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5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level BDSM Book Bullying Closeted Contemporary DA Dreamspinner Finding Family Friends to lovers Gay Gay Handyman Heat Index Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mary D Mid level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Reconcilliation Scorching/high heat

An Unlocked Mind by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

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Blurb
Sercrets: Book Two
Rob Daniels is determined to prove to himself that his brother Alex got it wrong. Alex believes he found love through BDSM; Rob is certain that’s not possible. He even makes several visits to a London club to prove his point. But when he attends the grand opening of Secrets, Rob gets a shock, one that has him fleeing, vowing never to return—until he does… and runs into the brick wall that is Dom Vic Prentiss. As first meetings go, theirs is a disaster.

The more time he spends around Rob, the more convinced Vic becomes of two things—one, something is eating away at Rob, and two, he’s looking for something. Every instinct tells Vic to help him, but trying to unlock the secrets hidden in Rob’s mind requires a key. All Vic has to do is find it. Because maybe then he’ll get to see the real Rob, the man who’s scared to let go…

Review
The main thrust of the story revolves around Rob and how with the help of Vic he feels able to turn his life around. To fully understand the extent of the issues between Rob and his brother Alex would I recommend reading book 1 of the collars and cuffs series, An Unlocked Heart. However, I think there is enough information in this story to get an idea of what happened. The history and circumstances of bad blood between the brothers is very well explained.
At the start of the book Rob is not a likeable character. He is an angry man that thinks life is out to get him. He’s in a spiral of self hate which comes across as a very short temper and aggressive behaviour. There were times however that his insecurity comes across and I felt sympathy for him. Meeting Vic was the best thing that could’ve happened to him. Vic was able to see past Rob’s walls and defensive behaviour to what is underneath. I really liked this gentle friends to lovers story with the Dom/Sub element. As it progressed I got more absorbed in the evolving relationship between Vic and Rob and how Rob mends bridges with his brother. If you are unsure about BDSM I would recommend this book as it is a gentle and caring relationship.

5 of stars out of 5

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4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Bullying Christmas Contemporary Dreamspinner Established Couple Established Couple/Sequel Fade to black/No Steam Finding Family Gay Heat Index Holiday Homophobia m/m Mid level angst Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series

Thirty One Days and Legos by SA Stovall

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/thirty-one-days-and-legos-by-sa-stovall-9138-b

Blurb

A Ranger Station Haven Christmas Novella
Park rangers Carter and Owen Williams have decided to expand their family and adopt two brothers—boys they rescued a year before when they tried to escape the foster system and flee to Canada. After completing their parenting classes, Carter, a reserved man who enjoys the simple life, swears he’ll be the best father possible. His patience is tested, however, when one brother adopts a cat out of the snowy Voyageurs National Park and the other brother refuses to talk about what’s bothering him.
Owen wants to make sure their first Christmas together is a special one, and he decides all of December should be a celebration. He has an activity planned for each of the thirty-one days, but none of them seem to go off without a hitch. The cat has fleas, the boys need to attend a court hearing, and Carter is more than a little overwhelmed.
But Carter is 100 percent determined to make his new family work. He just has no idea how….

Review

The author tells us that reading the first book in this series is not necessary, but I think it might be.  (Book one was from last year’s advent  :  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33001905-ranger-station-haven?from_search=true)

On the one hand, I totally understood where these guys were coming from as the author did a great job of giving enough background information without retelling their “falling in love” story, but… I had such a hard time understanding what Owen sees in Carter. He was soooo grumpy and while it’s sort of explained I still didn’t feel like I connected with him – as far as his romance with Owen.

I loved the children part. Ugh! Totally crying! It was so sweet! Carter’s relationship with Luke and Legos is adorable and for that alone this was worth reading.

Overall I think you should read book 1 then read this because it was really sweet and if I’d liked Carter more I think I’d have liked this story more.

4 of 5 stars

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3 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Bullying Contemporary Cop/Crime Dreamspinner Finding Family Gay Gay Heat Index Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort Insta Love m/m Mary D Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Single Parent Standalone

Fire and Flint by Andrew Grey

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 Dreamspinner Press
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fire-and-flint-by-andrew-grey-9126-

Blurb

Series: Carlisle Deputies

Jordan Erichsohn suspects something is rotten about his boss, Judge Crawford. Unfortunately he has nowhere to turn and doubts anyone will believe his claims—least of all the handsome deputy, Pierre Ravelle, who has been assigned to protect the judge, as he’s been receiving the threatening letters. The judge has a long reach, and if he finds out Jordan’s turned on him, he might impede Jordan adopting his son, Jeremiah.

