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Taste of Ink by Francis Gideon

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Trevor Dunn has never gone to the Calgary Stampede, in spite of living in the city all his life. He would much rather listen to music and draw comics in his basement than hang out with a bunch of cowboys. When his sister drags him to the Stampede’s opening parade anyway, Trevor is drawn to a cowboy sporting a green hat.

Charlie opens Trevor’s mind to the world of country music and country boys. But then an old flame appears in the middle of the festival and Trevor is torn. He adores Charlie, but Mathieu—a punk singer turned acoustic crooner—was Trevor’s first love, and Trevor lost him by being too afraid to chase the dreams they shared.

When the Stampede ends, Charlie will go back to Toronto, Mathieu will go back on tour, and Trevor will go back to his basement. Realizing that’s not what he wants, Trevor enters a mechanical bull-riding contest in hopes of winning the heart of his true love—or maybe both of them. This time, fear won’t stop him from going after what he wants.

Review

Trevor lives at home and attends school online- this tendency to hide has cost him his first boyfriend. Years later, he thinks he’s finally ready to spread his wings and is making plans to leave Calgary. As a result he’s talked into attending the annual “Calgary Stampede” by his sister since he’s never been or even wanted to go.

The Stampede is full of cowboys and ugly clowns and smells and all the things he figured he was wasn’t missing all these years but then his eyes catch a cowboy in a green hat. The cowboy intrigues Trevor especially when he signals he might be interested in getting to know Trevor… better.

Trevor and Charlie meet at a gay bar and share a hookah –of all things – before agreeing to a bathroom tryst that leads to a week of sex and other explorations. They also run into Trevor’s first and only boyfriend, Mathieu – from 5 years ago – who happens to be in town still singing and still interested in Trevor.

Trevor, Charlie and Mathieu all end up at the same mechanical bull riding contest. It’s clear that Trevor still pines for Mathieu and vice versa. But Charlie also has an interest in Mathieu and vice versa. The question is- who will end up where and when?

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I usually get to post rave reviews because I only pick books I think I’ll like and that I want to read.  So I hate it when a book isn’t my favorite and I have to write a negative review.  I want to say that the writing in this story is great- but this is just not a book for me.

This is a book that falls into one of two categories: either there is a lot of symbolism in this that I’m missing or it’s just not a book that I “get”.

I never liked Charlie. The way he spoke felt “off” to me and I never felt like he cared for Trevor and definitely didn’t feel any emotion for Mathieu from him. I liked Trevor and Mathieu together. They seemed to have a strong spark that was palpable even though we only see them together for a handful of pages at the end.

Trevor was the most developed character of the three and even he felt a bit flat to me in that I didn’t feel like I understood his motivations in more than a surface way. I definitely didn’t feel like I knew Mathieu at all and Charlie only in the barest sense.

I’m just not sure I understand why this was a ménage/triad/polyamory story. The three are hardly together but 24 hours before they’re running off to go on tour and I didn’t understand why any of them would do that. Perhaps this is a lead in to a sequel?

This was a miss for me. Though the writing was fine, the story just didn’t resonate with me.

2.5 of 5 stars

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5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book Contemporary Cop/Crime DA Enemies to Lovers Established Couple Gay Heat Index Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse m/m Magic Military Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Reviewer S & M Scorching/high heat

Daylight Again (Hell or High Water Book 3) Audiobook by SE Jakes Narrated by Adam North3

 

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Before Prophet Drews can have a future, he must first put his past to rest. Prophet is a man on the edge, and he’s pulling Tom Boudreaux, his partner on the job and in life, right over with him. When his old CO calls in a favor, Prophet asks Tom to join the off-the-grid rescue. But the mission raises all of Prophet’s old ghosts: CIA assassins, the terrorist Sadiq, and, most importantly, John – traitor, former teammate, and Prophet’s first love.

