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Books

27384973Breakaway by Avon Gale

 

 

SpellBoundSpell bound by Jacob Flores

 

 

cherish and blessedCherish and Blessed by Tere Michaels

 

 

Winter's WolfWinter’s Wolf by Tara Lain

 

 

paybackPayback by John Inman

 

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00067]Kick the Darkness by Keira Andrews

 

 

forgingForging the Future by Mary Calmes

 

 

 

Bitter Taffy - Amy LaneBitter Taffy by Amy Lane

 

 

bent arrowBent Arrow by Posy Roberts

 

 

 

All That Heaven Will Allow - D.W. MarchwellAll that heaven will allow by DW Marchwell

 

 

AstoundingAstounding by Kim Fielding

 

 

Sleeping 'til Sunrise - Mary CalmesSleeping til sunrise by Mary Calmes

 

 

Sultry Sunset - Mary CalmesSultry sunset by Mary Calmes

 

 

How To Walk Like A Man - Eli EastonHow to walk like a man by Eli Easton

 

 

midwinterMidwinter’s night’s dream by Eli Easton

 

 

Elemental Reapers 01 - Iron Angel (P) (MM) - SA WelshElemental Reapers by SA Welsh

 

 

SloeRideSloe Ride by Rhys Ford

 

 

bookmarkedBookmarked by Piper Vaughn

 

 

Him - Sarina Bowen & Elle KennedyHim by Sarina Bowen

 

 

Home and Away - Samantha WaylandHome and away by Samantha Wayland

 

 

King's Command 02 - Eastern Embrace (EP) (MM) - Stormy Glenn & Olivia BlackKing’s Command Eastern Embrace by Stormy Glenn

 

 

 

Winter Ball - Amy LaneWinter ball by Amy Lane

 

 

Letting Go 01 - Nobody's Hero (MM) - J. Leigh Bailey (2)Letting go – Nobody’s hero by j leigh bailey

 

 

restored manA restored man by Jaime reese

 

 

bully exitBully and exit by Brigham Vaughn

 

 

Winter WonderlandWinter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan

 

 

MyPrinceMy Prince by Anna Martin

 

 

Empty Nests - Ada Maria SotoEmpty Nest by Ada Marie Soto

 

 

Bowerbirds - Ada Maria Soto (1)Bowerbirds by Ada Marie Soto

 

 

Signs of Life - Melanie Hansen (1)Signs of Life by Melanie Hansen

 

 

 

restitutionRestitution by Aubrey cullins

 

 

rock solidRock solid construction by riley hart

 

 

don't stopDon’t stop believing by Gwen Hayes

 

 

 

Solitary Man, A - Shira Anthony & Aisling MancySolitary man by Shira Anthony

 

 

Moment of Silence - Karen StivaliMoment of Silence by Karen Stivali

 

 

 

YouAreTheReasonYou are the reason by Renae Kaye

 

 

 

Thirty Things - Cate AshwoodThirty things by Cate Ashwood

 

 

Valor on the Move - Keira AndrewsValor on the move by Keira Andrews

 

 

 

Checking It Twice (Crashing Book 2) - Samantha WaylandChecking it Twice by Samantha Wayland

 

 

 

Carry the Ocean_ The Roosevelt, Book 1 - Heidi CullinanCarry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

 

 

Fish Stick Fridays - Rhys FordFish stick Fridays by Rhys Ford

 

 

 

Audiobooks

 

Frat House Troopers (Brandt and Donnelly Capers Book 1) - Xavier MayneFrat House Troopers Audio by Xavier Mayne

 

 

Down and Dirty - Rhys FordDown and Dirty Audio by Rhys Ford

 

 

Last Thing He Needs 01.1 - Everything He Needs (MM), The - J.H. KnightThe last thing he needs audio by JH Knight

 

 

How to Howl at the Moon - Eli EastonHow to howl at the moon audio by Eli Easton

 

 

All Kinds of Tied Down - Mary CalmesAll kinds of Tied Down audio by Mary Calmes

 

 

 

Rack and RuinRack and Ruin audio by Charlie Cochet

 

 

 

Blinding Light, The - Renae KayeBlinding Light Audio by Renae Kaye

 

 

 

Then the Stars Fall (MM) - Brandon WittThen the Stars Fall audio by Brandon Witt

 

 

 

