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A Beginner’s Guide to Wooing Your Mate by R. Cooper ~ Audiobook

R. Cooper - A Beginner's Guide to Wooing Your Mate Cover AudioTitle: A Beginner’s Guide to Wooing Your Mate

Series:  Being(s) in Love 3

Author: R. Cooper

Narrator: Robert Nieman

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Length: 7 hrs, 43 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Zeki Janowitz has returned to his hometown of Wolf’s Paw to start his wizarding career. Unfortunately, Wolf’s Paw, a werewolf refuge, follows centuries of tradition and shuns human magic and a very human Zeki. He knows he’s in for a struggle, but a part of him has always belonged in the mountain town, or rather belonged to Theo Greenleaf. Years away at school haven’t lessened Zeki’s crush on the quiet werewolf. When town gossip informs him Theo still suffers from his mate’s rejection and does not date, it does little to ease Zeki’s embarrassing feelings. He decides now’s the time to get the man he’s always wanted.

Werewolves usually don’t recover from losing their mates, and Theo barely pulled through by focusing on his love of baking. It’s a daily struggle, and Zeki’s return to Wolf’s Paw shatters his peace. Theo doesn’t know what to think when Zeki attempts to woo him, talking about his wizarding business and settling in town for good. It’s like Zeki doesn’t have a clue how his words years before left Theo a shell of a werewolf.

Beginners in love, Theo and Zeki must seduce each other with a bit of heavenly baking and magic.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: If you like paranormal romances – and I know that most of us that do will devour just about anything with wolves and mates as long as there is a sign for a HEA and a lot of loving – then this is one of those impulse reads (audios) that are just wonderful to come across. Yes, it is part of a series, but you needn’t have read the previous books, these works as a standalone. However, with hints of the next book in the series I’m seriously looking forward to the next installment.

A Beginner’s Guide to Wooing Your Mate is aptly named because the MCs are so inexperienced when it comes to love they really are beginners. Their mating bond kicked in too early in life that they never were able to start anything – what with teenage hormones and emotions in the way. Zeki and Theo are strong characters and that is why life happened the way it did for both of them. Zeki may be a human in a world where shifters are superior, but he is also a wizard and therefore capable of channeling magic, even though that is also seen as second best in a world where men can change into animals.

The only thing that really bugged me about this book is that the pack treat Zeki shitty to begin with when what happened between him and Theo was a misunderstanding between two teenagers still in high school. Yes, Theo has suffered but he is stronger as a result but the main theme in this book is that we always see things differently as children as we do when we’re adults.

As for the narration, really well done and on point, I’ve heard Robert Nieman in the past but I don’t think I’ve ever been as fully on board with his narration as I was during this book.

Behind the Eight Ball by M.A. Church ~ Audiobook

M.A. Church - Behind the Eight Ball Cover AudioTitle: Behind the Eight Ball

Series:  Fur, Fangs, and Felines 02

Author: MA Church

Narrator:  Derrick McClain

Genre: Paranormal

Length: 8 hrs, 58 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (17th October 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate – a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want – a human, business owner Lawson Dupre.

Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, and then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exist. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: If you’re like me and totally a sucker for anything that involves shifters, then this is the (audio) book for you! We have a shifter who is speciest against humans, a humans who knows about supernaturals (not too much of a spoiler I promise), a clan (Clowder) of cat shifters … and well it’s a tried and true recipe for a good paranormal romance. Derrick McClain’s narration is also wonderful, getting the voice of both MCs on point.

Although this is book 2 of MA Church’s Fur, Fangs, and Felines series, this is the first one that I’ve read. I had no problem picking up on the characters, there is some overlap, as part of the back story explains the events of book 1 enough for anyone to understand.

Heller Wirth is our feline shifter, he shifts into a black house cat with strikingly blue eyes. He’s not a fan of humans and for good reason, though he paints a whole species with the one brush is a little OTT in my book, it does make sense he is wary of people. He didn’t take it well when his best friend mated a human in book 1, but he’s gotten over that for the most part. But one day he discovers his mate is newly moved into town and very human! Lawson Dupre owns a car wash and detail (I was rather tickled by this because my high school job was at a car wash and detail!) business with his two best friends. They’re not exactly human and they can smell when something changes for Lawson, even though Lawson has no idea what is going on with him. There’s a lot of wariness, some silly miscommunication by two people falling in love but overall a good time and very satisfying read.

