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Destination, Wedding! by Xavier Mayne

Xavier Mayne - Destination, Wedding CoverTitle: Destination, Wedding!

Series: Brandt and Donnelly Caper #6

Author: Xavier Mayne

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (400 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 30, 2017)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: State troopers Ethan Brandt and Gabriel Donnelly are finally going to get their storybook wedding—sailing on an ocean liner to a castle in the English countryside! But when an Icelandic volcano scrambles flights all over the world, they must find alternate routes to the altar—separately.

Donnelly meets Sandler Birkin, a globetrotting courier who specializes in carrying rare artifacts and diplomatic pouches. He pulls a few strings to get Donnelly to the ship on time and then accompanies him across the Atlantic. Donnelly returns the favor by helping to find Sandler’s long-lost first love, Trevor Hendricks. Trevor’s controlling, homophobic parents have brought him to Europe for a radical treatment to cure him of his homosexuality—and his love for Sandler.

Brandt, meanwhile, finagles his way around the globe with the help of Kerry Mercer, a sales executive whose spirit of adventure leads her to accompany him on his improvised journey. However, sharing hotel rooms with her presents a problem for Brandt who, despite being about to marry a man, still finds her attractive.

Once Brandt and Donnelly are reunited, they band together with Kerry and Sandler to plot Trevor’s rescue. But doing so might mean missing their own wedding.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-198-1

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/destination-wedding-by-xavier-mayne-8110-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Xavier Mayne is one hell of an author.  When his first book in this series came out, I jumped to get it.  From that point on he has been one of my top favorite authors of all time.  His stories are full of excitement, suspense, danger, and a laugh a minute.  I loved the world he created for these wonderful characters and let’s just say that if there were men out there like this I would definitely jump them.  

Ethan and Gabriel have been friends for some time, after a case they became lovers.  The funny part was each of these guys were straight, although Gabe seemed to be interested in other men before.  We also met Bryce and Nestor, the perfect friends and well let’s just say they are a fun group of men.  They knew from the beginning that our sexy troopers would end up together, and they were sure to help them along the way.  Now in this particular book it is wedding time.

Ethan was to speak to a group about gay rights, whereas Gabe stayed at home to continue planning their storybook wedding.  They were to sail on a beautiful ship to arrive at their destination and to be married in a castle.  The only problem was a volcano that erupted.  No flights to the east coast.  Now it gets fun.  Each man must find a way to get to New York.  Ethan gets help from a sexy young woman named Kerry.  Their trip heads to Mexico to catch a flight over seas.  Instead of the cruise he knew he couldn’t make, he was going to be there to meet his soon to be husband.  Now Gabe on the other hand go help from a globetrotting carrier.  Sandler was going to help him get to New York by train.  Sounds like fun.  Now Bryce and Nestor was not going to miss their friends get married, so they flew the opposite way.  Let you figure that one out on your own. 

Gabe and Sandler became good friends, and he learned about Sandler a bit more.  How his one true love had been injured in a car accident when they were younger.  Sandler had not been hurt, but the love of his life had been.  Too bad Trevor’s family was the worst; they were controlling and very homophobic.  So Sandler had no clue if he died or if he was alive, this is where Gabe steps in.  Now they must find a way to help them.  But it might just make them miss their own wedding.  But you are in for a surprise, but it isn’t one you expect.  This is one full blast of crazy.  

I absolutely loved how this series just rolls together.  When I grabbed this book, well let’s just say I had to go back to book one and start all over again.  I loved the surprises that went with this story, although, I didn’t much care for Ethan’s reaction to Kerry.  That seemed to put a downer in the story for me.  Made me wonder, but let’s just say the ending proved to be perfect.

I had a lot of fun reading this story and can guarantee that you will too.  I can’t wait for the next step of these guys love for each other.  Way to go Xavier, you have given me another perfect story. 

Bachelors Party by Xavier Mayne

BachelorsPartyLGTitle: Bachelors Party
Series: A Brandt and Donnelly Caper: Case File Five
Author: Xavier Mayne
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Length: Novel (280 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1st 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: Med student Oliver Mitchell has discovered a way to make more tips as a bartender—put on ripped workout gear and serve drinks at the hip new gay club, Burn. The only catch is Oliver is straight. The staff and patrons don’t mind, though, and Oliver fits in well—until he meets James Buchanan Whitford, a local politician with a secret: he’s married.

When James’s scheming wife attempts to catch him in flagrante with Oliver, they flee the city for the refuge of James’s cabin in the woods. There, Oliver faces a new challenge—he’s starting to feel more for James than friendship. Their new relationship must survive political intrigue and small-town politics before they can be together.

