Lion in Tails Audiobook by Andrew Grey narrated by KC Kelly

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-lion-in-tails-by-andrew-grey-2863-b
Blurb

Larry Kincaid isn’t ready to be a parent, but when his sister dies in an accident, he takes his nephew, Angus, into his home. The change throws Larry’s life into limbo until he meets Joshua Langdon.

To Joshua, Larry is a lion: growly and strong, but too proud to ask for help. Joshua gets past his defenses and finds a place in Larry and Angus’ family, but Larry’s pride gets in the way. Can they turn their holiday romance into a relationship that lasts into the New Year?

Review

Originally from the 2013 Advent Calendar Series by Dreamspinner, this is a short, sweet Holiday story about a single “dad”, Uncle Larry who ends up raising his nephew after his only sister dies in a car crash. He meets a very cute, very single Joshua at the Tux shop where he and his nephew, Angus, are renting clothes for Larry’s big party.

Though Larry is afraid of including someone new to his and Angus’ life, Joshua is pretty irresistible.

**

Due to the story’s brevity, there’s not much relationship building, so this is more of a look at the beginning of a relationship, than anything else. There’s very little angst, a bit of hot smexy times and a lovely HFN/epilogue for our guys!

4 of 5 stars

Audio

KC Kelly does a great job with this. I love his “kids” voices and Angus is adorable!

There isn’t much different between Joshua or Larry and I kind of wanted Joshua to be a bit “younger” sounding. However, he’s an easy narrator to fall into and definitely gives deep emotion to this light, sweet story.

4 of 5 stars

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The Virign Manny (Mannies #1) By Amy Lane

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-virgin-manny-by-amy-lane-7860-b

Blurb

Growing up and falling in love…

Sometimes family is a blessing and a curse. When Tino Robbins is roped into helping his sister deliver premade dinners when he should be studying for finals, he’s pretty sure it’s the latter! But one delivery might change everything.

Channing Lowell’s charmed life changes when his sister dies and leaves him her seven-year-old son. He’s committed to doing what’s best for Sammy… but he’s going to need a lot of help. When Tino lands on his porch, Channing is determined to recruit him to Team Sammy.

Tino plans to make his education count—even if that means avoiding a relationship—but as he falls harder and harder for his boss, he starts to wonder: Does he have to leave his newly forged family behind in order live his promising tomorrow?

Review

What do you get when Amy Lane is given some “parameters” and a directive to write a sweet, low-ish steam romance with a classic trope?

Well – you don’t get any “cocks” – which I found hysterical!

You get a 22 year old virgin!

You get Channing – an older man who holds out on sex til the younger guy’s willing to commit!

And very little (really almost no) angst!

In other words, a lot of stuff that this author who tends to put a lot of “grit and real” in her stories, would typically avoid.

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As far as the story goes, it’s sweet, light, and lovely. It absolutely follows the “troptastic” theme of the good-hearted virgin who lives with the billionaire and all his/her heart’s desires are fulfilled. (I was SO ENVIOUS of the student loan thing – OMG – that’s so REAL!!!)

The sexual tension only made sense in this “line” of books. I think these boys would have been boning early on! In fact, the actual status of his virginity didn’t add much or detract much from their decision making process. I think they moved at a pace that made sense simply because of the importance of moving forward given Sammy’s presence.

I cannot tell you how much I loved the side story of Jacob and Nica – it added back into this story some very needed reality and I loved the family’s response to this as well.

I’m not sure what purpose the evil maid served – especially the break-in. I didn’t see it bring our boys closer together – but I do love –again – the family’s response to the news ☺

So… I’m totally hoping Taylor gets to be MC in Mannies #2 – I can totally see him with a very Dominating MC who pulls him back in line!

