Hacking the Assassin (Wolves of Stoneridge # 19.5 ) by Charlie Richards

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Out of the Cage: Sometimes a little mystery is the jumpstart a low battery needs.

Jared Templeton spent a good portion of his adult life as an assassin before going straight. Well, sort of straight. He did leave that line of work for a man, after all. Not just any man, though. Jared’s partner, Carson Angeni, is a wolf shifter. A man who can turn into that animal at will. He’s part of a whole pack of men who can do the same. Essentially, Jared traded one life of secrets for a whole different one, and he guards them jealously. When someone tampers with his computer, Jared goes on the hunt, fearing his past has finally caught up with him. Can Jared track down the perpetrator before whoever it is endangers those he cares about?

Review

This is a super short and WONDERFUL little ficlet written for last year’s GRL. In it – my TWO FAVORITE guys in the series get some more on page action.

Jared is confused by a picture found on his computer – he thinks he’s unhackable but here lies evidence to the contrary.

Carson is out playing with his pack while Jared hunts down the perp.

When the couple meet back up – it’s all the explosive sex you could want – Carson and Jared style!

I absolutely love this couple and adored this little ficlet!

If you haven’t read it you can find it for free on Charlie’s website.

5 of 5 stars

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Favorite Toy by Louise Lyons Tour – Prizes!

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Determined to stay single, Dean Simpson and his best friend Ryan have been playing a game, where each man chooses a potential hook-up for the other, usually someone nothing like their usual type. But with Ryan now off the market, Dean agrees to one final round of the game and allows his friend to choose his toy for the evening.

Casper Mancuso is about as far from Dean’s type as he can get. Casper is pretty, flamboyant, and attention-seeking, but sexy with it. Dean decides one night can’t hurt, but when Casper makes it clear his aim is the same as Dean’s – to have one bit of fun and then move on – Dean finds himself surprisingly disappointed.

With both men keen to avoid a relationship at all costs, it seems there can be no chance for anything between them. And yet the pair are drawn to each other and despite some hurtful comments and a very public argument, they just can’t stay away from each other. Eventually Dean is forced to admit that the very antithesis of what he usually likes is exactly what he’s been waiting for.

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 Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance

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My heart sank as one of the other trainers from the gym caught up to me. “Wait up, Dean. I’ll go with you.”

I glanced at Mark and nodded. “Okay.”

“Where are you headed?”

“Not sure yet. I just wanted some fresh air. Maybe Subway.” It was the first thing that came into my head, although I really didn’t fancy a sandwich.

“I could go for that. Meatball marinara. Mmm.”

“I like the tuna.”

“I always have cheese and slather it in ranch dressing, and get a cookie.” Casper’s words made me smile and I wondered if he’d be having Subway today. Shit.

“Are we eating in, or taking it back to work?” Mark pushed open the door and walked inside.

“Um, maybe sit outside here?” I followed him to the counter, lining up behind a family ordering an early lunch. Most of the tables both inside and outside were empty and I stared up at the menu board as I waited, even though I knew I’d order tuna. Mark bought a foot-long meatball marinara with cheese and salad and I requested a six inch with cheese, salad, and ranch dressing. As we sat down at a table outside the window, I looked around and caught sight of Casper, just yards away and heading right for us. Automatically I ducked my head and unwrapped my sandwich, hoping he wouldn’t see me. My heart thumped wildly and my dry mouth made me wish I’d ordered a drink.

“Are you okay?” Mark raised his eyebrows.

“Yeah.”

Casper entered Subway, apparently not having noticed me. I’d kick myself if I didn’t speak to him. I might not get another chance. The fact that he’d happened to turn up at this exact moment, when he could have gone anywhere, or not even taken a break at this time, was too much of a coincidence for me to throw away. Hesitating, I debated going into the shop to speak to him, or waiting for him to come out where Mark might hear. While I thought about it, Casper got his sandwich and came out again and then I had no choice. I jumped up quickly, scraping my chair noisily on the pavement, and his eyes immediately met mine. He halted, half in and half out of the door, then shuffled forward to get out of the way of someone trying to enter.

Mark looked up at me and frowned. “Dean?”

“I’ll be back in a minute.” I moved away from the table toward Casper, aware that only about six feet separated us from Mark. “Can I speak to you for a minute?”

