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5 stars adult - 18+ Author Provided Bi-Sexual Book Gay Gay High but not hopeless Karen m/m Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Shifter TIme to get Paranormal

Time to Get Paranormal: Bitten by the alpha by Annabelle Jacobs

 

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Blurb

Gareth’s heart is set on Cam, but Cam’s heart broke a long time ago.

As alpha of the Regent’s Park Pack, Cam’s focus is always centred on its members—his personal life pushed aside after the death of his wife. Now that his pack has merged with the Primrose Hill shifters, he can’t afford any distractions.

Gareth’s been in love with his alpha for years, but his position as beta complicates matters. Added to the fact Cam still mourns his late wife, Gareth knows his feelings will never be reciprocated, so he buries them deep.

With the two packs already struggling to unite under one alpha, they get a surprise addition—one who causes more tension within the ranks. Under such strain, long-kept secrets are forced into the open. Gareth and Cam must deal with the aftermath, while also keeping the pack’s best interests at heart.

Review

I’d been dying to read Gareth’s story ever since reading about him in Bitten by mistake, the first book in this amazing series. And it was so worth the wait!

This book had me on the edge of my seat, I just couldn’t put it down. I loved it so much!

Gareth is Cam’s youngest beta and has been in love with his alpha for years, thinking he doesn’t stand a chance with Cam.
After the loss of his wife, Cam has shut himself off from his feelings, afraid of opening himself up to that kind of heartbreak again.

I love the build-up and the tension between these two MC’s, all the emotions and heartache on both sides… It makes it all the more rewarding when they finally do get together. Although they took their sweet time getting there.

Cam is taken completely by surprise when he discovers how Gareth feels about him, and he doesn’t immediately realize that he also feels more for his beta than is “proper”. I like that it takes him some time to understand this about himself. Otherwise, it would have felt too easy.

I loved Gareth so much! He’s been pining for Cam for awfully long, putting his alpha and the well-being of the pack before his own personal happiness. Poor man. He is so much the self-effacing, sacrificing hero and very much deserved his chance at love.

Aside from the great romance between these two lovely MC’s, it was also a lot of fun to read about the rest of the pack and the challenges the Regent’s Park Pack continues to face.

Number of stars out of 5: 5


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Time to Get Paranormal: Salt Magic Skin Magic by Lee Welch

 

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40722060-salt-magic-skin-magic?from_search=true

Blurb:
Lord Thornby has been trapped on his father’s isolated Yorkshire estate for a year. There are no bars or chains; he simply can’t leave. His sanity is starting to fray.

When industrial magician John Blake arrives to investigate a case of witchcraft, he finds the peculiar, arrogant Thornby as alarming as he is attractive. John soon finds himself caught up in a dark fairytale, where all the rules of magic—and love—are changed.

To set Thornby free, both men must face life-changing truths—and John must accept that the brave, witty man who’s winning his heart may also be about to break it. Can they escape a web of magic that’s as perilous as love?

Review:

From the very first chapter of this book I was caught up in the intense atmosphere of desperation and mystery that just oozed from its pages. Poor Soren, trapped on his father’s estate by powers unseen and with no way out of his predicament!

Reading this story was a bit like walking through a haunted house, always a certain tension and urgency in the air. You daren’t put the book down, because who knows what might happen if you look away! And you just need the characters to hurry the hell up before something goes really wrong.

I loved it!
It read like a Gothic novel of yore, though luckily faster-paced than let’s say the good old Mysteries of Udolpho. The Victorian setting with the broken down manor and romantic moors lends itself perfectly for this type of story. Technical advancements are on the rise, but at the same time it’s far enough into the past to make legends and superstitious tales, even magic, seem plausible.

The writing was beautiful, fluent, gripping and evocative.
I loved the attention to historical details, that touch of realism to contrast so wonderfully with the very original magical setting of the story. I adored the references to the Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace especially! How awful indeed for Soren to have missed out on that experience.

