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Spooky Review: Hunter of Demons (SPECTR #1) by Jordan L. Hawk

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Blurb

Unregistered paranormal Caleb Jansen only wants a normal life. But when a demon murders his brother, Caleb knows he has to avenge Ben’s death, no matter what the cost. Unfortunately, his only allies belong to an extremist group who would kill Caleb if they found out about his talent.

Gray is a wandering spirit, summoned to hunt and destroy demons by drinking their blood. This hunt goes horribly wrong, and for the first time in his existence Gray is trapped in a living, human body. Caleb’s body…and Caleb is still in it.

Hotshot federal agent John Starkweather thinks he’s seen it all. But when he’s called to exorcise Caleb, he finds a creature which isn’t supposed to exist outside of stories. For Gray is a drakul: a vampire.

Having spent his life avoiding the government as an unregistered ‘mal, Caleb can’t let himself trust a federal exorcist, no matter how sexy. And he certainly isn’t going to give into the heat growing between them and sleep with Starkweather.

Can Starkweather win Caleb’s trust and convince him he isn’t the enemy? Can Caleb keep Gray under control, as the drakul experiences the temptation of a living body for the first time?

Because if he fails and Gray gives in to bloodlust, Starkweather will have no choice but to kill them both.
Novella: 33,643 words

Review
This is a great start to an epic story. We are given a snapshot of this world where Caleb has hidden his abilities and John has settled into his job and Grey is suddenly finds himself in a situation he has never been in before.

For a short story there is a lot of information packed in. This is set up in a series of novellas so you can sit and read each one in one setting. And since this series is finished you don’t have to wait to find out what happens next

Rating 4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: The Undercover Rock Star: Bulletproof, Book 1 by Jenna Galicki Narrated by John Solo and Nick J. Russo

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Undercover-Rock-Star-Audiobook/B074XJHCTD

Blurb

A spur-of-the-moment vacation was supposed to jolt Cameron Douglas out of his funk, but it appears he only traded locations.
It was a chance meeting with a handsome stranger that changed everything. Brandon stirs Cameron’s interest and his heart, but will the mysterious man reveal his true identity before their vacation in paradise is over?
Sometimes life in the spotlight was a heavy weight to bear for Brandon Bullet.
He never knew if men were interested in him as a person or just enamored with his rock star status – until he meets Cameron Douglas.
It wasn’t often that Brandon shared a connection with someone who wasn’t aware of his notoriety. He’s determined to keep his identity a secret while the two of them get to know each other and before someone blows his cover.

Review
(Book Reviewed Here Previously)

Cameron is on vacation trying to get over an ex in Rio. He meets a “mysterious stranger” at a bar and they have an instant connection. One thing leads to another leads to hot sex back in the cabana! Eventually Cameron learns his “stranger” is a very famous rock star named Brandon Bullet (though Cameron isn’t familiar with the band) and the two face a decision over what happens next.

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This is a short story with a promise of more to come. So, with that in mind, and a HUGE GRAIN OF SALT, I give you this review:

I liked it! Sure, there was SO MUCH that was a bit (ahem) unbelievable, but it was FUN! I loved the idea of a hard rockin’ bunch of gay guys with tender hearts finding love on the beach in Rio. (I also kinda love this trope – the secret rich guy who sweeps the plain Joe off his feet…YUM!)

Cameron and Brandon also have unique chemistry in that both are a bit “alpha” and I like it when authors shake up those preconceptions. I also liked that being gay wasn’t “a thing” and that his being famous wasn’t really “a thing”. Instead it was two guys figuring out how their lives could mesh in a seemingly impossible circumstance. (Plus the smexy times were HOT!)

So… if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief and just have fun – give this one a go and look for more in the future.

(Ignore the cover 🙂  )

4 of 5 stars

Audio

I LOVED this! This is a “duet” narration, vs. “dual” narration, in that the narrators each use their own voice for one character the entire time, so it really sounds like the two MCs are interacting with one another!

Nick is great as the sexy Brandon, and John Solo does a nice job with the conservative Cameron.

I really enjoyed this and am hoping these two will do the entire series!

6 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars

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The Angel on the Northern Line by Catherine Curzon

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Blurb

 
When your average, run-of-the-mill retired superhero Latin teacher meets an angel on the underground, it’s not only runaway trains that spark.

Christian Winter used to save the world. In World War II, when good and bad was a simple matter of whose side you were on, life had seemed so much simpler. Back then it was easy for a superman to see the troops safely home. Back then it was easy to be Mithras.

Long since retired to teach Latin in a London school, the man who used to be Mithras wants nothing more than a cup of tea and a quiet life. All that changes thanks to a runaway train and a red-headed Scottish angel on the Northern Line whose eyes are bluer than a summer sky, and who just happens to have a thing for chaps in tweed.

Swept along by Freddy Rose’s passion and enthusiasm, Christian’s efforts to resist the Scottish angel’s attractions aren’t exactly heartfelt, but can the passionate angel and an encounter with a very important lady tempt Mithras back to a life of adventure?

Review

I found this a very enjoyable short story. Christian Winter is weary and heart sore. His days are filled teaching Latin and trying to forget his past. I felt for Christian. He still has his super powers but doesn’t want to use them since the war. Meeting Freddy on the Northern line was a little escape. Until he saves the train and has to leave quickly before he is identified. So beautifully written. I understood his reluctance after the war to still be the hero he once was. Freddy is quite a character more like a cheeky imp than an angel! They are gorgeous together so passionate. I started out wondering which direction the story would take and was pleasantly surprised with super heroes were part of the norm. The ending took me by surprise but left me smiling. Perfect for a quick read.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Plaid versus Paisley (Fabric Hearts #2) by K.C. Burn Narrated by David Ross

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/plaid-versus-paisley-by-kc-burn-8755-b

Blurb

Two years after his life fell apart, Will Dawson moved to Florida to start over. His job in the tech department of Idyll Fling, a gay porn studio, is ideal for him. When his boss forces him to take on a new hire, the last person he expects is Dallas Greene—the man who cost him his job and his boyfriend back in Connecticut. He doesn’t know what’s on Dallas’s agenda, but he won’t be blindsided by a wolf masquerading as a runway model. Not again.

Dallas might have thrown himself on his brother’s mercy, but his skills are needed at Idyll Fling. Working with Will is a bonus, since Dallas has never forgotten the man. A good working relationship is only the beginning of what Dallas wants with Will.

But Dallas doesn’t realize how deep Will’s distrust runs, and Will doesn’t know that the man he’s torn between loving and hating is the boss’s brother. When all truths are revealed, how can a relationship built on lies still stand?

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

This is a great series! It’s full of geeks, hot smexy times and kilts! What’s not to love?

I thought the time spent waffling over who to tell and who might find out and what everyone’s motivations were to be a bit tiring, but I also really thought that the HEA was well-earned by the end as a result.

I didn’t always understand why the secrecy and if there was anything that detracted from this story it was that. I think if everyone had a simple conversation a lot of the angst could have been avoided and that type of angst makes me crazy.

However, the characters are unique and well-developed, the smexy times were scorching and overall I really enjoyed this as a standalone or as part of the series.

Audio

As with my previous encounters with this narrator, I hold the opinion that this is a fair way to listen to this story. David Ross doesn’t really add much to the “interpretation” of the story – no accents or extreme emotion – but he reads each part clearly and it’s always obvious which character is speaking.

He didn’t annoy me – which is HUGE – and didn’t distract me from the story. If you’re in the mood to listen rather than read, this is a nice alternative.

4 of 5 stars

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Morning My Angel (Angel Enterprises, Book 1) Audiobook by Sue Brown Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Audible Link
https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Morning-My-Angel-Audiobook/B071XDB17D?qid=1500501208&sr=1-1

Blurb

Josh Cooper, top US security field agent, is sent on an inter-agency assignment to London, when a partner in his firm goes missing in suspicious circumstances. Used to working in sole charge of his well-honed team, he clashes heads with the handsome, but pompous Cal, his UK cooperator and superior. Josh’s gut tells him something is wrong. He’s being kept out of the loop and Cal’s agenda is running on a different path.
He also has a personal issue to deal with. He’s involved in a cyber-relationship with “Charlie”, an unknown man who connected with Josh by accident. Their banter has led to deeper respect and a sexual interest, but now Josh is faced with a growing attraction to Cal. Between this conflict and the tension of the mission, Josh’s heart and head are overworked and confused. Things can’t get much worse.
Then Josh discovers the enemies he’s seeking have a new target: him.

