Posts Tagged With: Long-Distance Relationship

Book Review: The Puzzle Box by C.C. Bridges

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: The Puzzle Box
Author: C.C. Bridges
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Heroes: James & Cole
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 31 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Elementary school art teacher Cole Peters is expecting a lonely Christmas this year while his longtime boyfriend, James Carducci, is on deployment with the Army. However, a box from James contains puzzles that lead Cole on a scavenger hunt through the greatest moments of their relationship. Together with his best friend Liz, Cole works his way through each clue.

The final puzzle could lead Cole to a gift beyond his wildest expectations. Continue reading

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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: How to Domesticate a Russian Bear by C.B. Conwy

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: How to Domesticate a Russian Bear
Author: C.B. Conwy
Series: Russian Bear #3
Heroes: Mischa/Tom
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: N/A
Publisher: C.B. Conwy
Release Date: October 26, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: So, all Mischa really wanted was sex. Hot, kinky sex, and preferably lots of it. But then he got a sub, and then the sub turned into a fiancé, and now apparently Mischa is supposed to settle down and be all domesticated. However, Mischa does not do tame.

Well, at least he didn’t use to. Now he’s beginning to think that yes, he does indeed do tame. Unfortunately, his sub doesn’t seem to get that.

Tom knew that Mischa was a handful. Hell, that’s basically what made Tom fall head over heals for him. But figuring out how to handle his postgraduate studies combined with a long-distance relationship is driving him nuts. And not in the great, Mischa-is-torturing-me-with-kinky-sex-toys way (even though that happens, too. A lot). More like in the this-is-killing-me-slowly-and-I-don’t-know-what-to-do-about-it way. Unfortunately, Mischa finds out and puts his foot down, and then suddenly Tom has some very hard choices to make.

Then there’s Mischa’s busybody bridezilla friend, karate practice with people who actually hit back, and the arrival of the inlaws. That’s when Tom realizes that domesticating a Russian bear may take more work than even he realized.

Warning: An unrepentantly grumpy Dom with an unrepentantly pain-loving sub, kink so hot that the reader will be in imminent danger of blushing, and two characters who do their very best to turn a perfectly nice romance into a porn movie every chance they get.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Chief’s Mess by L.A. Witt

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Chief’s Mess
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Anchor Point #3
Heroes: Noah/Anthony
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 291 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 19, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Anthony Talbot is in Anchor Point to visit family, but after two days of strife, he needs a break. A local gay bar is calling his name.

When Chief Noah Jackson sees that red head stroll into the club, he immediately wants him. They’re perfectly matched, and before long, they’re burning up the sheets. Noah can’t get enough. Anthony can’t stay in Oregon for long, but as soon as he leaves, he’s counting down the days until he can fly back for more. And between his increasingly frequent visits, there’s always phone sex, sexting, webcams . . . anything they can get.

But Noah’s got a carefully crafted façade, and Anthony can’t help noticing the slowly forming cracks. The scent of alcohol in the middle of the day. The extra drinks at dinner. The hint of red in his eyes. Anthony knows what it means. He doesn’t want to believe it, but he’s seen this before, and there’s no denying it. If Noah doesn’t get his downward spiral under control, he’s going to lose both his career and the first man he’s ever really loved.
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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Connection Error by Annabeth Albert

Reviewed by Morgan 

28807263Title: Connection Error
Author: Annabeth Albert
Series: Gaymers #3
Heroes: Josiah Simmons/Ryan Orson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 66,000 words
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 5, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  It’s typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he’s (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can’t handle another distraction. But he also can’t ignore his rugged seatmate—especially once he learns the military man’s a fan of his game.

Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He’s got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn’t mean he’s above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah.

When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day. Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it’s even begun?

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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2016, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Reviewed by Susan65

28561501Title: Strong Signal
Authors: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Series: Cyberlove #1
Heroes: Garrett/Kai
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 235 Pages
Publisher: Megtino Press
Release Date: February 15, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: I was counting down the months until the end of my deployment. My days were spent working on military vehicles, and I spent my nights playing video games that would distract me until I could leave Staff Sergeant Garrett Reid behind.

That was when I met him: Kai Bannon, a fellow gamer with a famous stream channel.

I never expected to become fixated on someone who’d initially been a rival. And I’d never expected someone who oozed charm to notice me—a guy known for his brutal honesty and scowl. I hadn’t planned for our online friendship to turn into something that kept me up at night—hours of chatting evolving into filthy webcam sessions.

But it did. And now I can’t stop thinking about him. In my mind, our real life meeting is perfect. We kiss, we fall into bed, and it’s love at first sight.

Except, like most things in my life, it doesn’t go as planned.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2016, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Serve & Protect by Megan Linden

Reviewed by Morgan 

25531801Title: Serve & Protect
Author: Megan Linden
Series: D.C. Files #1
Heroes: Sam Daniels/Blake Morin
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 167 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: May 28, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  What happens when you fall in love in the heart of politics?

