Book Review: Proper English by K.J. Charles

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Proper English
Author: K.J. Charles
Heroines: Patricia & Fenella
Genre: F/F Historical
Length:
Publisher: KJC Books
Release Date: May 8, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: A shooting party at the Earl of Witton’s remote country house is a high treat for champion shot Patricia Merton—until unexpected guests turn the social atmosphere dangerously sour.

That’s not Pat’s biggest problem. She’s visiting her old friend, the Earl’s heir Jimmy Yoxall—but she wants to spend a lot more time with Jimmy’s fiancée. The irrepressible Miss Fenella Carruth, with her laughing eyes and lush curves, is the most glorious woman Pat’s ever met, and it quickly becomes impossible to remember why she needs to stay at arm’s length.

But while the women’s attraction grows, the tensions at Rodington Court get worse. Affairs, secrets, betrayals, and blackmail come to light. And when a body is discovered with a knife between the shoulderblades, it’s going to take Pat and Fen’s combined talents to prevent the murderer destroying all their lives.
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The King’s Fear by Isaac Grisham: Exclusive Excerpt!

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by Isaac Grisham

Kitsune’s sword ground against the rocky wall of the hallway. A girlish laughter rang in his ears as sparks flew off the blade. He grabbed a hold of the bits of fire with his mind and, spinning about, threw out a roaring ring of flame. His rage fed the magic, and he had days of pent-up wrath. The fire moved across the walls, ceiling, and floor like water in a riverbed, and columns of fire connected the ceiling and floor. Everything outside of a two-footfall radius of his body was consumed by the deadly, heated air.

The woman had either anticipated his actions or was incredibly lucky. Inside the safe area about his person, she stood directly in front of him, the flames outlining her figure. Their two noses were only a finger’s width apart as she stared into his face.

“Don’t want to know my name before you stab me?” She moved forward, opening her mouth. Kitsune thought she was going to bite into his cheek, but she instead stuck out her tongue and licked it. Leaving behind a trail of saliva, she whispered into his ear, “I want to know yours.”

Kitsune shuddered in revulsion, and the flames around them winked out. He would have backed up if it weren’t for the wall behind him, so he pushed her away.

“Spirits, who are you?” he said, wiping at the spit with his sleeve.

“Oh, good, we are going to play!” Still holding her blade, she gave a formal bow. “My name is Mai.”

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Book Review: A Chip and a Chair by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: A Chip and a Chair
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Series: Seven of Spades #5
Heroes: Levi Abrams/Dominic Russo
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 328 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 11, 2019
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Detective Levi Abrams and PI Dominic Russo are reunited and more committed to each other than ever, but they can’t truly move forward with their lives until the serial killer who’s been tormenting them is behind bars. When a secret burial site is discovered in the desert with the remains of the Seven of Spades’s earliest victims, that goal finally seems within reach.

But just as the net is tightening, the Neo-Nazi militia Utopia launches their master plan with a devastating act of terror that changes the landscape of Las Vegas forever. As Levi and Dominic scramble to prevent the city’s destruction, they’re opposed by treacherous forces that propel them toward catastrophe. In the end, Levi’s fate may rest in the hands of the very killer he’s been hunting.

The race to save Sin City is on, and these players are going for broke. No matter how hopeless things seem, as long as they’re together and they’ve got a chip to play and a chair to sit in, they’re still in the game.
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Ashore by Isabelle Adler: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Isabelle Adler

It was easy to lose track of time on a spaceship that was by no means run with military precision, but lunch hour was studiously observed by everybody. They all took turns cooking meals and cleaning up, but out of the four of them, Tony was the only one who could whip up anything worth eating. Matt and Val’s idea of fixing lunch was heating up a can of soup, and while Ryce put much more effort into diversifying the menu, his food usually ended up under- or overcooked to a degree Matt had never thought possible in a fully digitalized kitchen.

The entire crew was already gathered around the table, and they all looked up expectantly when he entered. Matt offered them as cheerful a smile as he could manage under the circumstances, and took a seat.

“So, folks. I’m sure you all already know about our predicament, and I’m not going to sugarcoat this. Until we come up with the cash to fix the engine, we’re basically dead in the water. Or stuck ashore, as the case is.”

Tony, his first mate and Lady Lisa’s makeshift medic, tugged at her braid thoughtfully. “This means we don’t actually have the cash.”

“Not enough to cover all the expenses.” It wasn’t something Matt was proud to be telling his crew, but he’d done his best to manage the finances frugally. It was just that regular maintenance was damn expensive.

