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Release Day Review: A Few Good Fish (Fish Out of Water #3) by Amy Lane

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-few-good-fish-by-amy-lane-9829-b

Blurb

Fish Out of Water: Book Three

A tomcat, a psychopath, and a psychic walk into the desert to rescue the men they love…. Can everybody make it out with their skin intact?

PI Jackson Rivers and Defense Attorney Ellery Cramer have barely recovered from last November, when stopping a serial killer nearly destroyed Jackson in both body and spirit.

But their previous investigation poked a new danger with a stick, forcing Jackson and Ellery to leave town so they can meet the snake in its den.

Jackson Rivers grew up with the mean streets as a classroom and he learned a long time ago not to give a damn about his own life. But he gets a whole new education when the enemy takes Ellery. The man who pulled his shattered pieces from darkness and stitched them back together again is in trouble, and Jackson’s only chance to save him rests in the hands of fragile allies he barely knows.

It’s going to take a little bit of luck to get these Few Good Fish out alive!

Review

You know I’m an Amy Lane fangirl – so it’s no surprise that I loved this! This is the third in the series and they must be read in order. In fact, you’ll be really confused if you haven’t read the other two and probably you should read Racing for The Sun https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17700033-racing-for-the-sun?from_search=true as well – mostly because it’s awesome – but also because Sonny and Ace are so prominent in this story.

Things that I liked:
Amy is really good at understanding what a sequel needs to keep us engaged. She’s given us Ellery and Jackson’s ILYs and commitments but we still worry about Jackson’s belief in the finality of the relationship and of his ability to be loved. This story moves us forward on that front without necessarily calling in to question the pair of them.

I LOVED that she brought in religion. (Don’t freak out – you’ll see what I mean – and it’s mostly a metaphor…sorta.) Jackson has to believe, has to trust and what greater example of that in a person is there than Faith. The stuff with Lucy Satan and Jackson at the hospital – Gold. Really lovely way to look at things and so perfect for Jackson the character.

I ADORED the link to RFTS. I love that book so much and frequently re-listen to it. Sonny is off his rocker but in a good way and I love re-visiting him and Ace and Jai and Alba. Now we get to add in Burton and Ernie – yes like Sesame Street!- and it’s even more delicious! There’s a new book coming out in October I think? – about these two and it looks AMAZING!

Things that were good:
The mystery/action etc was good. I’m sure she spent a lot of time working this out but – honestly – I skimmed it. There is a lot of blood/injury/hospitalization time – AGAIN – for these guys and I was a little over that. I was tired of seeing them hurt and wanted to see them hole for awhile. (My only real complaint.)

So – to sum up: this is awesome, can’t wait for the new RFTS sequel and you’ve got to read this if you’re a fan of either book/series/author!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Recent Release: Rocking the Cowboy by Skylar M. Cates

Dreamspinner Press:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/rocking-the-cowboy-by-skylar-m-cates-9800-b

Blurb

Opposites who go together like country and rock ’n’ roll.

Long before he was a superstar, Remy Sean had a secret crush on Jed Riley. But Jed sees Remy as a spoiled pop rocker and an extension of his father’s control. Still, Jed is willing to let Remy hide from the press on his ranch—but only as a way to get his father out of his life and business for good.

Used to being admired and fawned over, Remy keenly feels the sting of Jed’s dismissal. Can he make Jed see him as more than a pain in the ass? Or is Jed too tangled up in his ranch to see past his old hurt?

Jed doesn’t believe someone desired by so many fans could want him, a simple cowboy. But Remy is determined to change Jed’s mind and steal his heart….

Review

This book title really got my attention. A good opposites attract story can be great to read. Jed is the hardened cowboy and farmer and Remy is the rock star spoiled playboy. Remy is used to people falling at his feet in awe and Jed is used to being by himself and not getting his hopes up. Jed was extremely rude in the beginning since to him, Remy was just a means to an end and an inconvenience. Remy had an incident that has left him with panic struggles. I feel for him on a very personal level. The struggles were very well portrayed. Jed and Remy started out rough around the edges despite an attraction. There’s cute banter, self-esteem moments, snark, shameless flirting, hot cowboy, and some steamy bedroom fun. I greatly enjoyed reading this wonderful book.

5 out of 5

 

Received by publisher for my honest review

 

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Guest Post: Julie Lynn Hayes with No Way Out with excerpt!

OS: Welcome to Julie!

 

JH:

Good morning, and thanks to Morgan and Open Skye Book Reviews for having me on their blog! I have a new book coming out with Dreamspinner this month. No Way Out is my first foray into the world of BDSM.

For an author, inspiration is essential. It’s kind of hard to write without it. On the other hand, the nice thing is that there are many ways to become inspired, and some of them are even accidental. Sometimes it’s an overheard part, part of a conversation, or a phrase that just catches your attention. An image on television, or on the Internet. A photo in an album or someone’s T-shirt that has a funny saying or picture. Whatever it is, it kickstarts something in your brain that starts to ask what if? What if that happened, what would things be like? What kind of person would say something like that? So many ideas, so little time.

I got the inspiration for No Way Out while driving through my neighborhood one day, going home. Just casually glancing around as I drove, I noticed a tableau, just in passing—a young person kneeling beside a car, washing it, while an older person stood behind them, perhaps supervising. Nothing odd or suspicious there. Something quickly seen and then I was past it.

But that scene stuck in my head for some reason. I believe the person washing the car was a young girl, I’m not sure. But in my head it became a young man. And the stern figure standing behind him was no father figure, but a dominant lover. And I suddenly realized this was an idea for something in the realm of BDSM.

I’d never written in that genre before, but I decided to go with it, see where it led. The young man became Shylor, who was a sub, and the man twice his age was Randy, a Dom. I knew from the beginning their relationship was not natural in some way, that Shy was trapped. Shy would need to be rescued from his predicament, and so Wyatt came into being, his would-be knight in shining armor. Another young man who was house-sitting just across the street.

I had a lot of fun writing this story and learning about BDSM. I had friends I turned to who made sure I stayed on the right path, and looked over everything I wrote. I set the story in St. Louis, where I live, although the club I created was entirely of my making. I’ve never been to such a club and wouldn’t even know how to go about doing that.

So, from a brief glimpse of some people in my neighborhood, a novel was born. Sometimes you just don’t know where inspiration will come from, but don’t hesitate to seize it and run with it!

Have you ever wondered about what might have been the inspiration for your favorite books? Have you ever been inspired to do something unexpected? I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks again for having me here!

 

 

Blurb

Wyatt Findley is an up-and-coming artist, attending a prestigious art institute in St. Louis. His mentor, Lukas Callahan, has snagged a sweet house-sitting job for him in a gorgeous home in a well-to-do part of town. Wyatt notices two men who live just across the street. They make an odd couple, since there must be a good twenty years difference between them. And yet there is something about the younger man that calls to Wyatt 

 

Shylor Lind has been living with Randy Grant for fifteen years, ever since Grant hired Shy’s mother as his live-in housekeeper. But five years ago, their relationship changed when Shy’s mother sold him to Grant and took the money and ran. Since then, Randy has been training Shy in how to be his submissive, dominating him in every way.  There is nothing Shy can do about the situation, and he has nowhere to go, no one to turn to.

 

And then Wyatt enters his life… and nothing will ever be the same, as Wyatt engages in a battle for Shy’s very soul.

 

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.

Buy link

Dreamspinner https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/no-way-out-by-julie-lynn-hayes-9831-b

Excerpt

 

THE SILVER rims gleamed. The afternoon sun bounced off the highly polished surface, directly into Shylor’s eyes. He never flinched, never showed his discomfort in any way. The muscles in his arms ached, and his shoulders threatened to spasm if they didn’t receive a little relief from the relentless effort he’d been expending all morning.

But Shylor refused to give up. Failure was not an option with him. Failure came with its own consequences, and not of the pleasant variety. Was there a pleasant variety anymore? If so, that was so long ago he’d forgotten how good it might have felt. At the moment, all he could focus on was the potential for pain. The possibility of being reprimanded. And damned if he was going to let that happen. Especially over something as trivial as how he washed Randy’s expensive set of wheels.

He wasn’t aware he’d stopped moving until a cold voice from behind prompted him. “Don’t stop until I tell you to.” Icy fingers traveled down Shylor’s spine—or what passed for one. He would have been hard put to find that anymore. Zoologically speaking, he could probably be classified as an invertebrate, something belonging to the order of cowards. Was there a special species known as weaklings? If so, he must rank somewhere pretty high among them, he figured.

He never turned, never acknowledged the rebuke. He knew it wasn’t expected of him. He also knew what he would see, should he do so. Randy Grant. Six foot, silver hair that matched his expensive luxury sedan. Eyes of a changeable gray that reflected his mood and his pleasure. Sometimes they were tranquil seas that seemed almost an icy blue, and at those times Shylor could almost… but not quite… believe that Randy cared about him.

It was the other times, when the gray turned into dark and turbulent clouds, that Shylor knew he was in for a world of pain, and at those times there was nothing he could do to ameliorate the situation. All he could do was grit his teeth and bear it, wait for the storm to pass.

Randy Grant was forty years old, twice Shylor’s age. To the business world, he presented the image of a successful entrepreneur as the founder and driving force behind one of the city’s most creative marketing agencies: Granting Your Wishes. They called him the Silver Fox, because of his prematurely gray hair, but on Randy it looked good. He had a smile that charmed the pants off everyone he met—figuratively and literally. And he had a body to die for. Well, he should—he worked very hard at maintaining it. Having the money for an expensive personal gym couldn’t hurt anyone, and neither did having a personal trainer who supervised his exercise regime and a dietician who made sure he ate very well and very healthy. Shylor wasn’t fooled, though. Randy controlled every move. He knew exactly what he was doing every step of the way, and he reveled in his control.

Inside the bedroom and out.

Shylor’s labors were exacerbated in no small way by the presence of a foreign object nestled inside of him. He felt it whenever he moved, pressed against his channel, a constant reminder of Randy’s dominance. Purple and ridged, the butt plug was designed to remind Shylor just who he belonged to, and what purpose he served in the scheme of things, even as it prepared him to be plowed later, at Randy’s whim.

He supposed it could have been worse. At least Randy hadn’t demanded he wear the one with the wolf tail. That one was a specialty item, particularly popular with fetishists and furries. Randy was among the latter. He’d had costumes specially made for both of them, and had devised elaborate scenarios for their use. Cosplay at its kinkiest.

Shylor had never met anyone like Randy. He had mesmerized him from the beginning, drawn Shy into his world, and into his bed. And now he was locked there, for all eternity.

After the things he’d done, who else could possibly want Shylor? Randy had made him untouchable as far as other men were concerned. Shy no longer had a choice in the matter. If he ever had. Randy had been the first, and if he had his way, he would be Shy’s last.

If Randy was pleased with the way Shylor washed his car, then later he would reap a reward. Namely, by being fucked with some modicum of consideration for his own pleasure. But if not, then it would be the kowtow-to-Randy show all the way, with no regard to Shylor’s well-being or safety.

Although Shylor had a safeword, there were times when it was simply disregarded. And sometimes he forgot to use it, thinking why bother? There was no safety—there was only Randy and what he wanted. Nothing else mattered.

The sound of an engine drew his faltering attention to the street. Without thinking, Shy turned his head. They lived on a high-end cul-de-sac, and passing traffic was rare. Was he dreaming, or was that really a police car? Shy’s heart beat faster. For just a moment, he felt his liberation was at hand. Perhaps someone had noticed… someone had made a call… someone cared….

