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Recent Release: Deadman’s Hand By: Cindy Dees

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dead-mans-hand-by-cindy-dees-11680-

Blurb
Temptation, peril, and dirty poker.

Love is a high-stakes game.

When Collin Callahan, British secret agent, goes up against math genius turned surfer bum Oliver Elliot, the battle is epic—and so is the attraction. They’re pitted against each other in an exclusive, ultra-secret—and ultra-illegal—poker match in Gibraltar, but when players start dying and they could be next, they find a common goal: catch the killer before it’s too late.

Evenly matched at poker and romance, they each wrestle personal demons that threaten to consume them as the stakes climb. It’s an all-or-nothing gamble with both life and love on the line as they fight to be the last seven-card studs standing.

Previously published by Dreamspinner Press as Seven-Card Stud by Ava Drake, November 2016

Review
I pondered how to write a 3 * review for a book I really liked. In book 1 Wild Cards Inc provides personal security. In this story their operative Colin Callahan is an inexperienced undercover agent. The story is a mix of suspense, who done it, and thriller. Colin is pretending to be an expert card player in very high stake game. It did keep my at I really wanted to know what happened next. Colin meets Gun (Oliver) and falls for him but can he trust him. I enjoyed the way the story played out up until the end. This is where my review drops. I want to know what happens next. I don’t have the imagination of an author to create the rest of the story myself. I had hoping that since this is a republished series the ending was fleshed out or if not another book is added that gives Colin and Gun’s next adventure bringing down the Consortium. Fingers crossed that happens.


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Recent Release: Danny Doormat by Rowan McAllister

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/danny-doormat-by-rowan-mcallister-11698-

Blurb
It’s time to wipe his feet of the idea that he’s not good enough to be loved.

Danny Dorfmann is dependable, no matter what’s going on in his own life. So when widower Asa needs a sitter for his dog, Minion, Danny is the natural choice. Besides, Danny’s had a crush on Asa—a hot architect who’s way out of his league—for years.

Asa is just climbing out of his grief over the loss of his husband and trying to reclaim his life. Love and dating aren’t on his radar, but as one favor turns into another and he spends more time with Danny, romance sneaks up on them.

Friendly adventures gradually turn into something deeper, but a manipulative roommate and interfering family and friends want to douse the slow burn building between Danny and Asa. To keep the chances of a happily ever after going, Danny will have to take a stand—and to hold on to the man of his dreams, he’ll have to stop letting everybody walk all over him.

Review
This is a very slow burn friends to lovers story. I was attracted by the blurb. The story sounded different. It took me a while to get into the story. Danny keeps everything close to himself. Never letting anyone get too close, that is until ASA. I felt for Danny, he seemed to be in the mindset that he was a disappointment to his family. No matter that he’s a kind and caring soul. Asa thought he knew Danny but it takes his friendship with him to realise Danny’s kind nature means he’s taken advantage of. It was lovely to see their friendship evolving and ASA understanding Danny more. And Danny helping Asa find the fun in life, and I must not forget cute Minion a very important part of the family. Overall a very nice sweet story that I was able to get lost in rooting for both Danny and Asa to get together.

3 of stars out of 5


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Recent Release: Omega Replaced (Omega Reimagined #5) by Tanya Chris

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50996431-omega-replaced

Blurb
Alpha Donovan is certain about one thing. His work recovering missing omegas who’ve been separated from their protectors is a service—to the alphas who hire him and to the omegas themselves. What he’s less confident about is his unconventional desire to be dominated by someone as strong as he is. No alpha is supposed to want that.

When Donovan arrives in North Leland, he expects it to be just another job. Find the omega, bring her home. Then he meets Judge Tarek, the gorgeous alpha determined to thwart his mission. Tarek disapproves of his job, but not his fantasies, which he’s ready and oh-so-able to fulfill.

Everything is backwards in this strange town. Wanting another alpha’s teeth in your neck is okay, but returning an omega to their rightful place isn’t? Donovan has a lot to learn, and if he can’t change his way of thinking fast enough, he’s going to lose what he’s never allowed himself to believe he could have.

Omega Replaced is an alpha/alpha novella with BDSM components in the Omega Reimagined series. It can be read as part of the series or as a standalone. This is a non-MPREG omegaverse.

