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Laugh Cry Repeat by John Inman

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/laugh-cry-repeat-by-john-inman-9122-b

Blurb

Wyeth Becker is a quiet man. Staid, serious, calm. A librarian. When he meets preschool teacher Deeze Long, he discovers joy for the first time in his life. With joy comes laughter, excitement, and a new way to look at the world through the eyes of the kindest, most loving man he has ever met.

When tragedy strikes and Deeze loses his joy, it is Wyeth who helps him find it again. It is Wyeth, the man who never truly understood happiness, who pays that gift back. Giving all he can of himself to the man who changed his life. Restoring in Deeze what he now so desperately needs.

But the road of their relationship doesn’t end there. The joys and sorrows of life are never-ending. As they set out to weather the highs and lows together, Wyeth and Deeze hang on to the one thing that makes all the tears and laughter worthwhile.

Love.

For only through love can life be truly savored at all.

Review

The first half of the book is a mixture of opposites attract and humour. Wyeth is reserved and has his set routines. Deeze on the other hand is much more quirky and free spirited. I enjoyed the unusual way they met and Deeze’s way of wooing a reluctant Wyeth. He takes not accepting no to a whole new level. Deeze knows it’s because Wyeth is hesitant rather than not interested. I do think Wyeth’s dog Chaucer is cute. Most of the time I didn’t quite get the humour of it, apart from when Chaucer the dog and Napoleon the cat met.

The push and pull of them reacting to each other keeps the momentum going. When they do get together there is such beautiful tenderness it was lovely to read. Wyeth’s self confidence grows along with their relationship. He is able to quell the fears he originally had about being with someone and not being dumped. As the relationship develops the humour lessens and the story becomes sweet and sensual. The tragedy happens at a high point in their relationship and tests it. After the happiness and joy of the previous part the tragedy did make me well up. It was so unexpected. Now Wyeth needed to help Deeze overcome his fears.

 

This story captivated me. I wanted to know what happens next, would Deeze win Wyeth (I kept wanting to call him Wyatt!) around? Would Chaucer and Napoleon ever get on? And then the sweet romance was lovely to read. Finally how would they cope after the tragedy? All these things kept me turning the page and improved my opinion of the book. Initially I couldn’t see what would hold my interest for another hundred or so pages. It was the very clever switch in tempo as the relationship reached the next level that kept it fresh for me. The ending made me smile. A perfect finish and happy ever after.

 

4 of stars out of 5
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Audiobook: Michael, Reinvented by Diana Copland Narrated by Michael Pauley

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Michael-Reinvented-Audiobook/B076MR3V6R/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1511230011&sr=1-1

Blurb:
Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love – not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.

Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.

Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy – even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels – forever.

Review: The book was reviewed earlier – I loved it (https://openskyebookreviews.com/michael-reinvented-delta-restorations-2-by-diana-copland/)
So, the audio review.
I like Michael Pauley, he’s an excellent narrator, but (and this is my personal thing), I find that he is not always a good fit for many of the books I have read and loved. However, he does a great job with this book ☺
Gil and Michael sounded just like I imagined; Michael’s snarky tone was spot on and Gil sounded solid, somewhat comfy, but kind of sexy. All the characters, (including the females), were well portrayed and distinct. Michael Pauley adds the little chuckles, inflections and emotions that make the narration so much more enjoyable.
Definitely recommend both the story and great narration.

5 stars out of 5

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Reservations by Kindle Alexander Blog Tour and Giveaway!

 
 
Title: Reservations
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2017

 
 
 

 

 

 


 

Amazon Review – ““Reservations” by Kindle Alexander is a rare gem in the world of M/M Romance, because it is genuinely compelling story telling!”

Amazon Review – “Thane & Levi stole my heart!!”

Amazon Review – “Thane and Levi!! Simply amazing”

Amazon Review – “A beautifully written love story that is guaranteed to melt you heart!”

 

 
 
Wildly successful entrepreneur, Thane Walker is stubbornly set in his ways. Adamantly resistant to the shackles of commitment, he’s seen enough unhappy endings to learn the best way to play is by keeping his men on the payroll. 

