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Rescued by Felice Stevens ~ Audiobook

Felice Stevens - Rescued Cover AudioTitle: Rescued

Series: Rescued Hearts 01

Author: Felice Stevens

Genre: Contemporary

Narrator: Charlie David

Length: 9 hrs 1 min

Publisher: Felice Stevens (14th March 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Narration: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Ryder Daniels is all too familiar with rejection. His parents cut off contact because he’s gay and his boyfriend left him, choosing drugs over love. Aside from his rescued pit bull, his only joy is hanging out with his younger brother. Then his mother does the unthinkable and forbids them from seeing each other, leaving Ryder devastated and alone. His friends urge him to date, but Ryder would rather throw himself into working at the dog rescue and figuring out a way to see his brother again.

When Jason Mallory’s girlfriend gives him an ultimatum to get married, he shocks everyone by breaking up with her instead. He believes he’s too busy for a relationship now that the construction company he started with his brother is taking off. When he discovers a group of abandoned pit bulls and calls the local dog rescue group to pick them up, an uncomfortable encounter with Ryder causes Jason to question feelings he’s hidden deep inside for years.

Jason and Ryder build a friendship – until an unexpected kiss sparks the attraction they’ve been fighting. Jason gives Ryder unconditional love and helps him reconnect with his brother, while Ryder shows Jason the passion he’s always missed in relationships. Together, they must battle through their family differences and ugly prejudices. Only then can they prove that once you find the right person to love, there’s no turning back.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: A warm and fuzzy love story with very hot sexual content! Two great Characters, Ryder, who has paid the price for who he is, though afraid to put himself out there socially and romantically, his heart is wrapped around his animal rescue. Jason, afraid to step out of the closet, but bold and brash in every other aspect of his life, has met his match in Ryder. These two have great chemistry, the question is, can Ryder risk his heart for someone who doesn’t quite understand all he’s lost? I love Jason’s devious plan to find a way for Ryder to see more of his brother, the mother is a total bitch, and the other characters just add to the fun though sometimes unrealistic balance of the plot.  

Plenty of interesting parallels here, Ryder is very much like an abused stray dog wary of humans who are there only to rescue it. Like the stray, Ryder’s heart has been abused, he’s been neglected and left behind by his family, and he’s very wary of trusting the love and relationship Jason is offering. 

Charlie David always does a great job with narration, though some of the male voices get a little too close and create a teeny amount of confusion. 

This story is excellent for animal lovers, those looking for a super sweet love story and HEA, with heaps of steamy topping!

Sweetwater by Lisa Henry ~ Audiobook

Lisa Henry - Sweetwater Cover AudioTitle: Sweetwater

Author: Lisa Henry

Genre: Historical Old West

Narrator: Dorian Bane

Length: 7 hrs 35 min

Publisher: Riptide (5th August 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Narration: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Wyoming Territory, 1870.

Elijah Carter is afflicted. Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton because he’s deaf, but that’s not his only problem. Something in Elijah runs contrary to nature and to God. Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden.

Harlan Crane, owner of the Empire saloon, knows Elijah for what he is – and for all the ungodly things he wants. But Crane isn’t the only one. Grady Mullins desires Elijah too, but unlike Crane, he refuses to push the kid.

When violence shatters Elijah’s world, he is caught between two very different men and two devastating urges: revenge, and despair. In a boomtown teetering on the edge of a bust, Elijah must face what it means to be a man in control of his own destiny, and choose a course that might end his life…or truly begin it for the very first time.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: Sweetwater is anything but sweet, ending with a gut wrenching violent streak, sexual abuse, questionable consent, and a happy for now ending. If you like your reading gritty, a true harsh reality and your lovers dark and brooding, here you go! Lots of BDSM content, and did I mention violence. Sweetwater made even me a bit squeamish. 

Sweetwater is probably a pretty accurate description of the life of an orphaned kid who parents died of disease on the wagon train out, taken in by the Doctor who saved his life, raised by a cruel community who believed him to be simple, Elijah is actually a very complicated individual who is trying to figure himself and his sexuality out. 

Elijah takes what he can get when it comes to his sexual attraction ad developing kinks. Violence and criminal activity push him into the hands of the kingpin in town, that is until a mysterious cowboy comes to town as part of the cattle rusting ring the town is aiding. 

