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A Very Holland Valentine (Holland Brothers #6) by Toni Griffin

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and with it the completion of the renovations to their home. None could be happier about this then Zack who can’t wait to get away from Maryanne and all her fussing. 

Plans are being finalised for all four couples for the happy day. However, sleezy tradies, an over protective mother-in-law, and unexpected complications throw spanners in the works.

 

 

Review

Don’t be fooled by the title – there’s some Christmas in here too – and an anniversary and a birthday….

Just like with A Very Holland Christmas we get to see some additions and behind the scenes action with our mated couples. Some of these are repeats, but it’s nice having them all in one spot.

There’s quite a bit of sex but also lots of love! I wish that the story of Zach’s issue with trying to get pregnant could have been a full length novel. How interesting would that have been? Since it’s not hormonal… anyway, it was still sweet.

4 of 5 stars

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The Persistence of Mnevermind Audiobook by Jordan Castillo Price Narrated by Seth Clayton

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Every day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father’s heart.

The two of them have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like Big Dan remembers. They’re both professionals in the recreational memory field, and Daniel has guided thousands of clients safely through hour-long virtual adventures. So why can’t he lead his father out of the persistent false memory that’s ruining their lives?

He thought he was holding it together, but the situation is sliding out of control. Now even his own equipment has turned against him, taunting him with flashes of a beguiling man in black who’s interacting not with the client, but with him.

Of course, that’s impossible, so it must be a glitch in the program—or at the very least, wishful thinking. But when the man shows up in yet another program, it leads Daniel to wonder…what if this mystery man isn’t pixels and circuitry, but flesh and blood?

The Mnevermind Trilogy
1: The Persistence of Memory
2: Forget Me Not
3: Life is Awesome

Review

So, I admit. I was absolutely NOT attracted to this series when I read the blurbs on the books. I’m not into dystopian stuff and though I can appreciate a good mind fuck, that’s not generally what I look for in a romance. It sounded like there was going to be some sort of robot or electrically created person… yeah. Not my thing. But… I like Seth Clayton as a narrator and I ADORE all the stuff I’ve ever read by Jordan Castillo Price so… I said – I’ll give it a try!

OMG.

It both is and isn’t what I expected. But it is friggin’ awesome!

So, yeah. It’s a bit dark. (Not nearly as dark as the Mary series or Meatworks, though.) Daniel is up against a wall both emotionally and financially, so he’s not super cheery and he’s really not even looking for a hook up much less a relationship.

I’m not going to go into much detail about the story – because what’s the fun in that? You’ll have to figure things out along with Daniel as far as what’s what. But… I will tell you that I was very surprised by the turn of events – pleasantly.

Besides a fascinating bit of science and philosophy (what is memory, experience, reality, etcetera) there is some moral dilemma thrown in here, a bit of hurt/comfort and disability type stuff as well.

The stuff about reality is really compelling. Everyone’s had that sensation of trying to figure out “am I dreaming” or waking up from a dream KNOWING it was real, but then eventually figuring out that it wasn’t. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes that’s disappointing. With this “technology” that sense of memory goes one step further and blurs the definition of “reality”. Add to that when things go wrong… it makes for a very compelling story.

I found “the man in black” to be fascinating and I can’t wait to learn more about him. Which leads me to how this is both awesome and sucky at the same time. On the one hand I’m psyched because I can at least read the next two books in the series – but I’m bummed because only one (so far) in audio format and the audio is awesome!

Seth Clayton did a lovely job with Lane Hayes’ books as well as Raine O’Tierney’s book, so I knew he would at least be acceptable. Well, he really seemed to fit this genre/story to a “T”. He adds in some “special effects” with his voice, he does the dry humor perfectly, and manages to give everyone a unique voice without making anyone (including aunt Pipsie) sound ridiculous. He definitely added to my overall enjoyment of the story and really brought this to life. I loved how he handled “the man in black’s” character in addition to (of course) Daniel and Larry and his Dad and Carlotta- so good!.

(I can’t wait for the audio – I’m gonna read the next two books – but I’m gonna be excited for the audios when they come, too!)

Highly recommended. 5 of 5 stars

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Full Circle ( Book 2) Audiobook by Riley Hart Narrated by Jack DuPont

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Nothing in life is ever easy, and no one is more painfully aware of that than Josiah Evans, Mateo Sanchez, and Tristan Croft. They know what they want—each other—but with three people as broken as they are, all those pieces aren’t so easily mended.

Josiah is their glue. All he wants is to give his men what they need.

Mateo wants to absolve himself of his sins. To be worthy of love and to protect it.

Tristan must let go of his past, must learn how to need, and what it really means to take care of someone.

To keep the balance intact, they all have their roles to play. But what happens if the balance shifts? What happens when someone doesn’t play the right part? If one of them falters, they all feel the strain.

