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Eye of Scota by Serena Yates Guest Post & Excerpt!

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Hiya peeps, Serena Yates pops in again today to give us some more details about her upcoming release Eye of Scota. We have a brilliant guest post and a brand new excerpt fro the book, so enjoy out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Eye of Scota

(Dalriata 01)
by

Serena Yates

In 845 a group of Gaels fleeing the Vikings stumbled through the mystic Eye of Scota and found safety on a planet they named Dalriata. Seven centuries later, the arrival of the Crìosdaidh religion changed everything. Fugitives stopped appearing, and the newly established Council of Priests used the energy of Slànach Stones to enforce their religious laws. But by 2500 the Stones’ power is dwindling. The High Priest is desperate—none of the warriors sent to find more Stones have returned.

Cináed MacAlpin, a young healer priest, is chosen to undertake another attempt. He hopes that new Stones will reduce the pressure to heal only those deemed worthy by the priests. But his task is not easy. Cináed must travel to the land of Bunádh and find the Eye that is the source of the Stones. Once there he meets Tadeo Banderas, a spaceship captain exploring the newest Earth-like planet discovered by the Solar Exploration Fleet. Cináed and Tadeo soon find out that the spark of energy between them may hold the key to Dalriata’s future.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2010.

Rlease date: 29th March 2016

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Eye of Scota by Serena Yates Cover Reveal, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi! I’m Serena Yates and I’m very excited to show off my new cover for Eye of Scota. It’s a science fiction story set in the 26th century on a planet settled by humans in the 9th century using a mysterious gateway to the planet Dalriata. It’s an action/adventure, a quest for answers to age-old questions, and a romance between one of Dalriata’s healer priests and a starship captain.

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Eye of Scota

(Dalriata 01)
by

Serena Yates

In 845 a group of Gaels fleeing the Vikings stumbled through the mystic Eye of Scota and found safety on a planet they named Dalriata. Seven centuries later, the arrival of the Crìosdaidh religion changed everything. Fugitives stopped appearing, and the newly established Council of Priests used the energy of Slànach Stones to enforce their religious laws. But by 2500 the Stones’ power is dwindling. The High Priest is desperate—none of the warriors sent to find more Stones have returned.

Cináed MacAlpin, a young healer priest, is chosen to undertake another attempt. He hopes that new Stones will reduce the pressure to heal only those deemed worthy by the priests. But his task is not easy. Cináed must travel to the land of Bunádh and find the Eye that is the source of the Stones. Once there he meets Tadeo Banderas, a spaceship captain exploring the newest Earth-like planet discovered by the Solar Exploration Fleet. Cináed and Tadeo soon find out that the spark of energy between them may hold the key to Dalriata’s future.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2010.

Rlease date: 29th March 2016
Pre-order: DSP Publications

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The Florist by Serena Yates, 2nd edition

Florist[The]LGTitle: The Florist (2nd Edition)
Series: Workplace Encounters, 10
Author: Serena Yates
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 121 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 6th, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts
Blurb: When freelance florist Dylan White gets a call that a good friend has died and left him a flower shop, Dylan isn’t sure he wants the commitment. Still, he travels to Florida to speak with the law firm, where he meets defense attorney Sean Mellick in the corridor. Sean makes a point of “running into” Dylan again, and Dylan eventually agrees to a date.

While romance blooms between the two men, their careers aren’t going as smoothly. Dylan faces employee resistance and sabotage, and then inexplicable expenses leave him on the verge of bankruptcy. An offer to sell that sounds too good to be true makes him suspicious and he asks Sean for help. Though they’ve had very little time together, Dylan and Sean need each other to work through the issues and plant the seeds for the future they both want.

First Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-023-2

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7289

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is the second edition of Serena Yates’ book The Florist, part of the Workplace Encounters series. While it wasn’t a great and fantastic book, in my opinion this was a good book and definitely one of the better books in the series and was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.

The set up of this book is the same formula for the rest of the series, although I feel like I need to emphasise once more that these books are getting better with each installment.

