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Book Review: According to Design by Nicole Dennis

Reviewed by Morgan 

31196102Title: According to Design
Author: Nicole Dennis
Series: Southern Charm #6
Heroes: Wyatt McBride/Keegan Donaghue
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Available at:  Amazon
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Blurb:  Amid turmoil and triumph, two men weave through all the colors of life to find one another.

As construction on the Charm wraps up, multi-media artist Wyatt McBride creates special metal and glass designs to add the finishing touches. When his brother accepts an overseas military duty, he takes in his teenage nephew, Collin. Things are already upside down since he’s lost a dear friend to AIDS, and now he has to deal with teenage angst and losing his heart to a brilliant but shy teacher.

To keep his mind out of the past, Keegan Donaghue comes to Shore Breeze to take a position as a high-school science teacher and part-time forensics detective for the sheriff’s department. A special student connects him to the local artist, but he’s still running from his past. Addiction and abuse remain there, lurking in his mind, along with mild PTSD-induced panic attacks. Cryptic, troubling emails from his ex-boyfriend don’t help the situation either.

Shy of relationships and opening their hearts to trust, these two men learn to weave their lives together during the trials of daily life. Neither one expects everything to go according to fate.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes involving PTSD, as well as the discussion of, and flashbacks to, domestic violence and drug addiction. There is a scene of assault involving homophobic slurs, a scene of violence and attempted kidnap, as well as a very brief reference to rape.
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Book Review: Buyout – A Love Story by Dev Bentham

Reviewed by Ami

33778621Title: Buyout – A Love Story
Author: Dev Bentham
Heroes: Sean/Martim
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 69 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 8, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Everyone deserves a second chance. Or do they? Sean and Martim fell in love at Harvard. Things broke apart when Martim fell into a downward spiral of addiction after his father died. Sean kicked him out but has regretted it ever since. He’s never gotten over losing Martim. But then, not many aspects of his life have lived up to his collegiate dreams.

When he’s sent to evaluate Martim’s family hotel for foreclosure, Sean is once again in the position to put Martim out on the street. In the time since they parted, Martim has pulled himself together, although both health and financial problems linger as a result of his years as an addict. Can the two men bridge the gap of distance and time to rekindle their relationship, or will they fall apart again under the burdens of guilt and disease?

Set in Lisbon, Portugal, this is the story of lovers reunited after more than a decade apart, and their second chance at romance.
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Book Review: Private Truths by C.B. Lewis

Reviewed by Ami

32868608Title: Private Truths
Author: C.B. Lewis
Heroes: Jack McCall/Edward Marsden
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 264 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  For two role models with their reputations on the line, privacy might be a luxury they can’t afford, and love might be impossible.

After returning from service, Army veteran Jack McCall fought his way back from addiction and joined a charity supporting homeless veterans in London, where he became an inspiration to others. He approaches Edward Marsden, Viscount Routhsley, a known playboy and philanthropist, about sponsorship for his charity. To his surprise, Edward isn’t the shallow pleasure-seeker everyone assumes, and he and Edward share many interests. Little by little, they are drawn together in spite of the different worlds they come from.

But for two men in the public eye, happiness won’t be so easily achieved. Edward fears coming out as gay will shift attention from his charity work, and Jack worries his relationship with the aristocrat will undermine the integrity of his foundation. They come under intense scrutiny, leading to an inevitable clash between Jack and the press who won’t stop harassing them. As what they’ve built comes crashing down, Jack and Edward must make a choice: continue presenting the facade the public expects, or expose the private truths in their hearts so they can be together.
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Book Review: The Mind Spy by Tricia Owens

Reviewed by JustJen

31370654Title: The Mind Spy
Author: Tricia Owens
Series: Juxtapose City #10
Heroes: Black/Calyx
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 170 Pages
Publisher: Tricia Owens
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Available at:  Amazon
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Blurb:  Black is powerless, but his new opponent might possess the power of the future.

With Black back in Captain Dickerson’s good graces, a sense of calm has descended over the men of JC2. Though Black is still psy-null, Calyx and he have managed to keep the secret from Kard and their enemies…for now. However, it’s a calm before the storm, for Dickerson has a new assignment: hunt down and kill the rogue telepath, Marcus Maze. While on the surface the assignment seems legit–Maze has been murdering the wives of prominent Juxtapose City citizens–Black begins to have his doubts, especially when he learns that Maze was a former subject of Dickerson’s experiments. What had the experiment entailed? How had it gone wrong and produced such a cold, calculating killer? And more worrisome: why does Black feel a kinship with a man seemingly intent on bringing Juxtapose City to its knees?
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Audio Until September by Chris Scully

Reviewed by Morgan

UntilSeptember_AudiobookTitle: Until September
Author: Chris Scully
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Heroes: Archie/Ryan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 51 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 13, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: As a teenager, Archie Noblesse clawed his way out of the poverty, heartache, and abuse of the reservation and left his family behind. Desperate to shake the shadow of his past, he reinvents himself as Archer Noble, an outspoken blogger and controversial author who lives only for himself. But when his beloved sister dies, Archer is saddled with guardianship of his niece and nephew.