I do really enjoy a little kink, some heavy handedness, and aggressive dominant sexual scenes, there’s plenty of that. But there is so much violence and truly questionable rape scenarios that are not balanced out enough with a protected/loved place for Eli for me. Too violent, too sad, and too unstable. Maybe I need more warm and fuzzy at the end of a violent sad journey. 

The narration is very good, the writing is actually excellent, and if you like dark and dirty, this is the book for you!

Enlightenment series by Joanna Chambers Blog Tour, Reviews & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps! We have Joanna Chambers visiting today on the first day of her tour for her new re-releases of her Enlightenment series Provoked, Beguiled, and Enlightened, we have a short teaser, a fantastic giveaway and Gigi’s reviews, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Provoked

Enlightened 01

by

Joanna Chambers

David Lauriston is struggling to build his reputation in Edinburgh’s privileged legal world. His humble origins are enough of a hurdle, never mind his recent decision to defend a group of weavers accused of treason, prompting speculation that he may harbour radical sympathies. The last thing he should be doing is agreeing to help the brother of one of the convicted weavers find the government agent who caused his brother’s downfall.

David’s personal life is no more successful. Tormented by his forbidden desires for other men, and the painful memories of the childhood friend he once loved, David tries his hardest to live a celibate existence, castigating himself whenever his resolve slips. 

But then—into David’s repressed and orderly world—bursts Lord Murdo Balfour.

Cynical, hedonistic and utterly unapologetic, Murdo could not be less like David. Whilst David refuses to entertain the prospect of entering into a loveless marriage for propriety’s sake, Murdo is determined to wed one day—and has no intention of giving up the company of other men when he does so. But as appalled as David is by Murdo’s unrepentant self-interest, he cannot resist the man’s sway.

Murdo tempts and provokes David in equal measure, distracting him from his promise to find the agent provocateur responsible for the weavers’ fate, and forcing him to acknowledge his physical desires.

But is Murdo more than a mere distraction? 

Is it possible he could be the very man David is looking for?

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Beguiled

Enlightened 02

Two years after his last encounter with cynical nobleman Lord Murdo Balfour, David Lauriston accidentally meets him again in the heart of Edinburgh.

King George IV is about to make his first visit to Edinburgh and Murdo has been sent North by his politician father to represent his aristocratic family at the celebrations.

David and Murdo’s last parting was painful—and on Murdo’s part, bitter—but Murdo’s feelings seem to have mellowed in the intervening years. So much so, that he suggests to David that they enjoy each other’s company during Murdo’s stay in the capital.

Despite his initial reservations, David cannot put Murdo’s proposal from his mind, and soon find himself at Murdo’s door—and in his arms.

But other figures from David’s past are converging on the city, and as the pomp and ceremony of the King’s visit unfolds around them, David is drawn into a chain of events that will threaten everything: his career, his wellbeing, and the fragile bond that, despite David’s best intentions, is growing between him and Murdo.

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Enlightened

Enlightenment 03

David Lauriston has been recuperating at Lord Murdo Balfour’s Laverock estate for the last five months. At Laverock, he has regained his health and confidence and has found—with Murdo—more happiness and contentment than he has never known before.

David is all too aware that some day soon he will have to leave Laverock—and Murdo—and return to his legal practice in Edinburgh, just as Murdo will have to return to his life in London. But when David’s mentor, Patrick Chalmers, asks David to return to Edinburgh to visit him on his deathbed, it seems that day has come sooner than either David or Murdo would have wished.

Chalmers begs David to undertake one last piece of business for him: to secure the future of Chalmers’s daughter Elizabeth. But to carry out his old mentor’s wishes, David must travel to London, with Murdo.

No sooner have the two men arrived in the capital than they encounter Murdo’s ruthlessly manipulative father, who reveals a shocking secret that rocks David to his foundations. What’s more, when David discovers Elizabeth is facing far greater danger than even her father feared, he is determined to help her, no matter the cost to his own safety.

As the stakes rise, it is Murdo who must choose what he is prepared to sacrifice to keep David at his side, and ask whether there is any possibility of lasting happiness for men like them.

