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A Casual Thing by Annabelle Jacobs Book Blast, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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A Casual Thing

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Annabelle Jacobs

Patrick Mason travels to Bristol to spend the summer with his brother, Ben. He’s cat sitting for the first two weeks while Ben goes on holiday. But Ben neglected to tell him he wouldn’t be doing it alone. Will Adams—Ben’s mate and Patrick’s long-time crush—is staying in Ben’s guest room while he waits to move into his new house after a breakup.

Against his better judgment, Patrick convinces Will that a little no-strings fun is just what they need. Patrick doesn’t want to get involved with a guy on the rebound, and Will isn’t interested in starting something serious with a student. But Patrick’s never been good at separating sex from feelings, and this time is no exception. As their weeks together draw to a close, they need to decide if they have something worth pursuing or if it’s really just a casual thing.

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Keenan by Catherine Lievens

4873keenan510web-430x645Title: Keenan
Series: Whitedell Pride, #10
Author: Catherine Lievens
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (131 pages)
Publisher: eXtasy Books Inc. (July 1st 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Keenan wants his mate to come back, but after two months without any news about Jonah, he has lost his hope that the wolf shifter will come back to him. Then one night his phone rings and Jonah finally talks to him.

Jonah left Keenan because he needed to help the other wolves who had disappeared with him. He has a hard time staying away from his mate, though, and as soon as he finds Elliott, Merle and Simon, he runs back to Whitedell, hoping his apologies will be enough for Keenan to take him back.

Just when the two men take their first step in their relationship, something happens to Keenan and he disappears. Will Jonah be able to save the mate he has just started to get to know, or will Keenan be forever lost to him?

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0368-3

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

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Whitedell Pride collection features a different 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.

Keenan was a human living among shifters and other paranormals. He knew what mates meant to each other and wanted his. He knew that Jonah was here, but he wasn’t sure that Jonah wanted him. Hell he wasn’t even sure Jonah would come back. He had first seen Jonah when he was rescued.

He felt the pull to be with the man, but when he asked Jonah flat out if they were mates he told him yes however he couldn’t be with him yet. Right after that Jonah took off leaving Keenan alone. Keenan was about to give up, when a call from Jonah brought it all back to the fore front.

Jonah did in fact want his mate, but he needed to save his friends. He had to get them to safety before he could go back. He knew his mate wanted him but even that would not be enough to keep him there. When Keenan is kidnapped and about to be eaten alive, it is up to Jonah to save him. It is up to Keenan to show Jonah his love and that they were perfect together.

I can honestly tell you that this is going to be one of those types of series. One that I will have to read over and over. I love the way all the feelings they felt was involved in this story. It was the perfect story for me and I loved it. I can’t wait to read the next story. When Catherine puts out a book I am usually there to eat them up. Trust me it will keep you laughing, crying, loving and having fun.

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

Orion’s Circle by Victoria Sue

orionscircleTitle: Orion’s Circle
Series: Sirius Wolves, Part One
Author: Victoria Sue
Genre: Paranormal / MMMM Ménage
Length: Novella (142 pages)
Publisher: Dark Hollows Press (June 30th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: According to legend, when humankind is at its most desperate, the goddess Sirius will send three of the most powerful werewolf shifters ever created to save mankind. However, because they are so powerful, they will need a fourth to complete them, to calm them and help them reach their full potential.

Aden, a young were, has been his pack’s omega ever since, at the age of fifteen, he didn’t shift like everyone else. Caught, reviled, and tortured because of his empathic abilities, he knew on the night he was told to run as sport for the pack hunters that it would end in his death. What he didn’t know, however, was that on the same night he’d also meet the love of his life and a pathway to answers, because Aden is far more than just a pack omega.

What begins as a hunt soon becomes a new adventure as Aden discovers that he has not only one, but three destined mates, and his role as lover is far more than trivial. The fate of all humankind rests upon it.

ISBN: 978-1-942176-85-5

Product Link: http://www.darkhollowspress.com/#!orions-circle/c1s5v

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: Well Victoria Sue did it again. She dragged me into her story and made me emotional, made me feel it. Damn it, there may have even been a few teary eyes because of her.

