Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Slow Pitch by Amy Lane

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51578714-slow-pitch?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=wiXkeuq7Pa&rank=1

Blurb: Tenner Gibson has a job he enjoys, a prickly ex-wife, and an adorable daughter he wouldn’t trade for the world. With no romance, no sex life, and no other hobbies, a rec league softball team is as close as he gets to hedonism.

But life throws him a curveball when cocky Ross McTierney sets his sights on getting under Tenner’s skin.
One explosion of lust later, Tenner wonders what possessed him to have a quickie with Ross, and Ross wonders how to do it again.

Tenner has eight weeks to convince his tiny modern family that Ross is what’s best for him. Ross has eight weeks to get used to the idea that complicated doesn’t always mean bad. Their sex life is moving at the speed of light, and everything in their relationship is coming at them too fast….
But together, they might make a connection and knock it out of the park.

Review: I loved this story! This is one of the few times I wish I could be more eloquent when reviewing a book.
Where to start: Tenner. Such a lovely guy, family man, still wants to be friends with his ex-wife, loves his daughter and baseball. Has a wonderful boss, a bit of a temper and a wry sense of humour. Ross: A bit of an over confident, fun guy who cares for the environment. Also brother in law to ‘wonderful’ boss and has never stayed in one place for long.
When both men meet they think it’s a one off (lust) thing, but somehow, they decide to meet again (against Tenner’s better judgement). As they get to know each other, their lives intertwine – Ross meets the daughter, Tenner realises that Ross is the BIL to his boss, they both love baseball and they’re both willing to believe in their budding relationship, all the while slowly falling in love. This is such a sweet, sometimes humourous (lots of dry wit  ), no angst story. Though sweet, it manages to lightly touch on some serious themes: bigoted parents, an angry ex-wife (she comes around) and how to broach the subject of sexuality to one’s kid or parent. Other characters include 2 lovely families – Ross’s sister’s and Piper (Ten’s daughter) all make up a truly lovely story!
Definitely going to be reread often!

5 stars out of 5


Copy Generously Provided for Honest Review

 

Categories
adult - 18+

Re Release: The Kinsey Scale (Campus Connections #1) by CJane Elliott

Blurb

Life is good for Eric Brown. He’s a senior theater major, an RA for a freshman dorm, and has a great circle of friends. Single since sophomore year, Eric isn’t looking for love. But then Will Butler—fellow senior, co-RA, and the cutest guy Eric’s ever seen—walks into his dorm. Will has a girlfriend he sees off campus—a minor disappointment that becomes a major problem when a housing shortage causes Will and Eric to become roommates, and Eric is forced to witness Will’s hotness day in and day out. For protection, Eric asks Jerry, his ex-boyfriend, to pretend they’re still together. Jerry warns him it’s a stupid idea, but he reluctantly agrees.

Too bad it won’t save Eric from losing his heart.

Will Butler has never believed in himself. His dysfunctional family saw to that. Although Will has loved music since childhood, he’s never seriously considered pursuing it, and the person he’s dating doesn’t encourage him. Then he and Eric Brown become roommates, and everything changes. Eric believes in Will and his talent. He’s also gorgeous and playful and fast becoming Will’s best friend. And that’s not good, because Will is hiding some big things, not only from Eric, but from himself.

Review
I really liked this! I thought the characters were great and though I sometimes felt like they were missing the boat by just not TALKING I could kinda understand it given their respective ages.
I liked the smexy times (though I wish there were more) and really felt the HEA was worth the time invested. Highly enjoyable!
4 of 5 stars


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Categories
adult - 18+

Coming Soon! Slow Pitch by Amy Lane


 

 

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51578714-slow-pitch?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=PuURcjZB3e&rank=1

 

Blurb

Tenner Gibson has a job he enjoys, a prickly ex-wife, and an adorable daughter he wouldn’t trade for the world. With no romance, no sex life, and no other hobbies, a rec league softball team is as close as he gets to hedonism.

But life throws him a curveball when cocky Ross McTierney sets his sights on getting under Tenner’s skin.

One explosion of lust later, Tenner wonders what possessed him to have a quickie with Ross, and Ross wonders how to do it again.

Tenner has eight weeks to convince his tiny modern family that Ross is what’s best for him. Ross has eight weeks to get used to the idea that complicated doesn’t always mean bad. Their sex life is moving at the speed of light, and everything in their relationship is coming at them too fast….

But together, they might make a connection and knock it out of the park.

