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5 stars adult - 18+ Book Closeted co-workers to lovers coming of age Contemporary Friends to lovers Gay Gay GFY/OFY Hidden Lovers Hockey Homophobia Instafreebie Little to no angst m/m Mid level steam/heat Morgan New Adult Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Sports Sports Standalone Unrequited Love

Recent release: Traded Out by Samantha Wayland

Good reads link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41555624-traded-out

Blurb

Olle Svensson came to Canada to play hockey, but now he’s wondering if twenty-five is too late to start university back home in Sweden. Things started out well, but then his friend Jamie gets caught with a guy in a men’s room stall at a random bar. Olle knows he should have stood by Jamie, in the bar and the locker room, but he’d been caught off-guard. He’d thought…well, it doesn’t matter anymore what he was thinking.

Jamie Gallagher is in hell. He’d been sure none of his teammates went to that bar, but now he’s been outed against his will and doesn’t have a single ally on the team. He’s giving serious thought to giving up on hockey until the Moncton Ice Cats come to the rescue. Jamie never thought he’d be so happy to be traded.

The only down side is that Olle is coming with him.

A Free Read through Insta-Freebee from August 28th to September 4th together with other authors ->
https://claims.instafreebie.com/gg/FC…

Review

I love this series and this author (and hockey)! This is a rather long story for a freebie and is wonderful!

It’s got a fair amount of hockey in it but is definitely relationship focused. We’ve got a clueless Jamie and an adorable Swede who quietly loves and protects Jamie until he finally clues in!

There is a bit of smexy times a lot of laughs and a nice glimpse of some of our previously loved and adored MCs.

Highly recommended for fans of the series/author but is absolutely fine as a standalone!

5 of 5 stars

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4 stars adult - 18+ Aerielle Book Extasy Books Gay Little to no angst m/m Mild/low level heat Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Paranormal Part of a Series Shifter TIme to get Paranormal

Time to get Paranormal: Noel (Council Assassins Book 2) by Catherine Lievens

eXtasy Books Inc
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40123295-noel?from_search=true

Blurb
Noel has spent the past seventeen years focusing first on his studies, then on his job as a lawyer, but the man he had a one-night stand with never left his mind—or his heart. He doesn’t know what it was about Roark, but he’s never been able to forget him, and he’s stopped trying. Instead, he works with the council to help shifters who can’t afford a lawyer. When he receives threats that have to do with the murder case he accepted, he calls Kameron Rhett from the council, who then calls the council’s best-hidden secret—the assassins.

Roark has been a council assassin since he was freed from the lab he spent years in. It’s the only place he fits in, with the other assassins, the people who share a trait with him—all of them have been genetically modified. Roark hates his ability to manipulate minds, and when he realizes the man he’s supposed to protect is the mate he thought long lost, he tries to get out of it.

But Noel is stubborn and headstrong, and he won’t take no for an answer. Between him and Roark’s bear, Roark doesn’t have a choice, and the more time he spends with Noel, the more he falls for him. Will he be able to save his mate from the man after him? And if he does, will he manage to allow himself the happiness he’s been longing for?

Review
I discovered Catherine Lievens’ Whitedell Pride and Gillham Pack series’ about a year ago and binge read the first 40 books or so!! I love the multitude of shifter and paranormal characters she writes about. Noel is a human lawyer who is getting death threats due to his representation of shifter wrongly accused of murdering a human female. In comes Roark to protect him. Roark sees himself as a monster due to what was done to him by human scientists, in reality he is another tortured soul. The chemistry between Roark and Noel is off the charts. This is their second chance at love. I have to say I didn’t see twist ending. I think this could be read as a stand alone but do yourself a favor and read them all!!
4 stars out of 5


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5 stars adult - 18+ Aerielle Author Provided Bi-Sexual Book Gay Gay Little to no angst m/m Mild/low level heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Standalone

Release Day Review:All He Ever Needed by Cate Ashwood

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Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41059360-all-he-ever-needed?from_search=true

Blurb

Some secrets are too heavy to hold on to forever.

For Ethan, pretending has become second nature. After all, he’s spent the last decade pretending to be straight, pretending to be happy, and pretending he isn’t desperately in love with his best friend. But in a single moment of raw honesty, all those lies come crashing down around him and he’s left wondering what to do next.

When Jase learns his best friend is going through a breakup, his first instinct is to come to Ethan’s rescue, and he knows just the thing to help. The cabin where they spent summers as kids is sitting vacant, and a week there is the perfect remedy to start healing a broken heart.