Dylan is a florist who finds himself thrown into a unique situation – he inherits a good friend’s pretty successful floristry business. This leads to meeting some interesting people, interesting employees and a potential mystery for Dylan stemming from difficult finances and an offer that would make him a fortune.

Dylan is also a bit of a free spirit, which is why he is best described as a freelance florist. He doesn’t need anything to tie him down, that is until he meets Sean. He’s a defense attorney who comes across to me as quite… well, placid and not really so tough at first. It certainly took a bit of getting used to. Sean steps up to help Dylan when Dylan is in desperate need for professional help and let’s just say the sparks fly from there.

One thing I did like about this book was that the romance was simple and the guys just clicked, despite my earlier reservations when it came to Sean. The guys just match well together and their friendship is easy and certainly not overstepping any bounds in their characters. This gave way for the secondary plot, which for the most part was a satisfying read.

This is a sweet and simply story.

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

The Cellar Hand by Serena Yates, 2nd edition

CellarHand[The]LGTitle: The Cellar Hand (2nd Edition)
Series: Workplace Encounters, #11
Author: Serena Yates
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (120 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 18th, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Orson Digby is no stranger to loss. His family died in a house fire when he was fifteen, and he has never recovered from losing touch with his best friend, when he was made to stay with an aunt in a different state. Orson works hard to learn the art of winemaking, and finally starts a job as cellar hand at Clear Springs Vineyard—only to run into his long-lost best friend.

Geoff Robichaud, freshly out of the Marines, is in charge of security at the winery. The friendship between Orson and Geoff is familiar, but the intense physical attraction is new. As they explore their developing feelings, several acts of sabotage threaten to destroy their new employer’s business and their newfound happiness. They need to rely on Orson’s knowledge of viniculture and Geoff’s understanding of security if they want to solve the mystery and build a future together.

1st Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-473-5

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7073

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is the second edition of Serena Yates’ book The Cellar Hand, part of the Workplace Encounters series. Quite simply, I loved this book. I don’t know if it is the general set up of the characters, which I find is reminiscent of other books that I’ve previously enjoyed with similar a plotline.

Orson Digby is a hardworking guy. When he was a teenager he lost his family in a house fire, the result of which meant that he was sent across the country to live with a great-aunt (or something). Before this, he had also been a victim of bullies until another kid, a couple of years older, stepped in and helped, the subsequently became his best friend. That kid is Geoff. Now that Orson adult he has found his career in the wine making business. He’s pretty damn good at it too.

Geoff has works security but before that he spent 5 years in the marines after being kicked out of home for being gay. Again, pretty reminiscent of many of my favoured books that feature marines that go into security or law enforcement. Geoff never forgot Orson and through his contacts – and pure chance with online networking – he finds Orson again and wants to get in touch again.

The guys’ attraction sparks immediately when they meet up again. I also happen to think that they are definitely perfect for each other. They get together and even get to solve a mystery together – because honestly, a lot of their respective jobs and long-term employment relies on Orson and Geoff solving the problem.

I only have one gripe with this book and it has to do with POV. Geoff seems to be the main narrator of this book. In fact, I thought that he was immediately because he was the one looking for Orson. So it took me a little bit to adjust my headspace, going in thinking the main POV is Orson, when in fact it is actually Geoff that really kicks off this story and brings us to where we are meant to be.

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

The Plumber by Serena Yates

Plumber[The]LGTitle: Plumber
Series: Workplace Encounters, #9
Author: Serena Yates
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (117 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (21 Oct 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts
Blurb: Hard work and long hours have made Will Kovar’s business, Total Plumbing Solutions, a success. When he’s called to fix a bathroom at the Safe Home for Girls and Boys and sees how tight money is for the charity, he’s happy to donate his time.

Meeting the home’s manager, Steve Hayes, is an added bonus, especially when Steve invites Will to dinner to thank him for his generosity. Will learns Steve’s wealthy family isn’t happy about his choice to make a career in social work, but neither man expects Steve’s parents to leave eighteen children out on the street to prove their point.

