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Safe in His Heart (Safe Book 2) Audiobook by Renae Kaye Narrated by Randy Fuller


Dreamspinner Presents




Andrew and Paul learned about God and Jesus in different churches and realize their views of spirituality are worlds apart.

Andrew was raised Catholic and was told his homosexuality was a sin. For his entire life, he hid the truth. He married and had children to present a façade to the world—that of a straight man. It’s not until he has an affair with Paul, who shows him a different side of Jesus, that Andrew realizes he can be gay and still believe in God. Paul’s Jesus is one of acceptance and love, and in Paul’s church, being gay is not a problem.

For Paul and Andrew, falling in love is the easy part of their journey. They must make it through the fires of cheating, being discovered, Andrew’s wife leaving, the necessities of childcare and family life, the demands of their jobs, and working on their commitment to each other. Only then can they be safe in each other’s heart.


(Book reviewed here previously)

Paul is Lon’s BFF whom we met in Safe in His Arms. We knew something hinky was going on with Paul by the way he was reluctant to share who his new love interest was and then we found out he’s a married man. Oh. Man.

So that gives us an instant set of judgments about both men – right? Cheating makes a lot of us squirm and makes us feel uncomfortable. Casey – Lon’s beau, is up front about it. He tells Paul it’ll all end in misery so he should end it now. In fact, most of the people in Paul’s life give him similar advice. Lon – not so wordy our Lon – tells him to be careful, but doesn’t tell him to stop seeing the guy.

Paul – himself – know it’s a bad idea, but he just can’t stop himself. Andrew – the cheating husband – is just so needy and hits Paul’s buttons just right.

Andrew – for his part – is a confused soul. He wants to please his family, is worried about his soul, and his job but most importantly he worries about his kids. He loves gay sex but he doesn’t love being gay. He’s had a crush on Paul for months before Paul finally caves in to an affair. Once they begin they soon realize this is more than a hook-up, but what can ever happen between them?

So –I don’t think this is a spoiler when I tell you up front – Andrew’s marriage is a sham. He and his wife are really just friends and roommates – it’s all explained in the first few chapters – but even given that information – the idea of them getting a divorce and Andrew being out and proud is a still a pretty dim prospect.

Of course, as the story moves on, things change – but for most of the first-half of the story, Andrew is stuck between a rock and a hard place – warring between what he wants and what he wants to want.


First let me say that I love and adore Renae Kaye and have loved each and every book she’s written and listened/read them over and over. They’re just that awesome! Safe in His Arms is soooo good and I was really psyched to see this book in the pipeline.

I had my reservations when I saw the blurb – cheating, married, religion… – uh-oh. These are all things I usually avoid like the plague. I won’t lie. They didn’t strike my fancy one bit. But – It’s Renae – it’s gonna be good right?

Well… mostly.

Though it truly pains me to do so – I can’t say that I loved this. I liked it and was definitely pleasantly surprised that I was able to get over the religion/cheating/marriage thing pretty easily. Those weren’t my issues with this story – not really.

What I didn’t love was the relationship itself between Andrew and Paul. God, it felt so lop-sided. Andrew is mostly a jerk through most of the book and doesn’t quite redeem himself by the end.

Paul – for his part – just gives and gives and gives – and – I’m not sure what he got for all his troubles.

The part that was missing for me is the relationship stuff apart from the sex. Sure – I see how compatible these guys are in bed. I can also see how “helping” is something that a nurse like Paul would be really attractive in a relationship. But Andrew – aside from the sex and getting a new “mother” for his kids – doesn’t seem to really like Paul. He doesn’t treat him with respect and the two don’t spend much time together not in bed. So I had some serious doubts about them as a long term couple.

I thought Erica was THE BEST and I loved Paul’s family and the glimpses of Ash and Devon we see again. (Hope they get their own book next!)

The writing and editing is excellent – no faults there. I just didn’t gel with the couple as well this time.

I applaud Renae for her willingness to tackle both these big subjects in a way that is believable and authentic and I think she achieved those goals. The couple just needed some time to themselves – on page – to convince me they had what it took to make it long term.

