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Jon Keys Guest Post and Excerpt for Camouflage

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OS:  Welcome to Jon Keyes author of Camouflage.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing your new book with us!

JK:

Hello, Morgan! Thanks so much for letting me visit on the release of my newest novel, Camouflage. It’s my first contemporary novel in a few years and after months of polishing, and help from the great editors at Dreamspinner Press, I’m thrilled with how it turned out.

As I was considering what to share, I thought your readers might be interested in some of my other works in progress. I have several manuscripts under development; from “Obsidian Storm” the last novel in my Obsidian high fantasy series; to “Beautiful Scars” which is about a cowboy in the high plains who discovers the fresh out-of-school doctor sent to the local clinic to work off his medical school expenses; and “Grease Monkey” which is about a divorced bisexual mechanic who is raising his 12-year-old son alone, but finds a mutual attraction with a customer at his shop that muddies his plans. So I have several in various stages of completion, but I decided to share a little about a novella I’m in the process of editing.

Currently titled “Construction”, this story is about Samuel, who lost the lower part of his leg to an IUD in Afghanistan. While he’s trying to reconcile all the parts of his life, he never expects to find the relationship he wants, and needs. But Sam’s choices will take him in wildly different directions and his happiness hinges on the right choices.

While the novella is only in second-level edits, and is my second attempt at a first-person story, I thought I would give you a little excerpt.

“Construction” by Jon Keys

I picked up my pace as I made my way to the construction site for my favorite lunchtime activity, ogling hot construction workers. There were such a variety of men there was always at least one or two to keep me nicely plumped during the hour I could escape from the hospital for my lunch break. I’d found a seating plaza perfect for catching some of the late summer sun and pretending what muscle studs might be a great fuck.

I spotted my favorite fantasy man from this site. The one who had been bringing me back all week. Built like a lumberjack with broad shoulders and an ass I could bury my face in for hours. Just the idea of my tongue plunging inside his tight ass was enough to cause me to stiffen. Fortunately the combination of scrubs and compression shorts kept me from showing how excited I was by all the dick candy.

I reached into my lunch bag and pulled out the sandwich I’d made this morning just before I shot out of the apartment to make it to work on time. Working as a med tech at the regional hospital meant my time and money was limited. But I like my job, I didn’t have to deal with the stress the nurses endure. I’m just the bloodsucker. Today I was more interested in sucking something else, but after the IUD in Iraq eliminated part of my left leg, what I get now is dudes with amputee fetishes. I’m not in the mood for someone who gets hard over my residual leg.

I glanced up again and fantasy guy number one had left the scene. Well fuck. I moved to find my number two choice in this crew and located him without too much trouble. He had his usual red bandana tied under the yellow construction hat. He was the opposite of my number one choice. This one would be my dream ass for a night of fucking. Dark skin, shorter, and muscular as hell. With him I could keep the neighbors awake all night. The idea of sliding my thick cock inside his tight ass had me more than a little hard. I reached down and straightened my stiff dick and took another bite of my sandwich.

“Nice eye-candy aren’t they?”

I hope you enjoyed the little preview of “Construction”. Now for more information about “Camouflage”.

 

 

Blurb:

Nash Gallo and Luke Meyers seem like complete opposites on the surface. Nash is a city boy from Atlanta, while Luke is a rancher from rural Oklahoma. Nash is covered in tattoos and piercings, while Luke is self-conscious about his muscular, hairy body. Luke doesn’t have much sexual experience with other men, while Nash has plenty to go around.

 

But both men are lonely, and neither of them has ever been in love.

They also both have secrets. For Luke, it’s his shame over an affair with a local closeted and married man, something Nash accepts. Will Luke be as tolerant of what Nash is hiding—his job as a prostitute back in Georgia?

A week-long vacation on Luke’s ranch and the idyllic landscapes surrounding it gives both men the chance to relax and explore the attraction growing between them. But can the budding relationship survive secrets and small-town prejudices? As they search for the place where their lives might intersect, Nash and Luke risk far worse than broken hearts.

Author Bio

Jon Keys’ earliest memories revolve around books; with the first ones he can recall reading himself being “The Warlord of Mars” and anything with Tarzan. (The local library wasn’t particularly up to date.) But as puberty set in he started sneaking his mother’s romance magazines and added the world of romance and erotica to his mix of science fiction, fantasy, Native American, westerns and comic books.

