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adult - 18+

Coming Soon! The Redemption of River (Sex in Seattle #4) by Eli Easton

Blurb

River Larsen is a world traveler, truth-seeker, and tantric healer. He’s a master of loving all—and no one. Both his past and his spiritual path warn him against attachment. When he falls for his surrogacy client and coffee magnate, Brent McKay, River tells himself it’s a temporary idyll, a beautiful encounter they’ll both enjoy and move on from like two ships passing in the stream of life. Except his heart misses that memo.

Brent McKay hasn’t been interested in sex since his wife died two years ago. When he goes to Expanded Horizons sex clinic in Seattle for help, he meets River Larsen, a sex surrogate specializing in reiki massage and tantric sex therapy. Brent never expected to be interested in a man, but River’s light-filled spirit, inner peace, and electric touch bring him back to life. Brent’s loyal heart is ready to commit again. But how can he convince River that love can last forever—if you just have faith?

The Redemption of River features a widower who surprises the hell out of himself, a gorgeous hippy who thinks he’s a dandelion puff, an age gap, midlife discovery of bisexuality, foodie Seattle, a houseboat, dogs, a trip to Mumbai, and tantric secrets. (You know, the ones that let you have sex for hours. Those secrets.)

The Redemption of River takes place in part at the Expanded Horizons sex clinic and is thus book #4 of the Sex in Seattle series. It features a brand new couple and can be read as a stand-alone.

Review

First, isn’t that cover GORGEOUS???

I just love this series! I love the interesting subject of sex therapy to begin with and I really appreciate Eli’s willingness to tackle it from an interest standpoint and a romantic tableau.

Brent and River are two peas in a pod who just didn’t know it! They fit together so well and I found their romance to be both swift yet slow building.

I absolutely adored finding out about Tantra and how the energy work served to help Brent release his pain from his wife’s passing. The smexy times were off the charts but the feels were just as intense.

This was wonderful and I highly recommend it!

5 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Male/Female Review: A Sorceress of His Own (The Gifted Ones #1) by Dianne Duvall

Blurb

Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.

For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon’s side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed–or cursed–with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.

All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon’s life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything–even the wrath of his king–to be with her.

Review

I don’t usually read or review Male/Female romance because I am usually just so annoyed by the female characters that I can’t stand them.

Well… this is still annoying, but at least the female does what she wants how she wants it and a little of her annoyingness is explained due to time period.

I loved that our couple is together right from the beginning and that we see some pretty cool magic throughout the whole book.

I didn’t really care for the romance as much as I have with Duvall’s other series, the one to which this is a spin off (or vice versa?)

Others have criticized the language as being inconsistent for the time period, but I disagree. Sure, it isn’t accurate, but you know what, I wouldn’t want to read old English so this suits me just fine. A few old phrases thrown in here and there to keep it feeling dated and I was fine.

The second book is now out and I saw it on Amazon and thought – huh – I never got around to reading book one did I? Well, after reading this, and remembering how Bethany fucked Marcus up, and seeing what a dick Richard is in this book – NOPE. Not gonna read their story. I can’t even care about them and the story itself is just not interesting enough to get past that.

4 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Retro Review: A Warlock’s Surprise (The Warlocks #2) by Erin M. Leaf

Good Reads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34053557-a-warlock-s-surprise

Blurb

Leo thinks asking his soul-splice mate to marry him will be easy, but Dakota says no, again and again. When he finally capitulates, Leo believes happy ever after is in the cards, but Dakota isn’t feeling well, and meddling family members hijack their plans. Neither warlock wants the drama of a large ceremony, but the Conclave gets its way. Witches always do, after all.

When the eventful day arrives, neither man expects their old enemy to raise a demon from Hell to ruin their wedding. Witches can’t stand up to a demon, so the newly wed warlocks must save the day, but not before a surprise revelation leaves Dakota reeling.

Can Leo and Dakota survive a demon, witches, and a grandma intent on embarrassing them both as much as possible? Sadly, even magic can’t guarantee a happy ending…

Be Warned: MPREG, m/m sex, public exhibition

Review

I am changing my review after reading this again. I enjoyed this sequel for all it’s zany antics.

I thought it was a bit quick for my taste but I appreciated how fun these guys are as a couple and adding in a baby made it better!

4 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Audiobook: The Edge of the World by Garrett Leigh, narrated by Dan Calley

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Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53298839-the-edge-of-the-world

Blurb

Shay Maloney is living his dream—on tour with his pirate/folk-rock band. But you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’re from, and that’s where moody filmmaker and researcher Ollie Pietruska comes in.

The band’s management persuades Shay to let a television company film a documentary about his roots beyond his adoptive Irish family, and Ollie comes into his life knowing more about Shay than Shay’s ever known about himself.

But while Ollie holds the key to Shay’s past, he’s also hiding deep scars. Even as the hardships of the tour bring them closer, Ollie’s demons threaten the blossoming romance. They might both reach the breaking point before Ollie realises he’s been standing on the edge of the world for too long, and it’s Shay who holds the key to his future

Review

This was a mellow hurt/comfort story with a very promising premise, up and coming rock star falls for the reporter digging into his past while hiding secrets of his own. I had trouble connecting to the story and the MC’s though. It just wasn’t completely clear to me why exactly they fell for each other and Ollie is less than straightforward in his dealings with Shay. I understand why it’s hard for him to be open and vulnerable, but I wasn’t enamored of the mixed signals he kept sending Shay’s way. He didn’t always seem to grasp how his decisions impacted the other man. The research into Shay’s past didn’t feel very relevant to the story and though it ended in something of a shocking revelation … even that fell a little flat. An okay read, but I’ve come to expect more from this author.

Narration: Dan Calley did a great job with his performance of this story, and drew me in more than I’d have been by just reading the book. I really like the timbre of his voice, the accents and his interpretation of the characters. He made the MC’s sound very genuine and authentic.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 3.5


Copy Generously Provided for Honest Review

 

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Pieces of You by N.R. Walker

Blurb
Dallas Muller has everything he never expected he’d have. He owns a successful motorbike mechanic shop in Newcastle, and he’s madly in love with his boyfriend of four years, Justin Keith.

Justin has always struggled to find where he fit in, never realising his true worth or what it means to be loved—until he met Dallas. Living and working together might be too much for some, but Dallas and Justin wouldn’t have it any other way.

When a terrible accident tears their world apart, Justin’s left with no memory of Dallas or their relationship. Trying to put the pieces back together is almost impossible when some pieces are blank and some are missing altogether. Dallas has to let Justin find his own way back to him and just hope that their love will light the way.

Review
I really enjoyed the story about 85% through, but felt the ending was a bit too cut off. Even though it was a soft cliffhanger type of ending, I felt like I was missing pages and looked to make sure I had read through.
What I loved: The way the amnesia and hospital stay were described. It felt much mor realistic them any book I read with a similar plot, and it punches you in the gut that much harder because of it. The plot revolves around a few characters, and it feel small yet significant in its focus on them. The story flowed so well, and I adored how Dallas made sure to keep the boundaries so Justin could feel safe to recover and feel what ever he felt without pressure to remember the years he lost.
I did feel like towards the end it became a bit rushed to have a sort of HFN ending. And to me the Slow Burn, and the wonderful, gentle pace of the story were lost. I look forward to the next piece of the story to see how Dallas and Justin face the new challenges that will surely come their way.

Number of stars out of 5
3.5


Copy Generously Provided for Honest Review

 

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Tour: Pieces of You by NR Walker

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Title: Pieces of You
Author: NR Walker
Genre: MM Romance
Series: Missing Pieces, Book 1

Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/piecesofyoublog

Missing Pieces Series, Book One.
Dallas Muller has everything he never expected he’d have. He owns a successful motorbike mechanic shop in Newcastle, and he’s madly in love with his boyfriend of four years, Justin Keith.
Justin has always struggled to find where he fit in, never realising his true worth or what it means to be loved—until he met Dallas. Living and working together might be too much for some, but Dallas and Justin wouldn’t have it any other way.
When a terrible accident tears their world apart, Justin’s left with no memory of Dallas or their relationship. Trying to put the pieces back together is almost impossible when some pieces are blank and some are missing altogether. Dallas has to let Justin find his own way back to him and just hope that their love will light the way.

N.R. Walker Bio

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.
She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.
She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

For more about N.R. Walker you can find her at:
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nrwalker@nrwalker.net

Categories
adult - 18+

Audiobook: Witchblood (Kitsune Chronicles #1) by Lissa Kasey narrated by Tyler Kent

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Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44100736-witchblood

Blurb

Sebastian Volkov, a fox shifter raised among werewolves, ran from everything he ever loved after a brutal attack that left him fearing his own shadow. That night a single kiss saved his life and left him with fantasies of a man whose face he couldn’t remember. When Sebastian’s car breaks down in a small Washington town, he meets an Alpha werewolf who reminds him vaguely of a stranger’s kiss.

A year ago Liam Ulrich, Alpha of the Northern Cascade’s Pack, shared a magic filled kiss with a virtual stranger, the infamous Witchblood child of the most powerful werewolf in the world. Since that night, Liam has been waiting for Sebastian to find his way home. Liam knows that Sebastian doesn’t trust easily, or at all, so he’s going to have to give his prickly mate time and space.

The past Sebastian tried to escape still stalks him and slowing down gives it time to catch up.
When the werewolves’ ultimate enemy rises up to cast its shadow over them all, Sebastian realizes he will have to stop running or risk losing everything…. including his hope of a future with Liam.

Edit: An updated file has been uploaded to correct minor character discrepancies, grammar, and remove 500 words. The storyline did not change. (3/13/2019)

Review

This was really good!

This is a fated mates story with a “cinderfella” feel in that Sebastian doesn’t know all his potential and Liam’s mating with Sebastian is an untapped source of power as well. There are plenty of bad guys and some guys you don’t know on which side they fall. There is some hot smexy times, but lots of gory violence.

There are some parts I didn’t love: The reference to past lovers in ways that didn’t seem to be completely “settled”. The violence. Sometimes I wasn’t always clear on the world building.

But in general I loved the magic, the romance, the fated mates, the unconscious drive towards his mate and the HEA was amazing!

I can’t wait for more from the series!

Audio

Tyler Kent is a new to me narrator and he did a nice job with this. There were some flubs and he is not as smooth as some narrators, but he did a good job with the different characters.

4 star

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Dawn’s Beginning For Brise (Kazar’s Dragons Book 1) by Ciena Foxx

Good reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52345095-dawn-s-beginning-for-brise

Blurb

The war has escalated and disaster is coming. The only hope for their species is to send the babies to a planet called Earth. They have twenty-five years to rebuild and heal before the babies, now adults, take their magnificent forms. Earthlings would not understand this phenomenon and the destruction to follow could be catastrophic.

As the team leader of a group of elite soldiers guarding the prince, Kallum Draak shouldered the burden of taking children away from their parents and transporting them to a faraway land before the poisons could invade their systems. He fought to survive those long, agonizing years when many gave up. Now the time has come to claim his mate.

Brise Lowney can’t complain. Life consists of work and spending time with his best friend. Sure, he has a funky design of a dragon on his arm and he receives a cryptic note on his birthday every year. Things are fine, right? Except the latest note says that he will meet the mysterious writer tomorrow. Life isn’t what it seems and is about to change.

Review

This was a very interesting premise. I am not a big “space” fan, so I probably didn’t enjoy this as much as others might. However, this is the first in a series and I’d be willing to read more based on the world building here.

I didn’t care for the dynamics much between the two MCs – the young guy, Brise, was a bit too whiny for my taste. The older guy, Kallum, was a bit too patronizing and the “big misunderstanding” was too obvious and not really that compelling.

But… I am intrigued and that deserves 3 stars.

3 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Broken Warrior (The Weavers Circle #1) by Jocelynn Drake , Rinda Elliott

Good reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53009431-broken-warrior

Blurb

Clay Green
A brotherhood? Monsters? Goddesses? Magic?

The world has become a strange place.

After a life on the run, Clay Green is rescued by a crazy old lady with a shotgun and an even crazier story about monsters, goddesses, and a secret brotherhood.

Gifted with the power of the earth, Clay must locate his missing “brothers” before invading monsters can destroy everything.

As if that’s not enough to contend with, Clay can’t keep his hands off the man trying to rebuild the plantation house he’s temporarily living in.

Dane Briggs

Something strange is going on…

Dane knew restoring the old plantation house wasn’t going to be an easy job, but at least none of the clients were going to be underfoot. Since losing his wife and child, the only way Dane can keep going is to focus on the work.

But that focus crumbles the second Clay appears covered in blood and barely hanging on to life.

Mystery and danger cling to Clay and the other men who suddenly show up. A smart man would walk away.

Dane chucks smart out the window in favor of hungry kisses and the silken slide of skin against skin. He doesn’t understand what’s happening, but there’s no question that Clay needs him.

He’s just not sure his heart can survive being broken again if something happens to Clay.

Broken Warrior is the first book in The Weavers Circle series. It includes fast-paced action, explosions, hurt/comfort, sexy times, animal shenanigans, wounded hearts, three crazy old ladies, and magic!

Review

This was AMAZING! I cannot wait to read more from this series!

This book was chock full of world building and to that end I am eager for the payoff as the series develops, but the actual romance itself did not leave anything wanting.

I loved the magic, the characters, the reincarnation aspect and the goddesses!

This was excellent and highly recommended!

6 of 5

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Denying His Alpha (Wilde Wolves, #2) by Aja Foxx, Ciena Foxx

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53360023-denying-his-alpha?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=2lnylBTA5R&rank=1

Blurb

For fox shifter, Iren, life has taken a stupendous, incredible turn. After years of abuse, he escaped and is now part of a wonderful pack. Alpha Macon is so fair and good to Iren. Best of all he’s the assistant chef to the magnificent Aetius. He can’t begin to describe how breathtaking Aetius is, with his long flowing hair, tight pants, and awesome boots.

Some think Aetius is kind of stuck up and rigid. Iren knows better. After all, they are kind of, almost, in a relationship and have almost kissed. It was just a matter of time before they’re mates. If only that irritating Kane would quit insisting that Iren sit next to him and quit being so, so irritating.

Gabriel Kane knew he had an uphill battle, convincing Iren they were mates and destined to be together for all eternity. The little fox couldn’t seem to wrap his busy mind around the fact that the arrogant Aetius was never going to mate with him. But Gabriel was fighting for his future and he always got what he wanted, even if he had to fight Iren to get it.

When trouble comes to the Wilde Wolf Pack and Kane is injured, Iren nurses him back to good health. Does Kane take advantage of Iren’s softening attitude toward him? Yes, yes, he does. Now the pack only has to deal with nasty ferrets, the arrival of a lion, fox, ferret, a baby, and the birth of another baby, oh my.

Review

I was waiting for this book! I so enjoyed book 1 and was really compelled by the characters that I couldn’t wait for this!

On the one hand, it was pretty good and I was glad I’d read it.

On the other hand, I have to admit I was frustrated as all hell by the back and forth between Kane and Iren that by the time they got together I was just like “Finally!” and was ready for the story to move on.

I think this story included WAY too many elements and lacked that clean focus that book 1 had.

I’m still looking forward to everyone else’s stories:)

4 of 5 stars