Will is determined to help Steve figure out how to provide a safe and happy home—for both the children and themselves.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-519-0

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6979

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is a short and sexy book, which is the seventh book in Serena Yates’ Workplace Encounters book. Each book is standalone, with new characters and no overlapping characters. This instalment is completely new to the series and it is a wonderful addition.

Let’s face it, who doesn’t like a hot blue-collar worker? This is going to be a book that will appeal to a great many people who are into MM.

Will Kovar is a plumber with a heart of gold. He works hard and owns his own business and he’s pretty damn successful. It’s on a call out to the Safe Home for Girls and Boys that he meets an equally as generous man, social worker Steve Hayes. The two just click and while there is plenty of sexual tension there is also a lot of sweetness and cuteness between the two of them.

It’s a well-rounded story where we see Will and Steve’s personal and professional lives clash together (and not always in good ways).

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Truck Driver by Serena Yates, 2nd edition

TruckDriver[The]LGTitle: Truck Driver, 2nd Edition
Series: Workplace Encounters, #7
Author: Serena Yates
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (117 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (26 Aug 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Blurb: Joshua Becket enjoys the independence of being a truck driver. He has been saving for his own rig, but a declining economy and bad management stand in his way. Hope comes when Robert Oldfield buys the company. He is determined to make Gordon Trucking a success, and when he rides with Joshua in an attempt to learn the business, Joshua finds out why—Robert is trying to prove his worth to the parents who disowned him.

Lust ignites and both men recognize the possibility for happiness together, but Joshua worries about his coworkers’ reactions. Then a competitor starts playing dirty, mysterious accidents sabotage Robert’s plans, and the resulting crisis might end Joshua’s chance for a future with a job and a man he loves—permanently.

First Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2011.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-319-6

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6777

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is a short and sexy book, which is the seventh book in Serena Yates’ Workplace Encounters book. Each book is standalone, with new characters and no overlapping characters. The Truck Driver is a sexy story which is obvious from the get-go – there is going to be one lucky truckie in this story!

Joshua Becket is the titular truck driver. He’s a lot smarter than he lets on but he’s a loner, preferring the long drives to having to be around people. Then Robert Oldfield comes into his life to save the company that Joshua works for. Robert then proceeds to charmingly set Joshua’s world upside down.

These guys worked well together and I really did like the spark of sexual tension that started almost immediately with the characters. However, the last third of the book, though good, didn’t really gel with me. Mostly because once I got to about one-third into the book, I thought that the story was finished and didn’t think that there would be much else to say in the story of Joshua and Robert.

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

The Carpenter by Serena Yates, 2nd edition

Carpenter[The]LGTitle: The Carpenter, 2nd edition
Series: Workplace Encounters, #5
Author: Serena Yates
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (126 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 17th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Blurb: Tom Halderson is a carpenter in desperate need of a big project to save the financially troubled construction company he inherited from his father. Tom is a better carpenter than a businessman, and worse yet, Tom’s estranged brother suddenly demands his share of the inheritance.

When Matt Langford hires Tom to renovate his house, things begin to look up. A safari guide, Matt plans to restore and sell the home his grandfather left him and return to his exciting life in Africa. He is not about to let his sudden—and powerful—attraction to Tom persuade him to settle down—not after infidelity destroyed his own family.

But adventurous Matt is exactly what Tom’s life is lacking, and Tom is determined to show Matt what could be between them.

ISBN: 9781634760911

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6504

Prime’s Review: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

The Carpenter is the fifth book in Serena Yates’ Workplace Encounters series. However, none of the books are related and are stand alone stories. This is the second edition of The Carpenter, with Dreamspinner Press re-releasing the whole series. I read the first edition and could not tell the difference for the most part (my memory is a tad dodgy, though). I could not find exactly how the word count has changed on this new edition.

Once again, it seems that the clunky wording which I criticised in the first few books is no longer a problem. The blurbs also continue to be good and accurate. On the plus side, no unnecessary mystery/melodrama was put in the blurb or the story either, which made a far more enjoyable story.

