Release Day: Cowboy in the Crosshairs by BA Tortuga

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Blurb: Once upon a time, a prince lived in a magical kingdom called Turquoise, New Mexico.
Well, really, TJ is a small-town police chief. Every Friday he holds court in the diner with the local holy roller, the art colonists, and the horsey people. But the Benes, who own the rodeo company, keep to themselves. TJ knows, because he was once hot and heavy with the oldest Bene son.
When Wacey Bene gets trampled by a remuda and comes home to heal, he’s none too happy to run into TJ, or his two little boys and their momma. The story might end there—if it wasn’t for some pesky bastard trying to kill Wacey.
The law steps in, and the townsfolk are cross about somebody messing with one of their own.
But once the bad guy is put away, can TJ and Wacey make their place in this wild and eccentric town a permanent one?
Review: I’ve come to expect a nice, low angst read with lots of humour and heart from BA Tortuga – and this did not disappoint. The mystery of who’s trying to harm Wacey is icing on the cake ☺
One of the things I like about Ms. Tortuga’s MC’s is that when they decide that they’re in to each other, they go for it – no misunderstandings – they just try to work out the details to make it work. This story is no different. TJ and Wacey were an item years ago, but TJ decided he couldn’t live openly as a gay man and broke it off with Wacey. Fast forward several years; their initial reunion is not friendly, but as the 2 men have to deal with who is trying to harm Wacey, they rekindle their love affair slowly, but surely.
As usual, the secondary characters are fun, especially Wacey’s siblings Lacey, Kacey and Macey.
I really enjoyed it.

4 stars out of 5


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

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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.


 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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Finders Keepers by N.R. Walker

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Needing a change of scene, Griffin Burke moves from Brisbane to Coolum Beach to start a new job. The beautiful white sand, aqua-coloured ocean, blue skies, and summer breezes are everything he longs for. What he finds is a mud-covered dog, lost and hungry, with a nametag and a phone number.

Dane Hughes is stuck in Surfers Paradise at a week-long work conference when he gets a phone call from his distraught mother. His dog, his fur baby, Wicket, has run away. Unable to leave and feeling helpless and miserable, he gets a text from a guy. “I think I found your dog…”

Griffin and Dane start talking, and Griffin agrees to look after Wicket until Dane can collect him. With a few days left before his new job starts, Griffin takes Wicket on some coastal adventures and sends Dane photos of their fun, and so the start of something new and kind of wonderful begins.

Griffin might have moved to Coolum in search of a new life, but what he finds is so much more. What he gets to keep just might take some four-legged help


Nr Walker is such a diverse writer! She can break our hearts out in the desert, open our minds out in Africa, introduce us to fighting and lighten our days with sweet and simple romances!

This is a cute, no angst story about two guys who are a little lonely and really into one specific dog. They meet on the phone and over texts and slowly learn about the other.

Meanwhile, there is a more deeply moving story happening with Dane’s landlady, and that too, ends happily.

If you want something sweet, sexy and funny – this is the book for you!

Highly Recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Enemies to Lovers Audiobook: Locked in Silence (Pelican Bay, Book 1) By: Sloane Kennedy Narrated by: Michael Pauley

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I’ve spent years hoping someone would finally hear me. It’s easier not to try anymore….
10 years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rear view mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home.
At 28, Nolan has traveled the world as a successful concert violinist with some of the best symphonies in the country. But success breeds envy, and when Nolan’s benefactor and lover decides Nolan has flown high enough, he cruelly clips Nolan’s wings. The betrayal and ensuing scandal leaves the violinist’s career in shambles and with barely enough money to start fresh somewhere beyond his vindictive ex’s powerful reach. But just as he’s ready to get his life back on track, Nolan gets the call he’s been dreading.
After a stroke leaves his father a partial invalid, duty-bound Nolan returns to Pelican Bay and a life he’s spent years trying to forget. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again….
Even if I could speak, there wouldn’t be anyone there to listen….


Sloane Kennedy is hit or miss for me. Not because she is a bad writer or because she doesn’t have great ideas – but because I’m only good for so much angst before I throw my hands up in resignation and that seems to be what she excels at.

I was recommended to listen to this story because it was less angsty and it had a DA MC – which I love!- and I’d say it was a pretty good rec.