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Charlie’s Hero by Nic Starr ~ Audiobook

Nic Starr - Charlie's Hero Cover AudioTitle: Charlie’s Hero

Series: Heroes Book 1

Author: Nic Starr

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Genre: Coming Out, Contemporary

Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Narration: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.

But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.

It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: Schoolteacher is hot for the EMT! It’s a cute matchup, but takes a while to get there. The romance has a slow simmer, which can be very refreshing, but sometimes I wanted the story to pick up the pace a bit.

The narrator, Joel Leslie did a very fine job with the character variation, the passionate scenes may have been a bit flat, but still tastefully done.

My favorite thing about Charlie’s Hero is the building of a community, friends, family and co-workers coming together to enjoy each other’s company and build a strong community of support. I love to see this and in reality it isn’t done enough.  

Most of the drama here occurs with Josh, and his fear over what his brother will do when he finds out Josh is gay. I can also feel Charlie’s frustrations with Josh, and I’m just crushed over his idiotic family’s reactions during the story. Plenty of sadness, frustration, anger and lusty moments abound in this contemporary love story. The drama builds and builds in a fun way with a definite twist at the end.

A warm fuzzy, sexy read.

Moment of Silence by Karen Stivali ~ Audiobook

Karen Stivali - Moment in Silence Cover AudioTitle: Moment of Silence

Series: Moments In Time 04

Author: Karen Stivali

Genre: Contemporary 

Narrator: Robert Neiman

Length: 8 hrs 4 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (31st August 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Heart

Narration: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Heart

Blurb: Growing up, Jason Stern led a charmed life complete with devoted sisters, a father who was one of Brooklyn’s most respected rabbis, and a mother who made the world’s best babka. He headed to NYU ready for anything – except falling for the wrong guy, coming out, and getting disowned by his once-loving family. In spite of that, Jason managed to graduate with honors. He’s got friends who treat him like family, and he’s proudly running the largest LGBTQ teen shelter in Manhattan. Life is good, but he’s still falling for the wrong men.

When charming, sexy Quinn Fitzpatrick begins work at the shelter, Jason falls hard and fast. Quinn is tall, blond, funny – damn near perfect. Only if Quinn’s gay, even he doesn’t seem to know it. If he does, he’s not telling anyone. And he’s about one ceremony away from becoming a Catholic priest.

Long hours of work turn to long nights of talking and laughter, and Jason dares to hope this time he’s falling for the right guy. But Quinn’s got a past to deal with and major decisions to make about his future. When Quinn leaves for a silent retreat, Jason knows the silence may change everything.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: Oh my god Quinn!!!! I knew Collin’s brother was going to be a fire cracker! It’s always the priests!!! Or in this case almost priests….

At the end of book 3 we see Quinn offering an olive branch to Collin, and a cracking of Quinn’s carefully constructed shell. Years of cruel psychological abuse by his mother led Quinn straight to the brotherhood, in hopes of escaping her crushing demands. His guilt over his brothers treatment, his questioning of his own identity, all lead to Quinn taking a break from the order before he makes the priesthood official. Can his desire to live out his faith combine with his desire for Jason? 

And poor Jason, once bitten twice shy knows better than to encourage a relationship with a closeted gay man. But sometimes desire outweighs common sense, the heart and the libido gets what it wants!!!

All along as their friendship grows into a sexual relationship I was so worried for Jason. To overcome what is ingrained in us from childhood is so taught, I really wondered how Quinn could walk away from something not only forced upon him, but his true passion and life’s work in the ministry. Faith and family are two huge weights… and it will take a strong man to lift him up from that. 

The sexual tension is hot! There was one line in particular from Quinn…I was thinking, gay priest…soft sensual slow sexual discovery right….no! This hot hunk of brotherhood tells Jason he not only imagines sex with him, but he imagines man handling him him down underneath him and having a hard rough fuck with Jason. Dominant, hot and heavy! 

Narration is good, nice timing, consistent with earlier books. 

Moment of Clarity by Karen Stivali ~ Audiobook

Karen Stivali - Moment of Clarity Cover AudioTitle: Moment of Clarity

Series: Moments In Time 03

Author: Karen Stivali

Genre: Contemporary

Narrator: Robert Neiman

Length: 3 hrs 53 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (22nd August 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Narration: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Spending the summer together on Fire Island brought Collin and Tanner closer than ever, but back in their conservative college town, challenges confront them at every turn.

As they search for their new normal in their old environment, Collin’s brother Sean surprises them with help when they need it most. But when word about their relationship gets out, trouble erupts with friends and family. When Collin’s relationship with Tanner becomes an issue in his brother’s custody battle and Tanner struggles with his feelings for a heartbroken Wendy, Collin wonders if everyone he cares about would be better off without him in the picture.

In order to save them both, Tanner must make it clear to Collin that their love for each other is all that matters.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: Back from a roller coaster of self-discovery, trust and sexual exploration on Fire Island, Collin and Tanner come back to the reality of a town that has plenty of narrow minded people ready to tear them down and apart. 

Just when they’re ready to fall back into a routine of living together on college campus, they discover that they’ll soon be homeless for a while unless they can find a friend or in this case family to take them in for a while. I’m totally loving Collin’s brother but so distraught at what he’s forced to do. The stress of house hopping, school and work start to build up on Collin and his jealousy over Wendy doesn’t help things. He makes a bad move, and it could lead to the end of their relationship. 

Can this couple get over distance, family drama, and the burdens of daily life? The biggest relationship hurdle here is insecurity brought on by homophobia in family and community members…but the beauty is we often are pleasantly surprised by the people in our life that we least expect support from. 

The intimacy grows between Collin and Tanner and trust allows them to further explore their sexual tastes and deepen the bond. Until of course Collin believes he can push Tanner into someone else’s arms! Lots of drama!

Narration is consistent with the first two books. Sometimes characters blend, but the pace, rhythm and tone are all pleasing. This book puts Collin and Tanner through plenty of hoops, but the ending is great, and has plenty of happiness and big surprises leading to book 4! 

Dissonance by Shira Anthony ~ Audiobook

Shira Anthony - Dissonance Cover AudioTitle: Dissonance

Series: Blue Notes 07

Author: Shira Anthony

Genre: Contemporary

Narrator: John Solo

Length: 9 hrs 24 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (4th November 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Narration: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: British noble Cameron Sherrington has hit rock bottom. The love of his life, opera sensation Aiden Lind, is marrying another man, and Cam knows it’s his fault for pushing Aiden away. As if that’s not enough, someone is trying to take away his family business, and the US authorities are pursuing him on charges of money laundering. Fearing for his safety and unable to return to London, Cam runs, but he’s too broke to find a place to stay, and his fugitive’s life doesn’t even remotely resemble a Hollywood thriller.

Desperate and betrayed by the people he thought cared about him, Cam takes refuge in the subway station where Galen Rusk plays his trumpet for tips. Though Cam hears the beauty in Galen’s music, it’s Galen’s firm hand on his shoulder that stops him from throwing everything away. Their unusual relationship takes a turn that surprises them both, and neither man is sure he wants the complication. Galen is fighting the ghosts of his past, and Cam has his own nightmares to face. When Cam’s troubles threaten to tear them apart, Cam figures he had it coming – that it’s all penance due for a life lived without honesty or love. But he never considered the possibility that he might not survive it.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: I’ve always enjoyed this series for its depth of character, development of plot, and ability to pluck at my heart strings, and Dissonance delivers the same quality. At first I had a hard time warming up to Cam, as the author very well intends, and I couldn’t put together the mystery of Galen’s persona for the longest time. That actually thrilled me that I couldn’t truly predict every move, and there was not cookie cutter though the premise is familiar. 

There are many instances of suicidal thoughts, attempts, and self hurt in this story as well as sexual abuse, so be warned. IT’s not for the light hearted. 

There were plenty of moments where the author ripped my heart out, but left it carefully mended and hopeful for the future. The sexual content was disturbing in many places, but between Galen and Cam it was beautiful, sensual and slowly simmering. Don’t despair; you’ll get your HEA. 

The narrator did a wonderful job, the characters were defined, the story flowed well, and my imagination combined with his voice put me right in the action, as any good audiobook should. I recommend Dissonance as well as the other top quality well written books in this series!