“What about?” His eyes narrowed.

“I wanted to say sorry. I─”

“Don’t bother. Like we both said, it was a hook up.” His voice was much too clear and I glanced anxiously at Mark, who stared back at me with wide eyes.

“Casper…shh. Can we just…?”

“Don’t shush me!” Clutching his wrapped sandwich fiercely in one hand, he planted the other hand on his hip and glared. “I don’t know why you even bothered speaking to me! You slept with me for a bet, and we all know what your real type is. Don’t think I didn’t see you with that blond guy on Friday.”

“Fuck.” Grabbing his arm, I tugged him a few steps along the street until he wrenched free. “Thanks a fucking bunch. You just outed me to one of my workmates.”

“Oh!” His scowl vanished and his cheeks flushed. “Shit. I didn’t know. I’m sorry, Dean.”

“Forget it. Like you said, I shouldn’t have bothered.” Mortified, I turned away and went back to the table. Mark’s expression said it all. I didn’t need to hear anything he might have to say, but I listened anyway. Casper had already disappeared.

 

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Meet the author:

Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of 8, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late 20s.

Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.

Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad Dobermann, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.

Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.

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The Running Bunny (Brac Pack Next Gen Book 2) by Lynn Hagen

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[Siren Publishing: The Lynn Hagen ManLove Collection: Erotic Alternative Paranormal, M/M, shape-shifters, werewolves, HEA]

After being setup, Taylor King must choose between going to prison for a very long time or ratting out his mob-connected godfather. The arresting agent gives him five seconds to make a life-altering decision. Should Taylor choose jail or being stuck in witness protection where he can eventually start a new life?

Nevada Graton has just caught his lover in the ultimate lie and decides to walk away. The twins Matthew and Maddox invite him to live with them in Dalton Falls and Nevada takes them up on their offer.

When Nevada and Taylor meet, there is no doubt they are mates, but Nevada begins to suspect that Taylor is hiding something. He’s already been lied to and refuses to deal with deceptive men, but when Taylor’s past catches up with him, will Nevada save the bunny shifter or leave Taylor to deal with a hired killer on his own?

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Taylor is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He gets arrested and must agree to inform on his godfather or go to prison. They put him in witness protection in a small town where he meets Nevada.

Nevada has just been duped by his lover and is wary of involvement again, even with his mate. He’s especially leery when it looks like Taylor isn’t being honest with him.

When push comes to shove, though, the mate bond over-rides their resistance and they band together against the bad guys.

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It’s so good to see Lynn Hagen’s books coming out again! I was worried for awhile… but here we are with Brac Pack Next Gen!

Just like the previous Brac Pack books, this is short, hot and sometimes funny. It was great seeing the fathers again and watching them be all mature and paternal.

If you’re a fan of the series – check this out. If you’re new to the series have no worries, this can absolutely be read as a standalone.

4 of 5 stars

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The President’s Husband by Michael Murphy

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When an assassin’s bullet strikes his predecessor, Grayson Alexander becomes the first openly gay President of the United States and his husband, David Hammond, becomes the first openly gay First Husband. With their world turned upside down, David relies on his career as a medical school professor and ER doctor to keep him grounded. But his decision to keep working ruffles feathers from day one.

Gray throws himself into learning everything he needs to know to be President, especially a liberal president surrounded by a conservative cabinet and staff. Even though he puts in outrageous hours working and traveling seven days a week month after month, he’s happy. But David has trouble coping with Gray’s new job requirements. He can’t help but feel abandoned by his husband of ten years.

When Gray asks for his help with a public-health crisis, David obliges, but he is furious about what happens once the emergency passes. When they learn that the President’s staff has manipulated them both, they wonder if their relationship can survive the White House.

Review

The blurb really does a good job of setting the scene. The President is assassinated ad the VP is forced to move into his job, when, in reality, he NEVER figured on being President. Gray is young and relatively new to politics. He’s quite liberal and hasn’t done a lot of the long haul grind on the Hill. When he signed up to be the liberal counterpart to his conservative running mate, he never figured it would mean that he’d have to run the nation one day.

The President is killed on Inauguration Day! So Gray has no time to learn the ropes. He and David, his husband, are pulled into the tide of an urgent country in crisis and it sweeps them away for the first several weeks and then into months.

David never signed on for the job of Political “Wife”. He’s a professor and an MD and he has no intention of giving that up.

At first things are hectic but reasonable, then things go wacky and David and Gray are divided both physically and emotionally.

Eventually something’s got to give and David makes the call to seek separate housing until things settle down.

Will that be the end of their relationship or the wake-up call Gray needs?

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I was very excited for this book. I love the idea of the gender switch in the roles of the “First Spouse” and thought that there is so much possibility in a story like this.

Let me start by saying the writing was good, the characters were well developed and the basic story arc was sound.

Things I loved: Gray was a total bottom and unashamed and it was never an issue at all! David stands up to one of his handlers and explains just why an MD can’t just “resign for 4 years” and expect to jump back into his career.

Things that didn’t work for me: The “evil” plot to keep Gray and David separated. If Gray is supposedly smart enough to be VP/President of the US – I have a hard time swallowing that he just let all his “staff” – who the conservative President put in place – run his life without once looking back and asking his HUSBAND OF 10 YEARS for his opinion.

It bugged me that the only interaction the two MCs had was to either have sex or fight. Two intelligent 30-40 year old men would talk and discuss the stress and address the emotional issues – at least once or twice in the year that this book covers – and I didn’t see them even attempting to manage the crisis til it had exploded.

I think Gray was too weak to be believable. The “evil” staffers were too villainous to be believable and the entire virus thing was over the top. I also think that David’s role would have been discussed before Gray signed up for VP because even the VP’s spouse has duties and once Gray was made President I don’t think David would have even been allowed to work or do all the stuff he did – simply as a security risk. So that part I never bought into.

I think there are some very interesting issues raised by this book, however. I do think that the idea that a spouse gives up everything once their partner is in office is interesting and when that role is a man, it becomes even more interesting as a “conundrum” because we’ve no experience with that. I’m not sure, however, that the role – not the gender- does seem to preclude any realistic work outside of the office.

In any case, it was an interesting, well-written book with some plot issues that I had a hard time reconciling – but if Politics is your thing I’d recommend this book.

3 of 5 stars

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Farm Fresh by Posy Roberts

 

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Jude Garrity visits the farmers market every Saturday. As an environmental engineering student, he’s curious about living off the grid and sustainable agriculture.

And one particular farmer.

Hudson Oliva has worked hard to support his commune, where queer people live without fear of harm or retribution. When Jude asks pointed questions about living there, Hudson realizes he needs to be honest about his home. Few people know what the farm is actually about, but Jude is insistent.

Jude moves to Kaleidoscope Gardens, however his sexual hang-ups make it hard to adjust. He’s an uptight virgin living among people who have sex freely and with multiple partners. When Jude finally loosens up, Hudson is flooded with emotions. Falling for Jude wasn’t part of Hudson’s life plan. But when vindictive rumors about the commune begin to spread, love might be all he has left.

Review

So this story is unlike any I’ve ever read. As a result my review/feelings are a mixed bag. Let me start by saying that I’m a Posy Roberts fan and her writing is just as excellent as ever – her characters are unique and fully developed and three dimensional – including the secondary characters. In addition, she either has personal experience with gardening/commune life or does excellent research because the attention to detail is astounding and I learned a lot about what a life might be like in a commune. And – on a side note – living in Portland – I can absolutely see a commune like that existing here and the description of the complex interactions that would occur between the conservative members of the small towns outside the liberal city is spot on.

What I loved: At first I thought I was going to HATE the open relationship concept and I shuddered to think what was going to happen to our poor Jude when faced with the blatant sexuality of the commune and the sex all over the place. I thought it would be a horrible mix and worried about him, but in the end the exact opposite of his childhood turned out to be just what he needed. I see now that the roles of the other men in his house helped him work on the different areas of his “problem” in a way that one man would have a difficult time fulfilling.

I also found myself entranced with the entire commune and could absolutely see how loving was defined a multitude of ways and that one man/ one woman, two men/ two women, etc could be stretched to include other relationships in a way that still valued all the relationships equally.

I really wanted to see the commune – it sounds so beautiful!

What didn’t work for me: Hudson and Jude. I just got so frustrated with them! I felt so bad for Hudson because I don’t think he realized how much he needed to be in a more “monogamous” relationship and Leo – whose job it is to help people with this stuff – was NO help! I felt like he and Charlie pushed Hudson without supporting him and he was kind of left on his own – especially after Jude came in to the picture.

I really wanted Jude to spend more time with Leo in a professional capacity. His trauma was IMMENSE and I think if we’d spent more time with him and Leo addressing his issues head on instead of the sort-of sideways way they went about it, Hudson could have been included in the loop and not made to feel so marginalized.

But – I get that these are people who make honest mistakes and that’s part of the story – but I really thought that Leo’s profession would have given him more of a window into what Hudson was going through and he would have been more sensitive to his emotional needs.

That being said – I do think this is an amazingly unique book about “love” and how it is expressed in a way that is refreshing in it’s “differentness”.

For those with an open mind I think this will intrigue you and it absolutely kept me reading – even if it isn’t something that I necessarily would want to read a lot of again in the future.

I’m still a sucker for that “MINE” vibe and this was the opposite of that so…

4 of 5 stars

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Whippersnapper by Michael Rupured

 

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Tellumo Magnamater is a fresh-out-of-college, first-year English teacher at Salt Lick County High School in Kentucky. He rides the bus to and from work, and every day he walks to the gym behind his small efficiency apartment to exercise. Perhaps because of being raised by two lesbians, Tellumo is attracted to older men. He sets his sights on fifty-something available bachelor Oliver Crumbly. But Tellumo isn’t the only resident interested in Oliver.

Peggy Tucker, a widow approaching her sixtieth birthday, is determined to marry again, and she thinks Oliver is her perfect match. Despite Tellumo and Peggy striking up a friendship at the gym, neither realizes they are interested in the same man. But the joke might be on both of them. Oliver, a retired history teacher, is the original crotchety old man who hates everything and everybody—especially young people.

Review

From the blurb, you get the idea: Tellumo is interested in Oliver, Peggy is interested in Oliver, Oliver is kind of a misanthrope and doesn’t want to get involved with either (he’s too old for Tellumo and too gay for Peggy!)

What the blurb doesn’t tell you is that Tellumo ends up really good friends with Peggy and we get a really in-depth view of her life – so she is no “evil female” out to ruin the romance between our MCs. In fact, I’d say the book is equally divided into thirds – Peggy, Oliver and Tellumo each share a third of the book.

Oliver has other issues in his life – a dying friend, his own fear of mortality, his own past relationship demons.

Tellumo is like a breath of fresh air to both Peggy and Oliver – offering his youth and open heart to help them heal.

Peggy has her own issues and secrets, wants and desires and they don’t all stem around Oliver.

In a nutshell this book is NOTHING like I thought it would be. There is NO on-page sex, the couple doesn’t even get together until 80% in, most of the story is simply the telling of the lives of our characters and slowly introducing them to one another – which doesn’t happen until 60 % in or so.

If you’re interested in a look into the lives of 3 interesting people, each of whom has something invested in the other in one way or another, and like that several of the characters are gay (Tellumo has 2 mothers) then this is the story for you.

If you’re looking for a “traditional boy meets boy” romance – this is not that book.

The writing is excellent and the stories are compelling – but I’m not sure I’d really call this a “romance” although it is clearly a portion of this book.

As a result of the unique flavor of the book I’m having a hard time rating it … so I won’t! I’ll give it high marks for writing and leave it at that.

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Jude Garrity visits the farmers market every Saturday. As an environmental engineering student, he’s curious about living off the grid and sustainable agriculture.

And one particular farmer.

Hudson Oliva has worked hard to support his commune, where queer people live without fear of harm or retribution. When Jude asks pointed questions about living there, Hudson realizes he needs to be honest about his home. Few people know what the farm is actually about, but Jude is insistent.

Jude moves to Kaleidoscope Gardens, however, his sexual hang-ups make it hard to adjust. He’s an uptight virgin living among people who have sex freely and with multiple partners. When Jude finally loosens up, Hudson is flooded with emotions. Falling for Jude wasn’t part of Hudson’s life plan. But when vindictive rumors about the commune begin to spread, love might be all he has left.

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 Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Ménage/Poly, Romance

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“You wanted to know where I’m from,” Hudson said. Jude nodded but remained tight-lipped. “I grew up north of Miami in a small city. I couldn’t wait to get out, so I tried to hitch a ride to Seattle. Didn’t get that far.”

“How far did you get?” Jude looked surprised as he asked, so Hudson reached out and pressed his palm to the center of Jude’s chest.

“About five miles away. I’ve been here ever since.”

“What made you run? I mean… maybe that’s too personal.”

Hudson coasted his hand over the slight swell of Jude’s pec and thumbed over his nipple, which stood at attention, pert and flushed, like his lips and cheeks. It was a good color on him.

“My parents sent me away to one of those ‘pray away the gay’ places, which obviously didn’t work, but it probably saved my life since my mom had to haul Papi off me when she told him why I needed to go there. He had so much pride, and having a gay son wasn’t something he could live with. It was as if me being gay made him gay. I was accosted by religion and hatred for who I was from that day until I left, so I became an expert at being secretive and learned to lie through my teeth while living with them. My eighteenth birthday Papi and I fought, and I ended up with another black eye. I packed a bag and snuck out of the house while they were sleeping.”

“Did they call the cops or anything?”

Hudson shook his head and knew his smile was pathetic. He still held hope he and his father could reconcile. He knew Papi would be proud of him and what he’d accomplished on the commune. “I left a note and eventually let them know my address, but in all the years, I’ve gotten one letter.”

“I’ve talked to my parents twice since I left, and both times left me feeling shredded inside.”

“I’m sorry.” Hudson scooted closer and pulled Jude into a tight embrace. The feel of Jude’s warm skin against his own had Hudson’s body responding in no time flat. He kissed Jude’s neck and the sharp line of his jaw. He thrust his fingers into Jude’s spun-gold hair and drew their mouths together.

Jude moved his lips, pressing chaste kisses to Hudson’s, and then he snaked his arm between their bodies. Jude splayed his fingers across Hudson’s chest and pushed him away. He hung his head, looking down at the mattress in what appeared to be shame.

Hudson took the sting out of the rejection by thumbing over Jude’s bottom lip, shiny with saliva. “You have a delectable mouth, like it’s made for kissing.”

Jude laughed. “So do you.” Then he bit his lip and made brief eye contact before scooting back a few inches.

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Meet the author:

Posy Roberts writes about the realistic struggles of men looking for love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.

Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep. Her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.

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Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/posyroberts11/

Twitter: @posyroberts

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28432092-farm-fresh

Publisher: Labyritnh Bound Press

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

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Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2) by Avon Gale

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After last season’s heartbreaking loss to his hockey team’s archrival, Jacksonville Sea Storm goalie Riley Hunter is ready to let go of the past and focus on a winning season. His new roommate, Ethan Kennedy, is a loud New Yorker with a passion for social justice that matches his role as the team’s enforcer. The quieter Riley is attracted to Ethan and has no idea what to do about it.

Ethan has no hesitations. As fearless as his position demands, he rushes into things without much thought for the consequences.Though they eventually warm to their passionate new bond, it doesn’t come without complications. While trying to financially help Ethan, Riley must hide his family’s wealth so as not to hurt Ethan’s immense pride. For their relationship to work, Ethan will need to learn when to keep the gloves on and let someone help him—and Riley will have to learn it’s okay to let someone past his defenses.

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We met Riley and Kennedy in book one – Riley is sort of ambiguous when it comes to his sexuality and Kennedy identifies as straight. They end up rooming together when Kennedy has trouble finding a place to land and Riley likes having a roommate.

They end up becoming really good friends but Riley isn’t sure there might not be some underlying other… to their relationship.

One night things get … interesting… and Kennedy isn’t willing to let it lie. He confronts Riley about what’s between them and this starts their mutual exploration into a relationship beyond friendship.

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Avon Gale recently told us on FaceBook that she’s gonna devote even more time to writing – THANK GOD! I think she’s amazingly gifted. Humor is – hands down- the hardest thing to communicate in writing and she EXCELS at it.

“Riley gave him the keys, and Ethan came back with some beer, a piping hot pizza, laundry detergent, and fabric softener—something Riley didn’t know about until he moved into his first apartment, because he’d had to look up how to do laundry on the Internet.