Aden has so much to overcome. After years of being tortured daily by his Alpha he is finally rescued by three Alphas, Blaze, Darric, and Conner. They are the prophesized Alphas of the goddess Sirius. They will help the humans and save them. But to be complete they need their fourth. They claim that is Aden, that he is their mate.

This book is so lush in its descriptions. I could feel the pain, the happiness, the pleasure of Aden every step of the way. He has lived a life that was filed with pain and hopelessness for a long time. And then suddenly there was something good in his life, well three someones actually.

I could not put this down. I needed to see what would happened next. And I was not disappointed. It was one thing after another. And some of it was really hard to read. The things that were done to Aden, all for the goal of power and money. Just heartbreaking.

But the relationship between Aden and his three Alphas was really beautiful. Each one needed Aden for a different reason. Aden completes them. He makes them a whole unit. Plus the sexy times between them, well they were hot, sweet, and loving. They never pushed Aden. They made him feel wanted and cherished.

And damn did it end on a big ass revelation. I cannot wait for the next part of the series.

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Wolves of Black Pine by SJ Himes

25646832Title: Wolves of Black Pine
Series: The Wolfkin Saga #1
Author: SJ Himes
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novel (403 pages)
Publisher: SJ Himes (June 30, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb: An ancient civilization long hidden from humanity is on the brink of chaos and war. Peaceful for thousands of years, the Wolfkin clans are mysteriously losing packmates, kidnapped and killed by unknown foes.

The nightmare begins with an ambush by humans at a gathering of their kind, and lives are lost. Among them is Luca, youngest grandson of the two most powerful wolves in the Northern Clans. Thought long dead and gone, he is forced into a half-life, hidden in the far northern wilds of Canada and cut off from his kind. Those who raised him have no idea the creature they harbor in their midst, and name him Ghost. He begins to lose himself over the long years, and though he barely recalls his true name, the one wolf he never forgets is Kane.

Kane, Heir to the Wolfkin clan Black Pine, is charged with hunting down the traitors who betrayed their kind to the humans. Years fly by, and more wolves are dying. He refuses to give up, and he vows to never again fail another of their kind, as he failed young Luca years before. His heart tells him Luca lives, but his mind tells him that it’s foolish hope, his guilt eating him alive.

Fate and magic change the course of their lives, and the two wolves long separated by the years find their paths intertwining. Though the gift of their reunion doesn’t come without price. Faced by the consequences of their growing love, and the goddess-forged bond between them, Kane and Ghost are besieged on all sides.

Enemies are coming for their blood, and without the steadfast loyalty and love of family and friends, they may not be safe from the very people they fight to protect.

Book one in a series, The Wolfkin Saga. 150,000+ words, contains graphic sex between men, dubious consent, mentions of abuse. Contains gore and violence. Mature readers only.

ISBN: B00YI33Q06

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Wolves-Black-Pine-Wolfkin-Saga-ebook/dp/B00YI33Q06

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I have to say I was impressed by the several points of view throughout this book as most stories I’ve read have one or two. It was refreshing to see how different characters were reacting to situations throughout.

The first 50 something pages is mostly about Gray Shadow, Shaman of the Black Pine wolves, Caius, Alpha of Black Pine, Kane, future Alpha of Black Pine, Luca, future Shaman of Black Pine plus a few others and the events that happened during and after the attack. After that the story begins fourteen years later.

Simon is an evil human thinking of nothing but what he wants, immortality. He stops at nothing to gain his goal even murdering his own brother and has an uneasy truce with werewolf Roman McLennan, Alpha Caius son, to get as many werewolves as he can for his experiments.

The main characters Kane, heir to the alpha, and Luca, a shaman who was lost fifteen years before were an absolute delight to read about. They both struggled to come to grips with different things that happened and yet with each other’s help they persevered. I have never read a paranormal story quite like this with so much going on and the many different points of view added a refreshing change that I thoroughly enjoyed to the very end.

There is danger, mystery, betrayal, action, and heartbreaking scenes in this story that had me holding my breath waiting to see what the outcome would be. Amazing journey with heart stopping scenes and details. The author does a wonderful job in explaining certain things that I would have had to look up otherwise, as the story progresses.

I can’t wait to see what else this author has in store with the next book in the series.

Fantastic read and highly recommended.

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One Step Further by Felice Stevens Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Felice Stevens popping in with her brand new release One Step Further, we have a great excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and Zane’s review, so enjoy the post and click that Rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~

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One Step Further

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Felice Stevens

Alex Stern has it all; good looks, charm, a job he loves and everyone calls him a friend. He lives life to the fullest at a breakneck pace, in the city that never sleeps. But Alex is also a master pretender; not even his best friend sees the pain that Alex hides so well. Alex himself isn’t sure who he is or what he’s searching for, he only knows that he hasn’t found it yet.

As a veterinarian, Rafe Hazelton loves each animal that crosses his path; they don’t care if he stutters a bit or that prefers men. Their love is unconditional, but his life is still empty; they can only give him so much. New friendships convince him it’s time to break the wall of loneliness he’s hidden behind since childhood and discover what he’s been missing.

Alex and Rafe forge a friendship that turns physical, and they both swear that the relationship will last only as long as the fun does. But when old heartaches come to light and secrets hidden for years are revealed, Alex and Rafe discover if they accept what’s in their hearts and take it one step further, the greatest reward is waiting for them in the end.

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Brick by Brick by Cate Ashwood & L.J. LaBarthe Book Blast, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Brick by Brick

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Cate Ashwood & L.J. LaBarthe

They say that time heals all wounds, but losing Parley, his one true love, left Zach with a hole in his heart that no one else can fill. After forty-eight blissful hours alone together as teens in an abandoned house, Parley disappeared. Parley is what he is, and the pray-away-the-gay camp his parents ship him to won’t change that. However, finding the balance between accepting his true nature and not losing his family means tough sacrifices.

Sixteen years later, Zach is thunderstruck when Parley stands on the front doorstep of his house—the house that had been their refuge, which Zach restored. But Parley isn’t alone, and Zach wonders if he’s found Parley only to lose him a second time. If they can overcome the terrors of the past and the situation of the present, maybe they can build a new relationship just as Zach rebuilt the house—brick by brick.

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Brick by Brick by Cate Ashwood & L.J. LaBarthe

Cate Ashwood and L.J. LaBarthe - Brick by Brick ORIG-final-01Title:  Brick by Brick

Author: Cate Ashwood & L.J. LaBarthe

Genre: Contemporary, Religious

Length: Novel (200 pages)

ISBN: 9781634760973

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 29th 2015)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3.25 stars

Reviewer: Aerin

Blurb: They say that time heals all wounds, but losing Parley, his one true love, left Zach with a hole in his heart that no one else can fill. After forty-eight blissful hours alone together as teens in an abandoned house, Parley disappeared. Parley is what he is, and the pray-away-the-gay camp his parents ship him to won’t change that. However, finding the balance between accepting his true nature and not losing his family means tough sacrifices.

Sixteen years later, Zach is thunderstruck when Parley stands on the front doorstep of his house—the house that had been their refuge, which Zach restored. But Parley isn’t alone, and Zach wonders if he’s found Parley only to lose him a second time. If they can overcome the terrors of the past and the situation of the present, maybe they can build a new relationship just as Zach rebuilt the house—brick by brick.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6592

Review: I’m no stranger to Cate Ashwood, and I love her writing style; in fact, I consider myself a big fan. L.J. LaBarthe on the other hand is not an author I’m familiar with. Throughout this book I could see Cate’s MO many times, but unfortunately, I can’t say I loved this book. I liked it, just not very much.

One of the biggest problems I’ve had with this book is that no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t connect with the adult version of the characters. I liked the first part of the book, when Zach and Parley were both young; there was an innocence about them, especially Parley, but also a determination to forge their own way in life. Zach and Parley were best friends, but Zach doesn’t know much about Parley; Parley is an awkward teenager who’s coming from an extremely religious family in which taking his tie off is a reason to cry to God for forgiveness. His parents were some pretty serious nut-jobs, and I was horrified on Parley’s behalf.

Zach and Parley run away together as soon as the school year’s over, and they spend a few amazing days in an abandoned house playing at being grown-ups. I thought those few days together were lovely, full of first times, somewhat of an exciting adventure being away from any parental prison. The boys learn more personal things about each other and come to terms with the feelings they have for one another. It was cute and totally smile-worthy. But it all comes to an abrupt end when they boys are found and Parley is taken away from Zach and sent to a Pray-the-gay-away camp, where he spends the next three years of his life.

Fast forward 16 years, and we have the adult version of our characters, both still in love with each other, both still full of hope that they’ll find each other again. This is where the book started going down-hill for me, and fast. This part of the book felt rushed; I didn’t feel like I got to know the men as adults, especially Zach. The way they reconnected was somewhat believable, but their chemistry was off, and I couldn’t feel the attraction, the overwhelming feelings they both experienced when they set eyes on each other again. The writing was awkward as well, and it crossed the border to cheesy-land very fast. Add to that Parley’s inability to talk to Zach like an adult, and I started feeling put off; Parley’s best friend had to call Zach and tell him about Parley’s past and his feelings for Zach! How ridiculous is that? It was like a big conference call where all the parties were on speaker (yes, Parley was there as well!!!), and it made no sense to me at all. I was ready to give up on it then, but still went on in the hopes that their chemistry or intimacy would pick up. It didn’t…

There was one sex scene in this whole book, which happened at the end of the book. One moment they talk about taking things slow because Parley’s past at the camp has caused him PTSD and severe panic attacks, and the next moment, they’re in bed having sex. Unfortunately, that didn’t blow me away either, because it was lacking the chemistry I was mentioning earlier. I felt like the ending was rushed; they all got their happily ever after, which is a good thing, it just happened too fast for it to be satisfying.

The first part of the book is a solid 4 stars, the second part ranks somewhere around 2.5 stars unfortunately. All in all, this was an ok read; this was one of the few times it was obvious that two authors wrote this book, because their writing styles don’t really mesh, and that’s easy to see.

Chasing the Swallows by John Inman

ChasingtheSwallowsLGTitle: Chasing the Swallows
Series: N/A
Author: John Inman
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (17 April 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Heaerts

Blurb: Sometimes an entire lifetime can be spent in the arms and heart of one person. It is not so with imaginations, for they go anywhere they wish.

David Ayres and Arthur Smith are about to find that out. When they meet as young men within the garden walls of the Mission of San Juan Capistrano, one man from one continent, one from another, an uncontrollable attraction brings them together. But it is something stronger than attraction that holds them there. It is love. Pure and simple.

After forty years, when the fabric of their existence together finally begins to fray because of David’s imaginary infidelities, it is with humor and commitment that they strive to remain in each other’s heart.

And turning fantasy into reality, they find, is the best way to do it.

ISBN: 9781632169181

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6273

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is somewhat interesting book, I’ve not read anything by John Inman before but I was impressed by what I read. His writing style really helped me through when I got irritated by one of the main characters (I’ll get back to that in a second). I’ve not read an MM book quite like this before, but it is very much in the same way of The Notebook (a movie that I can’t stand and refuse to read the book, so it’s surprising that I got some level of enjoyment out of this book).

This is the story of David and Arthur. They’ve been together for almost forty years, or something like that. They’ve gone through their ups and downs, and there are more of both still to come for them. This is a memoir style story written from David’s POV, though it took me a while to warm up to David.

Through flashbacks we get to see how a young Englishman (Arthur) met David at the Mission of San Juan Capistrano in the mid-seventies. The title of the book is a direct reference to the birds that the two would observe together at the Mission.

The thing about this book that let me down was the fantasies playing inside of David’s head, as you read about in the blurb. It really put me off of David’s character because it really did seem that he was mere steps away from actually cheating on Arthur.

I also thought that it really did take away from the real story when Arthur and David have to face an uncertain future in the face of health crises. It really did take me at least half of the book to warm up to David and it bugs me that it did that to me.

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Test of Endurance by Kora Knight

23344482Title: Test of Endurance
Series: Up-Ending Tad: A Journey of Erotic Discovery #2
Author: Kora Knight
Genre: BDSM/ Coming-Out
Length: Novella (80 Pages)
Publisher: Kora Knight (October 7th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: The last time Tad saw Scott, the ripped physical trainer left him with quite a lot to think about. And that’s pretty much all Tad’s been doing for nearly two weeks straight.

At his wit’s end, he seeks Scott out, voluntarily, on his own terms. Will the completely different setting offer what he’s seeking; proof that their exchange’s unexpected turn was just a random mishap? Hormones run amok and truly nothing more? Or will being in Scott’s presence suggest something different… their newest encounter tempting Tad’s resolve while testing his ultimate limits.

Warning: contains explicit gay sex.

ISBN: B00OA35882

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Test-Endurance-Up-Ending-Tad-Discovery-ebook/dp/B00OA35882

Reviewer: KathyMac

Review: Tad can’t get Scot out of his mind. He finally decides that a visit is in order and once he sees Scott he will realize it was just some kind of fluke between them. Having Scott greets him with the biggest smile and his amazingly perfect teeth are not the images he needs to get him out of his mind. It’s very obvious Scott is just as excited to see Tad as Tad is to see him. It’s only been a couple of weeks since their first time meeting but Tad immediately feels jubilation that he doesn’t understand.

Tad has conflictions about Scott and what they could possibly mean. Scott is such an easy-going guy that he puts Tad at ease as soon as they come into contact. They laugh and joke and make fun of each other and their banter is contagious. There is no way you can read their story and not smile from ear to ear.

Kora Knight keeps the flow going smoothly with the execution and transition from one volume to the next. You know where you are at all times and she allows us to hear both Tad and Scott’s inner musings. I love that we know what is going on in their heads, mainly Tad’s, at all times. We witness his insecurities and feel the emotional upheaval he is going through. As he tries to put together these pieces of himself that have never fit before, but now suddenly are falling into place, he realizes Scott is the missing piece that makes it work.

Again, the author sets the stage where Tad and Scott end up experimenting more and the pages literally just fly by. The scenes that the author portrays are so vivid and real. I think that is one reason I have enjoyed them so much. They feel real, they are real. By being privy to Tad’s thoughts, which are all valid questions that he wonders about, really makes the experience that much more enjoyable.

The sex between them is super-HOT. Honestly, I could read these scenes every day, all day.

Tad is just as conflicted as before but one thing about it he is learning more about his body and what feels good and it all has to do with Scott. The chemistry they feel is only growing stronger and stronger and Tad can only hang on.

But, wow, it is one HOT joy ride, and I can’t wait to get to the next volume, Sideline Submission, because I am just as hooked as Tad.

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Into the Abyss by Jools Louise

intotheabyssTitle: Into the Abyss
Series: Hyrruld Warriors, # 2
Author: Jools Louise
Genre: Futuristic / Ménage / Paranormal / Shape-shifter
Length: Novella (136 pages)
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. (June 19th 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Max must find a way home…and the mysterious Abyss holds the answers. His sexy dragon warriors must protect their mate, as his determination has him risking everything.

Their mating bond is put to the ultimate test as they are separated and King Max, Sol, Raven, and Ochre travel to a neighboring planet, Accorx, to secure allies. Jayde, Indigo, and Shimmer have to corral six rambunctious young dragons determined to help, and wind up on a mad rescue attempt to the Zorga Desert, fighting flesh-eating slugs.

King Max discovers surprising new powers, leading him to try to fight a new threat alone. His plan is thwarted as his mates rush to help…and find that the Abyss holds not just a threat but a gateway home. Now Max must decide what is important…a futile dream or protecting the lives of the people he serves and finding them a new world to call home.

Note: This book contains double anal penetration.

ISBN: 978-1-63259-449-5

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/hyrruld-warriors-2-into-the-abyss

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: An enemy from the past threatens the world’s existence. Max and his dragon knaves along with Myre attempt to find allies among other worlds to create an army. The wraiths deliver disturbing news to Max.

I loved this entire book it had its moments of comic relief among the six dragonlings getting into all kinds of mischief. I really loved how close Max and the dragon knaves were and how they always backed the other up no matter the situation.

The meeting with Lomon was hilarious as Max and Cheea went off on him. Trophus’ time was about up as a dark force which was trapped was set free.

Intense, yet lighthearted at times, this book had everything. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store next in this amazing series.

Highly recommended.

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