Review

If it had not been for the excellent narration, I would probably have not finished this story – and if I had – I’d have been more mad than I am now.

First, this is NOT romantic. Our MCs get a barely there HFN and it is TOTALLY unsatisfying. I get that this is the beginning to the series, but I was not invested enough in these guys to continue and was SO frustrated by Charlie and how he treats Josh that I’m hoping Josh moves on!

In the beginning it looked like it was going to be this clever “I’m cyber in love with someone” and then “I meet a real guy but what about the cyber guy”… but that all ends after a brief encounter between Josh and Cal and the mystery is revealed early that Cal is Charlie. (Sorry, not really a spoiler though.)

Our MCs are barely on page together and when the ILYs come, they don’t feel authentic. Josh seems like an interesting guy but he lets Cal totally run over him and I can’t believe the ultimatum Cal gives Josh!

I also didn’t care for the “action/mystery” part of the story – it didn’t really make a lot of sense and seemed unrealistic.

Joel Leslie did a great job with his narration – I love his British accents! – but he wasn’t enough to make me recommend this story.

2.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: Scrap Metal by Harper Fox Narrated by Sean Gormley

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Scrap-Metal-Audiobook/B00SVUYF5M?qid=1500746130&sr=1-3

Blurb

Is there room for love in a heart full of secrets? One year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he’s hip deep in sheep, mud, and collies. His late brother and mother had been well-suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much.

As lambing season progresses in the teeth of an icy north wind, the last straw is the intruder Nichol catches in the barn. He says his name is Cam, and he’s on the run from a Glasgow gang. Something about the young man’s tired resignation touches Nichol deeply, and instead of giving him the business end of a shotgun, he offers Cam a blanket and a place to stay. Somehow, Cam quickly charms his way through Nichol’s defenses and into his heart. Even his grandfather takes to the cheeky city boy, whose hard work and good head for figures help set the farm back on its feet. As the cold Scottish springtime melts into summer, Nichol finds himself falling in love. When tragedy strikes, Cam’s resolutely held secret is finally revealed and Nichol must face the truth. He’s given his heart away, and it’s time to pay the price

Review

I first read Scrap Metal on recommendation from a friend. I’m not sure if I would have picked it up on my own. I got caught up reading it, didn’t want to stop so when I realised it was in audiobook I had to listen and I was not disappointed. Set on the Scottish Isle of Arran the story starts by painting a bleak setting. One full of hardship and grief.

This Romantic Drama is written with such depth that I felt like I was there with Nichol as he fought to find a stray sheep in the poring rain. There are so many evocative scenes in this book made even more vivid by the narration.

The pace was just right for me slow and steadily building the relationship between Nichol and Cameron as well as the mystery of why Cameron was on the Island. It is told from Nichol’s point of view and you get his despair at moving back to his childhood home after the death of his mother and brother and how the mood changes for both Nichol and his grandfather once Cam arrives. The fortune of the farm starts to turn as love blooms. Granda Harry is a wonderful curmudgeonly old character who keeps the old ways and is never wrong. For all the grumbling between Nichol and Harry you can feel the love they have for each other.

The reason I love this book more in audio is the way Harper Fox’s excellent prose is enhanced by the narration. The Scottish accents and the way it is delivered by Sean Gormley makes you feel the wind, rain, sunshine, hope and despair. I never tire of listening to this story.

5 of 5 stars

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The Sound of the Sea by Wayne Mansfield

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https://www.amazon.com/Sound-Sea-Wayne-Mansfield-ebook/dp/B0721SVLQ1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500226434&sr=8-1&keywords=sound+of+the+sea+wayne

Blurb:

Liam’s life could be better. He’s recovering from a divorce and a bitter custody battle, which he loses. He dearly loves his six-year-old son, Lucas, but seeing him every second weekend is never enough. His one salvation is the sea. When he’s sitting on the sand, watching the waves rolling in, he feels at peace, calmed and restored.

One day, the waves are particularly high, and the sea particularly rough. He’s surprised to see someone swimming in such choppy seas. When Liam calls out to the man, asking if he needs help, the man simply waves back. Liam thinks he must be an idiot. Little does he know the person he sees is no man, which he discovers two days later.

