Audiobook Bromantically Yours by KC Wells Narrated by Daniel Henning

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/bromantically-yours-by-kc-wells-9344-b

Blurb

K.C. Wells
A friends-to-lovers novella that came from Out of the Shadows, because Nate and Dylan needed a story….
Nate and Dylan have been pals for a long time. So what if their friends think they’ve got a little bromance going? Doesn’t mean there’s anything more to it than that, right? And even if there is, Nate and Dylan are totally oblivious….
Until the night they share a drunken kiss—and everything changes.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

This was adorable! I don’t remember these guys at all from Out of the Shadows – but that’s ok.

I loved how cute they were together and the “discovery” smexy times were hot, hot, hot!

There is pretty much no angst and just a sweet and sexy deepening of feelings.

Highly Recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

 

Daniel Henning is new to me and he did not impress me this time around. While he did a nice job with pronunciation and was easy to understand and I felt like his voice quality/intonation was nice – his voices felt like caricatures and didn’t feel authentic. He was a bit OTT at times and that is a drag.

 

I did not feel drawn into the story and I was a bit disappointed. I wouldn’t avoid him – he is new – but this wasn’t a great start.

 

3 of 5 stars

 

 

Overall 4 of 5 stars

 

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Valentine Review: Together Tied (Marshals #3.5) by Mary Calmes

GoodReads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38560762-together-tied?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, you’re all invited to spend some time with my marshals. I put a short novella on Instafreebie of Miro and Ian having dinner with their boss Sam Kage and his husband, Jory Harcourt. What could possibly go wrong?

I hope you all enjoy it and I hope you all have a wonderful, shmoopy, candy and flower filled day.

 

 

 

Review

This is a super fun, super sweet, GIANT TEASER of a story that makes you CRAVE the next installment of the Marshalls series.

We get to see some really familiar faces and our guy Miro sees Sam in a new light.  If you’re not following All the stories – The Marshalls – Acrobat – A matter of time – this won’t make sense as a lot of people show up in this short story.

You MUST read this before book 4 so… 

I wish this had been a little bit more about Ian and Miro being in love and less about moving the plot forward for book 4 but it was still adorable and free on InstaFreebie!

3.75 of 5 stars

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Valentine’s Read: Don’t I Know You: An Arrangement Short Story (Soulmates #3) by Felice Stevens

Good Reads Link

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38215100-don-t-i-know-you?from_search=true

Blurb

It’s been a year full of love and learning for Carter and Reed. But marriage and caring for Jacks means less time for the two of them to be together. With Carter away on a business trip during Valentine’s Day, Reed returns to help out at the bar where he and Carter first met, so he wouldn’t be alone. Unbeknownst to Reed, Carter has a surprise planned for the two of them. One that will let his husband know exactly how much he is loved.
This is a 6,700 word short story in the Soulmates series about finding the one person who completes you and never letting them forget how much they are loved. It has not been published previously.

 

Review

 

I really enjoyed The Arrangement which was the book where these characters meet.  This  is them over Valentine’s.  They’ve been married a year or so but they are still dealing with a lot of issues: anxiety, work, and being a first-time parent. Though it is cliche-  it is super cute what happens and how Carter decides to surprise Reed on Valentine’s Day!  So very sexy! Highly recommended to fans of book one – ( it would not make any sense if you have not read that).

4.5 of 5 stars

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Valentine’s Day Review: Audiobook- The Devil’s Brew by Rhys Ford Narrated by Tristan James

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-devils-brew-by-rhys-ford-2741-b

Blurb:
Miki St. John’s life has been turned upside down, but it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to him.
His best friend, Damien Mitchell, is back from the dead. He has a dog named Dude. And more importantly, he and his lover SFPD Inspector Kane Morgan now share Miki’s converted warehouse.
For the first time ever, Miki’s living a happy and normal-ish life, but when Valentine’s Day rolls around, Miki realizes he knows next to nothing about being domestic or domesticated. Nothing about the traditional lover’s holiday makes sense to him, but Miki wants to give Kane a Valentine’s Day the man will never forget.
Can he pull off a day of wine and roses? Or will his screwed-up childhood come back and bite Miki in the ass?
Again.

Review:

If you have not read the Sinner’s Gin series ries and especially if you have not listened to it you should! It is an amazing series read by one of the most dreamy narrators in the genre. It involves a bunch a very broken people who find happiness with one another, all the while making amazing music.

Devils brew is a novella that takes place over Valentine’s Day when Miki, who has never had any “normal” relationships, tries to navigate through this made up holiday with his boyfriend for the first time ever. It’s funny, sweet and tender all at the same time.

I love Miki’s relationship with the Morgans and am always touched by Donal’s contributions to Miki’s healing process.
Without giving anything away, I did a happy dance when Miki gave Sionn his second gift… yippee!!

Tristan James’ narration is the icing on this delicious cake – his Irish accents are swoonworthy! He is the vocal equivalent of crack for me. I have every one of his narrations (luckily they are great stories, too) simply because I adore his voice. His cadence is superb and his intonation is like butter. I love his accents (even when they wobble a bit) and the bit of “acting” he does as he reads the emotional parts is just right.
I can’t say enough positive things about this narration, highly recommended to fans of the series and again a plug to start from the beginning if you haven’t already.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/103855-sinners

5 of 5 stars

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Valentine’s Read: Bromantically Yours by KC Wells

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/bromantically-yours-by-kc-wells-9344-b

Blurb

A friends-to-lovers novella that came from Out of the Shadows, because Nate and Dylan needed a story….
Nate and Dylan have been pals for a long time. So what if their friends think they’ve got a little bromance going? Doesn’t mean there’s anything more to it than that, right? And even if there is, Nate and Dylan are totally oblivious….
Until the night they share a drunken kiss—and everything changes.

 

 

Review by Morgan

This was adorable! I don’t remember these guys at all from Out of the Shadows – but that’s ok.

I loved how cute they were together and the “discovery” smexy times were hot, hot, hot!

There is pretty much no angst and just a sweet and sexy deepening of feelings.

Highly Recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Review by Mary

 

KC Wells has given Nate and Dylan (from out of the Shadows, a Dreamspun Desire story) such a sweet and heartwarming story. I loved the way the way the relationship develops is both tentative and bold. They already know each other very well having been friends for so long but knowing each other intimately is another matter. From their friends reactions they’ve been expecting it for a long time and are supportive. I wouldn’t say this book set my world on fire, there is nothing special in it, but KC Wells is excellent at crafting stories. This story does exactly what it says on the tin, no angst, no will they won’t they, just two friends finding their way to each other bromantically. A perfect Valentine’s feel good read.

 

3 of stars out of 5

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Valentine’s Day Read: Secret Service: My Secret Valentine By Kim Dare

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6240048-secret-service?from_search=true

Blurb
What’s more important, their love for each other or their differing attitudes to kinky sex?

Alistair has made it very clear he isn’t into anything even vaguely kinky.

Sheridan knew he was in love with him the day he found that out, and then decided to stay with him anyway. Unable to ease his desire to serve at home, Sheridan volunteers at a club where he can secretly serve the patrons, and feed his submission, without upsetting Alistair by revealing that side of his personality to him.

When chance drags Alistair into that same club on Valentines weekend, Sheridan’s leather mask can’t keep his secret safe any longer. With his desire to serve out in the open, it’s not long before other secrets start to come out and they both have to make a choice.

Does Sheridan give up on ever being allowed to submit to the man he loves, or does Alistair take the risk of becoming the master his love has always wanted?

Review
The story introduces Sheridan and Alistair as an established couple. Because of commitments they are apart on Valentine’s Day. Whilst reading the story I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t seem to be the romantic BDSM I was hoping for, but by the end I understood that it really was. It is more about truly knowing and accepting your partner which in the end brings them closer together. Alistair is upset when he sees by chance sees Sheridan behaving subserviently in a club.
Alistair gives Sheridan one night, a night he tests Sheridan’s idea of submission. He expects that Sheridan will see it’s not what he really wants. Alistair had already decided Sheridan was too good to be sullied by being involved in the lifestyle. The story gives a clear indication that something has happened in Alistair’s past experience, as a Dom, to turn him away from the lifestyle. Such was his experience that he now views submission as degrading and he doesn’t want to see Sheridan that light. For his part Sheridan kept his submissive side hidden because he knew Alistair didn’t like the idea of it. These two men have both suppressed parts of their desire, Alistair because he didn’t like that side of himself and Sheridan to please Alistair. One Valentine’s night is all it takes for them to be honest and start the rest of their lives together. This is a well rounded glimpse into an important moment between a couple.

3 of stars out of 5

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Valentine’s Review: Fifth Valentine’s Day by Casper Graham

JMS books
https://www.jms-books.com/erotic-romance-c-29_94/fifth-valentines-day-p-2003.html?zenid=rhJjTx4LNXoJr8ILi60b

Blurb
Matthew Singer loves his two boyfriends very much, he truly does. But he’s uncomfortable with all the extravagant gifts he receives on their fifth Valentine’s Day/anniversary together. Nothing he says or does seems to discourage them. The gifts, sweet as they may be, are getting more obnoxious every year. Then he comes up with the sweetest punishment to dole out to his stubborn lovers.

Aiden Eastwood simply wants his boyfriends to feel loved. Since he has the money, he can spoil them both to his heart’s content. Ironically, Edward Langston is an emotionally stunted psychiatrist, so to show his appreciation to his boyfriends, he buys them the most ridiculous gifts that he can think of.

Will Matthew’s punishment discourage his lovers from buying more insane gifts in the future? Or will it backfire on him spectacularly

Review
I’ve not read anything by Casper Graham before so this book was a very pleasant introduction to the authors work. For quite a short story it gave me a lovely picture of the relationship between Matt, Aiden and Edward. Their back story is included in between the ever increasing extravagant valentine gifts sent between each other. It’s not just Valentine’s Day for the trio it is also their fifth anniversary of being together which is why the reminiscing fits perfectly into the story. Casper Graham can certainly write hot scenes. There are only a couple of sex scenes in the story but Oh boy they are smoking. This is a hot romantic and amusing story perfect to fill a gap.

4 of stars out of 5

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Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows By Ari McKay

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fortunes-slings-and-cupids-arrows-by-ari-mckay-9013-b

Blurb

(Book 2)

Successful attorneys Dane Coulter and Cal Monroe are rivals in the courtroom and friends behind the scenes. But can they be more?
Cal’s always carried a torch for Dane, but Dane is so deep in the closet, he can’t even admit that he might be gay. His father, a raging homophobe who rules the family with an iron fist, forces Dane into an engagement—to a woman. Dane goes along with it to keep the peace and protect his mother, but for Cal, it’s the last straw.
He can’t let Dane make a mistake that could ruin the rest of his life, and he only knows one surefire way to make Dane admit what’s in his heart. But confessing his feelings to his friend could backfire, driving a wedge between them. And even then, the choice must be Dane’s—to live the life his father wants, or to give up everything he has for a chance at happiness in Cal’s arms.

Review

I have not read the first book, but I don’t feel like I was lost at any point. I thought it was funny that this wasn’t relased in February, since the theme for this is Valentine’s Day but…. it still works.

This it’s another enemies to lovers story – sort of – because they’re also friends. We have another villainous father, and a pair of lovers who have to subvert the evil intentions of “Daddy”.

I’m an Ari McKay fan, but this story just didn’t work for me as well as some of their other works. I thought the dialog and sappiness quotient were all a bit much and I was really frustrated with how Dane let his dad push him around and how willing Cal was to wait – indefinitely.

I also missed the tension between the two MCs as it was relieved fairly early on and the ILYs exchanged early as well.

If you enjoyed book 1, are a fan of the author, like the friends to lovers trope and are a fan of the underdog – this is for you!

3.5 of 5 stars

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Tender with a Twist (Rainbow Cove #2) by Annabeth Albert

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tender-Twist-Rainbow-Cove-Book-ebook/dp/B075R5KN3H/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1506886595&sr=1-1&keywords=Tender+with+a+Twis

Blurb
One kinky wood carver. One younger chef looking to try new things. A series of lessons that bring both men more than they bargained for…

Curtis Hunt has made a name for himself as a chainsaw wood carver, winning national competitions and operating a small business in Rainbow Cove, Oregon. As winter whittles away his tourist traffic, his goal is just to survive the season and try to not get lost in grief for his dead lover. It’s been two years, but he’s sure he’ll never be over the love of a lifetime. However, his body has a certain restlessness that he doesn’t quite know how to calm.

Logan Rosner knows a thing or two about restlessness. It’s what drove him to Rainbow Cove to be a chef at a bar and grill run by his friends. And it’s what drives him to a single sizzling encounter with the local legendary lumberjack. Both men get far more than they expected and learn that first impressions aren’t always accurate…

But when Logan proposes a series of sexy lessons, Curtis must decide how much he’s willing to risk. He knows he can’t afford to get attached to Logan’s good cooking, his easy smiles, or his caretaking, but he keeps going back for more, even as deeper emotions become involved. Soon, Curtis must decide whether to risk his heart again or risk losing Logan for good.

Review
What’s not to like about a baby Dom and a recalcitrant Sub. Loved the push and pull between Curtis and Logan from the start. Logan knows what he wants he just hasn’t been able to find anyone who will play with him. Curtis on the other hand had been in a long term relationship and is very reluctant to get involved again, despite needing the release kink gives him. I really got invested into Logan finding his style and Curtis learning that he doesn’t need to push everyone away. He is just beginning to think of Logan as more than a convenient play date when guilt over Troy holds him back. There is no time frame for grief but other people keep voicing their judgement on their new relationship. I liked how the initial connection between Logan and Curtis built into something more solid. Even in the first few D/S scenes I could believe in them as a couple. Curtis for all his cantankerous ways needs someone to be there for him although he would never admit that. I think it’s the same with Logan, he needs someone in his life but never realised it. To many people want to smother him. His over protective parents can’t see any other way but their way for their only child. His friends also seem to think he needs looking after. Even Curtis was judgmental towards him in the beginning. The D/S side of their relationship is portrayed very well. It is just in the bedroom and doesn’t impact upon the rest of their lives. If you can accept some pain kink I urge you to consider reading this book. There is much more to the story. It is wonderful tale of finding yourself and coming to terms with loss. They deserved their Happy Ever After ending.

I haven’t read the first book in the series, Trust with a Chaser, and I didn’t feel I was missing anything vital to this story. The characters from the first book are mentioned but don’t play a significant role in this storyline.

5 of stars out of 5

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Earning His Trust by Alicia Nordwell

release day review

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/earning-his-trust-by-alicia-nordwell-8830-b

Blurb
Evin lost the only two men he ever loved. But he might get a second chance with one of them—if he’s willing to take the risk.

Following the death of his husband, Evin is living in Portland and raising the infant son they had through a surrogate. Six-month-old Micah is his life, and if it means no time for activities or friendships beyond his minuscule support network, that’s a sacrifice Evin is willing to make. When he suffers a burn baking teething biscuits, the last person Evin expects to encounter in the ER is Ben, his lover from college—and the man who left him without a word of explanation.

Ben knows it won’t be easy to earn Evin’s trust and prove he’s not the same man Evin once knew, but he can’t bear to watch Evin struggle to care for Micah, hurting and alone. He wants back in Evin’s life, as a friend and hopefully more, but Evin’s heart is fragile, and the years have changed him too

Review

I love manny stories, so a single dad and a second chance at love is right up my street. But to be honest there is something missing. I found it hard empathise with Evin and
a lot of times I found myself asking questions, that were addressed later in the book, like the circumstances and details around Daniel’s (Evin’s husband) death and what about a family network. Evin said his family was still in Georgia but what about Daniel’s family? I would have liked that kind of background earlier on in the story. Just to understand why he was struggling alone as a single parent. How Evin earned a living was also left unexplained until halfway through. Because I had these unanswered questions rattling around my head I found it hard to concentrate on the storyline.

I understand that this story is about Ben rebuilding his relationship with Evin after he walked away from him when they graduated college but it’s 3/4 of the book before Ben even explains himself and asked for a second chance. There is more focus on the friendship rather than the romance. Which would be fine in a slow burn where you know it’s going to happen but in this case I could see them just being friends and nothing else. I’m not really sure how much use bringing a homophobic incident was to moving the relationship along, seemed to just be another cause of misunderstanding between them. The cutest character is baby Micha. At least in this story he was not the perfect angel I seem to read in other books with babies.

I’m in two minds about this book. It’s not terrible but it’s less than I was expecting after reading the blurb. Overall I’m giving this book a generous three stars.

 

3 of 5 stars

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