I won’t gush anymore. But rest assured I NEED to get the rest of the books in this series, especially the next one!

Poppy’s Secret by Andrew Grey

Andrew Grey - Poppy's Secret CoverTitle: Poppy’s Secret

Series: Dreamspun Desires #28

Author: Andrew Grey

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (190 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (15 Feb 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: A second chance born of love.

Pat Corrigan and Edgerton “Edge” Winters were ready to start a family—or so Pat thought. At the last minute, Edge got cold feet and fled. Pat didn’t bother telling him the conception had already gone through and little Emma was on her way. He didn’t want a relationship based on obligation. He’d rather raise his daughter on his own.

Nine years later, Emma and her Poppy are doing fine. Edge isn’t. He realizes what he threw away by leaving, and he’s back to turn his life around and reclaim his family. It’ll take a lot to prove to Pat that he’s a new man, and even if Edge succeeds, the secret Pat has hidden for years might shatter their dreams all over again.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-145-5

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/poppys-secret-by-andrew-grey-8070-b

Reviewer:  Prime

Review: For me Andrew Grey is always a go to on my list of authors I must read. He has a way with emotion and getting the reader (or at least me) to connect to his characters’ emotions with his magical use of words. Poppy’s Secret is no exception to this, even if the secret only one layer of many that function in the book to keep our MCs apart until they, essentially, get their shit together. I also love how Andrew Grey weaves in themes of love and family – often with a child character who is being raised by a strong single father until the love interest enters the picture.

As for the story itself, it’s quite predictable in the way that you can just see exactly what is going to happen or at least figure out the facts/secrets between the two MCs. It’s the how and the why of the story which makes this book a ride worth taking. Nine years ago Pat and Edge had been head over heels in love and planning for a surrogate to start a family. But Edge got cold feet and left their small town home for Boston and never looked back. Yet in the present, he is back in Harrisburg and one thing on his list is definitely trying to make up for the mistake he had made when he had left Pat. Edge has a lot of groveling in his future, trying to make his way into Pat’s, and Pat’s daughter Emma’s life.

This is a wonderful story of everlasting love, strength and reunion. Andrew Grey fans will not be disappointed, this one reminds me in part of some of the installments from his Senses series, which I adore.

Let The Wrong Light In by Avon Gale ~ Audiobook

Avon Gale - Let The Wrong Light In Cover AudioTitle: Let The Wrong Light In

Author: Avon Gale

Narrator: Derrick McClain

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 8hrs, 32 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (25th August 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Avery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts center – even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss’s office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath the aloof veneer.

Despite their growing attraction and their increasingly kinky encounters, the enigmatic Malin remains as emotionally distant as ever. Worse, Avery’s friends are convinced Malin thinks of Avery as a dirty secret and nothing more – a secret that might destroy both of their careers.

But the real secret is a single moment in time that haunts Malin and keeps him from committing to the life he wants with Avery. In order to move on, Avery must help Malin come to terms with the tragedy in his past before they can work on building a future together.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Let The Wrong Light In is something that I describe as a very niche type of book. It’s definitely not for everyone’s tastes. I must admit though I didn’t love the book there were a of number things that I did like about. I primarily picked this one because I love a good office romance with a bit of kink thrown in, but I also because I’m a massive fan of Gale’s series Scoring Chances. Derrick McClain’s voice to the audio helps a lot as well, not a narrator I’ve heard often but I like his style.

The book is primarily told from the POV of Avery Hextall, he a junior architect at a prestigious firm with a boss (Malin Lacroix) whose reputation has him labeled as a bit of hardass – and all around just difficult to deal with. The problem for Avery is, not only is he angry that his boss does not take his artistically and environmentally mindful designs seriously, but the man is hot and broody. Part of Avery is also sure that Malin Lacroix could handle some of his darker desires. Some people may find it a bit difficult at first, because this does approach the territory of autoerotic asphyxiation and it’s hard not to be concerned about Avery’s safety as he starts on what could be a very dangerous path in what begins out to be a very toxic relationship. However, if you read past all that, I promise you it is worth it.

In my mind there is one down fall of the story. It is certainly the only reason I’m only give this a 3.5/5. Malin is so unlikable and horrible for a majority of the book. I love how he is in the end but I think the problem for me was that there was a distinct lack of glimpses that Malin could be that man it was difficult to come to terms with once I made it to the end of the book. Malin’s development as a character is pivotal to the entire story and I just felt that there was something lacking. However, this is still enjoyable; especially if you like BDSM with a bit more bite than you would normally get in fiction. 

Pawsitively in Love by M.J. O’Shea ~ Audiobook

M.J. O'Shea - Pawsitively In Love Cover AudioTitle: Pawsitively in Love

Author: MJ O’Shea

Narrator: Marc Schindler

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 6 hrs, 19 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner LLC (13th July 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: What Austin Lloyd lacks in academics, he makes up for in his love of the animals who frequent his pet salon. He’s not lucky in romance, though, and his family would like him to settle down with a good man. Austin – and his golden retriever, Maggie – couldn’t agree more.

Evan Partridge isn’t good at letting people in. His messy family life and the past that’s shaped him aren’t worth bringing up. But his pug, Dexter, sure likes the pet salon owner.

Austin and Evan get off to a rough start, but being friends soon turns into something more. Unfortunately, Evan’s secretive behavior nearly does the relationship in, and the budding love affair almost crashes and burns when Evan’s troubled sister shows up on his doorstep.

Not speaking to each other is killing them both, but Evan doesn’t know how to keep Austin and help his sister at the same time. He just knows he has to try. Winning back Austin’s trust back, however, is going to take a whole lot of work.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: If you’re into cute romance with a couple of totally cute dogs and their handsome owners, you’re going to totally fall in love with this one. I have to admit that there is only one aspect of the plot which kept me from giving this 5/5, but other than that, I was totally in love and on board with the humans and their dogs.

Austin is a super sweet guy. He owns his own business, a pet grooming salon, but his confidence has been beaten down by the fact that he has never gone to college and that, therefore in the eyes of some family members, makes him a failure. But Austin loves what he does and he loves animals. It is impossible not to love him and his wonderful dog, Maggie. One day, after a long and trying day, Austin meets Evan. Evan is the proud owner of pug puppy Dexter. But because of Austin’s bad day he takes his frustrations out on Evan. Things just don’t go well for Austin as he just seems to keep putting his foot into things where Evan is concerned.

Evan has moved away from home and comes with a lot of emotional baggage. He is skittish as it is, his need to be permanently on hand to look after his sister (who really needs help, that much is clear when she turns up). It is Evan’s actions with his sister that prevented me from giving this a 5/5 – I felt that the actual actions between Evan and his sister were underdeveloped when the emotional side of Evan’s reticence was set up really well from the start. I just felt like there was a lot of mental issues and emotions that were not being dealt with.

The Senator’s Secret by K.C. Wells ~ Audiobook

K.C. Wells - The Senator's Secret Cover AudioTitle: The Senator’s Secret

Series:  Dreamspun Desires

Author: K.C. Wells

Narrator: John Solo

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 6 hrs, 11 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (19th Seotember 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Politics, puppy dogs, and passion, oh my!

When his Republican opponent outs him with a photo in a Facebook post, Senator Samuel Dalton doesn’t have many options open to him. It doesn’t matter that the photo is totally innocent. He has no choice but to come clean…until his staff suggest putting a spin on it that leaves Sam reeling.

Sure, he’ll end up with a lot of sympathy, not to mention the possibility of more voters from the LGBT community, but it still seems a pretty drastic solution.

Now all they have to do is persuade Gary, the other man in the photo, to play along. It sounds so easy: convince the constituents of North Carolina that he and Sam are engaged.

No big deal, except for the fact that they’ve only just met….

Product Link: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Senators-Secret-Audiobook/B01M1EFKSZ | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Although I was not entirely familiar with the work of KC Wells before this book, I would say that The Senator’s Secret is a rather cute and fluffy introduction to the author. I love the Dreamspun Desires titles, I love the sloppy romance and the often absurdity of it all. The narration by John Solo was excellent. He is one of my favorite narrators. John Solo brings a lot of heart and emotion to the characters on the page.

This is one of those typical tropes where a relationship is contrived in order to soften the PR blow of a scandal. The scandal itself, is a photo of Senator Samuel Dalton looking intimate (though it was perfectly innocent) with one of his staff members. I’ll be honest, the set up is a tad bit tenuous but if you can get over that you’re in for an enjoyable ride.

The senator in question, Samuel, is a nice guy and totally relatable, for a politician. Likewise, Gary is also a great guy who has a big heart and is really easy to fall in love with as we get to know him through the course of the story. It is quite easy to see why Samuel is quickly finding it hard to remember that their charade as an happily in love engaged couple is just that, a charade.

Dancing Lessons by R. Cooper ~ Audiobook

R. Cooper - Dancing Lessons Cover AudioTitle: Dancing Lessons

Author: R Cooper

Narrator: Brian Schell

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 5hrs, 17 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (25th May 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Two years of living with his controlling boyfriend left Chico worn down long before that boyfriend revealed he’d been seeing someone else. With no other choice, Chico moves in above his cousin’s garage in a small town in the redwoods, where he merely goes through the motions. To get him out of the house, his cousin pushes him to volunteer at a local dance studio to help with their annual show.

He’s not expecting to end up in a dance class, or to start feeling alive again in the arms of his dance instructor. Rafael is the studio owners’ son and was once a well-known dancer in his own right, but now enjoys being a teacher. Although Chico likes him, he’s afraid of taking a chance. But Rafael is determined, and it only takes one dance for Chico to start to realize he might still have something to learn.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Overall, I’ve given this story a 4/5 and that is mostly because of the actual story itself. Let me just put it out there: I was not a fan of the narration, it was bland and left a lot to be desired for – I just couldn’t feel that the character’s emotions were adequately conveyed throughout out the book. Although I have no doubt that there is plenty of emotion because I heard the words actually spoken.

The story itself is wonderful and terribly sweet and just has so much potential to pull at your heartstrings. I really do think that if people had issues with the narration reading the story would be a better option because honestly, if I hadn’t been able to finish this audio I would have definitely gone for a copy of the ebook instead.

The story follows Chico and Rafael. Chico, I have to say, is the cause of most of the drama in this book. Which makes sense, the story is from his POV. Chico is down on his luck in life and love but a move to live in the apartment above his cousin’s garage is slowly changing that. I mean slowly because Chico isn’t in a rush to go out and meet new people and neither is he in a rush to improve his situation in general. Chico’s cousin wants Chico to get out of the house and to do so sent him to the local dance school to volunteer for the big upcoming recital, which the whole town seems to get involved with.

This is where Rafael steps in – he comes from a family of famous dancers, he was been a professional dancer before turning towards the family business of teaching. He doesn’t realize that Chico is actually lost and looking for his cousin when Chico stumbles into Rafe’s class. What starts is Rafe’s battle to try and get through Chico’s defences and somehow find something that Chico can lend his skills to.

This is where I think that the narration really lets the story down. Part of the story is the ballet that the school is doing, the Clockwork Dancer. It’s a whimsical story which is woven through the book and is very smartly used to reflect what’s actually going on with Chico and Rafe. Unfortunately, boring narration did not let me feel this connection between the ballet and the story.

The Worst Best Man by M.J. O’Shea

M.J. O'Shea - The Worst Best Man CoverTitle: Worst Best Man

Series: Dreamspun Desires 27

Author: MJ O’Shea

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (208 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (1 Feb 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: It was her special day… but his worst nightmare.

A rekindled romance wasn’t part of the plan.

Despite his American background, August O’Leary is the most sought-after wedding planner in London. Naturally, Libby and Edward come to him for a wedding the city will never forget. But Edward is an international businessman, so the details are left to Libby and her best friend—who happens to be the love of August’s life and the one who broke his heart eight years ago: Christopher Burke.

How’s August supposed to pull off the event of the year with Christopher distracting him and old feelings crashing the party uninvited?

Christopher has let money and status dictate his life, but no more. His failure to stand up to others’ expectations cost him his future with August—one he hoped would include marriage. Now he has to face August’s hurt and anger and prove he’s still the best man to make August happy.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-143-1

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-worst-best-man-by-mj-oshea-8000-b

Reviewer:  Prime

Review: Worst Best Man is the best kind of second chance story. Recently, I’ve discovered the joy of multiple MJ O’Shea stories, so I was really looking forward to reading this one. I am so pleased that I was not at all disappointed. You have two guys who had found love with each other when they were in university, but a stupid mistake had one leaving. Now years later they have their second chance. It’s a simple premise but it was executed so well.

Out two main characters are August O’Leary and Christopher Burke. August has been living in London since he first left the States to attend university. Now he is an events planner at one of the most prestigious firms, which gets all the rich and powerful clients. There is a lot of opportunity for August too because an office is being opened in New York and that could mean not only a promotion but returning to the States to be closer to his family.

While in Uni, he had met and fallen in love with Christopher Burke. Christopher comes from a privileged family. They have lots of money, the English country estate – the whole shebang. When Christopher’s parent catch wind of his relationship with an American (with no money or significant social ties) … well, you get the point. That is why we pick up where August is the event planner and has been hired to plan the wedding of Christopher’s best friend. Now with his foot in the door, so to speak, Christopher will do anything he can to get the love of his life back.

Yes, this is a rather common plot for this type of story. However, it is still a sweet romance with a lot of heart and emotion. Both guys, even ridiculously rich Christopher, are easily related to.

What’s In A Name? by Pat Henshaw ~ Audiobook

Pat Henshaw - What's In A Name Cover AudioTitle: What’s in a Name?

Series:  Foothills Pride 01

Author: Pat Henshaw

Narrator: David Ross

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 2 hrs, 49 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (21st October 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Barista Jimmy Patterson thinks it’s a good idea to get rip-roaring drunk on his birthday after he’s dumped by his boyfriend. When the burly owner of Stonewall’s Bar rescues Jimmy, the night starts to look up.

Now Jimmy just wants to know the bartender’s first name since he’s worn a different name tag every time Jimmy’s seen him. “Guy” Stone gives Jimmy seven guesses, one for each night he takes Jimmy out on a date.

While Jimmy’s trying to come up with his name, he’s distracted by the destruction of his coffee shop and what looks more and more like a hate crime.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: What’s in a Name? is the first book in the Foothills Pride series, a series which I read but now happily revisit by listening to the audio. The best part of this experience for me is that I found that the narrator, David Ross, did his job brilliantly and he really enhanced the feelings of the characters in this book.

Jimmy is a sweetheart and it’s difficult not to instantly feel sorry for this self-confessed twink. To top it all off, he’s attracted to the big bear of a man behind the bar at the only gay bar in town. The mystery is no one knows his name. They just know him as whichever name tag he was wearing when last seen or taken notice of. This makes Jimmy determined to work it out.

It’s certainly different having the entire plot predicated on a character trying to guess something about the other main character. In fact, I really enjoyed how the chapters were set up and it was really well paced too. Every couple chapters, when it gets to the end of the night after Jimmy and “Guy” have been out, it’s a short period of calm as we see what Jimmy has come up with. Then between all these guesses, Jimmy chronicles the drama that is unfolding around him, drama that “Guy” is more than willing to get involved in as long as Jimmy is kept safe. “Guy” is a teddy bear in every way possible and I found him instantly likable. His refusal to give his real name is more mischievous than annoying.

The pacing of this story is also quite good – not too fast and never tediously slow. I usually listen to audio books at 1.25x speed, mostly because I’m impatient and speeding up a tad gets us to a fairly normal talking speed for most narrators. The point is though, some books I want to speed up more because I’m just too impatient and I didn’t here. (I feel like I just admitted a naughty secret there). Not quite as funny as I remembered from when I read the book, but the danger element is certainly there to move the plot forward.

The Virgin Manny by Amy Lane

Amy Lane - The Virgin Manny Cover sTitle: The Virgin Manny

Series:  Dreamspun Desires 25 / The Mannies 01

Author: Amy Lane

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (228pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (1st January 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Growing up and falling in love…

Sometimes family is a blessing and a curse. When Tino Robbins is roped into helping his sister deliver premade dinners when he should be studying for finals, he’s pretty sure it’s the latter! But one delivery might change everything.

Channing Lowell’s charmed life changes when his sister dies and leaves him her seven-year-old son. He’s committed to doing what’s best for Sammy… but he’s going to need a lot of help. When Tino lands on his porch, Channing is determined to recruit him to Team Sammy.

Tino plans to make his education count—even if that means avoiding a relationship—but as he falls harder and harder for his boss, he starts to wonder: Does he have to leave his newly forged family behind in order to live his promising tomorrow?

ISBN:  978-1-63477-680-6

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-virgin-manny-by-amy-lane-7860-b

Reviewer:  Prime

Review: It’s definitely no secret that I love the Dreamspun Desires series. If you’re after sickly sweet romance, maybe a dash of insta-love and a passionate HEA, this line of books by Dreamspinner Press will, more often than not, give you just that. I love this line of books purely to read when I want to unwind or have something easy to read.

Something else that isn’t a secret – well actually 2 things – I love Amy Lane books. The writing style is just so easy to get into and I love the emotion she creates, adding some comedy element to a serious or danger element. The other thing is that I can never resist a book with a manny! Hot guys and kids – everything could go wrong but I’m a sucker for this often predictable trope.

Here, we meet Tino Robbins. He’s an out of this world smart kind of guy, though he never shows that part of him, more often than not he is talking up how smart his younger sister Nica is. After all, Nica is 18 and already has a successful and growing business of delivering prepackaged meals she makes herself. But Tino himself has just finished up college and ready to tackle the world of business. One night she ropes Tino into taking a delivery to one of her regular clients and it changes Tino’s life forever. At the home he delivers to he meets Channing and his nephew Sammy. Channing’s sister has recently died, leaving Channing as Sammy’s guardian. Channing needs a nanny, all he has is his sister’s spiteful bitch of a housekeeper and Tino seems to be able to communicate with Sammy. Let’s not forget that the guys have an instant attraction and let’s face it, that attraction has to be the only basis for the entire story.

Ok, so the beginning is a bit shaky when it comes to Channing recruiting Tino, but really and truly the one criticism I have is that there was a brief mention of Sammy’s biological father and fighting him for full parental rights. But that was it. I mean, I did forget this little fact after a few pages and only remembered it just now as I am writing, but I suppose I’m fickle like that.

Holiday Weekend by Charley Descoteaux Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway & Review!

Hi guys, we have Charley Descoteaux visiting today with her new release Holiday Weekend, we have a brilliant guest post, a great excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and Prime’s review. So peeps, check out the post and click the link to enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~ 

Charley Descoteaux - Holiday Weekend

Holiday Weekend

(Buchanan House 05)

Charley Descoteaux

Ryan Orchard moved from small-town Idaho to Portland almost two years ago and still feels like a hick. When Paulie Nesbitt dumped him, he wasn’t even surprised. Despite losing twenty-five pounds since then, Ryan’s confidence is nonexistent and his life has stalled. Not only is he convinced the career he wants is beyond his reach, he’s given up on relationships. A new job at a familiar restaurant—and his gorgeous coworker—could be just what Ryan needs to believe in himself again.

Glenn Hernandez might be the only nineteen-year-old in Portland who dreads his days off. Between his horrible housing situation and the ever-present temptation to crawl back into the bottle, Glenn prefers to keep busy. He volunteers at the Elliott Foundation House, a homeless shelter helping LGBTQ sex workers. As an alum of the shelter, Glenn finds it hard to leave his past behind. But when the new server at the trendy restaurant where he works catches Glenn’s eye and works his way into his heart, Glenn finally has a reason to start a new life.

Continue reading Holiday Weekend by Charley Descoteaux Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway & Review!

And to All a Good Night by Felicitas Ivey (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

Bah Humbug MMGBR Giveaway gifFelicitas Ivey - And to all A Good Night Cover sTitle: And to All A Good Night

Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar Bah Humbug.

Author: Felicitas Ivey

Genre: Contemporary, Arts, Holiday

Length: Short (50 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (17th December 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Kobbi Aackers was excited to have a traditional family Christmas with his younger sister Franzi, a famous rock star. But instead of the peaceful holiday he had planned, she’s turning it into a televised musical extravaganza, in a desperate bid for publicity. 

Kobbi can adapt, especially since the show’s host Wytt Kanard is easy on the eyes and easy to work with, even if he doesn’t believe in Christmas at all. Wytt is alternatively amused and horrified at the simplicity that is Kobbi’s life and the enthusiasm he has for the holiday, all while taking care of his houseful of unexpected guests. 

