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Love me like a Rock (Bend or Break # 6) by Amy Jo Cousins

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In art and in love, it s the rough edges that make things interesting.

Having grown up with artistic implements always in hand, there’s almost nothing Austin can’t make real. Except for one thing—an official relationship with his best friend, rowing teammate and occasional hookup, Vinnie.

The combination of emotional and sexual frustration fuels a spark between Austin and the nude model in his drawing class. Austin isn’t used to having trouble focusing; models are merely challenging subjects to be rendered on paper. But the geology TA’s direct blue gaze is powerful enough to drag Austin’s focus away from his physique.

After a quick and very dirty post-class encounter, all the reasons that Austin has been waiting for his best friend go fuzzy in his mind. Sean is nothing like Vinnie. Sean is persistent, pays attention, and makes it clear he wants to be together.

But if Austin can’t get his head and his heart on the same page, he could lose his friend, or his lover. Or both.

Warning: Contains rock geeks, tent sex, a dictatorial cox whose idea of a good time is drawing naked dudes, plus one naked dude who wants to be more than a good time.

Review

This is the 6th book in the series, but it can absolutely be a standalone!

Austin and Vinny are best-friends-with-benefits. Only Austin really wishes it was more than that. In fact, he’s pining. But Vinny isn’t responsive and Austin figures some day he’s gotta do something about that.

Meanwhile, Austin meets Sean. Sean is a ginger! who models for one of Austin’s classes.   He can’t keep his eyes and then his hands and then his mind off of Sean once he actually sees the guy.

Sean is everything Vinny isn’t – and at first that freaks Austin out – but – over time – he realizes that might just be a good thing.

**

I fell in love with this series in book one and Amy Jo Cousins hasn’t disappointed me yet! I think this is my second favorite in the series – but really – it’s a close second to book one.

Austin is a GREAT character and what I love about the writing is how well Amy Jo shows us the progression in his head from “Sean’s a fuck buddy” to “Sean is something important”. It’s very well done and oh so sexy!

I was very glad to see the communication in this book was open and honest and never the central theme. Yes, Vinny and Austin could have talked to one another more, but I totally understood that Vinny and Austin’s history sort of precluded that from be a viable option. Sean only knew the “more adult” version of Austin so he could be a different guy. Someone Vinny never really knew.

Vinny’s absence from the story was important because as a reader I didn’t want to be attached to him through Austin (especially since the next book is about Vinny and a new guy!) so I was grateful that his part in this story was small.

The smexy times were plentiful but not overwhelming and though I wish we got to see them later in life – post graduation – I know that the HFN is solid and will lead to a HEA eventually.

(My favorite scene is when Austin and Sean go camping and Sean makes Austin “art supplies” – Swoooon!)

4.5 of 5 stars

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The Screwdriver (Dirty Martini Book 2) by Renee George

 

Books 4 and 8 in the Other Team Series

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The Other Team Sports Bar & Grill, where mixology meets biology and it’s pure chemistry. USA Today Bestselling author Renee George, writing as G.R. George, invites you to the best little gay bar in the Midwest, where the drinks are cold, the men are hot, and it’s always Happy Hour. These steamy MM romances are tasty little recipes for a perfect evening of entertainment. Watch Chris and Marty navigate their new relationship in The Screwdriver, Book 8 of The Other Team series.

 

 

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Marty Lincoln and Chris Lawson are only happy when they’re in each other’s arms. Unfortunately, their relationship remains long-distance as Marty completes his final months in the Army. Chris has a new and challenging job that keeps him busy, but he yearns every day for Marty. Marty suffers from PTSD and needs Chris as his anchor.

Time apart feeds the doubts each man harbors as they deal with their tragic pasts and try to hold on to the love blooming between them. Will fear make them give up before they even get started? Or will love find a way?

 

Review

Dirty Martini is about Marty and Chris. Marty is Jay’s younger brother (Jay is the owner of The Other Team – a gay bar and featured in two of the previous books in the series.) Chris is the manager of Jay’s bar.

Marty lost his best friend and career as a military man 2 years ago in Afghanistan. He’s been through rehab and is making his way again in the world. He’s back to visit Jay when Chris gets the news that his estranged father has just died.

For some reason, Marty (who previously only identified as straight but in his head as bi-sexual) is drawn to the pain he sees in Chris. His own loss and need perhaps make him understand where Chris is coming from.

Chris doesn’t do relationships so he knows getting involved with the boss’ brother – in any way – is a bad idea, but… He’s so lonely and needs someone who cares about him – if for just this once.

