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Cosmic Inception by Alicia Nordwell

Alicia Nordwell - Cosmic Inception CoverTitle: Cosmic Inception

Series:  Saving Caeorleia # 3

Author: Alicia Nordwell

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Science Fiction

Length: Novel (310 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 18, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Their journey will span the universe and back, but there’s no guarantee they’ll make it together.

Though Nick and Fieo are drawn to each other, their relationship has never been easy. Their differences go beyond their races, but they’ve managed to work together to prevent the spread of corruption, growing closer along the way. Nick still battles the effects of years of loneliness, fear, and pain but surprises everyone when he refuses to stay behind when Fieo is sent on a vital mission to find the Collectors. Fieo objects, but there’s no stopping Nick when he sets his mind to something. Over the course of their mission, it becomes clear Nick is more than anyone ever imagined, but the mystery of his past threatens to derail his future.

The search for the truth will take Fieo and Nick far from Caeorleia, to worlds both familiar and completely alien, and put stress on their already tenuous relationship. It’s a journey that will either tear them apart or finally bring them together.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63477-475-8

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/cosmic-inception-by-alicia-nordwell-7231-b

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order.

Oh my god was this book fantastic. Feio and Nicklaus take on a mission that spans the universe in search of answers. What they discover is way more than they bargained for.

Despite what Nicklaus went through he is smart and dedicated to the mission, despite the fact that he has problems being around others. Feio has been so patient and understanding with Nicklaus, ever since they meet and has done everything in his power to let Nicklaus come to him when he’s ready.

The intense situations, twists and turns plus an amazing cast of characters just blew my mind. I could not believe how much information was dispersed throughout this great story. I loved how well the story flowed. It seemed we were given just enough to keep reading bit by bit as Nicklaus discovers who he really is.

The revelation about Nicklaus… I was not expecting but was pleasantly surprised and awed by it. I loved everything about this story and am looking forward to more in the series.

Mael by Catherine Lievens

Catherine Lievens - Mael CoverTitle: Mael

Series: Council Enforcers #6

Author: Catherine Lievens

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy 

Publisher: eXtasy Books (May 26, 2017)

Length: Novella (113 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Sometimes trusting is the hardest thing to do.

When Mael agrees to help Lenny retrieve his best friend after he’s been dumped, he thinks it’ll be an easy in and out job. He knows it isn’t as soon as he sets eyes on Scott because Scott is his mate.

Scott’s just been dumped by his boyfriend of two weeks, who went back to his ex. He’s surprised when he realizes Mael is his mate, then worried when Mael and the rest of his team are sent to work with Mael’s tribe—and his ex-boyfriend.

Mael might have been with his tribe’s leader for two years, but it’s in the past. He’s angry when Scott asks Yerad to shimmer him there because he doesn’t trust Mael and Muirgeh, but he understands. Besides, Scott is useful to the team, and he helps them look for the shifters stealing food and entering tribe territory.

Will Muirgeh’s presence influence Mael and Scott’s relationship? Will Scott be able to get over how close Mael is to Muirgeh? And what will happen when Mael accidentally initiates the bond between them?

ISBN:  978-1-4874-1040—7

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/mael/

Reviewer:  Lisa

Review: Each book in the Council Enforcers collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. This series is also connected to the Whitedell Pride and Gillham Pack collection. There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved. 

Mael has finally met his mate, right before he had to go help an ex-boyfriend with some shifter problems.  Scott is a sweetie, but has a little bit of a jealous problem.  So what do you get when you put Lenny, Mael, Scott and Mael’s ex in a room together, a laugh a minute is what you get.  

I love the way Catherine puts together a story that not only draws you in but keeps you entertained as well. They have a serious tone to them, but there is quite a bit of humor floating around.  Well the enforcers now have their very own Nysys and Keenan, and his name is Lenny.  I love how protective they are of their mates, even when they are being asshats. I do get a kick out of the whole thing.

They are not long size novels, but just the right size for me to really enjoy. They have so much depth and details that if will feel like you are right there with them. I love that there is even the hint of danger surrounding them sometimes. Trust me that this is one series that you will enjoy quite a bit. I loved it and cannot wait for the next book to come out.

Adverse Effects by Alicia Nordwell

Alicia Nordwell - Adverse Effects CoverTitle: Adverse Effects

Series:  Saving Caeorleia # 2

Author: Alicia Nordwell

Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (290 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 23, 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Dade, human-Caeorleian hybrid and ex-military grunt, doesn’t fit in—not with humans, not with aliens, not anywhere. He’s always on the outskirts, angry, and people aren’t sure they can trust him. When he encounters a compatible tziu named Yaseke, secrets, misunderstandings, and attacks nearly prevent the two from making a connection Dade sorely needs. Even after they unite, Dade and Yaseke face challenges that two newly joined males should never have to endure.

From traitorous council members, to sadistic aliens who plan to sell them as slaves, to meeting a mysterious race of revered aliens called Collectors, Dade and Yaseke manage to stay together—and even rescue two youths related to Yaseke, who’ve lost their parents to the same betrayer.

Someone from Dade’s past is at the root of everything he’s suffered. No way can he let them get away with what they’re planning, but Dade isn’t sure he can stop them on his own. If he doesn’t let go of his isolation and risk the pain letting others in will bring, he’ll never save Caeorleia in time.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63216-564-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/adverse-effects-by-alicia-nordwell-4785-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I really felt for Dade in this story and what was done to him. It broke my heart that he felt he couldn’t ever be close to anyone because of how the experiment left him to feel others emotions. That had to be debilitating to a degree I could never understand.

Yaseke seems to be just what Dade needs. Someone he can be around yet not feel his emotions. Buphet was an all-around ass that I definitely could not stand whatsoever. The nature of Buphet’s plans for Dade and Yaseke were horrifying. How could anyone do that to their family was mind blowing to me.

This mystery and suspense of the book was off the charts as well as the action and drama that came along with the journey. This book had it all being on the run to being kidnapped and sold to slavers, escaping and finally the confrontation left me on the edge of my seat throughout awaiting the outcome.

I truly loved the entire book and highly recommend it.

The Coterie by Maggie Walsh

Maggie Walsh - The Coterie CoverTitle: The Coterie

Series:  Clearnight Haven # 1

Author: Maggie Walsh

Genre: Paranormal, Erotica

Length: Novella (145pgs)

Publisher: Maggie Walsh (December 9, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Raven Stone is an almost 500 year old vampire who is next in line for the throne to become the king of not only the vampires, but of the paranormal race as a whole. But to claim the throne he must to complete his Coterie, a circle of five men of different breeds of paranormal who are his destined mates. And he must claim them all before his 500th birthday, or he will lose the throne forever, and for the first time in paranormal history the Stone family will not hold the honor.

Raven has already found and claimed four of his mate’s, but his birthday approaches and forces are against he and his mates from finding their last mate. When Raven smells the scent of their last mate on a greedy vampire who leads the Clearnight Haven coven, he and his mate’s, Lorcan, Ash, Ciro, and Jareth, travel to the small town in upper Washington State in America.

Joel is a human who works at the local newspaper as a junior reporter, but if he can get the story of the century, he hopes it will be enough to convince his boss that he should be promoted to one of the senior reporters.

The town bigwig and major asshole, Malcolm Dean has gone missing, and no one even blinks an eye from his loss, but when the mysterious billionaire Raven Stone comes to town and takes over all of Dean’s business holdings, Joel smells the story he’s been looking for.

As Joel sneaks around trying to uncover what Raven Stone looks like and who he is, an even juicier story, with a bigger fish, an evil man named, Mario Gallo, gets dropped in his lap.

When Joel goes to The Raven Club to do a story on Raven Stone he never expected to find five men that he feels an overwhelming attraction to. After a night of mind blowing pleasure with the five men, Joel is shocked to learn who these men truly are and who they say he is to them. Joel isn’t ready for what they offer him and he runs, concentrating on his story, when suddenly Joel disappears.

When Raven and the others learn that Joel has gone missing, they know he is in danger and they must find him before it’s too late. And if they find him, will they be able to convince Joel that he belongs with them?

ISBN: B01MYY4G1F

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/Coterie-Clearnight-Haven-Book-ebook/dp/B01MYY4G1F

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I love vampire stories and even more so when other paranormals are added to the mix. However this book seriously lacked a solid story line for me as it was mostly sex scenes, yes I know this is an erotica book but come on, with a little story thrown in the mix.

Raven has to find his other mate before his time runs out and he is forced to let someone else rule. Joel was a little cutie who is a reporter. He gets himself in trouble looking into a story when he runs from his mates not understanding what is going on seeing as he’s human. 

Sorry, but I just did not like this book. Maybe a little less pages upon pages of nothing but sex in the next book and I’ll love it.

Romancing the Wrong Twin by Clare London ~ Audiobook

Clare London - Romancing the Wrong Twin Cover AudioTitle: Romancing the Wrong Twin

Series:  Dreamspun Desires 21 / Romancing the… 01

Author: Clare London

Narrator: Rusty Topsfield

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 6 hrs 21 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (3 Jan 2017)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: How tangled can a romantic web get?

When gruff mountaineer Dominic Hartington-George seeks sponsorship for his latest expedition, his London PA insists on a more media-friendly profile – like dating celebrity supermodel Zeb Z.

Zeb can’t make the date, so he asks his identical twin, Aidan, to stand in for just one evening. Aidan, a struggling playwright, shuns the limelight to the extent people don’t even know Zeb has a sibling, but he reluctantly agrees.

When the deception has to continue beyond the first date, Aidan fights to keep up the pretense. Dominic likes his sassy, intelligent companion, and Aidan starts falling for the forthright explorer. But how long can Aidan’s conscience cope as confusion abounds? Will coming clean as “the other twin” destroy the trust they’ve built?

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Romancing the Wrong Twin is exactly what the title and the blurb says and I have to admit, it is a magnificent guilty pleasure and fantastic addition to Dreamspun Desires series. Being that it is part of the Dreamspun Desires series, you need to expect some level of insta-love, totally hot sexual tension and hot sex between the two MCs, as well as some over the top drama. Yet despite all the drama, the characters actually are relatable, particularly Aidan.

The story is quite self explanatory from the title. Someone is clearly dating someone pretending to be his twin. I know it sounds silly and that was why I wanted this book! Aidan is “the wrong twin” and he is taking the place of his famous brother Zeb (stage name). Zeb is a model and as part of his contract, is often contracted to be seen with other celebrities in order to get seen by the paparazzi. But Zeb can’t make his latest job – to be seen at a film premiere with famous mountaineer Dominic Hartington-George. Dominic has zero person skills but unlike his brother, Aidan is totally attracted to Dominic. The problem is Aidan is continuing to pretend to be his brother and the farce just snowballs from the word go.

Look, Dominic can really be a massive arse and most of the book is drama caused by his ego or by his mouth. In contrast Aidan is all sweet, lovable and very down to earth. I really grew to loved Aidan and his gruff beau. A totally fun and satisfying read. The two are perfect buffers for each other and their chemistry is wonderful – especially when listening to the wonderful voice of Rusty Topsfield, which is just perfect for this type of book.

Return of the Dragon King by Maggie Walsh

Maggie Walsh - Return of the Dragon King CoverTitle: Return Of The Dragon King

Series:  Dragon Realm 01

Author: Maggie Walsh

Genre: Action & Adventure, Paranormal

Length: Novella (104pgs)

Publisher: Maggie Walsh (November 12, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Devon has spent the last few years of his life just trying to survive his step-brother Mick. Being used as a trick to keep Mick in beer and drugs is not how he imagined his life would be. The only thing he looks forward to are his dreams of Zion.

Zion has searched for his true mate for years. Finally finding him, and saving him from the hell his life has been, Zion and Devon should be happier than ever, but learning that they are to rule the Dragon Realm together is almost more than Devon can handle. Zion must use all his patience and love to prove to Devon that they are meant to be.

However, not everyone is happy to have the prophecy fulfilled. There are those that will do anything to prevent Zion and Devon’s mating. Will they succeed? Or will true love finally conquer all?

ISBN: B01N91EXPC

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/Return-Dragon-King-Maggie-Walsh-ebook/dp/B01N91EXPC

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Since his mother took him and fled their home Devon has been in hell. He’s been lied to, beaten, used and abused and forced to sell his body at the whim of his step brother Mick. Going to his nightly appointment he meets Zion. He has been having dreams of this man and is stunned when he learns who he is. But upon Zion revealing who he really is Devon runs as he feels ashamed of what he’s been forced to do.

Zion is a strong character and was just the one to show Devon that what he went through was because of someone else and not his choice. I have to admit I was so pissed off with the way that lazy no good prick Mick treated Devon that I was wishing him dead from the start. 

The scene between a certain client and Devon broke my heart at what was done to him. I was glad it was not drawn out as I don’t think I could have handled that. There are twists and turns especially at the end when we discover the plan and certain individuals who are power hungry set said plans in motion and carried them out. 

Highly recommended.

The Dom’s Way by Sean Michael

Sean Michael - The Dom's Way CoverTitle: The Dom’s Way 

Series:  Iron Eagle Gym 05

Author: Sean Michael

Genre: BDSM, Contemporary

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 23, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Neal and Way from The Closet Boy are back, only now they’re Dom and sub, and exploring their relationship through the lifestyle. Way is eager to learn everything, and more in love with his master every day. For his part, Neal can’t believe how lucky he is to have found such an innocent but sensual boy.

As they learn what works best for them both, Way has trouble obeying some of the rules Neal imposes. Like the no touching himself rule. Neal wants Way to learn control, but Way, after so long holding back, has trouble not indulging. The two men must work together to find the balance that brings them each the most satisfaction and happiness.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-437-1

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-doms-way-by-sean-michael-8588-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Neal and Way are back in this instalment of the Iron Eagle Gym series. They are happy together but still learning about one another. Way has trouble following some of Neal’s rules which at times causes tension between the two men.

Neal for his part understands Way’s reluctance and they both find common ground so to speak. I loved the characters. They seemed so different from one another yet meshed very well together.

This was a great addition to the series as it explores deeper into Neal and Way’s characters. I enjoyed the flow of the story, the tension and the sexy times. 

Great read.

By The Numbers by R.J. Scott

R.J. Scott - By The Numbers CoverTitle: By The Numbers

Series: Sanctuary #10

Author: R.J. Scott

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher:  Love Lane Books Limited (May 17, 2017)

Length: Novella (136 Pages)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb:  Secrets and lies threaten Brandon and Daniel’s new love.

Brandon Hoselton is running scared, finding security in his obsession with patterns and numbers. With his family threatened, he feels he has nowhere left to go, and even considers ending his life to keep them safe. Until Sanctuary, in the shape of the enigmatic Daniel Karnes, gives him a reason to stay alive and offers the possibility of a future free from fear.

Former SEAL Daniel is new to Sanctuary, tasked with watching Brandon, a brilliant geek with way too many secrets. Falling in love with quirky Brandon is easy; now he just has to make sure secrets don’t end up with them both dying.

The only way of destroying Varga is to cut the crime boss’s money, and the two men become part of an intricate take-down involving millions of dollars. But Brandon has a secret he can never share with Daniel, and their new love is at stake.

When the villain has murder in mind, sometimes the only way to stay alive is to lie.

ISBN: 978-1-78564-078-0

Product Link: Amazon USAmazon UK

Reviewer:  Lisa

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

As a reader I have several favorite authors and stories that I collect.  Although I favor paranormal romances, I will say that R.J. Scott is one of my ultimate favorite contemporary writers of all time.  The story or stories are intriguing and fascinating with the way they are told.  The characters all have their own little way of making you connect with them.  They go from being bold to shy, hard, difficult and sometime pretty strange I would say.  There is an amount of danger in their world that will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.  The lust also seems to be off the charts sometimes, although in my mind, maybe a bit too eager and fast in some cases.  It doesn’t take away from the story though.

This is the final book in this amazing series, and I have to say that I am not really pleased to see that it is coming to an end.  However it did have a great run.  With this I had to go back and read the previous books to remember each character and their place in the story.  Brandon is a very unique type of guy.  He reminds me of a computer himself sometimes.  He sees the world as numbers and patterns.  Even a pattern on a curtain could drive him crazy.  Brandon and his best friends decided to bring down one of the deadliest men, by going undercover.  It had not worked the way they had thought and now Brandon was the only one left alive.  Sanctuary steps in and keeps him and his sister’s safe, but Brandon has other ideas.

Daniel is going to keep Brandon safe, even if it gets him killed.  More than likely it might want to make him commit murder in the end.  He knows Brandon is not being truthful, but damn he does have a fine ass.  He just has to get Brandon to let him in, because well if you really want to know more, read the book.

There are a bit of quirks to this story that will definitely keep your attention.  I also loved the little twists to it.  The ending really caught my attention, wished I knew what type of snake it was.  I had a lot of fun reading this and can’t wait to see what new stories this amazing author has to come. 

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who loves a bit of suspense, mystery and danger, not to mention sexy men who carry guns.

Desires of A Mage by A.M. Halford

A.M. Halford - Desires of a Mage CoverTitle: Desires of a Mage

Series:  Mages of the Nether # 2

Author: A.M. Halford

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novella (178 pages)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (October 5, 2016)

Heat Level: Scorching

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: Marcus, bored with his new role as Daniel and Aiden’s bodyguard, agrees to go on a mission into the Nether. Seeing this as his chance to do something exciting, he tries his best to put up a good front for his assigned partner, Edmond Elena of the house of the rabbit, of which he shares a passionate yet sad past.

Edmond holds deep scars from his past with Marcus, scars he doesn’t want reopened. Still, the pieces of Marcus that he sees beneath his armor of strength and aloofness weakens his heart to him even as he realizes Marcus hasn’t changed in all these years.

Fighting off their growing desires and feelings for each other, the two must find the stolen tomes of the previous Mediums. Their search for the books brings them into contact with the mysterious group known as the Blood of Aeon, the group responsible for the death of the Dalrymple family forty years ago, and possible secrets that could destroy their world.

ISBN: 9781640101906

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/desires-of-a-mage

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: It’s best to read these books in order. Marcus and Edmond were together in college but due to a misunderstanding they broke up. Now years later the two are tasked with a mission to find missing tomes that are highly important to Aiden.

I really enjoy this series. I hope it continues. So much goes on in this book from dangerous situations to mysteries needing to be solved. I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know who was behind everything and why. 

Marcus and Edmond broke my heart at what had been done to these two and the wasted years they were forced to endure. A couple of times I wanted to smack Marcus upside the head for his stubbornness. 

I am looking forward to reading more in this series as the mystery continues. Great read.

My Highland Cowboy by Alexa Milne

Alexa Milne - My Highland Cowboy CoverTitle: My Highland Cowboy

Author: Alexa Milne

Genre: Contemporary, Cowboys

Length: Novel (196pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-78651-567-4

Publisher: Pride Publishing (6th June 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Duncan McLeish owns a ranch. Unlike most ranches, this one is in the Scottish Highlands. Having inherited a failing farm from his grandfather, he turns it into a successful business. He has friends and he loves his home, but he’s lonely, and not even infrequent trips to Glasgow and Edinburgh slake that thirst to find someone. Then Drew Sinclair walks into his life.

Drew Sinclair is tantalizingly close to getting his clothing brand noticed in the industry. He and his business partner, Joy, create individual dresses, while, on the side, Drew produces a line of men’s lingerie. He visits Scotland to design a bridal gown for his sister, Jenna, who is marrying Duncan’s best friend at Christmas.

Duncan and Drew have nothing except their Highland upbringing in common, but they say opposites attract, and the attraction is immediate. Is this simply a summer fling, or can two men who live such opposite lives miles away from each other find a way to love?

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to homophobia and references to death of a character’s parents.

Purchase Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/my-highland-cowboy

Review: When Drew meets Duncan he finds the one man who challenges his dreams of making it in the fashion design business, he falls hard for the Scottish cowboy but his life is in London and it’s tearing Drew apart to leave the sexy man behind. Duncan never dreamed that he’d meet a man like Drew, Drew is everything Duncan has secretly wanted but Duncan’s life is with his ranch in the Scottish Highlands and while he longs for Drew there’s no way a relationship could work… is there?

This is a great story that I found intriguing, the idea of a Scottish cowboy was just fascinating and having a fashion designer as his love interest was delicious.

Both Duncan and Drew are great characters; although it took me a short while to warm up to Drew (he was a little brazen at first). Both Duncan and Drew proved to be a match made in heaven, even though they do have a bit of angst as they try to work out what they both wanted and how to get it.

The story is perfectly written with it being a sweet romance with just an added dash of angst, the relationship is fast paced but it felt natural. Duncan and Drew just fit perfectly together making it seem natural for them to fall for each other so quickly.

I enjoyed this story and thought that it was a great read; it’s perfect for a lazy afternoon in the sun where we get a huge dose of romance shot through with hot sex.   

Patterns by Suede Delray

Suede Delray - Patterns CoverTitle: Patterns

Series: Patterns #1

Author: Suede Delray

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: eXtasy Books (March 18, 2017)

Length: Novella (144 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts

Blurb: A homicide detective, Dominick’s marriage to his job had saved him, helping him to leave his feelings for Rob in the past. Or so he’d thought. Then he ran into Rob on his way to work. Ever since their impromptu meeting, Dominick couldn’t stop thinking about the past. Then a suspect in a murder investigation leads Dominick to the Martindale Institute, the very place Rob Dewhurst works.

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1024-7

Product Link:  http://www.extasybooks.com/patterns/

Reviewer:  Lisa 

Review:   When I first saw this book I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to give it a chance or not, especially since I have not had a chance to read anything by this author before.  The cover is a bit dark to me, but it turned out that it fit the story perfectly.  It is a romance story, but it is a dark romance with a serious tone to it.  I just wasn’t too sure about the story though.

Dominick was born into a huge mob family, but he decided to take a different route, which made sense because being gay in the mob family usually got you killed.  A few years ago he had save a male prostitute that was one of his uncle’s boys.  At first it was to protect but soon fell into love.  That love ended the moment Rob decided to go out on his own.  Rob had been controlled by Danny and feared Dominick would do the same.  He realized right after leaving that he had made a mistake.  However it was the end of their story.  That is until now, when they ran into each other on the subway.

Rob was in charge at an institute for kids that were criminals.  Dominick’s latest murder leads him right to one of those kids.  The two are thrown back into each other’s lives, but the dangers from the past might still be waiting for them.

As I said above this has a dark and serious tone to it, but the romance is slowly building once more.  It is like a lost love that has been rekindled.  I am still not really sure if I like it personally, but the story is pretty damn good.  It was very entertaining and kept my attention from the start.  I enjoyed reading it and can’t wait to see what book two has going for it. Although I will admit that the title doesn’t do it justice. 

Trustworthy by Astrid Amara

Astrid Amara - Trustworthy CoverTitle: Trustworthy

Series: Policy of Lies #2

Author: Astrid Amara

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Loose ID (May 9, 2017)

Length: Novella (161 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Ten years ago, lovers and best friends Ivo Toreli and Robert Mackenzie were separated by death.

But sometimes life gives you second chances. Life…and a lot of cybernetic enhancements.

Trust Agent 505 may not remember who he was before he worked security for Trust Insurance, but now his prisoner thinks he knows him. This revolutionary named “Mack,” who has stolen one of Trust’s prized possessions, seems to think Agent 505 is named “Ivo,” someone from his past. Someone he once loved more than anyone on any of the inhabited worlds.

Ivo doesn’t remember any of it, of course. But if he’s going to get Trust’s property back from the revolutionaries, he’s going to have to play along.

And if playing along also means sleeping with a handsome, humorous, and slightly dangerous ex-soldier, all the better, right? 

ISBN: 978-1-68252-327-8

Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/trustworthy.html

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  I have never really been a fan of anything Sci-fi, but this was a pretty damn good book if I must say so.  I hadn’t even taken a look at the blurb, so I had no clue what type of book I picked so imagine my surprise when I started reading it.  It is definitely futuristic and unique, a definite new type of story for me.  

