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The Hockey Player’s Heart by Jeff Adams and Will Knauss Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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O: Welcome to Jeff Adams here to talk about his new book!

JA:

Hello! Thanks to Morgan and Open Skye Book Reviews for hosting us on our blog tour for The Hockey Player’s Heart, which is our first time co-writing a book. We’re excited that our first collaboration is for Dreamspinner Press’s Dreamspun Desires line of category romances. We both love this line of books and our second chance romance between a pro hockey player and a grade school teacher was so much fun to write. We’re thrilled that it’s finally in people’s hands this week.
The story revolves around New York Rangers hockey player Caleb Carter who returns home to Foster Grove, New York (a fictional town that we made up). While he’s recuperating from an injury, he reconnects with Aaron Price who also recently returned to town and is teaching at the local elementary school.
When they were in high school, Aaron tutored him in geometry. They both had crushes on each other at the time but now, with both of them out, they’re able to pursue a second chance.
As much as we enjoyed creating the central characters of Caleb and Aaron, the secondary characters surrounding them were equally as fun. After all, they needed best friends to confide in.
For Aaron, that’s Caleb’s older sister, Pam. Aaron and Pam became fast friends in elementary school and stayed that way as the years passed. Pam is the principal at the school Aaron where teaches and is responsible for getting him the job that allowed him to return to Foster Grove. She’s been his sounding board for as long as he can remember. Granted, it’s a little awkward when they have the conversation when he admits that he likes her younger brother. But that soon disappears as she gets behind the pairing.
Of course, Pam’s also close to Caleb. He’s always had a good relationship with his sister, although they were occasionally at odds as children. While he does sometimes talk with Pam about Aaron, his primary person to talk things out with his best friend and longtime teammate Dimitri Stanislov.
One of the things that makes Caleb and Dimitri interesting friends is that they are opposites when it comes to relationships. Caleb wants someone to settle down with. He just hasn’t found his soulmate yet. Meanwhile, Dimitri occasionally tries to loosen him up to living a more freewheeling lifestyle, Caleb has stuck to his guns looking for Mr. Right. Dimitri, on the other hand, is content to pick up guys in each city he visits and views sex more for pleasure than anything else.
As a bit of a tease, we’ll say that Caleb finding his HEA has an impact on Dimitri. It’s his relationship that will be the focus of the sequel to The Hockey Player’s Heart.
Make sure you check out the Rafflecopter below because we’re giving away an e-book copy at each tour stop plus there’s a grand prize of an autographed paperback for a US winner or a $10 Amazon e-gift card for an international winner. Make sure to check out all the stops to maximize your chance to win.
We hope you enjoy The Hockey Player’s Heart and would love to hear what you think. If you read it, please consider leaving a review on your favorite site or dropping us a comment on one of our websites.

Blurb:
Hometown hero. Hockey superstar. Perfect boyfriend?

When hockey star Caleb Carter returns to his hometown to recover from an injury, the only thing he’s interested in is a little R & R. He never expects to run into his onetime crush at a grade school fund-raiser . Seeing Aaron Price hits him hard, like being checked into the boards. The attraction is still there, even after all these years, and Caleb decides to make a play for the schoolteacher. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take, right?

Aaron has been burned by love before and can’t imagine what a celebrity like Caleb could possibly see in a guy like him. Their differences are just too great. But as Aaron spends more time with Caleb, he begins to wonder if he might have what it takes to win the hockey player’s heart.

Buy Links:
Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-hockey-players-heart-by-jeff-adams-and-will-knauss-9211-b
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078WJCDXN/
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-hockey-players-heart/id1318466207?mt=11
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-hockey-player-s-heart

Bio:
Jeff Adams and Will Knauss are husbands, authors, and podcasters based in Northern California. They write gay romances, sometimes together and other times separately. Jeff also writes young adult LGBT fiction. Together they host Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast, a weekly show devoted to gay romance literature and the pop culture they love.

Websites:
Jeff: JeffAdamsWrites.com
Will: WillKnauss.com
Podcast: BigGayFictionPodcast.com

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Audiobook: Rescue Me (Heathens Ink, 1) by K.M. Neuhold Narrated by Cooper North

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Rescue-Me-Audiobook/B076PV8QZD?ref=a_a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=BE005G4M35BTA2PX84M2&

Blurb

“Your life can change in an instant”~ Madden
I never thought a night out could change everything. All I wanted was to dance, drink, maybe take a cute guy home for a night of fun. I met the guy, but the night ended as a nightmare. Screams, and blood, and tragedy haunt my dreams. I’m alive and I owe it all to the gorgeous marine who refused to leave me for dead. But how can I start a new relationship when I’m not even sure who I am anymore?