The two end up going to Chris’ dad’s funeral and starting up a relationship, despite the odds.

In book 2 – we see the continuation of this relationship as it stands the test of time and distance.

Can a die-hard one-night-stand- man make a relationship work? Do the two of them even have a relationship worth saving?

**

These are short stories that read better when read all in order. All the MCs play a role in the other stories and it really helps to set the stage. (My previous reviews are here: http://kimichanexperience.com/?s=renee+george)

What I love about these is that, even though they’re short, each vignette is a solid glimpse at the couple at a crucial time in their relationship. I love that the other MCs are involved and it plays out like a family drama type story.

The smexy times are super hot, but the relationship stuff still holds the priority.

In her book the author explains why the names have changed – but it’s the same storyline.

These are highly recommended for fans of hot, sweet, short, sexy and alpha stories.

4.25/5 stars

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Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton

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It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.

Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.

Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.

Review

Wow. So not what I was expecting when I first read the blurb.

There’s so much going on in this book.

First, Nate’s story. He and his dad move to Warren, WY (Nowhere) and it’s a hard adjustment. His mom is still in Austin, Tx. He has no friends. The teeny tiny town is about as different from life in Austin as you can get and the only friend he likes is the town pariah.

Then, Cody. Cody’s mom is all alone, doing what she can to make ends meet. Sometimes things she doesn’t want to talk about. The town knows about Cody and his mom and then… there’s the gay thing. Somehow the little town finds out Cody’s most hidden secret and they won’t let it go. (This is the state that killed Matthew Shepard in 1988.)

At first (over the summer), the two are really close friends. But when school starts, Cody distances himself from Nate in an effort to “save” Nate from being associated with Cody. Well, as time goes on, not only does Nate NOT want to be with the other jerks in town, he longs to be with Cody. He’s not sure why he wants that so badly… at first.

**

I had such a visceral reaction to this story. I grew up in that town (not literally, but almost – Colorado instead of Wyoming – but the wind still blew all the time, it was cold, there was nothing to do but get in trouble and we didn’t have MTV either!) so I know exactly how it feels to live in a town and your only fantasy is about the day you graduate so you can leave and never look back.

Of course, it’s different if in addition to all that other stuff you have to deal with the threat of gay-bashing and AIDS and losing your parents’ love too…

I thought Marie did an amazing job of letting the fear be real but not crushing for these boys. She gave them some real hope in a way that felt plausible and authentic. God, it would be so easy to turn this story into another Brokeback Mountain, but thankfully we get a HFN – probably a HEA to look forward to. (With one exception… so sad…)

I guess this book just really made me think and be thankful we live in a “different” world now… at least there’s more information out there and resources and less? fear… I hope so at least.

Anyhow, this is a very moving book that is well written and very compelling. There’s not a bunch of sex in it, it wouldn’t really feel right anyway, but there’s a lot of emotion and heart.

I highly recommend it and give it 4.5 of 5 stars

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One and Only Bear – Grizzly List Book 2 by Julia Talbot

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Sometimes a bear is more than just a bear.

Oscar is a socially awkward bear who’s not like the other bear shifters in Colorado. He’s a white spirit bear, and he works as a phone psychic. When he decides to try the Grizzly List weekly, he’s only looking for a friend, knowing love isn’t in the cards for him.

Firefighter Patrick is an outgoing grizzly shifter who’s happy to meet Oscar and give him whatever he needs, as long as Oscar doesn’t need a mate. Patrick doesn’t believe in fated mates.

Can these two teach each other that what they want and what they need aren’t the same thing?

Review

This is book two in the series and is a standalone, though the MCs from book one play a prominent role in this as well, so I’d recommend reading them in order.

Oscar is so socially awkward that he fears he may have no romantic feelings in him whatsoever. So… he advertises for a friend and Patrick responds because who doesn’t like cuddles, right?

Of course, once they meet, the chemistry between them is far more than friendly. But… the road isn’t easy for them as neither is really sure of a romantic relationship or anything on a permanent basis and Patrick specifically makes some mistakes in that regard.

**

I loved book one in that it gives us two bears who are sometimes human. The emphasis is very much on the bear nature these guys have. In book two that continues, maybe to a little bit lesser extent.

I loved Oscar – he was a great character – slowly opening to the idea of being with someone when before he’d been so secluded. Patrick, on the other hand, flip-flopped back and forth for me. His character was less consistent and harder to love. He was still a great guy, but I really didn’t think the way he reacted to Oscar fit the guy I saw on earlier pages.

