Book Review: The Mighty Have Fallen by Bonnie Dee

Reviewed by Ami

33414211Title: The Mighty Have Fallen
Author: Bonnie Dee
Heroes: Trevor Rowland/Jack Burrows
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 112 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 18, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Theatre headliner Trevor Rowland is at the peak of his career when disaster strikes. In one fell swoop, he loses his eyesight, his fame, and his boyfriend, who absconds with most of his money. Trevor must take on a flatmate, hardworking East Ender Jack Burrows, to afford the rent. Anger and bitterness have taken up residence in his heart—but Jack shines light into the shadowy corners with his relentlessly sunny disposition.

Jack introduces Trevor to a local drag club and convinces him he can enjoy the stage again. Trevor’s defences slowly come down as Jack becomes much more than a barely tolerated roommate.

But will Trevor’s fragile trust be destroyed when it appears he’s been manipulated yet again by a man he’s come to care for? Will he reclaim his life or crawl back into a shell of defeat? Trevor must learn to trust not only a man, but himself, once more.
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Book Review: Painted On My Heart by Kindle Alexander

Reviewed by Susan65

31824970Title: Painted On My Heart
Author: Kindle Alexander
Heroes: Kellus Hardin/Arik Layne
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 392 Pages
Publisher: Kindle Alexander
Release Date: January 1, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Artist Kellus Hardin let love and loyalty cloud his past decisions, a mistake he definitely won’t make again. Now, lost and alone, he’s left to pick up the shattered pieces of his broken heart while facing the truth of his reality.

Arik Layne exudes power, confidence, and determination. But when an encounter with the guarded artist shakes him to the core and alters all his future goals, he finds more than just his heart on the line.

For Kellus, opening himself to love isn’t an option.
All Arik wants is to make the artist his.
Can love create a masterpiece when it’s painted on your heart?
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Book Review: Cemeteries by Moonlight by Hunter Frost

Reviewed by Ami

33397667Title: Cemeteries by Moonlight
Author: Hunter Frost
Series: States of Love – Louisiana
Heroes: Drew Daniels/Finn Murphy
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 108 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 18, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  When a serious bout of writer’s block threatens to delay mystery author Drew Daniels’s newest book, his aunt offers her New Orleans apartment in the heart of the French Quarter as a writing retreat. She neglects to mention that it’s occupied by the enigmatic and sexy Finn Murphy, a cemetery tour guide with a penchant for Victorian attire and a Cajun accent.

A body discovered in an open crypt forces reclusive Drew to deal with Finn’s eccentric group of friends and his underlying attraction to the hot Cajun—despite warnings about Finn’s violent past. Drew might write this stuff, but he’s never had to solve a real-life murder. With a deadline looming and a killer on the loose, this retreat is proving to be anything but helpful for Drew’s novel. Drew can only hope he won’t end up a tragic tale for the Ghostly Legends & Lore, Inc. haunted tour.
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Book Review: Afraid to Fly by L.A. Witt

Reviewed by JustJen

31689689Title: Afraid to Fly
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Anchor Point #2
Heroes: Travis Wilson/Clint Fraser
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 347 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 16, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Once a fearless fighter pilot, Commander Travis Wilson is now confined to a desk. It’s been eight years since the near-fatal crash that grounded him, and it still rules his life thanks to relentless back pain.

Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser almost drowned in a bottle after a highly classified catastrophe while piloting a drone. His downward spiral cost him his marriage and kids, but he’s sober now and getting his life back on track. He’s traded drones for a desk, and he’s determined to reconcile with his kids and navigate the choppy waters of PTSD.

Clint has been on Travis’s radar ever since he transferred to Anchor Point. When Clint comes out to his colleagues, it’s a disaster, but there’s a silver lining: now that Travis knows Clint is into men, the chemistry between them explodes.

It’s all fun and games until emotions get involved. Clint’s never been in love with a man before. Travis has, and a decade later, that tragic ending still haunts him. Clint needs to coax him past his fear of crashing and burning again, or their love will be grounded before takeoff.
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Honorary Blogger R Phoenix: Behind Too Close + Giveaway!

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Behind Too Close

by R Phoenix

Hello everyone,

Thank you for taken an interest in me, my work, and what I have to say. Much like Skylar, the main character in my contemporary book Too Close, I have a groan-worthy sense of humor. He didn’t get it from a stranger, but with some of that groan-worthy levity I would like to talk about some deeper stuff.

“I’m dealing with a lot of scary things. I think you have to react to them. And you either laugh at them or you go insane Or you shut off from everything and everyone. Trying not to feel.”
–Death Masks. Jim Butcher.

I’ve been surprised by how many people genuinely want to know about the motivation behind Too Close. I’m not here to tell you everything you read was true, even though my experiences have heavily colored the story depicted in this book. Unfortunately, all too often we run into the question of why people stay in an abusive relationship, and that is something I would like to touch upon in this blog post.

What did the grape say when it got crushed? Nothing. It just let out a little wine.

There’s a misconception that if you’re that miserable, you’ll head out and never look back, but it’s not quite that simple. I’m hoping Too Close gives a better approximation of why people stay. Of course, Skylar’s story is as purely unique as that of any other abuse victim. The reasons for staying vary greatly from person to person. To give you an idea, they tend to come down to thing like love, hope, fear, isolation, lack of resources, children, confusion, guilt, self-worth and social pressure. It is rarely just one thing, and often an amalgamation of several.

We don’t have any vegetable jokes yet, so if you do, lettuce know.

From a young age, we are taught responsibility by our parents, and that responsibility extends to honoring commitments. Then through media, we are often given the message that true love will conquer all and that you should give everything up for a chance at such unique happiness. Love demands sacrifice, love requires you to work on it. Love means that in the end all the hardships will have been worthwhile, because then it was true love!

Do not trust atoms. They make up everything.

We aren’t taught what true love actually looks like though, and all too often, we aren’t taught how much sacrifice is too much. When faced with abuse, reaching out for help becomes hard, because no one wants to admit that maybe they made a mistake in believing their heart and following their emotions. Maybe the situation is abusive, but it also provides financial stability, and wouldn’t it then be silly to leave that behind? Or what if there are children involved, and they are a good parent to them; would you deprive your children of that because you’re feeling undervalued? What if they also tell you that they love you? That they didn’t mean it and will never do it again?

Wouldn’t you want to believe that, knowing that a relationship is a commitment, takes work, and true love is worth it? Besides, where would you go? You can’t go back to your parents because you can’t work out your relationship. You’re an adult now…! Maybe you already know you should leave, but you’re afraid what your partner will do to you or themselves if you do. Maybe, after so long, you have started to believe your partner when they say they love you, but you make them so angry…! You kind of had it coming, right? You could have been nicer. And they’re not that bad. Other people have it much worse!

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Book Review: The Painted Crown by Megan Derr

Reviewed by Nikyta

thepaintedcrown400Title: The Painted Crown
Author: Megan Derr
Series: Unbreakable Soldiers #2
Heroes: Istari & Teverem
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 89k words
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: November 16, 2016
Available at: Less Than Three PressAmazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Prince Istari has spent his life reviled: his parents wish he had never been born, the royal court of Belemere avoids him for fear of angering the king, and everyone else is kept away by his notorious reputation as a deadly sharpshooter. Now a hostage of peace in Tallideth, he is subjected to their hatred as well—even that of Regent Vellem, who once considered him a comrade in arms.

Unexpected solace comes in the form of Lord Teverem, a sad, quiet lord who assumed the title when his brother was killed in the explosion for which Istari’s father is to blame. He is kind and sweet and a sorely needed bright spot in Istari’s life—until Istari meets his family and learns of a dangerous family secret with unexpected ties to Istari’s past, a secret that could drag Tallideth and Belemere right back into war…
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Book Review: Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding

Reviewed by Ami

33383956Title: Love is Heartless
Author: Kim Fielding
Series: Love Can’t #2
Heroes: Nevin Ng/Colin Westwood
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 254 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Small but mighty—that could be Detective Nevin Ng’s motto. Now a dedicated member of the Portland Police Bureau, he didn’t let a tough start in life stop him from protecting those in need. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, and he doesn’t do relationships. Until he responds to the severe beating of a senior citizen and meets the victim’s bow-tied, wealthy landlord.

Property manager and developer Colin Westwood grew up with all the things Nevin never had, like plenty of money and a supportive, loving family. Too supportive, perhaps, since his childhood illness has left his parents unwilling to admit he’s a strong, grown man. Colin does do relationships, but they never work out. Now he’s thinking maybe he won’t just go with the flow. Maybe it’s time to try something more exciting. But being a witness to a terrible crime—or two—was more than he bargained for.

