Dragon’s Hoard by MA Church

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dragons-hoard-by-ma-church-8822-b

Blurb

To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured.

A hundred years ago, werewolf Alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation—he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget—or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an Omega, Avery knows he is basically useless to his pack, so he might as well agree. He soon has second thoughts, though. Warwick is fearsome, and he’s free to do as he likes with Avery.

Warwick knows his race’s reputation, and he even admits some of it is deserved. But he’d rather cut off his tail than let his innocent mate’s light go out. It won’t be easy, but buried deep, there’s something between them worth safeguarding.

 

Review by Morgan

This was just fun! No angst. Some cute dialog. Some magic. Some flying. Some super hot fated mate dragon sex! And some family BS – but really – most of this was just these two guys finding love and being cute together!

I loved every second of it and highly recommend it for shifter fans everywhere!

5 of 5 stars

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Review by Mary

Dragons and werewolves, sounds good to me. I liked that with this story shifters were part of society, albeit more wealthy because they’ve been around long enough to gather wealth. Even though they are not savvy with it! A Dragon money lender is just so perfect. I loved how being drawn to Avery didn’t deter Warwick from obtaining payment from Alpha Montgomery. He demands Avery, Alpha Montgomery’s Omega son, as part of the payment for a loan taken out 100 years ago. Avery and Warwick were made for each other. Avery is not a typical Omega. He is not an ornament and desperately wants more. When Warwick starts to romance Avery the attraction is palpable. I loved how Warwick’s softer side comes through and how defensive he gets but Avery sets him straight.

This is one couple I would love to revisit after a year or so just to see how married life treats them and whether Alpha Montgomery tries to take advantage of being related to a Dragon!

A lovely gentle fated mates love story, well written and highly recommend.

 

4 stars out of 5
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Back to School Month: Five Dares by Eli Easton

Coming October 2nd! To Riptide Publishing

http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/five-dares

Blurb

Andy Tyler has been the class daredevil since middle school. Over the years, he’s convinced his best friend, Jake Masterson, to perform some dangerous-looking stunts with him. But the dare they attempt on the night of their college graduation goes sideways. The firecrackers explode too soon and both of them end up with badly burned palms.

But hey, nothing gets the “terrible duo” down for long, and they recuperate in style at Andy’s family cottage in Nantucket. As the weeks go by, both Andy and Jake grow frustrated over the inability to use their hands for all sorts of daily activities—including getting off. So Andy begins a new series of dares that don’t just cross the friendship line, they obliterate it.

But what might be mere sexual relief to Andy is serious business to Jake, who only recently got over years of secret pining for his straight best friend. Inevitably, the burns heal, summer ends, and hearts are broken. To fix things, Andy will have to face the greatest dare of all.

Review

Wow! I was not expecting Eli Easton to write such HOT stuff! I’ve always been a fan of this author and always appreciated her way with chemistry, but she really doesn’t hold back anything with this! I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, there have been a couple of her recent books that got pretty steamy like: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29827939-a-second-harvest and https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33865025-snowblind

Anyhow, this is a great book for two guys finding love right under they’re noses. We’re given a series of back stories to fill in the “dares” and this showcases just how good of friends the two are and how close they’ve gotten over the years.

This was fun and steamy and great for fans of the “friends to lovers” trope.

4.5 of 5 stars

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The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale Blog Post and Giveaway!

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About The Love Song of Sawyer Bell

 

Victoria “Vix” Vincent has only two weeks to find a replacement fiddle player for her band’s summer tour. When classically trained violinist Sawyer Bell shows up for an audition, Vix is thrilled. Sawyer is talented, gorgeous, funny, and excited about playing indie rock instead of Beethoven. Their friendship soon blossoms into romance, even though Vix tries to remember that Sawyer’s presence is only temporary.

 

Sawyer’s parents think she’s spending the summer months touring Europe with a chamber ensemble. But Sawyer is in dire need of a break from the competitiveness of Juilliard, and desperately wants to rediscover her love of music. Going on tour with her secret high school crush is just an added bonus. Especially when Vix kisses her one night after a show, and they discover that the stage isn’t the only place they have chemistry.

 

But the tour won’t last forever, and as the summer winds down, Sawyer has to make a tough decision about her future—and what it means to follow her heart.

 

Now available from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/the-love-song-of-sawyer-bell

 

About Avon Gale

 

Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal Midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert, and will never say no to candy.

 

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

 

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To celebrate this release, one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback copy of The Love Song of Sawyer Bell! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 30, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

 

Back To School Month: Rim Shot by Skylar M Cates

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/rim-shot-by-skylar-m-cates-8880-b

Blurb

Can college roommates go from friends to lovers?

Kyle: I’m confident that with hard work, my position as point guard can carry me from rural Indiana to the NBA. I also know I’m attracted to guys, but admitting it might disappoint my father, who is all I have in this world. I have big dreams, so I’ll stay in the closet. As long as my life remains scandal-free, I have a shot.

Micah: My large family can’t spare the money to help with my education, but that won’t stop me from studying medicine. I needed to get out of the house I was sharing with my ex before I went insane. Luckily, I heard about a guy looking for a roommate. Living with a straight jock won’t be easy, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.

Review

I thought this was really sweet. There is a lot of “learning sex” in this book but it’s done well and with the feels that should accompany it. I thought it felt pretty organic and authentic and wasn’t too much of a stretch to believe.

I really bonded with these guys and enjoyed watching their story emerge.

All in all this was sweet and enjoyable and I highly recommend it to fans of college/GFY/OFY stories.

4.5 of 5 stars

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By Fairy Means or Foul by Meghan Maslow

release day review

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Means-Foul-Starfig-Investigations-ebook/dp/B074M4WNTV/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1503806287&sr=1-1&keywords=by+fairy+means+or+foul

Free on KU!

Blurb

 The last thing half-dragon, half-fairy private investigator Twig Starfig wants to do is retrieve a stolen enchanted horn from a treacherous fae, but there’s no denying the dazzlingly gorgeous unicorn who asks Twig to do just that. Literally, no denying, because compelling the reluctant detective is all part of a unicorn’s seductive magic.

To add to his woes, Twig is saddled with the unicorn’s cheeky indentured servant, Quinn Broomsparkle. Dragons are supposed to want to eat humans, but Twig’s half-dragon side only wants to gobble up Quinn in a more . . . personal way. Making matters worse, it’s obvious the smokin’ hot but untrustworthy sidekick is hiding something. Something big. And not what’s in his trousers. In the PI business, that means trouble with a capital Q.

Throw in gads of zombies, a creepy ghost pirate ship, a malfunctioning magic carpet, and Twig’s overbearing fairy father’s demands to live up to the illustrious Starfig name. Naturally, an old but abiding enemy chooses this time to resurface, too. Those inconveniences Twig can handle. The realization he’s falling for a human who isn’t free to return his affections and whose life may hang on the success of his latest case?

Not so much.

Review:
I absolutely loved this story! It has everything I love – 1st person POV, humour (snarky, sly), fairytale fantasy (the character names are so good- Broomsparkle, Rainbowpebbles, Brandsome), engaging storyline, wonderful characters and a HEA. There is so much to love about this book. On the heroes side we meet Twig and Quinn. Twig is a half dragon-fairy private investigator with a slight chip on his shoulder (he’s small for a dragon, but large for a fairy, so he doesn’t fit into either world). Quinn, is an indentured servant, and belongs to Brandsome, (a shady unicorn). Brandsome needs something of his recovered and asks Twig to retrieve it for him.

The initial interaction between Twig and Quinn is very funny, and only gets better throughout the book. On the villain side, we have Brandsome, Rainbowpebbles and Twig’s bylaw-spouting dad. Believe it or not, the ‘villains’ were also funny in their own way.

The story isn’t all rainbows and fun, there are issues involving indentured servitude/slavery, discrimination (when you don’t fit in) and trust. But these are addressed and the situations blend in to give the story substance. Add the odd assortment of other characters- a ghost parrot, a red demon and a host of giants and you’ve got a fantastic story.
This is one of my favourite books already. I’d describe it as a fairytale romp and recommend this without reservation.

5 out of 5 stars!

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Rank & File by LA Witt Blog Post and Giveaway!

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About Rank & File

Senior Chief Will Curtis is as straitlaced as they come. While his fellow Sailors have partied their way through their enlistments, he’s had his eye on the prize—making master chief and retiring after thirty years of service.

Lieutenant Brent Jameson is a Navy brat turned Annapolis grad. He’s lived and breathed the military his whole life, and he knows he’s destined for great things—once he’s done paying his dues at the bottom of the ladder.

When their paths cross, both men know better than to give in to temptation, but that doesn’t stop them. It also doesn’t keep them from coming back for more, even though being discovered would sink their careers. Something has to give—Will can retire, Brent can resign, or they’ll both face court-martial.

But there’s also the option neither wants to acknowledge: jump ship and walk away from each other instead of ending their careers over a fledgling relationship. And they should probably decide before they fall in love.

Except—too late.