To help bury those ghosts for good, Prophet and Tom gather the members of Prophet’s former SEAL team…and a spook named Cillian who’s been tailing Prophet for years. In the process, Prophet is forced to face his team’s shifting loyalties, ghosts who refuse to stay dead, and, scariest of all, his own limitations.

With everyone’s lives in danger, Prophet and Tom must unravel a tangled knot of secrets, including their own. Prophet must decide how much to reveal to Tom while Tom must decide how far he’s willing to go to help Prophet lay his ghosts to rest.

Review

This is book three and all books must be read in order. Prophet and Tommy’s relationship takes MAJOR steps forward in this book. There is still the backstory with John and – honestly – I hope we get a final book for this series because I’m pretty confused about where and who and why and I just want them to be happy and settled!

We learn a lot about the true Prophet and get more of the story with John – which is nice. Tommy actually really rises to the fore here and is very supportive of Prophet in the right ways.

The sex is super hot and really aggressive at times – showing the level of trust is rising between these two.

We are also learning more about Mal and Cillian who get their own book later, but for now their dance begins.

(Also I can’t say enough about how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE these covers!)

Audio

I adore these narrations. Adam North is a great choice and he does each voice distinctly and with great character.

Highly recommended.

5 of 5 stars

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4 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Baseball BDSM Book Contemporary DA Exploration Fantasy Fated Mates Gay Heat Index Homophobia Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse m/m Magic Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat Siren-Bookstrand Virgin

The Royal Mates: Love’s Diamond Books 1-6 by Lyssa Samuels

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King Merek and the Mechanic

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[Siren Allure ManLove: Erotic Alternative Sci-Fi Romance, M/M, fisting, HEA]

Merek Sorenson is a king with a problem. His world is in unrest, and the Legari warriors are hunting him and his brothers for extermination.

Vance Morrow is a mechanic who spends his Saturdays with his buddies playing baseball. Meeting Merek has raised hope within his heart. He feels an incredible pull to the loving man who has brought kindness, happiness, and downright need back into his life.

Merek has waited for his aheri, his destined mate, his entire life. The love Merek has for Vance is soul deep. He knows he must reveal who he is and the danger that follows him. He prays Vance will want to bond with him and will be open to the fact that the men of Merek’s world can become pregnant. He aches to hold Vance in his arms forever, bring him home to rule beside him on Sanzel, and create children with him that they can nurture and love.

A Siren Erotic Romance.

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Prince Magnus and the Carpenter

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[Siren Allure ManLove: Erotic Alternative Fantasy Romance, M/M, light bondage, HEA] Prince Magnus Sorenson is a warrior who is used to the isolated life of a soldier. He is responsible for the safety of his royal family and their subjects and is haunted by his failure to protect his parents. Magnus never expected to find his aheri-his beloved mate. He didn’t deserve him. Archer Stockton is a humble carpenter who plays baseball with his buddies on the weekends. Archie is a gentle giant with a pure heart who was beaten by his father for being gay, causing him to have to learn to talk, read, and walk again. He knew he wasn’t much of a catch. Mag deserved better. Magnus knows Archer is perfect for him. Archer brings love and gentleness into his life. Miraculously, Archer can see through the glamour of Mag’s world. He also sees the beauty of their future and the babies they will have together. Magnus is a soldier who is afraid. Afraid to hope. ** A Siren Erotic Romance

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Prince Daxton and the Geek

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[Siren Allure ManLove: Erotic Alternative Fantasy Romance, M/M, light bondage, HEA] Bryce St. John is a shy man, a geek who lives in his world of computers the only men he’s seen up until recently have been on www.hdsexvideo.xxx. After surviving a date attack, he is afraid to trust and is afraid of intimacy. He refuses to risk his heart or his safety by choosing the wrong man again. Prince Daxton Sorenson is a soldier assigned to protect and learn from the powerful royal seer Mohar from the time he was a young man. Seeing Bryce on the baseball field, he realizes he has found his aheri. When Bryce panics and flees, Daxton is heartbroken. Daxton is patient and loving, and Bryce soon finds himself completely smitten. When Mohar arrives to take Daxton back to Sanzel, Dax is injured. Bryce has had enough. He is one seriously pissed off mate who will do what he must to find and protect his man. He is not about to give up on the loving future and the houseful of babies that Dax has promised him. ** A Siren Erotic Romance

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Prince Kendrick and the Coach

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[Siren Allure ManLove: Erotic Alternative Fantasy Romance, M/M, HEA] Roger Newcomb has had his fill of men who don’t want a committed relationship. He wants one man to love and have a family with. It seems that he is alone in his quest for true love. Prince Kendrick Sorenson knew that Roger was his aheri from the moment their eyes met and their souls connected. Roger is the perfect mate for him. But Kendrick is a broken man who cannot give Roger the future he deserves or the family he desires. Spending time with Kendrick has torn down all of Roger’s barriers. He knows nothing about Kendrick’s royal lineage or that the men of Sanzel can have babies. All he knows is, this strong soldier belongs to him. Kendrick insists that there will be no kids in their future and leaves, making Roger decide to move on to a new life in Colorado. It will take more than magic to make things right. It will take a miracle. Note: It is suggested that the previous titles in this series be read first for continuity. ** A Siren Erotic Romance

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Prince Drake and the Rock Star

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[Siren Allure ManLove: Erotic Alternative Fantasy Romance, M/M, HEA] Jimmy Burrows lives the life of a rock star. He’s tired of his life of emptiness. He dreams of having one special man to share his life with who values him as Jimmy–a guy who likes pizza, science fiction, and likes to cook. Prince Drake Sorenson knows that Jimmy is his aheri. When he looks into Jimmy’s violet eyes, he sees the man who is destined to fill their future with love and children. Jimmy’s caring heart and kindness are exactly what Drake needs to calm his soul. Jimmy can’t trust that Drake’s anger and jealousy won’t hurt him. Drake’s stories about a world called Sanzel where there is magic, purple skies, and pregnant men are proof enough that the man is certifiable. When Drake helps heal Jimmy’s friend and her little girl, Jimmy has to reevaluate his judgment of the big man. Maybe Drake’s story of magic, love, and babies is something that’s a possibility for him after all. Note: It is suggested that the previous titles in the series be read first for continuity. ** A Siren Erotic Romance

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Prince Duncan and the Playboy

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[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Fantasy Romance, M/M, sex toys, HEA]
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Michael Brozen has led the life of a playboy for far too long. His endless succession of hook-ups with twinks has resulted in an attack that sends him to the hospital. His life is empty and meaningless. He aches for someone to care about him and not throw him away like his parents did. Meeting Duncan, Michael finds himself wanting to belong to the gentle, sweet man permanently.
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Prince Duncan Sorenson is an innocent who does not know how to love a man. He has struggled with controlling his magic, always fearing he would hurt someone because of it.His magic is pulled from him whenever it is needed, helping others despite his lack of control. Though he longs for his aheri, he worries he will frighten his mate because of his size and be ridiculed because of his inexperience.
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Duncan’s visions of Michael and the love and the children that they would have together give the shy prince hope.
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** A Siren Erotic Romance

Review

I won’t review each book – for one – they’re all a little similar. Each Prince has an aheri – a human male mate – found on earth – while they live in another very earthlike dimension – and for two- that’s too many!

There is a lot of magic. Insta-love. Mpreg. Danger from people wanting to steal the power the royals have. Lots of really hot smexy times with a few kinks thrown in and then babies.

You must read this in order for it to have it’s best impact as each story leads to the next, but if you’re like me – you’ll want to do that anyway!

I loved this series and have read it at least 3 times now… so, I highly recommend it to fans of mpreg, fated mates, magic, rags to riches, hurt/abuse and good, fun, smexy times. Don’t expect great literature, but each book has it’s own flavor and fun, and is full of ooey gooey sappiness that makes my heart go pitter pat!