3.5 of 5 stars


I opted to review this because sometimes a good narrator can really change my opinion on a book and I wanted to give this it’s best shot because I do so love Renae Kaye as an author. But I just have to conceded that this is a no go. Randy Fuller did not attempt an Australian accent, he made Paul sound a bit off, was way too old sounding in general and did nothing to improve my opinion of this story. In fact, it was a bit worse.

2 of 5 stars

I can’t recommend this audio but I’d still say (for the book) to look at several reviews before making up your mind and go from there.

Overall 2.75 of 5 stars (rounded to 3)


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The Senator’s Secret Audiobook by KC Wells Narrated by John Solo


Dreamspinner Presents



Politics, puppy dogs, and passion, oh my!

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

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

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

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


(Book reviewed here previously)

You have to remember that this entire line of books is designed to be like the old Harlequin romances where reality is something the readers is escaping and fairy tale endings are the expected outcome. There is nothing about this that is remotely “believable” and there are many plot holes and just plain silly plot devices, but the story is really sweet, very sappy, and a lot of fun!

I loved the fact that our senator is a 33 year old virgin! Loved it! I loved how sweet and slow and step by slow-burning step Sam (the senator) is introduced to “making love”. From chaste kisses to over the pants petting – our guy isn’t rushed into any part of the physical relationship he shares with Gary.

The story even has two guys who still smoke! That should tell you something right there! (It does take place in North Carolina – tobacco central! – so I guess that’s just a little authenticity.) Sam’s staff is fun, as is his mother. The evil opposition is suitably devious and slimy and the “we fell in love for real” story line is as predictable as it is adorable.

KC Wells is a good writer and I got hooked right from the beginning. I didn’t have high expectations, so I wasn’t disappointed, but I also found myself rolling my eyes quite a bit at some of the plot twists and turns. This was a fun little story that had me remembering those old romances I used to read and smiling fondly. (Plus a super cute dog!)

If you’re in the mood for something ridiculously fun and frivolous, this is the story for you!

4 of 5 stars


John Solo gives each of the many characters a unique voice and is a great choice for this story.  His “southern” accent is great and he gives Sam this drawl that really suits him.  He also manages to make Gary sound young, but not childish and it really works.  This is a great way to enjoy this story.

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars


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Winner of September 2016 Best Book!



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332057093Any Means Necessary by Aimee Nicole Walker

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The Downs Audiobook by Kim Fielding



As the son of a wealthy man, Enitan Javed has spent his life frivolously – drinking, fighting, and making love. But after his father dies, Enitan is unjustly accused of murdering him and is given the harshest sentence possible. Judged irredeemable, he is banished to the Downs. As even young children know, nothing lives in the Downs except demons who delight in torturing the condemned. Brutalized by the men who transport him to his fate, Enitan has nothing left but his thirst for vengeance.

His plummet to the Downs nearly kills him, and Enitan finds himself battered and helpless in a frightening, mysterious land. But many surprises await him there, including a strange man named Rig. And the realization that the demons he must face aren’t at all the ones he expected.


(Story originally reviewed here: http://kimichanexperience.com/the-downs-by-kim-fielding/)

This is another short story from the GoodReads Love is an Open Road event.

Entian is condemned for killing his father – which he didn’t do – but feels the judge was right when she decreed him “unredeemable” because he’s been selfish, lazy and not a good contributor to his family’s wealth.

Rig is a … okay – well he’s the guy who saves Entian and it’s part of the story so I won’t tell you much about him – only that he’s a healer and amazing!

This is an earth-like place? I’m not sure how you qualify this – but it feels earth like but not the earth we know.

Entian and Rig must navigate through both their insecurities and Entian’s desire for revenge before finding their very, very HEA.

It’s a dark story – similar in flavor and feel to Brute, also by Kim Fielding, but so rewarding! Neither character is perfect, in fact you might classify Entian as an anti-hero for most of the book – but his redemption is complete and perfect by the end.

All in all a wonderful short story and FREE!

5 of 5 stars


KC Kelly does a masterful job with this vaguely “old world” story – giving it just the right “other” sort of inflection and making us understand and appreciate the “otherness” of this world. He’s just so easy to listen to and so good with pacing and emotion. I truly love his narrations and this is no exception.  I especially loved Rig 🙂

Highly recommended.

Overall 5 of 5 stars


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Drawn by Elle Brownlee

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents



Sebastian (Sen) Holt is an artist currently in New Orleans. He’s always been a wanderer, believing in fate and following signs to guide his destiny. Although he itches to pull up stakes, getting a painting into a gallery keeps him rooted. One morning his good friend calls him in desperate need of help with her cleaning business. Her regular cleaner flaked, she can’t lose her client, and there’s no one else.

The job is at a large and recently restored house—and the owner, Morgan Ballard, comes home unexpectedly. They are immediately drawn together, as if they know each other, but they’ve never met. As they grow closer, Morgan behaves like two people. Sometimes he’s friendly and casual, and other times intimate and demanding. Sen juggles his painting through bursts of vision-like inspiration, the cleaning job, and an unexpected commission—all while trying to unlock the growing mystery of the intense connection he feels to Morgan. He’s not sure which scares him more—the strangeness surrounding their growing bond or that he’s found someone to make him reconsider his lifelong wanderlust.


What a good time for this book to come out! It’s not exactly scary, but maybe spooky? In any case, it has lots of dark scenes, mystery and an eerie disjointed sense of reality that lends itself to the Halloween season.

On the one hand I really liked how this story developed and played out and really felt like the layers of metaphors really worked. The imagery of the artist and the paint and the canvas – mimicking the memories or pseudomemories getting played out and “remembered” was wonderful. I also liked the “flashbacks” and the clammy, damp feelings associated with the storms and Morgan’s own “memories”.

Though I pretty much figured out what was going on right away, I wasn’t exactly sure of the details and that kept me interested and turning pages.

What didn’t work for me was the length. I got bogged down in the middle third of the book wading through the (very good) descriptions of the flashbacks and the encounters with Morgan waiting for the punch-line. There just wasn’t enough action to keep me one hundred percent engaged. I understood the slow reveal, but I guess, for me, it was a little too slow.

The author did a magnificent and very thorough job of “painting” the picture for the reader, however, and I could almost feel the humidity and the electricity in the air.

Overall, I thought this was a fascinating and well-written story and well worth my time.

4.25 of 5 stars


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BG Thomas’ Winter Heart Blog Tour and Guest Post


OS: Welcome to BG Thomas, author of Winterheart.  Thanks for stopping by!  What can you tell us about your new book? 



Hey, all! B.G. Thomas here, and I thought you might like to hear from my friend Wyatt Dolan, star of my new book (and his of course), Winter Heart. We were talking the other day over coffee, and I causally mentioned how sometimes authors do interviews with the stars of their books. He raised an eyebrow and tentatively expressed interest. Then, over a day or two, he got more and more interested. And now, well, here we are!

B.G.: Morning, Wyatt.

Wyatt: Morning, Ben. How’s it hanging?

B.G.: Ahhh, fine.

Wyatt: (giggles)

B.G.: So, we’re here to discuss your new book Winter….

Wyatt: Wait! Before we start, I just heard a joke and I have to tell you. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but I think it’s really appropriate. How can you tell if a novel is MM?

B.G.: Besides the obvious?

Wyatt: (grinning) The hero always gets his man in the end.

B.G.: (laughs) Okay, Wyatt! That’s a pretty good one.

Wyatt: (bows)

B.G.: Wyatt, I just wanted to thank you for doing this today.

Wyatt: (shrugs) I’m nervous. But excited too. In fact, that’s how I feel about Winter Heart coming out. I really exposed myself big time with this book of yours.

B.G.: It’s very personal.

Wyatt: All four books are personal! But I can’t help but think mine is the most personal of all.

B.G.: (nods) Well, you went through hell, I know that. What with all that Howard did to you.

(Wyatt pauses and looks away at this. He swallows hard. Takes a deep breath. Nods.)

Wyatt: Yeah. Well. I thought it was important that I share my story if for no other reason because of what Howard did. There’s a lot of people out there in relationships far, far worse than what I went through. And they stay in them when they shouldn’t, just like I did.

B.G.: Why do you think that happens?

Wyatt: Why do you think it happens, Ben? You shared with me that you were in a pretty horrible relationship yourself. Almost the same as me.

B.G.: Ten years.

Wyatt: And I stayed with Howard for about eleven.

B.G.: Tell us why you did, Wyatt. This book is about you, not me.

