Categories
adult - 18+

Magic Touch by Jayda Marx

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53689857-magic-touch

Blurb
Indigo has a charmed life; he lives in a village with the other mages in his coven and is surrounded by family and friends. The only thing he’s missing is someone to share his life with. For weeks, a door has appeared to Indigo in his dreams. Every time he looks upon it, he’s engulfed by the feeling that it contains something life changing; that everything he desires is kept from him by two inches of wood. He tries everything to open it, from enchantments to brute force, but it stands firm. After nights of torment, the door finally opens, revealing to Indigo the most stunning man he’s ever seen. He’s both comforted and vitalized by his presence, and knows without a doubt that the man is his beloved; his match hand-picked by Fate. But his mate is human, which is unheard of in his magical world. Could the vision be a ruse, or a dream come true?

Puck has spent his whole life bouncing from one foster home to the next. He feels like a nobody from nowhere because he’s never stayed in one place long enough to form lasting friendships. Being the lonely, awkward gay kid made him an easy target growing up, and he’s carried his mistrust and insecurities into adulthood. One night, a man appears to him in a dream and fills him with emotions he’s never felt; comfort, acceptance, and love. When his dream man appears at his doorstep to whisk him away, could it all be a trick, or the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime?

Review

This was adorable! No angst. Super sweet. Lots of cute love names and insta love.

I am not always in the mood for this type of story – but right now I am!

I enjoy the ease of the story and the love that develops still felt authentic.

Highly enjoyable!

4 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Audiobook: Golden Valley (Pack #3) by Cardeno C. narrated by Ezekiel Robinson

audiobookreview

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!

Audio

Ezekiel Robinson is definitely a narrator I trust. He does a good job with the story line but I found his lack of unique voices a little disappointing. Everyone (mostly) sounded the same.

It was a good way to listen to the story and he’s still a great narrator whom I will look to in the future, but it wasn’t my favorite from him.

4 of 5 stars


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Categories
adult - 18+

Shortbread and Shadows Author: Amy Lane

 Dreamspinner Press
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/shortbread-and-shadows-by-amy-lane-11686-b

Blurb
Hedge Witches Lonely Hearts Club: Book One

When a coven of hedge witches casts a spell for their hearts’ desires, the world turns upside down.

Bartholomew Baker is afraid to hope for his heart’s true desire—the gregarious woodworker who sells his wares next to Bartholomew at the local craft fairs—so he writes the spell for his baking business to thrive and allow him to quit his office job. He’d rather pour his energy into emotionally gratifying pastry! But the magic won’t allow him to lie, even to himself, and the spellcasting has unexpected consequences.

For two years Lachlan has been flirting with Bartholomew, but the shy baker with the beautiful gray eyes runs away whenever their conversation turns personal. He’s about to give up hope… and then Bartholomew rushes into a convention in the midst of a spellcasting disaster of epic proportions.

Suddenly everybody wants a taste of Bartholomew’s baked goods—and Bartholomew himself. Lachlan gladly jumps on for the ride, enduring rioting crowds and supernatural birds for a chance with Bartholomew. Can Bartholomew overcome the shyness that has kept him from giving his heart to Lachlan?

Review
I don’t always know what I’m going to get with a book written by Amy
Lane but I know I am going to enjoy it. With this book Amy has given us love and magic, what a potent combination. I fell in love with timid, shy, naive Bartholomew who turns out to be a hero in this story. Lachlan is determined that Bartholomew will pay attention to him and realise how much he is attracted to Bartholomew. Here’s where love and magic get sticky because you can’t fool magic. Magic knows Bartholomew’s true hearts desire is Lachlan. Now the fun begins in the book. Such a wonderful comedy of errors occurs as
Bartholomew, his coven and Lachlan try to appease magic and put things right. True love blossoms in amongst the mayhem and Bartholomew realises he can rely on Lachlan to back him up and support him.
Whilst Bartholomew and Lachlan’s story comes to a wonderful happy for now ending there was a tiny cliffhanger. I do hope the next story is out soon this coven grabbed my heart with their spell and I don’t want to break free from them just yet.
Number of stars out 5 of 5


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Categories
adult - 18+

Hardwood (Four Bears Construction #3) by K.M. Neuhold

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54025139-hardwood?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=3gNWJrXRRA&rank=3

Blurb

I’ve spent forty-four years of my life telling the world I’m a carpet man. Is it too late to admit to myself and everyone else that deep down I’m really all about the Hardwood?

It took me over thirty-five years to admit to myself that I’m gay, another seven to find the courage to say it out loud to anyone else, and exactly thirty seconds to develop a massive crush on my daughter’s music teacher. It’s really not my fault, have you even seen those cute bowties he wears?

After everything it’s taken to get here, am I going to work up the nerve to come out to my ex-wife and my best friends? Am I ready to shake up my comfortable, simple life and take a chance on Watson? Or am I going to throw a wrench in my own chance for happily ever after?

Review

I read this one first – and it was so good I went back to read the others in the series!

I think, this is my 3rd favorite, however, after having read the other 2. I loved the 2nd one because it was so funny and charming, and the first one is so sweet. I got a little frustrated by Everett and wanted to kick him in the nads.

It was all good by the end, but still – frustrating.

I did like the humor but Stoney is hard to beat!

4.5 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Soul to Keep Author: Garrett Leigh Narrator: Dan Calley

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Publisher and link to book (i.e. Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36291180-soul-to-keep

 

Blurb
Stand-alone second book in the LAMBDA nominated Rented Heart series.

Recovering addict Jamie Yorke has returned to England from California. With no home or family to speak of, he sticks a pin in a map and finds a small town in the Derbyshire Peak District. Matlock Bath is a quiet place – he just needs to get there, keep his head down, and stay clean. Simple, right? Until a chance meeting on the flight home alters the course of his so-called life forever.

Ex-Army medic Marc Ramsey is recovering from life-changing combat injuries while pulling nights as a trauma specialist at the local hospital. Keeping busy is a habit he can’t quit, but when Jamie – so wild and beautiful – bursts into his life, working himself into the ground isn’t as compelling as it used to be.

Marc falls hard, but chaos lurks behind Jamie’s fragile facade. He’s winning his battle against addiction, but another old foe is slowly consuming him. Both men have weathered many storms, but the path to the peace they deserve might prove the roughest ride yet.

Review
This book worked as a stand-alone for me. I have never read of listened to Rented Heart and whilst characters do cross over a little I did not feel like I was missing something. This story is all about Jamie and Marc. I absolutely loved their meeting, it was like fate was giving them a push knowing they would be just what each other needed. As Jamie fights to control his addiction his OCD comes more to the front as a way to take control of his life. Such a powerful battle he is going through. Marc is there for him, really they are there for each other. There’s a lot in this story without it feeling overwhelming. I love the realism in Garrett Leigh’s writing. There’s aren’t any cinderfella moments. Everyone has to work hard to get what they want or to be with, without a too heavy load of angst.
Dan Cally’s narration adds a perfect amount of grit with his gravelly voice. He is able to convey Marc’s tired determination of an NHS Doctor and the frenetic worry that drives Jamie. Perfect for me.

Number of stars 4 out of 5 for story
Number of stars 5 out of 5 for narration


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Categories
adult - 18+

Nailed (Four Bears Construction #2) by K.M. Neuhold

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53189356-nailed?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=3gNWJrXRRA&rank=2

Blurb

My new neighbor is a total tool.

He hated me from the second he laid eyes on me, and I don’t have the first clue why… But, if he wants to hate me, I’m happy to give him a few reasons: mowing the lawn at dawn on the weekend, leaving garbage cans in front of his driveway, renting a petting zoo for my backyard…making a list of ways to drive him crazy is half the fun.

He deserves it with the way he’s driving me crazy right back without even trying— walking around without a shirt on, sweaty rippling muscles on full display, well-worn denim jeans perfectly molded to his…well, you get the idea.

My point is, if he wants a war, I’ll give him one.

Review

I LOVED this!
Stone is hysterical! I loved their hot, angry interactions but adored their somewhat schmoopy interactions more.

West is a dear and I hope we hear more from him.

I have my suspicions for our friend Ollie…

In any case, these can be read alone, but are better in a series. (Although I read them backwards… but it was fine!)

Highly, recommended!

6 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Tiramisu After Midnight By Mark David Campbell

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/tiramisu-after-midnight-by-mark-david-campbell-11664-b

Blurb

If Enrico, who is gay, and his twin brother, Fabrizio, who is straight, can make a success of their B&B on Lago Maggiore in northern Italy, they can save their family home from their conniving half sister. Can good intentions and lots of heart make up for what they lack in money and experience?

On the other side of the Atlantic, in Syracuse, New York, Owen is buckling under an unrequited crush and the pressures of starting an event-planning business. His best friend Maggie books a last-minute getaway at the twins’ romantic villa—and insists Owen join her.

Even if the B&B is not quite as elegant as advertised, they are seduced by the stunning scenery, sumptuous foods, and luscious wines—not to mention their charming hosts.

Love is in the air, but before these four lonely hearts can make their dreams come true, they must overcome past obsession, half a world of distance, and false accusations.

When your tiramisu is only a soggy biscuit soaked in instant coffee and topped with spray cream, it’s time to take a chance on the real thing.

Review

Tiramisu After Midnight was an okay book. The story line isn’t very original, which is probably why I couldn’t really get into it, Owen is supposedly in love with his best friend, all is hopeless, so he runs off to Italy and in a short few days, his heart is healed by the cute Italian guy Enrico. Throw in greedy family members and some prejudice and that pretty much sums up this story.
I just had a hard time getting into this book even though there was a lot I liked. The characters were all well written. There was plenty of banter which I always like. The description of the Italian cities were fantastic.
3 stars


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Categories
adult - 18+

Caulky (Four Bears Construction #1) by K.M. Neuhold

Good reads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50715079-caulky?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=3gNWJrXRRA&rank=1

Blurb

Ren is in desperate need of a rebound fling. Lucky for him, the smoking hot contractor he hired has just the tool for the job.

The last thing I want is another relationship or another broken heart.

All I need are my bees and the occasional hookup to scratch the itch.

Okay, maybe meeting up with my hot contractor weekly is a little more than occasional. And maybe the way I’m starting to feel about the guy I’ve been anonymously chatting with online should concern me.

But CaulkyAF doesn’t want to meet, and Cole doesn’t want anything serious, so what’s the worst that could happen?

Review

This was hysterical! I have to admit I read this in reverse order, but I still loved these guys and found them to be adorable!

There was “maybe” a bit too much sex – but – in this case – it was probably explained by their relationship basis.

Highly enjoyable and recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Coming Soon! Shortbread and Shadows (Hedge Witches Lonely Hearts Club #1) by Amy Lane

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52707878-shortbread-and-shadows?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=Ij0r8NnIlV&rank=1

Blurb

Hedge Witches Lonely Hearts Club: Book One

When a coven of hedge witches casts a spell for their hearts’ desires, the world turns upside down.

Bartholomew Baker is afraid to hope for his heart’s true desire—the gregarious woodworker who sells his wares next to Bartholomew at the local craft fairs—so he writes the spell for his baking business to thrive and allow him to quit his office job. He’d rather pour his energy into emotionally gratifying pastry! But the magic won’t allow him to lie, even to himself, and the spellcasting has unexpected consequences.

For two years Lachlan has been flirting with Bartholomew, but the shy baker with the beautiful gray eyes runs away whenever their conversation turns personal. He’s about to give up hope… and then Bartholomew rushes into a convention in the midst of a spellcasting disaster of epic proportions.

Suddenly everybody wants a taste of Bartholomew’s baked goods—and Bartholomew himself. Lachlan gladly jumps on for the ride, enduring rioting crowds and supernatural birds for a chance with Bartholomew. Can Bartholomew overcome the shyness that has kept him from giving his heart to Lachlan?

Review

So – you know I am a huge Amy fan, and she doesn’t do a lot of paranormal – which I am another huge fan – so when the two are done together – WOOOHOOO!

I super, super loved this.

It was funny, sweet, a little sexy and so – so much fun! There is not much angst but a lot of hijinks!

I CANNOT wait for the rest of the series. I am so compelled by the magic and I am hoping the two roommates’ story is next!

This is highly recommended!

6 of 5


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Categories
adult - 18+

Finding Armando by Joe Cosentino

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/finding-armando-by-joe-cosentino-11671-b

Blurb

Found At Last: Book Two

An investigative adventure in search of an elderly man’s first love brought Theo and Jamison together. Now they’re called to put their sleuthing skills to use once again and reunite Pocono resort manager Asher with his lost love, Armando. But the hunt through rural Pennsylvania won’t be easy with Jamison’s younger brother locking horns with the resort’s assistant manager and a shocking offer from the sous chef, Grace.

Review

Finding Armando is a story of found family, love and friendship. This is the second book of a series and not having read the first book I felt like I was dropped into the middle of an ongoing story but I still enjoyed this one. All of the characters, major and minor were very well written. Armando and Asher’s story was heartbreaking at times but they managed to pull through and get their happy ending.
I definitely recommend reading the first story first for better enjoyment!

4 stars


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