Recent Release: Moved By You by Ann Lister

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44020092-moved-by-you?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

Vance: He’s angry and bitter over the direction his father has chosen for him in the family business – and in his life. He may have been born into money, but Vance always saw his journey as something less grand. He’s desperate to follow his real passion which is metal sculpture, created with nothing more than scraps he pulls out of junk piles, a blow torch, and a sweat. But he lacks a critical element to make that happen: the spine to stand up to the man who moves him around like a pawn on a chessboard. He needs something – or someone to give him the motivational push to take back control of his life.

Kyle: He’s drifted through life with a massive chip on his shoulder. He doesn’t mind being a city bike messenger, but he knows his body won’t allow him to do that forever, and riding for a living isn’t his calling in life. But with no clear plan B in place, he needs to keep his day job – for now. The other problem? He loathes the privileged people he delivers to, despises what they stand for, and how they look down at him as if he was worthless. The only thing more prominent than the grudge he holds against them is his pride. Everything changes when a company owner’s son hits him with his car, which puts both rider and driver on entirely different paths in their lives.

But is this a path they can both take together, or will egos and societal privilege create too many obstacles to overcome?

Moved By You is a 67,000 word MM novel with an enemies to lovers theme, and an HEA.

Review

This was a good enemies to lovers story with a fair amount of steam. Nothing really made it stand out for me as far as stories go and it will probably fall under the category of “don’t really remember much about it” within a few days of having read it. If anything I didn’t really care for the MCs or their relationship much so I wasn’t terribly attached to their HEA.

Fans of the author and the trope will enjoy it but I can’t say it stands out for any reason beyond that.

3 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Breaking the Ice (Sophie Fournier #1) by K.R. Collins

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44026234-breaking-the-ice?from_search=true

Blurb

Sophie Fournier is the first woman drafted into the North American Hockey League. Playing hockey is something she’s done all her life, but she faces new challenges as she finds her place on the struggling Concord Condors. She has to prove herself better than her rival-turned-teammate, Michael Hayes, and her rival-turned-friend, Dmitri Ivanov, and she has to do it all with a smile.
If she’s successful then she opens the door to other women being drafted. She can’t afford to think about what happens if she fails. All she knows is this: if she’s not the best then she doesn’t get to play.
No pressure, though.

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Category: Literary/Genre Fiction
Genre: Contemporary
Word Count: 82100
Book Length: Novel
Sex Content: N/A
Orientation: Bisexual, Demisexual
Identity: Cisgender

Review

This was so interesting! Especially with the NWHL shutting down I am stoked to see women at the professional level playing hockey. Even if it’s fiction – that’s one step towards reality.

This is a series – so the romance doesn’t happen. There is a woman who is introduced at the end who looks to be a likely candidate but we don’t get to meet her yet or even identify Sophie as a sexual person.

On the one hand – as a lover of hockey – I appreciated this as a piece of fiction. On the other hand – as a lover of romance – I was very disappointed. At the very least I wanted the other MC to be part of the story even if they don’t get together til another book down the line.

This is really interesting to hockey fans but I’m not sure anyone else would find the same appeal as I did.

4 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Unbroken (A Port Lewis Story) by Brooklyn Ray

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41541534-unbroken

Blurb

Despite the rumors about Port Lewis, Michael Gates doesn’t expect the house he rents with his sister on Foxglove Lane to be haunted. An eerie meeting with Victor Lewellyn, the resident witch-turned-demon who is bound to the property by dark magic, changes his mind.

Michael isn’t looking to start a relationship with anyone, let alone someone like Victor, but the intense attraction between them can’t be ignored. As he dives into the world of magical drug rings, demons, witches, and necromancers, Michael also grapples with the complicated past he left behind in Arizona.

A relationship might not be what he wants, but it sparks something in him he didn’t realize he needs—the chance to heal.

Review

This was maybe a bit more intense than the previous books in this series. It’s still a YA/NA book, but felt a bit more “erotica” than the others in the series. You don’t have to have read the others to read this, the author does a nice job in that department.

Many people loved this but I had a hard time getting into it and at the end I didn’t have that same attachment to the characters that I did in the first books. Maybe it’s the dynamics of their relationship or the way that it felt a bit darker and more … intense. I don’t know – but I just didn’t like this as much as the first two.

I’d read a few reviews before jumping in on this as it isn’t the same as books 1 and 2.

3.5 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Burden By K.C. Wells

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/burden-by-kc-wells-10399-b

Blurb
A Love, Unexpected Tale

They never knew what hit them.

A hooker with a heart, falling for a Vice cop? This is no Hollywood movie, and if they want a happily ever after, it’s not going to be easy.

Detective Randy Michaels is back with Vice, working to help NYC crack down on its prostitution problem. When he suspects Jesse Bryant of soliciting, Randy is torn between duty and his knowledge of what put Jesse on the streets. Jesse is clearly struggling, and he isn’t the only one. Recent events have forced Randy to question his sexuality, and a shocking encounter with Jesse plunges him into a crisis of conscience.

Jesse didn’t think his life could get any worse. His family cut all support, his education is on hold, and he’s surviving the only way he knows—selling himself on the streets. Of all the people who could have offered him a helping hand, why did it have to be Randy?

Two men carrying their own personal burdens: How long will it take them to realize that what they really need is each other?

Review
Burden is the second book in the Love, Unexpected series. To be fully enjoyed book one Debt should be read first, since events and characters from that story show up frequently in this one.

Randy is a vice cop in New York City who spent over a year working undercover at an illegal brothel. It was there that he met Jesse, who causes him to start questioning his sexuality. Jesse is a young vivacious man who starts working at the brothel to help pay for his education. When the club gets busted Jesse agrees to testify but this causes his parents to withdraw all support. With no other job prospects, Jesse is forced to return to selling his body. Randy and Jesse start to hang out after the trial and feelings start to grow between the two.

Burden was extremely well written. KC does an amazing job at conveying the characters feelings. This story had good flow with very little angst. The romance and chemistry between Randy and Jesse was scorching!! I highly recommend this one!

5 stars


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Recent Release: Galen’s Redemption By Parker Williams

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/galens-redemption-by-parker-williams-10363-b

Blurb
A Links In the Chain Story

A rich man is about to set foot into an unknown world, while a Good Samaritan fears he’ll have to close the charity he’s spent his life building. Poised to lose it all, they might find what they need most in each other.

Son of a wealthy importer, Galen Merriweather lives to broker deals, and he’s damn good at it. But it’s getting harder to ignore the kind of man his father is—a man who would pay Galen’s brother’s lover to leave… a man who’d demand Galen retrieve a quarter-million-dollar check from a struggling homeless shelter.

Robert Kotke knows the money is too good to be true, but it’s a godsend that could help so many people. Still, he hands it over when Galen shows up. But he isn’t done with Galen yet, and he’s going to challenge everything Galen ever believed.

Galen will face an impossible decision: the redemption he’s come to realize he wants, or the life he’d always dreamed of.

Review
Galen’s Redemption is the second book in Parker William’s Links In the Chain series. While this can be read as a standalone, I think its best enjoyed if book one Lincoln’s Park is read first.
The title of the book sums up the story perfectly. Galen is looking for redemption. He spent his whole life trying to please his domineering and abusive father. This has caused a major rift between Galen and his brother Lincoln. Galen has run himself ragged trying to please an unpleasable man.
Robert is the opposite of Galen. He has given his life to help others. He runs a homeless shelter that is barely surviving. Through Robert, Galen learns what family really is.
I’m a big sucker for redemption arc’s. This is very much a slow burn romance but seeing these two men come together for their HEA was simply divine. I loved every word of this story!!
5 stars


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Recent Release: Midnight Flit (The Carstairs Affairs #2) by Elin Gregory

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Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43714501-midnight-flit

Blurb: Miles Siward and Briers Allerdale return for another thrilling Jazz Age adventure.
“Silk stockings on expenses.”
Miles’s aristocratic mother has information of importance to the British Government and he must escort her home from Bucharest immediately, but their plans go violently awry and Miles and Lady Siward find themselves on a train to Belgrade – where Miles’s lover is posted. Since their pursuers are looking for a man and a woman, might two women slip past them unnoticed?

“Is anyone on this train who they say they are?”
Briers doesn’t know whether to kiss Miles or punch him but is delighted to accompany him and his mother on their journey. All he has to do is keep an eye open for their enemies – but who exactly are they; the enormous Russian, the sinister priest, the handsome jazz pianist, or maybe the winsome young movie star? And his mother-in-law might just be the most terrifying of all!
All aboard for the ride of a lifetime, with a cast of characters you’ll never forget!

Review:
Briers, Miles and Millie back with a bang! This time they’re in Eastern Europe. It all starts with Lady Siward (Miles mother) getting some sensitive information that endangers her life. Miles is sent from London to accompany her home, ostensibly for a visit to the doctor. As they prepare for their journey home, they’re attacked and end up seeking refuge with Briers.
Briers has been on assignment in Budapest and is relieved to have his lover safe. But the adventure doesn’t stop there – all 3 (4 if you count Millie☺ ) have to make it back to London – alive.
This is such a good story, the historical and social settings well researched, down to the way people spoke and addressed others. I really loved it and as a history buff, I learnt a few more things about that era.
The relationship between Briers and Miles is still strong, although Briers does have a tendency to underestimate Miles (but only because he cares!). And let’s not forget Pritchard, he’s definitely a good egg!
Looking forward to reading about their next adventure.

5 stars out of 5


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Recent Release: Copper Creek (Sawyer Ferry #3) by Cate Ashwood

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44600188-copper-creek?from_search=true

Blurb:
Frankie:
My life sucks.
After spending a year jobless and on the edge of becoming homeless, I’d officially reached a level of desperation that, even if I wasn’t completely broke, retail therapy couldn’t fix.
While Sawyer’s Ferry, Alaska, is the last place on earth I’d ever want to visit, when my best friend, Holden, begs me to fly out and plan his wedding, I can’t say no. What I didn’t expect was to stumble into the administrative chaos at Copper Creek Brewing—or its too-hot-to-be-legal owner.
Clearly the man needs my help, and I’m willing to go above and beyond.
Way beyond.

Barrett:
I am screwed.
Six months after my assistant up and quit, I’m not any closer to finding a replacement, and things at the brewery are starting to fall apart.
And then in walks Frankie. He’s not the typical guy you’d find in these parts, and he brings with him a world of confusion. Because as much as I need his help, I can’t seem to keep my eyes—or hands—off him.
He’s supposed to be getting my life in order, but instead there’s a chance he could turn everything upside down.

Review: I was so looking forward to Frankie’s story and I was NOT disappointed! He is a fabulous character with a heart of gold, and funny as heck! I really liked Barrett as well, he was a bit gruff at first, but in the face of all the fabulousness that is Frankie, he couldn’t help but soften up. The romance between the two men was well developed, I especially loved the trip to Juneau and the spa.
The story is an easy read, very little angst, but so much fun!

4 stars out of 5


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Recent Release: Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory

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Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30820566-eleventh-hour?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb: Borrowed from the Secret Intelligence Service cipher department to assist Briers Allerdale – a field agent returning to 1920s London with news of a dangerous anarchist plot – Miles Siward moves into a ‘couples only’ boarding house, posing as Allerdale’s ‘wife’. Miles relishes the opportunity to allow his alter ego, Millie, to spread her wings but if Miles wants the other agent’s respect he can never betray how much he enjoys being Millie nor how attractive he finds Allerdale.

Pursuing a ruthless enemy who wants to throw Europe back into the horrors of the Great War, Briers and Miles are helped and hindered by nosy landladies, water board officials, suave gentlemen representing foreign powers and their own increasing attraction to each other.

Will they catch their quarry? Will they find love? Could they hope for both?
The clock is ticking.

Review: This is a really good book! I enjoyed it immensely. It is a historical (1920’s), romantic thriller – set mostly in London. It has many of my favourite themes – wit, banter, authentic period references and situations, a bit of cloak and dagger spy situations and a straightforward romance.
Briers and Miles work for British Intelligence (pre-MI6). While Briers is more of a field agent, Miles is the desk jockey, a linguistics expert. Miles has an additional talent – he can convincingly impersonate a woman. Unfortunately, this talent has not always earned him the respect of his peers. When both men are paired together to foil an anarchist plot, both men soon find themselves falling for each other.
There are a few bumps along the way – Briers tendency to treat Miles like a delicate flower, for one – but Briers soon learns that Miles/Millie are both made of sterner stuff. There is a lot of subtle humour throughout the story, even during some desperate times.
This is a well written, fun story and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
I loved this book!

5 stars out of 5

 


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Recent Release: Devil Next Door – Criminal Delights: Obsession by Alex Jane

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42628785-devil-next-door—criminal-delights

Blurb
All Remy Harker wants is a fresh start.
Well, maybe that’s what he tells himself as he rolls up to his nice new house, in the nice little neighborhood, in a town where nobody knows his name.
He’s surrounded by friendly neighbors and a white picket fence. The ugly pink carpet might drive him to insanity, and he can’t stop wondering where the old lady who lived there before him died—but it’s nice.
And if he puts his mind to it, he can be anything—or anyone—he wants to be. He can be nice too.
At least, he thinks he can until he lays eyes on his next-door neighbor.

Luke Boucher is nice.
And quiet.
And perfect.

It doesn’t take long for Remy to insinuate himself into Luke’s life. A camera here, a break-in there.
—It’s not really stalking if you love someone, is it?—

But when Remy’s plan to make a good impression goes to hell, he ends up over his head in more ways than one. Then things aren’t quite so nice anymore.
—It’s not really murder if you love someone, is it?—

Loving your neighbor isn’t so easy when you’re the devil next door.

Review
Phew, this one was certainly very different. And quite dark… as advertised. There’s a very unsettling, creepy vibe throughout the book, absolutely befitting its theme and cover.

This is a well-written story and it holds quite a few surprises for the reader that I for one didn’t see coming. The author did a great job at building up the tension and changing the game quite unexpectedly.

For me personally though, the second half of the story things got to be a little too disturbingly dark and gruesome, and I found it difficult to keep rooting for the MC’s. I disconnected from the story. My advice: definitely read the warnings and take them seriously.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 3.5


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Audiobook: How Not to Sin Lovestrong, Book 3 By: Susan Hawke Narrated by: Michael Pauley

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Blurb

One regular guy who happens to be a preacher….

Reverend Dr. Gabe Samson doesn’t think he’s better than any of the people in his church, so please don’t put him on a pedestal. While he’s never hidden the fact that he identifies as bisexual, he’s never acted on it either. Gabe isn’t happy to learn that the sole reason he was hired to pastor the LGBT-friendly church was that the ruling elders wanted a safe poster child for inclusivity – in other words, they wanted the rainbow flag without letting it fly.

Plus one easygoing, new-age kinda guy….

Seth Thomas owns Holistic Healing, a metaphysical shop and yoga studio. He’s never really been a relationship kinda guy, but only because he hasn’t met the right man yet. Seth is laid back and goes with the flow. When fate drops a hot preacher in his lap, why wouldn’t he accept the gift?

Equals a pair of men who click from the start.

The two men find it almost too easy to get together, especially Gabe, who is fully embracing his bi side for the first time. Nothing in life is simple though. While Gabe and Seth are busy falling in love, they face an anti-gay hate group, a divided church, and a ruling elder who is hell-bent on sowing discord. Between Gabe’s patient wisdom and Seth’s snark, the pair fight the growing drama with the strongest weapons in their arsenal: love and humor.
©2019 Susan Hawke (P)2019 Susan Hawke

Review

I loved the book just from reading the synopsis. A pastor and a metaphysical healer?!?! Not a typical pairing but it works for Gabe and Seth. The book is hot and sweet without being too over the top. I really enjoyed seeing Gabe portrayed as more than just a pastor. While this book is fairly easy going there is a lot of religion (one of the main characters is a preacher after all) it didn’t feel preachy. The main drama of the story surrounds the fact that Gabe is a bisexual preacher.

Michael Pauley is doing a great job with this series!! While he doesn’t have the vocal library of a lot of narrators (a few characters sound a bit too similar) I love his energy when he’s narrating! He makes the story flow easily even when the subject matter isn’t the easiest to hear.
4.5stars for story 5 for narration

4.5 stars


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