Category Archives: MM Romance Book Review

It Takes Two To Tango by M.A. Church

m-a-church-it-takes-two-to-tango-cover-mTitle: It Takes Two to Tango

Series: Fur, Fangs, and Felines #3

Author: M.A. Church

Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novel (230 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 26, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts 

Blurb: Can two very different men find the love they need to survive? 

Remi Ginn’s an easygoing werecat with a love of snarky T-shirts. He would be perfectly happy with a human mate. Is that what the goddess Bast gives him? Of course not. Instead she gifts him with Marshell, a Vetala, a snakelike nonshifter who drinks blood to survive. A man who’s just as toppy as Remi—and even more powerful than the West Falls Clowder’s Alpha and heir apparent.

While Remi is deciding whether he can handle the fates’ choice, hunters attack Marshell. Afterward, in an explosion of passion, Remi and Marshell mate and Remi declares Marshell his. Now they have to figure out how to make their relationship work as they dance around each other. 

The clowder is in turmoil, and Remi’s acceptance of Marshell rocks the very foundation of the insular group. The consequences will be far-reaching. And if that isn’t problem enough, the situation with the hunters is far from resolved… as proved by the appearance of an Alpha werewolf. 

ISBN: 978-1-63477-605-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/it-takes-two-to-tango-by-ma-church-7563-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Fur, Fangs, and Feline collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved. 

I have never had a chance to read any stories written by this author and I am kicking myself in the ass for not doing so earlier. I have got to say that I was shocked and very pleased to have read this story. It was fascinating and unique, with the Vetala added in. I have never heard of them before and was quite pleased with the way there portrayed. A vetala is a snakelike shifter who doesn’t shift but comes off like a vampire as well. The difference from a vetala and a vampire however is a vetala is alive, whereas a vampire is not. When they feed they can paralyze with their venum, but not kill when they feed. 

I love how there is a serious tone to the story, but the humor also is there which makes for a better read for me. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. I am not one for long stories, but this one doesn’t seem like it because you have so much going on in it. The excitement, suspense, danger and quirky characters will definitely keep you guessing. 

Remi is one of his clowder’s beta’s but is also very easy going and loves playing in his cat form. He also has this fascination with t-shirts and sweatshirts that have the quirkiest sayings on them. Now he thought he would be given a human mate or another feline, but nope he gets a very powerful vetala, one whose power is stronger than even his alpha’s. Wonder who is going to top who.

Marshell might be very powerful but he has no desires to ever lead a pack, clowder, or anyone else for that matter. His kind do not live in groups but with just family members. To top it off there are human hunters after him and a werewolf that thinks he is his. Although the sex between these two are a sight to see. Now, if they could just get the clowder into this century and accept different species into it. 

Now there were a few problems in this story but not enough to take my attention away. The one that did stick with me for a few minutes was the hunters. It seemed like they were just thrown in with no real purpose other than to for the werewolf. It shows up in the beginning which is pretty good, but then you don’t really hear about them again until the end of the book. It felt like the author just threw that in as an afterthought. But like I said it doesn’t take away from the story itself. 

Now my favorite parts is when Remi is in his cat form chasing balls on the counter and floor of his home, how he is always arguing with Marshall in cat form, and the prancing. Then there is the part that makes Marshall even better, talking right back to him. I loved how he chased him down and how Marshall hunted him. Those two rock this book. 

This story definitely will have me going back and reading the first two books. I had so much fun reading it and I can guarantee that I will be reading this series more than once. I would definitely recommend this if you love paranormal stories with some hot sex, quirky characters and arguing cats.

Dare to Love Forever by Jake C. Wallace (2nd Edition)

jake-c-wallace-dare-to-love-forever-cover-sTitle: Dare to Love Forever (2nd Edition) 

Series:  New Vampire Justice # 1

Author: Jake C. Wallace

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Vampires

Length: Novel (260 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 26, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: With pain and loss in their pasts and evil threatening their futures, two vampires will find a love that lasts forever… if they dare.

Carson Locke is dangerous, even by vampire standards. A rare Tabula Rasa vampire, he can wipe the mind of those he bites—human or vampire. Because of this, he’s lived his entire life in isolation. When his family is murdered, Carson runs from those who want him dead. Injured, starving, and about to be executed, he meets Commander Lincoln Samuels, an officer in the New Vampire Justice police force.

