5 Star Ratings

Dual Audio Review: Infamous by Jenny Holiday

Reviewed by Morgan & Susan65

Title: Infamous
Author: Jenny Holiday
Narrator: Michael Fell
Series: Famous #2
Heroes: Jesse & Hunter
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 8 hours and 35 minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: April 9, 2018
Available at: Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: All that up-and-coming musician Jesse Jamison has ever wanted is to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. When a gossip website nearly catches him kissing someone who isn’t his famous girlfriend – and also isn’t a girl – he considers the near miss a wake-up call. There’s a lot riding on his image as the super-straight rocker, and if he wants to realize his dreams, he’ll need to toe the line. Luckily, he’s into women too. Problem solved.

After a decade pretending to be his ex’s roommate, pediatrician Hunter Wyatt is done hiding. He might not know how to date in the Grindr world, how to make friends in a strange city, or whether his new job in Toronto is a mistake. But he does know that no one is worth the closet. Not even the world’s sexiest rock star.

As Jesse’s charity work at Hunter’s hospital brings the two closer together, a bromance develops. Soon, Hunter is all Jesse can think about. But when it comes down to a choice between Hunter and his career, he’s not sure he’s brave enough to follow his heart.   Continue reading

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Audio Review: Slow Heat by Leta Blake

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Slow Heat
Author: Leta Blake
Narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo
Series: Heat of Love #1
Heroes: Vale & Jason
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 14 hours and 7 minutes
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: May 7, 2018
Available at: Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: A lustful young alpha meets his match in an older omega with a past. 

Professor Vale Aman has crafted a good life for himself. An unbonded omega in his mid-30s, he’s long since given up hope that he’ll meet a compatible alpha, let alone his destined mate. He’s fulfilled by his career, his poetry, his cat, and his friends.

When Jason Sabel, a much younger alpha, imprints on Vale in a shocking and public way, longings are ignited that can’t be ignored. Fighting their strong sexual urges, Jason and Vale must agree to contract with each other before they can consummate their passion.

But for Vale, being with Jason means giving up his independence and placing his future in the hands of an untested alpha – as well as facing the scars of his own tumultuous past. He isn’t sure it’s worth it. But Jason isn’t giving up his destined mate without a fight.

This is a stand-alone gay romance novel, 118,000 words, with a strong HFN ending, as well as a well-crafted, non-shifter omegaverse, with alphas, betas, omegas, male pregnancy, heat, and knotting. Content warning for pregnancy loss and aftermath.

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Book Review: The Hardest Thing by James Lear

Guest Reviewed by Emilie

Title: The Hardest Thing
Author: James Lear
Series: Dan Stagg Mystery #1
Heroes: Dan & Jody
Genre: M/M Contemporary Erotica
Length: 261 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Available at: Cleis PressAmazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Once a major in the U.S. Army, Dan Stagg fell afoul of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. In his late 30s, tall, and muscular, Dan is prone to violence, always upholding what he views as justice. He’s offered a great deal of money to protect the young male “secretary” of a powerful real estate broker. The vain, shallow—but most of all hot—young man’s idea of protection includes sex. Dan quickly realizes something strange is going on: he’s being used as a shield for a much more sinister operation and must chose between easy money and sex or the ideals that he embodied in the Army. Why should he do the right thing—particularly when the army betrayed him? The Hardest Thing is a sexy gay mystery as only James Lear can write it: filled with lots of gay sexual encounters, romance, sweat, violence, and conspiracy.
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Audio Review: Dirty Deeds by S.E. Jakes

Reviewed by Morgan

Title: Dirty Deeds
Author: S.E. Jakes
Narrator: Dorian Bane
Series: Dirty Deeds #1
Heroes: Cillian/Mal
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: April 12, 2018
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Two seasoned operatives finally meet their match: each other.

Cillian works for the mysterious Special Branch 20: an organization that runs black ops commissioned by the British government. His specialty is deep undercover assignments with virtually no support. He’s been alone for so long that he no longer knows anything else.

Mal’s also used to being alone. Wanted in several states and even more countries, he’s not allowed in the vicinity of any of his former Navy SEAL teammates. And his current assignment is to track Cillian in order to discover the spook’s endgame. Except he’s no longer sure which one of them is getting played.

Cillian isn’t about to let the mission that’s consumed him for the past several years crumble because an outsider is poking around where he doesn’t belong. But Mal forces his way through Cillian’s defenses—and into his heart—exposing a devastating betrayal that could destroy them both.
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Book Review: Alphas Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Alphas Like Us
Authors: Krista and Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #3
Heroes: Maximoff and Farrow
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 489 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: His Bodyguard. His Love.

Maverick, know-it-all bodyguard Farrow Keene knows publicly dating American royalty comes with a great cost. Everyone wants a piece of their relationship. And as a protective boyfriend, he’s not here for the malicious hands that grab at their love life and seek to rip them apart.

But Farrow is confident — he’s confident that he could’ve never prepared for the storm to come.

Keep him safe.

Maximoff Hale isn’t a big fan of change. And to regain the charity CEO position he lost, he agrees to a task that he’s always rejected. One that could uproot his unconventional world.

But Maximoff is afraid — he’s afraid of the consequences that could destroy his boyfriend and his family.

Keep him safe.

Changes are on the horizon.
Big.
Messy.
Complicated.
Changes.