When Jordan can no longer stay silent, he gathers his courage and tells Pierre what he knows. To his surprise and relief, Pierre believes him, and Jordan finds an ally… and maybe more. Pierre vows to do what it takes to protect Jordan and Jeremiah and see justice done. He’s willing to fight for the man he’s growing to love and the family he’s starting to think of as his own. But Crawford is a powerful and dangerous enemy, and he’s not above ripping apart everything Jordan and Pierre are trying to build in order to save himself…

Review
I like Andrew Grey’s work because with him I know I’m getting a straight forward romance with a touch of hot sex. Problems never amount to much of an obstacle and there is always a happy ending. Fire and Flint is no different. Although the story takes place within the Carlisle Deputies series it can be read alone. There are mentions of characters from other books but they do not feature heavily. The story focuses on Pierre and his budding relationship with Jordan who is in the process of adopting four year old Jeremiah. Jeremiah is a sweetheart. Possibly a bit too adult at times but I excused this by thinking he would’ve had to grow up quite fast being in care. Pierre meets Jordan when he is assigned to protect the Judge Jordan works for. Jordan knows something fishy is going on with the Judge but is reluctant to say anything with Jeremiah’s adoption so close to being finalised. This is a love at first sight story for Pierre. Jordan is the guy for him and when he meets Jeremiah his heart goes out to him as well. I loved seeing them get to know each other in a growing little family. The two aspects of the story, relationship/family and the investigation into the Judge worked well together. I liked seeing how as Pierre investigated a corrupt judge ruined people’s lives and families. And It’s Pierre’s aim to get justice for them whilst protecting his own budding family.
I found this to be a quick an easy read no huge surprises and a little suspense. Worth reading if you want to escape into happy without a holiday theme.

3 of stars out of 5

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4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Anthology Book Christmas Contemporary Dee Dreamspinner Established Couple/Sequel Families/Weddings Finding Family Gay Gay Heat Index Holiday Hurt/comfort Little to no angst m/m Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Standalone

Holidays: Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings(2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by Nell Iris

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/2017-advent-calendar-daily-delivery-package-stocking-stuffers-9042-b

Blurb

Christmas is coming, and young couple Casey and Ellis are very much in love. Unfortunately, they’re also the definition of dirt poor, and they don’t have the money for nonessentials like decorations. Or a turkey. Or gifts. Between the recent death of Casey’s beloved momma and Ellis’s estrangement from his family, all they have is each other.

When Ellis finds the saddest-looking Christmas tree south of the Mason-Dixon Line thrown away outside his workplace and brings it home to Casey, things look up. Life is still a struggle, but wealth isn’t always measured in money, and what seems worthless to others is often invaluable to the people who love it.

Review: Short, sweet story. It even managed to make me sniff just a little. All this in under 50 pages.
Ellis and Casey are a lovely couple. They are both are struggling to make a decent living – but they don’t let their situation keep them from finding happiness with each other. Xmas, being the season when miracles can happen, things start to look up for the pair.
I think the best part of this story is the love and affection these men had for each other and life in general. Definitely a lovely story, one I’d reread.

4 stars out of 5

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3.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Anthology Book Christmas class difference Contemporary DA Dreamspinner Fade to black/No Steam Families/Weddings Finding Family Gay Gay Heat Index Holiday Holiday Romance Hurt/comfort Insta Love m/m Mid level angst Monthly Theme Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Opposites attract Part of a Series second chance at love Standalone

Holidays: An Open Window (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by Rick R. Reed

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/2017-advent-calendar-daily-delivery-package-stocking-stuffers-9042-b

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Two men. One Christmas Eve that changes the courses of both their lives.

Henry’s homeless and only wants a warm place to sleep on the coldest night of the year. A forgotten open window in a darkened house entices Henry inside with the promise of warmth and comfort. He knows it’s wrong, but he promises himself he’ll be out before the owner wakes on Christmas morning. Except he oversleeps and the homeowner, Jim, discovers a bearded stranger sawing logs under his dining room table. When the shock and the drama that ensues dies down, Henry and Jim discover that they might have found, quite unexpectedly, the Christmas miracle they’d both been longing for—love and home.

 

Review

 

This was just a bit too maudlin for me with not enough of the happy to quite balance it out. While I really applauded the approach to looking at life through different lenses and the unique way the story was laid out, I kind of wanted to see more of the middle part that got glossed over.

 

It was sweet, short and sentimental.

