Recent Release: A Deeper Blue (The Game #2) by S.E. Harmon

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-deeper-blue-by-se-harmon-9928-b

Blurb

A year ago, Kelly Cannon couldn’t imagine he’d end up with his formerly straight best friend. It’s hard to believe he can finally kiss Blue any time he wants… as long as they’re in private. And there’s the rub. Despite Kelly’s promise to wait until Blue is ready to come out, he’s tired of sneaking around. The cracks in their relationship are starting to show, and there might not be enough spackle in the world to fix them.

Britton “Blue” Montgomery may not be the physics brainiac his boyfriend is, but he’s not stupid. He knows Kelly isn’t completely happy. But he’s not ready to be the poster boy for bisexuals and gays in the NFL. He just wants to keep his head down, play the game he loves, and go home to the man he adores. Is that too much to ask?

With the truth slowly coming to the surface, Blue must make a choice. If it means losing Kelly, there’s no decision to make…. He has to find enough courage to face the music and hope they’ll survive the fallout.

Man. Happily-ever-afters may not be just for Disney princesses, but they sure are a lot of work.

Review

So here’s the thing. If you loved book one, if you love this author and their style of writing, you will love this sequel.

It’s full of SE Harmon’s sense of humor, flair with sexual chemistry and attention to minutia (I mean detail- ahem.)

One thing I’ve felt about each SE Harmon title was that it was good but too long and needed a fierce hand with an editor and it’d be tight and wonderful. As it is, though there is a lot of interesting stuff happening, it isn’t needed IMHO. I felt like I understood the importance of Kelly’s career without having to go step by step with him through his teaching process. I get that the foot ball guys are jerks without having to sit through each moment of practice.

So, for me, I found myself wanting to skim a lot and though I found the sex hot – it got skimmed as well.

I definitely needed this book to close up what we started in book 1 and so – to that extent – I was happy to have read this – but I’m still left with that feeling of wishing it’d been shorter and more to the point.

I think fans of the author will disagree but I give this 3.5 stars.

3.5 stars


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Recently Released: Something About Us (Saint and Lucky #2) by Riley Hart

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41136356-something-about-us

Blurb

Falling in love was the easy part.

Lucky and Saint are head-over-heels for each other. It doesn’t matter that they met only a few months ago. It also doesn’t matter that this is Saint’s first real relationship and Lucky’s first with a man. They’re infatuated, happy, and excited to start their life together in LA.

It isn’t as easy as they thought.

Away from home for the first time and feeling like he has to compete with Saint’s experienced and cultured friends, Lucky is a fish out of water. Saint is still coming to grips with his recent loss while doing everything he can to keep Lucky happy. The only time things feel right is when they lock themselves away from the world—when they’re alone, everything is perfect.

But reality comes crashing back in to challenge them at every turn. Lucky and Saint need to learn how to stand together, as well as apart, if they’re to have any hope of making this last. They’re learning the hard way that “I love you” is when the real work begins.

Review

I’m not super big on sequels but I have to say that book 1 really begged for more and Riley delivered!

When we left Lucky and Saint we knew they had big hurdles facing them if they were going to make it work and this book shows us those hurdles.

There’s lots of hot smexy times and some great feels along the way.

For fans of book 1, this is a must!

(Not a standalone!)

4 of 5 stars


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Steamy Romance: The Edge by SJD Peterson

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-edge-by-sjd-peterson-9754-

Blurb

An underground club tale

Submissive Joshua has struggled with his addiction to pain for years—something Dom Nash knew when he took Joshua on. Nash also knew their path wouldn’t be an easy one, but through commitment and determination, he peels back Joshua’s layers one by one, revealing a horrific history of abuse and neglect that spans Joshua’s entire life. Nash wants nothing more than to gain Joshua’s trust and help him find the happiness that’s eluded him so long.
Providing structure and discipline is only part of what Joshua will need on his way to recovery. He’ll need the help of Dr. Hobson and their close friends at the Underground BDSM Club to help hold Joshua together as he faces the trauma of his past. It’ll push him to the edge, but Nash will be there to keep him from falling into the abyss of despair, and if Joshua can come out on the other side, he’ll be a step closer to wholeness, healing, and happiness

Review
I haven’t read book 2 in the series, Limitless, which is how the two main characters meet. I felt there was enough of their story in this book for me to understand everything. I probably will go back and read book 2 I like the relationship between Dom Nash and Sub Joshua and would like to see where it starts from now I know how happy they are. There are a few hot scenes, where Nash takes Joshua out of himself but Nash soon realises that scenes are not the right way to give Joshua what he needs. Joshua has had a past full of abuse and rejection and Nash doesn’t want to add to this. The Edge is about two people facing doubts and learning about themselves to strengthen their relationship. It’s one of the few books that the Dom isn’t portrayed as being all knowing. Nash has fears and doubts about how he can best help Joshua. He arranges for Joshua to get professional help, which I applaud. This is one of the better BDSM stories in terms of relationships I have read. Certainly more realistic. I hope two of the secondary characters, Malcolm and Denny get to tell their story in another book.