John and Soren seemed an unlikely match at first, because of the differences in their characters, their station in life and the trust issues they needed to overcome. But they are really great together!
They have amazing chemistry. However, it was the yearning and the tender, vulnerable moments they shared that truly made them stand out to me.
What struck me too is that Soren, in large part, is drawn to John because of how kind the other man is. Swoon!

I can’t wait to see what this author has in store for us next!

5 stars

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3 stars adult - 18+ Dreamspinner Gay Karen m/m Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Standalone

Release Day Review: All For You by Andrew Grey

release day review

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/all-for-you-by-andrew-grey-9846-b

Blurb
The only path to happiness is freedom: the freedom to live—and love—as the heart wants. Claiming that freedom will take all the courage one young man has… but he won’t have to face it alone.
In small, conservative Sierra Pines, California, Reverend Gabriel is the law. His son, Willy, follows his dictates… until he meets a man in Sacramento, and then reunites with him in his hometown—right under his father’s nose.
Reggie is Sierra Pines’s newly appointed sheriff. His dedication to the job means not flaunting his sexuality, but when he sees Willy again, he can’t escape the feeling that they’re meant to be together. He’ll keep Willy’s secret until Willy is ready to let the world see who he really is. But if going up against the church and the townspeople isn’t enough, the perils of the work Reggie loves so much might mean the end of their romance before it even gets off the ground….

Review
This book left me feeling a bit underwhelmed. It has a lot of the elements needed to make a great story and is skillfully written, but it didn’t really work for me.

I believe the author wants to educate his readers and create awareness regarding the troubles still faced today by people from the LGBTQ community. Though well-intentioned, he gets a bit heavy-handed in his execution, which is especially noticeable in Reggie, who does a lot of talking at Willy rather than to him, as if he’s standing in front of a classroom explaining the do’s and don’ts of coming out & relationships.
He does this at the most inopportune moments, and has a hard time letting go and enjoying the now.
He isn’t that much older than Willy, but acts as if he is decades further in life experience and wisdom. Willy, on the other hand, does sometimes behave a bit immature for his age. They don’t seem to be on an equal footing in that respect, so that makes it hard to understand how they would work as a couple.

Reggie is supposed to be a rising star in local law enforcement, but he shows little people management skills in the sheriff’s office when he threatens and baits one of his deputies. Admittedly the man turns out to be a crook, but Reggie has no evidence of that at that time. Bullying people, especially another bully, hardly seems the way to create a good work environment or to get people on your team to carry out their job the way you want them to.

Willy’s decision to confront his father about certain changes in their family life and to come out to him all at once, felt too sudden to me. He also really gets up in his father’s face, laying it all down in a very confrontational manner and not even trying to ease into the subject, which to me feels very out of character for him.

Willy’s father is a really ambivalent figure. I don’t feel as if grief for the loss of one child could make a loving dad turn into an abusive one to his other remaining children. And then just change back again, almost at the drop of a hat.
Other secondary characters bring more of a positive vibe to the story though, especially Willy’s mom (if a bit late in the game), Mr. Webster and Jamie.

Willy and Reggie’s relationship moves very fast, they hardly have the time to get to know and like each other or even gradually acknowledge their mutual attraction, before racing straight into a committed relationship. As a reader, I just didn’t feel it.

3 of 5 stars


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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Author Provided f/f Gay Gay Homophobia Karen Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Shifter Standalone TIme to get Paranormal Uncategorized

Time to Get Paranormal: Bitten By Her (Regent’s Park Pack book 5) by Annabelle Jacobs

 

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40679800-bitten-by-her?from_search=true

Blurb

Brought together by fate, torn apart by family.

Rachel Tregarrak, Penwith pack beta and daughter of the alpha, has always called the rugged Cornish coast her home. With its beautiful landscapes, bracing sea air, and vast spaces to run, she can’t imagine living anywhere else.

