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Book Review: No Place Like Home by Annabelle Jacobs

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: No Place Like Home
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Heroes: Oliver & Ed
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 218 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 26, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Will Oliver get the gift he’s hoping for this Christmas?

Oliver Walker’s Christmas is shaping up to be a quiet one. That is until hunky neighbour Ed Middleton moves in next door.
Attraction is instant, but Ed is only there temporarily and neither wants to start something with an expiration date.

As the festive season approaches, holiday cheer wraps around them, and giving in to temptation is inevitable. But Ed is still set on moving in the new year—a fresh start, miles away from those he’s closest to.

If Oliver doesn’t want to lose his heart, he’ll have to show Ed that home is wherever he wants it to be, and love is possible no matter what.

No Place Like Home is a heartwarming story of love between neighbours, family and friends, about adorable rescue cats, and remembering that sometimes the very thing you’re looking for is right under your nose.
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Against All Odds by Elle W Silver: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Exclusive Excerpt from Against All Odds

by Elle W Silver

Jamie wanted Riley to kiss him again so much; he couldn’t pay attention to anything at dinner. Ben had said something about needing to go back to Bello Locus again and so they were all going. Jamie would have preferred somewhere they could be alone, but he could wait a little longer, couldn’t he?

Jamie was a virgin, another thing his illness wouldn’t let him experience. But he’d been kissed a few times, all of which paled compared to the brief encounter with Riley. He hadn’t wanted him to stop, had hoped they would go further. But both Ben and Riley were reluctant to touch him too much. They wanted to, that much was clear, but they were just too afraid to push him further away. 

In the car, on the way to Bello Locus, Jamie sat between them as they told him about the friends they wanted him to meet. Jamie snuggled up to Riley, placing his arm on Riley’s chest, hoping they’d pick up where they’d left off in the office. Riley took his hand, even played with his fingers for the duration of the drive, but didn’t kiss him. 

Jamie met Adam, the bartender behind the tasty signature cocktails from last night. He met Mark, Mikey’s brother and Caster, Ben’s brother, the King of the Vampires and Riley’s best friend. They were all so glad to see him, even if only Caster had been there the day old-Jamie died. 

He grew more frustrated when Mark and Caster followed them to the V-VIP area they’d had all to themselves last night. His frustrations lessened when Liam and Johnny joined them, excited when Adam made them their signature drinks. 

“This guy is so good. What is in these?” Johnny sounded like he’d already had a few wherever they’d been.

“He’s told no one,” Mark answered and Jamie couldn’t believe how much he looked like Mikey. He was older, that much as for sure, but they were almost impossible to tell apart. Though now that he thought about it, Mark’s hair was thicker. 

They soon filled the rather large area with questions, laughter and all kinds of noise as everyone got to know everyone else. Jamie placed his hand on Riley’s thigh. He had only meant to steady himself as he moved further up the couch to.

But Riley covered the hand with his, drawing it further up his thigh. He leaned over to he was close to his ear, whispering, “I’m on to you, Sweetheart.” 

Jamie kept his hand where it was. Good, he wanted him to know exactly what he was doing, maybe then he would kiss him. 

You just need to ask, Ben’s voice in his had startled him so hard, he choked on the sip he’d just taken. 

Ben rubbed his back as he caught his breath. He’d forgotten about the mind reading thing. 

I didn’t read your mind, Mi Precioso. I can feel how much you want him to kiss you. 

You can?

Tell me I’m wrong. You want all of them to go away so it’s just us. 

Jamie blushed, lowering his head, but not before he saw Ben’s smile. 

If I didn’t think I’d embarrass you, I’d kiss you in front of them. I’ve been dying to kiss you since the moment I saw you.

Riley leaned over again, whispering in his ear, “You wanna go home? We can if you want to, they won’t mind.”

Say yes. 

Jamie nodded, taking Ben’s advice and before he knew it Riley had made their excuses and they were leaving. As expected, Liam and Johnny wanted to stay, but they would be just fine. 