“I’ll always save you” ~Thane
After a long work week all I wanted was to let my hair down and to meet a nice guy. When I laid eyes on the gorgeous, tattooed man at the bar, I had to have him. I never would have thought the night could end in such horror. I saved his life, and I swear I’ll save him as many times as I have to. Even if it means saving him from himself.

**This is the first book in the Heathens Ink series in which every book can be read as a stand alone.

CAUTION: this book is recommended for readers 18+ and does contain one scene of graphic violence that may disturb some readers. And, in case it wasn’t clear from the description, this is an M/M romance, man parts will be touching.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)

It wasn’t clear to me from the description, and it doesn’t say so in the book, but this book “felt” like it could be about any of the survivors from Orlando’s shooting. Thane and Madden hadn’t ever met before the night in the club when they end up sort of forced together after the tragic shooting injures Madden.

But… this story is more than that. Madden has a past that makes this particular crisis all the more scary and Thane has to slowly learn about it – even though they are thrown together as though they’ve been dating a long time.

I’m going to put some triggers in a spoiler so that people who have them can look and people who don’t mind can skip it, but there are SEVERAL in the story.

(spoiler) Trigger warnings: suicide, drug addiction, PTSD, pain/chronic pain ) (end spoiler)

This was a far darker story than I had anticipated and far more complex. In a way we get a bit of “insta love”. Both Thane and Madden are very interested in the other and jump very quickly into a relationship that defies explanation. It evolves as it can while the two are essentially living together as strangers and it’s a very unique situation.

The steam level is mid-level, I’d say – and sometimes it felt out of place. More than anything, this is a hurt/comfort story and though I know the two guys are attracted to each other, I think focusing on the serious issues – which were HUGE – was the main story and the sex only a side bit. For the most part, I felt this was appropriate, but there were a couple of times where I thought – “Would he even want sex now?” ‘

This was the first I’d read by this author and I’d definitely look to something from her again. I think there are some compelling new stories in store from Madden’s work crew and they look really interesting!

If you’re in the mood for dark, hurt/comfort, sorta insta-love – this is the right book for you!

4.25 (rounded to 4.5) of 5 stars

Audio

I like listening to Cooper North and thought he handled the emotions and the different character voices well. This is a great way to enjoy this story.

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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Safe and Sound (Tales from Rainbow Alley Book 6) by Jaime Samms

Pride Publishing

https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/safe-and-sound

Blurb

Book six in the Tales from Rainbow Alley series
Overcoming past hurts and letting love back in sometimes means reinventing everything about yourself, and sometimes means loving who you already are despite the jagged edges.
Rikki’s past is ugly, painful and full of blood. Simon is getting over a lover who only saw him for his uses, but had no use for his heart. From the outside, they seem like a disaster waiting to happen.
From the moment Simon moves into the same house, they seem to be exactly what the other needs. Except for one small detail. Simon has never been—or wanted to be—the one in charge in the bedroom. And Rikki doesn’t trust himself to keep Simon safe. So when Simon demands independence in all other things, Rikki is sure he’ll have to accept a life of solitude and hold himself inside his cold shell.
Meanwhile, as Simon waits for Rikki to bring the heat, his old lover is still hoping to use him one more time. Rikki is going to have to trust his instincts—and all the deadly skills he’s grown to loathe and fear—to keep his Simon safe.

Review

I have not read any of the other books in this series but I didn’t feel lost as I read this book. Jamie Samms does a good job building the story around Rikki and Simon. Sure if you don’t know the overall story line there are questions about people and their reactions, but soon you get caught up in how Simon and Rikki are thinking and reacting to each other.

This is more of a story of learning to trust. Trust yourself, trust another person and trusting your true self and feelings to move forward to become the person you would have been if people hadn’t manipulated your life.

Simon is your typical submissive personality in many ways and because of the abuse he has been he second guesses himself to the point of freezing. I loved how as the story progresses he regains his self worth and grows into a more confident man.

Rikki is much more complicated and has confined himself to the house because he doesn’t trust himself out in the world. He has his kitchen and routines and thinks that is all he deserves. His past has truly f*cked with his head and how he views himself. But Simon needs someone to take care of him and Rikki evolves to fill that need.

As Simon and Rikki grow, the overall story continues and we see all the people from Rainbow Alley come and go.

Overall I liked this story and will go back and look for the rest of the series.

4 stars of 5

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Romantic Behavior by LA Witt and Cari Z Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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About Romantic Behavior

 

Detective Andreas Ruffner is no fool—he’s found a man who loves him, puts up with him, and has stuck with him through hell and back, and it’s time to put a ring on it. Darren Corliss is the love of his life, and he wants the whole world to know it.

 

Now the fun part—the wedding!

 

Well, after the not-so-fun part of planning the wedding in between dealing with overbearing and impossible-to-please family members. With future mothers-in-law driving them both up a wall, the guest list growing out of control, and the wedding getting ever more complicated, Darren and Andreas have to wonder if they’re in over their heads.

 

But they’re going to make it to the altar if it kills them . . . and at this rate, it just might.

 

Available now from Riptide Publishing!

 

About the Bad Behavior Series

 

It’s “hell no” at first sight for newly partnered detectives Andreas Ruffner and Darren Corliss. Darren is too chipper, Andreas is too gruff, and that whole “IA wants me to prove you’re a dirty cop” thing really doesn’t get them off on the right foot.

 

It doesn’t matter if they like each other. They’re partners and that’s final. Though Andreas is easy on the eyes. And Darren is kind of cute. And . . . okay, maybe they can make this work.

 

They’d better, because as their cases get more horrifying—and more personal—they’ll have to trust each other with their lives, and with their hearts.

 

Check out Bad Behavior!

 

About Cari Z.

 

Cari Z was a bookworm as a child and remains one to this day. In an effort to combat her antisocial reading behavior, she did all sorts of crazy things, from competitive gymnastics to alligator wresting (who even knew that was legal!) to finally joining the Peace Corps, which promptly sent her and her husband to the wilds of West Africa, stuck them in a hut, and said, “See ya!” She also started writing, because some things she just thought she could do better. She’s still climbing that ladder, but can’t stop herself from writing, or from sharing what she creates.

 

Cari enjoys a wide range of literary genres, from the classics (get ‘im, Ahab) to science fiction and fantasy of all types, to historical fiction and reference materials (no, seriously, there are so many great encyclopedias out there). She writes in a wide range of genres as well, but somehow 90% of what she produces ends up falling into the broad and exciting category of m/m erotica. There’s a sprinkling of f/m and f/f and even m/f/m in her repertoire, but her true love is man love. And there’s a lot of love to go around.

 

Cari has published short stories, novellas, and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on Literotica.com, under the name Carizabeth.

 

Connect with Cari at http://cari-z.net/  or via her blog, http://carizerotica.blogspot.com/

 

About L.A. Witt

 

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

  1. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).


 

To celebrate the release of Romantic Behavior, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit and their choice in an ebook from each of Cari and L.A.’s backlist! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 20, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

 

 

 

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And the winner for the best book and audiobook released in December 2017 …

Thanks to everyone who voted this month! Our Winners for the best book and audiobook released in December 2017 are…

 

Shattered (The Protectors, #11) by Sloane Kennedy

Audio: Alpha Heir by Victoria Sue narr Joel Leslie

Unexpected (The Protectors, #10) by Sloane Kennedy

Audio: No Regrets by Nicky James narr Adam Gold

 

Rebel (415 Ink, #1) by Rhys Ford

 and Deep Edge (Harrisburg Railers, #3) by R.J. Scott

Audio: A Kind of Home by Lane Hayes narr Seth Clayton

Congratulations to all our Winners and to our Comment winners: Dee and Susana!

 

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Audiobook: Damned If You Do by Marie Sexton Narrated by John Solo

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Damned-If-You-Do-Audiobook/B072M8CXVC?ref=a_a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=8AAJH9PKA4MTZ50HSS77&

Blurb

The path to temptation is paved with a hellish amount of paperwork.

Soul acquisition is a drag, but if Abaddon doesn’t catch up on his quota, he could be demoted to scooping poop for the Hounds of Hell. With a deadline hanging over him, he heads for the Bible Belt, looking for the perfect combination of sweetness and challenge.

Seth is a blind musician, part of a traveling tent revival. He’s cute, mystically talented, and quotes the Bible at every turn. His soul is pure enough to fill Abaddon’s quota for months to come, and Abaddon is determined to claim it.

The problem? There’s the revival foreman who watches Abaddon’s every move. Then there’s the mystery of Seth’s many unusual talents. Lastly, there’s Abaddon himself. He’s beginning to like Seth a bit too much. Maybe Seth deserves something better than damnation.

But Hell’s agenda isn’t negotiable, and time is running out. If Abaddon doesn’t play his cards right, he could condemn both of them to the worst fate of all—an eternity apart.