Wyatt: (rolls his eyes) Whatever you say. (clears his throat) All right. I think the reason people stay in abusive relationships—and let me say right now Howard wasn’t physically abusive—is that we…. No, I have to speak for myself.

I was raised that you marry someone for better or worse. And while Howard and I weren’t able in those days to get legally married, we were married in every way except paper. And in the beginning of our relationship, everything was wonderful. Howard was this big, hot, muscular man’s man. He rescued me when I was stranded in Kansas City after my father kicked me out. My car was kaput. I had very little money. And this big Mister Man shows up and literally rescues me. Gives me a place to stay. And makes love to me like I never dreamed I could be made love to. He took care of me. Opened doors for me. Came up with all kinds of sweet nicknames for me like “Baby Bear” and “Little Bear.” That’s how I got the name that lots of people know me by. Little Bear. Howard came up with it. Ben! I was so happy! I was on top of the world. Howard was everything I ever wanted.

B.G.: And then things changed….

Wyatt: (nods, and looks away) Yeah. They changed. Howard started belittling me. Calling me names. Putting me down. Telling me no one really liked me, they only liked him and were putting up with me because I was with him.

B.G.: Yeah. I understand Wyatt. The same thing happened to me. I put all of my self-worth in him.

Wyatt: Exactly! I lived for him.

B.G.: And I kept hoping my ex would change. That things would go back to the way they were.

Wyatt: Yes! The whole better or worse thing. At first it was better than better. Then it became worse than worse. And I thought, I can’t just stay when it’s good. This is for better or worse, and right now it’s worse.

B.G.: The thing is that it doesn’t get better. It stays worse. Stayed worse.

Wyatt: And I started seeing that. But I was his! I couldn’t imagine leaving. I couldn’t imagine starting all over again. And I didn’t want my dad to be right. He said homosexuality was a perversion and that two men couldn’t love each other and stay with each other. That gay relationships could not work.

B.G.: Yeah….

Wyatt: And then finally, as those who’ve read the first three books know, Howard dumped me. Me! The one who had been wronged.

B.G.: That must have sucked.

Wyatt: And not in a good deep-throating and swallowing after way either!

B.G.: That is the one thing I can say about my case. I did dump my lover. I took it and took it and took it and took it and finally realized I would rather live in a cardboard box in an alley than live with him one more day. So I broke up with him.

Wyatt: And you got the house. I didn’t!

B.G.: Yeah. I’m sorry about that, Wyatt.

Wyatt: It was really bad, Ben. Horrible. Wicked.

B.G.: I can imagine. But things did get better. Which is what Winter Heart is really about.

Wyatt: (Wyatt’s entire face brightens up and his smile is so darned big, I can’t help but smile myself) Yes. Kevin Owens happened. Kevin, as you may know is someone we met in….

B.G.: Wait! Don’t we want to leave that as a surprise?

Wyatt: Oh! Yes. We probably do, don’t we? Give them a reason to read the book.

B.G.: Right. But I hope people find that there are a lot more reasons to read this book, and not just to see you find true love.

Wyatt: (Sighs happily) And I do find true love!

B.G.: Ssssshhhhhh! Wyatt! Don’t give anything away!

Wyatt: Oh please! It’s a Male Male Romance! And it is from Dreamspinner Press. The reader knows that the hero, and in this case that’s me, always gets his man in the end. And I do too! (giggles) Oh my! And Mister Man gets me in the end too. And….

B.G.: Wyatt!

Wyatt: Prude!

B.G.: Not a prude Wyatt. I just think we have to give the readers something to wait for.

Wyatt: Yeah, yeah. Okay. Whatever.

B.G.: Is there anything you would like to tell the readers?

Wyatt: (pauses) Yeah. There is. Believe. I want you to believe. Because if I could come out of what I came through and find true love, I know that you can too. Anyone can.

B.G.: Leap!

Wyatt: The net will appear!

B.G.: That’s wonderful, Wyatt.

Wyatt: Thank you, Ben. Now, want to get a cocktail? I’ve got this new drink I’m loving a lot that Asher introduced me to.

B.G.: Sounds good. Want to head over to the Male Box?

Wyatt: Nonsense. The whole gang should be here any moment.

B.G.: The Fabulous Four?