As soon as they were in the car’s privacy, Riley’s lips found his. Jamie was unprepared for the kiss he’d been longing for. But he recovered fast, latching on to Riley’s arm. He lost himself in the kiss, moaning when Riley’s tongue found his. 

Jamie felt Ben’s hand on his thigh, his voice in his ear, his breath heavy, “You’re so sexy together.” 

Riley broke the kiss and captured Ben’s lips. Jamie didn’t expect the simple act of the two of them kissing to be so arousing. Ben’s moans mixed in with his, Riley’s hand finding his hair, just as Ben’s squeezed his thigh. 

Riley pulled back and then moved back into the seat, taking Jamie with him so that Jamie straddled his lap. Ben moved further back, occupying Jamie’s space, so close their foreheads were touching. 

Ben’s thumb rubbed Jamie’s wet lower lip, “I’ll never forget our first kiss.” 

Riley rubbed the back of his thighs, making him wish they were at home, naked and in bed. 

“You were looking at me, just as you are now,” Ben’s thumb moved to his upper lip, “So hungry. And, I felt it too. Your arousal making me want you even more.” His face moved closer, close enough that their lips brushed when he spoke, “Can you feel how much I want you now?” 

Riley kissed his neck, causing Jamie to moan his answer. He kissed a trail down to his shoulder and then back to his ear, “Close your eyes, Sweetheart and feel how much Ben wants you. Do you feel it?”

Ben’s mouth swallowed his answer. He wasn’t sure which one of them closed the tiny distance between them first. All he felt was the overwhelming need to kiss Ben and then it was happening. The kiss was far more intense than the one he’d just shared with Riley who maintained his assault on his neck. Jamie hips moved on Riley’s lap as the kiss grew into an exploration, his cock seeking relief. His clothes were not helping.

“Hold on to me, tight” He heard Riley say, and he obeyed. 

A second later, he broke the kiss when his breath caught, a foreign sensation invaded his body and he felt almost upside down. When he opened his eyes, he was still on Riley’s lap, with Ben still sitting close to him. But they were at the mansion in what he assumed was the master bedroom. 

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Book Review: A Highlander Walks into a Bar by Laura Trentham

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: A Highlander Walks into a Bar
Author: Laura Trentham
Series: Highland, Georgia #1
Hero/Heroine: Alasdair and Izzy
Genre: M/F Contemporary
Length: 311 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: July 30, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: The timeless romance, soaring passion—and gorgeous men—of Scotland come to modern-day America. And the rules of love will never be the same…

Isabel Buchanan is fiery, funny, and never at a loss for words. But she is struck speechless when her mother returns from a trip to Scotland with a six-foot-tall, very handsome souvenir. Izzy’s mother is so infatuated by the fellow that Izzy has to plan their annual Highland Games all by herself. Well, not completely by herself. The Highlander’s strapping young nephew has come looking for his uncle…

Alasdair Blackmoor has never seen a place as friendly as this small Georgia town—or a girl as brilliant and beguiling as Izzy. Instead of saving his uncle, who seems to be having a lovely time, Alasdair decides he’d rather help Izzy with the Highland Games. Show her how to dance like a Highlander. Drink like a Highlander. And maybe, just maybe, fall in love with a Highlander. But when the games are over, where do they go from here? Continue reading

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Book Review: Mending the Rift by Shea Balik

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Mending the Rift
Author: Shea Balik
Series: Druid’s Curse #8
Heroes: Logan & Brandr
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 211 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 28, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: THE END IS NEAR!

The end would be upon Brandr and his friends soon. The only question, would Brandr be able to find his fated one in time? He feared he was too late when he arrived to find the field empty. Then the Veil opens again and hell rains down upon him as the Unseelie pets attack. But when Brandr was too injured to move, the Druid he was destined to claim as his own flees in terror. Talk about demoralizing.

That did not happen. Not even in some weird fantasy could Logan have imagined that a dead man could come back to life. And he had definitely been dead, since Logan had to put his head back on his body. But when he was faced with the truth, that the man was immortal, Logan has to admit to being…intrigued.

