Release Day Review: Romancing the Undercover Millionaire by Clare London

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/romancing-the-undercover-millionaire-by-clare-london-10016-b

Blurb

Romancing The…
Can poverty and privilege find a loving compromise?
Alexandre Bonfils, a rich and spoiled second son, is tired of being ignored and decides to help when the family’s exclusive wine business is in trouble. Going undercover in the warehouse, he loves the adventure—and the chance to be close to the sassy and sexy manager, Tate Somerton.
Tate is hardworking and financially struggling, bringing up his siblings on his own. A suspected saboteur at work is his latest challenge, but now he also has a clueless, though very attractive, new intern. There’s an immediate spark between the ill-matched couple, until a shocking accident cuts short Alex’s amateur sleuthing.
While recovering in the generous care of Tate and his family, will Alex realize what belonging really means? Passion and pride come together to fight for the company they’re both committed to preserving, but can a personal bond remain when the dust settles?

Review

Alexandre is your typical spoiled playboy rich kid. He gets the bright idea to go undercover to reveal who is causing trouble in the family business warehouse. He meets his boss Tate. Tate is essentially a single parent of his three siblings and occasionally his grandmother when her arthritis is bad . The twins add great humor to the book. The attraction is instant. It was funny to read how easily Tate sees through Alex. Both are guarded. Alex, because he’s never tried for relationships and wanting to keep identity secret until mystery is solved, and Tate, because he feels that anyone he loves will eventually leave him plus the responsibility he feels to his siblings. The mystery incidences added great drama to the book. I enjoyed reading the family dynamics and know personally how tough it is maintaining a family in poverty. Alex gets hurt and shortly after the truth about him comes out. The sex scenes were hot without being detailed. The bond between them was great to read. All background characters were fun to read also. Overall fantastic read.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 5

 


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Audiobook Review: P.S. I Spook You by S.E. Harmon Narrated by Noah Michael Levin

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ps-i-spook-you-by-se-harmon-8565-b

Blurb
SSA Rain Christiansen used to be the agency’s golden boy. It just takes one moment of weakness, one slight, tiny, itty-bitty paranormal sighting, and all of a sudden he’s the agency’s embarrassment. His boss gives him one last chance to redeem himself—go down to Brickell Bay, play nice with the local police, and leave the ghost sightings behind. Rain is determined to do exactly that, even if it kills him.

Cold-case detective Daniel McKenna’s latest investigation is going nowhere fast. Five years earlier, high school student Amy Greene went missing after leaving her part-time job and was never seen again. Daniel is glad to finally have the FBI help that his department requested, even if it does come in the form of his ex.

It doesn’t help that Rain is pretty sure he’s falling in love with Danny all over again—if he ever stopped. Add to that the frustration of seeing ghosts at every turn while he works a case that’s stalled in its tracks, and Rain is starting to wonder if second chances and happy endings are just for fairy tales

Review
I reviewed the book when it came out and I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or bad that I didn’t remember the story at all. Good in the sense that I was able to come to it fresh, but bad that it obviously was not memorable in the least. Having said all that I completely enjoyed this story which was mixture of ghost and reluctant medium with a good dose of second chance romance. Paranormal stories have always intrigued me. This one was about Rain both coming home and coming to terms with his powers. The ghosts, particularly one called Ethan, are hounding him to help them find peace and cross over. However returning home means meeting with his ex Danny. Rain never got over Danny despite being the one to break up with him. Rain and Danny do get their happy ever after but for me it felt like the medium side of his story was just beginning. I would love a second book, or even a short story about how they are getting on. Especially as Rain’s family are wonderfully quirky characters and would certainly make the story very interesting. But at this stage I doubt a sequel will be forthcoming. I mustn’t forget the mystery side of the story which turns out to be a murder. This kept me guessing until near the end when it all fell into place.
I’ve not listened to anything by Noah Michael Levine before. He has a smooth voice very easy to listen to and absorb into the story. He acts out the story line well ensuring all the characters stand out with their own voices and personalities. Overall a good listen but I’m not sure if it’s going to stick in my mind.

Number of stars out of 5
4 out of 5 for both the story and narration


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

Audible Link

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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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Steamy Romance: Dirty Daddies by Jade West Narrated by Stacey Holmes, Smutty McDiamid and Joel Leslie

Audible Link

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Blurb
Some bad girls need a firm hand to keep them in line.
I’m bad enough to need two.

Two older men who can teach me a lesson when I misbehave.
Two hot bodies to keep me warm in bed at night.
Two best friends who can learn to share a filthy-mouthed little brat like me.

After all… dirty girls need very dirty daddies.

***

Carrie Wells is nothing but trouble.

She’s wild and difficult. Not worth anyone’s time.