Wyatt: Yes! Except we’re not the FAB-ulous Four anymore. We have all four found the loves of our lives. We are eight now. So we call ourselves the—

B.G.: Wyatt! Let them read the book!

Wyatt: (rolls eyes) Yeah, yeah. Whatever.

And there you go! I hope you will check out Winter Heart. I know I poured my heart into it. Maybe you have too?

If you have, you can always write me through my blog. I answer questions! And I love th her from my readers. I’ll be waiting!

B.G. Thomas

OS: Thanks for sharing!  Good luck on your tour!


Title: Winter Heart
Series: Seasons of Love
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 400
Genre: Contemporary
Trope: Second Chance at Love


Seasons of Love: Book Four

For over ten years, Wyatt Dolan defined himself as the lover of Howard Wallace. Howard made sure Wyatt’s self-worth depended on that role. So when Howard dumps him, he is lost at sea in a storm without a rudder. If it wasn’t for his supportive friends, he doesn’t know what he’d do. Finally, after a series of disasters, he escapes to Camp Sanctuary—a sacred place to him—where he can be alone, try to put his past behind him, and find a new direction for his life.

Kevin Owens is a lonely man. He is very intelligent—several apps he created have gone on to make him a comfortable living—but he is also quite shy and is uncomfortable making conversation. The death of his dear friend and former lover after a long illness leaves him grieving, confused, and adrift. Then a dream guides him to Camp Sanctuary, only to find that the one cabin with a wood-burning stove has already been reserved. And worse, by a man he’s had a secret crush on for years—Wyatt Dolan.

When a snowstorm knocks out power at the Camp, Wyatt and Kevin must share the same cabin to stay warm, and very soon, magickal things begin to happen.



Dreamspinner: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/winter-heart-by-bg-thomas-7662-b

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Heart-Seasons-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B01LZ1A97Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1475765126&sr=1-1&keywords=winter+heart+b.g.+thomas

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Winter-Heart-Seasons-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B01LZ1A97Q/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1475766086&sr=1-2″>

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/winter-heart-6

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-winterheart-2140782-149.html



B.G. is a novelist and blogger. Every day last year he made and entry in his blog. “365 Days of Silver,” where he found something every day to be grateful for. You can find it right here: https://365daysofsilver.wordpress.com/

B.G. loves romance, comedies, fantasy, science fiction and even horror—as far as he is concerned, as long as the stories are character driven and entertaining, it doesn’t matter the genre. He has gone to conventions since he was fourteen years old and has been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers. He has made up stories since he was child; it is where he finds his joy.

In the nineties, he wrote for gay magazines but stopped because the editors wanted all sex without plot. “The sex is never as important as the characters,” he says. “Who cares what they are doing if we don’t care about them?” Excited about the growing male/male romance market, he began writing again. Gay men are what he knows best, after all. He submitted his first story in years and was thrilled when it was accepted in four days.

“Leap, and the net will appear” is his personal philosophy and his message to all. “It is never too late,” he states. “Pursue your dreams. They will come true!”

Visit his website and his author blog at http://bthomaswriter.wordpress.com/ where you can contact him. He loves to hear from readers and is always quick to respond. You can also find his Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bgthomaswriter

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KA Mitchell Blog Post and Exclusive Excerpt for Take a Chance on It.


OS: Welcome to KA Mitchell author of Take a Chance on It!  Welcome and tell us about your latest book.


Yearning. Wanting something so desperately it hurts, and knowing that even having it will bring more pain. Sometimes that exquisitely agonizing emotion is what I love best about romance. I can remember rereading some of those paragraphs, packed full of angst until I could (and probably still can) rattle them off by heart. But despite my love of yearning scenes, I discovered they can be pretty painful to write. I cried more than a few times while I was writing Take a Chance On It, where both the characters are convinced that things between them will never work out.
I brought along an angsty little excerpt to share. It takes place after Dane has been left at the altar. I hope you’ll enjoy a taste of that sweet agony Gideon is suffering.


Left at the altar by his long-time lover Spencer and in desperate need of quality health insurance, now, Dane Archer can’t say no when his best man and best friend Gideon DeLuca steps in.  But Dane and Gideon have history, tangled and passionate and complicated.