Now available from Riptide Publishing! http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/rank-and-file

 

About the Anchor Point Series

Welcome to Anchor Point!

Nestled on the northern coast of Oregon, this small town is home to Naval Air Station Adams. On base, you’ll find freshly minted Sailors who’ve just graduated boot camp, salty officers counting down till retirement, grounded pilots who’ve landed behind desks, and everyone in between—and they’re all looking for love. Well, not all of them, but that won’t stop love from finding them.

So pull up a barstool, grab a beer, and get ready for some sea stories as these men in uniform—or not—navigate the waters of love and life in the military.

Anchor Point stories can be enjoyed in any order. Hop in wherever you’d like!

 

http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/series/anchor-point

 

About L. A. Witt

 

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

LA.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).

 

To celebrate the release of Rank & File, one lucky winner will receive their choice of two eBooks off L. A. Witt’s backlist (excluding Rank & File) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 30, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

 

Back To School Month: The Rebuilding Year Audiobook by Kaje Harper Narrated by Gomez Pugh

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Rebuilding-Year-Audiobook/B075QL61GS/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1506049025&sr=1-1

Blurb

Losing nearly everything leaves room for the one thing they can’t live without.

A few excruciating minutes pinned in a burning building cost Ryan Ward his job as a firefighter, the easy camaraderie of his coworkers, his girlfriend, and damn near cost him his left leg. Giving up, though, isn’t an option. Compared to the alternative, choosing a new profession, going back to school, and renting a room from the college groundskeeper are simple.

Until he realizes he’s falling in love with his housemate, and things take a turn for the complicated.

John Barrett knows about loss. After moving twice to stay in touch with his kids, he could only watch as his ex-wife whisked them away to California. Offering Ryan a room seems better than rattling around the empty house, but as casual friendship moves to something more, and a firestorm of emotions ignites, the big old house feels like tight quarters.

It’s nothing they can’t learn to navigate, though. But when dead bodies start turning up on campus—and one of the guys is a suspect—their first taste of real love could go up in smoke.

Product Warnings
Contains two hot men wrestling with a shift in their sexuality, as well as a few positions probably listed in the Gay Kama Sutra. But it’s not all about the hot and sweaty—especially when your previously straight life knocks on the door and comes back to visit.

Review
(Book previously reviewed here: http://kimichanexperience.com/the-rebuilding-year-by-kaje-harper/)

Ryan is a med student, former fireman who was injured in the line of duty, looking for a cheap place to stay while studying. He meets John on campus where John does the maintenance for the university. John is recently divorced father of two who is looking for a friend and someone to share expenses.

John and Ryan quickly become great friends and find themselves inexplicably attracted to one another as more than friends. Neither has identified as gay before but are suddenly seeing the other as very attractive.

There are a lot of hurdles. Neither is willing to jump into this without being sure of their feelings. Ryan has scars on his body that makes him leery of opening himself up to anyone. John’s wife and family aren’t going to see this as something to embrace. And – there’s a dead body found on campus and John is a suspect!

With a lot of careful movements forward and some deep discussion the couple explore their new feelings and in the end find a deep and abiding love.

**

This was one of the first mm books I ever read and I have re-read it dozens of times! I absolutely loved it. It’s a double GFY, both male “virgins” and they are so very sweet with each other! Kaje Harper is an amazing writer, she carefully crafts their relationship so that it is believable and romantic and yet full of realistic challenges and day to day hurdles.

I can’t recommend this book enough and I am ever so excited to read the sequel (finally!)!

6 of 5 stars

Audio

It’s so funny how different (sometimes) a book can “hit” you when you listen to it rather than read it. This was one of my all time favorite books because it does such a nice job of really exploring “gay for you” and now that I know more about sexuality, I think John is probably more “demisexual” than bi or gay. I think Ryan is probably bisexual – not that any of this matters, but I was noticing how frustrated I got when both men jumped on to the “I’m gay now” bandwagon, when really… they probably aren’t.

In any case, I also noticed how much John annoyed me with his letting Cynthia get away with murder… and how wishy washy he was at times – well – they both were at times…

But… Gomez Pugh is one of those delightful narrators who could read me (probably) any book and I’d at least be entertained if not love it! He’s a great voice actor and really knows how to handle emotions and timing.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this and couldn’t stop once I started.

Highly Recommended!

6 of 5 stars

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The Half Wolf by Jay Northcote

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Half-Wolf-Jay-Northcote-ebook/dp/B075WYY8HF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506536970&sr=8-1&keywords=half+wolf+jay+northcote

Free on KU!

Blurb

Mate, family, pack, home… can Quinn and Kellan have it all?

Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.

Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight—and scent—of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates?

Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.

Length: 65.000 words approx
Standalone story

Review

It’s great when authors extend their comfort zones into new territory and (I think) this is one of those cases. Jay is a great writer and who always delivers a solid story with a lot of chemistry and feels. In this case, we get that and some rather interesting social commentary on how anyone “different” is made to feel less-than and whether it’s on purpose or not – prejudiced against.

In this world, shifters are known to humans, and are treated poorly by most. (Which is crazy when you consider how that could backfire!) But – in an effort to avoid more bloodshed, both parties are attempting to keep the peace.

Quinn is a human – but special – and he has no bias against shifters, but rather a fascination with them.

Kellan, who is passing through town, falls for Quinn – and while it’s not a typical “mine, mate” type of thing – his attraction goes above and beyond the norm.

Unfortunately, the two societies cannot intermix (I’m not sure why) and so the two star-crossed lovers angst over how they can be together – until a surprising twist allows them more freedom.

**

I thought this was very entertaining and a lot of fun. The writing is sharp – as usual – and the pacing quick and kept me turning pages.

I wanted to know more about the society and what had happened in the past to create the situation the boys found themselves in – as well as what was going to happen to them in the future.

I loved the HEA and I hope Jay writes more from this world in the future!

4.25 of 5 stars

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October’s Theme: Spoooky! Featuring Jordan L Hawk!

It’s that time of year again!!!

This year, in addition to featuring (at least) one “spooky” title each day, we’re also going to feature the amazing Jordan L Hawk!

 

Her amazing paranormal series: Whyborne and Griffin

Spectr

and Hexworld help to bring our imaginations to life!

 

Look for some of these titles and more!

Throughout the month, commenters who tell us about their favorite Halloween or Fall Traditions or whom comment on the featured review, will be entered to win prizes from Jordan L Hawk’s own Swag Pile as well as a drawing for $15 from Dreamspinner Press!

 

 

Back to School Month: Something Like Spring Book 4 Audiobook by Jay Bell narrated by Kevin R Free

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Something-Like-Spring-Audiobook/B00UO03PZ8/ref=a_search_c4_1_6_srTtl?qid=1505922174&sr=1-6

Blurb

Nothing in this world is permanent. Friends, lovers, even family can all
disappear in the blink of an eye. Without these anchors, it’s all too easy
to find oneself drifting.

Jason Grant doesn’t have much, aside from a beat-up old guitar and knack
for getting kicked out of foster homes. His latest placement is set to be
just another in a long line of failures. Then he meets Caesar Hubbard, a
handsome guy who lives down the hall. For the first time in his life,
Jason wants to stay, which means learning to be part of a family, and not
letting his feelings – or his actions – ruin his first real chance of
falling in love.

Something Like Spring introduces a new character to the Seasons story, one
with a troubled past and an equally turbulent future. Jason must traverse
a winding road fraught with emotional conflicts and tough decisions – a
road that might just lead to a certain couple in Austin.

Review

The Something Like series continues, taking the story into new territory
with a new generation of young men looking for love and happiness.
The original three books were all telling one big story of the love
triangle between Ben, Tim and Jace, so I was curious how the series would
continue with a new protagonist. It works great with a new supporting cast
expanding with close ties to the original cast, so it’s a new direction
with lovingly familiar characters now stepping back from lead to
supporting roles.
Jason Grant has bounced from foster home to foster home ever since his
troubled mother lost custody of him as a young child. Jason refuses to
accept any of his new foster families, finding creative ways to make sure
they reject him sooner rather than later. Things change though with his
newest foster home when he meets his sexy bad boy new foster brother
Caeser Hubbard.
The Hubbard family have an interesting dynamic. Caesar is the only
biological child of the conservative family, who’ve taken in many other
foster kids over the years. They’ve adopted two other children, and while
they provide a good life, they’re also demanding high standards. Jason,
who’s wanting to stay in a home for the first time since he lost his first
home, struggles to fit in without losing his identity. Falling in love
with his conservative Christian foster parents’ darling son is a recipe
for disaster, especially when Jason discovers Caesar’s surprising secret
past.
Like all of Jay Bell’s books, there’s a real journey that takes the story
through years of love and loss. Jason’s situation changes and he meets
other young men whose lives will intertwine with his -hunky, sweet
William, fierce, difficult Kelly, muscle boy Nathaniel who refuses to love
or be hurt again – and they all get their own books to come.
Kevin R. Free’s youthful enthusiastic narration continues to bring the
story to life and makes the experience more enjoyable.

5 of 5 stars

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