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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: The Wizard by the Sea by Anna Wineheart

Reviewed by Morgan 

Title: The Wizard by the Sea
Author: Anna Wineheart
Heroes: Connor/Yates
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: Not Available
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Available at:  Amazon
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Blurb:  On his tenth birthday, Connor trips over a wizard on the shore. Amidst glowing clovers and roses drawn in the sand, the wizard shelters him from the rain and promises to teach him magic. Three years later, they meet again, and Connor becomes his student.

Yates has never been a mentor—he doesn’t deserve the privilege. But Connor comes to him after a tragedy, broken and helpless, and stays for years. Without realizing it, they fall in love. Yates knows he shouldn’t: he has shaped this boy into a man. At a loss, he pretends not to notice Connor’s affections… until his nineteenth birthday, when they celebrate a hard-won victory and give in to desire. Ashamed, Yates banishes his student, leaving a hole in both their hearts.

Four years later and still lonely, a tidal wave sweeps Connor back into Yates’ life. When they meet again, he discovers that Yates has withheld secrets from him, secrets that could change his life. Their past is fractured, their future uncertain. But the one thing Connor knows is that he’s always loved the wizard by the sea.
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Book Review: Popcorn Garlands by Ariel Tachna

Reviewed by Ami

33003490Title: Popcorn Garlands
Author: Ariel Tachna
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
Heroes: Carlos Mendez/Ned Williams
Genre: MM Holiday
Length: 32 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Carlos Mendez spends all year working hard at his Houston-based landscaping business, and he sends every spare penny he earns back to his family in Mexico. By the time the holidays roll around, he doesn’t have much patience for the unadulterated greed and consumerism paraded past him. But a chance meeting with his neighbor, Ned Williams, and Ned’s cancer-stricken daughter, might help to remind him of the real meaning of the season—something beyond the gaudy lights and extravagant displays—something he wants to be a part of.
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Book Review: Outside the Lines by A.R. Barley

Reviewed by Morgan 

29907238Title: Outside the Lines
Author: A.R. Barley
Series: Boundaries #3
Heroes: Mitch Dalton/Chi-Chi Ramirez
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 172 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: October 31, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Falling for the drag queen next door

Mitch Dalton can’t stop fantasizing about his sexy and confident drag queen neighbor. He wants to make a move, but he’s had a lot less experience with men and isn’t sure Chi-Chi would be interested in a guy who’s never gone all the way—let alone a widower and struggling single father. And when Mitch’s child care falls through, he needs Chi-Chi’s help more than he needs a boyfriend.

Chi-Chi Ramirez has his own struggles: getting his degree one class at a time, working too many jobs and performing at a nightclub to make his Broadway dreams come true. Mitch’s offer of a nanny position is too good to pass up, even if seeing Mitch every day and not being able to touch him is torture. But when even a simple handshake feels like pure sex, soon touching is all either of them can think about.

A one-night stand, a quick fling—that’s all Chi-Chi can give if he’s going to leave town for New York City. But once they finally get a taste of each other, what if Mitch wants more?
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Book Review: Ricky by Ashley John

Reviewed by JustJen

31309771Title: Ricky
Author: Ashley John
Heroes: Ricky Thompson/Chase Brody
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 316 Pages
Publisher: Ashley John
Release Date: October 23, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb:  On the surface, Ricky Thompson’s life is one long party. His razor sharp wit and unwavering sexual confidence masks his true pain and suffering, and that’s how he wants to keep things. Ten years after the death of his fiancé, Ricky has completely given up on the illusion of love. Wild nights in the bar and even wilder casual sex have become his coping mechanism, and he wants to keep the party going at whatever cost. When he is attacked in a dark alley and left for dead, Ricky’s life takes an unexpected turn and the party suddenly comes to an end.

Chase Brody doesn’t know where life is taking him. Between running his gym and raising his son, Dylan, the only time he puts himself first is his once a week trip to the gay bars. His family has convinced him he needs to find a mother for Dylan, so he keeps his sexual desires secret. He always believed women were for love and men were for sex, but he is forced to reevaluate everything he thought he knew when he stumbles across a helpless man in need of his help.

After Chase takes Ricky to the hospital, he offers him free self-defence classes, but it soon grows into something more complicated and both men are forced to listen to their hearts once again. Chase doesn’t know how Ricky will fit into his difficult life, and Ricky can’t seem to let go of his past heartache. With so much at stake, will these men admit they were wrong about love and surrender their hearts to each other, or is the risk too great?
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Book Review: Commitment Ranch by B.A. Tortuga

Reviewed by Morgan 

31315504Title: Commitment Ranch
Author: B.A. Tortuga
Series: Leaning N #1/Dreamspun Desires #18
Heroes: Ford/Stoney
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 250 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 15, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  A fist fight, a snowstorm, a stolen kiss in the barn… and a second chance at love.

Ford Nixel has two law offices, two fancy condominiums, and all the right connections. In short, he has everything he wants.

The last thing he needs is his Uncle Ty’s stake in the Leaning N, a ranch that’s been in the family for generations. Ford hasn’t even been to the ranch in over a decade, not since he left his boyfriend Stoney behind and headed back to college alone.

Ford arrives at the Leaning N to find Stoney, now a single father, right where he left him. A fist fight, a snowstorm, and a stolen kiss in the barn later—Ford knows none of the heat between them has dissipated.
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Book Review: Pride Before the Fall by Devon Rhodes

Reviewed by Morgan 

31734029Title: Pride Before the Fall
Author: Devon Rhodes
Series Sequel to Pride and Joey
Heroes: Brady/Mason
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 99 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 20, 2016 (Pride Publishing)
October 18, 2016 (Amazon)
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble 
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Blurb:  When Brady was given a free pass to sow his wild oats, as long as he’s back with the pride before fall, he never dreamed he’d meet his mate…or that his mate would be a man.

As the pride’s alpha heir, Brady knows the weight of responsibility. He’s expected to settle down, find a mate and have an heir of his own. But first he’s given the opportunity to travel and visit other prides, an unspoken opportunity to get his attraction to men out of his system before he comes home and does his duty.

Mason has his hands full fostering Jonah, an abandoned teen soon to have his first shift. He doesn’t have time to babysit a visiting alpha heir, but duty calls. As the second son of the alpha, he knows his place and when he’s given a task, he does it.

Brady and Mason realize almost instantly that they are mates…and both also know that it can never come to pass. With the expectations they need to fulfill, this short time together will be the only chance they have to taste what could be. But they are tied together by more than just instinct—old crimes and hidden connections come to light and they are forced to make hard choices between duty and love.
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Audio Review: Patchwork Paradise by Indra Vaughn

Reviewed by Morgan

31139611Title: Patchwork Paradise
Author: Indra Vaughn
Narrator: Craig Beck
Heroes: Oliver/Thomas
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 42 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: July 14, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.

The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.

When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.
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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: Amended Soul by Kate Steele

Reviewed by Morgan 

29414674Title: Amended Soul
Author: Kate Steele
Series: Mated Heart and Soul #2
Heroes: Jamie Hardin/Jed Matranga
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 176 Pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Jamie Hardin has been both blessed and cursed. His first marriage was ideal until his beloved wife’s passing. His second became a horror story that resulted in his sixteen year old son disappearing from his life for two torturous years. Now divorced and reunited with Rio, who has since become a werewolf and mate to Mick Matranga, Jamie has begun a new chapter in his life.

Uprooting himself and his adopted son, Jack, to be near his eldest child, Jamie is looking forward to reestablishing his relationship with Rio, and setting up his optometry practice. What he hadn’t counted on was a very sexy werewolf taking more than a shine to him.

Jed Matranga has made it his business to alleviate the guilt Jamie feels for the hardships Rio has endured, and to raise his spirits along with certain body parts Jamie was sure had given up the ghost. Though far from objecting to the heat between them, Jamie is unsure he deserves to be happy again. It will take a very determined person to show Jamie that old hurts can be laid to rest, and new delights should be embraced without reservation. For a very simple reason, Jed has appointed himself to be that person; Jamie is his mate, and accepted or not, Jed will do everything he can to return the joy to Jamie’s life.
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