However, the themes of the previous books (closeted MC and MC facing losing their job/business) are there are again, but since it is a standalone book, it doesn’t matter so much to me.

This series is good for an enjoyable, light right where you don’t need to apply too much brain power to understand. This has a bit more drama in it than the other books, but nothing wholly unnecessary.

Aerin’s Review: ♥♥ 2 Hearts

After reading the fifth book in this series, I’m starting to think this author’s writing style doesn’t match my preferences. When reading a series, I expect progress when it comes to writing, but most of all, I want the stories/books to be diverse if they’re not related. The books in this series are not related and can be read independently, but they’re neither diverse nor original.

Tom is the owner of a construction company, a carpenter at heart, whose brother is causing irreparable damage to his already financially compromised business. Tom is hard to connect with, because he’s the big guy who blushes at the drop of a hat, who’s very innocent, and whose credulity resembles that of a 10-year-old child.

He’s also a doormat and completely spineless, and while some people love MCs like that, I prefer mine with a bit more personality. The dialog between him and Matt, his new contract, is predictable, awkward and somewhat cheesy. I had a hard time believing in them as a couple and the plot was not good enough or exciting enough to make up for that; I was bored and I had a hard time staying focused while reading this story.

Matt is older than Tom, but that doesn’t explain why he needed to take charge and take care of Tom’s problems for him. It’s not like they knew each other for a long time, their relationship was barely a week old when Tom’s brother put in motion his evil plan to destroy Tom’s business; Matt’s desire to take charge and fix Tom’s problems made Matt seem a bit creepy. That coupled with the cheesy lovey dovey dialog made for some awkward reading.

I’m still hoping for some improvement and some originality, and I might get my wish. The next book in this series is pretty good so far, so I’m holding my fingers crossed.

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

The Baker by Serena Yates

Baker[The]LGTitle: The Baker
Series: Workplace Encounters, #6
Author: Serena Yates
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (133 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (15 July 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Ian Wallace works as a baker for his tyrannical father in the family-owned Scottish Bakehouse in Casper, Wyoming. He wants to represent the bakery in the upcoming Tartan Day competition, but his father refuses to reveal the secret ingredients that make them so successful—unless Ian gets married and has a son, proving he is fit to continue the family line.

Just before New Year’s Eve, Cameron Lewis, a former Marine turned police detective, comes into the bakery for donuts for his department and some black buns for himself. Cameron is hooked, and as his visits become more frequent, they stir Ian’s father’s suspicions. But threats can’t stop Ian from donning his kilt and entering the competition anyway—to show his father what he can do on his own.

Though he might not have the secret ingredients, Ian and Cameron might still discover a recipe for happiness.

ISBN: 9781634762113

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6646

Reviewer: Prime

Review: The Baker is the sixth book in Serena Yates’ Workplace Encounters series. However, none of the books are related and are stand alone stories. This is the second edition of The Baker, with Dreamspinner Press re-releasing the whole series. I read the first edition and could not tell the difference for the most part (my memory is a tad dodgy, though). I could not find exactly how the word count has changed on this new edition.

Once again, it seems that the clunky wording which I criticised in the first few books is there but it is not the problem that it had presented before. Although the author’s writing style will not agree with everyone, it can be rather wordy at times. The blurb also continues to be good and accurate compared to the first few books.

However, the themes of the previous books (closeted MC and MC facing losing their job/business) are there are again but it was presented very differently than in previous books.

The story is about Ian, who comes from a very traditional Scottish family in Wyoming. I suspect the family remained traditional because of the family’s bakery which had been started up by Ian’s grandfather and passed onto his father. Ian loves the bakery and he loves baking. The bakery is famous in town, probably because of Ian’s a-hole father’s “secret recipes” which he refuses to tell even Ian, who is set to inherit the bakery.

Around New Years, things change. Ian hears about a new Scottish festival the town’s mayor wants to hold and have a bake contest with the bakery front and centre. Ian also meets Cameron, a police detective who discovers the bakery one day. Ian has to fight his chauvinistic and homophobic father for a job and the bakery he loves, as well as falling for the hunky detective.

