Published in 2016

Audio Review: Save of the Game by Avon Gale

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Save of the Game
Author: Avon Gale
Narrator: Scott R. Smith
Series: Scoring Chances #2
Heroes: Riley Hunter/Ethan Kennedy
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 hours and 22 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 12, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: After last season’s heartbreaking loss to his hockey team’s archrival, Jacksonville Sea Storm goalie Riley Hunter is ready to let go of the past and focus on a winning season. His new roommate, Ethan Kennedy, is a loud New Yorker with a passion for social justice that matches his role as the team’s enforcer. The quieter Riley is attracted to Ethan and has no idea what to do about it.

Ethan has no hesitations. As fearless as his position demands, he rushes into things without much thought for the consequences.Though they eventually warm to their passionate new bond, it doesn’t come without complications. While trying to financially help Ethan, Riley must hide his family’s wealth so as not to hurt Ethan’s immense pride. For their relationship to work, Ethan will need to learn when to keep the gloves on and let someone help him—and Riley will have to learn it’s okay to let someone past his defenses.
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Book Review: Unbreakable Stories: Snow by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Unbreakable Stories: Snow
Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #2.5
Heroes: Ashton”Snow” Frost/Jude Torres
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 152 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 29, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:

Unbreakable Stories: Snow is a collection of short stories and a novelette set after the events of Shatter, book 2 of the Unbreakable Bonds series and before Torch, book 3. Follow the continuing, passionate and heartfelt romance between Dr. Ashton “Snow” Frost and Jude Torres as they merge their lives together as a couple.

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Audio Review: Chosen: Episode One by Nicholas Bella

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Chosen: Episode 1
Author: Nicholas Bella
Narrator: Michael O’Shea
Series: The Demon Gate #1
Heroes: Brian/Raphael
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 2 Hours, 45 Minutes
Publisher: Nicholas Bella
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
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Blurb: “One minute, everything was normal for me, and the next, all hell breaks loose.”
I’m a cop with the Alandale City police force. I love my job, protecting the public and getting rid of scum was what made my day. Everything was going just fine until my lunch was interrupted by some rich, arrogant jerk in an Aston Martin who thought he could just speed past my squad car and get away with it. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I wrote Mr. Ledéo his speeding ticket, but after what happened to me, I wish I had just let him go. Maybe then, my world wouldn’t have been turned upside down and inside out.

Warning: This serial contains strong adult content not meant for sensitive eyes. The novelettes in this serial will be filled with dark, twisted, raunchy and steamy scenes between powerful, sexy men that will either offend you or get ya revved up. This series will not be pulling any punches, and it won’t apologize for hurting your feelings, either. You’ll find no fluff and ruffles here. These demons play hard and they fight dirty. There are approximately 25100 words in this novelette.
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Book Review: Unbreakable Stories: Lucas by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Unbreakable Stores: Lucas
Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #1.5
Heroes: Lucas Vallois/Andrei Hadeon
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 152 Pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: June 21, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: A collection of six short stories following the romantic adventures and misadventures of millionaire Lucas Vallois and Romanian bodyguard Andrei Hadeon.

This collection is more than 30,000 words long and contains stories such as:

The Meeting
Perfect
Te Iubesc
I Want More
Homecoming
Thanksgiving

***Note: These short stories take place after Shiver (Unbreakable Bonds #1) and should be read after the first book.***
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Audio Review: Breakaway by Avon Gale

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Breakaway
Author: Avon Gale
Narrator: Scott R. Smith
Series: Scoring Chances #1
Heroes: Lane Courtnall/Jared Shore
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 33 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He’s put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It’s a strange way to begin a relationship.

Jared’s been playing minor league hockey for most of his career. He’s bisexual and doesn’t care if anyone knows. But he’s determined to avoid another love affair after the last one left him devastated. Out of nowhere a one-nighter with rookie Lane Courtnall gives him second thoughts. Lane reminds Jared why he loves the game and why love might be worth the risk. In turn, Jared hopes to show Lane how to be comfortable with himself on and off the ice. But they’re at different points in their careers, and both men will have to decide what they value most.
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Book Review: Take a Chance on It by K.A. Mitchell

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Take a Chance on It
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Series: Ready or Knot #3
Heroes: Dane Archer/Gideon DeLuca
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 160 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 19, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Left at the altar by his long-time lover, Spencer, and in desperate need of quality health insurance, Dane Archer can’t say no when his best man and best friend, Gideon DeLuca, steps in. But Dane and Gideon have history, tangled and passionate and complicated.

After seventeen years of cat and mouse, Gideon has realized Dane isn’t the kind of man who ever wants to be caught, and he’s stopped playing Dane’s game.

For Dane, it’s never been a game, but sexual fidelity isn’t his strong suit. Love is too beautiful for limits, something he’s never been able to get Gideon the control freak to understand. Now Dane has nothing but limits, including the timeline on his paper-only marriage to Gideon.

Gideon’s the only person Dane trusts enough to lean on, and Gideon will do anything to get Dane through this crisis. Anything but fall for Dane again.

Living together forces Dane and Gideon to stop circling and face what’s been between them all these years. They just don’t know if they have the power or the time to make things right.

What they do know is that they’re not ready for it to be over.
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Book Review: Murder Once Seen by J.T. Hall

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Murder Once Seen
Author: J.T. Hall
Series: The Oddities #1
Heroes: Derwin/Elliott
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 352 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 12, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: In the city of Nis, things often aren’t what they seem.

Derwin is a bounty hunter gifted with the Oddity of superhuman strength and agility—perfect for hunting down fugitives and demons who roam the streets. One killed his boyfriend two years ago, and Derwin won’t stop until he finds out who. Police suspect it was someone he sent to prison, but he can’t shake the idea that they’re missing something.

Elliot is a rentboy who’s been living on the streets since his parents disowned him. He mistrusts everyone and, given his uncontrolled ability to Read Objects and a client list that includes a major gang boss, despairs of ever having a normal life.

Derwin and Elliot meet in a storm of lust. Derwin’s Oddity is fed by the pain of others, but he only wants what’s freely given. Elliot loves pain, but needs safety and a way off the streets before he can allow it. They may be able to solve each other’s problems . . . if they can survive long enough to work together.
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Book Review: Returning Home by Alex Jane

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Returning Home
Author: Alex Jane
Series: Alphas’ Homestead #2
Heroes: Jacob Carpenter/Caleb Fletcher
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 107 Pages
Publisher: Alex Jane
Release Date: August 12, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Three years after Jacob Carpenter landed on Caleb Fletcher’s doorstep, the Alpha mates return to the city they grew up in to be married.

Aside from the sheer exhaustion of traveling across the country with three children in tow, both men step foot back in New York filled with apprehension about what kind of reception they will receive from their families after abandoning their respective packs.

At first it seems they are welcomed home with open arms and much excitement about their wedding but it soon becomes clear that not everyone is so happy to see the prodigal sons return.

Indeed, Caleb finds himself wondering if Jacob will go through with the ceremony at all, or whether it would be better to pack up his mate and their children, and head back to Nebraska before the situation does irreparable damage to them both.

Sometimes you have to leave a place to realize it’s exactly where you ought to be.
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Book Review: Scar by Baylin Crow

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Scar
Author: Baylin Crow
Heroes: Beard/Soccer
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 115 Pages
Publisher: Baylin Crow
Release Date: December 19, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb:  Beard

I just wanted to be left alone. After the disastrous turn my life took four years ago, I swore that I’d never let my guard down for anyone ever again. I left everything I knew behind and started over again. Things were going just fine until nearly six feet of pure temptation walked through the doors of my bar. It’s been a year and I’ve done a pretty good job of avoiding him. Things change when his friends get him drunk and leave him stranded on his birthday. I shouldn’t have given him a place to crash because now I can’t shake him.

Soccer

He intrigued me from the moment we met, and I haven’t exactly been subtle about wanting him. The green-eyed bartender seems to want nothing to do with me, but I don’t miss the way he watches me when he thinks no one will notice. I’ve let him pretend long enough, and it’s definitely time to make my move. On the field, I face tough competitors every week, but this one will make me work harder than I ever have before. If I want to win, I’m going to have to up my game because he is a pro at pushing me away.
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Audio Review: How to Deal by T.M. Smith

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: How to Deal
Author: T.M. Smith
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Series: All Cocks #3
Heroes: Jon Brennan/Kory White
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 4 Hours, 30 Minutes
Publisher: TTC Publishing
Release Date: November 4, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Audible
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Blurb: Jon Brennan comes from a long line of men in uniform; all born and bred to both bleed and wear blue. His family and the majority of his co-workers support him every step of the way, so he doesn’t need to hide the fact that he prefers men over women. Between the job and his larger than life, loud and rowdy half Irish, half Italian family, there isn’t much time for dating, much less finding a guy who can deal with the stress and demands placed on the shoulders of an NYPD detective.

Kory White is cocky and abrasive with most people, but it is all a facade he hides behind to keep his heart safe. As a child, Kory lost his mother to an act of violence. Soon after, he and his baby sister Kassandra were separated by the system. Kassandra was immediately adopted, but Kory spent the next 10 years cycling through foster homes before moving to the Big Apple. In an effort to keep everyone at a distance, Kory has meticulously built himself an alter ego: Hayden Cox, All Cocks cockiest model.

These two strong-willed men definitely prove opposites do attract. Both are stubborn and hard headed to a fault, Kory more so than Jon. But Jon is used to being in control, the one calling the shots, and Kory fights him at every turn. Just when it seems they have found a way to navigate the unchartered territory that is love, tragedy knocks on Kory’s door yet again. Volatile and strong, even in the face of adversity, both men refuse to give up on each other – or their love.
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