Too Stupid To Live by Anne Tenino ~ Audiobook

Anne Tenino - Too Stupid To Live Cover AudioTitle: Too Stupid To Live

Series:  Romancelandia 01

Author: Anne Tenino

Narrator: Tobias Silversmith

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 7 hrs 19 mins

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (25th March 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: It isn’t true love until someone gets hurt.

Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His one true love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.

Until he meets Ian.

Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now – possibly – ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.

Until he meets Sam.

Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong…can they?

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Too Stupid To Live is book 1 in Anne Tenino’s Romancelandia series. The title of the book lends to main character, Sam, being an avid romance fan and can identify all the main characters by their stereotype. Sam just happens to identify with the “Too Stupid To Live” or “TSTL” personality – i.e. the quiet, nice guy who just lets the world pass him by until Mr Right comes along.

Sam wants to find his one and only love, though he has grown up mentally and is not a naïve boy. He is fairly sure he has the strength to say no to the next man that comes into his life who is not willing to make the same commitment as he is. But then at a friend’s party he meets Ian. Ian is the cousin of Sam’s friend. Ian’s been in an accident but he too is ready to start over, which means it’s time to open up to the possibility of a real relationship. These guys are still learning, despite their best efforts in the past. So their romance seems to stop and start every time they see each other. There is also a large bit of “it’s not you, it’s me”.

The narration of this book by Tobias Silversmith is absolutely on point. His voice and tone conveyed Sam to perfection and did a pretty damn good job on Ian as well.

I really found this a difficult listen, even though I listen while on the train or doing my housework. The problem for me was that there were too many filler parts. The set up and execution of the plot lines is great, I love the start and I love the end. But there were just so many times where I sped up the audio so that I get to the next chapter faster. I really am loathed to skip chapters, no matter how tempting it is.

New Eyes by T.K. Paige (2nd Edition)

T.K. Paige - New Eyes CoverTitle: New Eyes

Author: TK Paige

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short (52pgs)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (27th December 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Sometimes, all it takes to find what you need is to look closely at what has been there all along.

Roommates Jed and Doyle have been best friends since meeting in college. They have supported each other through all their ups and downs. Now that they’ve graduated and are starting new jobs, they have no intentions of letting that change anything. Doyle is everything Jed isn’t—smart, cute and active at the LGTB center. Jed has always looked out for his friend and been there for him. They have plans and an amazing friendship, everything planned out to the smallest degree.

Any changes could make it all go off the rails. So why can’t Jed get over how annoying he finds Doyle’s ex turned friend, who seems to be around way too often? Why can’t he stop noticing Doyle in new ways?

If Jed doesn’t take a risk, he could miss what’s been there all along.

ISBN: 9781786515100

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/new-eyes

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: This is a first for me reading from this author, and I’ll be looking for more stories from this author. I love reading Friends to Lovers stories, and I also love the interaction that’s going on between the two characters. This story reads from Jed’s point of view about his feelings towards his best friend, as a friend, and his everyday life.

Jed and Doyle have been best friends since College, and into adulthood, they’ve not let anything or anyone come between their friendships. Doyle, has been in love with Jed for years, but haven’t told him anything, and Jed doesn’t see or know it. I love when he starts to realize the enormity of his developing feelings towards Doyle, and the jealousy when he thought Doyle was hooking back up with this ex that hurt him. I love the flow of the story line when they both realize that they love each other, but I hated that as soon as the relationship between them starts to show promise. The author ended it.

I would recommend this story to anyone asking for a quick read as a Friends to Lovers story.

Bringing Nicky Home by Sean Michael

Sean Michael - Bringing Nicky Home CoverTitle: Bringing Nicky Home

Series: The Biker’s Pup #3

Author: Sean Michael

Genre: Contemporary, BDSM

Length: Novel (190 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (3rd January 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Can the magic Whip and Nicky found at the Gay Riders’ Carnivale continue when they return to their regular lives?

With the Gay Riders’ Carnivale over, Whip brings Nicky home with him to his converted warehouse condo in Ottawa with the hopes that what they started at the Carnivale will grow into something they can both live with forever.

All is going well, the two of them learning more about each other and playing hard between Whip’s returning to work as an EMT and Nicky finding a job at a coffee shop.

When Nicky’s former master, the abusive Dirk, steps back into Nicky’s life, it threatens their very lives. Can Whip and Nicky survive both real life and Dirk?

ISBN: 978-1-78651-521-6

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/bringing-nicky-home

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: I’m not too familiar with this author’s work, and I didn’t read the previous two books in this series to know the circumstances about Whip and Nicky and how they met. From this story, it seems that the last Master that Nicky had, was very abusive and when he met Whip, he decides to go live with him. Although Nicky is living with Whip he wants a job, to help make a contribution in the relationship.

He still wakes with nightmares from when he was being abused and treated badly from his previous master. Whip tries to convince him that he’s safe and no-one will hurt him, once he’s there. Whip and Nicky’s relationship is going smoothly, yes they’re getting to know more about each other. The sex scenes are super hot, and I love the way that Whip keeps reassuring Nicky that he’s doing a good job of taking care of him and their home. Whip is an EMT who loves his job, but during the day when he’s at work, he misses Nicky like crazy.

Things come to a hit when Nicky gets a job working in a Café close to home, and a few days later, Nicky sees his old master Dirk, and messages Whip to let him know. His old master wants him back and will hurt Nicky as much as he can to get him back. Days later, Whip and Nicky are attacked by Dirk and his buddies. Hopefully the Police are called and Dirk and his friends are arrested for assault, and Whip and Nicky won’t have to keep looking out for him.  Granted this book can be read as a stand-alone, but I would recommend anyone reading it, to read the previous ones in this series before they read this one.

Lay It Down by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook

Mary Calmes - Lay It Down Cover AudioTitle: Lay It Down

Author: Mary Calmes

Genre: Contemporary 

Narrator: Alexander Collins

Length: 4 hrs 38 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (26th August 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Narration: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Paradise can be hell. Most people would say being stranded in the villa of Spanish shipping magnate Miguel García Arquero on the beautiful isle of Ibiza wasn’t such a bad deal. But Hudson Barber isn’t one of them. To him, being stuck without a passport in a foreign country far from home is a nightmare, made worse by the fact that the person who did the stranding was his flighty twin brother.

Unwilling to turn Dalvon in for identity theft, Hudson is forced to wait, but meanwhile he discovers the chance to rehabilitate Miguel’s failing local businesses – enterprises left to Dalvon’s inexperienced care. The flagging ventures are a badly wrapped gift from heaven, and if Hudson can turn them around, he might be able to leverage the experience to finish his MBA.

Then Miguel returns to Ibiza, and instead of finding a boy toy, he discovers Hudson has turned his cold villa into a warm, welcoming home. Miguel’s path is clear: convince Hudson to lay down his defenses and let love in.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: If you want fun, fantastical business adventure, stranded on a hot vacation paradise island, here you go. Not a ton of depth, very familiar characters, and a whirlwind of activity. Even when Hudson is left to pick up the broken businesses his brother left behind, make a ton of friends, and turn his boss’s businesses into profitable ones, I can’t see the torture in that. Hudson gets to turn his misadventure into college credit after all; I’d fantasize about that any day! 

The heat doesn’t come until much later in the story, and it’s a little wonky, this is the brother’s ex after all…and speaking of which, turnabout is fair play right? 

The narrator is familiar to me as he reads one of my favorite series, so I’ve become accustomed to his lilting, questioning tone of voice at the end of every sentence. Once you get used to him, it all works well, it’s a developed taste. His timing is good, and there are no hiccups. 

A fantasy island sort of story full of silly adventure and light on love.

New Lease by B.G. Thomas (2nd Edition)

B.G. Thomas - New Lease CoverTitle: New Lease

Author: B.G. Thomas

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short (39pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (12th April 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Wade Porter spent his whole life in the shadow of a lover who doled out snippets of love and time as he saw fit—and who insisted that love stay deep in the closet. But now that man is gone, and Wade finds the oceanside cottage where they spent so many weekends together in the Florida Keys cold and empty. He has come one last time, not even sure he wants to keep living.

To his surprise, the house next door is occupied by another bereaved and lonely man. Kent Walker is an artist of romantic gay paintings who is open to the future—and determinedly interested in Wade. Kent wants to show Wade the beauty in being an openly gay man and the possibilities for a real relationship.

