3.5 Star Ratings

Book Review: Chief’s Mess by L.A. Witt

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Chief’s Mess
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Anchor Point #3
Heroes: Noah/Anthony
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 291 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 19, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Anthony Talbot is in Anchor Point to visit family, but after two days of strife, he needs a break. A local gay bar is calling his name.

When Chief Noah Jackson sees that red head stroll into the club, he immediately wants him. They’re perfectly matched, and before long, they’re burning up the sheets. Noah can’t get enough. Anthony can’t stay in Oregon for long, but as soon as he leaves, he’s counting down the days until he can fly back for more. And between his increasingly frequent visits, there’s always phone sex, sexting, webcams . . . anything they can get.

But Noah’s got a carefully crafted façade, and Anthony can’t help noticing the slowly forming cracks. The scent of alcohol in the middle of the day. The extra drinks at dinner. The hint of red in his eyes. Anthony knows what it means. He doesn’t want to believe it, but he’s seen this before, and there’s no denying it. If Noah doesn’t get his downward spiral under control, he’s going to lose both his career and the first man he’s ever really loved.
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Book Review: Unsettled by Zach Jenkins

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Unsettled
Author: Zach Jenkins
Series On the Strip #1
Heroes: James/Evan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 222 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 22, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  He’s a cop who looks like a cowboy and I just have to see his gun.

I’ve refused second dates for years because I’m too much of a mess to hope for any relationship to work out. After one wild, impulsive, and let’s face it, pleasantly filling night with James, I’m ready to throw all of that out the window.

Men are for drinking buddies and dirty jokes… and now, so much more.

Evan is the first man I’ve ever slept with. If I get my way, he’ll be the one I’m with forever. I’m not sure how I’ll tell the other guys at the police station, but I’ve got bigger problems to worry about.

Someone is attacking people on The Strip in August, GA, and they are working way too close to the club where Evan is a DJ. I’ve got to catch whoever is responsible so that I can protect Evan, the man who taught me everything about love.

Unsettled is a steamy, standalone, first time with a man, romantic thriller novel with no cliffhangers.
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Book Review: Ride Along by Meghan Maslow

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Ride Along
Author: Meghan Maslow
Series: States of Love
Heroes: Drew Nolan/Josh de Oliveira
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 122 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 14, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Drew Nolan is a loud-and-proud mystery writer with a brutal case of writer’s block. He needs practical experience with the Baltimore police beat to get his latest manuscript to his publisher on time. When he wins a ride-along at a writer’s conference, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot… until he meets his partner.

Closeted cop Josh de Oliveira lost his family, his partner, and the respect of his unit—all for doing the right thing. Recently busted back down to patrol, he’s relieved to get a cushy assignment at the Author’s Police Institute where he’ll take one lucky writer on a ride-along. Unfortunately, his author looks like he belongs in the backseat of Josh’s squad car—long, ginger dreadlocks, piercings, and an “I would bottom you so hard” T-shirt. But there’s something about Drew Josh is having a hard time resisting.

It’s going to be a long night and one hell of a ride as opposites attract and realize they share a lot in common beneath the surface. As animosity becomes desire, they realize they can help each other out—in more ways than one.
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Dual Book Review: Crossing Jordan by Shannon West

Reviewed by JustJen and Susan65

Title: Crossing Jordan
Author: Shannon West
Heroes: Jace O’Neal/Will Jordan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 135 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: May 12, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  A complicated web of lies threatens Jace’s life and he must fight his way to happiness through a maze of romance, murder and intrigue.

Jace O’Neal is slowly rebuilding his life after a disastrous romance with an actor named Dylan Malone in NYC sends him back to Atlanta in disgrace. Living with his mother and his brother, a fourteen-year-old with Fragile X syndrome, one of the known causes of autism, Jace is pursued by Malone, who finally persuades him into another relationship. Then Dylan goes missing and the evidence left at the scene points to Jace’s involvement.

The detective on the case, Will Jordan, is drawn to Jace right away, and learns that Jace’s former lover was manipulative and cruel. Will fights his attraction to Jace as he seeks the truth of what happened to Malone. As more clues emerge and point to Jace, Jordan begins to believe Jace is in danger. A complicated web of lies threatens Jace’s life and he must fight his way to happiness through a maze of romance, murder and intrigue.
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Book Review: Deep Space: Love and Other Lies by Kol Anderson

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Deep Space: Love and Other Lies
Author: Kol Anderson
Heroes: Madoc/Leo
Genre: MM Sci-Fi
Length: 60 Pages
Publisher: Kol Anderson
Release Date: May 20, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: 

Madoc Taliesin doesn’t know what he wants or who he wants. but who does when they’re young?