Review

Wonderful omegaverse romance. It had everything I wanted in this genre: well-rounded main characters, a strong attraction between the potential mates but an important enough conflict to make things difficult for them, intriguing secondary characters and a good storyline.
I really liked the world-building in this book and thought it was very interesting how the author played around with stereotypes and societal conventions based on gender and sexual orientation. Donovan has a hard time breaking away from the toxic ideas that were instilled in him at childhood, even though they go counter to his own needs and identity, and that inner struggle to me added a welcome sense of realism and depth to the story. The chemistry between Tarek and Donovan is absolutely sizzling, but I also liked the patience and vulnerability Tarek showed to Donovan. Tarek is very open about his feelings and intentions, but Donovan still has a hard time daring to trust in the possibility of a future where he can be himself, be happy. Very enjoyable read, definitely recommend it.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 4


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Recent Release: Pieces of You by N.R. Walker

Blurb
Dallas Muller has everything he never expected he’d have. He owns a successful motorbike mechanic shop in Newcastle, and he’s madly in love with his boyfriend of four years, Justin Keith.

Justin has always struggled to find where he fit in, never realising his true worth or what it means to be loved—until he met Dallas. Living and working together might be too much for some, but Dallas and Justin wouldn’t have it any other way.

When a terrible accident tears their world apart, Justin’s left with no memory of Dallas or their relationship. Trying to put the pieces back together is almost impossible when some pieces are blank and some are missing altogether. Dallas has to let Justin find his own way back to him and just hope that their love will light the way.

Review
I really enjoyed the story about 85% through, but felt the ending was a bit too cut off. Even though it was a soft cliffhanger type of ending, I felt like I was missing pages and looked to make sure I had read through.
What I loved: The way the amnesia and hospital stay were described. It felt much mor realistic them any book I read with a similar plot, and it punches you in the gut that much harder because of it. The plot revolves around a few characters, and it feel small yet significant in its focus on them. The story flowed so well, and I adored how Dallas made sure to keep the boundaries so Justin could feel safe to recover and feel what ever he felt without pressure to remember the years he lost.
I did feel like towards the end it became a bit rushed to have a sort of HFN ending. And to me the Slow Burn, and the wonderful, gentle pace of the story were lost. I look forward to the next piece of the story to see how Dallas and Justin face the new challenges that will surely come their way.

Number of stars out of 5
3.5


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Audiobook:How To Run With Wolves (Howl At The Moon #5) audiobook by Eli Easton, narrated by Matthew Shaw

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Blurb

Zeus loves his job on the new Mad Creek Search & Rescue team, and his inner Saint Bernard is finally being used to his full potential. When he sees a mysterious and wild-looking quickened—a dog shifter—at an earthquake site in Alaska, Zeus is compelled to investigate. Zeus falls hard for the primal beauty of Timo and of Alaska itself. Both call to his deep canine soul. But the Quimmiq pack’s laws are as harsh as the Alaskan winters, and Timo is out of his reach.

Timo’s pack of dog shifters left their Inuit village generations ago and have lived wild ever since. Not trusting the “one-skinned,” and with their numbers dwindling, the Quimmiq are on the verge of extinction. Timo is shocked to discover a whole group of “two-skinned” working as a rescue team, and he is particularly fascinated by Zeus, a gentle giant. He senses what Zeus feels for him… but it’s forbidden.

Can Mad Creek save this lost quickened clan? Perhaps—if they can learn how to run with the wolves.

Review

Narration: Matthew Shaw has narrated many of Easton’s books, and I always admire how into the characters he is, the versatility of his voice and emotion. He just made everything come to life, and he had all the side characters to juggle, the doggy personality to capture AND a forien accent of the Alaska Tribe to figure out. He makes it seem effortless, and brings a richness I enjoyed so much while listening.

Plot:
The world of dog shifters is growing!
I adored how this book expanded on the world Eli created in the past 4 books in the series. She takes great care into making the world believable, and the new tribe in Alaska is just that. While this is fantasy, it is still very real and raw, and makes sense! Shifters are such a chewed out genre that it is very hard to bring something new to it, yet Eli succeeded.
I liked that this story had a sort of slow burn vibe going on, and that the Quimmig tribe’s troubles felt logical and their cultural difference made sense too.
Timo and Zeus make a great couple, and though they struggle to understand each other at first they soon bridge the gap and form an unbreakable bond.

This book series is unique and I cannot wait for more!

Number of stars out of 5

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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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Audiobook: Hither, Page by Cat Sebastian; narrated by Joel Leslie

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Blurb:
A jaded spy and a shell shocked country doctor team up to solve a murder in postwar England.

James Sommers returned from the war with his nerves in tatters. All he wants is to retreat to the quiet village of his childhood and enjoy the boring, predictable life of a country doctor. The last thing in the world he needs is a handsome stranger who seems to be mixed up with the first violent death the village has seen in years. It certainly doesn’t help that this stranger is the first person James has wanted to touch since before the war.
The war may be over for the rest of the world, but Leo Page is still busy doing the dirty work for one of the more disreputable branches of the intelligence service. When his boss orders him to cover up a murder, Leo isn’t expecting to be sent to a sleepy village. After a week of helping old ladies wind balls of yarn and flirting with a handsome doctor, Leo is in danger of forgetting what he really is and why he’s there. He’s in danger of feeling things he has no business feeling. A person who burns his identity after every job can’t set down roots.

As he starts to untangle the mess of secrets and lies that lurk behind the lace curtains of even the most peaceful-seeming of villages, Leo realizes that the truths he’s about to uncover will affect his future and those of the man he’s growing to care about.

Review:
Story
A cozy mystery that kept me guessing to the end!
Cat Sebastian is a fantastic historical romance writer in her own right, so I mean no disrespect when I say that she channeled Agatha Christie with this story – in a good way 
I loved the different characters and the setting of a quiet little village with an undercurrent of secrets, crime and murder.
The MCs – James, a doctor who served during WWII and Leo, a spy who has so many secrets – are perfectly suited. Each man a little broken, needing someone to belong to and to trust in. Really looking forward to the next book.
Definitely recommend!

Narration
Joel Leslie brings the atmosphere of this cozy mystery. I felt like I was watching a Ms. Marple mystery alà Masterpiece Theatre. This is a narration that showcases Joel Leslie’s skill with English accents as well as his skill in creating distinct character voices. He’s an excellent choice for English historical romances 
This is an excellent way to enjoy this book!

Great story (4 stars) with excellent narration (5 stars)!

 

Overall 4.5 stars


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Audiobook: His Hart’s Command by A.E Via; narrated by Aiden Snow

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https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/nothing-special-vi-his-harts-command/392780

Blurb:
Lennox Freeman (Free) is one of the best hackers in the world which has caused him to spend most of his life on the run. Never able to put down roots, he couldn’t trust anyone not to take advantage of him, even his own family.

Ivan Hart has lived and bled one creed all of his life: To Serve and Protect. His intense focus and determination in law enforcement has led him to finally commanding his own team. He’d worked hard to put together a squad of badasses capable of backing up a very dangerous team of detectives. Being God and Day’s last line of defense came with a lot of responsibility that he took very seriously.

After his divorce was final Hart turned right around and remarried his job. He had his good friends there in the office with him every day, so it was easier to ignore the few quiet hours he spent at home alone each night. He’d settled well into his new routine and was comfortable with it. Then God decided to disrupt everything by hiring another tech specialist for his department. A man whose brains, trendy looks, and voice would leave Hart tongue-tied and captivated at their first introduction.

Review:

I love this series in audio! Aiden Snow has been the perfect narrator for this series.
This is Free’s story (we first meet him in NS V). He’s a former hacker (with a heart of gold) who’s had a difficult childhood, so he’s a bit skittish around really big, burly men. But for some reason, he’s enamoured with Ivan Hart. Ivan, for all his big size, is a gentle soul. Both these men were made for each other.
Their journey to being a couple is so sweet, both men dancing around each other, but when the do get together – damn! They are so hot *phew*.
As mentioned before, Aiden Snow does a great job with the narration. He has a gorgeous voice, so well suited for the growly, alpha men that dominate the story. He has been great for the series so far . The only (minor) observation is that there is not that much distinction between most of the men –except for God, Day, Tech and Free, but the story is well written enough that you always know which character is talking. His accent for Free was great! As a Brit, I had been a little wary that he wouldn’t get it right, but it sounded great, especially since it was supposed to be a slight accent.
Great story (4 stars) with excellent narration (5 stars)!

Overall: 4.5 stars


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Audiobook: Deal maker by Lily Morton Audiobook narrated by Joel Leslie

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Blurb

Sometimes your mouth makes deals that your heart can’t honour.

Jude is a highly successful model, but a very reluctant one. His life is full of casual hook-ups with pretty men in glamorous locations, but it’s still empty. However, circumstances decreed a long time ago that this was his path, so he’s resolutely stayed on it and accepted his fate with good grace. He made a deal with himself and his hook-ups. Get in, get out and no ties with anyone.

However, an accident at home one night leads to him making a new deal and accepting the offer of help from an unlikely source. It leads to an unexpected summer of falling in love with a larger than life man and his child.

But by the end of the summer his reasons for not staying are still valid. Will he turn away? Can he?

Asa is a talented actor who has spent time away from the scene to look after his son. But now he’s back, and the last thing he needs are complications from the gorgeous man who is staying with him. Scarred from too many betrayals, he has no intention of forming a lasting tie with anyone. However, he can’t resist the beautiful man with secrets, and to his horror he develops feelings.

But a deal’s a deal and they said it was just for the summer. What can Asa do with a man who has forever in his eyes and goodbye on his lips?

From the Amazon bestselling author of ‘Rule Breaker’ comes another scorchingly hot romantic comedy.

Review

Unlike the first book in the series that took some effort to get into, I liked this one from the start. Jude is the perfect snarky character to ever grace a books pages, he does his outmost to be a ditzy, clueless model parody to make Asa’s life difficult. And as funny as that was, I liked that the author didn’t take it too far or it could have been annoying. Asa, for his part, is also a clever witty man and catches on to Jude’s act, shifting their relationship to a new territory.
Asa is just a big old cuddly softy that makes the ultimate book boyfriend, and his relationship with his son is sweet and touching. Billy is the cutest, most conniving little boy you can imagine and seeing how Asa and Jude orbit around his was wonderful.
I liked how much Jude was a well-rounded character, he had many good reasons to be the way he was, and Asa did too. It made the conflict of the story that much more interesting because you could clearly take either side. Finding their HEA was not easy and they each had to fight old scars and pain from past relationships to get it.
This book is both funny and genuinely touching, with great supporting characters too. The replies to fan mail Jude writes in Asa’s name at the beginning of ever chapter are hilarious! Choosing to read them out in Asa’s voice is even more so!

The narration by Joel Leslie is, like always fantastic! He fits characters like Jude and Dylan so well and his accent work his so good! I cannot get enough of his accents, he’s like a chameleon, smoothly moving from character to character. This book was hilarious and he just made it that much better with his nuances and acting skills.

Number of stars out of 5
4


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Audiobook: Tangling With Bears (Cloverleah Pack Series Book 8) By Lisa Oliver narrated by John York

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Blurb

Tobias tells himself he’s having fun. He has a great life as a beta in the Cloverleah Pack, and while danger still threatens the pack, he has his friend’s wedding to look forward too, and the pleasures that come from hookups in random places. He’d like to meet his mate, just so he’s not the odd one out in the inner circle, but it’s not something he’s expecting anytime soon. So when a hookup just before the wedding leaves Tobias with a permanent scar, he wonders where the heck his life went wrong. Especially when the man responsible for the wicked set of tooth marks, disappeared after the deed was done, to ring a man called Kurt.

Kurt and Luke have been mated for three years. As bear shifters, Kurt has known from puberty that he will two mates and once he’d claimed Luke, his mama warned him to be on the look out for a human female. So when Luke rings him and lets him know he might have accidentally on purpose bitten a wolf shifter, from some town they’d never heard of, Kurt heads to Cloverleah to sort out the mess.

Sorting out their mating is just one of the things the three men have to contend with. A magic user has stepped up his game and no where on packlands seems safe. When Tobias gets taken, Kurt and Luke are helpless to do anything about it. It’s going to take the power of the pack before life will be safe again, for any of them.

Warning: Contains scenes of M/M and M/M/M sex. It also contains a special kind of bear, his grumpy mate, and a wolf that just wants to be loved. HEA and no cheating guaranteed.

While this book can be read as standalone, you will understand more about the secondary characters in the book, if you have read the others in the series.

Review

This is such a fun series! I totally agree that while this can be a standalone, it means so much more when read in order and they’re all wonderful so…

In this case we have our second ménage for the Cloverleah Pack. Poor Tobias was so sad when his f**k-buddy got hooked up with Vadim and now he’s gotten a label as the pack “slut” because he craves physical touch so much. ☹

When he escapes to a hook- up spot to find some lovin’ he “accidentally” gets mated to one of his two mates. (It seems impossible, but Lisa did a great job explaining how!)

From the other perspective we see poor Luke who is distraught at what he’s done (and overjoyed) because he wanted his other mate, Kurt, to be there, too! And, well, Luke is special, he has a few “diagnoses” that make his thinking pattern unique so he doesn’t always do what you expect.

Kurt is the opposite of Luke in a lot of ways. He’s a protector, a thinker, a worrier and the serious one. He manages to find Tobias, but inadvertently hurts his feelings at the same time.

So, now, besides trying to get the triad to work out, there’s a magic user around who is causing serious trouble for the entire pack and it’s up to the newest members – the bears – to fix things!

**

This is another great addition to the story line. In each book, new pairs get added who contribute to the unique pack in some way and these bears are really, really unique!

I LOVED the spirituality portion of this story as well as the POV from Luke’s perspective.

Though there is a bit of angst and worry along the way, most of this is really sweet and fun and healing.

Fans of the series will love it – and if you haven’t read this series you should!

4.5 of 5 stars

 

Audio

 

I thought the narrator did a nice job giving voice to Luke’s quirky character as well as Kurt’s strong, supportive partner.  Tobias is oddly “western” but when you have as many characters as there are in this series – I guess it makes as much sense as anything.  He does a nice job with the pacing and the humor as well as the smexy times. 

3.5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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