Guest Post: JL Langley with My Fair Captain

OS: Welcome JL!

JL:
Hi everyone! I’m J.L. Langley. First let me say, I’m really happy to be here and I’d like to thank Open Skye Book Reviews for having me. I’m here to talk about re-release of my Sci-Regency series. Dreamspinner Press has picked the series up and will be releasing all three of the previous books plus three new additions to the series. I’m really excited to be working with Dreamspinner and re-editing the books. My Fair Captain is the first book in the Sci-Regency series and not only has it been extensively re-edited, but I’ve added a few new scenes to the story. I’d like to share with you one of my favorite scenes with some new stuff added. In this scene one of my heroes, Nate, is on his way to Townsend Castle to investigate a stolen weapons cache with his son, Trouble, in tow.

My Fair Captain Excerpt

Gazing out the window at the passing landscape, Nate felt like he’d been transported back in time to his youth. The whole thing seemed surreal—the clothes, the coach, everything. It brought conflicting emotions, and he found himself sitting more rigidly than normal. Whether it was his repressed “lord” surfacing or the assignment, he couldn’t say. The thing was, he’d never been what one would consider a pretentious lord, even when he was one, but this was a role, an acting job. The sooner he figured out who was in on the stolen weapons, the better.
A growl combined with a rustle of fabric brought his attention back inside the lift. He suppressed the urge to smile, knowing Trouble would only take it as encouragement. The kid had been fidgeting and bitching since they’d changed clothes on the space dock three hours earlier.
The pest was trying to gain his sympathy, but it wasn’t working. If Nate had to wear a waistcoat and cravat, so did Trouble. The kid should be thankful Regelence had a nice temperate climate, because there had been days on Englor when it was downright unbearable to be anywhere but lounging at home in the air-conditioning.
Squirming and nearly worming himself off the leather cushions, Trouble made agitated little grunts and groans.
“Stop fidgeting.”
Trouble snorted and fell to his side on the seat. Grabbing the fabric over his thighs, he tugged and wiggled, assumingly trying to ease his britches downward a bit. Soon enough one hand came up, yanking at the neckcloth, followed by melodramatic choking sounds. With much production, the kid finally slithered to the polished wood floor and glared up at Nate.
Nate raised a brow.
“Kill me now.” The pest’s arms flopped to his sides on the floor. His face screwed up, and he closed his eyes on a wail.
Nate’s lip twitched. The kid really did have a flair for dramatics—he was quite the drama queen. “What happened to ‘I’m super spy Double-o-Trouble’?”
The pale brows drew together, and one aquamarine eye cracked open. “That was before I was forced to wear smothering clothes. This rains meteors, Hawk.” Trouble clambered from the floor and back onto the seat with a sigh. “These pants are so tight my balls are practically in my throat. Or rather they would be if this noose I have around my neck wasn’t restricting the space in there.” He pulled at the starched white cloth around his collar again. “I don’t see why I have to wear this getup. I’m supposed to be a servant.”
“You’re a valet. How can you be expected to dress me, if you can’t even dress yourself?”
“I didn’t dress you. You dressed me.” He motioned to the cravat that Nate had tied into a cascade. “Why can’t I just go as your son?”
“Because a lord’s son does not flop around on the floor and complain about his unmentionable anatomy being in his throat.”
Trouble’s eyes widened. “Damn, Hawk, you sound like you have a stick up your ass.”
Nate turned back toward the window, studying the vibrant green grassy slopes and trees to keep Trouble from seeing his grin. “Lords don’t mention foreign objects up people’s arses either.”
“Just saying…,” Trouble groused. “Seriously, though, why can’t I just go as your son?”
Nate had considered it, but Carl had stressed that this mission was off the record. “It would take me longer to prepare you to act as a lord than to act as a valet.” Unless things had changed drastically since Nate had lived in a Regency society, the servants were much more forgiving of social faux pas than the aristocracy. Galaxy help him, he didn’t even want to think about Trouble at a ball. No telling what the kid would get up to. He couldn’t dance, which would leave socializing, and Trouble left to socialize? That was a scary thought. Their cover would be blown in a matter of minutes. Nate probably should’ve made him stay with Carl, but he already felt guilty about having to leave Trouble for an entire year after their vacation was up. And he was definitely not looking forward to that conversation. Running his hand down his beard, Nate looked back at Trouble. “If you can stay out of mischief and not talk about your balls or things in people’s asses, we’ll go do something fun after we get done here.”
Trouble perked right up and let go of his cravat, gaining perfect posture in an instant. “We’re not going to stay here the whole month?”
“I certainly hope not.”
“Can we go to the beach? We can swim and go surfing and….” His mouth opened wide, forming an O, and then he clenched his fists and waved them as he bounced in his seat. “No, wait! Let’s go hunting.”
“You want to shoot animals?” Last he’d heard, Trouble had an aversion to shooting “cute fuzzy creatures.” Except for birds. He had no love for birds after one crapped on his head when they’d gone mountain climbing last year.
“No. I just want to shoot fraggers and blow shit up.”
Nate groaned.
“Ohh, wait. I got it. We can combine the two. We can shoot things on the beach.”
He leveled a stare at Trouble.
“Whaaat?” Holding out his arms, Trouble somehow managed to appear innocent. “Then we can blow shit up and see half-naked guys.”
Nate shook his head and slashed his hand through the air, hoping to put an end to the conversation. “Watch your mouth. We’ll talk about it later, but only if you—”
Heaving a sigh, Trouble slouched back in the seat and started tugging at his clothes again. “I know, I know. No getting into trouble and no—hey, speaking of things up people’s asses—”
“Trouble,” he warned. He had no idea what the pest was about to say, but it certainly wasn’t the kind of talk the imp should use. It wasn’t at all proper, and he needed to be getting into character. Of course, it was Nate’s own fault, because the kid had been raised around sailors for most of his life.
“Whaaat? I’m just saying…. This is a gay society, right? So, does this mean I can find a boyfriend?”
“No, you may not.”