A voracious reader for almost half a century, Jon has only recently begun creating his own flights of fiction for the entertainment of others. Born in the Southwest and now living in the Midwest, Jon has worked as a ranch hand, teacher, computer tech, roughneck, designer, retail clerk, welder, artist, and, yes, pool boy; with interests ranging from kayaking and hunting to painting and cooking, he draws from a wide range of life experiences to create written works that draw the reader in and wrap them in a good story.

 

 

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Excerpt

 

Nash watched Luke as they drove down the road toward town. He’d looked good at the airport, at least what Nash could remember before Luke ran through the pouring rain, but once he cleaned up he was outstanding. The pullover shirt tapered to his hips, and Nash licked his lips in appreciation. Even more importantly, he seems like a nice guy. Not that I’m a great judge.

“So what do you think?”

Nash jumped, afraid he’d been busted. But he realized the question wasn’t what he’d thought when Luke motioned at the scenery that rolled past.

“The house is cool. I mean, you have all that space to yourself. It’s so quiet too. I don’t know how I’m going to sleep without sirens and squealing brakes.”

Luke fixed his eyes on the road ahead, his knuckles white on the steering wheel. “Yeah. It’s quiet most of the time.”

“Sorry. I forgot how you got it.”

“It’s okay. I just miss them a lot.”

Nash reached over, patted Luke’s leg, and gave it a squeeze. “Sorry, but at least you had someone who loved you.”

Luke started to say something, but Nash interrupted, not wanting him to get too inquisitive. “So, we’re going for barbecue? I love pulled pork.”

“This might be more Texas barbecue than you’re used to. I always get the brisket.”

“And you like their fries, right?”

Luke glanced over at him. “How did you know that?”

“Oh I don’t know, maybe because you told me one night when we were chatting.”

Luke relaxed his grip on the wheel and a grin appeared. “Oh. Yeah, I guess I did.” He looked over to Nash and then refocused on the road. “Makes me wonder what else I’ve told you and forgot.”

Nash chuckled and twisted in the seat so he faced Luke. “Let’s see. You like corn dogs with mustard and ketchup, which is disgusting. You also like to rope, but you can’t help but worry about the calves sometimes. What else….”

“Okay, okay. You’ve made your point. Enough Luke stories. And why don’t I know any of your embarrassing habits?”

Nash’s relaxed moment faded and he turned back to the wall of trees they were driving through. “Nothing worth sharing. Especially nothing as cute as how you got the crescent-shaped scar on your butt.”

“There was nothing cute about that. The damn dog was trying to kill me.”

“It’s the owner’s fault. They make the dogs mean.”

“Whatever. The owner didn’t bite me.”

They drove the rest of the way in silence. The typical small-town business staples rolled past as they got closer to their destination. Looks familiar, a lifetime and a thousand miles ago.

“You hungry?” Luke asked.

Nash’s stomach picked that point to rumble. “From that sound you’d think I was about to starve.”

“Good, ’cause we’re there.” Luke turned into the parking lot as Nash checked out the low-slung building with its simple “BBQ” sign in front. As Luke searched for a parking spot, Nash inhaled the hickory-smoke-laden air. When they rounded the back of the place, Nash spotted the monstrous black behemoth filling the area with the scent of meats of every kind.

They found a place to park and made their way inside. Luke threaded his way to the counter with Nash close behind. A smiling woman with her blonde hair pulled back motioned them closer. “What sounds good tonight, Luke?” she asked.

“I think a couple of the sampler plates and two sweet teas.”

She looked knowingly at Nash. “And fries. He always has fries.”

Luke grinned and shrugged. “Guilty. They’re the best.”

The woman motioned toward an empty table. “Grab a seat and I’ll bring it out to you.”

A short time later Nash had both elbows propped on the table and was halfway through a side of ribs. “You were right. The hot barbecue sauce is killer.”

Luke swallowed the piece of brisket he was working on and looked at Nash. “Told you. The beans are great too. The place isn’t fancy, but it’s delicious food.”

Nash pulled off another rib and gnawed it like an ear of corn. The food was good, but he thought the company was better. Feeling a little ornery, he leaned closer to Luke, making smacking noises, knowing his face was smeared with sauce.

“Hey, what’d you think? Want some of this?”

With a nervous laugh, Luke glanced around them. “Knock it off, you goof. You’ve got barbecue all over you.”

Nash gathered up a few paper towels and wiped his face. After considering Luke, he leaned across the table. “You okay? If me teasing around is making you uncomfortable….”

“No, it’s okay. I don’t mind.”

“Then what’s making you so uptight?”

