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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Release Day Review: Wanted – Bad Boyfriend by TA Moore

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wanted-bad-boyfriend-by-ta-moore-9824-b

Blurb: Island Classifieds: Book One

His mother. His best friend. The barmaid at the local pub. Everyone is determined to find Nathan Moffatt a boyfriend. It’s the last thing Nathan wants. After spending every day making sure his clients experience nothing but romantic magic, the Granshire Hotel’s wedding organizer just wants to go home, binge watch crime dramas, and eat pizza in his underwear.
Unfortunately, no one believes him, and he’s stuck with lectures about dying alone. Then inspiration strikes. He needs the people in his life to want him to stay single as much as he does. He needs a bad boyfriend.

There’s only one man for the job.

Flynn Delaney is used to people on the island of Ceremony thinking the worst of him. But he isn’t sure he wants the dubious honor of worst boyfriend on the entire island. On the other hand, if he plays along, he gets to hang out with the gorgeous Nathan and piss off the owners of the Granshire Hotel. It’s a win-win.

There’s only one problem—Flynn’s actually quite a good boyfriend, and now Nathan’s wondering if getting off the sofa occasionally is really the worst thing in the world.

Review:
This is a fun, sweet and offbeat story of two men that aren’t really honest about their attraction to each other.
Flynn is the island’s resident ‘bad boy’ – when in reality, he’s a bit of a loner and doesn’t bother to correct the rumours and assumptions the islanders make.
Nate is sort of the opposite – a nice guy who’s moved back in with his mum to look after her.
Nate feels that his mum and best friend (Max) are giving him grief for not having a boyfriend, so to shut everyone up, he decides to ‘date’ bad boy, Flynn. The relationship is only supposed last a few dates then they’ll break up. However, they don’t figure in the fact that they are really attracted to each other.

I enjoyed the banter and their internal musings were very funny. TA Moore has self-deprecating down to a fine art! While most of the humour is subtle, there is one laugh out loud scene with a kid! (so funny). I found the quotes at the beginning of each chapter to be a clever way of showing what people thought of Flynn, Nate and people in general.
The overall development of their relationship flowed well but sometimes, I wanted to bang the MC’s heads together whenever either of them would do something to distance themselves from their obvious attraction.
With a bit of drama from the best friend (Max) and Max’s dad, this is a really good story.
Definitely recommend as a fun, well-paced read.

4 stars out of 5


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Audiobook: Love In Spades by Charlie Cochet narrated by Greg Boudreaux

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Love-in-Spades-Audiobook/B07DVXHWYT?qid=1533496916&sr=sr_1_1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=TYTM725DP8RVAEG66PZY&

Blurb:

When the cards are stacked against you, the Kings will even the odds.

Ex-special forces soldier Anston “Ace” Sharpe is fighting a different battle these days – one involving the world of private security across the state of Florida. As part owner of Four Kings Security, Ace and his fellow Kings tackle everything from armed transport and investigations to cyber intelligence and executive protection. Cocky, fearless, and brash, Ace isn’t afraid to take risks.

After years of working alongside his father, Colton Connolly is ready to take the helm at Connolly Maritime, but his father’s retirement is put on hold when Colton begins receiving death threats. If that isn’t bad enough, his father signs a contract with Four Kings Security to provide Colton with round-the-clock protection, despite his adamant refusal. Colton’s life has been turned upside down, the last thing he needs is a shadow, especially in the form of infuriating, sexy-as-sin Ace Sharpe, who seems to be on a mission to drive Colton mad.

Sparks fly the moment Colton and Ace meet on a sultry night club dance floor. But getting involved with a client, even one as fiery and beautiful as Colton Connolly, is a line Ace is unwilling to cross. Colton might be attracted to Ace, but he’s been burned before. He might be willing to put his life in Ace’s hands, but not his heart.

As the Florida nights heat up, so does their passion, and Ace and Colton are faced with a difficult choice – take the plunge and risk it all, or play it safe and walk away?

If Ace can keep a deadly threat from robbing Colton of a future….

Review:

Book 1 of a new contemporary series.
It’s a good story; I definitely liked it enough to think about reading the next book in the series. But holy smokes, Greg Boudreaux made this a ‘must listen to’ audiobook! If he narrates the rest of the series – it’s going to be a ‘must get the series on audio’ deal. I see at least 3 more audiobooks in my future ☺
So, we have the 4 Kings – a group of men that served together (Special Forces) that have set up a security firm.
First, we meet Ace and King – and Greg Boudreaux does a wonderful job of introducing ‘hell bent for leather’ Ace and solid King. As we get to meet the other ‘Kings’ – Red, Lucky – Greg gives them all their unique sound and character, not mention the accents and the Spanish – Mr. Boudreaux is truly talented! He sounded authentic and spot on.
At first, I really didn’t like Colton, he read like a spoilt brat, definitely not like a mature man about to take over a multimillion dollar company. But with the narration – I felt a little more sympathy for him – Mr. Boudreaux didn’t make him sound like a petulant child, instead Colton sounded more like an adult being told what to do without his input (and who likes that?).
I highly recommend experiencing the story as an audiobook – Greg Boudreaux is one of those voice performers who can elevate any story to a masterpiece.

6 stars out of 5


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Audiobook: Love You So Hard (Love You So Stories #1) by Tara Lain Narrated by Narrated by: Ry Forest / Stephen Kurpis

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/love-you-so-hard-by-tara-lain-9492-b

Blurb

Third Edition

Craig Elson’s life has hit rock bottom. Even though he’s one of the best strategic planners around, a more confident guy takes credit for his work, and despite being a good-looking man, he suffers insults from the slimiest creep at the bar. Taking care of his beloved mom, who has Alzheimer’s, uses all his funds, leaving him in a plain, depressing car… and a plain, depressing life.

Until he sees gorgeous grad student Jesse Randall and his T-shirt that reads “I Would Bottom You So Hard.” The message seeps into Craig’s soul, and he asks Jesse to teach him to top.

Jesse’s had his eye on the quiet hottie who comes into the coffee shop, and he’s more than eager to perfect his tutoring. He sets out to get Craig a new job, a new apartment, and a new life so far outside plain and depressing that it’s unrecognizable.The problem is, Craig loves his lessons—and his teacher—too much to want to graduate. How can Craig reach the top without losing his sassy bottom?

First Edition published by Love Has No Boundaries, June 2013.

Second Edition published by Tara Lain, October 2013.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)

First I want to say how lovely it is that Dreamspinner and Tara Lain are working together to get her older titles re-issued. They are such nice stories and I’d hate for them to disappear!

I like the new cover but kinda loved the original…. But that might just be sentiment.

I remember loving this when I first read it and thinking it was so sweet and quirky! I still love it and think it’s sweet and quirky but on this re-read I found myself a little put off by some of the dialog and how it didn’t seem to fit the characters … it seemed a little older than the guys ages in the story.

In any case, it’s still a sweet and funny and lovely story and I can’t wait for the sequel!

(As far as I could tell there was nothing new added to this version.)

3.75 of 5 stars

Audio

Ry Forest is new to me but does a really good job.  He doesn’t do a lot to make the two characters wildly different but he uses his acting skills to give them each a unique character.  He’s very easy to listen to and he’ll definitely be someone I’d look for in the future.

This was a great way to enjoy this story.  Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars

4.5 of 5 stars

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Steamy Romance: Balls Up by Lexxie Couper

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24083717-balls-up?from_search=true

Blurb: Rhys McDowell. Striker for Manchester United. Bad boy on the soccer field. Badder boy in the bedroom. Rhys lives by the motto: never second-guess anything. His only regret in life is that he fell in love with the wrong man long ago, and no one has ever been able to erase that guy from his heart.
Until now.