Despite their differences, Colin and Nevin discover that sparks fly when they’re together. But sparks are short-lived, dampened by the advent of brutal crimes, and Colin and Nevin have seemingly little in common. The question is whether they have the heart to build something lasting.
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Accused by Leona Windwalker: Behind the Scenes Excerpt & Giveaway!

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An Overlooked Opportunity: A Behind the Scene Excerpt of Accused

by Leona Windwalker

Varto smiled to himself. Surely this was an opportunity not to be missed! Withe the human home world now open to limited trade and human Volunteers coming to the station, there was money to be made providing them with home comforts. Home comforts that just happened to appeal to more than just humans.

Blix had profited at the food store, importing some of their foodstuffs. J’norah had gotten himself a Starbucks franchise, introducing the drink known as coffee. Varto was a cabinet maker though- how could he take advantage of this?

Word is that Commander is bringing home a human Sachari- surely he will wish to spend credits transforming their home into something familiar. Hmmm. Sachari are nurturers. Nurturers provide comfort. Comfort- food. Food- kitchen. Human kitchens no doubt are different from those found in the Talani Alliance. Yes, something to help make this like home, like comfort.

Varto picked up his data pad, opening an information search for ‘traditional kitchens- Earth’. He eyed the results. Wait, this result looked promising. It was a site that shared pictures by topic. He selected the Earth site. Ah, traditional to humans means old-fashioned. ‘Retro’ they call it, and it’s a thing. A popular thing. Yes, yes. Warm memories of old-fashioned cabinets and older appliances like your parent or their parent had. Getting comfort while nurturing your own young. He selected the most popular images, downloaded them, and saved them to a file. He couldn’t provide the human style appliances, but the cabinetry he could do. Now all he had to do was wait. The Sachari would come, and he would be waiting. And as the Commander’s mate, he will set a style trend. He smiled toothily. Yes, sir, the credits will come rolling in. I might even be able to franchise my designs. Varto’s Retro Relics. Hmm. I should see if I could partner with an engineer to design Talani appliances that look like the human old-fashioned ones. The look would then be complete. Not yet, though, he reminded himself. First to turn a profit on the cabinetry. Then roll out a complementary line, followed by franchise opportunities. Continue reading

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Book Review: Service With a Smirk by Ariel Tachna

Reviewed by Ami

33384004Title: Service With a Smirk
Author: Ariel Tachna
Series: At Your Service #2
Heroes: Pascal larocque/Mathias Perras
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Pascal Larocque, a waiter at a high-end Montréal restaurant, knows what it means to love—and he knows what it means to lose. He buried the man he expected to spend his life with years ago. He’s perfectly happy with his solitude, or so he tells his friends. But a chance encounter in a neighborhood bar followed by a run-in at his apartment building turns his world upside down.

Mathias Perras is twenty-four, newly arrived in Montréal, and works two jobs so he can live on rue Sainte-Catherine in the heart of the gay district. During the day, he’s on a fast track to management at the Banque de Montréal. At night, he waits tables at a gay bar down the street. He’s burning the candle at both ends, but it will be worth it when his career takes off and he has the life he’s always dreamed of. When he meets Pascal, one more piece of that dream slots into place. Pascal is everything he wants in a lover: older, self-assured, established in his life and his career. But Pascal doesn’t look at him twice. What’s a boy have to do to get a little action?
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Audio Review: Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh

Reviewed by Morgan

betweenghosts_audiobook2400Title: Between Ghosts
Author: Garrett Leigh
Narrator: Craig Beck
Heroes: Connor Regan/Nat Thompson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 2 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 7, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: In 2003, journalist Connor Regan marched through London to add his voice to a million others, decrying the imminent invasion of Iraq. Eight months later, his brother, James, was killed in action in Mosul.

Three years on, Connor finds himself bound for Iraq to embed with an elite SAS team. He sets his boots on the ground looking for closure and solace—anything to ease the pain of his brother’s death. Instead he finds Sergeant Nathan Thompson.

Nat Thompson is a veteran commander, hardened by years of combat and haunted by the loss of his best friend. Being lumbered with a civilian is a hassle Nat doesn’t need, and he vows to do nothing more than keep the hapless hack from harm’s way.

But Connor proves far from hapless, and too compelling to ignore for long. He walks straight through the steel wall Nat’s built around his heart, and when their mission puts him in mortal danger, Nat must lay old ghosts to rest and fight to the death for the only man he’s ever truly loved.

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