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Blog Tour with Excerpt: Sweet Nothings by T. Neilson!

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Blurb:

 

Will a bitter bite from the past spoil a sweet romance?

 

Tristan Love, the youngest of seven brothers, is back in his hometown. He’s left the New York food scene and an abusive relationship behind him, but he holds his love of French pastries close to his heart and is determined to put his skills to use in a bakery of his own.

 

Returning to his childhood home means his meddlesome brother Simon will butt into his business, but before the bakery even opens its doors, Tristan’s delectable creations have the town’s mouths watering, and Jake, a cute mechanic, asks Tristan out. It all seems worthwhile….

 

That is, until the bakery burns down, Jake’s criminal past comes to light, and Tristan’s nasty ex rears his head where he is decidedly not wanted.

 

 

Book Details:

 

Release Date Apr 3, 2018

Type Novel

Genre MM Contemporary Romance

Words 63,173

Pages 248

ISBN-13 978-1-64080-248-3

File Formats epub, mobi, pdf

 

 

Buy Links:

 

Dreamspinner

Amazon

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Excerpt

 

EVEN at eleven and even close to the lake, the air outside the cold concrete garage was like a curtain of heat. The road shimmered under the sun, and the cars parked in front of the garage re ected the light until it was nearly blinding after the hours he spent in the dark con nes of the garage. Jake patted his pockets and realized he’d forgotten his sunglasses. Great. So Tristan has a date with a mole man.

He headed doggedly across the street to the bakery and stopped at the front door. The music was still blaring, and he knew from watching Christopher that knocking would probably make his knuckles sore and nothing else. Jake ducked around the corner and into the alley where the café and the bakery’s delivery doors both still stood open. He avoided the café door and let himself into the bakery without bothering to knock.

The back-of-house kitchen and of ce were empty. The big work table where he’d tasted the tarts stood scrubbed clean, and the dishwasher was hissing and steaming and gurgling through a cycle. It seemed likely that Tristan would be nearby. Jake wandered through the kitchen and into the front-of-house area where, oh yeah, there was Tristan. He took a moment just to appreciate the sight in front of him.

Tristan was assembling the shelves. At least that’s what Jake gured he was trying to do. He was in the middle of the oor, all the tables and chairs pushed out of the way to make space for the spars and beams of the shelving unit. And the bakery—what with the brick oven, and it being summer, and the shimmering heat, and the dishwasher running, and the fridges running, and one door closed—was pretty warm. Tristan had stripped to the waist, which gave Jake a view of his back, the V descending toward his hips, and the way his jeans clung to his ass. He was on one knee, facing away from Jake, and it would have been very nice to walk up behind him, slide his arms around those hips, and maybe nuzzle the short hair at the back of his neck a little.

Jake made a low noise in the back of his throat, but the music was loud, and Tristan didn’t seem to hear it. Besides, he was completely engrossed in the diagram of the shelves that he was holding in his hand. He was frowning at it, and even from a distance, Jake could see he’d mistaken one of the side pieces for a top piece.

“Hey,” Jake said at last. Tristan jumped.

“Christ,” he yelped as he spun around. “Don’t sneak up on a guy when he’s putting furniture together.”

“Sorry.” Jake leered. “I was enjoying the view.”

Tristan glanced down at himself and then back at Jake. Pink blossomed, rst in his face, and then his neck, and then….

“Oh Jesus,” Jake murmured. “Does that beautiful blush go all the way down?”

Tristan mouthed something and then laughed softly. He looked at himself, suddenly shy, and then, just when Jake wondered if he’d moved too fast, Tristan looked up again and met Jake’s eyes. “Maybe you should check,” he murmured.

 

About the Author: T Neilson writes flirty, silly, contemporary m/m romance featuring recovering addicts, mental health problems, and abuse survivors. Honestly, honestly, the books are silly. I swear.

 

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3.5 stars adult - 18+ Book Bullying coming of age Contemporary Dreamspinner Fake relationship Fantasies Friends to lovers Gay Homophobia m/m Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Re-Release Standalone

Release Day Review: Love You So Hard (Love You So Stories #1) by Tara Lain

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/love-you-so-hard-by-tara-lain-9492-b

Blurb

Third Edition

Craig Elson’s life has hit rock bottom. Even though he’s one of the best strategic planners around, a more confident guy takes credit for his work, and despite being a good-looking man, he suffers insults from the slimiest creep at the bar. Taking care of his beloved mom, who has Alzheimer’s, uses all his funds, leaving him in a plain, depressing car… and a plain, depressing life.

Until he sees gorgeous grad student Jesse Randall and his T-shirt that reads “I Would Bottom You So Hard.” The message seeps into Craig’s soul, and he asks Jesse to teach him to top.

