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Recent Release: Beautiful Trauma (Queen City Rogues #3) by Aimee Nicole Walker

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47128093-beautiful-trauma?from_search=true

Blurb
Does trauma define or motivate a person?

Homeless and rejected, Henry Sullivan arrived on the doorstep of Ryan’s Place with nothing but the clothes on his back. Life as he knew it was over. Within those walls, Henry found the encouragement and love needed to turn hopeless into hopeful. Enrolling for summer classes at his community college was the first step toward achieving the dreams he thought were lost to him. There was just one little snag: the professor standing in the front of the room taught Henry the true meaning of human sexuality.

After a crushing breakup, Professor Ezra Meyer moved to the Queen City for a fresh start where everything was new—job, home, and friends. His first challenge: prove the benefits of his biology of human sexuality course outweighed the controversy. Ezra agreed to teach the class during the summer semester at a community college associated with his university to gauge interest. There was just one little problem: Ezra had personally demonstrated the unit on Sexual Technique and Behaviors with one of his students.

Random or Fate?

It was supposed to be a harmless hookup on a night when Henry was celebrating his birthday and Ezra was trying to ease his loneliness. Fast forward six months later, the attraction blazed hotter than ever, but acting on it could have dire consequences neither man was willing to risk. Or were they? Could true love be Henry and Ezra’s ultimate reward, or were they destined to become just another sad lesson learned?

Beautiful Trauma is a story about triumph over tragedy, embracing the unexpected, and a reminder that family is more than biology. Are you looking for a feel-good romance with witty banter, toe-curling passion, and a story that stays with you long after the final page? Look no further. Beautiful Trauma is the third book in the Queen City Rogues series but reads as a standalone book. It contains sexually explicit material and colorful language and is intended for adults 18 and over.

Review
Beautiful Trauma was a beautiful, sexy, captivating story. It is the 3rd book in the Queen City Rogues series but can be easily read as a standalone. The chemistry between the two main characters, Ezra and Henry is off the charts and its no wonder these two couldn’t stay away from each other. Henry is very sweet and innocent in the beginning but under Ezra’s love and care, he really comes into his own towards the end. Like the previous two books in the series, there is very little angst and drama in this book. This was a fun, sexy read that I highly recommend!!

5 stars

Reviewed by Aerielle

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Audiobook: Honeymoon for One by Keira Andrews narrated by Joel Leslie

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Audible

https://www.audible.com/pd/Honeymoon-for-One-Audiobook/1977348653?qid=1558200219&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=G4TDFP1ZMFBCZMTMVBYP

Blurb

The wedding is off, but the love story is just beginning.

Betrayed the night before his wedding by the supposed boy of his dreams, Ethan Robinson escapes the devastating fallout by going on his honeymoon alone to the other side of the world. Hard of hearing and still struggling with the repercussions of being late-deafened, traveling by himself leaves him feeling painfully isolated with his raw, broken heart.

Clay Kelly never expected to be starting life over in his forties. He got hitched young, but now his wife has divorced him and remarried, his kids are grown, and he’s left his rural Outback town. In a new career driving a tour bus on Australia’s East Coast, Clay reckons he’s happy enough. He enjoys his cricket, a few beers, and a quiet life. If he’s a bit lonely, it’s not the end of the world.

Clay befriends Ethan, hoping he can cheer up the sad-eyed young man, and a crush on an unattainable straight guy is exactly the safe distraction Ethan needs. Yet as the days pass and their connection grows, long-repressed desires surface in Clay, and they are shocked to discover romance sparking. Clay is the sexy, rugged man of Ethan’s dreams, and as the clock counts down on their time together, neither wants this honeymoon to end.

Honeymoon for One is a gay romance by Keira Andrews featuring a May-December age difference, a slow burn of newfound friends to lovers, first-time m/m sex, and of course a happy ending.

Review

When I read the blurb I thought – ugh – I really don’t like jilted stories or rebound stories or holiday romances… but I love Keira Andrews and so I had to give it a go. Well, as always, she does not disappoint!

The emphasis on this is not the rebound but the realization of feelings that Clay has been hiding from himself for years. Sure, he’s a little older, they’re from different CONTINENTS and he’s on the rebound – but of course – it’s all gonna work out in the end! (LOL)

These guys do find a way to make it work that seems plausible – but really – in the end – it’s their journey that is so ooey gooey delectable. They talk, they aren’t afraid to emote and they have some pretty steamy smexy times!

Luckily the family thing isn’t an issue and beyond all the major hurdles we already know about, the author didn’t throw in more to be OTT.

This was a really lovely story that I recommend to fans of the author, fans of Australia, fans of May/December romance and fans of OFY/GFY romance.

5 of 5 stars

Audio

Joel Leslie does a great job with the accents and – as always – he’s great with handling the wide variety of characters, the emotion and the timing.

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Always Mine (Love in Eden #1) by Sloane Kennedy

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46344371-always-mine

Blurb

I had one reason for never going back to the small town I once called home, but I never guessed it would be the same one that made me want to stay…

Brooks
I grew up in the small town of Eden, Wyoming, but never really felt like I fit in.

Until I met the one boy who changed all that.

When we were kids, Xavier Price understood horses, but somehow, he got me too. He’d made me feel like I wasn’t just the overdressed, too sensitive fifteen-year-old geek who loved math and didn’t always say the right thing. But all that changed the night he threw my trust back in my face and betrayed my family in the worst kind of way.

And while I’m back in Eden to make sure my uncle’s horse ranch is operating in the black, the one thing I know I won’t have to deal with is the man who’d been on the verge of stealing my heart ten years ago.

Because Xavier Price is still in prison for what he did and even if he weren’t, he wouldn’t be foolish enough to show his face in Eden ever again.

Right?

Xavier
Wrong.

That’s what returning to Eden after ten years behind bars feels like. But it wasn’t like I had a whole lot of choices. And it wasn’t like I was going to be handed any decent job offers, let alone my dream one of working with horses.

But that’s exactly what happened and now that I’m foreman of Black Hills Ranch, I’m not letting this job go for anything.

Not even the spoiled little rich kid I’d thought was different when he’d glommed onto me ten years ago.

I have no doubt Brooks Cunningham didn’t wait long to move on to bigger and better things the second my jail cell was locked behind me, and that’s just fine by me. I’d been wrong about the sweet, emotional boy who’d had a habit of wearing his heart on his sleeve anyway.

Except fate has decided to have another go at me by tossing Brooks right back into my sometimes too small world. Gone is the scrawny, stars-in-his-eyes nerd who used to do math problems just for fun. In his place is a gorgeous specimen of a man who thinks he can go toe to toe with me and once again destroy everything I’ve worked for.

Not happening.

Review

Always Mine is the first book in Sloane Kennedy’s new series that takes place in Eden, Wyoming. Like most of Sloane’s books, this one has plenty of angst and unresolved feelings. The two main characters are torn apart as teenagers before they could ever act upon their budding feelings. They each harbor deep resentment towards each other and carry that baggage until they meet again as adults. The tension between Brooks and Xavier flows through this whole book. We, as the reader do not know the full details of the event that happened in their childhood. Slowly bits and pieces are revealed as the couple move beyond their anger and resentment. This book has some smoking hot scenes, filled with a lot of emotions. I liked how Brooks and Xavier came together in the end, determined to be together regardless of what the small town thought.
Highly recommend this one!!!

5 Stars


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Audiobook: Wake Up Married Serial, Episodes 1-3 By: Leta Blake, Alice Griffiths Narrated by: John Solo

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Audible

https://www.audible.com/pd/Wake-Up-Married-Serial-Episodes-1-3-Audiobook/B07S66BB4J?qid=1561171689&sr=1-1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=M0H3ARN2V3TZQKACZQYQ&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1

Blurb

Join the fun in this soapy serial by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!

Episode 1: Will & Patrick Wake Up Married

After a drunken night of hot sex in Vegas, strangers Will Patterson and Dr. Patrick McCloud wake up married. A quickie divorce is the most obvious way out – unless you’re the heir of a staunchly Catholic mafia boss with a draconian position on the sanctity of marriage. Throw their simmering attraction into the mix and all bets are off!

Episode 2: Will & Patrick Meet the Family

Meeting the family is challenging for every new couple. But for Will and Patrick, the awkward family moments only grow more hilarious – and painful – when they must hide the truth of their predicament from the people they care about most. Throw in the sexual tension flaring between them and you’ve got a recipe for madcap laughs and surprisingly heartwarming feels.

Episode 3: Will & Patrick Do the Holidays

A couple’s first holiday season is always a special time. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are magical when you’re in love. Too bad Will and Patrick’s marriage is a sham and they’re only faking their affection for each other. Or are they? Sparks fly in this episode of the Wake Up Married serial. Will the sexual tension between Will and Patrick finally explode in a needy night of passion? Or will they continue to deny their feelings?

Review

This was one of those audios that, while I thoroughly enjoyed John Solo’s narration, I had some issues with the story. I had a real hard time getting drawn into the story. I actually had to stop and go back quite a few times. My big issue was with the characters. Patrick was obnoxious and Will, with his constant pining for his jerk of an ex was really frustrating. I might pick up the remaining books in this series just to see how it wraps up but I found this one lacking.

3 stars for story and 5 for narration


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Audiobook: Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin #2) by NR Walker Narrated by Nick J Russo

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https://www.audible.com/pd/Clarity-of-Lines-Audiobook/B07S38LBX2?qid=1558919666&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=V27VWT2V4D9C0A5GYFA7

Blurb

Sometimes it’s not the two people in a relationship who fight falling in love, sometimes it’s those who love us that fight against it the most.

Finally together, forty-four year old Tom, and twenty-two year old Cooper, are ready to show the world they’re together. They’ve established their relationship is worth it, and want to share it with their families.

Both men thought accepting the age difference was their adversity to overcome, and theirs alone.

Their loved ones, however, will prove them wrong.

For their families, lines are drawn and start blur. Through a series of events, life shakes Tom’s foundations, the lines for him have never been clearer.

Review

(Book reviewed previously)

In book two Tom and Cooper are established as a couple, but there are obstacles to overcome.

Tom and his ex-wife and son. Cooper and his friends and his family.

Tom and Cooper also have to work out living arrangements. Tom just can’t quite find the words to convince Cooper to move into his apartment.

**

In a lovely extension we get to move into the meat and potatoes of their relationship. Beyond the heat of attraction into the seriousness and the emotion.

I really love how NR Walker allows us to see her characters grow and change as the relationship changes. In this case using Tom’s asking Cooper to move in with him as a way to guage where he’s at emotionally is a very clever tool that both illustrates that Tom may still have some reservations about opening his heart and Cooper might also still be craving some independence.

The smexy times are super hot, too!

This is a wonderful sequel and the new cover is beautiful!

5 of 5 stars

Audio

Nick – as usual – is amazing. He has a fantastic ability to grab the listener without being obtrusive. He does a terrific job making all the characters unique.

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: The More the Merrier by Sean Michael

Dreamspinner Press
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-more-the-merrier-by-sean-michael-10516-b

BLURB
Too much of a good thing?
When Logan gets the call about newborn triplets in need of a home, he steps up, realizing too late the daunting task he’s taken on. He’d be lost without the men of the Teddy Bear Club—especially Dirk.
Dirk even offers to spend spring break at Logan’s home, helping him and the babies settle in. He loves being a dad, and he wants to help Logan find the same joy. It doesn’t hurt that they enjoy spending time together.
Before they even realize it, they’re settling into a routine… becoming a family.
Falling in love.
But their new bond is about to face the ultimate test. Will they come through and realize that with love, there’s no such thing as enough?

REVIEW:
When Logan decided to be a foster parent, he never expected triplets or how his life would change once he brought them home. With the help of his friends and especially Dirk, Logan begins to adjust to having the babies, but he cannot do it alone. Soon Dirk is there to help but once again Logan’s world is turned upside down and he must rely on the help of Dirk and his friends, hoping that all will be okay in the end.
Logan and Dirk’s story is a sweet read and I enjoyed watching their relationship grow and deepen as the two work together to take care of the triplets. This book is full of emotions and will pull on your heartstrings at times. I enjoyed seeing Dirk and Logan figure out how to take care of four children and still figure out just where they stand with each other. The two make a great couple and their love shines through in all that they do. I loved seeing everyone come together and help Logan adjust to his new life. Not only does Dirk and Logan’s love show but all the friendships are strong and make this story a wonderful addition to this series.

Number of stars out of 5 :4


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Review

This fantastic book is part of a series that I have not read book one. Logan is a dad that takes on adorable triplets and realized he is way over his head. He enlists fellow father Dirk to help initially. Dirk and Logan have an adorable “does he like me” moment. The chemistry is wonderful. This was overall a very sweet story about finding family when not looking. There are a few moments in the book that pulled at my heartstrings. All characters were fun to read. Really hope there are more books in the series. I will definitely read book one.