They ate pizza, did their laundry, played Grand Theft Auto, and watched hockey. Sometimes Riley looked over and caught Ethan watching him, and vice versa. They both pretended not to notice. It was clear, unspoken guy language that meant “If we don’t talk about it, it didn’t happen.”

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“Yeah. I mean, come on. This is a sport played by a bunch of guys who hang around each other and compete all the time. You tell me you don’t think sex gets mixed up with that, and I’ll make you talk to Lane about feelings again.”

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“How’s being gay going?” Lane asked him at one point, and Zoe immediately lectured him about ignoring the existence of bisexuals.

Lane listened like a hockey player getting a lecture from his coach and then turned back to Riley and said, “So?”

Zoe sighed. “This is when I don’t miss you.”

 

What I loved was that these boys were up front and honest right from the start – no hand wringing and wondering. It felt so authentic. They talked like men/boys and acted like men/boys and as a result the story just felt so natural and plausible. Even though it’s essentially a double GFY which – in theory – is like the storybook unicorn.

There are a lot of feels in this book too – and super hot smexy times – it pretty much has it all!

Of course we get to see more of Lane – who is my personal favorite character – maybe of all time (there are a couple others who rival with him but he’s up there) and we get to see all that sweaty hockey action, as well.

Another proof of a gifted writer (and storyteller) is that someone like me – a non sports person – READS the hockey stuff! And I understood it! Woot!

It can be hard to follow up a great book – sequels get a bad rap – but this absolutely does it’s job and keeps the awesomeness flowing! This is a great follow up to Breakaway – and since that was my all time favorite book of 2015 you know that means something!

I highly recommend this to fans of hockey, sweaty jocks, people with a sense of humor and anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together!

5 of 5 stars

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When Kris Cerny walks back into Two Spirits, the art gallery he owns with Josh McPhee, all he wants is a clean break. Austin’s booming real estate market means the building he bought years ago is worth a fortune, and with the sale, he and Josh can finally go their separate ways. They won’t be reconciling, right? Josh may be sober now, but an addict is always going to be an addict, and Kris can’t take that chance again.

Josh isn’t willing to sell. Not yet. He’s discovered a new artist in Santa Fe he knows will put Two Spirits in the black, and if he can just make a success of the gallery, maybe he can earn Kris’s respect, if not recapture his love. He needs Kris to give him time for one more buying trip, one more gallery show. Josh wants nothing more than a final chance to make things right. Kris agrees to let Josh have this last ditch effort on one condition– he wants to go along for the ride. On the way Josh hopes they’ll find the next big thing in the art world as well as peace, forgiveness, and a love he thought was lost forever.

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Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Western/Cowboy

 

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing BA Tortuga author of Refired

Hi BA, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Hey there! I’m the luckiest girl on Earth – I’m married to the woman of my dreams, I’ve got the best job in history and I live in the New Mexico mountains. I’ve been publishing romance novels for… whoa. Many years.

Many.

Refired is the story of recovering alcoholic, Josh McPhee, and Kris Cerny, high-powered businessman and rancher – two former lovers that own a failing Austin art gallery together.

When Kris Cerny walks back into Two Spirits, the art gallery he owns with Josh McPhee, all he wants is a clean break. Austin’s booming real estate market means the building he bought years ago is worth a fortune, and with the sale, he and Josh can finally go their separate ways. They won’t be reconciling, right? Josh may be sober now, but an addict is always going to be an addict, and Kris can’t take that chance again.

Josh isn’t willing to sell. Not yet. He’s discovered a new artist in Santa Fe he knows will put Two Spirits in the black, and if he can just make a success of the gallery, maybe he can earn Kris’s respect, if not recapture his love. He need Kris to give him time for one more buying trip, one more gallery show. Josh wants nothing more than a final chance to make things right. Kris agrees to let Josh have this last ditch effort on one condition– he wants to go along for the ride. On the way Josh hopes they’ll find the next big thing in the art world as well as peace, forgiveness, and a love he thought was lost forever.

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Josh sat there in the office that had been his for seven years, two months, and three days, looking at the cowboy who he’d thought, once upon a time, was going to be his one and only, feeling a little like he was drunk.

He rolled the five-year-sober token between his fingers, letting it settle him. Not drunk. Not even a bit.