The only way to complete their full circle is for all their pieces, despite the curves and rough edges, to fit together perfectly. To do that, Josiah, Mateo, and Tristan must learn to get over the pasts that have defined who they are. And when an old enemy returns and threatens the foundation of their new life, decisions will be made, and boundaries will be tested that could change their lives forever.

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We start the story with Teo and Josiah and Tristan working on Josiah’s coffee shop dream. They have all committed to working on a triad relationship, but…

Teo is still living in his crappy apartment, alone, to keep his PO happy.

Tristan is still distancing himself with mysterious phone calls and long nights in his office alone.

Josiah aches to keep his boys all together, but doesn’t DO confrontations and so doesn’t know what to do when things begin to unravel.

In this sequel there are no easy answers and the boys have to really work hard to stay together. They really are all so very broken, that it doesn’t magically go away.

Teo and Tristan’s mother bond, Tristan and Elliot (Josiah’s friend) bond, and in the end Ben (Tristan’s friend) proves to be a better friend than anyone could guess.

The love between the boys grows exponentially and the danger they face is serious. I loved how Riley Hart has continued their story, not giving them an easy path, but realistically working through their ever-so-many issues. When we get to the end, it is very satisfying even though the boys remain imperfect, but perfect together.

Audio

Jack DuPont is AMAZING.  He gives each of these men a unique voice and tenor and absolutely SMASHES IT OUT OF THE PARK with Mateo.  Wow.  Mateo has always been one of my book boyfriends and now he has a VOICE.  Gah.  It’s truly the absolute best way to LOVE this book.  A MUST!

6 of 5 stars

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Cover Reveal Nothing Special V by AE Via

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 Author A.E. Via
Title: 
Nothing Special V
M/M GAY
CONTEMPORARY
Release Date: December
24, 2016
 
 The boys are back and
fiercer than ever!
 
 
“We were a unit
tonight, moving as one. Even apart, we are deadly, but when combined – we are
f**kin’ unstoppable.” ~~ God ~~
 
Atlanta’s notorious narcotics task
force is at it again. They are stronger, bigger, and better than
ever. Especially when a city councilman sends RECON Marine, Edwin Steele –
who’s been blacklisted from his Oakland department – to join the
team. God and Day weren’t recruiting. They have a lot on their plates,
like the fact they’re supposed to be getting married soon. They don’t have
the time or the patience to integrate a decorated war hero with a slight
chip on his shoulder into their well-oiled machine. 
 
A hothead that’s
uncontrollable and terrible with authority… but wasn’t that their team
motto?
 
Steele was ready to hang
up his shield. He was done fighting with bigoted bastards that couldn’t
respect the job. He was good at fighting; he just needed the right team to
fight with. When his uncle – City Councilman, Rasmus Steele – shows him a
video of God’s team in action, he knows right away, it’s where his nephew
belongs in order to restore his faith. 
 
Steele pointed to the
driver, a behemoth of a man wielding those massive firearms like a true beast…
like a soldier. “And him. Who the hell is he?”
 
 
“That’s your new boss.
Lieutenant Cashel Godfrey… they call him… God.”



Steele was skeptical
about his new placement, but when he meets God’s 
technology specialist/computer
genius, “Tech,” he’s willing to give it his all, and he definitely shows
and proves.
 
Tech is stunning. His
sweater vest 
and khakis, a stark contrast to the blue-jeaned roughnecks
he works with. A beautiful sheep amongst the wolves. Steel thinks
there’s no way the brilliant man 
would be interested in a hardhead like him, but
Tech has a few badass hidden talents of his own and manages to
fool him… fool all of them.
 
 
This story is a part of
a series but can stand alone. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has a
HEA. There are no multiple pairings in this novel. 



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Excerpt…
Chapter Twelve
Steele
 
Steele
looked at Tech’s profile while he set out all the tiny pieces to make him an
earpiece. His hands moved methodically over the delicate pieces, putting each
item in its place. It was way outside of Steele’s scope of knowledge. The young
man was a genius. As he looked around at all the sophisticated technology, he
couldn’t help but marvel at the detective. This was something you’d see built
by an engineer that worked for Bill Gates or something, making a six-figure
salary, not in an Atlanta precinct, and he found himself wanting to know Tech’s
story.
He
looked sexy today in his fitted jeans and black, slim-fitted, ribbed
turtleneck. The black, plastic framed glasses set off his entire “I’m a hot
nerd” look, but the body didn’t quite match. He was fit and toned in a Peter
Parker kind of way. Tech probably couldn’t get overly muscular, but it was
clear he worked out. His biceps were probably the size of small apples when he
flexed, and Steele hoped he’d get an opportunity to see them.
Tech
finally moved to get to work, putting a piece of the gray putty on the end of
the five-inch forceps. But as Tech’s hand got closer to the side of his face,
Steele could see the slight tremor. Fuck.
Steele slowly reached up and got a gentle grip of Tech’s narrow wrist, bringing
his hand back down. He took his other hand and pushed back the long sleeve of
Tech’s shirt, locating the spot on his wrist he could manipulate with a little
pressure to help calm some of Tech’s anxiety over having to touch him –
especially when they hadn’t approached the elephant in the room. He looked into
Tech’s brown eyes behind those clear lenses while he rubbed his thumb in a
small circle over the smooth skin. He lost himself in the movement; Tech’s skin
was so pale and soft as he caressed him that he almost forgot why he was even
touching him in the first place. Maybe because of their first interaction
Steele felt an extremely strong pull towards Tech.
“Don’t
be afraid of me, detective,” Steele whispered, watching closely as Tech’s long
lashes fluttered over his intelligent eyes. “I’m sorry I hurt you. I truly am.
I promise… I swear on my fallen brothers that I’ll never ever hurt you like
that again. I wouldn’t’ve come back if I didn’t think I could control myself…
especially around you. I’m ashamed of what I did.”
Tech’s
breath came out in shallow gusts while he let Steele continue to touch him.
“I’m sorry, too. I didn’t mean to offend you, either… or hurt you.” 
“I
know you didn’t.” Steele wanted to lean in closer, somehow get better
acquainted in a different way, but he’d try to establish some trust between
them first. He slid Tech’s sleeve up until it was bunched around his tight
bicep. He stopped caressing the pressure point when he saw the dark purple
bruise above Tech’s elbow. Oh no. He felt even shitter than last night. No
words he’d thought of seemed good enough to speak, right now.
“I’m
okay. Really. I’m stronger than you may think,” Tech said hoarsely, his eyes
darting away. He looked upset, but for a different reason.
“I
know you’re strong. I felt it. But I know the joint is swollen and aching in
there.” Steele let Tech’s wrist go and reached for his backpack. “I brought
something to help.”
Tech
inched in a little closer and Steele took that as a good sign. Ignoring the
delicious coolness of Tech’s cologne, he reached inside and took out the
circular metal container. He didn’t take much with him as he moved from place
to place but he did keep his array of natural remedies he’d acquired from
doctors all over the world, from hypnotherapist to Ayurvedic physicians.
The
can of presoaked bandages was the best he’d ever encountered for aching muscles
and joints. It was made of so many herbs and oils; he’d never be able to recite
them all, but he knew of the primary ones. He took off the tin lid and Tech’s
neck jerked back at the potent smell that blasted their senses, even their eyes
began to water. Tech put his hand up to his nose. “What the hell? Oh my god.”
Steele
chuckled deeply, reaching out to cup Tech’s hand, pulling him back towards him
until was standing between his legs. “I know. I know. It’s the Capsaicin. It’s
an oil extracted from hot chile peppers. I think, mixed with the peppermint,
it’s a bit overpowering, but all the properties together do wonders in reducing
inflammation.”
“There’s
no way I can walk around the office with these on. God’ll kick my ass out of
here so fast.”
“No
he won’t. Because after the bandages are on, I’m going to wrap it in plastic.
It’ll contain the smell. Trust me.” He looked up at Tech’s eyes, realizing
their close proximity. He’d done it on purpose, opening his legs a little
wider. He wanted to show Tech he had a measure of gentility under all his
strength.
Tech
was quiet while Steele carefully wrapped both elbows. “It’s cold. Feels kind of
good, despite the smell.” Tech’s smile was gorgeous and warm.
“It’s
the Camphor cream. A lot of physicians say use hot temperatures for aches, some
say cold. I’ve found cool works best, especially for acute pain.” Steele began
wrapping the Saran wrap. “Out in the field, we’ll try just about anything to
eliminate pain. Of course, we had our corpsmen; but taking narcotics was a last
resort, we needed to stay sharp.”
Steele
pulled down one sleeve and then the other. He closed up his canister and tucked
it back inside his bag. He wiped his hand on a hand towel in his backpack and
zipped it up. “So, what do you think?” Steele knew the medicine well. Already
knew it was working its way into the layers of Tech’s skin, giving him some
much-needed relief. At least Steele was able to fix a little of the damage he’d
done.
“Much
better, actually. Wow, it’s like a miracle serum,” Tech said, bending his arm,
testing the mobility.
“Keep
them on overnight, if you can. It’ll really feel a lot better by tomorrow.”
“Okay,”
Tech agreed, almost wistfully. He stood there rooted in place, just watching
him for a moment and Steele saw his eyes drop to his mouth. Steele licked his
lips.
Tech
blinked, dropping his eyes down, moving back to the side, in front of his kit.
“I better get this going. I’m sure your new partners will be ready for you
soon.”
Steele
tilted his head to the side when Tech reached for his earlobe again. He didn’t
make a sound and he fought not to react, but the hot detective touching him on
his spot was making it difficult. No words were spoken now, only silence and
Steel’s shameless thoughts. He wanted to moan so badly when those agile fingers
moved across the fleshly part of his ear, manipulating the soft substance to
mold to his canal. Tech’s face was so close to his he could feel his exhale
while he peered into the tunnel of his ear. His breath was a mix of coffee and
something else sugary… like he’d had pancakes for breakfast. Steele turned
inward, wanting to smell, wanting to taste.
“Hold
still,” Tech whispered, close to him. “Won’t be long.”
Oh, damn.
That erotic voice. A mild tenor, lighter than bass but far from feminine.
Absolutely perfect. Steele would love to hear it right here in Tech’s
sanctuary. Standing in the midst of all he’d engineered with his brilliant
mind. In the darkness, illuminated with only the flashing red and green signal
indicators on Tech’s monitors, not the harsh florescent lighting over his head
right now. Ahh. He’d hold that taut
body close to him while he caressed the petite round globes of his ass. Would
Tech fit to his body the same way he was curving that malleable paste to fit
his ear? Steele could feel his heart beating faster the more his fantasy played
out in his mind. He closed his eyes and pictured himself coming back from a
dangerous bust and Tech taking him into this room, keeping the lights off and
bringing his adrenaline down with his lustful voice and feather light touches.
“Doing
real good,” Tech breathed quietly, still so damn close. “This is going to be a
little warm now, so I can fold it easier.”
“‘K,”
Steele responded throatily, without knowing what he’d just consented to. He
felt the slick piece of putty slide back into his ear; it was nice and toasty,
like it’d been dipped in warm honey. Still, Tech blew on his ear like it was
too hot for him to take. Oh, he could take the heat. “Mmm.”
“You
okay?” Tech paused.
Steele’s
eyes popped open, the bright lighting jerking him to reality. Fuck, did I just moan? “Oh, yeah. I’m
good. Fine.”
“Alright.
We’re all done,” Tech said, putting the intricately curved piece of goo in a
plastic dish and closing it. “This’ll harden, then I’ll put the casing with the
mechanism over it and you’re good to go.” Tech looked back and forth before his
eyes landed back on him. “I’m real glad we’re square. This team… we’re a family
ya’know, a unit. Everyone is partnered up… in love. We don’t take risks with
anyone’s lives. It’d be devastating.”
Tech
was preparing to walk away and Steele wasn’t ready for him to. He stood and
walked up behind the smaller man while he stood in front of a row of shelves
and put his kit away. When Steele spoke, Tech jumped slightly but settled right
back down. “And who are you in love with?”
“My
job. I don’t have time for all that,” Tech answered. Steele had a feeling that
even Tech didn’t believe that answer.
Steele’s
chin was over Tech’s shoulder. He didn’t grab his narrow waist but he wanted
to. “How warm does this job keep you at night, detective?” Steele didn’t wait
for an answer; instead, he turned and took the weapons Tech had placed out for
him and left his space. But he made a mental note to revisit that topic real soon.
As he made his way back across the office, he hoped that Ack would approve.
It’d been a long time since any other man gave Steele’s body this kind of
reaction.
 
 
 

 

 
A.E. Via is an author in the beautiful gay romance genre and also founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to adventure, to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children. Adrienne Via has tons of more stories to tell, but she really would like to hear yours. Via Star Wings Books is currently accepting submissions for established and aspiring LGBTQ authors. 
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Not a Game Audiobook by Cardeno C Narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo

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An accidental meeting and a misunderstanding lead to a life-altering connection.

A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second’s hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.

A life that looks perfect on paper, but feels empty in reality. Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn’t lacking in friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there’s an emptiness in Jaime’s heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.

An accidental meeting, a misunderstanding, and falling in love. When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little misunderstanding.

Review

Oh my goodness this is SO effin’ SWEET!

The blurb tells the basics: Oliver, an overweight game designer, has moved to Seattle and has decided to do a make-over with his life.. He hires an escort to teach him how to be a better lover since he was told by an ex that he lacked skill. When Jaime, a very attractive older man, comes over and notices the book he’d brought in to signal the escort, Oliver assumes Jaime is the escort.

Jaime is just a man who’s finally realized his passion leans toward bigger men and he’s finally embracing it and he approaches Oliver out of real interest, not professional, but he realizes that Oliver needs the “paying for it” to overcome his shyness.

Just as can be predicted from the beginning – the deception can only go so far before someone gets hurt.

But… it’s so much more than that. There are layers, and a sad ex and growth and laughter.

**

Unlike SO MANY books with overweight characters – this is NOT A MAKEOVER STORY! Thank GOD! Oliver is PERFECT as he is and Jaime shows him that he can be loved exactly as he is.

Even disguised as “just getting healthy”, books that show the MC changing their bodies and finding love are really telling everyone that only the physically perfect can find love. Even if the author tries to show differently. Cardeno C doesn’t do that and it’s so beautiful!

Another GORGEOUS part of this story is that there is no BIG MISUNDERSTANDING! Instead of drama and angst, we have two grown-ups having conversations about their concerns. Despite the way they met. It was so refreshing!