On the one hand I do find the deep, dark “moments” to be a bit much for my taste – I’m more a humor and hijinks type reader than deep and contemplative. On the other hand I think the two MCs moved on fairly quickly from their back stories to embrace one another.

I really enjoyed Michael Pauley’s narration and think he matched the tone for this story perfectly. He doesn’t do a lot to change the voices of the MCs and I wish he’d attempted to alter the voice a little of Dallas but he’s easy to listen to and great with emotion.

If you’re a fan of the author you’ll adore this, if you’re new to the author I’d read some reviews and see if she fits. This would be a great “first book” of hers to start with.

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Audiobook: How To Save A Life (Howl at the Moon #4) by Eli Easton Narrated by Matthew Shaw


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Rav Miller looked into the terrified, intelligent eyes of the chocolate Labrador on death row, and knew he’d do anything to save him. When the dog, Sammy, escapes and heads to Mad Creek, Rav follows. Mad Creek. The town had become legendary in Rav’s mind after he’d met that bizarre group last year. Rav dismissed his crazy suspicions back then, but when he arrives in Mad Creek, he knows it’s true. Dog shifters exist, and apparently they all live in the California mountains. It’s enough to blow a bad boy’s mind.

Sammy has something in common with Rav—neither one of them trusts people. After Sammy’s abuse as a dog, he particularly dislikes tough-looking men like Rav. But when Sammy gets a chance to work with rescued dogs at the new Mad Creek shelter, his deep compulsion to help others overcomes his fear. Rav and Sammy bond over saving strays. If they can each find the courage to let someone else in, they might find their way to love.

Sheriff Lance Beaufort doesn’t like humans moving into Mad Creek, especially not the tattooed and defiant Rav. When Rav starts a rescue shelter, the town thinks he’s wonderful! But Lance isn’t fooled. He doesn’t buy Rav’s innocent act for one second. How much does Rav know about the quickened? What is his game? And why did he have to show up now, when Lance and the other town leaders are overwhelmed by all the new quickened pouring in?

Rav knows how to save a life. But can he save an entire town? Can he rescue Mad Creek?


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This is one of my all time favorite series out there! Eli Easton has a gift for blending humor, science fiction and romance all into one package! Her love of dogs is evidenced with every word “Praise to Dog”! You can absolutely see the wagging butts and cocked heads as her characters leap off the page and into your heart. I absolutely bawled when I read Sammy’s story. Talk about hitting you right in the feels! Though we know stories like Sammy’s are a dime a dozen, and we become inured to it over time, it’s always great to have a reminder of how much work we have left.
(Spoiler bit – I was glad to see that although it was sad, Eli didn’t back away from the message that it’s important to spay and neuter – no matter how you look at it, these are tough issues, and I was glad to see she handled it masterfully.)

In any case, this story takes us back to Mad Creek and we get to see all our friends! I thought it was great that Lance gets some help – poor guy! – and that Rav is here to help him with all the new Quickened coming to town. Rav and Sammy’s love story is so, so sweet and like the lab he is, Sammy was easy to love and so earnest!

In addition to giving us a really sweet romance, I love that the author also gave us a “viable” solution to the town’s problems. I really hope we get to see Simon’s story soon – he’s been so patient- ha!

Highly Recommended!
6 of 5 stars


I’m really glad the narrator has stayed the same for all of the Howl at the Moon books. Matthew Shaw does really nice job handling all the different voices and giving all of the quickend that sort of vaguely clueless voice without making them sound dumb. He’s also got the sheriff really nailed. And I like his version of Rav.

This is a super great series with the super great narrator and highly recommended!


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Boy Next Store by HJ Welch

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The only thing that’s got Jamie through working retail this holiday season has been staring at the gorgeous guy running the gingerbread stall across from his store at the mall. He’s never worked up the courage to talk to him though, so little does he know that Max has been eyeing him up too.

When a chance encounter with a stray puppy brings Jamie and Max together on Christmas Eve, the two of them have more in common than they thought, and the sparks fly immediately. Could it be that these three lost souls have each found a home just in time for Christmas?

Boy Next Store is a short, steamy standalone gay romance with a guaranteed HEA and absolutely no cliffhanger.


