Time to go Dark: Cut and Run Audiobook: By: Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban Narrated by Sawyer Allerde

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Blurb

An erotic gay romance, a suspenseful thriller….
A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.
Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He’s cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he’s paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it’s hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliché: total opposites, good cop – bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.
Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again – this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer’s knife.


Review

This was one of the first books/series I read in this genre and it totally got me hooked! I remember being so glad that I’d found this series after the bulk of them had been written because the emotional cliff hangars at the ends of these are killer!

Our guys go though SO MUCH. There are times when they are apart, fearing for their lives, considering the end… this author (these authors) aren’t afraid of anything.

There are countless reviews for this series – so I’ll just add my own few words.

If you aren’t afraid of angst, like humor and seriously hot smexy times, aren’t afraid to wait A LONG time for the emotional pay out – this is for you. The emotional pay out is there and so satisfying – but not for several books.

Our guys clearly are in it together – but they have to WORK for it and it’s not easy.

The secondary characters and the drama keep the relationship stuff moving along and does – at times – eclipse the romance. However, given the entire series – the relationship is at the center in the end.

 

Audio

 

Unfortunately, this is one of those series where we get a few different narrators. I think each of them added their own twist to the characters and all of them – in their own way – did a great job. The narration definitely adds to the overall enjoyment and I’d definitely recommend it as a fantastic way to enjoy this series. Especially if you have a LONG time to listen J

 

 

5 of 5 stars


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Family: Rebuilding Year Book 3 by Kaje Harper

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Blurb

Four years ago, Ryan and John decided they’d wait to get married until it came with full legal equality. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court, that historic moment has finally arrived. But two hundred miles separate Ryan’s hectic residency from John’s busy campus job. With a son in college, a daughter choosing her future, and a rambunctious Irish Setter needing attention, planning a wedding isn’t simple.

Of course, even the most perfect ceremony can’t solve all their problems. What does it take to build forever?

The third book in the rebuilding your series is sounds like it’s the last book felt like last book but there might be more of our guys finally get married that’s the point of the book but they have a bunch to work through and that it was a bit of history you know kind reminding us about that struggle over the Supreme Court case and also a bit of information on how hard it is to be a med student I really love these guys and was happy to see their happy ending.

 

Review

First I’d like to point out that our very own Karrie Jax did this cover!  Woooooot!

The third book in the series.  It sounds like it’s the last book – and felt that way – but I’d love to see more from these guys! 

They do finally get married and it’s so sweet!

We get a bit of the history of their struggle as the Supreme Court makes it’s decision as well as a feel for what a life apart is like for these two guys.

It’s definitely not a standalone but I highly recommend it to fans of the series.

5 of 5 stars

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Housekeeping: Winners, Themes and the Holidays – oh my!

October was such a busy month, we got a little behind in planning for November – so we are going to be combining our November and December Themes – which are “Families/Weddings and The Holidays” ! Look for either of these fabulous headers coming up in the next 8 weeks for reviews to warm your heart through the winter.

October wrapped up with 4 winners receiving prizes from Jordan L Hawk and Dreamspinner Press!

Congratulations to all the winners and a big Thank You to all our commenters!

And a Special Thanks to Karrie Jax who made our themes for us – again so amazing!!! 

 

Late in the Day by Mary Calmes

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Blurb

Second from The Vault
Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. The Vault. Juggling all these names would bother some, but for Darius, it’s business as usual. When he closes a chapter in his life, he leaves a name—and the people associated with it—behind. He’s managed to keep a few colleagues, even fewer friends, and no companionship through his forty-plus years… but that’s now changing.
The newest chapter of his life is bringing serious change: a stable home, a recovered identity, an unlikely family, and now a chance encounter with the one man Darius ever loved: Efrem Lahm. The reasons they parted are still valid, and there’s no way they can trust each other. But Efrem has already decided he won’t let Darius go… and Darius will have to decide if he wants to take a chance with his heart this late in the day.

Review

This is a difficult review for me because I really wanted to love this book. Note: this is all on me. For one, I have not read ‘A Day Makes’ and so was unaware that this book was in the same universe (hitmen, vaults). And, to make matters worse, I have not yet read ‘Mine’. While this book could be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading either (or both) of the other books mentioned.

Darius is chosen to be the new Vault.

The story continues with Darius helping to get someone out of danger and relocate to a new life in Boston. As he is working on this, he is suddenly face to face with his old love, Efrem Lahm.

The story didn’t work for me – it started at some time in the present (?) with Darius dealing with closing down mob ties. Then it jumped to the past where Darius recalls how he became the Vault. Then fast forward some months later; he is suddenly in the custody of Homeland Security, where he reconnects with Efrem.

Also, Darius and Efrem do not get a lot of time together – the book seemed to revolve around all the other characters. Both MC’s do not get together again until two-thirds of the book.

Again, if I had read the other books, especially ‘A Day Makes’, the writing style would have made more sense.

It’s a good book, one that I’ll re-read once I’ve read the other books.

 

3 stars out of 5
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Spooky Review: Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin #1) Audiobook by Jordan L. Hawk Narrated by Julian G. Simmons

Audible Link

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Blurb

Some things should stay buried.

Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he’s ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man.

So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult that murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them. Spells the intellectual Whyborne doesn’t believe are real.

As the investigation draws the two men closer, Griffin’s rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne’s iron control. When the cult resurrects an evil sorcerer who commands terrifying monsters, can Whyborne overcome his fear and learn to trust? Will Griffin let go of his past and risk falling in love? Or will Griffin’s secrets cost Whyborne both his heart and his life?

Review

Trying to review a book 2 years after you read it the first time, might seem kind of strange and also like an impossible task. Fortunately, I have re-read this book, and the entire series in fact, several times over by now, which might show you the level of enthusiasm I have with regards to this series.

On my very first listen of book one, I wasn’t too sure about the narrator, Julian G. Simmons to start with. But he grew on me and it didn’t take long before he was completely under my skin. Three re-listen’s later he IS Whyborne and noone else will do.

The first time I listened I was literally exhausted when I finished. It was such an exiting story and my comments made whilst reading probably sums the experience up quite well:
• 20%: This is gonna be bloody brilliant! I want to know about the sands, tell me! Now!
• 25%: “And then the candle burst into flame.” Argh! I resent my own rules forbidding me to continue this until tomorrow in the car!
• 50%: Was I the only one, who actually shouted out loud: “It’s a trap! Get out!”
• 65%: I really do not have the time to go to work right now! People have risen from the grave and are stealing papyrus for goodness sake!
• 80%: No, Whyborne, no! No, no, no!
• 90%: I cannot believe I have to abandon them right now and go to work! Surely there must be some kind of leave that covers: “I cannot possible concentrate on work as Griffin is being held captive by the Brotherhood and Whyborne is deep undercover in very dangerous company!”
This is a historical paranormal mystery at it’s finest with a romance thrown in, and it is delicious. Ms. Hawk is a true storyteller and the narration of this book is so well done that you are completely immersed into the story. Even when listening for the third time I still get caught in the action, even if I know exactly what will happen next.

Read it! Or even better, listen to it! Greatly recommended. I was so thoroughly entertained all the way through, that this deserves all the stars I can give it.

6 out of 5 stars

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A Day Makes by Mary Calmes – Dual Review by Beth and Morgan with Fan Art by Karrie Jax!

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-day-makes-by-mary-calmes-8388-b

Blurb

Mob enforcer Ceaton Mercer has killed a lot of people in a lot of different ways – he stashed the last two bodies in a toolshed belonging to a sweetheart marine researcher in an idyllic island community – but he’s really not such a bad guy. Over time he’s found a home of sorts, and he even learns he’s found a place in the hearts of the people he works with…at least enough so that they won’t put a bullet in his head because he’s outlived his usefulness to the boss.

But he never thought he’d find one day could change his life, and he’s about to discover how wrong he is.

Because in a single day, he meets the man who looks to be the one, the love of his life. It’s an improbable idea – a man who deals in death finding love – but it’s like it’s meant to be. That single day gets weirder and troubles pile up, forcing Ceaton to take a hard look at his dreary life and accept that one day can change everything, especially himself. His future might be brighter than he expects – if he can stay alive long enough to find out.

Review By Beth

 

Give and take.

You have a man who just wants to belong. Thought he had it only to lose it. So he wanders. But he believes in right and wrong. He believes he needs to stand up for the little man. Yet feels like if he turns left instead of right he will lose his life. He is offered a place in a family, with a group of people that have nothing in common but working for the same person and the brotherhood they form and he now has a place to belong. It’s not a comfortable place but the people he is with make him feel a part of something more. Until he’s not. In the end he finds that doing what he believes in, in the first place is what saves him in the end.

The love interest shows up near the end, and he completely sees past the outside, to the man underneath it all. This is not sex every other chapter this is a story about wanting a place to belong, to be recognized for being loyal and to be important to one special person. Not quite a mystery but enough back and forth to keep you wondering. Mary Calmes is a great weaver of words and this story will keep you wondering where it will end up

4.5 stars

 
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Review by Morgan

Man! This was an amazing book. Mary – as always – has given us some fantastic characters and this story is predominately driven by their personalities alone.

I’m having a hard time reviewing it because it has some unique facets that differentiate it from other romances and other books by Mary.

It does have the clueless guy who is too amazing for words but doesn’t know it. It has some dry, witty, banter and extremely loyal friends who stick by said clueless guy – even though he’s surprised at their loyalty.

I love that Ceaton isn’t exactly a “good guy” – he definitely has some wobbly morals, but he also has some firm lines he won’t cross.

Without giving away any spoilers – I will tell you this: Most of the story is NOT about Ceaton and his love interest. He doesn’t meet that guy til near the end and we really don’t get to see them together much or see their relationship develop much at all. If I have any complaints it’s that. I really wanted to see more of his new lover and him together and get to know the lover better. I felt like we just scratched his surface (the lover) and I want to know more!

What looks amazing is that the secondary characters are all ripe for a series – I’m particularly hopeful that Marco ends up in his own book J

Fans of Mary will find some familiar faces and Easter Eggs as she is prone to do and I think they will all be “squeeing” by the end!

Highly recommended for fans of the author, fans of great character driven stories and humor.

4 of 5 stars

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Smoke and Mirrors (THIRDS book 7) by Charlie Cochet

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Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he’s always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home, and the arms of his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Sloane Brodie, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he’s secretly believed all along: his parents’ death wasn’t an accident.

Discovering the whole truth about John and Gina Daley’s homicide sets off a series of events that will change Dex and Sloane’s lives forever. As buried secrets rise to the surface and new truths are revealed, Dex and Sloane’s love for each other is put to the test, with more than their relationship on the line. If traversing the waters of murder and secret government agencies wasn’t enough, something inexplicable has been happening to Dex—and nothing will ever be the same.

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Review

Well – SO MUCH HAPPENS in this book and I don’t want to spoil anything.

So… things that I loved about this story:

Sloane and Dex becomes SO CLOSE: It’s amazing. Just when you think they couldn’t possibly love one another more. Sigh. Ooey gooey love in abundance. It was wonderful!!

Learning more back story: we learn more about Dex’s parents, Tony’s relationship with them.

Super hot smexy times.

Lots of purring.

As you know, Charlie has teased us with her “Change is coming” and WOW is it ever. You’ll understand pretty much what that refers to after the first chapter.

Things that break my heart: Seb and Hudson. They seriously need a HEA. They are in so much pain!

Things that made me laugh: Ash’s response to Dex when he was pouting. J

Things that made me mad: SPARKS. Full stop.

(And Shulzon and sometimes Charlie.. there’s this part near the end… Oh Charlie you can be SO MEAN… luckily it turned out ok – LOL  )

I know any fans of the series will adore this and I think it might be tied with

Rack and Ruin as my favorite in the series. I can’t tell you more. You must read this series in order. It’s amaze-balls!

Highly Recommended 5 of 5 stars

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Chevalier (Romanus Book 2) by Mary Calmes

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Sequel to Romanus

Fireman Mason James thought finding out he is a Romanus—a rare class of gargoyle—would be the surprise of a lifetime, but he’s proven wrong when he discovers he is the son of a comte and goji nobility. But his newly discovered family doesn’t think his gargoyle lover, Luc, is good enough for a goji of Mason’s stature—how could a warrior ever be? But despite the Moreaus’ uncertainty and elitism, they are Mason’s only chance to unravel the mystery behind his mother’s death, find a solution for the class divide that might separate him from Luc, and discover what it truly means to be a Romanus.

 

Review

First, you must read Romanus before you read this. It won’t really make sense as a standalone.

We met the two lovers Luc and Mason when Mason had stumbled upon Luc’s chasse of gargoyles to find out that Mason was actually a Romanus, something revered by the gargoyles. Unfortunately, they don’t know much about what that means and the main driving force in this story is to find out just what it means to be a Romanus so that the tension in the chasse will let up.

There’s an added element of mystery when a family comes from France claiming to be related to Mason. Some threats are made and Mason and Luc fly over the ocean to research being a Romanus with the keeper of the gargoyle history and to find out more about Mason’s family as well.

Meanwhile, at every turn, Luc is met with derision, scorn and contempt because he is of a “lower class” than the Romanus – at least historically. Mason will have none of this and this helps Luc and Mason to iron out their own relationship issues.

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I fell in love with Romanus years ago and was so psyched to see this sequel finally come about! It does not disappoint! In typical Mary form, Mason is absolutely perfect, Luc is tough as all get out and the bad guys are really bad and easily seen through. But… there’s some fascinating twists and turns this story takes that keep the storyline fresh and proves to me – again – that when Mary writes paranormal she really shines her brightest.

I loved this sequel and highly recommend it to fans of paranormal stories, fans of Mary Calmes and fans of Romanus and Gargoyles in general.

 

5 of 5 stars

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Power Play (Scoring Chances #3) by Avon Gale

 

Releasing TOMORROW!

 

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A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.

After spending guilt-ridden years for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.

Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime to forget, but also a sleazy GM determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets the team, Misha revisits his darkest days, which might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.

Review

In the same universe as Jared, Lane, Ethan, Riley and Zoe we have two coaches this time, Max and Misha.

Max was injured years ago by Misha in the Stanley Cup playoffs in such a way that he can never play pro-Hockey again. Misha, as a result of his part in the injury, retires as well after that fateful game.

Now, a conniving team owner puts the two of them together as coaches, hoping to stir a media controversy to bring in fans to watch his struggling hockey team.

At first the two are leery of one another, but never fighting. Slowly, as the season moves on they begin to rely on the other as friends and then, bravely, Max hits on Misha and then all bets are off!

**

I cannot say enough good things about Avon Gale’s writing. She uses humor, fast-paced dialog, solid hockey knowledge and great timing to grab you right from the beginning and immerse you in her stories.

In this case we have Max who is so easy going it’s almost unbelievable. But that’s the perfect foil for Misha who worries over every little thing. I liken Avon’s writing to Max in that both are warm and inviting, clever and funny but straight forward, no B.S.

Misha, with his secrets and his past in Russia (Yeah, Max, the real Russia!) is the dark to Max’s light and the deep to Max’s sometimes superficial. Max is easy to love and great for morale. Misha has deep thinking and strategies and passion that binds people to him.

I really appreciated the fact that she gave us a new team (which means she had to develop an entire new set of characters- hard!) rather than continuing to add bi-sexual men to the team we knew – thus making it a bit more fantastical and incestuous. This way we get a whole new bunch of guys to learn about and love. The work was totally worth it!

I highlighted like a fiend in this book – Avon’s dialog is like that – so damn funny you want to remember it all!

I love how clueless Max is about geography and anything “adult”.

“Russians were sneaky. No wonder they won the Cold War. Wait… did they?”

“F**cking Polish prick!” “We don’t bully because people are from other—countries?” Max looked briefly at Misha, who nodded imperceptibly. He found Max’s complete lack of understanding about world geography both exasperating and endearing.”

 

This story had an underlying tone of seriousness to it – probably Misha’s doing – that I really appreciated. It made Isaac’s story and Misha’s so much more riveting and the story was richer for it.

“There’s pretty much nothing better than waking up every morning and kissing your best friend.”

I highly recommend this book and the entire series!

5 of 5 stars

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Fire and Rain (Carlisle Cops: Book Three ) Audiobook by Andrew Grey Narrated by Randy Fuller

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Since the death of their mother, Josten Applewhite has done what he’s had to do to take care of his little brother and keep their small family together. But in an instant, a stroke of bad luck tears down what little home he’s managed to build, and Jos and Isaac end up on the streets.

That’s where Officer Kip Rogers finds them, and even though he knows he should let the proper authorities handle things, he cannot find it in his heart to turn them away, going so far as to invite them to stay in his home until they get back on their feet. With the help of Kip and his friends, Jos starts to rebuild his life. But experience has taught him nothing comes for free, and the generosity seems too good to be true—just like everything about Kip.

Kip’s falling hard for Jos, and he likes the way Jos and Isaac make his big house feel like a home. But their arrangement can’t be permanent, not with Jos set on making his own way. Then a distant relative emerges, determined to destroy Jos’s family, and Kip knows Jos needs him—even if he’s not ready to admit it.

Fire and RainReview

Kip is a police officer in the Pennsylvania small town where we’ve met the other MCs in the Carlisle Cops series. He has a big heart and an open mind, and when he meets Jos – a younger man taking care of his even younger brother – his heart immediately goes out to the troubled family.

Though Jos is wary, his determination to help his brother, Isaac, forces him to accept the invitation to stay at Kip’s place while getting his life in order.

There is some drama with Jos’ family and some waffling as Kip navigates his feelings for the much younger man and what his “insta family” will mean to his life, but it’s short-lived.

Kip and his friends (from the previous books in the series) help Jos land on his feet and fight for Isaac. During their time together, Kip and Jos find love for themselves.

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Andrew Grey gives us another wonderful addition to his Fire and Ice series, fans will surely love Kip and Jos as a couple. This is one of those happily sentimental and sappy series full of Hallmark moments. Underdogs making their way to the top. True love conquering all. Kids, family and home. Do-gooders all around. Happily Ever Afters abounding!

4 of 5 stars for the story

Audio

Randy Fuller is one of those narrators that is hit or miss for me. I’ve enjoyed several of his narrations, enough, but he’s definitely not my favorite. I thought he did a nice job with Fire and Ice, so I figured this would be nice as well… but it wasn’t. While I appreciate his dedication to giving everyone a unique sounding voice, some of his choices didn’t work for me. I didn’t like Jos (it was way different than I’d have thought in my head) and felt he was a bit too light hearted for the emo young man in the story. I also didn’t care for his portrayal of Isaac at all – he sounded far too old and whiny. I liked Kip and the other police officers though. In this case I think the narration detracted from the overall enjoyment.

Narration 3 of 5 stars

Overall 3.5 of 5 stars

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