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The Captain and the Baker (The Captivating Captains #7) by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54451031-the-captain-and-the-baker?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=3fYNEGJETN&rank=1

Blurb
When a hot-tempered TV chef and a mild-mannered baker meet on the rugged Cornish coast, they’ve got the perfect ingredients for a red-hot snack.

Sweary and stressed celebrity chef Jake Brantham is the captain of several floating restaurants. When he’s sent to the idyllic village of Porthavel to turn a pirate ship into the next gastronomic sensation, it’s the last place on earth he wants to be.

Locryn Trevorrow is the bakery king of Cornwall. From the humble pasty to a wedding cake fit for a mermaid queen, there’s nothing he doesn’t know about the art of baking. He lives in a cosy world of gingham and ganache, but at night he goes home to his smugglers’ cottage alone.

When he’s adopted by a lost kitten, Jake soon discovers that there’s more to Portavel than cream teas, lobster pots, and the annoyingly fastidious Locryn. As the village prepares for the wedding of its favourite young couple, Jake and Locryn find themselves as unlikely matchmakers for two locals who’d given up on love.

Torn between the call of Hollywood and the kisses of Locryn, will Jake choose a mansion in Beverly Hills or a cottage on the Cornish coast?

Review
The Captain and the Baker was another delightful read in the Captivating Captains series. I am obsessed with cooking shows and competitions, add in British humour and this book had everything I like.
The main characters, Loc and Jake are complete opposites. I loved all the banter between these two. My only negative about this book was that it was told from only one point of view, I really would have loved to get some scenes from Loc’s view. Otherwise this is a fun, quick read.
I highly recommend this book!!
4 stars



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Fire and Diamond By Andrew Grey

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54471813-fire-and-diamond?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=jkIVHzXXH9&rank=2

Blurb
A Carlisle Deputies Novel

When Deputy Nick Senaster chastises a bunch of college kids at a bar, he doesn’t think anything of it, even if their leader is gorgeous. The guy is too young and way too cocky, and soon Nick has an emergency foster placement to focus on. His first job is ensuring ten-year-old Ethan knows someone cares for him. But Nick doesn’t realize Ethan is a package deal.

When Alexander finds out his abusive stepfather, Dieter, has lost custody of his half brother, he’s torn between relief and dread. Alexander can’t get custody until he can provide a home for his tiny family. In the meantime, at least Ethan’s foster father will let Alexander visit.

So of course the man turns out to be the cute but dour cop who gave Alexander a hard time.

Soon Nick and Alexander discover they misjudged each other. Nick is more than an authoritarian automaton, and Alexander has a drive and a maturity that belie their first meeting. But between a campaign of intimidation from Dieter, their own insecurities, and the logistics of dating with Ethan’s fragile sense of stability hanging in the balance, they have their work cut out for them if they want to build a future.

Review
So far I have enjoyed all the books in the Carlisle Deputies series and this one did not disappoint. Like all of Andrew’s books, the characters very well written. The story itself deals with issues of child abuse so that may be triggering to some.
Nick and Alexander are the main couple of this story. Nick is dealing with his boyfriend leaving him and also the new foster child he took in. Alexander has his own family issues as well.
This is a typical Andrew Grey story, a little action, some suspense, a touch of heat and a whole lot of romantic feelings.

4 stars


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Were-Geeks Save Wisconsin (Were-Geeks Save the World #1) by Kathy Lyons

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/were-geeks-save-wisconsin-by-kathy-lyons-11626-b

Blurb
Were-Geeks Save the World: Book One

When badass werewolves battling supernatural evil realize they need tech support, they recruit a group of geeks with hilarious—and romantic—results.

Chemist Josh Collier is having a blast at a comic book convention when he gets the shock of his life—he’s a werewolf! WTF? Before he can howl, he’s whisked away to a secret lair by Nero, a hot guy dressed as a Roman centurion. Josh’s former life is over, and his genius is needed at Wulf, Inc.

Nero has no interest in babysitting a trainee were-geek when he’d rather be killing the demon that wiped out his entire pack. While Josh analyzes the monster’s weapon, wild passion ignites between him and Nero.

With destiny and their pack in the balance, can they survive the demon out to destroy Wisconsin?

Review

I found Were-Geeks Save Wisconsin to be a fun, sexy, well written story. This has another spin on the paranormal, which I like. Josh, in my opinion steals the story, while Nero the other main character is a bit lack luster. I didn’t mind that the story ended in a minor cliffhanger since this seems to be the beginning of a series. Overall, I found this to be a satisfying read.

4 stars


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Recent Release: Catch of a Lifetime by Andrew Grey

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50524727-catch-of-a-lifetime?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=3EhnHVT9Rz&rank=1

Blurb
Some moments happen once in a lifetime, and you have to catch them and hold on tight.

Arty Reynolds chased his dream to Broadway, but after his father is injured, he must return to the small fishing community where he grew up, at least until his dad is back on his feet.

Jamie Wilson fled his family farm but failed to achieve real independence. Arty is hiring for a trip on the gulf, and it’ll get Jamie one step closer to his goal.

Neither man plans to stay in Florida long-term, neither is looking for love, and they’re both blown away by the passion that sparks between them. But on a fishing boat, there’s little privacy to see where their feelings might lead. Passion builds like a storm until they reach land, where they also learn they share a common dream. The lives they both long for could line up perfectly, as long as they can weather the strain on their new romance when only one of them may get a chance at their dream.

Review

It’s no secret that I love Andrew Grey’s stories.

Catch of a Lifetime is another winner. Arty, after struggling in New York to become an actor, returns home to help out his ailing father, he meets Jaimie and sparks fly. Both men are dealing with some major “father issues”.

This book is sweet, yet heartbreaking at times. The characters are all very well written and you can feel their emotions as the story unfolds.

You really can’t go wrong with an Andrew Grey book.

4 stars


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Recent Release: Under the Covers By K.C. Wells

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/under-the-covers-by-kc-wells-11609-b

Blurb
Can they find their HEA in Romancelandia?

Chris Tyler loves his job. He photographs some of the hottest guys on the planet, but none stir him like Jase Mitchell. He’ll never let Jase know – he values their friendship too much to spoil it.

Jase is looking forward to the Under The Covers Romance convention. It’s a great opportunity to connect with readers who want to meet their favorite cover model, but more importantly, with agents who could advance his career. Too bad the only person he yearns to connect with is Chris.

What Chris wants is Jase in his life, but he’s afraid that’s sheer fantasy. What Jase desires is a Hollywood dream, but that will mean leaving Chris behind. What both crave is a real-life romance and their own Happily Ever After.

Review

Under the Covers was another great book by KC Wells.
Chris and Jase have worked with each other for years and end up going to a book convention together. There they discover and act on their mutual feelings for each other. Just when the guys relationship starts, Jace is given the opportunity that he has been waiting for and their relationship is put to the test.

This book has a little bit of everything…there’s some drama, a little angst, lots of lovey feelings and a whole lot of UST!!

4 stars

Reviewed by Aerielle

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Audiobook: Rescuing His Heart (Reclaiming Hope, Book 2) By: Michele Notaro Narrated by: Kenneth Obi

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Blurb

Kai
I’ve been dreaming of him for about a year, but I don’t know why. I have no clue who he is. But when a crazed shifter captures me and starts torturing me for information about the blond-haired stranger, I start to realize that he might be the only one that can save me…and I have no clue how to reach him from the prison I’m trapped in.
Patty
I can’t get that green-eyed stranger out of my head. I’m drawn to him…. I know what he is to me…but he works for the enemy, for the Ministry, so he’s off-limits. Or at least he was until my worst nightmare started using him as bait. But what can I do? I can’t let him die just because he’s connected to me. I can’t let him die just because that bastard Edward has gotten his claws into him…but what can I do to protect him?
Will Patty be able to save Kai from Edward’s clutches? Will they be able to move past their differences and come together to save not only themselves, but their loved ones as well?
Rescuing His Heart is the second book in the Reclaiming Hope series. Each book in the series will feature a different couple, but it is recommended that you listen to the books in order because you will get more enjoyment out of the story. It’s a paranormal shifter romance between two men and is intended for adults only.

Review

Review
I am including the novella that follows book 2, because it’s really sweet and you should absolutely read it if you’re a fan of the series. It gives some more back story and helps move the series along, though it’s not required I do think it helps.
I gotta be honest with you. I skimmed the entire first 50% of book 2 – it was just too dark/depressing/much for me right now. I had not been keeping track of this series and when the audio for book 1 came out it reminded me about how much I enjoyed it and I found 2 more full stories and 2 novellas I had missed! It was like Christmas in May! LOL
But… I’ve never been a fan of dystopian romances and this is that in spades. I simply could not read about all the dark times, the being separate, the evil bad guys doing evil bad things and so on. It was too much. But… I love these characters and I really wanted to make it to book 3 which was really calling to me – so I skimmed. It wasn’t that bad and when I got to (about) the 50% mark our MCs are finally back with one another and working together to solve their problems. Phew. That – at least – wasn’t too bad and I enjoyed reading it from there forward.
You have to be tenacious. These guys keep getting hit – over and over – by really bad things and it affects everything.
However, the author has done a really nice job of giving us a lot of happy to balance that. I will say that I super love the rumbling chests, the super over zealous “mine” possessiveness and the scenting, hugging, and other Wolfy type behavior. I could do with a bit less smexy times – they seem to happen a lot once our guys get together – but – like I said – it’s to balance the ugly so…
The little novella is a nice touch and helps to round out Felix a bit and I can’t wait for his story!
Highly enjoyable and recommended – with the caveat of “be warned – it’s dark and angsty as F.”

Audio
Kenneth Obi does a nice job with this. There are a lot of characters and he helps to keep them separated. This is a good way to enjoy this story.

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: My Treasure to Keep by Lisa Oliver narrated by John York

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Blurb

Thomas, paid enforcer in the Cloverleah Pack, was carrying a lot of guilt. He still believed he was to blame for letting Wesley get targeted by the dark elves, almost causing a rift in Cathair and Marius’s mating.
The alpha Kane told him it wasn’t his fault, and Cathair and Marius came through the experience battered but not broken, but Thomas still felt as though he had to prove his worth to himself and the pack. He spends many hours patrolling long after the rest of the pack had gone to bed, determined to do something worthwhile.
It was on one of those patrol nights that he hears a ruckus outside the territory wards. Dithering as to whether he should help or not, he gets the surprise of his life when his true mate falls right through the magic designed to keep everyone not pack, out.
Ivan was carrying secrets, the main one tucked up in his battered backpack. After a six-month-long mission to find the Cloverleah pack, he was as surprised as the next man when he fell onto pack grounds and into the arms of his true mate. Unfortunately, other pack members, still emotionally scarred by Wesley’s betrayal, didn’t view his “break in” quite so favorably, and Ivan ends up in the Cloverleah cells.
Meanwhile, the dark elves are getting closer and more brazen in their efforts to ensnare the Cloverleah pack. Pack tensions are running high, and something needs to be done…and soon. Through it all, Thomas and Ivan have to navigate their mating and learn to trust in each other.
Secrets will hit the light of day, and life for the Cloverleah pack may never be the same. As for Thomas and Ivan, time is running out for them, too.
A chance arrow, a ray of sunshine – will it mean Ivan and Thomas will get their HEA? Or will they fall at the last hurdle along with the rest of the Cloverleah pack?

Review

This is another great addition to the Cloverleah pack. I won’t spoil the surprise but it is awesome!
I love how each story is it’s own tale but definitely builds on the stories that have come before it.

While I think you could enjoy this as it’s own story, I’m not sure how much you’d take away if you hadn’t been enjoying the series from book 1.

In any case, fans of the series will undoubtedly enjoy this and for anyone who loves paranormal romance – you should check this series out if you haven’t already!

The narration by John York is solidly dependable and an easy listen. He has a monumental task of keeping the myriad characters separate and I think he does a terrific job!

4 of 5 stars


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Audiobook: Collide (Out for Justice #2) by Reese Knightley narrated by Tristan James

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Blurb

Ex hacker Seth O’Leary enjoys the hell out of being part of an elite team of operatives known only as Phoenix. In fact, he’s pretty much made it his whole life. When things go horribly wrong with his deadbeat boyfriend, Seth is surprised to find help coming from an unexpected source. The man he’s secretly fantasized about for years finally takes notice. Asher Grayson, code name Frost, is everything that Seth wants in a man but the player is gun shy about relationships. What will it take to capture the man’s icy heart?

Phoenix operative, Frost, thought he had it all figured out. Scratch an itch with the newly single and hot Seth O’Leary and the craving would be over. Best laid plans and all that, Seth gets under his skin like nobody ever has and without warning Frost finds he can’t seem to walk away so easily. Which is completely out of character for him. He doesn’t ‘do’ relationships because of his past. So, the question remains, will he let long-ago events drive him away from the best thing that has ever happened to him?

Mix in tragic turn of events and ruthless acts of violence, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. With evil forces hell bent on destruction, the pair are on a collision course that leaves them reeling. Will Frost get a chance to step up and be the kind of man Seth can respect or will a madman end any chance for a happily ever after?

*Collide is book two in Reese Knightley’s Out for Justice series. To get the most out of the variety of characters and storyline you may want to first read Ricochet, book one.

Author trigger warning: Violence.

Review

I didn’t enjoy this as much as book 1. The relationship between Seth and Frost is more tenuous and there was a lot of time when I didn’t really like Frost all that much and thought Seth put up with way too much crap.

The crime/mystery stuff occupies a LOT of this and maybe, since I wasn’t as into the couple, it bothered me more.

I enjoyed it, but less.

Audio

 

Tristan James is just so easy to listen to!  I love his tone and quality of his voice.  He does a great job voicing the many characters in this series including women and children.  Highly recommended!

4 of 5 stars


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Audiobook: On The Brink (Cloverleah Pack #10) by Lisa Oliver narrated by John York

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Blurb

Raff never wanted a lot out of life; his pack, his family and to be accepted for who he was. Yes, Red Wolves were smaller, skinnier and weaker than other shifters, but they were also extremely rare. Which is why, when he was banished from his home pack and family, he made a point of staying away from other wolves. But living rough, without any money, is really hard and when Raff risks a trip into San Antonio to find some cash work, he quickly wished he hadn’t. Although, thanks to his dog Killer, he did meet up with the Alpha Mate of the local pack. Maybe, just maybe his life would take a turn for the better.

Nereus was almost as old as the sea itself, but he made a point of visiting friends whenever he could. A chance visit to the wolf pack at San Antonio put him in the path of his mate, and Nereus grabbed the little man as quickly as he could. But Raff was new to the pack and when Scott and Madison get kidnapped and the men from Cloverleah zap into town, Nereus can’t help but wonder if Cloverleah might offer his new mate a safer place to live.

Back in Cloverleah, Teilo is pleased his brother is mated, but it’s not as though he has a chance to go and look for a mate himself. He’s settled in his home and loves to run in his wolf form. Although, when he gets bitten by a teacup poodle with the ridiculous name of Killer, he wonders what other surprises are going to jump out of the bushes at him. He didn’t expect to find two mates.

A crazy serial killer with no scent; danger for Raff at every turn and a landlocked beach? The men at Cloverleah are in for some pleasant and not so pleasant surprises. Throw in four dogs and the gorgeous bear cub and all of the men in Cloverleah are going to have to be on their toes.

(Warning: M/M/M menage: violence, graphic intimate situations between men and an attempted rape of one of the MCs. Also features a teacup poodle who thinks he’s an alpha, a serial killer who believes in mpreg and a merman with a beautiful tail).

A note to readers: This book is based partially on a time line from Angel in Black Leather Pants. It is not necessary to have read that first, but if you have, don’t be surprised at the overlap. Also, because of the timeline of the book, it is written in two parts. Part one is in San Antonio where Raff and Nereus meet. Part Two is in Cloverleah where Raff and Nereus meet up with Teilo.

Review

This is a series that you should definitely read in order. I think, technically, if you read this on it’s own it’d make sense, but you’d miss a lot of the import since so many recurring characters and overall story arc would be missing.

I realize that I’ve never formally reviewed any of the books in this series! Well – that’s going to be remedied! I love to re-read this series, so on my next pass I’ll catch everyone up.