After years of living with her mother in her grandfather’s pack, Sara Gallen returns to Penzance to be with her alpha father and her brothers. She wants to build their relationships, get to know the rest of her family better than occasional visits allow.

When their paths cross on the full moon, the attraction is immediate and instinctive. But Sara’s father refuses to allow such a union and forbids any further contact. Sara finds solace with her grandmother in her alpha council residence, and Rachel is sent to a London pack to keep her out of trouble. Both women feel the desperate ache of an uncompleted bond, but unless they find a way to be together, it’ll fade to nothing and their connection will be lost.

Approx 43000 words

Review

This FF novella is a great addition to Annabelle Jacobs’s much-loved paranormal series!

There are a lot of shapeshifter romances out there, but Annabelle Jacobs’s Regent’s Park Pack series really stands out. She has done a tremendous job at the worldbuilding for this series, creating an original and unique shifter universe with a complex judicial system where shifters and humans live together in precarious harmony.

Much like in the real world, there are still those in this fictional world that hold a narrow-minded & bigoted view on women’s rights and value.
Sara and Rachel find that out the hard way, when Sara’s father, and alpha, pulls out all the stops to prevent them from being together. Not letting little things like the potential for a mating bond, or respect for his adult daughter’s wishes and happiness hold him back.
As a consequence, there’s a constant sense of urgency running through the story, because Sara and Rachel can’t complete their bond and so there’s always that worry that their connection might start to fade.

I love how self-sacrificing and responsible both Sara and Rachel are, putting the safety and well-being of others first. They long for each other so badly, and hurt so much because of their forced separation, yet they never give in to their own desire to mate. Instead they wait to take that final step towards their own personal happiness until it is safe to do so, when all risks to their packs have finally been dealt with.
Rachel and Sara are very sweet and sexy together. They make a lovely couple and I hope to see more of them in books to come.

It was great to see some of the other pack members again as well and reconnect with old favorites.
I especially enjoyed catching up with Nathan and watching him grow so much. I hope we’ll get to see him as a beta soon, leading his own unit.
Sara’s grandmother, Celia (Alpha Cornell), is another amazing secondary character, strong, fair-minded and … creative with rules. I loved that she teamed up with Cam to try their hand at a bit of matchmaking!

Number of stars out of 5: 4,5

 

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5 stars adult - 18+ Author Provided Bi-Sexual Book Gay Gay High but not hopeless Karen m/m Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Shifter TIme to get Paranormal

Time to Get Paranormal: Bitten by the alpha by Annabelle Jacobs

 

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38327905-bitten-by-the-alpha?from_search=true

Blurb

Gareth’s heart is set on Cam, but Cam’s heart broke a long time ago.

As alpha of the Regent’s Park Pack, Cam’s focus is always centred on its members—his personal life pushed aside after the death of his wife. Now that his pack has merged with the Primrose Hill shifters, he can’t afford any distractions.

Gareth’s been in love with his alpha for years, but his position as beta complicates matters. Added to the fact Cam still mourns his late wife, Gareth knows his feelings will never be reciprocated, so he buries them deep.

With the two packs already struggling to unite under one alpha, they get a surprise addition—one who causes more tension within the ranks. Under such strain, long-kept secrets are forced into the open. Gareth and Cam must deal with the aftermath, while also keeping the pack’s best interests at heart.

Review

I’d been dying to read Gareth’s story ever since reading about him in Bitten by mistake, the first book in this amazing series. And it was so worth the wait!

This book had me on the edge of my seat, I just couldn’t put it down. I loved it so much!

Gareth is Cam’s youngest beta and has been in love with his alpha for years, thinking he doesn’t stand a chance with Cam.
After the loss of his wife, Cam has shut himself off from his feelings, afraid of opening himself up to that kind of heartbreak again.

I love the build-up and the tension between these two MC’s, all the emotions and heartache on both sides… It makes it all the more rewarding when they finally do get together. Although they took their sweet time getting there.