Endings and Beginnings by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams ~ Audiobook

K.C. Wells & Parker Williams - Endings and Beginnings Cover AudioTitle: Endings & Beginnings

Series: Collars & Cuffs Book 8

Author: K.C. Wells  & Parker Williams

Genre: Contemporary, BDSM

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Length: 12 hrs 34 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (20th October 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Narration: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth”. Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.

Collars & Cuffs’ new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.

Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on….The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: Once I had developed a taste for the Collars & Cuffs series I couldn’t wait for the next, and Endings and Beginnings delivers. What I truly enjoyed besides all the hot kink, was revisiting all of our favorite couples. Of course we get to see a new relationship develop first, that of JJ and Daren, both new to the scene, both carrying a lot of baggage that seems at first insurmountable. But with all the help of the Collars and Cuffs family, even during a crisis that haunts them all from the past, a happy relationship will spout.  

My favorite thing about Endings & Beginnings, is that we get just that… to revisit each relationship, remember the couple’s struggles, strengths and passions, and join them in their heart-warming growth and promise for the future. A lot of HEA’s here! I especially love Pietro’s adventure…what a funny, heart melting surprise!! 

Joel Leslie’s strengths at offering each character a defines voice comes to light here, because there are so many sets of characters to follow, he does it very well, though I still get crunchy about his voice for Jarod, he’s only in his 50’s not geriatric damn it! But take that with a grain of salt, the rest of this is fun, kinky, love fest material. I recommend this entire series to anyone who loves kink with their romance!

Betrothed: A Faery Tale by Therese Woodson

Therese Woodson - Betrothed: A Faery Tale Cover AudioTitle: Betrothed: A Faery Tale

Author: Therese Woodson

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Fae-Magical, Contemporary, Young Adult

Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies

Length: 6 hrs 25 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (30th June 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Narration: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Faery royalty have always married for duty rather than love. Prince Chrysanths should be no different – except with a human for a father, the prince known as Puck already is different. When he is betrothed against his will to Prince Sky, Puck flees to his father in the human world, only to have Sky follow.

Prince Sky Song of the Clouds isn’t thrilled with the prospect of marriage either, but is bound by duty to follow through – if he can’t win Puck over, the faery realm might very well dissolve into utter chaos. Too busy arguing, Puck and Sky are unaware there are others with a vested interest in seeing the betrothal fail. In a bid for Puck’s crown, they’ll seek to keep them apart, even as Puck and Sky realize that duty and love don’t always have to be mutually exclusive.

Product Link: Audible US |  Audible UK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: Sweet and fun fantasy, with twu luv, and plenty of interesting twists. Combining the land of the Fae: magical and mystical with contracts, bindings, and rules that don’t apply to the real world, with a contemporary life beyond the Faery mounds. I really thought this was going to be too slow and too sweet for me, it is very YA in that sense, so is a great recommendation for any and all YA readers. But Betrothed has some complex plots and twists that add to the story, adding in some mystery and deceit. Though I really wanted Sky to go all Alpha Fae and just dominate and take what was his, but alas, I’ve been reading too much BDSM and shifter stuff lately. These two Faeries, bound by contract might be bound to repel each other instead, but will magnetism draw them together in the end? 

Sky and Puck brought me a different kind of love, one slow to learn, but true to appreciate, and at the climax of the story I found myself shouting for them out loud, cheering for my guys! Even though I knew it must all work out, I was truly worried for a few moments there! 

The sexual content is slow building, mild but real, and of course at the end it was climactic. 

The narration was very well done, different accents for different characters, smoothly read, and brought me right into the Fae world. I loved this sweet Faery Tale, and recommend for the magic and sweet romance loving crowd. 

Moment of Impact by Karen Stivali ~ Audiobook

Karen Stivali - Moment of Impact Cover AudioTitle: Moment of Impact

Series: Moments In Time 01

Author: Karen Stivali

Genre: Contemporary, Coming Out, College Love, Sexual self discovery

Narrator: Robert Neiman

Length: 3 hrs 41 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (25th May 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Narration: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Outside Collin Fitzpatrick’s dorm room is a dangerous place. Beyond his door the students of his small, conservative college think he’s straight, as does his Catholic family who’d disown him if they learned the truth. Inside, he’s safe with his incredibly sexy roommate Tanner D’Amico. Their room makes a perfect place to hide away and fall in love. The moment they cross the line from roommates to lovers, Collin becomes caught between their heavenly passionate encounters and the hellish reality that someone might find out and destroy everything. Tanner’s not used to being so confined, and wants to show the world how much he loves Collin. But Collin’s not sure he’s ready for the impact stepping outside will make.

Product Link: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Moment-of-Impact-Audiobook/B01G3XVHWC

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: This book, in fact this series fits perfectly into the hearts and minds of those just truly discovering who they are, sexually, and in relation to the people and world around them. The story is set in the latter years of college, a point where we truly have grown up and the real world barges into our lives. Forced to admit what is true to them despite of their family and friend situations, Collin and Tanner find each other. Collin is totally repressed, from a oddly strict Catholic background and is nearly virginal, and Tanner coming from a more liberal background, finds the balls to make his move on his roommate and crush and is helpful enough to educate him.

Of course there is going to be trouble when a deeply closeted lover can’t openly declare his affections for his more liberal and less fearful partner. Hearts will be bruised, and new relationships may not have the bonds to last that kind of stress. What can convince Connor to come out to his family and show Tanner he really cares? That I’ll let you discover. 

The sexual content is actually very intense though consisting of masturbation, frotting, and other sensual contact of heavy petting. It’s actually refreshing and steamy! 

The narration is very good in the sense that Neiman’s voice is at that perfect range for a college age young man, the differences in characters can sometimes be difficult, and rhythm according to sentence structure and punctuation sometimes gets off beat. Maybe there was a missing comma here and there! 

You must read/listen to this series in order. Overall a sweet and times heartbreaking love story. I cried, I panted, I shouted for love and justice! I grabbed the next book immediately! 

Moment of Truth by Karen Stivali ~ Audiobook

Karen Stivali - Moment of Truth Cover AudioTitle: Moment of Truth

Series: Moments In Time Book 02

Author: Karen Stivali

Genre: Contemporary, Coming Out, College Love

Narrator: Robert Neiman

Length: 3 hrs 47 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (7th November 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Narration: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Collin expected to spend another summer fixing cars and working at the college pizzeria. Instead, he’s living in a beach house on Fire Island, waiting tables at a hip seaside restaurant and for the first time since he and Tanner got together, they can publicly be known as boyfriends. Being “out” takes some getting used to, but with the help of new and old friends, Collin is happier than he ever imagined. And more in love. But newfound freedom brings unexpected challenges, and when friends get flirty, old insecurities arise. Moments of doubt and jealousy threaten their happiness, and Collin and Tanner must confront the truth or risk losing it all.

Product Link: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Moment-of-Truth-Audiobook/B01I5HTINY

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: We get to go along with Collin and Tanner on their next adventure as lovers to Fire Island! I’ve had a few friends work there time to time, and it’s as steamy and magical as the story tells. This time our newly minted couple get to face the same hurdles many new relationships do, insecurity, jealousy and miscommunication…add to that Collin’s familial problems, and another upheaval within his family and you have big trouble. Will other lovers shed new light on this relationship, is it doomed, is inexperience going to trip them up? So many worries, and yes, once again you’ll get your heart stomped on a bit. 

My favorite part about this book was the depiction of our banks island life. I could feel the storms, the magic, the sound of the waves and nearly smell the salt air and see the crabs scrambling into the night. That part was very lovely. 

The sexual heat was ramped up a bit as Collin and Tanner’s relationship grew, so did their sexual explorations and tension that other sexual prospects added. They did graduate from a twin bed in a cell sized dorm to a third level bedroom with a king sized bed overlooking the ocean, so you could imagine the kind of heat that would inspire! 

The narration is very good in the sense that Neiman’s voice is at that perfect range for a college age young man, the differences in characters can sometimes be difficult, and rhythm according to sentence structure and punctuation sometimes gets off beat. Maybe there was a missing comma here and there! His voice was very passionate throughout.

I shouted, screamed in my head at the stupid mistakes insecure people make, and fretted over each and every couple in this story. You must read/listen to this series in order. Their relationship truly builds upon book 1, and keeps flowing right into book three, I started it immediately! 

Lay It Down by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook

Mary Calmes - Lay It Down Cover AudioTitle: Lay It Down

Author: Mary Calmes

Genre: Contemporary 

Narrator: Alexander Collins

Length: 4 hrs 38 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (26th August 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Narration: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Paradise can be hell. Most people would say being stranded in the villa of Spanish shipping magnate Miguel García Arquero on the beautiful isle of Ibiza wasn’t such a bad deal. But Hudson Barber isn’t one of them. To him, being stuck without a passport in a foreign country far from home is a nightmare, made worse by the fact that the person who did the stranding was his flighty twin brother.

Unwilling to turn Dalvon in for identity theft, Hudson is forced to wait, but meanwhile he discovers the chance to rehabilitate Miguel’s failing local businesses – enterprises left to Dalvon’s inexperienced care. The flagging ventures are a badly wrapped gift from heaven, and if Hudson can turn them around, he might be able to leverage the experience to finish his MBA.

Then Miguel returns to Ibiza, and instead of finding a boy toy, he discovers Hudson has turned his cold villa into a warm, welcoming home. Miguel’s path is clear: convince Hudson to lay down his defenses and let love in.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: If you want fun, fantastical business adventure, stranded on a hot vacation paradise island, here you go. Not a ton of depth, very familiar characters, and a whirlwind of activity. Even when Hudson is left to pick up the broken businesses his brother left behind, make a ton of friends, and turn his boss’s businesses into profitable ones, I can’t see the torture in that. Hudson gets to turn his misadventure into college credit after all; I’d fantasize about that any day! 

The heat doesn’t come until much later in the story, and it’s a little wonky, this is the brother’s ex after all…and speaking of which, turnabout is fair play right? 

The narrator is familiar to me as he reads one of my favorite series, so I’ve become accustomed to his lilting, questioning tone of voice at the end of every sentence. Once you get used to him, it all works well, it’s a developed taste. His timing is good, and there are no hiccups. 

A fantasy island sort of story full of silly adventure and light on love.

Unstable Stud by Ariel Tachna ~ Audiobook

Ariel Tachna - Unstable Stud Cover AudioTitle: Unstable Stud

Series: Dreamspun Desires 08 / Lexington Lovers 01 

Author: Ariel Tachna

Genre: Candy Sweet Contemporary Bromance 

Narrator: John Solo

Length: 4 hrs 48 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (29th April 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Narration: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Horses were his passion, until he laid eyes on his boss.

Eighteen months ago, tragedy struck Bywater Farm when a riding accident killed Clay Hunter’s lover and traumatized his prize horse, King of Hearts. Clay and King lingered in limbo, surviving but not really living, until a breath of fresh air in the form of Luke Davis, a new groom in the stud barn, revives them both.

When a fall from King’s back sends Luke to the emergency room, Clay watches the shaky foundation of their budding relationship tumble down. Can Clay really love a jockey again, or will his fear of losing another man he loves keep them apart for good?

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: I always enjoy big hot studs and their trainers too. This book is full of cotton candy sweet romance. It’s fun to see Luke’s adventure into learning to gain a broken horses trust, and handle what other’s had deemed a dangerous horse to the point of riding him. Learning to handle his owner could be just as trying.

There is a smidge of angst here, dealing with a lost love, a dead mother, and two souls daring to love, but it’s mild. As far as the steamy scenes, it’s very slow, and very timid, and oh so sweet. I actually think, though I feel SO very wrong for saying it, that the hottest scene was actually near the beginning, where Luke’s imagination gets away with him when King is performing his stud service, and his new boss Clay is nearby. It’s totally weird, strange, but oddly hot. Not quite sure why, but that scene stuck with me. I imagined Lay riding Luke in the arena after that, but alas, this is not a kinky story. 

This is a slow build to a sweet romance, of the untried virgin variety, but knowing that, if you’re looking for a sweet love story then that’s what Tachna delivers, beautifully narrated, with plenty of interesting characters. 

