Tag Archives: GLBT Mystery/Romantic Suspense

Murder Most Yowl! by Quinn Dressler

o-murder-most-yowlTitle: Murder Most Yowl

Series: A Cam and Jake Cat Sitter Mystery

Author: Quinn Dressler

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 134 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 29, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Cat-sitting is a dangerous business.

Cameron Sherwood turned his back on law enforcement the night his investigation led to the death of an innocent gay man. Now Cam spends his time running a business that caters to his favorite animal, cats. But when Cam stumbles upon the body of a friend while feeding her feline, he can’t walk away.

Dealing with a sexy yet stubborn sheriff, a matchmaking sister, and a terrifying blind date, Cam must somehow track down a killer, all while keeping the cats around him fed with his gourmet cat treats.

ISBN: 978-1-6347-478-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/murder-most-yowl-by-quinn-dressler-7201-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: The first thing that caught my eye with this story was the title and then I saw the cover and I knew that I wanted to see what it was about. Then I took a look at the blurb and had to grab it. This author is new to me, so I was a bit leery of reading it though. However I am so damn glad that I took a chance, because this story rocked.

A few years ago Cameron had left NCIS after an innocent man died. He blamed himself for the man’s death. He had been an innocent man who just happened to be gay, but his Cameron’s partner was a homophobic asshat that pushed it. After that Cameron knew he no longer wanted to be in the Navy. He had not only quit his job but came out to his family. His father deserted him, but his sister stayed. However sometimes he wished she hadn’t, especially when she set him up on blind dates.

Cameron had found the body of a woman whose cat he babysits for. If that wasn’t bad enough, the sheriff was a jerk. Now guess who his blind date was. You guessed it none other than the sheriff himself. So here was a sheriff who at first doesn’t seem to know how to find a killer, to ending up going on a blind date with Cameron. Cameron owns a cat specialty shop and Jake has two dogs, sounds pretty good to me.

Now one would think that these two definitely don’t have anything in common, but it would seem that for them it is the opposite. It takes one date to realize they have something good and that they seem to make a perfect team when it comes to killers.

I have got to say that these two were the best characters I have come across in a long time. They are fully developed and there is so much detail that you feel like you know them from the start. The story is one of the best mysteries I have read in a while. It not only has the serious tone to it, but this story has so much humor in it that made it rock even more.

I hope that the author will turn this into a series with Jake and Cam the main characters in some future mysteries. I had so much fun with this and can’t wait to see what other stories this amazing author has out there.

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The Last Enemy by Christian Beck Guest Post & Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we have new author Christian Beck stopping by today with his debut release The Last Enemy, we have a great guest post from Christian who chats a bit about spy tools and we have a very intriguing excerpt that just teases, so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Last Enemy

(Agents of Influence 01)
by

Christian Beck

Highly decorated Delta Force operator and Iraq war hero Simon Monk loses everything when his romantic partner defects to Beijing after being caught selling US secrets to Chinese Intelligence. Monk is drummed out of the Army from the blowback but gets a second chance at a career when he is recruited into a covert group within the CIA.

Years later Monk’s latest assignment sends him to Cairo, where the head of station has disappeared amid a highly publicized sex scandal. But things are not what they seem. When the base chief turns up dead and the Egyptian government looks the other way, Monk and his team hunt down the assassin.

All roads lead to a ruthless and lethal cult from Egypt’s ancient past who discard every unwritten rule of espionage to win. Monk is forced to take to the shadows to find and destroy his most dangerous adversaries yet, as a chain of events threatens to ignite war in the Middle East.

Release date: 5th July 2016

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A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood

o-a-forced-silenceTitle: A Forced Silence

Series: Zero Hour, #1

Author: Cate Ashwood

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 200 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 11, 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.

The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn’t gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn’t enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he’s not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other’s arms.

One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-740-8

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-forced-silence-by-cate-ashwood-497-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is the first book by this author that I have read and let me tell you, that she will be on my auto buy list. Well she will be as long as her stories don’t have girly parts in them. I always did love a man in a uniform. Something so damn sexy about them, even when their uniforms don’t do them justice.