Review

I was not as excited to read this (based on the blurb) as I usually am for Amy reads. But… of course… it was awesome!!! It reminded me (in feelz) of Winter Ball meets The Virgin Manny. 😉

It has really very little angst. Some really funny character development and a lot of sweet moments between the two MCs.

I thought the tension felt a little manufactured, I never really believed in Ross’s dilemma- but- honestly – a low angst book is exactly what we all need right now 🙂

The softball felt authentic and the way the two guys just embraced their relationship felt light and airy and delightful.

Highly recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Dragon’s Tears (City Dragons #3) by Lisa Oliver

Good reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53203758-dragon-s-tears

Blurb

Byron Hollingsworth was an emotional wreck and after ranting at his younger brother Samuel, and calling his brother’s impending offspring an abomination, now everyone else knew how unstable Byron was too. It’s not as though he hadn’t tried to be the perfect son, brother, and cousin. He tried to keep his affliction hidden from others. But the painful truth was now out for everyone to see – Byron ached for the mate he’d seen once more than ten years before and that loss had affected every area of his life. And then, just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse, someone delivers a package to Byron’s house that changes the course of his entire life.

Ivak Sellivik, bastard son of the Ice Dragon King, was known as “Ice” for good reason. Heartless, ruthless, and dangerous, he traveled the world, focusing on the important things in life like making money and ridding the world of paranormal criminals. He knew he had a fated mate – he’d even seen him once. However, meeting his fated mate face to face was something he could do after he retired, and he told himself he was happy to wait until then. That was, until he gets a frantic call from his brother.

Sometimes plans need to be flexible and a person has to understand that wants and needs are two different things. When Byron gets taken, Ice must decide if he wants a mate in his life at all, or risk losing his forever. But he has to decide quickly, because his enemies are closing in on all sides, and Byron’s not the only one in their sights. Throw in a summons from the Ice Dragon King and things get really hectic. Will Ice and Byron have time for an HEA, even if they do decide to try for one together?

Dragon’s Tears is an MM fated mates, mpreg story that includes scenes of violence and intimate acts intended for adults only.

Review
As you all know I am a big Lisa Oliver fan. I also love Dragon Shifter stories.

I was not a big fan of this.

I found both MCs to be tedious and awful almost to the point of not being able to finish this.

I could not understand their motivations and never did reconcile Ice’s ability to avoid the mating pull for 5 years.

I enjoyed the world building and if you’re a fan of the author/genre and you read the first books in the series you might be interested in this.

2.5 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Audiobook: Devil’s Hour (Zero Hour #2) by Aimee Nicole Walker Narrated by Tristan James

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Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49198964-devil-s-hour

Blurb

Devil’s hour, noun: the hour when the demon or devil who leads hell is at its strongest.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks, Royce Locke is no stranger to scrapping and fighting for the things he wants. What he desires most is Sawyer Key—his partner on the force and the man he’s falling in love with. After asking Sawyer to take a chance on him, Royce will need to back up his pretty words with fearless action instead of being his own worst enemy.

Someone is harassing the mayor of Savannah, and Locke and Key are tasked with finding out who. The investigation quickly takes a twisted turn, leading them to an enemy who thinks purification by fire is the only way to save the city. Scarier than The Purists’ elusiveness is their ability to turn public opinion in their favor, creating unrest and threatening anarchy by fanning flames and fear. When you play with fire, someone is bound to get burned.

When menace becomes murder, the two detectives will race the clock against the devil to save their beloved city from becoming a raging inferno. Royce will need to draw on his grit now more than ever if he hopes to realize the dreams that are finally within reach. The rag is lit, the Molotov cocktail is tossed, and the zero hour is upon them. Challenge received and accepted.

Devil’s Hour is the second book in the Zero Hour series, which follows Locke and Key’s investigations and evolving relationship. This is a series that must be read in order. Devil’s Hour has a happy-for-now ending with no cliffhanger. It contains mature language and sexual content intended for adults 18 and older.

Trigger warning: Part of the storyline involves coming to terms with a friend’s suicide, which may be difficult for some people to read.

Review

I absolutely loved Devil’s Hour!!!! We finally get inside Royce’s head. I couldn’t really get a handle on his character throughout the first book. He is full of guilt over his friend’s suicide, he has a very rocky relationship with his family and is full of internal struggle and doubts.
The relationship development between Royce and Sawyer really hits the peak in this book. Royce jumps right into being out and open with Sawyer.
This book is full of funny and heartfelt moments. Its fast paced and has a good mystery weaved throughout it.

Number of stars out of 5

 

 

Audio

I agree with Aerielle about the story itself, this was a great sequel!