“They might think it’s more than friends out for barbecue. I haven’t really been out with anyone before.”

“You’ve never been on a date?”

“Not really. I went out a few times in college, but not since coming back.” Luke paused and glanced at Nash before he continued. “Yeah, nothing I’d call a date.

“You’ve been out of college for a while. How could you not date? I thought you were out.”

“Oh, they know, but you know little towns and all their crap. It’s—” Luke stopped, and his eyes locked on the business’s door as it swung open.

Nash wondered what was going on when a mass of people swept through the entrance. They all seemed loud and excited. He watched closely and turned to Luke. “What’s going on? Did everyone get their egg money at once?”

“The high school football game’s over. It’s more important than money, at least around here.”

Nash watched the crowd for a few more seconds before he shrugged. “Doesn’t take much to get some people worked up, I guess.”

“No, it doesn’t.” Luke glanced at the crowd again, and he went rigid.

Nash looked again but couldn’t see anything more than the same milling throng. “What’s wrong?”

“Not a big deal. You ready to go? We could stop for some ice cream at—”

Nash laid his hands on top of one of Luke’s. “You might as well tell me. I’m going to worm it out of you eventually anyway, even if it takes liquor.”

Luke sighed deeply. “I suppose. It’s not like I’ll be able to avoid him the whole time you’re here.”

Nash waited for Luke to continue, but he realized more information wasn’t going to happen soon if he didn’t help it along. So he gave it another shot. “He who? What’s going on? You know you can talk to me. Hell, if it’s making you nervous, text it to me.”

“Yeah, apparently I’m a blabbermouth around you. So, you might as well know. My sort of ex just walked in. Long story.”

“Your ex? I thought….”

“Like I said, it’s complicated. Do you mind if we go somewhere else for dessert?”

Nash considered saying something, then decided against it. Instead he looked over the people, trying to decide which one was Luke’s former lover. His curiosity got the best of him. “Which one?”

“The blond guy with the red shirt that says ‘Stillwell Indians.’”

Nash started chuckling. “You’re kidding me, right? They’re all wearing a red Indians jersey.”

“Him. The guy in the corner….”

Nash looked again, and this time immediately spotted who Luke must be talking about. Almost as tall as Nash, but with the build of a fading high school football star. He was at the center of the mob of men waiting by the door and talking loudly.

Nash glanced at Luke. “The big blond guy everyone seems to want to talk to?”

“Yeah. His name’s Bobby. Robert Doyle.”

 

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Hawk’s Pretty Baby (Brac Pack #2) Audiobook by Lynn Hagen Narrated by Johnny East

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Audible Link

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Hawks-Pretty-Baby-Audiobook/B011Q4SAQO/ref=a_search_c4_1_12_srTtl?qid=1484687317&sr=1-12

Blurb

Hawk Magnar, commander of twelve sentry wolves, never thought he’d discover his mate in a hospital for an anxiety attack. Under the illusion he was going to comfort a young child the alpha’s mate, Cecil, had befriended, he finds a man who needs more protection than even anyone realizes. Treated as a simpleton all his life, Johnny Stone has never had anything to call his own – until he meets Hawk. Hawk must keep his emaciated mate safe from a sadistic brother while teaching Johnny to trust him. Hawk is quickly running out of time to convince Johnny that he isn’t out to hurt him when his mate inadvertently starts the mating ritual. Will Johnny give Hawk the trust he needs to bind them together or suffer the consequences that fate’s wicked sense of humor has unleashed?

Review

First, again I ask you to ignore the cover. It’s kinda skeevy but the story is really very sweet.

Second, I will warn you that parts of this – especially in audiobook format – are kind of disconcerting – but – if you stick with it – it gets less – awkward? – and is really kinda heart-warming.

We met Johnny earlier, he’s the “special” kid at the center Cecil volunteers at who is good friends with Cecil. He calls himself mildly “retarded” (funny how that word just sounds so terrible in these times of PC language isn’t it?) and is definitely on the slower end of the learning curve. (Without it being a spoiler, I’ll tell you that Hawk kind of surmises that it’s not so much “retardation” as that Johnny just needs things explained very carefully and that he needs a lot of patience because he’s prone to panic attacks. I suspect it’s more autistic than anything else.)

In any case, Johnny’s brother is abusing Johnny and Hawk and his pack mates rescue him. Johnny has been starved so it takes a lot of intense work to build him back up so that he’s even strong enough to be bonded with Hawk – and this ends up being one of the hurdles.

The brother also ends up being a thorn in the side of the pack and ends up causing a crisis.

