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Book Review: Triple Threat by Davidson King

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Triple Threat
Author: Davidson King
Series: Haven Heart #6
Heroes: Lee, Jones & Ginger
Genre: M/M/M Contemporary
Length: 220 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Lee, Jones, and Ginger deal with dangerous situations and mounting stress daily working for the most powerful assassin organization in the world. All of those things seem like a walk in the park compared to the friction that sparks between them. When all three are assigned to the same job, ignoring the heat from the inferno of desire becomes impossible.

Lee is a master at deciphering codes, skilled in hacking complicated systems, and never misses a target, even from over fifty miles away. His feelings for Jones and Ginger, however, may be the first code he’s unable to crack.

Jones deals in absolutes, but the road to his past is paved with bodies and regrets. Getting Lee to acknowledge the pull they both feel toward Ginger may be the hardest mission he’s ever had to face.

Ginger struggles to cope with the overwhelming guilt that accompanies this new job. Falling for these hired killers will be a risk—one that could wind up with him losing in the end or gaining everything he’s ever wanted.

As the three work together to take down a human trafficking ring—and save a desperate soul—time is of the essence. Their lives are on the line as mysteries unfold and unexpected encounters throw them off course. Will Lee, Jones, and Ginger let doubts come between them, distracting them from their mission and blocking any hope of love? Or can they face the toughest challenge of their lives and become…a triple threat?
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Book Review: Aftermath by Tanya Chris

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Aftermath
Author: Tanya Chris
Series: Aftermath #3
Heroes: Brooks/Casey
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 332 Pages
Publisher: Tanya Chris Publishing
Release Date: June 27, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: The Ever After series concludes in Aftermath. Tragedy, redemption, love… Ever After

Once upon a time, Casey flirted with a pretty boy at a bar, and that changed everything. Recently released from jail, he’s starting to rebuild without the family who raised him to hate himself. He’s got a new job, a room at his aunt’s, and community service hours at an LGBTQIA community center. But his biggest challenge is figuring out how to live as the one thing his father and brother drilled into him he could never be: a gay man.

Once upon a time, Brooks was a confident Dom with a particular taste for bigger men. But since his run-in with a dangerous homophobe, he’s lost his touch. Big, buff guys are hot but scary, and hurting people isn’t as much fun as it used to be.

Until he meets Casey, the big guy with the problematic past. Casey’s willing to do anything, but does his submission stem from healthy kink or from an unhealthy need to be punished? And is Brooks doling out release or revenge? Two people who share a past as violent as theirs could never fall in love. Unless, somewhere in the aftermath, there’s forgiveness.
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Book Review: Surviving the Shadows by Miranda Turner

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Surviving the Shadows
Author: Miranda Turner
Series: The Bearer of Truth #2
Heroes: Gabriel & Evander
Genre: M/M Urban Fantasy
Length: 293 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 14, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Gabriel has been gone longer than predicted, and Evander is growing increasingly worried each day that passes without his return. Confounded by their leaders’ lack of answers, Evander and the team begin to fear the worst.

In the midst of fruitlessly searching Miami for clues to the Daemon Abaddon’s whereabouts, Evander begins to have disturbingly vivid dreams. With a little help from a newly returned and empty-handed Michael and Barabbas, Evander discovers Gabriel has been calling out for help across their nascent bond, and they set off to rescue Gabriel from the depths of the Underworld.

Gabriel is old friends with torture, and his captors haven’t been gentle. Despite growing weaker every day, Gabriel resolves to survive long enough for rescue, or to die fighting, until a Dark Seer begins to dredge up the terror of Gabriel’s horrific childhood, threatening to destroy his mind and soul. Nearing the end, Gabriel manages a last-ditch effort to contact help, reaching out to Evander in his dreams.

Against all odds, Evander and the team fight through the Underworld to reach Gabriel and come face to face with mortality. Sacrifices made for the bonds of brotherhood nearly break them, and Gabriel learns the hard way that embracing the darkness while fighting for the light may be the only way to survive.

From the underbelly of Reno to the glitz and glam of Vegas, Gabriel, Evander, and the men they call family will be tested, and the final confrontation with Gabriel’s maker may be the end of everything they hold dear.

Surviving the Shadows is an approximately 100,000-word LGBTQ urban fantasy with a romantic subplot. It is a direct sequel to Shadowing the Light and reading the first book in the series is essential to enjoying this one. Please see the disclaimer on the Copyright Page for content advisories.
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Book Review: A Menacing Tempest by Shea Balik

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: A Menacing Tempest
Author: Shea Balik
Series: Druid’s Curse #3
Heroes: Cullen & Ulf
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 181 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 14, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: When it came to defense, or offense when needed, Cullen McIntyre thought he was prepared. It wasn’t until he watched as monsters he’d never knew existed walked out of thin air to kill members of his family, twice, that Cullen realized how wrong he’d been. By the third time he’d come face to face with those determined to kill him and the rest of his family for doing their duty, Cullen knew he needed help, and lots of it.

The moment Ulf laid eyes on Cullen, he’d been enthralled by the man’s resolve to protect what was left of his family. Being shot and left for dead by Cullen should have cooled his desire for the fiery man, but it only made him want him more. By the time he caught up to Cullen, Ulf knew, without a doubt, the druid was destined to be his. Now he just needed to convince Cullen of that.

As Cullen and Ulf join their friends to fight the monsters from the realm of the Fae, they find there is a new threat waiting to get through the Veil. A threat they might not be able to defeat. Will Ulf & Cullen get their chance at happily ever after, or will the Fae finally succeed in their quest to destroy the veil?
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Book Review: Same Time Next Year by Maggie Walsh

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Same Time Next Year
Author: Maggie Walsh
Series: Tundra Wolves #1
Heroes: Caleb/Ridge
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 227 Pages
Publisher: Maggie Walsh
Release Date: April 16, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: The Alaskan Tundra, a cold and desolate place where very few creatures can live under the harsh conditions found there. But one group of wolves known as The Alaskan Tundra Wolves, thrive in the region. With very few females of their kind willing to settle in such a harsh environment, the males of the breed learn to adapt, and for generations, male on male matings are the norm.

Also what is normal within this breed is their place in the pack. Depending on what they were born as, Alpha, beta, delta, gamma, omega, makes them either dominant or submissive, or any of the levels in between. For the Tundra Wolves, this is not a lifestyle choice, but how they were born. It is inbred in their DNA to either dominate or submit and is completely natural for them.

Caleb was born a beta to his pack and spends his life training to be its top warrior with the thought of being his alpha brother’s beta when he turns twenty-five, but as Caleb ages he realizes his true desires don’t match with his beta self. He craves to submit to an alpha and to give himself freely, but the beta in him needs to fight and protect. The inner turmoil within confuses Caleb, but not as much as the yearly letters he has received every birthday his whole life.

On his sixteenth birthday, Caleb’s parents present him with a bundle of letters each noted with his birthday on it since the day he was born. With each letter the writer talks of his past year and his hopes for Caleb in the future. But as Caleb matures, the letters become more intimate, the author telling of how beautiful he thinks Caleb has become.

On the day before his twenty-fifth birthday, the latest letter arrives a day early with the promise, “I will see you tomorrow.” When the moment finally arrives, Caleb is shocked to see the man of his dreams, literally, just walks into his life. The connection between them is strong and Caleb doesn’t waste a minute fighting it. He has done something that is unheard of for their kind and has found his true mate.

Ridge is the alpha of the nearest pack of Tundra wolves and has known Caleb’s whole life that he had found his true mate, but Caleb was too young for him to stake his claim, so instead he would reach out once a year to let Caleb know that he wasn’t alone.

Now that the two have finally met, the pull to be together and to claim is too strong for either of them to fight and Ridge takes Caleb home to his pack. Caleb now has to come to terms with who he really is and what he truly desires and embrace his submissive side.
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Book Review: Snow Storm by Davidson King

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Snow Storm
Author: Davidson King
Series: Haven Hart Universe #5
Heroes: Snow & Chris
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 185 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 20, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: The city of Haven Hart rests under the heel of Christopher Manos. He reigns over the most dangerous and deadliest citizens as the most powerful crime boss the city has seen in generations. Yet, for the last five years, the harshest edges of his nature have been tempered by the loving devotion of his husband, Snow, and the nephew Christopher adores like a son. His life is a balance of darkness and light until a birthday trip for his nephew, Simon, is interrupted by a hail of bullets and explosions, threatening to destroy it all.

Snow has found a home, a family, and the love of one of Haven Hart’s most powerful men. When Christopher and Simon are kidnapped, Snow risks everything to find his family. Utilizing specialized skills he learned on the streets and the finer points of running a city from his crime boss husband, Snow takes on roles he never dreamed he would–protector, leader, and avenger. No one threatens his family and lives. Experienced enough to know he can’t do this alone, Snow calls in every favor he is owed, risking his life promising favors in return, all to save his family and the man he loves.

The sins of the Manos crime family are escaping the dark recesses of the past and threatening the bright future of everything Snow and Christopher have built. Yet, even with the help of some unlikely and uniquely dangerous people, Snow finds himself wondering if their efforts will be enough to save the two most important people in his life. Will the loving family Snow has finally found be taken from him forever?
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Book Review: New Horizons by Hailey Turner

Reviewed by Susan65

New HorizonsTitle: New Horizons
Author: Hailey Turner
Series: Metahuman Files: Classified #2
Heroes: Trevor Sanchez & Brendan Kane
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 128 Pages
Publisher: Self
Release Date: February 20, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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First do no harm.

Trevor Sanchez left behind a life of war with Alpha Team for a future in medicine. Pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor, Trevor doesn’t have much time for anything other than studying for the next exam in his accelerated medical school. When the Sons of Adam attack the teaching hospital he attends, Trevor can’t stand by and do nothing, especially not when someone’s life is in danger. When that life involves a gorgeous, funny paramedic, Trevor knows he’s in trouble.

Tread with care.

Paramedic Brendan Kane never thought rescuing a patient’s life would put his own at risk. Being targeted by a terrorist group was never covered in his medical training. When his security detail comes with a former member of Alpha Team, Brendan discovers a silver-lining to the situation. Trevor is hot like fire and oh so sexy, taking up space in Brendan’s life in unexpected ways that he’s reluctant to give up.

Never break an oath. 

Trevor and Brendan must navigate their way through danger and a searing connection that leaves them both wanting more. If they hope to give the spark burning between them a chance to ignite, they’ll have to outlast the enemy first.
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Book Review: Bitten by Fate by Annabelle Jacobs

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Bitten By Fatebitten by fate
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Series: The Regent’s Park Pack #6
Heroes: Jason Black & Daryl Easton
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 215 Words
Publisher: Self
Release Date: March 5, 2109
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Daryl plays with fire and gets burned by fate… 

Former Primrose Pack member Jason Black happily accepted his role as beta in the new Regent’s Hill pack, knowing that merging the two was the best decision for everyone involved. Daryl Easton is loyal and honest but wary of change. The joining of the two packs wasn’t his preferred outcome, and he’s struggling to see all the newcomers as pack, including those now working alongside him.

When the alpha council proposes a two-week pack-building course to help improve troubled relationships, Jason and Daryl are sent along as backup. It soon becomes clear that the unit members and their betas won’t be the only ones taking part in tasks—Daryl and Jason will have challenges of their own to complete.

With the full moon adding to the rising tension, emotions are volatile, and tempers flare among the unit members. Jason and Daryl become closer than either of them expected, but with such opposing views on relationships, a messy outcome seems inevitable unless Daryl can let go of the past.
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Marked by J. Jay Barrett: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by J. Jay Barrett

Logan looked down at his pale fingers.  Hours of folding and refolding these sweaters were starting to take a toll on his skin.  The cheap cotton and polyester fabric blend had sucked the moisture out of his fingertips, much the same way his boss had sucked the fun from his social life.

He looked at his watch. 10:45. He was supposed to have left his job at The Rift almost 3 hours earlier.  A new, unexpected shipment had come in that morning, and his bitch-of-a-boss decided that half of the displays needed to be redone and the new clothes put out.

‘Mandatory overtime’ she called it.  He just called it bullshit. Corporate didn’t want this stuff out until next week.  It was an ill-fated attempt to inflate the store’s sales statistics artificially.

He looked across the sales floor at his best friend Sarah, who was struggling trying to move an awkward rack full of belts. They’d been friends for years, meeting in their orientation class when he started at The Rift. They’d both been young and poor, just starting out in the adult world.  She was exactly his age, their birthdays were only a few weeks apart, she was short, and her body had a sultry curve to it, with cleavage that drove men insane. Acne scars peppered her skin, so she overcompensated with expensive makeup. Logan always noticed but he didn’t dare say anything.  He’d never do anything to hurt her feelings purposely.

She must have felt his gaze, because she almost immediately looked up, cocked her head to the side and mouthed the word “fag” at him.  He smiled, rolled his eyes playfully and responded with his usual retort of “hag”. She laughed. It was the usual game they played when they were having a terrible day at work.  She’d call him “fag”; he’d call her “hag”. It might have been immature, but it made them smile and helped to pass the time. And it was true, he was a fag, and she was the ultimate faghag. Sarah looked down on at her watch and looked back at him with an expression that said: “What the fuck?” Logan shrugged in surrender and turned his attention back to the table full of sweaters he’d been folding.  All finished.

He called his manager on the two-way radio headset they all were required to wear, “Janice, you there?”  He thought the radios were stupid. The entire store, including the stock room, wasn’t more than three thousand square feet, but Janice tended to get pissed if you didn’t use them. God forbid you walk into the office to ask her a question and catch her browsing the internet for a better job or another ugly pair of discount knee-high boots.

A few moments passed before the headset squawked to life.  “What is it?” she sounded busy, but then again, she always pretended to look busy, but everyone knew she wasn’t.  The entire staff called her ‘The Store Micromanager’, behind her back of course, as a joke. She sat in her office playing games or browsing the internet while dictating chores via the radio and spying on them via the security system.

“I’m all done with the sweaters from that new shipment.  Do you think I could duck out now? I was only scheduled until 8.”  He threw that last part in just to reiterate that he’d already been at work long past his scheduled time.  He was really hoping to get a run in on the lakefront before it got too late. He wasn’t afraid of the dark, but every runner knew that the darker it got, the more dangerous your hobby became.

“Well,” she hesitated, her voice barely cutting through the static on the cheap radios, “You really shouldn’t leave until the entire shipment is done but go ahead and head on home, I’ll clock you out, but need you back here at noon tomorrow for inventory. Do not be late!”

Sweet.  He looked at Sarah across the store, who must’ve been listening in on the radio.  She looked up at him with a face showing a combination of jealousy and rage. He just shot her a cocky smile and threw up two fingers and mouthed ‘bye bitch’ at her.  She laughed and flipped him off.

He made a beeline to the front door, dropping his headset at the nearest register; someone else could worry about charging the battery.  Once out the door, it was just a quick walk, across Broadway Avenue and down a side street to his little studio apartment.

It was located on the upper level of a coach house behind an early twentieth-century brownstone.  He’d lived there since he was seventeen after his parents had kicked him out of their comfortable North Shore home for being gay.  His mother had been kind enough to pay the first year of the lease, although, after that, he’d never heard from either parent again.  He’d gotten his job at The Rift right after that, and minimum wage had never really enabled him to be able to afford to move into anything more significant.  But it was big enough for him, and it was his space. That was all that mattered to him.

He walked past a diner on the corner, the happy hour crowd noshing down their pancakes and fried eggs on the patio after a few too many after-work cocktails.  He ducked his head hoping not to run into anyone he might know. No distractions, he thought. Had he run into a friend, he’d end up sipping vodka cocktails at one of the local bars on Halsted rather than getting this run in.  Fall was setting in, but that didn’t mean getting fat would be okay.

It took all of three minutes to get to his apartment. He turned down the gangway that led between the two brownstones and into the courtyard that stood between the two-unit coach house and the main house in front. The building was nothing like the house in front. Literally, an old garage transformed into two apartments, a one bedroom on the ground level, and then up an old, creaky wooden staircase attached to the side was his studio.  The building had more layers of paint than could easily be counted, the latest, a light gray, was so haphazardly applied that the different coats of paint underneath could be seen in different spots. He counted once and was able to identify at least six different colors that the building had been painted at one point during its lifetime.

The apartment itself was a small space, about twenty feet by twenty feet with vaulted ceilings and exposed rafters.   A small bathroom in one corner that didn’t even have a proper door, just a curtain. It did have a cheap vinyl walk-in shower encrusted in years of hard water build-up, and a toilet and sink were attached to the wall.  No real kitchen to speak of, but it did have a microwave, range, small sink, and a small dorm sized refrigerator tucked into the short stretch of wall between the bathroom and the closet. Logan didn’t know how to cook anyway.

His bed was actually a futon, so on the rare occasion that he had any guests over, it would fold up into a proper sitting area. It really wasn’t too bad of a set up for a young, single guy.  He was just now getting to the point he could probably afford to move into a bigger place, especially if he got a roommate, but he didn’t see the need. It was all he felt like he needed. Besides, he’d grown quite attached to his little refuge.  It had been his savior when everyone he knew and loved turned his or her backs on him. Living alone had distinct advantages too when he met a cute guy out at the clubs.

He threw his keys on the table next to his futon, which was in its usual state of disarray, and went straight to the closet to change into his workout clothes.  The smell signaled to him that it was time to do some laundry even before he pulled the string to ignite the single light bulb that hung from the closet ceiling.

Tomorrow, he thought, no distractions.

He tore off his Rift uniform, which was actually just a few well-coordinated pieces of clothing from the store. The corporate offices had concocted an ingenious scam to get their employees to spend almost all of their paycheck back at the store, by changing the uniform practically monthly. Different days required different colors of clothing, all of which had to be purchased from the store, all of which varied with each passing season, and wasn’t recyclable from year to year. He grabbed the first pair of gym shorts he got his hands on, a dry fit, neon green tank top and his shoes.  He hastily threw them on, as he walked back to the door and grabbed his keys. “It’s super late,” he said out loud as he grabbed his keys and walked out the door. He looked at his watch. 11:09, it was getting really late. “Maybe only 5 or 6 miles, that’s better than nothing.”

He went down the creaky wooden steps, two at a time, through the gangway and started in a slow jog towards the lake just a few hundred yards to his east. Logan jogged down the car-lined side street, headed towards the lake.  It was late, but he had to get this run in, at least a few miles. He decided he’d head south along the main path until he got to the mouth of Diversey Harbor, then he’d swing around north along the break wall and run the perimeter of Belmont Harbor.  From there, he’d head along the isolated service road between a golf course and the lake up to Montrose Avenue and then back south along the main path again to home. It’d be a good four or five miles, not a particularly long run, but good enough for this late hour.  The night was warm, but a cool breeze was coming in off the lake, and if it persisted, he would probably be too cold before long.

He darted into the pedestrian tunnel under the Drive at Roscoe, admiring the mural on the wall illuminated by the yellow lights on the ceiling for the hundredth time.

He quickened his pace as he popped out on the east side of Lake Shore Drive and turned south on the main running bath.  He didn’t even think twice about how isolated his route was. He’d done this same run a hundred times before.

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Book Review: Sins of the Son by Christian Baines

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Sins of the Son
Author: Christian Baines
Series: Arcadia Trust #3
Heroes: Reylan
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 282 Pages
Publisher: Christian Baines
Release Date: January 20, 2019
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Abandoned by his werewolf lover, the only thing Reylan wants is to return to his vampire life of blood and beautiful boys. It’s a solid plan, until his first meal as a single man tries to kill him.

Hoping to free his young would-be assassin from the religious zealots that sent him, Reylan enlists the help of Iain Grieg, a charismatic priest with unsettling knowledge of the night’s secrets.

Surrounded by conflicting agendas and an army fueled by hate, Reylan fights to secure his future, if he can only trust the mysterious priest and bury the ghosts of the past.
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