 

3.5 of 5 stars

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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Christmas Closeted College/University coming of age Contemporary DA Dreamspinner Finding Family Friends to lovers Gay Gay Heat Index Holiday Holiday Romance Homophobia Humor Hurt/comfort Insta Love Little to no angst m/m May/December May/December Medical Mid level steam/heat Mild/low level heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Standalone

Regret Me Not by Amy Lane

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/regret-me-not-by-amy-lane-9121-b

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Pierce Atwater used to think he was a knight in shining armor, but then his life fell to crap. Now he has no job, no wife, no life—and is so full of self-pity he can’t even be decent to the one family member he’s still speaking to. He heads for Florida, where he’s got a month to pull his head out of his ass before he ruins his little sister’s Christmas.
Harold Justice Lombard the Fifth is at his own crossroads—he can keep being Hal, massage therapist in training, flamboyant and irrepressible to the bones, or he can let his parents rule his life. Hal takes one look at Pierce and decides they’re fellow unicorns out to make the world a better place. Pierce can’t reject Hal’s overtures of friendship, in spite of his misgivings about being too old and too pissed off to make a good friend.
As they experience everything from existential Looney Tunes to eternal trips to Target, Pierce becomes more dependent on Hal’s optimism to get him through the day. When Hal starts getting him through the nights too, Pierce must look inside for the knight he used to be—before Christmas becomes a doomsday deadline of heartbreak instead of a celebration of love.

Review

What can I say? I’m a sucker for Amy Lane Lite. I thought this was fantastic! I loved the slow build up and the achingly sweet way Hal and Pierce danced around one another. I loved the goofy “Looney Tunes” method of avoidance as well as the never ending holiday shopping list.

The entire relationship develops over a short period of time and it would have been great to see these guys later down the line, but I definitely think they got enough one on one time for us to predict success in the future.

If you’re in the mood for a lovely, tender and sometimes silly – low angst – holiday romance – this is the one for you!

Highly Recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book Christmas Cinderella/Cinderfella Contemporary Cop/Crime Families/Weddings Finding Family Friends to lovers Gay Gay Heat Index Holiday Homophobia Hurt/Abuse m/m Mary D Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Purchased Standalone Virgin young adult

Holidays: The Christmas Throwaway Audiobook by RJ Scott Narrated by Sean Crisden

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https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Christmas-Throwaway-Audiobook/B00OLBK8YC/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1511117032&sr=1-1

Blurb
Christmas is a time for giving – what do you do when no one gives a damn? For Zachary Weston Christmas means sleeping on a churchyard bench in the freezing snow with nothing better in his future. Thrown out of his home for being gay, he is left without money or, it seems, anywhere to go. Until a stranger shows him that some people do give a lot more than a damn. Ben Hamilton is a rookie cop in his small home town. He finds a young throwaway, fresh from the city, sleeping on a bench in the churchyard on a snowy Christmas Eve. Can he be the one to give Zachary his own Christmas miracle

Review
This has always been my go to heartwarming Christmas story both to read and listen to. It is full of hope and the message of kindness. Touching and heartwarming just perfect Christmas fiction. The Characters are believable. Zach is thrown away by his father just before he turns eighteen. Ben finds him sleeping in a churchyard. The gruff way Ben says ‘you can’t sleep here’ sounds wonderful narrated by Sean Chrisden. Ben’s family take Zach in and here he finds the family and the happy ever after he deserves. This stands with the Christmas classics for me and I try to either read or listen to it every year.
I do like the sound of Sean Chrisden’s voice lovely and mellow but at times the narration seemed to be a little fast. This was definitely not enough to spoil my enjoyment
I loved his portrayal of all the characters, especially Zach and Ben. Lovely.

5 of stars out of 5

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Families: The Guy From Glamour by Skylar M Cates


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Blurb

Anthony Carrino loves his big, gregarious Italian-American family, even if his sisters are interfering, and his dad, the local sheriff, knows everything going on in town. He’s happy as a middle school guidance counselor. Despite helping kids and their parents fix their problems, Anthony can’t manage to get his own love life right. If only everyone would stop calling him the “nice” guy.

Dean Pierce doesn’t do relationships. A tough-minded military man, he is dedicated to his job as a Night Stalker, flying Chinook helicopters and not speaking much to anybody. He certainly doesn’t want to deal with a mess of emotions. But when tragedy strikes, Dean finds his hands full with his troubled niece, her irresistible guidance counselor, and a meddlesome family, which includes a rather large puppy.

Review
I love this kind of story where the big silent loner finds family and love. For a guy that doesn’t do relationships he now has to look after his teenage niece Nicki. His panic at being in this situation is palpable. Anthony is there for both of them. Although Anthony has just got out of a bad relationship and is not looking to get into another he is drawn to Dean. I liked the way both of them were conscious of Nicki’s feelings throughout the slow romance. There are a wonderful cast of secondary characters from the members of Anthony’s family who are loud and loving to friends of Anthony and Dean. This is a lovely family/ new single parent story. I especially like it is with a young teenager rather than a small child or a baby.
I don’t think I’ve listened to anything by Matt Baca before. I liked his voice. He gave Dean a nice rumbling sound although Anthony sounded a bit young. Anthony’s twin sisters Gina and Mia were performed quite well. There were times when it felt more like the story was being read to me rather than performed but overall he does a pretty good job.
A nice light family / opposites attract story I enjoyed listening to.