Levi Silva’s dream of graduating from one of the country’s top medical schools is in his grasp, until news from home changes everything. Now, he’s raising his two teenage brothers and trying to keep everyone’s head above water, emotionally and financially. 

When Levi’s new job puts him in Thane’s path, their chemistry explodes, but their fear of being involved in relationships keeps them apart. Unfortunately, despite the intense desire drawing them together, neither man can move forward until they get past their own…Reservations.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!

I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.

I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.

That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.

Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.

Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.

Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com

 
 
 

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Spooky! Maelstrom (Whyborne & Griffin #7) Audiobook by Jordan L Hawk Narrated by Julian G Simmons

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Blurb
Between his father’s sudden—and rather suspicious—generosity, and his own rash promise to help Christine plan her wedding, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough to worry about. But when the donation of a mysterious codex to the Ladysmith Museum draws the attention of a murderous cult, Whyborne finds himself in a race against time to unlock its secrets first.

Griffin has a case of his own: the disappearance of an historic map, which quickly escalates to murder. Someone is sacrificing men in dark rituals—and all the clues lead back to the museum.

With their friends Christine and Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must discover the cult’s true goal before it’s too late. For dark forces are afoot at the very heart of the museum, and they want more than Whyborne’s codex.

They want his life.

Review
This one is my favourite! I know I feel this way about every book in this series, but that is only because they keep getting better! Even if you wouldn’t think it possible!

I am in awe of Ms. Hawke and in desperate love with Julian G. Simmons narration of her work. I cannot read these books. I need Julian to read them to me. And he will, over and over and over again. This series is a keeper and one for the ‘Continuos re-reads’ shelf!

Maelstrom draws on every other book in the series and neatly ties up ends you didn’t even realise were lose! Whilst still leaving enough room for desperate fangirls like me to hope and wish for more. It was awesome – and as always Mr. Simmons was amazing. He IS Whyborne.

This book was so intense that you just could not stop reading. And that ending! Oh lordy! Talk about a cliffhanger in the overall story arc! Cannot wait for the continuation of this plot!

If you haven’t already read this amazing series, you have to drop everything and go get it. And get the audio too while you are at it, it adds magnificently to the experience, so please, let Mr. Simmons read it to you.

Go get it! Now! You will not be sorry.

Number of stars 6 out of 5
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Gummy Bears & Grenades (THIRDS #9.5) by Charlie Cochet

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/gummy-bears-grenades-by-charlie-cochet-8902-b

Blurb

THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends.

Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun.

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Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not necessary to read before Tried & True.

Review

This is a true portrayal of Dex and the trouble he seems to get into! What can you expect when he goes to his bachelor party with everyone but Sloane. Dancing, eating and drinking lead to some really hilarious situations. Only when you add Dex into the equation they are expanded into so much more.

Everyone is there, including Lou his ex, the whole Destrutive Delta team and their significant others, all of the Hobbs brothers, Hudson and Nina, Austin and unfortunately Wolf. I will say I loved the part where Sloane makes an appearance.

You can’t help but laugh throughout the whole story. This is a nice addition to the series

4.5 of 5 stars

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Suspicious Behavior by LA Witt and Cari Z Blog Tour and Giveaway!

About Suspicious Behavior

 

Detective Darren Corliss is hanging by a thread. In between recovering from a near-fatal wound and returning to work at a hostile precinct, he’s struggling to help care for his ailing brother. His partner and boyfriend, Detective Andreas Ruffner, wants to help, but doesn’t know how. And with his own family crises brewing, Andreas is spread almost as thin as Darren.

 

For cops, though, life takes a backseat to the job. When a stack of unsolved homicides drops into their laps, Andreas and Darren think they’re unrelated cold cases. But when a connection surfaces, they find themselves on the tail of a prolific serial killer who’s about to strike again.

 

Except they’ve got nothing. No leads. No suspects. Just a pile of circumstantial evidence and a whole lot of hunches. Time is running out to stop the next murder—and to pull themselves back from their breaking points.

