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Audiobook: Rocking the Cowboy by Skylar M. Cates Narrated by Colin Darcy

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Blurb
Opposites who go together like country and rock ’n’ roll.

Long before he was a superstar, Remy Sean had a secret crush on Jed Riley. But Jed sees Remy as a spoiled pop rocker and an extension of his father’s control. Still, Jed is willing to let Remy hide from the press on his ranch—but only as a way to get his father out of his life and business for good.

Used to being admired and fawned over, Remy keenly feels the sting of Jed’s dismissal. Can he make Jed see him as more than a pain in the ass? Or is Jed too tangled up in his ranch to see past his old hurt?

Jed doesn’t believe someone desired by so many fans could want him, a simple cowboy. But Remy is determined to change Jed’s mind and steal his heart….

Review
Opposites attract stories have always been a favourite of mine. I love the way seemingly insurmountable obstacles are overcome and bridges built bringing a couple together. Even better that it’s a Cowboy and a Rockstar with a history. This story is a wonderfully easy listen. The Ranch is Jed’s whole life. His father walked away for the glitz of the music industry and Jed has to keep the ranch afloat without interference. Remy feels burnt out and has no inclination to write songs. When Remy gets to the Ranch it reawakens the unrequited love he felt for Jed as a teenager. It’s lovely how they grow to care and love for each other. Jed puts others himself, making decisions he thinks are for the best but he doesn’t actually find out first if that’s what they want. This leads to misunderstanding and nearly risking everything he has with Remy. Until Remy realises what is happening and sorts it out. There’s great chemistry between them and I was happy for the happy ever after ending.
Colin Darcy does a great job narrating this story, he gives right voices to Jed and Remy brining out their personalities. And the secondary characters of Jed’s father and family are portrayed really well. All the characters are believable and he pitched his tone just right for the mood of the story. I’ll watch out for others narrated by him.

4 of stars out of 5 for the story
4 of stars out of 5 for the Narration


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Release Day Review: Wild as the West Texas Wind Author: Jackie North

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43787252-wild-as-the-west-texas-wind?ac=1&from_search=true

 

Blurb
Soulmates across time. Two hearts that were meant to be together.

In present day, Zach takes a road trip to Trinidad to find information on a missing friend.

In 1892, Layton Blue, outlaw, longs for hearth and home even as he treasures his life of freedom.

A freak rainstorm washes Zach’s car into a ditch, sending him back to the year 1892. Searching for help, alone and on foot in the middle of the nowhere, he crosses paths with the famous Ketchum Gang. Now the gang’s prisoner, Zach’s fate is to be sold at a seedy auction for whores.

Layton is put in charge of making sure Zach does not escape, but as the chemistry between them grows, Layton finds himself wanting to help Zach.

Can Layton overcome years of being on the run? Can Zach accept help from an outlaw?

A male/male time travel romance complete with fast rides across the desert, campfires beneath the stars, cool water in the desert, wild rescues, and true love across time

Review
It’s not often that I read late into the night because I had to finish a story, but this is one of them. I wasn’t sure going in whether I would connect to an outlaw as the main character but I needn’t have. Layton is a sweet caring man caught in a situation where he is making the best he can out of what life has given him. The main characters from the previous books are mentioned but they do not play a major role and their context is explained so well in the story I didn’t feel I was missing something not having read it. Although I will do now because I want to know more about them. The relationship between Layton and Zach feels like enemies to lovers but it’s not that’s only on Zach’s part given the circumstances he finds himself in. Back in time stranded and in the clutches of an immoral gang. His only hope is to find Laurie. In the last section of the story the pace picks and I was rooting for them. I just wish there was an epilogue a glimpse into the future but maybe that’ll be in the next book.

5 of stars out of 5


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Audiobook: Don’t let Go by Andrew Grey; Narrated by Jeff Gelder

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dont-let-go-by-andrew-grey-9792-

Blurb
Avery Rivers is a country music sensation, selling records by the millions and playing to sold-out crowds. But behind that persona is Robert, a burned-out musician cracking under the pressure. He’s unable to write any new songs, and he wants out of the business—at least for a while. He changes his appearance and finds honest, hard work in Jackson, Wyoming. Maybe getting to be a regular guy for a while will get him past his block.

Hy Whitely was a championship bull rider until he watched his best friend thrown in the arena and decided the rodeo circuit was no longer the place for him. He wants to be plain old Zeke for a while, and when he returns to his family ranch, he bumps right into Robert—a one-night stand from his last rodeo appearance who is now working there as a ranch hand.

The heat between the men could sear the grass off the range, but each one is hiding a secret. Robert and Zeke, the men behind the public images, fall in love, but can they hold on when Avery and Hy are pulled back into the spotlight

Review
I remember reviewing the book when it came out and saying how much I enjoyed it. Well that hasn’t diminished at all. I love the concept of two people who both had secret identities, neither realising the other is someone famous. Both of them living in the moment enjoying each other’s company. Both Zeke (Hy) and Robert (Avery) have reached a turning point in their life and need to make a decision. Although it does seem in their heart they already knew what they wanted it just took meeting each other to make it happen. Their idyllic life is put in jeopardy when Robert is identified as Avery but the family and friends rally round to protect him.
I’m not completely sold on Jeff Gelder’s narration. To me it sounds flat and not paced very well. He does provide some level of characterisation that suits the characters making them distinct. The story kept me listening though.

4 of stars out of 5 for the story
3 of stars out of 5 for the narration
Overall 3.5 stars


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Time to Celebrate the Holidays: Summerfield’s Angel (The Christmas Angel #2) by Kim Fielding

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41718433-summerfield-s-angel

Blurb

After the hard winter of 1888 ended Alby Boyle’s work as a Nebraska ranch hand, he returned to New York City in search of his long-lost family. His mother and brothers are nowhere to be found, however, and after Alby’s years of absence, Five Corners no longer feels like home. His prospects seem as dim as the nighttime alleys.

When Alby pauses to admire an angel ornament in a department store window’s Christmas display, he meets Xeno Varnham-Summerfield. Wealthy, handsome, and enthusiastic, Xeno brings Alby some temporary cheer. But for Alby to achieve his dreams of love and a real home, well, that may take a bit of holiday magic.

Review

Kim Fielding is such a great writer! She excels at giving us less than charming situations with guys who probably shouldn’t be together and finding a way to make it appealing and possible nonetheless!

I learned some stuff about New York’s Cowboys in the 1800s! That was fascinating! Also – a bit about the YMCA – which was also cool.

I loved the HEA our guys got and I was so touched by the angel’s work in this story.

This was very sweet and highly enjoyable.

4 of 5 stars



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adult - 18+ Book Gay Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Standalone

Release Day Review: Heart of a Redneck by Jodi Payne and BA Tortuga

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/heart-of-a-redneck-by-jodi-payne-and-ba-tortuga-9971-b

Blurb: Colby McBride is a blue-collar cowboy trying to make ends meet laying tile in Colorado. A loner by choice, Colby works hard with his hands and finds his peace camping in the mountains outside Boulder. Gordon James is a white-collar restaurateur who owns not one, but two successful establishments in downtown Boulder. He’s a sophisticated urbanite who is devoted to his work and is accustomed to getting what he wants.
The men are friends, but sparks fly when Colby falls in love and decides to show Gordon how much fun a good old boy can be. They’re just beginning to explore their relationship when Gordon’s sister’s suicide leaves him with custody of his five-year-old niece.
Colby comes from a huge family and is eager to help with the girl and to prove his worth to Gordon. But neither of them is ready for the tremendous changes to their already busy lives, or for how this new relationship with Olivia challenges them, complicating the way they interact with each other.

They say opposites attract, but can these two very different men work together to join their disparate lives and form a strong, if highly unlikely, family?