This series is good for an enjoyable, light right where you don’t need to apply too much brain power to understand. This has a bit more drama in it than the other books, but nothing wholly unnecessary. The Baker is certainly the best book in this series, so far. I love both Ian and Cameron and their chemistry was wonderful!

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

The Baker by Serena Yates Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Serena Yates popping in with her latest release The Baker, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click that Rafflecopter link ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Baker

(Workplace Encounters 06)
by

Serena Yates

Ian Wallace works as a baker for his tyrannical father in their family owned Scottish Bakehouse in Casper, Wyoming. He wants to represent the bakery in the upcoming Tartan Day competition, but his father refuses to reveal the secret ingredients that make them so successful—unless Ian gets married and has a son, proving he is fit to continue the family line.

Just before New Year’s Eve, Cameron Lewis, a former Marine turned police detective, comes into the bakery for donuts for his department and some black buns for himself. Cameron is hooked, and as his visits become more frequent, they stir Ian’s father’s suspicions. But threats can’t stop Ian from donning his kilt and entering the competition anyway—to show his father what he can do on his own. Though he might not have the secret ingredients, Ian and Cameron might still discover a recipe for happiness.

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The Ship Engineer by Serena Yates, 2nd edition

17829505Title: The Ship Engineer, 2nd Ed.
Series: Workplace Encounters, #4
Author: Serena Yates
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (125 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (Published May 13th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate/Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Nathan Kappas, newly promoted to second engineer on the cruise ship Sapphire, has eyes only for the vessel he’s about to board. He literally runs into Harper Quade, a singer and dancer hired to entertain passengers. Harper has always wanted to travel, and working onboard the Sapphire keeps him away from his abusive ex-boyfriend.

As they sail to Hawaii, Tahiti, and other exotic destinations, Nathan and Harper soon share a cabin and a deepening connection, which surprises Nathan, who generally prefers the predictability of machines to people. But an employee who feels jilted when Harper gets promoted harasses him, and Harper’s dangerous past refuses to let him escape.

Harper might not be as safe on the Sapphire as he assumed, but Nathan will do anything to protect him.

ISBN: 9781634760805

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6375

Reviewer: Aerin

Review: Finally the pattern has been broken!!! I’m so happy that nobody lost their job in this book as it happened in all 3 previous books in this series; it makes for a nice change of pace. I liked this novella, it was light and the pace was good, it makes for a great read when you’re in the mood for something sweet and without a ton of angst. And virgin alert!!!!

Nathan and Harper’s attraction is pretty much instant, and I liked that because the chemistry between them seemed genuine. Nathan is not very good at being social and communicating with people, while Harper is a social butterfly and chose his career accordingly. The ship engineer and the actor/dancer/singer…an unlikely duo by all means, but they worked together, and I enjoyed how different they were from one another.

Harper’s stalker, the crazy ex from hell made for a nice diversion from all the loving and sexing these two were doing, even if it wasn’t entirely believable. How did the crazy ex find out where Harper was working now to start with, since his job on the cruise ship was pretty much a last minute decision? And even though the author tells us how rich the ex is, who would waste so much time and money to stalk someone around the world? Like I said not believable but entertaining nonetheless.

The relationship between Harper and Nathan was too insta-love for me. And Nathan was a 25-year-old virgin; again, I can’t wrap my head around that to be honest. Kids start having sex in their teen years and I don’t believe Nathan’s socially awkward behavior would stop him from getting laid when he is as good-looking and we’re lead to believe. *shrugs*

This was a pretty good story, the best in this series so far.

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

The Bricklayer by Serena Yates

81jRqTv+qcL._SL1350_Title: The Bricklayer
Series: Workplace Encounters #3
Author: Serena Yates
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (140 pages)
Reviewer: Aerin
ISBN: 9781634760218
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 15th, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Blurb: Mike Brown has been a bricklayer working for the same construction company since leaving high school at eighteen. While building a conservatory for a Victorian house northwest of downtown Baltimore, Mike meets Ash, the landscaper hired to restore the gardens, when Ash distractedly stumbles over some of Mike’s equipment.

Mike offers to take Ash to dinner as an apology, Ash hesitantly agrees, and the two men start dating. Then Mike is pulled away from his next assignment of building fireplaces by a promotion he doesn’t want, only to be fired for incompetence two weeks later.

Three of the fireplaces have collapsed, one seriously injuring a cleaner. With Ash’s support, Mike must figure out who sabotaged his work, and why, before he faces a lawsuit.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6264

Review: This is the third book in the Workplace Encounters series and the best so far. It can be read as a standalone because even though the books are part of a series, they don’t have any characters in common.

One thing these books have in common so far is the theme. One of the main characters loses his job while the other MC helps him through this rough period. I wish there was more originality to the story lines. I understand the main idea is that the characters meet at their place of employment, however, there are so many exciting directions the story can take; the fact that the job loss is a recurring theme speaks of a severe lack of inspiration that results in predictable and somewhat boring stories.

I liked one of the main characters, Mike; he was a hardworking, honest man. He valued his family and his friendships, and I appreciate that in a character. However, Mike is 27 years old and still closeted. The only person who knows he is gay is his best friend, and Mike is terrified to come out to his family because he fears they will no longer love him.

When he just shows up with Ash at a weekly family lunch with no warning that Ash is a male, his mother didn’t bat an eyelash (in fact, she knew he was gay, but there were no explanations as to how she came to that conclusion), and his father (who was surprised his son was gay) has always wanted a son-in-law, even though he only has three sons.

I didn’t really like Ash that much. His behavior during their first dinner date was weird and awkward, and to me, somewhat gross. I personally think rubbing your feet on a stranger you just met the day before and are trying to make an impression on, in order to figure out if the person is gay or not, is not an acceptable behavior, especially during dinner. Or maybe it’s just me since I think feet are kind of gross and I wouldn’t want anyone rubbing them on me, especially someone I don’t know very well.

The blurb hints to a mystery of who sabotaged Mike’s work in order to cause him harm. Let me warn you that if you’re looking forward to a mystery that will keep your mind engaged in trying to find out whodunit before it’s revealed you’re going to be disappointed. The person responsible is obvious, even before he does anything!!!

On a good note, the grammar was virtually flawless, which is a very good thing. This book is perfect for anyone looking to read a light book, with very little drama and predictable storyline and outcome of events.

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

The Chauffeur by Serena Yates, 2nd edition

Chauffeur[The]LGTitle: The Chauffeur, 2nd edition
Series: Workplace Encounters #2
Author: Serena Yates
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (119 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 4th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Reviewer: Aerin
Blurb: Scarred former model Kyle Anderson leads a double life. By day, he works as a chauffeur for his uncle’s limousine rental company. Since his wages are too low for him to become financially independent, he works nights as an exotic dancer, donning a mask to hide his identity and the facial scars that got him rejected by his parents. Kyle catches the attention of Nick

Giddings, a forklift driver who visits the club to let off steam. Nick is stuck in a low-skilled dead-end job after being kicked out of school for a prank he didn’t commit. The two men immediately connect, but when Nick is laid off and Kyle’s uncle pushes him to date a woman, everything comes crashing down.

ISBN: 9781632168368

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6120

Review: This was a short, light novella, but I honestly don’t know what to say about that plot (I’ll get back to that in a minute). This is book 2 in the Workplace Encounters series and it can be read as a standalone. While I enjoyed reading this book, it didn’t leave a mark on me, it’s one of those stories I’ll forget I’ve ever read by tomorrow.

Kyle is a pretty likeable character whose self-esteem is low due to a face scar he got from an auto accident. He currently lives with his uncle, a rich old man who owns a limousine rental company. His uncle is a horrible human being; at least that’s what the author wanted us to believe at first. I didn’t really bite into that, I could see that the uncle’s behavior was the start of a master plan.

But I honestly don’t see the point of Kyle being treated like crap and offended on a daily basis as a means to determine him to come out to his uncle, who knew he was gay to start with. It’s a mess and I didn’t like it at all; it’s one of those plots created for lack of better inspiration, but in my opinion, communication between uncle and nephew would’ve put a stop to this whole drama.