My Fair Captain Blurb

When Intergalactic Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins goes undercover to investigate the theft of an IN weapons stash, the mission raises painful memories from his past. Using a title he fled nearly two decades earlier, Nate once again becomes the Earl of Deverell, heir to the Duke of Hawthorne, in order to navigate the ins and outs of a Regency world. But planet Regelence—where young lords are supposed to remain pure until marriage—has a few surprises for Nate, not least of which is his attraction to Prince Aiden.

A talented artist, Prince Aiden Townsend isn’t interested in politics and the machinations of society gentlemen, and he adamantly rejects the idea of marriage and a consort. Aiden wants the freedom to pursue his art and determine his own future. But the arrival of the dashing and mysterious Deverell awakens feelings of passion and longing the young prince can’t deny.

As Nate uncovers a conspiracy reaching far beyond the stolen weapons, his future is irrevocably altered by the temptations of a life he never thought he could have. Drawn into the web of intrigue, Aiden is in danger of losing his life… and his heart.

Buy links:

eBook: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/my-fair-captain-by-jl-langley-9628-b

Paperback: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/my-fair-captain-by-jl-langley-9629-b

Author Bio:

J.L. Langley said her first words at six months of age. By the time she was a year old, she was talking in complete sentences and, as most of her family and friends will tell you, she hasn’t shut up since. After becoming an accomplished motormouth, J.L. set out to master other avenues of self-expression, including art, and dance.

She attended the University of Texas, where she majored in art, and worked as a dance instructor on the side. Her love of artistic expression in dance landed her a career in which she taught and performed for over twenty-five years. After marriage to her junior high school sweetheart and the birth of their children, J.L. decided to try her hand at writing. To date, she has several successful novels and a handful of novellas to her credit.

She lives in Texas, where she was born and raised, with her real life hero, their rowdy two boys, two even rowdier German Shepherds and ten goldfish, one of which is named Jaws. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book, appreciating the communication skills of other writers.

Social media links:

Website: www.jllangley.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjllangley

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jl_langley

Release Day Review: Wight Mischief by JL Merrow

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wight-mischief-by-jl-merrow-9635-

Blurb

A ghost of a chance at love.
Personal trainer Will Golding has been looking forward to a getaway with his best friend, Baz, a journalist researching a book on ghosts. But on the first day of their camping trip on the Isle of Wight, Will takes a walk on a secluded beach and spies a beautiful young man skinny-dipping by moonlight. Ethereally pale, he’s too perfect to be real—or is he?

Lonely author Marcus Devereux is just as entranced by the tall athlete he encounters on the beach, but he’s spent the years since his parents’ violent death building a wall around his heart, and the thought of letting Will scale it is terrifying. Marcus’s albinism gives him his otherworldly appearance and leaves him reluctant to go out in daylight, his reclusiveness encouraged by his guardian—who warns him to stay away from Will and Baz.

The attraction between Will and Marcus can’t be denied—but neither can the danger of the secrets haunting Marcus’s past, as one “accident” after another strikes Will and Baz. If they don’t watch their step, they could end up added to the island’s ghostly population.

Review
This book is a mystery with a gentle romance wrapped up within it. Whilst his best friend Baz is researching his book on ghosts Will meets enigmatic Marcus, a reclusive writer. Will doesn’t know that Baz has another story he’s investigating involving Marcus and his family. Both sides of the investigation dove tail together taking Will and Baz all over the Island. I loved the descriptions of places and attractions on the island, they evoke a wonderful atmosphere when reading those parts of the story. The beautiful coastline with rugged cliffs and sandy beaches, tales of the ghosts of smugglers and soldiers, pubs in historic settings. Makes me want to go there right now. The romance is full of English reserve, Will and Marcus don’t properly get together until towards the end but it was totally fitting with their characters and what was going on around them. The mystery side kept me entertained, the bad guy was obvious from the outset and it ws good seeing the characters playing catch-up. At times Baz provides the comic element, he’s a very self centred character and in that regard I didn’t like him. But you can see the depth of friendship between them. Overall I felt this was a very enjoyable story.

4 of stars out of 5


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Audiobook Month: Kidnapped by the Pirate By: Keira Andrews Narrated by: Cornell Collins

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Kidnapped-by-the-Pirate-Audiobook/B07C9ZD3DQ

Blurb

Will a virgin captive surrender to this pirate’s sinful touch?
Nathaniel Bainbridge is used to hiding, whether it’s concealing his struggles with reading or his forbidden desire for men. Under the thumb of his controlling father, the governor of Primrose Isle, he’s sailing to the fledging colony, where he’ll surrender to a respectable marriage for his family’s financial gain. Then pirates strike and he’s kidnapped for ransom by the Sea Hawk, a legendary villain of the New World.
Bitter and jaded, Hawk harbors futile dreams of leaving the sea for a quiet life, but men like him don’t deserve peace. He has a score to settle with Nathaniel’s father – the very man whose treachery forced him into piracy – and he’s sure Nathaniel is just as contemptible.
Yet as days pass in close quarters, Nathaniel’s feisty spirit and alluring innocence beguile and bewitch. Although Hawk knows he must keep his distance, the desire to teach Nathaniel the pleasure men can share grows uncontrollable. It’s not as though Hawk would ever feel anything for him besides lust….
Nathaniel realizes the fearsome Sea Hawk’s reputation is largely invented, and he sees the lonely man beneath the myth, willingly surrendering to his captor body and soul. As a pirate’s prisoner, he is finally free to be his true self. The crew has been promised the ransom Nathaniel will bring, yet as danger mounts and the time nears to give him up, Hawk’s biggest battle could be with his own heart.
Contains mature themes.

Review

This was so much fun! Leave it to Keira Andrews to put an m/m spin on the “Kidnapped” theme.

I really loved the self-actualization and personal growth as well as the smexy times and SUPER romantic story lines.

This felt time appropriate and seemed to be something that – given the high seas- could happen.

Cornell Collins is the perfect narrator for this and he did a tremendous job – as always. Definitely the best way to appreciate this story. He gives everyone unique voices and managed to be convincing even for the women!

 

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars

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Time to go Dark: Dax’s Desire (Avanti Chronicles Book 5) by Hannah Walker

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29873466-dax-s-desire?from_search=true

Blurb
The Avanti have made their way to Berinias, the capital and heart of Landran society. Not only is it King Kastain’s home ground, but it’s the seat of the Conclave’s power.
Dax finally gets to see Kastain in all his glory— regal, confident, powerful and downright sexy. As events unfold, Dax and Kastain realize everything happening with the Derin, with Martellon, Nestor and Teriva, is linked. Their enemies draw closer and the plots and machinations of the Conclave deepen. They just need to work out who is behind it all and what they hope to gain.
Kastain finds himself turning to Dax, the one person he seems to be able to count on more than anything. The bond between the two leaders is stronger than they expected, and they long for rare times alone so they can explore it. Instead their time is taken up trying to work out which Chieftains they can count on and who is attempting to undermine them at every turn.
When plots and betrayals run deep within the heart of the capital, who will succeed and who will pay the ultimate price?

Review
And the storyline continues!

With each of the previous books we have seen the political posturing of all the groups and in this story it all centers around the King , the Capital and the Avanti. Some questions are answered and more are asked. And while all of this is going on another of the Avanti finds the love of his life.

King Kastain and Avanti leader Dax are both strong personalities yet when they get the chance to be alone they really are both soft and caring men. With all the political intrigue weaved through the story there is also comic relief and also truly hot sex scenes.

Many questions are answered but nothing is truly solved. The story does end in a HEA for the couple, but those of us who are following series are waiting impatiently for the next book and the next set of clues to the ongoing storyline.

5 of 5 stars

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Guest Post: JL Merrow with Wight Mischief – Giveaway!

Hi, I’m JL Merrow, and I’m delighted to be here today as part of the blog tour to celebrate the release of Wight Mischief, a romantic suspense novel set on the island I grew up on, the Isle of Wight.

I’d like to share an exclusive excerpt from Wight Mischief with you today. This is from an early chapter, soon after Marcus and Will’s awkward first (official) meeting:

Marcus cursed under his breath as he stood on the beach, feeling like a complete idiot. If Will had had the slightest scrap of interest in Marcus, he’d have rung him. Or texted him, even, if he couldn’t get privacy for a phone call with that bloody parasite hanging off him all the time. He wouldn’t just go along to the beach at sunset on the off chance, Marcus told himself angrily, his flip-flops slipping on the shingle as he turned to head back to the staircase. He’d been there over an hour, feeling more and more pathetic as each minute ticked past. It had been a farfetched idea, and proof, if any were needed, that Marcus was a desperate, sad loser, an object of derision to anyone he embarrassed himself by trying to pick up….
“Hello!”
Spinning, Marcus felt his foot turn over on the stones. Pain jolted through his ankle, and he sat down heavily on the shingle. “Fuck!” God, was he destined to spend his entire life making an arse of himself in front of this man?
“Sorry! I didn’t mean to frighten you.” Will was at his side in an instant, crouching down unnervingly close.
Marcus flinched back, snapping out, “I wasn’t frightened!” The irony wasn’t lost on him.
“You scared the shit out of me the other night,” Will surprised him by saying. “I thought you were a ghost. I felt a right idiot afterwards. Want me to help you up?”
“I—no. Yes.” Marcus’s ankle was hurting like hell, but he could hardly spend all night on the beach.
“Right! Put your arm round my shoulder, then.” Will’s tone was matter-of-fact and vaguely bracing, like the sort of voice people on the telly always used when dealing with the elderly. “No—you’ll need to be on my left. So I can hear you, I mean.”
A firm, muscular arm snaked around Marcus’s waist, and he drew in a sharp breath.
“Are you all right? I didn’t hurt you, did I?” Will sounded worried.
“I’m fine, I—ow!” Apparently Marcus’s left ankle had lost all load-bearing capability. Will’s arm around him had started to engender interesting sensations, but the pain rather overpowered all that. “How the hell am I going to get back to the house?”
“’S all right, I’ll take you,” Will told him cheerfully.
“Are you always so bloody capable in a crisis?” Marcus snapped, the pain making him irritable. A moment later, he could have bitten out his tongue. Why did he always have to lash out like that?
Will didn’t seem annoyed, though. “Oh, usually, yes. Sorry.” He said it with an apologetic grimace.
“It’s not actually something to be embarrassed about,” Marcus muttered.
“Baz reckons it’s a lack of imagination.”
“Baz can keep his stupid, obnoxious opinions to himself!” Marcus stumbled slightly as Will stopped dead.
“You know, I could just leave you here,” he said.
Marcus cursed mentally in three languages. He hadn’t meant to upset Will. “Are you and Baz an item, then?”
“I—” Will was silent a moment. “Look, it’s complicated, all right? I mean, Baz and me, we’re not exactly—but we’ve known each other forever, you know?”
Marcus did know. Not from personal experience—but he did know. He just would rather not have known, that was all.
Will’s arm tightened around him. Which Marcus might have enjoyed, had it not appeared to be strictly for reasons of practicality. “Come on. Let’s get you home.” Will paused for a moment. “Um. The tunnel’s the shortest way by a long chalk—um, you know what I mean—but it’s going to be a bit hard going. Would you rather go the long way round, via the campsite?”
Marcus tensed. “The tunnel.”
It was a bloody nightmare. Getting up to the tunnel was bad enough—there was the railing to hold on to—but hopping up a thirty-foot staircase was exhausting. He’d had to take off his flip-flops and carry them, and the metal steps were hard and unyielding on his bare foot. Marcus would have liked to have taken the last flight by sitting down and shuffling up on his arse, but it would just have been too bloody humiliating. It was bad enough when Will offered to carry him, like he was some fainting damsel.
“Just let me have a rest, here,” he said, his voice thankfully just short of pleading, when they reached the top.
Will eased him down, and they sat on the platform looking out over the inky sea. All traces of sunlight had disappeared, and the gibbous moon was low over the water, casting its pale luster over the view.

Giveaway: I’m offering a prize of a $10 Dreamspinner Press gift certificate to one lucky commenter on the tour, who will be randomly chosen on Friday 15th June. Good luck!

 

Blurb

 

A ghost of a chance at love.
Personal trainer Will Golding has been looking forward to a getaway with his best friend, Baz, a journalist researching a book on ghosts. But on the first day of their camping trip on the Isle of Wight, Will takes a walk on a secluded beach and spies a beautiful young man skinny-dipping by moonlight. Ethereally pale, he’s too perfect to be real—or is he?
Lonely author Marcus Devereux is just as entranced by the tall athlete he encounters on the beach, but he’s spent the years since his parents’ violent death building a wall around his heart, and the thought of letting Will scale it is terrifying. Marcus’s albinism gives him his otherworldly appearance and leaves him reluctant to go out in daylight, his reclusiveness encouraged by his guardian—who warns him to stay away from Will and Baz.
The attraction between Will and Marcus can’t be denied—but neither can the danger of the secrets haunting Marcus’s past, as one “accident” after another strikes Will and Baz. If they don’t watch their step, they could end up added to the island’s ghostly population.
Available in ebook and paperback from Dreamspinner Press

Wight Mischief was previously published by Samhain, but has been completely re-edited and given a lovely new cover for this second edition by Dreamspinner Press.

Author Bio:

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again.

She writes (mostly) contemporary gay romance and mysteries, and is frequently accused of humour. Two of her novels have won Rainbow Awards for Romantic Comedy (Slam!, 2013 and Spun!, 2017) and several of her books have been EPIC Awards finalists, including Muscling Through, Relief Valve (the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries) and To Love a Traitor.
JL Merrow is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, International Thriller Writers, Verulam Writers and the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.

