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Valentine’s Review: The Moore the Merrier Audiobook by Alex Miska, V. Soffer narrated by Sean Lehart, Jill Smith

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Moore-the-Merrier-Audiobook/B078P4W6G6

Blurb: “Our family will always have room for a few more Moores.”
The Moore family is growing exponentially this year! All three brothers are enjoying their happily ever afters. Julian and Xander only have four weeks to plan their dream wedding and are waiting impatiently to welcome two homeless teens into their family. Amidst all the merriment, Chance discovers that he has siblings, and they need his help. He’s forced to confront his past, but he won’t have to face it alone.

Review

 I loved this continuation of the Julian and Xander’s story. The best part was seeing the proceedings from the furbabies POV. They were hysterical.
The collaboration between Sean Lenhart and Jill Smith was really good, but I have to say that Sean was excellent with both the narrative and non-narrative bits.
This story is best experienced as an audiobook – the animals are hysterical – especially the cats and their territorial ways (the Xmas tree scene is a scream) and Luna. Ms. Smith portrays her brilliantly.
I highly recommend this audiobook, it’s so funny 🙂

4.5 stars out of 5

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Recent Release: Agent Bayne (PsyCop #9) by Jordan Castillo Price

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37802034-agent-bayne?from_search=true

Blurb

Victor Bayne is through with the Chicago PD. Can he handle the FPMP?
After years of frustration as a PsyCop, Victor Bayne reports for duty at the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. As a fledgeling agent, he’s ready to smoke out a few ghosts and be home each night in time for dinner. But is he prepared to add a professional dimension to his romantic partnership with Jacob Marks?
Jacob has already established his territory in the Program—he’s competent, he’s respected, and he’s pretty much fearless. The last thing Vic wants to do is screw up in front of him.
When fellow agents start turning up dead, Vic is expected to do more than just lay their ghosts to rest. But what if his psychic talent isn’t quite enough? As the death toll rises, he and Jacob scramble to determine who’s in danger, and who’s a killer.
Using all the resources at their disposal, they close in on their suspect. But as they do, their past comes back to haunt them…and even Jacob worries they’ve tampered with forces they should have left alone. Are their combined talents enough to protect them from enemies both living and dead?

Review

This book made me ridiculously happy!

First, it gives us more Jacob and Vic and even some Crash! We get to solve another mystery and just when we think we know all there is to know about Vic’s talent… there’s more to know!

Aaaand – it seems like there could be many of these with Vic as FPMP. I wouldn’t be sad if these went on for – I don’t know – EVER!

Aaaand – I love his new phone! So funny and realistic!

Aaaand- Jacob and Vic are still rock solid. They are such a great couple and I love watching their relationship evolve over time.

If you’re a fan, you’ve already read this and if you haven’t started this series – go do it!

 

I cannot wait for the audio!

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars

 

 

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Audiobook: Survivor by TM Smith Narrated by Nick J Russo

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Survivor-Audiobook/B079C24B8R?ref=a_a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=B32GZT9086RNBEMMY3CP&

Blurb

Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only thirteen years old—his parents killed, leaving him alone and orphaned. With no living relatives, he’d certainly be another statistic if not for the intervention of the policeman who found Taylor in the crawl space where his mother hid him that fateful night. Despite the tragedy and resulting anguish in his life, Taylor knows how lucky he is.

Frank Moore is a rookie with the Dallas Police Department when he and his partner answer a call in Devonshire, one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods. They think the young boy in various pictures throughout the home has been kidnapped until they find him, shaken but alive. Officer Moore recognizes the pain in the kid’s eyes, having lost his own mother to cancer when he was just a boy. He steps in, making sure Taylor is placed with a loving foster family. Over the years, Frank becomes a permanent fixture in Taylor’s life.

A decade later, the case remains unsolved and the once gangly, uncertain teenager is now a college graduate who knows exactly what he wants. He’s coming home to the man that helped mold and shape his life, the man he’s loved for as long as he can remember, Frank Moore. But Taylor isn’t the only person returning to Dallas, and while Frank is distracted by his own conflicting feelings and the new bond growing between the two, the past creeps up on them, determined to finish what was started ten years earlier.