Jesse’s had his eye on the quiet hottie who comes into the coffee shop, and he’s more than eager to perfect his tutoring. He sets out to get Craig a new job, a new apartment, and a new life so far outside plain and depressing that it’s unrecognizable.The problem is, Craig loves his lessons—and his teacher—too much to want to graduate. How can Craig reach the top without losing his sassy bottom?

First Edition published by Love Has No Boundaries, June 2013.

Second Edition published by Tara Lain, October 2013.

Review
First I want to say how lovely it is that Dreamspinner and Tara Lain are working together to get her older titles re-issued. They are such nice stories and I’d hate for them to disappear!

I like the new cover but kinda loved the original…. But that might just be sentiment.

I remember loving this when I first read it and thinking it was so sweet and quirky! I still love it and think it’s sweet and quirky but on this re-read I found myself a little put off by some of the dialog and how it didn’t seem to fit the characters … it seemed a little older than the guys ages in the story.

In any case, it’s still a sweet and funny and lovely story and I can’t wait for the sequel!

(As far as I could tell there was nothing new added to this version.)

3.75 of 5 stars

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6 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Author Provided Book Closeted Contemporary Established Couple Established Couple/Sequel Gay Gay m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series

Audiobook: Red Dirt Heart 4 by NR Walker Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Red-Dirt-Heart-4-Audiobook/B07B5G5PRT?ref=a_a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=QM848VD7ZYBJ22S9Y83C&

Blurb

Moving from a Texas ranch to an Australian Outback station was a life changing decision for Travis Craig. Though it wasn’t really a decision at all. Something in his bones told him to go, though he had no clue as to why.

Until he met Sutton Station’s owner, Charlie.

Loving Charlie shouldn’t have been easy. The man was stubborn, and riddled with crippling self-doubt. No, it shouldn’t have been easy at all. Yet somehow, falling in love with Charlie was the easiest thing in the world.

Loving him was easy. Living with him, teaching him how to love in return and, more importantly, how to love himself, was not.

But Travis knew all along it’d be worth it. He knew the man with the red dirt heart was destined to be his. Just like he knew the red dirt that surrounded him was where he was supposed to be.

In the final installment of the Red Dirt Series, we see Charlie through Travis’ eyes. We see how much he’s grown and how much he loves. We go back to Texas with them, and we see Charlie get everything he truly thought he never deserved.

Red Dirt Heart 4 is Travis’ story.

And this is the story of not just one red dirt heart, but two.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously:  http://kimichanexperience.com/red-dirt-heart-4-nr-walker/)

OMG! If you are following this series this entire book is just one big glorious epilogue to make your heart sing!

Told from Travis’ point of view, we see how our neurotic friend Charlie looks through the eyes of the man who loves him dearly. Charlie has come so very far… he is finally accepting the engagement… he dances in public with Travis… he will do the quiet PDA… he loves his extended family unconditionally and wants to spread that love to other kids (in the neighborhood and throughout)… he finally admits he is worthy of the love he receives and is willing to bank on it.

I won’t tell you the epilogue of this epilogue book but it’s so worth the wait!

This is an amazing end to an amazing series and I just loved it to pieces – 6 of 5 stars.

 

Audio

Joel is just magnificent. He moved me more than once from tears to laughter and back again.  He was such a fantastic choice for narrator and I’m so glad these two amazing artists (Joel and NR have joined forces.)  Perfection!

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Recent Release: Switching Places by Morticia Knight

Pride Publishing

https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/switching-places

Blurb
Tai wishes Master Lucas wasn’t such an adamant Top, but he’s also crushing on the sweetly submissive Elliot. Could he have it both ways?
Tai has hit a wall in life. From all outward appearances, he’s the guy who has everything—looks, personality and money. But the modeling gigs are drying up and he still hasn’t found that special someone to call his own. The part-time work at Kiss of Leather is quickly becoming full-time to prevent the drain on his dream-business savings.
Elliot fell for the stunning Tai from almost the moment he met him. If he wasn’t so self-conscious about the weight he’s recently put on, maybe he could work up the nerve to make a move. However, not only is he a virgin who’s never done a scene before working in a BDSM club, but he’s also sure that Tai has a thing for Master Lucas. There’s no way he could ever compete with the handsome silver fox.
When Master Lucas confesses to Tai that he doesn’t only see him as a hookup and offers him a contract, there are a ton of considerations. They both realize that serious compromises would have to be made for them to have a relationship. But what if they found a third, a sub who could bottom for Tai and also do TPE with Master Lucas? Once the idea takes hold, Tai knows just the perfect boy for them both. Even better? He’s right there at Kiss of Leather, and Tai can’t wait for Elliot to turn them all into a throuple.

Review
Tai is the spark between Lucas and Elliott. He is written so well, snarky, vocal and flamboyant. Lucas is solid, dominant and reserved. Elliott is shy, quiet and awkward. This story shows how the three men need each other to balance out a relationship that won’t work unless all three are in it.

Morticia Knight has brought character development and storytelling to a great level. She leads us through the 3 men learning to live and love together and does it in a way that keeps you turning the pages. All 3 men grow into the relationship as the story progresses and as a reader I was totally on board with how it all fit together.

The playroom scenes were hot and definitely keep your interest. But the emotional connections are what I really enjoyed.

4 of 5 stars

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Time to Laugh: Shiny! Audiobook by Amy Lane Narrated by Tyler Stevens

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/shiny-by-amy-lane-5174-b

Blurb:
Will Lafferty and Kenny Scalia are both having sort of a day. Will gets fired for letting fifth graders read Harry Potter, and Kenny finds his boyfriend and his sex toys in bed with a complete stranger. When Will knocks over Kenny’s trash can—and strews Kenny’s personal business all over the street—it feels like the perfect craptastic climax to the sewage of suckage that has rained down on them both.

But ever-friendly, ever-kind Will asks snarky Kenny out for a beer—God knows they both need one—and two amazing things occur: Kenny discovers talking to Will might be the best form of intercourse ever, and Will discovers he’s gay.

Their unlikely friendship seems like the perfect platonic match until Will reveals how very much more he’s been feeling for Kenny almost since the beginning. But Kenny’s worried. Will’s new-found sexuality is bright and glittery and shiny, but what happens when that wears off? Is Will’s infatuation with Kenny strong enough to stay real?

Review:

You can’t have a month devoted to “funny” and not include Amy Lane.  I find her books to be some of the most consistently “clever” and thus funny and witty.

This is known as Amy Lane “Lite”.  Instead of her very angsty material, this is one of the sweet and happy books she gives us now and then. 

The story is a mix of Will exploring his sexuality and the developing friendship and work relationship Will and Kenny have and then later their coming together as friends turned lovers. There are some doubts – is Will just with Kenny because he’s his first or is it real? Where will Will work? What about Kenny’s being on the rebound? However… For those of us who love a sappy ending – the ending of Shiny will knock your socks off!
The secondary characters in Shiny are also great – Aunt Cara- the lesbian bride, Will’s mom – trapped in the 1960s, Kenny’s ex – the big, dumb cheater and Kenny’s ultra liberal family – trying so hard not to judge Will.

In the audio format Tyler Stevens does a really nice job. He does swishy voices fantastically and I adore his female voices as well.  I think he is a true “performer” rather than “reader” and as such we get a lovely performance to enjoy.  

This is one of those times where the narration adds to the story and makes it even better. I highly recommend this audiobook.

4.5 of 5 stars
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Purchased for Review

Tags (whatever you can think of to describe the book in basic labels): teacher, GFY, virgin, weddings, comics, religion, cheating exes, friends to lovers

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3.5 stars adult - 18+ Beth Jumper Book College/University coming of age Contemporary Gay Gay Geek/Jock Geek/nerd/techie/gamer Gym/physical trainer Humor m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Purchased Sports Standalone Time to Laugh Track

Time to Laugh: Beauty and the Bookworm by Nick Pagent

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22052456-beauty-and-the-bookworm?from_search=true

Blurb

Mason Leery is a bookworm and he thinks he might just be able to get through life simply by reading about it instead of living it.

Until he meets Shane Beaumont. Shane is the opposite of Mason in every way, he’s beautiful, athletic, and lives his life to the fullest.

Sparks fly when the polar opposites come together, but it will be up to the bookworm to shut down his e-reader and go after the beauty if he wants to love someone outside the pages of a book.

 

 

Review

The author set this story up for laughs. Mason the stereotypical gay librarian, Twyla the flashy, slutty best friend, Gran a lesbian, motorcycle riding, foul mouthed grandmother and Shane the hunky, athletic, twin, boyfriend. And he does this all with Mason telling the story in a snarky, “can you just see this?” voice.

The first time Mason and Shane meet, you can’t help but laughing out loud! And the laughs just move on from there. Being from Portland myself I can see many of the locations highlighted and picture both the location and the events that happen.

The ending gives you a feel good feeling after a long string of laugh out loud moments.

3.5 of 5 stars

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6 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Audiobook Book Contemporary Cop/Crime Dreamspinner Established Couple/Sequel Gay Gay Hurt/comfort lawyer m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series

Audiobook: Red Fish, Dead Fish (Fish Out of Water #2) by Amy Lane Narrated by Greg Tremblay

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/red-fish-dead-fish-by-amy-lane-8738-b

Blurb

They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other.

Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the triggerman remains at large—and the body count is mounting.

Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens’s time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert. Hurt in a scuffle with drug-dealing squatters and trying damned hard not to grieve for a childhood spent in hell, Jackson is weak and vulnerable when Owens strikes.

