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5 stars adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Audiobook BDSM Book co-workers to lovers Gay Heat Index Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Little to no angst m/m Mary D May/December May/December Men In Uniform Military Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat

Men In Uniform: Sarge
 (F.I.S.T.S 1) Audiobook by Bey Deckard 
Narrated by Nick J Russo

Audible link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Sarge-Audiobook/B01KKOWNC8?qid=1496595355&sr=1-2

Blurb
Sometimes it’s just about being in the right place at the right time… with the right person.
Sarge is the short story of a burgeoning D/s relationship between two Space Marines stationed on an alien planet where an endless war drags on.
Sergeant Wilkes is a hard man with a long, celebrated military career.
Brawny, tattooed, and utterly submissive, Murphy is just an interesting diversion… until Sarge realizes he has found something truly rare.

Review

For me there is something special about listening to books set in alternate words rather than reading them. I seem to be able to visualise it better. There is enough depth to bring you into the world without detracting from the thread of the story. The setting is a war zone with using advanced technology to patch the soldiers up, making them part cyborg, keeping them fighting. The set up for Sarge and Murphy is perfect. Sarge is that great combination of gruff honest leader that commands respect. Nick J Russo brings that across perfectly. There is clear distinction between Sarge and Murphy as the point of view changes. He really brings out the ambiance of the sizzling hot and intimate Dom/Sub relationship between them. Definitely on my listen again list. A real gem. It is a great way to spend an hour and half if you like BDSM stories.

5 of 5 stars

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5 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook BDSM Book Brian Cherry Contemporary Cop/Crime m/m Men In Uniform Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Purchased Scorching/high heat

When All the World Sleeps Audiobook by Lisa Henry and JA Rock Narrated by Greg Tremblay

Audible Link
https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/When-All-the-World-Sleeps-Audiobook/B01NCU2LIW

Blurb

Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. And rightly so; he
sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. Including burning
down Kenny Cooper’s house – with Kenny inside it – after Kenny brutally
beat him for being gay. Back in the tiny town of Logan after serving his
prison sentence, Daniel isolates himself in a cabin in the woods and
chains himself to his bed at night.

Like the rest of Logan, local cop Joe Belman doesn’t believe Daniel’s
absurd defense. But when Bel saves Daniel from a retaliatory fire, he
discovers that Daniel might not be what everyone thinks: killer, liar,
tweaker, freak. Bel agrees to control Daniel at night – for the sake of
the other townsfolk. Daniel’s fascinating, but Bel’s not going there.

Yet as he’s drawn further into Daniel’s dark world, Bel finds that he
likes being in charge. And submitting to Bel gives Daniel the only peace
he’s ever known. But Daniel’s demons won’t leave him alone, and he’ll need
Bel’s help to slay them once and for all – assuming Bel is willing to risk
everything to stand by him.

Review

This is a really dark read, so brace yourself for that. Daniel is the town
pariah, despised by virtually everyone in his small town after he killed
the man who brutally gay bashed him by burning his house down. The twist
is that Daniel is a sleepwalker, so he wasn’t responsible for his action.
He received a light sentence in jail and struggles to live a life of quiet
desperation, hiding in a remote cabin, working as a janitor while serving
his probation and coming up with a system with frozen locks to restrain
himself when he sleeps – which isn’t often.

He was raised by his small minded parents to feel like a freak because of
his sleepwalking. His self loathing, his guilt over the murder and his
persecution by the townspeople, all of it is pretty oppressive. Daniel
self harms, including through sex, as a way of coping.

Local cop Joe Belman has had a crush on Daniel since they were teenagers,
but he’s still living a closeted life, and has learned to look down on
Daniel, following the attitudes of everyone around him. There’s an
unfairnes there that did bother me, not only is Daniel not responsible for
what he does when sleepwalking, the man he killed had gay bashed him, and
the system had made justice for that difficult to impossible to achive,
but this is an issue that Bel has to grow on. He’s strong and compelling,
but he has a lot of growing to do. When the persecution against Daniel
begins to escalate, Bel agrees to stay with him overnight to protect him.
He becomes drawn into Daniel’s problems, guarding him so he could sleep as
well as protecting him from another potential gay basher.

Bel is a tough, no nonsense man of few words and made a really compelling
romantic lead. Even as he’s taking the role of hero he learns to let go of
his own internal homophobia.

There’s a really gritty tone to the series that I found a welcome change
from more wholesome romance. There’s a gritty sexual underbelly in their
two bit Mayberry, and Bel and Daniel’s sexual connection is hot and kinky,
but the romance is still heartfelt.

I found the issue of sleepwalking really interesting, it’s something
everyone knows about, but something that’s not well understood.

I really loved this one and look forward to reading more books by Henry
and Rock in the future. Tremblay’s rich voice enhanced the story and his
voice for Bel was especially sexy.

5 stars

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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Author Provided Book Contemporary Dee Firefighters Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index m/m Men In Uniform Mid level angst Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Rating Review Copies Reviewer Scorching/high heat Standalone

Men In Uniform: Lover on Top A Firefighter Romance (Six-Alarm Sexy Book 3) by Kristine Cayne

Amazon Link

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Blurb

A straight firefighter discovers an irresistible attraction for his best friend’s younger brother—one that could lead to complete disaster.
A perpetual bachelor, firefighter lieutenant Hollywood Wright hops from one woman’s bed to another, searching for something he never finds. Has his father’s emotional and physical abuse somehow damaged him? Or is something else going on, something that involves the intense and uncomfortable feelings aroused by his best friend’s little brother?

Sexy-as-sin paramedic Chad Caldwell has always been out and proud. Sure, some gay-bashers are harassing him, but he’s determined to be true to himself. There’s just one problem: he’s hung up on Hollywood, his older brother’s straight best friend. When Hollywood’s apartment is damaged by fire, Chad reluctantly takes him in. Will Chad’s heart survive such close proximity to a man who’s both unattainable and everything Chad wants?

To their mutual surprise, Hollywood finds Chad and his world fascinating—and much hotter than anything he’s ever experienced. But with a rabidly homophobic father, is Hollywood doomed to die in the closet? Chad won’t accept anything less than a public relationship, no matter how amazing the sex is. Can Hollywood ever accept the man he has always kept buried deep inside?

Review

Although part of a series, Lover on Top can be read as a standalone. I enjoyed reading the story.
Chad and Hollywood are firefighters- Chad is gay while Hollywood, (he’s a friend of Chad’s older brother), is straight. Chad has been in lust with Hollywood for a while and when he has the chance to offer assistance to Hollywood, he uses the opportunity to get to know him better.
What follows is a story of Hollywood overcoming emotional/physical abuse (from his father) to finding himself and allowing himself to fall in love with Chad. The story is well written and is told with humour, some angst, action (they’re firefighters after all), and hot love scenes.
If you have a thing for a good, well fleshed romance and firefighters (as an added bonus), this book is for you!

4.5 of 5 stars

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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book coming of age Contemporary Friends to lovers Gay Heat Index Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m May/December May/December Men In Uniform Mid level angst Military Monthly Theme Morgan New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Purchased Reviewer Scorching/high heat Standalone Teacher Unrequited Love Widower

Men In Uniform Month : At Attention (Out of Uniform #2) Audiobook by Annabeth Albert Narrated by Cooper North


Audible Link
http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/At-Attention-Audiobook/B01MYCPFFJ/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srTtl?qid=1494462134&sr=1-2

 

Blurb

Lieutenant Apollo Floros can ace tactical training missions, but being a single dad to his twin daughters is more than he can handle. He needs live-in help, and he’s lucky a friend’s younger brother needs a place to stay. He’s surprised to see Dylan all grown up with a college degree…and a college athlete’s body. Apollo’s widowed heart may still be broken, but Dylan has his blood heating up.

It’s been eight years since the teenage Dylan followed Apollo around like a lovesick puppy, and it’s time he showed Lieutenant Hard-to-Please that he’s all man now—an adult who’s fully capable of choosing responsibility over lust. He can handle Apollo’s muscular sex appeal, but Apollo the caring father? Dylan can’t afford to fall for that guy. He’s determined to hold out for someone who’s able to love him back, not someone who only sees him as a kid brother.