Review

I didn’t know what to expect when I started listening to this book I didn’t read the blurb. I thought it might be full of angst but it wasn’t. I found it to be a wonderful story of building a life out of tragedy and finding love. Some might say that Taylor has it easy in that he had loving foster/adoptive parents from the beginning but I don’t think of it that way. Frank’s protectiveness stated from the moment he found Taylor so it’s only natural for him to remain in Taylor’s life. Their relationship stays purely plutonic until they both see each other in a different light when Taylor is in his early twenties. Running in the background is the mystery surroundingTaylor’s parents death. To be honest I kinda forgot about it until it was introduced back towards the end of the story. This was very well crafted and felt a natural and surprising conclusion. Very good story and one I will be listening to again.

The narrator, Nick J. Russo, gives Taylor a lovely deep voice, which I at first thought was too mature for him but I quickly settled into enjoying it. The voices used for the female characters were good and suited them extremely well. I am always impressed when a narrator shows a great skill in not only providing an array of voices but matching them so well to the characters. The quality of the narration drew me into this story so much that I was sad when it ended.

4 of stars out of 5 for the story
5 of stars out of for the narration.

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Ante Up by Kim Fielding Narrated by Andrew McFerrin

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ante-up-by-kim-fielding-8952-b

Blurb

Love is a high-stakes game.

A century and a half ago, Ante Novak died on a Croatian battlefield—and rose three days later as a vampire. Now he haunts Las Vegas, stealing blood and money from drunken gamblers and staying on the fringe of the powerful vampire organization known as the Shadows. His existence feels empty and meaningless until he meets beautiful Peter Gehrardi, who can influence others with his thoughts.

An attraction flares instantly, bringing a semblance of life to Ante’s dead heart. But the Shadows want Peter too, and they’re willing to kill to get him. As Ante and Peter flee, they learn more about themselves and each other, and they discover that the world is a stranger place than either of them imagined. With enemies at their heels and old mistakes coming back to exact a price, how can Ante and Peter find sanctuary?

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

I’m a huge Kim Fielding fan and I’ve really been enjoying these Dreamspun books so I was really looking forward to this.

I think that if I hadn’t had such high expectations for a story from this author – I know what amazing things she can do – I would have given this more stars. But… and maybe this is unfair – I didn’t resonate with this like I have so many of her other stories.

On the one hand it was pretty interesting and fairly light, the two MCs are not exactly what you’d expect – which is refreshing. On the other hand I wasn’t really ever bowled over by their chemistry and I was a bit disappointed by the ending.

However – if you’re in the mood for a paranormal story written by an excellent author with a somewhat unique twist on the trope – give this is a try – you won’t be disappointed!

3.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Here is another example of where a great narrator can absolutely elevate a story to the next level. I admit that I was surprised I hadn’t loved this before – Kim Fielding is a writing Goddess! – but it hadn’t struck the right notes with me. However, the narrator – Andrew McFerrin – did an amazing job! He gave everyone unique voices that absolutely suited them perfectly (I LOVED Ante and never realized you pronounce it Aunty…) and thought his depiction of Peter was fantastic!

He gave us just the right amount of emotion and angst and humor to make this a really gripping listen.

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars

Overall
4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: The Fireman’s Pole by Sue Brown Narrated by Finn Sterling

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-firemans-pole-by-sue-brown-8862-b

Blurb
The flames of passion rise for the lord of the manor.

It’s springtime in Calminster village, but things are already heating up. Sexy firefighter Dale Maloney is new to the local station. When Dale backs the company fire engine into the village maypole, he attracts the ire—and attention—of Benedict Raleigh, the Baron Calminster.

Soon after meeting Dale, Ben breaks off his relationship with his girlfriend, and the sparks between Ben and Dale are quickly fanned into flames.