“What? What did you say to me?” He left off the you sorry son of a bitch part.

“We got a buyer for the gallery.” Kris stared at him, calm as could be, one hip settled on the edge of his desk.

“The gallery isn’t for sale.” He owned half, dammit. Still.

Kris nodded easily. “Frankly they just want the building. Quite an offer. I don’t see how we can pass it up.”

“The gallery isn’t for sale.” He was fairly sure the words were succinct enough for Mr. Business.

“The neighborhood has changed, Josh. It’s not a boho, arty area anymore. It’s all high-priced condos and tapas bars.” Kris’s expression softened just slightly. “I think it’s time to let it go.”

This wasn’t about the gallery. This was about them. Him and Kris.

“No.”

“Josh, please at least look at the offer.” Kris stood, straightening his fancy cattleman’s. God, he looked like a stuffed suit. Kris looked better in beat-up Wranglers.

“I’m not interested.” Josh felt like sitting down and pounding the floor with his fist. This wasn’t right. None of it. He knew he was a fuckup. Had been a fuckup. But he was working his shit out.

The gallery was back to breaking even, if not making a profit. Josh thought he deserved a chance to get some good new artists in for a show.

“Then are you going to buy me out?” Kris asked.

Fuck. Kris knew he couldn’t do that. The business finances were an open book. Josh wasn’t even taking a salary for another three years to pay back Kris’s initial investment.

“I don’t have to. We’re equal partners. All I have to do is say no.”

Kris frowned, dark brows drawing together over his bright green eyes. “Dammit, Josh, how long are you going to pretend this is going to work?”

He touched the coin again. Five years. Five years sober. Five years proving he could be trusted. Five years and it wasn’t enough.

“This gallery is my life.” Simple as that. He had no friends anymore, no one. He came to work and went to meetings. He hadn’t gone out to dinner with Kris since…. Christ. Christmas? Maybe? Had they even done Christmas?

“Then what do you want me to do? The building is really the only asset.”

“I’m going on a buying trip. Santa Fe area. Why are we even talking about this?” Why are you even here? Go find another project.

Kris was, like, the king of finance now or something. He had investments all over, could probably walk away from the gallery without even taking a money hit.

“Buying? With what? Your good looks?”

 

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Meet the author:

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife (still amazing to say that), Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has gone to the high desert mountains and fallen in love. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery ménages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.

 

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28254728-refired

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

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Teen shelter volunteer Rich searches for love until Diego, from LVMPD Search and Rescue, finds him.>

After declaring his love life officially dead, Rich wonders if maybe he should stick with his shifter book boyfriends instead. It’s not as if he has much free time to date anyway. Between working long hours at a coffee shop, guarding his sodas from his hygienically challenged roommates, and running the programming at the Vegas LGBTQ teen shelter he founded—how could there ever be space for love in his life?

Diego Espinoza enjoys taking his downtime from working Search and Rescue, at the Lucky Cup coffee shop. He can set up his laptop, peruse good sport climbing spots and observe the blond barista he’s been pining over for a while. He imagines that the pretty boy has more offers than he knows what to do with, so it takes Diego time to work up the nerve to approach him.

Rich isn’t so sure about the rough looking Diego—even if he’s always thought he was hot—but once he decides to gives Diego a chance, there’s an immediate heat and connection that takes him by surprise. As they learn more about each other and try to find the way to a future together, strange and scary things start to happen.

It isn’t until Rich is injured in a bizarre accident that it becomes clear that there’s someone out there who not only doesn’t want Rich to find love—they want him dead.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light bondage.

Review

Diego visits a coffee shop over and over hoping to get the attention of the barista, Rich, to ask for a date.  Rich is very social and Diego is a little socially awkward about dating.  Though Rich is skeptical at first, once he and Diego begin to talk their instant chemistry kicks in and their romance moves along fairly fluidly.

The major problem in the situation is that ever since Rich saw a woman shoved out of a car with a bullet in her brain, someone is trying to kill him!

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If you are in the mood for a low angst/high romance book – this is your book!  There are lots of feels, kisses and hugs and warm fuzzies.

The mystery is a little tense but a lot predictable and not a big part of the story.

It can absolutely be read as a standalone and is a light, easy read.

3.5 of 5 stars

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