I really love Tristan James as a narrator and thought he did another really great job with the myriad accents and characters.

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Audiobook: You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me by Lisa Oliver Narrated by John York

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Audible

https://www.audible.com/pd/Youve-Got-to-Be-Kidding-Me-Audiobook/B087CCBND7?ref=a_series_Go_c5_lProduct_1_2&pf_rd_p=284b47b1-a5db-4711-9667-612f2ac7458e&pf_rd_r=P3M1XXB33XAZ4T04QNMW

Blurb

Poseidon, ancient Greek God of the Sea, ruler of earthquakes and once worshipped by thousands as a fertility god, was bored and that could be a dangerous thing for people around him. Deciding to visit his son, Nereus and friends at the Cloverleah pack, Poseidon causes his own brand of trouble, resulting in a night out at a club. All he wanted was a bed partner for a few hours. What he got was so much more.
Alpha Claude wanted nothing more than to rule his pack, care for his club members and take up the offer of a warm body when his urges got to strong. When Kane, Alpha of Cloverleah calls and says he wants to bring a special visitor, he was intrigued. But when a silver-haired god walks into his club, he knows his life is going to change. He just didn’t by realize how much.
Gods dropping in, visits from family and pesky secrets have a way of making things difficult. Fighting outside foes is easy, but the problems that flare between two very different men might be enough to scupper their mating before it has a chance to settle. Will they ever find their HEA or are the differences between a land creature and a god of the sea to big to overcome?
This is an M/M true mates book and as such comes with the obligatory warnings. While this is book two in the series and can be listened to as a stand-alone, listeners will have more of an understanding of secondary characters and off-book references if they have listened to book one and the Cloverleah Pack series, in particular, On The Brink.

Review

I love that we get to see all the guys from Cloverleah and that Kane is still an overprotective jerk at times!

Poseidon is hard to like. He’s very selfish and doesn’t really have a lot going for him – despite being a god. Claude was suprsingly sweet, given his being an Alpha and BDSM club owner. (There is no BDSM in this book.)

There wasn’t much “new” to this story, it felt a bit like some of the others in the series, but it was still fun and sexy.

I definitely think these are best read in order, though, I suppose, it could be a standalone, but you’d be missing a lot of background.

For fans of the series, I recommend this. If you’re new to the author or this series, I wouldn’t start with this.

4 of 5 stars

Audio

John York is a solid performer and I really do appreciate having the same narrator for the entire series.

While he’ll never be my favorite narrator, I won’t ever avoid this narrator either. He’s easy enough to listen to and he really does do a solid job.

Overall 4 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Mine to Keep (Pine Ridge Pack #2) by Jayda Marx

Good reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52918153-mine-to-keep

Blurb

Rowan – After a lifetime of wanting and waiting, last week I discovered the identity of my mate when I caught his scent lingering on my friend Rory’s skin. Every day I ask Rory questions about Dax to learn as much as possible about him, as well as drool over the photos Rory shows me. Dax is the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen. When I finally meet him, I learn he’s also kind, sweet and funny. He’s my perfect match in every way and I love him with my whole heart. The only problem is that his heart already belongs to someone else. Rory says Dax’s boyfriend doesn’t treat him well or appreciate him, but my mate is attached. I would never force Dax to be with me. I only want his happiness; even if it’s with someone else, and even if his rejection shatters my world.

Dax – My life is pretty chaotic. My boyfriend has been out of work for a while, so I keep us afloat by working long hours at two jobs. Justin also counts on me to keep the house clean and food on the table; it was the deal I agreed to when I moved in with him several months ago. I stay very busy, and am thrilled to finally get a night off to hang out with my bestie Rory and his group of friends. When I arrive at Rory’s place, I meet Rowan, a drop dead gorgeous man with a heart of gold. I catch fast feelings for him before I realize what a terrible person I am. I’m a taken man. As much as it hurts, I have to keep my distance from Rowan. He’s too big of a temptation.
*This M/M paranormal romance is for readers 18 and up! It has no cliffhangers and a very happy HEA. It contains a sexy wolf shifter, his devoted pack and his lovable fated mate. This book is low angst, insta-love, and filled with funny moments and teeth tingling sweetness.

Review

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice!
I love how syrupy sweet this is! I enjoyed these guys getting together and the way we get Justin out of the way felt really, really satisfying!

If you enjoyed book 1 or other books by this author you’ll love this as well!

(I’m hoping as the author gains popularity we might see an improvement in covers 🙂

4.5 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Golden Valley (Pack #3) by Cardeno C.

