2.5 Star Ratings

Book Review: Wolf Unleashed by Paige Tyler

Reviewed by Ami

29155101Title: Wolf Unleashed
Author: Paige Tyler
Series: SWAT #5
Heroine/Hero: Lacey Barton/Alex Trevino
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 352 Pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Wolf shifter Alex Trevino has fallen hard for veterinarian Lacey Barton. Getting her to agree to a date is a lot of work—and winning her heart proves even harder.

Lacey can’t deny her crazy attraction to Alex, but she has no intention of letting herself fall for him. In her less than stellar experience, men don’t stick around.

When Lacey’s sister is kidnapped, it’s up to Alex to crack the case—and prove to Lacey that he isn’t going anywhere.
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Audio Review: Model Citizen by Lissa Kasey

Reviewed by Morgan

31307696Title: Model Citizen
Author: Lissa Kasey
Narrator: Mike Pohlable
Heroes: Oliver “Ollie” Petroskovic/Kade Alme
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 53 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Oliver “Ollie” Petroskovic’s life as an international supermodel was heading in the right direction. He worked part-time for his brother at his detective agency—Petroskovic Haven Investigations—and had just bought his dream house. But all that changed when he found his brother dead, a victim of PTSD-induced suicide.

Almost a year later, Ollie is trying to keep his brother’s business afloat, but can’t get his PI license. Then his brother’s best friend, Kade Alme, shows up, fresh from the battlefield after a close brush with death. Kade is looking for a new life, in more ways than one, and with PI license in hand, he’s exactly what Ollie needs to keep PHI running.

When one of Ollie’s childhood friends gets in trouble, Ollie feels he has to help. Kade insists on investigating if only to keep Ollie safe. Neither realizes the danger they’re in as someone tries to tear them apart before they can find solid ground together.
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Book Review: Making Waves by Marie Sexton

Reviewed by Ami

31700231Title: Making Waves
Author: Marie Sexton
Series: Wrench Wars #4
Heroes: Ward/Ash
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 76 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 29, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Best friends since they were teenagers, Ward Kent and Dean Zimmerman work together at Reggie’s garage, where the reality show Wrench Wars is filmed. Outside of work, Dean is a notorious player, and as far as he’s concerned, Ward’s the best wingman ever. Little does he know, Ward is much more interested in the gentlemen than the ladies.

Then Dean’s younger brother, Ash, comes to work at the garage. Ash may be seven years younger, but he’s had a crush on Ward for years, and he’s not shy about going after what he wants.

Admitting his best friend and his brother are gay is one thing. Seeing them together? That’s a bit more than Dean can take, and he’s about to force Ward to make a decision: lose his best friend and his job, or give up Ash forever.
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Book Review: Dallas by Catherine Lievens

Reviewed by Morgan 

32185871Title: Dallas
Author: Catherine Lievens
Series: Gillham Pack #16
Heroes: Dallas/Hamilton
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 124 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: September 23, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Not all things that look too good to be true are wrong.

Dallas is back in Gillham. He left the town and the pack after he was rescued from the lab, but he hasn’t been able to go back to fully living his life, and he hopes changing will help. He’s eager to work for Kameron and to be the pack’s doctor, even with the new problems the pack has.

Hamilton is Morin Glass’ best friend, and he wants answers. He’s seen the news about the man who became an animal, and he knows Morin and his boyfriend have to somehow be involved. He travels to Whitedell to get an explanation, and once there, he finds more than he was expecting.

Hamilton doesn’t seem to have problems accepting shifters, and Dallas is glad even if hesitant, but it doesn’t mean their life is easy. Hamilton’s life is in New York and he has to make a decision. Being with a shifter could be dangerous for him. Humans might know about them now, but it doesn’t mean they accept them. What does the future hold for Dallas and Hamilton, and for the pack?
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Dual Book Review: More Than Okay by Bru Baker

Reviewed by Ami and Morgan 

31707991Title: More Than Okay
Author: Bru Baker
Heroes: Jake/Connor
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 58 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Something in Jake’s relationship with Connor is changing, and not for the better. The only thing that’s been growing between them recently is silence, and when Connor starts lying about where he’s been and slipping out of bed at night, Jake fears the worst.

Jake gets the surprise of his life when he finds out what Connor has really been doing. It couldn’t be further from what he’d expected. Instead of ending the relationship, Connor has been building up to taking the next step together with a huge romantic surprise for Jake.

The scare shows Jake what’s really important, and the ordeal might make them stronger and bring them closer together than ever before.
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Book Review: Starstruck Anthology

Reviewed by Ami

31436896Title: Starstruck Anthology
Authors: L.A. Merrill, George Loveland, Sydney Blackburn, Charles Payseur, Asta Idonea, Jessica Payseur, Rob Rosen, Jay Starre, Elizabeth Coldwell, Bell Ellis, Avery Vanderlyle, M.T. Aspen, Nicki J. Markus
Series: Anthology
Genre: MM
Length: 320 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 12, 2016
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Lights, camera, action!