Cam is taken completely by surprise when he discovers how Gareth feels about him, and he doesn’t immediately realize that he also feels more for his beta than is “proper”. I like that it takes him some time to understand this about himself. Otherwise, it would have felt too easy.

I loved Gareth so much! He’s been pining for Cam for awfully long, putting his alpha and the well-being of the pack before his own personal happiness. Poor man. He is so much the self-effacing, sacrificing hero and very much deserved his chance at love.

Aside from the great romance between these two lovely MC’s, it was also a lot of fun to read about the rest of the pack and the challenges the Regent’s Park Pack continues to face.

Number of stars out of 5: 5


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Coming Soon! Q*Pid by Xavier Mayne

August 28!

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/qpid-by-xavier-mayne-9833-b

Blurb

Can a computer program understand love better than the human heart?

Archer, the AI at the dating service Q*pid, realizes humans don’t always make the best choices, so it begins making some unconventional choices for them.

Fox Kincade is the last of his group of friends to be single, so he’s delighted when he discovers a new match in his Q*pid app—one that, according to the new AI wizardry, should be the love of his life. Instead of the woman he’s expecting, he’s paired with Drew Larsen, a shy, somewhat nerdy PhD student who has also grown discouraged with romance.

Drew and Fox have little in common—aside from the fact that they’re both straight. Or so they thought. But as the guys get to know each other, they realize Archer might have the right idea. Their path isn’t smooth, because both need to overcome every idea they have about themselves and what true love might look like. But with the help of Archer—and some friends who have stuck with Fox and Drew through the thick and thin of their relationship trials—they might find their way into each other’s hearts.

Review by Morgan

 

This is a fun trope – the GFY trope and a double GFY – YES – sign me up! I absolutely loved this. It was sweet, romantic and my only (small) complaint was that I wish we’d had more smexy times.

What I love about this story is what I fell in love with in Frat House Troopers: great character development and a (mostly) believable way for two “straight” guys to fall in love! Where FHT had a little more pull for me was there was more “exploration” in the bedroom that I missed with this couple.

However – the upside is we definitely get a lot of emotional bonding and the end result is a really romantic story with a touch of heat.

If you’re a fan of the author or the trope – this is recommended for you!

5 of 5 stars

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Review by Karen

Cute and enjoyable read! Very well-paced story with a lot of funny moments and teasing banter between the MC’s.

I was pleasantly surprised by this original take on the Gay/Out For You trope, focusing very much on emotional compatibility and building a friendship first. Love and attraction come after, or at least, are only acknowledged after.

At first glance, the MC’s, Drew and Fox, couldn’t be more different. Not exactly “match made in heaven” material. Even worse, they both identify as straight, so it throws them for a loop when Archer, the Q*Pid AI, matches them. A 99.5 percent match no less!! In spite of all that, they each take a chance and start dating each other anyway – I mean casually meeting up – as friends do… in a friendly manner.

Drew and Fox are so genuine when they are together, falling into friendship/love almost seamlessly.
I loved that! If only Fox wouldn’t stay so willfully blind to his feelings! How many interventions from his bestie Chad does that man need?

I adored the secondary characters in this story, especially the two most important ones, Chad and Mrs. Schwartzmann. They are quirky, loyal and a lot of fun, as well as excellent friends to Drew and Fox, giving them a piece of their mind when they need it. Which is often.
Though I don’t know if Mrs. Schwartzmann needed to sound quite so much like a yenta channeling her inner Yoda.

I’d have liked it better if the author would have left the question of Archer’s independence, or the possibility of him going rogue, a bit more open. I think it a pity that his “acting up” was so neatly explained away.

A lot of attention was given to Veera and Archer, explaining the AI and the Q*pid app, to make it sound plausible and the risks more real.
I hope that means the author has other Q*Pid books planned!