I still highly recommend this book and the series – especially if you’re a fan of shifter books that capitalize on the real animal nature of the shifters.

4 of 5 stars

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Marking Kane (Werewolves of Manhattan #4) by AC Katt

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Returning from his territory in Atlanta, Gabriel Martin stumbles across a man in an alleyway who has been gang raped – his mate.

Gabriel Martin has hope. Three of the Alphas on the council have found mates in the past few years. Returning to New York from Atlanta, he comes across a human who has been raped in an alleyway. The human is his mate, Kane Brady.

Kane has been teaching at the local high school and refuses to rubberstamp the education of their star basketball players’ almost paying the price with his life. He’s unusual as he’s a Human Omega but he can’t be intimate with Gabriel because of his horrific experience.

Review

This is the fourth book in AC Katt’s “Werewolves of Manhattan” series and like all the predecessors it is an interesting book with very strong Alpha males and spunky but needy Omegas.

Kane is a teacher only trying to do the right thing for his students. In a way that is absolutely unbelievable, the very OTT and evil basketball coach urges his winning team to “force Kane” into quitting so that he won’t fail the starting boys in his English class. The kids are homophobic and apparently really stupid because they do absolutely nothing to cover up their crime. Their crime is OTT violent full of homophobic raping and a severe beating that should have left Kane for dead. The coach manages to escape the long arm of the law sufficiently to be the source of danger for the remainder of the book.

Meanwhile, Kane is trying to heal, trying to pave his own way in the world and trying to make sense of Gabriel’s world.

Gabriel is trying to control his temper and at the same time woo his mate.

The boys from the previous books all come along to help Kane acclimate and try to soften the blow of learning about werewolf society.

On the one hand I really love this series because I like the caring and nurturing aspect and the fact that the mating is almost never the issue beyond the “reveal” of werewolf society.

One thing that really fell short for me in this story is the “healing” that occurred late in the book – why wasn’t it done early on to help our poor Kane?

On the other hand I’m always left feeling that the story is told in a way that is more telling than showing, a bit outlandish and sometimes really over the top in it’s story lines and a bit repetitive in the basic plot premise.

I’ve come to classify writers as good storytellers, good writers and good writers and storytellers. I think AC Katt falls into the first category in that her stories are creative, complex and usually very interesting but her writing is a bit flat and unpolished.

I will happily continue to read the books in this series because they are always entertaining but I am aware of their faults and have come to look those over in favor of just enjoying the experience.

3.5 of 5 stars

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book tourAndrew Grey was kind enough to drop by Open Skye to share these thoughts about his new book “Love Comes to Light“.

image004Love Comes to Light is the sixth and final story in the Senses series. When I wrote the first story, I included a character who couldn’t speak. Then there was Howard who was blind. That story was one of the most difficult I have ever written. Then in Love Comes Home, I featured another blind character.   In Love Comes Around I chose touch and in Love Comes Unheard, the main character was deaf. In Love Comes to Light, we return to the sense of touch. Arik is an artist and he’s been injured. His right arm was burned.

Unfortunately, he believes that he lost his artistic gift when he was hurt. Try as he might, he can’t so the same kind of work that he was able to before the fire. Sometimes when life presents us with a challenge, we are able to overcome it and move on. Other times, we need to determine a way to move past it. We can’t eliminate it, so we learn to live with our limitations and determine how to become happy once again. Often the second option requires more determination and inner fortitude. That also requires patience, care, and the support of the people we love. It’s perfect for a romance.

 

Thank you Andrew, for stopping by!  I know I love this series and this was a great addition to the series.

 

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Author: Andrew Grey

Series: Senses Series

Genre: M/M, Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: Mar 18 2016

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

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Artist Arik Bosler is terrified he might have lost his creative gift in the accident that left his hand badly burned. When he’s offered the chance to work with renowned artist Ken Brighton after winning a contest, Arik fears his injury will be too much to overcome.

He reluctantly travels to Pleasanton to meet Ken, where he runs into the intimidating Reg Thompson. Reg, a biker who customizes motorcycles, is a big man with a heart of gold who was rejected by most of his family. Arik is initially afraid of Reg because of his size, however it’s his heart that warms Arik’s interest and gets him to look past the exterior to let down his guard.

But Arik soon realizes that certain members of Reg’s motorcycle club are into things he can’t have any part of. Reg can’t understand why Arik disappears until he learns Arik’s injury was the result of his father’s drug activity. Though neither Reg nor Arik wants anything to do with drugs, the new leadership of Reg’s club might have other ideas.

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Excerpt 

“Let’s take a break,” Connor called after the saw whined down once again.

“Good idea,” Reg agreed. Patrick nodded and grabbed a bottle of water, then left the room. Reg followed him with his gaze, waiting until he’d left to ask, “What’s with that kid who’s staying with them?”

Connor shrugged. “I just met him, but I saw the way he acted.”

“Like he wanted to crawl inside a wall to get away from me. He stopped at the station for gas, and I expected him to make a run for it any second, acting like a scared rabbit.” Reg grabbed two bottles of water from the cooler and handed one to Connor.

“Did you see his hand?” Connor asked. “Maybe that has something to do with it. Those burns aren’t that old.” Connor grinned. “And let’s face it, you don’t project love and happiness, or have little bluebirds landing on your fingers.”

“Fuck no, I’m not a princess,” he growled and then sighed. “But that kid is cute as a button.” Reg knew it would be best if he put Arik out of his mind. The guy was scared as hell of him.

“Yeah, the growliness is the perfect way to keep the kid from running for the hills.”

Reg did it again. “I am who I am. Never claimed or tried to be anything but.” If he was big and strong, then no one messed with him and that was just fine. He’d taken more than his share of shit in his life, and he was done with that. “I’m going to hit the head. I’ll be back in a few, and we can finish this project.” He checked his watch. He had to be back at the gas station by six, but that should leave plenty of time to get this project done.

Reg knew the way. He went to the restroom off the entrance, waving to Claire, who was sitting behind the desk, as he passed. She was a biker chick at heart, and when he stopped by, they usually talked Harleys for a few minutes. He pushed the restroom door open and went inside. After taking care of business, he washed his hands and pulled the door open. Childish laughter rang through the hall. Reg glanced at Claire, who pointed to the activity room. More laughter followed, and Reg followed the sound. He peeked into the room.

“Mr. Reg!” Bobbie Jo raced over to him. “I heard you working.” She imitated the saw. “I didn’t bother you because that’s going to be my room when you’re all done.” She grinned, showing her missing front teeth. He lifted her into his arms and watched as Arik turned toward him and then quickly looked away again. “He’s showing us how to draw a bunny.” She pointed to a paper on the table, all smiles and unbridled energy.

“That’s great, sweetheart,” Reg said, carrying her back to her place.

“He has a hurty hand like me. See?” she said, pointing to Arik and then lifting her own right hand.

“Does it hurt today?” Reg knew she sometimes dealt with a lot of pain, particularly after the surgeries or when she was having a growth spurt.

“Nope.” She smiled and wriggled her thumb and the next two fingers. That alone was a miracle and a half, as far as Reg was concerned. Bobbie Jo’s little fingers hadn’t grown right and ended up twisted and curled. She’d had surgery on three of her fingers to correct it, and there were still two to go.

“That’s good, honey,” he said, setting her back in her chair and handing her the pencil.

“I’ll drawed a bunny for you,” she said and looked to Arik. “Would you tell me again?”

“Sure,” Arik said gently, but Reg felt his gaze on him and saw the fear and nervousness in his eyes.

Reg thought about leaving the room, but that would upset Bobbie Jo, so he knelt on the floor next to her to seem less threatening… he hoped.

“First you draw the face,” Arik said, going slowly as he demonstrated, letting the others keep up. “Then the ears.” He drew the first one. As he made the second ear, the pencil dropped from his hand, rolling along the table and onto the floor in front of Reg. He picked it up and held it out to Arik, who looked at it as though it were on fire. Then Arik slowly reached for it, gently taking it from Reg’s fingers. “Thank you.”

Reg nodded, and Arik continued with the lesson. “That’s so good.”

Bobbie Jo’s tongue stuck out slightly as she concentrated, making the shapes Arik showed her. It didn’t look as fluid as his, but Bobbie Jo was obviously pleased as punch as she added the whiskers.

 

Author Information

 

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Senses Series

Love Comes Silently Book 1

Love Comes in Darkness Book 2

Love Comes Home Book 3

Love Comes Around Book 4

Love Comes Unheard Book 5

Love Comes to Light Book 6

 

 

 

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Love Comes To Light by Andrew Grey

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A Senses Series Story

Artist Arik Bosler is terrified he might have lost his creative gift in the accident that left his hand badly burned. When he’s offered the chance to work with renowned artist Ken Brighton, Arik fears his injury will be too much to overcome.