“It’s my responsibility, and I’ll find a way to get us through it,” he continued. “In the meantime, I won’t hold anyone to their contract, if any of you decide to leave. I know the pay is hardly what you deserve…”

Matt trailed off as Tony made a face at him and Val shook his head. Ryce merely leaned back in his chair, his arms crossed over his chest.

“Don’t be a fool.” For all her petite stature, Tony could certainly sound intimidating when she wanted to. “Nobody’s leaving. It’s not the first time we’ve been in a jam together, and it sure as hell won’t be the last.”

“I might have to sell my body at the Freeport canteen just to pay for our meals,” Matt said mournfully. It was easier to turn this into a joke than acknowledge the lump suddenly lodged at the back of his throat.

“How much do you think your body might be worth?” Ryce asked.

“With all the crap he puts in it?” Tony scooped a generous portion of the stew from the steaming pot and plopped it on her plate. “I doubt it would buy us as much as a protein bar.”

“It’s not crap,” Matt said defensively. “It’s the highest quality caffeine and alcohol the black market has to offer.”

“Actually, the canteen is not a bad idea,” Val said in that quietly rumbling voice of his. He shrugged when everybody looked over at him in surprise. “It’s as good a place as any to scout for jobs. It’s true we’re not going anywhere, but if Captain can work out a down payment with a prospective client, we can buy what is needed and still make the run.”

It all sounded simple enough. A sufficient advance on their fee would solve their problem without the customer even knowing there was one. The trouble was finding someone to hire them before word got out about their situation. News and gossip traveled fast on Freeports, despite the stations’ impressive size. Their scoping for engine parts would definitely raise questions. Nobody wanted to entrust their cargo to a faulty ship, or risk getting scammed altogether if said ship was, in fact, out of service.

“Good idea,” Matt said, getting up. “I might as well get on it.”

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Book Review: Kaidyn’s Courage by Diana Waters

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Kaidyn’s Courage
Author: Diana Waters
Series: Wild Magics #2
Heroes: Kaidyn & Sorin
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 165 pages
Publisher: Extasy Books
Release Date: March 15, 2019
Available at: Extasy Books & Amazon
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Blurb: When one man’s courage is lost to his own anger, another will try to rekindle it—no matter the cost.

Kaidyn is the son of the queen and a trainee officer in the kingdom of Sareen. He is also a Half-Blood—his father is from Iskandir, a neighboring kingdom which has been at war with Sareen for many years. Bitter and angry at the prejudice he faces, Kaidyn meets Sorin, a healer from one of Sareen’s most prominent noble families. As their relationship deepens, the war between Sareen and Iskandir grows worse. Not only will the pair inevitably become involved with the conflict one way or another, but Sorin is also hiding a secret, and time is running out for them both. Continue reading

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Book Review: The End of Darkness by Shea Balik

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: The End of Darkness
Author: Shea Balik
Series: Druid’s Curse #1
Heroes: Ryley & Eirik
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 199 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 15, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Ryley Duggan resented his family for forcing him home on his twenty-first birthday to perform another stupid fire ritual, instead of letting him go out and get shit-faced like normal people his age. He’d never believed in the stories his grandmother told him about the reason behind what they were doing. That was, until he walked outside to the bonfire to see bloodcurdling creatures that no Hollywood studio had ever come close to replicating, killing his family.

Since an early age, Eirik had one job, to protect the descendants of the one who’d cursed him and his friends. It hadn’t been what he’d ever imagined for his life, but after nearly a millennia Eirik had learned one thing, life never went as planned. Never had that been truer than when he’d rescued Ryley from certain death.

Now the two must learn to work together to save humanity. Will all be lost? Or will they discover a way to heal their hearts by opening themselves up to love?

WARNING: Unseelie monsters run amok in this story!
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The #lovehim Series Box Set by S.M. James: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

Exclusive Excerpt from For the Win

by S.M. James

As much as I don’t want to, I’m going to have to wrap up our non-date pretty soon. “Well you don’t have a whole lot of time left,” I tell Darien.

“Why? Are you leaving?”

“Probably an hour or so.”

“But why? This holiday party goes most of the night.”

“Yeah I know. I … just have to.” I expect him to question me on it, to push. There’s no way that reasoning is even close to being enough.

Darien huffs out a breath. “Okay, better speed non-date, then.”

“What do you mean?”

“Come on.”

He drags me from area to area, firing off questions like, “favorite color”, and “guilty pleasures”?

I learn his favorite color is orange, he’s Macedonian Orthodox, and he’s moved four times so far because his dad works for some kind of insurance firm.