4 of 5 stars


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Review by Sorel

 

This is an interesting book in that the story is told from three points of view. Drew, Fox and Veera, the woman who designed and programed Archer, the AI matchmaker.

 

When Veera programed Archer it wasn’t just to match dating profiles based on what the clients said, it was also to learn from how they used the internet, their reactions to memes and social media, but all within the parameters of the original profiles. Then one day, because of a communication error, Archer ignores the sexual orientation parameter and matches two straight men. Drew and Fox.

 

What follows is the story of these guys, both serial daters, who meet to laugh over the mismatch, then become friends and finally find the love they had been looking for.

 

I found both the main characters likeable, although Fox’s attitude to dating women seemed calculated and clinical, which was slightly off putting. But overall this a good fun story.

The cast of side characters were a great addition to the tale, especially Mrs. Schwartzmann, Drew’s elderly neighbor and best friend. Also dropping in on Veera and her chats with Archer added an interesting element to the story.

 

Overall, this was a fun book to read.

 

 

4 out of 5 stars


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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Author Provided Book Bullying Gay Hurt/Abuse Karen Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Standalone

Coming Soon: Corporate Bondage (Corporate Pride #3)

Aug 24!

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40865136-corporate-bondage?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

“You’ll either be the death of me or my salvation.”

KEITH
I don’t do romance. I possess. I use. And when I get bored, I discard. I’m not the good guy. Life stomped all the goodness out of me years ago. Now I’ll scheme and manipulate to get what I want.

What Do I Want?
Gio Arcuri

He walks into my office with a confidence that whets my appetite. By force of habit, I am compelled to exert my dominance. This man who matches me in wit and physical strength will get down on his knees. I will make him beg.

There’s only one problem.

I’ve found me a man whose will won’t bend even when his body is broken. A man who satisfies my demons only too well. How can a relationship that starts so wrong face anything but disaster?

GIO
After two years away, my best friend Tate pulls up in town with a new boyfriend in tow. What’s my plan? For his boyfriend to become an ex and for me to be the new man in Tate’s life.

What’s Standing In My Way ?
Keith Eardley

He’s only supposed to help me to get rid of Bryan but makes the most ridiculous proposition for him to render his assistance. He wants me on my knees. The worst part of it is that I can’t refuse. He may have the upper hand, but I will not submit to him. It doesn’t matter how much I crave the punishment he doles out with his Cat-O’-Nine. But the more I know Keith, the more I want from him. Not just his punishment. Not just his bondage. Keith thinks I’ll be either his salvation or the death of him, but what if he will be the death of me?

Corporate Bondage is 70k+ steamy romance with HEA between two unlikely anti-heroes you will love.

Review

This book starts out really intense and dark from the very first chapter, grabbing the reader’s attention from the get-go.
Both MC’s are unapologetic, spiteful assholes in the beginning (middle, end…), which is very refreshing and original! Have no fear… they grow on you!

I loved the passive aggressive side that Gio showed Bryan (awful, but something we all can relate too I’m sure) and the bitchy & snarky conversations and internal dialogue from Keith and Gio both. This made for really entertaining reading, but then, I love me a good anti-hero…and here you get two for the price of one!
A good redemption story has such potential to really touch a reader, and this was an outstanding one!

I’m so impressed with how the author let all that anger and hurt turn into hesitant caring and then love. This is an amazing love story, because the MC’s fight it, and each other, so much, and they are far more vulnerable beneath all their armor than your average MC, especially Keith.
I honestly couldn’t put this book down!!

At a certain point, Keith’s past catches up with him, just when he’s finally starting to believe that love and happiness might be possible for him after all. Such a cruel move, Ms. Holmes!
It made the story even more intense though, so well done! But oh…poor Keith and Gio.

The epilogue is cute and very sweet, all the while staying true to the MC’s grouchy natures, that not even a HEA can take away completely.

Number of stars out of 5: 4.5

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