This story just caught my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end. I love how well-rounded the guys and their story was. Although Sam is a bit wimpy in my eyes, he still rocked it. Sam has a crush on an old classmate, but he also hated him with a passion. In school the man did nothing but make it impossible to like him. They shared one friend, and it would seem a jealous streak was showing even then. Sam had not realized though that Adam was only reacting that way because he liked Sam also.

Adam was certain that if he came out gay he would most certainly lose his job. He just had not expected for Sam to end things between them so that Adam could be happy. Too bad it was not working, the man was anything but happy.

Sam his whole life thought that Adam was straight, but to find out that he wasn’t and why he hid, made it a hard decision. Behind doors they rock all night long, but then day light hits and Adam is a scare little boy, who needs to make a decision.

Now I loved this story but there is a big cliff hanger at the end, a teaser of more death. The guys have a dead body, a man in jail and it would seem more questions unanswered. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book.

This is one story that will be read more than once.

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Absinthe of Malice by Rhys Ford

o-absinthe-of-maliceTitle: Absinthe of Malice

Series: Sinners, #5

Author: Rhys Ford

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 200 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 22, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb: We’re getting the band back together.

Those five words send a chill down Miki St. John’s spine, especially when they’re spoken with a nearly religious fervor by his brother-in-all-but-blood, Damien Mitchell. However, those words were nothing compared to what Damien says next.

And we’re going on tour.

When Crossroads Gin hits the road, Damien hopes it will draw them closer together. There’s something magical about being on tour, especially when traveling in a van with no roadies, managers, or lovers to act as a buffer. The band is already close, but Damien knows they can be more—brothers of sorts, bound not only by familial ties but by their intense love for music.

As they travel from gig to gig, the band is haunted by past mistakes and personal demons, but they forge on. For Miki, Damie, Forest, and Rafe, the stage is where they all truly come alive, and the music they play is as important to them as the air they breathe.

But those demons and troubles won’t leave them alone, and with every mile under their belts, the band faces its greatest challenge—overcoming their deepest flaws and not killing one another along the way.

ISBN: 978-1-6347-326-3

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/absinthe-of-malice-by-rhys-ford-7175-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This was my first time reading this series, so when I was given this story to read I had to go grab the others. I was pretty damn glad that I had otherwise I would have been lost as hell. Rhys has suddenly become an author that I will be keeping an eye on for future books. I have never really been a fan of stories that involve bands, but only because they just seem to not to click with me as much as they should have. I can honestly say that this is not the case with these stories. Even though there is humor to them, there is more of a serious tone to them that make what has happened to these characters stand out more.

Each of the band members have been through some troublesome times and have slowly came to where they should be when they meet the ones meant for them. They start to heal and grow together as a family and as a band. That doesn’t mean that it will be all roses and sun shines though.

The guys are going to leave their men behind in this one so that they can come together better than they have been. This is more due to Damien pushing them to do this. More to bond with each other better. Even though it has them altogether it is more about Miki. Even though he has been through so much, this will make his relationship stronger with both Damien and Kane. Damien is a kind of adopted brother to Miki. This journey will be bringing up a lot of their past and memories will be heightened. It is a very emotional time for them all.

I actually loved the fact that Kane is a detective and is so protective. This book had more twists and turns that I had not really expected, but loved all the same. The mystery that is inside this amazing story was a great hit also. Which told me that it was a good thing that I had went and read the others, before reading this story otherwise I would have been extremely lost.

The only downside to this story was the ending. I have never really liked cliff hangers or being left with questions so I wanted to smack Rhys by the time I got to it. I found myself loving the guys a bit more after each word. They have their tender and fragile side to them, but they also have the strength to continue to fight not only for themselves but for the ones they love.

I loved how this author created a world that you would swear you were in the whole entire time. It is fully developed and the detail was out of this world. The characters were fresh, vivid and absolutely beautiful. Their emotions were felt all the way to one’s soul. It was a world that I wished I had belonged to.

I absolutely loved this story and can guarantee that you will also. It was a blast to read and I would definitely recommend it. I can’t wait to see what the next story will bring.

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Flight Dreams by Michael Craft, 2nd edition

41+SH8k87jL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Flight Dreams, 2nd edition

Series: A Mark Manning Mystery, #1

Author: Michael Craft

Genre: Mystery

Length: 230 pages

Publisher: Open Road Media (July 23rd, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Blurb: Seven years ago, Chicago socialite Helena Carter disappeared. In three months, she will be declared legally dead and her fortune will go to Chicago’s Catholic Archdiocese. Investigative journalist Mark Manning believes the missing heiress is still alive. To prove his case, he enters a world where religion and politics make uneasy bedfellows — as he confronts the inescapable fact that he is gay.

ISBN: 9781480434202

Product Link: http://amzn.to/1RWKvQC

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: The first thing I am going to say is that based on the story itself I would have given it a five, however I cannot stand females in my stories so at first there was a mention of him and the friend which was ok. However half way through and it came up again, I am afraid that I just skimmed to the end of the story for the ending. I didn’t even want to give it a chance after that.

Mark had been writing all about the disappearance of Helena Carter. Now he was being forced to decide to either lose his job or change his attitude about it. So he has decided to start searching for the woman himself.

This story was not what I had expected at all. I did love the humor I sensed in it and enjoyed the numerous characters that Mark came across throughout his searching. I have to say that I did not have a clue what happened to the woman, so it was a surprise for me. It was an enjoyable story other than the female added in. It is unlike any other gay mystery that I have come across but then again it was quite refreshing in itself.

The problem was it fell short but not really very noticeable. I have come to find that I do love a good mystery every once in a while and Michael’s stories have a way of just creeping up on you. I loved the fact that while on the search he meets a man who has him falling in love.

The pace for this story was perfectly paced to me. It was well-defined, fully developed and the details were perfect. Although I have to say Mark was a pain in the ass in certain parts of the story. And what is the deal with calling the woman who was under sixty, old. He needed to be smacked upside the head for that one.

Overall I enjoyed the book and can’t wait to see what the next book will be like. I just hope there are no girly parts added on.

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Return to Zero by Isobel Starling

returntosexoTitle: Return to Zero

Series: Shatterproof Bond, #2

Author: Isobel Starling

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Length: 209 pages

Publisher: Isobel Starling (6 June 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts

Blurb: Pulled into a world of secrets and lies for the man he loves, Declan Ramsay’s life has changed immeasurably in the eight months since meeting, and falling for his boss’s son, Sam Aiken.

Declan journey of personal discovery is about to take a darker turn, and for Sam, the world becomes more treacherous than he could ever have imagined.

ISBN: 9781310449154

Product Link(s): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/630385

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: Return to Zero is the third book in the Shatterproof Bond series by Isobel Starling, although the book is really 0.5, making this on book 2. I have to say straight off the bat, this is definitely my favourite book in the series so far.

We follow couple Declan Ramsey and Sam Aiken, who work for Sam’s father’s super-spy agency A.L.L. Declan has now become an agent, although he is waiting for his first assignment, while Sam is trying his best to help Declan as well begins to feel a ghost from his past begin to catch up to him.

This one is high action and adrenaline as well as a good heaping of romance and love that makes you think “nawwww”. Both characters develop more than they have in the previous books put together as Declan and Sam need to find new strength so that they can survive the horrors and the drama that is about to catch them.

As ever, there are plenty of Princess Bride references, which I completely love. Although it doesn’t seem to completely match the characters, I love the fact that Sam calls Declan “Buttercup”.

This is for fans of spy and action type of romances. It is both hot and sweet while the danger increases around them. For those that have read the first 2 books, this is a must to read because we get to find out so much more about Declan, Sam and the world in which they live and it is so completely satisfying.

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Tipping Point by Helena Maeve

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Series:  Shadow Play, # 6

Author: Helena Maeve

Genre: Contemporary/ Erotic Romance/ Thrillers and Suspense

Length: 95 pages

Publisher: Pride publishing (March 1st, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Blurb: He has nothing left to lose. That makes him dangerous.

Ex-con Elijah has run out of ways to make ends meet. Picked up by police in a bum-fighting sting, his only hope is the sister who landed him in prison many years ago. But catapulted into a world of veiled state interests and deadly secrets, Elijah soon finds himself torn between a past he cannot outrun and a spy whose dilemma he understands better than he’d like.

Nate, an Englishman whose comings and goings are as suspicious as his gratuitous kindness, offers Elijah the second chance he didn’t realize he was praying for. It’s not long before living out of each other’s pockets brings clandestine desires to the surface, threatening the fragile peace Elijah finds in Nate’s home.

A peace that may have been nothing more than a smokescreen to begin with.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-380-9

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/tipping-point

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This is the sixth book in the Shadow Play series. These books are best read in order as sometimes the characters change from good to bad depending on the story. I like all the characters throughout this series so far

Elijah and Nate are two very different people yet they are the same in some things. Both have done things in their past they are not proud of. Yet each man faces a decision that will alter their lives.

Good read.

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Love Can’t Conquer by Kim Fielding

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Series: Love Can’t, #1

Author: Kim Fielding

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 260 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 3rd 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Bullied as a child in small-town Kansas, Jeremy Cox ultimately escaped to Portland, Oregon. Now in his forties, he’s an urban park ranger who does his best to rescue runaways and other street people. His ex-boyfriend, Donny—lost to drinking and drugs six years earlier—appears on his doorstep and inadvertently drags Jeremy into danger. As if dealing with Donny’s issues doesn’t cause enough turmoil, Jeremy meets a fascinating but enigmatic man who carries more than his fair share of problems.

Qayin Hill has almost nothing but skeletons in his closet and demons in his head. A former addict who struggles with anxiety and depression, Qay doesn’t know which of his secrets to reveal to Jeremy—or how to react when Jeremy wants to save him from himself.

Despite the pasts that continue to haunt them, Jeremy and Qay find passion, friendship, and a tentative hope for the future. Now they need to decide whether love is truly a powerful thing or if, despite the old adage, love can’t conquer all.

ISBN: 9781634773218

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7756

Reviewer: Aerin

Review: Kim Fielding writes my favorite kind of books, full of feelings and emotions, with real characters who are not perfect nor do they strive to be. Her books are not as steamy as I’d like and yet the storytelling and the writing make up for the little things that are lacking. Who needs sex in every chapter when they get characters that are real, flawed and so easy to relate to?

Jeremy and Qayin are not young chickens who experiment with love. They’re both in their 40’s and they feel very single one of those years, especially Qayin. Qay is a recovering addict with a closet full of secrets and skeletons. Life has not been kind to him, and the only way he managed to drown his anxiety and depression was by losing himself in a world of booze, drugs and sex. Qay managed to get his life turned around and he’s one of those lucky people who actually learned something from his past mistakes.

Qay’s past still haunts him every single day. But he’s determined to finish college so that he can better himself. I have so much admiration for people who overcome their struggles and this was one of the things I loved the most about Qay. Yet, regardless of his determination, Qay doesn’t think much of himself and he knows he’s not good enough for someone like Jeremy.

Jeremy is a park ranger who’s like a modern version of a super hero: Super-Ranger to the rescue! Jeremy’s childhood was hell. He was bullied and made fun of, his parents were cold and indifferent, and the one person he felt didn’t hate him jumped off a bridge in an effort to kill himself.

When Jeremy got the opportunity to move away to Portland for college, he left and never looked back. Jeremy is all about helping people, especially LGBT homeless teens, and the respect everyone has for him is easy to see. Jeremy has an innate goodness that not many people possess, and that goodness prevents him from turning his back on his drug-addict ex-boyfriend Donny, when he shows up at his door beaten up and bloody.

Jeremy finds himself the target of some nefarious dealers his ex socialized with, while trying to pursue a relationship with Qay and save the world, all at the same time. The plot itself was thriller-like and well done. The relationship between Qay and Jeremy was sweet and full of feelings.

In all honesty I felt like this plot and the relationship between these two didn’t go together very well. I ended up being overwhelmed because Qay’s relapse and his difficulty in accepting Jeremy’s feelings took all my focus and all my heart. The bad guys needed to go, because the last thing I needed to keep up with was Jeremy getting shot and all the craziness that came with that.

This was a great book, I really enjoyed reading it! I am so very excited to read the next one in this series because NEVIN!!!! He was my favorite secondary character, I liked him even more than I liked Rhoda, and she was a kickass woman! Nevin with his filthy mouth and an even filthier personality will probably get his own book and I’m going to love every single page of that bad boy falling in love.
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A Dangerous Game by Rick R. Reed, 2nd edition

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Series: N/A

Author: Rick R. Reed

Genre:  Erotic Romantic Suspense

Length: 200 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 3, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb: Sex can be a dangerous business. So can love.

On the worst day of his life, Wren Gallagher wants oblivion when he steps into Tricks for a drink. When a mysterious stranger steps up to pay his tab, he offers Wren the key to fulfilling his dreams of prosperity and true love.

But appearances are not always what they seem.

His savior owns the escort agency À Louer, and he wants the young and handsome Wren as part of his stable of men-for-hire. Down on his luck, Wren figures, why not? He needs the money. When he joins, though, he doesn’t count on meeting Rufus, another escort with whom he falls hopelessly in love.

But their love story will have to overcome the obstacles of not only trading love for money, but À Louer’s dark—and deadly—secrets.

1st Edition published as Rent by ManLove Romance Press, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-332-5

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7792

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is my first story by Rick and I can tell you that I am definitely intrigued by it. I have to say though, that the beginning was a bit slow for me and I actually had to walk away from it. The pace was just not fast enough to keep my attention for long. The story itself though was pretty damn good. It had a lot going on in it and I was surprised that it had all these twists to it. When I thought I knew what was going on, well let’s just say I had no clue in the end.

My other thing is I have never been one into stories with rent boys or escorts. They always seem to have the same thing going on. So I was quite surprised that this one was definitely a fresh new tale to me and I enjoyed the characters quite a bit. I admit that the whole story surprised me all the way to the end.

We have some characters with unusual names that are quite different from each other, yet they have this pull to be with each other. Wren has just lost his job and had no real place to go except to continue living with his mother. However it would seem that she had somewhere else she wanted to live so Wren was pretty much on his own. Then Dave approached him with a job offer. To his luck he had just had his wallet stolen so he ended up working for the ass.

David is a forty-nine year old virgin who loves to sell sexy men for sex. He is about as evil as you can find, but he also different. He saves them from drugs and smoking, trying to show them that they can make money by doing something they enjoy. Then one of his rent boys is murdered.

Rufus is to be Wren’s mentor and help him get into the life. His past was filled with drugs that would eventually kill him. Dave saved him from that death and continued to keep him clean. Hi one night with Wren has shown him that he does in fact still feel something more. Too bad after that night Wren realizes he is not cut out to sell his body. The thing is these two seem to want each other, time will tell if it will be enough or not.

Now I loved the mystery that this story had as well as the action, but the journal entries were a bit too much for me. I lost interest in those moments of reading. Other than my issues with this book, I have to say that Rick R. Reed is one gifted author. This story might not have been for me, but I can guarantee that if you love mysteries, action and some amazing twist, then this will be for you.

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Splintered by SJD Peterson, 2nd edition

o-splinteredTitle: Splintered, 2nd edition

Series:  Hunting Evil, # 1

Author: SJD Peterson

Genre: Suspense

Length: 220 pages

Publisher: DSP Publications (May 31, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: A string of murders targeting effeminate gay men has the GLBTQ community of Chicago on alert, but budget cuts have left many precincts understaffed and overworked, and homophobia is alive and well within the law enforcement community so little has been done to solve the mystery.

When the FBI calls in Special Agent Todd Hutchinson and his team, the locals are glad to hand the case off. But Hutch finds a bigger mystery than anyone originally realized—seventeen linked murders committed in several different jurisdictions. Hutch’s clues lead him to Noah Walker.

Working on his PhD in forensic psychology, Noah has been obsessed with serial murders since he was a child. Noah finds himself hunted, striking him off Hutch’s suspect list, but not off his radar.

To catch the killer before anyone else falls victim, they’ll have to work together, and quickly, to bring him to justice.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2014.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-555-8

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/splintered-by-sjd-peterson-255-b

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This is the first book in the Hunting Evil series.

This is the way a mystery and suspense book should be written. I was enthralled from the very first paragraph and could not stop reading until the very end.

Special Agent Todd Hutchinson and his team are called in to investigate a grisly murder. But what they uncover is so much worse than they thought. The details of the murders were horrific in nature. One of the things that bothered me in the story was the utter lack of caring on the police’ part. They didn’t seem to care that many men had been murdered so heinously. Their homophobia showed through loud and clear in this book.

Noah had me concerned for him though I completely understood his reasoning for contacting killers in prison. I still don’t think I could do that myself. Needless to say Noah was a great asset to Hutch’s investigation. The chemistry between the two was hot once things heated up between them.

I loved how well-written, balanced and informative the investigation into the murders went. I felt as though I was right there with them seeing everything as it occurred. This is the best mystery and suspense book I’ve read in a while. With a lot of heart stopping, edge of you seat scenes that leave you breathless with anticipation.

If I could give this book a ten I would. Looking forward to seeing what else happens in this captivating series.

I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it.

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Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer

51SQ5jMmM-L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Enemies of the State

Series: The Executive Office #1

Author: Tal Bauer

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 325 pages

Publisher: NineStar Press (February 15, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb: A rogue Black Ops unit with the president in their crosshairs.

A Secret Service agent who will break every rule.

A president falling for the one person he shouldn’t—a man.

Newly elected President Jack Spiers’s presidency is rocked from the very beginning, and he’s working furiously to keep the world from falling apart. Between terrorism attacks ripping apart Europe, Russia’s constant posturing and aggression, and the quagmire of the Middle East, Jack is struggling to keep his campaign promise—to work toward a better, safer world.

For Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach, Jack is just another president, the third in twelve years. With Jack’s election, he’s been promoted, and now he’s running the presidential detail, which puts him side by side with Jack daily. He’s expecting another stuffed suit and an arrogant DC politician, but Jack shocks him with his humor and humanity.

There are rules against a Secret Service agent and one of their protectees developing a friendship—big rules. Besides, Jack is straight as a ruler, and a widower, and Ethan has always avoided falling for straight men. Ethan keeps his distance, but Jack draws him in, like gas to a naked flame, and it’s a lure he isn’t strong enough to turn away from.

As the two men collide, rules are shattered and the world teeters on the verge of war, and a rogue Black Ops unit bent on destruction sets Jack in their deadly crosshairs.

Ethan must put everything on the line in order to save the man he’s come to love, Jack’s presidency, and the world.

ISBN: 978-1-91115-333-7

Product Link: http://ninestarpress.com/product/enemies-of-the-state/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: When I saw the cover and the title to this story I was pretty damn sure that I wanted to check it out. However the moment I read the blurb, I was off to grab it. I can tell you this, the moment you start reading it, you won’t be able to put it down. This is an action pack, danger filled love story between a known gay man and a straight president. At first I wasn’t sure how this author was going to pull it off, especially after the first kiss. I was sitting on the edge of my seat, sweating bullets and hoping my hero didn’t get dished.

Our new president is having major trouble settling in. Jack is one of those presidents we would wish was in charge these days. He followed the rules and did what he was supposed to. However ever since he lost his wife several years ago, that was all he did. Now here he was trying to talk the head of his secret service into hanging with him. He wanted a best friend, but what he found was a man to fall in love with. Which was pretty frightening to him, seeing as he never was in to men.

Ethan had at one time been in the military, and now was with the secret service. He had, in fact, served under two other presidents before Jack. He always followed the rules, never breaking cover. That is until the president wanted a friend to hang out with. He was getting way over his head with this one, his heart was falling fast. He had broken the rules and things were going to get real for them both.

Tal Bauer is a new author for me and one that I will continue to follow from this point on. I was surprise that for an author that only has two books out, his gift is way ahead of the game. I loved that there was just a hint of humor in it that made it rock for me. It wasn’t one of those stuffy type books that you come across at all. I was also surprised that for once, I found a story of a straight man turned gay, if that is what you call it. It actually came across just perfect to me.

I enjoyed reading this and look forward to the next book.

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Bad Dogs and Drag Queens by Julie Lynn Hayes

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Series: Rose and Thorne, #1

Author: Julie Lynn Hayes

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 138 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 25, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities. They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.

Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that?

Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime? Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-284-6

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7762

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: When I first saw this I took one look at the cover and wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it.  That is until I realized that the woman on the cover is actually Vinnie in drag.  From that moment on I knew that I had to read it.  The title was the best I have come across in a long time.  I was thinking ok mystery and suspense will not have the humor in it, then the title told me something different.

I started reading this and could not put it down.  It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end.  I absolutely thought that the dog was the perfect addition to these two.  This story gave me everything I could want in a story and had changed my mind about mysteries and suspense stories.

Vinnie and Ethan are Federal undercover detectives that go in and help other law enforcement agencies. The first time you meet these two sexy men, Vinnie is dressed up as a sexy woman trying to catch a mugger. What they got was a dog that liked to steal women’s purses. Talk about a partner in crime. Then their boss informs them that there is trouble at one of the clubs where drag queens are getting hurt. Well Vinnie does look the best in a dress and heels.

This was one of the best suspense and mystery stories I have come across, and the number one reason was the fact that it had so much humor in it. I had so much fun in this and definitely can’t wait till the next book comes out. I will definitely be checking out what other books this author has out.

This is one book that I would recommend reading.

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Illuminate the Shadows by Isobel Starling

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Series: Shatterproof Bond, #1

Author: Isobel Starling

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 157 pages

Publisher: Isobel Starling (9 May 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Blurb: The thrilling, funny sequel to ‘As You Wish’. 

A Scotsman and an Englishman fall in love…

After the most amazing week of Declan Ramsay’s life, at Dunloch Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, in Scotland. The charming, mysterious Samuel Aiken has turned Declan’s life upside down. Declan has experienced a remarkable change. He has come to terms with the fact he is bisexual, and he has fallen head-over-heels in love with his boss’s son Sam.

However, falling for his boss’s son was never going to be an easy path to happiness, mainly because the boss in question is multi-millionaire property tycoon and former MI5 operative, Sir James Aiken.

Sir James is repulsed by his son’s homosexuality, and so discovering that his employee Declan Ramsay- the man he installed to run his luxury property rental empire- is in a relationship with Sam, does not go down well.

The lovers cannot hide from the looming presence of Sir James Aiken for long! Soon enough James makes his move, and Declan finds out what he will have to endure to stay with Sam, and what he will have to give to feel worthy of Sam’s love.

ISBN: 9781311584984

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is the first book I’ve read by Isobel Starling. I have to admit that one of the draws was the references to the movie The Princess Bride and that really did provide some funny moments in the book.

This is technically the first book in the series, but this story takes place after our MCs meet, which happens in #0.5 of the series, As You Wish. Nonetheless, Isobel Starling does also provide a synopsis of the first short story, but I think I still would have preferred to read it myself. However, I do not think that not reading As You Wish took away from my enjoyment.

An Englishman, Declan, and a Scotsman, Sam, meet at their siblings wedding at a castle off the shores of Loch Ness. Sounds like the punch line to a joke – or the start of an Outlander book. Now we follow the story of the guys as they try to get their romance to work in the real world – which is a lot trickier when Declan finds out that his boss, Sam’s father, is not just a rich and titled businessman. He also finds out that Sam has his own role to play in his father’s real business.

It’s an interesting storyline with a couple of interesting twists. However, if you aren’t into anything to do thriller/espionage or anything similar to Bourne Identity, this probably is not the book for you. This also seems big on the insta-love, so again, I know a lot of people that aren’t keen on those types of books.

The guys have a lot of charisma and sexual tension, the biggest problem I had with this book is that the plot didn’t seem fully fleshed out. I suppose I will have to wait for the sequels, which I very much interested in reading.

I want to know where this crazy ride with Declan and Sam will go.

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Golden Dancer by Tara Lain, 2nd edition

51kOFtHPmLL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Golden Dancer (2nd edition)

Series: Dangerous Dancers, #1

Author:  Tara Lain

Genre: Contemporary/Suspense/Arts/MMM ménage

Length: 181 pages

Publisher: Pride Publishing (10 May 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Blurb: A reporter and the thief he’s investigating both fall for a golden dancer, forging a ménage of love and lies that could send one to prison and one to the morgue.

Mac Macallister is obsessed—the online news reporter needs enough evidence to write a story accusing billionaire art collector Daniel Terrebone of stealing the Golden Dancer, a priceless work of art, from Horst Von Berg. The story promises the recognition Mac craves. But then Mac meets a real golden dancer, ballet star Trelain Medveyev, and his attraction to the man rocks his formerly straight world.

When the mysterious Terrebone ‘collects’ this beautiful dancer, too, Mac rushes to the rescue like a knight in shining cargo pants and plunges into a three-way passion that tears him between love and guilt. Can Mac keep investigating when his story could send one man to prison and another to the morgue? Will this reporter get his story or get his men?

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing. 

ISBN: 978-1-78651-415-8

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/golden-dancer

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Golden Dancer, by Tara Lain, is the first book in the Dangerous Dancers series, and has previously been published. I am not entirely what has happened to the story in the revision process, so I can’t comment if this is more enjoyable this time around. However, in general if you like hot ménage with a dash of mystery and suspense, all set in the world of fine art and ballet, this is one pretty damn hot ride and thoroughly enjoyable.

The story starts with Mac, who narrates a majority of the story. He’s interesting as a character in the fact that he is the gritty reporter who follows his nose from one mystery to the next, including assignments in warzones.

Yet, his parents are both world-renowned ballet dancers and when he is called to fill in the position of arts reporter it is pretty damn easy for him to slip into the more refined world to interview one of the most famous ballet dancers from New York, Trelain.

Add in the fact that he also has the chance the encounter the billionaire who he suspects is also an art thief, Daniel Terrebone.

These three guys are well-developed and fleshed out characters. I like the sense of mystery as it unraveled and we eventually find out how the strands of plot tie in together.

However, I have to admit that when the truth did come out it was a bit of an anticlimax – I think it’s a combination of it being over after one very brief “a-ha!” moment and the fact that I figured it out before it was confirmed for me. The only other problem I had was the villains were very Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in the fact that we were encountering some rather dodgy German villains.

In addition to this I don’t think that these villain characters weren’t at all developed, they appeared when required and served their purpose before uneventfully moving on.

This is a great book and I find myself very much intrigued as to the direction that this series is going in.

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Compromised by Bailey Queen, 2nd edition

compromised500Title: Compromised, 2nd edition

Series: N/A

Author: Bailey Queen

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 161 pages

Publisher: NineStar Press (January 11, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Murder in the country.

A one-night stand that refuses to end.

Ghosts from the past that return to haunt.

Special Agent Ben Diggs can’t stand what has become of his life, so much so that he hits the road one night, maybe to crash his bike, maybe to drive off into the night and never be heard from again. But he meets Tanner Bagley, a rancher from rural Pennsylvania in a hick dive bar, and sparks fly. For the first time since everything went to hell, he feels alive again.

Ben runs from his emotions as a rule, and he flees in the middle of the night, trudging back to his dreary life in Baltimore and his failing job as a FBI agent. But then his team is assigned to investigate a murder in that same backwater township in Pennsylvania where he met Tanner, and it’s a different set of sparks that fly when faces Tanner again.

As the bodies start to pile up, tensions flare, and Ben is stuck between teammates that question his every move and a devastatingly handsome rancher whose heart he bruised. The lies keep piling up, and Ben is forced to stake his career – and his very life – on the trembling hopes of his wounded heart.

Deep in the countryside, someone is hunting gay men in Middle Creek, Pennsylvania…

Gay men all with ties to Special Agent Diggs’ one-night-stand…

ISBN: 978-1-91115-316-0

Product Link: http://ninestarpress.com/product/compromised/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is the second book I have read by this author, and let me tell you that I have found an author worth following. If there was a way to give it more than a five heart rating I would. I enjoyed myself quite a bit reading this and even had tears in my eyes at some points. It is a well written story, fully developed with a lot of depth to it. I started reading it and couldn’t put it down.

Ben’s father was a Marine. However Ben decided to join the Navy. He had spent most of his time in the sandbox with many Army men. However, he was tired of the death around him. After getting out, he joined the FBI but was still hiding his true self. He never really felt like he was truly living a life he loved. After another screw up at work, he decided to go out and get totally wasted. He just hadn’t expected to meet Tanner.

Tanner was a sexy rancher who wanted Ben. However, the next night, Ben was gone after a great night of sex. He felt abandoned, until Ben came back in full agent mode. Someone was killing gay men, and Tanner was the connection to it all. The problem was Ben never told his superiors that he knew Tanner and kept getting deeper into trouble. Ben was getting deeper and deeper and his team knew something was wrong. That is until someone came after the man he was falling in love with.

Wow this book rocked in more than one way. I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to see what other stories this amazing author has out.

I would definitely recommend it.

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