The writing is excellent as always. I couldn’t put this down and in fact started reading it again as soon as I’d finished.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a sweet, somewhat unique, low-angst romance. It’s funny, terribly sweet and somewhat thought provoking.

I hope we see Jaime’s ex get his own book next!

Highly Recommended

Audio

Michael Ferraiuolo does an excellent job with this. He gives both Jaime and Oliver very calm, serene voices and nobody has any over the top accents to add drama to this lovely story. He’s excellent with pacing, is easy to listen to and adds just the right touch to bring this story to life. Highly recommended.

6 of 5 stars

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Summer Lessons (Winter Ball #2) by Amy Lane

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Mason Hayes’s love life has a long history of losers who don’t see that Mason’s heart is as deep and tender as his mouth is awkward. He wants kindness, he wants love—and he wants someone who thinks sex is as fantastic as he does. When Terry Jefferson first asks him out, Mason thinks it’s a fluke: Mason is too old, too boring, and too blurty to interest someone as young and hot as his friend’s soccer teammate.

The truth is much more painful: Mason and Terry are perfectly compatible, and they totally get each other, but Terry is still living with his toxic, suffocating parent and Mason doesn’t want to be a sugar daddy. Watching Terry struggle to find himself is a long lesson in patience, but Mason needs to trust that the end result will be worth it, because finally, he’s found a man worth sharing his heart with.

Review

(Small spoilers near the end – I’ll warn you before they come!)

So, you remember Mason as the executive who kept flirting with Skip and then later played golf with him. He’s a great guy who’s a bit socially awkward and hasn’t had much luck with men. His latest ex tossed him over for his boss and that, coupled with his brother, Dane’s, troubles instigated his move to Sacramento from San Francisco. He’s got a wonderfully supportive family and a job he excels at, but he’s lonely.

Terry is another guy on the soccer team that plays with Skip. He can’t be “gay” because his mother would never allow it and he still lives with her. He’s working a fairly low-paying job and doesn’t love it, but he doesn’t know how to do anything differently. His mother has pretty much convinced him he’s worthless and beholden to her for his very existence.

There is absolutely NO WAY these two should ever hook-up, much less have any chance at something long term. But somehow – they just click.

**

Just like Winter Ball showed us two blue collar guys trying to make the best of their lives and to rise above mediocrity by claiming something for their very own, Summer Lessons looks at two “simple” guys who aren’t necessarily struggling against impossible odds, but who are really just unhappy with their current lot in life and who find “magic” in loving one another. That’s the simple beauty of this story.

Because it’s Amy, it can’t be simple. Oh, no it can’t! First we have an age gap, an economic gap and an education gap. Then, we have Terry’s mother and to a certain extent Mason’s brother to contend with. (Dane is hopefully getting his own story next!) It’s not enough to bridge those gaps and cross those hurdles. Oh, no it isn’t! Amy adds in another little “twist” that just about kills you along about the 70% mark in the story. (No spoilers – just be warned – Amy gets her angst in there, don’t let down your guard!)

Of course I found myself riveted, totally unable to put this story down. My heart literally bled for Mason. I wanted him to be happy so, so badly. I loved that he loved Terry and that the two of them seemed to “get” one another so well, but I do wish I’d been able to see a bit more of just WHY a bit more. Mason is reported to be pretty fascinated by sex and has supposedly messed up some things in his life with this fascination, so it makes sense that he and Terry (especially at first) really bond on a sexual level. They do – later- hang out a bit – and to a certain extent I could see some of the fascination. But….

 

 

SPOILER ALERT

 

 

 

 

When Mason let’s Terry be free and they “take a break” I really, really wanted Terry to be more sad, more devoted upon return and more “broken” by the break up. It killed me that he even went on dates with other guys. How could he not see how wonderful Mason was??? I could totally understand both of them needing proof that Terry could be independent – but did he have to date???

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPOILER OVER

 

 

In any case, I really loved seeing these guys find each other and found Mason to be about as loveable as a big, floppy puppy. He was all heart and just so open and honest and such a breath of fresh air. He was delightful!   Terry, while probably sweet, didn’t wow me nearly as much and I wasn’t ever quite sure he deserved our Mason.

The other thing that really kept this story moving along was Dane and Carpenter’s relationship. Oooo, la la! That’s gonna be a heart string ripper and I can’t wait!

For fans of the author and especially Winter Ball this will delight. It’s definitely okay as a stand-alone, and I think anyone looking for “real men” falling in love will absolutely adore this!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Built for Pleasure by Thursday Euclid Book Tour and Guest Post!

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OS: Welcome to Thursday Euclid author of Built for Pleasure.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing your book with us!

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Thursday Euclid’s Top 5 Tips for Self-Care

 

Staring down the holidays, especially in times of uncertainty like these, self-care becomes absolutely crucial. Whether you’re a writer, a reader, or both, chances are if you’re in the m/m community, you inhabit an oppressed body. What I mean is that you’re a woman, a man who loves men, on the ace or trans spectrum, or otherwise different than the dominant patriarchal group. If you’re a racial or religious minority as well, life can be even more stressful. Sitting at a combination of intersections can be absolutely exhausting. Here are my top 5 ways to love yourself (without, y’know, loving yourself).

(Although you should definitely do that too. It’s at least half the reason I write what I do.)

 

  1. Remind yourself that your feelings are valid and give yourself permission to act on them in healthy ways. The world can be a painful, uncaring place that leaves you feeling invisible or all too exposed. Engage in positive self-talk, whether it’s to affirm your worth as an individual or the worth of your contributions to society. Acknowledge your mistakes but focus on how you will overcome them in your affirmations to yourself. Those negative feelings—of helplessness, inadequacy, etc.—are valid, but you decide how to act on them, and valid feelings can still lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms and behaviors. Love yourself enough to focus on listening to what your emotions are telling you. They’re a diagnostic tool for your life; if you disregard or discount them—or let anyone else do it to you—you’re throwing away one of your most important resources for self-improvement…and improving your life.
  2. Choose to treat yourself as well as you treat those you love most. Do you prioritize other people’s needs above your own? My friends like to say, “Put on your own oxygen mask first, and then you can help those around you.” You won’t be any help to anyone if you don’t stay in touch with your own needs and limits. Show yourself the same mercy, and give yourself credit for everything you do—even the tiniest things. There are days I pat myself on the back for taking a shower or getting out of bed, but I used to just feel guilt for all I couldn’t force myself to accomplish. Then I realized I could forgive everyone but myself. If a loved one was having a rough day, what would you do for them? Do that for yourself now and then instead. You deserve it.
  3. Manage your expectations of yourself. Realize that sometimes no matter how hard you try, you’re swimming against the current, and it’s okay not to make as much progress as you’d hoped. Consider the factors contributing to your failures to live up to your hopes and reward yourself for what you did Did you perform taxing emotional labor that took up all your energy? Sometimes comforting or caring for someone else wipes out reserves we needed for ourselves. Did you experience an unexpected psychological response to something triggering? It’s perfectly normal for one bad thing to derail your day. Remember number one—your feelings are valid, and it’s all about how you respond. Only you know your heart, and if you’re grieving or scared or desperate, it’s not your flaw in being too sensitive; often it’s someone else’s flaw in lacking empathy or imagination to put themselves fully in your shoes. Account for all the factors so you can develop strategies for coping and overcoming, and accept your limitations. Don’t give up—someday you may achieve things you once thought impossible—but don’t beat yourself up for not triumphing immediately.
  4. Make certain your most basic needs are met. Have you had enough water to drink? Have you eaten something nourishing recently? Did you take your meds? Get enough sleep? Maybe you need to take a walk, listen to good music, or cuddle your pet. How’s your hygiene? Don’t worry about accomplishing anything else until you’ve met your baseline. When you’ve performed that minimum of self-care, you’ll be much better able to tackle everything else, whether it’s writing your daily word goal, getting the laundry done, or subverting the patriarchy and bringing down the hegemony.
  5. Indulge a little. What packs the most punch, gives you the biggest bang for your buck? I like to eat a bowl of frozen strawberries and sugar free Cool Whip when I’m down, watch K-pop music videos, and talk to my best friend over IM. Is that productive? Not in the sense that I’m achieving my goals… But it’s incredibly productive in that it replenishes me and brings me back to a place from which I am capable of achievement. As with number three, its critical to accept your limitations and find ways to augment your mood and energy. Reasonable indulgence isn’t selfish or frivolous; it equips us for battle. You can’t be your best self, in fighting fettle, if you haven’t laid the groundwork—and that means doing more than number four’s basic maintenance. You have so much potential, but in order to fully realize it, you must be kind to yourself. Refuel, get inspired, and then go forth, confident in your ability to be your best self.

This time of year can be difficult, and maybe this year will be even harder than years past. Take care of yourself, and you’ll be able to take care of those important to you. Nourish yourself mind and body, and you’ll set yourself up for success so you can achieve your dreams. And when things hurt, when things go sideways, be honest and forgiving with yourself. Recognize abusive or negative systems and relationships, and give yourself permission to take the actions that will improve your quality of life.

When all else fails, escape into a good book and don’t come out for a while. In the m/m community, if nowhere else, no one will judge you for that. ♥

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Retired military officer Malcolm Torvik runs a rehabilitation facility for malfunctioning pleasure cyborgs. When WLF-6759—Wolf—arrives at Reboot Camp, the former battle cyborg presents problems Malcolm’s never faced before. Most pleasure cyborgs are sensation junkies, constantly high on the chemicals sex releases into their bloodstream, but Wolf’s faulty refit means it’s spent a decade suffering through unwanted encounters—and sometimes fighting back despite the consequences.

 

At first Wolf’s rebellion frustrates Malcolm even as Wolf’s undeniable physical perfection draws him. Then Wolf’s unexpected vulnerability and need open a whole new dynamic between them, and Malcolm finds himself feeling far too much for something that isn’t even human. Or is it? Could Homo sapiens technica be just as human as Malcolm is? And if it is, what’s Malcolm supposed to do about it? Malcolm’s been alone for so long…. Is it possible he’s found love with a cyborg? How far will he go to ensure Wolf’s freedom? Malcolm knows what he must do—for both of them—but it might cost him much more than his comfortable life.

 

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Dreamspinner Press – https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/built-for-pleasure-by-thursday-euclid-7800-b

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Built-Pleasure-Thursday-Euclid-ebook/dp/B01MG8OHV9/

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B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/built-for-pleasure-thursday-euclid/1125061525

 

The Thursday Euclid is a strange and elusive creature dwelling in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Frequently mistaken for Bigfoot, Chupacabra, or the monster of the week, he is, in fact, a 30-something black sheep with a penchant for K-pop, geekery, and hot and sour soup. When he’s not playing Dragon Age or SWTOR, he’s probably watching B-movies or talking to his best friend and frequent collaborator Clancy Nacht.

 

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Truly a Miracle by Derrick Knight Book Tour and Guest Post

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OS:  Welcome to Derrick Knight author of Truly a Miracle!

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Judge a book by its cover art?

Having a high quality book cover is important because its purpose is to peak the curiosity of potential readers to purchase your novel.   I always try to incorporate key elements or story themes into my cover art.   It’s my perception that my book covers have assisted with book sales.  

For self-publishing authors its imperative that you invest in making sure your books stand out from the vast number of novels being marketed on the numerous book selling websites.  Self-publishing writers are at a disadvantage because they don’t have free access to talented graphic designers employed by publishing houses.   A self-publishing author must research the right cover artist because its that image which initially draws a reader in to find out more about your novel.  

For all my book covers I hired Reese Dante.  I’ve been very satisfied with the product she has produced for me.  She’s professional and fulfills her clients’ expectations and wishes.  She is able to finish your project within the established time duration. 

OS:  Isn’t Reese the best?  Thanks for stopping by!  Good luck on your tour!



trulyamiracle_fsBLURB: Dustin Hurst and
Nathaniel Schmitt were happy when Nathaniel’s sister Natalie agreed to be their
surrogate.
  Both men were elated finding
out that she was pregnant with twins.
  Their
dreams of becoming parents finally coming true, until one day, Natalie goes
into preterm labor.
  D
iana and Niles Hurst-Schmitt enter the world over two months premature. Immediately they’re transported to a nearby children’s hospital where doctors soon discover both twins have life threatening complications requiring surgical intervention.

During their children’s hospitalization, Dustin and Nathaniel grow fond of the many talented healthcare professionals working to heal their newborns, including the attractive dietitian Matt Bachmeier.  They think it’s only a matter of time before their babies are well enough to come home.

Unfortunately, fate has other plans for the tiny infants resulting in Dustin and Nathaniel unexpectedly embarking on a terrifying journey witnessing their children fighting for their lives.  

As their medical crisis
continues to unfold, Dustin and Nathaniel pray for a miracle their family so
desperately needs.
 


Excerpt

 

“I don’t have a baker
for tomorrow morning.” Nathaniel reached inside his coat pocket for his
cellphone.  
“I’m going to ask Mama if she
could help.”
 
Dustin glanced at
Nathaniel.
 
“It’s 1:30 in the
morning.  I’m sure Marie is asleep.”
 
Nathaniel shook his
head, his trembling hands making it difficult for him to punch the speed dial
button.
 
“Who else can I ask?”
Nathaniel put the receiver to his ear. 
“My other staff is just part-time assistants, not trained
professionals.  They couldn’t decipher
the recipes or handle the volume of pastries needed for the morning rush.  Mama is the only person who could step into
Natalie’s shoes without any problems.” After several rings, his mother
answered.  “Mama, it’s Nathaniel.”
Nathaniel fidgeted. “I’m sorry for calling so late, but I have a dilemma.
Natalie was admitted to the hospital earlier and gave birth to the twins.  Don’t worry, she’s fine, but they were transferred
to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Oakhill. 
Dustin and I are heading there now.” Nathaniel felt a sharp pain in his
stomach. His hands were shaking. “Mama, I’m sorry I woke you up, but I’m in
such a predicament.  You’re the first
person I—”
 
“Breathe,
Nathaniel.  Everything is going to be
fine.” Marie sounded so clear and coherent, not at all sleepy. 
Nathaniel
wondered if his mama had been up waiting for his call. She continued.  “Ray called Papa and me after he got her to
the Emergency Room.  I thought you might
be calling me asking for my help.  Don’t
worry, I’ll take care of the bakery. Remember, I taught Natalie Marie
everything she knows. I come from a long line of accomplished bakers. When I go
in tomorrow, customers and staff will think it’s just another routine morning
at Aunt Millie’s Bakery, I promise.”
 
