JustJen’s Reviews

Book Review: Strays by Garrett Leigh

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Strays
Author: Garrett Leigh
Series: Urban Soul #2
Heroes: Nero/Lenny
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 249 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 27, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Work, sleep, work, repeat. Nero’s lonely life suits him just fine until his best friend, Cass, asks him to take on a new apprentice—a beautiful young man who’s never set foot in a professional kitchen. Despite his irritation and his lifelong ability to shut the world out, Nero is mesmerised by the vibrant stray, especially when he learns what drove him to seek sanctuary on Nero’s battered old couch.

Lenny Mitchell is living under a cloud of fear. Pursued by a stalker, he has nowhere left to run until Nero offers him a port in a storm—a job at the hottest restaurant in Shepherd’s Bush. Kitchen life proves heady and addictive, and it’s not long before he finds himself falling hard and fast for the man who has taken him in.

Fast-forward a month and a neither man can imagine life without the other, but one thing stands in their way: a lifetime of horrors Nero can’t bring himself to share with Lenny. Or can he? For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking, and Nero must learn to embrace it before fate steps in and rips it away.
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Book Review: Off Base by Annabeth Albert

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Off Base
Author: Annabeth Albert
Series: Out of Uniform #1
Heroes: Zack Nelson/Pike Reynolds
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 304 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: January 19, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate—especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike’s flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike’s arrival would spark from Zack’s teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack can’t refuse.

Pike Reynolds knows there won’t be a warm welcome in his new home. What can he say? He’s an acquired taste. But he needs this chance to get his life together. Also, teasing the uptight SEAL will be hella fun. Still, Pike has to tread carefully; he’s had his fill of tourists in the past, and he can’t risk his heart on another, not even one as hot, as built—and, okay, yeah, as adorable—as Zack.

Living with Pike crumbles Zack’s restraint and fuels his curiosity. He discovers how well they fit together in bed…in the shower…in the hallway… He needs Pike more than he could have imagined, yet he doesn’t know how to be the man Pike deserves.
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Book Review: Taboo Book 3 by Kol Anderson

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Taboo Book 3
Author: Kol Anderson
Series: Taboo #3
Heroes: Jake/Trey
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 27 Pages
Publisher: Kol Anderson
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Available at: Payhip
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Trey has his first encounter with Colton and things between him and Jake become more complicated. But trouble is never far from Jake, whose life has been rendered upside down and the only reason he is carrying on despite everything, is so he can be with his brother. But when he fails to save Colton, Jake gets into even more trouble with Weldon. It doesn’t look like it’s going to end well.
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Book Review: Exposed by Bey Deckard

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Exposed
Author: Bey Deckard
Heroes: Greg/Emyr
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length:  264 Pages
Publisher: Bey Deckard
Release Date: March 15, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  With middle-age looming, Greg offsets his boring day job with what truly feeds his soul: photography. The camera is an extension of himself where he exposes his passion for the intersect of pleasure and pain. However, the lens also acts as a barrier, protecting his subjects from the shameful mistakes of his past, and Greg is left isolated and lonely.

Emyr stands on the cusp of fame, but adulation and abuse are both eroding his confidence, and one night, at the river’s edge, he seeks solace in the rain, hoping to hide his tears.
The photographer and the virgin rock star share an accidental connection on that dark, drizzly night. When Greg invites Emyr back to his hotel room, no strings attached, the young man should have bolted. Instead, an odd sense of trust allows him to follow Greg’s lead.

When the camera comes out, Emyr learns the stage isn’t the only place he loves to perform as Greg touches something inside him that rarely awakens. Faced with a beautiful, talented boy whose soul is as lonely as his own, will Greg be able to face his past and come to terms with it, or will he run from the connection he so desperately desires?
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Book Review: Insight by Santino Hassell

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Insight
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Community #1
Heroes: Nate/Trent
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 331 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate.

Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and skepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets—something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.

Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.
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Reviewed by JustJen

34328970Title: Talking in Code
Author: Ariel Tachna
Heroes: Richard Horn/Timothy Davenport/Eric Newton
Genre: MMM Contemporary
Length: 256 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 6, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Some things crumble under pressure. Others are tempered by it instead. For three former soldiers, a tragedy might be the catalyst that binds them together—stronger than ever.

Richard Horn and Timothy Davenport met in the SEALs twenty years ago and have been lovers ever since. Now running their own paramilitary organization, Strike Force Omega, they work in the shadows to protect their country and its people. When Tim falls for Eric Newton, a deadly sniper and strategist on their team, Richard accepts that Tim’s heart is big enough for two men. He respects, admires, and even desires Eric enough to accept him into their relationship—and their bed—but he’s never been fully a part of what Eric and Tim share.

Then Eric is captured by terrorists and Tim is gravely injured in an op gone wrong, bringing Richard’s world crashing down around his ears. Even if he gets his men out alive, Eric must face the aftermath of months of physical and psychological torture—and without Tim to lean on, Eric’s PTSD is tearing him apart. Richard has to figure out the third leg of their triangle fast, or Tim won’t have a life to come back to.
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Book Review: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Reviewed by JustJen

30687916Title: Silence Fallen
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #10
Heroine/Hero: Mercy/Adam
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 371 Pages
Publisher: Penguin/Ace Books
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…
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Book Review: Beast: A Bear Mountain Story by Kelex

Reviewed by JustJen

34370421Title: Beast: A Bear Mountain Story
Author: Kelex
Series: Project Zed #1
Heroes: Samuel/Cal
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 121 Pages
Publisher: Twisted E Publishing
Release Date: February 20, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  A shifter altered into a beast, transformed into a weapon…

Subject Z-701 has few memories. Kept in a drug-induced haze and controlled through neural transmitters, he’s let out of his cage when death and destruction is what’s desired.

Until an accident changes his fate.

Freedom beckons, but he finds himself in yet another cage. Without the drugs, the voices get louder, pushing him to the edge of his already precarious sanity.

If it wasn’t for him, the one person able to calm the voices and keep him from teetering into the abyss.

Samuel…

Tossed between heaven and hell, he must forge a path toward Samuel or be lost forevermore.

Project Zed is a spin-off series from the Bear Mountain series. Readers do not need to have read Bear Mountain prior to reading this book, but it is highly recommended.

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Book Review: Single Malt by Layla Reyne

Reviewed by JustJen

33296928Title: Single Malt
Author: Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey #1
Heroes: Aidan Talley (Irish)/Jameson Walker (Whiskey)
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 194 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  The heart’s a resilient beast.

Eight months after the car crash that changed everything, FBI agent Aidan Talley is back at work. New department, new case and a new partner. Smart, athletic and handsome, Jameson Walker is twelve years his junior. Even if Aidan was ready to move on—and he’s not—Jamie is off-limits.

Jamie’s lusted after Aidan for three years, and the chance to work with San Francisco’s top agent directly is too good to pass up. Aidan is prickly—to put it mildly—but a growing cyber threat soon proves Jamie’s skills invaluable.

Jamie’s talents paint a target on his back, and Aidan is determined to protect him. But with hack after hack threatening a high-security biocontainment facility, time is running out to thwart a deadly terrorist attack. They’ll have to filter out distractions, on the case and in their partnership, to identify the real enemy, solve the case and save thousands of lives, including their own.
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Book Review: Daily Grind by Anna Zabo

Reviewed by JustJen

29562890Title: Daily Grind
Author: Ana Zabo
Series: Takeover #4
Heroes: Brian Keppler/Robert Ancroft
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 342 Pages
Publisher: Penguin/Intermix
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Brian Keppler, owner of Ground N’At, the coffee shop beneath SR Anderson Consulting, doesn’t have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he’d become married to his shop, which is falling apart without his favorite barista, Justin.

As he struggles to stay afloat, the arrival of handsome British high-tech whiz Robert Ancroft becomes another complication. Rob quickly becomes a fixture at the shop with his sharp wit and easy charm, and Brian soon finds himself looking forward more and more to Rob’s visits—to the point where his heart skips a beat when he walks in.

But will Brian be able to come to terms with his previously unexplored sexual identity and find happiness now that he has a chance?
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