Maximoff & Farrow will fight for their forever. And with every breath, they promise that their love story won’t end here.
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Audio Review: Survivor by T.M. Smith

Reviewed by Morgan

Title: Survivor
Author: T.M. Smith
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Heroes: Raylor/Frank
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 5 Hours, 33 Minutes
Publisher: T.M. Smith
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only thirteen years old—his parents killed, leaving him alone and orphaned. With no living relatives, he’d certainly be another statistic if not for the intervention of the policeman who found Taylor in the crawl space where his mother hid him that fateful night. Despite the tragedy and resulting anguish in his life, Taylor knows how lucky he is.

Frank Moore is a rookie with the Dallas Police Department when he and his partner answer a call in Devonshire, one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods. They think the young boy in various pictures throughout the home has been kidnapped until they find him, shaken but alive. Officer Moore recognizes the pain in the kid’s eyes, having lost his own mother to cancer when he was just a boy. He steps in, making sure Taylor is placed with a loving foster family. Over the years, Frank becomes a permanent fixture in Taylor’s life.

A decade later, the case remains unsolved and the once gangly, uncertain teenager is now a college graduate who knows exactly what he wants. He’s coming home to the man that helped mold and shape his life, the man he’s loved for as long as he can remember, Frank Moore. But Taylor isn’t the only person returning to Dallas, and while Frank is distracted by his own conflicting feelings and the new bond growing between the two, the past creeps up on them, determined to finish what was started ten years earlier.

A note from the author…

I hope you enjoy Frank and Taylor’s story. It’s been a long road to get them settled, but I’m happy with where this story has taken them. When I started this book, the intent was to write a stand-alone story, but that has changed. Characters continually evolve throughout the writing process, and there are several characters in the book that want to tell their story. I’ve grown especially fond of Rory and I can’t wait to write his book, which will take us back to when he first joined the Bureau, and continue on to his happy ever after.
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Book Review: Finders Keepers by N.R. Walker

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Finders Keepers
Author: N.R. Walker
Heroes: Griffin/Dane
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 218 Pages
Publisher: N.R. Walker
Release Date: February 2, 2018
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Needing a change of scene, Griffin Burke moves from Brisbane to Coolum Beach to start a new job. The beautiful white sand, aqua-coloured ocean, blue skies, and summer breezes are everything he longs for. What he finds is a mud-covered dog, lost and hungry, with a nametag and a phone number.

Dane Hughes is stuck in Surfers Paradise at a week-long work conference when he gets a phone call from his distraught mother. His dog, his fur baby, Wicket, has run away. Unable to leave and feeling helpless and miserable, he gets a text from a guy. “I think I found your dog…”

Griffin and Dane start talking, and Griffin agrees to look after Wicket until Dane can collect him. With a few days left before his new job starts, Griffin takes Wicket on some coastal adventures and sends Dane photos of their fun, and so the start of something new and kind of wonderful begins.

Griffin might have moved to Coolum in search of a new life, but what he finds is so much more. What he gets to keep just might take some four-legged help.
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Giveaway & Book Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Reviewed by Nikyta

**We’re doing this review a little differently! Scroll below to find out more information about the GIVEAWAY we’re having in honor of Burn Bright releasing on March 6, 2018!

Title: Cry Wolf
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #1
Hero/Heroine: Anna & Charles
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 321 pages
Publisher: Ace Books
Release Date: July 29, 2008
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack… and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna’s inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.

It is recommended you read the prequel “Alpha & Omega” before reading Cry Wolf.
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Book Review: Regularly Scheduled Life by K.A. Mitchell

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Regularly Scheduled Life
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Series: Ohio Books #1
Heroes: Sean/Kyle
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 296 Pages
Publisher: K.A. Mitchell
Release Date: June 1, 2009
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: It’s a long way back to happily ever after.

Sean and Kyle have enjoyed six perfect years of what their friends called a disgustingly happy relationship. But what happens one sunny Tuesday morning in October might be more than even the most loving couple can survive.

When the bell rings that morning in chemistry teacher Sean Farnham’s first-period class, a terrifying sound fills the halls – gunshots. Without considering the consequences, Sean runs to tackle the shooter, sustaining a bullet wound to his leg. Despite his actions, he is unable to save the lives of the principal and two students.

Architect Kyle DeRusso hears about the shooting on the radio, and in the flash of an instant finds his life irrevocably altered. Everything – especially his heart – hangs suspended in a nightmare until he finds out Sean is alive. It doesn’t matter that Sean will be left with a permanent limp. Kyle’s just relieved the worst is over.

Or is it? Putting that day behind them isn’t as simple as it sounds. As Sean struggles to make something positive out of the tragedy, Kyle fights to save their relationship from the dangers of publicity – and Sean’s unwillingness to face how the crisis has changed him.
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Audio Review: Spun! by J.L. Merrow

Reviewed by Morgan

Title: Spun!
Author: J.L. Merrow
Narrator: Mark Steadman
Series: The Shamwell Tales #4
Heroes: David Greenlake/Rory Deamer
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 44 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 29, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: With friends like these . . .

An ill-advised encounter at the office party leaves David Greenlake jobless and homeless in one heady weekend. But he quickly begs work from his ex-boss and takes a room in Shamwell with easygoing postman Rory Deamer. David doesn’t mean to flirt with the recently divorced Rory—just like he doesn’t consciously decide to breathe. After all, Rory’s far too nice for him. And far too straight.

Rory finds his new lodger surprisingly fun to be with, and what’s more, David is a hit with Rory’s troubled children. But while Rory’s world may have turned upside down in the last few years, there’s one thing he’s sure of: he’s straight as a die. So he can’t be falling for David . . . can he?

Their friends and family think they know all the answers, and David’s office party hookup has his own plans for romance. Rory and David need to make up their minds and take a stand for what they really want—or their love could be over before it’s even begun.
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