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Book Review: A Day Makes by Mary Calmes

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: A Day Makes
Author: Mary Calmes
Heroes: Ceaton & Brinley
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner PressAmazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Mob enforcer Ceaton Mercer has killed a lot of people in a lot of different ways—he stashed the last two bodies in a toolshed belonging to a sweetheart marine researcher in an idyllic island community—but he’s really not such a bad guy. Over time he’s found a home of sorts, and he even learns he’s found a place in the hearts of the people he works with… at least enough so that they won’t put a bullet in his head because he’s outlived his usefulness to the boss.

But he never thought he’d find one day could change his life, and he’s about to discover how wrong he is.

Because in a single day, he meets the man who looks to be the one, the love of his life. It’s an improbable idea—a man who deals in death finding love—but it’s like it’s meant to be. That single day gets weirder and troubles pile up, forcing Ceaton to take a hard look at his dreary life and accept that one day can change everything, especially himself. His future might be brighter than he expects—if he can stay alive long enough to find out.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: And Your Enemies Closer by Cecelia Stryder

Reviewed by Susan65

31813803Title: And Your Enemies Closer
Author: Cecelia Stryder
Series: Love & Deceptions #1
Heroes: Cori/Nero
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 258 Pages
Publisher: Lovelight Press
Release Date: September 30, 2016
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: “You’re dead.”

“No one knows the real Cori Archontis. All anyone ever cares about is that I’m the lead singer from that band.”

Five years have passed since Cori Archontis traded dirty money for fame and skyrocketed his band, Love & Deceptions, into stardom – five years spent drowning his past in narcotics, dating women to stay publicly closeted, and running from his mistakes. But Cori’s time is up. The Hollywood based crime syndicate who pushed him to the top of the charts is done waiting for him to pay back his debt.

And they’ve sent the most handsome man Cori’s ever seen to collect what Cori owes them – his life.

“No matter what, I’ll never let myself be like my father.”

The job is simple. Get in, put a bullet through the kid’s skull, and get out. Nero’s done it before. He’s been a member of crime syndicate The Mad Royals for twenty years, and as crime lord Caligula’s right hand man, he’s as unsympathetic as he is ruthless.

And it’s cocky, gorgeous, arrogant flirts like Cori that Nero hates most of all.

But there’s a vibrancy in Cori’s voice and a sincerity in his song that makes Nero’s finger pause before he pulls the trigger – and it fills him with dread. He’s been sworn off men for longer than he’s been a Royal, and there’s no way he’d ever stoop so low as to go down the path he followed.

“I’m ready to give it all up – for you.”

But fate has other plans.

When two troubled pasts collide and expose a threat far more urgent than a simple debt, Cori and Nero’s lives are thrust onto parallel tracks. Forced to trust one another while the world unravels at their feet and old scars open fresh, if they want to survive, they’ll have to learn to conquer their differences and find middle ground.

Or maybe somewhere even closer than that.

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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2016, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Road Runner by Rain Carrington

Reviewed by JustJen

3Title: Road Runner
Author: Rain Carrington
Heroes: Levi Kape/Bobby Dawes
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Rain Carrington
Release Date: October 20, 2014
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  In the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, lives a man who has secrets. Levi Kape watches people at a bar nightly, writing things in his notebook and trying to blend in with the locals. His secrets keep him from getting close to anyone until Bobby Dawes comes off the road after a long haul in his 18-wheeler. After getting to know Bobby, he realizes he’d never been close to anyone. That was about to change.

Levi can’t settle down and not because he doesn’t want to, but because it could endanger his life. Bobby is a gentle, loving and strong man who doesn’t do commitment. He’s also a man that Levi wants more than anything, including his own safety.

Danger causes Levi to leave but he can’t forget the truck driver that drove into his life, changing everything. When Levi leaves, Bobby goes back onto the road, trying to forget the “Golden God” he’d fallen for, but with some help from friends with connections to dark people and places, Bobby finds his man and swears never to let him go again.