4.25 of 5 stars

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Take it Like a Man by Lily Blunt

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A male escort takes on an inexperienced client and breaks the first rule of rent boys: don’t get attached.

After updating his Rent Boy blog profile, well-endowed porn star Ty, who has performed many times for reputable adult websites similar to dosexvideo, receives a text from a sexually inexperienced client. Andy, the client, asks Ty to provide him with the necessary know-how so should he ever get a date with the guy he’s attracted to, he’ll be fully prepared.

Little does Ty know that this hookup will lead to a friendship that will subsequently change his life.

***This story has been previously published as The Perfect Size for You by Torquere Press in the Take It Like a Man anthology. This second edition has been expanded and reedited.***

 

Review

This is a very short story about an escort/porn star who accepts a nerdy, virgin for a client and falls in love.

It’s a HFN story that ends on an optimistic note.

Due to the size of the story neither character gets developed really very deeply and so I categorize this as more of a “fantasy” type story than a fully realized short-story. At least, that’s how it read, to me.

Since I’m not really a fan of the HFN story endings and I really don’t do infidelity at all, this wasn’t my kind of story. But… if guys with “large packages” and cute virgins are your thing I think you’ll really enjoy this short fantasy about unexpected love.

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Puppy, Car and Snow by Amy Lane

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Ryan’s entire life changed the night Scott surprised him in a bathroom at a party. Now Ryan’s soulless climb up the corporate ladder has stalled—but his quality life has become a whirlwind of laughter, joy and surprises, thanks to Scotty’s playful, gentle heart.

After three years together, they’re going to Ryan’s parents’ cabin to spend Christmas. Snowed in by the weather and locked under the icy glare of his mother’s disapproval, can Ryan show he has found the most profound happiness in the simplest of things?

 

Review

A simple, sweet, sometimes scandalous!, finale? to the story of Ryan and Scott.

They are settled, but still working through stuff – like life – and yet their love is readily apparent.

4.5 of 5 stars

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6 Days to Get Lucky by LE Franks – Prizes!

 

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I am “Lucky” enough to have LE Franks here today for an interview!  She has given us a Character Interview with Davis “FatBoy” Newman

Thank you for stopping by!  What do you consider your greatest achievement?

 

To date? Getting Nicky to notice me. It took me months before he even knew my name…still doesn’t use it.

If you could have any job or profession, what would it be?

 

I think I’d finish my masters and teach literature at the college…but then I’d never see Nick…so I’m good for now.

 

What is your biggest regret?

 

Unfinished family business with my parents.

What is your favorite food?

My Gran’s Fried chicken. Um….so good! Worth the drive to Knoxville…I should call her.

Who is your hero?

 

Anyone who stands up and fights against injustice. There’s a lot to admire in the human race—you don’t have to be famous to be a hero.

 

Davis sounds like quite a character!  Thanks again for your time.

 

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Author Name: LE Franks

Book Name: 6 Days to Get Lucky

Series: A Nick Valentine Story

Book: Two

Series should be read in order for maximum enjoyment

Release Date: March 2, 2016

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Mixologist Nick Valentine never thought love was in the cards, but after a scorching Valentine’s Day kiss from bouncer Davis “FatBoy” Newman, he’s beginning to think it’s possible. After four weeks of dry spell, Nick’s losing patience—it’s time FatBoy stop acting the gentleman and just throw him over the bar or Nick may just change his mind.

All FatBoy wants is a shot at winning Nick’s heart. As long as meddling bosses, an Irish hurling team and a bar riot don’t ruin his chances forever, he might just get lucky and take the man of his dreams, home.

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4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Fated Mates Gay Heat Index Hurt/Abuse Insta Love m/m Mid level angst Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat Shifter

Claiming His Alpha (Scent of a Mate Book 7) by Stormy Glenn

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Reece Marshall isn’t happy about being pulled away from his undercover assignment for the Feline Council, but one doesn’t argue with a summons from an elder. Discovering he’s been brought before the elder as a potential guardian to a new alpha makes him wish he was back on his mission.