Warning: Contains a Bible-quoting twink and an irreverent devil who’ll do anything to avoid going “back to the office”. Also, snakes. Lots and lots of snakes.

Review
(Book Reviewed Here Previously)

Abaddon is one of the many devils whose task it is to persuade humans to give up their souls to the devil through any means of temptation. He’s not very good at it. In fact, he’s behind on his quota and about to be demoted.
He has only 2 weeks to “catch up” so he decides to go for quality versus quantity. Certain souls are “worth more” in that they are harder to tempt to the dark side.

When Abaddon goes to the human realm in search of his soul he finds one so bright it’s nearly blinding, Seth. In addition to being blind, Seth also plays every musical instrument like a pro, travels with his brother in a tent revival and happens to perform healings as well.

There’s no soul more pure than Seth.

The problem is, Abaddon begins to like Seth and not only doesn’t he want Seth to be just another soul haunting Hell, he wants to BE with Seth… but that’s impossible…

**

Wow! This was so surprising! It was hysterical – first off. Sure, I’ve seen bits of humor in Marie’s writing in the past –but this was a whole new level of humor. It’s funny left and right and very, very clever.

Marie’s version of Hell is pretty hysterical:
“…rows of cubicles. They stretched as far as the eye could see. Anybody who lost their soul in a wager or an ill-taken deal with a devil wound up here. There were no computers, but plenty of old-fashioned manual typewriters- always with stuck keys and worn-out ribbons – and a never-ending streams of forms to be filled out in triplicated and filed away.”

Each soul has a relative value and some as some are more easily attained:
“A politician’s soul isn’t worth the paperwork that comes with it. Besides, we already own them all.”
“All of them?”
“Ninety percent of lobbyists, plus every congressman, senator, and president since the fifties.” Baphomet shrugged. “Except Carter.”

As far as the other side goes, Seth is chock full of Biblical quotes. If I had a complaint at all it’d be the quotes. I had to skim them after awhile there are quite a few. They’re used to make a point and never to really preach so much as to show the opposite side of Abaddon’s arguments, but the language and all grew a bit tedious.

That being said, I still really loved this – so much! But… I’ll warn you right now, I cried reading this. OMG. There are parts of this that just sucker punch you into the ugly cry. It’s a very, very heartwarming story as well.

There is almost no “heat” – it’s almost a fade to black but there are still moments of beautiful passion.

I ADORED the ending – it was a bit predictable (at least the what but not the how).

All in all this is a funny, sweet, witty, surprisingly moving story about finding true love and being true to yourself at the same time.

Highly recommended!

Audio

John Solo can be hit or miss for me. While I like his voice, he doesn’t always hit the right notes for me as far as inflection, accents or pacing. However, he absolutely nailed this!

He does a tremendous job of giving both Abbadon and Seth voices that suit their characters and he handles the humor and the high emotions well.

While his “James Earl Jones” imitation could use some work, he did a fair approximation. 😉

If you’re a fan of “devil vs angel” stories and enjoy some humor – this is the story for you. Listening absolutely enhanced my enjoyment and I can highly recommend this!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Mr. January (Calendar Men #1) by Bailey Bradford

GoodReads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37541479-mr-january

Blurb

There’s no sense in pussy-footing around when it comes to love.

Albert E. Washington is a nerd and proud of it. He’s a cool cat when he shifts, but for the most part, he’s just a guy who sometimes tapes his glasses together and enjoys quality clothing like bowties and suspenders. When his boss has him acting as an errand boy, Albert finds himself in the middle of a sexy calendar photo shoot. It’s a little too much for him to process and he ends up embarrassing himself.

Gregg is Mr. January—or he will be if the photo shoot ever gets going. Injuring his back when he trips on the set isn’t going to speed things up. The appearance of a seriously hot guy who flips the switch on Gregg’s geeky-man button makes a bad day great. Now, if Gregg can just get Albert to agree to a date, if he doesn’t scare Albert off, if Albert will just pick up on the flirtatious things Gregg says…

That’s a lot of ifs, but Gregg isn’t intimidated by them. He knows his dream man when he meets him. Now all Gregg has to do is survive the photo shoot and convince Albert to give him, and love, a chance.

Review

I’m a big fan of this author’s paranormal stories. One of my favorite shifter series is her Southwestern Shifter series https://www.goodreads.com/series/48347-southwestern-shifters, so I was excited to read this based on that.

Well… though there are shifters in this story I’m not really sure why. There was little if any shifting or use of those characteristics. There wasn’t any “mate” type stuff which I adore, either. Instead this was more about a nerd and a hot guy and a mystery which only involved these guys peripherally.