He travels to Pleasanton to meet Ken, where he runs into the intimidating Reg Thompson. Reg, a biker who customizes motorcycles, is a big man with a heart of gold who was rejected by most of his family. Arik is initially afraid of Reg because of his size. However it’s Reg’s heart that warms Arik’s interest and gets him to look past the exterior to let down his guard.

But Arik soon realizes that certain members of Reg’s motorcycle club are into things he can’t have any part of. Reg can’t understand why Arik disappears until he learns Arik’s injury was the result of his father’s drug activity. Though neither Reg nor Arik wants anything to do with drugs, the new leadership of Reg’s club might have other ideas.

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Review

This is the sixth book in the senses series and in this book we experience “touch”. Arik has lost partial use of his hand and feeling in that hand is important as he’s a painter. He thinks his career as an artist is over until he wins a contest with Ken – from Book 1 – who is still painting and sees something in Arik’s work.

Arik has a troubled past and is wary of big guys like Reg, but also attracted to him too. Reg is very attracted to Arik and willing to work through his issues because he sees something in him that he thinks he wants around forever.

There’s some drama with Reg’s Motorcycle Club and Arik’s family and we get to see the guys from Book 4 too.

All in all this was another great addition to the series and I think fans of the series will really like it. It can be read as a standalone but is better if read in order.

4 of 5 stars

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Dirty Heart (Cole McGinnis Book 6) by Rhys Ford

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Final book in the Dirty Series arc.

Former LAPD detective Cole McGinnis’s life nearly ended the day his police partner and best friend Ben Pirelli emptied his service weapon into Cole and his then-lover, Rick. Since Ben turned his gun on himself, Cole thought he’d never find out why Ben tried to destroy him.

Years later, Cole has stitched himself back together. Now a private investigator and in love with Jae-Min Kim, a Korean-American photographer he met on a previous case, Cole’s life is back on track—until he discovers Jeff Rollins, a disgraced cop and his first partner, has resurfaced and appears to be working on the wrong side of the law.

As much as Cole’s fought to put the past behind him, he’s soon tangled up in a web of lies, violence, and death. Jeff Rollins is not only trying to kill Cole’s loved ones, he is also scraping open old wounds and long-forgotten memories of the two men Cole loved and lost. Cole is sure Rollins knows why Ben ruined all their lives, but he isn’t looking for answers. Now Cole is caught in a cat-and-mouse game with a cold-blooded killer with the key to not only his past but his future.

Review

Man. So sad to see this series end, it’s been such a tremendous ride! I’m consoling myself that I have the Audio to look forward to and that Rhys has promised some novellas featuring our boys in the future… but it’s still so very sad.

This is definitely a series that must be read in order to feel the deep connection to the characters that is necessary to really appreciate just how wonderful it really is.

Rhys is a gifted storyteller who uses her words like a paintbrush. She’s not satisfied with mere descriptions, instead she immerses the reader’s five senses into her stories so that we not only know what it looks and sounds like, but what it tastes, smells and feels like. She’s a poet. Full stop.

In this case the poetry is about the deep and abiding love Cole and Jae Min share. In every chapter we are reminded of how far Jae has come in his ability to love Cole and how much he has helped Cole in his healing process. We are also shown the depth of love and caring between all of Cole’s “family” from Bobby and Ichi to Mike and Maddy and Scarlet and Claudia. They are a beautiful – if odd – family and their devotion to one another is demonstrated by their continued willingness to put up with the other’s foibles and eccentricities – and ability to find danger around every corner!

This story gives us the answers that we’ve been seeking for so long in regards to Cole’s lover’s death and his partner’s suicide. I think many people will be surprised if not blown-away by the big reveal when it happens.

For me, the best parts were the quiet moments when Jae and Cole were together or seeing Bobby with Ichi and Mike’s devotion to Mad Dog. Those shone brightly in between the bouts of requisite Cole-inspired shooting and other mayhem.

I adored this series and loved it even more in audio format so I wait patiently for Greg’s turn to “wow” me again.

Much praise to you Rhys Ford and highly recommended to her fans. This is one not to be missed.

