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adult - 18+

Audiobook: Fire and Agate By: Andrew Grey Narrated by: Greg Tremblay

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Blurb

Series: Carlisle Deputies Series, Book 3

When Chris Anducci is moved off jail duty and into the sheriff’s office, he doesn’t expect his first assignment to be protecting a witness against a human-trafficking ring. Knowing the new sheriff doesn’t abide screwups, Chris reluctantly agrees to work the case.

Pavle Kasun has spent the last four years of his life at the mercy of others. When an opportunity presented itself, he took it, resulting in his rescue. Now, the safe houses he’s placed in are being threatened, and he needs protection if he is to have any sort of chance at a life.

Chris opens his home to Pavle, but he doesn’t expect Pavle and his story to get under his skin…and stay there. Soon, they discover they have more in common than either of them thought. Slowly, Pavle comes out of his shell, and Chris finds someone who touches his heart. But as the men looking for Pavle close in, they will stop at nothing to get him out of the way. Even if Chris can keep him safe, he might not be able to protect his heart if Pavle moves back home.

Review

I’m an avid Andrew Grey fan but when I realized that the topic of this story was human trafficking and forced prostitution, I feared it was going to be too heavy and angst filled but it wasn’t. Andrew wrote the story in such a way that while Pavle did have some issues, the story itself wasn’t too dark or overwhelming. Chris was great at helping Pavle acclimate to being in America and learning how to live without shame. This story was a beautiful journey of love and healing.

Greg Tremblay did an outstanding job with this one. His portrayal of Pavle was especially amazing.

5 stars


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adult - 18+

Coming Soon: The Doctor’s Date By Heidi Cullinan

June 18

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-doctors-date-by-heidi-cullinan-10557-b

Blurb

Sequel to The Doctor’s Secret

Copper Point Medical: Book Two

The hospital’s least eligible bachelor and its aloof administrator hate each other… so why are they pretending to date?

Dr. Owen Gagnon and HR director Erin Andreas are infamous for their hospital hallway shouting matches. So imagine the town’s surprise when Erin bids an obscene amount of money to win Owen in the hospital bachelor auction—and Owen ups the ante by insisting Erin move in with him.

Copper Point may not know what’s going on, but neither do Erin and Owen. Erin intends his gesture to let Owen know he’s interested. Owen, on the other hand, suspects ulterior motives—that Erin wants a fake relationship as a refuge from his overbearing father.

With Erin suddenly heading a messy internal investigation, Owen wants to step up and be the hero Erin’s never had. Too bad Erin would rather spend his energy trying to rescue Owen from the shadows of a past he doesn’t talk about.

This relationship may be fake, but the feelings aren’t. Still, what Erin and Owen have won’t last unless they put their respective demons to rest. To do that, they’ll have to do more than work together—they’ll have to trust they can heal each other’s hearts.

Review
I absolutely loved this story!!! Heidi gives us her take on two men going from enemies to fake boyfriend to sweet, loving partners.
Erin and Owen spend a lot of their time together snarking and stepping on each other’s toes but they both end up wanting to protect and rescue the other from their demons. I felt so much anguish learning about their pasts.
This book was pure emotional romance. Erin and Owen had such a strong emotional connection. There are a few make out scenes that are extremely mild considering this is a Heidi Cullinan book.
I suggest reading the first book, The Doctor’s Secret since almost all of the characters in this story are in that one as well. This book also continues the arc from the first book about the overbearing hospital board.
This was a great story with lots of emotions and sweetness. I strongly recommend it!
5 stars


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adult - 18+

Audiobook: Dare to Hope (All Cocks Stories, Book 4) by T.M. Smith; narrated by Joel Leslie

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

Blurb:
Tristan is the second oldest of the Brennan brothers and the odd man out. Most of the Brennan men have careers in law enforcement, but as a psychiatrist, Tristan chooses to help people in a different way. Quiet and restrained, he is content to hover in the background of his more gregarious brothers. Then he meets two men, each broken and damaged from losses beyond their control.
Gabriel Simenson is mourning his lover’s death. The random act of violence that took Gio’s life has left everyone at All Cocks reeling. The only thing keeping Gabe from drowning in misery is the friendship he’s forged with Micah, the newest model at All Cocks. He continues to struggle, and at the urging of his All Cocks family Gabe agrees to counseling with Tristan under one condition: Micah must go with him.

Micah Solo can relate to unbearable loss, having lost his leg and so much more in Iraq. The past two years he has been alone, adrift and vulnerable – the memories of war haunting his dreams, spilling over into his daily life. At All Cocks, Micah has found the acceptance he craves and the family he lost, but still he yearns for happiness and peace within.
The friendship between the three is instant, the mutual attraction evident. They circle each other, wanting more, yet unsure if it is truly possible. Is life the mundane reality they’ve each come to accept for themselves or do they dare to hope?

Review: This is another book in the All Cock series and it features a ‘throuple’ in the making.
This story could be read as a standalone, but this one that is best read after book 3.
The blurb describes the story really well and is well crafted – not too angsty, despite the tragedy of losing a loved one, dealing with PTSD and the uncertainty of making a threesome work.
As always, Joel Leslie’s narration is top notch, he has been great with (and for) the series. Suffice it to say that the addition to the series is worth getting as Joel Leslie does an excellent job with this book. Highly recommend.

Story: 4 stars
Narration: 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

 

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adult - 18+

Recent Release: The Hate You Drink by: NR Walker

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45549981-the-hate-you-drink?from_search=tru

Blurb
Erik Keston, son of the Keston Real Estate empire, knows what it takes to be successful. Despite his inherent wealth, he holds his own. He works hard, he’s grounded, he’s brilliant. He’s also secretly in love with his best friend.

Monroe Wellman lost his parents three years ago and never grieved, never recovered. Inheriting the family company and wealth means nothing, and his spiral of self-destruction is widespread and spectacular. Dubbed Sydney’s bad boy, he spends more days drunk than sober, and the only person who’s stuck by him through it all is his best mate.

But when Monroe hits rock bottom, Erik gives him an ultimatum, and his entire world comes to a grinding halt. It’s not until the haze lifts that Monroe can truly see what he’s been searching for was never in the bottom of a bottle. It’s been by his side all along

Review
Addiction is a difficult issue for me to read about. If it’s not done well I feel the author has not taken the nature of addiction seriously. That is definitely not the case here. NR Walker gives us a heart rending story that shows the empty despair within addiction, for the addict and the ones that love them. I felt I was living through it with Monroe and Erik. The level of angst was not as high as I thought it would be after reading the blurb and I think it is a great story because of that. The emotions are there without handwringing angst which meant I could focus on the story. I am thankful that this is not a magic cure story but one that acknowledges alcoholism is a life long disease. One that they are facing together but to do that Monroe has hard work to do before they can have their happy ending. This was where the tissues came out, I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

4 of stars out of 5


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Prescription for Love (Road to Blissville, #7) by Aimee Nicole Walker

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45815487-prescription-for-love

Blurb
What should’ve been an ordinary emergency call turned out to be something extraordinary.

Wanting to distance himself from his toxic parents, Trent Love moved to the quaint town of Blissville to begin a new life. What he finds is blazing chemistry with a hunky fireman who breathes new life into him.

Fearing they’re too different, Tucker attempts to extinguish the spark between them before it can ignite. How could a simple man like him compete with Trent’s life of wealth and privilege? Knowing you shouldn’t want something doesn’t make it go away, and Tucker’s desire for Trent continues to smolder.

Unwilling to accept their relationship is dead on arrival, Trent puts his resuscitation skills to good use. All he wants is a chance to prove he values Tucker’s wealth of character over meaningless material things. What do you get when you mix fire and oxygen: a five-alarm fire or a prescription for love?

Trent’s commitment to freeing himself from poisonous ties kindles a chain of events that have devastating consequences for both men. Is a relationship forged in fire strong enough to overcome these obstacles or is their love doomed to be just another bitter pill to swallow?

Prescription for love is a small-town, opposites-attract romance. It is the seventh book in the Road to Blissville series but reads like a standalone book. It contains sexually explicit material intended for adults 18 and older.

Review

Prescription For Love is another sweet and sexy installment of the Road to Blissville series. There are a few characters from previous books in this one but this can easily be read as a standalone.
I’ve loved every book in this series and all the connecting ones but for some reason this one fell a little short for me. Not to say I didn’t like it because I did but I had trouble connecting with the characters. Tucker and Trent jump almost immediately into a relationship after being separated for a while after a disastrous first date. I would have like a little more build up. This book is super hot!! There are a lot of really well written scenes and a good amount of sexual tension but not much else happens in this story. There’s some drama towards the end but I would have liked it more if it came up earlier in the story but that’s just my preference.
Overall, this is a good book in an amazing series. I strongly recommend it if you are looking for a steamy, light read.

4 stars


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New Adult

Recent Release: Living on a Dare (Shore Thing #1) by Grace Kilian Delaney

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44835269-living-on-a-dare?from_search=true

Blurb

Stuntman Draven O’Connor never turns down a dare—even if it means getting down on one knee to propose to his former college roommate and friend. The same man he’s been crushing on since the first day they met. The same man that has grown distant over the past year. And the same man who just agreed to be his fiancé.