Nothing Special - Jay NorthcoteNothing Special audio by Jay Northcote

 

 

 

 

forgingForging the Future audio by Mary Calmes

 

 

Bitter Taffy - Amy LaneBitter Taffy audio by Amy Lane

 

 

 

Mating of Michael, The - Eli EastonThe Mating of Michael audio by Eli Easton

 

 

 

fit to be tiedFit to be Tied audio by Mary Calmes

 

 

 

EasyEveningsAUDLGEasy evenings and audio by Mary Calmes

 

 

unwrapping hank audioUnwrapping hank audio by Eli Easton

 

 

 

Last Guy Breathing, The - Skylar M. CatesLast guy breathing audio by Skylar cates

 

 

 

 

Beneath the Stain - Amy LaneBeneath the Stain audio by Amy Lane

 

 

 

Knight of Ocean Avenue - Tara LainKnight of ocean avenue and audio by tara lain

 

 

 

Crossroads (MM) - Riley HartCrossroads audio by riley hart

 

 

 

johnnie audioJohnnie audio by Cardeno C

 

 

 

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Prickly Business Audiobook by Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade Narrated by Iggy Toma

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Some people might call Avery Babineaux a prick. He’s a hedgehog shifter from an old-money Louisiana family with a penchant for expensive shoes and a reputation for being a judgmental snob. His attitude is why he and his fated mate are estranged. Not that Avery cares. He doesn’t want to be mated to some blue-collar werewolf anyway. Or so he keeps telling himself.

No werewolf likes to be looked down upon, least of all Dylan Green. He doesn’t need a mate, especially not some snotty hedgehog who sneers at his custom motorcycle shop and calls him a grease monkey. But when Avery gets into trouble with a shady loan shark, Dylan can’t stand by and let him be hurt—whether he wants the brat or not.

Yet once Dylan steps into Avery’s world, he realizes there’s more to Avery than his prickly exterior, and that unexpected vulnerability calls to Dylan’s protective instincts. The sassy little hedgehog needs a keeper, and despite their horrible first impressions, Dylan starts to believe he might be the wolf for the job.

Review
(Orginially Reviewed here : http://kimichanexperience.com/prickly-business-portland-pack-book-1-by-piper-vaughn-and-kenzie-cade/)

Abridged

Avery is a hedgehog shifter who left his home territory of Louisiana and move to Oregon. Shifter law dictates that he must join the local wolf pack since Portland falls in that jurisdiction. Though his family has always looked down upon wolf shifters, Avery doesn’t care a bit, and happily joins the pack.

Avery finds his mate, a wolf, and in a drunken mistake, throws him over for not being “good enough”. Dylan is of course hurt, and somewhat glad, because he doesn’t ever want a mate anyway.

Two years go by, and the mates avoid each other at all costs. It isn’t until Avery ends up in trouble because of some gambling debts that they spend any significant time together.

Finally, the two realize how wrong they’ve been about the other and they begin a relationship. In the meantime, Avery gets involved in a missing person’s project that might just end up costing him his life!

**

This a little different than the average “shifter” romance. For one, though the instant attraction is there, it isn’t acted upon until much later in the story. In addition, the side stories – Avery’s gambling problems first and later a missing female wolf shifter – take up a lot of the book.

The world building is excellent and the character development is also well done. I enjoyed the romance between Dylan and Avery but I was disappointed by how little time they spent together. (This is remedied in book two – so consider this a slow burn for the series.)

When they do get together the smexy times are HOT and the feels are wonderful.

The writing was really good and I am definitely interested in seeing more from this series.

4 of 5 stars

Audio

Iggy Toma does a fantastic job with this! He gives Avery a delightful Southern drawl and helps us to differentiate all the other voices as well. I love his reading voice and found this really enjoyable as an audiobook. Definitely the best way to enjoy this story!

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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Sons & Brothers (Sons Epilogue) by Shae Connor

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Sons: Epilogue

As the end of the year approaches, seven gay men in their own unique romances ring in the holidays in their own unique ways. Six months after they started dating, Evan Day and Riley Yeats are settling into living together in Riley’s loft. Across town, Shaun Rogers and Con Brooks are celebrating an old-fashioned Christmas with Shaun’s family. But when threesome Mikey O’Malley, Jimmy Black, and Cory Lassiter pull off a big New Year’s Eve surprise, their friends find themselves considering the future of their own relationships.

Review

This is a super sweet…. Super sweet! … epilogue for all our guys.

I just love epilogues and this one is absolutely ooey gooey great!

Evan and Riley get a lovely nudge from watching Mikey, Cory and Jimmy get hitched as do Shaun and Con.

The ceremony at New Year’s is just tear jerking and lovely and I was really glad we got to see it.

Highly recommended for fans of the series.

5 of 5 stars

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A Christmas Memory Book 2 by Max Vos

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It’s been a year since coach Adam Sutton changed JJ’s life with a Christmas proposal. Now happily married, the two men are dealing with everything life is throwing at them – new family members, homophobia and prejudice, not to mention an unexpected offer that is about to change both their lives – forever.

Review

We met Adam and JJ in A Christmas Memory, this is a year later to the day. They’ve married and are very happy together. A lot has happened in that year – one of Adam’s brother’s lost his girlfriend because she didn’t want to be associated with a gay man. Another brother is having a second child. Adam’s mother is moving out of their childhood home and JJ finds a former student homeless.

The family works together to help Maggie find a new home, the student find a place in this world and Adam’s sister-in-law gives them the best Christmas present a person could ask for.

**

I just love this couple. They’re sweet and horny and loving… a lot of stuff happens in this book and it’s all good.

I highly recommend this to fans of book one.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Eyes on Sparrow by Evan Gilbert

release day review

 

 

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High school grad Morgan Breck is riding out his last summer at home before he goes off to pursue the course of study his parents want him to take—at a college they want him to attend. His days are boring and lonely until a construction crew arrives to build a house across the street.

One of the workers is the sexy Sparrow Smith, and he quickly catches Morgan’s eye. Morgan is surprised to discover he and Sparrow share a mutual attraction; one that leads to smoking hot sex, the kind that leaves the room sweltering.

The guys’ friends-with-benefits relationship soon grows into something more, and Morgan realizes he can’t live without Sparrow. But summer’s end is rapidly approaching, and his parents are determined he leave for college, which will take him hundreds of miles away from the man he’s falling in love with.

Standing up to his parents has never been easy. In fact, Morgan’s never done it before. Ever. Morgan must work up the courage to voice his needs, or he’ll have no choice but to let Sparrow go.

Review

Morgan is lazing about on his last summer vacation before attending Bible College – where his folks want him to go. He sees a construction crew building houses across the street and falls in lust with “Dream Boy” a Native American who we later find out is named Sparrow.

Sparrow is just as interested in Morgan and the two start an affair. It looks like things will have to end with the fall but Morgan finds a way to stand up for what he truly wants.

**

This was a sweet, sexy, short story about finding love and being true to your beliefs.

I enjoyed it.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Wish Come True Anthology

wish tureFirst love. Young love. Holiday love…

Wish Come True is a collection of contemporary, new adult, holiday short stories by some of our favorite authors!

A Very English Christmas by Keira Andrews
Isaac and David have created a new life together outside the Amish world. Living “English,” they’ve left behind the rigid, isolated community where they discovered their forbidden love. Staying with Isaac’s older brother in San Francisco, they yearn for a home—and bed—of their very own. As they experience the bright lights and merry carols of modern Christmas for the first time, can they make their holiday wishes come true?

Mr Perfect’s Christmas by Joanna Chambers
Sam Warren’s new job hasn’t been going so well so the last thing he’s in the mood for is the obligatory office Christmas party, particularly since Nick Foster’s going to be there. Nick–the guy whose shoes Sam has been trying to fill–seems to take very opportunity to point out where Sam’s going wrong. But when Sam receives an unexpected Secret Santa gift at the party, he’s forced to question his assumptions about his rival. Could it be that he’s been misinterpreting Nick’s actions all along? And is it possible that his reluctant attraction to Nick is reciprocated?

The Christmas Ship by Amy Jo Cousins
When a twink who’s finally ready to grow up accidentally catfishes a college football player headed to the NFL, it’s going to take a lot of honesty and all the faith they can muster in their own One True Pairing to set this Christmas ship sailing.

That Thing by Megan Erickson
Helping his wedding planner sister work an event is not Devin Master’s idea of what he wants to do on his winter break from college. But saying no to his sister isn’t in his wheelhouse, which is why he finds himself embedded in a drama-filled wedding. His first task? Babysit the “troublesome” best man.