But as Samhain draws closer, the danger around them increases as the Fae converge. The Fae must be defeated if Brandr and Logan hope to find their happily ever after. Only by working together will they have any chance of Mending the Rift and saving humanity.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the FINAL book in an ongoing story arc. It is HIGHLY recommended that you read this series in order! Thank you!!
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Book Review: The Reluctant Husband by Eliot Grayson

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: The Reluctant Husband
Author: Eliot Grayson
Series: Goddess-Blessed #2
Heroes: Tom & Mal
Genre: M/M Historical Fantasy
Length: 168 pages
Publisher: Smoking Teacup Books
Release Date: June 7, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Is their marriage a blessing…or a curse?

Tom Drake wants nothing to do with his patron goddess. Her blessing has always been little more than a cruel curse. But when he finds himself disowned, disgraced, and on the verge of homelessness, he knows he can no longer afford to ignore her demands. He must marry. Sadly, his one marriage prospect is a pragmatic, stubborn man who only seems to value him for his blessing…and his body…

Mal Leighton will stop at nothing to save his beloved cousin’s life, even if it means marrying Tom—and using him for his blessing—to do it. Theirs would be a mutually beneficial marriage of convenience. Love was never part of the equation. He’ll just have to somehow learn to ignore his overwhelming attraction to his dangerously charming and seductive new husband.

As weeks pass, Tom and Mal find there’s often a fine line between love and desperation, passion and pride—and what exists between them is infinitely more complicated than their simple marriage of convenience was ever meant to be. Can they set aside their painful pasts and misconceptions to take a chance on the love match they never expected to find?

This is an M/M romance set in an alternate-universe Regency. It contains the ideal number of carriages, duels, and redeemed villains, but beware of pagan goddesses who like to micromanage. It is the second book in a series, but it can be read as a standalone. Tom’s previous dastardly deeds can be found in The Replacement Husband.
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Book Review: Tears of Life by Shea Balik

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Tears of Life
Author: Shea Balik
Series: Druid’s Curse #7
Heroes: Mingus & Oluf
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 188 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 13, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Mingus had one true love in life, animals. None of them were off the list, although, if he were completely honest, his favorite was his cat, Pretty Baby. He never imagined one day he might have to put someone else first. Not just anyone, but the man who has stolen his heart.

For centuries Oluf has dreamed of finding the one destined to be his. He’d even anticipated the need to woo him by becoming a chef. After all, according to his mother, the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach. What he hadn’t expected was that he would come in second to a cat with sharp claws, who seemed to enjoy using people as her personal scratching post.

As Mingus, Oluf, and their friends get closer to Samhain, the Fae will try to stop them using everything at their disposal. It means finding a way to work together, even if it takes shedding a few Tears of Life to do so. But in the end, will the fate of the human world come down to a cat?
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Book Review: Mastering the Flames by S.J. Himes

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Mastering the Flames
Author: S.J. Himes
Series: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #4
Heroes: Isaac & Constantine
Genre: M/M Urban Fantasy
Length: 394 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 4, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: The fourth book in the hit urban fantasy series shifts focus to the remaining Salvatore brother in this slow burn romance…

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Guilt-ridden after the massacre of his family, Isaac Salvatore turned to binge drinking to escape the pain. Now twenty-four years old, Isaac is a recovering alcoholic woefully out of practice in the magical arts, leaving his fire affinity hanging on the edge of disaster. After a month of rehab, he returns to Beacon Hill and his family, determined to remain sober, learn to control his magic, and figure out a plan for his life that doesn’t involve drinking.

Constantine Batiste is the oldest, most powerful vampire in the city. Born in ancient Gaul, the bastard son of a Celtic king, his long life has been shrouded in tragedy and horrors. Recent mistakes have left him wary and determined to guard his clan from all foes. When two of his clan members fall victim to an ancient evil, he summons the Necromancer of Boston for aid. Accompanying his older brother to the Tower is the handsome young fire mage once wounded by Constantine’s arrogance, and their encounter reignites an attraction that burns within both Constantine and Isaac.

The answer to who is targeting the vampires of Boston is buried in the dark, early days of Constantine’s transition to an immortal life. Isaac finds himself saddled with a painful insight into the evil cutting a swath through the supernatural population of Boston. While his brother, Angel, takes over the hunt to find and stop the threat to the city, Isaac struggles to find a balance between helping his brother and finding his own purpose and place in the world, free from his brother’s shadow.

Falling in love wasn’t part of his plan, but mastering the flames that burn between him and Constantine soon becomes the most important thing in his life, even as an ancient evil seeks to destroy them.

Mastering the Flames is the fourth book in The Beacon Hill Sorcerer series and is not a standalone. The series should be read in order for maximum enjoyment and understanding of the plot and characters. The Content Advisory is on the Copyright Page and can be seen by downloading a sample or using the Look Inside feature. 130k words.
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Book Review: Mind over Matter by Shea Balik

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Mind over Matter
Author: Shea Balik
Series: Druid’s Curse #6
Heroes: Wylie & Fritjof
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 191 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 27, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Who would have thought there was something more horrifying than an indoor boy being forced to live in the Amazon? Yet, there was. In fact, the more descriptive word would be mind-numbingly terrifying. That it was brought into his life by a drop dead gorgeous man claiming he was there to protect Wylie, only made everything that much more surreal.

Since the first druid came into their lives, Fritjof prayed he would never meet the druid that was destined to be his fated love. He knew that emotion would always lead to devastation and heartache. He’d seen it, experienced it, when his mother disowned him for not being able to save his father.

But what happens when the Fae goes after someone they both love? Will they be able to find a way to trust in each other? Are some things impossible to overcome or is it Mind Over Matter?

PLEASE NOTE: Although each book in this series focuses on a different couple, to best enjoy the overall story arc, these books SHOULD be read in order.
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Book Review: Raven’s Hart by Davidson King

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Davidson King
Author: Raven’s Hart
Series: Haven Hart Universe #7
Heroes: Poe & Phin
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 234 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Haven Hart stands on the edge of good and evil. Having balance between the two is the only thing keeping the town from crumbling to the ground. For years, one man has been charged with maintaining that balance. Poe.

The air of mystery surrounding Poe is one of necessity. He’s the keeper of secrets and for good reason. He’s stood alone against the most ruthless men and women, always hiding behind the curtain to help his friends defeat what seeks to destroy them.

Now, after all this time, the city he loves, the people he has protected, and the secrets he’s kept hidden are in serious jeopardy. Poe will need the help of his friends to fight the ultimate battle; not just save Haven Hart but everything and everyone he holds dear to him.

When the dust settles, will betrayals be forgiven? Will the city still be standing? Will Poe’s beloved be at his side or will everything crumble? One thing is for certain, everything will be tested, and questions will finally be answered. Raven’s Hart is the final installment in the Haven Hart Series.
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Book Review: The Magician’s Apprentice by J.A. Jaken

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: The Magician’s Apprentice
Author: J.A. Jaken
Series: Dragon Mage Chronicles Prequel
Heroes: Jander & Andrei
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 471 pages
Publisher: White Owl Publishing
Release Date: September 1, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Jander Teregnan has never wanted anything more than to become a mage—to serve his king and defend his country as he explores his natural talent at commanding the strange force known as magic. Of course every apprentice needs a master, which comes with its own set of challenges…especially when the master he’s chosen for himself is none other than Andrei Teresh, personal advisor to the king and master mage of the city of Vallerin. Andrei, however, has more pressing problems on his mind than dealing with the unsolicited advances of one untrained mage-apprentice. A fierce and merciless army of unknown intent is sweeping across the land, threatening the security of the kingdom he has sworn to protect. Even worse, dragons—long thought to have withdrawn from the world of mankind—are emerging once again and spreading chaos in their wake. Somehow, Jander must find a way to help; not only to prove that he can be of use in the defense of his kingdom and become a mage, but also to secure his place at the side of the man he hopes to claim as master both of his magic and his heart.
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