To summarize, for any new to this series, this is a very unique pack of shifters. It starts with just wolves, but eventually we add in a jaguar, Fey, a Vampire, a Djinn, and now a demi-god. They are all gay – of course!- and most have been ostracized for that in their respective family group. They somehow all end up in this small little pack and even though it’s unusual, many of them are Alphas but they all follow the leadership of Kane, the first Alpha from book 1.

There is another pack, the San Antonio pack, across the nation, who works closely with this pack and with whom they share some members through a family link – ie Scott and Troy.

Though there exists a BDSM club that predominates in both pack areas, BDSM is not a main theme in this series, only occasional references but no real “action”.

There are a few triads, so ménage is no uncommon for this series, and this is a ménage as well.

What I love about this series is the complexity of the plots, the use of magic and other “paranormal” behaviors routinely, the very well-developed characters who have flaws and aren’t all perfect all the time. Sometimes, especially in the beginning, the writing can feel a bit stilted, but as the series has progressed, Lisa Oliver’s writing has improved and now the stories really flow.

In this ménage, I found the triad was really essential to making the mating work. It was clear that Nereus and Raff weren’t working just right. The addition of Teilo filled gaps and made them truly whole. To me, that’s what makes a good triad – when all the partners are needed and it’s not simply a couple plus one for added kinky sex.

In fact, though there is an appropriate amount of sex, it’s really not the main theme in this story. There’s so much action and kidnapping and danger – the reunions are lovely though!

There’s also a nice family thread with Nereus and his fathers – and the great introduction of Death to the series! – that was really lovely.

I’m excited to see where this series goes now that we have these other figures involved: Thanatos, Sebastian, and maybe even Abraxas? It looks amazing!

Highly recommend this book and the series to lovers of shifter romances!

4.5 of 5 stars

 

Audio

John York supplies a solid performance.  My main complaint is the vast number of “twangy” accents.

 

3.5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

 

 

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Audiobook: Wrenches, Regret and Reality Checks by LA Witt narrated by Nick J Russo

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Blurb

When Reggie’s garage became part of a popular reality show, business went through the roof. And he supposes having his shop in the black is a fair trade for jumping through the network’s hoops.
As the show’s lowest-ranking producer, Wes is tasked with proposing a new spin-off show to Reggie. The sexy mechanic makes him sweat on a normal day, but this time, Wes is holding cards he can’t show. With execs breathing down his neck, he’s expected to pitch a show Reggie will never agree to do, even if his rejection puts his existing show on the line.
The network is counting on Reggie refusing to sign. But they’re not counting on their messenger falling for the man they’re trying to fire.

Review

I haven’t read book one in this series, but I did read book two and I’m a big LA Witt fan. I love blue collar MCs and mechanics especially turn my key. (Look what I did there!) The cover is really hot and while I was a bit leery of the reality TV, I was really hoping that the mechanic part of this story would negate the Hollywood drama. Unfortunately, it didn’t.

I admit to a definite bias against reality TV and Hollywood storylines. The fakeness of Hollywood and actors and the BS they do for their work make them unappealing as characters, so I avoid those storylines. If those are things you like, then please take my review with a big grain of salt, because it might just be up your alley. The takeaway feeling I got by the end, was a temporary fix to the central problem and a tepid HFN. I don’t want to give away any plot points, but even at the end of the story I was still worried about the garage and it’s future, I was uncertain what sort of career Wes was going to have, and most importantly, I was worried that our MCs weren’t really going to go the distance– both in terms of geography and personal life plans. Perhaps if the story had been longer I might have been convinced, but given the story’s brevity – where we’re left is still on pretty shaky ground.

The writing was good, the smexy times were smokin’ hot, but the feels just weren’t there for me. I was left kind of anxious at the end of this story and I don’t like that feeling! I admit to wanting it all wrapped up in a pretty package (or at least looking like it’s pretty certain to be all wrapped up in a pretty package) and this just didn’t convince me. If you’re a fan of the series (I think there’s a lot of book one referenced in this), a fan of reality TV/Hollywood angst, if you don’t mind a romance with less “feels” in it but plenty of “sweaty, hot, blue collar meets white collar man on man” sex – this is the book for you!

2.75 of 5 stars

Audio

Nick is awesome – as always. He really brought a lot to this story and made it more enjoyable than simply reading it.

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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