Curtis Clarkson. Ex-captain of the Australian cricket team. A man once feared on the pitch, Clarkson is now a highly respected businessman with a devilish glint in his eye and a willingness to follow wherever life leads. He never expected it to lead him to a man. A cocky soccer player, no less. And a private shower in Heathrow airport.

When lust and desire take control of both men, all the rules of the game change utterly. Curtis never thought he’d fall for a guy. And Rhys never thought he’d fall again, period.
But when fame follows your every step, what happens behind closed doors doesn’t always stay there. And the penalty box may very well leave you not just sweaty…but broken.

Review: Now, this was a hot story ☺. Apparently, it’s part of a series but can totally be read on its own (the other stories are M/F). Anyway, Rhys is a footballer, trying to forget a guy he’s been in love with for a while. On a flight back to Oz (Australia), he bumps into Curtis, a cricketer. They’d met before, so they were somewhat familiar with each other. When their flight is delayed, they end up having a steamy encounter in the airport lounge shower, (and I’m not referring to the hot water producing steam)! There is also hot session at when they get together at their hotel.
Apart from the steam factor, there is a lot of humour in their verbal sparring. Along with the situation of both men being dogged by the press and making their relationship public makes this novella fun to read.

4 stars out of 5

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Recent Release: Curl Around My Heart by Londra Laine

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40553540-curl-around-my-heart?from_search=true

Blurb: At Pearl’s Hair and Nails, no one questions Tate Robinson about his high heels, crop tops, and lipstick, because he’s the boss and he can wear what he damn well pleases. The shop is his life, and he doesn’t need anything more. Until a man walks in with his adorable daughter, and Tate has to untangle her helmet-hair…and his growing feelings for the single dad.

Reece Evans has been on his job for years, has his own place, and now has custody of his eight-year-old daughter. But he doesn’t trust himself to avoid screwing up. Adulting is not his strong suit—or so he’s been told. And now a sexy beautician, who also happens to be his new downstairs neighbor, has Reece wanting and reaching for more than he thinks he’s capable of.

As Tate and Reece move past their own fears about relationships, Reece’s ex issues a threat that could destroy everything. Will Reece’s worries about other people judging him undermine his budding romance? And will Tate’s fear of rejection make him push Reece away? Or have the sweet single dad and his precocious daughter curled too tightly around his heart to give them up?
***Please be aware that this book contains references to drug addiction.***

Review: I generally like light-hearted, fun stories, but I decided to broaden my reading horizons and try a story with a bit more like real-life. I am glad to say that this was a very good choice.
This is a story of 2 men – a little broken by their families, trying to rise above expectations and how they find love and strength in each other.
Reece is a single dad, trying to raise his daughter (LJ) the best way he can. He meets Tate (a hair stylist/salon owner) when LJ needs her hair done for a photo shoot.
There is an instant awareness (attraction) between the 2 men, but they dance around each other until LJ points out their mutual attraction, (even then, they still take their sweet time to start dating).
But their lives are not without issues. Tate deals with a family that refuses to accept that he likes to wear feminine clothing and, to a lesser extent, that he’s gay. He’s not disowned, just not made to feel welcome at family gatherings. Reece is dealing with an unsupportive mother who believes that he’s not reliable (after a youthful indiscretion) and definitely not suited to raise his daughter. He’s also dealing with a junkie ex-girlfriend and her family wanting to get custody of LJ. Phew!
You’d think this would be an angst-ridden read, but it isn’t. Yes, there is some drama between the 2 MC’s and with their respective families, but there is humour, sass, heart and a good story. The story takes place over the span of 2 years, so you get to see the progress made by the characters.
If you’re looking for a well-developed story, this is a good one.

4.5 stars out of 5


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Steamy Romance: The Hot Floor by Josephine Myles

Good Reads Link

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15708784-the-hot-floor?from_search=true

 

Blurb
Two plus one equals scorching hot fun.

Dumped by his boyfriend and reduced to living in a grotty bedsit, Josh Carpenter has gotten used to expecting the worst. Now he lives only for his job as a glassblower…and occasional glimpses of his sexy downstairs neighbors, Rai Nakamura and Evan Truman.

Every time he overhears the diminutive academic and the hunky plumber having loud and obviously kinky sex, Josh is overwhelmed with lust…and a longing for a fraction of what they have.

To his amazement, Rai and Evan find his embarrassing tendency to blush utterly charming, and the three men grow closer over the course of the long, hot summer. Despite Rai’s charming flirtation and Evan’s smoldering gaze, Josh is determined never to break his new friends’ loving bonds.

On the night a naked Josh falls—quite literally—into the middle of one of Rai and Evan’s marathon sex sessions, the force of their mutual attraction takes control. But just as Josh dares to hope, he senses a change. Leaving him to wonder if the winds of love are about to blow his way at last…or if history is about to repeat itself

Review
This hot story is told from shy insecure Josh’s point of view. We get a very brief glimpse into his history, an overbearing father, no other family and not much luck in love. This helped me to understand his reticence and why his first thought was always one of rejection. Rai and Evan live in the flat (apartment) below his and above his bossy friend Denise. I do like Myles writing. She is very British. The phrasing and descriptions she uses gives me a good sense of a crumbling Victorian or Georgian divided house they all live in and the type of people they are. Rai and Evan are in a long term relationship, they do however like to have a third join them from time to time. They are also a bit of exhibitions and love to explore anything kinky. This is where the hot fun comes in. Rai is certainly imaginative and they are all so randy. It’s very fun to read. Josh, is shy, never felt he’s entitled to ask for what he wants. Rai and Evan bring this out in him, get him to overcome his tongue tied reticence. I wouldn’t say Josh blossoms with them, it’s not in his nature to be forthright but he does find love and somewhere he belongs. Two men who love him back. I loved the mix of humour and serious relationship issues. Its not easy introducing another into an all ready established relationship or being the third coming in. That mixed with Josh’s insecurities made it all very credible to me.
I loved the bonus Christmas story at the end, made me laugh just picturing the scene.

4 of stars out of 5

 

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Recent Release: Taking Love’s Lead by H.L. Day

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40663967-taking-love-s-lead?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb: Zachary Cole’s new personal shopper is stunning in more ways than one. Gone is the staid, professional Jonathan. In his place is sexy, whirlwind Edgar, whose methods and lifestyle are less than orthodox. Still reeling from the experience, Zack can’t get him out of his head. He needs to see him again. Even if it does involve dragging his heavily pregnant sister and her dalmatian into his cunning plan.

Sick of being dumped yet again, dog-walker Edgar’s pledged to stay single and put energy into finding a career more suited to an adult instead. Zack might be extremely tempting…and just happen to pop up wherever he goes, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to change his mind. He’s got bigger priorities in life than a website designer after a brief walk on the wild side. His heart’s taken enough of a bruising. He’s not prepared to get dumped again.

Zack wants love. Edgar only wants friendship. Can the two men find common ground amid the chaos of Edgar’s life? Or is Zack going to find that no matter what he does, there’s no happy ending and he’ll have to walk away?

Review:
This is a fun, sweet and offbeat story of opposites attract.
Edgar and Zack couldn’t have been more opposite and yet, so meant for each other.
Edgar is a professional dog walker who feels compelled to get a ‘grown up’ job (not his words). He applies to be a personal shopper – it’s hilarious how he gets rid of the other candidates for the job – pure genius ☺. Anyway, he gets the job on a trial basis, which is how he meets Zach, a web designer. Zack is a staid, by the book kind of guy, but somehow finds himself intrigued by and bending the rules for Edgar.
Zack decides to pursue Edgar, the latter having sworn off relationships. What ensues is a comedy of errors that was fun to read.
The banter and the overall development of their relationship is fun to read. The point where Zack shows that he’s in the relationship for the long haul, is tender and sweet.
Definitely recommend as a fun, well-paced read.