In the seclusion of the mountains, long-buried fears and emotions take their friendship into unexplored territory that will either bring them closer together… or tear everything apart

Review

The story stars off with Jase whisking his best friend Ethan off to a cabin that they spent their childhood at after Ethan breaks up with his long-time girlfriend. Ethan eventually tells Jase the reason behind the breakup. He’s gay. Jase has trouble coming to terms with this. Jase can’t stand the thought of Ethan with other men. He’s confused by these feelings but admits to himself that he’s been attracted to men in the past. After an awkward first kiss, it finally clicks in place for Jase that Ethan has always been his. They spend time at the cabin exploring their mutual attraction, but Ethan knows once they leave that real life will come crashing around them. Jase really struggles with his “coming out” whereas Ethan finds acceptance. Jase is eventually able to realize that loving Ethan is the only this that matters.
This is the first book I’ve read by Cate Ashwood and I absolutely loved it!!! Friends to Lovers is one of my favorite tropes. Ethan has always known how he felt towards Jase, but Jase never even thought of Ethan that way. Cate does a great job conveying the characters thought and emotions. The chemistry between these two are off the charts. I will definitely be reading more from this author.

5 stars


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5 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook BDSM Book Bullying Gay Gay Hurt/Abuse Little to no angst m/m Mary D Mild/low level heat Monthly Theme New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Re-Release Shifter slave/master Speculative Fiction Steam Punk TIme to get Paranormal vampire Witches/Warlocks/Wizards zombie

Time to Get Paranormal: Duck! Audiobook by: Kim Dare Narrated by: Rod M. Maskew

 

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Duck-Audiobook/B01NCLJWJ9?qid=1535303252&sr=sr_1_1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=JEEM5XB5ZEQJSXBW1DRC&

Blurb

Raised among humans, Ori Jones only discovered he was an avian shifter six months ago. Unable to complete a full shift until he reaches his avian maturity, he still can’t be sure of his exact species.
But with species comes rank, and rank is everything to the avians. When a partial shift allows the elders to announce that they believe Ori to be a rather ugly little duckling, he drops straight to the bottom rung of their hierarchy.
Life isn’t easy for Ori until he comes to the attention of a high ranking hawk shifter. Then the only question is, is Ori really a duck – and what will his new master think when the truth eventually comes out?

Review
I have loved this retake of the ugly duckling fairytale for a long time. The essence of the original fairy tale is still the structure of the story which makes it familiar whilst bringing it into the realm of shifters. We meet Ori living a life of drudgery being bullied by other bird shifters. The Avian nest has a hierarchical structure and Ori being a duckling is low down the pecking order, so to speak. The author has selected birds that suit the nature of the characters being portrayed. This gave me wonderful imagery. The superior Hawks and other birds of Pray being at the top and the pigeons scurrying about in service roles.
Reynard, a Hawk, is disgusted with the way Ori is being treated and offers him a role as a servant in his home. This is where the Master/slave story starts. If BDSM is not your cup of tea this might not the story for you. The core is Dominance and Submission but it doesn’t have a lot of kinky scenes, so it might be worth taking a chance. Reynard, being a Hawk, is a strong character and with the societal hierarchy consent seems to be taken for granted. His drive is to protect and care for Ori. Ori looks up to Reynard and equally wants to take care of Reynard by serving him. From this the love grows and blossoms. The huge bump in their relationship comes from when Ori has his final shift and becomes a Swan. I don’t think I’m giving much away given that it’s based on the Ugly Duckling fairytale. How they deal with this dramatic change though is what makes the story. Can their love overcome such an obstacle? I’ll leave you to discover that for yourselves.

Regarding the narration, I am a fan of Rod M. Maskew’s narration. He excelled at portraying the nature of each bird’s character through the tone and voices he chose. The Hawks were superior upper class English men and the crows were noisy ruffians. Ori was gentle and meek but also gracious. Apart from the second book, magpie, I don’t think he has narrated anything else, which is such a shame.

