Published in 2020

Say You’ll Be Nine by Lucy Lennox: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Lucy Lennox

I took a breath and pulled my phone out of my pocket. “Speaking of our relationship. I think we should make our first post right now and get this party started.”

After nudging him back out the door to the RV and into the clearing between the RV and the rubble pile formerly known as a cabin, I positioned him the way I wanted. “Okay, stay right there.”

I turned around and backed up against him until my back rested against his front. His entire body tensed. I leaned my head back against his shoulder and reached for one of his hands to pull it around my waist in an embrace. It was like trying to mold a brick of stubborn ice. “Relax,” I muttered. “I’m not going to take advantage of you.”

“Nfh.”

His grunt made me laugh, so I took the opportunity to capture it on film, clicking my phone while trying to make sure the rubble pile was also in the frame. Even on my small phone screen, I could see Nine’s discomfort.

“Act like you’re not disgusted by me, you oaf.” Now he was starting to piss me off. “This is never going to work if you look like you’d rather be having dental surgery than touching me.”

I felt the warm air of his exhale against the side of my neck seconds before his beard brushed the same spot. He nuzzled into my neck with his beard and his lips, nearly bringing me to my knees with shock and pleasure. I hoped to god that tiny whimper was only in my head.

“You smell like pickles,” he murmured against my neck. “I like pickles.”

My breathing came in short, shallow pulls as his arm tightened around my middle and the bulky fly of his jeans brushed against my ass.

Oh dear god.

“Me too,” I breathed.

“You too what?” he asked.

“Like pickles. A lot.” I closed my eyes and begged for strength. “A lot, a lot. Like… a lot.”

What was I even talking about right now?

The deep rumble of his laughter vibrated against my back just before he stepped away and turned to walk toward the rubble. “I think you got enough shots for now. Let’s see what we’ve got.”

I watched the round globes of his ass being lovingly attended to by those jeans as he walked away. He’d stripped off the flannel, leaving only the tight, white undershirt. It highlighted the massively wide shoulders and every rounded muscle in his back leading down to his narrow waist and championship ass. The man was god’s definition of masculine perfection.

Okay, he was at least my definition of it. I couldn’t look away. My dick was as hard as the sturdy pine trees at the edge of the forest.

His gruff voice snapped me out of my lumberjack fantasy. “Stop staring at my ass, and get over here with that camera.”

“I was only looking at your ass because you sat in something brown,” I said. “Looks like you shat yourself. It’s disgusting.”

He looked back over his shoulder to see if I was joking. And that’s when it happened.

Nine’s eyes traveled down my body like the hands of an attentive lover before landing on my dick and staying there for a long moment. When his eyes moved back up to meet mine, they were filled with undeniable heat. I couldn’t breathe. My throat had turned to dust, and my heart didn’t know how to beat. What the fuck was happening?

“Based on the state of your blue jeans,” he drawled, “I don’t think you find me disgusting at all. Now get your ass over here and start taking pictures. Sweetie.

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Always You by Nell Iris: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Nell Iris

I stiffen, waiting for Lee to say something, but he doesn’t. He pads across the floor and then my mattress dips and he shuffles close. Close enough for me to feel his warmth through the sheet but not enough for our bodies to touch. Carefully, he pulls down the cover from my head.

“You’re going to suffocate under there,” he murmurs and presses his palm against my back, right between my shoulder blades.

We lie in silence for a while. The sounds of his breath and the warmth of his hand relaxes me for the first time since yesterday and I sink into the mattress, reveling in the fact that the quiet between us is as comfortable as ever despite the awkward conversation we just suffered through.

“I forgot to ask if you’re okay,” I whisper after several minutes. “About Debora, I mean. I didn’t mean to rant at you like that. I’m sorry. I’m a terrible friend.”

“Shut up,” he says without heat. “You’re not a terrible friend. You were busy looking out for me, just like you always are.”

“I just—” A light pat on my back stops my words.

“Let me talk, please?”

I hum my agreement.

“To answer your question first: yes, I’m okay. I should have ended things between us a long time ago, but I got comfortable. And she’s a nice person. Funny to hang out with. So I thought, ‘so what if I’m not head over heels?’ I’ve never been anyway. But yeah. She saved me the trouble of ending it. I was relieved.” He scoots a little closer and moves his hand from my back to my upper arm, giving it a squeeze. “It was the reason she ended it that shook me.”

