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This blog is all about Romance!  We review books about romance (mostly m/m – but there might be an occasional m/f, f/f, m/m/f, space-alien-babies, what have you).

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adult - 18+

Recent release : Greed and othe Dangers by TJ Nichols

Dreamspinner

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/greed-and-other-dangers-by-tj-nichols-11318-b

Blurb
Mytho: Book Two
Dragon shifter Edra has always lived to serve and protect—in ages past, as a knight, and in the modern world as a mytho liaison to the San Francisco PD. Behind the scenes he safeguards the mythos community from scandal—and further human hatred. When the eggs of a rare greater dragon are stolen, Edra must find and return them before the mother razes the city.
Edra’s partner, Jordan, has just been promoted, and he’s on the trail of several stolen mythos artifacts. Together, they track the eggs to a colony of mermaids living in the bay near Alcatraz Island.
But trying to separate a mermaid from her treasure is asking for trouble.
As Edra and Jordan grow closer, they test the bounds of human-mythos relationships. But Jordan isn’t ready to mate for life, and Edra won’t pretend to be human for Jordan’s friends. With the hills on fire and a storm brewing in the bay—and in their bed—something’s got to give.
Review

I just tried and tried but could not get into this book. I never read the first book and I just couldn’t find it in me to get into this one. Not the author’s fault, but just not what I am interested in right now.

DNF


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Sheridan’s Redemption (Wolves of Stone Ridge #51) by Charlie Richards

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52218610-sheridan-s-redemption?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=BywJX2hyoQ&rank=1

 

Blurb

Out of the Cage: When a human meets a man who awakens feelings he’s long denied, he runs…only to find himself as the prey.

Sheridan Andorran would never be considered a good man—not even a decent one. He’s done far too many questionable things in the name of self-preservation. When his brother orders him to kidnap his niece, Sheridan intends to do it. Except, outside the home where Kendra is staying, he runs across a man charged with stopping him—Rory MacDougal—and the man awakens every hidden desire he’s ever felt. One kiss from Rory and Sheridan knows he’ll never be able to hide his desires from his homophobic brother again. He does the only thing he can think of to save his own skin. Sheridan flees. A day later, stranded on the side of the road, he starts hitchhiking…only to be picked up by Rory. Sheridan learns his brother is dead, his sister is in jail, and the only family he has left—his niece and her father—want nothing to do with him. Rory asks Sheridan to stay. Can he learn how to become a different person, a better man, and make amends to those he owes before his checkered past catches up with him?

Reader Advisory: This story is best read after finishing The Crystal Connoisseur.

Review

This was pretty good. Not a lot of waffling by Sheridan and some pretty straight forward – human meets paranormal falling in love story.

I don’t think you had to have read the Crystall Connoisseur but it helps.

3 of 5 stars


Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Liberating Love (Interlocking Fragments #3) by Michele Notaro and Sammi Cee

Good Reads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52414744-liberating-love

Blurb

Aiden
Finding out the man I slept with is my friend’s father is terrifying, but maybe forgivable since I didn’t know who he was… right? But falling into bed with him again… and again and again is probably not excusable. Maybe if Delaney got rid of his miles of muscles and stopped being so sweet to me, I could stop. I need to stop. If only I had the willpower—or the desire. Delaney is everything I want in a man, but we have no future together, so it can never be more than this. His sons can never find out.
Delaney
Serving time for a crime I didn’t commit wasn’t in my game plan, but I’m out now and determined to live my best possible life. After hooking up with a hot younger man, I regret letting him go without even his name. But then luck is finally with me, and he comes walking into my son’s house. In order to make him mine, I have to be honest with my sons about the past as well as my desire for Aiden. But Aiden’s fear of getting involved is deeper than he’s telling me. He’s hiding something, too.
Will Aiden’s fear of revealing his private life and losing his friends keep him from the man who wants to be his everything or will he allow Delaney to help bear his burden?
Liberating Love is the third book in the Interlocking Fragments series, but is a standalone novel. Each book in the series will feature a different couple, but the couples will show up throughout the whole series. This is a contemporary romance intended for 18+.

Review

This was a good addition to the series.

Fairly angsty and not my exact taste (I don’t care for these big age gaps as much as some others.) So I wasn’t as invested in this story as I was the first 2 but I will definitely be looking forward to book 4!

 

4 stars


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Witchbond (Kitsune Chronicles #2) by Lissa Kasey

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50684270-witchbond?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=4Kxo4jI5vO&rank=2

Blurb

If your super power meant you could turn into a kitsune, a powerful fox spirit, you wouldn’t fear for the life of your mate, right?

Sebastian survived an entire year on the run from the supernatural. Then he met Liam, his fated mate and alpha werewolf, and thought maybe he’d found a home. Until the fae come calling. They want control of Seb’s power, even if that means eliminating Liam to get it.

When a trick leaves Seb in trouble with the werewolves, the military, and the fae, he fears his only option is to run. Except Seb is done running. He will stop at nothing to keep Liam by his side, even if it means letting his beast loose on them all.

Review

This was just a bit “much” for me. It is very involved and complex – lots of world shifting and moving back and forth from other worlds.

I did not like it as much as book one. I loved the emotional connections that finally get forged, but the action/adventure is the vast majority of this book and that is not my “thing”.

If you loved the world building of book one and want to see more running, fighting, worrying, etc – this is for you. I did love Seb’s new powers but… I found myself forcing it to get through this.

3.5 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+

Audiobook: Promises, Part 4 (Bounty Hunters #4) by A.E Via; narrated by Aiden Snow

 

audiobookreview

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39058693-promises-part-4?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=cgpaZw9HWG&rank=1

Blurb:
Brian King was honorably discharged from the United States Navy five years ago. He’d left with the highest honors a man can receive in his country, but he’d paid the ultimate price to earn them. He’d returned home with all his limbs, his right mind, and with his only brother Ford, at his side. But, one thing had been lost, maybe for good…his voice.

Now, being a bounty hunter is Brian’s only means to satisfy his need to calculate, track, and capture. He missed companionship, he missed communicating. So, when he met Sway Hamilton – in the most unconventional means – he’d been surprised at his special way of understanding Brian’s every look…and touch.

Sway grew up in the rough part of ATL, trailing behind his twin brother Stanton and his best friend, Dana. He and his brother had a bond only twins could understand. So when Stanton’s life was taken during their sophomore year in college, Sway didn’t think he’d ever recover. However, Sway knew there was more to life than heartache.

Sway has to learn to trust in love, and Brian has to believe that Sway will always understand him even if he never speaks again.

Review:
Story: I loved Brian and Sway’s story. Brian, mute after a traumatic time in the Middle East, is looking for his HEA. Just when he thought he’d met the person who has the potential to see past his disability and care for him, that person disappears.
But luck is on his side, he meets that man again and doesn’t plan on letting him go!
Ms. Via’s stories pack quite a bit of emotion – men pining for each other, men going all alpha protective or men falling in love – all done with their whole heart, holds barred. Brian and Sway’s path to their HEA was not all smooth sailing, but it was a lot of fun listening to them get there. Bonus points for the past charades making an appearance 

Narration: Aiden Snow was made to narrate this series! His gorgeous voice is so well suited for the growly, alpha men that dominate the story. He has been great for the series 
As observed in the others in the series, there is not that much voice distinction between most of the men, but the story is well written enough that you always know which character is talking.

Story: 4.5 stars
Narration: 4 stars


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adult - 18+

Retro Read: Finding His Eden (Silverdale Coven #1) by Mandy Greenwood

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45652734-finding-his-eden

Blurb

Eden Haversham has just turned twenty-five and the mysterious benefactor who ensured he could afford to attend university has requested they meet. Maybe it wasn’t the smartest idea to turn up at the bar, alone and without informing anyone, but Eden needed know who the man was. What he hadn’t expected was the man who sat down next to him; devilishly handsome and claiming to be the richest man in Silverdale City, Alric Drayton. And that was only the beginning of the man’s ludicrous claims that Eden was only too happy to dismiss, at first.
Alric Drayton has waited twenty-five years for this night; the chance to finally reveal himself to Eden Haversham and make the man his. Two-thousand years of living might have taught Alric patience, but his was slowly wearing thin and now that he’d found his Eden Alric had no intention of letting him go.
Except there’s more to Alric’s world than what is written in fairy tales.
Non-omegaverse Mpreg Paranormal Romance. Approx 30k length

Review

This was very interesting. I figure this is mostly about world building so I’m eager to read more in the series. I thought it was a good take on the fated mate idea – with Alric having to watch his mate grow up.

I didn’t always love how Alric and Eden behaved. Alric – especially – was kind of a manipulative bastard – but in the end he was also sweet.

For fans of the sub genre this is recommended.

3.5 of 5 stars


Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Home is Where the Heart Is (Cloverleah Pack #13) by Lisa Oliver

Good Reads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50842900-home-is-where-the-heart-is?from_search=true&qid=HALCQrqToV&rank=16

Blurb

Home is Where the Heart Is… The final book in the Cloverleah Pack series.