 

Available now from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/suspicious-behavior

 

About the Bad Behavior Series

 

It’s “hell no” at first sight for newly partnered detectives Andreas Ruffner and Darren Corliss. Darren is too chipper, Andreas is too gruff, and that whole “IA wants me to prove you’re a dirty cop” thing really doesn’t get them off on the right foot.

 

It doesn’t matter if they like each other. They’re partners and that’s final. Though Andreas is easy on the eyes. And Darren is kind of cute. And . . . okay, maybe they can make this work.

 

They’d better, because as their cases get more horrifying—and more personal—they’ll have to trust each other with their lives, and with their hearts.

 

Check out Bad Behavior! http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/series/bad-behavior

 

About Cari Z.

 

Cari Z was a bookworm as a child and remains one to this day. In an effort to combat her antisocial reading behavior, she did all sorts of crazy things, from competitive gymnastics to alligator wresting (who even knew that was legal!) to finally joining the Peace Corps, which promptly sent her and her husband to the wilds of West Africa, stuck them in a hut, and said, “See ya!” She also started writing, because some things she just thought she could do better. She’s still climbing that ladder, but can’t stop herself from writing, or from sharing what she creates.

 

Cari enjoys a wide range of literary genres, from the classics (get ‘im, Ahab) to science fiction and fantasy of all types, to historical fiction and reference materials (no, seriously, there are so many great encyclopedias out there). She writes in a wide range of genres as well, but somehow 90% of what she produces ends up falling into the broad and exciting category of m/m erotica. There’s a sprinkling of f/m and f/f and even m/f/m in her repertoire, but her true love is man love. And there’s a lot of love to go around.

 

Cari has published short stories, novellas, and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on Literotica.com, under the name Carizabeth.

 

Connect with Cari at http://cari-z.net/  or via her blog, http://carizerotica.blogspot.com/

 

About L.A. Witt

 

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

  1. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).

 

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To celebrate the release of Suspicious Behavior, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit and their choice in an ebook from each of Cari and L.A.’s backlist! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 26, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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My Hero Audiobook by Max Vos Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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When he was sixteen years old, Rich Miller saved a young man from drowning at his local pool.

Title: My Hero

Series: Hero #1

Release Date: September 28th, 2013

Publisher: Kindle Edition

Categories: M/M Romance, Sports, Contemporary

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18591947-my-hero

 

When he was sixteen years old, Rich Miller saved a young man from drowning at his local pool. Little did he know that years later, as a senior in college and Olympic diving hopeful, Rich would meet up once again with Johnny Milloway, now a big football player – and when Rich says big, he really means ‘bear’. The shy jock remembers his savior, and the two men become friends.

Johnny isn’t put off by the fact that Rich is gay. In fact, the more time he spends with Rich, the more curious he becomes. Johnny wants to know all kinds of things – what it’s like to kiss a guy, for instance. Only it doesn’t stop there…

Rich finds it difficult to believe that this relationship can go anywhere. Johnny is straight, and Rich isn’t prepared to deal with the heartache he knows will come his way in the future. He has enough on his plate as it is – the Worlds are just around the corner, his father would rather watch a football game than spend time watching his son dive…. What he doesn’t count on is Johnny, who can be very determined. And having Johnny in his life proves to be a catalyst for some pretty earth-shattering changes.

Rich shut his alarm off quickly as he tried not to wake his roommate. He was told in no uncertain terms that his 5:30 wake-up time was not conducive to their living arrangements. He pulled on a pair of nylon athletic shorts and picked up his gym bag before slipping quietly out of his dorm room. Walking down the hallway he pulled on a tank-top T-shirt that he’d picked up on his way out.

He liked going to the weight room in the early mornings. There was rarely anyone there, which was the way Rich liked it. He hated having to compete for equipment with the other jocks, especially the football guys. They always thought they took precedence over everyone else. Another reason he didn’t care for football or the players.

Before he opened the double doors that led into the weight room he heard the clank of one of the weight machines being used. This was only the second time in four years that he’d run into another person at this time of day. He peeked through the small window to see who it was before he entered. The only thing he could see was a big guy with his back to Rich and the door, as he did triceps extensions, his grey T-shirt wet with sweat. Rich hesitated briefly before pushing through the double doors.

Rich made his way to the leg press machine. He noticed that the guy, his back still to him, had ear-buds in, so he didn’t hear him come in, which was fine with Rich. He got busy with his own work out, paying no attention to the other guy in the room.

After his third repetition, Rich moved to the leg extension machine. As he draped his towel over the back of the machine, he looked up and his eyes locked with those of Johnny Milloway in the mirror. The big man’s eyes widened. He nodded quickly and looked away. Rich thought he may have blushed, but then he could have just been flushed because of the massive amount of weight he was curling, his biceps bulging.

Neither man spoke to the other. There wasn’t another instance of eye contact either. Rich had the feeling that Johnny Milloway was purposefully avoiding any contact with him, which made him slightly uneasy.

Rich finished up his leg work out and went into the locker room. He stuck to his routine of only working one body part at a time, then a quick shower before going back to his dorm room to pick up his books for whatever class he had that morning. He had made it a point to do as many morning classes as possible so that it would leave his afternoons free for the pool.

He preferred the athletic locker room here to the one at the aquatic center. This one reminded him of high school. The air was heavy with the smell of sweaty men with their dirty socks and soaked jock straps, always a major turn on for him. The only smell at the aquatic center was that of chlorine. Rich leaned against the beige tiles with his hands, his eyes closed, letting the lukewarm water cascade over his shoulders and back. He jumped when he heard another showerhead turn on.

Looking over he saw Johnny Milloway, his knees bent as his face pointed up into the spray, his head obviously higher than the shower head. Rich’s mouth hung open as he watched the water sleuth over his body through the dark hair that covered the massive muscles. The young man had very little body fat but he must have easily weighed in at two hundred and fifty pounds. His eyes dropped and Rich’s stomach tightened. Johnny Milloway’s cock and balls hung low, water pouring off his genitals. The kid was very well hung. The big football jock happened to look up, his eyes locking with Rich’s. He quickly turned his back to Rich, giving him a view of his perfect, fur-covered butt.

Rich felt the familiar tingle in his nuts and knew that if he continued to stare, he would end up with a full blown hard on, a definite breech of shower protocol. Wasting no time, he finished up his shower and hurriedly left the shower room and the football star behind. If he was fast enough he could get out of there before the freshman was finished showering.

He was tying his shoes when the biggest feet he’d ever seen came into view. Looking up slowly, he let his gaze travel up the thick calves, past the wet towel cinched around the hips, the hairy taut abdomen and then finally to the massive pectorals, the nipple barely visible through the dense fur. Rich couldn’t even see past the man’s huge chest muscles to his face unless he sat up straight, which he did.

“Ummm… can we talk, Rich?”

The voice was rich and deep, almost a whisper, but so powerful it made Rich’s insides vibrate.

“You know me?” Rich was more than slightly surprised.

“Of course. Wanna grab a coffee? You got time?” the big guy asked.

“Yeah, sure. I got time,” Rich answered, puzzled as to why this big jock would want to talk to him.

“Thanks. I’ll just get dressed. Be ready in a minute.”

Rich stood by the exit with his gym bag slung over his shoulder, wondering how this guy knew him. He didn’t have long to think about it.

“Um…. I’m ready.” The deep voice behind Rich made him jump.

“Starbuck’s okay?” Rich asked. “That’s the closest.”

“How about the Union Center, it’s free there,” Johnny Milloway suggested.

“Sure, that’s fine. There shouldn’t be many people there this time of the morning.” His response was a nod, nothing more.

It was a short walk. Neither said anything. They got their coffees and found a table off in a corner. Rich had been right, they practically had the entire place to themselves.

Rich looked at the big guy across from him. He had to admit, he liked the short, well-trimmed beard that made Johnny’s lips seem so damned kissable.

“So…I don’t think we’ve ever actually met,” Rich said, starting off. “I’m Rich Miller.” Rich extended his hand.

“Um…no, we’ve never been introduced,” Johnny said as he took Rich’s hand. His big hand made the diver’s all but disappear.