Sam Daniels’ life turns upside down when he meets an amazing guy and gets a job offer he can’t refuse almost at the same time. Working in politics and sustaining any kind of personal life is never easy, but when you’re running a campaign to elect the first woman to the office of the President of the United States, it may become nearly impossible.

Blake Morin, after spending years as a SEAL, lives a quiet life with his daughter and he’s fine with that. He can’t deny the attraction between him and Sam, but is he ready to enter the world he used to avoid?
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Categories: 5 Star Ratings, LGBT, Morgan's Reviews, Published in 2015, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Audio Review: Pura Vida by Sara Alva

Reviewed by Morgan 

61Ih1Mh73wL__AA300_Title: Pura Vida
Author: Sara Alva
Narrator: Joseph Northton
Series: Love Has No Boundaries
Heroes: Simon/Juan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 2 hours, 23 minutes
Publisher: Sara Alva
Release Date: August 7, 2015
Available at: Amazon, Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Simon has found himself in an open relationship for the summer—though not by choice. Instead of wallowing, he’s decided to make the most of a family vacation to Costa Rica by hooking up with the first hot guy available. Trouble is, he has no clue how to go about doing that.

Luckily, he runs into someone with a little more experience. But when the moments of lust turn into something more, Simon isn’t so sure he’ll be able to return to his old relationship. And there’s no way to hold onto this new one, either, as thousands of miles will separate them in only a few short weeks. Either way, he’ll have to learn to let go.

This story was written as a part of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s “Love Has No Boundaries” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Audio Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Lovers, Losers, and You by Skylar M. Cates

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

26089185Title: Lovers, Losers, and You
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Series: Sunshine and Happiness #2
Heroes: Owen King/Andrew Teagan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 220 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 11, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  How can you lose one dream and still find another?
Owen King is a lonely history teacher who wants to be braver. So when Owen learns about the deceased brother he never met, he breaks free of his safety net and risks answers. Despite his loving, adopted family, Owen wonders if there are missing pieces inside of him. Visiting the seaside town of Ocean Vista, where his brother lived and died, will be no vacation.

Andrew Teagan wants to be a winner. After being dumped by his last boyfriend, Andrew is through letting others dictate his life. To prove that dreams are possible, he’s going after his ambitions full force. Having signed on for a cooking reality show, Andrew’s ready to make his small café into a sizzling success.

When Andrew aids Owen on the beach, what starts off as an act of kindness turns into a hot temptation. But can a sweet budding romance survive when the time comes for Owen to leave town? Both men must learn to trust each other if their love will conquer the miles between them.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: He Completes Me by Cardeno C.

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

1Title: He Completes Me
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Home #2
Heroes: Zach Johnson/Aaron Paulson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 363 Pages
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: February 7, 2015 (2nd Ed.)
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Not even his mother’s funeral can convince self-proclaimed party boy Zach Johnson to tone down his snark or think about settling down. He is who he is, and he refuses to change for anyone. When straight-laced, compassionate Aaron Paulson claims he’s falling for him, Zach is certain Aaron sees him as another project, one more lost soul for the idealistic Aaron to save. But Zach doesn’t need to be fixed and he refuses to be with someone who sees him as broken.

Patience is one of Aaron’s many virtues. He has waited years for a man who can share his heart and complete his life and he insists Zach is the one. Pride, fear, and old hurts wither in the wake of Aaron’s adoring loyalty, and as Zach reevaluates his perceptions of love and family, he finds himself tempted to believe in the impossible: a happily-ever-after.

He Completes Me is set in the Home series where the books are linked by theme or world. They are independent and can be read in any order. Continue reading

Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Hook, Line, & Sinker by Piper Vaughn

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

1Title: Hook, Line, & Sinker
Author: Piper Vaughn
Series: Hard Hats #2
Heroes: Castor McCormick/Blake Kowalski
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 181 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 19, 2014
Available at:  Dreamspinner Press and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  When they were teens, Castor McCormick was the bane of Blake Kowalski’s existence. Their mutual animosity led to summers filled with rivalry. Now, nearly two decades later, Cas is moving back into the neighborhood to live in his grandmother’s old house. Blake tells himself he isn’t interested in seeing how snarky little Cas grew up, but when his mother dupes him into visiting his former nemesis, he finds out “pretty” can evolve into “sexy as hell” on the right man.

Cas didn’t think he wanted to see Blake again. No one has ever pushed his buttons like the arrogant boy he remembers from their youth. Turns out, the adult version of Blake still gets him hot under the collar—and everywhere else. With Blake on leave from work to nurse an injured leg and Cas taking time to move and unpack, they form a tentative friendship that turns into a sexual affair neither man can deny. But when Cas’s job sends him out of state to deal with a difficult client, their new relationship will be tested, and if they fail, Blake’s broken leg might not be the only thing to end up scarred.
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Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment