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The Shattered Door by Brandon Witt, 3rd edition

o-the-shattered-doorTitle: The Shattered Door, 3rd edition
Series: N/A
Author: Brandon Witt
Genre: Spiritual
Length: 340 pages
Publisher: DSP Publications (February 2nd, 2016)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: After a tortured childhood and years of soul-searching, Brooke Morrison has finally settled into a comfortable life. While his sexuality prohibits him from practicing his degree in youth ministry in a church setting, he’s found a fulfilling job as a youth counselor at a residential treatment facility in Colorado. He falls in love, marries the man of his dreams, and makes peace with God. He’s happy.

Then his buried past drags him back to the Ozarks.

The life Brooke has worked so hard to build is crumbling in his hands in the face of painful memories and past abuse, and his confidence is withering. In El Dorado Springs, where his nightmares come to life, Brooke desperately seeks closure life doesn’t offer.

Brooke must find value in himself, in his marriage, and in the world around him—and create the hope and perseverance to keep his past from swallowing him whole.

1st Edition published by Createspace, 2011.
2nd Edition published by Itineris Press, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-050-8

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/the-shattered-door-by-brandon-witt-204-b

Reviewer: Cat

Review: Brooke moved to Denver after college to get away from home and put his past behind him. He gets a job at a boy’s center as counselor and makes significant changes there. Brett has a beautiful apartment and meets the man of his dreams. Even though he can’t use his degree in a church, he loves his job with the youth, loves his husband. He almost has that fairy tale life until a tragedy brings back his past and it could all come crashing down around him.

The Shattered Door is one of my favorite books. Written in first person, I felt like I was Brooke. It begins in the present then goes back seven years, and you wonder what had happened to cause Brooke such emotional angst almost to the end. Just when you think it’s over, there is another twist. The story leaves you on the edge of your seat, laughing and crying. I could feel Brooke’s angst and pain. The romance between him and Jed was sweet and charming.

This isn’t exactly a romance but more a story of life and relationships.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes a book that is looking for something different. If you like angst, friends to lovers, raccoons, story’s set in the mid –south and no sex, you will LOVE this book.
*I received a copy of this book for an honest review from mmgoodbookreviewers.com*

Catch a Ghost by SE Jakes ~ Audiobook

51CxWKqouyL._AA300_Title: Catch a Ghost
Series: Hell or High Water, #1
Author: SE Jakes
Narrator: Adam North
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 8 hours and three minutes
Publisher: Audible Studio, (Riptide Publishing) December 16th, 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: From New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Tyler, writing as S. E. Jakes….
Everyone knows that Prophet – former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, and full-time pain in the ass – works alone. But his boss at Extreme Escapes, Ltd. has just assigned Proph a new partner and a case haunted by ghosts from Proph’s past. Suddenly he has to confront both head-on.

Tom Boudreaux – failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full-time believer in bad luck – is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still, he’s determined to succeed this time, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE’s most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, on a case that resurrects his own painful past.

Together Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in the dangerous world of underground cage matches while fighting their own dangerous attraction.

When they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners must trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts…or pay the price.

Product Link(s): http://amzn.to/1K5Zc76

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Catch-a-Ghost-Audiobook/B016DW5VUC/

Reviewer: Cat

Review: I am going to admit I have not read this series and do wish I had. The advantage of reading over listening is that you can go back and read over parts easier. There is so much going on in this book that I am going to skip the run down, but I will add in a few more points.

Prophet is also engaged in a game of cat and mouse or should I say steal the couch with a spook that lives in the same building. While this is a fun part of the story and Cillian does have a larger role later in the book it is hard to figure out how Prophet keeps doing this with casts on both arms.

Which brings me to another point, we begin with Prophet in casts and there are other couples mentioned later in this book which makes me wonder if this is a spinoff. Now having said, that I really liked the book, like I said there is a lot going on, it seems confusing in parts, but by the end some of it falls in place other parts are tied up in a very intriguing cliffhanger that does its job making you want the next book!

Now for the audio part. I enjoyed listening to this book. Adam North is a good narrator. I will have to say I did not like his Tom voice at all. It didn’t sound Cajun and didn’t add anything to his character. The other character voices, the distinctions were slight but I think enough to tell them apart. However, the actual telling of the story was very good and the sex scenes were smokin’ hot.

If you like espionage, secret agents, spies, lots of twists and turns, and some very hot man-sex this is definitely for you.

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Dangerous Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk

61G91xZYhCL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Dangerous Spirits
Series: Spirits, #2
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Genre: Paranormal/ Historical Romance (Victorian)
Length: 193 pages
Publisher: Jordan L. Hawk (September 15, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: After the events of Reyhome Castle, Henry Strauss expected the Psychical Society to embrace his application of science to the study of hauntings. Instead, the society humiliates and blacklists him. His confidence shaken, he can’t bring himself to admit the truth to his lover, the handsome medium Vincent Night.

Vincent’s new life in Baltimore with Henry is disrupted when a friend from the past asks for help with a haunting. In the remote town of Devil’s Walk, old ties and new lies threaten to tear the lovers apart, if a fiery spirit bent on vengeance doesn’t put an end to them first.

ISBN: 9781941230145

Product Link(s): http://amzn.to/1XbdyF6

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-dangerousspirits-1857673-158.html

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This is book two in the Spirits series.

This a great book full of suspicion, mistrust, lies and ghostly spirits. I loved the first book and this one was excellent as well. Henry and Vincent are together but not without issues. Lizzie is there as well when an old friend asks them to look into some strange events at Devils walk.

This book has a spooky, creepy feel to it but I felt it fit the story perfectly. The mystery was well written as events unfolded and the mystery deepened. The overall feel had me on the edge of my seat awaiting the outcome.

A book that has a lot going on it but blended so well at the same time. I truly enjoyed and loved this book. I am looking forward to what else the author has in store with this series.

Fantastic read and highly recommended.

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A Gentle Kind of Strength by Kendall McKenna

51zVLlUbf1L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Title: A Gentle Kind of Strength
Series: N/A
Author: Kendall Mckenna
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 186 pages

Publisher: MLR Press (November 5, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Blurb: A police K9 handler believes he’s lucky when a romance starts with the local veterinarian, but then his canine partner is injured in the line of duty.

Sergeant Ray Lerner is a veteran sheriff’s department K9 handler. Damien Federov is the veterinarian caring for Harley, Ray’s canine partner. When taking a man as a lover, Ray’s always been confident. Around Damien, Ray becomes uncharacteristically shy and tongue-tied. When Damien begins their romance, Ray knows he’s lucky.

His obsession with a past tragedy blinds Ray to everything he has with Damien. When Harley is injured on duty, his life is in Damien’s hands. As Ray sits vigil, he has one final chance to allow Damien in all the way, or risk losing everything important, in a single night.

ISBN13: 9781608209958

Product Link:  http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=GMAGKofS

Portia’s Review: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

As always, I am grateful and honored to get my greedy little hands on a Kendall McKenna read. A Gentle Kind of Strength hit all my awww buttons. I don’t know if it’s because of the years that I spent in corrections. Or seeing the K-9 officers in my ER, but I loved Ray and Harley.

For me this was more than a romance, it was the making of a family.

The relationship’s slow burn was refreshing. I love that the shy guy finally got his man.

But, that ending. OMG. I swear my heart stopped beating for a few beats.

Highly recommend!

Shorty’s Review: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
I’ve heard a lot of great things about Kendall Mckenna’s books. So was excited when I was given this book to read and review. But I have to tell you I could not see what all the hype was about myself.

Yes it’s a well written story about veterinarian Damien and Ray a K-9 handler. What I could not understand was all the details about the dog Harley and the lack of details about the main character Damien. Did I misunderstand the blurb?

This is a very slow and I mean slow romance and I use that term lightly as I would have given up. I felt that Ray that let the past rule his life instead of seeing what was right in front of him. This story takes place over a long span of time so I got to the point where I wanted to slap them both. Ray, to snap him out of the past and Damien to make him let go and move on to someone who actually sees him.

The sex scenes were hot and passionate. But I truly wish there had been more about Damien and Ray rather than the dog. This story just did not interest me after I started reading and got halfway through.

I’m sorry but I did not care for it myself.

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Submitting to the Clan by Caitlin Ricci

1346614_origTitle: Submitting to the Clan
Series: Master of Dragons, 1
Author: Caitlin Ricci
Genre: Paranormal/ Dragon Shifters
Length: 43 pages
Publisher: Extasy Books (February 1, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Cast out from his clan, ice dragon Avery is searching for a new home when he comes across someone who refuses to treat him the way he’s always known.

As a clan whore Avery knows where his place is in the dragon world; at the very bottom. He’s grown used to that and to being expected to be available to anyone in the clan who wants him. But when he’s thrown out of his clan and left to fend for himself he becomes lost in the world.While searching for a new clan to belong to he comes across Donovan, a powerful dragon unlike any he’s ever met.

Donovan doesn’t allow whores in his clan because to him everyone should be equal, but convincing Avery that he’s worth more than what he’s always been told he is turns out to be a frustrating task for both of them. Avery doesn’t want to be a whore anymore, but he has never known anything else, and Donovan refuses to treat him like that.

They’ll have to heal the scars of Avery’s past abuse if they hope to ever have a future together.

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0613-4

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/caitlin-ricci/submitting-to-the-clan/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: To me there is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men. They always just make the day better. You don’t read many that involve dragons and I have to say that dragons will always be my favorite. This is the first book to a series that I hope makes my top ten favorites.

Avery is an ice dragon who was kicked out of his clan because they had no future use of him. He was the clan whore and knew no better. He was at the bottom of the chain and had to get away. He flew into or I should say he crash landed into another’s territory. One whose leader was not like his old clan at all. Donovan had a lot of work to do to show Avery the good side.

Now it was way too short to give me more than just a taste and left me wanting more. Also it came off very rushed to me with not enough span in between getting there, figuring out certain things and then sex again. It just came off a bit strange and did not flow as well as it should have.

Overall though I had fun with it and look forward to reading the next story. Give me dragons any day.

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Lex by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus

814928319Title: Lex
Series: Watchers, #3
Author: Caitlin Ricci & A.J. Marcus
Genre: Paranormal/ Shape-Shifter
Length: 46 pages
Publisher: Extasy Books (February 1, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Lex’s life as a Watcher is about to get a lot more complicated when he decides to take on an apprentice, and her protective single father.

As the Watcher for the Northeast, Lex loves lobster, being in the woods, and sex. That last part, though, he keeps hidden from the other Watchers, because they’re supposed to be above those kinds of desires. He gets his fill of men from the local shifter clubs whenever he’s out doing his Watcher duties, and this one is no different. A hot guy, a night of fast sex, and he’s out the door again without anyone knowing more than his name.

But this time it is different, because that one night hook-up is Tucker, and his daughter is Lex’s first apprentice. Addie is headstrong, demanding, and more than Lex can handle. He never thought a seven-year old little girl would be a match for him, but she is, and worse than that is how her father drives Lex nuts one minute and makes him think about the impossibilities of forever in the next.

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0612-7

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

Reviewer: Lisa

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

I think the idea of someone watching over others is the perfect idea. I wished it was true and could help those who needed it.

There are five watchers of different animal souls and they watch over other paranormals. Lex is a caracal shifter whose life is about to go crazy. He has found a new watcher and a very protective father. A father he had sex with the night before, can things get any crazier. It would seem that her father is his mate. Tucker however is not sure of anything but he knows he will protect his daughter at all cost.

The characters are beautifully written with big hearts, however if you cross them, they have no problem putting you down. To me there is nothing better than a good romance, but when it is a paranormal then it hits higher marks to me.

This story was a lot better than the others but I still wished they were a bit longer. Because no matter if you have read them all, they just seem to leave something important out. The problem is I just can’t figure out what it is missing.

Over all though it doesn’t take away from the story and I enjoyed it.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Blood of the Land by Adrik Kemp

51PnWxefX0L._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Blood of the Land
Series: prequel to Blood of the City
Author: Adrik Kemp
Genre: Historical/ Vampires
Length: Novella (87 pages)
Publisher: Pride Publishing (February 2nd, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½ Hearts
Blurb: When an ancient Italian vampire travels to the pioneering Australian outback, what he finds there triggers a decades-long love triangle from which there is no escape.

Mack, a young Australian cattle farmer, makes his living on his father’s cattle station. The work is hard and the days are long but he is content with the life he has been born into. Unfortunately for his family, he is awakened to forbidden desires of the flesh by intriguing visitors from far-off Italy.

When these visitors reveal themselves as lustful creatures of the night, Mack bites off more than he can chew and finds himself in a predicament he is ill-equipped to handle. Lost and seemingly alone, he spirals into a deadly path toward a decades-long love triangle between himself, the monster who made him and the love of his undead life.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and death.

ISBN: 978-1-78430-962-6

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/blood-of-the-land

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: The book starts off great as we see Zoran leave his lover Bela for an adventure. Bela moves on and tries to take over Mack’s property. But after this is where I found myself wondering what was happening at times.

The writing was good but some scenes seemed too rushed while others seemed to linger. I never did quite figure out the love triangle in the story. It was just a little messy and confusing.

All in all it was an o.k. with adventure, love, gore, fighting and action.

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Flying Solo by Susan Mac Nicol

flyingsoloTitle: Flying Solo
Series: Men of London, #6
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 173 pages
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (January 28th 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Flight attendant Maxwell Lewis has spent years cultivating a bon vivant image only to find he finally wants something more—and that something more includes the never-does-repeats game designer Gibson Henry.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

Maxwell Lewis is proud of the life he’s made. Having turned tragedy into triumph, he’s now a beloved member of a Target Airlines cabin crew with more than his fair share of attention both in the air and on the ground. But lately he’s wanted something more than the occasional hook-up or sometime sex buddy—particularly after meeting game designer and passenger Gibson Henry.

Talented and driven, Gibson has built a company ready to be the next big thing in gaming. Devoted to his work, he takes onetime pleasures where he find them and never does repeats…which is what he tells handsome, sexy Maxwell Lewis after a little mile-high flight attendance. But a chance encounter in a London club is about to change things forever.

Two men, one who’s flown solo and another who’s only ever played alone, are about to find that at some point all games come to end, it’s time to bare your heart and try for love.

ISBN:  9781944262129

Product Link(s): http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/authors/susan-mac-nicol

http://amzn.to/1PYKtqE

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-flyingsolo-1974003-149.html

Reviewer: Tams

Review: The last couple of books in the ‘Men of London’ series have been intense and extremely emotional. Not saying there aren’t some intense and emotional moments in this story, wouldn’t be Susan Mac Nicol otherwise, but this book is definitely lighter and I laughed a lot while I was reading it. I am left wondering if this would be a reprieve. Is the next book going to gut me?

Fans of the series will remember Maxwell from book 3, Suit Yourself, as Oliver’s ‘when I’m in town’ hook-up. Well, Max is still flying solo, but he finds himself wanting something more than just random, one time hook-ups. Seeing his old friend Oliver so happy and in love stirs something in Max, making him want to have someone to come home to, someone to love.

Gibson Henry is a computer tech whiz that designs games and software. He too is a onetime only random hook-up kind of guy. He catches Max’s attention on a flight and the two share a mutual hand job in the latrine. The flame flickers out before the plane touches ground… or does it?

When Max and Gibson run into each other in a club, the chemistry is definitely still there. What started out as a ticket to the mile high club becomes something more. Friends with benefits start dating, then those pesky feelings get involved and both men are in foreign territory.

What a great addition to this series. I seriously had a smile on my face almost the whole time. Max is a bit of a Diva, and Gibson is this adorable geek. The two of them together can really be a hot mess at times, but they realize pretty early that there is something more between them, something they want to fully explore and enjoy.

When Max gets sick, Gibson takes care of him. When Gibson gets bad news from home, Max drops everything to fly to his hometown with him and stands by his side. It’s not until the past infiltrates their future that the real challenge emerges.

The prologue was intense and a bit dark, but from there the story was evenly paced and flowed well from one situation to the next. The characters were identifiably flawed and the story had depth and meaning.

If you love a good romance with charisma, charm and sarcastic wit… you have got to read this book. I would suggest reading the series in order because the characters circle through every story; but this book could stand on its own as well.

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Forced Impressions by Piper Doone

ForcedImpressionsLGTitle: Forced Impressions
Series: N/A
Author: Piper Doone
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (January 25th 2016)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4.25Hearts
Blurb: Jonah Landers’s promotion to detective isn’t going so well. His first undercover operation is a disaster thanks to Rafael Santos, a Cuban-American detective so far undercover, no one on Rafael’s Miami-based squad even had a clue he’d already infiltrated the prostitution ring Jonah was targeting. Two years and an insane twist of fate later, Jonah finds himself transferred from Orlando and partnered up with Rafael in Miami—and their rocky beginning doesn’t get any better.

For the sake of their careers and because he realizes he’s falling for Rafael, Jonah makes every attempt to smooth things over and move on with his love life. He turns his attention to A.J. Choya, a Seminole Indian who runs the tech department. But there’s no spark between them, and Jonah has to admit his feelings for Rafael aren’t going away.

When a new case falls into Rafael’s and Jonah’s laps, they must go undercover again and become intimate in a way that forces them to confront their feelings for each other—no matter the consequences.

ISBN: 9781634767644

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7346

Reviewer: Aerin

Review: This is the first Piper Doone book I’ve ever read, and I’m not going to lie, the reviews and low ratings it’s gotten so far made me nervous. But once I started to read it, I immediately got into it and couldn’t put it down.

Jonah Landers’s recent undercover work didn’t end as well as he hoped. His inexperience and nervousness almost made him break cover, and the surprise appearance of another undercover agent almost ruined months of hard work. Jonah got a black eye that will ensure he’ll never forget his first undercover mission, nor the agent who gave him said black eye.

Rafael Santos is a seasoned detective who’s pretty much an expert when it comes to undercover work. What he’s not very good at is communication, and the fact that he “didn’t think” to tell Orlando PD about his undercover work that will bring him into their jurisdiction wasn’t a big deal, right? Rafael and Jonah’s first encounter ended up with Rafael’s fist connecting with Jonah’s face and Rafael had nothing but contempt for Jonah’s inexperience.

Two years later, Rafael and Jonah’s paths cross again. Jonah transferred to Miami after his personal and professional life crashed and burned, and his new partner is none other than Rafael Santos. You know how boys in school act when they love a girl? Rafael spent most of his time tugging on Jonah’s metaphorical pig tails, taunted him and annoyed him, and criticized every single step that Jonah took.

So in case you haven’t gotten the meaning, what Rafael really wanted was to throw Jonah against a wall and fuck the living shit out of him, which he proceeds to do later on in the book.

I loved Rafael’s permanently grumpy and intense mood, which only got worse when Jonah started dating A.J., a tech guy from the station. The relationship between Jonah and Rafael becomes drenched in sexual chemistry and tension. Jonah can’t stop thinking and fantasizing about Rafael and Rafael becomes progressively more frustrated until things come to an explosive end when Rafael and Jonah go undercover together.

All the sexual tension that’s been hanging out throughout the book leads to Rafael and Jonah having the hottest and dirtiest make-out session I’ve seen in a long time! So what if they haven’t been together since the beginning? I really couldn’t care less, because the wait was soooooo worth it! And when they get to the part where they have sex…. mind blown!

In my experience, intense and broody characters deliver the best and hottest sex, and Rafael didn’t disappoint, not even a little bit!

The only thing I would’ve liked to be different is maybe a few additional chapters to expand on Rafael and Jonah’s relationship, and Rafael’s POV (that would’ve made this book perfect!). Other than that, this book hit all the right spots!

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137 Owen Street by DC Juris, 2nd edition

28225782Title: 137 Owens Street, 2nd edition
Series: N/A
Author: DC Juris
Genre: Other Paranormal
Length: 61 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (December 16th, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Matthew is going insane. How else can he explain remembering things he doesn’t own or trips his wife never took? Not to mention the visions, and the phantom in the café. But when the man in the visions reaches out to him with an explanation, and the phantom from the café tracks him down, things start to make a little more sense.

Morgan is a devout Christian. He believes in God, Heaven, Hell, and the Bible. But his world spins out of control when his husband Matthew disappears and a mysterious man tells a tale outside the realm of reality. How can Morgan put his faith in something so far-fetched?

And what will happen to Matthew if he doesn’t?

Previously published by Breathless Press.

ISBN: 978-1-944449-10-0

Product Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4563

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Interesting story about two men, Matthew and Morgan, one of who is searching for the other after he disappears. I found it fascinating regarding different dimensions and the look a likes I guess you would call them in each dimension. This is the case in this book

I loved that Morgan never gave up on Matthew. Matthew for his part knew something was wrong but could not figure out what right away without help. Fascinating and intense at times. Keeps the reader’s attention to the very end.
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