Adrian Alvarez wants to do just about anything on New Year’s Eve except attending his best friend’s wedding. Ever since Adrian came out, he’s been shunned in his hometown. By everyone but his best friend, Tony. Which is why he finds himself trudging through the airport to fulfill his best man duties. He doesn’t expect to find out his ride to the hotel is a hot blond with a cocky grin.

Devin can’t get involved with a member of the wedding party, or his sister will kill him, and Adrian just wants to lay low and not draw attention to himself. But neither can resist the chemistry between them and they have to decide if they are willing to ignite or let their attraction fizzle out.

Just Like Heaven by Suki Fleet
One rainy night in December, David helps a busker with pretty eyes get his stolen money back. He doesn’t imagine the strong attraction he feels is mutual. But after overcoming his shyness, David discovers Jess is definitely interested.

Jess just isn’t interested in anything but a one night stand. Or maybe two. Falling for David is definitely not part of his plan. But when David gets trapped in a snowstorm the night before Christmas Eve, Jess realises a night or two is never going to be enough.

Not Your Grandfather’s Magic by Kaje Harper
A month away from Zeb Crowe’s twenty-first birthday — just a month before the ceremony that will awaken his psychic heritage — Zeb’s grandfather predicts cryptically, “Hold your mind and heart ready, and something good will come to you.” Shortly afterward, Zeb meets Matt, a smart, gawky, unexpectedly appealing guy who might warm the lonely corners of his heart. But is Matt really the “something good” his grandfather predicted? And is it fair to get close to him, when very soon Zeb’s whole life will change? If Zeb’s dad wasn’t missing, or his grandfather wasn’t such an enigmatic old bastard, his path to love, or power, would be so much clearer.

Bottle Boys by Anyta Sunday
Benjamin Otto is a bottle of liquid luck. Good looks. Good brain. Whatever the challenge: good odds. Except, what happens when those odds change?

Dad’s had enough bankrolling Ben and requests him to get a job. The challenge: make enough money to finance Christmas or face telling his little brother the holidays are dead.

Then there’s Sebastian. The guy from his politics class who is always coming in second after him. The guy who steals Ben’s idea to collect bottles for quick cash. The guy who makes Ben wonder if any amount of luck will be enough to win him what he really wants…

Edited by Lenore DiTrani
Cover by KaNaXa

Proceeds will be donated to Lost-N-Found Youth , an Atlanta-based nonprofit corporation whose mission is to take homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths to age 26 off the street and transition them into more permanent housing.

Review

This is such a gem! I loved all the stories in this anthology and it goes toward a good cause!

Keira Andrews gives us another story from her Amish series with David and Isaac talking about getting their own place. It’s amazingly sweet with just enough smexy to curl your toes.

5 of 5 stars

Joanna Chambers gives us a British story about a young lawyer making his way at a small town firm after losing his job in London. He thinks his predecessor and boss all hate him and he struggles to find his place. Little does he know that Nick, the predecessor has the hots for him!

This was a fun little enemies to lovers story.

4 of 5 stars

Amy Jo Cousins gives us a college story about two friends who met online. One’s a closeted football hero and the other an effeminate massage school student. They fall in love on line but have a lot of questions between them when they meet for the first time.

I found this a little confusing but sweet and satisfying in the end.

4 of 5 stars

Megan Ericson gives us an insta-love story between a grumpy best man and the wedding planner’s brother. It’s funny, sweet and sexy. Very satisfying for a short story!

5 of 5 stars

Suki Fleet gives us a story of a busker and a nursing student who meet during a dramatic save one night. David is a terribly shy guy with a heart of gold and Jess is a hurt musician trying to find his way in the world. It’s a beautiful story filled with love.

5 of 5 stars

Kaje Harper gives us a really dark and sometimes eerie story filled with magic and misdirection. Totally unexpected ending. Absolutely wonderful!

6 of 5 stars

Anyta Sunday gives us a German story about the true meaning of giving. Ben and Sebastian are college students who compete for top marks. Ben has everything going for him and Seb has to work hard for every little thing. When Ben’s dad gives him an ultimatum and pulls his cash, Ben has to do some creative work to make ends meet. But seeing how hard Seb’s life is, Ben ends up giving up his hard earned cash and earning more respect and a boyfriend in the process.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Passing Through Audiobook by Jay Northcote Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

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Don’t waste a chance at happiness…

Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.

Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.

On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.

It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.

Review

(Previously found here http://kimichanexperience.com/passing-jay-northcote/)
(Abridged)

Leo takes a break to live with his dying uncle, Edwin and his renter, Tris.

The premise of this story is simple: boy meets boy, boy kisses boy, boy loves boy, boy leaves boy, boy misses boy, boy returns to boy.

But….

Each of the men in this story has a history they need to wrestle with in order to become the happiest they can.

Tris needs to come out of the closet and Leo has to give up his workaholic ways.

Edwin, probably the most touching story of all, gets to finally tell his story and embrace the life he couldn’t for all these years.

**

On the one hand this story has very little angst for our two MCs. Their love story moves fairly quickly and without a lot of drama.

What I loved about this book was Edwin’s story. It’s both heartbreaking yet romantic and sweet at the same time. I loved how his love helped Leo and Tris appreciate what they have (or could lose). He was an amazing character.

All in all this was another very well written story by one of my favorite authors, Jay Northcote, who consistently gives us wonderful, well-formed, three-dimensional characters and a tender and sweet love for them to find.

4.5 of 5 stars

Audiobook

Matthew Lloyd Davies narrates a lot of Jay’s books because of his lovely English accents. Everyone has a very distinct sound including the nurse! It’s a great way to experience these books and really immerses you in the story.

5 of 5 stars

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Along Comes a Man by GA Hauser

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Forty year old Freddie Oli and his longtime buddy, thirty-five year old, Barron Isaac, worked in the IT business together for years. When their company was bought out, Freddie and Barron decided to alter their career direction, and open their own landscaping business. In Southern California, the climate was changing quickly, and the need for drought-resistant plants had made their small company expand rapidly.
The two older men hired an ex-marine, Dirk Jameson, to help out. At twenty-eight, Dirk was eager to work, strong, and not to mention, gorgeous.
Although Freddie and Barron were gay, they never felt any chemistry between them, but their bond of friendship was powerful.
As Dirk begins to flirt with both men, Freddie worries that Dirk will be the demise of a good friendship and a budding business. The two longtime companions begin to unravel the complex young man they hired, each having an opinion as to what Dirk was searching for.
With the Christmas holiday approaching, the two older men are usually alone-together, they extend the invitation to Dirk, since, he too, is on his own.
A strong partnership is tested as the men are faced with a handsome stud who seems to want it all.
Will this trio have a happy ending? Or will jealousy and doubt creep into their lives?
For Barron and Freddie, things were smooth sailing, until, along comes a man…

Review

Freddie and Barron are two BFFs who happen to both be gay, but have never had any sexual attraction to the other. They worked in IT together until they lost their job and decided to open their own landscaping business together. Business is booming and they decide to hire another set of hands to help. Along comes Dirk.

Dirk is an ex-marine, he’s also gay and he’s always been attracted to older men. When he starts working for Freddie and Barron he immediately wants both men in his bed – at the same time.

Though they are flattered at the interest shown by the hunky ex-marine neither can really trust his interest and they also don’t know what it would mean to be involved with him together. They are afraid of breaking their hearts and losing their friendship and losing a great new employee.

**

This story was all over the place. There were misdirects and the starting and stopping of story lines and it just plain confused then disappointed me.

First, Freddie and Barron argue like an old married couple but refuse to even try to kiss or see if there’s anything between them sexually. They just “know there isn’t”. But they are deathly afraid that watching the other have sex will ruin their friendship and create a bunch of jealousy.

Second, this is a longish book filled with… landscaping. The boys do a lot of it and we see it on page.

Third, Dirk has the hots for the two older guys and PTSD and an evil ex. There’s so much going on there that it feels rushed and confusing.

Finally, Freddie has an evil ex too and at the last minute the boys all pay him a visit – seemingly from out of the blue.

When it ends it ends with Freddie and Barron still not involved, but “sharing” Dirk and it felt really uncomfortable and though it’s a HFN I have no hopes for these guys remaining in a happy relationship for any length of time.

I just can’t recommend this book. The writing was fine but the story line did not appeal to me at all.

1.5 stars of 5

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Catch a Ghost Audibook by SE Jakes Narrated by Adam North

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From New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Tyler, writing as S. E. Jakes….
Everyone knows that Prophet – former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass – works alone. But his boss at Extreme Escapes, Ltd. has just assigned Proph a new partner and a case haunted by ghosts from Proph’s past. Suddenly he has to confront both head-on.
Tom Boudreaux – failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full-time believer in bad luck – is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still, he’s determined to succeed this time, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE’s most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, on a case that resurrects his own painful past.
Together Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in the dangerous world of underground cage matches while fighting their own dangerous attraction. When they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners must trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts…or pay the price.

Review

Prophet and Tom are two men thrown together as mercenaries, forced to be partners when neither wants one.

Prophet is slowly going blind and won’t tell anyone about it. Tommy is “cursed” with the bad luck of killing his partners off but won’t tell anyone about it.

They both have a TON of sexual chemistry and no ability to share their feelings.

In addition, Prophet and Tom are working on a case where Prophet knows the family and has a history with the victim.

People are trying to kill them – but that’s nothing new to either man.

In the end, they’ll have to let the other guy in or risk losing him and maybe their lives.

**

This is an absolutely amazing series written by SE Jakes. She’s a gifted character creator and has a strong knowledge of the military and the associated government agencies. She eventually brings in characters from her other series, Men of Honor.

In this series we find Tommy and Prophet coming together yet pushing each other away time and again and a mystery involving John, Prophet’s former friend/partner/lover.

Prophet’s decreasing eyesight and perpetual PTSD make him a complex and unique character whose inner workings are never exactly sane. Tommy’s voodoo Cajun mysticism make him a wonderful partner for Prophet and he adds a slight sense of the paranormal to these stories.

I love the sexual chemistry with these guys – it’s scorching hot -my favorite aspect of the series and after that it’s the covers! I get pretty confused by the mystery and sometimes lost in the action but I can always find my way in the end and I’m pretty invested in these guys and their romance.

The secondary characters get some play as well and they are very well developed and fun. Cillian and Mal, Blue and Mick each have their own books.

I highly recommend this book to fans of adventure and mayhem with a touch of rough and dirty sex thrown in.

Audio

We’ve been waiting a LONG TIME for these to come to audiobook format and I gotta tell you I was nervous since I wasn’t familiar with the narrator. Well… he did an AWESOME job! There are some annoying phrases and things he does now and then (his pronunciation of was for example…) but for the most part he does a wonderful Cajun for Tommy and a snarky and wonderful Cillian and Proph, Blue and Mick are all done well.

I highly recommend both the series and the audiobook and am looking forward to more!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Red Dirt Christmas (Red Dirt Heart 3.5) by NR Walker

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Travis had been here at Sutton Station for just over a year. We were technically engaged, not that we’d told anyone. He was happy just knowin’ I’d said yes, and I had some head-clearin’ stuff to work through. Knowing I was good enough for Trav was one thing, but knowing if I was good enough to be a husband and father was somethin’ else entirely.

Life at Sutton Station had never been better. Business was strong, Trudy and Bacon’s little baby, Gracie, was a few weeks old now and as cute as a button, Ma’s health was good, and my relationship with Laura and Sam was in a pretty good place. And Travis? Well, life with him was still all kinds of perfect.

But, to Travis’s dismay, Christmas at the Station was just another day. Another day of getting up before the sun, feeding animals, fixin’ what needed fixin’, and checking water troughs all while tryin’ to keep out of the blistering heat.

And this year weren’t much different. Only that it was Travis’s first Sutton Station Christmas. The fact we didn’t go all out with decorations and celebrations baffled him, and if I was bein’ truthful, it disappointed him too.

Which was why I had to make it a special kind of Christmas…

Review

This was another quick look at the amazingly cute lives of Travis and Charlie. It takes place before book 4 since book 4 had all those lovely things that happened in the boys’ future.

Charlie gives Travis something he’s really not expecting for Christmas because it’s their first and Travis’ first from home. It’s super sweet with a little bit of sexy thrown in.

If you’re a fan – you gotta read this!

5 of 5 stars

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Amazon Link

http://www.amazon.com/Red-Dirt-Christmas-Heart-3-5-ebook/dp/B018XOXWMM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450836749&sr=1-1&keywords=nr+walker+heart