I devoured this in one sitting. It’s fantastic and wonderful and anyone who loves the Dreamspun series, Amy Lane or the virgin/billionaire trope will love this!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Lord of a Thousand Steps (Love in Laguna #4)Audiobook by Tara Lain narrated by KC Kelly

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lord-of-a-thousand-steps-by-tara-lain-8060-b

Blurb

To architecture student Ian Carney, family means everything. Taken in by his brother, Jim, when his father threw him out at eighteen for being gay, Ian yearns to create his own family with his boyfriend, Rico. But Rico’s in Mexico caring for a sick father, Ian hasn’t had sex in a month and a half, and his gorgeous boss, Braden Lord, CEO of the architectural firm Ian interns for, is looking better and better.

Braden’s life is chaos. Just out of the closet and going through an ugly divorce from his wife of fifteen years who’s trying to take custody of his two children, he desperately resolves not to succumb to a completely inappropriate attraction to Ian—even though his kids adore both the man and his crazy cat.

When Rico proves to be a snake in the grass and Ian exercises his powers of seduction, what starts as a “friends with benefits” fling turns into real life real fast. Can Ian give up his romantic dreams for an “old guy” who didn’t come out until he carried a mountain of baggage? It’ll only take a thousand steps.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

Yay! Ian’s story!

Ian is Jim’s younger brother (by 8 years) from book 2. He’s now 21 and almost done with his architecture degree. He’s working for Braden Lord as an intern and really impressing him with his work – but both men figure the other is out of their “league”.

So – this is a bit more than a May/December story. It’s a Boss/Employee story, an OFY story, a Newly Gay story, a Single Dad story, a Rebound Lover story, a Friends With Benefits turns Serious love story… so many things!

As usual Tara Lain gives us two very hot MCs, and some scorching sexual tension, some serious/angsty moments, some humor and this time around, two very precocious children. I thought Jo-Jo, Braden’s son, was pretty accurately portrayed. He had several “teenage”moments, but some moments where he did the right thing, too. While I though Mirelle was fabulous and hysterical, she’s not a good representation of any five year old I know. But… she’s great nonetheless.

Of the four stories, I still love Book One the best, followed by Book Three, but this bumps Book Two for my third favorite. I loved seeing Jim and Ken again and appreciated the addition Ken’s family has in the Carney boys. I thought Jim and Ken’s wedding was hysterical and sweet.

I wish there’d been a bit more relationship building between Ian and Braden as a couple – they are together so briefly before the story ends – but I appreciated how quickly their “make up” scene happened – no drawn out angst needed.

I sincerely hope we don’t see Rico again – though I’m sure he’s got a story to tell – he was SOOOO douchey!

All in all this was a great addition to this series of great stories and for fans of the series/author this is a must. If you’ve never read any of the books in the series, you can probably read this on it’s own, though you’ll be missing out on some great stories!

(PS Anderson Cooper – LOVE HIM!)

(Listening to this I also noted that when you put Ian with Anderson you get Ian Anderson!  Woot! I love him and Jethro!)

Highly Recommended 4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

I am a huge KC Kelly fan.  Some of my all time favorite narrations are done by him (See Frog (http://www.audible.com/listener/Morgan-A-Skye/A26BM5TL8E1HAD/ref=a_pd_Fictio_c2_1_review1?asin=B00NLJ92GA) and Brute (http://kimichanexperience.com/brute-audiobook-by-kim-fielding-narrated-by-kc-kelly/)  I think he’s done a tremendous job with several other Tara Lain stories like Knight of Ocean Avenue (http://kimichanexperience.com/knight-of-ocean-avenue-love-in-laguna-book-1-audiobook-by-tara-lain-narrated-by-kc-kelly/) so it pains me to say that I didn’t LOVE this one as well.  I liked it and found it easy to listen to, but it didn’t trip any awesome triggers as some of his other works have.  I didn’t care for his hispanic accents, nor did I think he did an age-appropriate voice for Ian.  I wanted Ian to be a bit – lighter? – than Braden and he and Braden were too similar to really distinguish despite the years separating them.  I liked how he handled the kids voices and I still think he’s got impeccable timing.  His voice is lovely and so easy to listen to, so my few “niggles” shouldn’t detract you from enjoying this in audio format.