Carrie Wells is a beautiful little brat. She’s also a vulnerable young adult on my case list.

She’s half my age and totally off limits. I’m breaking every rule in the book by giving her somewhere to stay when she’s out on the streets with nowhere to go. And I’m breaking every rule of friendship by holing her up in my best friend Jack’s house while he’s away on business.

I thought life was difficult enough when I fell for the girl, but it gets a whole lot harder when Jack comes home early and finds a beautiful stranger causing chaos in his house.

And a whole lot harder still when he falls for her too.

He’s the one guy on this planet I’d share my last supper with. I’d share it gladly.

I’m just not so sure how I feel about sharing Carrie Wells

Review
I feel like I should post a disclaimer first, I can’t remember the last time I read or listened to an m/f book let alone mfm. I purchased this one because Joel Leslie narrated part of it. I found myself getting irritated with Carrie Wells the brat. It was such a poor me, no one understands me, so I’m going to push everyone as far as I can attitude. I got the measure of her character fairly quickly so it felt like it went on too long. Having said that it’s a testament to Jade West’s writing and Stacy Holmes performance that it prompted such a reaction. The first two thirds of the story was building up to the dirty Daddies part. The main focus is Carrie who is in foster care, fighting every one, and her case worker Michael. He desperately wants to help Carrie, if she would let him. Michael’s attitude worries his best friend Jack, who can’t understand why Carrie has gotten under Michael’s skin. Not to give too much away we come to the last third of the book. The point I was checking my headphones worked properly and no one else on the train could hear! Steamy is definitely the word. This was a well crafted part of the story. I admire the stamina of two 40+ year olds with a very horny 18 year old. As a reader of mm I appreciated the way the Jade West portrayed two heterosexual men learning to share Carrie. There was an understandable level of hesitation on Michael’s part being close sexually to Jack whilst Jack was more adventurous.
The story switches POV between Carrie, Michael and Jack with the three narrators each taking their characters. In this format they each voice the other character’s as they are conveying what happens and what was said that them. It was a little of putting at first but I soon settled into it. Stacy Holmes gives a very good impression of a rebellious teenager crying out for love. Smutty McDiamid’s portrays Michael very well. He conveys the turmoil he is in not being attracted to one of his clients but going against everything he believes is right. Joel Leslie is his usual excellent self bringing Jack, the linchpin of the three, into the strong character he is. He’s the one who gets through to Carrie.
As I said earlier, there is a lot of steam towards the end of the book, there is just a lot of angst and teenage drama to go through first.

4 of stars out of 5

 

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Audiobook Month: Leaning into the Fall by Lane Hayes Narrated by Nick J Russo

Audible Link

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Blurb
Nick Jorgensen is a quirky genius. He’s made a fortune in the competitive high tech field with his quick mind and attention to detail. He believes in hard work and trusting his gut. And he believes in karma. It’s the only thing that makes sense. People are difficult, but numbers never lie. In the disastrous wake of a broken engagement to an investor’s daughter, Nick is more certain than ever he isn’t relationship material.

Wes Conrad owns a thriving winery in Napa Valley. The relaxed atmosphere is a welcome departure from his former career as a high-rolling businessman. Wes’s laid-back nature is laced with a fierceness that appeals to Nick. In spite of his best intention to steer clear of complications, Nick can’t fight his growing attraction to the sexy older man who seems to understand him. Even the broken parts he doesn’t get himself. However, when Wes’s past collides with Nick’s present, both men will have to have to decide if they’re ready to lean into the ultimate fall.

Review
This was the story I enjoyed the most. This can be a stand-alone whereas the previous two books follow on from each other. Nick intrigued me in books 1&2. He didn’t know what he wanted and came across as a selfish person. This of course is the portrayal of the Nick Eric knows. Here we get to know Nick better, as he sees himself. Such was his behaviour that early on I began to wonder if he had an undiagnosed syndrome. This is never confirmed one or the other although there is some speculation on Wes’s part. There is a slight power dynamic between Nick and Wes, which made a very interesting angle to the story. Nick certainly seems to need a strong person by his side. This is an excellent story of personal growth. Not only for Nick but also for Wes. Both of them had to face up to aspects of themselves and their past to be able to build a future together. By far my favourite.
Nick J Russo’s narration is excellent. All the characters have their own distinct voices and their personalities come through. This is especially important in this story. Wes needed the strength Nick J Russo’s interpretation gave him to do justice to the character. Equally his interpretation of Nick Jorgensen gave him a compelling mix of desperation and strength. Definitely one I’ll be listening to again.

5 of stars out of 5

 

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Release Day Review: Under a Blue Moon by Bru Baker

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Dreamspinner Press:
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/under-a-blue-moon-by-bru-baker-9642-

Blurb

Once in a blue moon, opposites find they’re a perfect match.

Nick Perry is tired of helping people with their marriages, so when a spot opens up to work with teens at Camp H.O.W.L., he jumps at it. He doesn’t expect to fall in lust with the dreamy new camp doctor, Drew Welch. But Drew is human, and Nick has seen secrets ruin too many relationships to think that a human/werewolf romance can go anywhere.

Happy-go-lucky Drew may not sprout claws, but he’s been part of the Were community all his life. He has no trouble fitting in at the camp—except for Nick’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the growing attraction between them and his ridiculous stance on dating humans. Fate intervenes when one of his private practice patients threatens Drew’s life. Will the close call help Nick to see a connection like theirs isn’t something to let go of

Review
This story can be read on it’s own. It is set in the same place as book 1, Camp H.O.W.L, The secondary characters appear in both books with a very brief appearance from Tate and Adrian (mc’s in book 1). I liked this story better than the first book. Both characters feel an irresistible pull towards each other, it’s meant to be. A sort of fated mates but with Drew being human. Nick is a bit of an idiot though. Absolutely convinced here no point in trying for a relationship because Drew is human and it’ll never last. It’s a good twist showing a shifter who is condescending towards humans and having to eat his words as Drew proves he is just as good in many ways. I do wish Nick apologised properly to Drew for his attitude. The close call brought him to his senses but he was still being an idiot and making assumptions. Drew is a sweetheart, so full of compassion. He knows his limitations within the were community and works within them to fit in. He had never had a problem before until Nick, who was happy for a one night stand cut wary of anything more when they met again. I’m starting to love the Camp H.O.W.L crew and hope there is another one in this series within a series.

4 of stars out of 5


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Time to go Dark: Rare audiobook by Garrett Leigh Narrator: Michael Lesley

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/rare-by-garrett-leigh-4459-

Blurb
Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.

Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood. His battle with mental illness is far from over, but with Pete by his side, he’s feeling good again, so good he doesn’t notice something missing until it walks right into his living room.

Ash believes he’s had enough coincidence in his life, but when a voice from the past comes looking for him, it takes the devastating injuries of the one he loves most to convince him to let a ghost become the family he never knew he wanted

Review
Rare continues where Slide finishes. We learn more about Ash’s recovery from his breakdown and how he deals with his mental health. Pete is right there with him. But the road is never smooth for these two and boy it makes a compelling story to listen to. The dynamic between them works so well. There is more from Pete in this story. He is put through the wringer. But the changes and coincidences keep happening to Ash. He has to use the strength he has to get them through.
Michael Lesley’s narration is still excellent. He has breathed life into this series. It’s one I will listen to several times and probably get something new out of it each time. The only thing I found irritating, and this is more the dialogue, is the amount of sighing. Michael Lesley would say ‘Pete sighed’ and then he would actually sigh….so it was twice each time. Maybe because I was noticing it more but there was a lot of sighing going on in this book!

4 of stars out of 5

 

Release Day Review: The Eager Boy by Sean Michael

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-eager-boy-by-sean-michael-9546-

Blurb

Eight months ago Robin Secoya left his lover and master, Stack Lobond, because he didn’t believe Stack really cared about him. He was sure that for Stack, any warm body would do, and Robin wasn’t willing to be just a warm body anymore.

A chance meeting at the Iron Eagle Gym brings them back together, and old feelings aren’t far from the surface. They decide they can’t pass up a second chance at romance. But this time, it isn’t just Stack’s demanding career as a big-cat vet putting strain on their relationship. Robin also has a new job that takes up a lot of his time.

Will their kinky love affair crash and burn a second time, or can they find the balance that will allow the passion between them to flourish

Review
Robin feeling lonely and unable to get his Master, Stack, to listen to him left. He never stopped loving Stack and after a chance meeting (or maybe not such a chance considering his Master still went to this Gym!) they get together. There is a lot of kinky loving happening in the first 50 pages but rather than enjoy it I kept asking myself where is the communication in this, nothing has changed for Robin. They’ve given into lust and longing for each other. Rather good BDSM scenes as always. By the end I realised the reconciliation was all in the actions by Stack making an effort to change his way and by Robin sticking with his job. They come to an understanding and become able to see the other persons view. I was a little surprised by the end, it seemed abrupt, not quite a natural ending but fitting.
Sean Michael’s stories are never very deep, everything is kept light and very kinky. There could have been so much more angst and drama in this story but it’s not this writers style. Even knowing that I still wanted more substance from this story. I’m always drawn to his work but I think need to be more realistic in my expectations in future and enjoy the simplicity of it.

3 of stars out of 5


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