Julien Bouchard is tired of living a lie. He spent the past year exploring his sexuality in secret, enduring countless dates with women to appease his mother, and dodging his best friend, Draven, who knows everything there is to know about him, except the one thing that could change their friendship. Ready to face his friend, he meets him at a bar and is greeted by an unexpected marriage proposal. The dare isn’t surprising; it’s the scorching hot kiss that sends Julien’s head and heart in a tailspin—and gives him an idea for the perfect plan.

But his plan hits a bump when news of their fake engagement spreads to their families as fast as a wildfire, forcing them to confront their true feelings about each other and hope they don’t get burned.

Review

Phenomenal book. You meet college roommates and best friends Julian and Draven. Both men have pined for the other, though Julian hadn’t realized until later. Julian’s mother and father made me cringe every time I read their parts. Hated how Julian let them treat him, but it’s relatable. Especially the “what ifs”. What started as a harmless prank proposal brought the real feelings to the surface along with Julian learning the extent of his family’s tolerance. Not many steamy moments, but the ones that were there are very hot. I loved reading how sweet and easy flowing things are with the guys. Draven had a really bad relationship that caused him to be very guarded, but both laid their insecurities in their own time. Was a nail biter when Draven had an accident. Happy when things smoothed out for the couple. Definitely recommend this book.

Number of stars out of 5

5


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Fake Dating the Prince by Ashlyn Kane

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Blurb:
A royal deception. An accidental romance.

When fast-living flight attendant Brayden Wood agrees to accompany a first-class passenger to a swanky charity ball, he discovers his date—“Call me Flip”—is actually His Royal Highness Prince Antoine-Philipe. And he wants Brayden to pretend to be his boyfriend.

Being Europe’s only prince of Indian descent—and its only openly gay one—has led Flip to select “appropriate” men first and worry about attraction later. Still, flirty, irreverent Brayden captivates him right away, and Flip needs a date to survive the ball without being match-made.
Before Flip can pursue Brayden in earnest, the paparazzi forces his hand, and the charade is extended for the remainder of Brayden’s vacation.

Posh, gorgeous, thoughtful Prince Flip is way out of Brayden’s league. If Brayden survives three weeks of platonically sharing a bed with him during the romantic holiday season, going home afterward might break his heart….

Review:
A really fun story, an easy read with very little angst!
This is a fake boyfriend story with very likeable characters – Flip is the crown prince of a small European country. He is unusual in that he’s quite down to earth and is of mixed heritage – his dad, the prince consort is Indian.
Flips travels to Canada frequently, enough to know Brayden. Brayden is usually the flight attendant on Flips flights.
When Flip needs a date to a charity ball he’s hosting, Brayden is happy to assist. Both men get to know each other and find themselves slowly wanting a real relationship.
The story is sweet, with humour. The characters are well developed and while the story doesn’t break new grounds in the fake BF trope, it is definitely distinct with the variety of characters. This is a story I’ll reread if I need an easy, fun read.

3.75 stars out of 5


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New Adult

Recent Release: Not Gonna Lie (#Lovehim series #4) by S.M. James

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44600013-not-gonna-lie

Blurb

Everyone has their secrets.

Last year Digi walked out on Webcon, on his fans, and on Gram.

Now he’s back determined to give what they had a real shot, but Gram is more prickly than ever, not willing to risk his heart again.

Despite trying to stay out of the spotlight, the anonymous Public Service Announcements draw Digi back in. As the secrets of the internet’s top celebrities are leaked to the world, it’s only a matter of time before Digi and Gram are next.

To get through it, they have to set their rivalry aside.

Will Digi handle the pressure of the bright lights long enough to find who is tearing their world apart? Or will the threat of full exposure be too much for him to handle?

Review

Swoon…Where to even start? This was just such an amazing story! I’m totally in love with this entire series and I’m at a loss to comprehend how it can keep getting better with every new title but it so does!

Each book tackles different issues and diverse characters in the most amazing, sensitive, moving way, always keeping the perfect balance between humor and genuine emotion, lighthearted scenes and angst-filled ones. There are a couple of surprising plot twists and I really liked how the tension built with every new secret that got leaked.

Digi and Gram’s feelings for each other are so intense, even when they’re still “frenemies” so to speak. My heart ached for them throughout the book. Digi is struggling so much with his low self-esteem and his eating disorder, and he remains completely unaware of Gram’s feelings for him for a long time. Gram is so endearing, even hiding as he as behind his snarky attitude and angry outbursts, all the while secretly pining for Digi.