Nathaniel sighed,
collapsing back in his seat. “Thank you, Mama. You’ve really helped me out of a
horrible predicament.”
 
“This is what mothers
do for their children.” She paused.  “I’d
do anything for you.  Just like I would
for any of your brothers and sisters. 
You kids are my greatest contributions to this world.” Then her tone
changed to one containing a hint of humor. “I’m going to let you go.  After all, I’ve got to get up in a couple
hours to get to my new job.  And don’t
worry, Mama Schmitt is coming out of retirement.”
 
Nathaniel laughed,
surprising himself.
 
“Thank you, Mama.
You’re the best!”
 
“No problem.  Tell Dustin to drive carefully.  I don’t want to visit your whole family in
the hospital.”
 
Nathaniel chuckled.
 
“Papa and my prayers
are with all of you.  I love you,
son.  Take care.” Then Marie ended their
call.
 
Nathaniel turned to
Dustin.
 
“Please hurry.  Our babies need us.”

 

“I’m already driving ten
miles over the speed limit.” Dustin placed one hand on Nathaniel’s thigh.  “We want to get to the hospital in one piece.

 
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AuthorBio
 
Derrick Knight was born in Janesville, Wisconsin. Growing up, he always dreamed of becoming a writer. His grandmother got him hooked on reading mystery novels. It was in December 2011 that he purchased his first M/M romance novel. Instantly, he became hooked on the genre. After reading his first gay romance novel, he knew what type of books he wanted to write.
 
Derrick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from University of Wisconsin- Stout, and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. He has worked in the healthcare field as a dietitian for over twenty-three years. For the past nineteen years, he has functioned as a neonatal nutritionist for a large Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Central Illinois. Currently, he lives in Peoria, Illinois.
 
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Tartan Candy Audiobook By KC Burn Narrated by David Ross

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Finlay McIntyre (aka Raven) is a successful adult film star with a penchant for kilts, until an accident cuts short his stardom and leaves him with zero sexual desire, lowered self-esteem, and no job. He knew his porn career wouldn’t last forever, but he wasn’t prepared for retirement at twenty-eight. While trying to figure out the rest of his life, Raven agrees to attend a high school reunion. That’s when a malfunctioning AC unit in his hotel room changes everything.

Caleb Sanderson, an entrepreneur with his own HVAC business, has no idea what to expect when he steps into Raven’s hotel room to fix his AC unit. They’re attracted to each other, but Caleb, closeted, can’t afford a gay relationship, not with his mom pressuring him to produce grandchildren. If he wants to keep Raven—who no closet could hold—he’ll need to tell his family the truth. But Raven has a few secrets of his own. He refuses to reveal his porn past to Caleb, a past that might be the final obstacle to Caleb and Raven having any kind of relationship.

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Raven is an ex-porn star who never regretted his profession. He gets injured in a way that leaves horrible scarring and the result is an end to his career and a huge dent in his self-esteem. He takes jobs as an escort – minus the sex – to make ends meet and that’s where he meets Caleb.

Caleb is in the closet, an HVAC expert and hot. He fixes Raven’s AC one night and the two strike up a slow burn attraction/relationship.

The chemistry between them is heated, but Caleb’s reluctance to come out and Raven’s personal fears keep them apart for a bit.

Eventually they give in to temptation and they find that there’s more to their attraction than lust and they begin to build a relationship. But… they’re both hiding things and when those things come out it may be the end of their budding relationship.

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There were parts of this that I just loved: the slow burn, the chemistry between the two, the very real feel to Raven’s emotions and his own ability to recognize his own vanity/needs as far as the spotlight goes, Caleb’s desire to be a “good son” and the Romance Convention connection.

Things that I didn’t like as much: I didn’t quite understand Caleb’s need to be in the closet in the first place, nor did I understand exactly why Raven hid his career for so long, and I thought the ending was abrupt – both in the climactic fight and subsequent forgiveness.

All in all, it was a captivating read with characters I really enjoyed, steamy sex, interesting secondary characters and a sweet love story.

Highly recommended 4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

David Ross is a new to me narrator.  The easiest way I can describe his narration style is : vanilla.  He added not much flair or accents to differentiate the rich and diverse cast of characters (this is set in Florida and Jaime is a main secondary character and he’s given a hint of an accent while neither Caleb nor Raven have much of one at all), though it was always easy to tell who was speaking.  He was not exactly flat in his narration style, but he didn’t have that extra polish that we see in some of the best narrators.  He was perfectly easy to listen to and never bothered me, so that definitely counts in his favor.  All in all I’d place him slightly a bit above acceptable into “good” territory.  I wouldn’t seek him out in particular but I’d absolutely listen to him again.

3.5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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