Šílené Bolond never wanted to be an alpha, but forces greater than him seem to think he should lead the Blackthorn Pride. When five enforcers are presented to him as possible guardians, one stands out. Šílené’s heart breaks when his offer of submission is rejected, and he realizes his dream of having a mate will never be realized.

But the forces that turned an omega into an alpha have other plans. When Reece’s undercover assignment becomes too dangerous, the only safe place to go is to the pride of the one man Reece craves, but can’t have. With danger and betrayal around every corner, Reece and Šílené have to turn to each other if they want to survive, and they just might find love if they can survive that long.

Review

Reece is an Alpha doing undercover work for the Council. He gets called from his duty to interview with a “crazy Alpha” – Silene – for a position as his guardian and possible mate. He’s at first happy to think he’s been rejected but when he spends some time with Silene he begins to regret that decision.

Silene is an omega human with a super Alpha tiger inside. He’s been made the Alpha – unwilling though he is – because his tiger is so strong. Now everyone and their brother is challenging him based on his human appearance. He needs someone to run interference and help protect him.

When Silene meets Reece he knows they are mates because – as an omega – he can scent Reece. He knows Reece can’t scent him – as an alpha – and the rejection hits hard. But when forces conspire to throw them together they manage to figure things out just fine.

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I love this series! Each book is it’s own story but builds on a common thread so I recommend reading them all in order. The premise is an Alpha knows his mate by the distinct lack of scent. A complication to be sure. In the first few books this is figured out by the first few couples and now – though more thoroughly understood it’s still difficult to manage.

Silene is one of the many sons the last crazy Alpha made and he is a great character. He’s fun, flouncy and flirty, but has a will of steel and a wicked-strong tiger to match.

These guys were fun to watch as a couple and Silene was amazing in action.

Highly recommended. 4.5 of 5 stars

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Phonebook (Ryan and Scott #2) by Amy Lane

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Dreamspinner Presents

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7524

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2nd Edition

Stuck away from home on business, all Ryan can do is talk with his lover, Scott, on the phone. But the conservative Ryan finds no comfort in phone sex—he’s far too embarrassed. Fortunately, his playful lover has not only planned ahead, but he can think on his back as well. It turns out that the heart really is where good sex starts!

1st Edition previously published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2010.

 

 

Review

So we met Ryan and Scott in the Shirt… (https://openskyebookreviews.com/the-shirt-ryan-and-scott-1-by-amy-lane/) Ryan is the more conservative of the two lovers and he’s stuck on a business trip for his birthday. They try some phone sex – but both feel too awkward with the “smutty talk” so they abort – until… Scott is a resourceful guy and he ends up “gifting” Ryan with something that helps the process along…

The big issue, however, is Ryan’s job… the two have a heart to heart about their future and Ryan returns Scott’s surprise with one of his own.

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This is a super cute series that I’m glad to see is being re-issued. Amy has said all three parts will be available for free eventually from Dreamspinner. For now… enjoy book two even if you missed book one. It’s sweet and sexy and fun.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Author Name: G.R. George/Renee George

Book Name: Dirty Martini 2: The Screwdriver

Series: The Other Team

Book: Eight

This book should be read after Dirty Martini, but it is suggested that the series be read in order as character recur throughout.

Release Date: March 7, 2016

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Marty Lincoln and Chris Lawson are only happy when they’re in each other’s arms. Unfortunately, their relationship remains long-distance as Marty completes his final months in the Army. Chris has a new and challenging job that keeps him busy, but he yearns every day for Marty. Marty suffers from PTSD and needs Chris as his anchor. Time apart feeds the doubts each man harbors as they deal with their tragic pasts and try to hold on to the love blooming between them. Will fear make them give up before they even get started? Or will love find a way?