With their wedding two months away, it’s time for Troopers Ethan Brandt and Gabriel Donnelly to have a bachelor party. Ethan’s older brothers are excited, but Ethan is not. As a straight guy who fell in love with another man, the whole ritual is fraught with complications, and he struggles to reconcile newly granted marriage equality with old traditions. Brandt and Donnelly work to help James and Oliver find their way to happiness while pulling off the bachelor party of the year.

ISBN: 978-1-62380-654-5

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6450

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Once again Xavier has given me a story that topped the charts. If there was a way to give it more than five hearts I definitely would. I absolutely love Ethan and Gabe. Two hot and sexy cops that carry guns. What is not to love? This story is about their bachelor party. Hot strippers, alcohol and crazy times to be seen.

As with all of the books in this series, you will hear about another couple finding love. That is what I love about Xavier’s books. You don’t just get one couples story but two.

Ethan and Gabe were coming to terms with the fact that Liam was planning a bachelor party for them. It was a bit frustrating seeing as they were not sure how to do it since they were both straight to begin with and most of the guest are also straight. Ethan is afraid that it will look strange if they had female strippers and male strippers concerning his friends. Of course they had not a dang thing to worry about because our favorite guys are going to take really good care of them.

Now with Oliver he is straight but wants to take a bartending job in a gay club. He has also been going to school to be a doctor. All he had to do is to flirt and be sweet to the customers. That is all good until James starts coming in. Now he is trying to come to terms with the fact that he is attracted to another man. Things are looking up I would say.

James is married and a politician. His wife is a sour bitch who just wants to catch her husband in a relationship with a man. There is definitely no love between these two. So James has been going to the club, starts talking to the bar tender and knows he cannot go through with what his wife has planned. All he wants is out and his feelings for Oliver are starting to show. So now he has to keep the man he has fallen in love with safe.

Ethan and Gabe are called in to find a missing bartender, which for cops is a normal thing to do. However what they find is two men who have come to terms that they love each other. Sort of like them. All hot and sexy with love all mixed in.

What I have figured out with Xavier’s stories is while you are seeing Ethan and Gabe go forward with their lives. The other couple is a bit of the same kind of people. One is straight and the other is gay. There is a bit of friction with them, but they stand up to others for what they are finding is right. Even though it is perfect, there is always the knowledge that couples all have it in common.

I had a blast reading this and look forward to the wedding. These guys that are being written about are all hot, sexy and perfect for each other. I loved this book almost as much as the other ones. It is with a serious tone to it but there is quite a bit of humor mixed in.

I would definitely recommend reading this story. If gave me everything I could want in a story and so much more. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading it and kept it all the way to the end.

I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

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

Spring Break at the Villa Hermes by Xavier Mayne

SpringBreakattheVillaHermesLGTitle: Spring Break at the Villa Hermes
Series: A Brandt and Donnelly Caper: Case File Four
Author: Xavier Mayne
Genre: Mystery/Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel (244 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 6, 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Troopers Ethan Brandt and Gabriel Donnelly celebrate the one-year anniversary of their engagement by flying south for a week of calm relaxation at the Villa Hermes, a gay boutique hotel on the beach. But when the rest of the guests turn out to be college guys on spring break (unwittingly booked into a gay hotel by a passive-aggressive travel agent), their week turns out to be anything but calm.

Ted, one of the spring breakers, has harbored a crush on his roommate and best friend, Bark, since they met freshman year. Now, on their fourth and final spring break, Ted knows they must soon say good-bye.

A lacrosse star and ladies’ man, Bark has no idea Ted has fallen for him—until a storm forces the entire group underground for twenty-four hours of stress and truth-telling. Bark doesn’t want to say good-bye to Ted at graduation either. He just didn’t know how to put his feelings into words or if he could face the consequences of speaking them.

Brandt and Donnelly help the college guys through their crisis by showing them what love between best friends can grow into.

But Ted and Bark aren’t the only spring-breakers with secrets.

ISBN: 978-1-63216-652-4

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6231

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is the fourth book in this series and I have got to tell you that Brandt and Donnelly are still so damn hot together.

In this story you will also meet several young men who are learning about themselves also. Xavier always manages to give one hell of a great read. The characters are so full of depth, feeling and just down right sexy. I know that I will have a great book in my hands when I am reading one of Xavier’s stories.

Brandt and Donnelly are still working on their wedding plans, but have decided to take a little vacation. It also is to see if it is the perfect honey moon spot. What they find is Winnie and Vic, the happy owners of the little bed and breakfast. It is one of those places that are mainly for gay men to have a wonderful vacation time.

What they had not expected were several boys out on spring break. Though things are looking up with lots of eye candy.
Some of those young men though have their own little secrets.

Ted has been in love with his roommate for over four years. This vacation was to tell him good-bye. He felt like his heart was going to rip out of him, but to keep their friendship he figured this was the only way to do it. However Gabe told him what he sees, and to let Bark know how he feels. Bark surprises him in the end. He has many things to look forward to.

