5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary DA Firefighters Friends to lovers Gay Gay Heat Index Homophobia Hurt/comfort m/m Medical Mid level angst Morgan NetGalley Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Scorching/high heat Stalker/Abusive Ex Standalone

On Duty (Smoke & Bullets #1) by A.R. Barley

Carina Presents


Number one rule for a firefighter: never take your eyes off the flame. Male/male author A.R. Barley is back with a new contemporary romance series.

Former marine and seasoned firefighter Troy Barnes has always kept his sex life on the down low, until he takes back-to-back hits: physically injured in a suspicious warehouse explosion and emotionally blindsided when he’s ditched by his boyfriend. When a flirty young paramedic offers him a place to crash, Troy’s not so willing to give in. He’s never needed help before. But if anyone can break through his tough-guy act, it’s Alex Tate.

Alex has crushed on Troy since the minute he saw him. Now here he is, stripped of his turnout gear and recuperating in Alex’s bed. The tattooed hero may be a fantasy-come-true, but Alex wants more than rebound sex—and he’s not sure Troy’s ex is gone or forgotten.

As each night brings them closer together, Troy realizes there’s more to Alex than he’d ever imagined. And with an arsonist loose in Manhattan, neither he nor Alex realizes just how combustible things are going to get.

This book is approximately 64,000 words

Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Deborah Nemeth

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!


This was really, really good! It had so many things that I love. Firefighters, paramedics, a funny family, some denial, the right opportunity, a dangerous setting and the chance for one MC to constantly take care of the other MC’s boo-boos!

Troy and Alex are a great couple and their romance felt really natural and proceeded in a way that felt appropriate. They had wonderful chemistry and the other “story” about the arsonist was involving without being overwhelming.

I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to more in this series!

5 of 5 stars


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A Tour/Guest Post/Blitz

On Solid Ground by Quinn Anderson Blog Tour and Giveaway!


Thanks for joining me on my book tour! I’m Quinn Anderson, author of the Murmur Inc. series, and I’m here to share some inside information about On Solid Ground, coming out New Year’s Day, 2018. Stay tuned to hear about the inspiration for this novel, get some fun facts, and learn more about the characters. Leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win a $10 Riptide Publishing gift card!


About On Solid Ground


Chance Crawford and Kit Gibbons are on the cusp of an epic office romance. After months of saying hi in the elevator and making small talk at parties, they’re both dying to make a move. Too bad neither of them can work up the courage. Nerdy, risk-averse Chance is waiting for Kit to give him a sign, whereas Kit’s too afraid of being out in his professional life to date the cutie from IT. If only one of them could find the proper motivation, their shaky flirtation could become something real.


Then an earthquake rocks their city. They band together to help others escape, until an aftershock leaves them trapped in a collapsing office building with little hope of survival. The very earthquake that brought them together could also tear them apart.


Drunk on fear and adrenaline, passions run high, but how can they think about romance when any minute could be their last? They’ll have to face danger, themselves, and each other before they can get back on solid ground.


Available now from Riptide Publishing!


About Quinn Anderson


Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.


A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. Her girlfriend swears her sense of humor is just one big Joss Whedon reference. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life, and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Yuri on Ice, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Buffy, and more. Growing up, while most of her friends were fighting evil by moonlight, Anderson was kamehameha-ing her way through all the shounen anime she could get her hands on. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and Tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her.


Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, playing fetch with her cat, screwing the rules, watching Markiplier play games she’s too scared to play herself, and catching ’em all.


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To celebrate the release of On Solid Ground, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 6, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!



5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Established Couple Established Couple/Sequel Gay Gay Heat Index m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Race/Species Difference Shifter

Audiobook: Buried Bones By: Kim Fielding Narrated by: John Solo


Dreamspinner Presents


The Bone Series, Book 2

Werewolves don’t have a how-to manual – nor do men embarking on a new life together.
It’s been a few weeks since Dylan Warner wolfed out and killed Andy, the crazed werewolf who originally turned him and later tried to murder Chris Nock. Architect Dylan and handyman Chris are still refurbishing Dylan’s old house as they work out the structure of their relationship. They come from very different backgrounds, and neither has had a long-term lover before, so negotiating their connections would be challenge enough even if Dylan didn’t turn into a beast once a month.
To make matters worse, Dylan’s house is haunted, and events from both men’s pasts are catching up with them. Dylan has to cope with the aftermath of killing Andy, and Chris continues to suffer the effects of a difficult childhood.
In his quest to get rid of the ghost, Dylan rekindles old friendships and faces new dangers. At the same time, Chris’s father makes a sudden reappearance, stirring up old emotions. If Dylan and Chris want to build a lasting relationship, they’ll have to meet these challenges head-on.


This is a sequel in that it literally picks up right where book 1 left off, not a standalone. Our couple is still working through a bunch of “issues” and yet there is a new external struggle for them to overcome as well.

Luckily, our couple does not ever come to question their relationship, but instead grow closer and more deeply in love.

Kim Fielding is an amazing writer and she has given us a great couple with a lot of chemistry and some really fascinating “life with a werewolf” issues to maneuver. She does a great job with world-building and the additional struggle is actually pretty exciting as well.

This is definitely the case where both books 1 and 2 are wonderful – no curse of the sequel here!

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars


Nick J Russo narrated book 1 and I was disappointed to see he didn’t do this one as well. However, John Solo surprised me with how well he handled this and I absolutely loved his version of Dylan – so growly and yummy!

In general I think the same narrator is best, but Solo did a good enough job that I can still highly recommend this as an audiobook.

5 of 5 stars


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3 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Book co-workers to lovers Contemporary Cop/Crime Dreamspinner Enemies to Lovers Fated Mates Gay Gay Heat Index Humor Little to no angst m/m Mary D Mild/low level heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Shifter Standalone vampire

Song and Key by Alix Bekins and Connie Bailey

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

So-called monsters won’t hold these spies back!

For two secret agents on a mission to a secluded Romanian village, the toughest fight they face may not be against the folktale monsters lurking in the foggy mountains and old ruins, but against their unlikely attraction to each other.

Keller Key is the top operative at the covert Global Law Enforcement Network—and boy does he know it. Sexy half-Ukrainian, half-Korean Sevastyan Song is a close second. When the agents go undercover to investigate an old friend’s suspicious death, it soon becomes clear something sinister is afoot in the ancient forest and decrepit abbey. If an evil organization doesn’t spell the end of them, the angry locals might. But if they’re going to conquer their enemies, they need to keep their hands off each other and their minds on the case, in a rivals-to-lovers paranormal mash-up that gives new meaning to spy-on-spy action

When I started reading Song and Key I thought this is just going to be an an adventure story investigating suspected paranormal activity. Well it sort of is but it has more much more. I’ve always liked a good spy thriller and Song and Key is a nice tongue in cheek one. The authors have achieved their goal in giving this story all the unlikely elements of spy TV shows such as the man from UNCLE. The two main characters Sev Song and Keller Key have an amusing antagonistic relationship. I admit I didn’t identify the top baddie and was caught up with the obvious baddies. I enjoyed this light hearted spy/romance/paranormal story and look forward to more adventures with Song and Key.

3 of stars out of 5


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