5 of 5 stars

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BannerTemplateRelease Date: March 8, 2016
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Trace is nursing a broken heart. He lost his job, his boyfriend of two years was cheating on him, and his apartment building burned right to the ground with all his worldly possessions. It was time for Trace to get out of Minnesota.
So Trace heads for Texas and Riven Creek Ranch, the horse farm his aunt Lois owns. But hours before he arrives, Lois is in a terrible car accident that nearly takes her life, and Trace finds himself in charge of the ranch kitchen. Sounds simple enough and it’s the least he can do for his recuperating aunt.
Then Sawyer happens.
Sawyer is his aunt’s big, beautiful, muscle bound, incredibly sexy straight ranch manager. Someone who has no clue Trace is gay. And meeting the big man should have been okay, except it was in the middle of his aunt’s kitchen at five in the morning and Trace was nearly naked. Embarrassing? Yep. But the very next day Trace proceeded to ramp up his embarrassment by quantum leaps when he nearly sets his aunt’s house on fire and the brooding Sawyer has to come to the rescue.
Seems like Trace’s “luck” followed him.

Not to mention that Aunt Lois’s “accident” was actually attempted murder. And now, they just might want Trace dead, too.

Can Trace figure out who’s behind the attempts on his aunt’s life AND keep Sawyer from finding out he’s hot for the cowboy?
He probably can’t. But he’s going to try.

Pages or Words: 60,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Western/Cowboy

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“Sawyer! Damn. You scared me.” Trace fell back against the freezer suddenly feeling light headed. He took in the big body blocking any escape he had and his cock twitched as if it liked the idea there was no way out. “I didn’t hear you… behind me.”
“I saw your car in the driveway. How’s Lois?”
Trace shook his head in an attempt to clear it. “She’s awake and very alert… but…” But someone wants her dead. Who? Someone on this ranch? Could it be Sawyer? I trust him with my life… That’s what she said.
“But what?”
Trace looked up into hard cold eyes. The question was genuine. He cared about the condition of his aunt. But what condition did he care her to be in? “Nothing… just… well… I guess you’re going to have to know… I mean…” Damn, he had to stop acting like a horny teenager in front of this man. “Let me… I’m going to make coffee…”
“It’s made. The big insulated urn on the counter is full. Just made it about a half hour ago so it’s fine.”
“Oh. Good. Let’s sit down. I need to sit down.” Trace took a few steps forward which brought him right in front of the cowboy. He expected Sawyer to move, to back up, but he didn’t. Then Trace did the unthinkable. His body reacted on its own as he put his hand on the big man’s chest and pushed. There would have been no way on God’s green earth he would have been able to physically move the cowboy without his express permission, not to mention help. But Trace’s brain seemed to totally malfunction in this man’s presence.
And, as expected, being pushed in any direction was never going to work for Sawyer. Sawyer grabbed his wrist, twisted it tight behind Trace, which brought Trace up solid, against Sawyer’s hard body, chest to chest. Being several inches taller, Sawyer glared down into Trace’s shocked face, a smoldering look in his eyes. Trace could feel Sawyer’s hot breath on his face, sense the man’s tense muscles from his pecs down through his thighs…

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Meet the Author:
Hurri Cosmo lives in Minnesota where she holds tight to the idea that there, where it’s cold a good part of the year, she won’t age as fast. Yep, she avoids the truth as much as she avoids mirrors. But one of the reasons she loves writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, she doesn’t mind “real life” and she does try to at least keep it in mind when she writes her stories, but she truly loves creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every – single – time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason she loves reading this genre, too. Give her a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and her computer, whether she is reading or writing, and she will entertain herself for hours. The fact she actually gets paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.

Where to find the author:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hurri.cosmo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HurriCosmo
Website: www.hurricosmo.com
Blog: http://hurricosmo.blogspot.com/

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6466687.Hurri_Cosmo
Publisher: Dark Hollows Press
Cover Artist: Eden Connors

Tour Dates & Stops:
8-Mar
Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Alpha Book Club
9-Mar
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, Bonkers About Books, Book Lovers 4Ever
10-Mar
Jessie G. Books, Love Bytes
11-Mar
Happily Ever Chapter, Molly Lolly
14-Mar
My Fiction Nook, Divine Magazine, Making It Happen
15-Mar
A.M. Leibowitz, Havan Fellows, Rednecks and Romance, BFD Book Blog
16-Mar
V’s Reads, Butterfly-O-Meter, Attention Is Arbitrary
17-Mar
Bayou Book Junkie, Open Skye Book Reviews
18-Mar
Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance
21-Mar
Full Moon Dreaming, MM Good Book Reviews, Inked Rainbow Reads, Outrageous Heroes

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