Hawk is sappily devoted to Johnny and the rest of the pack soon falls under his thumb as well.

At one point Hawk refers to himself as “daddy” – but is acknowledging to even himself that it’s a little weird. To me it felt a bit skeevy, but it doesn’t happen that often.

This is another big guy/ little guy pairing (maybe huge guy/ tiny guy would be more accurate) and it follows a similar trajectory as book one. What I like about this story is how sweet Hawk is with Johnny and Johnny, as a character whom we see frequently in future stories, is a great character with a giant heart and a quirky sense of humor who ends up causing all kinds of trouble for the big guys in the future.

I love this story because it’s Johnny’s story and it also leads us right in to the next story involving Ludo and Blair.

3.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Johnny East does a nice job trying to give all the wolves something of a different voice as well as trying to keep Johnny and Cecil and all the other mates separate as well. I think he really captures the innocence that is Johnny without making him seem like a little boy.

4.5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars
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Life is Awesome: Mnevermind Book 3 by Jordan Castillo Price

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Blurb

Daniel Schroeder wants nothing more than to repair his father’s broken memories, but it’s been a long time since he’s thought of himself as a memorysmith. Even though convincing Big Dan of their current reality is the most painful task Daniel faces every morning, somehow life manages to prevent him from finding a cure. He needs to keep their family business running. And he needs to moonlight at a competitor’s shop to keep all his employees paid. Or maybe he’s just trying to keep himself from exacerbating the situation.
A year ago, Daniel would have presumed he was clever enough to memorysmith his way out of their predicament, but nowadays he’s not so cavalier. Playing with people’s memories shouldn’t be taken lightly, and things can always get worse. Even with the help of some of the best minds in the business, Daniel still isn’t sure how to navigate his way out of the persistent false memory that’s crippled his life. Is new programming the answer? Better gear? More money? Or is time the only thing that can heal Big Dan’s memories…if they can even be fixed at all.
What Daniel needs most is some breathing room, and Elijah Crowe is eager to provide it. Since he’s smitten with Daniel, Elijah is determined to prove himself—and he’s more than qualified to clear Daniel’s schedule by taking over some duties at Adventuretech. With the support of his new boyfriend, possibilities begin to open up for Daniel, hints of things he hasn’t even realized he’d stopped hoping for: the contentment of a harmonious family, the fulfillment of his creative expression, and a chance for a relationship with a man he loves.

Review

It’s hard to write a review for this because it was so complex. On the one hand, we do see a sort-of HEA for both Daniel, Big Dan and Elijah – but – ironically – it’s not AWESOME – but it is very, very happy – and that’s just the point of it all.

Just as the previous two installments, neither the situation with Big Dan, nor the relationship with Elijah are “fixed” in some perfect way. Things are still achingly “real” and our very imperfect characters find a very imperfect solution? – if you can call it that – to their issues. Or maybe – I should say – a work in progress.

That’s one of the really beautiful things about this book and this series – Jordan Castillo Price isn’t afraid to let things be imperfect. Messy. Awkward. Less than shiny. While Daniel and Elijah do seem to have made good strides towards figuring out the physical side of their relationship – it’s not the fairy tale solution you might expect – and that’s so awesome! – that it’s allowed to be what it is – because that’s life – and it’s still a beautiful thing.

Dan and Big Dan will still have their struggles – but the “twist” that gets thrown in – or should I say wrench?- does manage to highlight one of my beliefs about life in general. That is the fact that sometimes things which – on the surface – look to be all bad – can really end up being the best thing in the world. And this wrench does force them all to re-evaluate their priorities and I think they all ended up in a much better place. Happy!

So – I’m sad to see the series end, but am excited to re-visit it as the audiobooks continue to come out – and happy to have read it.

Highly Recommended! 4.5 of 5 stars

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Choosing His Christmas Miracle (Wolves of Stone Ridge #15) by Charlie Richards

 

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http://www.extasybooks.com/choosing-his-christmas-miracle/

Blurb

Out of the cage: One can never be patient enough if it means earning the peace caused by true love

Raul Braga is finally ready to admit the reason he’s been so distracted of late is because of a man—but not just any man. Raul finds himself attracted to a wolf shifter named Sean Garcia who comes from a pack in Idaho. Even though his buddy has agreed to help him look into the shifter’s current whereabouts, Raul doesn’t have much faith that a member of the homophobic pack they’ve had problems with in the past would ever admit to being interested in him, too. Imagine Raul’s surprise when Sean shows up on his doorstep.

