Ami’s Reviews

Book Review: Patron by C.B. Lewis

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Patron
Author: C.B. Lewis
Heroes: Theodore/Alexander
Genre: MM Historical
Length: 78 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 21, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Theodore Wentworth, who possesses little more than a sharp and well-educated mind, is trying to solicit a sponsor for his studies of Greek antiquity by performing recitations at gatherings of collectors. Desperate for luck and better skills in oratory, in jest, he places a coin at the feet of a statue of Hermes. It seems like coincidence when his fortune turns and a gentleman calling himself Alexander becomes his benefactor. Despite his friend John teasing him about it, Theodore continues to offer tokens to Hermes and sinks himself into his study of the classics.

Alexander encourages Theodore’s interest, prompting Theodore to face desires he tried to put aside years before. As Theodore embraces the knowledge, he must also resist his attraction to Alexander—knowing his feelings are a serious crime in Victorian England.

But the secret Alexander keeps will change everything in a love story for the ages, steeped in taboo, temptation, history, and myth.
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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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Book Review: Sunset at Pencarrow by Lou Sylvre and Anne Barwell

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Sunset at Pencarrow
Authors: Lou Sylvre and Anne Barwell
Series: World of Love
Heroes: Nathaniel Dunn/Rusty Beaumont
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 129 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 7, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Kiwi Nathaniel Dunn is in a fighting mood, but how does a man fight Wellington’s famous fog? In the last year, Nate’s lost his longtime lover to boredom and his ten-year job to the economy. Now he’s found a golden opportunity for employment where he can even use his artistic talent, but to get the job, he has to get to Christchurch today. Heavy fog means no flight, and the ticket agent is ignoring him to fawn over a beautiful but annoying, overly polite American man.

Rusty Beaumont can deal with a canceled flight, but the pushy Kiwi at the ticket counter is making it difficult for him to stay cool. The guy rubs him all the wrong ways despite his sexy working-man look, which Rusty notices even though he’s not looking for a man to replace the fiancé who died two years ago. Yet when they’re forced to share a table at the crowded airport café, Nate reveals the kind heart behind his grumpy façade. An earthquake, sex in the bush, and visits from Nate’s belligerent ex turn a day of sightseeing into a slippery slope that just might land them in love.
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Book Review: About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay

Reviewed by Ami

Title: About a Dog
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Series: A Bluff Point Romance #1
Heroine/Hero: Mackenzie “Mac” harris/Gavin Tolliver
Genre: MF Contemporary
Length: 320 Pages
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: May 30, 2017
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Blurb:  Mackenzie “Mac” Harris fled her hometown of Bluff Point, Maine, after being left at the altar–and seeking solace in the arms of her best friend’s off-limits brother. Now, seven years later, she’s back to attend her best friend’s wedding–safe, or so she thinks, from the mistakes of her youth.

But Gavin Tolliver has never forgotten the woman who has always held his heart. And when Mac rescues a stray puppy named Tulip, only Gavin, the town’s veterinarian, can help. With a little assistance from Tulip, Gavin vows to make Mac realize that their feelings are more than just puppy love…
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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
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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: Veiled Menace by Deborah Blake

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Veiled Menace
Author: Deborah Blake
Series: Veiled Magic #2
Heroine: Donata Santori
Genre: M/F Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Length: 285 Pages
Publisher: Berkley/Intermix
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Since Witches came out of the broom-closet in the early 21st century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…

Witch and police officer Donata Santori is no stranger to magical mayhem, but lately her life has been unexpectedly charmed. Her job as a Ghost Yanker now includes the occasional paranormal investigation, and she’s advancing her magical abilities with the help of an ancestor’s treasured spell book. And while both of her former love interests—reclusive half-Dragon art forger Peter Casaventi and disgraced Shapechanger Magnus Torvald—are nowhere to be found, she’s not averse to being wined and dined by wealthy businessman Anton Eastman.

But Eastman isn’t what he seems, and what he wants from Donata is far more than she’s willing to give. When a mysterious relic, the Pentacle Pentimento, resurfaces, along with Peter’s Dragon father and a shocking Santori family secret, Donata must fight to save herself, her friends, and just maybe the fate of the world from a magic as old as it is dangerous…
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Book Review: Skim Blood and Savage Verse by Angel Martinez

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Skim Blood and Savage Verse
Author: Angel Martinez
Series: Offbeat Crimes #3
Heroes: Carrington Loveless
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 137 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Words damage more than just feelings as Carrington hunts feral books menacing the city.

When a ferocious book attacks Carrington at his own birthday party, he believes it’s an isolated incident. But similar books soon pop up all over town, menacing innocent people with harsh bits of poetry and blank verse that deliver damaging physical blows. It’s a frustrating case with too many variables and not enough answers, and the stakes go up with each attack.

With the help of his misfit squad mates at the 77th and the public library’s Rare Books Department, the missing pieces decrease but not Carrington’s vexations. His commanding officer rakes him over the coals at the beginning of every shift. His police partner has lost patience with what she sees as his delusional relationship choices and his inability to pick the right man in a vast field of two. City Hall demands that the books be stopped immediately. It’s enough to put a nutritionally challenged vampire off his skim blood.
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Book Review: Rainbow Sprinkles by Anna Martin

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Rainbow Sprinkles
Author: Anna Martin
Series: States of Love – California
Heroes: Cooper Reed/Drew Tanner
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 77 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 29, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Cooper Reed has a fairly relaxed life for someone who lives in LA. He’s no celebrity—just the guy who makes sundaes at the Dreamy Creamery, and that’s the way he likes it. The highlight of every week is the beautiful guy who turns up and orders a sundae with rainbow sprinkles. Cooper still isn’t sure if that’s a code, because he has a huge crush and the hot guy is terrible at flirting.

Drew Tanner, it turns out, is an original California dreamer. He’s as wholesome as apple pie and twice as sweet, a real-life Disney Prince at Disneyland. But while Drew’s head is in the clouds, Cooper’s feet are firmly on the ground, and their different outlooks might be more than their new relationship can take.
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Book Review: Counting Down by Kelly Jensen

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Counting Down
Author: Kelly Jensen
Series: Counting #2
Heroes: Marcus Winnamore/Henry Auttenberg
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 63 Pages
Publisher: Dreamsipnner Press
Release Date: March 29, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  It’s been a week since a Christmas Eve blizzard changed the course of Marcus Winnamore’s life. Plan A is now Plan B, and the first item on his new agenda is taking Henry Auttenberg on a date. They’ve been invited to a New Year’s Eve party, and Marc is counting down the hours until midnight… until he can kiss Henry in front of his colleagues and friends.

Things don’t quite work out to plan. Finding the elevator out of service, Marc and Henry check the stairs, only to choose the wrong door and become locked in the basement. Close quarters once again make for close conversation, and as they explore every avenue of escape, they also explore the deepening attraction between them. For Marc, this isn’t an experiment. Will he still feel that way when he has to admit to someone other than Henry that he’s gay?
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Book Review: Love in the Time of Hurricanes by C.C. Bridges

Reviewed by Ami

34214689Title: Love in the Time of Hurricanes
Author: C.C. Bridges
Series: States of Love #1
Heroes: Nick Henderson/Lou Martelli
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 93 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 8, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  The night Nick Henderson storms into Martelli’s Pizzeria, he’s just looking for something to eat. Along with dinner, he finds Lou Martelli—pizza cook extraordinaire and Jersey Shore native. Nick is renting a Shore house for the winter while taking classes at the local community college as he devises a way to escape the accounting major his father chose for him.

When Lou offers to show Nick around, heat flares between them as they realize they have more in common than domineering families. But it’s not all fun and games on the boardwalk. Hurricane Sandy blows ashore, changing the place Nick was starting to think of as home. His peace is shattered, and it will take everything he has to keep his relationship with Lou from being torn apart by the storm brewing around them.

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