After seventeen years of cat-and-mouse, Gideon has realized Dane isn’t the kind of man who ever wants to be caught, and he’s stopped playing Dane’s game.

For Dane, it’s never been a game, but sexual fidelity isn’t his strong suit.  Love is too beautiful for limits, something he’s never been able to get Gideon the control freak to understand. Now Dane has nothing but limits, including the timeline on this paper-only marriage to Gideon.

Gideon’s the only person Dane trusts enough to lean on, and Gideon will do anything to get Dane through this crisis.  Anything but fall for Dane again.

Living together forces Dane and Gideon to stop circling and face what’s been between them all these years.  They just don’t know if they have the power or the time to make things right.

What they do know is that they’re not ready for it to be over.

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Dane’s eyes were as big as the hollow space prying Gideon’s rib cage apart. Empty as a promise. And once more, Gideon’s instincts for self-preservation evaporated under the heat of Dane’s need.

Grabbing Dane’s wrist, Gideon brought the fingers holding the lost curl of wet hair to his lips. Silky, a little spring in the end that even the weight of water couldn’t repress.

“The last thing I need is a pity fuck.” Dane twisted his wrist.

Gideon kept his grip tight, the struggle sending their arms wide of their bodies. “Good. Because pity is one thing I’ve never felt for you.”

Dane looked at their hands stretched out against the dark sky. He stopped trying to wrest free and twined his fingers with Gideon’s. “Does this mean a fuck’s on the table?”

Gideon might still have been able to walk away if the look in Dane’s eyes matched his light tone. If there was any of his usual confidence in the tilt of his chin, the shape of his brows. Pressing Dane’s hand into the rough, weathered boards, Gideon said, “I don’t feel much like being a substitute for Spencer.”

“And you’ve never been that.” Dane lunged for him.

Despite the dampness, Dane’s lips felt dry. Gideon should have been making sure Dane stayed hydrated while he was pouring all that rum punch down his throat. But then Dane’s mouth shifted opened, and it was him under the sweet bite of rum. His familiar heat and the stroke of his tongue over Gideon’s. The taste went right to his head. Both heads.

Dane’s free hand slid along Gideon’s jaw, fingers teasing, stroking the sensitive skin behind his ear. Dane’s fingers on his skin might as well have been his mouth and tongue, ramping up the need to grind forward, ease some of the ache in Gideon’s dick with a rub and press against Dane’s.

But Gideon held back, clinging to the fraying edge of his control. Always so much in the balance and never worth the cost of surrender. Not even with Dane. As good as they always were together, the cost was too damned high.

But just as he dug in his metaphoric heels, Dane murmured a sigh—a needy, hungry sigh—into Gideon’s mouth, and his grip slipped. Thighs, chest, belly, cock, he flattened Dane into the siding. Greedy, Gideon inhaled him, sucked Dane’s tongue in, and pushed his legs apart with the press of hips.

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Author Bio

K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. She never stopped making stuff up and was pleased to find out that people would pay her to do it. Over twenty books later, she’s still in love with writing. Reviewers and readers alike have called her a “gateway drug” to gay romance. Although the men in her stories usually carry more emotional baggage than even LAX can lose in a year, she guarantees they always find their sexy way to a happy ending.

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Memento (Psycop 6.2) by Jordan Castillo Price Narrated by Gomez Pugh






Seasons change, and so do fashion trends. But in this heartstring-tugging PsyCop short, what’s beneath the clothes matters most.
Do clothes make the man? Jacob Marks cuts an impressive figure in his tailored suits, but Victor Bayne is another story. Nowadays, Vic does his ghosthunting in off-the-rack blazers, polyester blend slacks and cop shoes with nonskid soles. But back before he was a PsyCop – or even officially psychic – he rocked combat boots and a beat up biker jacket, and lots and lots of punk T-shirts. When he finds a faded tee in the back of a drawer, he’s eager to lob it in the trash. Jacob, however, finds himself waxing sentimental about Vic’s younger, more carefree days.
This steamy 5000-word PsyCop short in Jacob’s voice takes place after PsyCop #6, GhosTV.


I think this is my favorite of all the little side stories. It is an amazingly sweet look at Vic through Jacob’s eyes and it just GLOWS with his ardor. He loves Vic so, so much. Fascinating and so touching.