Paul has always been gay and thought that the others knew it, but weren’t they surprised by his one night stand. Hot damn they sound good together. Then there is Thor who’s only secret was he had at one time made out with a guy, but when he and Paul take a little more of a look at each other. Well sparks fly. Now Chad and Howie are the ones that have a little more surprises in hand. Just not the way one thinks.

They are coming to grips with their new lives and a storm that is taking over their little vacation spot. I loved the way this book just came together and flew off the pages into my heart. I loved it and cannot wait to read more with Gabe and Ethan in it. Those two cops make my day all the time.

This is one story I would recommend to all. If I could rate is higher than a five I would. Ethan and Gabe’s love for each other just keeps getting stronger and their passion is hotter than ever. They also have this love for helping others. I love that it is the way it is written in these stories. With each one you get more of them, but you also get the story of another loving pair that just doesn’t know it yet.

Hot as all get out.

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

A Wedding to Die For by Xavier Mayne

WeddingToDieFor[A]LGTitle: A Wedding to Die For
Series: A Brandt and Donnelly Caper: Case File Three
Author: Xavier Mayne
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel (249 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 15, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
 
Blurb: When a high-profile gay celebrity couple asks two of the city’s most established vendors to provide cake and flowers for their wedding and they refuse, a resulting boycott threatens to shut them down. It’s up to the next generation in the family-owned businesses to save them from ruin. Justin Capella, baker’s son, and Roman Montgomery, floral scion, work together to plan the gay wedding of the year.

Justin and Roman haven’t seen each other since that fateful day in third grade when a single kiss shocked Justin and sent Roman to boarding school. As fate would have it, Justin and Roman rediscover love while working on the wedding. But disaster might pry them apart again.

Troopers Brandt and Donnelly are working with a statewide task force for the rights of LGBT citizens—all while searching for a killer wedding planner. As guests at the “wedding of the year,” they are the first responders when all hell breaks loose. In investigating, the troopers are led to a shadowy figure they believe seduced Roman into doing his bidding. But the real murderer will cover his tracks at all costs, including Roman and Justin’s lives.
 
ISBN: 978-1-63216-470-4

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5809

Reviewer: Lisa
 
Review: This is part of A Brandt and Donnelly Caper series. Each book focuses on Brandt and Donnelly but always has a new couple hooking up in the stories. I am not one for mysteries and suspense, but when Xavier is the author then you can damn well bet, I am one of the first ones in line to get it. He always gives a person amazing stories with two very hot guys who just happen to carry guns and badges.

The story has such a serious tone to it but there is always a hint of humor when it comes to these two guys and when they include their best friends it is a given. They have the perfect plots to them, always has the romance going but there is usually murder and danger present. My attention gets caught with the first paragraph and is kept there till the very end. It always gives me what I ask for and want in a story.

Brandt and Donnelly are engaged and want the best wedding possible. Although they don’t want to go overboard with it. Now there is a great couple out there that wants to get married but they were told by the bakery and the florist that they could take their ideas of getting married somewhere else. The bakery and florist were not going to participate in gay marriage. So Donnelly and Brandt were asked to get them to change their minds. That is when they meet Roman and Justin. Roman’s family owned the florist shop and Justin’s owned the bakery.

Justin and Roman had been caught kissing when they were in third grade. Roman had taken the blame and was forced to go to a catholic school to get over his ways. The thing was they probably fell in love back then, but it hadn’t been till now that they had seen each other. Now someone was trying to cause damage and pain at a wedding, a wedding that caused a lot of people to get sick. Then one of the grooms die, and the questions were starting to be asked. Roman had a lot of answers for those questions but he has to admit to himself what happened and get it all in to the open.

Now it was up to Brandt and Donnelly to get the answers to the problems coming up, stop the dangers that were out there, help Justin and Roman and plan their own wedding.

This story always has such wonderful twist and turns that will catch you at the end. I loved this story and cannot wait to get my hands on the next one. It gave me gorgeous men, a fight worth fighting, a sadness brought on by one of the characters, excitement, adventure, action, and danger. I can guarantee that if you read this story you will be captivated. I know that once I start reading I can’t stop until I get to the end. Xavier’s books are probably the only mystery and suspense stories that I read, and they are the reason I might check out others. Wonderful story lines and plots, gorgeous characters, lots of heart and soul added in and some very hot sex.

I would recommend reading this book. If you love gorgeous men who carry guns and badges then this will be perfect for you. Not to mention other sexy men finding love and having sex is usually added in. I also hope that those who read it realize that this really does happen in real life. Even if one can marry doesn’t mean that other places take it seriously. That you need to protect each other from the simple things to the harsher ones. It also will have you in tears to see how some parents treat their own children just because they choose to sleep with ones that they don’t approve of. I loved the ending to this book and look forward to another book from Xavier.

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