I skimmed most of it and will not likely pick up more from this series.

If you’re in the mood for some slightly funny nerd/hot guy romance with a lot of smexy times – this might be for you.

2.5 of 5 stars
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Beneath The Mask by Victoria Sue

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/beneath-this-mask-by-victoria-sue-9191-b

Blurb

Enhanced World: Book Three
Gael Peterson has spent years hiding behind the enhanced abilities he wears like a mask, even though he is an important, confident member of the FBI’s exclusive H.E.R.O. team. The hurt and betrayal of his mom’s abandonment and his father’s fists are secrets buried deep beneath the ugly scars on his face, and he doesn’t trust Jake, his new regular human partner, with any of them. In a world where those with special abilities like Gael’s are regarded as freaks and monsters, it won’t be easy for him to rely on Jake to have his back, especially when the abilities of a vulnerable nonspeaking enhanced child make that child a murder suspect.
Tempers rise and loyalties are challenged, and when the serial killer targeting the enhanced finally sets his sights on Gael, not only will Gael have to trust Jake with his secrets, he might have to trust him to save his life.

Review

This is the third book the Enhanced series and I think it’s best read as a series. You could probably figure things out, but you’d be missing an awful lot.

If you’ve read the first books, you have an idea of what the Enhanced are and how they and the humans have historically interacted. Jake and Gael have some similar concerns as they pair up. Just as Finn and Talon had to learn to work together so do they. (I was a big Gael fan in book 1 and he did not disappoint here!)

The story is a lovely mix of Gael and Jake learning to work together and love one another as well continued action as we meet more bady guys.

I think fans of the series will love this and love Jake and Gael as a couple and if you’re new to the series, you should probably start with book 1.

Highly recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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The Hockey Player’s Heart (Hockey Hearts #1) by Jeff Adams and Will Knauss

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-hockey-players-heart-by-jeff-adams-and-will-knauss-9211-b

Blurb

When hockey star Caleb Carter returns to his hometown to recover from an injury, the only thing he’s interested in is a little R & R. He never expects to run into his onetime crush at a grade school fund-raiser . Seeing Aaron Price hits him hard, like being checked into the boards. The attraction is still there, even after all these years, and Caleb decides to make a play for the schoolteacher. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take, right?

Aaron has been burned by love before and can’t imagine what a celebrity like Caleb could possibly see in a guy like him. Their differences are just too great. But as Aaron spends more time with Caleb, he begins to wonder if he might have what it takes to win the hockey player’s heart.

Review

This was a nice friends to lovers romance. I wasn’t ever really capitivated by their chemistry and I wish we’d gotten more of a glimpse of the angst from childhood.

I felt that Aaron wasn’t reliably making sense given how obvious Caleb seems to be pursuing him.

It was easy to read and the writing was good.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Ghost of a Chance (Requiem Inc. #1) by Kris T. Bethke

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ghost-of-a-chance-by-kris-t-bethke-9213-b

Blurb

Only love makes life worth living—over and over again.

Ghostwalker Blake Jones dies every day. It’s his job and how he helps trapped souls cross over. But to return to life, he needs an anchor. His new partner, Derek Scott, is a surprise. Not only is he male, but his appearance belies a caring and gentle heart. Despite attraction and a strengthening relationship, they know they shouldn’t take things further.

But there’s a big difference between knowing and doing.

Their growing love presents a problem, though not the one they expect. Blake and Derek have to decide if they should take their relationship to the most permanent level—an unbreakable metaphysical bond. Doing so offers both risk and unimaginable reward. Can Blake let go of his fears and put his complete trust in Derek in order to have the happily ever after he’s always craved?

Review

This is going on my list as one of the best books I read in 2017! I was captivated right from the start! I’d never encountered a set up like this and was immediately enthralled in the intimacy and horror and immediate connection shared by our two MCs.

Not only was this a wonderfully sweet and sensual romance, but the actual story of Ghost Walking and the ghosts they encounter were fascinating!

I really hope to see more from this world in the future!

6 of 5 stars

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Morgan - Signature-small
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Posted in 6 star, Action/Adventure, adult - 18+, Alternate World, Angst Level, Book, co-workers to lovers, Contemporary, DA, Dreamspinner, Fated Mates, Gay, Gay, Ghost, Heat Index, High but not hopeless, Hurt/comfort, m/m, Magic, Mid-grade, Morgan, Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words), Paranormal, Part of a Series, Standalone | Leave a comment