Unfortunately the passion between the two men isn’t the only blaze in the village. An arsonist’s crimes are escalating, and it’s up to Dale and his crew to stop them. Meanwhile, as they investigate, an unscrupulous business partner attempts to coerce Ben into marrying his daughter. The May Day parade is around the corner, but they have plenty of fires to put out before Ben can finally slide down the fireman’s pole

Review
I found this to be a sweet and at times amusing story. I love the Englishness of it and the double entendres, my kind of humour (yep I’m a Brit). I loved the fairy tale aspect of working class boy falling for a member of the aristocracy. Their relationship develops naturally following a couple of incidents that makes Ben notice Dale. In amongst the budding romance is the mystery of an arsonist in the village and the matter of Ben’s girlfriend along with Dale’s ex. Sabrina, sort of Ben’s girlfriend. She is wonderfully strong and devious character. There is a lot going on in this story and it is the skill of Sue Brown’s writing that it all feels natural and suited to the flow, never to much or contrived.

The narrator, Finn Sterling has a pleasant reading voice, husky and deepens for the voice of Ben (Lord Calminster) however Dale’s voice is a little too high in tone for me it sounded squeaky at times. Not at all what I was expecting for a romantic hunky Fireman’s voice. I think there was a sort of south London accent but I couldn’t be sure. Also I found the female voices are a bit grating. They all sounded wobbly. The majority of the time the narration was fine. Just small personal irritations.

4 of stars out of 5 for the story
3 of stars out of 5 for the narration

3.5 of 5 overall

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Blog Tour and Giveaway for Cam Boy by Quinn Anderson!

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Thanks for joining me on my book tour! I’m Quinn Anderson, author of On Solid Ground and All of the Above. I’m here to share some inside information about Cam Boy, coming out on February 12th, my 28th birthday! Stay tuned to hear about the friend who inspired this novel, fun facts, and more about the characters. Leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win a $10 Riptide Publishing gift card!

 

 

About Cam Boy

 

Their chemistry is undeniable, but he knows better than to mix business with pleasure.

 

After years of making minimum wage, twenty-one-year-old Josh Clemmons may have found his salvation. Murmur Inc., a local adult entertainment company, is hosting auditions for new performers, and Josh has been invited to try out. If he can make it as a porn star, he can kiss his money troubles goodbye.

 

Mike Harwood is a loud-and-proud professional adult entertainer. In the past three years, he’s starred in dozens of films, and he’s very good at what he does. But as focused as he’s been on work, he’s neglected everything else, including his love life. He’s so used to faking attraction, he can no longer tell when something real is staring him in the face.

 

Josh gets the job, but when porn fails to live up to the fantasy, he quits to do cam work instead. But he can’t stop thinking about the one scene he filmed, and the captivating man he filmed it with. Their chemistry is undeniable, but Mike knows better than to mix business with pleasure. Then again, with true love on the line, this unorthodox office romance may need a second take.

 

Available now from Riptide Publishing.

 

About Murmur Inc.

 

Murmur Inc.—one of L.A.’s premier adult entertainment companies—prides itself on delivering sex that’s not only hot but high-quality. For decades, they’ve been delighting their rabid fanbase with porn with actual plots, rich fantasies, and stars that boast both good looks and business savvy. And above all else, they employ beautiful people of every shape, size, color, and orientation.

 

There’s no shortage of talent wandering Murmur Inc’s halls, and oddly enough, no shortage of romance simmering behind the scenes. Murmur Inc. takes mixing business with pleasure to new levels. Want an inside look at the personal lives of Murmur Inc’s hottest stars? No subscription necessary.

 

Check out Murmur Inc.!

 

About Quinn Anderson

 

Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.

 

A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. Her girlfriend swears her sense of humor is just one big Joss Whedon reference. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life, and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Yuri on Ice, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Buffy, and more. Growing up, while most of her friends were fighting evil by moonlight, Anderson was kamehameha-ing her way through all the shounen anime she could get her hands on. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and Tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her.

