Fortunate Blizzard by LC Chase

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There are worse things than being stranded in a blizzard.

Artist Trevor Morrison has always appreciated the little things in life, treating each day as a gift. And with good reason: he’s been on the transplant-recipient list for too long now. When he learns just how numbered his days truly are, he resolves not to take them for granted. But he won’t be unrealistic, either—which means romantic commitments are off the table.

Marcus Roberts seems to have it all. He’s handsome, financially sound, and on the fast track to partnership at a prestigious law firm. In reality, though, his drive for success has meant no time for friends or relationships. Add in the fact that his family discarded him long ago, and he’s facing yet another holiday season alone.

When the biggest snowstorm to hit Colorado in decades leaves Marc and Trevor stranded at the same hotel, a chance encounter and a night of passion leads to more than either of them expected. Finding comfort in each other is a welcome surprise, but time is not on their side. Either they find a way to beat the odds, or they lose each other forever.

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Trevor has just found out that his 7 year quest for a kidney transplant has most probably been denied for the last time – just in time for the holidays. He’s on his way back home to Connecticut when he gets stuck in a blizzard on the way to the airport. There he meets the workaholic lawyer, Marcus.

Trevor and Marcus have chemistry that is off the charts. They just click. They just seem to work. But… they can never be. Despite having so much in common and feeling so much for each other in such a short time, Trevor knows it would be cruel to get involved with Marcus and Marcus doesn’t have time for someone in his busy life does he?

I don’t want to give more of the story away… but… it ends on a very HEA.

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This is one of those tear-jerking, lovely, holiday, mushy, soul-grabbingly sweet stories. I loved it!

I loved Trevor and Marcus as a couple. I loved Trevor’s family! I loved Marcus’ friends! I loved the way LC Chase found us a (somewhat) plausible resolution to a seemingly impossible problem.

If you are in the mood for sap, holidays, tears, and happiness – give this one a try!

5 of 5 stars

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Another Shot by JH Knight (Heartsville Series)

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The town of Heartsville means something different to everyone who lives there. For Aaron Forester, it’s a gay-friendly buffer between himself and the rest of the world. After being outed in high school and bullied to the point of violence, his family uprooted their lives and relocated to the small hamlet. He’s moved on from all that and now owns a popular café in the bustling shopping district. But after twenty years of happy living, Aaron’s past creeps up on him in the most unexpected way.

Brad Collins only has one regret and he’s carried it with him since he was a teenager. When he moves to Heartsville and gets set up on a blind date with the most adorable, engaging man he’s met in a long time, he couldn’t be happier. But Brad didn’t expect the guy to be the person he outed in high school—whom he’s now falling in love with.

Aaron and Brad hit it off instantly—in and out of the bedroom. But after a long overdue apology and a small serving of resentment, is their fledgling relationship worth another shot?

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Aaron goes on a blind date set up by his sister and meets an amazing man, Brad. They click. Right away. They take it slowly. Texts, phone calls, dates… then they get physical. In the morning… Brad’s gone. Just like that. Aaron is devastated.

When Brad finally contacts Aaron he has an awful story to share. The question is: Can Aaron let go of the past? Can he forgive and forget?

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This was another great book in the Heartsville series. Aaron and his sister have a great relationship (we met both of them in Bookmarked) and when she sets Aaron up, he trusts her judgment. Later, when his world is crashing down, she has terrific advice that helps him to make the right decision. She’s a great character and I hope we see more of her.

I didn’t get much of a vision of Brad, he seems nice enough and Aaron was a sweet-heart, but to me the important part of this story is Aaron’s healing and how he and his sister move through that together.

Aaron and Brad had great chemistry and I was pleased with their HEA, but I wished for more time with them as a couple, and more time getting to know Brad.

I’ve really been enjoying this series and I highly recommend it.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Judgment by Mary Calmes

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Jeritt Troy is a Scourge, a guardian tasked with patrolling cracks in time and righting the unspoken wrongs in history. His next task is a killer-not just for him, but for his husband and partner, Frost Ramsey, because Jeritt’s not just tracking a bad guy; he’s tracking his previous partner-his best friend. Brekin Creed is as deadly as he’s ever been, and when Jeritt finds himself both abandoned and stranded in time, he has only a handful of years to figure out what went wrong with Brekin and, in doing so, save Frost’s life. Is there time enough for Jeritt to save Frost, or will he be locked in the judgment of his mistakes for eternity? A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2012 Daily Dose package “Time Is Eternity.”

Review

This is a little space drama/time travel story involving a space police officer – in charge of fixing things in the future by travelling back in time and his partners (both life and on the force).

Jeritt and Brekin were partners until suddenly Brekin up and disappears. Now, with a new partner (who happens to also be his lover) Jeritt must find Brekin and bring him to justice.

What we don’t know is why Brekin disappeared. When Jeritt finds out, he has some tough decisions to make – including one that might end up with him having his arm permanently amputated.

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In this short story we get two tales. One – in the future – between Jeritt and his lover Frost. It’s hot and full of Alpha moves and growly possession.

Second- Jeritt is on his own – making huge life changing decisions and waiting for the repurcussions.