Sean claims that Raul is his mate, which explains the attraction. Still, Sean didn’t come alone. He has an infant girl with him. Sean is the legal guardian for his niece, Lily, who is his deceased sister’s cub. Now, Raul has to decide if he’s ready for not only a relationship with a male, but a male that comes with a ready-made family. Before he can start to figure things out though, Raul is sent away on an assignment. Although the kisses are mind-blowing, will they be enough to help him overcome his fear of settling down?

Review

This is the story of how Jared’s straight best friend ends up mated to a male shifter from an enemy pack. Raul had gone on a mission to rescue one of Declan’s pack members and ended up meeting – briefly – a shifter named Sean whom he ends up very attracted to and later finds out they’re mated.

What I loved about this is that neither man has been with a man before – 2 gay virgins! – and we get to see a lot of Carson and Jared again!

Raul is a cool guy and though Sean bugged me a bit because he seemed to be such a push-over, I liked them as a couple and enjoyed this segment in the series.

4 of 5 stars

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A Beginner’s Guide to Wooing Your Mate Audiobook by R Cooper Narrated by Robert Nieman

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-beginners-guide-to-wooing-your-mate-by-r-cooper-7824-b

Blurb

Zeki Janowitz has returned to his hometown of Wolf’s Paw to start his wizarding career. Unfortunately, Wolf’s Paw, a werewolf refuge, follows centuries of tradition and shuns human magic and a very human Zeki. He knows he’s in for a struggle, but a part of him has always belonged in the mountain town, or rather belonged to Theo Greenleaf. Years away at school haven’t lessened Zeki’s crush on the quiet werewolf. When town gossip informs him Theo still suffers from his mate’s rejection and does not date, it does little to ease Zeki’s embarrassing feelings. He decides now’s the time to get the man he’s always wanted.
Werewolves usually don’t recover from losing their mates, and Theo barely pulled through by focusing on his love of baking. It’s a daily struggle, and Zeki’s return to Wolf’s Paw shatters his peace. Theo doesn’t know what to think when Zeki attempts to woo him, talking about his wizarding business and settling in town for good. It’s like Zeki doesn’t have a clue how his words years before left Theo a shell of a werewolf.
Beginners in love, Theo and Zeki must seduce each other with a bit of heavenly baking and magic.

Review

This is book three in the series and it’s a bit different (to me) than than the first two. For one, though it is still written in a way that’s very rich, it doesn’t feel as convoluted as the first two.

I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I hate the fact that the MCs are separated until the 70% point by a simple MISUNDERSTANDING. Gah! I hate that. Everyone – literally – knows these guys are mates, but Zeki. I don’t understand why he wasn’t told and it made me crazy that this was the central “hurdle”.

I think there was enough between them, beyond that knowledge, that they could have worked through, without the big secret.

If you ignore that fact, you get a sweet story of two members of a different “race” trying to find a connection and bridge gaps of prejudice and ignorance, and that, is enough of a story to be compelling.

R. Cooper is a gifted writer, but sometimes I feel like the stories just drag a bit in the middle. Things that could be resolved quickly tend to take a long time.

I love the magical elements, and the emotions being poured into the baking, and sweetness of each of the characters. I don’t love how long everything drags out.

For fans of the author and this series, this is highly recommended. For fans of shifter novels, I’d read some reviews and decide if it’s for you based on a few of those. It’s not a “typical” shifter story, and though there is a mate pull it’s not the urgent “got to have it now” kind of thing you might be looking for.

3.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Robert Nieman is a narrator that I’ve always enjoyed. He doesn’t do a lot to give us unique voices or anything, but his voice is easy to listen to and he’s good with timing and emotions. I don’t know that the narration really adds a lot to this story but it definitely doesn’t detract.

4 of 5 stars

Overall 3.75 (rounded to 4) of 5 stars

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Berzerker (Twirled World Ink #1) by J.M. Dabney

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Berzerker-Twirled-World-Ink-Book-ebook/dp/B01N0KDB60/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=C56QCPC15RQVHE3YYMB5

Blurb

Welcome to Twirled World Ink where the crazies run the asylum.

The hum of a tattoo machine was Brian “Berzerker” Anderson’s favorite sound in the world. He’d won a coveted spot at Twirled World Ink with a legend in the business, Gib Phelps. Creating beauty with his large, scarred hands was his happy place—the place where he fit in the world. Although, nothing could remain perfect forever, his boyfriend of over a year decided to move on and up without him in tow. He had two choices, return to living with his friends and co-workers or take an offer too tempting to pass up.