Review:

I was expecting another nice, low angst read with lots of humour and heart from BA Tortuga. And yes, I got that and a bit more from this collaboration with Jodi Payne.
I really liked the 2 MCs: Gordon (Gordy), a well to do, somewhat cultured restauranteur, and Colby, a blue collar, born and bred Texan that just happens to live in Colorado. The pairing of the 2 men should not have worked (and it didn’t always work between them), but they suited each other just fine.
Both men have been mutually attracted for a bit, and once they decide to act on the attraction they go hot and heavy. It’s all fun and games for them until Gordy becomes the guardian to his niece, Olivia. He automatically shuts Colby out, at first thinking that his thing with Colby might be a short term thing. Colby proves him wrong by helping Olivia settle in and Gordy, by being his backup, friend and partner.

So, as I mentioned there is the low angst and humour, but there was a lot of realistic feelings – Gordy being wary of Colby’s role in his (and his niece’s) life; the jealousy when Colby seems to connect with Olivia better than he does; all the while tring to run to very successful businesses. Colby is unsure of his part in ‘co-parenting’ Olivia – he doesn’t want to step on toes, but he’s a born nurturer and loves caring for both Gordy and Olivia. He’s also unsure of his budding relationship with Gordy – are they going to be serious, a family or is he just a casual thing.
Happily, they work things out – not perfectly, but with the understanding that they need to talk things out – they tend to get their wires crossed a lot.

As usual, the secondary characters are memorable. I found it to be a warm, fun story.

4 stars out of 5


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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Book Dee Dreamspinner Gay Gay m/m Mild level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Scorching/high heat Standalone

Audiobook: Cowboy in the Crosshairs by BA Tortuga narrated by Dorian Bane

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/cowboy-in-the-crosshairs-by-ba-tortuga-10011-b

 

Blurb: Once upon a time, a prince lived in a magical kingdom called Turquoise, New Mexico.
Well, really, TJ is a small-town police chief. Every Friday he holds court in the diner with the local holy roller, the art colonists, and the horsey people. But the Benes, who own the rodeo company, keep to themselves. TJ knows, because he was once hot and heavy with the oldest Bene son.
When Wacey Bene gets trampled by a remuda and comes home to heal, he’s none too happy to run into TJ, or his two little boys and their momma. The story might end there—if it wasn’t for some pesky bastard trying to kill Wacey.
The law steps in, and the townsfolk are cross about somebody messing with one of their own.
But once the bad guy is put away, can TJ and Wacey make their place in this wild and eccentric town a permanent one?

Review: Book originally reviewed here:
https://openskyebookreviews.com/release-day-cowboy-in-the-crosshairs-by-ba-tortuga/

I was really excited to listen and review the audiobook – Dorian Bane rocks the narration IMO! (Note: I’m a UK transplant so I don’t really know if Texans/New Mexicans really sound like that).
Mr. Bane conveyed the humour and the emotions of the characters very well.
He had very distinct voices for almost all of the characters, except for Wacey and Tank; they sometimes sounded a little like each other (to me). However this wasn’t much of an issue because I still knew which character was which, depending on the situation.
This is one of those stories that the audiobook is a really great (or better) way to experience the story. I loved it!

4.5 stars out of 5
Reviewer Name: Dee


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4 stars adult - 18+ Author Provided Book Gay Gay Homophobia Hurt/Abuse m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Xanthe

Recent Release: When Love Surprises – When The Mission Ends #6 by Christi Snow

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41447350-when-love-surprises

Blurb
Raised in a religious household, being gay was never an option for Steven, but when an injury left him incapacitated, he was forced to face those urges that he’s been able to ignore for the last thirty-eight years of his life…

Lost…

Three months ago, Major Steven Hardesty’s life sat on the precipice of perfection. Now he’s trying to come back from a life-threatening injury and a devastating romantic loss all while trying to figure out what he’s going to do after separating from the Air Force.

Alone…

Billy Starr never planned on running his family ranch by himself. He was supposed to be doing it with his sister, Whitney. But when she died in a freak accident, it sent his life in a tailspin of despair and alcohol.

Healing…

Steven and Billy were friends. Billy offered the ranch as a good, private place where Steven could recover, but as their friendship deepened, so did other feelings. Is it possible that a love affair between the two of them could heal them both? Or break them even more?

Review by Xanthe
This is book six in the When the Mission Ends series but this is the first one I have read and I will definitely be going back to work my way through them. Christi Snow offers a good story line along with well developed characters and a wonderful connection being built.

We follow Major Steven Hardesty, who is recovering from just being shot, heading to the ranch of his friend Billy Starr where it will be easier to recover. Never mind that each man is secretly lusting after the other.

Steven is very much in the closet. Leaving the Air Force and spending so much time with Billy may have him rethinking his life plan but it’s not just himself that he worries about.
Billy has trauma in his past that made him pledge to live the lonely single life out on his ranch. Until he got to know and like Steven. But it seems that someone is out to get him and it soon becomes even more important to keep the ranch a safe space as it’s not just Billy and Steven anymore.

I loved this story, Steven and Billy both going on their own, separate journeys as well as the one that they are on together. We start with a traumatic event that we come in on the aftermath of. During Steven’s recovery, the two men learn more about themselves and each other when together and it’s lovely to read their developing relationship. The hard part being Steven being closeted and why. His family link is surprising to everyone and there’s a reason Steven keeps it away from them all. I do think that this part of the story is also relevant to today’s political climate and how things are going in the US at the moment. It’s interesting reading from Steven’s POV and his feelings towards it.
Their relationship develops at a good pace though I was slightly surprised how quickly and how well Steven decided on his relationship with Billy. Especially with the added tension of the danger around the ranch and a new development in Steven’s life about half way in the book.

With everything going on in Steven’s life, Billy’s troubles don’t seem to impact as much but they are just as important. His alcoholism is a constant battle and lessens his self worth. His moments of introspection tug on your heartstrings and it brings to light the lifetime fight that people face when they live with addiction.
There is a bit of mystery and suspense throughout the book also. There are separate things happening that can be put down to different things but all together it could be far more sinister. Trying to think through the book who may be doing this keeps your interest even more with it running alongside the romance.

The writing has a good pace to it. We move through events with the necessary attention to detail but not lingering for no reason. The ranch sounds like a wonderful place with the vista being described so well by Christi. The secondary characters, both good and bad fully enhance the story, offering friendship, support, and bad guys we all love to hate.
The last 20% of the book felt a little rushed as though we were hurrying to get through everything that needed to happen for the story to work out but I still enjoyed it and the ending is what all of the characters deserved.

I recommend reading this story and I will be working my way through the rest of the series which I am sure I will enjoy just as much as this one.

I received an ARC from the publisher and am happily giving a review.

Number of stars out of 5
4


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Review by Rebecca
This book is a standalone, but part of a series. Steven and Billy have been through so much in what has seemed like such a short amount of time. I just want to give them a hug. The two have been friends for years, but gave in to their mutual attraction. I was cheering for them. Love the hot chemistry between them and how they helped each other despite their own internal struggles. A few spots in the book made me tear up, when you read you will understand what I mean. Great read.

Number of stars out of 5
5


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adult - 18+ Gay Little to no angst Mild/low level heat

Coming Soon! The Second Time Around By Rowan McAllister

Sept 11!

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-second-time-around-by-rowan-mcallister-9848-b

Blurb
Though born into wealth and privilege, Jordan Thorndike can’t keep pretending. He’s never going to become the lawyer his parents hope for… or provide the daughter-in-law and two-point-four grandkids they expect. Faced with an ultimatum—carry on living the lie or get out—Jordan leaves with only what he can pack in his BMW.
Homeless, jobless, directionless, Jordan heads to one of his mother’s pet charities: Better the Second Time Around Rescue ranch. With his family name and charm, he has the staff eating out of his hand in no time—except for one man.
Russ has never been handed anything, and he resents the spoiled rich brat using the ranch to live out a fantasy. Though Jordan is determined to prove himself to Russ through hard work, family and old wounds complicate matters. Will Jordan realize that what he sees as an escape is real life for most people? And can Russ accept that Jordan can grow—and that he wants him?

Review

After his coming out to his family goes badly, Jordan doesn’t know what to do. Cut off from his life of privilege he heads to the one place he loved growing up, the BStar Ranch. There he strives to prove his worth and it seem to impress most of the people there with the exception the ranch foreman Russ. Russ has seen this type of guy too many times to count. He ridicules Jordan and refuses to baby him. Jordan is determined to win over Russ. When tragedy befalls once of Jordan’s favorite horses Russ finally sees the real man behind the fake smile. Russ knows Jordan will eventually leave the ranch but is still willing to go full steam into a relationship.

This starts out as a sort of enemies to lovers story but really only in regards to Russ. Jordan immediately accepts his attraction towards Russ and once he finds out that he is gay is determined to win him over. Russ on the other hand is a bit more complicated. I feel like his transition from jerk to sweetheart was pretty abrupt. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

4 stars out of 5

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5 stars adult - 18+ Bullying Dreamspinner Gay Gay Hurt/Abuse m/m Mild level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) PTSD Rebecca Scorching/high heat Standalone

Recent Release: Rocking the Cowboy by Skylar M. Cates

Dreamspinner Press:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/rocking-the-cowboy-by-skylar-m-cates-9800-b

Blurb

Opposites who go together like country and rock ’n’ roll.

Long before he was a superstar, Remy Sean had a secret crush on Jed Riley. But Jed sees Remy as a spoiled pop rocker and an extension of his father’s control. Still, Jed is willing to let Remy hide from the press on his ranch—but only as a way to get his father out of his life and business for good.

Used to being admired and fawned over, Remy keenly feels the sting of Jed’s dismissal. Can he make Jed see him as more than a pain in the ass? Or is Jed too tangled up in his ranch to see past his old hurt?

Jed doesn’t believe someone desired by so many fans could want him, a simple cowboy. But Remy is determined to change Jed’s mind and steal his heart….

Review

This book title really got my attention. A good opposites attract story can be great to read. Jed is the hardened cowboy and farmer and Remy is the rock star spoiled playboy. Remy is used to people falling at his feet in awe and Jed is used to being by himself and not getting his hopes up. Jed was extremely rude in the beginning since to him, Remy was just a means to an end and an inconvenience. Remy had an incident that has left him with panic struggles. I feel for him on a very personal level. The struggles were very well portrayed. Jed and Remy started out rough around the edges despite an attraction. There’s cute banter, self-esteem moments, snark, shameless flirting, hot cowboy, and some steamy bedroom fun. I greatly enjoyed reading this wonderful book.

5 out of 5

 

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4 stars adult - 18+ Dreamspinner Gay m/m Mary D Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Standalone

Coming Soon! Don’t let Go by Andrew Grey

August 7th!

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dont-let-go-by-andrew-grey-9792-b

Blurb
Avery Rivers is a country music sensation, selling records by the millions and playing to sold-out crowds. But behind that persona is Robert, a burned-out musician cracking under the pressure. He’s unable to write any new songs, and he wants out of the business—at least for a while. He changes his appearance and finds honest, hard work in Jackson, Wyoming. Maybe getting to be a regular guy for a while will get him past his block.

Hy Whitely was a championship bull rider until he watched his best friend thrown in the arena and decided the rodeo circuit was no longer the place for him. He wants to be plain old Zeke for a while, and when he returns to his family ranch, he bumps right into Robert—a one-night stand from his last rodeo appearance who is now working there as a ranch hand.

The heat between the men could sear the grass off the range, but each one is hiding a secret. Robert and Zeke, the men behind the public images, fall in love, but can they hold on when Avery and Hy are pulled back into the spotlight

Review
I always feel happy and contented when I finish a book by Andrew Grey and Don’t let Go is no exception. It’s an interesting concept where both main characters have hidden identities. Both of them know the pressure of touring and being in the spotlight. And both of them have reached a point in their lives, for different reasons, where something has got to change. It made it such a pleasant read that both Zeke (Hy) and Robert (Avery) are not looking for love but welcome it completely when it comes into their lives. They initially meet as a one night stand, a diversion because neither recognises the others professional persona. By fate or coincidence they meet again, on Zeke’s family ranch. From there on love grows and life is idyllic until real life and other people intervene. There are bitter sweet moments as well as hot scenes between them which round the story off perfectly. I fell in love with both Zeke and Robert and whilst they have ended in happy ever after place I wouldn’t mind visiting them again too see how they’re getting on.

4 of stars out of 5


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