5 of stars out of 5 for both

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4 stars adult - 18+ Aerielle Dreamspinner Gay Little to no angst Mid level steam/heat Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Standalone

Release Day Review: Glacier Gold by Crystel Greene

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Dreamspinner press

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/glacier-gold-by-crystel-greene-9859-b

Blurb

Up in the Alps, a single night can change your life.
Struggling college student and self-taught graphic artist Justin Bennet isn’t the most self-confident guy, but he knows he’s good at two things: snowboarding and sex. Why does Andi, the hot instructor at the Tyrolean ski resort, pretend Justin doesn’t exist?
Justin becomes all but obsessed with the idea of scoring with the young Austrian. Because for all the man’s reserve, he made it quite obvious he likes Justin—at least from the neck down.
When Justin books a private heliboarding trip with Andi as his guide, he thinks he’s one step away from striking gold.
But then the forces of nature take over, trapping the men in a snowstorm, and things get real. What was supposed to be about some freeriding fun and inviting a closeted guy to start exploring his options suddenly becomes about survival—and the hidden truths of the soul.

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

Length novella 41140 words 113 pages

 

Review by Aerielle

This is a short but sweet instalove story. The story is told from Justin’s point of view and most of the story is him trying to get Andi to notice him. Desperate Justin books a private trip with Andi the day before he has to leave Austria. An accident and storm causes the men to have to stay the night up on the glacier and there they declare their feelings for each other. I liked the basis of this story. Justin is very arrogant at the beginning of the story but towards the end realizes how deep his feelings for Andi really are and he’s prepared to give up his life in the States to be with him.

4 of 5 stars

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Review by Truus
This was just one delicious read. From annoying to sweet sweet tenderness.

Justin and his two best friends are on holiday at a ski resort. Snow boarding is something he is good at.
Justin is over his head when he sees the stunning Andi, son of the owner, instructor and member of the band who also plays in the resort.
Justin will have Andi in his bed in to time… that’s the plan… Andi does everything in his power to avoid Justin… not to be with him alone… and he succeeds.
This all brings Justin on the edge of insanity… he doesn’t understand it.
Then they are both on a risky sloop with bad weather …

Such a nice and funny read. Justin so confused by the cold shoulder from his obsession.
The circumstances they were in is excellent done. The environments ditto. I found it a really captivating read. Justin is even a bit annoying and embarrassing with his constant attempts to conquer Andi. In the cabin we meet a totally different Andi, and I loved it. Nice so see Justin change from a horny guy with only one purpose into a responsible caring sweetheart.
Nice fast paced read with a great end. It’s a short read and goshh I would love to see them in a more developed relationship. I think Andi could be an excellent dominant and Justin deeply in love kissing the ground Andi stands on.

4 of 5 stars


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3 stars adult - 18+ Gay Little to no angst m/m Mid level steam/heat Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Pride Publishing Standalone Truus

Recent Release: Mr. August by Bailey Bradford

Pride Publishing
https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/mr-august

Blurb
Hector thought he’d escaped his past and had nothing to fear by posing for a charity calendar, but he was wrong.

Hector Torres is a self-made man. He came from the wrong side of the tracks and had a difficult childhood. Violence and crime flourished around him, but one particular event sent him running, and he’s been looking back over his shoulder for over a decade.

He thought he’d changed enough to take a chance and do something good, especially in light of his closest friend’s daughter being diagnosed with cancer.

But Hector is wrong, and the man suddenly appears in his life might be his saviour—or his executor.

Review
I had a bit of a rollercoaster experience. Watching this story in a fast pace, before I could let it sink in there was already something else to watch.
There were passages being kind and friendly… also hot and steamy… and even a bit stress.

Hector at the moment Mr. August calendar man, vanished more than a decade ago, because of his dads dirty business. Mat had always eyes for Hector and now he found him again.
What I always love is some shifters. Mat was a shifter, to protect Hector, only there is not much shifting in this story. Hector want to find out who his enemy is and with the help from Mat he has to face his past.

The story has a lot of everything and all not thoroughly worked out.
If you are not picky about developing and you love some fast and hot pages this is for you.

3 out of 5 stars


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4 stars adult - 18+ Aerielle Audiobook Gay Little to no angst Mild/low level heat Monthly Theme mpreg mpreg Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Shifter Stalker/Abusive Ex TIme to get Paranormal

Time to Get Paranormal: Buyer Beware: The Omega Auction: Book 2 (The Omega Auction Chronicles) Audiobook by Kian Rhodes Narrated by Alexander Collins

 

Audible Link
https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Buyer-Beware-Audiobook/B01N21GATM?qid=1534874674&sr=sr_1_1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=EY4QEGBJQ0PB2H874FQC&

Blurb
Warning for violent, non-consensual acts. This book does feature a strong hurt/comfort theme that involves references (non-explicit) to a violent rape.
Five percent of royalties received from the sale of Buyer Beware are donated to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Colby
Until I pissed Lloyd off, I’d always thought that the Omega Auctions were an urban myth, something that packs used to scare Omegas into obeying. As it turns out, not so much. When Lloyd and Ivan delivered me to the auction house, it was immediately clear that shit had just gotten real. I could only guess at what Lloyd had written on my intake forms, but it was obvious that these people believed I was dangerous.
Rafe
“Usually only one reason that an Alpha buys someone like me,” Colby had said.
I watched the emotions flitting through eyes on a face set like stone and considered his words.
Colby might be bigger, stronger, and, yeah, tougher than most Omegas, but he was still an Omega. An unbonded Omega with no pack. An Omega who thought that the differences that set him apart, the differences that made my wolf scream with the need to claim him, meant that he’d stay that way.

Review
I have to start of by saying that there is a rape scene in this book but it’s only really talked about and even then it’s not in much detail. I think the way Kian wrote the scene and the following one was with great tact and not added for shock value.

Colby is an omega who comes off more like an alpha. He strong, tough and independent which immediately draws is Rafe when he finds him at an auction. Colby is a character who seems at odds with himself. He doesn’t want to be seen as weak but can’t help turning to mush around Rafe. His constant self doubt that he isn’t a perfect Omega for Rafe has him at one point trying to change who he is, which confuses Rafe and leads up to a big misunderstanding between the two characters. We get to see more from Trevor and Clint. I was really happy to see that Trevor has grown leaps and bounds from the first book. Enough so that even Rafe is intimidated by him. The story does have a happy ending but it’s not an easy road to get there.
Alexander does a great job narrating like always. I especially liked his portrayal of Colby.

4 stars out of 5 for book. 5 out of 5 for narration


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3.5 stars adult - 18+ Carina Gay Gay Little to no angst m/m NetGalley Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Sorel Standalone

Coming Soon! Game Changer by Rachel Reid


October 22!

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38620127-game-changer?from_search=true

Blurb
This hockey superstar needs to focus on his game — not on love.

Scott Hunter is the superstar captain of the New York Admirals hockey team. He has lived his entire adult life in the spotlight—and in the closet. One day he stops at a smoothie shop after a run and is immediately charmed by the cute guy behind the counter.

That guy is Kip Grady, an underemployed college grad who would never in a million years think he had a shot with the rich and famous Scott Hunter. Scott returns to the smoothie shop every game day, telling Kip—and himself—that he likes to stick to routine when he’s playing well. The chemistry between them is immediate and undeniable, and finally Scott tells Kip he’s interested and invites him to his penthouse.

They begin a passionate relationship full of red-hot sex and sweet romance. But after weeks of barely leaving the confines of Scott’s penthouse, Kip isn’t sure how much longer he can be Scott’s secret. With the pressures of the playoffs upon him, Scott needs to decide how big a risk he’s willing to take for Kip—and himself.

Review

Scott Hunter is so far in the closet he can hardly see daylight. Having lived his whole adult life playing professional hockey, a game not known for its gay friendly attitude on the ice, he feels he must hide this large part of himself. His sexual encounters are few and far between and usually in a foreign country where nobody knows him.
That all changes one day when he goes into a smoothie shop and sees the cute guy behind the counter.

Kip Grady is a college graduate still living in his childhood home because he can’t afford to move out, and working in a smoothie shop, a job he hates, until Scott Hunter, the captain of the New York Admirals comes in one day…

This is a cute romantic tale of two men and their instant attraction for each other.
Both Scott and Kip are likeable enough, but they just didn’t seem to ring quite true for me. The “I love you’s” came far too quickly and once I love you had been said (and said often) the taking each other for granted and walking away just seemed too easy. Nobody was putting any major effort into keeping this relationship alive and when things got a little tough, they quickly walked away.

There is also a lot of sex in this book. A lot of sex. So much so that at times it felt like word padding.

But overall, this was a well written enjoyable tale, with no major angst and a very sweet, big romantic finish.

3.5 stars of 5

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4 stars adult - 18+ Aerielle BDSM Billionaire Book Dreamspinner Gay Gay Little to no angst m/m Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Pain Part of a Series Scorching/high heat slave/master

Audiobook: A Dom and His Writer (Club Whisper #1) by Xenia Melzer Narrated by Richard L Walton

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Dreamspinner Presents:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-dom-and-his-writer-by-xenia-melzer-8973-b

Blurb
Life is perfect for Richard and Dean. Richard is a wealthy and successful businessman who also owns a BDSM club, and Dean is a best-selling author and sub to Richard. They’re young, happy, and in love. The future is bright….
Until tragedy strikes and an accident claims Dean’s beloved sister. Dean finds himself the guardian of a three-month-old infant, and soon he’s trading in his leather fetish gear for diapers and drool bibs. But little Emily is all that remains of his family, so how can he abandon her?
It’s not what Richard signed up for. As much as he tries to be supportive, he never wanted kids and misses having his partner to himself. Suddenly the life he imagined for them is gone, and he’s not sure their relationship can survive the upheaval. But fate isn’t through with Dean, and when misfortune strikes again, will he be able to turn to the man he loves? A final crisis will determine if they can pull together as a family or must face facts and part ways.

Review

This was a new author and narrator for me. I really enjoyed the story for the most part and eventually the narrator grew on me. Richard is the typical billionaire Dom we see in a lot of novels. He’s arrogant and very sure of his relationship with his sub Dean. The story starts out with them celebrating their 5 year anniversary. These are obviously two men very much in love. While Richard is away on business Dean finds out that his beloved sister passed away in a car accident and that she made him the guardian of her 3 month old daughter Emily. When Richard finds out he tells Dean that they shouldn’t raise her but he backs off when he sees that hurts Dean. Dean is determined to Emily since she is all he has left of his sister. While Dean goes into child raising willing to learn everything he needs, Richard just stews in his jealously. He spends a good part of the book mentally complaining that Dean choose the baby over him and that he doesn’t need his Dom any longer. Dean sees that Richard is struggling with accepting the baby and he tries to still be the perfect sub but unfortunately raising a baby is harder then he thought.
I had big issue with Richard for most of the story. He comes off as very selfish, only thinking about himself. He even throws a tantrum after Dean safewords during a scene. Needless to say he eventually comes around and proves to be a great protector to both Emily and Dean. I cant wait to start the next book.
Both audio and book get 4 stars

4 of 5 stars

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5 stars adult - 18+ Aerielle Author Provided Book Gay Gay Little to no angst m/m Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Scorching/high heat

Release Day Review: Ride or Dye (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries #6) by Aimee Nicole Walker

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Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41721849-ride-or-dye?from_search=true

Blurb
Gabe and Josh Roman-Wyatt have been living life in the fast lane. Demanding jobs, precocious twin toddlers, an ever-growing circle of friends, and a menagerie of pets means their home is filled with love and laughter but very few quiet moments for the happy couple. Gabe’s solution is to plan a surprise vacation at a perfect hideaway where the two of them can slow things down and reconnect.

Tarlington House, a historic home located on Edisto Island in South Carolina, hosts an annual murder-mystery event which will allow Josh to use the skills he learned from his all-time favorite television detective to solve the case. The serene setting is perfect for fun days in the sun, passionate lovemaking under the stars, and a healthy wager between husbands to see who can plan the best date. But when the other guests arrive, the guys find themselves surrounded by liars and cheaters who will say or do anything to win, reminding them there’s no place like Blissville.

When a guest is killed during a vicious storm that knocks out the power and phone lines, Josh and Gabe’s murder mystery role-playing becomes a real-life whodunnit. Serve and protect will take on a deeper meaning for Gabe when he’s torn between upholding the law and protecting his husband from a ruthless killer.

Ride or Dye includes sexy sunrises, snarky banter, and swoon-worthy romance. It is the sixth and final book in the Curl Up and Dye Mysteries, which must be read in order. Ride or Dye contains sexually explicit material intended for adults 18 and older.

Review

I love this series so much!! Ride and Dye was sweet, funny, hot and incredibly enjoyable. I’m sad that books Josh and Gabe as main characters are over, but Aimee has assured us that they will be showing up as secondary characters in future Blissville books. Josh and Gabe are such a strong, established couple but the road there was definitely rocky. Gabe has a romantic vacation planned for Josh sans kids but shenanigans always seem to follow them wherever they go. Once they get to Tarlington House its all sexy times and romantic gestures until one of the guests comes up dead. I have to say that I thought I knew who the murder was right away but I was wrong. The ending is so sweet and showing what amazing men Josh and Gabe are, they are just perfection together. This is definitely not a standalone novel, to be thoroughly enjoyed I recommend reading all of the Curl Up and Dye Mysteries and The Road to Blissville books.
5 out of 5


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