 

Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, playing fetch with her cat, screwing the rules, watching Markiplier play games she’s too scared to play herself, and catching ’em all.

 

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Giveaway

 

To celebrate the release of Cam Boy, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on February 17, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

There’s no shortage of talent wandering Murmur Inc’s halls, and oddly enough, no shortage of romance simmering behind the scenes. Murmur Inc. takes mixing business with pleasure to new levels. Want an inside look at the personal lives of Murmur Inc’s hottest stars? No subscription necessary.

Check out Murmur Inc.!

About Quinn Anderson

Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.

A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. Her girlfriend swears her sense of humor is just one big Joss Whedon reference. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life, and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Yuri on Ice, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Buffy, and more. Growing up, while most of her friends were fighting evil by moonlight, Anderson was kamehameha-ing her way through all the shounen anime she could get her hands on. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and Tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her.

Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, playing fetch with her cat, screwing the rules, watching Markiplier play games she’s too scared to play herself, and catching ’em all.

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Cam Boy, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on February 17, 2017. 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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Once Upon A Wolf (Wayward Wolves series) by Rhys Ford

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-wayward-wolves-series-9349-s

Blurb

Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother, stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.

For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water, then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.

Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges, but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise.

Review by Morgan

I LOVED this!

This was not a long story but it felt very well-developed and multi-dimensional.

I really thought Rhys did a great job of making us understand the link between Zach, Gibson and Ellis and I can’t WAIT for Ellis’ story!

Though I thought the slow-burn part of this story could have been sped up, I mostly understood the need for it.

Rhys’ world building is wonderful and her characters are what absolutely shine in this story.

Highly recommended to fans of the author and to all fans of shifter romance!

Yay! I hope we see more from this world soon!

5 of 5 stars

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A short, sweet shifter story from Ms. Ford.
Gibson is a wolf shifter who lives in isolation with his brother, Ellis. Ellis has been in wolf form since returning from the army, (his way of coping with PTSD). In order for Gibson to watch over him, they live in the woods, away from most humans.
Zach, a recent transplant to the area, is found by Gibson after he falls into an icy lake (no thanks to Ellis ☺). Zach quickly finds out what the two men are, but eventually overcomes his fear and gets to know Gibson better.
This is not a typical shifter story – no fated mates, no packs/territories to claim or fight over – just an engaging story about a man who is looking after his brother and happens to be a shifter. The romance between Gibson is slow and sweet, with very little heat but this is perfect for the story. There is a bit of drama/suspense which gives the story a bit of bite (pun intended!).
I hope there will be more of the couple and I’m hoping that Ellis may have his own story as well.

4 stars out of 5

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Enemies to Lovers: Sixty Five Hours by NR Walker

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16145400-sixty-five-hours?from_search=true

Blurb
Cameron Fletcher and Lucas Hensley are advertising executives who have Sixty Five Hours to pull together the campaign of their careers.

Sixty Five Hours to get along. Sixty Five Hours to not kill each other. Sixty Five Hours to fall in love

 

 

 

 

Review
For me this is a perfect example of an enemies to lovers story and it’s free. The animosity is one sided and Lucas mulls over why Cameron feels that way about him. It is only after they have to work together for sixty five hours that it becomes clear the animosity derives from envy. How could Lucas be so out and proud when Cameron feels he has to hide in the closet. I love that this is a no angst fun story. The way Lucas draws Cameron out so that they find they are so much more compatible than just work colleagues is great. The product behind the add campaign is a prefect foil for getting them together. Not to mention the socks, Cameron has a thing for cartoon socks and this shows Lucas Cameron’s fun side. It also helps that Lucas has a thing for feet! As the perceived barriers between them begin to break down the attraction grows. Both Cameron and Lucas are lovable characters each in their own way and together they are wonderful. Such an enjoyable book.

This is definitely not a book to be missed. It’s hot and steamy, light and funny and shows what a talent NR Walker has. If you don’t already have this book I highly recommend getting it.

4 of stars out of 5

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