He searched for a sign that the officer behind the wheel was seeking him, Shylor. The policeman never turned his head. All he could see of him was his profile. How strong he looked… how protective. Was he going to stop, pull into the driveway?

But no, the car reached the end of the street and traversed the circular turnaround. Heading back in the other direction, it quickly disappeared from view.

Only then did Shy realize what he’d done. He stiffened, bracing himself for the inevitable. He didn’t know what form his punishment would take—retribution came in many forms, and Shy was familiar with them all.

His heart pounded, his breath coming in short gasps in anticipation.

Just do it. Get it over with. Please….

He felt Randy move closer, waited for the pain.

An unexpected shadow fell across the sedan, coming from the wrong direction. From the street, not behind him.

Shy looked up in confusion.

“Is something wrong?”

 

 

 

Author Bio

 

Julie Lynn Hayes lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah, who is a grad student at the University of Illinois. She first began to write over fifty years ago, and doesn’t see that stopping anytime soon. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. When someone tells her something can’t be done, she feels compelled to do it. Much of her writing is in the m/m romance category.

 

When she isn’t writing, or working at her day job with a third party elevator inspection company, she enjoys crafts, such as cross stitch and crochet, and watching her favorite programs. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian, and her favorite historical character is Aaron Burr—she is obsessed with all things Hamilton! Never say never is her motto!

 

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3 stars adult - 18+ Book Dreamspinner Gay Gay Hurt/Abuse Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Shifter Standalone

Coming Soon: Hiding in Plain Sight Series: Camp H.O.W.L.: Book 3 Author: Bru Baker

September 18

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hiding-in-plain-sight-by-bru-baker-9869-b

Blurb

Happily ever after is right under their noses.
Harris has been keeping a big secret for years—his unrequited mate bond with his best friend, Jackson. He’s convinced himself that having Jackson in his life is enough. That, and his work at Camp H.O.W.L., keeps him going.
Things get complicated when Jackson applies for a high-ranking Tribunal job in New York City—far from Camp H.O.W.L. The position requires he relinquish all Pack bonds… and that’s when his wolf decides to choose a mate. Suddenly Jackson sees his best friend in a sizzling new light.
Their chemistry is through the roof, but they’re setting themselves up for broken hearts—and broken bonds—if Jackson can’t figure out a way to balance his career and the love that’s just been waiting for him to take notice.

Review

This was super disappointing for me. I LOVED the idea of the love from afar and the finally finding out we’re mates as a concept. However, the end result was a really tepid anticlimactic love scene(s) and a lot of important couple events happened off page.

Though fans of the series will still want to read this, and you don’t have to start from the beginning to enjoy this, I think if you start with this you’ll be disappointed and won’t appreciate the others in this series which are more wonderful.

3 of 5 stars

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Coming Soon! Somebody to Die For Series: Requiem Inc.: Book 3 Author: Kris T. Bethke

 

 

Release Date: September 4, 2018

 

Dreamspinner

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/somebody-to-die-for-by-kris-t-bethke-9839-b

 

Blurb

Dying is easy. New love is terrifying.
Avery Wagner quit ghostwalking when he lost his beloved anchor to cancer. Now teaching others who have the ability, he’s beginning to live again—but he’s not looking for another lover, not now, maybe not ever.
But then he meets Jameson… younger, talented, dedicated, almost perfect, even though his mouth sometimes opens ahead of his brain. And Jameson wants Avery desperately, though he’ll settle for friendship if he can’t have more.
When an emergency demands they work together in the field, Avery discovers just how perfect Jameson is. But he had a perfect love once before, and he’s scared to even consider that he might have a chance at another. Can he trust Jameson with his newly healing heart?

Review

I love this series so much! This is hard for me to differentiate – because I can’t help but compare this to the previous two books, which I really loved…
On the one hand: I loved the world Bethke has given us – the ghosts, the afterlife, the alternate way of thinking… I was so PSYCHED that Avery gets a happy ending… I loved the idea of May/December – especially in this long lived world…

In the end – I didn’t like Avery. Ugh. He bothered me the entire time. I appreciated that he loved Luke and that was a big deal but man – Jameson is soooo awesome and I’m not sure Avery appreciated him like he should have.

That’s absolutely my humble opinion – obviously – but I kept wanting a grand gesture that proved Avery got what a treat Jameson was. The power balance in this couple felt off and I didn’t feel like it got it’s own footing by the end. Maybe if it’d been a bit longer…

Anyhow, I loved seeing the guys from books 1 and 2 – especially Derek – *sigh…

Fans of this series will want to read this and you don’t have to have read the others to enjoy this one but it won’t mean as much to you if you start with this one.

For the writing and the world building I’d give this a 5 for the romance a 3 – so 4 of 5 stars overall.

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Cover Reveal for Personal Best by Sean Michael!

 

 

 

Title: Personal Best 2

 

Series: Personal Best: Book Two

Author: Sean Michael

Release Date: November 9, 2018

Category: Contemporary, Sports (Subs)

Pages: 194 (ebook), 200 (paperback)

Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza, http://www.seeingstatic.com/

 

Blurb:

Swimmer Mike Gauliet is moving up in the elite ranks of the American swim team, despite his repetitive stress injuries. He’s hiding his pain from coach Jessy Turner, not wanting to give in to it or let his coach and lover down, and by the time he gets treatment, it’s almost too late.

 

Jessy helps Mike heal, both in an out of the bedroom, and their need for each other grows as quickly as Mike’s career. They’re scorching hot and ready to go to the top competitions when another injury forces Mike to the sidelines. Jessy t

hinks this one is no accident, and Mike has to work hard to recover the lost ground.

 

Mike needs a break from the nonstop stress of training, so they move to the coast so Mike can recuperate once again. But their struggles don’t end with getting him back in competition form, and they can’t truly call it a victory unless they can find the balance between their romantic relationship and Mike grabbing the success he’s earned.

 

First Edition published by Torquere Press, January 2007.

 

Buy Links:

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Paperback: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/personal-best-2-by-sean-michael-9962-b

 

Author Bio:

 

Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love”while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the Kama Sutra by channeling the long-lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to Chicago.

A longtime writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

Website: www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Blog: seanmichaelwrites.blogspot.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites

Twitter: @seanmichael09

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Coming Soon: No Way Out by Julie Lynn Hayes

August 28!

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/no-way-out-by-julie-lynn-hayes-9831-b

Blurb
Scheduling for guest posts and reviews (including Release Day Reviews). Final copies available soon.

Wyatt Findley is an up-and-coming artist, attending a prestigious art institute in St. Louis. His mentor, Lukas Callahan, has snagged a sweet house-sitting job for him in a gorgeous home in a well-to-do part of town. Wyatt can’t help but notice two men who live just across the street.
They make an odd couple, since there must be a good twenty years difference between them. And yet there is something about the younger man that calls to Wyatt.

Shylor Lind has been living with Randy Grant for fifteen years, ever since Grant hired Shy’s mother as his live-in housekeeper. But five years ago, their relationship changed when Shy’s mother sold him to Grant and took the money and ran. Since then, Randy has been training Shy to be his submissive, dominating him in every way. There is nothing Shy can do about the situation, and he has nowhere to go, no one to turn to.

And then Wyatt enters his life… and nothing will ever be the same, as Wyatt engages in a battle for Shy’s very soul

Review
I’m so conflicted by this story. It is by no means BDSM but a story about modern slavery. It’s of a young man being systematically abused and controlled to a point where he has no free will. He too scared to do anything out of routine for fear of punishment. But what do you do when an adult of consenting age doesn’t ask for help or make any sign he needs help to get out of the situation he is in. This is the position Wyatt is in when he suspects Shylor is being abused. His instincts tell him something is not right. Others try to tell him that whilst they don’t like it, it’s the relationship between two consenting adults. And there is the crux, consent. Shylor starts to believe he deserves more, to be treated better once Wyatt shows him how it could be. I felt for Shylor, even more so when it became apparent other Dom’s did not intervene even when they suspected Shylor was, at the very least, being mistreated. The story finished too abruptly for me. I felt that there was more to tell. This may come in another book, I hope so especially as I don’t believe Randy has gone out of Shylor’s life yet. There are also some interesting secondary characters that I would like to know more about.

3 of stars out of 5


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Release Day Review: Private Charter by N.R. Walker

release day review

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40911969-private-charter?from_search=true

Blurb

Stuart Jenner’s job is high stress, high stakes, and everything he’s strived for. So why, when the apex of his career is within reach, does he stumble? At his doctor’s insistence, he books a privately chartered yacht to sail around the Whitsundays for two weeks of sun, surf, and sex. When his friend-with-benefits bails on him at the last minute, Stuart decides to go alone.

Foster Knight left the rat race behind six years ago, bought a yacht, and now calls the Great Barrier Reef his home. Sailing tourists around tropical waters is all in a day’s work, and he’s never been happier. When his next client arrives alone, the two-week charter will be the most private job he’s ever had.

Foster can see how stressed and exhausted Stuart is, and he promises him extensive rest and relaxation. Stuart slowly realises his original plan for two weeks of sun, surf, and sex might not be lost yet. Confined to a yacht, isolated by aqua-coloured oceans and the sweltering sun, Stuart and Foster are about to find out just how hot the tropics can get.

Review

This was amazingly sensual! NR Walker is definitely stepping up her game in the “heat” department and I like it!

The romance is (as per her usual) really sweet and very satisfying (I loved the Epilogue!!!!!) But what stood out for me – besides her obvious skill at research – was the heat in this story. It was off the charts!

These two men do a little growing but mostly just enjoy each other’s bodies and that’s ok by me!

Highly enjoyable!

4.25 of 5 stars


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Cover Reveal for Trex or Treat by Tara Lain !

 

 

Title: Trex or Treat

Author: Tara Lain

Release Date: October 31, 2018

Category: Contemporary

Pages: 34 (ebook)

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

 

Blurb:

 

Josh Harris is all dad all the time. A busy college professor and devoted single father, Josh tries to be happy with only his son for company. But then Bradley “Trex” Trexler moves in across the street with his stepbrother, Bogo, and takes advantage of their empty home, making it into a haunted house for Halloween.

 

Josh’s son, Ernie, can’t wait to go, so Josh dresses up like a movie cowboy and saunters over. It’ll be the best Halloween of Ernie’s life, but there’s another sharpshooter roaming the dark corridors, and this one might have a special treat for Josh….

 

First Edition published by Etopia Press in Halloween Heat (IV anthology), October 2012.

 

Buy Link:

 

eBook: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/trex-or-treat-by-tara-lain-9979-b

 

Author Bio:

 

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, and Best Gay Characters, and more. Readers often call her books “sweet,” even with all that hawt sex, because Tara believes in love and her books deliver on happily-ever-after. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. Her love of creating book titles comes from years of manifesting ad headlines for everything from analytical instruments to semiconductors. She does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soulmate husband and her soulmate dog (who’s a little jealous of all those cat pictures Tara posts on FB) in Ashland, Oregon. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says that on her tombstone, it will say “Yes!”

Email: tara@taralain.com

Website: www.taralain.com

Blog: www.taralain.com/blog

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Amazon: www.amazon.com/Tara-Lain/e/B004U1W5QC/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

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Coming Soon! Q*Pid by Xavier Mayne

August 28!

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/qpid-by-xavier-mayne-9833-b

Blurb

Can a computer program understand love better than the human heart?

Archer, the AI at the dating service Q*pid, realizes humans don’t always make the best choices, so it begins making some unconventional choices for them.

Fox Kincade is the last of his group of friends to be single, so he’s delighted when he discovers a new match in his Q*pid app—one that, according to the new AI wizardry, should be the love of his life. Instead of the woman he’s expecting, he’s paired with Drew Larsen, a shy, somewhat nerdy PhD student who has also grown discouraged with romance.

Drew and Fox have little in common—aside from the fact that they’re both straight. Or so they thought. But as the guys get to know each other, they realize Archer might have the right idea. Their path isn’t smooth, because both need to overcome every idea they have about themselves and what true love might look like. But with the help of Archer—and some friends who have stuck with Fox and Drew through the thick and thin of their relationship trials—they might find their way into each other’s hearts.

Review by Morgan

 

This is a fun trope – the GFY trope and a double GFY – YES – sign me up! I absolutely loved this. It was sweet, romantic and my only (small) complaint was that I wish we’d had more smexy times.

What I love about this story is what I fell in love with in Frat House Troopers: great character development and a (mostly) believable way for two “straight” guys to fall in love! Where FHT had a little more pull for me was there was more “exploration” in the bedroom that I missed with this couple.

However – the upside is we definitely get a lot of emotional bonding and the end result is a really romantic story with a touch of heat.

If you’re a fan of the author or the trope – this is recommended for you!

5 of 5 stars

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Review by Karen

Cute and enjoyable read! Very well-paced story with a lot of funny moments and teasing banter between the MC’s.

I was pleasantly surprised by this original take on the Gay/Out For You trope, focusing very much on emotional compatibility and building a friendship first. Love and attraction come after, or at least, are only acknowledged after.

At first glance, the MC’s, Drew and Fox, couldn’t be more different. Not exactly “match made in heaven” material. Even worse, they both identify as straight, so it throws them for a loop when Archer, the Q*Pid AI, matches them. A 99.5 percent match no less!! In spite of all that, they each take a chance and start dating each other anyway – I mean casually meeting up – as friends do… in a friendly manner.

Drew and Fox are so genuine when they are together, falling into friendship/love almost seamlessly.
I loved that! If only Fox wouldn’t stay so willfully blind to his feelings! How many interventions from his bestie Chad does that man need?

I adored the secondary characters in this story, especially the two most important ones, Chad and Mrs. Schwartzmann. They are quirky, loyal and a lot of fun, as well as excellent friends to Drew and Fox, giving them a piece of their mind when they need it. Which is often.
Though I don’t know if Mrs. Schwartzmann needed to sound quite so much like a yenta channeling her inner Yoda.

I’d have liked it better if the author would have left the question of Archer’s independence, or the possibility of him going rogue, a bit more open. I think it a pity that his “acting up” was so neatly explained away.

A lot of attention was given to Veera and Archer, explaining the AI and the Q*pid app, to make it sound plausible and the risks more real.
I hope that means the author has other Q*Pid books planned!

4 of 5 stars


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Review by Sorel

 

This is an interesting book in that the story is told from three points of view. Drew, Fox and Veera, the woman who designed and programed Archer, the AI matchmaker.

 

When Veera programed Archer it wasn’t just to match dating profiles based on what the clients said, it was also to learn from how they used the internet, their reactions to memes and social media, but all within the parameters of the original profiles. Then one day, because of a communication error, Archer ignores the sexual orientation parameter and matches two straight men. Drew and Fox.

 

What follows is the story of these guys, both serial daters, who meet to laugh over the mismatch, then become friends and finally find the love they had been looking for.

 

I found both the main characters likeable, although Fox’s attitude to dating women seemed calculated and clinical, which was slightly off putting. But overall this a good fun story.

The cast of side characters were a great addition to the tale, especially Mrs. Schwartzmann, Drew’s elderly neighbor and best friend. Also dropping in on Veera and her chats with Archer added an interesting element to the story.

 

Overall, this was a fun book to read.

 

 

4 out of 5 stars


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