“I understand. Being told you’re gay and that your best friend has feelings for you must be a shock.”

“Yes. But not for the reasons you think. Only because I didn’t think you want a relationship.”

“I don’t follow.”

“Every time I asked why you’re single, why you never have a boyfriend, you were adamant you didn’t want a relationship. That you liked being by yourself and able to do what you want.”

What was I supposed to say? I don’t want a boyfriend because it can’t be you? I don’t think so. “Yeah,” I say.

“But that’s not the real reason, is it?”

My throat is dry and I’m certain I won’t be able to produce a sound, so I shake my head.

He hums and scoots even closer to me, his chest brushing against my back, his body curling around mine without really touching, his hand sliding down to my waist, and then coming to rest on my belly. He’s so warm; he’s leaving little trails of fire in his wake, even through layers of clothing and bed linen, and I gasp.

“What are you doing, Lee?”

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Iblīs’ Affliction by Nero Seal: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Nero Seal

“I can smell your hatred in the air. Hate fucks are the best, aren’t they? Master was so good, so passionate.” Slater’s hand stepped forward. “Did Master feel good?”

“Stay where you are,” Talha warned, rubbing his temples with his fingers, thick veins pulsing under his tips.

I should kill him. His gaze shot up and fixed on the top drawer of his nightstand where he kept his gun; too far to get there fast.

“Huh? Master is looking for a gun…” Slater didn’t ask but stated, and Talha dragged his attention upon the ripper.

Slater’s forehead wrinkled as a serious expression crawled up his face. The demonic look of his right eye shot through Talha’s defense. The black hole of Slater’s dilated pupil sucked out his soul, and Talha realized—there was no point in lying. Slater already knew everything.

“What, did I say it out loud?”

“Master is funny. So honest.” Slater’s head snapped to the side as a wide grin settled over his face. “Slater made a decision. The trial period is over, Master.”

Slater’s hand followed the zigzag of his right leg and drew out the black throwing knife from the top of his boot. Talha’s vision focused on the light-absorbing, matte surface, then jumped to the twist of Slater’s raw lips.

Is this how I’m gonna die? Talha couldn’t tell if it was cannabis that shushed his fear, or if he was too exhausted to care, but his heart didn’t halt when the blade reached his chest and stopped at the notch of his throat.

Slapping Slater’s hand away with a careless gesture, Talha said, “If you intend to use it—do it, but don’t make empty threats or I’ll think you are pathetic.”

Slater’s single-visible eye blazed with curiosity. “What do I do? I really like Master, but Master wants to kill Slater. That won’t do…”

The smile dimmed, and his canine tooth sank into his puffy bottom lip.

“Here you go, Master. Let’s settle it.” Flipping the knife in his palm, Slater offered it to Talha haft forward. Talha didn’t take it, and Slater’s scorching fingers clasped around his hand, shoving the warm metal into his palm. Curling Talha’s fingers in a fist, Slater guided the knife up to his own throat. “Do it…”

The edge of the knife scratched Slater’s throat, as the reaper drew it up and outlined his chin, a red trail stretching behind. His lips parted, and his pink tongue, slipping out, flicked over the blade as it leveled with his lips. Body heat rising, Talha watched Slater’s tongue curl around the edge. Killing Slater now would be so easy. He just had to sink the knife into the willing mouth, and Slater would choke on blood. All his problems would be solved. There would be no murders in his house. No one would watch him sleep, get into his bed, or threaten Ejder. No one would get Iblīs either. His life would return to normal. Then why was he wavering? Slater couldn’t be controlled, couldn’t be reasoned with. He was a ticking time bomb with a broken timer, but even knowing it, Talha couldn’t drive the knife in Slater’s mouth. He wasn’t’ sure what drained his anger but scanning the transparent eye, that glowed with determination and hope, he felt no hatred only crushing weariness.

I don’t get him… He tried to kill me not long ago, now he offers me his life. He’s unstable and should be put down, then why can’t I kill him? That would solve my problem. That would solve Ejder’s problem. Maybe it would even solve Slater’s problem, but how can I kill him when he does something like this? 

Never dropping his focus from Talha, Slater licked the edge of the knife, and blood mixed with saliva. Talha cringed. 

“What the fuck are you doing? Stop!” He tried to release his fingers, but Slater’s hands clasped around his palm, guiding the blade deeper into his tongue.

Without thinking, Talha thrust his other thumb into Slater’s mouth, sliding it under the blade, over the tongue, and hissed as the knife bit into his knuckle.