Nick was also a puzzle to me; I can’t say I liked him, because his creepy behavior after he met Kyle put a stop to any likeable feelings I had towards him. He came off as a stalker and even though I thought Nick and Kyle had some chemistry at first, their relationship got too heavy, too fast. And their story was eerily similar to the couple in the first book: the love interest lost his job in both cases.

I guess my biggest issues are that the whole story is very predictable; the plot was extremely weak, and the uncle story was the glue that was supposed to keep it all together, only it failed to do so. I recommend this to readers who like short, light reads with little substance.

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

Fighting for Freedom by Serena Yates

FightingForFreedomLGTitle: Fighting for Freedom

Series: Modern Battles 04

Author: Serena Yates

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (200 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-63216-061-4

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 20th, 2014)

Heat Level: Low ~ Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Luiz Oliveira, a US-born Brazilian, joined the US military when he was eighteen to escape his ambassador father’s tyranny. Once his active duty, obligation ends, he starts a private investigation and security company with his Army friend, Reinaldo Valverde. Years later, Luiz learns Colombian drug lords have kidnapped his childhood friend and teenage crush, Dr. Pascal Taylor-Cornett. Geography and their careers may have kept them apart, but they have been attracted to each other since they were fifteen, so Luiz is determined to come to Pascal’s rescue.

Pascal is a dedicated emergency doctor who defied his rich father’s wishes to become a surgeon because making a contribution to world health means more to Pascal than money. Once qualified, he volunteers for Médicins sans Frontières, first in Sri Lanka and Chad, then in Buenaventura, Colombia. There he discovers that American-owned pharmaceutical Biomedical Inc. is selling ineffective vaccines to MSF, but before he can gather enough evidence to expose their scheme, he is kidnapped by a drug lord.

The battle for Pascal’s freedom isn’t easy, but some things are worth fighting for. Luiz and Pascal want a relationship—but they will have to stay a step ahead of their powerful enemies.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5098

Review: I am a huge fan of this series. It is also one where each book stands alone quite well. The last two books are very different from the first two. Books one and two were about Dr’s and set in England, the last two went abroad and focused on the Private investigators, Luiz and Reinaldo and had a lot more suspense and action.

This is Luiz’s story. He was in the last book towards the end and Reinaldo’s partner (business). The book jumps back to when Luiz and Pascal are just graduating high school. Both men are from affluent families and their fathers have their lives planned. Luiz is to get a law degree, follow his father in politics and become an ambassador; Pascal is to become a specialized surgeon.

Luiz has no desire to get a law degree or be an ambassador. Although Pascal wants to become a doctor, he wants to help third world countries and there isn’t any money in that and his parents want he to make lots of money. Both men thought they would get to go on an already planned trip alone and see exactly where their relationship may lead. Since they think, they may be more than friends. Another thing neither family would ever agree to. Luiz father who decides he needs to go to the US, live with a senator for the summer, and begin learning his trade cancels their plan. Luiz goes to the US, but joins the Army. Pascal is a pacifist, disagrees even though Luiz knows is the only way to escape is father’s hold.

Luiz is very sure his feelings for Pascal are much more than friends. He has it planned out that after his 8 years in the army 5 in combat 3 in the reserves will time out pretty well with Pascal’s education.

That’s the basics of the beginning. There is a lot of emotional stuff and story setting up here. Then all the twists start coming up. There are a lot of action and intrigue and I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what happened next. I was not disappointed.

If you like lots of suspense, private detectives, Doctors, third world countries, drug Lords, twist and some sweet, sensual man-sex (I rated it low to moderate since, though there are only a couple actual sex scenes near the end they are pretty hot and sexy, perfect in my opinion, though not overly explicit) this is for you.

Fighting for Survival by Serena Yates

FightingForSurvivalLGTitle:Fighting for Survival

Series: Modern Battles, #3)

Author:Serena Yates

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Length: Novel (210 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 17th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Dr. Alastair Burrows decides to take a stand after years of escalating abuse by his husband, Cedric Perkins, when he stops Alastair from visiting his brother Grayson after a serious car accident. A few weeks later, Alastair finally escapes his guards, sues for divorce, and begins to openly question Cedric and the pharmaceutical company he runs. As a medical researcher working for Biomedical Inc., Alastair witnessed plenty of dubious practices but had no say. Now he takes a new job with EDT, a company fighting for ethical drug testing, planning to expose Biomedical.

Reinaldo Valverde, intent on stopping drug trafficking, suspects Biomedical is in league with Colombian drug lords. Unable to infiltrate Biomedical, he goes undercover at EDT, hoping to find some leads in their database. Reinaldo meets Alastair and discovers the handsome doctor is also after Biomedical. Reinaldo keeps quiet about his mission, but as Alastair gets closer to the truth, Reinaldo gets closer to Alastair. When they discover Biomedical’s illegal research labs, EDT sends both men on a recognizance mission to Colombia and Brazil.

Lies are revealed, disaster strikes, and they are stranded in the Amazon jungle, facing a fight for survival they cannot afford to lose.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4595

Review: This is book three in the Modern Battles series, but stands alone pretty well.   This is Alistair Burrow’s story. He is Grayson’s brother. In Grayson’s story, Alistair wasn’t able to make it back to England due to personal issues with his possessive husband, Cedric. In book two Cedric’s company was mentioned in a plot to undermine Haldor and Danny and get involved in the children’s hospital funding.

This book goes in an entirely new direction.  There is lots of intrigue, mystery, espionage, and suspense.  Move over Grayson. I think Alistair replaced you as my favourite character in this series.

Alistair is a research doctor. He comes off as meek and mild-mannered, but throughout the story we see him grow and become stronger, not cower down and accept his abuse.  Reinaldo is your basic secret agent guy, but I loved him. He takes his job to protect Alistair and find out about Biomedical’s drug trafficking very seriously. I would have liked to seen a little more of Cedric but I think him being evil and controlling came across pretty well.

If you like, a story full of intrigue, secret agents, and hot medical researchers, surviving in the rainforest, natives, and a sweet, spicy romance this is for you.

The Ten Days of Newton by Serena Yates

18930915Title: The Ten Days of Newton

Series:   N/A

Author: Serena Yates

Genre: Contemporary

Length:  Novella (51 pages)

Publisher: Torquere Press (December 18th, 2013)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3Hearts

Reviewer: Eli/Mandingo

Blurb:  Galen Ocker is nineteen, a music student, and his enthusiasm for life can be quite overwhelming. When he meets Clifford Jeffrey, a twenty-seven year old mathematician, their external differences are obvious but so is their romantic connection. Since Galen believes in romance, he wants to make Christmas special for both of them despite Clifford’s atheism. 

With his usual enthusiasm, Galen researches alternatives to Christmas and comes up with the ideal solution. With his best friend’s approval, Galen sets out to make this the perfect holiday for Clifford. But Clifford has his own surprise for Galen… 

Purchase Link:   http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_85&products_id=4101

Review: This is a lovely little story about whimsy meeting intense. These two men are vastly different and yet they still manage to strike sparks off each other. This is a true opposites attract story.  On the surface, there should be nothing to attract these men to each other since they are such polar opposites:  Older/Younger; Artist/Mathematician; Whimsical/Realistic.  It is, however, these differences, which provide them with similarities. They are both very committed and confident within their own skin and it is this that attracts them to each other. 

Their romance builds slowly with dates and light caresses as the men get a chance to really know each other.  It is in this knowledge that they both decide to make a huge gesture to each other at Christmas.  Galen, because he wants Clifford to experience the wonder and joy he feels regardless of if it’s for Christmas or not. And Clifford, because he simply wants Galen to be happy. 

The heart of this story is that both men have such great heart separately, together and for each other.  And while the men are very different, the story lends itself to the belief that not only will they find their HEA, but also that they just might have the opportunity to build on it.

A nice read.