This is a cute, short holiday story!
Jamie and Max meet when they rescue an abandoned puppy. Each man has had a crush on the other but were too shy to do anything about it.
When they finally get to talk and bond over the puppy, their crush blossoms into a sweet bedroom scene.
As a short holiday book, it is well a done and pretty much compact story, complete with an epilogue and HEA. It’s a story that can be read again, and not just during the holidays 🙂

3.5 stars out of 5


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Deal Maker by Lily Morton

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Sometimes your mouth makes deals that your heart can’t honour.

Jude is a highly successful model, but a very reluctant one. His life is full of casual hook-ups with pretty men in glamorous locations, but it’s still empty. However, circumstances decreed a long time ago that this was his path, so he’s resolutely stayed on it and accepted his fate with good grace. He made a deal with himself and his hook-ups. Get in, get out and no ties with anyone.

However, an accident at home one night leads to him making a new deal and accepting the offer of help from an unlikely source. It leads to an unexpected summer of falling in love with a larger than life man and his child.

But by the end of the summer his reasons for not staying are still valid. Will he turn away? Can he?

Asa is a talented actor who has spent time away from the scene to look after his son. But now he’s back, and the last thing he needs are complications from the gorgeous man who is staying with him. Scarred from too many betrayals, he has no intention of forming a lasting tie with anyone. However, he can’t resist the beautiful man with secrets, and to his horror he develops feelings.

But a deal’s a deal and they said it was just for the summer. What can Asa do with a man who has forever in his eyes and goodbye on his lips?


This book had me smiling, chuckling or ‘aww’ing throughout! There are some sober moments, but even those have a thread of humour.
The story starts with Jude, Dean and a neighbour’s bathtub – Dean is funny, but a few cells short of a working brain! Jude needs a place to stay, so Dean, his current hookup offers up his half-brother, Asa’s, place to stay. There is just one small detail Dean forgot to mention: Asa is not aware of the offer ….
We meet Billy, (Asa’s son), who won’t let Jude into the house without the password -that scene had me chuckling. Then Asa and Jude meet. They start off okay, but eventually end up on the wrong foot, with hilarious consequences!

The writing is very good, engaging and entertaining. I particularly love Billy – out of the mouth of babes (he has some gems) and Amos, who is brilliant as the voice of doom, (he reminds me of Alan Rickman).
There is so much to say about this book; it’s fun, heartwarming, touching, but I won’t be able to do it justice. All I can say is that I highly recommend this story.

I loved it.

5 stars out of 5


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Slip (Recovery: Book 2) by BA Tortuga

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Love is a fragile thing, and it can slip through your fingers if you don’t hold on tight…. When Zack Jung’s AA sponsor and friend commits suicide, he’s desperate to hold it together, and there’s only one place he can turn. He calls Josh and Kris, and they take him back to their ranch outside Santa Fe. A cowboy to the bone, Cimarron Duran cherishes his orderly life and routine. He likes his neighbors, Kris and Josh, but he has less than no interest in the hipster personal trainer who comes to stay with them—or at least, he plans to fight his interest in favor of his solitary life and his art. But some things are as inevitable as the weather, and when Zack and Cimarron finally come together, they find they don’t want to let go. It won’t be easy, though, for two men with pasts like theirs to forge a happy future together.


It took me a little while to warm to the story, mainly because it started with characters from the previous book (Josh, Kris, Cypress). As an aside, this story can be read as a standalone; the book (eventually) provides enough on the characters from the previous story that one is not lost. Once I understood the dynamics of all the players, I began to really enjoy the story.
The story centres on Zack, a recovering addict, and Josh’s neighbour, Cimarron.
Cimarron is older, a cowboy who makes a living as an artist. (I couldn’t tell how old Cimarron was, so that was a bit of a distraction for me).
Cimarron and Zack start slowly, but quickly ramp up to being lovers to being inseparable. They’re sweet together – with Zack bringing out a softer side of Cimarron. As they begin to explore the depth of their feelings, a major health crisis occurs and both men have to face up to past issues/ghosts in order to make a go of their future.
This is a nice, low angst read with lots of humour and heart – my kind of book.

3.75 (round to 4) stars out of 5


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