Apollo is shocked by the intensity of his attraction to Dylan. Maybe some no-strings summer fun will bring this former SEAL back to life. But the combination of scorching desire and warm affection is more than he’d expected, and the emotion between them scares him senseless. No fling lasts forever, and Apollo will need to decide what’s more important—his past or his future—if he wants to keep Dylan in his life.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

Sigh. This is just what I needed! I’d been in a bit of a slump – either the books weren’t hitting me right or they were too angsty or too short or too silly or… But this one was Just Right!

Annabeth Albert is fast becoming one of my top-tier-favorite authors. I’ve yet to be disappointed and I’m really enjoying this series (as I’d LOVED the gaymers series from which this is a spin-off).

Things that pinged my radar: Hot, alpha, military man with a tremendous soft side and a great father to boot. Equally hot, younger guy with confidence coming out his ears and determined to do the right thing – whether it’s in his personal or professional life. (Men who like kids – so, so sweet!)

While I worried for awhile that the pining would get to me, I realized that Apollo had been deeply in love and that needed to be honored. I did wish he’d have cut the crap a bit earlier than he did – but – I loved how Dylan handled it. He didn’t settle for second best and he knew his own heart enough to ask for what he wanted.

As for the smexy times – Whoooeee. So. Hot. Lots of dirty talk and sex in front of a mirror! Way, way, way smokin’! But the feels were there, too. There was definitely an emotional connection that went beyond the sex.

So… all in all this just hit the spot for me. Sexy. Sweet. Touching. Great writing. Fantastic!

(And these covers…. YOWZA! So HOT!)

Audio

Cooper North is an excellent narrator. His voice is really well suited to the younger Dylan. He doesn’t do a lot of accents or anything to make the various characters unique, and that is a bit disappointing.

I didn’t love his version of Apollo – only because I kind of had an idea of what he sounded like in my head and it was something more deep and rumbly. He did a nice job of making him sound “older” and you could always tell who was speaking.

However, Cooper North is good with emotion and timing and is very easy to listen to. This is definitely a great way to enjoy this story and though it wasn’t exactly as I’d have wanted it, it was still very satisfying.

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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3 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Baseball Bi-Sexual Book co-workers to lovers Contemporary Dreamspinner Exploration Friends to lovers Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Homophobia Humor m/m Men In Uniform Mild level angst Monthly Theme Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Race/Species Difference Scorching/high heat Standalone Unrequited Love Virgin

Men In Uniform Month: Switch Hitter (Shifter Hardball: Book Three)  By Cheyenne Meadows

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/switch-hitter-by-cheyenne-meadows-8542-b

Blurb

Tucker Wilde’s life is in a tailspin. Twenty-four hours ago, he was one of the top second basemen in the all-shifter professional baseball league. Now, he’s lost his starting spot to a rookie, been dumped by his girlfriend, and had a night of explosive passion with a man—a teammate at that. He can’t get Dixon out of his mind—even though Tucker still believes himself to be straight. With his career in jeopardy, he’s unsure where to turn or how to fix the mess.
Dixon Foxx is a baseball prodigy, though a perfectionist father stole any joy he might find in the game. He only sticks with it because it’s all he knows—and because of Tucker, the man Dixon’s wanted since they met. His dreams come true one night, only to turn into a nightmare the next morning when Tucker blows off their incredible time together as a drunken mistake, never to happen again.
The life of a switch hitter is all about mixing things up. Tucker excels at it. Only this time, the game isn’t on the line—his heart is.

Review

This is a book in a series about an all shifter professional baseball league. I think to really, really love this – you’d have to love baseball, too.

On the one hand the shifter stuff is immensely cute – they have some characteristics from their animals while as human – which I love! – and they are unique shifters – not just wolves- which I also love!

On the other hand they don’t shift a lot and they don’t have that hard core “mine” immediate mate pull that I adore in shifter books.

There is a lot of humor and sex in these stories and this is no different. I think maybe there was even more sex in this one? It felt like the main way (outside of baseball) the two MCs connected.

Baseball is also prominent in the story – so – if you’re a fan – I think this will really tick some boxes for you.

While I really enjoyed the character of Dixon – he was fun and funny, I never warmed to Tucker as much. He wasn’t a great friend and only later became a decent lover/partner.

Besides the sex and baseball we have a bit of prejudice and a bit of a career crises to deal with, but this is a low angst book for the most part.

All in all this is a fairly low angst, GFY, baseball story that I think fans of the author, the sport and shifters will all find something to enjoy.

3 of 5 stars
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Men In Uniform: First Contact by Alex Gabriel

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/First-Contact-Alex-Gabriel-ebook/dp/B00RD4JBR4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1494463321&sr=1-1&keywords=first+contact+alex+gabriel

 

Blurb

Going undercover in a gay BDSM club run by the mob isn’t Rick Delaney’s idea of a good time – but for all the wrong reasons.

Sure, going undercover in a gay BDSM club run by the mob isn’t exactly an everyday assignment. Still, as a cop specializing in undercover work, Rick Delaney is used to tough gigs. The real issue is that Rick’s expected to go under with someone he barely knows. But Rick’s partner is suspended, and he doesn’t have a choice.

Newly transferred detective Jon Messina’s short a partner, too, except that his was murdered by the mafia. Jon may seem breezy and lighthearted, but he has a score to settle. And to do so, he’s willing to do whatever it takes.

Except that it may take more than either of them can afford. Because their cover as a dom and sub couple spins out of control the minute they set foot into mafia-controlled sex club Gomorrah. What should be mere pretense threatens to become desperately real. And if Rick can’t control his desires, he’s going to get them both killed.

Review

(originally posted here: https://goannago.wordpress.com)
“Words have always been a problem for Rick.”

Well, I am experiencing some of the same problems. I have started and re-started this review again and again. Not knowing how to put what I want to say, into coherent words and sentences. Luckily, Alex Gabriel does not suffer from this same affliction!
Rick’s partner is suspended and he is assigned a new one, Jon, for an undercover job at a gay BDSM club. But whilst working under cover, it is sometimes very hard to separate reality and the job.
I have read all of Alex Gabriels books so far, and there is no denying the author’s talent and unique voice. But this is a wholly grown up Alex Gabriel, and holy hell, that Alex Gabriel is HOT! Rick and Jon scorches the pages together!
The story works very well, as it is, as a short hot ‘slice of life’ story of two cops undercover, Rick is quite well described through his actions and thoughts and Jon comes off as a very likable sympathetic character, even if we do not get much information about him, but I hope to God, that the author plans to run with the set up of the club and the undercover job, because it could be a phenomenal series. Please, please, pretty please?

5 of 5 stars

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A Tour/Guest Post/Blitz Men In Uniform Monthly Theme Spotlight

June’s Theme: Men In Uniform!

Watch all month for stories of hot men in uniform! We’ve got Military Men, Hockey Players, Baseball Players, Cops, and More!

Here’s what you have to look forward to:

First Contact by Alex Gabriel June 1st

Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Angela S. Stone Narrated by Jack Raleigh

Switch Hitter by Cheyenne Meadows 5th

At Attention Audiobook by Annabeth Albert 7th

Lover On Top by Kristin Cayne 8th

When all the world sleeps by Lisa Henry 10th

 

 

FISTS 1 by Bey Deckard  12th

THIRDS Book 1  by Charlie Cochet  14th 

Brewing Up Trouble by  Jessie G 15th

Conduct Unbecoming by LA Witt 16th
Red handed by Kay Simone 17th

Playing with Fire by Ava Thorpe Jun 18

FISTS 2 by Bey Deckard  19th
THIRDS book 2 by Charlie Cochet 21st
Up in Flames by SC Wynne 24th 
Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale – 26th
THIRDS by Charlie Cochet 28th

On Point Audiobook by Annabeth Albert 30

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