Jackson gets away, but the fallout from the encounter might kill him. It’s not doing Ellery any favors either. When a police detective is abducted—and Jackson and Ellery hold the key to finding her—Ellery finds out exactly what he’s made of. He’s not the corporate shark who believes in winning at all costs; he’s the frightened lover trying to keep the man he cares for from self-destructing in his own valor.

Review
(Book Reviewed here Previously)

Now this is what I’m talkin’ about!

This is the story I was missing when I read book one, Fish Out of Water. The characters were there and the action was there, but I was really missing the feels and the romance.

Amy gives us these things here. We finally get to really plumb the depths of Jackson and Ellery’s feelings for one another and get some of the ooey gooey romance that I crave so much!

There is certainly still a lot of mystery and action going on, and I was so pleased by the romantic elements, too!

If you’ve read book one you’ll want to read this – even if book one wasn’t your favorite – I think this does a lot to make book one come together.

Highly recommended! (Not as a standalone!)

5 of 5 stars

Audio

Woot!  So Greg Tremblay is AWESOME and in addition to doing all the awesome he did for book 1, we get the bonus chapters Amy published in her blog and performed those too!  While he won’t replace Nick for me as far as Ace and Sonny – I did appreciate his version 😉

This was wonderful and definitely the best way to experience this story! (The ficlets are maybe the best part…;)

 

6 of 5 stars
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Meet the Men of Hidden Creek -Tour and Giveaway!

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Leave a comment and one lucky winner will get copies of all six books (as Mobi or ePub, your choice). All you need to do is share this blog post and comment to enter!

 

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5 stars adult - 18+ Author Provided Bi-Sexual Closeted Contemporary Gay Gay GFY/OFY Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mary D Medical Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Military Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series PTSD Single Parent Standalone Virgin

Release Day Review: Storm by HJ Welch

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Good Reads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39671696-storm#other_review

Blurb
*I can’t do this without you*

Chase Williamson was never meant to be a dad. Like it or not, though, he’s now the sole guardian of five-year-old Lyla and terrified of messing it up. He needs help, but who wants to rescue a high school dropout? Certainly not the gorgeous newcomer in town, even if he is an ex-Marine.

Hunter Duke is looking forward to a small-town life to drive away his demons. Maybe meet a nice girl? Adopting a puppy begins to fill the hole in his heart, but it’s an unlikely friendship with Chase and his daughter that really starts to make Hidden Creek feel like home.

When social services threaten to take Lyla away, Hunter knows he’ll do anything to prove that this town is wrong about Chase. Could it be that this is the family he was searching for all along?

Welcome to Hidden Creek, Texas, where the heart knows what it wants, and where true love lives happily ever after. Every Men of Hidden Creek novel can be read on its own, but keep an eye out for familiar faces around town! This book contains a three-legged puppy with attitude, a long-awaited comeuppance, and enough kisses to mend any broken heart

Review
I like the way HJ Welch’s stories make you feel good about life and that no matter how bad things seem there is hope. Chase has been belittled all his life by his Father and expects it from everyone he meets. His lack of self confidence meant he never spent much time with his daughter Lyla. Until that unfortunate day Lyla’s mother died and he has to become a real dad. Hunter is looking for a new start and Hidden Creek is just the place to do it. Both of them need support from someone special in their lives and they find each other a just the right time. This is a wonderful feel good book and I loved it.
Storm is part of a group of books written by different authors all centred around the town of Hidden Creek. Each book can be read as a stand-alone but the characters pop up in the different books. I’m quite intrigued and will be following them.

5 of stars out of 5

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Release Day Review: Kiss Me Forever by M.J. O’Shea

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/kiss-me-forever-by-mj-oshea-9454-b

Blurb

Forever is too long to be alone.
Professor Avery Cook has spent his career researching the mysterious side of New Orleans. Superstitions, legends, and lore—Avery has an academic explanation for all of them….
Until one night when he walks into a bar and his life changes.
In a sea of impossibly beautiful people, Tyson stands out, and he sweeps Avery off his feet with his old-world charm and romanticism. But there’s a darkness in Tyson too, and Avery discovers Tyson is part of a world he thought existed only in books and stories—the paranormal tales he studies at the university.
Tyson’s been lonely for a long time, and he’s falling in love with Avery. But his past is a long one, and it’s full of enemies and danger. The best way to keep Avery safe is to push him away….

Review

I loved the “magic” in this and the interesting twist on an old tale. The setting – New Orleans – fits the story oh so well. I loved the professor as the “younger” MC in this scenario!

I wasn’t super compelled by the dilemma and I was a bit confused by the stumbling blocks but thought the romance was sweet and the paranormal aspect interesting.

I would definitely read more from this “world”.

3.5 of 5 stars

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