Find JL Merrow online at: https://jlmerrow.com/, on Twitter as @jlmerrow, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jl.merrow

Time to go Dark: Cut and Run Audiobook: By: Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban Narrated by Sawyer Allerde

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/Cut-and-Run-Audiobook/B003POLGU6?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_2&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=KVYFY2WFN8NQJBKMBC7Q&

Blurb

An erotic gay romance, a suspenseful thriller….
A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.
Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He’s cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he’s paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it’s hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliché: total opposites, good cop – bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.
Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again – this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer’s knife.


Review

This was one of the first books/series I read in this genre and it totally got me hooked! I remember being so glad that I’d found this series after the bulk of them had been written because the emotional cliff hangars at the ends of these are killer!

Our guys go though SO MUCH. There are times when they are apart, fearing for their lives, considering the end… this author (these authors) aren’t afraid of anything.

There are countless reviews for this series – so I’ll just add my own few words.

If you aren’t afraid of angst, like humor and seriously hot smexy times, aren’t afraid to wait A LONG time for the emotional pay out – this is for you. The emotional pay out is there and so satisfying – but not for several books.

Our guys clearly are in it together – but they have to WORK for it and it’s not easy.

The secondary characters and the drama keep the relationship stuff moving along and does – at times – eclipse the romance. However, given the entire series – the relationship is at the center in the end.

 

Audio

 

Unfortunately, this is one of those series where we get a few different narrators. I think each of them added their own twist to the characters and all of them – in their own way – did a great job. The narration definitely adds to the overall enjoyment and I’d definitely recommend it as a fantastic way to enjoy this series. Especially if you have a LONG time to listen J

 

 

5 of 5 stars


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Release Day Review: My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/my-fair-captain-by-jl-langley-9628-b

Blurb: When Intergalactic Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins goes undercover to investigate the theft of an IN weapons stash, the mission raises painful memories from his past. Using a title he fled nearly two decades earlier, Nate once again becomes the Earl of Deverell, heir to the Duke of Hawthorne, in order to navigate the ins and outs of a Regency world. But planet Regelence—where young lords are supposed to remain pure until marriage—has a few surprises for Nate, not least of which is his attraction to Prince Aiden.

A talented artist, Prince Aiden Townsend isn’t interested in politics and the machinations of society gentlemen, and he adamantly rejects the idea of marriage and a consort. Aiden wants the freedom to pursue his art and determine his own future. But the arrival of the dashing and mysterious Deverell awakens feelings of passion and longing the young prince can’t deny.

As Nate uncovers a conspiracy reaching far beyond the stolen weapons, his future is irrevocably altered by the temptations of a life he never thought he could have. Drawn into the web of intrigue, Aiden is in danger of losing his life… and his heart.

Review:
I liked the premise of the story – almost a reversal of the female Georgian/Victorian romances; in this case, it’s the male virtue (snicker) that needs to be protected.
However, the main story got lost in too many threads.
The story starts with Nate fighting a duel. He is wounded, but kills his opponent, requiring him to flee his home planet. Fast forward 18 years later, Nate is now a captain in the IN and has a son called Trouble (aka Jeremy). Nate is tasked to investigate a situation involving a weapons cache, so he’s sent undercover to another planet where he meets the prince of the realm, Aiden.
On Aiden’s planet, the men are treated like Regency misses until they are of age; the society is based on a class system and is very male-oriented, going so far as to ensure that upperclass males have a preference for other men only. The 2 MC’s meet when Aiden has a mishap, leading to an instant attraction. Their romance plays out the same way a MF regency romance would (which I liked).
The story starts to falter when it tries to tie up the mystery of weapons cache – new characters are introduced but not fully explained, like the valets and their involvement. The whole premise for the weapons was glossed over in a few lines (and not to my satisfaction).
Then there’s Trouble and his backstory. I couldn’t get a grip on his age- sometimes he was written as a precocious youngster, then he seems like an older adolescent, (especially when he swore!). The circumstances of his birth, his current status were a surprise, but his eventual acceptance of being betrothed to a prince seemed a little far-fetched.
Overall, I liked it and will look for the next book in the hopes that the story line is better organized and fleshed out.

3 stars out of 5


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Audiobook: Hell and Back by Dirk Greyson
Narrated by Dorian Bane

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hell-and-back-by-dirk-greyson-8979-

Blurb

Seventeen years ago, Forge Reynolds fell in love… and had his heart broken. When Staff Sergeant Gage Livingston was brought into Forge’s Army field hospital, temporarily paralyzed, Forge sat with him, read his letters, answered his mail, and formed a connection he thought would last. But Gage was sent home, Forge transferred to a new post, and his letters to Gage went unanswered.

Now in the middle of a bitter divorce, Forge is sick and tired of his husband’s manipulation. He’s almost ready to make any sacrifice to get closure—then he finds Granger murdered execution-style in their home. Forge had no idea about Granger’s illicit activities, but the killers don’t believe that. They think Forge has something they want, and they’re coming after him.

When Forge’s lawyer arranges for professional protection, the last face Forge expects to see is Gage’s. Can he even contemplate a second chance for them after almost two decades, or will hoping only lead to more heartache? Before they can explore the possibilities, they must figure out what information Granger had—that others are willing to kill for—or that possible heartache could become a certainty

Review
Dirk Greyson always provides a well paced story and this mystery was no different. I loved the reconnection between Forge and Granger. It didn’t feel contrived and developed as naturally as it could considering the circumstances under which they meet again. The mystery of what Gage was involved in that led to his murder kept me guessing. I had my suspicions but I liked how the story led to so many possibilities. That along with the romance made it for a very enjoyable story.
Wow Dorian Bane has given Forge such a ruff smokey voice that felt a bit too harsh for me at times. I have listened to a few books narrated by Dorian before but the voice he has given to Forge sounded quite harsh on his vocal cords. Granger’s voice was more mellow and the tone I’ve heard in his other work. There we good characterisations of the other characters, particularly Harvey. One measure I use for Male narrators is how well they portray females. In this case it was extremely well done with both female characters having their own distinct voices.

4 of stars out of 5


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Audiobook: Color Me In (Last Chance, Book 2) By: Riley Hart Narrated by: Nick J. Russo

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Blurb

Caleb White has been a lot of places and made a lot of decisions he isn’t proud of. He’s ready to settle down and figure out who he really is. Where better to do that than Last Chance, the home he was ripped away from at 16? A fresh start is in order, but he has no idea how to do that when he’s not even sure what he wants in the first place.
Ryan Daily is a pro at hiding his insecurities. He’s never fit in and has spent most of his life knowing there’s something missing. Just when he thought he’d found it, his whole world fell apart, and he lost everything.
Then comes a sleepless night in a 24-hour café, where Caleb and Ryan forge a connection full of laughs, junk food, and whispered secrets. In the middle of their budding friendship, desire blooms unexpectedly. Ryan has kept his heart protected after having it shattered, and Caleb – no stranger to attraction – finds that what he has with Ryan is on a whole new level from anything he’s experienced before. In a world of black and white, they bring each other color.
But life is never simple. When the past comes knocking, Ryan and Caleb will have to reach through the darkness to find the light they see in each other or risk slipping into the shadows for good.

Review

This is Riley Hart and Nick Russo doing what they do best!
I’m sure you’ve all gathered what a big fan I am of Nick – so – just know he does another fantastic job and lives up to all the hype!
Riley Hart wins me over when she does sentimental and emotional. (I’m less of a fan of her erotica – but that’s not my forte.) Depth of Field touched me so deeply and this is an admirable follow up.
I loved the exploration into Ryan’s sexuality as well as their emotional sharing. It was great seeing Shane and Van and I can’t wait to see more from this “world”.

For fans of the author and the series this is a must and Nick only makes it better!

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars

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Copy purchased for Review