4 of 5 stars

Overall  4.25 (rounded up to 4.5) stars

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More Things in Heaven and Earth by Paul Comeau

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/more-things-in-heaven-and-earth-by-paul-comeau-7939-b
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When young Danny Crawford’s father and a priest conspire to subject him to conversion therapy, Danny only sees one way out. But little does Danny know he’ll soon have a sentinel watching from the darkness, a guardian angel in the most unlikely form imaginable.

Damien, a vampire, is inexplicably moved by Danny’s plight. He takes it upon himself to make sure Danny’s father and the priest can never hurt him again, giving Danny a chance at a normal life. As Danny grows up, Damien struggles to keep the boy—and later the young man—from harm. He does not dare go any further, no matter how much he wants to. To do so would ruin everything he’s tried to do for Danny. He doesn’t realize that as Danny embarks on a successful modeling career and begins dating, Danny feels empty, longing for something—or someone—just beyond his reach: a shadow, a presence he despairingly believes forever lost to him.

When brutality and violence threaten Danny again, Damien must make a decision—risk revealing himself to Danny, or leave Danny to his fate.

 

Review

I waffled when I saw this offered up for review. I was a little leery because it’s a long(er) book by a new author and I worry about that. I love reading new authors, but if it’s not a great book then the shorter the better, right? I also try to pick books I can give good reviews to because I’m not here to do anything but read good books and recommend them!

Unfortunately, this is one of those cases when a gamble on a new author didn’t work out.

The first thing that bothered me was the main character, Damien. I didn’t like him and that never changed. He’s supposed to be an anti-hero, I get that, and he’s not a “nice” vampire, I get that, too. But we aren’t given any sort of motivation for why he acts like he does. Is it just vampire nature that makes him kill? Why does he kill when he feeds, is it possible to not kill and still feed? Why is he so angry? These are questions that I wanted answers to so that I could understand him as he made the decisions he did. I needed more world building to explain this and I needed it in the beginning so I could bond with him as a character.

There’s a part when book vampires are contrasted with “real” vampires (Damien) and it was mostly stuff about sunlight, garlic, holy water, etctera. What I wanted to know was – why did Damien turn into a vampire? Where are the other vampires? If Damien could be turned why doesn’t he turn others? That kind of stuff. So it was frustrating not understanding his motivations or his actions as a vampire. Then it was also difficult understanding his motivations as a guardian then boyfriend.

When Damien meets Danny he puts on a priest’s outfit (presumably to feed off a dying patient) and instead sees something in Danny that spurs Damine into becoming his guardian. I never did understand what in Danny made Damien change so dramatically. Their relationship just always felt “off” to me and I found I wasn’t really rooting for them to succeed.

Their physical relationship is off page, and while that is disappointing, a good romance doesn’t NEED lots of sex to be good (but it helps, am I right? : ) . But, I was lost sometimes trying to figure out if they were even intimate at all or still in the ward/guardian phase. They’d kiss on the cheek, but then I’d read about separate beds, then they’d kiss on the cheek and now they’re in the same bed. I think I needed it to be more revealing as to how their relationship changed from ward to boyfriend and why.

Finally, the writing style itself just didn’t work for me. I’d be reading along in Danny’s POV and then there’d be a line or two from someone else’s perspective. I had to read and re-read many times to figure out who was thinking what. There was a lot of telling and not nearly enough showing.

While I wouldn’t say that I’d never read another book by this author, I’d definitely look for a shorter story and then I’d be reluctant to offer to review it without reading it first.

1.5 of 5 stars

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My Goodbye to 2016, a Letter of Gratitude, some Best Ofs and a Giveaway!

I wanted to just take a moment to say good-bye to 2016.  In some ways, good-riddance – right?  Wow.  We’ve lost some amazing people, seen some dramatic changes occur politically, and we’ve also had our own personal crises and triumphs this year.

I, for one, hope to see 2017 bring in a year where we remember that we’re all in this “fight” together, and that by rallying around one another and focusing on things like Love and Peace, we all win.

But- I’m not really that kind of sappy person- so I also want to just move on to next year and some more amazing books!

I want to thank the authors and narrators who have worked with me this year in providing posts, comments, and support.  There are so many of you out there who are open, and sharing and kind and I really appreciate your time and energy.  Sometimes it can feel like we do what we do in a vacuum and your kind words and helpful posts not only make my life easier, but richer and more rewarding.  So THANK YOU for taking time to reply, or comment or share these posts. 

Another huge Thank You goes to the publishers and other providers who help to keep us in books and audios so that we can keep doing this!  Thank you so much!

I most importantly want to thank the people who read these posts and provide comments and vote on the polls – without you this wouldn’t be worth doing, so Thank You most of all!

I wanted to add my own little “Best of 2016”, not because I don’t agree with the polls but because I wanted to add in some extra “categories” and give some kudos to some amazing authors and narrators who did some tremendous work this year IMHO.

(These were all books or audiobooks released in this calendar year.)

Favorite Humor: Avon Gale: Save of the Game and Power Play

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Paranormal: Grizzly Rim by Mia West and The Demon Duke by SJ Frost

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Holiday: Disarming Donner by Charlie Cochet, Teddy Bears by Brandon Witt and Krampus Hates Christmas by Andi Van

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Angsty: Love Can’t Conquer by Kim Fielding and A Mended Man by Jamie Reese

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Continuation of a Series: Lollipop by Amy Lane, Tied up in Knots by Mary Calmes, Dirty Heart by Rhys Ford

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Duo Narration Audiobook Strong Signal by Santino Hassell narr by Guy Locke and Eric London and Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite older book(s) which just now came to audio: Gambling Men by Amy Lane narr Gomez Pugh and By the Light of the Moon by Sandrine Gasq-Dion narr Greg Boudreax

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Book or Audiobook that I was Surprised I Loved: The Persistence of Memory by Jordan Castillo Price narr Seth Clayton (and the series)

Favorite Contemporary Audio: Broken Circle by Riley Hart narr Jack Dupont and Not a Game by Cardeno C narr Michael Ferraiuolo

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Paranormal Audio: Spooksquad by Jordan Castillo Price narr Gomez Pugh and How to Wish Upon a Star by Eli Easton narr Matthew Shaw

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure there are more that I’ll regret not mentioning but… in any case, congratulations to you all and thanks so much for sharing your creative genius with the world!

Contest:  Comment on a book or audiobook you loved this year that surprised you and one random commenter will be drawn to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card!

Close to you (Sunshine and Happiness Book #3) Audiobook by Skylar M Cates

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Dreamspinner Presents

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7478

Blurb

It’s hard to recover from a first love. Some people never do.

How hard would you fight to keep your best friend? Marc Lucas and Tomas Santos have been best friends forever, but now their friendship is in a crisis. When they were boys, betrayals ripped their world apart. They thought it was fixed, but some parts remained broken. Ever since he saved him from a humiliation at school, Marc has loved Tomas. The last thing he expects is for Tomas to love him back. To keep his best friend, Marc revisits an abusive past he’s tried to forget.

For Tomas, loving Marc has been anything but easy. His upbringing told him it was wrong, so why did it feel so right? Accepting who he is as an adult, Tomas decides he needs a committed relationship. To his deep sorrow, he can’t seem to find it with Marc.

When the two find themselves alone and in the grip of a hurricane, long-buried feelings emerge. Being “just friends” is no longer an option. They must risk it all on love.

Review

Books one and two reviewed here:

Here For You http://kimichanexperience.com/here-for-you-audiobook-by-skylar-cates-narrated-by-paul-morey/

Lovers Losers and You https://thebloggergirls.com/2015/09/12/book-review-lovers-losers-and-you-by-skylar-m-cates/

This is an amazing series. Though, technically, each is a stand alone, the MCs in the other books all lived together at one point and are all interwoven in the other’s lives, so they pop in and out and having read the previous books will only add to your overall enjoyment of this book – plus they’re all so beautiful.

We’ve met Tomas and Marc – two friends who are clearly avoiding the elephant in the room – that is – why aren’t they lovers?

Finally, we find out their backstory. It’s not a pretty one. This is definitely a book where you need your big-girl-panties, because it’s filled with angst and pain and separation.

But, it’s beautifully written and Skylar Cates gives us an amazingly sweet Epilogue (my favorite!) to sort-of balance things out a little.

The bulk of the story is written in both first person present tense as well as in a series of flashbacks. So, fair warning, those aren’t always a favorite way to read a story. For me, the flashbacks worked, but I wasn’t a big fan of the present tense.

That being said, it was still a gripping and beautiful book about two men finally finding the courage to overcome the past to find love and hope, today.

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Mmmmm Tristan James.  Man I love this guys voice!  He’s so, so easy to listen to.  I have to say I wish there’d been more done with Tomas’ accent, but he did a nice job differentiating all the different characters (there are a LOT of them!).  (Tristan does a great job with the other Hispanic accents!)  Tristan is great with pacing and at telling the story in a way that makes sense, with the right inflections and emphasis placed on the right words and phrases.  I think this is a great way to enjoy this story and recommend it to fans of the author, the narrator and the series.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Teddy Bears by Brandon Witt

 

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/teddy-bears-by-brandon-witt-7984-b

 

Blurb

 

Other than working the front desk of a gay bathhouse in Denver, Brian McKay is a bit of a recluse. At the best of times, his social life consists of work, role-playing games at a local toyshop, and making YouTube videos with his Teddy Bear hamsters. The arrival of the holidays—with the annoying music, Christmas shopping, and all the reminders of how he disappointed his father—just reinforces his reclusive nature.

When James Olsen, a gorgeous daddy bear who frequents the bathhouse, notices him, Brian is at a loss. He’s not proud of his own bear status or his struggle with weight. The idea that James has interest in him beyond an easy hookup is more than Brian can fathom. But with a little bit of holiday magic, James might help Brian learn to accept Christmas again—and himself.

 

Review

I think this ties for my favorite story from this collection and is absolutely one of my favorite holiday stories of the year!

Brian is a “daddy bear” who doesn’t want to be seen that way, his self-esteem isn’t very high in the romance department and he’s floored when the hot “real bear” hits on him.

In addition to feeling like his body isn’t great, he’s a closet geek – times a thousand! – and he’s not very sociable. There’s just no way this hot, together, older guy really wants something to do with him, right?

Well, he does and MAN it’s so frickin’ sweet! I just loved every word of this and wished it was a full-fledged novel because watching these two come together was really beautiful.

I don’t want to just re-iterate the story but there were so many things I loved! I loved the reaction James has to the “Teddy Bear” movies. I wanted to cry with the guys when James gives Brian the present. I loved Brian’s vision of future Christmases. I even found Phillip and his shenanigans charming.

There was just enough raunch and just enough silliness to keep this from being maudlin but SO MANY FEELS! I loved it!

6 of 5 stars

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Results of the Best of 2016 Poll

 

Top Three Books Written Between November 2015- November 2016:

first placeHarley’s Achilles by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

 

 

second_placeOne Giant Leap by Kay Simone

 

third_placeThe Weight of It All by NR Walker

 

 

 

Top Three Audiobooks Released Between November 2015 and November 2016

 

first placeOut of Nowhere by Roan Parrish narr Spencer Goss

 

 

second_placeDirty Heart by Rhys Ford narr Greg Tremblay

 

 

third_placeLightning Struck Heart by TJ Klune narr Michael Lesley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wooooot!  Congrats to all our winners!

The Warders Volume 2 by Mary Calmes

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/warders-volume-two-by-mary-calmes-7927-b

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Most humans live in blissful ignorance, never dreaming of the frightening surprises and paranormal danger that lurks in the night. Most… but not all. These few who stand against the darkness are the Warders, men who fight demons and square off against all kinds of creatures from the pit with only their brothers-in-arms and their lovers-their Hearths-to strengthen them in the unending battle of good versus evil.

 

Sinnerman (June 2011), Nexus (October 2011), and Cherish Your Name (December 2011) were previously published individually in eBook format by Dreamspinner Press.

 

 Review

This is a collection of the stories – 3 in each book – designed for either people who’ve never read the books before or for those who want it in paperback format. There are no changes to the stories themselves, nor any new stories added in that I could tell.

 

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Blurb

 

As a warder, Jackson Tybalt is one of the good guys until he sees the man he loves kissing another. Betrayed and angry, Jackson tempts danger and death, ignoring the pleas of other warders to be careful. It’s a vile mood in which to start a romance, but that doesn’t stop the kyrie Raphael, who more than anything wants Jackson for his very own. 
Jackson doesn’t want a hearth, he doesn’t want a lover-he just wants dark and painful, and Raphael will give him what he wants. But sometimes the sins of the flesh are just what a body needs to bandage the wounds of the heart, and Raphael will hide the tenderness he feels for Jackson for as long as the warder wears the guise of the Sinnerman.

Review

Jackson is a warder whose hearth has fallen for someone else. He’s heartbroken and acting like he doesn’t care if he lives or dies.

Raphael is the Kyrie we met earlier who drank from Malic but who only has eyes for Jackson.

Though it takes a lot of “teaching”, Raphael shows Jackson he has something to live for – including love.

**

The love between Jackson and Raphael is tough to watch at first. Jackson’s heart is broken and he’s so sad. Rafe doesn’t seem like he’s good for Jackson at all, and it feels hard to root for him.

I loved how the story finally comes around to show us the real path. It was very clever writing and it went over well.

This was a great addition to the series and I recommend it with 3.75 of 5 stars!

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Marcus Roth is a top criminal lawyer by day and demon-slaying warder by night, but he is simply one of five warders—not really important to anyone but Joseph Locke, his hearth. Or so Marcus mistakenly believes.

On a trip to Lexington, Kentucky, to celebrate Joe’s grandfather’s birthday, that belief changes as Marcus unwittingly uncovers a paranormal dilemma and ends up revealing his identity as a warder to Joe’s family. Faced with a traitor, demons, and the return of an old enemy, Marcus must put his own needs aside to save his friends—though in so doing he may lose the man he loves forever. Even living through the ordeal might not be enough if Marcus can’t forgive himself and learn that his hearth and the rest of his clutch can’t do without him.

Review

Marcus and Joe are Warder and Hearth and have been together for years before this story takes place. In fact, they are the first couple of this clutch of Warders. Marcus and Joe are in Kentucky for Joe’s Grandfather’s birthday. While there, they learn that Joe’s dad is being shaken down for money by a demon!

There is drama, Marcus gets hurt and ends up hiding from Joe and it’s very painful to read about.

In the end, the pair is stronger than ever and the entire clutch of Warders is even stronger than before.

**

(This is my favorite couple in the entire series!)

In this book the drama is extra scary, but also really funny. All the Warders have to go clubbing (essentially) to gain admittance to the demon they are hunting and that scene was hilarious. (Mary showed us the picture that inspired Ryan’s outfit and Ooo la la it’s HAWT!)

Joe is snarky and sweetly needy, a fantastic juxtaposition for Marcus’ steadfast devotion and leadership. The rest of the Warders look up to Marcus and their devotion to him is touching.

There is a fair amount of awesomely hot sex, but the love the two share is what makes this story stand out. Joe and Marcus already love one another, though the relationship is tested, we get to see them function as an already involved couple more often than not.

I highly recommend this book and the series, and give it a 4.5 of 5 stars.

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Malic Sunden is in hell—only not literally… yet. As a warder, Malic is used to fighting demons and squaring off against all kinds of creatures from the pit, but this year he’s facing a new and terrifying prospect: Christmas holidays with his much-younger boyfriend and his family.

He loves Dylan, his hearth, but Dylan’s parents, the Shaws, are another story. They think Malic is a cradle-robber, among other things. At least their neighbor, Brad, seems to like him. Then again, maybe not. When Malic gets offered to a demon who wipes his memory of everything but Dylan’s name, it will take all Malic has to escape his new life in a hell dimension and return to the man he calls home. 

Review

Malic and Dylan are a couple but they still have a long way to go. Malic still worries that he’s too old for Dylan. Dylan worries he’s too young.

When they go home to Dylan’s family for Christmas, Dylan’s family isn’t exactly welcoming and Dylan ends up hanging out with his buddies more than Malic.

Mal, on the other hand, ends up hanging out with the neighbor – a seemingly nice guy with a broken leg in need of a helping hand.  But things aren’t always as they seem and this friendship causes problems on multiple layers.

**

I love that Dylan and Mal finally feel more cemented and like a real couple now. Their romance felt shortened to me and this gives them more substance.

The way the drama unfolds is a little scary but funny, too, and Dylan’s response was so very sweet!

It was great seeing everyone again and it was delightful to get a super sweet HEA.

I don’t know if there are more of these stories coming but I’d love a “Where are they now” sort of thing to peep in on all the guys sometime! (Hint hint!)

4 of 5 stars

 

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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Whiskey Business (States of Love) by Avon Gale

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/whiskey-business-by-avon-gale-7944-b

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Ryder Waites will do anything to keep the tiny town of Gallows Grove, Kentucky, from vanishing off the map—even sell his family’s whiskey recipe to Bluegrass Bourbon in Lexington. Hopeful that the larger company can provide necessary improvements to the distillery, Ryder’s ultimate goal is to get Gallows Grove on the Bourbon Trail… and bring in much-needed tourism revenue. But to keep producing Hanged Man Bourbon in Gallows Grove, he’ll have to convince company liaison, unbearably stuffy and seriously hot Adam Keller, that he’s worth the investment.

Adam comes from an old-money family, but he’s determined to make his own way in the world. When he’s sent to Gallows Grove, he questions the life choices that led him to a rented room in a funeral home, in a town full of macabre-themed businesses. And he doesn’t know what to make of Ryder, the descendant of bootleggers who’s on a mission to save his strange town from extinction. When Adam and Ryder put aside their initial mistrust, the results are as smooth as good whiskey. But after Adam’s assignment ends, he’ll have to decide if small-town life and a future with Ryder is to his tastes.

(Part of Dreamspinner Press’s “States of Love” Collection for Kentucky)

Review

Hands down, this is the absolute best story in the “States of Love” Collection that I’ve read, and I’ve read 6 of the 10 so far published. But, that’s not really telling you how much I LOVE this book because I do – I really do!

I’m a huge fan of the author, it’s no secret, and her humor is what sells me most on her writing.

This story is chock full of puns – the town is Gallows Grove and all the stores have macabre names and the MCs aren’t afraid to acknowledge the “color” in town and make a few plays on words themselves.

The romance is sweet. It moves along fairly quickly and with a bit of very hot dirty talk and smexy times to go with the talk. The ending is both heart-warming, satisfying and a little sentimental too.

It’s also my favorite kind of story, one where the underdog wins and gets his man and his future all in one fell swoop!

So, I highly recommend this to fans of the author, the series, romances full of humor and fans of macabre puns.

5 of 5 stars

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