Recent Release: The Captive Incubus (Immortal Mates #2) by Liv Rider

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45303728-the-captive-incubus

Blurb

A snarky incubus. A warlock with a secret.
Bound together by a magic they can’t break.

Shay

Casual sex has always been enough to satisfy Shay. Who needs more when humans provide such a gluttony of pleasure? He might find big, blond, warlock Alex attractive, but that’s definitely all it is—especially since Alex is the one holding him captive for a band of bloodthirsty vampires. All the sexual tension in the world can’t make up for his loss of freedom. Right?

Alex

It should have been easy: capture and bind a demon, then collect his payment from the vampires. He has his own problems to deal with. All he wants is for the vampires to take Shay off his hands and to get the incubus out of his head. Shay might be the sexiest demon he’s ever seen, but a warlock should be able to resist temptation. Right?

But the magic binding them together has other ideas. It’s getting harder to hold out from giving in to what they both want—especially since they have a common cause after all. But can they overcome all the protections around their hearts to let themselves fall for real?

The Captive Incubus is an m/m paranormal romance between an incubus and a warlock with a HEA and no cliffhangers. It’s the second book in the Immortal Mates series, but can be read as a standalone.

Review

This was both really fun and fascinating, but also kind of “all over the place”. I did not read (or remember) book 1, and I’m sure some of this would have been more resonant had I done that. The 2 MCs from book 1 play roles in this, though more on the periphery, I still think having read the first book would have helped shaped this story line.

I loved the naiveté that Alex shows juxtaposed with the jaded demon, Shay. The magic was awesome but I wanted to see more of Shay’s “powers” at work.

There was a LOT of waffling and some really random sex scenes. I loved that our guys spend most of the book in close proximity but I wanted to see them – at least for a little bit – out of danger to get a feel for them in the long term. Right now, I have a hard time buying their HEA.

I was really intrigued by Alex’s sister’s story and I hope we get to see more of her. The tid bit at the end leading into what is obviously book 3 looks great, too!

All in all this was fun and sexy and a little sweet.

4 of 5 stars

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Recent Release: Living on a Dare (Shore Thing #1) by Grace Kilian Delaney

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44835269-living-on-a-dare?from_search=true

Blurb

Stuntman Draven O’Connor never turns down a dare—even if it means getting down on one knee to propose to his former college roommate and friend. The same man he’s been crushing on since the first day they met. The same man that has grown distant over the past year. And the same man who just agreed to be his fiancé.

Julien Bouchard is tired of living a lie. He spent the past year exploring his sexuality in secret, enduring countless dates with women to appease his mother, and dodging his best friend, Draven, who knows everything there is to know about him, except the one thing that could change their friendship. Ready to face his friend, he meets him at a bar and is greeted by an unexpected marriage proposal. The dare isn’t surprising; it’s the scorching hot kiss that sends Julien’s head and heart in a tailspin—and gives him an idea for the perfect plan.

But his plan hits a bump when news of their fake engagement spreads to their families as fast as a wildfire, forcing them to confront their true feelings about each other and hope they don’t get burned.

Review

Phenomenal book. You meet college roommates and best friends Julian and Draven. Both men have pined for the other, though Julian hadn’t realized until later. Julian’s mother and father made me cringe every time I read their parts. Hated how Julian let them treat him, but it’s relatable. Especially the “what ifs”. What started as a harmless prank proposal brought the real feelings to the surface along with Julian learning the extent of his family’s tolerance. Not many steamy moments, but the ones that were there are very hot. I loved reading how sweet and easy flowing things are with the guys. Draven had a really bad relationship that caused him to be very guarded, but both laid their insecurities in their own time. Was a nail biter when Draven had an accident. Happy when things smoothed out for the couple. Definitely recommend this book.

Number of stars out of 5

5


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Recent Release: Fake Dating the Prince by Ashlyn Kane

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fake-dating-the-prince-by-ashlyn-kane-10555-b

Blurb:
A royal deception. An accidental romance.

When fast-living flight attendant Brayden Wood agrees to accompany a first-class passenger to a swanky charity ball, he discovers his date—“Call me Flip”—is actually His Royal Highness Prince Antoine-Philipe. And he wants Brayden to pretend to be his boyfriend.