When they meet, Liam is both horrified and fascinated. His curiosity produces a strange attraction that changes their lives irreversibly forever

Review:
I’ve not read anything by Wayne Mansfield before and this was a good story. Not what I was looking expecting but good. There is a twist in it that I wasn’t expecting. It is the main part of the story and I can’t go into details without giving it away. Just to say there is a fantasy element to the story.

Liam meets Ezra at the beach and over the summer they become very close. However Liam being a Father is not free to do whatever he wants and has to make a decision, Ezra or his Son(Lucas). As I said I found the story on the whole a nice quick read but, as with a lot of novellas, the story lacked some detail that would have rounded it off perfectly for me. The attraction and romance between Liam and Ezra was good. But the it was the ending that got to me. It was abrupt. All meet at the beach and then they all live happy ever after. See spoiler for my issue with the ending. I would have given the story a higher rating if it wasn’t for the ending. In my opinion there were other options for the ending that wouldn’t have expanded the story too much.

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2.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: Delivering Dante: Made Marian Series, Book 6 Audiobook by Lucy Lennox Narrated by: Michael Pauley

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Delivering-Dante-Audiobook/B072QBF13B?qid=1497811390&sr=1-1

Blurb

AJ: I know Dante’s story better than anyone. After all, I was the one who rescued him from his homophobic, abusive father eight years ago. Since then, I’ve kept my distance, but when I run into him at the Marian House gala and he doesn’t recognize me, I can’t resist the incredible, sensitive man he’s become.
I would do anything to protect Dante Marian, but what if his past keeps me from being part of his future?
Dante: Every new relationship has obstacles, it just turns out that ours involves my bumbling inexperience (ugh), an octogenarian naughty toy party (don’t ask), and being on the run in an RV with Aunt Tilly (it involves the Secret Service – no, really, don’t ask).
When my biological father takes his homophobic views on a national platform, the only way to stand up for what I believe in is to claim my past and confront him. So now it’s time to decide: Do I put the past behind me and walk away from AJ for good? Or face my biggest fear and fight for what’s mine?
Fair warning: Dante and AJ’s story contains frequent detailed scenes of man parts touching, little old ladies being inappropriate (this time with, ah, props), and two hearts finding their HEA when they least expect it.
While it can also be listened to on its own, Delivering Dante is the sixth in the Made Marian series. Each audiobook tells the story of one of the Marian brothers’ search for true love.
Trigger Warning: Delivering Dante includes references to domestic violence and conversion therapy.

Review

This is a series that I only listen to because the narration is so good! As a result I think it affects my “interpretation” in that I’ve usually read a book before I listen and thus sort of made my own opinions of things. With listening, some of that is given to the narrator whose voice choice and pacing can influence how a listener “hears” the story and the narrator can thus almost change some of the story’s “meaning”.

Pauley does the entire series and I’ve been very pleased by his voice choices and his pacing. I don’t think he “interpreted” the story incorrectly, but I do think the pacing was way off.

When we start the story we are given a dark, hurtful moment in Dante’s life and then shown how it has effected him over the last eight years. I was surprised at how quickly the story jumped from his dark depths to him running away with (to him) a stranger and hoping to get into bed when he’s a virgin and has been that way by choice.

I was also surprised that AJ – who for eight years kept his identity a secret (I won’t tell you why, but I will say I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY!) suddenly feels comfortable enough to risk the discovery.

I was also surprised at the interspersing of a totally random and strange side trip to Vegas that our MCs take and the flip flopping from emo-driven exploration of inner feelings to hot sex to goofy slap-stick comedy made my head spin.

I couldn’t catch my breath with this story. It felt very different from the others in the series in that way and I’ve previously enjoyed the others in this series (to varying degrees but mostly a lot.) One minute Dante was dark and introspective, the next he was a horny teenager hot to rid himself of his virginity, then he was a devoted family member caring about Tilly until he was lost in sex again, then he is dedicated to his LGBT cause one minute and hiding his head in the sand about his father the next. He and AJ also flip flopped back and forth between “he loves me he loves me not” so many times I wasn’t always aware if they were dating or “broken up” half the time.

One other main issue I had with this was AJ and his reason for keeping himself from Dante for so long and then when they meet again, his reluctance to reveal his past. I just didn’t get it and wasn’t compelled by his explanation.