To the average person, celebrities seem to have it all—money, fame, and droves of adoring fans lining up to fawn over them. But a life in the public eye can make romance challenging, and deep down, these guys are looking for the same thing as any other man: someone to share a steamy tryst with between acts or to ride off into the sunset with after the curtain has gone down. Luckily there are those willing to love the men behind the billboards and on-air personalities, and they’re looking for a private performance from their favorite drag queens, musicians, reality TV stars, actors, rodeo champions, and video game designers. Even superheroes and legendary defenders. Money and fame might not always equal happiness, but these celebrities will leave stars in their lovers’ eyes.
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Book Review: Deja Who by MaryJanice Davidson

Reviewed by Ami

28186287Title: Deja Who
Author: MaryJanice Davidson
Series: Insighter #1
Heroine/Hero: Lea Nazir/Archer Drake
Genre: MF Urban Fantasy
Length: 304 Pages
Publisher: Berkley/NAL
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Leah Nazir is an Insighter. Reincarnation is her business. But while her clients’ pasts are a mess, Leah’s is nothing short of tragedy. She’s been murdered. A lot. If left to that bitch, destiny, it’ll happen again. Leah wants to know who’s been following her through time, and who’s been stalking her in the present…

P.I. Archer Drake has been hired by Leah’s mother to keep an eye on her. But the more time he spends watching, the more he finds himself infatuated. Before long, he even finds himself agreeing to help find the person who wants her dead. Over and over again.

Now going full-on “rewind,” Leah hopes it can stave off the inevitable. After all, she’s grown fond of this life – and even fonder of nerdy Archer. But changing her pattern means finding out who her killer is today. And as Leah fears, that could be anyone she has come to know and trust. Anyone.
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Book Review: Wide Open Spaces by Renee Stevens

Reviewed by Ami

31291219Title: Wide Open Spaces
Author: Renee Stevens
Series: States of Love
Heroes: Devon/Levi
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 98 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 31, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Devon fled Wyoming as soon as he turned eighteen, leaving behind his high school love, Levi. After six years in the big city, Devon returns to his hometown. Not much has changed, except that Levi is no longer in the closet. He’s also single and living his dream—managing the local wild horse population. Both of them are very interested in picking up where they left off, but Devon is no more ready to reveal his orientation than he was as a teenager.

No one is going to shove Levi back in the closet—not even Devon. For a relationship to work, they’ll have to put the past behind them and find the courage to face the future as who they really are—a couple in love. But Devon doesn’t know if he’s strong enough. Maybe Levi would be better off without him—and his hang-ups.
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Book Review: Always a Cowboy by Linda Lael Miller

Reviewed by Ami

28507384Title: Always a Cowboy
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Series: The Carsons of Mustang Creek #2
Heroine/Hero: Luce Hale/Drake Carson
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 384 Pages
Publisher: HQN
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  He’s the middle of the three Carson brothers and is as stubborn as they come—and he won’t thank a beautiful stranger for getting in his way!

Drake Carson is the quintessential cowboy. In charge of the family ranch, he knows the realities of this life, its pleasures and heartbreaks. Lately, managing the wild stallions on his property is wearing him down. When an interfering so-called expert arrives and starts offering her opinion, Drake is wary, but he can’t deny the longing—and the challenge—she stirs in him.

Luce Hale is researching how wild horses interact with ranch animals—and with ranchers. The Carson matriarch invites her to stay with the family, which guarantees frequent encounters with Drake, her ruggedly handsome and decidedly unwelcoming son. Luce and Drake are at odds from the very beginning, especially when it comes to the rogue stallion who’s stealing the ranch mares. But when Drake believes Luce is in danger, that changes everything—for both of them.
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Book Review: Keeping Karma by Tory Temple

Reviewed by Ami

31222819Title: Keeping Karma
Author: Tory Temple
Heroes: Alex Myers/Dylan Travers
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 138 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 24, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Alex Myers is keeping deeper secrets than just his pet ferret, Karma, who is illegal in California. Both Alex and his twin sister, Tabitha, can “hear” the thoughts of animals. It’s an ability he puts to good use working at an emergency animal clinic while studying to become a veterinarian.

One night, local animal-control officer Dylan Travers comes into the clinic with an injured fawn, and it doesn’t take the two men long to act on their mutual attraction. But the closer they become, the harder it is for Alex to keep Karma and the rest of his menagerie from Dylan. And then there’s the matter of his ability…. Will Dylan even believe him if he tries to explain?

Add to that debilitating migraines from especially “loud” animals and a scheming coworker threatening the clinic, and Alex needs Dylan’s support more than ever. Alex just wants to keep his job, his pets, his lover, and his sanity. But he can’t do it alone.
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