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53303664-golden-valley?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=JaudGcxeI4&rank=1

Blurb

A generous Alpha with a tragic past and a young Omega with hopes for the future overcome mistakes to heal a pack and find happiness together.

Life has thrown more than his fair share of challenges and losses at Alpha Morgan Peters. Despite his pain and disappointment, the shifter picks himself up and does right by his pack. As the years pass, Morgan establishes himself as a leader who is as kind as he is strong and Golden Valley prospers. But it isn’t until an Omega shifter enters his life that Morgan sees hope for a future where he can be more than an Alpha.

When Psi Omega Ricky Marx goes to Golden Valley as a representative of his home pack, he is thrilled to find his mate—the beautiful, powerful Golden Valley Alpha. Unfortunately, their first meeting doesn’t go well, and overwhelmed by his mistakes, Ricky sees no choice but to flee.

Morgan’s past makes him struggle to absorb more loss. Ricky’s youth makes him struggle to find his voice. But if these two shifters can overcome their challenges and come back together, they’ll heal the Golden Valley pack and fulfill their destiny.

Review

First, let me say how absolutely PSYCHED I am to see Cardeno C writing again! I love this series – I probably read or listen to the entire shifter series and the Mates series 3 or 4 times a year. It’s a definite comfort for me and I am so grateful to have more to add in to the mix!

I was happy to see Ricky get his own story and I found Morgan to be a fabulous mate for him.

There are things I didn’t love – how long they were separated/how little time they spent together on page being the biggest issue. There were things I loved – how Ricky just goes for it and essentially demands to be mated and I loved seeing the folks from Blue Mountain again.

Overall, Red River is still my favorite in this series but I think it might tie with Blue Sky for next honors.

Highly recommended to fans of the author, the series, fated mates, mpreg, shifter stories and paranormal romance in general!

4.5 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Magic Never Lies by Erin M. Leaf

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52942841-magic-never-lies?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=Hvn7DWYEjT&rank=1

Blurb

Blake Gerritt kicked music and fame to the curb years ago and now he’s happy with his anonymous life in an ordinary town in the middle of nowhere. He raised his sister after their parents died and the simmering magic in his blood has faded. He’s cool with that—he’s too old for falling in love anyway. Magic can’t fix his past and he doesn’t need it for his future.

Aaron Wade is young, rich, and miserable, even though millions love his songs. He knows he should be happy, especially since his bigoted jerk of a father is finally dead, but he can’t sleep. He can’t deal. A small town in the middle of rural America is just the cure he needs to get back on track with his life, no outside help needed.

But what happens when love comes out of nowhere? Does a man let himself fall or does he refuse the magic that could change everything?

Review

I adored this! Erin Leaf is fast becoming one of my favorite authors! I love her mix of hot smexy times and really fascinating paranormal story lines.

In this we have two things that I am especially attracted to – music and magic! We’ve got this guy hiding out from the spot light and one guy who is dead center in the spot light. Both are crazy talented and then we find out they are fated mates!

It’s a very sweet, relatively low angst story with some really hot smexy times and a very HEA!

Highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: A Little Angelic Interference (A Loving Nip #21) by Charlie Richards

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53267790-a-little-angelic-interference?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=BmGKNagvAz&rank=1

Blurb

Just a little Love Bite: A man struggling with his identity realizes he has his very own guardian angel…if he’s strong enough to accept him.

As an angel sent to help a struggling soul, getting kidnapped isn’t even a blip on Zylen’s radar. Before he can connect with Howard, the human he’s sent to help, he’s taken hostage. He’s rescued by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Zylen recuperates in the Horseman of Pestilence’s realm, sharing everything he knows, before continuing on his mission. Finally meeting Howard, he experiences something he never has before—attraction. At first, he thinks it’s a by-product of spending time in the demon realm. Then Zylen has an epiphany. Howard is his stella guida—his guiding star—the only human in existence whose life would give him more purpose than his duty to his creator. Zylen knows he can’t reveal his true nature unless Howard chooses him. Unfortunately, the whole reason he was sent to Howard was to offer guidance as he struggles with a choice—find a girl to date, appeasing his mother, or finally come out. From what Zylen’s angelic gifts have shown him, the odds aren’t stacked in the coming out category. Between meddling family, homophobic females, and the threat of hunters, can Zylen show Howard what can be between them without revealing his true nature and damning them both?

Review

This was an interesting take on Angels/Demons. It’s a typical Charlie story in that it develops at hyper speed and is over before you know it, but it was fun and enjoyable – as always 

3 of 5 stars