Maybe Kent can help Wade let go of the past and discover a better way to live—and love.

First Edition published in Two Tickets to Paradise by Dreamspinner Press, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-428-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/new-lease-by-bg-thomas-8357-b

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: In Wade’s younger life, he had never encountered any other gay men, and when he was on vacation, he met this guy that completely rocked his world, both in and out of the bedroom, but also kept him as a dirty little secret, and I mean dirty, because, it was as if he was locked in and living in a dungeon. As per his ex’s orders, he couldn’t have any friends, he was told where to go, and who he couldn’t talk to, and worst of all, where he should live.

Now, Wade is back in the same cottage, where he met his ex, and he’s contemplating suicide, because he can’t live without his lover. Even though, he found out that his ex was married and to a woman.  The cottage next door is now occupied by Kent, who is also mourning the loss of his lover. He’s also interested in Wade, and wants to draw him out of his depression, and to show him that there’s a lot more in life to live for. Like a relationship with him. Will Wade allow Kent into his life, and despite the age difference, allow his to show him what the world, and him have to offer?

A first for me reading from this author, and he did a good job on this story. However, if I was there, I would’ve given Wade a slap on the side of his face and tell him to “snap the heck out of this funk” and start living your life.

This is a well written story, and I would recommend to anyone that is interested in reading it.

There Has To Be A Reason by Kate McMurray

Kate McMurray - There Has To Be A Reason CoverTitle: There Has to Be a Reason

Author:  Kate McMurray

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Length: Novel (206 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (9 Jan 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5

Blurb: Dave is enjoying his junior year at a big New England university, even if none of his relationships have been especially satisfying. He plans to hang around with his best friend Joe and focus on his studies until he graduates, and then he’ll figure out the rest. 

Meeting Noel changes his plans.

Noel is strikingly beautiful and unlike anyone Dave knows. Something about Noel draws Dave to him—an attraction Dave doesn’t feel ready to label. And even if he was, why would Noel be interested in Dave? And what about Joe? He hates Noel and everything he represents, and he might hate Dave if he finds out about Dave’s secret desires. So Dave will have to keep those feelings hidden—along with his relationship with Noel.

But Noel has fought too hard for his identity to be Dave’s dirty secret. Will Dave tell the truth and risk the life he’s always known… or live a lie and risk losing the love of his life?

ISBN: 978-1-63533-212-4

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/there-has-to-be-a-reason-by-kate-mcmurray-8010-b

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I usually love reading Kate McMurray’s stories. Her characters are well developed, same with the plot, with a number of likable characters and generally well written. This can all be said about There Has to Be a Reason.

This book is a coming of age story where two students at Western Massachusetts University – Dave and Noel. Noel is out and proud and the type of student that doesn’t choose to particularly stand out from the crowd. Dave, the character narrating the story, thought that he was a straight guy, although he never felt any real attraction to girls. In fact, most of his behavior where girls are concerned appear to be because it is what he thinks his friends and society expect him to do. Then in an English Lit class he reads a book that changes his life. It makes him wonder about the strange feelings he had tried to brush to the side when he met fellow student, Noel.

This is a wonderfully sweet coming of age story, with a set of good characters and a lot of well meaning friends who are totally realistic for their ages. The only issue have is the angst. I am not a fan of angst, even in young adult stories. So if you’re like me, I don’t recommend straight out staying away from the story, but instead I recommend going in with an open mind because the characters and the plot are what make this story beautiful.

Triquetra Trilogy by Marguerite Labbe

Marguerite Labbe - Triquetra CoverTitle: Triquetra Trilogy

Series:  Triquetra Trilogy One – Three

Author: Marguerite Labbe

Genre: Vampires

Length: Novel (772 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 30, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ¾ Hearts (combined rating)

Blurb: When vampire Kristair binds his heart and soul to a human vessel in an ancient ritual, he never expects to fall in love with Jacob Corvin as well. As The Syndicate moves in to discover the secrets Kristair hold, the bonded pair will discover that not even death can separate them. Unfortunately, it won’t stop their enemies from coming after them, either.

ISBN-13:  978-1-63477-624-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/triquetra-by-marguerite-labbe-7572-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review:

My Heart is Within You. Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Kristair is an ancient vampire looking for a body for his heart to inhabit before he deteriorates. He hears voices though he’s not sure they are real. He sees Jacob at a football game and becomes immediately entranced with the young man. He takes to learning everything he can about him. Jacob knows someone has been following him. When he finally meets the man he has dreamed of the attraction is instant. When he learns of who Kristair is is he worried? Of course, but that does stop him from wanting him? No. 

I loved this story. It flowed seamlessly and wrapped the reader in a layer of mystery. I am assuming the story will continue in the next book as there are questions that were not answered in this one. Nevertheless I loved it.

Haunted by Your Soul. Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

A lot went on in this powerful continuation. Kristair has been killed. But before he was he transferred a piece of his soul and all his memories to Jacob. Jacob wants revenge on the poor hungry vampires for the torment the put Kristair through but Kristair’s memories force him to see reason. The syndicate is after Jacob so Jacob finds an ally in Tony who came back from the collective and then killed again.

It’s a fascinating story that takes you deeper into the vampires world. I thought the collective was a brilliant addition. I loved that the theory is that souls are around each other not just drifting aimlessly. This is where Kristair ended up while trying to get back to Jacob.

Our Sacred Balance. Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

This book was vastly different from the first two. The main thing being Kristair is human in this one. So he is adjusting to what humans can and cannot do after spending thousands of years as a vampire. While it might seem simple, it was not. I much preferred him as a vampire myself. Along with that change comes the fact that someone is killing vampires and Kristair feels he must look into it despite no longer being paranormal himself. 

There were tense scenes and hot ones but I felt the book was seriously lacking as opposed to the first two in the series.

0verall:

All in all this bundle was a great read with plenty of hot action, mystery, suspense that takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of two people’s lives and what they must endure to be together.

Starting From Scratch by Jay Northcote Release Blitz!

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Hi guys, we have Jay Northcote popping in today with his new transgender release Starting From Scratch, check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Starting From Scratch

(Housemates 05)
by

Jay Northcote

Starting over isn’t easy, but Ben is ready to live his life as the man he was always meant to be.

Ben is transgender and back at university after hormone treatment and chest surgery. His new housemates have no idea about his history and Ben would prefer to keep it that way. He’s starting from scratch and his life is finally on track, except in the romance department. The idea of dating guys as a guy is exhilarating but terrifying, because if Ben wants a boyfriend he’ll have to disclose his secret.

Sid is drawn to Ben from the moment they meet. He normally gets what he wants—in the short term at least. Ben’s guarded at first, and Sid’s not used to guys rejecting his advances. He eventually charms his way through Ben’s defences and helps Ben on his journey of sexual awakening.

It doesn’t matter to Sid that Ben is trans. He’s attracted to the whole person, and isn’t worried about what is—or isn’t—in Ben’s pants. They’re good together, and both of them are falling hard and fast, but Ben’s insecurities keep getting in the way. If Sid can convince Ben he’s committed, will Ben finally be able to put his heart on the line?

Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.

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Housemates series!

The Housemates Series is a collection of standalone stories set around a student house in Britain. Each book focuses on new characters, with themes of self-discovery and sexual awakening.

Helping Hand (Book #1) 

Amazon US | Amazon UK

Like A Lover (Book #2) 

Amazon US | Amazon UK

Practice Makes Perfect (Book #3) 

Amazon US | Amazon UK

Watching and Wanting (Book #4) 

Amazon US | Amazon UK

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About Jay

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. 

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since. 

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her. 

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Moments by R.J. Scott Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hiya guys! We have R.J. Scott stopping by today with her new re-release Moments, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Moments

by

R.J. Scott

Actor Jacob Riley is a typical former Hollywood child star with serious issues. He has already done prison time, and at the age of twenty-six has been arrested for possession yet again.

Quietly working to make the world a better place, Ethan Myers is the owner and manager of Macs, an education center for local, low-income families. Losing his partner to cancer has left him lost and alone, and he buries himself in his work in the hope it will mend his broken heart.

Sparks fly when Jacob is forced to complete his community service at Macs. Despite their best efforts to resist, the two men find themselves growing closer as a spoiled Jacob gains his first glimpse at the real world.

As Jacob’s time at Macs comes to an end is there any chance their fragile relationship can survive?

NB: This is a previously released title. Now in its third edition, it features a new short epilogue and has been re-edited with new cover art. 

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