The smile evaporated from Slater’s face, giving way to a weird, unreadable expression. His fingers released Talha’s armed hand, then clasped over the other, and rapacious lips closed around the thumb. The lacerated tongue lapped over Talha’s skin, mixing their blood. A heavy pink touched Slater’s cheeks, dropping the eyelid of his healthy eye closed, as he craned his neck lavishing Talha’s digit with his eager mouth.

“Huh? Isn’t that funny? Now we are blood-bound, Master.”

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Book Review: Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Something to Talk About
Author: Meryl Wilsner
Heroines: Jo & Emma
Genre: F/F Contemporary
Length: 333 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: May 26, 2020
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: A showrunner and her assistant give the world something to talk about when they accidentally fuel a ridiculous rumor in this debut romance.

Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that, the tabloids declare them a couple. The so-called scandal couldn’t come at a worse time—threatening Emma’s promotion and Jo’s new movie.

As the gossip spreads, it starts to affect all areas of their lives. Paparazzi are following them outside the office, coworkers are treating them differently, and a “source” is feeding information to the media. But their only comment is “no comment”.

With the launch of Jo’s film project fast approaching, the two women begin to spend even more time together, getting along famously. Emma seems to have a sixth sense for knowing what Jo needs. And Jo, known for being aloof and outwardly cold, opens up to Emma in a way neither of them expects. They begin to realize the rumor might not be so off base after all…but is acting on the spark between them worth fanning the gossip flames?
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Book Review: Forbidden Love by Lee Colgin

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Forbidden Love
Author: Lee Colgin
Series: They Bite #2
Heroes: Nathan & Ben
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 227 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: May 18, 2020
Available at: NineStar Press & Amazon
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Blurb: When an esteemed vampire doctor treats an injured young werewolf, desire sparks between them.

Dr. Benjamin Arleth has devoted his life to finding a medical cure for his species’ most devastating weakness—sunlight. Finally, one of his pharmaceuticals shows promise, but sabotage looms large in the lab.

Wolf shifter Nathan Cramer is ready to finish grad school and begin his career when a trip to Center City’s Peace Conference goes awry. Weak and bleeding, Nathan knows his wounds could prove fatal. Dr. Arleth is his only hope.

Can love flourish between enemy species despite a society in turmoil? Could vampires walk in the daylight or will darkness reign? It’s a race to find answers, and Ben will have to put his trust in Nathan if they’re going to make it out alive.

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Love Means More by A.F. Zoelle: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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“You look fabulous, darlin’.” I cringed inwardly when I realized I had said the term of endearment out loud. It had been easy to slip up when he looked so good that I didn’t want to leave the hotel room.

The pink of his cheeks turned even rosier. “Trust me, nobody will look at me with you dressed like that.”

I walked over to him and stepped into his personal space. He studied me with wide eyes, the perfect picture of innocence. Everything in me wanted to lean down and capture his lush lips in a kiss, but I couldn’t. “You’re wrong.” I tried and failed to resist the urge to caress his cheek. “I won’t be able to take my eyes off you.”

Flustered, he put some distance between us. He sounded shaky when he told me, “Stop it. You don’t have to pretend when they’re not here to see.”

“Who said I was pretending?” I did my best to act casual as I walked to the door while my heart raced from being so daring. It took him a moment to follow me downstairs to meet the ladies.

As we waited for the elevator to come, he demanded, “Why are you so fine with this?”

“Because it’s you.”

My answer didn’t seem to satisfy him. “Shouldn’t you be uncomfortable with this farce?”

The doors opened and we entered the empty elevator to ride down to the lobby to meet Sara and Fiona. I skirted as close as I could to the truth without fully confessing how I felt about Augie. “Why? It’s not like I’m lying about you being one of the most important people in my life.” When he didn’t respond, my stupid gob kept going. “I mean, in some weird way, aren’t we basically platonic boyfriends who do everything together but fuck?”

He stared at me in stunned disbelief, unable to formulate a response of any kind. It was completely understandable, given that was a thought I really should have kept in my damn head. When would I ever learn?

Then again, if I was already in this deep, I may as well commit.

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The Longer You’ll Stay by Logan Grey: Exclusive Excerpt!

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by Logan Grey

“Okaaay, fine,” Bailey grumbled, dragging the first word out into a whine.

Travis chuckled at his pout, but he didn’t put up a fight as Travis led the way out of the front door, the warm night air welcoming after the crowded party. Tugging out his phone, he scheduled an Uber and held onto Bailey.

“It feels so fucking good outside,” Bailey shouted with enthusiasm, glancing up at the sky. “The North is always cold as hell.”

“I can confirm that,” Travis agreed with a chuckle.

“I love the West Coast.”

“We’re not technically the coast here in Nevada. We’re land locked,” Travis teased.

Bailey squeezed his hand and glanced over with a droll expression. “I know, but we’re still out west. I love it here. What are we waiting on?” He rocked back onto his heels as he asked the last question, glancing around as if trying to figure it out for himself.

“The Uber, we need a ride back to the bus.”

He rocked forward onto the flat of his feet and stumbled, and Travis tightened his grip to catch him before he face-planted. A chuckle escaped and he couldn’t help but adore drunk Bailey.

“You’re goofy,” Travis remarked, and tugged him close. He stumbled into Travis’s side and he used it to his advantage, wrapping his arm around Bay’s waist and holding him to his side.

“You’re hot,” Bay retorted, smirking as he returned the embrace, sliding one of his hands into Travis’s back pocket and squeezing.

Travis coughed out a laugh and tried to slide away, but Bay only sidled closer and wrapped his other arm around Travis. They were pressed chest to chest, and even though Bay’s eyes were a little unfocused, he had a dumb grin on his face when he looked down at Travis, and it made his stomach flip in excitement.

“Glad you think so,” Travis teased and met his gaze.

His brows furrowed. “Think what?”

Lips twitching in amusement, Travis reminded him, “That I’m hot.”

“Oh, yeah. So hot,” Bailey replied and groped his ass again.

Travis slid one hand to Bailey’s wrist behind his back and gripped tight, trying to tug his hand away as headlights flashed over them. “We can explore that more on the bus. For now, our ride is here.”

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Sicarii Series by Adrienne Wilder: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Adrienne Wilder

Ben opened his eyes. A few inches away, Jacob slept, and every exhale brushed Ben’s cheek. The warmth from his skin pushed through Ben’s clothes. And Jacob’s scent mixed with vodka, creating a rich, sensual flavor.

Ben counted Jacob’s breath. Traced the lines of his face with his eyes and the column of his neck. His T-shirt hid the rest, but Ben had already seen Jacob without a shirt, so he knew what was there.

No wonder Marcel wanted to be with Jacob. He wasn’t just handsome, but exotic, like some endangered animal. Now that he slept, he was even more fantastical. 

There had been a few guys in Ben’s life he’d looked at twice. But he’d never considered himself attracted to them. He hadn’t even been sure why he’d looked. So the times it happened, he’d never dwelled on the feeling. Oh, he’d thought about what being with another man would be like, but it hadn’t needled his curiosity. Kicked up a desire.

Created a hunger. 

Not like Jacob did now. 

Was it because of what Marcel had done?

Which was what? Touch Ben but not touch him. Stare at him. Look him over. Grade him like a show animal?

Or was it because last night and well into the morning Jacob had listened to Ben. Listened to his losses, listened to his wants, listened to his failures. And not once did Jacob judge him. Not like Ben had Jacob. 

Ben had meant it when he apologized for calling Jacob a whore. Now Ben knew his apology was meaningless. 

Because the hurt he’d caused could not be undone. 

He wished it could. 

Ben ghosted his fingertips over Jacob’s arm, the hairs barely a whisper against his skin. Jacob wrinkled his brow for a moment. Ben moved his hand up to Jacob’s shoulder and made the small jump to his cheek. There Ben hesitated. But only for a moment, then he let himself make contact. 

Jacob sighed. 

Ben grazed Jacob’s bottom lip with his thumb. Jacob smiled a little and made a sleepy sound. 

What would it be like to kiss him? Ben swallowed against the rising need. The longer he stared at Jacob, the more Ben’s will crumbled. It was just a kiss. A press of lips. Then maybe Ben would know if this attraction was real, or born of desperation. 

Ben leaned closer. 

Jacob stretched, almost clocking Ben in the face with his hand. Ben moved back, and Jacob opened his eyes. “What time is it?”

With the curtains drawn, the only light in the room came from the pitiful lamp nailed to the wall across the room. 

Jacob stared at Ben for a moment, then sat up, giving Ben his back. “The clock is on your side.”

The time. Ben glanced back. “A little after four.”

“Damn it.”

Ben sat up. “What’s wrong?”

“I meant to set the alarm. I’m supposed to be at Marcel’s at six.”

“It’s only a thirty-minute walk.” 

Jacob went to the fridge and got out a bottle of water. “Yeah, but I have to eat before I go. If I don’t, he’ll know.” He took a sip of water. “And I need to get a shower and—” Jacob waved the water bottle. “Never mind, you don’t want the details.”

Ben stood. His pulse thumped in the back of his skull for a moment. He pressed his fingers to his temple.

“Here.” Jacob held out a bottle of water and two aspirin. “I’ve got a little experience with hangovers. Although I’m not sure this qualifies as one because I can stand up.”

Ben took both. “Thanks.” He popped the aspirin and washed them down.

“No problem.”

“I mean, thanks for everything. Last night. Listening.” Especially the listening. 

“Sure.”

Ben jabbed a thumb at the door. “I guess I better go then so you can…whatever.” He turned but couldn’t get himself to open the door. Leaving now meant he might not have the chance to know. Ben turned back around and walked over to Jacob.

“What’s—” 

Ben pressed his mouth to Jacob’s. The contact ate through Ben with an electric shock, and the hunger for more had Ben pressing closer. 

Jacob jumped back, eyes wide. He brought his fingers to his lips. The black of his pupils swallowed the blue of his irises. “What did you do that for?” A flush rose in Jacob’s cheeks. 

Ben shook his head. “In case I don’t get the chance again.”

“You need to leave.” Jacob backed up.

“I’m sorry, I just—”

Jacob shook his head. “Go. Please, just…go.”

Ben did.

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Jacob stared at the door of his motel room long after Ben left. Every so often, he’d touch his lips. The warmth of skin, Ben’s scent, it lingered. Worse, it made Jacob ache. 

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Book Review: Hard Road Back by Andrew Grey

Reviewed by Astros

Title: Hard Road Back
Author: Andrew Grey
Heroes: Martin & Scarborough
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 186 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Rancher Martin Jamuson has a deep understanding of horses. He just wishes his instincts extended to his best friend, Scarborough Croughton, and the changes in their feelings toward each other. Martin may be the only friend Scarborough has in their small town, but Scarborough is a man of secrets, an outsider who’s made his own way and believes he can only rely on himself when the chips are down. Still, when he needs help with a horse, he naturally comes to Martin.

As they work together, Martin becomes more determined than ever to show Scarborough he’s someone he can trust… maybe someone he can love. Even if it risks their friendship, both men know the possibility for more between them deserves to be explored. But when Scarborough’s past reemerges, it threatens his home, horses, career, and even their lives. If they hope to survive the road before them, they’ll have to walk it together… and maybe make the leap from cautious friends to lovers along the way. Continue reading

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Fight For You by Jaclyn Quinn: Exclusive Excerpt!

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by Jaclyn Quinn

“And that’s okay.” Mason sat forward and clasped his hands on his desk. “So, tell me something, you helping Sawyer, is that to keep your mind off all this shit?”

Grant blew out a long, tired breath. “Partly.” He paused then added, “I need something to keep me busy that doesn’t involve going back to work and dealing with people’s judgment.” He shrugged. “And, okay, fine…maybe a tiny part of it is guilt, but you can’t tell Sawyer that. That stubborn jackass will spit nails. No way he’ll let me help him if he knows that.”

Mason snorted and raised a teasing brow. “Trust me. I’m used to dealing with stubborn jackasses.”

Grant narrowed his eyes. “Very funny.” He pulled out his phone and looked at the screen. “What time will you be home? I can order us a pizza or something.”

Mason didn’t even try to hide his surprise or attempt to act as if Grant calling it home didn’t stir something in him.

Grant furrowed his brows, like he was trying to figure out what the hell he’d said to get that reaction. A light dawned, and he waved a hand at Mason. “You know what I meant. It is your home, isn’t it?”

Well, when he put it that way… “A pizza sounds good. I’ll be home around eight. Got a lot of paperwork to catch up on.”

“All right. You good with me clearing some things out of that other room?”

“Yeah. Whatever you need to do.”

“Oh, and I Googled what he’ll need. To make things easier, you know? Ordered a handle for the shower, a raised toilet seat, and one of those long, grippy claw things. You know, like on the infomercial?”

Mason laughed. “Yeah, I know. Like I said, whatever you need to do.”

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