Lincoln, a Sanatore vampire, possesses the gift of healing. The moment he encounters Carson, broken and terrified, trying to steal blood to survive, he is compelled to help the other man—despite the risk to himself. Their bond creates something the world has never seen, but others have plans for Carson and his destiny was written long before he was born. He’ll either become a tool to control the vampire world or, with Lincoln by his side, find the courage to fight and become its savior.

First Edition published by Amber Allure, 2014.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-716-2

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dare-to-love-forever-by-jake-c-wallace-7560-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I Loved, loved, loved this book. Carson Locke is a rare Tabula Rasa vampire. Lincoln is the leader in an elite vampire squad. He comes across Carson breaking in a blood bank. Though the connection between the men is instant Lincoln knows he has to be cautious. 

A suspenseful, action packed and mysterious story with heart-breaking, dangerous and sensual scenes that grab the reader’s attention from the start. The secondary characters added an extra element of intrigue to an already fantastic story and set the stage for more sequels to come.

I am in awe of how well written, gripping, and detailed this wonderful story was. I was on the edge of my seat from the first page to the very last. There is nothing in this book I did not love.

This is a wonderful and intriguing story that I highly recommend to all paranormal readers.

This is How It Ends by Nick Wilgus

nick-wilgus-this-is-how-it-ends-cover-sTitle: This Is How It Ends

Series: Deadworld #1

Author: Nick Wilgus

Genre: Science Fiction, YA, Zombies, Horror

Length: Novel (301 Pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (May 3, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: High school juniors Billy Gunn and Rory Wilder return from a weekend camping trip to find a mysterious plague has wiped out their small town of Port Moss, Mississippi. The question of why is only the beginning—especially when the dead refuse to stay dead. 

Figuring out what happened is job one for Billy and Rory. But complications quickly set in. Not only do the dead rise, but a freak storm threatens torrential downpours as winter looms. And enormous ships appear in the sky, bringing with them alien visitors with technology never seen before. 

Left without electricity and modern conveniences, Billy and Rory must figure out a way to navigate horrific zombies, advanced alien life forms, and apocalyptic storms, as well as deal with their growing love for each other in a world gone mad.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-827-6

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/this-is-how-it-ends-by-nick-wilgus-248-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Nick Wilgus is a new author for me and let’s just say I was definitely not expecting this book. At first I knew it was going to be about zombies, I mean dead who are not dead usually leads to zombies. However this one is way out there, I am talking aliens. I am not usually a fan of horror, science fiction or even young adult type stories, but this one is very unique and entertaining. Although I have to admit it is also very creepy. I could have done without all the religious crap out of Rory’s mouth though; it was what almost made me put the book down.

Billy has always been in love with Rory, but had never told him. This story starts with them camping out and skinny dipping. However Rory’s reaction to Billy’s erection, leads this whole story in a bit of strange land for me. He was raised by a mom that didn’t really give a damn about her boyfriend’s extra special love for him. I hope the rat ass bastard is dead let me tell you. It shows you why he is the way he is though. Both of these boys are fifteen and fighting their attraction to each other, well Rory is through most of the story. 

Then they come home to everyone in the town dead. However they don’t seem to stay dead. Then they meet up with Leisha and Mark; well let’s just say it is a unique group to say the least. This group has been thrown into a dystopian and post-apocalyptic type of world but then you add in the UFO’s and aliens, well let’s just say it keeps getting even crazier.

I got to figure that this had to be one story that was difficult to write, but the author did it perfectly. I would have liked it better had the kids been older and not so much religious crap flowing, however it was fun to read. This is one fast paced story and it was like the author just threw it into full gear going in. The build-up, the description, details and twists were something to see. It felt like I was right there with them. Although if this really did happen, give me a guy who really knows how to shoot and survive. 

I didn’t care for the ending, what a cliff-hanger this author has given us. However it makes me hungry to get my hands on the next book. It is a very dark and creepy story with a little bit of love in it. However little Jack is going to be one interesting little character I can tell. It is a page turner that is for sure. It kept my attention from the get go and wouldn’t let go till I got to the end. I just wonder what is going to happen in the next book. This author might just change my thinking about horror books and zombies. I would definitely recommend it. 

Cross by Lynn Hagen

lynn-hagen-cross-cover-sTitle: Cross

Series: The Remus Brothers #5

Author: Lynn Hagen

Genre: Erotic Romance, Paranormal

Length: Novella (124 Pages)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Inc. (September 19, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts

Blurb: Cross Remus is great at the tech stuff, excels at working on cars, but when he rescues a man from the clutches of a crazed hyena-shifter, Cross soon finds there is something he isn’t equipped to handle.

For over two weeks Brandon was shot full of drugs to keep him compliant, and now Brandon is addicted to the high. Unsure how to handle his mate’s addiction, Cross asks for help. Jax, his eldest brother, makes a call that Cross hopes will help Brandon. But when Drew shows up, Brandon refuses to talk to the human.

While trying to help his mate, Cross and his brothers must fight to keep the hyenas from taking Brandon back. Bowman isn’t giving up on getting Brandon back though. Tired of fighting to keep his mate safe, Cross and three of his brothers go after Bowman, but soon find that they’ve walked into a trap.

Can Cross get out of there alive, or will Brandon have to not only fight his addiction, but suffer through the loss of his mate?

ISBN: 978-1-68295-479-9

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/cross

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in The Remus Brothers collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. In fact I would recommend reading the very first series that leads you to this one. Brac Pack is branched off into several other series that will lead you to this one. 

I came across Lynn Hagen when she wrote her very first book for the Brac Pack series and never looked back. You will meet a group of alpha’s that want the love of their mates. They live many centuries and their mates make their lives better and a bit interesting. Most of the time they have their serious tones but there is quite a bit of humor mixed in with them that make them even more fascinating for me. Each story will have danger, excitement, adventure, and a touch of kink to them that will keep your attention the whole time, like it does for me. 

Cross is great at working on cars and computer’s but he is not too sure about his little mate. His little mate Brandon is the brother of one of his brother’s mate. Brandon is also addicted to drugs and is having a difficult time of it. He is rash and gets himself into more trouble. What Cross needs is someone who has been in the same place Brandon is. He also needs to stop the ones who are supplying the drugs. The man who terrorized his mate is still wanting to get his hands on him, and it will take the whole group to put a stop to it.

I love how Lynn doesn’t let the guys become too much alpha for their mates, making their heart bleed when they are hurt and for kicking their own asses when they hurt their mates. I have always enjoyed reading one of Lynn Hagen’s stories and I can see that it will not change in the future. I also loved how these men will go to the extremes to get the ones the love back. 

The Satyr’s Seduction by A.J. Marcus

a-j-marcus-the-satyrs-seduction-cover-sTitle: The Satyr’s Seduction

Series:  Gifts of the Fae # 3

Author: A.J. Marcus

Genre: Erotic Romance, Fantasy

Length: Short (42 pages)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (August 26, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: When a bartender sets his sights on a satyr, he may have a lot of seducing to land an immortal free spirit.

Like most satyrs, Simon Farmer has expensive and varied taste. He’s not in the market for anything more than a few drinks and as many lovers as he can manage. When he catches the eyes of bartender, Peter Cowan, the tables turn and the hunter becomes the hunted. Will Simon be able to resist the mortal who wants to give him everything?

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0754-4

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/the-satyrs-seduction/

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Simon, a Satyr, meets the handsome Peter at the bar where they work. Sparks fly immediately. During a mugging gone wrong Simon is forced to reveal himself to save them both.

Short sweet read about a Satyr and a human and the circumstances that happen when things do not go as planned. Good read.

Hot Mess by Stormy Glenn

stormy-glenn-hot-mess-cover-sTitle: Hot Mess

Series: N/A

Author: Stormy Glenn

Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary

Length: Novella (98pgs)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (September 22, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Hot summer rain. That was the scent that drew me. The soulful amber-green eyes that begged to be loved kept me. One look and I knew I wanted Lany Harris to be mine. Convincing him of my good intentions might prove to be harder than trying to convince my superiors that someone was out to get us.

I was obviously insane.

Cinnamon and whiskey had a delicious scent and it was S.W.A.T. commander, Lt. Salvador Delvecchio. I wanted to roll in that scent, sink into it, and never come out. I wanted to be consumed by everything that was the lethal man who had rescued me and decided I belonged to him.

I was a hot mess.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-540-6

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/hot-mess

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: As many know, that when a book written by this author comes out it is usually a big hit. She is one of my top five favorite authors of both paranormal and contemporary. Although I am not one for books that are singles, so I do hope that this one at least gives us a second story to look at where they go from now. 

It is a fascinating story about a young man who has been protected his whole life by his family. Although with Lany I can actually understand most of what his family did. The title of this story is about right on with Lany. The man had twelve cars and most of them he totalled one way or another, even hitting an elephant once. Don’t ask, you really have to read it. So when he meets one hell of a sexy man he is shocked to find out that the man wants him permanently. His uncle won’t be happy.

Salvador is a Lt. for the S.W.A.T. team and has gone head to head with Lany’s uncle more than once. The man was in charge of all of them, however when it comes to Lany, Sal will win. Now with this story there is a lot of action, probably too much for one story. I didn’t much care for the ending nor did I like the villain in this mess. It just didn’t seem right; however crushes will do some crazy things.

I had a blast reading this and look forward to the next story by Stormy. If she puts a book out then I will normally be there standing in line to get it. It has a lot of action, steamy sex, tender looks and some quirky messes.

This is one story I can see reading more than once. I would definitely recommend it.

Escaping From Him by Liam Livings Retro Review Tour & Giveaway!

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Hi Guys we have Liam Livings stopping by today with his release Escaping From Him, we have a short excerpt, we have a fantastic giveaway and we have Lisa’s review for you to check out. So enjoy the post and click that giveaway link.❤ ~Pixie~ 

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 Escaping From Him

 by

Liam Livings

Darryl’s on the run – from controlling boyfriend Chris, an air-conditioner called Dave (deceased), an intolerable, claustrophobic situation and a person he just can’t be any more. The trouble is, he doesn’t have a plan – or any money – and all he knows is he needs to get away from everything. That’s where a lucky lift to Glasgow comes in, which turns out to be just the beginning of a whole new life …

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Raven’s Rest by Stephen Osborne

stephen-osborne-ravens-rest-coverTitle: Raven’s Rest

Author: Stephen Osborne

Genre: Paranormal, Ghosts, Spirits, Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (200pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-63477-701-8

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (23rd September 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Michael Cook has left his abusive lover and settled in the small town of Banning, Illinois. Having nowhere else to go, he checks into the Raven’s Rest Inn and soon learns that the haunted reputation of the hotel is well deserved. Michael gets a job at a local café, where he meets Trey Ramsey. Though Michael has misgivings about starting up a new relationship, Trey seems to be the complete opposite of Michael’s controlling ex, so he decides to give Trey a chance.

Life at the Raven’s Rest becomes increasingly frightening when the ghost of Coleman Hollis appears in Michael’s room. Coleman seems to want something from Michael, and the mystery deepens when Michael discovers he’s the spitting image of Coleman’s lover from years ago. Together, Michael and Trey must discover why Coleman’s spirit is drawn to the Raven’s Rest—and to Michael.

Purchase Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ravens-rest-by-stephen-osborne-7550-b

Review: After five years Michael has left his psychologically abusive lover and is hiding out in a small town. Staying at the local Inn, Raven’s Rest, he’s told the story of its ghosts and becomes fascinated by one of them especially when he sees the ghost of that past resident, Coleman, a young man who disappeared many years before. Michael decides to stay in town and stumbles across a job in a small café as well as Trey, a laid back guy who sparks Michael’s interest.

Michael and Trey begin to look into Coleman’s story after an altercation with the ghost and they discover a sad story of young love torn apart and destroyed. While getting to the bottom of the mystery of the ghost Michael still has to deal with his ex when Kevin comes hunting for him.

This is brilliant story where a man running from his ex-lover stumbles across a ghost story that leads to a decades old mystery. Michael has suffered from mental abuse from the man who was supposed to love him for years, Michael’s finally found the courage to leave him but he knows Kevin will follow him so he heads for a small town. It’s the beginning of a ghostly adventure of mystery and murder, and discovering new love.

I really enjoyed this story, it flowed really well and Michael and Trey connected from the instant they met, their romance moves quickly but fits them perfectly. The mystery part of the story was excellent, with Michael determined to get to the truth and discover just what happened to Coleman. It’s a terrible tale of bigotry and murder.

Both Michael and Trey are excellent characters and there are also one or two other jewels floating through the story like Jesenia (who wears a badge labelled ‘The Town Witch’) and Gloria Ramsey (Trey’s mother), they both add to the story and bring some lightness to the story as well. I also liked the fact that Michael got some closure with Kevin as well, there is a confrontation where Kevin loses it but he does finally accept that his actions drove Michael away and hopefully he’ll learn a lesson from losing Michael.

I recommend this to those who love ghost mysteries, finding peace with yourself, discovering new love, dodging danger and an excellent ending.

Love Comes To Light by Andrew Grey ~ Audiobook

andrew-grey-love-comes-to-light-cover-audio-sTitle: Love Comes to Light

Series:  Senses 06

Author: Andrew Grey

Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Genre: Contemporary, Arts

Length: 6 hrs, 4 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (11th August 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Artist Arik Bosler is terrified he might have lost his creative gift in the accident that left his hand badly burned. When he’s offered the chance to work with renowned artist Ken Brighton, Arik fears his injury will be too much to overcome.

He travels to Pleasanton to meet Ken, where he runs into the intimidating Reg Thompson. Reg, a biker who customizes motorcycles, is a big man with a heart of gold who was rejected by most of his family. Arik is initially afraid of Reg because of his size. However, it’s Reg’s heart that warms Arik’s interest and gets him to look past the exterior to let down his guard.

But Arik soon realizes that certain members of Reg’s motorcycle club are into things he can’t have any part of. Reg can’t understand why Arik disappears, until he learns Arik’s injury was the result of his father’s drug activity. Though neither Reg nor Arik wants anything to do with drugs, the new leadership of Reg’s club might have other ideas.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I absolutely adore Andrew Grey’s Senses series. This series can be read as standalone or in order. It’s just that some of the couples we encounter throughout have already had their own fantastic story. This series is about men who have lost/ or had a major injury that weakens one of their senses. Some of the characters being artists are a bit of a recurring theme, but all in all, these are intense stories that are really nice and sweet. Love Comes to Light is no exception to any of this praise and is a fantastic addition to the series.

Here, we meet artist Arik, who has a major injury to his hand which means that he has lost his ability to paint and produce the beautiful pieces of art he had started to build a reputation for. Before the injury he had entered a piece into a contest for famous artist Ken Brighton whose story is actually book 1 of the series. Now Ken wants to collaborate with him and despite knowing he would be sent one soon after making the drive from Michigan to Pleasanton and Ken saw that he could no longer paint.

Lucky for us, Ken is ready to pick up the mantel of mentor to give Arik a chance to rediscover himself. (If you want to have a good cry and have a HEA you should really go back to Love Comes Silently if you haven’t already.) Arik has his reasons for being jumpy, especially around big men like Reg, but from the start these guys are just wonderful. Reg is a gentle giant and more than ready to show Arik that he doesn’t need to be scared and that Ken is right, Arik can still be an artist. In the end, it’s all up to Arik, can he take a risk to start over a new life in a new town, with a new man?

Everything about the story and the narration is wonderful. The narration by Greg Tremblay really lends to the heartfelt plotline of the story. If you love the Senses series – or if you like your men brimming with inner strength, this story is all heart. In fact, I’d love to go back through this series in audio, although I have read through the series 3 times so far.

Locke & Blade by Lynn Lorenz

lynn-lorenz-locke-blade-cover-mTitle: Locke & Blade

Series:  Locke & Blade of Waterford Patrol # 1

Author: Lynn Lorenz

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Police

Length: Novella (100pgs)

Publisher: MLR Press (MLR-1-02016-0593)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: When Locke and Blade must work together to solve crimes, but will dislike turn to attraction in the heat of fighting their enemies?

Christopher Locke is a man with a tarnished reputation. When he’s transferred to Waterford Station to serve as inspector, he meets Jonathan Blade, his new partner. Jonathan thinks Christopher is a brute. Chris thinks Jonathan is a snob. Both think the other is more than attractive, which might be more dangerous than the enemies they must face.

This title has been previously released.

ISBN: MLR-1-02016-0593

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

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Inspector Locke is transferred to Waterford after being disgraced. Inspector Blade is not happy that he is partnered with Locke and assumes the things he’s heard is true.

To me this story is about two men who fight the attraction they have for one another and who should have gotten to know each other before believing rumors about the other. I liked that they worked together despite their misgivings at the beginning, as everyone deserves to be heard and justice to be served.

There is an interesting and fascinating paranormal aspect to a story that was already interesting because of the main characters. I loved all the different paranormals introduced and am looking forward to reading more.