3.5 Star Ratings

Book Review: Lion’s Mate by Shannon West and T.S. McKinney

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Lion’s Mate
Authors: Shannon West and T.S. McKinney
Series: Hell’s Creek #1
Heroes: Julian/Leo
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 135 Pages
Publisher: Painted Hearts Publishing
Release Date: May 10, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  When Julian Montague rolls into a small mill town on the back side of nowhere, he isn’t looking for any trouble. He’s broke and fallen on hard times—but his idea to run from a license check on a main highway has backfired. He went off road on his motorcycle and now he’s hopelessly lost and almost out of gas. Stopping at the only station in town, he’s confronted by bullies with a gun who insist he’s on the “wrong side of the line” and then proceed to attack him. Fighting them off, he heads for the dubious safety of the “other side” when he’s attacked by a wild animal and crashes, almost killing himself. Waking up tied to a bed, he’s startled to find his injuries are being tended by a large, handsome man named Leo who bosses him around, showers him with affection and insists on calling him kitty. Something is going on in this strange town called Hell’s Creek, involving the large paper mill and the strange inhabitants who live in separate territories and answer only to the Company. Julian needs to find out what it is before he finds himself the “mate” of another man—and the main problem with that is that he’s beginning to like the idea way too much.
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Book Review: Rediscovering Himself by Charlie Richards

Reviewed by Morgan 

Title: Rediscovering Himself
Author: Charlie Richards
Series: Wolves of Stone Ridge #40
Heroes: Drako/Kwanza
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 108 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: April 21, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Out of the Cage: Freedom takes all forms, including how to learn to live with yourself…and your limitations.

Drako Rundin had a rude awakening to the paranormal world—holy crap, vampires and shifters are real! Still, he thinks it’s pretty cool. After so much time thinking he’s weird for being a gay, video-game-loving geek, he finds he’s not the only oddball. Accepting his new friends’ offer to go to Denver, helping the pair move an ostrich farm in the process, he meets so many more people who are different.
Kwanza doesn’t know how long he’s been in captivity. He just knows he’s grateful to the group of friendly paranormals who rescued him. While he remembers shifting to human form—decades ago—he struggles to actually do it. The other shifters are patient and accommodating, giving him wide open spaces in which to live.

When Kwanza meets Drako, he recognizes the plump, cute human as his mate. While he succeeds in shifting, he can’t seem to hold it for long. With Drako’s help, can he relearn how to be human all over again?
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Audio Review: Wedding Favors by Anne Tenino

Reviewed by Morgan

Title: Wedding Favors
Author: Anne Tenino
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Bluewater Bay #7
Heroes: Lucas Wilder/Gabriel Savage
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 8 Hours, 14 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: April 13, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Lucas Wilder’s best friend is a traitor. First, Audrey moved back to their hick-infested hometown, Bluewater Bay, and now she’s marrying a local. His own brother, in fact. And as her man of honor, Lucas gets coerced into returning for an extended stay. Although, between his unfaithful ex-boyfriend and his artist’s block, going home isn’t the worst thing that could happen. Even if the best man is Gabriel Savage, Lucas’s first crush, first hookup, and first heartbreak.

The only reason Gabe hasn’t been waiting for Lucas to return to Bluewater Bay is because he never thought it’d happen. Not that it matters now that Lucas is back—Gabe’s still a logger who’s never been anywhere (Canada doesn’t count), and Lucas is now a famous sculptor who’s been everywhere twice. Plus, there’s that shared past.

When Audrey asks Lucas to make her wedding favors, the only place to set up a kiln is at Gabe’s tree farm. Soon, they pick up where they left off twelve years before, then blow past it, discovering why neither of them forgot the other. Now they have to choose how much of their history they’ll repeat, and what future they’ll make together.
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Book Review: Shape of My Heart by Kol Anderson

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Shape of My Heart
Author: Kol Anderson
Heroes: N/A
Genre: MM Horror
Length: 25 Pages
Publisher: Kol Anderson
Release Date: April 16, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Dan meets Brody while he’s on the prowl for a sacrifice. But the meeting proves to be more meaningful than either of them were hoping for. Will Brody take the place of the love Dan lost?
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Book Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

Reviewed by Ami

Title: The Thing About Love
Author: Julie James
Heroine/Hero: Jessica Harlow/John Shepherd
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 368 Pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.

FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated. . .
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Book Review: Americana Fairy Tale by Lex Chase

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Americana Fairy Tale
Author: Lex Chase
Series: Fairy Tales of the Open Road #1; Screw-up Princess and Skillful Huntsman Trilogy #1
Heroes: Taylor & Corentin
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 340 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 12, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Modern fairy-tale princess Taylor Hatfield has problems. One: he’s a guy. Two: his perfect brother Atticus is the reincarnation of Snow White. Three: Taylor has no idea which princess he is supposed to be. Four: Taylor just left his prince (a girl) at the altar. Despite his enchanted lineage, Taylor is desperate to find his Happily Ever After away from magic, witches, and stuffy traditions. Regrettably, destiny has other plans for him. Dammit.

When word reaches Taylor that Idi the Witchking has captured Atticus, Taylor is determined to save his brother. He enlists the help of rakish and insufferable Corentin Devereaux, likewise of enchanted lineage. A malicious spell sends Taylor and Corentin on a road trip through the kitschy nostalgia of roadside Americana. To save Atticus, they must solve the puzzles put forth by Idi the Witchking. As they struggle, Taylor and Corentin’s volatile partnership sparks a flash of something more. But princesses have many enemies, and Taylor must keep his wits about him because there’s nothing worse than losing your heart… or your head.
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Book Review: Forgotten Paradise by Shira Anthony

Reviewed by Morgan 

Title: Forgotten Paradise
Author: Shira Anthony
Series: Dreamspun Desires #32
Heroes: Adam Preston/Jonah James
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 238 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 15, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  It’s dangerous diving for secrets.

When a mega company threatens to take over his family-owned business, programming prodigy Adam Preston escapes the stress with a much-needed vacation in the Dominican Republic. There he meets attractive, intelligent, insightful Jonah James, a scuba dive instructor, and what starts as a holiday fling soon blossoms into much more.

But Jonah has a secret: ten years ago he woke up on an island beach with no idea how he got there… or even who he is. Their paradise may not be as perfect as it seems. When Jonah’s memories come crashing back like waves on the sand, will it be Adam clinging to the proverbial life raft, or will the two men find a safe harbor to ride out the storm?
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Book Review: Here For You by T.K. Paige

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Here For You
Author: T.K. Paige
Heroes: Mason & James
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 32k+ words
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: July 25, 2014
Available at: Totally BoundAmazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: When James falls for the new guy at the station is he just setting himself up to be burned?

Welcome to Deacon, Oklahoma. Straight population—seven hundred and ninety-six. Gay population—James Hara. Except it really isn’t that bad, because when he came out to his hometown, something wonderful happened. They still loved him…most did anyway. The only problem is the lack of a dating pool.

Then he meets the new firefighting volunteer and he has a bigger problem. Mason is gorgeous, friendly and straight. Soon James is doing his best not to fall for his new friend. Hard to do when Mason is everything he dreams of, with his humor and flashes of vulnerability.

But after a set of stressful events, he finds that maybe it is not impossible after all. If he can be patient with a man wounded by his past.

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to past sexual assault.
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Book Review: Marc’s the Spot by Meg Harding

Reviewed by Morgan 

Title: Marc’s the Spot
Author: Meg Harding
Heroes: Marcus “Marc” Lacroix/Lucas Grayson
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: Not available
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Available at:  Amazon
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Blurb:  Marcus “Marc” Lacroix, a red panda shifter, knows who Lucas Grayson is, and up until playing with him during the world cup of hockey, didn’t much care for him. But when he finds out the jaguar shifter with the hot body has a personality to match, he’s a bit blown away. A night of celebration leads the two of them to the bedroom, and they discover that one night might not be enough to finish this thing between them.

Passion grows to love and more than a little kink, and the two make things work despite the obstacles standing in their way. Lucas plays for the Aces and Marc for the Hares, the distance and crazy schedules of a pro-hockey player keeping them apart. Lucas discovers it’s harder to let go of things than he’d thought. When ill-fate strikes, Lucas spirals and Marc has to try and hold them together. It’s one match Marc doesn’t know if he’ll win.
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Book Review: Relationship Status by K.A. Mitchell

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Relationship Status
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Series: Ethan & Wyatt #3
Heroes: Ethan/Wyatt
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 106 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Life doesn’t come with a syllabus.

Ethan knows firsthand that long distance is hard on love. If Wyatt is spending his summer at an internship in Pittsburgh, that’s where Ethan will be. Even if it means inventing his own career goal just to find a reason to stay with his boyfriend. He didn’t expect they’d be living in a hot, crappy apartment, with work schedules that keep them apart more than together.

Wyatt’s past has taught him to keep his head down and focus on living through the day. Loving Ethan has him looking to the future for the first time; he’s just not in as big of a rush to get there. It’s hard to trust in happiness when life has been busy kicking you in the nuts.

Together they’re getting the hang of real life, when a new responsibility for Wyatt throws everything off balance. Ethan’s doing everything he can to prove he’s in this forever, while Wyatt is torn between a future with Ethan and a debt to the past. Too bad they didn’t cover this in college.
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