Landon Phelps grew up in an unconventional home as the only child to Legendary Tattoo Artist Gib Phelps and mother, Peaches. He always felt a bit out of place when he became a boring accountant instead of following in his parents’ footsteps. Boundaries were in place early on; he didn’t date the employees of Twirled World Ink. Sometimes rules were meant to be broken. Bezerker was his idea of perfection, large, husky and tattooed; the thick, grab-worthy beard was a bonus. So when the boyfriend became the ex, Landon decided it was time to get his man.

With the help of the matchmaking Twirled Crew, can Landon finally get Berzerker to see him as more than a friend and the employer’s son?

Author’s Note: Although this is the first book in a series each book is a standalone and every book deals with a separate couple.

Review
The first thing I had to do, while reading this, was turn off any need to correct (or notice) the bad grammar and editing found in this. I can only hope that in time, as the author gains experience, these will be things that get remedied, because there were a lot of mistakes and it did get distracting at times.

The second thing I noticed, however, was how much fun this was! The characters felt very fleshed out and had both a gritty, real feel to them, with a bit of fictional “fairy tale” quality that allowed them to do things they probably wouldn’t do had them been actual people.

There’s very little angst in this – a few run ins with a douchey ex and some internal struggles – but most of this is a slow burn romance of two people who’ve been eyeing one another finally giving in to their desires.

The smexy times are pretty hot and the vague “D/s” quality to their relationship was light enough that it didn’t bother me too much.

I thought Landon and his parents were a trip and I look forward to Landon’s matchmaking in the future. Zerk and his adorable dog were sweet as well, and he was a great counterpart to Landon’s “goody two shoeness”.

While I had low expectations for this, I found I was very pleasantly surprised and I look forward to reading more in this series!

4.25 (rounded to 4.5) of 5 stars

 

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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 surprise him… surprise 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. 

 

AUTHOR BIO:

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.

Visit my site to learn more! Go to A.E. Via’s official website http://authoraevia.com for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, VSWB submissions, and where she’ll appear next.

 

 

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EXCERPT

 

Green took his boot off the wall and braced his feet apart, looking down at him. “So, you in or out? It’d mean you have to keep up with us, though. We cause a shit load of property damage and destruction on the streets, but we get the job done. You’ll probably piss off God on a regular basis and get your ass chewed out repeatedly. But he’s a lot of puff and smoke. Syn usually smooths things over for us. So what d’ya say, Marine? You up to roll with us?”

Steele took a deep pull of his cigar, licking his lips at the sweet flavor lingering there. He nodded once. “I’m in.”

“Cool.” Ruxs got up to leave, stopping right before he got to Green. “Be there tomorrow by seven so Tech can get you situated.”

“Hold up.” Steele stood, feeling a little lightheaded from the alcohol, and the way Green squinted at him, he saw it too, but he didn’t comment. “It’ll take some time, but I’ll show and prove out there. Show I can be trusted. But there’s something you need to know.” Steele rubbed his hand over his scruff, wishing this wasn’t necessary, but it was probably best. “You guys should know before we get out there on the streets. That I’m gay. I’m not ashamed of it and I don’t hide it. I’m single right now, but that may not always be the case. But I’ll be damned if I’m gonna go out there with a team that can’t deal with that. That’s what happened to my last partner.”

Green’s eyes twinkled with what looked like amusement and Ruxs looked flat out exasperated before he spoke. “We were gonna say something real similar to you, but we figured your uncle already informed you about us. I guess not.”

“Excuse me?” Steele asked, not sure what his uncle didn’t tell him.

Instead of Green clarifying any further he shot out both hands, grabbed two fistfuls of Ruxs’ leather jacket, and slammed him up against the wall hard enough to rattle the entire front side of the trailer. Steele winced right before he saw Green press in hard against his partner from chest to thighs, and crash his mouth over his. Ruxs didn’t even appear stunned, just melted into Green’s aggression like it was second nature. Jesus. This wasn’t something you could fake, either. They were lovers. Big ass, alpha, macho motherfuckin’ lovers. Ruxs’ hands came up fast and got a firm grip on the back of Green’s neck, not letting him go until he was finished too. They grunted and ground against each other like they forgot they weren’t alone. Steele felt his cock hardening at the live porno, wondering if he was going to have to excuse himself soon. He didn’t want to interrupt. He wasn’t a fool. Both of them were sexy as hell – not quite what he was interested in now – but fine male specimens nonetheless. One of Green’s hands slid up to Ruxs’ throat, and his partner’s reaction was downright lewd. Ruxs bucked his hips and reached down for a handful of Green’s tight ass in those jeans like he was encouraging him to thrust with him. Steele just refrained from letting out his own growl, the front of his pants way too fucking tight now.