4 of stars out of 5


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Audiobook Bromantically Yours by KC Wells Narrated by Daniel Henning

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/bromantically-yours-by-kc-wells-9344-b

Blurb

K.C. Wells
A friends-to-lovers novella that came from Out of the Shadows, because Nate and Dylan needed a story….
Nate and Dylan have been pals for a long time. So what if their friends think they’ve got a little bromance going? Doesn’t mean there’s anything more to it than that, right? And even if there is, Nate and Dylan are totally oblivious….
Until the night they share a drunken kiss—and everything changes.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

This was adorable! I don’t remember these guys at all from Out of the Shadows – but that’s ok.

I loved how cute they were together and the “discovery” smexy times were hot, hot, hot!

There is pretty much no angst and just a sweet and sexy deepening of feelings.

Highly Recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

 

Daniel Henning is new to me and he did not impress me this time around. While he did a nice job with pronunciation and was easy to understand and I felt like his voice quality/intonation was nice – his voices felt like caricatures and didn’t feel authentic. He was a bit OTT at times and that is a drag.

 

I did not feel drawn into the story and I was a bit disappointed. I wouldn’t avoid him – he is new – but this wasn’t a great start.

 

3 of 5 stars

 

 

Overall 4 of 5 stars

 

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Audiobook: Leaning into Always by Lane Hayes Narrated by Seth Clayton

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Leaning-Into-Always-Audiobook/B07773JHRN?qid=1530503341&sr=sr_1_1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=RDN95195QDGESTGSF51G&

Blurb
Life is good for Eric Schuster. He owns a highly successful tech company, has a great group of buddies, and he’s about to marry his best friend, the man of his dreams. Eric is pleasantly surprised to find the transition from friends to lovers has been easier than he thought. But after running into an overly friendly ex-boyfriend on an impromptu trip to their shared hometown, Eric realizes things are about to get complicated.

Zane Richards is a quintessential California surfer dude turned professional sailor. His laid-back approach has helped him navigate difficult times in his life. Eric may not share his easy-going mindset but Zane knows without a doubt Eric is the one. However, carving a future together may require confronting a piece of the past Zane thought he’d left far behind. Both men will have to decide if they’re willing to risk what they know for a chance to lean into always.

Review
This story is only a few months on from the end of Leaning in Love. Eric is not trusting his relationship with Zane. He never had a solid romantic connection with Nick and they both knew they were not each other’s forever guy. He can see this with Zane and he wants it so much but what if it doesn’t last? I liked this story better than the first because once they accepted their attraction the hard bit comes next the belief in what they have. This has never been a problem for Zane but it’s a real test for Eric. Zane is so sure of his feelings that he is blind to reality. Especially when it comes to an old lover. He thinks Eric is just jealous.
I got on much better with Seth Clayton’s narration in this story. Zane had a more gravelly voice which helped to distinguish him from Eric. Also I think the story held my interest more. I think it helped that I listened to it straight after the first book.

3.5 of stars out of 5

 

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Audiobook Month: Spencer Cohen Series Book Three by NR Walker Narrated by Joel Leslie

Audible Link
https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Spencer-Cohen-Series-Book-Three-Audiobook/B07CP1375S?ref=a_a_library_c4_libItem_10_B07CP1375S&pf_rd_p=ae76b2bb-e63d-4a67-b357-dab3dee05ca1&pf_rd_r=J79DSYK5Z8Y0T8ZNZCMT&

Blurb

Learning to be in a committed relationship has been easy for Spencer. In fact, too easy. Andrew has fit into his life seamlessly. Spencer’s let go of his insecurities and hang-ups, and he and Andrew are enjoying where things are headed. For the first time in years, Spencer’s life is unbelievably perfect.
Andrew overthinks everything. So when Spencer gets a phone call from Australia, he’s certain Spencer will push him away. But instead of driving them apart, maybe it will solidify what they already have. Maybe Spencer will depend on Andrew more than ever. Maybe the Spencer Cohen story will come full circle, and maybe, just maybe, Spencer will have the happily ever after he never thought possible. Contains mature themes.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)

Oh man. It’s always so sad to see a great series end isn’t it?

In this we see the culmination of the love between Spencer and Andrew. There is some very heavy family drama on Spencer’s end – more than I can share without spoiling things – but it’s enough to make you cry.

Andrew is his most wonderful self and it was great seeing him in the support role.

I loved the melding of family and friends in this book. It showed just how important the family you create can be.

Peter and Yannis were super cute and I was glad to see that chapter closed for them both.

This is another amazing addition to the series and I recommend it highly!

Audio

Joel, as always, is amazing and makes this book/series come alive. He’s solid gold when it comes to performing and drawing a listener into the world he creates so magically with his voice.

He and NR are the dream team and I can’t wait to see more from them in the future!

5 of 5 stars

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Release Day Review: A Little Side of Geek by Marguerite Labbe

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-little-side-of-geek-by-marguerite-labbe-9611-b

Blurb

When opposite worlds collide, it’s anyone’s game.
Proud geek and comic book artist Morris Proctor wants nothing more than to live in semi-seclusion with his devil cat and gamer friends. Despite what his well-meaning family thinks, he’s perfectly content with his status quo. The last thing he needs is to date another non-geek hell-bent on changing him.
Then he meets his adorkable new neighbor, Theo Boarman, who doesn’t know Star Trek from Star Wars, but who tempts him like no other.
Theo has spent the last year recovering from the loss of his parents and trying to play both roles for his teenage brother, while working to keep the family restaurant afloat. Dating is the last thing on the menu, especially with a man who thinks the height of dining is shoving a packaged meal into the microwave.
But if Morris gives him one more shy smile or flaunts that kilt he wears so well, Theo will be forced to convince him that a hot summer fling is just the recipe to let off a little steam.
When that fling gets serious fast, Morris has to decide if he’s willing to give his heart to Theo on the chance that they’re a perfect mix.

Review by Beth
This is a story that slowly sucks you in. It is both a story of falling in love and healing from tragdy. A story about family both blood and found.

Marguerite does a wonderful job laying out the story to tease us into all of what life can throw at us and how we work our way through it. This is not a hot and heavy, all sexy times book. This is how life really does happen. An ebb and flow of side stories and romance as it happens over a summer. The author shows us that it’s not all fireworks and spotlights. I think she did a fabulous job.

The MC’s are well thought out and multidimensional, but I really liked the character of Lincoln. This is Theo’s younger brother and he really does carry a third of the story. Teenage angst, insecurities and dealing with loss at an early age, Lincoln is as well developed as Morris and Theo.

I liked this story, I liked how comfortable it felt, how realistic it was and I quietly got to root for things to work out between Morris and Theo.

5 of 5 stars


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Review by Dee

I absolutely loved this story for its simplicity. That is not to say that there was no depth to the romance, no, just the opposite. All the characters were well developed, even the secondary ones. The story is also funny and heartwarming.

Morris, a simple soul who loves his geekiness, has been through relationships where the boyfriend has tried to ‘improve’ him. Needless to say, he’s a bit gun-shy about relationships. Theo, his new neighbour, has recently lost his parents, co-owns a restaurant (with his sister) and is the legal guardian of his younger brother. With all that’s going on, Theo is not in the market for a romance.

They decide to embark on a ‘fling’, but before they know it, they’ve wormed their way into each other’s lives and hearts.

What I really like about the story is that there was a realistic look at friendships, family, dealing with tragedy and finding what makes one happy. There was no real drama, no prolonged misunderstandings.

I honestly loved how the relationship between the 2 men just flowed and grew, with the addition of their families blending into the mix.

Highly recommend. This will definitely go on my re-read list!

5 of 5 stars


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Time to Go Dark: Circle by Garrett Leigh

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35894093-circle

Blurb
I love him…but he’s forgotten why.

A lot can happen in six years, and Ash and Pete have seen their world flipped upside down more times than most. Being parents to Pete’s young nephew wasn’t in their plan, but life happens to them and they roll with the punches. Or at least they did, until new heartache rocks their hard-won happily-ever-after.

Ash loves Pete as much as ever—more, in fact—but Pete battles alone with a burden that weighs heavily on his heart. Ash is no stranger to dark clouds, but the secret Pete keeps from him is a storm that could break them.