I simply adore Digi and Gram and I was over the moon to get little glimpses of Archie and Yarran as well as Brooks and Darien. I love how all the characters of the different books in the series are connected somehow and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that some of the secondary characters will get their own book in the hopefully near future.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 5


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adult - 18+

Coming Soon: String Boys by Amy Lane

May 28

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/string-boys-by-amy-lane-10521-

Blurb

Seth Arnold learned at an early age that two things in life could make his soul soar—his violin and Kelly Cruz. In Seth’s uncertain childhood, the kindness of the Cruz family, especially Kelly and his brother, Matty, gave Seth the stability to make his violin sing with the purest sound and opened a world of possibility beyond his home in Sacramento.

Kelly Cruz has loved Seth forever, but he knows Seth’s talents shouldn’t be hidden, not when the world is waiting. Encouraging Seth to follow his music might break Kelly’s heart, but he is determined to see the violin set Seth’s soul free. When their world is devastated by a violent sexual assault and Matty’s prejudices turn him from a brother to an enemy, Seth and Kelly’s future becomes uncertain.

Seth can’t come home and Kelly can’t leave, but they are held together by a love that they clutch with both hands.

Seth and Kelly are young and the world is wide—the only thing they know for certain is they’ll follow their heartstrings to each other’s arms whenever time and fate allow. And pray that one day they can follow that string to forever… before it slices their hearts in two.

Review

From the moment I started this book I knew it’s going to be an Amy Lane classic. Full of feels and emotional highs and lows. I felt like I was privileged to be an onlooker on Seth and Kelly’s life. The turbulence that the Cruz family goes through broke my heart. The story pulledon my heart strings. Growing up along sideSeth, Kelly and Mattie being with them as they struggled through life and learned what loving that special person is all about.In this story we get the whole journey of friends to lovers, the hate and family rife as well as unconditional love. Seth has a unique talent for the violin and Kelly wants that to grow. There are a lot of times when school and other circumstances mean Seth and Kelly can’t be together but friends and family are there to get them through and hold on tight. I cried and cheered within moments of each other many times when reading this book and probably will again when I reread it. If you like angsty stories that also fill your heart with joy I can’t recommend this book high enough. If you are still unsure about this book I would suggest that if you are a fan of Amy Lane’s Bonfires and Crocus books then this one would suit you as well.

 

6 of stars out of 5



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This was – has for me to review. I love Amy so much but this did not inspire me.

I was prepared for angst central and there was a bit – but I honestly was never attached to the characters in such a way that I felt it.

Perhaps it was just my frame of mind when I was reading it, but I just didn’t see these guys in the same light as some of her other couples.

First, they spend a ton of time away from one another but still visit so it was kinda – meh – on that front.

The family is both hard to love and so full of pain that I didn’t really get roped in to their drama.

The romance ends on a very bland note and I didn’t get the sense of relief that I usually do with her angsty stories.

It was good and interesting but not my favorite.

3.5 of 5 stars


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adult - 18+

Coming Soon: The Color of Summer by Anna Martin

May 28

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-color-of-summer-by-anna-martin-10509-b

Blurb

Tattoo artist Max Marshall races into his hometown of Sweetwater, West Virginia—and is promptly pulled over for speeding. Max’s luck isn’t all bad, though, because he recognizes the deputy, Tyler Reed, Max’s childhood best friend’s older brother.

Reconnecting with Tyler helps Max settle back in, and it also leads to attraction. But when he tries to explore that connection at the grand opening of his tattoo studio—by kissing Tyler—awkwardness ensues. Max wants more, but has he misread Tyler’s signals?

As a single father raising a six-year-old daughter, Tyler doesn’t have much time to date. He’s ignored his attraction to men for years, but he can’t stop thinking about the kiss he shared with Max. If he can handle the complications of dating in a small town and the possible consequences to his career, this romance could blossom with all the colors of summer.

Review: This is one of those stories that will be reread for a ‘feel good’ pick me feeling ☺
Max returns to his hometown to be closer to his mum. On his way in, the first person he meets is his old crush-turned-deputy, Tyler. As they get reacquainted, Max’s crush rekindles, helped along by Tyler’s interest.
I really enjoyed many things about the story, especially the unhurried way the two men got together, how sweet the supporting cast were, especially Juniper and her uncles. There was even a bit of suspense, which became a catalyst for both men to define their relationship. The story is really angst-free, but there is a depth that left me with a satisfied feeling ☺

4.5 stars out of 5


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Review

 

This book started out so good! I loved the idea of this quiet guy reconnecting with his sexuality with a younger more “out there” guy in a small town. Plus tattoos!

At first things were really good, but then it deteriorated rapidly.

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I was not happy.

Do not recommend.

2 of 5 stars


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