4 stars out of 5


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Steamy Romance: Special Delivery Audiobook by Heidi Cullinan Narrated by Iggy Toma

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Special-Delivery-Special-Delivery-Book-1-Audiobook/B01DAKXEH2?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_16&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=TZ5R7BG3FAS2ECAB7HWS

Blurb
When your deepest, darkest fantasy shows up, get onboard.

Sam Keller knows he’ll never find the excitement he craves in Middleton, Iowa – not while he’s busting his ass in nursing school and paying rent by slaving away in a pharmacy stockroom. Then Sam meets Mitch Tedsoe, an independent long-haul trucker who makes a delivery to a shop across the alley. Innocent flirting quickly leads to a fling, and when Mitch offers to take him on a road trip west, Sam jumps at the chance for adventure.

Mitch is sexy, funny, and friendly, but once they embark on their journey, something changes. One minute he’s the star of Sam’s every X-rated fantasy, the next he’s almost too much a perfect gentleman. And when they hit the Las Vegas city limit, Sam has a name to pin on Mitch’s malady: Randy. For better or for worse, Sam grapples with the meaning of friendship, letting go, growing up – even the meaning of love – because no matter how far he travels, eventually all roads lead home

Review
One hot book packed full of kinky sex. Quite steamy at times. There is the right mix of sex, angst, humour and heartwarming moments but more importantly this is their story. It’s not just about the sex I got invested in the characters. Sam is a young man who doesn’t know what he wants, he has the vaguest of notions but no real idea. He feels trapped and beholden to his Aunt and Uncle, who are not portrayed in a good way (think of Harry Potter’s Aunt and Uncle). In his own way Mitch is equally lost. He no longer believes in himself and or his desires. He has a turbulent past and doesn’t want to repeat any of it. He takes Sam away across country with him but sends out mixed messages. Sam is desperate to submit, to fill in what’s missing. The sex is hot but Mitch holds back and Sam is determined to know why. Their relationship is one of power exchange with some humiliation and exhibitions, during scenes. The story hots up even more when Randy comes back into Mitch’s life. He is not a likeable character in this book. A lot of his behaviour stems from jealousy. I always sigh with contentment when I finish this book, reading or listening. And to make it even better Sam and Mitch feature in the next book, Double Blind.
To my mind Iggy Toma absolutely captures the essence of Sam and Mitch. Sami’s complaining doesn’t come across as whiny or poor me, just fits with Sam’s character. Mitch has a lovely smoky gravelly voice that fits so well with him and being a trucker. I can’t forget smarmy Randy, wonderful voice Iggy gave him. Narration at it’s best.

5 of stars out of 5

 

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Release Day Review: When He was Bad by Poppy Dennison

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lifes-a-beach-by-poppy-dennison-9528-b

Blurb: Coconut Cove: Book Three

Lights, camera… wardrobe?

Coconut Cove is television’s newest hot sensation. The glitzy teen drama set in the beach lover’s paradise of Key West is the talk of every gossip rag eager for dirt and hookup news on the hot young actors—like Levi Phillips, who plays the show’s resident bad boy.
Levi’s attraction to costume designer Whit heads into high romance when Whit orders Levi out of his clothes—in an attempt to save Levi from heat exhaustion, of course.
Sassy Whit knows just how to dress, and undress, Levi, and soon the sexy duo are steaming it up off-screen, which is no surprise to their friends and cast mates.
But love in the public eye is complicated, and rumors pose challenges that can threaten careers and love….

Review: Another fun, light installment to the series that can be read on its own.
The short story focuses on Levi, another character on the fictional tv series and Whit, who is in charge of wardrobe.
Both men have crushed on each other for a while, to the point that the whole production cast/crew have been waiting for them to get together! Both MCs like to good naturedly snark at each other and it is fun to see them finally take the steps to getting together.
There is not a whole lot to the story, but the way they get together and want to stay together is nicely written and fun to read. It’s an easy read, one that I will reread if I need a quick pick me up.

3.5 stars out of 5


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