Maybe Kobbi can convince the cynical Wytt that Christmas isn’t an event to be managed, but something special to be shared. Maybe he can muster the courage to confess his attraction and offer Wytt a surprise present.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-179-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/and-to-all-a-good-night-by-felicitas-ivey-7973-b

Reviewer: Prime

Review: And To All A Good Night is a wonderfully fun Christmas story – especially for those that like reality TV and celebrities – by Felicitas Ivey. This is the second book I’ve read by Felicitas Ivey, and that had been a Christmas story from 2 years ago. Looking back, I loved that story probably as much as I loved and enjoyed this book. This is a very tidy written and edited short story. It was just so easy to get into the characters and feel the sparks of attraction and emotion between them.

The story follows Kobbi, whose younger half-sister, Franzi, is a massive rock star, just as their father had been. When Franzi turns up to his home in the middle of nowhere (not literally, but it is isolated) with a film crew and a signed contract for a Christmas special. Kobbi has no choice but to open up his house to visitors. The bonus for Kobbi is that special’s director, Wytt, sparks his interest in more ways than one. I particularly liked that Kobbi and his sister Franzi also get an ending, as well as Kobbi and Wytt.

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Holiday Weekend by Charley Descoteaux

Charley Descoteaux - Holiday Weekend Cover sTitle: Holiday Weekend

Series:  Buchanan House 05

Author: Charley Descoteaux

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (125 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (16 Dec 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Ryan Orchard moved from small-town Idaho to Portland almost two years ago and still feels like a hick. When Paulie Nesbitt dumped him, he wasn’t even surprised. Despite losing twenty-five pounds since then, Ryan’s confidence is nonexistent, and his life has stalled. Not only is he convinced the career he wants is beyond his reach, he’s given up on relationships. A new job at a familiar restaurant—and his gorgeous coworker—could be just what Ryan needs to believe in himself again.

Glenn Hernandez might be the only nineteen-year-old in Portland who dreads his days off. Between his horrible housing situation and the ever-present temptation to crawl back into the bottle, Glenn prefers to keep busy. He volunteers at the Elliott Foundation House, a homeless shelter helping LGBTQ former sex workers. As an alum of the shelter himself, Glenn finds it hard to leave his past behind. But when the new server at the trendy restaurant where he works catches Glenn’s eye and works his way into his heart, Glenn finally has a reason to start a new life.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-820-6

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/holiday-weekend-by-charley-descoteaux-7892-b

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Charley Descoteaux’s Buchanan House series is really a fantastic read. However, this particular book can be read as a standalone, those that have read the previous four books in the Buchanan House series may want to go back and work out where things fit in the story. Then again, you may not want to do that either. Whatever.

Charley writes in the author’s note how this particular book fits in the story. It’s not a part of the main timeline within the series, much like the other novella within the series “Pride Weekend”, “Holiday Weekend” is a part of the Buchanan House universe but not directly, also an important of the structure is that these also don’t open with a funeral, as the other three books in the series do. That was me quickly rehashing the author’s note .

The story itself revolves around the Elliot Foundation House – it’s a shelter for young gay men living on the street, most of them as sex workers to get by which has roots in the previous books of the series. Glenn is one of the success stories. He used to live on the streets and sell his body for money but the 19 year old is now a recovering alcoholic who is making life better for himself, even if he doesn’t really see it for himself quite yet. Then there is Ryan – we met him in the book “Tiny House” when his boyfriend Paulie found love with someone else. It wasn’t that Paulie is an asshole but Ryan is a very lonely and tragic figure. Both Ryan and Glenn have a lot of healing to do but the question is once they get together and sparks fly, can they be together and heal each other at the same time? When they head to Buchanan House for a weekend a bit of magic and love from familiar faces just makes everything perfect.

This is a heartwarming story which is full of hope and love. Glenn and Ryan are simply wonderful together, they have plenty of chemistry and a lot of heart. This is a wonderful addition to the series. I love that these guys have their chance at a happy ending within their own little world.

Striking Sparks by Ari McKay

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Series: Dreamspun Desires 24

Author: Ari McKay

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (214 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (15 Dec 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: The stakes are high and the heat is on.

Beau Walker, owner of the Barbecue Shack, needs the help of Jake Parnell, his one-time rival and secret crush, in a televised barbecue competition. Beau is a proud man, but the stakes are high, and smart, sexy Jake is his only hope, even if being around Jake reawakens the attraction he’s fought for years.

Jake left his hometown, determined to build a life somewhere his sexuality wouldn’t hurt his family’s restaurant business—and far away from hunky, obstinate Beau Walker. Then his twin, Josh, is killed, and Jake returns to support his brother’s wife and children. Despite his reservations, he agrees to go head-to-head against Beau on national television. Between stress and grief, as well as pride and determination, only one thing is certain—the heat between Beau and Jake extends well beyond the kitchen.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-154-2

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/striking-sparks-by-ari-mckay-7795-b

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Striking Sparks is a fantastic addition to the Dreamspun Desires collection – which has now become a collection I will read without hesitation, regardless of the story’s author. For the most part I have liked or loved each book in the series/collection and Ari McKay’s story of rival cooks does not disappoint.

Beau Walker is owner of the Barbeque Shack. His rival is Jake Parnell, who now runs Parnell’s Pantry and supporting his brother’s family after the death of his twin brother, Josh. Beau had always got along with Josh, but for numerous and probably obvious reason, he and Jake never got along. The main point would be that Beau is out to their small town community while Jake is still firmly in the closet.  But now the time has come that they are going to have to work together, Beau had organized a friendly competition with Josh, which was going to be filmed for television. Now it is Jake who is going to take his brother’s place despite the tension between the guys. The money would be good for the family, the advertising for their businesses would be invaluable, as well as for tourism of their hometown.

I have to admit that I’m totally addicted to watching Food Network, so getting into this book was never a problem. Add onto that the great tension that was crafted between the MCs and then there is explosive attraction between them. I think that this is a book that will easily please many readers.

Thanks A Lot. John LeClair by Johanna Parkhurst

Johanna Parkhurst - Thanks A Lot, John LeClair Cover sTitle: Thanks A Lot, John LeClair

Series: Here’s to you Zeb Pike 02

Author: Johanna Parkhurst

Genre: Young Adult,  Contemporary

Length: Novel (204 pages)

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (15 Dec 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: A Companion to Here’s to You, Zeb Pike

On the surface, life looks pretty good for sixteen-year-old Emmitt LaPoint: he’s popular, doing well in school, and he’s poised to lead his small-town Vermont hockey team all the way to the state championship—and that’ll lead to attention from scouts. Emmitt might manage to follow in the footsteps of his hockey hero, John LeClair, who he’s been secretly writing to for years.

But beneath the perfect façade, Emmitt is struggling. All he wants is to hold on to the two things he loves: hockey and his boyfriend, Dusty. But Emmitt’s absentee father has recently returned to breathe down his neck, and not everyone is eager to see him succeed. Few people in town know Emmitt is gay, and it’s getting harder to stay in the closet. On top of everything, Dusty seems to be hiding his own secrets.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-429-1

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/thanks-a-lot-john-leclair-by-johanna-parkhurst-7746-b

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Thanks A Lot, John LeClair is the sequel (or companion as said in the blurb) to the book Here’s to You, Zeb Pike. If you haven’t read the first book, I really recommend going back to it. While it probably isn’t essential, it’s a fantastic book and these stories are just the perfect duo – much like Dusty and Emmitt.

The story is told from the perspective of Emmitt LaPoint, boyfriend of Dusty Porter, who after a year in Vermont has settled in with his new family and loves his new uncle and aunt. However, things are changing, as things always must. His secret relationship with Dusty is one of the main things changing and Emmitt’s little brother, Casey, is definitely the champion of his big brother and best friend. There is some drama but Emmitt and Dusty solves their current problems with style.

This series tackles some pretty upsetting things really beautifully. I think it hits the emotions and tension and the sweetness perfectly. It’s a lot more than teen drama or angst. I’m not a fan of angst ridden books, so if you’re like me, I can totally get behind recommending this for you. If you like sport novels too, we’re talking hockey here and an NHL star in the making with Emmitt.

I’m not sure if Johanna has plans for another book in the series. We are left with a HFN ending and I would really love for there to be more stories as we get see these guys go from teens to young men.