Gomez does such a nice job of showing us Jacob’s low key enthusiasm for his man here. It really made me want to cry, I was so touched.

I’m really glad that Jordan has said Gomez is going to do the entire “Briefs” in audio format so we can hear them all!

(I just love the lighting on this cover. It really captures that warm feeling this story evokes. Well done, all around.)

6 of 5 stars


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Whiskers of a Chance Audiobook by Tempeste O’Riley Narrated by Craig Beck


Dreamspinner Presents


Jason Grant runs his own IT business from home, owns his own home, and has the best friend he could imagine. What he doesn’t have, or believe he will ever have, is love. When Jason catches a glimpse of his new neighbor on moving day, his libido ignites and his fascination in piqued. He even manages to concoct an excuse to go over and meet the man who makes him hope and want for more than he has in years.

Keith Skyler is a shifter in a world where his kind is known to only a few, but they don’t often mix and they never mate. Keith has been hoping for a mate since before he can remember, but gay lynx don’t have true mates. As far as he knows, they don’t have mates at all. However, while moving his little family across Seattle—and away from their tribe—his reality tips and spins more than he thought possible.

When these two men meet over a dish of five-cheese broccoli-noodle casserole, sparks fly. Who knew a welcome to the neighborhood gift could give both of them their chance at love?


(Book reviewed here previously)

Keith is a lynx shifter who suffers under the thumb of his autocratic father, who is also his alpha. In 3 years he will have a chance to stand on his own and challenge him, but for now he must either follow his rules or work around him.

Keith is positive he has no mate, as far as he knows there are no gay shifters, so he’s almost worried when he scents something “mate-like” on the air as he’s moving into his new house. He’s ecstatic to find that it is his mate and his mate is a man!

Jared is a little bit gun-shy in the love department. He’s been burned in the past and has a low self esteem as a result. When he spies his new neighbor moving in next door, he wants to be friendly and introduce himself. He is overwhelmed when he realizes that not only is this hot guy gay, but he’s totally into him!

There are quite a few things these guys have to work through to make it to their HEA. First there’s Keith’s very conservative (and controlling, evil, manipulative) father. There’s the whole “Introducing a human into the world of paranormals” and there is Jared’s resistance to a relationship based on the “mate bond” and his own low self-esteem.

But… love does conquer all and after some fierce fights, some fantastic alliances and some really hot sex… they do get their HEA.


I love shifter romances! The “mine”, that dramatic pull of attraction, the animal-like qualities that get explored, the magic… so much fun and creativity!

This follows a fairly common theme. Meet, mine, how to explain, oh-no not a human, it doesn’t matter, mine, etcetera. I did like the addition of the vampire-friend Sasha. He was fun and loyal and spunky and managed to force these guys into communicating when it looked like they were going to get stuck in the middle of a “Big Misunderstanding”.

The father was super-evil and it was nice that he got beaten down, so that was pretty satisfying. I enjoyed the “uber-skills” Keith ends up having – I love it when authors use the shifter element and actually do something with them as shifters!

I wasn’t super-impressed by anything being new or really unique, but it was a solid, fun, sexy read. I enjoyed it and recommend it to fans of shifter romance.

4 of 5 stars


Craig Beck is PHENOMENAL. He does all the emtion, excitement, smexy times – superbly. He’s absolutely one of my top favorite narrators. I absolutely would choose a book to listen to based on him being the narrator. I know it’s going to be a great story – regardless of the author. He can do women, a variety of accents, kids… He has excellent timing, voice quality and sound quality. All in all. Perfect!

6 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars


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Into the Dark (Psycop # 6.1) by Jordan Castillo Price



Halloween is fun…at least, it’s supposed to be. Costumes, candy, trick-or-treat, even jaded Victor Bayne can get behind those sorts of antics. Too bad this year’s Halloween is a grownup event. Not only must Vic don a suit and endure a disco-obsessed DJ, he has to mingle with friends of Jacob’s he would much rather ignore.

Vic thinks he has the party’s host all figured out–but as he so often realizes, once he looks beneath the surface, things are seldom what they seem.




This was a pretty fascinating look both at how Vic sees himself as compared to the rest of Jacob’s friends and a little bit on morality and moral obligations. Really interesting.

4.5 of 5 stars


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