Can they save each other not only from the men who want Levi dead but from years of never seeking or finding the love they found in one another? Will the ultimate betrayal cost them the trust they need to make it work between them? Can Bobby save him, or be lost in a dark world alone…
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: Skye Blue by Alexa Land

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

fTitle: Skye Blue
Author: Alexa Land
Series: Firsts and Forever #6
Heroes: Skye “Blue” Fleischmann and Darryl “Dare” Evans
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 279 Pages
Publisher: Alexa Land
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Available at:  Alexa Land, Amazon and Smashwords
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Sometimes, the road to happily ever after takes you where you least expect it.

Skye was only interested in finally losing his virginity, but he might have found much more than that. Two guys both feel so right to the twenty-one-year old art student, but maybe that means they cancel each other out. After all, if either was the one, Skye wouldn’t have feelings for both of them. Would he?

But what if he really did just meet the love of his life?

This male/male romance is for ADULT READERS ONLY. It includes graphic sex and explicit language. Skye Blue is the sixth book in Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever series, but each book can also be read as a stand-alone, so jump in anywhere.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mobster Week Review: Mexican Heat by Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon

Guest Reviewed by Candace

iTitle: Mexican Heat
Author: Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon
Heroes: Crimes & Cocktails #1
Heroes: Gabriel Sandalini, aka Giovanni Contadino, and Antonio Lorenzo, aka Miguel Ortega
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 272 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: October 26, 2008
Available at:  MLR Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks and Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  A new romantic crime series from the combined talents of popular award winning authors Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon. Tough, street-smart SFPD Detective Gabriel Sandalini is willing to do whatever it takes to bring down West Coast crime boss Ricco Botelli — including a dangerous, deep undercover gig as one of Botelli’s hired guns. But Gabriel’s best laid plans may come crashing down around him when he falls hard for the sexy, suave lieutenant of a rival Mexican drug lord. Turns out his new love interest may have a few secrets of his own: secrets that could destroy both men and the fragile bond between them.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published Before 2010, Theme Week | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mobster Week Audio Review: Sinner, Savior by Avril Ashton

Guest Reviewed by Morgan

eTitle: Sinner, Savior
Author: Avril Ashton
Narrated By: Renard Pasquale
Series: Brooklyn Sinners #2
Heroes: Pablo Castillo/Shane Andrew Ruskin (aka Devon McGhee)
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 8 hours and 47 minutes, unabridged
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Available at: Audible and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Gun runner Pablo Castillo has cemented his reputation in the gun trade as callous and cold-hearted. Personal feelings no longer matter, not with everyone out to make him a sacrifice on their way to the top. He remains untouchable, until a meeting with a rival gang leader and a new deal brings him face-to-face with temptation.

Dev is the right hand to a sadistic bastard out for blood and glory. He hides his true feelings of distaste for his boss, not the least of his many secrets. He could’ve sworn those secrets were safe, but after meeting Pablo he’s not so sure. The two men come together in a heated affair neither can deny, battling themselves, each other and a deadly enemy bent on spilling blood. Pablo and Dev will have to stick together or walk away from a love neither man expected to find. The choice should be simple. It never is.

Reader Advisory: Contains brief scenes of gang-related violence.

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Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2014, Theme Week | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Non-Stop Till Tokyo by KJ Charles

Reviewed by Heather C

10335775_1505447299678427_48886844_nTitle: Non-Stop Till Tokyo
Author: KJ Charles
Heroine & Hero: Kerry Ekdahl & Chanko
Genre: M/F Romantic Suspense Thriller
Length: 105,000 words
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: A man with a past is her only hope for the future.

Kerry Ekdahl’s mixed heritage and linguistics skills could have made her a corporate star. Instead, she’s a hostess in a high-end Tokyo bar, catering to businessmen who want conversation, translation and flirtation. Easy money, no stress. Life is good—until she’s framed for the murder of a yakuza boss.

Trapped in rural Japan with the gangsters closing in, Kerry doesn’t stand a chance. Then help arrives in the menacing form of Chanko, a Samoan-American ex-sumo wrestler with a bad attitude, a lot of secrets, and a mission she doesn’t understand.

Kerry doesn’t get involved with dangerous men. Then again, she’s never had one on her side before. And the big, taciturn fighter seems determined to save her life, even if they rub each other the wrong way.

Then her friends are threatened, and Kerry has no choice but to return to Tokyo and face the yakuza. Where she learns, too late, that the muscle man who’s got her back could be poised to stab it.

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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment