Published in 2018

Book Review: Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Archangel’s Prophecy
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #11
Hero/Heroine: Elena & Raphael
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy…

Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind—and now they are failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.

Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering across the world. In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.

This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.
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Book Review: In the Shadows (Social Sinners #2) by T.L. Travis

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: In the Shadows
Author: T.L. Travis
Series: Social Sinners #2
Heroes: Joey Hayes/Ricky “Stoli” Branson
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 202 Pages
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Release Date: 08/17/18
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: For Ricky “Stoli” Branson, the stars were on his side. Social Sinners was headlining their first sold out US tour. Radio stations across the states were playing their songs, and he’d won the heart of the man he loved.

Everything was going great, or so he foolishly believed…

When an accident has them burying one of their own and leaves another fighting for his life, Stoli questions his beliefs. Or lack thereof.

“Have faith,” his mother tells him. But how can you have faith in something that threatens to take away your only reason for breathing?
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Book Review: Behind the Lights (Social Sinners #1) by T.L. Travis

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Behind the Lights
Author: .T.L Travis
Series: Social Sinners #1
Heroes: Joey Hayes/Ricky “Stoli” Branson
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 172 Pages
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Release Date: June 9, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Joey Hayes and his best friend Ricky Branson have been together through the good times, as well as the bad. Attending their first concert as teens set the path for their futures in motion. Shortly after, the pair joined band class where they meet Ethan and Mick and the foursome formed the metal band, Social Sinners.

Things were going according to plan until Lucas Shane entered their lives, disrupting the flow and testing the strength of their friendship.

When Joey spirals down a dark path after catching his cheating boyfriend, this tasked the other three band members with making a difficult decision that could end his career as their lead singer.
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Book Review: The Strength of His Heart by Victoria Sue

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Strength of His Heart
Author: Victoria Sue
Series: Enhanced #4
Heroes: Vance/Sam
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 214 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 11, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: To protect and serve…. All Vance Connelly ever wanted to do was continue his family’s tradition and join the Tampa Police Department, but his dreams were crushed the day he woke with the enhanced mark on his face. After years of struggling to adjust to life as an enhanced human, by a stroke of luck, he met Talon Valdez and became a proud member of the FBI’s Human Enhanced Rescue Organization.

Samuel “Angel” Piper is eager to leave his DEA undercover work behind as he joins the HERO team as Vance’s regular human partner. But Sam’s painful past is ever present, just below the surface of the life he has built for himself as an ambitious young agent. When the team investigates rumors of a new drug using enhanced blood, the case’s mysterious connection to Sam threatens not just his life but Vance’s.

Trust doesn’t come easy for Sam, but Vance is willing to fight to convince his partner that the strength of his heart might be the salvation they both need.
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The Duke & The Dandy Highwayman Trilogy by Zakarrie Clarke: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Zakarrie Clarke

“Good Evening, Y’Grace.”

“Evening, dear Jack. Good, ’twas not.” Padraic rolled despairing eyes at his driver, who doffed his cap and bobbed a brief bow, alongside a pitiful attempt to suppress a grin. “Pray tell, when will you dispense with your infernal Your Gracing?” The Duke sighed.

“On a cold day in hell, Y’Grace,” his erstwhile coachman replied, tugging open the door of Padraic’s carriage.

“Thought as much, you blackguard. Have you been up to anything imprudent in my absence? I certainly hope so, my evening has been insufferable,” Padraic grumbled, removing his hat to better fold himself into the coach. He didn’t even bother trying to get comfy; ’twould prove a pointless endeavour, unless he also removed his legs.  

“I went avisitin’ Nell, an’ she was obliging, as ever, Y’Grace.”

“Good chap. Do remind me to furnish you with a smidge extra this week, as there are three further functions I must y’grace with my presence. ’Twould not do to deprive you of Nellie’s buxom bounty while you wait. One of us should be guaranteed a diverting evening.”

“Thank ye, Y’Grace.”

“You’re welcome. I will see you another five crowns, if you’ll call me Padraic.”

“That’d be most unseemly, Y’Grace.”

“Oh, bugger. I’m quite obviously milking a pigeon. Go and bestir the horses then, you scoundrel, I have a tryst with the green fairy to attend to.”

“That stuff’ll rot ye brain, Y’Grace.”

“I bloomin’ well hope it gets on with it then, so I might be better equipped to endure the season.”

After performing yet another bow, Jack made fast the door and took himself off to wield his whip. The night had turned nippy while Padraic suffered the first ball of the season, so he huddled into his greatcoat and helped himself to a hefty tot of gin, to warm his insides afore his balls turned as blue as his blood. He had a diary full of functions hovering on his horizon, and worse, a whole host of hyphenated-heiresses to flatter with pretty turns of phrase. Padraic cared nary a jot for inheritances, dowries or debutantes, but the plonking of a coronet atop your head carried certain obligations. First and foremost, duty decreed that he must sire a Waterford Duke-in-waiting. Splendid. Thus, he needed a suitable chatelaine to make mistress of his household and…heart. 

The latter was less likely than the Duchess of Devonshire eschewing the gaming tables, so the former would have to suffice. This foreboding future was made marginally less bleak by the fact that affairs and intrigues had e’er been rife in the ton. The family façade must be honoured and its future assured, but the safe arrival of a newborn Earl would leave he and his radiant bride free to pursue their own pleasures. In the meantime, Padraic must attend all manner of soulless soirées; subsisting on nocturnal excursions that promised charms he would ne’er find in the arms of a Lady. These dalliances did add a dash of decadence to a life of ducal drudgery, but… Quite what he yearned for, Padraic was unsure. Consciously.

A secret, sacred, part of himself knew all-too well what he craved; recognised too, that it would ne’er be found in the empty embrace of a disreputable inn. Padraic had hoped he might happen upon it amongst the fine flowers from the forces. Caddish cadets aplenty who promenaded Piccadilly, plying their well-honed, well-hung, virility for a few shillings. While that always guaranteed an energetic night’s entertainment…still, his innermost-self hungered. A bid to leave no stone unturned in his efforts to sate it had raked in a few fleeting flings with fine-boned, porcelain-skinned fops—but truth be told—Padraic preferred the brutal beauty plied far from the gilded confines of Gentleman’s clubs…

His breeches were now as cramped as his legs. Marvellous. They had driven in entirely the wrong direction to visit any of the inns he frequented. A detour to White’s or Brooks’s—where there was bound to be a randy rake out on the prowl—didn’t tickle Padraic’s fancy either. In all honesty, he couldn’t recall the last time something had truly tickled his anything. The Duke invariably found himself bored t’bejeezus by the time the double doors had swept open with a flourish and the footman reeled off his title:

‘The Most High, Noble and Potent Prince, His Grace Padraic, Duke of Waterford.

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Book Review: Saving Jax by L.M. Brown

 

Reviewed by Susan65

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Title: Saving Jax
Author: L.M. Brown
Series: NA
Heroes: Jax & Cal & Ty
Genre: MMM MPreg
Length: 291 Pages
Publisher: Self
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: 

Jax has made mistakes in his life, the biggest of which was falling for Lyndon. His love died when Lyndon refused to claim him as his mate after Jax discovered he was pregnant. His feelings turned to hate when his babies were stolen from his care the day they were born.

Reliant on Lyndon for the cream he needs to survive, Jax does everything he can to keep him happy and he lives for the day when he will be reunited with his children.

When Jax discovers he is pregnant for a second time, he is terrified his second litter will be taken from him, too.

Ty is a dual-gendered feline who dreams of carrying his own babies one day. If they are fathered by Cal, the sexy feline he feeds from, it would be even better. Ty’s parents have other ideas. They don’t wish the public to know that their high-born son is dual-gendered, and arrange for a mating festival to take place so Ty can choose a dual-gendered mate of his own.

Although Ty has no intention of submitting to his parents’ wishes, something about Jax draws Ty to him and when he and Cal discover Jax’s secret, they know they must help.

Ty and Cal offer Jax a way to escape Lyndon’s clutches, but Jax knows almost nothing about the two felines who have offered to claim him.

The stakes have never been higher and Jax must learn to trust again, or risk losing everything.
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Book Review: Ties of Destiny by Caitlin Taylor

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Ties of Destiny
Author: Caitlin Taylor
Series: Curse of the Crown #1
Heroes: Jeffrey
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 341 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 26, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: When forces both inside and outside the palace walls threaten the life of Crown Prince Akoni, he finds himself in need of a guard. Someone who will protect not only him, but also his secrets – and he may have found the perfect man for the task.

Being a soldier is Jeffery’s life. He won’t be defined by his past, but fights for the present, not some future he will never see. Yet, his mandatory reassignment to the palace as Prince Akoni’s personal guard forces him to set aside his plans. His role places Jeffery in the presence of nobles whom he despises, and Prince Akoni is worse than most.

Can two men learn to trust each other, or will the secrets they carry bring about their own demise? Will having Jeffery close to him help Prince Akoni to become King – or cause more deaths? They need to depend on each other, for the sake of the future, because if they cannot, the past will only repeat itself and neither of them will survive.

Ties of Destiny is the first book in the Fantasy series Curse of the Crown.

If you like fantastical adventures, a blending of magic, sword fighting and technology then you will love this intriguing first instalment by Caitlin Taylor.
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Audio Review: Unwritten Law by Eden Finley

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Unwritten Law
Author: Eden Finley
Narrators: Antony Ferguson & Joel Leslie
Series:
 Steele Brothers #1
Heroes: Law & Reed
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: December 18, 2018
Available at: Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Being an identical twin doesn’t come without issues.

No one can tell us apart, not even our parents sometimes. We don’t usually use that to our advantage, but it comes in handy when my brother needs help breaking up with his boyfriends—which happens more than I’d care to admit. I know it’s enabling him, but I can’t say no to Anders. I will do anything for my twin. The breakups always go the same; they’re swift and simple.

Until Reed.

He’s everything I’ve fantasised about but never allowed myself to have. When I give in to temptation and begin to freak out, it’s not because he’s a guy. It’s because he thinks I’m my brother, and I can’t bring myself to tell him the truth.

**Unwritten Law is a 52,000 word stand alone with a HFN/HEA guarantee and no cliffhanger. It contains a mistaken identity trope. Please check trigger warnings in the front matter.**
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Audio Review: Born Again Sinner by Daryl Banner

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Born Again Sinner
Author: Daryl Banner
Narrators:  Chris Chambers and Sean Crisden
Series: N/A
Heroes: Cody/Trey
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 10 Hours, 2 Minutes
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: December 12, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: “Cody Davis is gonna make a sinner out of me.”

Yes, I know exactly who he is. The wounded soldier at the end of Willow Street. Intimidating. Devastatingly handsome. Muscular body chiseled from stone. Deep dark eyes that dare you to come near. Attitude for days. And I just became his caregiver.

Everyone warned me to stay away from him – including my father, the respected minister of our small town of Spruce. But clearly, I’m too stubborn to heed good advice, especially when Cody Davis is as frustratingly attractive – and persistent – as they come.

As the preacher’s son, I have strict morals I must live by. But each day spent with that aggravating hunk makes me question them. My safe and fragile world is turning upside down, and I’m not sure I have the strength to stop it.

And even worse: I’m not sure I want to. Temptation this bad never looked so good. This soldier is gonna make a sinner out of me.
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Audio Review: Going Overboard by L.A. Witt

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Going Overboard
Author: L.A. Witt
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Anchor Point #5
Heroes: Dalton & Chris
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 18, 2018
Available at: Riptide Publishing, Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: It turns out love and sex come easy when you’re falling for your best friend.

Second-class petty officers Dalton Taylor and Chris Ingram have been best friends since coxswain’s school. Now they’re stationed together in the Harbor Patrol Unit of NAS Adams. They’re content as friends, but secretly, they both ache for more. Neither makes a move, though; while Dalton is out and proud, Chris is closeted—even from his best friend.

Then another coxswain’s negligence nearly drowns Dalton. After a taste of how easily they could lose each other, neither man can keep his feelings hidden anymore, and it turns out love and sex come easy when you’re falling for your best friend.

Things aren’t just heating up between the friends-turned-lovers, though. The Navy is investigating the accident, and the Harbor Patrol chief isn’t going to let his star coxswain go down for dereliction of duty, even if saving him means throwing Dalton under the bus.

As the threats and gaslighting pile up, Chris and Dalton need each other more than ever—as shipmates, friends, and lovers. But if their chief prevails, the only way they can save their careers is to let each other go. Continue reading

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