All Cloverleah Pack Enforcer Wesley (Wes) wanted the night he went out, was to have a few drinks, maybe find some company, and try and forget his worries and insecurities for few hours. The drinks flowed and he found the company; a gorgeous man with a mysterious scent, who seemed to completely understand the anger, shame, and jealousy Wes was hiding from his pack mates. Unfortunately, Wesley didn’t understand how badly he’d been conned until he woke up the next morning alone in a cave.

Fast forward months later and Wes discovered the wards that had have held him captive from day one had suddenly disappeared. Not one to dither when a chance to escape presented itself, Wesley set off, sometimes on two feet and sometimes on four… looking for a way out of a barren realm that held nothing but red sand and black rocks.

Cass enjoyed being a demon from a large family. The Underworld was good to him; he had a job, a house and he didn’t lack for company. Unfortunately, his carefree attitude tended to get him into trouble at times and when his brother Myka insisted on him paying back a “favor” he’d incurred through a badly placed bet, Cass had no choice but to agree. It sounded simple enough. Meet with the snobby and reclusive members of the Cloverleah Pack, find out about a missing wolf, and then search for that wolf in the Underworld. Cass figured he could be home in time for his mama’s Sunday dinner.

Finding Wes wasn’t the problem, but Wesley had stumbled onto a situation of his own he couldn’t leave. What was worse, was when Cass was forced to tell Wesley about why no one from his pack had been looking for him before, Wes knew he had no way of ever going back to the life he had. The fact that Cass and Wesley were fated mates was hard to celebrate as Wes tried to cope with the loss of his pack status and the implications of his current situation.

Meanwhile, the men from Cloverleah were coming to terms with some home truths of their own. The thought of having to see Wesley again, and actually apologize for thinking he’d sunk so low as to try and destroy a mating, was too hard for some pack members to face. This in turn causes issues between those who struggled and those who believed in the bonds of a pack. Serious soul searching was needed if the men were ever going to understand that the only powers worth trusting was unconditional love and acceptance.

This book is not a standalone. It is the fifteenth and final book in the series (Thirteen full novels and two compilations of short stories). It is recommended that you have read at least the last three books before reading this one.

Review

So… this is not a standalone – and how! This is a giant summary of most of the stories, however, I do think a person who stumbled upon this would be mostly fine if they hadn’t read the others (or all the others).

I have to admit that I didn’t care for this much. 

Sorry.

But, the back and forth – he betrayed me – no he didn’t – he doesn’t act like a mate should – show me how – he doesn’t love me – yes he does – got tiring.

I never felt their connection as strongly as some of the other couples and maybe it was because this story was doing way too much for one book.

I think it would have been better had they had their story and then the author publish an epilogue where we can see a summary of the rest of the group at another time.

I was also pretty frustrated by the Cloverleah pack. After all they’d been through and the millions of times they’ve learned this lesson, they still acted like jerks – and I’m not sure I thought that was really fair. I think that Kane especially would have learned from the 5000 times he’s fallen into this trap that maybe he should listen to his mate for once.

So that was pretty frustrating.

While I thought the kids were cute, they were there just enough to be annoying and not long enough for me to find them endearing.

So, as a final “hurrah!”, this was more, a “hmm, welp that’s over”. I LOVED this series and while I didn’t always love each couple, I enjoyed their stories and was glad to have read them. I’m enjoying their turn into audio books and I definitely recommend both the books and the audios to fans of the sub-genre.

I’m definitely going to miss these guys and will visit with them again.

(I do hope we can see a new set of covers on these one day…)

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Releaes: Shadow and Light (Arizona Raptors #3) by R.J. Scott , V.L. Locey

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50577636-shadow-and-light?from_search=true&qid=U98cRdvbBd&rank=3

Blurb

Is it easier to fall into the shadows than hold onto the light?

Injured in a horrific car accident by a man who made him feel like nothing, Henry was left with life threatening injuries, crippling self doubt, and his career as a hockey player destroyed. He’s struggling to see, and as much as people tell him to have hope because he’s young and fit, his vision is compromised and he’s spiraling into despair. Estranged from his family, and his money all gone, there seems to be no hope. Hockey gave him freedom, and now it’s all been taken away.

Adler insists on letting Henry stay in a vast Lockhart-owned mansion in Tuscon, but it’s a big and lonely place. When Apollo arrives at the house with his sunny smile and infectious optimism, along with his no-nonsense rules, he slowly becomes an integral part of Henry’s life. But one day, when Henry is better, Apollo will leave, and what happens then? Has Henry really fallen for the dark eyed man, or is it all just smoke and mirrors?

If there is one thing that Apollo Vasquez knows all about it’s helping others and living with quirky athletes. After all, he’s spent most of his adult life tending to one of the richest hockey playing heirs in America. His days have been filled with friendship, laughter, and the knowledge that he’s needed. Or he used to be. Over the past year Apollo’s best friend, Adler Lockhart, has been slipping away, his time spent with his boyfriend, on the ice, or traveling the world with the man he loves. This leaves Apollo feeling like a clunky third wheel or all alone in a luxurious apartment with no one to fuss over.

Knowing that his life is at a crossroads, his loving nature leads him far away from his childhood friend to the dry desert town of Tucson where he signs on to care for Henry Greenaway as the young Raptor recovers both mentally and physically from a near fatal car crash. Henry is also facing a new life, one that might lead him from the sport he has loved for so long. Cooking, cleaning, and providing moral support is just what the doctor ordered for Apollo, and he soon finds himself not only rediscovering himself and a new life he adores, but falling for the sweet, lost, injured man who’s slowly capturing his heart one timid smile at a time.

Review

This was so good! I loved the character development. Their personal healing journeys. It seemed both fantastical and realistic in different areas. (Fantastical in that I’m not sure he would really return to hockey that fast or if ever and realistic in how long the two took to get together.)

It was medium in the smexy times, but felt appropriate. I wish there was more hockey in it – especially now  but it fit the story line.

Overall I really enjoyed it.

5 of 5 stars


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Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Happy Place (Rainbow Plave #5) by Jay Northcote

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52042563-happy-place

Blurb

A first kiss from a younger man leads to a sexual awakening…

George’s strict upbringing has left him ashamed of his sexuality. In his forties now, he’s yet to come out or even kiss a man—until he meets Quentin.

Quentin has had enough of bad relationships with men who won’t commit. Still raw from the last one, he’s not ready to try again. But George is sweet, and helping the older man get some experience might be a fun diversion.

Swept rapidly into a deeper connection than they bargained for, they face a dilemma. George isn’t ready to come out, and Quentin wants a boyfriend who isn’t afraid to be seen with him in public. Can they find a way to navigate the unpredictable waters of their new relationship and find happiness together?

Review

An amazing, well-written May-December romance with the perfect amount of angst, steam, starry-eyes and sweetness.

I loved the realness of this story, how everything wasn’t just perfect lust and connection from the first. This romance felt so genuine and authentic, like something that could happen to actual people, which made it a very appealing read to me. As a reader I got to cheer for Quentin and George as they stumbled, doubted or misspoke and sympathized with them as they struggled through some pretty awkward moments. And most importantly, I got to see them fall in love which was absolutely heartwarming.

George is a product of his upbringing, poor guy, and in some ways he’s in a prison of his own making because of that. He has carried around a big secret for most of his life and doesn’t appear to have any friends he can turn to in order to break free and be true to himself, which was pretty sad. I loved his bravery and how he handled his coming out though. Quentin is a wonderful character too. I could easily relate to his longing for a relationship, as well as his hesitancy to open himself up to heartbreak, again.

I loved how these two men fit into the Rainbow Place “community” and I especially liked Seb’s role in their story, though the glimpses we got of the other characters in the series were great fun as well.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 5


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Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Shades of Henry (The Flophouse #1) by Amy Lane

Dreamspinner

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/shades-of-henry-by-amy-lane-11615-b

Blurb

A Flophouse Story
One bootstrap act of integrity cost Henry Worrall everything—military career, family, and the secret boyfriend who kept Henry trapped for eleven years. Desperate, Henry shows up on his brother’s doorstep and is offered a place to live and a job as a handyman in a flophouse for young porn stars.
Lance Luna’s past gave him reasons for being in porn, but as he continues his residency at a local hospital, they now feel more like excuses. He’s got the money to move out of the flophouse and live his own life—but who needs privacy when you’re taking care of a bunch of young men who think working penises make them adults?
Lance worries Henry won’t fit in, but Henry’s got a soft spot for lost young men and a way of helping them. Just as Lance and Henry find a rhythm as den mothers, a murder and the ghosts of Henry’s abusive past intrude. Lance knows Henry’s not capable of murder, but is he capable of caring for Lance’s heart?

Review

Oh man. Poor Henry! And also Poor Lance!
This was definitely a story full of angst. These guys have so much going on in their lives to “get over” before they can be in love.

I thought maybe Lance’s eating disorder could have used more attention… but I was glad to see it at least addressed. I thought Henry’s issues were definitely thoroughly resolved and that was probably enough.

The two of these guys didn’t really get to spend quality time alone, and that was maybe my only complaint. Otherwise I loved this just as I love all Amy stories. (Ok most all Amy stories : )

I think you could read this by itself but… it would be pretty confusing in a lot of areas. So – best bet is to read all of Amy’s stories and this will make the most sense!

5 of 5 stars