Elementary school teacher Ryan Eriksson is devastated when his best friend Marguerite is killed, leaving her two young children orphaned. Helping Archer with his new responsibilities eases his grief, but when Archer offers him custody of the children, Ryan’s left with an impossible choice: get the family he’s always wanted, or respect Margie’s wishes and convince Archer to give parenting—and his heritage—a chance.

To buy time, Ryan promises to stay for the summer, hoping that Archer will change his mind and fall for the kids. But Archer’s reluctant, and the growing attraction between him and Ryan complicates matters. Legal decisions must be made, and soon, before Ryan returns to school. But with hearts involved, more than just the children’s future is on the line.
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Book Review: Prodigal Son by Tricia Owens

Reviewed by JustJen

29856109Title: Prodigal Son
Author: Tricia Owens
Series: Juxtapose City #9
Heroes: Calyx/Black
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 156 Pages
Publisher: Tricia Owens
Release Date: April 7, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb:  Who will pay the price when Black and Calyx crawl back to the JCPD?

Though Black has managed to defuse the escalating war for the time being, he has left himself, Calyx, and the rest of JC2 in a vulnerable position. Friendless on the streets, mistrusted by the police, Black knows that when his enemies come he can present little defense against them…and that is not an option. To keep Calyx out of danger and to re-position himself where he needs to be when the Silent City recovers and gears up for war again, Black decides to throw himself on the mercy of Captain Dickerson. But will the price he have to pay be too much? Or is there no limit to what Black is willing to do to keep the man he loves safe from harm?
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Audio Review: Tempest by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Reviewed by Morgan 

51KGwHJGUIL__SL300_Title: Tempest
Authors: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Playing the Fool #3
Heroes: Ryan “Mac” McGuinness/Henry Page
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 5 hours, 5 minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: April 4, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
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Blurb: Something wicked this way comes.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness and con man Henry Page are on the run again. This time they’re headed back to where it all began: Altona, Indiana. Population: some goats. Henry’s not happy about lying low at the McGuinness family farm, but they’ve got nowhere else to go.

While Mac fights to clear his name and Henry struggles with whose side he’s really on, a ghost from the past threatens to destroy everything. And those aren’t the only storms on the radar. Cut off from both sides of the law, Mac and Henry must rely on their tenuous partnership to survive.

If Henry can convince himself to let Mac see the man behind the disguises, they’ll stand a chance of beating the forces that conspire against them. The course of true love never did run smooth, but for the two of them, it might be their only hope.
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Audio Review: The One Who Saves Me by Cardeno C.

Reviewed by Morgan

61N0xsIy8EL._AA300_Title: The One Who Saves Me
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Alexander Collins
Series: Home #6
Heroes: Andrew Thompson/Caleb Lakes
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 45 Minutes
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: February 15, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
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Blurb: At fourteen, Andrew Thompson and Caleb Lakes become best friends. As the years pass, they stand by each other through family trauma, school, and the start of their careers. They share their first sexual experiences, learning and experimenting, and they talk each other through countless dates and breakups.

Decades of trust and loyalty build a deep and abiding friendship, one that surpasses any relationship in their lives. But when the parameters of their unique friendship change, neither man knows how to break out of their established roles to build something new. After all, boyfriends come and go, but best friends are forever.
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Audio Review: The Two Gentlemen of Altona by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Reviewed by Morgan 

29084989Title: The Two Gentlemen of Altona
Authors: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Playing the Fool #1
Heroes: Ryan “Mac” McGuinness/Henry Page
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 5 Hours, 11 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: February 12, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
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Blurb: Mischief, thou art afoot.

Special Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness is having a rough week. Not only is he on a new diet, but he’s also been tasked with keeping Henry Page-the world’s most irritating witness-alive. Which is tough when Mac’s a breath away from killing the Shakespeare-quoting, ethically challenged, egg-obsessed Henry himself. Unless killing isn’t really what Mac wants to do to him.

Con man Henry Page prefers to keep his distance from the law . . . though he wouldn’t mind getting a little closer to uptight, handsome Agent McGuinness. As the sole witness to a mob hit, Henry’s a valuable asset to the FBI. But he’s got his own agenda, and it doesn’t involve testifying.

When evidence surfaces of a mole in the FBI office, Mac and Henry are forced to go into hiding. Holed up in a fishing cabin, they’re surprised to discover that their feelings run more than skin deep. But as the mob closes in, Henry has to make his escape. And Mac has to decide how far he’s willing to go to keep Henry by his side.
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Audio Review: Lover at Last by J.R. Ward

Reviewed by Susan65 

61U5TOZHwbL__AA300_Title: Lover at Last
Author: J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #11
Heroes: Qhuinn/Blay
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 22 Hours, 22 Minutes
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Available at: Amazon and Audible
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Blurb: Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.
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