Rising From The Ashes by Cree Storm & Maggie Walsh

Maggie Walsh & Cree Storm - Rising From The Ashes CoverTitle: Rising From The Ashes

Series: Eternal Flame #2

Author: Cree Storm & Maggie Walsh

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novella (176 Pages)

Publisher: Cree Storm & Maggie Walsh 

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Crystal, Colorado Fire Investigator Angelo Carbone loved his job and his friends, but ever since that fateful night when he was raped at the young age of seventeen, he has felt a piece of him missing. Until he meets his mate in a sexy as hell dragon shifter.

Angelo’s visions help him do his job, but recently his visions seem to be lying to him. They are telling him that a man he knows to be dead is committing the new fire’s that plague Crystal. The confusion over what his visions are telling him causes Angelo great anguish when he also sees this supposed dead man harming a boy. 

Angelo has sworn that he will never allow another to be bullied or suffer as he had all those years ago, if he could stop it. 

When he and his new found mate, Morgan, run off into the night following one of Angelo’s visions, they never expected to find what they did, or to suddenly find themselves with a family. As the fires escalate, people get killed, and their new ward Manny goes missing, Angelo and Morgan must count on their friends to help them figure out this puzzle before Manny’s bully kills him. But a new foe in town brings back memoriesthat Angelo wishes he could forget. These memories not only threaten his mating, but also his gift. 

Can Morgan save Angelo and Manny in time? Or will he lose them both to evil forces?

ISBN: B01JBMWX52

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/Rising-Ashes-Eternal-Flames-Book-ebook/dp/B01JBMWX52

Reviewer: Lisa 

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

When I found out that these two authors were going to team up to write this series I knew I wanted to read it.  Let’s just say I was not let down at all.  The world that was created is unique and fresh in my eyes.  There are not very many books with dragon shifters nor phoenix shifters, well this series combines them both.  I had just finished the first one and couldn’t wait to start this one.  It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end.  I love the characters but especially Angelo.  There is just something special about that man. 

When Angelo was seventeen his life had changed, he was brutally gang raped and his phoenix had been taken from him.  Now many years have passed and he has found his mate.  His fear was stopping him from doing what he would have naturally done.  Thank god Morgan is the patient type because his little mate needed him.  When Angelo’s visions were telling him that a dead man was still causing trouble with their town, he is left shaken.  However time will show that the visions were of something worse. 

I loved how this story was so full of excitement, suspense, emotion and twists.   I loved how captivated I was when I was reading it and how I was wishing I was right there with them.  It gave me exactly what I wanted and when I needed it.  I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next book.  This is one series that I would recommend reading.

Mate for Sale by Marcy Jacks

Marcy Jacks - Mate For Sale CoverTitle: Mate For Sale

Series: Mate For Sale # 1

Author: Marcy Jacks

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal

Length: Novella (93pgs)

Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. (March 3, 2017)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: After Andy Lapin’s brother falsely accused him of theft, he was taken away to do his time. Luckily, the crime is petty, and he can get out by selling himself to an alpha who needs a temporary mate for breeding. The only problem is that he actually has no choice in the matter, and the alpha is already here to collect what’s his.

Istvaughn Kristoff is at an age where he should be producing pups, heirs who will take over the pack when he’s gone, and he needs a human to drink his blood and act as his mate so he can get them. Only humans can carry shifter babies, but the problem is they often die when doing so. Still, Vaughn is willing to pay good money for Andy to take the risk, even if Vaughn is risking that his children end up with terrible red hair.

What he doesn’t expect is the instant attraction that hits him—or wanting this human so badly.

But surely it’s just a normal attraction. He can’t possibly have a natural mating with this human…could he?

ISBN: 978-1-68295-929-9

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/mate-for-sale

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Falsely accused of theft Andy is put in a program to breed with the highest bidder. He is sold to Alpha Vaughn. Vaughn has no intentions of getting close to Andy as humans are the only ones who can have shifters children and usually die in childbirth. Unbeknown to him fate has other plans in store for him.

It’s a great beginning to the series as we see how cold Vaughn is toward Andy. I’m actually surprised Andy stayed as I would not have. I loved Andy. He was so sweet and innocent. I just wanted to hug him as the story progressed.

Highly recommended.

The Star of Versailles by Catherine Curzon & Willow Winsham

Catherine Curzon & Willow Winshaw - The Star of Versailles Cover sTitle: The Star of Versailles

Author: Catherine Curzon & Willow Winsham

Genre: Historical, Sweet Romance, Thriller, Suspense

Length: Novel (270 pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (February 7, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: As the Reign of Terror tears Paris apart, a dandy and a spy are thrown together on a desperate race through France.

In the darkest days of the Reign of Terror, rumors grow of the Star of Versailles, the most exquisite treasure ever owned by the doomed Marie Antoinette. For Vincent Tessier, the notorious Butcher of Orléans, this potent symbol of the ancient régime has become an obsession and he’ll stop at nothing to possess it.

When Alexandre Gaudet arrives in France to find his missing sister and nephew, the last thing he expects is to fall into Tessier’s hands. With Gaudet tortured and left for dead, salvation stumbles accidentally, if rather decorously, into his path.

For Viscount William Knowles, life as a spy isn’t the escape he had hoped for. Yet a long-held secret won’t let him rest, and the fires of Revolution seem like the easiest way to hide from a past that torments him at every turn.

Adrift in a world where love, family and honor are currencies to be traded, the world-weary Viscount Knowles and the scandalous Monsieur Gaudet have no choice but to try to get along if they want to survive. With Tessier in pursuit, they search for the clues that will lead them to the greatest treasure in revolutionary France—the Star of Versailles.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-523-0

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/the-star-of-versailles

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I did not know what to make of this story the first few chapters but then the characters seemed to come alive and piqued my interest. They were night and day from each other. Gaudet was anything but boring with his over the top personality. I found myself liking him from the start. William is me reserved and quiet as is expected of someone on the hunt for something. 

Together these two go on amazing journey with deceit, betrayal, danger, action and drama hot their heels the entire way. But they do get close to one another as the story progresses.

I liked the fact that there was a whole cast of characters introduced in the story that played one part or another for the two men on their travels. It was entertaining and enjoyable to the very end.

Great read.

Micah Johnson Goes West by Sean Kennedy

Sean Kennedy - Micah Johnson Goes West CoverTitle:  Micah Johnson Goes West

Series: Get Out 02

Author: Sean Kennedy

Genre: Contemporary, Young adult, Sports

Length: Novel (186 pages)

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (Dreamspinner Press) (4 April 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Micah Johnson is living two separate lives. On the field he’s making a name for himself as a rookie with the AFL football team the Fremantle Dockers—at just eighteen. But when he steps off the field, Micah is a mess: confused, away from home for the first time, and feeling isolated from family and friends three thousand kilometres away. The foster family he’s staying with is nice, but Micah isn’t ready to open up to them about what he’s going through. Distracting himself with hookups and partying seems like a good idea until a friend’s life is changed by misfortune and Micah’s own health is threatened by his behavior. Micah knows he has to make a change, that he can’t do it alone, and that maybe there’s no shame in reaching out to others. 

ISBN: 978-1-63533-364-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/micah-johnson-goes-west-by-sean-kennedy-8209-b

Reviewer:  Prime

Review: I’m just putting it out there – I love reading anything by Sean Kennedy and I especially love reading anything in the Tigers and Devils, and the related series Get Out (which this title is part of). However, something important to note is that the Get Out series needs to be read in order, starting with The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson. I will admit that I have a particular soft spot for this series because I love reading sports books with sportsmen who are out of the closet. The fact that this series, like Tigers and Devils, is set in Australia and as an Aussie this is just way too many levels of awesome.

Micah Johnson Goes West picks at where we left off. Micah was a troubled teen who was helped by a program run by an ex-football (AFL) player who was outed towards the end of his playing career (See Tigers and Devils, though not necessary to read to understand). He is mostly reformed but since being drafted into the AFL and having to move from Melbourne to Perth is difficult for him to cope. He tries not to depend on his now ex boyfriend as an anchor to sanity, but that only leads him down a path of self destruction once more until he gets to know his roommate/team foster family Sam and Dane. Micah is struggling as the first openly gay footy player but he is still on the path of “growing up” and becoming the football player he wants to be.

This book strikes me on a number of levels. 1) As I said, I’m Aussie and I love the fact there is stories being written about gay men in football, it’s something that we need in real life. 2) I totally relate to Micah’s difficulty in moving from Melbourne to Perth since I made the move in the opposite direction between Adelaide and Sydney for work. And 3) It reminds me of something cool that hasn’t been overly talked about (I wonder if it’s because it’s about 2 women and not 2 men, whatever). Ok, so a bit of back story, in Australia this year was the first year that the women’s AFL was played at a professional level. The Co-captain of the Adelaide Crows – who won the grand final just the other week – is a woman who started her professional career playing state and national level basketball. She also happens to have a wife, who she married in the States, and adorable twins who were pictured seated in the AFLW grand final trophy with their sporty mama.

One other thing I love about this book – it almost has a soundtrack, with the song by the Village People, Go West – although to me it is was the version by Pet Shop Boys which was popular during my childhood. The themes of the song, as stated by Micah’s ex, perfectly sum up the themes surrounding Micah’s life. I love the concept of books having soundtracks, although I often construct my own playlists and often use Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Pete Murray songs for romances.

So in short – this is one fantastically written and totally down to earth, coming of age in professional sport in the world of the Australian Football League. I love Sean Kennedy’s wit and humor and the development of the characters so far have me looking forward to more.

Wish You Were Here by Asta Idonea

Asta Idonea - Wish You Were Here CoverTitle: Wish You Were Here

Author: Asta Idonea

Genre: Other Paranormal

Length: Short (59 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 8, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: The death of Oakley’s sister has left his family broken and buried beneath their grief. In an attempt to get out from underneath their pain, they rent an isolated cottage in the Cotswolds. For Oakley, it’s an exercise in futility. He doesn’t see much hope for things to get back to the way they used to be, and he’s bored and restless as he waits out the time until he can return to the city and university. All of that changes when he meets local boy Bobby, and the connection between them is instant. Within a few days, Oakley is ready to walk away from everything to stay with Bobby. However, Bobby has problems of his own, and they might be more than the budding romance can survive. But they might also give Oakley a new perspective on his own situation.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-306-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wish-you-were-here-by-asta-idonea-8131-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Oakley and his family are struggling to deal with the grief they feel after Oakley’s sister’s death. The family rents a cottage as a way to get away for a while. While at the cottage Oakley meet Bobby who is friendly yet secretive. The two strike up a friendship.

I really liked that despite his mother ignoring Oakley that Oakley found someone to confide in. The real stunner was discovering who Bobby is. I did not expect that, it was a great surprise.

For a short read it was a really great story.

Leap of Faith by Jackie Keswick

Jackie Keswick - Leap of Faith CoverTitle: Leap of Faith

Series:  FireWorks Security 01

Author:  Jackie Keswick

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novella (125 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 5, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb:  Close friends and partners at FireWorks Security, Joel Weston and Kieran Ross know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They have each other’s backs, make a formidable team, and carefully ignore their volatile chemistry.

When Kieran struggles with the aftermath of an assignment gone wrong, Joel is there to help. When Joel is caught in an explosion, Kieran jumps into a burning marina to rescue the man who means so much to him. But they never discuss what’s closest to their hearts, not prepared to risk their friendship for the mere possibility of something more.

Faced with bombs, assassins and old ghosts, Joel and Kieran must find out why they’re targets, who is after them and—most of all—how each would feel if he lost the other. Can they continue as best friends, or is it time to take a leap of faith?

ISBN: 978-1-63533-409-8

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/leap-of-faith-by-jackie-keswick-8348-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  Jackie Keswick is a new author for me, and I usually don’t pick new authors for the reason of having no clue what their writing is going to be like.  Over the years I have come to have many authors that I have loved and have been known to be pretty picky on what I read.  Now I will say that if I was just choosing a book by its cover, then this would have been the last book I picked up.  The cover is just down right creepy to me, however that is just me.  The title didn’t really do it for me either, but I will tell you that the name of the series was what caught me enough to take a look at the blurb.  It was the attraction of danger that really made me want to give it a look.

Now here you have to very sexy men who so have the hots for each other, and avoid the temptation of giving in.  However there are several factors that prove to be these two sexy men’s undoing.  Explosions, fires, bombs, danger, and hot lust well you get the picture.  Now I have never really been a fan of friends to lover’s romance, but this one makes it a bit hard to ignore.  The chemistry these two have is off the charts.  To top it off it is a mystery and suspense that has me taking a major look at it.  

Joel and Kieran have been friends from the first day he started working.  Now these guys go in and save the day for many, such as rescuing those who are being held hostage or have been kidnapped.  For them they just hit it off, but had not given in to the fire burning inside of them for each other.  Now if you really want to know the juicy details of these two, well pick up this book.

Now I do admit that the characters were hot, but really didn’t catch me as they should have though.  It is more of a telling type of story and not a lot of showing, which did suck for me.  I couldn’t see them in my head to really get a good feel for them though. The sex was minimal in the story, and the first book is more about the details of what this company is about and so forth.  It also felt like the author did throw in certain parts to keep the attention of the reader, and that is not always a good thing.  Such as the fact that for a small story it has way to much going on and the actual romance was slow building.  What is with the mirrors, well if you read you will see why I asked the question, just a different type of kink.  Parts of the story go at a pretty good pace, and then there are others where it slows down too much for me. 

The ending also needed some work to it, let’s just say it just stops and leaves you with questions.  Other than my issues with the story, I still enjoyed it quite a bit.  Just needs a bit of extra tender care to make it a higher rocking book for me.

Sapphire Cay Vol 02 by R.J. Scott & Meredith Russell Release Blast & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! R.J. Scott and Meredith Russell stop by today with their brand new release The Stories of Sapphire Cay Vol II, we have a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Stories From Sapphire Cay Vol II

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R.J. Scott & Meredith Russell

Christmas In The Sun (Book #4)

Return to Sapphire Cay for Christmas. Lucas and Dylan invite their friends to share in their Christmas celebrations on the island along with Lucas’s sister, Tasha, and her husband. Christmas is a time for family, forgiveness, and to look to the future, and this year Dylan has to face up to all three.

Forgiveness is a hard thing to give and sometimes even harder to receive.

Capture The Sun (Book #5)

Model, Isaac Bailey wants to break into the world of fashion design. Under his father’s company name, he is set to debut his new collection—summer wear. He has the models, the clothes, what he needs is a location. Mitch Stone is a trouble shooter. His latest client needs an exotic location and he happens to know someone with the very thing—Sapphire Cay.

Having underestimated Isaac as nothing more than an airhead model, Mitch soon discovers there is much more to the young man than he first thought. As the fashion shoot gets underway, Mitch has to contend with his feelings for his old love, Dylan, and the very new and growing affections he has for Isaac.

What starts as just another job, turns out to be more fruitful and exhilarating than winning any multi-million dollar contract.

Forever In The Sun (Book #6) 

Feuding families, unearthed secrets, and a violent storm threatens the Cay. Will the idyllic island with her cast of characters make it through unscathed? It’s time for the circle to close on the story of Sapphire Cay, and on the men who have lived and found love on her beaches.

Connor and Shaun are directly related to Peter and Alfie, a couple whose clandestine lover affair was overshadowed by old prejudices and a world war. Shaun Jamieson is a writer, a romantic and needs to pen the story of the affair’s final secrets; Connor French’s family wants to stop Shaun.

When the two men step onto the sands of Sapphire Cay, they find more than just the secrets of an old love. They find hope and comfort in each other. But with the past hanging over them, can they ever have what Peter and Alfie could not? Or are they just as ill-fated as their ancestors?

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Leap of Faith by Jackie Keswick Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Jackie Keswick popping in today with her new release Leap of Faith, we have a great new excerpt and a brilliant giveaway so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Leap of Faith

(FireWorks Security 01)
by

Jackie Keswick

Close friends and partners at FireWorks Security, Joel Weston and Kieran Ross know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They have each other’s backs, make a formidable team, and carefully ignore their volatile chemistry. 

When Kieran struggles with the aftermath of an assignment gone wrong, Joel is there to help. When Joel is caught in an explosion, Kieran jumps into a burning marina to rescue the man who means so much to him. But they never discuss what’s closest to their hearts, not prepared to risk their friendship for the mere possibility of something more. 

Faced with bombs, assassins, and old ghosts, Joel and Kieran must find out why they’re targets, who is coming after them, and—most of all—how each would feel if he lost the other. Should they continue as best friends, or is it time to take a leap of faith?

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Runaway by Nic Starr Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Nic Starr stopping by today with the tour for her upcoming release Runaway, we have a superb guest post from Nic, a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Runaway

(World of Love 07: New South Wales Australia)
by

Nic Starr

Dr Nathan Powell is ready to settle down near his family, and hopefully find the man of his dreams. He returns to the small coastal town where he grew up, but while life is simpler than it was in the city, there are also complications—like patients’ reactions to an openly gay doctor. And like running into Nate’s first love, Damien, an out-and-proud local business owner who is unwilling to be any man’s dirty secret. The reunion reignites old desire even while it stirs up Nate’s guilt over the way things ended with Damien.

When Nate’s nephew runs away, Damien accompanies Nate on his mission to find the young man. The drive to Sydney, and the search of the city, gives Nate time to reconnect with Damien—and to wonder if he made the right decision years ago—when he determined a future for them was impossible. Is a fresh start realistic for two men in their forties? But before he can ponder the second chance they’ve been given, Nate must locate his nephew.

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

Release date: 12th April 2017

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