan Laine

Susan Laine - Boston Bauble Party CoverTitle:  Boston Bauble Party

Author: Susan Laine

Genre: Contemporary, Ménage, Erotic

Length: Novella (106pgs)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand (28th June 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Liam feels sorely inadequate below the belt. To cheer him up, his roommate and best friend Troy scores for them a special invite to an exclusive and hush-hush Bauble Party held in a classy mansion in one of Boston’s upscale districts. When Liam discovers what the fancy soirée is actually about, he gets nervous and insecure, and wants to leave. Troy convinces him to stay by introducing him to Burton, a wealthy, self-made, clean-tech tycoon—who is also an experienced Dom befitting Liam’s submissive tendencies. It seems Liam and Burton are a match made in kink heaven. But where does that leave Troy with his secret and unrequited love for Liam? Perhaps an unusual party is exactly what these three men with big hearts need in order to learn that size isn’t everything and that they are better off with each other than without.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-367-9

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/boston-bauble-party

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I feel I need to write some sort of disclaimer on this one.

If it’s romance you’re after, then this probably isn’t the book for. If you like to read about a sexually explicit night at a sex party, then this is the book for you. I love Susan Laine’s writing and have enjoyed most of her books. To some extent I also enjoyed this one, but for me this is something that you really need to be in the mood for since it is high on the sex and low on the romance.

Best friends Liam and Troy are heading off to an invite only sex party, which Troy is adamant that Liam needs to attend. Liam has major self esteem issues because of how his body looks “below the belt”, a.k.a. his balls, and is willing to go as far as considering cosmetic surgery. Troy, who secretly loves his friend, doesn’t want Liam to mar his perfect body. That is why he is taking Liam to a “bauble party” to meet Burton. Burton himself explains that saying bauble party is much better than hearing teabagging party. Burton has his own imperfections, which makes his particular kink difficult to indulge – until Troy presents the perfect solution in Liam. What ensues is a really kinky three-way.

The romantic in me would have liked fewer details on the sex and would have loved to know about threesome beyond their night together. There is talk of them trying to make a three way relationship work, I just would have liked to have seen it, or had an epilogue to give me a glimpse into possibilities.

Cleansing Flame by Andrew Grey

Andrew Grey - Cleansing Flame CoverTitle: Cleansing Flame

Series: Rekindled Flame 02

Author: Andrew Grey

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (10 March 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Life has been grinding Dayne Mills down almost for as long as he can remember. First he lost the love of his life in an accident that also left him with a permanent injury, and then his mother passed away a year later. When his house burns to the ground, it’s the last straw. He can’t take any more, and if it wasn’t for kind and handsome firefighter Lawson Martin offering him a hand up and a place to stay, he doesn’t know what he’d do. Dayne would love for his relationship with Lawson to evolve into something beyond charity, but he knows going after a man so far out of his league will only lead to yet more heartache. It’s best to just keep his mind on his research.

It’s that research that leads Dayne to an old student journal that not only provides clues to the Native American heritage Lawson has been searching for, but chronicles a century-old love story. The tale that unfolds might be just what Dayne and Lawson need to remind them that no matter how dark life becomes, love can find a way to shine through.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-488-3

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/cleansing-flame-by-andrew-grey-8272-b

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is one of those books where I went in expecting to love it. a) I love Andrew Grey’s writing: it is so easy for me to relate to his writing, even if I am a single, straight, female. I love how he does sweet romance is totally relatable, real life situations. I love he manages to make me both laugh and cry in the course of a single story. b) I knew I would enjoy this because I loved the first book, Rekindled Flame. c) Firemen, sexy firemen, are involved in the story, enough said there.

If you haven’t read book one, don’t worry, it’s not really a prerequisite. There is no overarching story line. However, I think it would be good to go back purely because we do get to see a glimpse of Morgan and Richard and it made me want to go back and reread Rekindled Flame.

The formula for Cleansing Flame, just as it was for Rekindled Flame: one fireman meets a broken man (both physically and mentally), meets him again at a fire when his life goes up in smoke, just to pile on the bad luck.

