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A Day Makes Audiobook by Mary Calmes Narrated by Greg Tremblay

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Blurb

Mob enforcer Ceaton Mercer has killed a lot of people in a lot of different ways – he stashed the last two bodies in a toolshed belonging to a sweetheart marine researcher in an idyllic island community – but he’s really not such a bad guy. Over time he’s found a home of sorts, and he even learns he’s found a place in the hearts of the people he works with…at least enough so that they won’t put a bullet in his head because he’s outlived his usefulness to the boss.

But he never thought he’d find one day could change his life, and he’s about to discover how wrong he is.

Because in a single day, he meets the man who looks to be the one, the love of his life. It’s an improbable idea – a man who deals in death finding love – but it’s like it’s meant to be. That single day gets weirder and troubles pile up, forcing Ceaton to take a hard look at his dreary life and accept that one day can change everything, especially himself. His future might be brighter than he expects – if he can stay alive long enough to find out.

Review

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Man! This was an amazing book. Mary – as always – has given us some fantastic characters and this story is predominately driven by their personalities alone.

I’m having a hard time reviewing it because it has some unique facets that differentiate it from other romances and other books by Mary.

It does have the clueless guy who is too amazing for words but doesn’t know it. It has some dry, witty, banter and extremely loyal friends who stick by said clueless guy – even though he’s surprised at their loyalty.

I love that Ceaton isn’t exactly a “good guy” – he definitely has some wobbly morals, but he also has some firm lines he won’t cross.
Without giving away any spoilers – I will tell you this: Most of the story is NOT about Ceaton and his love interest. He doesn’t meet that guy til near the end and we really don’t get to see them together much or see their relationship develop much at all. If I have any complaints it’s that. I really wanted to see more of his new lover and him together and get to know the lover better. I felt like we just scratched his surface (the lover) and I want to know more!

What looks amazing is that the secondary characters are all ripe for a series – I’m particularly hopeful that Marco ends up in his own book ☺

Fans of Mary will find some familiar faces and Easter Eggs as she is prone to do and I think they will all be “squeeing” by the end!

Highly recommended for fans of the author, fans of great character driven stories and humor.

4 of 5 stars

Audio

Greg totally rocks this! He made me more invested in the story than I was reading it. He was able to infuse some of the missing emotion that I think this story lacks and it definitely elevated the experience for me. (He also did this for me with Amy Lane’s Fish Out of Water book, too.)

What I love are his abilities with accents and emotion – but also the very precise timing he uses to set the scene.

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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Til Death Do Us Part (Kennedy Ink. #4.5) by Jenny Wood

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Blurb

Two weddings and a new guy!

Kayson and Conner finally tie the knot! Because Kayson popped the question a whole ten minutes before Jody got the chance, his wedding is up first. It’s everything they both deserve; complete with Kingsley shenanigans!

Jody and Cameron also get hitched in a much more Jody and Cameron kind of way. Along the way, we also get a new guy into the shop, by the name of Felix Finnley; or Finn, if you want him to answer you. This is just a smidgen of their lives together as married men and the new guy before he meets his own hot guy.

Come along for the ride, but beware… there will be a cliffhanger, albeit a small one, it’s there.

 

Review

The tag line says it all!

If you’re a fan of the series you’ll want to see the amazing cuteness that is these guys getting married and stop by to meet the new guy – Finn – whose story is coming up next.

I love how they play with each other and joke around and how really deep the emotions are for all the couples involved.

Highly recommended – especially now that you can dive right in to Finn next!

4.5 of 5 stars
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Kink Month: Gamble Everything by Cari Waites (Lisa Henry)

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Blurb

 Eighteen year old Danny sells himself to Peter Archer to repay his father’s gambling debts.

This 36,790 word novel includes explicit content, including: m/m, dubious consent, oral sex, anal sex, sounding, plugging, fisting, BDSM, and ass play. All characters are 18 years or over. If any book is going to get you heated enough to visit https://www.fulltube.xxx/ or another adult site after a page of reading, this will be it.

PLEASE NOTE! The version of this book that I own is a compilation novella published by Cari Waites. Cari Waites is Lisa Henry and she has since then removed the edition I own, but republished the story in an anthology called Stealing Innocents.

Note: This is a complete compilation of all 7 volumes of the Gamble Everything series.

 

Review

 This book is a mind fuck. I do believe this is the only book I have ever read, that have made me feel like a pervert, because even though this is seriously dub con it is clearly written to titillate and I have to admit, that I do enjoy it. Every time I re-read it.

Danny is 18 and agrees to be sold as a prostitute to Mr. Archer as payment for his fathers gambling debts. His new world is one of submission and obedience, with a new ‘Daddy’ who wants to own every single part of him.

Originally this was written as a serial, and then collected into a whole story of part 1-7. This means that there are some unnecessary recaps at the beginning of each chapter, but they are not too bothersome. The original book is no longer available, but the story has been re-released as part of the Stealing Innocents anthology.

I can recommend this book if you are looking for a dark and twisted erotic tale, but if you are looking for romance and a happy ending you should go elsewhere.

6 of 5 stars

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Resistance (Rogue Falls #2) by April Kelley

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http://www.extasybooks.com/resistance/?search=april%20kelley&sub_category=1&sort=p.date_added&order=DESC

Blurb

 Christian has never had a serious relationship in his life. He doesn’t plan to start with an alpha wolf shifter who thinks he can dictate what Christian is and isn’t going to do. Ward Malone might trigger every warning bell Christian has, but he also triggers every sexual fantasy. Christian wouldn’t mind giving in to Ward if fun was all he wanted. Unfortunately, Ward is an all-or-nothing kind of guy.

 

 

 

 

Review

This is the second in the Roguefalls series. It can be read as a standalone, but recommend reading the first 2 books to fully understand the world-building – I plan on getting book 1.

Christian (human) is a ‘single’, – someone without a pack/clan or similar family structure. He’s had an unhappy childhood which has made him wary of relationships. Wade, (shifter) on the other hand, is ready to settle down as soon as he meets his mate. Wade has a hard time convincing his mate that they belong together, despite the heat and attraction between them. While they go back and forth on getting together, the banter between them is fun, heated. I understood Christians’ reservations about getting into a permanent relationship but he seemed too focused on his past rather than looking at the possibility of a better future. In the end, Christian learns to trust in what Ward is offering –permanence – and they get together.

This is my first time reading April Kelley and it was an enjoyable experience. There are some things in the book I felt I missed because I have not read the first in the series, but not enough to detract from the story.
I liked all the characters and hope Virion (the team leader) gets his story next.

3.5 of 5 stars

 

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Against the Grain (THIRDS Book 5) by Charlie Cochet

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/against-the-grain-by-charlie-cochet-4992-b

Blurb

Sequel to Rise & Fall
THIRDS: Book Five
As the fiercest Defense Agent at the THIRDS, Destructive Delta’s Ash Keeler is foul-mouthed and foul-tempered. But his hard-lined approach always yields results, evident by his recent infiltration of the Coalition. Thanks to Ash’s skills and the help of his team, they finally put an end to the murdering extremist group for good, though not before Ash takes a bullet to save teammate Cael Maddock. As a result, Ash’s secrets start to surface, and he can no longer ignore what’s in his heart.
Cael Maddock is no stranger to heartache. As a Recon Agent for Destructive Delta, he has successfully maneuvered through the urban jungle that is New York City, picking up his own scars along the way. Yet nothing he’s ever faced has been more of a challenge than the heart of Ash Keeler, his supposedly straight teammate. Being in love isn’t the only danger he and Ash face as wounds reopen and new secrets emerge, forcing them to question old loyalties.

Review

Well this book shows more of the personal side of Dex and Sloan, as well as Ash. We see them interacting With Cael and Maddox at Thanksgiving. We also get to see Ash trying to deal with his attraction to Cael. A past incident has Ash so completely in the closet that now whenever someone is around he cannot even touch Cael. In the end things work out for the 2 of them but getting there is an up and down road.