Number of stars out of 5

5


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Audiobook: How to Deal All Cocks Stories, Book 3 By: T.M. Smith Narrated by: Joel Leslie

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https://www.audible.com/pd/How-to-Deal-Audiobook/B01M9IRFFP?qid=1558804688&sr=1-3&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_3&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=XXMJN2MBPJA516DN4Q9E

Blurb

Jon Brennan comes from a long line of men in uniform; all born and bred to both bleed and wear blue. His family and the majority of his co-workers support him every step of the way, so he doesn’t need to hide the fact that he prefers men over women. Between the job and his larger than life, loud and rowdy half Irish, half Italian family, there isn’t much time for dating, much less finding a guy who can deal with the stress and demands placed on the shoulders of an NYPD detective.

Kory White is cocky and abrasive with most people, but it is all a facade he hides behind to keep his heart safe. As a child, Kory lost his mother to an act of violence. Soon after, he and his baby sister Kassandra were separated by the system. Kassandra was immediately adopted, but Kory spent the next 10 years cycling through foster homes before moving to the Big Apple. In an effort to keep everyone at a distance, Kory has meticulously built himself an alter ego: Hayden Cox, All Cocks cockiest model.

These two strong-willed men definitely prove opposites do attract. Both are stubborn and hard headed to a fault, Kory more so than Jon. But Jon is used to being in control, the one calling the shots, and Kory fights him at every turn. Just when it seems they have found a way to navigate the unchartered territory that is love, tragedy knocks on Kory’s door yet again. Volatile and strong, even in the face of adversity, both men refuse to give up on each other – or their love.

Review
Story
How To Deal is the third book in the All Cocks Stories series. It can be listened to as a standalone but I suggest listening to these in order because there are reoccurring characters in each book.
The thing I loved the most about the story was getting to know the real Kory. In the previous books he comes off cocky and brash and quite the jerk. In this story we find out that is just a shield to protect himself from the trauma he experienced as a child.
Jon is a great partner for Kory. He’s laid back and quite easy going but he is strong enough to keep Kory in line when needed. There are some great scenes between Kory and Jon that show just how strong their bond really is. This story has the perfect blending of drama and emotion that I like.
Narration
How to Deal is narrated by the amazingly talented Joel Leslie. He always brings so much to the characters he voices. There are a lot of secondary characters in these books and they all have distinctive voices.

5 stars for both story and narration

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Recent Release: Prisoner of Shadows (Lords of the Underworld #2) by Sam Burns, W.M. Fawkes

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45482837-prisoner-of-shadows?from_search=true

Blurb

For more than five thousand years, Prometheus has been chained in the underworld. Every day, an eagle tears out his liver. Every night, he heals. When Hermes releases him in a gambit to save himself from his father’s wrath, Prometheus must adjust to a world that’s forgotten him. Hunted by the twins, Artemis and Apollo, he finds help in an unexpected place.

Julian Bell is a vampire lost. He left his Louisiana home in 1936 and hasn’t settled since. Ten years ago he followed his best friend to New York, but the country they came to wasn’t the America he left. After losing his friend, he found himself unmoored in a strange land. As he nears his hundredth birthday, he’s realizing how truly alone he is.

When Prometheus and Julian’s paths cross one fateful night, they find in each other a safe path through the shadows.

Review
Prisoner of Shadows is the second book in the Lords of the Underworld series which has so far been a delightful twist on Greek mythology.
Prometheus has been chained up and tortured in the underworld for centuries but due to the schemes of others he is released and forced to try and survive in a world he knows nothing about. I found Prometheus to be utterly charming and sweet. He just seemed to have this innocence about him but as the book progresses his character grows and evolves.
This book also takes vampire lore and put a Greek twist on it as well. Julian is apart of the Hunt, which was tasked by Artemis to help the helpless. Julian tasks himself with protecting Prometheus from those than hunt him. I really enjoyed seeing the relationship bloom between these two.
This book was very enjoyable and can easily be read as a standalone.

5 stars


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Recent Release: Prophesy Book II: The Bringer of Wrath (The King & Alpha Series #2) by A.E. Via

Good Reads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45168748-prophesy-book-ii

Blurb
Shifter and Vampire True Mates story.

Alek’s older brother, Justice—the Alpha Zenith—was the first shifter to mate with a vampire in many generations, and it was believed the rare, fated pairing would stop at him. But, it hadn’t. Aleksei ‘Alek’ Volkov was second beta, next in succession to the most powerful shifter in the world. He was proud of his title and he took his duties seriously. It was all he had. Until his true mate literally showed up on his doorstep.