It’s not a typical Mary Calmes story – I’m not sure I’ve seen anything else by her set in outer space – and it’s not my favorite of hers – but it makes you think. It also still provides that warm glowy feeling she’s so good at providing because Frost and Jeritt are so damn cute together. Like best friends who become lovers but still tease one another.

I loved their relationship, thought the twist/morality of the story was fascinating and though I’m not a big space opera fan, thought her take on futuristic time travel was interesting too.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Do Over by Amy Lane

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Engall is supposed to hit a party and hook up with his longtime crush, Chandler—at least that’s what Engall’s unlikely guardian angel keeps telling him. But the more Dagiel tries to fix the situation, the weirder it gets. How many do-overs will it take to make Engall’s life right?

 

 

 

 

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This super-short story is HYSTERICAL. And sweet and a little bit sexy. But mostly, it’s funny!

Engall is supposed to end up with Chandler – but he just keeps doing it wrong… so he keeps ending up dead! Fortunately, fate has his future mapped out so he gets one “do over” after another ‘til he gets it right.

The show is stolen by Dagiel, Engall’s guardian angel. He’s the one with something to learn… and in the end we get not one, but two happy endings.

I highly recommend this little gem – 5 of 5 stars!

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Bloom Box by Cate Ashwood (Heartsville)

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If there’s one thing William Sullivan knows less about than how to run a business, it’s flowers. When Will is left carrying responsibility for the flower shop he’d leased for his cheating ex-boyfriend, he is sure it will lead him into financial ruin.
Just when he’s about to abandon all hope, in walks Milo Hart—young, overflowing with energy, and perhaps best of all, a genius when it comes to flowers. Will hires him on the spot and they begin a working partnership that might be Will’s only saving grace. The more time they spend together, the more Will’s feelings for Milo evolve and Will must choose between keeping things strictly business, or taking a chance to let love bloom.

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William just dumped by his long term boyfriend for cheating on him (over and over) and now he’s stuck with a lease on a flower shop that he’d bought for his boyfriend to run. He’s depressed, knows nothing about flowers, already has a job and is feeling very overwhelmed when Milo comes in looking for a job.

Milo is still in school, majoring in business, needing work for the summer. He used to work in a nursery and is a lover of flowers. Together he and Will manage to get the shop up and running and on time.

While spending so much time together they also fall in love. But Will is sure Milo will forget him when he goes back to school and can a 16 year age difference really work in the long run anyway?

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There could have been a lot of angst in this story, but there wasn’t. It was sweet and moved along at a nice pace. Not too fast, not too slow. The sexual tension built and then released in a super hot frottage session in Will’s apartment!

Milo is a great character – open, brave, smart, funny and clumsy as hell! He and the more staid and sober Will are a good match, yin and yang.

I really enjoyed their story and was so happy with the ending – a very, very solid HEA.

I highly recommend this book and the series!

5 of 5 stars

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Commander’s Spitfire (Rescue For Hire book 5) Audiobook by Bellann Summer Narrated by Darcy Stark

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Welcome to the world of Rescue for Hire. Meet the team members who make up a company that forms a family of heroes. For a year, computer expert Tony Grayson was another man’s dirty little secret. After months of pain from a huge betrayal, he can finally breathe again and sees a glimmer of a future. A rescue goes wrong bringing the boss’ brother Shane Miller – who’s big, dominating, and possessive – into Tony’s life. As far as Shane is concerned, the gorgeous Italian is his. Now he just has to lead the team for his brother, fix all the family drama, and put the pieces of Tony’s heart back together. Things finally get smoothed out, only to have his ex call, wanting Tony back. Tony’s decision could change lives and careers.
Can the foundation Shane has laid for their relationship be strong enough to keep Tony? The dynamics between a hard-edged bad boy and a hot-tempered, vulnerable yet gorgeous computer nerd heat up the sheets.

Review

To sum up the first four books :(each can be read/listened to as a stand alone, but the characters in the preceding books make entrances in the following books) Cade Miller (brother to Shane) has a company he created called Rescue For Hire. It’s dedicated to saving people in natural disasters and finding lost people, etc. Each member of the team is highly skilled in one particular area and together there is nothing they can’t do. (Like the A Team!) In each of the previous books, one team member – very alpha male – finds his life partner. They always know immediately that the man they’ve met is their “forever guy” at first meeting and the bulk of the book is their conquest of said man. They also have some rescues to perform and at least once a book, one of the partners ends up in mortal danger.

Shane is an ex military man who has come to help Cade with his company now that he’s become more of a family guy and wants less field time. Shane meets Tony – already a member – whose had his heart smashed by a closeted pro-baseball player (and brother to another team member’s partner).

Tony doesn’t want to get involved again so soon after breaking up with his ball player – so he resists – but it’s futile.

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These books are delicious fun! The men are unapologetically Alpha, and it totally works. Tony – who is no slouch himself- loves to be dominated and controlled and feels safe when someone takes over. He just has to let go first.