Here, Lawson is the fireman. He happens to meet Dayne, the broken man, when Lawson tries to do some research on his family history and Dayne is doing research for an assignment. Dayne has had a run of bad luck – a car accident killed the man he loved some years ago, his mother died the year before and only the same day he meets Lawson he loses the home that he and his mother had brought. On top of that, Dayne still has severe pain in his leg from the accident that killed his boyfriend. Now Dayne is determined to become a teacher, even if he feels a little odd for being, seemingly, the oldest guy at college.

Lawson becomes Dayne’s knight in shining armor. It is seriously sweet. The guys also have mutual friends – Morgan and Richard of book 1 – so it’s kind of expected that they would meet. Lawson proceeds to sweep Dayne off his feet and the guys get to know each other as they fall into a romance that makes you sigh happily.

Three Hearts by Grace R. Duncan Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Grace R. Duncan stopping by today with the blog tour for her new release Three Hearts, we have a great exclusive excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and my review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Three Hearts

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Grace R. Duncan

Liam Scott is sick. That’s not supposed to be possible. As a wolf shifter, he’s supposed to be able to heal. The omega gene he was born with means he’s capable of carrying shifter young and Liam is worried that whatever is wrong will mean his one-day hope of having pups will be dashed. But despite the fears keeping him away from the doctor until now, he knows he needs to go.

It turns out the sickness is temporary, but the treatment causes a whole other problem.

Mason’s alpha gene means he’s one of very few wolves who can impregnate an omega male. For two years, he’d been watching Liam, but things kept getting in the way. When Liam shows up in heat, Mason recognizes the opportunity he needs and doesn’t hesitate make to Liam his mate and the father of his pups.

But Liam has old wounds and fears to work through which the pregnancy is only making worse, and Mason isn’t sure how to get past them to show he’s serious about making a life together as loving mates. It’s not until a female wolf decides Mason should be hers that Liam makes his biggest worry known—and Mason can finally put the fears to rest.

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A Matter of Duty by J.C. Long Release Blitz, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have J.C. Long popping in with the tour for his new release A Matter of Duty, we have a brilliant guest post, a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~ 

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A Matter of Duty

(Hong Kong Nights 01)
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J.C. Long

Noah Potter has come to Hong Kong to find his missing sister, Lianne, who disappeared after leaving him a voice mail pleading for his help. Unfortunately the Hong Kong police are unwilling to help him, so Noah has to find her himself.

Noah’s search for his sister brings him across Wei Tseng, leader of the Dragons, a group of dedicated men and women willing to do whatever it takes to keep their district safe from the violence and triads that plague the rest of the city’s underworld. Wei is a man of violence but also one of incredible compassion, and his history is one that resonates with Noah, igniting a passion neither man expects.

Together they search for Lianne, a search that will lead right into a conflict with the Dragons’ greatest rivals in the city.

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Scarred by Mia Kerick Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Mia Kerick stopping by today with the blog tour for her new release Scarred, we have a great exclusive excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Scarred

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Mia Kerick

From bestselling author Mia Kerick comes a New Adult Gay Romance that will keep you up reading all night!

Matthew North waited ten years to heal from the devastating wounds inflicted by the man who abducted and abused him as a child. Living reclusively on a tropical island—with no company but his four cats—he merely avoids the lingering pain.

Wearing twisted ropes of mutilated skin on his back, Matt struggles with a profound hindrance—the scars that deaden his soul. However, on the night he meets lively Vedie Wilson, a local restaurant busboy who expresses his gender by wearing lipgloss and eyeliner along with his three-day beard, things change.

Gradually, Vedie and Mateo unite in friendship. Through a series of awkward encounters, the pair learns each other’s secrets. Vedie learns that an angelic face can front for a scarred soul. Matthew learns that the line between one’s masculine and feminine sides is blurred. Can they embrace the painful stories behind each other’s scars if they’re to find everlasting love? Or will surrendered love come to be yet another blemish on their souls?

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