We have all of the bad guys and even some maybe bad guys running through the story. Dr Shultzon with his double speak, Sloan losing control of his Felid side, Austen sneaking in and out of shadows, and Lt Sparks trying to pull everyone’s strings. We see the team deal with a missing doctor, missing drugs and a whole slew of confusing clues as they try to piece together what is going on. There is a lot of action and adventure that has the reader trying to figure out just what is going to happen next. Get ready for a thrilling ride!

4 of 5 stars

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The Teddy Bear Club by Sean Michael

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-teddy-bear-club-by-sean-michael-8655-b

Blurb

 Two lonely men. One perfect family.

Aiden Lake adopted his institutionalized sister’s two daughters, and he’s a good dad. He works nights on websites and gets in his adult time twice a week at the Roasty Bean, where he meets with other single gay parents.

Devon Smithson wants to be a good dad now that his sixteen-year-old sister asked him to babysit her newborn… three months ago. But he’s overwhelmed with the colicky baby. An invitation to the daddy-and-kid gatherings at the café is a godsend. The pot is sweetened when his friendship with Aiden develops into more—maybe even something that can last.

But the mother who kicked Dev out for being gay wants to get her claws into the baby, and she doesn’t care if she tears Dev, Aiden, and everything they’re building apart in the process. recognising that sometimes love is right under your nose. I really liked Adam who’s just been dumped; he seeks refuge with his best friend, Finn. They go on holidays with each other and eventually fall in love with each other.

Review

 This is a sweet story; a little too sweet for me, to be perfectly honest.

Aiden belongs to a group of gay, single dads that meet in a coffee shop weekly. Devon is new to the group but he quickly fits in, explaining his situation – (his sister pretty much abandoned her baby with him). The story starts off well; the men get to know Devon, he gets to know the dads and their kids. And the banter within the group was fun.

Aiden and Devon hit it off almost immediately, so much so that he invites Devon and his son (Unicorn/Dylan) over for dinner. They chat, get to know more about each other, then progress to light flirting. The story is still charming at this stage.

When Devon and Aiden meet up again, (the next day?), Devon is invited to stay the night – purely so that both men can get some adult time together to talk, not necessarily to hook up. This is where I had to suspend the natural cynic in me and go with the flow. [Who would invite a virtual stranger to stay the night when you have kids?].

Meanwhile, Devon’s parents had thrown him out for being gay when he was a teen. Somehow, his mum manages to track him down and demands he give her baby Dylan. Devon is shaken and terrified, so he reaches out to Aiden, who drops everything to help him out. From here, the rest of the story is pretty syrupy sweet. Devon temporarily moves in with Aiden, they visualise the possibility of being a blended family, fall in love, get custody of Dylan, decide that Devon and Dylan move in permanently, propose marriage and live happily ever after. All in the space of a week? Phew!

I didn’t like how the situations with how the sister was found to sign over custody or how Devon’s mum magically stopped harassing Devon after their second encounter were never explained.

Despite my gripes, I liked this very low angst story. I think it may be a set up for more stories, but it lacked a certain credibility for me. If there are more, I hope they have a bit more bite. The kids were a nice touch, especially Aiden’s daughter, Lindsay – kids are so accepting of anything done with love.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Kink Month: Depth of Field (Last Chance #1) by Riley Hart

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Blurb

Shane Wallace has made a decent life for himself in Last Chance. He built his own home on his mom’s property to take care of her, owns an automotive repair shop, and when he wants to get laid, Portland isn’t too far away. Not too shabby for the boy who spent his childhood getting bullied and feeling alone. Shane’s content to leave his past behind him…until one of his childhood tormentors comes back to town.

Maxwell Sullivan never planned to step foot in Last Chance again. Here, he was Maxwell, a teen who suffered in silence while everyone thought he had the perfect life. Now, he’s “Van,” the erotic artist and photographer. He’s only here to help his mom tie up some loose ends after his father’s death and to apologize to Shane. After that, he’s heading back to LA for good.