“Alright, alright! Goddamnit. Being gay isn’t a problem. I got it.” Steele dropped back in his chair feeling like he’d just been the one thoroughly kissed.

 

 

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Categories
5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level artists Audiobook BDSM Book Boss/employee class difference coming of age Contemporary DA Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Hidden Lovers Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mid level angst Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Purchased Rent Boy Scorching/high heat Secret Identity writer

Making It Personal (Personal Book 1) Audiobook by KC Wells narrated by Cornell Collins

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Audible Link

http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Making-It-Personal-Audiobook/B01MU12WPZ/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1484680436&sr=1-1

Blurb

This book is an erotic gay romance. It contains explicit language and lots of steamy sex between two hot guys. For listeners 18+ only.
Blake Davis is in the closet. And he’s going to stay that way. Because if his father finds out he’s gay, Blake could lose everything he’s worked so hard to achieve during the last six years as CEO of Trinity Publishing, the fastest rising star in the publishing firmament. Not that coming out wouldn’t solve a couple of problems. Maybe then his father would stop trying to set him up with yet another empty-headed, social-climbing girlfriend. And better still, Blake could stop using that escort agency when he wants a night of hot sex with a cute guy.
Will Parkinson has had a tough life so far, but he’s back on his feet. Okay, so he’s working as an escort – with benefits – to pay off his student loans, but that does have its advantages, such as the really hot guy who hired him. Yeah, Blake rocked his world last night – several times. So imagine how Will feels when he arrives to be interviewed for his dream job as PA in a publishing company, and the guy who’s hiring is…Blake.
And then things get really complicated.

Review

This was one of the first books I read in m/m romance. I loved it! It’s a Cinderella/Pretty Woman story and it’s got elements of a rags to riches story like Annie, as well.
I loved that Blake, while closeted, is totally accepting of Will’s/Alex’s profession. Once they become a permanent thing, of course, he won’t share (don’t worry!) but before he can claim that right, he doesn’t try to make Will feel bad for supporting himself.

There are a LOT of things the reader has to accept as “happy coincidence” – the book being a hit, Will being his assistant, everyone at work being cool with “the gay thing”. But, beyond those issues, it’s a really sweet and very sensual story.

Something I love in romances – a couple who switches! And an alpha male who likes to be tied up!

This was a very sweet and wonderful story with many layers of happy in it’s HEA.

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Cornell Collins does a FANTASTIC job with this. He gave Will the deeper voice – which I didn’t picture in my head – but it totally worked. His British accent gives this that extra level of authenticity that you don’t get when you’re not from there. His pacing and emotions are excellent and overall this was a great way to experience this story.

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.75 rounded to 5 of 5 stars

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Watching and Waiting by Jay Northcote NSFW Excerpt!

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Blurb

Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied…

Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth—going nowhere.

Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction.

 

Keen to explore his bicurious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated—and kinky—fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.

 

This excerpt is NSFW/suitable for 18+ readers only.

 A couple of days later, Shawn was still doing his best to be a better housemate and friend. So after he’d finished his dinner—late because he hadn’t left work till six and had then been running again—he washed up lots of pots in the kitchen that other people had used and tidied up some things left lying around in the living room.

“Is this either of yours?” He held up a hoodie that was slung over the back of a chair.

Jez and Mac, who were on the sofa watching TV, both glanced his way.

“Nope,” Mac said.

“I think it’s Jude’s.”

Being helpful, Shawn decided to take it up for him.

He passed his own bedroom on the middle floor and went up the second flight of stairs to where Dev’s and Jude’s rooms were. Jude’s door was shut, so Shawn tapped lightly on it. There was no reply, so assuming Jude was out, he turned the handle and pushed. The door opened quietly.

It took a moment for his brain to register the information from his eyes.

Jude wasn’t out.

Jude was definitely in.

He was sitting in a chair with his back to the door, shirtless, dick out and jerking off in front of… fuck, was that Skype? Maybe he had a long-distance boyfriend Shawn didn’t know about.

But the screen didn’t look like Skype; there was a distinctive logo that even from the door, Shawn could see read “Boyz on Cam.” And—Oh fuck. The guy on the screen looked remarkably like Jude himself. Surely he couldn’t be…?