Two young boys, orphaned at a young age find themselves together and bond in a way that many do not.  They grew up together, took care of each other and protected the other with fierceness.  Then they became lovers and decided to never be without the other.  Fighting for what they thought was right, Ivo was killed.  Ten years has gone past and Rob finds out that the man he loved, the man he watched die is in fact very much alive.

Ivo or Agent 505 had no memory of anything other then what he was.  Part man and part machine, but still human.  He has been killed many times but always brought back.  His reward is a drug that basically keeps him under the Trust’s hand.  That is until a man who knows him, shows him a different side of himself… one that he, well your just going to have to read the book.

A very fascinating story and I will now have to go back and read the first book in this series.  It is a very entertaining tale and caught my attention from the very start.  This is more than just a fight for the world, but for each other and the love they once had.  I fell in love with the characters and that dog just made a hit with me. 

I can see myself reading this book more than once, way to go!  I would definitely recommend this book.

Equality by Helena Stone

Helena Stone - Equality CoverTitle: Equality

Series: Dublin Virtues 02

Author: Helena Stone

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (156pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-78651-553-7

Publisher: Pride Publishing (23rd May 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Love is love. But what if the fight for equality gets in the way of building a relationship?

Lorcan Barrett has never considered himself relationship material. After his parents made it perfectly clear they’d never welcome a partner of his into their home, he learned to love his own company and now can’t imagine sharing his life with another. After a single passionate kiss with Eric Kavanagh—the night before he travels to Canada for three months—Lorcan’s no longer sure he wants to be on his own. The problem is, he has no idea what sharing his life with someone else might entail.

Eric Kavanagh grew up in a loving and supportive family and had always assumed he’d end up in a committed relationship. Sure that he’s found the one, Eric doesn’t worry about the fact that Lorcan has no experience when it comes to love and relationships. They are good together, so what could possibly go wrong?

When both men get involved in the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, it appears to bring them even closer together, until Lorcan’s insecurities get the upper hand and he shuts Eric out. Will the fight for a Yes vote cost them their relationship, or will they be able to find a balance between the love they share and the need for equality?

Purchase Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/equality

Review: This book is part of a series and is best enjoy read in order.

Lorcan never really thought he’d ever have a relationship, while his parents might begrudgingly accept him as gay they made it perfectly clear that they would never accept any man that he was with, so he’s closed himself off. But when Eric came along Lorcan’s feelings blossom and now Lorcan eagerly awaits Eric’s return from Canada.

Eric has always been accepted by his family and his family welcome Lorcan with open arms, but Eric knows that something is gnawing at Lorcan and as they get involved in the marriage equality referendum in Ireland Lorcan finally begins to open up about his family.

This is a great story about two men with different experiences of family trying to find a balance in their relationship, while seeking equality from not only a country but from family as well.

Eric is the perfect boyfriend, he’s confident and secure in his place in the world and he knows what he wants… and he wants Lorcan. Lorcan has his share of worries; he has never had a relationship but Eric calls to him. Lorcan struggles to share his feelings with Eric, and he longs for acceptance from his family.  

This story is about so much more than a relationship between two men, it’s also about the relationships that they have with their families as well. Because while Eric’s family are fully supportive Lorcan’s are far from it. We see Lorcan worry and angst about his family’s reaction to his having someone in his life, his gran turns out to be an angel and his sister and brothers supportive but his parents; well they are another matter completely.

Lorcan has a lot of internal struggle; it begins to test his relationship with Eric especially when he begins to pull away from Eric. Eric tries to be understanding and he tries to remember that this is Lorcan’s first relationship and he’s experiencing everything relationship for the first time.

This is a wonderfully written story, while Eric and Lorcan’s relationship does have its moments of tension it’s Lorcan and his family problems that draws the focus. We get an amazing feeling of realness as Lorcan struggles; we get the pure frustration that just pores off him as he just wants what everyone ‘hetero’ has… just to be treated the same as everyone else. Equality.

I recommend this to those who love characters who have struggles, who adore lovely couples just fitting together, who cheer for equality, and those that love a wonderful ending.

All Kinds of Tied Down by Mary Calmes

Mary Calmes - All Kinds of Tied Down CoverTitle: All Kinds of Tied Down

Series: Marshals 01

Author: Mary Calmes

Genre: Contemporary, Military, Mystery, Crime, Suspense 

Length: Novel (290 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 4, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they’ve gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more. 

