Release Blitz: Blind Passion by Penny Brandon

Blind Passion by Penny Brandon

Attraction for Adam was not a handsome face, a striking smile, or beautiful eyes, but a scent that would drive him to distraction or a voice that could make his heart beat faster. When the combination of the two walked into his life in Luke, Adam couldn’t help but want him. But how was he supposed to know if Luke felt the same attraction? He had no prior experience, no past encounters, nothing to help him. Not even his sight.

One look at Adam and Luke wanted him. Sensual, gorgeous, kind, with a strength that Luke was drawn to, Adam was everything Luke desired. Being in Adam’s arms, showing him the pleasure of a man’s body, being touched, held, and desired in return, had Luke wanting more, had him wanting what he knew he couldn’t have.

It didn’t matter to him that Adam was blind, but Adam deserved more than someone like him. Luke was a man with a broken past and falling in love with Adam was a foolish thing to do, especially because Adam would never love him back if he found out what Luke was hiding.

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Release Blitz: Pretty in Pink by Jay Northcote + Excerpt!

Pretty in Pink by Jay Northcote

Ryan isn’t looking for a relationship with a guy–and Johnny isn’t looking for a relationship at all.

Ryan’s always been attracted to tall, leggy blondes–normally of the female variety. When Johnny catches his eye at a party, Ryan’s interest is piqued even though he’s never been with a guy before. The attraction is mutual, and the amazing night that follows opens Ryan’s eyes to his bisexuality.

Experience has taught Johnny that love hurts. Staying single is safer, and there’s no need for complicated relationships when hooking up is easy. When he moves in next door to Ryan, they’re both interested in picking up where they left off, and it seems like an ideal arrangement: convenient, mutually satisfying, and with no strings attached.

Despite their best intentions to keep things casual, they develop an emotional connection alongside the physical one. Both begin to want more from the relationship but are afraid to admit it. If they’re going to work things out, they need to start being honest–first with themselves, and then with each other.

Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.

 

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Audio Review: September by Robert Winter

Reviewed by Morgan

Title: September
Author: Robert Winter
Narrator: Kale Williams
Heroes: David James/Brandon Smith
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 10 Hours, 1 Minute
Publisher: Robert Winter Books
Release Date: February 7, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: David James is smart, successful, handsome… and alone. After the death of his lover, Kyle, from cancer, he buried himself in his law practice and the gym. At forty-eight, he is haunted by his memories and walled off from the world. When David injures himself working out, he’s assigned to Brandon Smith for physical therapy. The vibrant young therapist is attracted to David and realizes he needs a hand to get back into dating. What begins as a practice coffee date escalates to friendship, passion, and maybe something more, as they navigate a new relationship in Washington, DC, and the gay mecca of Provincetown.

But David remains trapped behind the barrier of fear and guilt. Will he remain loyal to Kyle’s memory if he moves on? Can he and Brandon manage a twenty-two-year age gap? Brandon thinks he understands David’s concerns, and for him, the answer to those questions is yes. He wants to be with David, and he believes he can overcome David’s barriers. But Brandon fails to account for the world’s reaction to a handsome young man attached to an older, wealthy lover.

David’s memories, Brandon’s pride, and an unexpected tragedy might cost them something very special…

Note: Another publisher released September previously with a different cover. The author has made only minor changes to this edition.
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Author Q&A: Sloane Kennedy + Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Please welcome Sloane Kennedy to The Blogger Girls!

Can you tell us a little bit about your characters?

Nate is a femme florist who is both confident and insecure at the same time. He has no trouble attracting guys, but he hasn’t found any who want him beyond a physical relationship so he’s trying to turn over a new leaf and find a guy who will stick around and accept him for who he is 24/7. Harrison is a lawyer whose most recent relationship ended badly. He’s convinced Heart2Heart is a hook-up app his ex was using while they were together and sets out to prove it. When he discovers it isn’t, he has to deal with the realization that his ex was looking for someone else for a long-term relationship while he and Harrison were still together, leaving Harrison feeling like he wasn’t good enough for the long-term.

The characters you had to choose from were readers’ submissions, correct? Were there any other characters you considered writing about before you chose this couple?

No, there really wasn’t. Something about these two characters just kind of called to me. Maybe because they were just everyday type guys so it meant I wouldn’t be too far outside my comfort zone when it came to that aspect of the story.

How did you come to be involved in the Heart2Heart Anthology?

I was approached by Leslie Copeland who spearheaded the entire endeavor

Have you ever been involved in a group project like this before? What were some of the challenges you had to face?

No, I haven’t. The hardest part was making sure my story fit the parameters of the anthology even though those weren’t 100% clear on day 1. I tend to constantly be thinking and planning my stories even before I’ve started writing so with a lot of unanswered questions, that part was a bit tricky for me.

Is this something you’d like to be a part of again in the future?

Absolutely

You’re donating the entire proceeds to charity – can you tell us more about where the money is going?

It’s going to a few different LGBTQ themed charities. One of my personal favorites, The Trevor Project is included. I’m a big believer in kids needing the resources that organization provides so I’m so very happy we get to contribute to that even in such a small way

Have you ever set someone else up on a blind date? If yes, how did it turn out?

I have not

If Heart2Heart were to match you with someone, who do you think you’d get paired with?

LOL, I have no idea. Probably someone completely opposite from me. Outgoing and sociable – an A type personality

 

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Lover, Lover by Liv Olteano: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Liv Olteano

“It doesn’t matter what I imagined you or I would say. The simple truth of the matter is you managed to live without me just fine. And I managed to do it, too. There’s no point in talking or thinking about what-ifs.”

“I missed you, though,” I admitted in a small voice. “I’m probably even more of an ass to say so, but I did. I really did miss you, lots of times.”

“Yet you never called.”

“I did. You’d changed your number by then.”

He snorted. “So you called at least two years after we broke up. I can see how much you missed me, yeah. It’s glaringly obvious.”

“My brain was all scrambled. I needed to unscramble it before I could dare to talk to you again. I thought I owed you a clean break.”

“A clean break? You asshole!”

“Angelo—”

“What’s the point of doing this now?” he asked in a defeated voice.

“I wish I’d be a big enough man not to. I wish I could just walk by without stopping to pester you. But I can’t do that, angel. I really can’t, and that’s the simple truth of it.”

“I knew it was a mistake to talk at all.”

“Why a mistake?”

“What you’ve said you believe to be true.”

“But you don’t?”

“I don’t think you leave someone and then years later just can’t help yourself from wanting them when you meet again.”

“I never could help myself when it came to you. You know that.”

“I thought I did. But it was a long time ago. Things change. People change.”

“How have you changed?”

“I’m not going to sit here and rehash the last five years of my life.”

“You’re right. It’s too personal a question. I’m sorry.”

“This is a bad idea.”

“What is?”

“Us. There’ll always be blurred lines. We didn’t ease out of a personal connection. There was no time to retrain our brains to be around without being together. You just up and disappeared.”

“I know. I’m sor—”

“You keep saying that, but it makes no real difference.”

“You’re right.”

“Did you become an addict? Is this part of your twelve steps program, making amends?”

“Do you honestly think I wouldn’t want to be around you otherwise?”

“It has to be weird for you too,” he said, and looked out toward the skyline.

“In a way, yes. But I think us meeting each other again was a happy thing. It made me happy to see you.”

“And now that we met, what? Do you want us to get together, Drew? Is that it?”

“What else could it be?”

He looked into my eyes with an intensity that almost gutted me.

“I’m not an entirely different person, but I have changed here and there,” I said. “Things are bad between us right now, and it’s my fault. I know. I wish I could take it back, but I can’t. I unscrambled my brains. I’m not a scared kid anymore.”

“You’re a scared adult now?”

I smiled and looked at him without replying.

“And? Now that you’re this grown-up man, what do you want?”

“I want to kiss you,” I whispered, staring at his lips.”

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Book Review: Lover, Lover by Liv Olteano

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Lover, Lover
Author: Liv Olteano
Series: Dreamcatchers #1; Dreamspun Beyond #14
Heroes: Drew & Angelo
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 195 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Twin souls reunited.

Drew’s always been a fighter: first in martial arts competitions, and now as a dreamcatcher—keeping the people of Seattle safe from spaga attacks that would drain their life force in their sleep. All he has to do to become a full member of Team 32 is complete his first mission.

But the first person he must defend is his ex, Angelo… the only man Drew ever loved, even if he was the one to leave. Drew never got over Angelo, and it seems Angelo might feel the same, despite the heartbreak he suffered at Drew’s hands.

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Book Review: Teaching Ben by Shae Connor

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Teaching Ben
Author: Shae Connor
Series: Dreamspun Desires #52
Heroes: Ben/David
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 209 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Learning to love means a study in patience.

Fresh out of the military, Ben Cooper is ready for a new start. He’s away from his domineering father, making his own choices… and out of the closet. On his first day of college, he meets David Powell, who’s just the kind of gorgeous man Ben’s dreamed of. Too bad he’s the teaching assistant—which makes him off-limits in Ben’s eyes.

David is Ben’s age, but his life has taken a different path. He’s close with his family, who helped him deal with personal struggles after he came out. And while he’s staying away from any hint of scandal, Ben’s a kind of temptation he hasn’t faced in years. If only they’d met on more equal footing.

As the semester progresses and their lives become more entwined, keeping their relationship platonic becomes more difficult. They just have to hold out until the end of the semester….
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Survivor by TM Smith: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by TM Smith

Chapter One

Frank

Summer 2005

“Thanks, Mack.” Frank took the sack from the cashier at his and Caleb’s favorite sandwich shop, backing into the door to push it open, hands full with the bag and two Styrofoam cups of sweet tea. Caleb laid on the horn, sticking his head out the window and hollering for Frank to hurry the fuck up before he shriveled up like a raisin from sheer starvation. He’d roll his eyes at the man-child behind the steering wheel of the Dodge Charger police cruiser they drove, but it would be a waste. He was wearing aviators, so the visual would be lost on his partner anyway.

He was thankful Caleb took the initiative to lean across the front seat and shove the passenger’s side door open for him to climb in. Trying to juggle a bag of sandwiches and two cups and open the door, something was likely to get dropped and that something would be Caleb’s, not his. His partner took both cups, waiting for Frank to climb in and close his door before handing one back to him. “Smells wonderful. Now give, I’m dying over here.” Caleb snapped his fingers and Frank fought the urge to smack his hand.

He settled for a verbal backlash instead. “Man, chill the fuck out. Seriously, Caleb, I know Justine feeds you.” He pulled the sandwiches out and shoved the one with a C written on it at Caleb. “Besides, you’re getting a little spare tire around the middle there, partner. Maybe you should get a salad next time, cut back on the carbs,” Frank teased.

“Fuck off,” Caleb responded, the words sounding garbled around a mouth full of Philly cheesesteak with extra cheese and extra steak. Frank unwrapped the top half of his meatball sub and took a bite, groaning at how good the mixture of sauce and spices tasted. “Mack said to remind you that there is no such thing as extra meat and extra cheese; next time he’s charging you for two sandwiches.”

Caleb scoffed, taking a drink of his tea before giving Frank the side eye. “And you can tell Mack that if he even thinks about charging me double, I’ll have the health inspector in there so fast, his head will spin.”

Frank laughed, shaking his head and concentrating on the sandwich in his hand. This was their usual routine when they were on nights. They’d get dinner at Mack’s sandwich shop, same sandwiches every time, and Mack generally had the food prepared and in the bag when Frank arrived to place their order.

“You done?” Caleb asked and Frank nodded. He stuffed the empty wrappers and wadded up napkins into the bag before rolling down his window and dropping it into the trash can on the curb as they left the restaurant parking lot and merged into traffic on Preston road.

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Audio Review: Survivor by T.M. Smith

Reviewed by Morgan

Title: Survivor
Author: T.M. Smith
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Heroes: Raylor/Frank
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 5 Hours, 33 Minutes
Publisher: T.M. Smith
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only thirteen years old—his parents killed, leaving him alone and orphaned. With no living relatives, he’d certainly be another statistic if not for the intervention of the policeman who found Taylor in the crawl space where his mother hid him that fateful night. Despite the tragedy and resulting anguish in his life, Taylor knows how lucky he is.

Frank Moore is a rookie with the Dallas Police Department when he and his partner answer a call in Devonshire, one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods. They think the young boy in various pictures throughout the home has been kidnapped until they find him, shaken but alive. Officer Moore recognizes the pain in the kid’s eyes, having lost his own mother to cancer when he was just a boy. He steps in, making sure Taylor is placed with a loving foster family. Over the years, Frank becomes a permanent fixture in Taylor’s life.

A decade later, the case remains unsolved and the once gangly, uncertain teenager is now a college graduate who knows exactly what he wants. He’s coming home to the man that helped mold and shape his life, the man he’s loved for as long as he can remember, Frank Moore. But Taylor isn’t the only person returning to Dallas, and while Frank is distracted by his own conflicting feelings and the new bond growing between the two, the past creeps up on them, determined to finish what was started ten years earlier.

A note from the author…

I hope you enjoy Frank and Taylor’s story. It’s been a long road to get them settled, but I’m happy with where this story has taken them. When I started this book, the intent was to write a stand-alone story, but that has changed. Characters continually evolve throughout the writing process, and there are several characters in the book that want to tell their story. I’ve grown especially fond of Rory and I can’t wait to write his book, which will take us back to when he first joined the Bureau, and continue on to his happy ever after.
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Hearts & Health Volume 1 by DJ Jamison: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by DJ Jamison

Zane led Paul into his apartment, feeling a little self-conscious as he looked at the place through the doctor’s eyes. The man probably had a gorgeous house, something really expensive, and a maid to keep it clean.

He had a small, two-bedroom apartment still in the throes of moving chaos. Boxes were flattened and stacked in the corner, and the mismatched furniture had seen better days. It looked like a place a college kid would live, and it had never bothered him. He’d been excited to be out on his own at last. But to a doctor used to nicer things …

“Sorry, it’s uh, still a work in progress,” Zane said, feeling awkward.

He’d taken the lead and invited Paul here, but now he felt uncertain. He wasn’t as experienced as he pretended to be. He really didn’t know what the doctor expected. Should Zane just kiss him? Lead him straight to the bedroom?

Actually serve the iced tea?

“You just moved in. Give it time,” Paul said.

He didn’t seem to be judging Zane too harshly. His blue eyes took in the surroundings with interest, but there was no disdain there that Zane could see. When Paul’s eyes landed on him, Zane quickly turned and headed for the kitchen.

“How about I get you that tea?” he said, his nerves too jittery to take the bold actions he’d imagined when he invited Paul over.

He couldn’t quite get a handle on why the doctor affected him this way.

Paul was older, but not terribly old. Probably late thirties or early forties. Not so much older than Gage, he assumed. But Zane had never been particularly interested in older men. Unless it was a new thing. The doctor was attractive, if conservative in his looks. He had blond hair, cut in a simple style, and glasses that masked the prettiness of his eyes unless you looked closely. His face was narrow, with even features — an intellectual sort of face, rather than a rough, masculine one. It fit him perfectly, though. He looked every inch the sexy academic. Whether doctor, scientist or college dean, the look worked for him.

The look definitely worked for Zane. His lips burned with the desire to kiss the man.

He realized he was staring at Paul, and hurried to hand him a glass of tea, sloshing it on the floor in the process.

“Shit,” he said, turning to grab a paper towel and mop up the spill.

“You seem kind of nervous,” Paul said.

Zane glanced up from the floor, sodden paper towel in hand and laughed. “I know, right? Sorry.”

He stood and tossed his trash, then grabbed his own glass of tea and led Paul to the living room. The doctor followed him, quiet after Zane’s admission of his nerves. Maybe Paul was feeling the tension, too. But was it a good tension or a bad tension?

Paul sat down next to Zane on the sofa and shifted to face him. “So, why are you nervous?” he asked, sounding baffled.

Zane’s heart thrashed in his chest as he turned and set his glass on the flimsy coffee table. Paul followed suit, watching Zane all the while with a confused expression.

Then, before he could lose his nerve, Zane leaned forward and brushed his lips against the corner of Paul’s mouth.

“This is why,” he murmured.

Paul took in a sharp, surprised breath, and Zane dragged his lips across Paul’s to kiss him properly. He brought up a hand, cupping Paul’s face and pulling him in closer.

Paul gasped against his mouth, his lips trembling under Zane’s.

Encouraged by his reaction, Zane traced the tip of his tongue along the man’s bottom lip, before pushing inside the warmth of his mouth.

The broken moan that sounded in Paul’s throat sent shockwaves of desire through Zane. It sounded like pleasure. It also sounded like pain. It seemed to straddle the line between joy and grief. He didn’t know what to make of it, but Paul’s hands clutched his hair and the man’s tongue slid against his own, so he took it for what it was: need.

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