While I wanted to love this – and parts really did touch me – it was too frenetic and had too many strange plot deviations for me to really feel good about recommending it. Fans of the series will probably want to read it and many will like it. I couldn’t connect with the pacing and it just felt too disconnected for my taste.

2.5 for the story

5 of 5 for the narration

Overall 3.5 of 5 stars

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Santa’s Naughty Helper by Ari McKay

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/santas-naughty-helper-by-ari-mckay-8636-b

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2nd Edition
Lawyers In Love

Shy lawyer Kevin Anderson is presented with an unexpected opportunity when he draws hunky litigator Erik Wilson’s name for their office’s secret holiday gift exchange. Kevin has pined for his friend for a long time, but he fears ruining their working relationship if Erik doesn’t return his feelings. The anonymity of the exchange gives him the chance to let Erik know someone is interested, so Kevin turns the gift into a game: twelve days of presents, each more suggestive, culminating with a Christmas Eve meeting—if Kevin finds the courage to see it through!

Erik is intrigued by his secret Santa, who has given him something to look forward to during the holidays for the first time in years. But as Christmas approaches, he realizes he doesn’t want a mystery man; he wants his best friend, Kevin. When his attempts to instigate something with Kevin fail, Erik accepts the dinner invitation of his secret admirer. Little does he suspect that Santa’s naughty little helper might be just the man to make all his Christmas dreams come true in a holiday friends-to-lovers romance that progresses from sweet to spicy for two sexy lawyers.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2012.

 

Review

This is a cute, sweet story. It’s short, but packs so much in it. Kevin, the shy lawyer, gets a brilliant idea to secretly woo his crush by sending Erik daily gifts until Xmas Eve. It was heart-warming to see Kevin choose each gift based on the friendship he already has with Erik. As Erik shares more of his ideas about the gifts and what he hopes will happen, Kevin makes the gifts more suggestive and daring. Their relationship develops from friendship, although neither are aware, until the last gift and the secret Santa is revealed. They get together and boy do they exchange … gifts J

It’s a nice story that can be read anytime, any season.

3.75 of 5 stars 

 
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Power Bottom? Audiobook By Rowan McAllister Narrated by Nick J Russo

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/power-bottom-by-rowan-mcallister-8514-b

Blurb

Can a pickup line from a stranger completely change the way an ordinary man sees himself?

Adrian wouldn’t have thought so, but after an ugly breakup where his self-esteem took a serious beating, he’s willing to try just about anything to repair the damage… even return to a secluded bar in rural Maryland and the intriguing stranger whose words have been on his mind since they met.

Biker, bouncer, bartender, and tattoo artist, Wyatt is a rolling stone. After fifteen years, he is tired of a life on the run, but he isn’t sure he knows how to do anything else or if he has anything besides a physical relationship to offer.

What’s supposed to be a one-off turns into another and another, and the relationship looks promising until the mob and the FBI come knocking on Adrian’s door.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)

What a sweet, sweet story. *Sigh * I just loved it!

Poor Adrian is so, sweet and gets his big heart stomped on right at the beginning. But instead of crawling away and hiding for weeks, he’s so brave to try again. Luckily he finds The. Nicest. Guy. Ever. In Wyatt. Wyatt is just a refreshing breath of air. He’s honest, hot and open. Exactly what Adrian needs.

Neither of these guys expected something as big as what they got and that felt really authentic. I teared up several times as poor Adrian puts himself out there so bravely.

The “mystery” is pretty predictable, but I don’t think it was meant to be a big secret. It helped to drive the plot but didn’t detract from the romance. Perfect! I loved the secondary characters – Bev and Furlough and Alpha, Beta, Charlie and Delta, too!

I think this was a case where the sex actually helped move the story forward, because it showed us bits of both characters and how they grew closer each time they met, so while there is quite a bit of sex, it all seemed to be needed and it was all hot (after the parts that were awkward and funny!) and then really tender. Again – perfect!

I really loved this and highly recommend it!

Audio

What could make this wonderful story even better? Nick J Russo!

Man! He absolutely aces this! He gives Wyatt this super yummy growly voice that is soooo wonderful! Listening to this only added to my enjoyment because Nick was able to capture Wyatt’s “image” so well with his voice. He also gave Furlough a voice that I wasn’t expecting but actually suited him to a T. The narrator found unique voices for all the secondary characters as well, and I thought his choice for Adrian was excellent, too.

Highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars

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