4 stars out of 5

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4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Families/Weddings Finding Family Friends to lovers Gay Gay Heat Index Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mary D Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Single Parent

Families: The Teddy Bear Club Audiobook by Sean Michael Narrated by John Solo

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-teddy-bear-club-by-sean-michael-9065-b

Blurb
Two lonely men. One perfect family.

Aiden Lake adopted his institutionalized sister’s two daughters, and he’s a good dad. He works nights on websites and gets in his adult time twice a week at the Roasty Bean, where he meets with other single gay parents.

Devon Smithson wants to be a good dad now that his sixteen-year-old sister asked him to babysit her newborn… three months ago. But he’s overwhelmed with the colicky baby. An invitation to the daddy-and-kid gatherings at the café is a godsend. The pot is sweetened when his friendship with Aiden develops into more—maybe even something that can last.

But the mother who kicked Dev out for being gay wants to get her claws into the baby, and she doesn’t care if she tears Dev, Aiden, and everything they’re building apart in the process

Review
Sugar sweet and cute are not normally what comes to mind with Sean Michael stories but that’s my first thought on finishing the audiobook. Such a lovely feel good audiobook. Single parent fathers meet regularly at a cafe for support and company. What starts as friends helping each other soon develops into more. I liked that their romance is not usual and circumstances brought them together even though it seems fast. That’s what dreams are made of. Add in a bit of tension with an evil mother and it’s complete.

Jon Solo does this story justice. He has given each of the four main characters their own voice and brought out their personalities. Dev comes across as nervous but strong. Aiden confident and dependable. Zack is flirty but sensible and Logan is steadfast and reliable. I also loved the way he portrayed the older children. I always dislike when children are made out to be miniature 40years but between Sean Michael’s dialogue and Jon Solo’s narration we have realistic children.

It seems from the ending this may be the start of a series, I do hope so. I absolutely recommend this audiobook book for a feel good listen with a bit of hotness thrown in. Well it wouldn’t be Sean Michael with out it.

4 of stars out of 5

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Family: Family Unit by ZA Maxfield Audiobook Narrated by JP Handler

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Family-Unit-Z-Maxfield-ebook/dp/B007ND7F5A/ref=sr_1_20?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1509835880&sr=1-20&keywords=za+maxfiel

Blurb
A retired marine, Logan is methodical and conservative. Richard is a liberal pacifist who is pathologically afraid of guns. Yet the minute Logan sets eyes on Richard, his heart turns over like an old car engine and it isn’t long before his motor is revved and Richard is in the driver’s seat—even if it seems like each man is driving a different car.

Richard Hunter is parenting his grandson, and the kid—Nick—has had it rough. Richard vows nothing will stop him from creating a loving and stable home. Not even a tempting, red-hot relationship with a very attractive man. However, when Richard looks into Logan’s blue eyes it’s tough to stay focused.

It’s never easy to become a family, what with a temperamental eight-year-old, disapproving outsiders, and outright extortion attempts. But when push comes to shove, both Logan and Richard are committed family men who want to make a loving home for a little boy who needs them

Review
Family Unit is one of my favourite books. I love the romance of opposites attract. Finding that special someone when you least expect it. Especially since this story is about older men finding love again. Throw into the mix Richard being a single parent (single grandparent) and it’s all my wishes for a feel good story coming together. Logan is a retired Marine Colonel. Being in the service has been his life. He lost his previous partner to cancer and is now making a new life for himself in California. Richard on the other hand does not like violence, especially guns. It does take a bit of a bumpy start but when they do, they were hot together. One of the reasons this is a favourite of mine is the way Nick, Richard’s grandson, is portrayed so realistically. He takes time to warm up to Logan, as any kid would do when someone new is brought into the family. Logan understands that Nick has to come first for Richard. Any doubts Richard might have about sharing his life with Logan are dismissed after Logan comes to the rescue. This story leaves me feeling happy.

First impression is that the sound quality isn’t great. It sounds like it was recorded in a tin can but if you can get over that it is a very enjoyable story. JP Handler’s voice suits the mature characters well and he manages a passable Nick. Not one of my top narrator’s but it didn’t put me off enjoying listening to the story.

5 stars out of 5 for the story
2.5 stars out of 5 for the narration/audiobook quality
Overall 3 of 5 stars

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