Being Europe’s only prince of Indian descent—and its only openly gay one—has led Flip to select “appropriate” men first and worry about attraction later. Still, flirty, irreverent Brayden captivates him right away, and Flip needs a date to survive the ball without being match-made.
Before Flip can pursue Brayden in earnest, the paparazzi forces his hand, and the charade is extended for the remainder of Brayden’s vacation.

Posh, gorgeous, thoughtful Prince Flip is way out of Brayden’s league. If Brayden survives three weeks of platonically sharing a bed with him during the romantic holiday season, going home afterward might break his heart….

Review:
A really fun story, an easy read with very little angst!
This is a fake boyfriend story with very likeable characters – Flip is the crown prince of a small European country. He is unusual in that he’s quite down to earth and is of mixed heritage – his dad, the prince consort is Indian.
Flips travels to Canada frequently, enough to know Brayden. Brayden is usually the flight attendant on Flips flights.
When Flip needs a date to a charity ball he’s hosting, Brayden is happy to assist. Both men get to know each other and find themselves slowly wanting a real relationship.
The story is sweet, with humour. The characters are well developed and while the story doesn’t break new grounds in the fake BF trope, it is definitely distinct with the variety of characters. This is a story I’ll reread if I need an easy, fun read.

3.75 stars out of 5


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Recent Release: Not Gonna Lie (#Lovehim series #4) by S.M. James

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44600013-not-gonna-lie

Blurb

Everyone has their secrets.

Last year Digi walked out on Webcon, on his fans, and on Gram.

Now he’s back determined to give what they had a real shot, but Gram is more prickly than ever, not willing to risk his heart again.

Despite trying to stay out of the spotlight, the anonymous Public Service Announcements draw Digi back in. As the secrets of the internet’s top celebrities are leaked to the world, it’s only a matter of time before Digi and Gram are next.

To get through it, they have to set their rivalry aside.

Will Digi handle the pressure of the bright lights long enough to find who is tearing their world apart? Or will the threat of full exposure be too much for him to handle?

Review

Swoon…Where to even start? This was just such an amazing story! I’m totally in love with this entire series and I’m at a loss to comprehend how it can keep getting better with every new title but it so does!

Each book tackles different issues and diverse characters in the most amazing, sensitive, moving way, always keeping the perfect balance between humor and genuine emotion, lighthearted scenes and angst-filled ones. There are a couple of surprising plot twists and I really liked how the tension built with every new secret that got leaked.

Digi and Gram’s feelings for each other are so intense, even when they’re still “frenemies” so to speak. My heart ached for them throughout the book. Digi is struggling so much with his low self-esteem and his eating disorder, and he remains completely unaware of Gram’s feelings for him for a long time. Gram is so endearing, even hiding as he as behind his snarky attitude and angry outbursts, all the while secretly pining for Digi.

I simply adore Digi and Gram and I was over the moon to get little glimpses of Archie and Yarran as well as Brooks and Darien. I love how all the characters of the different books in the series are connected somehow and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that some of the secondary characters will get their own book in the hopefully near future.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 5


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Audiobook: Seeking Solace By: Ari McKay Narrated by: John Solo

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/seeking-solace-by-ari-mckay-10550-b

Blurb

Series: The Walker Boys, Book 3

All hands on deck for a shipboard romance – with a secret.

Like his cousins, Devin Walker aspires to be a chef, but he wants to indulge his wanderlust while feeding his customers, and working a cruise ship seems like the solution. Since he can’t find an opening in the kitchen, he’s happy to start out in a position behind the bar.

While on board Poseidon’s Pearl, Devin is assigned to shepherd a visiting executive. Paul Bailey is quiet and unassuming, and the car accident that cost him his leg also shattered his confidence. He doesn’t think he’s attractive to other men anymore, and Devin is eager to show him just how wrong he is. Paul has a surprising secret that might sink their passionate affair before it even leaves port.

Review

I very much enjoyed the main characters of this story. Devin came across as an outgoing, joyful young man with a bright and intelligent personality. Paul, on the other hand was closed and reserved but with good reason. Both men are dealing with baggage from past relationships. Vacation romances tend to be a bit unrealistic to me, but Ari McKay threw in a couple of wrenches to make our guys work for their happy endings. There is a little drama due to a misunderstanding and lack of communication, but it is resolved fairly quickly and without much angst. The ending was a bit rushed, but I’m used to seeing that with Dreamspun Desire stories.

John Solo did a good job with the narration of this story. He doesn’t have quite the range of “voices” as other narrators, but he reads with such intensity that I can help but like him.

Overall, this is a solid story with a good narration, that I recommend to anyone looking to a fun, light story.

4 Stars


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Audiobook: The Doctor’s Secret (Copper Point Medical #1) by Heidi Cullinan Narrated by Iggy Toma

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The Doctor’s Secret (Audiobook) by Heidi Cullinan | https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-doctors-secret-by-heidi-cullinan-10296-bAudible.comhttps://www.audible.com › Fiction › Gay & Lesbian

Blurb

The brilliant but brooding new doctor encounters Copper Point’s sunny nurse-next-door… and nothing can stand in the way of this romance.

Dr. Hong-Wei Wu has come to Copper Point, Wisconsin, after the pressures of a high-powered residency burned him out of his career before he started. Ashamed of letting his family down after all they’ve done for him, he plans to live a quiet life as a simple surgeon in this tiny northern town. His plans, however, don’t include his outgoing, kind, and attractive surgical nurse, Simon Lane.

Simon wasn’t ready for the new surgeon to be a handsome charmer who keeps asking him for help getting settled and who woos him with amazing Taiwanese dishes. There’s no question—Dr. Wu is flirting with him, and Simon is flirting back. The problem is, St. Ann’s has a strict no-dating policy between staff, which means their romance is off the table… unless they bend the rules.

But a romance that keeps them—literally—in the closet can’t lead to happy ever after. Simon doesn’t want to stay a secret, and Hong-Wei doesn’t want to keep himself removed from life, not anymore. To secure their happiness, they’ll have to change the administration’s mind. But what other secrets will they uncover along the way, about Copper Point… and about each other?

Review

This story reminded me how much I loved Heidi Cullinan stories so I had to go back and listen to Carry the Ocean. Gah. I love that so much!

This is more along the lines of her Love Lessons series. It’s very light and though it could have some dark moments, the author mostly skims over those. Hong-Wei’s family is actually amazing and rather than doing what you might imagine – they do something a bit different.

The hospital administration is probably the worst villain in this and they seemed to act as they should once faced with the opposition.

I applaud the science and medicine in this. Either Heidi is in the field or knows someone – because if felt very authentic.

I didn’t give this 5 stars because I wanted more tension and resolution between our MCs. It was just a bit too easy and I wasn’t as involved in their romance as I was the whole thing going on with Hong-Wei and his family and career.

In the end, I can’t wait for books 2 and 3 to come out because I already love those characters!

 

 

Audio

Iggy Toma does his typical stellar job.  He’s engaging and easy to listen to and does a nice job with the various characters.  He doesn’t do much as far as accents to but I didn’t miss them.

 

4.5 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Give Him Hell (Hellhound Champions #3) by Casey Drake, and Macy Blake

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45420218-give-him-hell?from_search=true

Blurb

Nick Smith is a man with a mission: find the place where he’d been held captive as a child and discover what happened to the kids he left behind. His memories are in flux, returned to him after being blocked for the past fourteen years, along with his ability to shift into his lion form. Nick is ready for answers. Instead, he finds a huge Viking of a man with flaming eyes and more power than Nick knew existed.

As a hellhound, Jedrek is often sent on missions that lead to nothing. It’s part of the gig. He’s a champion of the fire goddess, tasked with keeping the secret of the supernatural world safe. When he gets called to a house of horrors he’d not visited in years, the last thing Jedrek expects to find is an out of control alpha lion who brings to life feelings he’s never felt before.

The mysteries of Nick’s past collide with a powerful, evil force causing havoc in the supernatural world. Nick is convinced he can determine who is behind the current rash of dark magic–especially if he has the strength of a hellhound at his side. And if that hellhound is one he can’t keep his mind or hands off? Well, that suits the lion instincts roaring back to life just fine.

Review

This was a bit more disjointed for me in comparison with books 1 and 2.  I really felt the gap this time around since I’d not read the original series for which this is a spinoff where the first 2 books I didn’t.

 

I didn’t feel like our MCs got as much attention to their relationship as I would have liked and so I wasn’t as invested.

 

I still really like the world building and the magic and the HEAs but this just didn’t grab me as much as the others.

 

3 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Adam Only (Those Other Books #2) by Roe Horvat

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45297701-adam-only?from_search=true

Blurb

On stage, Adam lets his passion drive him. All his secret desires, everything nasty, dirty, and beautiful flows freely through him, for once in harmony. His soul thrives when his body moves, but only on stage. Adam’s passionate nature makes him a great dancer…and a failure at life. He’s a lonely, emotional mess. Going home with a man far out of his reach is the last thing Adam should do. Christoffer represents everything Adam isn’t: strong, independent, educated, and rich. His kind eyes, at odds with his brutish form, make Adam’s knees and restraint buckle.

Once Christoffer sees Adam dancing, he’s lost. The young man is mesmerizing, otherworldly, and unpredictable. Whatever might happen between them, it will be transient, and Christoffer will most likely get hurt. The temptation is too great, however, and the sex explosive. He might as well enjoy every moment he’s given, even if it’s just one day, maybe two. If Christoffer treads carefully, Adam might stay until Monday.

Warning: Adam Only is a gay erotic love story. It contains explicit language and sexual scenes between two consenting men. For adult readers only.

Review

I rather liked Christoffer and Adam in The Other Book, but I love them now. There’s such a powerful, emotional bond between these two men. It was just incredible to read.
This is an erotic novella, a short and steamy read, yet the author still managed to give us an amazing couple with a love that feels epic.
I was completely enchanted by the lyrical writing, so expressive and romantic, and utterly convinced by the great love that so suddenly sprang up between Christoffer and Adam.

I really enjoyed this story.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 4.5


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Review by Neta

This story, despite it being mostly erotic, has a certain draw to it you can’t ignore. Christoffer and Adam fall into passion almost at first sight, they share an emotional connection on a deeper level but they only know each other for days. On its own I would say the story shouldn’t hold and yet, something about the explosion of passion between them and really grabs you.
If you are looking for an extremely erotic story with lots of sex this is also they book for you, the chemistry between them is lava hot and the sexual compatibility they share is magic. Having read the first book in the series (The Other Book) I already know they will last and how much they love each other, and I think that too helped me ‘get into’ the romance and really believe it will work, even though the emotional side hasn’t had much time to form between them yet.
I think this story is mostly about the possibility of love, and not letting it get away, and that hope is really powerful to read.

 

Number of stars out of 5

3.5

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Audiobook: Hiding the Moon (Fish Out of Water #4) by Amy Lane Narrated by Nick J Russo

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Hiding the Moon by Amy Lane | Dreamspinner Presshttps://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hiding-the-moon-by-amy-lane-9921-b

Blurb

A Fish Out of Water/Racing for the Sun Crossover

Can a hitman and a psychic negotiate a relationship while all hell breaks loose?

The world might not know who Lee Burton is, but it needs his black ops division and the work they do to keep it safe. Lee’s spent his life following orders—until he sees a kill jacket on Ernie Caulfield. Ernie isn’t a typical target, and something is very wrong with Burton’s chain of command.

Ernie’s life may seem adrift, but his every action helps to shelter his mind from the psychic storm raging within. When Lee Burton shows up to save him from assassins and club bunnies, Ernie seizes his hand and doesn’t look back. Burton is Ernie’s best bet in a tumultuous world, and after one day together, he’s pretty sure Lee knows Ernie is his destiny as well.

But when Burton refused Ernie’s contract, he kicked an entire piranha tank of bad guys, and Burton can’t rest until he takes down the rogue military unit that would try to kill a spacey psychic. Ernie’s in love with Burton and Burton’s confused as hell by Ernie—but Ernie’s not changing his mind and Burton can’t stay away. Psychics, assassins, and bad guys—throw them into the desert with a forbidden love affair and what could possibly go wrong?

Review

I loved this so much! So. Much!

I loved the bit of paranormal. I loved the play on their names. I loved seeing Ace and Sonny again… I loved it!

I wished we’d seen them together more – there was an awful lot of time where these guys are apart but – the time together – wowza – hot and such great chemistry.

I can’t wait for this to come out in audio – and I really hope it’s Nick Russo!

Full review to come… love ace and sonny. Of course Burt and Ernie are awesome too ❤️❤️❤️

I loved this! I loved the paranormal aspect. Loved the Sonny and Ace (they are tied as my fav Amy couple with Patrick and Whiskey) I thought the amount of other “story” was a bit overwhelming to the romance but the relationship building amongst previous mcs was awesome.

I love seeing that place in the desert and hope Jai one day gets his own story – with maybe some Alba tossed in on the side.

I wished we’d seen them together more – there was an awful lot of time where these guys are apart but – the time together – wowza – hot and such great chemistry.

I definitely love these guys more than Ellery and Jackson and I hope Nick Russo does this narration!

 

Audio

YAYAYAYAYAYAY!  I am so glad Nick narrated this!  It was absolutely stunning!  I love listening to Nick and his ability to give depth to these guys is outstanding.  I’ve already listened to this twice and will again soon.  If you’re a fan of this series and this author do yourself a favor and listen to the audio!

Highly Recommended!

6 of 5 stars


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Coming Soon: String Boys by Amy Lane

May 28

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/string-boys-by-amy-lane-10521-

Blurb

Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz. In Seth’s uncertain childhood, the kindness of the Cruz family, especially Kelly and his brother, Matty, gave Seth the stability to make his violin sing with the purest sound and opened a world of possibility beyond his home in Sacramento.

Kelly Cruz has loved Seth forever, but he knows Seth’s talents shouldn’t be hidden, not when the world is waiting. Encouraging Seth to follow his music might break Kelly’s heart, but he is determined to see the violin set Seth’s soul free. When their world is devastated by a violent sexual assault and Matty’s prejudices turn him from a brother to an enemy, Seth and Kelly’s future becomes uncertain.

Seth can’t come home and Kelly can’t leave, but they are held together by a love that they clutch with both hands.

Seth and Kelly are young and the world is wide—the only thing they know for certain is they’ll follow their heartstrings to each other’s arms whenever time and fate allow. And pray that one day they can follow that string to forever… before it slices their hearts in two.

Review

From the moment I started this book I knew it’s going to be an Amy Lane classic. Full of feels and emotional highs and lows. I felt like I was privileged to be an onlooker on Seth and Kelly’s life. The turbulence that the Cruz family goes through broke my heart. The story pulledon my heart strings. Growing up along sideSeth, Kelly and Mattie being with them as they struggled through life and learned what loving that special person is all about.In this story we get the whole journey of friends to lovers, the hate and family rife as well as unconditional love. Seth has a unique talent for the violin and Kelly wants that to grow. There are a lot of times when school and other circumstances mean Seth and Kelly can’t be together but friends and family are there to get them through and hold on tight. I cried and cheered within moments of each other many times when reading this book and probably will again when I reread it. If you like angsty stories that also fill your heart with joy I can’t recommend this book high enough. If you are still unsure about this book I would suggest that if you are a fan of Amy Lane’s Bonfires and Crocus books then this one would suit you as well.

 

6 of stars out of 5



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Review

This was – has for me to review. I love Amy so much but this did not inspire me.

I was prepared for angst central and there was a bit – but I honestly was never attached to the characters in such a way that I felt it.

Perhaps it was just my frame of mind when I was reading it, but I just didn’t see these guys in the same light as some of her other couples.

First, they spend a ton of time away from one another but still visit so it was kinda – meh – on that front.

The family is both hard to love and so full of pain that I didn’t really get roped in to their drama.

The romance ends on a very bland note and I didn’t get the sense of relief that I usually do with her angsty stories.

It was good and interesting but not my favorite.

3.5 of 5 stars


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