Shane never thought he’d have anything in common with Maxwell, but there’s a depth to Van that surprises him. Van knows what it feels like to be alone. He sees Shane in ways no one else does. There’s a shared connection neither can deny. Somehow, despite their rocky history, they get each other.

It’s not long before the two are so drawn to each other that they tumble into bed—sometimes with Van’s camera involved. Their chemistry in and out of the bedroom is undeniable. Except nothing is ever black and white. Shane can’t leave his mom and Van’s life is in LA. With two different lives pulling them in opposite directions, their picture-perfect ending might not be in the cards.

Review

This is the Riley Hart I fell in love with the first time I read Collide!

Riley has an amazing ability to tell the story of two guys finding love where it really shouldn’t “be”. There’s no way Shane and “Van” should get along and there’s no way Shane could ever forgive Van and there’s no way Van would ever be willing to compromise… but somehow they do!

I really appreciate the fact that Riley has the writing chops to make the reader believe in these guys and their story. There are no gaping plot holes, no giant suspensions of disbelief, just a few well placed “human” moments where people bend and flex enough to allow for something that normally wouldn’t happened to happen.

In addition to giving us a really believable story, she has also given us an amazingly tender, thoughtful and SUPER SEXY story!

Shane’s mother’s struggle is so real and I found myself rooting for her just as much as for the boys.

While I couldn’t understand Van’s mother or her situation much, I appreciated the fact that there was no “miracle cure” to be found, and that sometimes you just get what you get.

I am including this review in my “kink” month because I think that Shane has a definite “exhibitionism” kink. While he might not admit it (yet!) he likes to be watched and loves having his picture taken especially when having sex. I think this book had some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve read in a Riley Hart book (writing alone).

 

This is a book you can’t put down and I loved it very, very much. Highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars
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Out of the Ashes by Ari McKay

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/out-of-the-ashes-by-ari-mckay-8594-b

Blurb

In their differences, they’ll find strength—and love.

Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond returns from a fishing trip to discover a nasty surprise—five members of his pack murdered and the rest missing. He needs help locating and rescuing his pack mates, but the supernatural council in Asheville, North Carolina, turns him away.

Except for one man.

As they work together, Eli is stunned—and not especially thrilled—to discover half-elf Arden Gilmarin is his destined mate. But as Arden and his friends struggle to help Eli in his quest, Eli surrenders to the demands of his body—and his heart. They’ll need to bond together, because the forces opposing them are stronger and more sinister than anyone predicted. The evil has its sights set on Arden, and if Eli wants to save his mate and the people he is entrusted with protecting, he’s in for the fight of his life.

Review by Beth

This story is set in an alternative world where, elves, witches, vampires, shifters and humans live side by side. So when a crisis in the paranormal community comes up Eli a shifter, turns to a counsel made up of said paranormal beings. Too bad there has been peace in the region for many a year and the counsel disbelieves it, or are unsure how to help or proceed, except Arden a half elf. The story takes off from there with a few twists and turns along the way.

We have Fated Mates not jumping each other’s bones for over half the book. Add in demons and possessed shifters, with some magic thrown in. The demon hunters and demons were not described very well for me., but the rest of the story flowed well and entertained me in one sitting.

The author’s descriptions of the houses and views from the houses windows are as much part of the story as the character interactions. It’s a great imagination inspiration and leads you to some of the choices the characters make.

So I recommend this as a good shifter and paranormal read, with good story telling and great characters.

4 of 5 stars
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Review by Morgan

OMG this was so unexpected! I’m not sure what I thought this was going to be – exactly – but what it is is a “city boy meets country boy” mixed with a bit of “fated mate but, I can’t have him”. There’s a terrific mystery – it’s actually pretty sad at times- and I’m usually not that interested in the mystery!

I loved all the various fantasy elements like the dryads and the very spiritual qualities that overlaid the basic philosophy – especially of Arden.  (I totally wanted to live in Arden’s house!)

The smexy times are smokin’- definitely a hotter than usual story for this line of books!

(My only complaint was that Eli’s language got a bit tedious – it was a bit too “good ol boy for me.)

I’m super excited to see more from this series!

Highly Recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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