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 Review: The Moore the Merrier Audiobook by Alex Miska, V. Soffer narrated by Sean Lehart, Jill Smith

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Moore-the-Merrier-Audiobook/B078P4W6G6

Blurb: “Our family will always have room for a few more Moores.”
The Moore family is growing exponentially this year! All three brothers are enjoying their happily ever afters. Julian and Xander only have four weeks to plan their dream wedding and are waiting impatiently to welcome two homeless teens into their family. Amidst all the merriment, Chance discovers that he has siblings, and they need his help. He’s forced to confront his past, but he won’t have to face it alone.

Review

 I loved this continuation of the Julian and Xander’s story. The best part was seeing the proceedings from the furbabies POV. They were hysterical.
The collaboration between Sean Lenhart and Jill Smith was really good, but I have to say that Sean was excellent with both the narrative and non-narrative bits.
This story is best experienced as an audiobook – the animals are hysterical – especially the cats and their territorial ways (the Xmas tree scene is a scream) and Luna. Ms. Smith portrays her brilliantly.
I highly recommend this audiobook, it’s so funny 🙂

4.5 stars out of 5

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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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Valentine’s Day Read: Lessons in Love: A sparkling tale of mystery, murder and romance (Cambridge Fellows Book 1) by Charlie Cochrane

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5942455-lessons-in-love?from_search=true

Blurb: A dangerous crime and a thrilling romance

It’s the turn of the century, Queen Victoria’s reign is over, it’s time for a new beginning. In Cambridge, Jonty Stewart takes up a teaching post, acting as a catalyst for change within the archaic institution. But he also has a catalytic effect on Orlando Coppersmith.
Orlando is a brilliant, introverted mathematician with very little experience of life outside the college walls. He strikes up an alliance with the outgoing Jonty, and soon finds himself having feelings he’s never experienced before. Before long their friendship blossoms into more than either man had hoped and they enter into a clandestine relationship.
Yet their romance is complicated when a series of murders is discovered within St. Brides. And all of the victims have one thing in common: a penchant for men. A fact that only puts Orlando and Jonty in greater danger, when they are enlisted to act as the eyes and ears for the police…

Review: This is a good murder/mystery with a gentle romance woven throughout the story.
Jonty and Orlando are almost polar opposites, one upbeat and the other, somewhat staid, but they work well together. The story is set in Victorian times, at Cambridge University and the prose reflects this. In other words, perfect.
I liked that the romance between the 2 men was a slow build up, totally fitting given that homosexuality could result in being jailed and ruined.
The mystery was interesting – definitely kept me engaged. I’ve already got the next book in my library ☺

4 stars out of 5

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February’s Theme: Let’s find an enemy to love for Valentine’s Day!

Ok— it’s really a little of both: Enemies to Lovers or Valentine’s Day Themes — but if we happen to find one that satisfies both…

 

Look for fun titles from this list:

 

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/8912.Best_Gay_Enemies_Rivals_Opposites_Become_Lovers

and some of these titles:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/searchresults?q=valentine%27s+day