Tempest by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock ~ Audiobook

Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock - Tempest Cover audioTitle: Tempest

Series: Playing the Fool 03

Author: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Genre: Contemporary, Murder Mystery

Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (4th April 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Something wicked this way comes.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness and con man Henry Page are on the run again. This time they’re headed back to where it all began: Altona, Indiana. Population: some goats. Henry’s not happy about lying low at the McGuinness family farm, but they’ve got nowhere else to go.

While Mac fights to clear his name and Henry struggles with whose side he’s really on, a ghost from the past threatens to destroy everything. And those aren’t the only storms on the radar. Cut off from both sides of the law, Mac and Henry must rely on their tenuous partnership to survive.

If Henry can convince himself to let Mac see the man behind the disguises, they’ll stand a chance of beating the forces that conspire against them. The course of true love never did run smooth, but for the two of them, it might be their only hope.

Purchase Link: Amazon US | Audible UK | Auidble AU

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: The third book in the Playing the Fool trilogy, The Tempest continues on with the Shakespeare references, lots of dramatic action, a lovely mystery that comes full circle. There was a lot to bring together in this last book, many characters to tie together and a future to weave for Mac and Cheese. I was very satisfied with this ending, though saddened there could be no redemption for one of my favorite characters…I’ll let you read about it!

The sexual tension between Henry and Mac took some backwards steps a few times, unveiling Henry’s insecurity, leaving me wondering if Mac could really help heal those old wounds and the distance between them.

One of my favorite characters, Henry’s sister, plays a pivotal role in The Tempest, and I’m so glad of it! It helps bring the future together for them all. 

The narrator does another wonderful job, though there does seem to be a chapter missing….wish I had that, but the story still moves forward at a fast pace. 

An action packed trilogy, something to read that feels fresh and different than what the m/m genre has been pumping out lately. Worth a read or listen for sure. Oh and I can’t forget to throw in there…I totally LOVE Mac’s parents. Wish I had them myself!

The Merchant of Death by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock ~ Audiobook

Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock - The Merchant of Death Cover audioTitle: The Merchant of Death

Series: Playing the Fool 02

Author: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Genre: Contemporary, Murder Mystery, RomCom

Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (15th March 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: All’s fair in love and war.

There’s something rotten in the state of Indiana. When con man Henry Page takes it upon himself to investigate the death of an elderly patient at a care facility, he does so in true Shakespearean tradition: dressed as a girl.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness has more to worry about than Henry’s latest crazy idea. Someone is trying to send him a message – via a corpse with a couple of bullets in it. He needs to figure out who’s trying to set him up before he gets arrested, and he really doesn’t have time for Henry’s shenanigans. Then again, he’d probably be able to focus better if Henry didn’t look so damn distracting in a baby doll dress and a wig.

But when Mac discovers that Henry has been keeping a secret that connects the cases, he has to find a way to live on the right side of the law when he just might be in love with the wrong sort of man.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Audible AU

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: A continuation of The Two Gentlemen of Altona, book two in the Playing the Fool series, The Merchant of Death keeps playing along with Henry’s creative acts. It’s very hard to review this highly entertaining mystery without giving away the big surprises, but there’s plenty of new adventures and new characters to this story.

Henry is making himself at home at the station, making friends among Mac’s staff members, and along the way he’s making Mac crazy. A constant change in identity, keeping Mac guessing, and keeping the bad guys off his tail, all start to spell trouble for our lovely couple.  

We learn a new secret about Henry, something right out of Shakespeare’s classics, and he will do anything to protect and care for that secret, even if it means ending his romance with Mac before it gets a chance to truly begin. Henry’s biggest guise yet is  to play the sexy temptress, throwing Mac for yet another loop when he finds himself attracted to Henry even disguised as a woman.

There is plenty of nail biting action, murderous plots, and humor in this second book, but this time we get hot and steamy too! We finally get to see the fireworks fly between Mac and Henry, even though there’s a bit of a surprise and twist in the bedroom too! 

More characters come to visit us, we get to learn so much more about Henry’s back story, and as we get to know the other court members in Henry’s life, one can easily see new stories begin to unfold. 

Russo is an excellent narrator, giving unique and enjoyable voices to both male and female roles. I really look forward to the next book in the series.