As a marshal and a soldier, Ian’s expected to lead. But the power and control that brings Ian success and fulfillment in the field isn’t working anywhere else. Ian’s always resisted all kinds of tied down, but having no home—and no one to come home to—is slowly eating him up inside. Over time, Ian has grudgingly accepted that going anywhere without his partner simply doesn’t work. Now Miro just has to convince him that getting tangled up in heartstrings isn’t being tied down at all. 

ISBN: 978-1-63216-065-2

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/all-kinds-of-tied-down-by-mary-calmes-810-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  I first came across Mary Calmes when she wrote about Kage and Jory in A Matter of Time series.  There is something about a man with a gun that just wets my appetite and gives me what I want right off the bat.  The way she puts together a story just seems to captivate me throughout the whole story, so when I came across this series I knew it was going to be the same.  To top it off Kage is our sexy men’s boss.

With this story you have two very sexy US Marshals who start out partners at work but it soon builds into something very steamy.  Miro had wanted his partner for so long, but damn that man is straight.  However when Ian comes home from a tour, it soon becomes apparent that the man was more into Miro then he thought.  The first half is their partnership at work and the trouble these two seem to get into, and then it changes into something I really loved.  

This story is told mainly from Miro’s perspective and you really do get to know a man when you are listening pretty good to what they are saying and wishing.  Ian is a big hit for me, because not only is he a US Marshal but he is also special forces, but there is a side that many do not get to see but his partner.  I have come across many stories where the characters are law enforcement, but you don’t really see that many with US Marshals so it was a big hit for me.       

What made me laugh the most was at the beginning the others around were jealous that a newbie got to work with special forces, but then it turned to pity because Ian was the type to run headlong into danger and Miro just had to follow.  Which meant Miro would usually get banged up pretty good.  

This story is so filled with actions, suspense, danger and some hot sex that your mind will be blown away.  I loved the two young witnesses and can’t wait to see if they get their own story in the future.  I had a lot of fun reading this and look forward to reading the next book.  I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who loves sexy men who are armed to the teeth.

Best Kept Lies by Helena Mauve

Helena Maeve - Best Kept Lies CoverTitle: Best Kept Lies

Series: Shadow Play 01

Author: Helena Mauve

Genre: Contemporary, Thriller, Suspense

Length: Novella (109 pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (August 25, 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: What becomes of the Russian spy who lands himself in the crosshairs of a rogue British agent?

Grigory Antipov’s work within the intelligence community is exemplary, but attracting too much attention is against his interests as a spy—a lesson painfully learned the night he is abducted off the streets of Rome. Captivity is a dangerous thing and Grigory already operates under a cloud of suspicion, given his predilection for male company. Luckily, his stint in British custody is short-lived, a mere flex of muscle from Agent Karim Awad.

Karim’s objective is obvious. Lure Grigory into Section’s clutches and turn him against his own people—expose him to the wrath of Moscow if he refuses. His mission brief may not specify the methods to be used, but Grigory soon discovers that Karim is a man of many talents. With powerful interests at play and the threat of deadly force in the air, Grigory faces an impossible choice—surrender to his fate or sacrifice the only man whose touch makes him feel alive after so many years.

ISBN: 978-1-78430-735-6

Reviewer: Shorty

Product Link:  https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/best-kept-lies

Review: This is book one of the Shadow Play Series. This book has a lot going on it. I expected this as I started reading and discovered spy and espionage in it the further I read. I have to assume since this is the first book the reason why some of the book was confusing was due to many different things going on, the introduction of many characters to base the rest of the series on, plus the fact that it seemed like there was no real beginning to the story.

This book is well written, fast paced and action packed. Although I liked the story I felt constantly confused as it seemed there were too many characters introduced into too short a book. 

Grigory, a Russian spy is caught by the enemy, Karim is a British Agent sent to try and get him to come to their side. There was a lot of sex in this book. I have mixed feelings about the overall story as it would have been so much better if things were explained better and not quite so much thrown into the book at once.