In the Audio format you get the bonus of having Darcy Stark for a narrator. He does each voice differently – giving each character a greater depth and giving the listener another perception and way to experience the character. In this case the man who steals the show is Shane. Oooo La La. Shane’s voice is panty-melting! It is deep and sensuous and controlling and masterful and…. Okay – you get the idea. Tony has a vague Italian heritage accent – punk-assed and spunky. Together – totally steamy!

I’m not so much into the spanking thing myself- but Shane makes it hot!

I highly recommend this series (in book or audio format) for fans of unapologetic Alpha males who control each and every situation but have a warm and gooey center for their life partner.

It’s a wonderful series and I recommend reading them/ listening to them in order to get the most from the series.

5 of 5 stars

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GRL 2015

What an amazing, amazing adventure!

(My notes from attending my first GRL in San Diego this October)

I was initially so afraid of this experience because as a person, I’m what you’d call an introvert, and that doesn’t mean I’m shy.

Taken from Wikipedia:
Introversion is “the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one’s own mental life”.[4] Introverts are typically more reserved or reflective.[5] Some popular psychologists have characterized introverts as people whose energy tends to expand through reflection and dwindle during interaction.[6]
Introverts often take pleasure in solitary activities such as reading, writing, using computers, hiking and fishing.
Mistaking introversion for shyness is a common error. Introverts prefer solitary to social activities, but do not necessarily fear social encounters like shy people do.

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Therefore I can totally BE an extrovert, but it’s exhausting. And that’s exactly what GRL was. But it was also SO AMAZING. I got to meet some truly gifted writers, editors, artists, friends and family and each and every one of them was kind and open and easy to meet.

There were so many highlights that I can’t really tap into them all, but some that stood out for me were these.

First: I got to meet some of my Face Book buddies in real life. Karrie, the amazing artist who fan arts for this site. Fellow bloggers Tracy and Dani. And a posse of women who share my love of reading: Jen, Jennifer, Lin, Joseph and Luna.

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(Karrie and Katie watching Sean “swoon now” Crisden sign some of Karrie’s amazing Fan Art.)

Second: I got to swoon at the feet of my favorite authors like Mary Calmes, Amy Lane, Rhys Ford, Jordan Castillo Price, Shira Anthony, Charlie Richards, Olivia Black, Kim Fielding, Eli Easton, Lane Hayes, Cate Ashwood, Amelia Gormley, Ethan Day, Reese Dante, Andrew Grey, Brandon Witt, Amber Kell, Marie Sexton, Tara Lain, RJ Scott and so, so many more!

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Third: I got to LOSE MY MIND over meeting Greg Tremblay and Sean Crisden! These two guys are the NICEST, FUNNIEST and SWEETEST guys you could ever want to meet. They were so accommodating of my fan-girlness and even spoke to us in those swoon-worthy voices they have!IMG_2763IMG_2765

Fourth: I got to lounge around on the deck with the ducks while watching the boats on the bay in San Diego with my honey!

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I cannot recommend this event enough. It was so wonderful that if you ever, ever get the chance to attend one – be you introverted or extroverted – I suggest making it happen. Totally worth it!

So, my most humble thanks to everyone behind the scenes who organized the event, to those who organized the non-event stuff and to my husband who tolerates and encourages my madness and manages to find the joy in it as well.

Love from Morgan!

Behind the Eight Ball (Fur, Fangs, and Felines: Book Two  ) by MA Church (Review)

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Fur, Fangs, and Felines: Book Two

A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.

Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, and then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.

 

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We met Heller as the human-hating Beta in book one. He redeemed himself by saving Dolf’s mate Kirk in the end, but boy – we sure didn’t get a good vibe from Heller at the beginning. He continues this vibe in book two by being vain and then shunning his mate for being human right off the bat. We know he has some hidden depths – he hints at a tortured past involving human misdeeds – but we don’t know for sure what’s happened.

Then we meet the mate – Lawson. Lawson is a human who’s been living with a paranormal family for the last decade. So he’s not too freaked out by the whole “shifts into a cat” thing. But he is very hurt by the rejection he feels from Heller, especially when he learns they are mates.

It takes a bit of time and talking, but eventually our mates get together. There is some serious drama still going on in their lives, however. There is a werewolf stalking Lawson and that pushes him into Heller’s arms and house in a big way.

We get a lovely HEA for our guys and a look into the next book as two others meet their mates.

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I reviewed book one here: http://kimichanexperience.com/trouble-comes-threes-ma-church/ I really enjoyed this book and was psyched to see book two out.

MA Church’s writing is funny and fluid and very creative. Her shifters are animals and humans (which I love!) and so there is lots of purring, mewling, growling and even trilling in this book – blurring the lines between cat and human.

Heller was tough to love at first – but he quickly redeems himself and there isn’t a lot of time stuck in the land of “big misunderstanding”. Our guys talk and clear the air. Most of the drama isn’t about their mating in the second half of the book – but instead surrounds the evil werewolf.

Church introduces some new paranormals – Vetalas. These guys are cool! I’m really excited about learning more about them in the coming books.

I also like that we got to see a bit of our guys from book one again – that’s always nice. It’s definitely a stand-alone, you could understand everything without having read book one, but it gives the story a little more depth.

I highly recommend this book to fans of shifter romances and give it 5 of 5 stars.

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