But Leo knows what he wants and he’s not afraid to go after it. Unfortunately for Madoc, Leo wants him. And Leo won’t let Madi off the hook now that he’s in his sight.
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Book Review: Fraud Twice Felt by J.T. Hall

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Fraud Twice Felt
Author: J.T. Hall
Series: The Oddities #2
Heroes: Derwin Bryant/Elliot Leed
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 368 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: May 29, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Three weeks after solving his old boyfriend’s murder, bounty hunter Derwin Bryant is trying to let go of the past and embrace his new life with Elliot Leed, a former rentboy and fellow Oddity. Elliot, meanwhile, is trying to adjust to working at Bob’s Bail Bonds and having a real relationship despite his strange power of Object Reading. Hanging over the couple is the fear that Roy Yoshiro, notorious gang lord, will make good on his threats to claim Elliot. If that happens, not even Derwin’s superhuman strength will be enough to protect the man he loves.

Their concerns are overshadowed when Derwin’s friend asks for help finding her missing son. It’s not long before the case takes Derwin and Elliot back to the crime-ridden underbelly of the city and straight into Yoshiro’s clutches. Two gangs are vying for power, and Derwin and Elliot get caught in the middle of their very public fight.

Derwin and Elliot must find a way to thwart both gangs’ plans and escape alive. This time, one misstep could spell disaster for all the inhabitants of Nis.
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Audio Review: All Kinds of Tied Down by Mary Calmes

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: All Kinds of Tied Down
Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Tristan James
Series: Marshals #1
Heroes: Mrio Jones/Ian Doyle
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 9 hours, 1 minute
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 24, 2014
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they’ve gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back…faith and something more.

As a marshal and a soldier, Ian’s expected to lead. But the power and control that brings Ian success and fulfillment in the field isn’t working anywhere else. Ian’s always resisted all kinds of tied down, but having no home – and no one to come home to – is slowly eating him up inside. Over time, Ian has grudgingly accepted that going anywhere without his partner simply doesn’t work. Now Miro just has to convince him that getting tangled up in heartstrings isn’t being tied down at all.
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Audio Review: Old Loyalty, New Love by Mary Calmes

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Old Loyalty, New Love
Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Tristan James
Series: L’Ange #1
Heroes: Quade Danas/Roman Howell
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 8 hours, 3 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 22, 2014
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: When jackal shifter Quade Danas was banished from his pack for being gay, he spent years in the military escaping his father’s prejudice before returning to civilian life as a bodyguard for Roman Howell, the teenage son of a very rich man. After Roman is in an accident that leaves him physically scarred and emotionally distant, Quade is the only one who can get through to him. As Roman becomes a man, he realizes what he wants—his bodyguard by his side and in his bed. Unfortunately, Quade can’t seem to see past the kid Roman once was to the man he has become, certain Roman’s feelings are merely misplaced gratitude. But Roman knows a lot more than Quade realizes, and he’s used to persevering, no matter how many impediments life throws his way. He wants the chance to prove to Quade that he’s strong enough for a jackal alpha to call mate.

Despite the decades Quade has been away, and the heartache of his father’s rejection, his inborn loyalty to the pack remains, and his abrupt departure left the jackal shifters without an alpha heir. As a psychopath shifter staking claim as alpha draws Quade back home, and Quade feels compelled to heed the call, he may be forced to make a choice he never anticipated. But doing so means he must leave Roman behind… unless somehow they find a way to make loyalty and love work together.
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Book Review: By the Numbers by R.J. Scott

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: By the Numbers
Author: R.J. Scott
Series: Sanctuary #10
Heroes: Brandon/Daniel
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 136 Pages
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Release Date: May 17, 2017
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: The final book in the Sanctuary series.

Secrets and lies threaten Brandon and Daniel’s new love.

Brandon Hoselton is running scared, finding security in his obsession with patterns and numbers. With his family threatened, he feels he has nowhere left to go, and even considers ending his life to keep them safe. Until Sanctuary, in the shape of the enigmatic Daniel Karnes, gives him a reason to stay alive and offers the possibility of a future free from fear.

Former SEAL Daniel is new to Sanctuary, tasked with watching Brandon, a brilliant geek with way too many secrets. Falling in love with quirky Brandon is easy; now he just has to make sure secrets don’t end up with them both dying.

The only way of destroying Varga is to cut the crime boss’s money, and the two men become part of an intricate take-down involving millions of dollars. But Brandon has a secret he can never share with Daniel, and their new love is at stake.

When the villain has murder in mind, sometimes the only way to stay alive is to lie.
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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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