Despite the fierce love that once buoyed them, they’re both drowning until a new friend throws them a lifeline. His wisdom offers insight—for better or worse, real love is rarely a smooth journey. For Ash and Pete to come full circle once more, they’ll have to hit the road and chase it

Review
This story brings a conclusion for Ash and Pete. It’s six years on from the end of Rare and it doesn’t look like life has settled very much for them. For as much has changed since the ending of Rare essentially they are still the same with Pete working a lot. I loved that Jed and Max from Only Love appear in this story. Jed provides a stabling influence on both Ash and Pete at time they need help. Pete has lost his way and Ash doesn’t know how to help him. For all his success with his art Ash is still insecure and doubts himself without Pete. Pete is pulling away from him and he doesn’t know how to help. Their lives are more busy and full of family now. But the hard won level of trust and communication is suffering. A brilliant emotional roller coaster of a story. This is a terrific conclusion to the series. They get their happy ever after, perfect.

4 of stars out of 5

 

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Time to Laugh: Agent Bayne (PsyCop #9) Audiobook by Jordan Castillo Price Narrated by Gomez Pugh

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Agent-Bayne-Audiobook/B079YXBLPG

Blurb

Victor Bayne is through with the Chicago PD. Can he handle the FPMP?
After years of frustration as a PsyCop, Victor Bayne reports for duty at the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. As a fledgeling agent, he’s ready to smoke out a few ghosts and be home each night in time for dinner. But is he prepared to add a professional dimension to his romantic partnership with Jacob Marks?
Jacob has already established his territory in the Program—he’s competent, he’s respected, and he’s pretty much fearless. The last thing Vic wants to do is screw up in front of him.
When fellow agents start turning up dead, Vic is expected to do more than just lay their ghosts to rest. But what if his psychic talent isn’t quite enough? As the death toll rises, he and Jacob scramble to determine who’s in danger, and who’s a killer.
Using all the resources at their disposal, they close in on their suspect. But as they do, their past comes back to haunt them…and even Jacob worries they’ve tampered with forces they should have left alone. Are their combined talents enough to protect them from enemies both living and dead?

Review

(Book Reviewed Here Previously)

This book made me ridiculously happy!

First, it gives us more Jacob and Vic and even some Crash! We get to solve another mystery and just when we think we know all there is to know about Vic’s talent… there’s more to know!

Aaaand – it seems like there could be many of these with Vic as FPMP. I wouldn’t be sad if these went on for – I don’t know – EVER!

Aaaand – I love his new phone! So funny and realistic!

Aaaand- Jacob and Vic are still rock solid. They are such a great couple and I love watching their relationship evolve over time.

If you’re a fan, you’ve already read this and if you haven’t started this series – go do it!

I cannot wait for the audio!

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars

 

Audio

OMG so hysterical!  Gomez IS Victor Bayne to me – and I thought this was some of his best work!  His “phone” voice cracked me up so hard I laughed out loud.  He does accents and “characters” and handles the dry wit of this to perfection.  Absolutely wonderful – something fans of the series won’t want to miss and anyone new to the series will find entrancing!

 
6 of 5 stars

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Release day Review: Crocus by Amy Lane

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/crocus-by-amy-lane-9524-b

Blurb

Saying “I love you” doesn’t guarantee peace or a happy ending.

High school principal “Larx” Larkin was pretty sure he’d hit the jackpot when Deputy Sheriff Aaron George moved in with him, merging their two families as seamlessly as the chaos around them could possibly allow.

But when Larx’s pregnant daughter comes home unexpectedly and two of Larx’s students are put in danger, their tentative beginning comes crashing down around their ears.

Larx thought he was okay with the dangers of Aaron’s job, and Aaron thought he was okay with Larx’s daughter—who is not okay—but when their worst fears are almost realized, it puts their hearts and their lives to the test. Larx and Aaron have never wanted anything as badly as they want a life together. Will they be able to make it work when the world is working hard to keep them apart

Review
In my opinion you really do need to read or listen to book 1, Bonfires, before starting Crocus. Bonfires is the story of how Aaron and Larx meet and fall in love with all the complications of joining two families. It ends when Larx’s eldest daughter Olivia comes home from college and tells them she is pregnant. This book takes off from that point. We learn that not only is she pregnant she also has Depression. Amy Lane handles this very difficult subject very well. There is no miraculous recovery just because it suited the storyline. We go through Olivia’s struggles to move out of the dark place she is in and Larx’s struggles as a parent to help her. At the same time his rock, Aaron is injured whilst on duty, one of his students is suffering from domestic abuse and is missing in a snowstorm. In amongst this two brothers need his support. There is so much to keep you on edge desperate to know more and wanting everything to work out. I love the dose of reality and practically Amy Lane has in these stories. By the way the book ended I am certain there will be a third book, can’t wait.

5 of stars out of 5

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