“Shit, sorry, sorry!” Shawn blurted out.

“What the fuck?” Jude wheeled around, simultaneously managing to whip his sweatpants up and slam the laptop shut. “Oh my God, haven’t you heard of knocking?”

“I did knock,” Shawn said helplessly, trying not to stare at the bulge in Jude’s trousers. Eyes up. Jesus Christ, don’t make this any worse than it already is. “You didn’t answer.”

“I didn’t fucking hear you. But you just barged in anyway.” Jude covered the tent in his sweatpants with his hand.

His face was flushed. It was hard for Shawn to tell how much was embarrassment and how much was anger. “You should have locked it,” he said unhelpfully, then mentally kicked himself for his lack of filter. Bit late to point that out now.

“I thought I had!”

“I’m sorry,” Shawn said again. “I didn’t… I mean….” Sensible words eluded him. There was no script for this. “I found this. It’s yours. I’ll go now.” He threw the hoodie at Jude, turned, and fled, shutting the door firmly behind him.

 

Back in his own room, Shawn paced back and forth.

“Fuck, fuck, fuck!” He scrubbed his hands through his hair, stopped pacing, and glared at his laptop where it lay on his desk, a threatening presence.

No. I can’t.

He threw himself down on the bed and stared at the ceiling.

But what if he was wrong? Maybe he’d misinterpreted what he saw? Maybe Jude was just watching another guy on camera who happened to look a bit like him? Shawn tried to tell himself that it was none of his business anyway, but he needed to know.

He got up and locked his door—learning from Jude’s mistake there—then sat at his desk and opened his laptop carefully, as if it was an unexploded bomb he had to defuse. He pulled up his web browser and typed in the words burned onto his brain: Boyz on Cam.

After an 18+ warning, the site loaded quickly and Shawn half covered his face with a hand, as though peeking through his fingers could make this better. He scrolled past a few photos of half-naked guys with nice abs and inviting smiles, but none of them was Jude.

Then he noticed a link at the top reading “Live Shows.”

Mouth dry and heart racing, he clicked on it. He didn’t think it was possible for his heart to beat any faster, but when he saw Jude’s face grinning suggestively at him from a thumbnail image, he seriously wondered if it was possible to have a heart attack at the age of twenty-one.

He knew he shouldn’t look, didn’t even know why he wanted to go any further. He’d confirmed his suspicions, and that was all he needed to know. Yet, with a shaking hand, he clicked on the link anyway.

 

Buy Link

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Series Information and Links

The Housemates Series is a collection of standalone stories set around a student house in Britain. This new adult series focuses on themes of self-discovery and sexual awakening.

Helping Hand (Housemates #1)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010EAQOKA

Like a Lover (Housemates #2)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014O4TCMY

Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H7V027A

Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

www.jaynorthcote.com

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Watching and Wanting (Housemates #4) by Jay Northcote

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Jaybird Press Presents

http://mybook.to/WAW_JayN

Blurb

Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied…

Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth—going nowhere.

Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction.

Keen to explore his bicurious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated—and kinky—fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.

Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.

Review

This can absolutely be read as a standalone, but you’ll miss a bit of the “flavor” in that Shawn wasn’t always very nice and he definitely read more “straight” than not in the previous books.

This time around, he’s questioning and leaning toward gay, but going with “bi”.

For me, this series has a lot of really touching moments where two people who you wouldn’t expect find a connection. That holds true for this – for sure! I’d have never seen Shawn in this role, especially that of a submissive partner.

I loved that Jude and his mother both had such an accepting and open view of their jobs. I mean, really, doesn’t it bring happiness in a way that’s no different than a movie or any other fantasy?

The smexy times in this book are SCORCHING – there are quite a few of them and it’s the main way our characters bond. As a result, I felt a little disconnected from them as a couple – more so than the others in this series. I didn’t quite buy Shawn’s willingness to be on camera – though I did see how it gave him a certain amount of freedom since he could claim he was “acting” when instead he was really enjoying it. But it seemed like such a big jump from being a douche to being Jude’s boyfriend.

One thing I really appreciated was how they handled Jude’s job once the two were an established couple. That made me feel all warm and cozy inside!

However, Jay’s writing is – as always – stellar and it was great seeing Mac and Jez and the others again.

This was HOT and for fans of the author, the series, dirty talk, role play, light kink, light bondage, voyeurism and OFY romances – this is for you!

4.25 (rounded to 4.5) of 5 stars

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