“So when you’re not homeschooling, or being Picasso, what do you do with your spare time?” Darien asks. He pulls me out of the main room and into a smaller one, leading the way to a balcony where it’s so cold there’s only a few other people there. Darien falls back into the wall and slides down to sit on the cement. One of his eyebrows pulls up as he pats the ground next to him.

“Wouldn’t you rather be inside where it’s warm?”

“Nope. Too noisy.”

I sigh and sit down, probably too close, but damn it’s cold.

And I really like being near him.

“So …?” he prompts.

“Oh, umm … not a whole lot. I play guitar.”

“You’re kidding?”

“Nope. I’ve got the calluses to prove it.”

He takes advantage of the situation to grab my hand and turn it over. His thumb runs over my fingertip and I jerk away. “Hey, don’t forget rules. No hand holding, remember?”

“Technically it’s not holding hands if I’m holding yours, but you’re not holding mine.”

“That sounds like a very loose loophole.” I want him to find more like that.

“What can I say …” he starts, taking hold of my hand again. “I’m king of semantics.”

I don’t move away again because it feels nice. The warmth of his palm on the back of my hand, the grip of his fingers threaded between mine. I’m so focused on how our skin tones look against each other that I barely notice him lean in.

“So … we never discussed whether I could put my arm around you.” He doesn’t wait for me to answer as he slides his arm between my back and the wall. “So I’m assuming it’s okay. We’re just two buddies, keeping each other warm …”

His face is so close I could count every one of those long, dark eyelashes. I swallow. “Well … it is really cold, after all.”

“Happy to be of service.” His dark lips peel back from his teeth in a cheeky way and his arm tightens around my waist, pulling me tight against his side. “But remember, Brooks, no kissing.”

The word makes me want it so bad. I shake my head. “No kissing.” My face is freezing in the crisp wind.

“You should probably stop looking at my lips then,” Darien says.

“Actually, you just had something in your teeth.”

“And you should probably stop shivering against me.”

“It’s really damn cold, Darien.”

“You could also try to be a little less cute.”

“What can I say? Christmas sweaters are irresistible.”

Darien leans in and my stomach jumps, sure he’s about to kiss me. I can already feel it.

The brush of his lips.

The heat of his breath.

The complete break down of my self-control.

But instead, Darien’s mouth misses mine and he lightly drags his nose over my cheek. “Your face is all pink and cold.”

“Darien …”

“You never said this was against the rules,” he whispered, lips brushing the skin near my ear with each word.

I’m struggling to breathe. “I don’t think buddies touch like this.”

“Well we’ve already established neither of us has any friends, so how would we know?”

I groan but it gets caught on a cough that’s a little more forceful this time. Rough and loud and deep, I can’t hold this one back. “I really have to go back inside.”

Darien pulls back, eyebrows knit together. He hesitates a second before nodding slowly. “Yeah, I’m getting pretty cold too.”

But even back inside, without his hand on mine or my body next to his, I feel colder than ever.

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Release Blitz: Match Grade by G.B. Gordon + Excerpt & Giveaway!

Match Grade by G.B. Gordon

SOME MATCHES SPARK AN INFERNO

Eirik Haldurson is a hitman. Kidnapped at age five and cruelly trained by his captor, he is today one of the most sought-after contract killers alive. Emotional distance from his targets, brutally beaten into him until it became second nature, is now the only way he can function. Lately though, that distance has started to elude him.

And when a Colombian drug cartel contracts Eirik to take out ex-soldier-turned-vigilante, Matt Moreno, distance is suddenly as close as heat to fire. And all hell breaks loose.

This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and contains a dark M/M romance.Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.

Available at: Amazon

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717 Miles by Sophia Soames: Exclusive Excerpt!

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by Sophia Soames

I don’t notice him at first, wrapped up in a blanket sitting on the sofa. The house is dark and quiet and if it wasn’t for the light from his phone, I wouldn’t have noticed him at all. He just looks up and meets my eye for a second. Looking a little bit sad.

“Where is your mum? I thought you were going to hang out today?”

“Gone to her boyfriend’s. Not sure when she will be back. Didn’t check. She left you money on the side there.”

“Oh.” I don’t know what to say. Apart from that I’m sorry she is a bit of a shit mum. I mean she left him here alone, whilst she’s gone off to see her bloke. Then, I kind of think that we are all adults. Well, Felix might be. I am not. I still don’t know what to say.

“Philip went on the group chat. I got bored.” Felix gets up from the sofa. Walking over to the kettle and flicking the switch. At least it fills the silence, the kettle humming quietly as the water heats up.

“I saw that, it was funny. Really good.” I pretend to check my phone.

Felix gets a cup down. Pulls out a teabag. Tilts his head towards the coffeemaker.

I get a coffee pod out and load it whilst Felix gets another cup. Nudging my hand as he places it in the brewer, which makes me jolt back. I don’t know why. I just don’t know how to act around him when we are alone. Like this.

He is leaning back against the counter. Chewing on his bottom lip with his arms crossed over his chest. Wearing joggers that are slung low over his hips, and a hoodie that just doesn’t quite cover the blond fuzz on his stomach.

I am standing there biting my nails and fiddling with the envelope on the counter. I try to catch his eye. Staring at his lips and thinking dirty thoughts. Then, looking away the minute he looks up.

It’s different flirting with girls. If Felix was a girl, I would be all charming and touchy-feely and wink and compliment her and we would both know where things would end up in the end.

With Felix, I haven’t got a clue. I don’t know where he falls, whether he is straight or gay or whatever he defines as. He might just think of me as some big brother figure. Someone who makes him feel safe. Someone who he kisses and clings to and cuddles. He seems as confused as me. His hand shaking a little as he pours the boiling water in the cup. Stirs with a teaspoon. Spills a little on the side.

I try to be helpful. I mean, I try to wipe it up with a tea towel, only to nudge his arm with my elbow which makes us both jump. I spill half of his tea. The cup spinning on the worktop. Felix’s hand touching mine, as we both try to catch the cup before it falls. Me catching it and Felix jolting back like he has been burnt. He is sucking his finger into his mouth. Catching my eye and not looking away. He just looks at me, all eyes and hurt and feelings and… I don’t know. I suppose it’s heat. Desire.

It makes me a bit crazy. I mean, I am already crazy, but I think I must be crazier than should be allowed, because I grab his face with both hands and launch at those lips. Just smashing my mouth on his. Walking him backwards until he is being squashed against the kitchen table that is creaking and scratching along the floor under the weight of us.

I am panting. Hard. Being the worst kisser in the world. There is nothing sensual or soft about me and my kissing. Not like I would kiss a girl. I am kissing Felix because I need to. Because I am desperate and because his hands are fisting the hair on my head, pulling and scratching my scalp whilst he catches his breath. Letting his forehead rest against mine, breathing hard and fast against my lips.

Then, he starts to kiss me. Properly kiss me. The way I should have been kissing him. Lips and tongues and more than a little bit of teeth, hard and hot and making me feel lightheaded. I am not breathing properly. Not getting enough oxygen to my brain. Grinding against him. Rutting and jerking whilst he is whimpering and panting and making all these little sounds that just egg me on.

I don’t know what I am doing. I don’t know what got into me. I let go. I let him go. Pull my hands back and step away from him. Wiping my mouth with the back of my hand. Stumbling backwards and blinking into the light like I have just woken up.

“I shouldn’t have done that.” I mumble. Well I shouldn’t. I wasn’t supposed to do that.

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Book Review: Forbidden by Kora Knight

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Forbidden
Author: Kora Knight
Heroes: Jazz & Seth
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 434 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 17, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Stationed in New York City, mission angel Jazz Jagger has one sole objective: to eradicate demons from the human realm. Problem is, their underlord Seth Masters isn’t exactly okay with that. Furious at the loss he’s accruing, he has Jazz captured, anxious to punish him personally, but Jazz turns out to be an angel like none he has ever met.

Despite raw, torn emotion, their dynamic shifts, their story’s dark start changing to something entirely different. Something that neither male in his right mind could ever have expected.
Anger and resentment, now desire and need.

A vampire’s hunger. An angel’s light.

Opposites attract like never before.

Still, despite Jazz’s efforts to make them compatible, Seth remains hesitant. Will dark pride prevail, denying them the happy ending they’ve struggled so hard for?

** Warning: this erotic paranormal romance contains scenes with explicit gay sex as well as moments of moderate violence. Intended for mature audiences only.

A personal message from Kora Knight: What are the paths writers have taken that have brought them to this point? For many, it’s college. A degree in English. Creative Writing. Then right into the wonderful world of publishing. My path was not so neatly calculated. My degree was in Electronic Graphic Design. I hadn’t known I’d been born to write. I’d thought I was an artist. But after putting my career on hold to raise four beautiful, amazing children, I finally made that priceless realization. Thanks to years of online role playing with countless, incredible fellow writers, I’d unwittingly honed my craft and discovered my calling.

The stories we created still hold a huge place in my heart. This story is one of them, written with my good friend, Raven Rox. A luscious little gem from our treasure trove.

That being said, in wanting to preserve the authenticity of its origin’s organic vibe, we’ve chosen to keep it in classic, present-tense roleplay format. An unconventional alternative to your everyday novel, but Raven and I are hopeful you’ll still enjoy.
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