“Was there something in particular that you wanted to talk about, Johnny? It is Johnny Milloway, isn’t it?”

“Oh, yeah. Sorry,” the freshman said, blushing wildly.

Rich would never have thought, Who knew this big guy would be so shy?

Johnny took a big sip of his coffee and grimaced.

“Yeah, the coffee here isn’t the best, but it is free.” Rich chuckled at his expression. “So what did you want to talk about?”

“Well…I never…it’s just that I’ve always wanted to talk to you.”

“Really? What about?” Rich was even more curious now and more than a little surprised.

“You saved my life, and I never got the chance to thank you,” Johnny whispered, blushing even harder.

“Huh? I did? When?”

“I was twelve and it was at the Oak Ridge public pool one summer. I guess I was tired or something, but anyway, I started going under and you saved me.” Johnny looked up briefly before looking back down into his cup of black coffee. “I always wanted to…you know…say thanks personally.”

Rich thought back to that day. It was the only time that he actually thought he’d saved someone’s life. Sure, there had been other incidences where he’d helped people at the pool during the four years that he’d worked there, but there had only been the one kid that he remembered saving and here he was, sitting in front of him, all grown up.

“Wow, I do remember,” Rich said in awe. “You were just a little skinny kid.”

Johnny looked up with a slightly sideways grin. “Yeah, I guess I kinda grew up.”

Rich busted out laughing. “Kinda? Shit man, you’re huge.”

“Yeah, I did grow a lot these past few years.” Johnny was still blushing widely. “Anyway, thank you.”

“Oh. Yeah, well, you’re more than welcome, but I can thank you too.”

Johnny jerked his head up. “Thank me?”

“Yeah, because of you I had a summer job all through high school.” Rich grinned broadly.

Johnny matched his grin, but didn’t say anything.

“Now here you are, all grown up—which is an understatement— and a star football player,” Rich said, trying to avoid an awkward silence.

“Yeah, but nothing compared to you.” Johnny quickly replied. “You’re going to the Olympics.”

Rich’s mouth dropped open. “You know about my diving?”

“Hell yeah,” Johnny said. “Your triple twist with a somersault at the end is amazing. I bet you nail that quad next time, too.”

Rich sat there in total shock, unable to say a word.

“Uh, you want some more coffee, Rich?”

Rich looked down at his nearly empty cup. “Oh…yeah…sure.”

Johnny took both mugs for a refill, leaving Rich to meander through the information he’d just received. This big guy has followed my diving career and I saved his life. Too much.

“Here ya go. You did take two creams, right?” Johnny said, sitting the coffee down.

“Yeah, thanks, Johnny.” Rich quickly caught on that Johnny had remembered how many creamers he took.

“You’re welcome,” Johnny said with that almost silly sideways grin.

“Hey, Johnny, why were you in the weight room so early?” Rich asked after emptying the two small cream containers into his coffee.

“I like working out when there aren’t a lot of people around. I’m not much one for crowds.”

“Yeah, same here. Which is why I try and get there early.”

“You think you might like to work out together?” Johnny asked, the color rising in his cheeks.

“Yeah, sure. I’ve never had a workout buddy before. Might make me push a little harder.”

Johnny grinned wider.

The rest of the conversation was mostly about people they’d known in high school, teachers and coaches back then. Once they’d finished their coffees, they walked out of the Student Union Center where they ran into a group of some of Johnny’s teammates.

“Hey, Milloway, why you hangin’ out with the sissy diving boy?” one of the big players jeered.

Before Rich could say anything Johnny Milloway picked up the other player by the front of his shirt and slammed him into the doors of the Student Union Center. “You are not allowed to say anything. You are not even allowed to speak to him, got it?” Johnny’s voice was low but full of menace.

“Damn, dude. Chill,” the guy said, his hands in the air. “Didn’t mean to insult your boyfriend.”

Johnny growled, the sound almost primeval as he picked the guy up and threw him against the brick wall next to the door, making his head bounce off the hard surface.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa there, Milloway!” one of the other players said as he tried to pull Johnny off the stunned guy he’d just body slammed. “Back off, man. Let him go. He didn’t mean anything by it.”

Breathing hard, Johnny let the guy go and he slid down the wall to the ground. When Johnny turned around Rich’s breath hitched. There was a fire in the man’s face that he would never have imagined could have been there from the shy guy he’d just had coffee with.

Johnny stared at the remaining four football players, his hands clenched tightly at his sides. “This guy saved my life when I was a kid, and none of you, and I mean none of you will disrespect him. Got it?”

“Oh fuck, man, we didn’t know,” another player said, backing off. “We got it, no problem, Dragon.”

“You just spread the word. You fuck with Rich Miller, you fuck with me.” Johnny bellowed.

Webb, one of the receivers that Rich knew about, picked up his buddy and started helping him walk away.

“We’ll spread the word, Dragon, you…just chill out man,” another said, backing away, leaving Rich alone with Johnny.

Rich stood there stunned for a moment, and then he started to get mad. “What the fuck, man?”

Johnny looked at him, his eyes still blazing, his breathing still rapid.

“Are you crazy?” Rich asked as he walked up to the hulk. “What’d ya go and do all that shit for?”

Now it was Johnny’s turn to look surprised. “I…I…wanted—“

“You wanted what?” Rich poked him in the chest. “Man, I don’t need this kinda shit.”

Rich turned on his heel and started to walk off.

“Rich… please?” It was the soft deep voice that he now associated with the non-crazy, shy Johnny Milloway.

“Hey, listen, asshole, I don’t need you or anyone else defending me,” Rich said as he continued to walk away.

“But… they were calling you gay and shit.” Johnny trailed behind him.

Rich stopped and slowly turned around to face the big man. “Just an FYI, dumbass, I am gay. So you run along now with your buddies and forget about it. Okay?”

And with that he walked away, leaving Johnny Milloway standing there apparently dumbfounded, his mouth hanging open.

 

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Max Vos is a classically trained chef with over 30 years of food service experience. After retiring in 2011, Max found himself with time on his hands and was urged to turn his talents to writing. ‘Cooking English’, a short story, now part of his anthology collection, Inappropriate Roads, is now available. My Hero was his first novel, which turned into an international best seller. Max now has a total of six completed novels, which are listed on his website, along with the entire Memories Series. My Hero: The Olympian, the sequel to My Hero was released late last year.

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Audiobook Release Blitz for The Necromancer’s Dilemma by SJ Himes performed by Joel Leslie and Giveaway!

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Title: The Necromancer’s Dilemma
Author: SJ Himes
Narrated By: Joel Leslie
Length: 7 hours 47 minutes
Series: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #2
Release Date: July 21st 2017
Genre: MM Paranormal Romance, Fantasy

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Even love can die without trust.

Angel’s brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begins to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?

Daniel Macavoy, Angel’s new apprentice, is torn between his bond with Angel and the grasping machinations of his father. Dealing with a traumatized apprentice with dangerous holes in his magical education, saving Daniel may be harder than Angel first thought – especially since the biggest problem is not revenge, but guilt.

The one shining beacon in his life is Simeon, Elder vampire of Boston’s only Bloodclan. Four hundred years old and sexy as sin, Simeon is warrior and sage, patient and cunning. The strength Angel draws from Simeon’s devotion and the newborn mate-bond between them is steadfast and true – and the fount of death magic that animates the undead lord places Angel in the midst of a power struggle for control over himself, his lover, and his family.

Through it all, Angel is beleaguered by the unwanted attention of a troll-hybrid, the adventures of a dragon in the city, and a serial killer has decided to hunt the back alleys and midnight streets of Boston.

Contains male/male sexual content. Violence, gore, sex, vampires. A cute dragon and some snark. Okay, lots of snark.

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Fangs withdrew from his neck, and Angel went limp, collapsing totally, his limbs buzzing and his body cold. Simeon had taken too much, but Angel would have given him all if it meant saving him. Simeon shifted under him, and Angel found himself on his back in Simeon’s lap, wide, strong hands brushing at his face and over his closed eyelids. A cool, soft kiss that tasted of copper and spice was pressed to his lips, and Angel opened his eyes.

A field of emerald consumed his view, and the heat and love in his mate’s eyes blazed brighter than any magical fire. “It worked? It did— you’re not dead. Well, super dead. Deader? Fuck, you know what I mean.”

Angel’s voice was raspy, and he swallowed, mouth dry. Simeon gave him a slow, sweet smile, and Angel grinned back, loopy and happy despite the spinning of his head. He looked so much better— still covered in blood and there was snow in his longish hair, but Simeon looked absolutely perfect to Angel. Simeon kissed him again, whispering over his lips, “It worked, my Leannán. Thank you.”

“Anytime. I figured I was Julien to your Romeo there for a minute— glad I’m not right all the time,” Angel whispered, grinning like an idiot. Simeon laughed and hugged him tight, rocking them both on the icy street. “You gonna tell me how that worked?”

 

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Title: The Necromancer’s Dance
Author: S J Himes
Series: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Length: 8 Hours 8 minutes
Release Date: 21st March 2017
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, MM Romance

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In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset by enemies, both old and new.

Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell so powerful it forever marked his place in history. Now, years later, Angel struggles to balance his career as a teacher of the higher magical arts, his role as big brother, and a tenuous relationship with an Elder vampire from the local clan. When his brother’s boyfriend is used as a pawn in a mysterious plot to draw Angel out, Angel is once again drawn back into the old hostilities that fueled the Blood Wars and led to his family’s death.

Leaning on others for help is something Angel cannot do, and while he searches for clues as to who may be targeting him and his brother, Angel finds his heart steadily growing occupied with Simeon, Elder and vampire. Dealing with death magic and vampires on a daily basis may leave Angel jaded when it comes to life and staying that way, but the more time he spends fending off the ancient vampire’s attention and affections, the more he realizes he wants to give in.

Can Angel find out who wants him dead, and keep his heart safe in the process? How can he fall for a vampire, when his whole family was torn apart by an army of the undead? Death stalks the streets of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill…and there is no one more suited to battle against death than a necromancer.

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About the Author

I’m a self-employed writer who stresses out about the silliest things, like whether or not I got my dog the best kind of snack and the fact my kindle battery tends to die when I’m at the best part in a book. I write mainly gay romance, erotica, and urban fantasy, with ocasional forays into contemporary and paranormal. I love a book heavy on plot and character evolution, and throw in some magic, and that’s perfection. My current series are: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Bred For Love (as Revella Hawthorne), and The Wolfkin Saga. My last two novels in the Beacon Hill Sorcerer won 3rd Place in the Gay Fantasy category for the 2016 Rainbow Awards.

I live in New Orleans, where the personalities are big and loud and so are the bugs! New Orleans is rich in cultural history, and the flavor and music of the City is impossible to hide. Before that, I lived all over the United States: Tampa, Western Massachusetts, Indianapolis, and on and on…. I’m a nomad, and I’ve yet to find a place that calls to me strongly enough to become home. My faithful travel companions are my dog Micah, the numerous voices in my head who insist they all get put on paper, and the wind at my back.

Links: Website | Blog | Facebook | Facebook Fan Group | Twitter | Amazon

About the Narrator

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Joel Leslie is a UK transplant, growing up with American parents in a British commonwealth. A classically trained actor with an MFA in theatre from USC, he is often cast for his unique ability to deliver native, authentic combinations of American and British sounds. His great range and ability to bring characters to life with honesty, wit and versatility delights producers and listeners alike.

He is proud to have a strong following with m/m listeners and an ongoing relationship with some of the finest writers in the genre. He loves that every day he gets to share these beautiful, inspirational and empowering GLBT characters with the world. When not in the booth he spends his time chasing after two loquacious wiener dogs.

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Wrong Place, Right Time (Rogue Falls Novella) by April Kelley

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 Uri Etters is very good at getting himself into trouble. Good thing for him he knows how to handle most criminals. He finds himself in need of a rescue when some territorial crow shifters think he’s an enemy spy. Virion might have swooped in and saved the day, but it’s been Uri’s experience that nothing comes free, not even from a respected Rogue soldier. Uri discovers love comes easier than trust.

 

 

 

 

Review:

This is the third in the Roguefalls series. It can be read as a standalone, but recommend reading the first 2 books to fully understand the world-building – I plan on getting book 1.
Uri lives with his 2 brothers in a tent city. They are orphaned and considered ‘singles’ – people without a pack/clan or similar family structure. One of the brothers, Casey, needs medical help so Uri decides to try to make some money to help. Somehow, he gets in the middle of a turf war and is rescued by the commander of Team Five, Virion.

Virion recognises that Uri is his mate, but Uri is a little slow to the party. Both MC’s have some adjusting to do: Virion needs to understand that his mate is independent and not believe that Uri is with him out of gratitude. Uri has to learn to accept help when offered. Though they hit a rough patch of miscommunication, they are able to bond and develop the affection, (Virion is already in love), between them.

Uri is funny, vulnerable, yet strong, while Virion appears strong and intractable, but he is surprisingly soft and sweet where his mate is concerned. The secondary characters are memorable and fun as well, including Casey, Jalen, the couples from the first 2 books.
I liked the story with its mix of adventure, heart and humour; looking forward to next couple or throuple!

3.5 of 5 stars

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Kink Month: Saving Sebastian (Custos Securities #3) by Luna David

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Blurb:

Gideon McCade—weighed down by memories of his previous life as a Navy SEAL and a CIA agent—has blood on his hands. He turns to his BDSM club, Catharsis, and Dominating submissives to get him through the daily grind of civilian life. Knowing his past is too much to inflict on a life partner, he keeps his connections brief and superficial. When his former life comes back to haunt him, his desire for revenge pulls him back into the shadows, darkening his hopes for a future in the light.

Temporarily sidelining his career as a tattoo artist, Sebastian Phillips works as a composite artist for the local police department. To alleviate the inescapable burden of a congenital medical condition, he immerses himself in his art and seeks the catharsis of submission. But with life weighing heavily on his shoulders and darkness encroaching, he yearns for a contract with a Dominant that sees past the protective barriers he’s erected to the vulnerable submissive within.

When happenstance brings Gideon and Sebastian together, their connection is undeniable. The knowledge that they are both too damaged to form permanent bonds of love causes them to rely on an impersonal contract to fulfil their physical needs. But staying emotionally detached becomes impossible, and breaking their contract seems the only option. Will Gideon’s need for vengeance and Sebastian’s declining health destroy what’s grown between them, or will they help each other find their way back into the light

Review:

Saving Sebastian can be read as a standalone book. I had not read the previous two books before starting this one and I didn’t feel like I had missed out on any dynamics between the main characters and other characters.

So hot. I’m a sucker for a strong caring Alpha Dom and Gideon hits the spot. Sebastian is strong and fragile at the same time you just want to hug and protect him, though he’d hate that! Great combination of a suspense drama where Gideon is out to catch the guy who killed his platoon and the evolving BDSM relationship with Sebastian. The story told in the two different points of view, Sebastian’s and Gideon’s worked really well for me. It gave me a better depth of understanding of Gideon and Sebastian.

Gideon believes that his former life makes him unsuitable for a relationship and holds back. Sebastian has health issues and similarly does not feel he could have a full relationship. They agree to enter into a temporary without knowing about each other’s past. The secrets they carry from their past and present miscommunications pulls their relationship apart and it makes compelling reading. The D/S scenes between them are sublimely erotic. Luna David has created such detailed scenes of tenderness, control and seductive beauty that it was hard to put down. Through both Gideon and Sebastian’s personal and D/S the journey together we see them grow, facing their demons both apart and together. Sebastian’s health makes Gideon re-evaluate his feelings for Sebastian. I found this part particularly well written with such insight and understanding. Usually in a story I find myself drawn to one main character over the other but in this book I found both Gideon and Sebastian equally compelling.

There is a lot of details in this book and I have the feeling that it will still feel fresh each time I read it. One of the best BDSM books I’ve read. Books one and two are now on my reading list.
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