While his brother—the overachiever—excelled at having a vampire as a mate, Alek wasn’t that optimistic he would. He wasn’t averse to love, and he’d often thought of how different his life could’ve turned out if he’d ever experienced the emotion. His life was a mess and he’d worn a mask of stability for a majority of that time, only showing his siblings and pack what they needed to see—a strong Volkov alpha. Not the damaged man he was, with a tortured soul and a rogue wolf.

Alek dropped his heavy head in his hands. Now, for some reason, I’ve been granted a true vampire mate. And not just any vampire. The intimidating Belleron Liatos. Lord High to the King and the leader of his army.

Belleron ‘Bell’ Liatos had come to the states for one reason—his best friend and Vampire King, Chadwick Bentley. He certainly didn’t come to be pounced on by a wolf that could act independently of its master. Not only was his destined cherished a complicated and confused man; but he was also unaware of the powerful presence that lurked in the shadows of his soul. Bell didn’t know he’d be the key to unlocking an exceptional triad that would play a critical role in fulfilling the prophesy.

This story DOES NOT contain or even mention MPREG.
No multiple pairings. No cliffhangers. Ends with a very HFN.

Warning: This book is M/M paranormal: If you DO NOT like alpha men shifting into large wolves, or vampires feeding from their destined beloveds, than this may not be the novel for you.

Review

I love this series and I love this book!  I don’t have enough superlatives to explain how much, but the world building is fantastic. Just enough uniqueness to make it stand out in the world of paranormal romance, but enough familiar themes to keep a die-hard fan like me appeased.

 

There were times when I definitely felt like this should be labeled as a ménage, I should warn you, however.  The character building is so strong that the “beasts” inside Alec take on their own personalities and the way the author describes their interaction with one another and with Bell sometimes felt like separate beings at times… a lot of the time.

 

I found the explanation for Alec’s situation really well done and the way Bell manages him and his issues was also really good.  I also loved that Bell never felt as “submissive” to Alec as I maybe sometimes felt with Wick and Justice.

 

There is a TON of smexy times, but definitely less than book 1 – which for me – was a good thing.

 

After having listened to book 1 on audio I can say I hope the author uses the same narrator and I can’t wait for it to make it to audio!

 

I think you need to read book 1 to really appreciate this, but I bet it’s fine as a standalone if you haven’t.

(I didn’t feel this was an HFN, FWIW – it felt very complete to me.)

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars



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Audiobook: Live for Love (All Cocks Stories, Book 5) by T.M. Smith; narrated by Joel Leslie

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/author/TM-Smith/B00D8N818E

Blurb:
Beauregard Boudreaux is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. Born and raised there, he never thought he would ever stray far from home. The untimely death of his first love left Beau lost, adrift, looking for a place as far away from the pain as possible. Initially, he came to New York to visit a friend, the city growing on him, so he decided to stay. His law degree comes in handy at the LGBT Center he runs, but his bar is his baby.
William Richards grew up in Chicago, his family oddly normal and very accepting of his sexuality. Modeling paid the bills, gigs across the country as a model, male entertainer and a personal trainer giving him the opportunity to see the world. He hasn’t experienced loss or pain as Beau has, the common denominator between them is the loneliness. As All Cocks big, brooding bottom Connor, William has found friendship, family, and an outlet for his craving to be more submissive than men of his size and stature usually are.

The two men are perfect for each other, their tastes and lives align and the writing seems to be on the wall. But Beau has a secret he shares with a choice few, a secret that not only threatens to keep them apart, it’s deadly. Determined to keep a wall between himself and William, Beau fights the attraction, pushes William away every time he steps closer. Can one man’s determination and strength be enough to tear down a wall that holds back decades of pain and darkness? And if he can, will either of them survive the flood?

Review: This is Beau and Williams story. It is funny, hot and touching!
The story threw me for a loop! I was not expecting a story around a serious health issue, but it was handled so very well.
The narration is flawless! Joel Leslie embodies the characters and in so doing, he makes the audio experience so enjoyable. His skill with accents is nothing short of amazing, especially when he switches between characters. One can feel the emotions of the characters he voices. It’s really like being immersed in the story.
I am happy he is narrating this series because I love the stories.

Story: 4 stars
Narration: 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars