Challenge Book Week

Challenge Book Review: Rasputin’s Kiss by L.M. Somerton

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: Rasputin’s Kiss
Author: L.M. Somerton
Series: Investigating Love #1
Heroes: Alex Courtney/Conor Trethuan
Genre: MM Thriller
Length: 222 Pages
Publisher: Totaly Bound
Release Date: March 7, 2014
Available at: Totally Bound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks and Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: What if the last thing you felt was the kiss of a knife? Rasputin’s kiss is lethal. He’s a ghost-killing and disappearing into the night. With few leads and four bodies on his conscience, Detective Inspector Alex Courtney and his team are running on empty and it’s only a matter of time before Rasputin strikes again. When Alex recruits a young detective to play the part of his boyfriend and provide a tempting target for a killer, he knows he is taking a huge risk. He doesn’t expect Conor Trethuan to be a perfect potential submissive. When their mutual attraction becomes more, Alex has to face the conflict between his possessive instincts and the need to push his young lover into danger. Investigating their feelings has to come second to investigating the case. There’s no time to decide if what they feel for each other is real. With Rasputin closing in, they may not live to find out.(
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Challenge Week Review: Sex & Sourdough by A.J. Thomas

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: Sex & Sourdough
Author: A.J. Thomas
Heroes: Anders Blankenship/Kevin Winters
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 266 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 13, 2013
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,
All Romance eBooks
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Anders Blankenship never intended to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, but when his boyfriend cancels, Anders steels his courage, leaving the abusive relationship to tackle the long-distance hike. Though a hiking virgin, he’s glad he made the decision when he receives threatening messages from his ex. Luckily, Kevin, an experienced backpacker, takes him under his wing.

Kevin Winters isn’t looking for a hiking partner, let alone a fling with a cute man on the rebound. After learning he has the autoimmune disorder that killed his father, Kevin left his family to wander remote trails. Convinced his future holds only pain and death, Kevin refuses to get close to anyone. The family sourdough recipes he recreates over a campfire are his only solace.

In the wilderness, Anders and Kevin discover a lot of common ground. While the future holds uncertainties they may not be ready to deal with, it might also hold the chance for happiness.
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Challenge Week Review: The Parting Glass by Josh Lanyon

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: The Parting Glass
Author: Josh Lanyon
Series: In a Dark Wood #2
Heroes: Tim/Luke
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 76 Pages
Publisher: Josh Lanyon
Release Date: September 30, 2013
Available at:  Josh Lanyon, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks, Kobo, Smashwords
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Two and a half years ago, travel writer Timothy O’Shay let NYPD Detective Luke O’Brien talk him into hiking into the New Jersey Pine Barrens to face down a monster.

Now Tim and Luke meet again under very different circumstances. The old attraction is still there — but so are some of Tim’s monsters. Is it too late to find their way back to each other?
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May’s Author Week + Other News!

The last few weeks have been a complete blur and extremely busy!

Last week Heather, Nikyta and Susan went away and left Jen all by her lonesome to manage the blog! Poor girl! But she did a great job keeping it going! You might have noticed that there weren’t many updates on what Theme Week or Challenge Week was and, if you did, that’s why.

So! In a quick recap, here’s what we missed in updating y’all on.

For Theme Week, we decided on Urban Fantasy Week! Here’s what we read:

Heather C read Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews (3.5 stars)
JustJen read The Saturnalia Effect by Heidi Belleau & Violetta Vane (4 stars)
Nikyta read Shamrock Green by Jackson Cordd (3.5 stars)
Susan65 read Cruce de Caminos by Heidi Belleau & Violetta Vane (4 stars)

All in all, not a bad week considering that this wasn’t a genre liked by all of us LOL


Moving on! Next up was Challenge Week where Nikyta picked books for each of the other girls to read. Here’s the results:

Heather C had to read The Body on the Beach by L.J. LaBarthe and DNFed it 😦
Nikyta was challenged by the voters to read The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles and loved it!
Susan65 had to read Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs and really liked it!

Any week that means Susan65 likes a M/F book means it was successful! 😛


Now, the moment y’all have been waiting for! RIGHT?!

May’s Author Week is going to be focused on….

Kim Fielding!

Woohoo! We are excited to have her!

We’ve got some great books scheduled for her this week including:

 Good Bones by Kim Fielding eBook The Gig by Kim Fielding eBook Pilgrimage by Kim Fielding eBook The Tin Box by Kim Fielding eBook

JustJen started off our week with her review of Speechless, so check out what she thought of it!

Annnnnnnnnd, that concludes this week’s news! Stick around to see what else this week has in store for you 😉

Happy Sunday everyone!

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Challenge Week Review: Life Lessons by Kaje Harper

Reviewed by JustJen

Life Lessons (Life Lessons, #1)Title: Life Lessons
Author: Kaje Harper
Series: Life Lessons #1
Heroes: Anthony “Tony” Hart/Jared “Mac” MacLean
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 276 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Available at: MLR Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooksBarnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: Tony Hart’s life has been quiet lately. He has good friends and a rewarding teaching job. Then the murdered body of another teacher falls into the elevator at his feet, and Tony’s life gets a little too exciting.

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Challenge Book Review: Texas Pride by Kindle Alexander

Reviewed by Heather C

17660704Title: Texas Pride
Author: Kindle Alexander
Heroes: Kitt Kelly & Austin Grainger
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 113,000 words
Publisher: Kindle Alexander Collection, LLC
Release Date: March 18, 2013
Available at: Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: When mega movie star and two time Academy Award winner, Austin Grainger voluntarily gave up his dazzling film career, his adoring fan base thought he’d lost his mind. For Austin, the seclusion of fifteen hundred acres in the middle of Texas sounds like paradise. No more cameras, paparazzi, or overzealous media to hound him every day and night. Little did the sexiest man alive know when one door closes, another usually opens. And Austin’s opened by way of a sexy, hot ranch owner right next door.

Kitt Kelly wasn’t your average rancher. He’s young, well educated and has hidden his sexuality for most of his life. When his long time wet dream materializes as his new neighbor it threatens everything he holds dear. No way the ranching community would ever accept him if he came out. With every part of his life riding on the edge, can Kitt risk it all for a chance at love or will responsibility to his family heritage cost him his one chance at happiness? Continue reading

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Challenge Week Review: Downtime by Tamara Allen

Reviewed by Nikyta

DowntimeTitle: Downtime
Author: Tamara Allen
Heroes: Morgan Nash & Ezra Glacenbie
Genre: M/M Historical (Time Travel)
Length: 144,000 words
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: April 1, 2012  (3rd Edition)
Available at: Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: FBI Agent Morgan Nash is on assignment in London when his case goes awry and he finds himself moments away from a bullet through the heart. But fate has other plans: Morgan is knocked out pursuing a suspect… and wakes up in 1888.

While cataloging ancient manuscripts at the British Museum, Ezra Glacenbie accidentally pulls Morgan out of the twenty-first century–an impromptu vacation that may become permanent for Morgan if they can’t locate the spellbook Ezra used. Further hampering Morgan’s quest to get home is the irresistible temptation to investigate history’s most notorious serial killer. But in repressive Victorian London, the unexpected romance blossoming between Morgan and Ezra becomes the most dangerous complication of all. Continue reading

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Challenge Week Review: Kindred Hearts by Rowan Speedwell

Reviewed by Susan65

Kindred HeartsTitle: Kindred Hearts
Author: Rowan Speedwell
Heroes: Tristan Northwood and Charles Mountjoy
Genre: M/M Historical
Length: 350 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 2, 2011
Available at: Dreampinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: Charming rascal Tristan Northwood seems to have it all: an ancient name, a noble inheritance, a lovely wife, and a son he adores. Women love him, men admire him, and it seems there is nothing he can’t do, whether it’s seducing a society wife or winning a carriage race. Little does Society suspect that the name means nothing to him, the fortune is in his father’s controlling hands, and he has no interest in his wife except a very distant friendship. Society bores him, and he takes dares because he only feels alive when he’s dancing on the edge… until his wife’s brother comes home from the wars.

Decorated war hero Major Charles Mountjoy jerks Tris out of his despair by inspiring feelings of passion Tris had never suspected himself capable of. Almost as terrifying as those feelings for Charles are the signs Charles might return his affection—or, even worse, that Charles sees the man Tristan has been trying so valiantly to hide from the world.

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April Challenge Week + Poll!

Well, people! We are in the middle of April now and that means this Challenge Week is Heather C’s!

For those who haven’t experienced a Challenge Week here before, well, it’s just what it sounds like. As this is Heather’s Challenge Week, it means she gets to pick one book for the rest of us (JustJen, Nikyta & Susan65) that she ‘challenges’ us to read. Not to be left out, Heather’s challenge book was picked by y’all lovely viewers.

So, here’s what our challenge books are this week:

Heather C has to read Texas Pride by Kindle Alexander (winner book from our last poll)
JustJen has to read Life Lessons by Kaje Harper
Nikyta has to read Downtime by Tamara Allen
Susan65 has to read Kindred Hearts by Rowan Speedwell

Stick around this week to see what we each thought of our challenge books!


Our next order of business is…….


………… another poll! Woohoo!

This time it’s to decide what book Nikyta will be challenged to read for our May Challenge Week. The rules are simple. The four of us have each suggested a book for the poll, all you have to do is vote on which one you want to win.

The poll will run throughout April’s Challenge Week and closes on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. We’ll announce the winner sometime on Sunday, April 20th, to see which book is the lucky winner!

Now, the question remains… which book will you choose? (Click on the covers to see their descriptions.)

The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies, #1) Tigerland  (Tigers and Devils, #2) Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) Point of No Return (Turning Point, #1)
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March Author Week + Giveaway Winner + Recap!

Well, now. Another Author Week is here! Woohoo!

Which author, you might ask?? Hmmmm… maybe we’ll keep it a secret and let you find out just who it is in a little bit…

Just kidding! We’re super excited to have L.A. Witt as our March Author! Yay!

We’ve got some great reviews scheduled for this week and even an awesome post by L.A. herself that we think some viewers will be ecstatic to read!

As always, we’ll still be posting regular reviews but if you haven’t read any of L.A.’s books yet, this will be a great week to pick up a book of hers 🙂


Now, onto other news! Jen’s Challenge Week was a pretty good success! Here’s the breakdown of what was picked:

JustJen picked:

Shoes & Ties by Jena Wade for Heather C (3.5 stars)
Coming to Terms by A.R. Moler for Nikyta (4 stars)
Gangster Country by Kade Boehme for Susan65 (4 stars)

Voters’ Pick for JustJen:

Billy’s Bones by Jamie Fessenden (4.5 stars)

And for all those wondering (since we haven’t announced it yet), the winner of the poll we had to determine which book Heather C would be challenged to read in April was…. Texas Pride by Kindle Alexander, which had 75% of the votes! Amazing! Thank you for everyone who voted and we hope you’ll be looking forward to Heather’s review coming in a few weeks!blogger_bee_trans

And now for the giveaway winner! Congrats to…

Stephanie Fredrick!

Woohoo! You’ve won an ebook copy of Blood’s Voice by Áine P Massie! We’ll be sending you an email shortly but if you don’t get it soon, you can email us at Please respond back within 48 hours. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll pick another winner :(

Thank you to everyone who participated and especially to Áine P Massie for offering up Blood’s Voice. For those who didn’t win, Blood’s Voice is available at Amazon.

Hope everyone has a great day!

~The Blogger Girls

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