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Recent Release: Ground Zero (Zero Hour #1) by Aimee Nicole Walker

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48217288-ground-zero

Blurb
Ground zero, noun: the center or origin of rapid, intense, or violent activity or change.

Heat, humidity, and homicide are things veteran detective Sawyer Key expects to encounter on his first day with the Savannah Police Department, but the hostile reception from his new partner catches him by surprise. Sawyer isn’t a stranger to heartache and recognizes that Royce Locke is a wounded man who’s reeling from a devastating loss. Relentless and patient in all things, Sawyer is determined to make the new partnership work.

Savannah, Georgia is known for her quirky people, oak trees draped in Spanish moss, and antebellum architecture. Beneath the Southern charm and hospitality, festering hatred and violence is soaring with the summer temperatures. Locke and Key find themselves at the epicenter when their first case involves the death of a former shock jock who appears to be the victim of vigilante justice.

Opposites in nearly every way, the two detectives set aside their differences to take back their city and restore law and order. From this reluctant truce, an intense attraction grows that will either tighten or shatter their tenuous bond. Falling for his partner spells inevitable disaster, but Sawyer’s always been a sucker for wounded things. Sawyer could be the key to the life Royce has always wanted, if he’s brave enough to trust him. The fuse is lit, the clock is running, and the zero hour is upon them. Tick tock.

Ground Zero is the first book in the Zero Hour series, which follows Locke and Key’s investigations and evolving relationship. Ground Zero has a happy-for-now ending with no cliffhanger. It contains mature language and sexual content intended for adults 18 and older.

Review
What an amazing read!!! I adored everything about this book. It’s a bit more somber than what I’m used to from Aimee’s books, although there are some humorous moments. Both of the main characters are dealing with loss…Sawyer(Key) is dealing with the death of his husband and Locke(Royce) is dealing with the death of his partner. Locke is confusing at times, his past and issues remain a mystery for most of this book, although there is some light shed towards the end. I enjoyed the investigations that went on during the story. I was a little disappointed with the end of the big conflict though. This is a great slow burn story. Highly recommend this one!
5 stars


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Audiobook: Promises, Part 4 (Bounty Hunters #4) by A.E Via; narrated by Aiden Snow

 

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Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39058693-promises-part-4?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=cgpaZw9HWG&rank=1

Blurb:
Brian King was honorably discharged from the United States Navy five years ago. He’d left with the highest honors a man can receive in his country, but he’d paid the ultimate price to earn them. He’d returned home with all his limbs, his right mind, and with his only brother Ford, at his side. But, one thing had been lost, maybe for good…his voice.

Now, being a bounty hunter is Brian’s only means to satisfy his need to calculate, track, and capture. He missed companionship, he missed communicating. So, when he met Sway Hamilton – in the most unconventional means – he’d been surprised at his special way of understanding Brian’s every look…and touch.

Sway grew up in the rough part of ATL, trailing behind his twin brother Stanton and his best friend, Dana. He and his brother had a bond only twins could understand. So when Stanton’s life was taken during their sophomore year in college, Sway didn’t think he’d ever recover. However, Sway knew there was more to life than heartache.

Sway has to learn to trust in love, and Brian has to believe that Sway will always understand him even if he never speaks again.

Review:
Story: I loved Brian and Sway’s story. Brian, mute after a traumatic time in the Middle East, is looking for his HEA. Just when he thought he’d met the person who has the potential to see past his disability and care for him, that person disappears.
But luck is on his side, he meets that man again and doesn’t plan on letting him go!
Ms. Via’s stories pack quite a bit of emotion – men pining for each other, men going all alpha protective or men falling in love – all done with their whole heart, holds barred. Brian and Sway’s path to their HEA was not all smooth sailing, but it was a lot of fun listening to them get there. Bonus points for the past charades making an appearance 

Narration: Aiden Snow was made to narrate this series! His gorgeous voice is so well suited for the growly, alpha men that dominate the story. He has been great for the series 
As observed in the others in the series, there is not that much voice distinction between most of the men, but the story is well written enough that you always know which character is talking.

Story: 4.5 stars
Narration: 4 stars


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Happy Place (Rainbow Plave #5) by Jay Northcote

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52042563-happy-place

Blurb

A first kiss from a younger man leads to a sexual awakening…

George’s strict upbringing has left him ashamed of his sexuality. In his forties now, he’s yet to come out or even kiss a man—until he meets Quentin.

Quentin has had enough of bad relationships with men who won’t commit. Still raw from the last one, he’s not ready to try again. But George is sweet, and helping the older man get some experience might be a fun diversion.

Swept rapidly into a deeper connection than they bargained for, they face a dilemma. George isn’t ready to come out, and Quentin wants a boyfriend who isn’t afraid to be seen with him in public. Can they find a way to navigate the unpredictable waters of their new relationship and find happiness together?

Review

An amazing, well-written May-December romance with the perfect amount of angst, steam, starry-eyes and sweetness.

I loved the realness of this story, how everything wasn’t just perfect lust and connection from the first. This romance felt so genuine and authentic, like something that could happen to actual people, which made it a very appealing read to me. As a reader I got to cheer for Quentin and George as they stumbled, doubted or misspoke and sympathized with them as they struggled through some pretty awkward moments. And most importantly, I got to see them fall in love which was absolutely heartwarming.

George is a product of his upbringing, poor guy, and in some ways he’s in a prison of his own making because of that. He has carried around a big secret for most of his life and doesn’t appear to have any friends he can turn to in order to break free and be true to himself, which was pretty sad. I loved his bravery and how he handled his coming out though. Quentin is a wonderful character too. I could easily relate to his longing for a relationship, as well as his hesitancy to open himself up to heartbreak, again.

I loved how these two men fit into the Rainbow Place “community” and I especially liked Seb’s role in their story, though the glimpses we got of the other characters in the series were great fun as well.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 5


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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: Freckles by Amy Lane Narrated by Nick J Russo

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https://www.audible.com/pd/Freckles-Audiobook/B077V65PXJ?qid=1582657937&sr=1-1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=WEVBYJSQKXDYAT7YAH3H&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1

Blurb

Carter Embree has always hoped to be rescued from his productive, tragically boring, and (slightly) ethically compromised life. But when an urchin at a grocery store shoves a bundle of fluff into his hands, Carter goes from rescuee to rescuer—and he needs a little help.

Sandy Corrigan, the vet tech who helps ease Carter into the world of dog ownership, first assumes that Carter is a crazy-pants client who just needs to relax. But as Sandy gets a glimpse into the funny, kind, sexy man under Carter’s mild-mannered exterior, he sees that with a little care and feeding, Carter might be Super-Pet Owner—and decent boyfriend material to boot.

But Carter needs to see himself as a hero first. As he says good-bye to his pristine house and hello to carpet treatments and dog walkers, he finds that there really is more to himself than a researching drudge without a backbone. A Carter Embree can rate a Sandy Corrigan. He can be supportive, he can be a hero, he can be a man who stands up for his principles!

He can be the owner of a small dog.

Review

On the “super, sugary, sweet and lite” side of the Amy spectrum we have Freckles! It’s about a man whose entire life begins on the day a punk kid gives him a puppy of his own and he meets an aspiring Veterinarian named Sandy.

This is just plain feel-good, sweet, no angst, lots of laughs fun. There’s a bit of smexy times, but really, even that is “lite”. Sandy knows what he wants and just goes for it and so does Carter.

Amy tells us this is based on real people she knows from her own pet-owning experience and it shows. Though there are a couple of “inaccuracies” here and there, it’s a wonderful look at new puppy ownership and finding one’s own place in the world.

Personally I was cringing every time Carter left little Freckles alone – I kept picturing tragedy and mayhem upon return (since no crate!) but our Amy let little Freckles live on in relative peace.

This is a sweet vaguely Thanksgiving story that fans of the author or people just looking for something fun to read will absolutely adore.
Highly Recommended.

Audio

Nick J Russo is such a joy to listen to! He absolutely added to my enjoyment of this story and helped to bring it (back) to life for me as I enjoyed it again!

5 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+

Retro Review: Under the Dragon’s Spell (Fires of Fate #1) by Ann-Katrin Byrde

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29968799-under-the-dragon-s-spell?from_search=true&qid=q8JfiJyrxq&rank=1

Blurb

Coming from a broken home, Adrian’s biggest dream in life has always been to find a loving partner and start a family of his own. But when his boyfriend kicks him out, it’s starting to look like that’s never going to happen. Worse yet, he has to move in with his brother to keep from living on the street, and the prevalent bias against men with the ability to carry children keeps him from finding a job of his own.

He’s about ready to give up hope when he finds a job offer in the newspaper searching for someone to produce an heir for a rich dragon shifter. Having a baby with a stranger, even if he’s enigmatic and hot as hell, is not his definition of happiness, but when he finds himself falling for the dragon, he starts to hope again.

If only it wasn’t for the competition…

Stand alone story with no cliffhangers.

Review

This is similar to the author’s other shifter series in that it is a bit dark, at times a bit depressing, but in the end hopeful and happy.

I didn’t love these characters as much as I’ve loved the MCs in the Mercy Hills series, but that was probably more about them being Dragons and fitting the storyline.

If you enjoy mpreg and shifters and the author, and you haven’t read this series, I’d give this a look!

3.5 stars


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Wildwood Mates Series by Skye R. Richmond

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46013410-safe-in-his-arms?from_search=true&qid=yND4bwZUoG&rank=3

Safe In His Arms
(Wildwood Mates #1)

Blurb

An omega on the run, just trying to survive..
A reluctant alpha…
Roman is fine with his life.
While his brothers and cousins are hoping and searching for their fated mates, Ro isn’t in any hurry. But fate has other plans, an intoxicating scent, an omega in distress leads him to a mate he wasn’t sure he even wanted.
Devon is on the run from an abusive Alpha. He’s just trying to survive, keep his head down and go unnoticed. The plan is to make as much as he can and then be on his way… but this time his wolf refuses to cooperate.
When he gets attacked, Devon is ready to suffer through, just as he’s done many times in the past, but an alpha steps in, and now he says their fated… but what if he’s just another man in a long line trying to take from Devon, what he’s not willing to give?
Or maybe he’s a future Devon never imagined.
***Re-edited & Updated***
As of October 1st 2019

Book 2 – Home in his Arms

Blurb

Ollie has always known he’s adopted, but he had no idea he was a freak.
Imagine the shock he got when he found out he’s not quite human… The only thing he can think to do is run before the only family he’s ever known discovers his secret, and toss him aside like the woman that birthed him.
As if finding out you’re a four-legged creature that howls isn’t bad enough, someone’s snatched him and is holding him captive.
Ollie is terrified and losing hope, and has no idea if he’s ever going to see his family again. Until he hears a voice in his head that promises him he’s safe.
Ronin is a man on a mission. As a former soldier, he’s used to saving people and dangerous situations. He’s off to track down the person that hurt his twins mate, and the last thing he’s looking for is someone for himself. However, fate has a funny way of intervening.
Ollie is everything he never knew he was looking for. Ronin is the intense alpha Ollie finds himself drawn to. Both discover they need each other before they even meet.
Can Ronin keep his mate safe, or will he lose Ollie before they even have a chance to enjoy forever?

Review
I did not enjoy this series as much as the Whitfell series or Betrayed. I think this is two books that maybe should be one and there isn’t enough story for two complete books.

This is a typical alpha/omega, mpreg, shifter, hurt/comfort story and book 1 is a bit more coherent than book 2.

Book 2 is an extension of book 1 and should be read in order doesn’t make as much sense. Devon (from book 1) has some reasonable motivations for his actions while Ollie does not. The family reunion simply didn’t explain things away and I was definitely frustrated by this book.

Book 1 – 3.5 stars

Book 2 2.5 stars

Overall 3 stars

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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Betrayed (The Lost Wolves #1) by Skye R. Richmond and Skyler Snow

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50515927-betrayed?from_search=true&qid=yND4bwZUoG&rank=9

 

Blurb
Dominik is a man without a home.
After everything he holds dear is stolen from him by the one person he thought would never betray him, Dominik leaves the only home he’s ever known and the pack that he was raised to lead.
The choice is easy… or maybe there isn’t one.
After wandering, Dom finally finds a place that makes him want to put down roots. Along with his best friend, the only one to stand by him, they create a pack like no other. One where everyone is welcome.
He has a home, now all Dom wants is a quiet life… that is, until he meets Elias.
Dom never thought he would find another home, but maybe fate has a plan and he’s right where he’s supposed to be.
This series has little to no angst, and lots and lots of fluff! Absolutely no cheating. If you want angst this is not the series for you. These are 25k short and sweet reads.

Review

This was the first book I read by this author (authors) and it led me to read more! I was absolutely in the mood for something super light and fluffy and this totally delivered!!!

The story line is pretty predictable – shifter, alpha/omega, mpreg, fated mates… you get the idea. But the characters are really great and the story flows really nicely. I think the writing duo has a bit of an edge over the authors on their own.

Recommended!

4 stars


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Retro Review: Whitfell Brothers Series by Skye Richmond

Malek
(Whitfell Brothers #1)

Blurb
Running from his problems might just lead Axel to his future.
Axel has done the stupidest thing ever. He kissed his straight best friend at the guy’s stag do and now he’s run away to the Lake District to lick his wounds.
All he wants, in fact, all he’s ever wanted is a Prince of his own.
Who knew running would lead Axel straight to his very own fairytale? No really. His new mate, yeah, that’s a thing, lives in a magical valley and there’s a castle and he’s telling Axel it’s going to be the two of them forever.
Did Axel mention in this fairytale he can have babies and his mate turns into a wolf? Only it’s not a fairytale, it’s really happening.
Malek has travelled the world searching for his mate, and now he’s actually here, in Malek’s family’s forest. It’s turning out to be the best day of his life.
No angst, and lots of fluff.

An MM Shifter Mpreg Romance.

Review

Again I am surprised by an author/series I’d not met before and psyched because I enjoyed it so much!

The author promises little to no fluff and they deliver! The focus of both books (in fact all that I’ve read by this author) is an omega finding and binding with their super sweet Alpha then getting pregnant and freaking out about it.

These are lovely light stories that are (mostly) well written and fun for fans of mpreg.

Don’t expect anything deep and the story line is predictable. But very enjoyable characters make it worthwhile.

4 of 5 stars for book 1

Malachi (Book 2)

Blurb

When he decided to surprise his boyfriend for a weekend, Alfie got the shock of his life. Apparently, the clock struck twelve and his prince—or in this case an earl—became a frog.
But as the saying goes, you have to kiss a couple of frogs…
Only now, Alfie’s trust had been shattered and he just wanted to lick his wounds. He called one of his older brothers, Axel, for help, not realising that doing so would change his life in ways he never imagined.
Malachi Whitfell had watched his older brother find his mate and settle down. And as much as he wished it wasn’t the case, he’s completely jealous.
When he got the call to help his brother’s mate, he didn’t expect to meet his… Axel’s baby brother. Now all he had to do was get Alfie to see that not all guys are like his ex and he’d found the one person who will never hurt him.

Life is as close to perfect as it could until Alfie’s frog showed up again… but Alfie’s already found his knight in shining armour—or wolf skin…
VERY LITTLE ANGST, AND LOTS OF FLUFF.

Review
I didn’t like this nearly as much as book 1. While I enjoyed the hurt/comfort of Alfie’s story, I wanted to know more about him and his relationship and less about the freaking out over becoming pregnant.

He and Malachi don’t get to know each other very well and that was less enjoyable.

3 of 5 stars for book 2

Mikhail (book 3)

Blurb

Mikhail knew he found his mate the first moment he set eyes on Rowan. There was only one problem—Rowan doesn’t believe in fated mates.
Will Mikhail be able to change his mind? Or will Rowan run as far away as he can before he gets a chance?
Rowan doesn’t realise Mikhail will do whatever it takes to prove to him that they’re destined to be together. All he needs is a chance to show him.
But Rowan isn’t ready to dive in headfirst and risk his heart because everyone keeps using the word fated. All he knows for sure is that he is to drawn to Mikhail and is willing to give them a shot.
When one night together ends up with an accident neither saw coming, will the threat of pregnancy tear them apart?
Sometimes when you least expect it, you get the biggest rewards. But can Rowan let his walls down enough to actually accept Mikhail so he can show him that his heart will always be safe?
Or will this Whitfell lose both his mate and his chance at a family?

Review

This was a bit better than book 2, but not as good as book 1. Rowan and Mikhail have a bit more of a relationship fleshed out and we get a bit more feel for Rowan’s back story.

All in all, this just felt more complete than book 2.

3.5 stars for book 3
I am looking forward to book 4!

Overall 3.5 stars


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Recent Release: The Professor’s Green Card Marriage by Heidi Cullinan

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-professors-green-card-marriage-by-heidi-cullinan-11542-b

Blurb

I’ll marry you.

Professor Valentyn Shevchenko isn’t sure how to react when, after months of ineffective flirting, the cute barista’s first words to him are a proposal. In many ways, Peter Grunberg is the solution to all his problems. With his work visa inexplicably denied, Valentyn is running out of options to keep from being deported. But is a green card marriage really the answer? Is it still a marriage of convenience when he’s this attracted to his potential spouse?

Peter came to his uncle’s coffee shop in Boulder, Colorado, to reset his life after his struggles with selective mutism returned with a vengeance. He never meant his first words to the handsome ecology professor to be an offer of marriage, but he’s not backing out now. It doesn’t matter that Peter struggles to find words. He can say everything he needs to with his body.

Though this relationship may have started out back-to-front, Valentyn and Peter are determined to make their fake marriage real. But one misstep in their immigration interview could bring everything crashing down. They’ll have to hope that their love is enough to overcome all their obstacles and give them the prize they’ve both been dreaming of: a certified happy ever after.

Review

I wasn’t sure if I would like this book since the fake relationship/marriage trope is probably one of my least favorites. However, since this was written by one of my all-time favorite authors, I gave it a go.

This book was AMAZING!!!! The characters were great. Each one is dealing with very different problems. Val (no way am I trying to spell his full name) is scared of having to return to his home country. He comes off as almost paranoid a few times, thinking the government is reading his emails and listening to his conversations. Peter seems to be this quiet, shy guy but you find out that he is this passionate rabble rouser but due to his selective mutism he is stuck only being able to voice his opinions online or to those very close to him. This was a very fast pace story. Peter and Val were spouting “I love you’s” very early on in the story, which isn’t typical for a Heidi book. The two have crazy chemistry and it’s fascinating to see how they work out their relationship.
Highly recommend!!!!
5 stars


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